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Series Two Trade Bait

When Big Papi was Medium-Sized Papi. I guess I don't have a lot to say about Series Two, so I thought I'd just throw up some scans of some of the more interesting cards that I don't need. I have a Cardinals want list, a Topps Heritage...Show More Summary

From Delaware to Rhode Island

Without question, the person I exchange the most frequent trading packages with would be Mark Kaz of This Way to the Clubhouse. Aside from being an all-around nice guy, he has his collection digitally organized on Zistle like I do, so...Show More Summary

Au Revoir

This is a "virtual post" of sorts, as I've taken off for a week's vacation in France with my wife. It's a much-needed break from my high stress job, and I'm looking forward to totally disconnecting for a few days. In fact, by the time...Show More Summary

First Half Champions

Banking wins is good, but this team needs to be the best in October. The good times and vibes abound with the Cardinals right now as the team has jumped out to a 50-24 start and a sizable division lead over two very talented teams in the Cubs and the Pirates. Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Cal Ripken Jr!

For this week's installment of Signature Sundays, I've got probably one of the biggest names in my autograph collection so far, Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles! I think it was virtually impossible to be a baseball fan growing up when I did and not be a fan of Cal Ripken Jr. Show More Summary

2015 Topps Stadium Club blaster recap II

Pack one #118 Yasiel Puig#253 Hisashi Iwakuma#200 Mike Morse #25 Juan Lagares #152 Jose AbreuPack two#169 Brock Holt #274 Tim Hudson #58 Hunter Pence#102 Cliff Lee#201 Rafael MonteroPack three #22 Ivan Rodriguez#257 Paul Molitor#296Show More Summary

I Bought a Box and Boy Am I Glad I Did!

While running some errands yesterday to prepare for my upcoming trip, I had a couple of minutes to swing by my LCS. Turns out he had just gotten 4 minty fresh hobby boxes of 2015 Topps Stadium Club. Since it was my first day off from...Show More Summary

2015 Topps Stadium Club blaster recap I

I was going to pick up a blaster box of TSC and a 2015 Topps Series II blaster, but somehow I lost my Topps Series II $5 off coupon, so I went with two TSC blasters - in the battle of cards that just came out in the last week or two,...Show More Summary

The Dollar Box Grandma

As I was wrapping up at last weekend's card show, I saw one last monster box on my way to the door that piqued my interest. It was labeled "Autographs/Game-Used/Stars - All Cards $1". The table was actually being run by an older woman who had to have been at least 70 years old. Show More Summary

Airbrushed Fridays: 2013 Topps #364

The ol' underhand toss. Who is he? Carlos Pena was a slugger and a one-time All-Star who spent most of his career with the Tigers and the Rays. He was never known for his defense or for hitting for high average, but his power kept him around the game for more than a decade. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Clay Bellinger

I got Bellinger to sign a card for me after the California / Carolina League All-Star game - his son Cody is a Los Angeles Dodgers minor leaguer and was on the winning Cal League All-Star team. The elder Bellinger played in all of two...Show More Summary

Spring May Be Over, But the Cleaning is Still Going On

White Sox, Padres and Reds (Oh my!) Plus some other teams that no one really collects, I guess? I've been working on a couple of projects and going through my entire collection to pull cards for a couple of people who are very deserved over the past couple of weeks. Show More Summary

Vintage Goods from Commishbob

I've been enjoying the work of Commishbob over at The Five Tool Collector for a long time now, but until recently we'd never interacted personally. Well, that all changed when Bob dropped an impressive array of vintage Red Sox cardsShow More Summary

Card Show Recap - I Love the '70s

This past weekend I had the good fortune to attend a local sports card show, which is a rarity for me. I would say this is probably the third one I've made it to in the past year, and before those three it had been a good long time.Show More Summary

Interview with "Kaiju Baseball" artist Chet Phillips

We here at The Baseball Card Blog appreciate fine art and its place within the hobby. From the bubbly, Topps-approved artwork of David Coulson to the punk aesthetic of Pat Riot (and everyone in between), the baseball card is the perfect pocket-sized canvas. Show More Summary

Offseason Teams

How much do you care about your other teams in the offseason? For me, it's not always a lot. It's hard for me to get too fired about sports that aren't actually actively scheduling contests among their teams. I'm not sure if I've always...Show More Summary

2015 Topps Archives pack

I grabbed only one pack at my LCS because it was a little bit more [@$4.50 each] than I would like to pay for a midlevel baseball pack - with the issue of the card stock thinness, it would be nice if Topps printed these cards on the drab, gray card stock used up through 1992. Show More Summary

Happy Father's Day!

On this Father's Day I'd like to take a moment to thank my own Dad... When I came home from 2nd grade with a flyer for a local hockey league begging to play, he let my brothers and I give it a shot. That developed into well over a decade...Show More Summary

Plying My Trade for Cards

In my working life, I'm an IT guy. That means that in my personal life I'm asked quite often for advice, favors and help with computer problems. Most recently, I was able to help out the owner of my favorite local hobby shop after aShow More Summary

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