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Shoebox Legends World Headquarters - The Card Chest

In an effort to get myself motivated with the blog here in year nine, I'm going to be featuring some "behind the scenes" posts this year. A look at what happens here at Casa de Shoebox Legends beyond the keyboard to help produce the stunning, award-winning blog material that maybe 100 people will read (and that's a good post lately!). Show More Summary

Bowl Pick 'Em Contest Results

A winner, two runners-up and a "winner". Even though this race was decided a week ago, last night's national championship game means all of the scoring is in the books. Let's find out who won and who fell flat on their face: 1st Place...Show More Summary

All The Sports

Ducks, Drexlers and Cardinals! With the Blazers in rebuilding mode, the Cardinals relegated to second banana status in the Hot Stove League and the Ducks completely embarrassing themselves, it's been a rough past month or so for my sports teams. Show More Summary

Marc B's First PWE

After a somewhat depressing post last week on the occasional guilty feeling that this hobby gives me, I decided to take the weekend off from blogging and from cards in general. I'm still mulling the topic over, and I'm certain there will be some changes this year to the way I collect, just not entirely sure what that will look like yet. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Manny Ramirez

The hype surrounding 'Manny Being Manny' and 'Mannywood' has been long over - though I still remember the flaky but ferocious slugger from his early years with the Cleveland Indians through his prime years with the Boston Red Sox. In...Show More Summary

1989 Topps Traded Ken Griffey Jr. #41T

Basically Junior Griffey was probably at the top of the MLB world just behind Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa back in the late 1990s - the way I remember it, I was in my first year of figuring out this auction Web site called eBay and was looking to secure a copy of Junior's first Topps card in the 1989 Topps Traded set. Show More Summary

1994 UD Fun Pack Mike Piazza #231

I probably thought any Piazza cards I could find back in through the mid 1990s were cardboard gold - with his Hall of Fame election this week, I can't help but think this card is my favorite random Piazza card from the last 20 years....Show More Summary

One Card Post - Twin Mullets

What: 2012-13 Upper Deck SP Authentic #186 - Mario Lemieux/Jaromir JagrWhere: SportlotsHow Much?: $1.00Why?: Another great image courtesy of the Authentic Moments subset from SP Authentic. Hard to believe that Jagr is still playing in the league today. Show More Summary

Airbrushed Fridays: 2015 Topps #684

It's a new year... full of doctored photos! Who is he? Wil Myers is a former top prospect who was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2013. He's also been traded twice. He's a mixed bag, basically. Myers has primarily played the outfield in...Show More Summary

Cardboard Guilt

Today's post may come across as a bit negative, but I want to talk about a feeling that seems to creep into my head at least a couple of times a year, a feeling I've dubbed "Cardboard Guilt". As a collector, maybe you've experienced this feeling in the back of your mind from time to time. Show More Summary

There Are Soccer Young Guns?!?!

I learned something new thanks to the latest PWE I received from Joe Shlabotnik of The Shlabotnik Report, and that is that Young Guns cards aren't just for hockey! Yes, that is a Young Guns card from an Upper Deck soccer set (2008 Upper Deck MLS to be exact). Show More Summary

Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza to the Hall

Knowing the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement was coming up, I picked up a nicer version of Griffey Jr.'s iconic rookie card - I was worried the card would get a little ‘artificial’ bump and wanted to upgrade the ‘raw’ copy I must have picked up 10-15 years ago. Show More Summary

Young Fresh Fellows

The Cardinals are banking on youth. Yankees fan and Michael Pineda enthusiast AJ of The Lost Collector blog sent some cards along recently amidst some turmoil in the Cardinals fanbase. There's a guy, a talented guy, who was traded to St. Show More Summary

Pack Rip - 1996 Fleer Red Sox

Picked this up at the hobby shop months ago, just getting to it now. Ten new Red Sox cards for a buck? Sure. Besides, the pack itself is clearly labeled "$1.99 USA" so I guess I really got a "steal" here. I'm a huge fan of the 1996 Fleer set, with it's full-bleed photos and matte finish. Show More Summary

Setting up assorted files on Google

For the card related projects I’m working on, I’ve gotten a little crazy trying to create and/or update Google Sheets and/or Google Docs files - I think it gets the ball rolling as far as getting organized and seeing what I have / need. Show More Summary

High Tek, This Card Is

I had no idea there was a Star Wars High Tek set released by Topps recently until I saw a box busted on another blog. Can't find it to link to for the life of me right now, thought it was over on 2x3 Heroes but maybe not. In any event, just like with the baseball releases the past couple of years, the cards are a little rich for my blood. Show More Summary

The Best Museum Collection Parallel You've Never Seen

I've confessed my love for the Pinnacle Museum Collection parallels numerous times here in the past. These shiny, "dufex" works of art are probably my favorite parallel of the entire decade that was the '90s. With that being the case,...Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Wesley Wright

Wright is your basic LOOGY who ended up getting into 9 games for the 2015 Angels - according to his agency's Twitter account, he signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks and will likely be joining the team in spring training.

One Card Post - The First Topps Bauer

What: 1951 Topps Red Back #24 - Hank BauerWhere: eBayHow Much?: $12.99 ($9.99, $3 shipping)Why?: It hasn't exactly been the most creative start to the new year here with back-to-back One Card Posts. I'm still not totally out of the woods...Show More Summary

Good Luck Ducks: Showdown in Alamo City

The Ducks take their high energy show to the Alamo Bowl for the second time in three seasons. It's been a strange season, but no matter the conversation, every sentence that's been spoken or written about the Ducks has seemed to include...Show More Summary

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