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Featured autograph - Robinson Cano

The Seattle Mariners second baseman is hitting.298 with 23 home runs and 65 RBIs heading into August - after struggling for parts of the 2015 season, he has enjoyed a bounceback year for a Mariners team looking to get into the playoffs through the Wild Card. Show More Summary

More 2016 Topps Stadium Club finds

From another stash of 2016 Topps Stadium Club at a card shop, I grabbed 52 more TSC cards - I printed out a generic checklist as a worksheet to mark off the cards I've found, to mark out priorities I'm looking for and to mark cards that are not priorities. Show More Summary

Going Atomic?

Here's a guy you may have seen in the news lately. The 2011 Topps Chrome Atomic Refractors might be my single favorite parallel from the past five years or so. I love the look of these refractors every year, but 2011 is the most practical to collect since they were serial-numbered to /225, vs just /10 most other years. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Jairo Beras

Despite receiving a $4.5 million signing bonus in 2012 - Beras is probably still figuring out the nuances of playing the game, so his hitting numbers are underwhelming, particularly in the hitter friendly California League. I've gotten...Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set - Laying the Foundation for a Trade Package

Buybacks again? Yup! It's been a week since I evaluated any new buyback cards for my franken-set so I'm due to keep this project moving along here. The ten cards I have today may not be the most exciting grouping, but all ten make the set since they currently have no competition for their respective slots. Show More Summary

One Card Post - Papi Proof

What: 2016 Panini Diamond Kings #64 - David Ortiz (Artist's Proof Parallel #'d /99)Where: COMCHow Much?: $1.60Why?: Just got back from a week in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. I managed to get a couple of scheduled posts...Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Orlando Cepeda

I don't think the Hall of Famer's autograph is rare, but he's old and you typically have to pay to get him to autograph something through a private signing perhaps - so while an outing to get someone's 'free autograph' at MLB All-Star...Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Chris Cannizzaro

Cannizzaro was in rough shape but managed to sign autographs at MLB All-Star Fan Fest - he first San Diego Padres All-Star and was on both the Padres expansion team in 1969 and the New York Mets expansion team in 1962.

Featured autograph - Randy Ready

I got five cards [all MLB authenticated for what it's worth] signed by the former utility player and longtime coach at the MLB All-Star Fan Fest - Ready played in the middle of the junk wax era so even as a rank-and-file player, he had a lot of cards made. Show More Summary

Someone Likes the A's

Turning A's into Birds, thanks to a @JoshSamBob mailing. For nearly a decade, I haven't been able to figure out what to do with any of my Oakland A's cards, aside from a stray Rickey Henderson or Mark McGwire card here and there. This all finally changed recently, as I finally found a suitable home for a bunch of A's cards. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Kevin Mitchell

I picked up the 1994 Topps Gold for my 'inking it up' mini-collection and go figure, ended up getting the card signed at the 2016 MLB All-Star Fan Fest - the focus of my 'image based' mini-collections is on the cards and I like the keep the cards unsigned because when a card is autographed, it usually obscures the image on the card. Show More Summary

1994-95 Fleer Franchise Futures

Quick post today featuring a '90s insert set that I was able to grab the remaining cards I needed from cheaply at the hobby shop. From the 1994-95 Fleer hockey set, it's Franchise Futures... Fleer certainly liked making "busy" cards in the mid-'90s, and this insert set is no exception. Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Jesse Orosco

I've gotten his autograph in recent years, though I didn't see him this year until he made an MLB All-Star Fan Fest appearance - Orosco was a 24-year MLB veteran who appeared in a record 1252 games for 10 teams. While a nomad after he left the organization - Orosco was a 2-time All-Star in his eight seasons with the New York Mets and closed out Game 7 of 1986 World Series.

One Card Post - Mini Fisk

What: 1975 Topps Mini #80 - Carlton FiskWhere: COMCHow Much?: $1.45Why?: What a feeling adding this iconic '70s card to my Red Sox collection for less than a buck fifty!

Featured autographs - Dodgers prospects

Pitchers Grant Holmes, Josh Sborz and Andrew Sopko maybe just the trade bait needed to land an ace like Chris Sale - who seems an obvious fit for the Dodgers now that Clayton Kershaw could be out for the season. The trio of Holmes, Sborz...Show More Summary

Signature Sundays - Random Autos

A little scan folder clean-up this Sunday for my Signature Sundays post. These handful of autos all joined my collection sometime in the last couple of years and never managed to get a post of their own, so I'm lumping them together for today's edition... Show More Summary

Featured autograph - Will Clark

The former MLB superstar made an appearance during a minor league game in Lancaster California and I was able to get my 2001 Fleer Tradition set card signed - it was great for me to get his autograph for the first time and knock out a 15-year old set card. Show More Summary

Buyback Franken-set - From Guidry to Griffey

Let's evaluate ten more buybacks for induction into my franken-set on this sunny summer Saturday, shall we? #202 - 1979 Ron Guidry Record Breaker Neat one here to kick things off, a record breaker card commemorating the 18 strikeout performance that Ron Guidry had against the Angels in '78. Show More Summary

Quick & Dirty Stadium Club Blaster

When Stadium Club hit the shelves a couple of weeks back I picked up my obligatory blaster at Target: The cards are gorgeous, I know. For some reason though I'm less enthused about this year's set. Maybe it's because my blaster wasn't all that exciting. Show More Summary

Award winner adds - miscellaneous MVPs

2002 SP Legendary Cuts Dazzy Vance #16 - 1924 National League MVP 1991 Conlon George H. Burns #309 2007 SP Legendary Cuts Charlie Gehringer #32 - 1937 American League MVP 2001 Topps Archives Jackie Jensen #145 - 1958 American League MVP 2001 Upper Deck Decade 1970s Joe Torre #144 - 1971 National League MVP

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