Samurai Japan World Baseball Classic Roster

I’m a bit late on this but ten days ago the final roster for Samurai Japan’s World Baseball Classic team was announced.  After seeing George’s post showing off the Korean team and a post on Not Another Baseball Card Blog for the Canadian team, I t…

Signature Sundays – Tim Thomas!

Every so often when I have a few minutes to kill with my iPad, I’ll search the trading card section on eBay for ‘Autograph’, sort by Ending Soonest and see if there’s any low-hanging fruit to be plucked at the last moment. Doing so last weekend led me…

Rippin Wax 1993 Fleer Style

Saw a blowout box at my LCS for only 10 bucks so I figured why not?Ten bucks for a couple afternoons ripping through packs, that’s money well spent.That’s good times, not to mention a great escape from life’s responsibilities.I opened a lot of Series 1…

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Mariners ’98 Donruss Signature Series Auto Contest!

Time to take a trip back to when having (1) autographed card per pack was still a revolutionary idea.  This contest is for a Ken Cloude 1998 Donruss Signature Series Auto.  Don’t remember Ken Cloude?  That’s alright.  Most people don’t.  He had a short-lived career in the majors before needing surgery, and finally finished-up down […]

Chris Hancock, Relief Pitcher – 8

Originally published Jan. 27, 2015Chris Hancock was one of two quarterbacks at Fontana High School in 1986 and in one November game he helped lead them to a win, according to The Los Angeles Times.Hancock’s coach Dick Bruich explained the approach to T…

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Card Of The Week February 19

75 years ago today President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 which lead to the relocation and internment of around 120,000 people of Japanese descent who were mostly living on the US west coast at the time, roughly two thirds of whom were Am…

Topps #7 and my missing Mantles!

My comc order came in earlier than expected. I got it Saturday the 18th. The estimated delivery date was almost a week later. Friday, the 24th.I was really excited about this package because I thought I was finishing off a bunch of projects. I was wron…

Serial Numbered Sunday (#1)

It’s Sunday. Let’s an in depth look at a serial numbered card.Here’s a 2016 Topps Chrome card featuring Zack Greinke of the Arizona Diamondbacks.The 200 card 2016 Topps Chrome set features 9 different refractor parallels of every one of the 200 cards.R…

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1996 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice: Pack #32: In Which Griffey, Jr. Hits a Home Run!

After today’s pack, I’m down to a measly four remaining packs in the box of 1996 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice!  This box has been a blast – and I think I’ve enjoyed even more by taking it slow (one pack per post really makes me focus on each base…

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Five Random Cubs Cards

I’ve got 14,631 Cubs cards from 120 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades. 1900s – 1970s: 1969 Milton Bradley Ernie Banks The picture that MB used is Ernie…

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Collecting Cutch

I have a very meager collection of Andrew McCutchen cards. My entire collection is showcased here. 15 different cards. Almost pathetic, if you ask me. I need to add a few cards of his to my collection, because as you can see, the 5 time All-S…

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Don’t Forget the #BYBHub!

As baseball season nears, it’s time to remind you all about the wonder that is the BYB Hub!Yeah, you’ve probably heard me talk about it before. It’s that linked box on the left over there. The Hub is especially great this time of year. You see, the bes…

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2017 National Hockey Card Day USA

Today, February 18th, 2017 is National Hockey Card Day in both the USA and Canada. How it works is, if you visit a participating hobby shop, you get some free hockey cards. Pretty simple, no? They’ve been doing it since 2009 in Canada and 2012 in the U…

Randy Johnson, Asked For – 15

Originally published Jan. 28, 2015Randy Johnson signed on with the Giants as a free agent in 1989. He then set about trying to prove his worth, The Spokane Chronicle wrote.He did that in a July game, accounting for four of his Everett Giants’ six runs …

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Buyback Franken-set: I Get Buy(backs) with a Little Help from My Friends

Recently, buyback cards have been flooding into Shoebox Legends headquarters from all over the place.  In fact, I have four more folks who’ve sent me buybacks recently that I need to thank, and that’s exactly what I’ll be doing here.  Let’s t…

What Would Make Me Want to Buy 2017 Topps Archives…Maybe

I’d like to thank everyone who has left comments, sent me emails and DM’s regarding my dad. He had his first chemo cocktail this past Tuesday, and seems to have been in great spirits since. Yes, he was in pain, and it was noticeable on Monday when my f…

TTM Return From Juan Gonzalez

I recently noticed on SCN that everyone was getting returns from Juan Gonzalez, like since July last year! How could I have missed this for so long? So I jumped on the bandwagon hoping the bandwagon was still rolling.  It was.1991 Upper Deck #6461…

1996 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice: Pack #31: In Which Head to Spain!

By the time you get to read this post, I will be touring around the city of Barcelona, Spain.  I am leading an overseas trip to Italy and Greece later this spring that is part of my History of Mathematics course I am teaching.  As a way to ge…

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Canadian Football Logic

Things are a bit wonky around here right now, so I thought I’d go with something light today, namely a look at some Topps CFL boxes and wrappers, just because they are cool and unusual.  Plus, they can teach us a little about Canadian manufacturin…

Steve Callahan, Called Blazing – 2

Originally published Jan. 30, 2015Steve Callahan’s fastball was called blazing. That fastball helped his Lewis-Clark American Legion team be called state champions, according to The Spokane Spokesman-Review.Callahan took a no-hitter into the sixth inni…

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