Posts in category: Shoebox Legends
Buyback Franken-set: ’74s & a Pilot

Ten more buybacks to look at today from the large lot I won a while back.  All of today’s save one are from the 1974 Topps set.  Let’s see how they fare…1974 Topps #12 – Dave MayDave May was coming off the best season of his career here.&nb…

Shiny Sox from Mark Kaz

A week or two ago I found a surprise PWE from my good buddy Mark Kaz waiting in my mailbox for me after work.  I’m grateful that, despite the fact that Mark is no longer blogging, we can continue our back and forth mailings of Red Sox and Mets.&nb…

A Sunday COMC Blaster

Had a little free time to do some scanning this morning, and it’s been a while since I did one of these COMC “virtual blasters”.  So, I hit up my card chest where I store my backlog of to-be-processed cards from past COMC orders and grabbed and sc…

BoSox & Buybacks – A PWE from Joe Shlabotnik

Tonight I’ve got the contents of a wonderful PWE that I received from Joe Shlabotnik to show off to you.Joe is someone who, like me, seems to appreciate a lot of variety in his collection, so our back-and-forth PWEs typically contain a wide assortment …

Buyback Franken-set: Work Week Relief

This week was a long one, but I’m now at home for the weekend and ready to relax.  What better way to celebrate than with some new buybacks for the franken-set project?  Here are ten more from a lot of 68 that I picked up for the price of a b…

Pack War – 2017 Topps vs. Grab Bag

Well, I finally got around to checking out Topps’ 2017 flagship baseball offering for myself.  I happened to be driving right past a hobby shop that I don’t usually frequent with a few minutes to spare, so I stopped in and picked up a pack.  …

Buyback Franken-set: Contributions from Chris the Collector

Today’s buyback franken-set contributions come from Chris, who writes over at The Collector.  Chris busted 5 hobby boxes of 2017 Topps Heritage and came away with a pretty sweet Carlos Correa autograph.  The fate of that Correa is still to be…

Signature Sundays – Star Wars

Growing up as a child of the ’80s I was, like many kids my age, a huge fan of the Star Wars franchise.  The films from the original trilogy were among my absolute favorite from childhood, and I still enjoy them to this day.  I’m excited that …

Stat Kings – 1983-84 NHL Scoring Leaders

It’s time for another Stat Kings post here on Shoebox Legends.  In this series I take a look at statistical leaders from sports history and match them up with relevant cardboard.  My hope is that these posts will help me to more closely tie m…

A Trio of ’59 HOFers!

Recently I scored 9 pretty significant additions to my ’59 Topps set build when an eBay seller listed out nearly an entire set individually, with each card starting at a penny and combined shipping offered.  I showed off the first three a while ba…

Buyback Franken-set: A Red Baron Request

I’m probably one of the few collectors who is actually pleased about the gluttony of junk wax buybacks that Topps is including in their baseball releases this year.  I’m also very grateful that some other folks out there have thought of me and my …

Buyback Franken-set: Bo Knows Buybacks

When I was collecting baseball cards as a kid Bo Jackson was one of the biggest names in sports, and by extension in the hobby.  I distinctly remember the whole “Bo Knows” craze that had the two-sport star plastered all over sports cards, advertis…

Collection Cornerstones – Plante!

When I finished paying off my car loan a couple of years ago now, I began taking the money that I’d been paying towards the car each month and splitting the pot in half.  One half went into savings for the next car, the other half I’d use to shop …

Buyback Franken-set: A Six-Pack of Sox

My buyback franken-set project forges on, and today I’ve got a six-pack of Red Sox buybacks to evaluate for inclusion in the binder…1968 Topps #346 – Jerry AdairJerry Adair was traded to Boston in the summer of their infamous 1967 season, and would p…

Black Friday ’59s

Aside from my buyback franken-set, completing the 1959 Topps set continues to be the baseball project that I’m most devoted to at the moment.  As with any vintage set from the ’50s, this one’s going to be a bear to complete, and I don’t envision f…

A Little Piece of Stick from The Little Ball of Hate

I have a card to show off today that was a total surprise when it arrived at Shoebox Legends headquarters, and seriously made my jaw drop.  It was sent to me by my longtime hobby friend Douglas of Sports Cards from the Dollar Store.  Before I…

Buyback Franken-set: Trios

In my continuing quest to complete a buyback franken-set, today I present a trio of trios courtesy of a recent 68-card lot that I picked up for the price of a blaster.  The first trio comes courtesy of 1978 Topps…1978 Topps #309 – Cliff JohnsonC…

Signature Sundays – Brett Hull!

I’ve talked a few times in the past about the very first set that I collected as a kid, 1989-90 Topps and O-Pee-Chee hockey.  My dad used to bring home packs for my brothers and I after work, and we’d sit at the table ripping, trading, and sorting…

Trades from Collectors (Five Tool & Pedestrian)

I’ve got a couple of great trade packages to cover today, the first of which came unexpectedly from Commishbob of The Five Tool Collector.  Bob caught me totally out of the blue with a random act of kindness when he sent me the Dwight Evans buybac…

Buyback Franken-set: A Hand-Picked Quartet

I’ve driven hundreds of miles the past couple of days for work, and have a 16-hour stress-filled day today, so this will be brief.  Just a quick quartet of buybacks that I picked up a few weeks back on eBay…1967 Topps #375 – Jake GibbsI don’t kn…

Buyback Franken-set: The End of the ’70s

Today’s buyback post will feature ten cards from a recent lot of 68 that I snagged off of eBay for the price of a blaster.  They’re admittedly not the most exciting grouping of buybacks (and I’d expect nothing more at that price), but they do nice…

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…

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…

Bargain Hunting – Delvecchio Tallboy!

A couple of weeks back I got an email from Dave & Adam’s Card World letting me know they were having a sale, and since I had a few minutes I decided to check it out.  While I didn’t find any boxes or other unopened modern product that caught m…

A ’59 Trio

Just a quick post tonight, been a long day.  When I saw recently that an eBay seller had listed nearly an entire ’59 Topps set, with each individual card starting at a penny and combined shipping available, I placed a few bids and came home with 9…

Barely Treading Water in a Sea of Generosity

I’m beginning to have a real “first world problem” when it comes to operating the blog, and that is that so many generous folks are sending me cards that it’s truly becoming a part-time job keeping up with everything.  Much of this is my own fault…

’72-73 OPC WHA – The Quest Continues

It’s been a lot of fun so far working on the ’72-73 O-Pee-Chee WHA subset, and I’ve really kicked it into high gear the past few weeks.  Today I’ve got another pair to share with you, each plucked from eBay for just a couple bucks…Winger Wayne R…

Saturday Randoms

I’m out cruising around deep in the woods of northern New Hampshire on a snowmobile right about now, so how about a scheduled post to clean out a bunch of back-logged images from my scans folder?  Sure, why not!In 2008, Topps included a 5-card ins…

Buyback Franken-set: Recycled Goods

As I keep rolling with the buyback franken-set project, today I’ve got a stack of 10 that have all been featured on the blog in years past, but haven’t officially been evaluated for/incorporated into the franken-set.  Time to do a little house-kee…

Snow Day with Coast to Posts

The snow is coming down hard here in Rhode Island.  Yesterday it was 54 degrees and sunny, today we’re in the midst of about a foot and a half of snow.  Seems like a good day to show some hockey cards!Today’s loot comes courtesy of Brad over …

Buyback Franken-set: Sportlots 4-pack

Quick quartet of buybacks today, that I picked up from a seller on Sportlots just because they were dirt cheap, and because the cost to ship four cards was the same as the cost to ship one…1969 Topps #89 – Russ GibsonYes, this Russ Gibson is complete…

My Favorite Fedorov

I’m still in shock over how the Super Bowl ended last night.  I’m finding it difficult to think/post about much else quite frankly, but since I’m not a football card collector I’m gonna give it a shot here… Late last year I picked up a significa…

Signature Sundays – Marty Barrett

Just a quick one today, featuring a cheap autograph that I couldn’t resist when I stumbled across it on eBay a couple of weeks back…Just in case you’re not sick of the 1987 Topps design yet!I have very little memory of seeing Marty Barrett play, as h…