Three was the magic number on Friday with a couple of trade packages courtesy of Justin in Indianapolis and James in Minnesota. The third package was an eBay purchase utilizing a $3 off coupon. With that coupon I was looking for Cole Roederer. I found a 2018 Bowman Chrome Draft Purple Refractor numbered 92/350. It’s price was less than $3, so I found another purple Refractor...Aramis Ademan numbered 64/250. I was disappointed that the seller used only one penny sleeve for bot
Technically, this is not an Opening Day Mailday. Two packages arrived on Wednesday, and the mailbox was empty on actual Opening Day today, March 28. The first package was an envelope from Gary in Connecticut who sent six Cubs plus an Anthony Rizzo Red Sox card. I sent Gary a Manon Rheaume card along with a couple Yankees. While the Rizzo does not count towards the Cubs goal, this card will go in my Rizzo player binder once things get organized and sorted. A big box from Steve
I recently picked up a collection from Craigslist. After seeing the post I arranged to look at it, and it exceeded my expectations. Then, after unloading the contents in my basement and perusing through boxes it became an even better find. The below image gallery is a small glimpse into what this collection entailed. Some items are in my eBay Store, while others will be listed in the coming weeks. Other items will be available for trade. Essentially, anything non-Cubs is for
Only one package was in my mailbox Monday, but boy was it a good one. Just one card, and behold your eyes on this... A 2018 Topps Longball Legends Kris Bryant relic numbered 1/1. Wow! Thanks to Rich in Kentucky for offering this beauty up for trade. There are not too many 1/1 cards in my Cubs collection and this is my first Bryant 1/1. In return I helped Rich with his 2019 Topps Heritage short print set by sending a stack of SP’s.
A full mailbox was waiting for me Friday afternoon at the post office. Three boxes were inside that included more than 3,000 cards spanning from 1951 Bowman to 2019 Donruss. One package was unexpected and it came from a childhood friend, Brandon, in Annawan, Illinois. I recounted some memories about collecting with Brandon in my Earl Cunnigham blog. Ironically, the day I unexpectedly received a package from Brandon was the same day I mailed out a letter and cards to Earl Cunn
This weekend I made a trip to Waukegan, Illinois to watch the NCAA tournament with a couple college friends. My friend, Quincy, works right across the street from Jim and Steve’s Card Shop in Waukegan, Illinois and is a regular customer. Of course, we had to make a Saturday morning trip before the basketball games tipped. There wasn’t anything in particular I was shopping for, though I do like to pick up hobby boxes. The box of choice this trip was 2019 Topps Inception. The h
After my Craigslist purchase Wednesday night I behind on updating maildays. From Tuesday, two packages arrived. Earlier this week I also posted a hobby question regarding Topps online sets. There are Topps Now, Topps Living, Throwback Thursday, On Demand, etc. As I was driving home with a SUV load of baseball cards, I wondered to myself if these gimmicky Topps sets will go the way of Broder sets in the 1980's and 1990's. First off, if you are unaware, Broder is generally a bl
Bryan in Texas said he had about 5,000 Cubs cards to send me. He sure did. And I certainly wasn’t expecting what was inside. After thanking him immensely for the awesome assortment I had to offer some shipping advice. That postage price of $46.70 made my jaw hit the floor. This amount of cards could fit (or almost fit) inside a large flat rate gaming box that costs $17.60 using PayPal shipping. Honestly, I was expecting about 5,000 Cubs cards from 1986-1993, and that’s okay.
Several boxes filled with nearly 6,000 Cubs baseball cards and other Cubs memorabilia sat unopened for several days last week. Three packages arrived on Wednesday and I didn’t have the chance to open any because that’s trivia night (team name: Keep the F.I.B.s Out). Thursday brought another package before I headed to Peoria, Illinois for the weekend to work the IHSA basketball state championships. I picked up one other package....at my hotel. Thanks to Jake from central Illin
Small towns fascinate me. Maybe it's because I grew up in a small town. During my time in broadcasting I spent many hours on two-lane highways driving through small towns around the state of Illinois. When I head back to my hometown, a small village in Illinois named Annawan, two-lane highways are my usual route. I will take route 78 north through Illinois into Wisconsin and pass through more than a dozen rural communities. Last weekend I made a pit stop after the IHSA basket