The Breaks

Okay, it’s time to share some more 2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball cards that I got from a few group breaks. I think I may have overdone the group break buy-ins this year but those darn things are so darn attractive to me–darn it! For…

The Impression That I Get (of 2019 Topps Series 1)

2019 Topps #258 Eddie Rosario and #322 Brian McCann Base Cards: The Design Late in January, I pre-ordered a jumbo box of 2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball from my local hobby store, Hall of Fame Baseball Cards in Monrovia, CA. I picked up my box…

Hey Nineteen

Banner - 2019 Topps Baseball

Hey ’19 indeed! The big week is finally here with the release of 2019 Topps Baseball Series 1 and Super Bowl LXIII featuring my Los Angeles Rams! Woohoo! In recent years, I’ve tended to spend a bit too much money on Topps flagship baseball and…

Shop Around (the Flea Market, Part 2)

1966 Topps Baseball #120, 1971 Topps Football #25, 2008 Topps Baseball Highlights Autographs HA-DB cardbacks Stuff I Actually Did Buy Continuing our shopping adventures at the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena CA, we finally came across a few cards that fit into the Stadium…

Shop Around (the Flea Market, Part 1)

"Shop Around" 7" single label

Stuff I Didn’t Buy (but caught my attention anyway) Just wanted to share my day at the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, CA this past Sunday. I posted on my Twitter account a lot of uncropped pics of cool things that I didn’t buy…

Caribbean Blue (Donruss 1992)

1992 Donruss card element

Screenshot from a 1992 Donruss commercial Wow. I can’t believe I actually won a contest prize over at Adam’s ARPSmith’s Sportscard Obsession. It really wasn’t due to due to a correct guess/prediction in one of his minicontests. None of the contestants in a particular mini-contest…

Yes, I’m Ready

Segment of 45 rpm "Yes, I'm Ready"

Yes, I’m (sort of) ready to attempt to live up to a few 2019 New Year’s resolutions. I’ve never really had any New Year’s resolutions before (especially hobby resolutions). But for this year, I decided to take baby steps to go out on a limb…

My Favorite Mistake (of 2018)

Hobby-wise I was really looking forward to 2018. This would be the first year in ages that I would attempt to build a Topps baseball set that wasn’t flagship. And so when 2018 Topps Heritage was released, I bought two hobby boxes and I’m very…

Love Is A Rose (Bowl Contest Winner)

2019 Rose Bowl Souvenir Cup Design

2019 Rose Bowl Game – Opening drive 2019 Rose Bowl Game – Final minutes 2019 Rose Bowl Final Score 2019 Rose Bowl Program The 2019 Rose Bowl Game came and went with the Ohio State Buckeyes crowned the 2019 Rose Bowl Champions. Ohio State dominated…

New Year’s Day

2019 Rose Bowl merchandise signage

Happy New Year!  It’s been a very busy week in Pasadena preparing for the 105th Rose Bowl game. Here’s a glimpse into some of the preparations… Large Rose Bowl merchandise stand outside the stadium 12/30/18 Large Rose Bowl merchandise stand on the stadium concourse In-N-Out…

The Rose (Bowl Contest)

Rose Bowl Neon Sign at Dawn

Background So who’s ready for The Granddaddy of Them All? It appears that the statue of Jackie Robinson (right) is so ready. (Yes, it’s that Jackie Robinson!) In case you didn’t know it, pre-UCLA Jackie was raised in Pasadena and played football at nearby Pasadena…

Here Comes (Secret) Santa Claus

Before we begin, we’re giving a Stadium Fantasium standing ovation to Jon at A Penny Sleeve for your Thoughts for heading up this year’s Secret Santa gift exchange with 30 participants! Well done, Jon! My Secret Santa was none other than Jim (gcrl) at cards…

Back In the Saddle

Yay! My work schedule finally eased up and now I have an opportunity (for the foreseeable future at least) to bring the blog up to date.

At the Game: Dodgers vs. Brewers

Scoreboard

Oh my gosh, what a great time we had at this game (Thursday, August 2). First, we stopped for a pre-game meal at a landmark Los Angeles deli which is also a very popular long-time hangout for Dodgers fans. I’m talking about Philippe’s (open since…