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  1. The Sports Bookie -- Opening a blaster box of 2013 Topps

    Picked up a blaster box of 2013 Topps Series 1 at my local Walmart, just to get a taste before I review a hobby box later this month.

    The $19.98 blasters contain 10 packs plus a bonus commemorative patch card. Each pack consists of eight cards -- but two of those are the blue Walmart parallels. So if you're a set collector like I am, six cards to a pack.

    I do like the design of the 2013s. There is some really sharp color and good action shots. The color photos are ...
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  2. A Collection Lost in Time

    After taking a couple year break from baseball card collecting, I recently jumped back in with both feet. Sporadically, throughout that time I continued to casually observe pricing, and what was hot in the hobby from the sidelines, but only purchased a handful of cards and did no trading. After talking with my little brother about reacquiring my zest for the hobby and trading, he offered me up his baseball card collection from when we were teenagers, for the agreed upon price of a handful of Silver ...
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  3. THe Sports Bookie -- Athletes as role models? Forget it ...

    "I'm not a role model... Just because I dunk a basketball doesn't mean I should raise your kids."

    Charles Barkley said it years ago, and with every new revelation about the indiscretions of athletes and former athletes, perhaps it's time to believe Sir Charles.

    In an editorial today, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel told its readers that it's time to remove those pedestals that we've placed athletes upon.

    Respect athletes for what they do on the ...
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  4. 2013 Topps Series I break

    Busted open 2 hobby boxes and a jumbo. Here are the inserts. Going to take a little while to sort the base, but hope to have it available for trade by the weekend.

    2013 Topps Series I

    1972 Minis (TM-xx):
    1 posey
    2 haren
    4 trout
    6 trevor bauer
    7 kimbrel
    8 uggla
    11 pedroia
    13 castro
    14 chris sale
    15 konerko
    16 votto
    20 verlander
    22 ethier
    26 braun
    27 dickey ...
  5. Francona's book shows manager's true grit

    Ending the Curse of the Bambino and winning two World Series titles in eight seasons of managing the Boston Red Sox have been the highlights of Terry Francona's career in the dugout. And yet, Francona never really had the chance to absorb and relish the glory he deserved.

    I spent a lot of my time in Boston putting out fires, Francona tells veteran Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy in Francona: The Red Sox Years (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; $28, hardback, 360 pages). This ...
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