October 2017 Ebay Wins

Another month, another round of saved searches bearing gifts that I bought for myself. This was my birthday month, but I didn’t expand my budget. Even so, I wound up with quite a few good cards at a reasonable price. I have several months backlogged, so let’s just get into it.

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A Few Good Group Breaks

2017 was a decent year for me on a personal level. Aside from the last couple months of the year, I did find myself with more free time from work than I had the past few years (although this new position is going to be even better and would be the normal 9-5 schedule a […]

A Big Trade with Mini Collector Bill – Part 2

Back in late September, I posted the first part of a significant trade I made with Bill. As a quick refresher, he responded to some of my Gypsy Queen trade bait posts and we worked out a nice, large exchange – mostly for my budding 2016 WS champ players. Far too many cards for one, […]

Opening Day

The day is finally upon us. Baseball season has started. Everything rides on this one game. Start 0-1 and the season is doomed. Win this one, and you’re going to win them all.

The Cubs versus Marlins match-up today has already happened, but I’m writing this in advance so I don’t know the result. I’ll […]

The Road to Opening Day

Spring Training is now over, and I have to say that I haven’t been all that excited about it the past couple years. I hate to keep bringing it up, but I think the main reason is that February and March have been the busiest months of work. It’s been rare that I could focus […]

Back in Black

I know that yesterday I had a post announcing my annual return, but considering I actually think this could be for good… that probably warrants a second one.

Taking a look at my archives sidebar shows that over the past couple years, there have been long gaps between November and April with no posts, which […]

Good to be Back

Once again, I’ve been away from the blog for a prolonged period of time. My hope is that this actually the last time. I know I’ve said that before, but I now have a new position at my company that is not supposed to require any nights and weekends. Technically the old job didn’t either, […]

Time Sensitive Releases and the Future of Collecting – One Year Later

Remember this post? Probably not, but now that a year plus have passed and people are more accustomed to Topps Now, I wanted to revisit the topic.

Originally, I said that the print-to-order, online exclusive, 24 hour (sometimes a week) purchase window cards scared me. Now, I mostly see it as a nuisance. Let’s go […]

June 2017 Ebay Wins

In typical Community Gum fashion, this monthly series hasn’t been featured on the blog since June when I displayed my May winnings. I’m stealing about 30 minutes from my nighttime work schedule to put this out because I want to post something and don’t feel like finishing up the Gint-A-Cuffs posts tonight.

June was a […]

Topps Bunt – An Examination of Two Extremes in Parallel Construction

Topps Bunt has only been around as a physical product for a couple years now (as opposed to the digital app) but it’s made a pretty big impression on me.

I think the most appealing part of it is that it’s a budget product that isn’t just a simple rehash like Opening Day or a […]