Mike Trout auto/relic card from Gypsy Queen.
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For the past ten years, trading card companies like Topps have relied heavily on vintage style card sets to help keep collectors interested in the hobby. Sets that feature card designs that have ranged anywhere from the 1960s all the way back to the early 1900s. This week Topps continues their annual look into the past with the late nineteenth century inspired Gypsy Queen set (fourth year of production), which is named and styled after the early tobacco cards.

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Infographic: The History of Gaming

March 24, 2014 at 7:40am in News

By Jonny Batin

Guess what’s been on the rise over the past few years? Mobile gaming! The facts don’t lie folks, the amount of users now turning to gaming on-the-go is soaring and looks set to keep getting higher and higher. Continue reading Infographic: The History of Gaming »

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics has drawn to a close now and the Paralympics are nearing the final stages. Did you know that Gala Casino are getting in the spirit of the Sochi Winter Olympics with their Ice Hockey-themed slot game which has all the thrills of the fast-paced, dangerous sport? They have helped us take a look back at the competition to see how the favorites (according to bookies) faired up. Continue reading Sochi 2014: A look back at Men’s Ice Hockey »

Dan Le Batard stol the spotlight from Glavine (Doug Benc/Getty Images)

For those who missed it, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas were voted into the Hall of Fame this past Wednesday. All three were more than deserving of the honor, and one would think they would have their time in the spotlight. Unfortunately, a loud-mouthed reporter with his own agenda, Dan Le Batard, took that away from them. In November 2013, Deadspin announced that they had “bought” a Hall of Fame vote and would allow their readers to vote on the names on the ballot. This past Wednesday, Dan Le Batard was announced to be the journalist who “sold” his vote. First things first, it is important to note that Le Batard did not actually sell his vote, he merely gave it away. This fact changes the story from something borderline illegal to an ill-timed publicity stunt. For those who have not seen the Deadspin article, you can find it here.

Why Le Batard was Right

While I cannot condone the manner in which it was done, Le Batard is correct in that the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) and its Hall of Fame voting process is an extremely sketchy process. Continue reading The Baseball Hall of Fame Vote: Why Dan Le Batard was Right and Wrong »

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Richie Incognito (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

The Miami Dolphins just went changed their colors from orange and teal to perhaps the only certifiably uglier color combination of black and white. In lieu of guard Richie Incognito’s voicemail left for Jonathan Martin, the Dolphins have suspended Incognito indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team; just days after Martin left the team for undisclosed reasons and the team placed him on the non-football-related illness list.

This incident has, of course, already begun to spawn the thinkpieces and hand-wringing we expect from the media. This incident will inevitably be placed into a larger context and will be used as a reason to examine everything from the mentality of football players and the culture of a locker room to race relations in America. Continue reading The Hidden Damages of Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin »

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Celebration (theblaze.com)

The Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 to claim the franchise’s eighth World Series crown. But out of all eight of those World Series titles, this one was different.

This one stands out.

As the Red Sox players hoisted the trophy at Fenway, they finished their ascent from the dregs of Major League Baseball to the very top.

After giving its fans a mere 69 wins to celebrate in 2012, the Sox won a total of 108 game in 2013 and now stand alone as the kings of baseball who delivered a title to a town that needed it the most. Continue reading Red Sox Defeat Cardinals 6-1, Earn Third World Series Crown in 10 Seasons »

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Patriots WR Donald Jones is retiring due to the advancement of his kidney disease. Jones, only 25, has been fighting the disease his entire life and this time he took to Twitter to let the world know he was hanging up his cleats. The Patriots signed the free-agent WR this offseason to a 3-year-deal worth $3.71 million and no guaranteed money. Shortly after, on July 19th Jones was released.

Jones had previously played for the Buffalo Bills from 2010-2012. In his three seasons with Buffalo, Jones finished with a total of 82 catches for 887 yds and 6 touchdowns.  Rotoworld.com reports that Jones worked out for both the Titans and Colts on before calling it quits. Continue reading Former Patriots WR Donald Jones Retires Due to Kidney Disease »

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