Returning to the sucker club
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3d ago
  I made one of my six-times-a-year visits to Walmart on Sunday. I'd like it to be less than that, but I've documented the pitfalls of living in a semi-populated area many times. I tell myself at least it's not as often as 10 years ago when I was making once-a-week trips to find cards. But speaking of that, I was there to get a couple household items, a combination of which you can only find there, or by ordering online and waiting two weeks for them to arrive in the mail. I naturally ambled over to the card kiosk section to take the edge off. It's really a candy-and-such kiosk but do ..read more
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Team MAPs: 1981 Fleer
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5d ago
  A comment left on the 1981 Fleer Team MVPs post hit the nail-on-the-there's-way-too-much-space-above-the-player's-head.   Dime Box Nick said that '81 Fleer is one of those sets where the "good" cards are really good and the "bad" cards are really bad. I had noticed exactly that while going through the set to write that post. And I was already in the process of developing a second post on the idea when Nick left that comment.   But I'm not sure that "bad" is the right adjective. And I didn't want to write anything like "Team Least Valuable Players." The vibe that I get from th ..read more
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Too many collections
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5d ago
  The curse of multiple collecting themes in your collection is often they overlap and then what do you do? I don't even have as many collecting themes as some bloggers and I run into this all the time. For example, I received a few cards from The Angels, In Order recently as Tom was offering up some extras in his collection again. These aren't the cards I chose. Tom sent them along because they were listed on my wants for the 1991 Line Drive Albuquerque Dukes set. They were two of the final four cards I needed to finish off that set. I am now down to John Wetteland and Jose Offer ..read more
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10 reasons why Topps finally made the right call
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1w ago
  Topps released details on this year's Series 1 yesterday. Release date is Feb. 15, which is a mid-week day that means I could potentially land some cards at a nearby big-box  ... if this was 2019. If I get something by the end of February, I'll be surprised.   No matter, I'm not too into current cards these days, but I refuse to dim the little-boy excitement that returns every year at this time when the new cards are released.   One specific mention in the release caught my eye:   All right, let's break that down.   Yes, it's the 1988 Topps design's turn to ..read more
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Team MVPs: 1981 Fleer
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1w ago
  One thing that I know is happening in 2023 is my 40th high school reunion. At least I think that's the case. I still don't know if I'll attend, but at any rate, I graduated from high school 40 years ago this year. Wow. Would I go back to high school if I could? Absolutely not. I think I have lots of company in that thought. But there are two things that I still like about that time. 1. I was younger. 2. The baseball cards. I have mentioned many times that the advent of three card companies issuing baseball sets all at the same time, was mind-blowing behavior for us youngsters. In 1 ..read more
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Fun before work
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1w ago
  My hobby's chief responsibility is to balance out life's negatives.   The hobby is fun for me. It's my No. 1 source for it. It counters the drudgery, the responsibilities, the weather, the medical issues, the unnecessary drama and the relentless work schedule. It's the balance in my life.   That's why I look askance at anyone using the hobby exclusively to shill or take advantage of people. Cards are not a business for me (though I sell when it's a no-brainer), but a free pass away from the business side of life.    In the last 5 or 6 years it seems like fewer peopl ..read more
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Honors and benefits
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1w ago
  It's award season. I think if you watched any football yesterday, you know that, with advertisements for the airing of the upcoming Grammys, for artists you don't know and songs you wish you never heard.   In keeping with the season, Trading Card Database announced their yearly "site awards" and Night Owl Cards came away with "Favorite Blog" for the third straight year. Woo-hoo! Throw in the Blog of the Year honor from Nachos Grande a few weeks ago and it's another sweep! It's a consensus, if you're not reading, you're receding! Thanks for the votes. It's a little weird to be get ..read more
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Holding patterns
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2w ago
  There are a couple of people I know who wonder why I'm in such a hurry to retire. I don't know, it just sounds so attractive, especially the closer I get. I don't understand people who want to work until they're 75. (It's another matter if you have to). Also, there are several former classmates of mine who are already retired and I don't know if I've been more envious in all my life. Perhaps you need to be my age to understand. The job, like many others, ain't getting easier. In fact it's getting more complicated. Some of that may be just because I'm not able to process things like I ..read more
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C.A.: 1994 Score Steve Finley
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2w ago
(Greetings. I am currently sitting through about the 59th dreary, dark day of this fall/winter. It's been even more pronounced lately. When you get no snow for weeks, there's nothing on the ground to brighten up the gray sky. And the worst part is it's impossible to take card pictures for this blog. Filching scans it is! Time for Cardboard Appreciation. This is the 317th in a series):   I play this little game with myself, which sometimes I also air on Twitter, where I ask myself the following question:   "Dodger card?"   This 1994 Score card was the latest example. It was on ..read more
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Making good time
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2w ago
  I like to assess my collection periodically via numbers. It's the best way I know to document progress and, for me, accumulating cards is progress (I don't understand collectors who get excited by selling off their cards -- the hobby is called "collecting," not "divesting"). Without totaling my cards periodically, this process would be mindless accumulation. What do I have? I don't know! How about this card in front of me! That's all I can tell you! At least with numbers, I feel like I'm making good time, even if it's still really mindless accumulation but with numbers. So every yea ..read more
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