It’s Christmas Eve, 2016. For me, it means that 30 years ago today was the day that my card collecting started. At least I think so. Continue reading
Not too long ago Ben Zobrist made news by riding his bike to Wrigley Field. It’s not necessarily newsworthy, however, it was unique. Then Topps chose to make a card featuring him on a specially-designed bike with proceeds from sales of the card to be donated to Patriot Forward. I purchased one the day it was released and it finally arrived today.
For more info on this card you can visit Sports Card Reference here.
My recent return is a legend of sorts from the 90s and early 2000s that played the majority of his professional baseball career in the northeast. He’s known for his size and the huge wad he would keep in his mouth while playing. And believe it or not, he was the highest paid player in the game at one point.
Who could it be?
Living in Fort Worth, it’s difficult to turn on any kind of media without hearing about the Dallas Cowboys. I despised them for so long, but I admit that I’ve become interested enough that I want to see them win (it’s always better for the local economy). That, combined with the “never leave the last one on the shelf” philosophy many of us have, led to me picking up one of these this evening at a local Target.
Each one comes with three four-card packs and a three-card pack of Red, White and Blue Prizm cards. If you read the blog often, you probably know that I’m a fan of packs that offer guaranteed exclusive parallels. Continue reading
I’m 34 years old. Not old by any means but old enough to be married and have a two year old son. I’m old enough to be anticipating my 20 year high school reunion but not old enough to retire. I’m old enough that my joints hurt from years of sports but not old enough to stop trying to compete. And I’m old enough to know that the players of my generation are far better than those that take the field today…..at least in my opinion.
As is the case with almost every sports fan, the players of their generation are far superior to those that came in the years that followed. It’s no different with me and I realized I felt this way a few years ago when I couldn’t pick a new player to collect.
You see, my collection consisted of players that were retired such as Bobby Bonilla, Ken Griffey Jr, and Josh Fogg, among others. Every player that was active and crossed my mind as a possibility for a new pursuit just didn’t have the same pizazz as the ones from my hey-day.
I was afraid to choose an up-and-coming prospect for the fear that he’d be the next Brien Taylor and I didn’t want to pick someone from one of my favorite teams because the odds of him staying on said team were slim. My collection was at a standstill.
Then it hit me…I was officially old. I had become what bothered me as a child about the way my father collected. The way he spoke about players such as Vida Blue and Mark Fidrych with such fondness and how he would try to tell me how great the stars of his childhood were with the cards he had remaining in his collection as a picture companion. All the while I’m just thinking that those “old guys” were long gone and it’s time to focus on names like Bo, Junior, and Jose.
I had become an “old collector” and it happened right under my nose. Today my hobby pursuits include players such as Bobby Bonilla, Fred McGriff, Josh Fogg, Darryl Strawberry, and Ken Griffey Jr. even though they’ve been gone for years. Those cards make me happier than any Mike Trout or Kris Bryant ever could.
Collect what makes you happy and you’ll never go wrong!