A great contest going on o'er at Crinkly Wrappers, a blog I just discovered a week into this little blog of mine. He would like everyone to leave him a comment and follow his blog. I think you should!


Want List/Trade List

I'd love to start reliving the days of school bus trades (circa 1979-81) and find some good trade partners - particularly right now for 2010 - 2011 Topps cards and inserts. Next on my agenda: Sort through my 30-year-old cards and complete the arduous process of cataloging them.

Leave me a note or send me an e-mail if you'd like to talk trade.



Show Your Cards

I attended my first baseball card show today - having gotten the itch to collect of late. 

I thought I'd have plenty of time - an hour before needing to meet my family. But, quickly, I was engrossed and stretched it to 90 minutes. Mostly, I scouted the terrain. The show is held every two weeks, so I'll have a chance to come back. I realized I could easily spend about three hours next time.

I picked up quite a few cards - including 30 to help fill my 2011 Topps Series 1 gaps (including a Miguel Cabrera gold), a handful of 2010 base set cards (I'm far from a full set for 2010 and would be just as happy to send a lot packing in trades), '77 Joe Morgan, '77 Tony Perez, a '67 Joe Nuxhall, roughly 15 Reds and Tigers from the '80s and a few 2010 and 2011 inserts I like - including three more "Lost" cards - Mantle (54), Winfield (86) and Brock (65), Kimball Champions for Brett Anderson and Carlos Gonzalez, and a Johnny Bench Turkey Red from 2010.

All told, $9 - plus $1 to get into the show. Spent three times that for the three of us to eat brunch an hour later - and I'm already hungry.


Nostalgic Wax: Youthful Pursuit

Like many, I recently got the urge to get back into a hobby that once made me very happy - collecting baseball (and some football) cards.

When I was 9 to about 13, nothing made me happier than opening a pack of baseball cards. My parents got me started by gifting me with several packs of 1978 cards. I was hooked and that set remains the one I love the most. I collected cards through 1983.

And now I'm back.

The other day, I decided to search the world of blogs to find out who - if anyone - is writing about baseball cards. As it turns out, many people are - and many are doing it well. Nice surprise.

I'm learning a lot as I jump back into this. I bought a bunch of Topps 2010 last year and now have ventured into 2011. I've read a lot of critics of Topps, as well as those who like the recent sets (which I do). Topps remains my favorite. Old habits.

Now, having not planned my purchases in a fiscally responsible way, I hope to find some good trade partners. It's a far cry from trading on the school bus - but maybe it'll do.

Speaking of trades on the bus, I once traded a kid four football cards (I don't recall who they were) for a Walter Payton I liked. Turns out it was Payton's rookie card. Neither of us knew any better. It wasn't mint then, but the condition hasn't changed since I got it - probably about 1980.

I display that one, with a few select others, proudly.

As for my plans, ultimately I'll probably narrow my collecting focus to players from my favorite teams - Reds, Tigers, Steelers, among a few - and certain players I like. We'll see.

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