Happy Anniversary to me.
Happy Anniversary to me!
Happy Anniversary to Baseball Every Night.
Happy Anniversary to me.
I cannot believe it's been 1 year already of blogging... I'd just like to let you know that you'll never, ever get the seconds or minutes back that you've spent reading my posts. But I am very grateful to each and every one of you that has stopped by and read, commented, and even traded with me just the once, or even a couple of times. I'm still relatively uncertain just what the hell I'm doing, but at least I'm having fun. I keep meaning to blog on current baseball things. Players, games I've watched on TV or in person, etc. But for the most part the posts have been about Cardboard.
I'd like to establish goals other than "increase my player personal collections but I think that's a pretty standard, achievable goal. I'd like to spend more time reading more blogs, too, but at the present time other obligations will made pleasure/leisure reading a bit difficult for the next six or eight weeks.
BUT, I'd like to announce a contest. The winner will be the recipient of what I can guarantee will be a one-of-a-kind gift. After the contest closes it might take a few weeks for the gift to be sent but I believe it'll be worth the wait. And I certainly hope that when it is delivered to the lucky sod that they'll do a blog post about it. What it is, otherwise, I will not say. So I hope you like good surprises!
I've never done a contest before, but I've read enough others and participated in a couple, so I think I get the basic way they are done.
So. The contest is to write a blog post -- any content, length, whatever -- about your favorite baseball card by your favorite baseball player. You can answer these questions if you like: When did you first start to like the player? Why? When did you get the card? Have you ever replaced it with one in better condition? Etc. This kind of them. Just want it means to have this card in your mind at various times of the day. The kicker is that market price must be less than $15. So, you write a blog post, please, and paste a link to it in the comments section. Since we're all busy, I'll run the contest through the end of the month, 30 April. I'll do one of them-there randomizer things and let that determine the winner.
My favorite baseball card of my favorite player will NOT be a surprise to you. 1987 Topps Darryl Strawberry, card number 460.
Growing up a Strawberry fan was exciting in the mid-1980s and this card design has always been among my favorites. I know it hearkens back to 1962, but I was -12 years old in 1962 so don't have any memories of it! I always found the design clean and readable; big fan of the logo in the top corner. It wasn't the best printing quality on the cards -- and that's not even recency bias of how sharp things are now. I'm pretty sure that as a 12-13 year old I would have noticed all the spots on the cards, blurriness, and the like.
Anyway, this card epitomizes for me turning 13 years old and everything that comes along with it. I know I would have pulled this card in a pack as this was a set I built at the time. And I'm sure I had oodles of doubles, too.
Thanks for reading this, considering, and for participating in this contest.
Thanks for stopping by!
PS: Any entrants selecting a card from 1995 Fleer will be automatically disqualified. But please do still post as I'll then forward your entry to a psychiatrist so that you can get the help you need. Any entrants that select a 1995 Fleer card that I deem is intentionally trying to get disqualified (Tony L.) will be re-entered into the contest and will have their name added to the randomizer 18 times.