Monday, December 27, 2010

Snow Day Part II: Cards And Life Too, Kinda

Onto the cards. I again had packs that were very star and, in particular, New York star-slanted, but almost exclusively toward guys I don't collect. I rarely pull A-Rod cards and I never pull David Wrights, but I pulled two cards of Alex and 1 of Mr. "Damn, I'd look even better in a Royals uniform than Alex would!". Of course, for now, they're just going to sit and collect dust in my star boxes, just like the cards of Clemens, Sheffield, Nomar, etc. that I pulled today, unless they're doubles, but I'm thinking about thinning out those boxes a bit in the coming year, putting cards in the hands of people who collect and enjoy certain players I don't. (There's gotta still be some Clemens collectors out there, right?) I'd have to keep at least one, or maybe even a couple of each player, because I wouldn't want to not have a card on hand for reference, send away a cool card just because it's of a player I don't like or end up in a situation where a somewhat recent player gets into the Hall Of Fame and I don't have any cards of his, but I gotta say, as I've said before, there's no reason for me to have a ton of cards of, say, Roberto Alomar. We'll get into that after the new year starts, though.

Here are a few cards I pulled that I actually liked...

Yep, there was a Goodwin pack in there. This is a nice rendition of older Junior. The twinkle in his eyes is a nice touch.

" old did you say she was?"

I kinda hope Damon does come back to the Yankees, even if I have trouble watching them these days and he'd be the third guy they have who should be a bench guy or, at best, a full-time DH (A-Rod and Posada being the other two), just because Damon's fun to watch and he gives good interview.

Alas, the dreaded '07 Upper Decks were in there too (two packs, no less), but this shot of Reggie Willits did it for me for some reason. There's a flow to it, a kinetic energy that I dig. I was really hoping guys like Willits, Joey Gathright and Nook Logan would figure out how to hit at the big league level as well as run like Michael Bourn did, but it doesn't look like it's happening. Nook was a Newark Bear over the summer, Willits was nearly Herb Washington last I checked, and without looking it up, I don't know where the hell Gathright is. Oh, he's a Long Island Duck now. Well, at least there are a lot of cars for him to jump in Lawn Guy Land. I'll have to see if I can get an auto from him at a Bears or a Patriots game this coming season, if he's still there.

Guy's somethin' else. Or was about 4 years ago, anyway.

Bruuuuuuuuuuce. I'm probably the only one who likes these camo jerseys that the guys wear on armed forces days and such.

Finally, a card of a guy whose cards I actually collect on purpose! Love this shot of the Unit. As stark as the main card image is, there's something poignant about it, too. At the end of his career, tryin' to get those last few wins for 300, and he's got an uncertain look in his eyes, like "Do I still know how to do this?" I wish now that I'd gotten more '09 SP Authentics. I'll have to see if I can fix that.

Some of you are gonna think I'm nuts, but in a lot of packs where I got Randy Johnson, A-Rod, David Wright, Roger Clemens, Nomar, Griffey, Damon, Torii, all kinds of other guys, the thing I was most excited about was finally getting a base card of Brandon Inge that wasn't part of a set (the only card I had of him was in my 2010 Topps Heritage set). I love this guy. Great fielder, great teammate, works his ass off, plays hurt when he can, moved around the field to wherever he needed to in order to keep his job with the Tigers, and he does a lot of good stuff for the community too, especially for kids. I had none of his cards, though, and that was kind of a drag. Never pulled any in packs besides the Heritage card, and despite looking for them for a while, I never came up with any when I'd look through lots of commons. So, I've finally got my Inge player collection started. Send your doubles my way, I'm up for 'em!

But wait! There's more!


Seriously, no joke, two common base cards were among the highlights of my Christmas. I feel like the kid who plays with the wrapping paper over here.

Whenever I end up getting recent "junk wax" foisted upon me, there's always some '07 Fleer Ultra in there. I wouldn't call these junk at all, though. They're always great looking cards, so I could give a rat's ass what they're worth, how they sold or how many were printed. A lot of people I know miss Donruss, but me, I kinda miss Fleer. I wasn't around for the worst of what they did as a company or what Upper Deck's done with the name, but I have a soft spot, I'll admit it.

So, yeah, good snow day, and a really solid Christmas. It was quiet, people were happy, good stuff was received and good times were had. As it always does, the running around gets a little stressful, especially in the home stretch (I was literally in the stores until 7:30 PM Christmas Eve, but it worked out), but this year, it was pretty worthwhile.

I was sitting on the couch Christmas night, after the missus and I had exchanged gifts, and I said "We're really fortunate." I stand by that on a personal level, despite some of the hardships I do have going on. Yeah, I definitely struggle with some things. Sleep is a legitimately chronic, lifelong health issue for me (to the point where it interferes with my ability to do regular work; hopefully, that explains how I'm able to spend so much time crunching numbers, sorting commons and writing all of this stuff) and I have my other issues here and there (which often lead to me cataloguing junk wax commons by the thousands and things of that nature), but otherwise, my health's not too bad, knock wood. Money's tight because I'm out of work, but (often thanks to the generosity of others; thanks to you all, you know who you are) I have a roof over my head, food to eat, clothes on my back, friends I can talk to, I can get to where I need to go and by some cosmic accident, I do end up with some cash to pick up cards from time to time (usually not to the degree things have come in lately; I got some gift money this holiday season, which led to a few over-the-top, gaudy purchases which I scold myself for regularly), which is my primary means of retaining what's left of my sanity these days. I have ways to communicate with people and share my ideas with them, this site being one of many. (I'll get into the rest sometime soon; hopefully, you'll enjoy the ride.) Scott Crawford On Cards! has been an absolute godsend since I started it a few months ago, as it's given a rhyme and reason to those boxes of cards at the foot of my bed, given voice to thoughts that've rattled around in my head for ages, and given me an audience for it all that really seems to dig what I'm doing and who also seem to love bouncing ideas back at me. Thanks, folks. I dig a lot of your stuff as well.

None of us really have any idea how long we're here or what tomorrow's going to bring us, but right now, I'm pretty happy, and beyond appreciative for what I do have.

I hope y'all are, too.


  1. I like the 2007 Fleer Ultras, but I need two for the complete set and I have about 400 doubles. Though Bo is getting a whole bunch!

    As for stars...feh...give me Larvell Blanks and Chad Bradford any day of the week! That's what makes the game great!

  2. Bo? Getting a bunch of cards? Get outta town. =)

    I like plenty of stars, just not many of the guys who everyone goes nuts for around here. I think Mariano Rivera is the only bona fide star on a New York team who I'm collecting actively at this point, though with my player collection list being what it is, I could be forgetting 20 or 30 dudes.


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