Monday, July 11, 2016

Breaking Down

A little over a month ago, I had one of the most unique days of my life.

The night before, I had been reading part of "Secrets of the Millionaire Mind" by T. Harv Eker.  While some parts of the book are annoying and goofy, the principles it outlines are pretty sound.  It's also refreshingly honest in its analysis of average poor, middle class, and rich minds.  I've tried to do more reading in the evenings before bed, and this was a quick, easy read.  

The particular idea that I read about that night was (roughly) "rich people don't complain".  A challenge was issued in the book to not complain for seven days.  So naturally, I spent the rest of the night until 11:59 complaining while I still could.  Spoiler alert: I wasn't successful in the seven day challenge.  I was, however, wildly successful on the first day.  

I woke up and went to work as usual and had a typical morning.  Around 1 pm, I drove out to grab some lunch.  A couple miles down the road, my truck hesitated a little, then cut off completely.  I couldn't get it back on.  The not complaining thing was certainly being tested.  I called AAA and got towed to a service center.  I had to leave my truck and either find a way back to work or home.  

Since I was still hungry, I walked down the street to Arby's.  After that, I decided to walk a couple blocks down the same road to a card shop.  The card shop (Tenth Inning, Hampton, VA) is a relic of the past and likely hasn't changed a single price tag in years.  They do have a ton of cards, though. They are only open from 10-4 during the week, so I was pleased I finally got to walk in. 

I had to buy some packs, so I picked out one pack each of 2000 Topps Finest S1, 2000 Topps Gallery, and 1994 Topps Finest S1.  Here's what I got:

1994 Finest didn't scan so hot.  I didn't get anything earth-shattering, but it was fun to overpay and rip some packs.

I have another post coming soon with the bonus pack the card shop guy gave me.  Hopefully I'll get it up quickly. hehehe.

After leaving the card shop, I had three options: 1) Call my wife, make her wake our daughter from naptime, and make them come get me; 2) Call someone from work and have them pick me up (then need a ride home at the end of the day); 3) Walk home.

I went with option #3, knowing it was a loooong walk.  It was mostly a straight shot down one road with sidewalks, so I figured I'd at least start walking.  I could always call someone if I needed to.  Did I mention I was in dress shoes and khakis?  Oh well, at least it was a beautiful day.  I enjoyed the first half of the walk quite a bit.  It's nice to pass things at a slow pace that you typically drive by.  I stopped at a Taco Bell about midway since it was Happier Hour and the freezes were $1.  Excellent timing, I thought.  I got a Orange Crush Vanilla Float Freeze, and it was fantastic.  A FedEx driver came in at the same time and commented on how good the freeze looked.  I told the cashier to make another one for him, my treat.  He thanked me following a brief conversation, and I set back out on my journey.

This half of the walk was a bit more painful and perhaps a bit more beautiful.  Finally, I arrived home sweaty, sunburned, hurting and way more at peace than I had been in quite some time.  It was a little over 7 miles of walking in dress clothes on a June afternoon. I decided to not worry about my truck because it's paid off, and, for lack of a better phrase, it is what it is.  Positive thinking breeds positive outcomes.  The truck ended up only being $200 bucks to get up and running, which isn't bad at all.

That day, I threw away my dress shoes.  Bad shoes aren't worth it.  I now wear quality athletic shoes to work.  I got them on clearance at Marshall's for under $30, so they didn't break the bank.  My feet hurt less, and I'm happier.  

That day changed a lot for me.  I didn't succeed with not complaining for the whole week. I'm okay with that.  But I succeeded in changing for the better.  This story may sound ridiculous, but it really did help me put things in perspective.

I don't know if things happen for a reason or if things just happen, but what I now realize is that everything that happens is an opportunity.  If you want to be happy, put your energy on what you want.  Stop blaming, stop playing the victim (even if you are!), stop complaining.  It's not worth the time.

Some of you may think I've gone off the deep end.  But that's okay, the deep end is part of a pool, and who doesn't love a fucking pool in June?

Monday, May 30, 2016

Matt's Majestic Mound of Magnificent Mail

Well, certainly had to make sure I spelled "mail" correctly.

The cards came from Matt of Bubba's Bangin' Batch of Baseball Bits...

...a long, long time ago. Like, at least 6 months ago.

Black Allen & Ginter is so so sexy.  I'm now just one Zim shy of 250.

I'm also now one shy of 250 BJs, thanks to these cards:

Matt is so awesome, you might even say that amber is the color of his energy, since I now have 311 David Wrights:

You didn't think he sent me an unripped rippy did you?  Since I've pulled a handful of rip cards, ripped them and sold them, I was glad to get a ripped rip for my collection.

Matt loaded me up with Black A&G which is awesome.  I'm closing in on 100 Cuddyers.  Now that he's retired, that number probably won't be growing too much.

The blue bowman Justin is some kind of reprint refractor thingy, you know, because Bowman isn't confusing enough.

Mini no number of J-UP.  Fantastic Gintery goodness in this package.

Last but not least, a gold Scotty.  I have 173 unique Scott Sizemore cards I've had a long dry spell of acquiring his cards now that I'm closing in on all of the non-1/1 cards.

Thanks Matt!

Friday, May 27, 2016

In with the old and in with the new

I recently made two purchases that completed my Topps #3 Collection...until 2017 anyway.

I picked up 2016 Topps #3, Richie Shaffer:

Seeing the RC logo made me wonder how many of the #3 cards are rookies.  Then I started wondering about other stats within the cards: how many HRs hit by all the players, how many total players can be seen, etc.  I could probably milk a bunch of posts from that collection, you know, if I still blogged regularly.

Shaffer has hit 4 total HR in the pros so far.  Only one player is featured on the card.  It's a rookie card.  See, fun stuff.

Now I get to show the last card I got for my collection.  It was the one I just hadn't sprung for until recently when I found a decent price on eBay.  Naturally, a 1952 was the last card I needed:

129 HR, one player on the card, not a rookie.  But what a fantastic card.  Interesting fact: Hank died exactly 13 years after the day he played his final game.

Anyone else have ideas on interesting things to look at for all of the #3 cards?

(That question is posed partially to gather ideas and partially to gauge whether anyone actually reads this blog anymore)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Riddle me this.

Hello blogger, my old friend
I've come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains within the smell of cardboard

These cards were sent to me by Mr. Riddle of some time last year.  I'm a deadbeat blogger, so I'm just not showing them.

That's my 70th Vick, 4th Chancellor, 97th Cuddyer, 247th and 248th BJs, 309th Wright, 192nd and 193rd Verlanders, and 248th Zimmerman.  Those number amaze me because I know where I started when I first created this blog.  Generosity is never overrated.

MMmmMMmmmmmM chipz.  Gold chipz.  Or, I guess, chip.  My 190th Justin Upton card and first Justin Upton Chipz.

I love the Adibi, Williams, and Harris autos, especially since I was more than likely at those games.  The Logan Thomas is clearly that photographer's best work.  That said, I love it.  The Kevin Jones jersey is my 7th Jones jersey, goes perfectly with the parallel version I have.  I find it very annoying when I have a parallel but lack the base version.  That pair is now complete.

Thanks for the cards...sorry for taking so long to post!

People writing blogs
That voices never share
And no one dare
Disturb the smell of cardboard.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Forgotten but not lost...

In my last post about my trade with Greg of Plaschke, Thy Sweater is Argyle, I completely forgot to post this fantastic Joe Saunders card.

I have no idea how I forgot it.  It's in my photobucket right next to all of the other scans.  It's in the text file I used to log the cards as I opened the package.  It's not in that post.

I assumed I had included everything, then came across Greg's comment on the trade post:

I immediately assumed Greg was mistaken as I strictly operate under the assumption that I am always right and everyone else is always not.  However, in this one single solitary case, I was...

...always going to post it in its own post after the original post, and Greg is just impatient.  I'm never wrong.

On a lighter note, I didn't already have this Joe Saunders card.  For those who don't know, Joe Saunders went to Virginia Tech, which means he is probably always right, too.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Plaschke, thy cards are needed.

I recently completed yet another trade with Greg of Plaschke, Thy Sweater is Argyle.  In his package, he requested that I do a breakdown of what cards I actually needed, just like I did for the Night Owl package.

I suppose I can do that.

First player up: David Wright.  I already have a handful of the Fathead cards (though I tend to keep them all, just like the Topps of the Class cards.  The Trading Card History card is also not unique to my collection.  However, the 2011 Topps Factory Set Limited Edition is absolutely something I needed.  I really didn't see a way I would acquire them, so I'm thrilled to add it to my collection. That puts my D.Wright collection up to 308.  1-for-3 so far.

Again, the FSLE card was needed, while the 2011 OD card was not. 57 Reynoldseseses.  2-for-5 is still a great day.

8 cards and Greg bats .500 here.  The cards from 2013, 2014, and 2015 were all needed.  I stopped buying as much baseball in the past couple of years, so I'm glad to land some in a trade.  The FSLE was also needed. 6-for-13 on the day thus far and up to 189 Justin Upton cards.

It's not everyday that I get a package with 9 Cuddyers.  I want to grow my Cuddyer collection quite a bit, and his success in recent years has certainly helped.  Of these, I needed the Red Border, 2010 Opening Day, Stadium Club, FSLE, and 2014 leaders. That gets me to 96 Cuddyers. Greg pulls to 11-for-22.

Add the Topps 60 Zim to the list of cards I've gotten recently that I would have sworn I already had.  Apparently I didn't.  I also didn't have the FSLE or the 2015 base. That gives me 247 Zims.  14-for-27.

Yet another FSLE for the collection.  I really am stoked to add those to my collection.  I have 30+ of that Starquest card.  It's just one of those cards that happens to be in every package. BJ trails Zim by just one card.  15-for-29.

As I mentioned in the Night Owl post, it's going to be nearly impossible for someone to send me a Sizemore I don't already have.  15-for-31.

In addition to PC cards, Greg also sent a plethora of Nats cards:

He also sent a few cards for my VT collection:

Who wouldn't want to be friends with that smile?  I already had the card, but who cares?  It's a happy card.  I seriously love Bruce.  My daughter bobbles a Bruce Smith bobblehead every night before going to bed.  I'm 100% serious.

New D.Hall #17 for my collection.

Last but not least, a couple of Vick National Trading Card Day cards.  I already had the Upper Deck one, but needed the Topps version.  I now have 69 Vicks.  Hehehe 69.

So, the final tally is 17-for-35, or a batting average of .486.  So, while he didn't touch Night Owl's record batting average of .632, he did add a record number of cards (17)*.

Thanks, Greg!

*records only include trade packages received since October 2015.  Yeah, so not a long time but a record is record.