Cardboard Icons celebrates Fourth `blogoversary’

It started with an itch to write and share stories and pictures of cards from my collection.  And now this little blog of mine is celebrating its fourth anniversary blogoversary.

This means little to many of you.  I am not your source of card news.  I don’t try to be. I don’t re-write readily available press releases and title my posts with “BREAKING NEWS’ or “EXCLUSIVE”. I don’t copy and paste pictures of card images released by card companies via Twitter.

Hell, I don’t even receive free products from card companies to do reviews and previews.

I’ll leave that stuff to others who have a passion to do that. .

But even without those aspects, I find myself on the brink of a quarter of a million page views. And for that, I thank you the reader.

This all started with a desire to marry my passions of writing and collecting cards. In 2008, when I put finger to keyboard and created Cardboard Icons, I was in my 21st year as a collector and my 8th as a professional journalist.  I had been married for a few years, but we had no kids.

Now four years later, I have two rug rats and am still married, changed careers (for the better, I might add) and can now say that I’ve been collecting for a quarter of a century.

During that time frame, there have been countless blogs that have come and gone.  And at times I questioned whether I’d be able to maintain a presence here as well.

Alas, here I am. Still active. And better than ever if you ask me.

Along the way, there were some influential people in the hobby, specifically the social media and blogging aspects, that helped me get to a position where people actually visit this site.  You know who you guys are.  And for that I thank you.

I have no major announcements.  No promises to be made about up-coming coverage.

I’ll just keep doing what I do, and you keep coming back, OK?

In case you were wondering, this was the first post I ever wrote … COTD: 1951 Bowman Phil Rizzuto.

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