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Celebrating One Year of Blogging

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on July 3, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

I woke up one year ago today, July 3, thinking it was time to start my blog.

For months, I’d contemplated writing something baseball card related. I’d already been blogging about fantasy baseball for more than a year, but if there was one thing I felt I was an “expert” at, it was baseball cards.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to proclaim I am the end-all when it comes to card knowledge. Hell, I’ve learned a lot in the last year, stuff I hadn’t even begun to think about.

But having been a collector for more than two decades, I felt that if I could write about one thing authoritatively, it was this hobby.

I had aspirations about writing a book, but who wants to read some bounded ramblings of some collector? I felt a blog would be the next best thing as it would be cathartic, and give me an opportunity to enhance my collection by figuring out why certain cards were in my collection.

What happened over the next year was totally unexpected.

For about two months, I provided daily content to whomever would read it — pretty much just me — about certain cards. Then in October, Mario at Wax Heaven found my blog interesting enough to add me to his “Heavenly Seven.” It still surprises me that I’d made it there; and it amazes me how many of you followed his link back to my blog — I’m approaching 50,000 page views, the overwhelming majority of which were directed from Wax Heaven.

It really wasn’t one of my goals to get recognized by Mario. Hell, when I got into card blogging, I barely knew what the hell Wax Heaven was. I just remembered seeing the banner in someone’s Beckett Message Board signature. I digress.

I’m still a bit shocked that Mario found my blog that interesting. I think it may have had to do with a post I wrote about this 1997 Bowman Chrome promotional piece; Mario seems to have an affinity to all cards created that year.

Anyhow, when he linked to this blog, everything changed. Suddenly I was not the only one reading my stuff, but hundreds of you guys were as well. This changed my mentality a bit; I strove to write something entertaining or informative as often as possible. And for months I continued down that path.

I’m almost positive that I was the first blogger to write about the 2008 Stadium Club Manny Ramirez ‘Dodger” card. I give major credit to Chris Olds at Beckett (you all can keep that booing to yourselves, I’ve got no beef with Chris.) for linking back to this site.

I helped spread the news of the hobby’s oldest baseball card being found in Fresno, Calif. I owe another hat tip to my boy Mike, the reporter at the Fresno Bee who wrote that original story, which later led to that woman making an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

And, oddly enough, a post I wrote in November has recently become one of the most read posts I’ve ever written — this Thrift Treasures entry in which I discovered a box of Michael Jackson cards.

But in January, things got even better. In this piece, I announced that my wife and I were pretty much on our way to the hospital to welcome into the world our first child, our daughter Alexa. Since then, this blog has not been the same. I’ve gone on several hiatuses, and although I am writing a bit more frequently these days, I make no guarantees as to when I’ll get around to posting. And that’s OK. I’ve come to learn that is healthier for me and my family.

Over the last year I’ve also witnessed great acts of generosity. Mario has clearly been a big giver in terms of cards, as has been one of his most notorious assistants, Submarine Shane. And I’ve also come to know some wonderful people who have turned out to be great trading partners, like Greg at Night Owl Cards — which has been my favorite blog for almost eight months, Cardboard Junkie is my second; Jeffrey at Card Junkie, who also has been very helpful in completing sets, and Dave at the retired blog Fielder’s Choice.

Anyhow, as I celebrate this one-year anniversary, I also thank you for taking time to stop by. I wish I were in such a position to offer a prize in some sort of contest, but I’m not. I haven’t really thought that far ahead.  Maybe something will pop up in the next couple days that I’ll deem worthy of giving away.

Ben / Newspaperman

Another shout to Submarine Shane, Wax Heaven’s `Man on the Street’

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

2009toppsdustinpedroiamvpA day or two after breaking my single 2009 Topps hobby box, Shane hit me up and said he’d supply me with the 37 base cards I needed to complete my 330-card set. Well, the cards arrived yesterday, as well as a few other goodies, which are show inside this post. Continue reading

Big shouts to Wax Heaven and Night Owl Cards

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

2008agbaseballiconscampanellaMy mail man came extra early today and he might as well could have been Santa Claus. In the mail were two packages from fellow bloggers Mario from Wax Heaven and  Greg at Night Owl Cards … AND my three boxes of Topps Gallery, which I wrote about here.

Because I’m a fan of making things right, I’m going to show off the cards that were sent to me by these fellow bloggers before even discussing the Topps Gallery hobby boxes, which are still sitting here in their factory wrappers.

First, let’s look at the amazing stuff Mario sent me.

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Big thanks to Submarine Shane

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

2008sweetspotdustinpedroia361Earlier this week I received a small padded envelope from Wax Heaven’s “Man On The Street” Submarine Shane. He contacted me about a week and a half ago, offering some Red Sox base cards he’d received from some products. Well, what arrived, was more than expected. In all, there were eight cards, three cards for my 2008 Topps Allen & Ginter set, a 2005 Leaf Limited Roger Clemens (Sox uni) SP /99, a 2007 UD Masterpieces Black Linen border David Ortiz /99, 2008 Sweet Spot base cards of Mike Lowell and Dustin Pedroia, and then this:

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Is Beckett obsolete? Yes and no …

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , on December 19, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

I made my blog rounds this morning and came across this recent post on Wax Heaven. If you’re reading this piece, then you’ve almost certainly read that blog. If not, check it out at some point today.

On his blog, Mario slams Beckett again, this time harping on the issue of Beckett basically being obsolete. The underlying theme is Beckett’s refusal to change — coupled with it’s seemingly shady practices — will lead to its demise, which is already evident from the throngs of collectors seeking information from outside sources.

This is not the first time I’ve read this opinion, but this is the first time I’m going to respond to those assertions in my own blog. I’m usually not one of those guys trolling other blogs looking for fodder to post on my own, but in this case, I think this is a relevant topic worth writing about. After all, I am in the minority. The magazine may not be the Holy Bible of baseball cards as it once was, but it is still a necessity. Continue reading