It's Sunday morning... I've been relaxing since I woke up around 7:30 am to the sweet sounds of my 3 month old daughter talking out loud to herself over the baby monitor stationed next to me on my night stand.
I've been taking it easy... made the wife and I some breakfast burritos with left over Qdoba food from my fantasy football draft yesterday... sipped on some coffee and let my daughter take a 45 minute nap on my chest. Then I grabbed my lappy and started reading up on some blogs, leaving a few comments here and there, and thought... it's a good time to post something.
Then I realized...
This will be my 100th post on this blog!!!
You guys have been with me for the last year and change and have seen me grow (and shrink) my collection. Most of my trades have surely favored the other party, but most of you thought it was worth it (with the exception of one or two trades)... but I've had no regrets! Through this blog I've met (not in person of course) many a collector and I now enjoy this hobby even more knowing I'm not alone out there.
Before this blog I couldn't share my excitement of a big pull with friends or family and get the reaction that you want and desire...
When I pulled my Mickey Mantle Jersey Card (still a "Lost Card") from an update box of 2000 Fleer Tradition (1 out of 80 box odds) I couldn't believe my luck... but to everyone else it was more like "ohh... that's nice Nick"
That was before this blog.
Recently I pulled a Yoenis Cespedes mini wood card 5/5 and the reaction I got from many of you was over the top... My good friend Kirk over at Eutaw Street Cardboard simply said "dude, you pull the sickest stuff"... and it felt great because I knew he got it.
Point being, you guys give me a certain level of fulfillment in terms of appreciation for being a collector. And I am grateful!
One of the best things I was able to document was the evolution of my Man Cave. It's pretty much complete and I only say that because of course I will always want to update things here and there, but it's a comfortable space and displays everything beautifully. You were there for the whole damn project and the feedback on the final product was like ice cream cake after dinner. Thank you for that!
The best thing about the blog of course has been the trading. Helping other collectors has been as rewarding (if not more) as other collectors helping me. I've traded with many of you across the country... California, Arizona, Florida, and even in my backyard in Maryland. Sharing my passion with those who appreciate it has been so rewarding.
Again, Thank you.
The post wouldn't be complete with out some recent highlights...
I was also able to gain another Lineage Relic from fellow blog buff Brad Rauer who hooked me up with Edinson Volquez. And he asked for nothing in return! A prime example of a selfless collector. I'm so proud to be a part of your community and would undoubtedly offer the same help to those who were seeking it. Again... Thank you!
So on my 100th post I'd like to wish all my fellow collectors a happy Sunday. Hope you're relaxing and taking it easy. I may not post as much as I have in the past, but I will continue to read and share when anything new or exciting happens.
Thank you for reading and just plain...