I've been writing This Card Is Cool for over four years now. Still just a toddler, but like a child growing up, things have changed.
As a beginning blogger, I was a big part of group breaks and I did a lot of trading. My card purchasing habits were different then too - I bought plenty of packs at the local big box stores and card shops and hit up as many card shows as I could. I had a lot of trade bait, though rarely did I have anything great.
This involvement with mainstream products brought me mainstream followers and friends. And many of you still follow me today, which I really appreciate, given the offbeat subject matter that usually makes up my posts. My circle was full of player, team, and set collectors.
As the blog reached its first anniversary, I moved across the Pacific and while I didn't abandon cards I actually didn't really write much. I was back to being a solo collector, save a few meetups with Kenny (Zippy Zappy). My exposure to a whole other league of baseball cards has changed my purchasing habits, too, focusing mostly on Japanese singles.
Of course, I returned to blogging, though I'm still not mentally able to post every day like I want to (teaching itty bitties - preschoolers - is draining but fun). I still don't get much trade bait - cards here just cost a lot more to begin with.
And as my collecting focus has shifted from mainstream to cards most people probably haven't even heard of, so has my "circle" of traders. Yes, some of you still bear with me as I try to find good cards for people who have no interest in NPB. But now the people I correspond with most are those who follow this oft-ignored side of the hobby.
As far as I know, the ultimate expert when it comes to inglorious cardboard is Jason of Clyde's Stale Cards. The guy has an amazing collection of, well, everything. And he's been really kind to me in trades, including the assemblage of cardboard below!
Jason's post. There's no way on earth I'd probably ever find these cards on my own!
It's time to cue up your favorite song about circles, discs, or other round things. How about Belinda Carlisle's Circle in the Sand. Remember that song?
NPB Card Guy loaded me up with a bunch of full sets.
- Mike Dyer? I've never even met 'er!
- Of course you haven't had the pleasure of the Scott service.
- I am Gary Borg. You will be assimilated.
Jason writes Clyde's Stale Cards, a blog about oddballs and international issues. He always manages to come across something I've never even heard of, and quite often I find myself saying "me want! me want!".