I really don't post here enough these days, but I really want to pay tribute to a blogger who I've really only discovered in the last month or so.
Most of you guys would know Nick from DimeBoxes, and I wish I had known about his blog for as long as it has been around. Here's what could well be a perfect example of my ineptitude when it comes to blogs that are not only pleasing to the eye, but also effective in linking others to my favorites:
If that worked, then I will be astounded!
Basically, this guy collects exactly what I collect. Cheap commons. And LOTS of them! If we were living in the same area & going to the same card shows, I would probably see him as some sort of 'Collecting Adversary', but since we're separated by about 12,000 miles, it's safe to assume we will never be in direct competition for the same pieces of cardboard gold.
It's a safe bet that both of our favorite sets over the years have been Topps Total & Upper Deck 40-Man, because each depicted cards of some relatively minor players suiting up for teams that most folks don't remember them even playing for.
I think that the two of us, apart from serious Kenny Lofton collectors, are two of the very few people who set out to get at least one of Kenny's cards picturing him in each team he played for. I managed to complete the collection a few months ago with his 2003 Upper Deck issue (Thanks COMC), the one card I wanted to own more than any other from the set, because Kenny is a Pittsburgh Pirate.
Hopefully I'll be able to check out my own cards soon, and possibly post a meaningful and card-picture-ful blog entry about another player who I have also collected in the same way as Kenny. Jose Canseco and John Candelaria are two that come to mind. I consider it somewhat of a grand achievement to have nabbed at least one of each card for each player in each uniform. Too many 'each'es there...
Thanks for all the great posts, Nick. I'll be sure to read every single one of them in the future!
EDIT : The links worked! This is somewhat exciting for a blogging novice... I promise I will get better :-) NJ