With the exception of blogging, I'm not feeling any aspect of card collecting right now. I can't get myself to send out my half of trades, or search for the necessary cards. I can't get myself to file cards or catalog them -- usually two of my favorite things to do. I don't even want to head out to the local Target and see what's not there.
I'm dealing with a semi-serious issue right now. How serious, I don't know. Could be trivial, could be life-altering, could be a warning shot across the bow. Everything's in limbo. Meanwhile, the not knowing is putting a damper on almost everything.
Except for blogging. Because as I've said many times, this is my oasis.
So let's get to the oasis, shall we?
I just received a shipment from Check Out My Cards. It's the second part of my Christmas money shopping spree. The spree got delayed because of life problems. Then the package got delayed because of COMC life problems. Apparently, they were in the middle of moving to a new building.
But the cards are finally here. I'll show them sometime soon, but I wanted to show this one because I was looking forward to it so much:
It's one of the 10 exclusive rookie cards from the 2011 Allen & Ginter glossy set. But Dee is the only rookie that I'm interested in owning.
I've been intrigued by this card and this set ever since I heard about glossy A&G because there is nothing about glossy that belongs with A&G, and A&G doesn't belong anywhere near glossy.
I was almost afraid of what I might get. I'm not a fan of those chromed-up vintage tributes. A chrome card of 1949 Bowman is just wrong. And as if recognizing its wrongness, the card often curls up on itself out of shame and remorse.
But surprisingly, this is an impressive, proud little card.
It's definitely glossy, which I know you can't experience by looking at the scan. It has the feel of those 1980s Topps glossy all-star cards. But the card is a lot more slick. In fact, when I hold it, it feels like it's going to squirt out of my hand like a bar of soap.
The other impressive thing is that the card is as flat as soda in the sun. Not even a hint of a curl.
That's because the card stock is similar card stock to what appears in your regular A&G set.
That's the back, with it's nifty gold-foil stamped number.
Even though I love Allen & Ginter, I have no desire to pick up the rest of the glossy set, or even much desire to acquire the glossy Dodgers. I can't imagine trying to sort the whole set. It would take hours as the cards kept slipping and squirting out of your hands. There might even be injuries.
I'm just happy with my one, exclusive, slippery, numbered, awesome, weird, glossy card.
(P.S.: The weekend's here, that'll get me back in the spirit of packaging up cards!)