Every year at this time, readership takes a dip. A noticeable dip.
I haven't taken note of this for only a year or two. I've noticed it for each of the five years I've been blogging in November and December.
I understand why, to a point. After all, I suddenly find myself with even less time to look at blogs than ever before.
But I blame most of that on the traditional end-of-the-year crunch. Holidays and all the usual "get-it-done" busy work that pops up before the new year.
What puzzles me is that this drop in readership always comes in November. December I understand. But a noticeable slowdown at the start of November, I don't get.
I don't get it because the drop seems to be related to the fact that some people apparently lose interest in cards during these months. I don't get it because I am always interested in cards. Always. I am like the most dedicated athlete that you have ever known when it comes to cards. There is NO OFFSEASON.
A card "offseason"? Never heard of it.
Card companies don't stop producing cards just because the baseball season ends. They used to. But not anymore. Card shops and online businesses don't stop selling cards just because the baseball season ends.
Therefore, I'm not going to stop buying them, and, especially not going to stop talking about them.
In the darkness of November, December and January, we need baseball cards more than ever. And I'm going to be here to supply them for those needy souls.
Fortunately, there are a few folks that think like me. Because they still send me cards.
For example, reader R.C. who sent me another cool package the other day. He called it a "stocking stuffer." He understands. You still must collect cards at this time of year. What else are you going to get people for Christmas?
So, this is what he sent me, at this time of year, when some people don't care about cards.
Four fantastic 1975 minis. Star players all.
I especially like the Ron Santo mini, not because I enjoy Santo in a White Sox uni, although it amuses me somewhat.
I like it because the following is the Santo mini that I've carted around for decades:
It's good to finally have a Santo mini that's screwed on straight.
R.C. also sent me this 1967 Don Drysdale card.
This is the first Drysdale card I ever acquired back when I was a teenage collector. I was thrilled to own a card of a days-gone-by player who was such a storied part of Dodger history.
Needless to say that card is in somewhat ratty condition (but holds quite a bit of meaning). So this is a welcome upgrade.
Sure he's a Met, but ... Gil Hodges!!!!
It's amazing how much you will let go when it's from 1963.
But as fantastic as those cards are, I wasn't truly blown away by the package until I saw the next card.
It's the card to which I referred in the last post. I decided I wouldn't make you wait any longer.
Here it is:
It's my first "playing era" Pee Wee Reese.
It's also the first time I've ever seen the 1957 Pee Wee Reese. I don't know how this card has escaped my view for so many years -- I have cards like the '53 Bowman Reese, the '56 Topps Reese and the '58 Topps Reese burned in my brain. But this one had totally missed me.
So you can imagine how great it was to see an image of a player I knew so well for the first time.
And you'll see the image again, when the countdown resumes.
So, thank goodness for people like R.C., who doesn't put down his cards when the last out in the World Series is made.
Who continues to read card blogs in the bleak days of November and December.
Who isn't distracted by football or basketball or ... uh, well, that sport that isn't coming back for a long, long time.
Who can still muster a whale of a stocking stuffer even if baseball isn't on everyone's minds.
As for those who aren't reading now?
All I can say, is they're missing out. There's still plenty of good stuff going on.
And as for me, I'll keep reading as long as you keep posting.
No matter when.