I've increasingly made the weekend a rest period from blogging. I started the practice during the NFL season. People don't read blogs much on the weekend, and on Sundays during football, it's almost pointless to put something up, unless you blog purely for your own entertainment (which actually I do).
So, I figured I'd give all of us a break one day on the weekend. You're stuck fighting crowds in Walmart, or the hardware store, or the park, or whatever nightmare scenarios you people with Monday-through-Friday jobs endure. You don't have the time.
Today was going to be one of those days that I wouldn't blog. To pass the time before going to work, I cataloged some cards instead, because the hobby is a constant. That's when I came across this card:
It's a 1950 Bowman card of Dodgers infielder Bobby Morgan. I received it from Scott Crawford On Cards. He had planned to send it to me quite some time ago. But during that time, I got another '50 Bowman Morgan card from Daniel of It's Like Having My Own Card Shop.
I blogged about that here, and here is that Bobby Morgan card:
I had already received Daniel's Morgan card when Scott told me he'd be sending the package. But, I figured, what the heck, I'll take a second Bobby Morgan card. Besides, the one Daniel sent was in such fine shape, I wanted a second one for comparison's sake.
As you can probably tell, they're both in pretty good shape for 66-year-old pieces of cardboard.
Here they are side-by-side:
Pretty cool. Staci may have had two dads, but these are My Two Bowman Bobby Morgans.
But something happens when you think you have dupes.
A casual turn of the card, the right angle of the light coming through the window, and you discover like the best thing ever:
I got a glimpse of the backs and noticed immediately that one of them didn't have a copyright on the bottom.
That was weird.
It was so weird that I knew it couldn't have been some sort of random printing flaw. And since '50s cards are so well-examined, it had to be something well-known by now. I checked my big book of baseball cards and sure enough there are variations in 1950 Bowman. Some cards don't have copyrights. And the ones without copyrights are the rarer of the two.
The card without the copyright is the card that Daniel sent me.
So that decision to grab the second 1950 Bowman Bobby Morgan was the right one.
And my decision not to blog today was the right one, too.
Because I now know something that I didn't two hours ago. And you now have a blog post to read after waiting 2 hours for a table at that restaurant.
I'm here for you even when I don't plan to be.