Sunday, April 15, 2018

4,000 posts means I forget a lot of what I've done


This is my 4,000th post.

As usual with milestones like these, it's not completely accurate. I've written more than 4,000 posts on this blog. I've deleted a few. Probably not as many as you'd think. Less than 10, I'll bet. I probably should have deleted more. In fact, I know I should have.

But who has the time? I know I don't. I don't even have the time to look back on what I've written so I make sure I don't repeat myself.

I loathe repeating myself. And I've said that before. So I am now loathing what I am writing.

But anyway ...

4,000 posts.

That means many things. It means I've been doing this too long. It means I've stopped "being relevant," whatever that means. It means I don't care. It means I'm cranky and getting crankier. It means, yes it definitely means, I have a lot of cards.

It also means that I not only forget the things I've written, but the things I've done.


These are all cards that I picked up at the card show last weekend that I have already.

The Labine and the Aparacio I grabbed while completely forgetting I owned them already. The Ryan I knew I owned, but it was actually a different '75 Ryan that I thought I had. I had actually replaced the one I thought I was replacing earlier. You follow?

So these cards are now up for grabs.


So are these cards.

That is a sampling of what I'm putting together to the winner of my 4,000 posts contest.

I will assemble a package of 100 duplicates from my collection, and throw in the '54 Labine, the '67 Aparicio and the '75 Ryan.

The duplicates in the prize package will be along the lines of the nine cards above. I'm not going to fake you out like a Fairfield repack and show a pack of last year's Stadium Club and 2009 Heritage and then stuff five packs of Triple Play inside. THERE WILL BE NO TRIPLE PLAY IN THE PRIZE PACKAGE!!!!

There won't be anything from the years 1987-1993 either. And I'll try to avoid Topps base cards from the last seven years, too.

This, hopefully, will be 100 cards that a true collector can use, or at least appreciate.

That's my idea of who is reading this blog. True collectors. Dedicated collectors. People who were collecting before I started this blog and continue to collect now.

To enter, just leave a comment on this post with the number 4,000 somewhere in the comment (if you want to comment but don't want to enter just leave out the number 4,000). The contest will remain open until 2 a.m. EST Wednesday morning (11 p.m. PST).

Thanks for reading all those posts. Even the ones in which I repeat myself.

Let's see if I can get to 5,000.

82 comments:

  1. I could keep reading 4,000 more of these posts. Heck of an achievement for a heck of a blogger.

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  2. MMMM. That smells like a good contest.

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  3. Add me to the list of people in awe of your work. Congrats on the milestone and being on the Mount Rushmore of card bloggers!

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  4. Congratulations on reaching the 4,000 post mark! Think of them as home runs, and pat yourself on the back! :D

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  5. Congrats NO. One of the first blogs I read was yours. I’ve gone back and read all 4,000

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  6. Congrats on 4000 posts! I’ve read most of them. Hope there are at least 4000 more!

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  7. Congrats! I hope you keep up the same pace for years to come. Thanks for writing.

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  8. Congrats on 4,000...and with 4,000 down, getting to 5,000 isn't that far off!

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  9. WOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4000 is a lot of posts. Congrats on the very round number.

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  10. Enjoying the blog & looking forward to 4,000+ more posts

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  11. Congrats on #4000! You write one of my favorite blogs to read. It is just so eloquently written and I really feel like you tell great stories and connect with the reader. Look forward to reading many more posts.

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  12. That is a wonderful milestone. I would not say you are no longer relevant, you rd lead the charge to get pages made for the 75 minis, that's a huge win in my book.

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  13. Congratulations on reaching 4,000 blog entries! I have not had the pleasure of trading with you, but I read each new blog post you write. Looking forward to your next 4,000 posts.

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  14. Well, I had been a collector long before this blog, but you were a big part of what brought me back to it after a long absence. Here's to 4,000 more.

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  15. I have enjoyed reading the blog. I've read only a fraction of the 4000 posts. i may have to go to back to the beginning and get caught up.

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  16. 4,000 posts! Quite an accomplishment!

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  17. Night Owls has posted 4000 times, each post bringing joy and enlightenment to card enthusiasts across the blogosphere!

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  18. 🎶But I would read 4000 posts
    And I would read 4000 more🎶

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  19. Congrats on your 4000 hits!
    And nice 1967 card of that "INFIELDer" Luis Aparicio!

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  20. Congratulations on the milestone. I will never understand how you do it, and I don't really care as long as we all get to enjoy it

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  21. Congrats on reaching 4000. Glad you still enjoy it.

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  22. Congrats on 4000. This is one of the best baseball card blogs, and I'm glad it's still around and updated regularly.

    JT, The Writer's Journey

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  23. Congrats on 4000 posts! I'm only approaching 200, and I can't imagine getting to 400, let alone 4000! I'll still be reading your blog when you reach 5000!

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  24. 4,000 is a big number. Well done.

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  25. Congrats on 4,000. Always enjoy reading what you have to say, even if you are cranky at times (and aren't we all)?!

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    1. Congrats on 4,000 quality posts! Always an enjoyable read.

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  27. Thanks for your great blog ,may you have 4,000 more posts!

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  28. Congrats on 4000! Quite the accomplishment.

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  29. One of these days, I hope to write a blog post of under 4,000 words!

    Excellent job on hitting 4,000. Can't say I've read them all, But I've been with for almost 8 years!

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  30. Congrats on 4,000 posts. Can't say I've read all 4,000 I didn't follow you in your early days. I don't recall when I discovered this blog. When I did it took me about a week or so to read it regularly.

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  31. Congratulations on 4000 posts! Your blog is definitely the standard for baseball card blogs!

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  32. 4,000?! I feel like I repeat myself in every single post and I've probably written less than half of the posts you have (yup, just checked -- I'm at 1,746). Thanks for writing, Greg. It really does brighten my day (or night) to see a new post from you on my blogroll, always has and always will.

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  33. Congratulations on reaching 4,000.

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  34. Congrats on 4,000 and thanks for the contest! I got two of those '67 Aparacios in the vintage I bought last week.

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  35. http://www.polishamericancenter.org/Pulaski.htm

    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/114425405/peter-crawford

    Do those count for the contest?

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    1. As a life-long Chicagoan I get it -- 4000 west. Very creative!

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  36. 4,000 more please. I might go back and re-read them all!

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  37. My blog probably didn't make it to 40 posts, let alone 4,000

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  38. Congratulations on hitting post #4,000, that it a tremendous milestone.

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  39. Hitting the 4,000 mark is quite an achievement! And any contest that promises zero Triple Play is a contest I want to be a part of! Thanks for writing a blog I like to read, and thanks for running the contest.

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  40. Congrats on hitting 4,000 posts! And thanks for the contest.

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  41. Congrats on 4,000! I feel just like you. I have deleted some posts from my older archives but I have many more to go especially with the photo bucket mess

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  42. Congrats on 4000 posts. Can't wait for the next 4000! Keep posting. I will keep reading.

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  43. When I was a young kid and first began collecting, the idea of having 4,000 cards was absurd, in a "that would be so cool, but never gonna happen" way. Now that I have around 50 times that many I miss the days where I knew every card I had by sight. However, I do still get that childish feeling of excitement from my collection, and that alone makes the hobby great.

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  44. 4000 - you are a boss! Here's to 4000 more!

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  45. 4000 is a lot of posts. Congrats!

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  46. 4000 doesn't even come close to the number of hours I have spent staring at white ground out the window ever since last October 26th. Yes, October 26th. And still today, and tomorrow, and the day after that, too. Baseball cards certainly helped at many points.

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  47. That's a lot of post. You could post 350 times a year for ten years and still be short.

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  48. 4000 posts. That's a lot of typing!

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  49. Not relevant? Don't care? NOT TRUE, lol. Heck, you might hit "4000" comments with this one. Congrats on the milestone!

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  50. Congratulations on 4,000 posts. That's a hell of an accomplishment. I'm incredibly excited to see many more posts to come, maybe even 4,000 more.

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  51. Once again I bow to the King! I just crossed 200 (or 300 total) so I'm 20% done.

    If you're irrelevant or low quality, then the rest of us are dead.

    Keep going. I've got a few goodies to send you.

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  52. Congrats on the milestone 4,000 posts - something to aspire to.

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  53. I kind of tired of "The Hit King" after his 4000th hit....the constant commercials; he got interviewed in every city he played/managed in, the unending self-promotion and talk about Cobb, etc. I'm confident that I'll never tire of Night Owl posts about cards!

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  54. New reader. Hope to read 4000 more.

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  55. What do you get when you take the first letter from the last name of Mike Marshall and Fernando Valenzuela...the roman numeral for 4,000...thanks for entertaining me on the shitter for at least a year

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  56. Wow, I can't even fathom doing 4000 posts. And you're just hitting your prime, if that interview with yourself is any indication. Anyway, congrats, and here's to the next 4000!

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  57. Who would have guessed that one of this Giant’s fans favorite blogs would be Dodger themed. Congrats on 4000!

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  58. 4,000 cards is easy. 4,000 posts is an extremely respectable milestone, one that I'm only about 5% of the way to.

    Congratulations!

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  59. From a fellow Dodgers fan, big congratulations on 4,000 posts, Greg! You are so relevant to so many of us!

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  60. Keep it up, Night Owl! I'll probably reach 4,000 posts some time in 2218.

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  61. 4000 posts!!!
    https://goo.gl/images/yJjVZE

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  62. Carlton, Clemens, Randy Johnson and Ryan. Rose and Cobb. Ichiro if we include his NPB stats. And now Night Owl. Pretty fair company.

    Congratulations on joining the 4,000 club!

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  63. If you'd like to send those cards 4,000 miles away, pick me! I'll give them a loving home in Wales.

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  64. Well done reaching this milestone. I wonder which card showed up the most in those 4000 posts.

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  65. Congratulations on 4,000! You truly are an inspiration... and the Cardboard Blogfather!

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  66. If you took all the words in those 4,000 posts and lined them up end-to-end, how far would they go? Around the Earth? To the moon? From one end of the block to the other?
    (Anonymous Greg)

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  67. 4000 posts! When do you find the time... Congratulations on your achievement!

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  68. Contest is now closed. Thanks for entering!

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  69. As usual, I'm too late...but I still want to congratulate you on 4,000 posts!

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