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 ...
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.