One of the byproducts of the recent blog bat-around is discovering potential future collecting projects.
There were a handful of collecting pursuits that I think would be interesting to try. Whether I ever get to doing them is another matter.
But there was one I had to attempt right now.
Red Cardboard said one of his binders houses his Opening Day collection. It's a page for each year of the Reds' Opening Day lineups. It's such a simple, tidy idea. Nine players in a lineup. Nine pockets in a page. It's a great way to look back on your team's hopes for the upcoming season each year.
Also, it's a great way to display some dupes.
So, even though I don't need another collecting project and I definitely don't need to get another binder, here is the 2018 Opening Day page for the Dodgers:
How about that intimidating clean-up hitter in Enrique Hernandez? Looks weird without Justin Turner in there.
Unfortunately, that's not the exact representation of what my 2018 Opening Day page looks like. It actually looks like this:
I am dedicating only doubles to this project. But since Topps is biased against your everyday non-superstar, non-rookie player, I have absolutely no doubles of Chris Taylor and Logan Forsythe because relatively few cards of them have been created as Dodgers (I couldn't even find a dupe of Taylor as a Mariner or Forsythe as a Ray, not that I want to put those foreign uniforms in the Opening Day binder).
It's interesting that I have plenty of dupes of Alex Verdugo -- a player working in the minor leagues currently -- but not of regular contributors to the big league team.
Anyway, it's only a matter of time before I get a repeat card of Taylor and Forsythe so I can complete the page.
I'm looking forward to using additional doubles to create Opening Day lineups for past Dodger teams. I'm fairly confident I can fill all the slots until I get into the early 1970s.
I don't plan to spend any extra money for this project -- outside of getting another binder, that is -- so I probably won't create too many complete pages for, say the 1960s.
But I am looking forward to this being an Opening Day tradition.