Friday, May 31, 2019

A foundation of this blog

I was going through some posts on my blog from May of 2010 the other day when the total number of posts written that month caught my eye.

I wrote 44 posts that month. This is not a surprise to me. I know I used to post to Night Owl Cards twice a day as often as I could and averaged 40 posts a month. But when my old habits hit me out of the blue like that, I am stunned. What kind of cyborg was I?

This May, I will have written 16 posts. This is post 16. That is one more than my record low for posts in a month, which happened twice last year.

Some may think I have gotten too "big" for this blog. Life is far busier due to my family health issues. Also there's the matter of writing for Beckett magazine. "Perhaps Mr. Big Shot Night Owl doesn't have the need for this particular writing exercise anymore? Perhaps he can't be bothered with those blog basics: trading, updating want lists, boasting about card acquisitions, etc?"

Well, maybe. But I'm going to try like hell to avoid letting that happen.

My blog has never been solely a trading vehicle or a card-displaying vehicle. I started this blog to write about my appreciation of cards, baseball and a little about life. Writing is the foundation of this blog, not cards or any other subject.

But there definitely are other foundation basics and when I deal with those on this blog, it feels like coming home. One of those is showcasing cards with blog trading buddies.

Even though my want lists are in disarray -- because really who has the time -- I keep old standbys like the Nebulous 9 going on the off-chance that somebody knows that night owl still trades cards.

Recently, P-Town Tom from Waiting 'Til Next Year took a wack at the Nebulous 9, taking five whole cards off of it, including ones that had been on there for the second-longest and third-longest period of time.

The most important cards that I received were from 1981 Fleer. The Mike Schmidt card at the top had lived at the Nebulous 9 for far too long. It was thought to be one of the final two cards I needed to complete the 1981 Fleer set. That was until I discovered there were a couple of other '81 Fleer wants that I had missed.

P-Town Tom took care of those, too:

So it's official now -- I've double-checked and everything -- I need just the one Rickey Henderson card to complete the '81 Fleer set. It's card #574. It gets confusing because there's another Henderson card in the set (#351) that looks almost identical to the other Henderson card. Trust me, 1981 Fleer was so weird when it came out because of things like this.

Another long-lasting member of the Nebulous 9 has finally moved out, too.

1992 Bowman is very pesky. I've vowed to finally finish off the Dodgers in that set several different times but can't get myself to commit to it. I wanted to cross off Eric Davis first as it was the last remaining "significant" Dodger that I needed from that set.

The other Nebulous 9 need erased from the list with Tom's mailing completes another team set, as weird as it is.

Yes, that's Jackie Robinson in the 2017 Topps Fire set. The Dodgers Fire cards are finally complete.

There may be very little time for the blog now that I'm an All Grown-Up Night Owl doing Very Big and Important Things. But I will be updating that Nebulous 9 list. And I will be getting out trade packages when the time allows.

Because that stuff is at the foundation of my blog.

Writing may be the No. 1 reason why I'm still doing this, but let's face it, you still need pretty pictures to get anyone to actually read it.


  1. I would say with the month you’ve had. You did well posting 18 times.

  2. Your writing is fine, but I need pictures of cards. That Mike Schmidt card is a great example.

  3. In truth, you've never hit a low of 15 or 16 before as you also were writing posts on the 1985, 1971 and 1975 blogs concurrently. That said, no one should complain if you're not writing 44 a month. That's an insane amount.

  4. I only made 12 this month and have skipped the last two regular intervals for May. I've hit a lull for some reason.

    When they come out with blogger awards this year, Tom should win for Most Kills From Top Want Lists. He's done it to me like three times. The guy is a machine, I love it!

  5. The '81 Fleer set is kind of crazy. There are a few Schmidt cards and then there are the errors/variations... track them all down and I think there might be a half-dozen.
    Glad to repay the favor. Thanks for helping me complete my '88 Topps set earlier this spring!

  6. While I don't like setting rules for myself regarding how many posts I should write in a month, I catch myself doing it all the time anyways. There's no one forcing me to write as many posts as I do, yet I do so regardless.

    I totally understand where you're coming from, but you've had a tough month. Taking some time away from the blog is healthy.

  7. I was always envious of the people like you that could write a post a day or more (plus more on other blogs!!). With your set blogs done, maybe you'll hit 60 in one month by the end of the year

  8. 44 posts in a month? Averaging 40 posts a month? That's impressive. The fact that you got people to read all of those posts is even more impressive. Anyways... real life stuff will always trump writing for me, so I'd never judge anyone else for spending time away from their keyboard.

    Btw... I finally read your Beckett Vintage article on the 1975 Topps set. Great job! I was gonna buy it, but I've been in this penny pinching mode, so I just read it on a bench at B&N.