I try to be an equal-opportunity commenter.
That means, if I see something interesting on a card blog, any card blog, I try to comment. Having time to read blogs often enters the equation, but mostly, when I have the time to read blogs, if I see something I find interesting, and my comment is more than "That's cool!", I will comment.
It's only natural to gravitate to certain blogs that hold your interest but, again, I try not to reserve my comments for certain blogs. I've seen others do that, and it strikes me as clique-ish. I try to avoid that.
I believe in commenting. I believe in being a good neighbor. A good blog neighbor comments. It's just the nice thing to do. It doesn't take long and nobody can claim that all they have time to do is write a post and that's it. Bloggers like to feel like what they write is being read. And the only real way they have to gauge that is through comments.
So I try to be a good neighbor.
It can pay off sometimes. An example:
Recently, Johnny's Trading Spot was going through a whole bunch of 1957 Topps cards that he had acquired. It was post after post after post of 1957 Topps cards, more 1957 Topps cards than I had seen that weren't part of a 1957 Topps set blog (which I don't recall existing, but maybe it has, stuff is starting to blur together).
At the start of Johnny's string of '57 Topps posts, he announced that there would be a contest related to them. "Pay attention!," he said. So I tried to pay attention in a futile attempt to strike upon some clues. But as I did, I found myself commenting on most of the posts. They were such cool cards, I had to say something.
At the end of his series posts, Johnny announced the winner. He said the winner was the person who commented on the most posts. That happened to be me. I had no idea my comments were winning me the contest.
My prize for commenting was my selection of five of his 1957 Topps extras. He also offered a few other prizes off of guesses and I guessed another one correctly and got two more 1957 Topps cards.
Seven free 1957 Topps cards just for commenting!
The first card I chose was the Elston Howard card above. I picked him because he's an underrated star player and also because he's a Yankee. Hey, I'm not really collecting '57 Topps, you never know when that might be worthy trade bait.
Here are the other cards that I won:
They sure do look nice all together like that.
I targeted a couple of cards specifically because I had once owned them and then traded them away and then scolded myself for trading them. So Mickey Vernon and Bobby Avila are back with me.
Of course, all of these cards are off condition and I don't care in the least. The 1957 set, specificially, seems completely at home with rounded corners and browned borders. I don't think I've ever seen in person a non-scuffed, sharp-cornered 1957 Topps card. I don't think I'd know what to do with one. Treat it like it was possessed, probably.
Nope, these cards seem just right.
I don't think this will get me to attempt to collect the '57 set. I have so many other more pressing set-collecting goals right now. But like any vintage set, I am not opposed to landing a card here and there. It makes me feel like a real, grown-up, big-time collector.
So that's pretty good, just for commenting, eh?
I think everyone should give it a try.