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November 2018

1. The sun always shines on baseball cards
2. The reminiscence bump and baseball cards
3. Cards I got for Black Friday and a shift in collecting focus
4. All the fixings
5. C.A.: 1983 Fleer Salome Barojas
6. My least favorite stunt of the '90s
7. Gettin' through high school
8. Journey to the center of the most '90s card set ever made
9. Red

October 2018

1. A break for Update
2. Dollar store cards, myth vs. fact
3. Et tu, 1989 Fleer?
4. The 10 worst Brewers cards in my collection
5. Deals! Deals! Deals!
6. C.A.: 1978 Topps Bucky "*@!&%#" Dent

September 2018

1. Men of action
2. Hunting for errors
3. 2009
4. Let me stand next to your fire
5. A decade
6. F-yeah
7. Hot

August 2018

1. We've had some good times, football
2. Luv ya blue
3. Missing
4. The closer I get, the farther I am
5. Archival footage
6. Piece by piece
7. Looking at legends
8. That's good readin'

July 2018

1. Ten years of being an Allen & Ginter fan
2. The Mets and Yankees are my childhood
3. 🌟Still excited🌟
4. My day, my way
5. Buzz kill

June 2018

1. I wanna rock
2. Almost done
3. The good in Twitter
4. Stuck in traffic with Series 2
5. Put coach in, Topps
6. This never happens anymore
7. When baseball cards said what they meant

May 2018

1. So long, Rite-Aid
2. Best set of the year: 1991
3. Mom and Yaz, Part 2
4. Register one is open, no waiting
5. Haunted when the minutes drag
6. West Coast to the rescue

April 2018


March 2018

1. March is dead and I'm still alive
2. Sticking my nose in other baseball collectors' business
3. Assume the position ... means nothing
4. C.A.: 1957 Topps Clem Labine
5. We almost-seniors need to look out for each other
6. Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio cards?
7. A tribute to the first 'ancient' set I ever knew (a 2018 Heritage post)

February 2018

1. C.A.: 2003 Upper Deck First Pitch A.J. Hinch
2. The most error-filled card back ever
3. The last hurrah
4. The all-presidential name team (Dodger version)
5. No love for '88
6. The amusing monster screwdown case
7. The five stages of opening 2018 Topps 

January 2018

1. A hit to my collecting core
2. Ranking 73ness, a double shot
3. For the nonsporty types
4. Wrong White
5. C.A.: McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber 
6. How will Topps manage this?
7. A rookie set that made sense
8. 200 and counting ... and evaluating


December 2017

1. 2017: The best, the worst, the ... let's get this over with before I run out of words
2. Scammed
3. Schmidt happens
4. G.O.A.T., the '70s: epilogue
5. G.O.A.T., the '70s, 10-1
6. Baseball name synchronicity
7. G.O.A.T., the '70s, 20-11

November 2017

1. Minor league cards are better
2. Internet good, internet bad
3. G.O.A.T., the '70s, 29-21
4. The "ugly" duckling of the golden era of Kellogg's cards
5. G.O.A.T., the '70s, 40-30
6. The cup club
7. G.O.A.T., the '70s, 50-41


October 2017

1. Call it what it is
2. G.O.A.T., the '70s, 60-51
3. I stole this from a hockey card blog
4. 10 reasons why it's great that the Dodgers are in the World Series in 2017
5. C.A.: 1982 Donruss Rick Cerone
6. G.O.A.T., the '70s, 70-61

September 2017

1. G.O.A.T, the '70s, 90-81
2. What are we going to do without Bob Lemke?
3. G.O.A.T, the '70s, 100-91
4. The good old days weren't that long ago
5. Everyone does not get a trophy
6. Extra innings
7. All the things you love/hate about Allen & Ginter in one tidy post


August 2017

1. Match the song title: The Joshua Tree
2. The truly underrated
3. C.A.: 2016 Topps Steve Johnson
4. Preparing for a world of pain
5. The best Dodger card for every year I collected
6. It only took 40 years
7. My rules for buying a Topps Now card
8. Saying goodbye to Kmart 


July 2017

1. Why I quit
2. The thrift shop thrill is gone
3. Too distracted by my pull of the year
4. Go team!
5. Living among young people when you're old
6. One thing flagship is doing right
7. Legend of cardboard: Kirt Manwaring
8. The story of Moose and Goose
9. Ranking the All-Star designs
10. The Canada Day all-baseball hockey team

June 2017

1. A tribute to longevity
2. This ticks all the boxes
3. Bubbling over
4. Dad's favorite player
5. How little civilians know
6. The phantom catch
7. I'm getting too old for this @*%&#
8. Gappers
9. What am I waiting for?
10. Brighter than the sun

May 2017

1. Just the fax
2. Ranking 1973ness
3. What is going on with base rookie cards
4. They can't all be heroes
5. Eight things we don't do anymore
6. Thanks, mom, for not throwing out this card
7. Comics on baseball cards

April 2017

1. Nine-year-old me is standing and applauding
2. Nothing better
3. Nuts to this
4. It takes only one card to make a show a success
5. My favorite opening day lineup


March 2017

1. Blog bat-around: So difficult that I don't care
2. The day 1990 -- the whole damn year -- came to my door
3. Forcing the action
4. Cardboard appreciation: 1980 Topps 1979 Highlights Garry Templeton
5.  If it didn't happen on a baseball card did it make a sound?
6. Strange bedfellows
7. Card collecting for me will end in 2041
8. Sometimes only 1988 Donruss can fill a hole
9. Joy of a team set, chapter 10
10. Redeemed

 February 2017

1. I freeze at Chinese restaurant buffets, too
2. Cardboard appreciation: 1991 Score Rick Dempsey
3. A surprise inside
4. The helmet king
5. I'll take the vintage, please
6. The quintessential '70s ballplayer
7. Not my first rodeo

January 2017

1. Fernando the foodie
2. SSP: Super SP or Stupid SP?
3. Long may he Raines
4. My favorite mistakes
5. It was my lucky day
6. A kindred spirit unmet

December 2016

1. 2016: The best, the worst, the ... yes, I'm really making you relive this whole damn year
2. She tried 2
3. Everyone has a plan, until they get hit with a foot of snow
4. My favorite card of 2016 
5. My first Topps Now card
6. No reason to hang on to this card 

November 2016

1. Which Fan Favorites set was the best? 
2. Suckered anyway 
3. Border war
4. The least favored Fan Favorites
5. The most favored Fan Favorites
6. Here's the pitch 
7. Get out!!! 
8, Cardboard Appreciation: 1987 Topps Turn Back the Clock Maury Wills  
9. A meandering look at Game 7 and baseball cards 

October 2016

1. Joy of a team set, chapter 9 (World Series edition)
2. I have waited for this card for a long time 
3. Showstoppers
4. Cardboard Appreciation: 1998 Skybox E-X 2001 Cheap Seat Treats Mike Piazza 
5. One last pack 
6. Steppin' in a slide zone 
7. A very pleasant good life to you 

September 2016

1. Short story 
2. The power of the mustache 
3. Acquiring vs. admiring 
4. Something I haven't opened for a very long time
5. One man, one card 
6. Card bloggers are even nicer in person
7. Cars 
8. 1995 
9. What happens when you get out there

August 2016

1. Little league, big deal
2. Subliminal messages in '78 Topps 
3. When completing a set is not the biggest card news of the day 
4. They're real and they're unspectacular 
5. That's not my name 
6. I have low-grade Olympic fever
7. Overanalytical night owl
8. Possibly the last current flagship set I ever complete
9. One notable card short
10. So I can't just ignore this 
11. Still got it

July 2016

1. Toothy
2. Hold the phone
3. I'm a slob
4. A bad year for being a Dodgers team collector
5. Message from a hobby legend
6. The 20-year nostalgia cycle and card blogs
7. Letting my club membership run out 

June 2016

1. Terrible ideas
2. Definitions
3. For this collector who has everything
4. There's only time to open one pack
5. Not seeing red
6. One out of three ain't bad 

May 2016

1. The surprise show stunned me stupid
2. The most important cards of the day
3. The final chapter?
4. Hell is freezing over
5. 50 under .50 

April 2016

1. That's a conversation-starter 
2. (Keep feeling) fascination
3. Disoriented 
4. The Rusty Greer era 
5. The demise of handwriting
6. Play ball! (2016)

March 2016

1. A better blue 
2. Wacky lite 
3. How far we've come and how far we've fallen 
4. Collecting is a full-time job
5. 30 teams, 2016 edition 

February 2016

1. Putting buybacks in their place 
2. Match the song title: Pretenders 
3. Things you figure out when you decide you're not going to blog for the day
4. Nothing to spit at
5. The Donruss puzzle 
6. SSPC (Super Spectacular Perfect Cards) 
7. Start and finish 
8. Even year bull$#!&
9. Don't tell me no lies

January 2016

1. Thanks for the help
2. The best years to begin collecting
3. What's in my head
4. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away
5. When I was watching cartoons
6. The big picture
7. No love for the commish
8. I think of him as a Dodger II
9. 2015: the best, the worst, the ... yeah, I'm late again

December 2015
 
1. Topps did all right in 2015
2. Time
3. My kind of woman
4. Night Owl's all-time Topps set countdown all in one place ... finally
5. There's no need to fear, Fleer and Donruss are here

November 2015

1. Why I love '70s cards and baseball so much
2. If I was a kid in 1956
3. My greatest collecting fear
4. What 868 Eric Karros cards from 1992 Upper Deck looks like
5. Resistance is futile
6. Wife cards
7. The unsettling part of O-Pee-Chee
8. Here's to a long life

October 2015

1. I met the Mets
2. Cameo overkill
3. Something new ... happy?
4. The joy of Eck
5. The cardinal sin of baseball photography
6. Taking a page (or entire binder) from someone else's post
7. This is all Al Kaline's fault
8. Be careful what you wish for, part 2
9. Biting the bullet
10. Trading card alchemy
11. Sucker for a pretty face

September 2015


1. When "old" stopped meaning "valuable" 
2. You've seen these before 
3. Collecting non-Dodger Dodgers
4. It's here!
5. Mantle-versary 
6. C.A.: 1982 Topps Traded Steve Stroughter 
7. The unsung laborer(s) of 1977 Topps


August 2015

1. The joy of brevity and the Oakland A's
2. "Rock Stars"
3. Nine-pocket power
4. Lost opportunity
5. So now I'm going to have to go to every antique show

6. I get older, the collection gets better

July 2015

1. Watching baseball to take my mind off ... baseball
2. The summer of Sandy
3. All-Star Week: birthday edition 
4. All-Star Week: HR Derby is a thing so this is a thing 
5. 10 awesomely airbrushed Dodgers 

June 2015

1. Guts and generosity
2. Awesome night card, pt. 238: the history of the All-Star Game trophy
3. Set of the year
4. A history of 1975 Topps tributes
5. This won't turn out well
6. Get to know me: Kellogg's cards
7. Uh, oh, I'm doing this
8. I hate this, thank you


May 2015

1. These didn't come from a card show, try to enjoy
2. The Jackie count
3. The all-face percentage team
4. Take me out to the ballgame

5. Library books
6. Spawn
7. Reruns
8. Joy of a team set, chapter 5
9. Life's too short 

April 2015

1. Collection-enhanced cardboard
2. Topps and Javier Baez sittin' in a tree ...
3. Here come the Yankees ...
4. Credit where credit is due 
5. Silly collector, cards are for kids  
6. ... THIS is the best part 
7. Well, hello there, Kmart
8. 'A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives'
9. Maybe we all belong in a nursing home
10. Finally, room for Jello
11. The end of team cards as we knew them
12. Play ball! (2015)


March 2015

1. Putting yourself out there 
2. Tired of being treated like a common criminal 
3. Now do you understand?
4. Ashamed
5. Ay
6. A cardboard tweener

February 2015

1. 30 teams, 2015 edition
2. Not-so-short rant on short prints
3. Completing the best Dodgers team set of all-time
4. Match the song title: Out of the Blue 
5. Road trip with 2015 Topps
6. Easily forgotten 


January 2015

1. A stack is a stack no matter how thin the cardboard stock
2. Don't just sit there
3. There is only one Boog Powell
4. C.A.: 1971 Topps Ernie Banks
5. The coral snake effect 
6. More obsessive color grouping and ranking
7. 40 years ago I found my life's work 
8. The readers


December 2014

1. 2014: the best, the worst, the ... is this thing on?
2. Christmas bells
3. In da club
4. Minnnnniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii(this is me running around the house)iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiisssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
5. Turn to your right Mr. Carlton
6. Words I never use
7. Sy 
8. Baseball anachronisms are dead
9. Awesome night card, pt. 227: consistently great
10. Stats on the back
11. A man collecting a boy's game
12. Legends of cardboard: Jim Roland

November 2014

1. The games 1970s card collectors play
2. Blank space
3. Mystery

4. Tony was right
5. What's that you got on your head?
6. Those elusive '66s
7. The box
8. Seeing double
9. Rookie cards in the dugout


October 2014


1. Six, six, six
2. I know someone who works at Topps
3. That year was next year
4. I shouldn't be buying new stuff anymore
5. Cards for a baseball-less day
6. If I were king of the postseason, 2014 edition

September 2014

1. See ya, Paulie
2. In the news
3. Lawless
4. Six degrees of separation
5. I'm a man, yes I am, and I can't help but love you so
6. C.A.: 1978 Topps Gil Flores
7. My irrational hatred for a completely innocent baseball card set

8. How the world has changed, wrapper edition


August 2014

1. Chrome has intimacy issues
2. My frustration in list form
3. The star treatment

4. The last hurrah
5. Open up, it's the police ... cards!
6. Thanks, kid

 
July 2014

1. The end of cool
2. Still some life left in this little card show
3. It amused me, so I bought it
4. Doubling up
5. When cards were for kids
6. Some more semi-cranky observations on 2014 Allen & Ginter
7. Star struck
8. July 12, 1979
9. Allen and Ginter, forward and back
10. The squeaky wheel gets the sheets
11. Not that there's anything wrong with this


June 2014

1. Them's the rules
2. The history of flight
3. The spice of life
4. C.A.: 1982 Fleer Shooty Babitt
5. That is so old

6. Doors closing everywhere

7. You want to go back to 1980, let's go back to 1980


May 2014

1. Were cards that lousy 7 years ago?
2. Awesome night card, pt. 215
3. Curb appeal
4. Like taking candy from a baby
5. Why I don't talk cards with my mother
6. On-card vs. sticker
7. Found money


April 2014

1. A card collector's 40th anniversary
2. What Panini needs to do

3. I don't want to play
4. Sometimes I'm a numbers guy
5. Do wop diddy wop diddy wop doo
6. In and out

 
March 2014

1. Play ball! (2014)
2. Good things come to those who whine, part 1
3. Where the hell is Heritage?
4. You don't know me at all
5. Donruss ... if you're into that kind of thing
6. Fun with triple digits
7. Boring old success
8. Suckered
9. 30 teams, 2014 edition
10. We all have our mini-card hang-ups



 February 2014

1. The decline of baseball cards in a single pack
2. Rejoice! The mini card page is near
3. 10 things repacks offer that 2014 whatever doesn't
4. Uninspired
5. When Dave Fleming was going to make us all rich
6. My biggest card show blunder
7. The unwelcome return of the future star(s)
8. Bad influence


January 2014

1. Why I buy cards I don't think I'll enjoy
2. The pipeline
3. Two-for-2
4. Forget about the price tag
5. Glowing reviews
6. The first thing that comes to mind
7. Turn back the clock, Topps
8. Where the action is
9. Is this dumb or am I just confused?
10. Below



December 2013

1. 2013: The best, the worst, the whatever
2. Color my world
3. Updating before Update
4. Collecting cards of retired players means never having to say you're sorry
5. These cards apparently took a bullet for my collection


November 2013

1. If you can't join 'em, count 'em
2. All new ...
3. The card after
4. Dressing like a varsity team
5. When the world is running down ...
6. A reason to eat my Wheaties
7. Sure, I remember
8. The pull of the pull
9. A pack break from split-personality Night Owl
10. Yesterday's news


October 2013

1. My favorite Twins
2. The alternate world of baseball card cartoons
3. This just happened
4. 25 years ago
5. No sleep til Geddes
6. Right now, Topps is just a one-night stand
7. Everybody is a star
8. Sads


September 2013

1. Goodbye A-Rod, hello cards I want
2. The birthday that almost wasn't
3. C.A.: 1977 Topps Dennis Eckersley
4. Finding a Clark of my own
5. Changing positions
6. The single most difficult person to obtain on a baseball card
7. High five
8. The importance of green grass
9. No, I am not ready for some football, thanks for asking
10. Sorting and storage (I am not a pack rat!)


August 2013

1. My pathetic LCS recollection
2. First time for everything
3. 1979
4. Platinum has lost its meaning
5. Just because
6. Ginter, yo
7. Looking ahead to what I'm not going to complete
8. From grand to bland


July 2013

1. No, Canada
2. Halfway between Alpha and Omega
3. Time for another edition of why did I buy this?
4. Hands up
5. The ballad of cross-country Tommy and other PWE tales
6. No. 2 again


June 2013

1. How it must've been
2. What can I say about Series 2?
3. Dodgers and Yankees don't mix
4. Banished
5. Don't call it a comeback
6. Your loss, Allen & Ginter
7. Restraint
8. On this date
9. Archived and forgotten
10. One-dimensional player


May 2013

1. I need a beer
2. Things that keep me up all morning
3. Stars and stripes and cards forever
4. Us vs. Them
5. Everyone changes
6. You didn't have to be so nice
7. Team MVPs: 1988 Topps
8. Not impressed
9. Match the song title: Whipped Cream & Other Delights
10. Beyond amazed
11. When the back cover meant "the end"


April 2013

1. It's gotta be the shoes
2. Some nonsense about a repack
3. Hey there, Boston, you're all right with me
4. Management material
5. Too many interests
6. The best of 2013, so far
7. The year of the airbrush
8. Beauty and the beast
9. Making omelettes for girls
10. Managers are people, too
11. Play ball! (2013)


March 2013

1. The new Fritsch catalog is here! The new Fritsch catalog is here!
2. Hey, neighbor
3. He's No. 1
4. Minnnnnnniiiiiiiiiiiiii triology, part 2
5. I talk a good game
6. The golden age of all-star cards countdown: 5-1
7. Feelin' a little guilty
8. The 'Hotel Californias' of the card world
9. The fall and rise of the PWE
10. I like 'em shiny, I like 'em moldy, but mostly I like 'em free
11. Upgrade? Yes or no?
12. Against my better judgment
13. 30 teams, 2013 edition


February 2013

1. For the sake of organization: the '75 mini page quest
2. The dreaded ebay 1/1
3. It was worth it
4. Parallel-o-grams
5. Erasing history ... and some cartoons
6. State of gray
7. The way things used to be


January 2013

1. Card show buzzes don't last as long as they once did
2. Max's double card package go boom
3. Why I don't care that 2013 Topps comes out this week
4. Match the song title: 1984
5. Called out again
6. Match the song title: El Camino
7. Yeah, I'm a sportswriter ... and I'd vote for Bonds
8. The death of an innovator and an irritant
9. Ohhhhh, Ohhhhhhhh! Domino!
10. The truth about minis
11. Stickers and the Series
12. The year of vintage


December 2012

1. The great, big, New Year's Eve 2012 blowout blogtacular
2. The best Dodger cards ever made countdown: 10-1
3. Seasons greetings, from 1984 Donruss
4. Tennis, everyone
5. The best Dodger cards ever made countdown: 20-11
6. The easiest time I've ever had completing a set
7. My kind of town (but not my kind of set)
8. When good autographs go bad
9. The bittersweet demise of a disgusting habit
10. The best Dodger cards ever made countdown: 30-21
11. Sketchy


November 2012

1. Despite what you see here, I'm still mad at Topps
2. The best Dodger cards ever made countdown: 40-31
3. A mini miracle
4. Things I missed the first time
5. The best Dodger cards ever made countdown: 50-41
6. The decline of headline writing on baseball cards
7. Cardboard Appreciation: 1977 Hostess Dave Lopes
8. The 38-star club
9. Walgreen's isn't as lame as I thought
10. The best Dodger cards ever made countdown: 60-51
11. No time
12. I miss magazines


October 2012

1. The best Dodger cards ever made countdown: 70-61
2. An anniversary ... with cards, of course
3. That turned out better than I thought it would, part 1
4. Cardboard Appreciation: 2012 Topps Veteran Masters
5. The best Dodger cards ever made countdown: 80-71
6. Deja, deja, deja, deja vu
7. "F" is for filler
8. Thinking pink
9. The best Dodger cards ever made countdown: 90-81
10. If I was king of the postseason, 2012 edition
11. Memorable
12. What short-print? I don't see a short-print
13. The best Dodger cards ever made countdown: 100-91


September 2012

1. Blogging ain't easy
2. A card blogger leaves this earth
3. The last relics you'll ever see here
4. Faith, trust and scraps of cloth
5. Black & white & annoyed all over
6. Are we all sick of Heritage?
7. When staples held the pages together
8. Some holiday wacky


August 2012

1. Stay tuned to this station
2. They can put a man on the moon, but they can't put the right face on a baseball card
3. Popular topics: playing for the enemy
4. The reluctant guru speaks
5. When men were men, cards were cards, and food was ... uh, something
6. This. Is. Awesome
7. Fake
8. I'm just not that into you
9. The things I do for card shops
10. Great acts of left-handedness
11. Stick figures
12. Isn't it obvious?


July 2012

1. The most I've ever spent on a single card ... it happened Saturday
2. Ow, my eyes
3. It could be worse
4. Interesting to me
5. Vinyl days
6. Follicle freedom
7. Maybe the special interest groups of have gotten to Ginter
8. Cardboard appreciation: 1993 Topps Spike Owen
9. Cardboard appreciation: 2011 Topps Oakland Athletics
10. Team MVPs, 1991 Topps


June 2012
1. I received good news today
2. Hi, I'm Night Owl and I'm a snob
3. Red jerseys expos'd
4. I love my west coast connections
5. Add this card to your collection, don't add this card to your collection, I don't care
6. Just a reminder of what dads can do
7. The root beer kid
8. If every blogger jumped off a bridge, would you do it, too?
9. How my world revolves around baseball
10. Lost in translation


May 2012
1. 23
2. You can't tell me this wasn't done on purpose
3. A little bit off
4. The last beloved set of the masses
5. Why I write
6. I love it when a plan comes together


April 2012


February 2012

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August 2011

July 2011
1. A binder is a beautiful thing

June 2011



April 2011
1. The parallel meter
2. Tourism at home
3. Cardboard appreciation: 1989 Topps Tim ... er, Rock Raines
4. I'd call that a bargain
5. Didn't have a clue
6. Kick her to the curb?
7. Breaking through the '71 Topps wall
8. What you can find at a card show
9. Where have you gone Mickey?
10. My new card corner
11. The best rookie card ever


March 2011

February 2011
6. 1


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December 2009

November 2009
4. Wow

October 2009

September 2009

August 2009

July 2009
1. Success

June 2009

May 2009
11. The blob

April 2009
2. Mask

March 2009
6. 11 days

February 2009
7. 7 days

January 2009

December 2008
5. Yellow

November 2008

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I've received a couple of questions though and just because I hate the feeling that some readers are lost, I'll explain what I can.

The changes, like many web site changes, are related to mobile phone use.

I've been irked by the way my blog looks on my p…

Mind explosion: a different way to sort

This may have been one of the most tedious blog posts to put together in the history of this blog, but I think it's for a good cause.

The reason I'm not entirely sure is because I didn't have time to carry it out for a few more attempts, got to shovel that 7 inches of heavy wet snow plopped on my estate on Nov. 12th.

Anyway, a couple of days ago, Colbey from Cardboard Collections was sorting his Topps Holiday set by card number and asked a very common question that I've seen come up many times during my blogging career:


 This is always a satisfying question because this is how I organize my sets when I'm organizing by card number. At the top of the post I showed cards from the 2019 Topps flagship set being sorted in that manner -- stacks separated by hundreds first, then you create separate stacks by 10s within each hundreds stack, then finally order each of the 10s by card number.

I've done this since I was a kid and first knew the card numbers on the back me…

Looking at cards with Johnny B.

Over the weekend, I got a chance to express my inner Mike Oz and share some baseball cards with a former major league player.

I'm working on a story for my paper that involves ex-player Johnny Wockenfuss, who is almost a cult figure with fans of a certain age (I am one) and especially fans of the Detroit Tigers during the '70s and '80s.

I won't go into much detail -- at least not now -- because I'm still in the middle of working on it, have more gathering to go, and I get very protective of my stories while I'm in the middle of the process. Got to retain that exclusive, you know.

But I will say that I was able to sit in the home of Wockenfuss, give him the cards that I have of him in my collection, and ask his opinion on them.

Yeah, cool. Way cool.

I have 17 cards of Wockenfuss ("you have a lot of them," my wife said, and I thought "if that's a lot, what is my Hideo Nomo collection?"). Wockenfuss remembered the cards -- "every bit …