Monday, January 24, 2011
News I can use
I have beefed up the "Nightly Reading" section of the sidebar with a few more blogs that have been started over the past few weeks and months. I probably still need to add some more. I've been slacking off in that area a little.
The best thing about having so many card blogs to read (the blogroll is now at a record number, and I can't even fit all the blogs I want to squeeze in on my dashboard) is the wide variety of interests, perspectives and styles. Card blogs may be the best evidence that everyone is different, and damn, isn't it wonderful?
I try to read as much as I can, but I admit, I don't have the time and some just aren't in my field of interest. Railing at Topps Sterling for what may or may not be a sloppy mistake in a $250 box? I just don't care. I'm still trying to wrap my head around spending $250 on a modern piece of crap. Once I get past that, then I can address the other stuff. But I don't think I ever will.
I guess I'm not terribly progressive. Even with all the blogs and other online information, I still get a lot of my news from newspapers. I still trust that source of information more than any other, probably because I've worked around newspaper people all my life and know the lengths they go to in constructing a reliable, unbiased story.
I still get a thrill out of seeing newspapers from around the country. Whenever folks on the sports staff travel, they know to bring back newspapers from their travels. I did the same when I traveled. That way I can review and "borrow" ideas.
A couple of bloggers have included newspaper pages with their card packages. Not many. I know Thorzul has a couple of times. It's always appreciated. I encourage more to do the same.
For the first time, I received an entire newspaper with my cards. It came from Smed's Cards. Part of the front section is at the top of the blog. It looks to be a community paper from Eden Prairie, Minn., which is outside of Minneapolis.
Two things of note with this paper:
1. It's a tabloid, which is near-and-dear to me, as I delivered a tabloid-style paper when I was a newspaper carrier. "Tabloid" is now associated with trash journalism, but there have always been respectable papers that use a tabloid format.
2. The 24-page tabloid costs 75 cents. My paper costs 75 cents. It is a 34-40 page broadsheet. I don't want to hear a single person in my city bitch about the cost of a newspaper again. In fact I'll carry this paper around with me and use it as a visual, smack-you-upside-the-head rebuttal.
The best part of this paper is it is a year-in-review edition. Now I can catch up on all the goings-on in 2010 in the southwestern 'burbs of Minneapolis!
OK, I know you're here for cards. I just get carried away when I see newspapers.
Here are some excellent cards from Smed's Baseball Card blog. We have now exchanged cards so frequently that I have no idea where I am in the sending-receiving stage. Hopefully, we can muddle things up even more.
Almost exactly a year ago, Jerry Reuss commented on my blog. It remains the most visited post on the blog in the last year. It makes every Reuss card I receive extra fantastic.
Every time I receive a Ted Williams Company card, I am impressed with how well they were made. Front and back.
Two pitchers from Bowman Draft that could be key components for the Dodgers in 2011, or disastrous disappointments. Am I overstating that?
A pair of prospects. The top card is my first Zach Lee card, he of the first draft selection for the Dodgers in 2010. Interestingly -- but not ironically -- Lee gave up a shot to quarterback for LSU to sign with the Dodgers, while Leon Landry actually did play for LSU.
When Upper Deck decided to make an old-school OPC set in 2009, it went all-out, right down to the majorly off-center borders. But this is another black-border Dodger off the list.
It wouldn't be a Smed package without some night cards. I will show just this one because of the intensity of the play at first base. The Orioles must be trying to double-up someone. Look at Hughes' face and the woman his right shoulder. Meanwhile, the two people in dark glasses are mildly unsettling. Are they celebrities? Secret-service people?
*Sigh* I miss Vero Beach. I was never there, but I miss it anyway.
Anytime I receive a Dodger card from between 1985-90 that I do not already have, it is the highlight of the entire day.
But this card will give Steady Eddie a challenge. I believe I am very close to finishing off the most obtainable Dodger hits from 2010 A&G. I assume there is something out there that you can only get if you saw off your right arm.
Those are most of the great cards from Smed's Baseball Cards, where you not only get cards, but you also receive a dollar-off coupon on any hamburger at Lions Tap on Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie!!!
Newspapers still rule.