Baseball has a lot of sayings, some clever, some tired and some endearing.
A phrase that I hear a lot, especially from former baseball players who are now broadcasters, is something along these lines:
"One great thing about baseball is that you always see something you've never seen before."
This saying has always struck me as rather parochial, meaning it's a narrow way of looking at things. Many players and fans love the game so much that it's all they see. But anyone could possibly cite a million different activities, pursuits, etc., in which something happens in that particular activity that had never happened before.
Baseball isn't special in that area. Sure, if you're comparing baseball to tic-tac-toe, then, yeah, baseball can produce a lot more scenarios. But I've viewed or participated in enough events that didn't have anything to do with baseball where I've said or thought, "well, that's never happened before."
One of those activities happens to be collecting baseball cards.
One great thing about collecting baseball cards is that you always see something you've never seen before.
See? That saying applies to a variety of pursuits.
I'm always finding things in collecting that I never knew about or I've never seen. I'm not the most knowledgeable collector, but I didn't just start collecting three months ago either. So every new discovery is a surprise.
The Ted Williams Card Company put out pogs in the early 1990s. Did you know that? I never did until these arrived in my mailbox.
Pogs arrived way after my time. It was a big craze in the early '90s, but I was about 15 years past kiddy stuff by then. Because of that, there is no chance that I will punch these out and spin them around, or whatever the heck you do with pogs.
These are from an insert set from 1993. The backs of the cards are blank, so need to show them here.
These pogs, as well as the Tommy John Ted Williams card at the top of the post, arrived from Jim. I've got to send him an email because he also asked for my want list of '75 minis (my email is on the fritz today, so let's hope I remember).
When they showed up in the mailbox it was my "you learn something new every day" moment.
That's one great thing about collecting.
I thought it might be fun to learn what other new things collectors have come across recently. What was the most recent "new" thing you discovered in your collecting journey? It could be a new set, or a card you never new existed, or a new variation, or anything.
What was your most recent "Oh, wow, I never knew/saw THAT before" moment?
Maybe you even said, "One great thing about collecting is that you always see something you've never seen before."
Or maybe you said, "Well, THAT'S stupid."
I guess it depends on where you're coming from.