Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fourth meal on a fourth anniversary

It's 2:45 a.m. and I am eating leftover Taco Bell. This is something I almost never do anymore and, normally, it would be a very bad, bad thing. But tonight I don't care.

That's because I'm celebrating. Tonight is the fourth anniversary of Night Owl Cards. Four years ago this night, at 3:34 in the morning, I posted the first words in this blog. And now, tonight, I am posting The Duke, the greatest No. 4 in history, to recognize that I am still churning out posts four years -- and more than 1,400 days -- later.

That means it's on to Year No. 5. And I'm a little tentative about the future.

The other card blogs I've known to hit this mark kind of have a checkered history. Some have up and quit. Some have barely posted. Some have converted their blog into something very different from a baseball card blog. Some have gotten jaded or bored or distracted. And a lot of this happens around Year 5, if not earlier.

I don't want that to happen. I want this to always be a little baseball card blog with ramblings and rants and excitements about cards. I hope I can keep it that way. But that's all I have. Hope.

The past year has been a rocky one -- not on the blog, but personally. And the message that I have received loud and clear this last year is:

1. You're not as smart as you think you are
2. Nothing is guaranteed. No matter what.

So with those two ideas in my head, how can I make assurances about what direction this blog will go? All I can do is give you my word, and hope you have faith in it. I mean what else can you do? If one day you click on this blog and it's suddenly an ode to macrame, then you'll know -- I had no idea what I was talking about back on Sept. 13, 2012.

But until that time, I plan on giving you one hell of a good time.

Nothing but ...









Oh, OK, so the blog won't be much about that at all.

How about some ...


Yeah, that's more like it.

I hope you've been entertained in the last year. And over the last four years. I really enjoy it when someone drops me an email telling me how much time they waste at work reading my blog. That's a proud moment for me.

So, thanks for reading. And thanks for collecting and trading. Most of all, thanks for enjoying baseball cards.

Year five is here.

Damn, I better think of something to post.


  1. Happy 4th my friend. Here's to many more! Thank YOU for being a great distraction at work. I should submit a time card to your blog. Thanks for the great writing, the great stories, the great cardboard and especially the fast women.

  2. Fast there a connection there??? JK lol! ANYHOW, HAPPY 4th birthday to you and may you have many more to come!

  3. Happy 4th Owl! I hope your blog sticks around for a while, for I know I'll keep reading yours even if mine ever went kaput.

  4. Congratulations! I only discovered your blog a month ago but hope to be able to come back for at least more 4 years.
    You do a great job for all we collectors.

  5. Happy 4th Anniversary!!! Here's to at least 4 more.


  7. Happy 4th anniversary!!

    I look forward to many more years of reading your blog...

  8. If it makes you feel better, I often wonder about the state of my blogs, too. My '73 Topps Photography Blog has a definite end date -- because they only made a finite number of different cards that year -- so there's an "expiration date" there. So I made a conscious decision to do the posts slow.

    For my Vintage Sportscards Blog, I'm going to keep it going for as long as my muse tells me to do it. Will the end come next week? Next month? Next Year? It all depends on when I feel there's nothing else to say.

    But I will say this much. If you keep posting, I'll keep reading. Happy 4th.

  9. Thanks for the fast women.

    I must have missed something. I've read the post 10 times now, and all I saw was fast women.

    What's this 4 years business? Oh well, I'll just have to read those women again. I mean, the post again...women.

  10. Thank goodness I haven't been reading this crap all 4 years.


  11. 4 MORE YEARS!


  12. Whoops..someone else made that joke...but still - congrats!

  13. The only thing worse than taco bell is leftover taco bell. Congrats on 4 years.

  14. Congrats - I think alot more people get bored earlier than year 4. Your blog is still the best read on the internet!

  15. Congratulations Owl. And thanks for helping me realize that UD didn't ruin the Hobby irreparably.

    And thanks, too, for giving me something of value on which to waste time at work.

  16. Congrats on the dawn of year five! Card writing's come a long way since 2008, hasn't it?