Last month, I made 21 entries to this blog. That was an all-time low for me. Never in the seven-plus year history of Night Owl Cards had I been less prolific.
Today's post, on the final day of June, is No. 20 on NOC for the month. Welcome to a new all-time low.
I saw this coming a few months ago, and it doesn't have anything to do with a lack of blogging interest or cardboard malaise or anything like that. It's mostly because I have never been so busy during the life of this blog than the last two months. Multiple trips out of state for various reasons, graduations and other milestone celebrations, and year-long work planning projects coming to fruition, all conspired to keep me away from my beloved blog.
I knew they were coming. I knew I couldn't do anything about them. And I also knew that by the end of June, they would all be over.
It is the end of June. You now have my undivided attention.
Let's celebrate with a fat pack of Series 2!
Hey, wait! Come back!
Yeah, I don't like 2016 Topps, Series 1 or Series 2, any more than you do. In fact, it's a good bet I like it less than you. But new is NEW in the cardboard addiction world and I must sample. This will be my one and only Series 2 purchase. I'm actually annoyed that I couldn't find a loose pack, because I didn't even want to buy this much.
So let's see what kind of fog-covered photos are in the offing. It doesn't really matter anyway. You're just happy to have me back, aren't you?
#490 - Guido Knudson, Tigers
No idea. There will never be another flagship set issued for the rest of my life in which I know every player.
#457 - Nick Swisher, Braves
I don't know when Topps puts its Series selections to bed. Swisher was released by the Braves at the end of March. Really no need for a card of him.
#473 - Robbie Erlin, Padres
#456 - Gordon Beckham, Braves
#419 - Aaron Altherr, Phillies
#682 - Danny Duffy, Royals
Duffy offers up a prayer as the stadium fills with smoke.
#677 - Derek Norris, Padres
Nice shot of a Padres-Brewers game, a matchup you will never see on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.
#673 - Justin Upton, Tigers
#572 - Marcell Ozuna, Marlins
#608 - Rick Porcello, Red Sox
#392 - Jon Singleton, Astros
#412 - Mark Lowe, Tigers
#617 - Justin Smoak, Blue Jays
Smoak swinging in a field filled with smoke!
#618 - Desmond Jennings, Rays
#374 - Zach McAllister, Indians
#466 - Marco Estrada, Blue Jays
#437 - Michael Lorenzen, Reds
#528 - Byron Buxton, Twins (future stars)
#533 - Jonathan Villar, Brewers
#563 - Lance McCullers, Astros (future stars)
We've reached the future stars portion of the pack. Way too many of these things.
#660 - John Axford, Athletics
#523 - Blake Swihart, Red Sox (future stars)
#BB2-2011 - Eric Hosmer, Royals, Berger's Best
#HH1 - Stan Musial, Cardinals, Hallowed Highlights
#RS-5 - Max Scherzer, Nationals, Record Setters
#MLBD2-18 - Felix Hernandez, Mariners, MLB Debut
Bunch of inserts that don't interest me.
Plus this one:
It's one of the 10-card 65th anniversary insert series that are retail only. This is the only Dodger, so that pleases me. It also allows me to do the following:
Those are the '52 Robinson tributes that I have. There actually should be 8, but I have no idea where the 1995 Archives Robinson is. Once I find that, I will grab one of the other ones that I KNOW is out there and Warhol y'all.
#657 - Johnny Giavotella, Angels
Some great, inventive photos, but the fog-effect really hurts things.
#471 - Kolten Wong, Cardinals
#681 - Joe Smith, Angels
#679 - Nate Jones, White Sox
#527 - Jordy Mercer, Pirates
Not really the card I want to see if I'm a Jordy Mercer fan, but I know I'm out of touch.
#438 - Paulo Orlando, Royals
This photo is cooler than the Gatorade Joey Gallo bath from last year's Update.
#602 - Keith Hessler, Diamondbacks
#398 - Cleveland Indians team card
#377 - Scott Kazmir, Dodgers
Yay! Last card is a Dodgers base card need!
Kazmir is featuring the "Chunichi Dragons" alternate cap that the Dodgers debuted during spring training. I don't really care for it, but that's inconsequential when there's money to be made.
Anyway, that's the only Series 2 pack break you'll see here. Any non-Dodger card is available or will be distributed in upcoming trade packages (yes, very exciting, I know).
I should be hopping on those trade packages in the coming days now that I have a somewhat reasonable schedule. No guarantees though. 2016 apparently is the year in which we MUST DO THINGS.