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C.A.: 1994 Upper Deck All-Time Heroes Harvey Haddix

(Spring Training games are on my TV! Spring Training games are on my TV! It's time for Cardboard Appreciation. This is the 299th in a series): I obtained this card from Jay at Cardboard Hemorrhage in one of his giveaways recently. The 1994 UD Heroes set is one of the better retro sets from the 1990s, and I'm casually collecting it -- so casually that you may never see a want list. Haddix is a popular figure among non-Hall of Famers because of his Hall of Fame feat. He tossed 12 innings of perfection only to finish with a loss when the perfect game, no-hitter and shutout ended in the 13th during a game against the Milwaukee Braves in 1959. For decades afterward, Haddix joined all of the other no-hit artists even though he never experienced the joy of the vast majority of no-hit hurlers, completing the game with the no-hitter intact and winning the game. MLB placed his achievement on the list of official no-hitters. Then, in 1991, baseball changed the qualifications for what is

That was easy

   My approach on 2021 Topps, after seeing the cards, empty shelves and the tales of inflated prices, was that I could last the entire year without buying any.   The effort wasn't worth it. I'll just take my Dodgers and go home.   I went to Target once after the release date a couple weeks ago, I don't really remember what day I went, and saw empty shelves and shrugged.   So, move forward two weeks and it's birthday season. Those who have read this blog for awhile know I have a lot of birthdays in my family in March and it's the primary shopping time of the year, besides Christmas. I went to Target yesterday for a few items and I made sure to check the card aisle, just in case. I didn't expect to find anything, but I think you know me by now, I have to buy my first packs of the season if I have the opportunity. It's worth a look. The shelves seemed fairly empty as I approached. But they weren't. When I got there, I saw maybe six or seven 2021 Topps baseb