Where did the time go?
Better question: Where did I go??!
If there are any readers of this humble, little blog left, waiting until I actually make an appearance, I apologize. Lots of things happening personally that has had me put the blog on the back burner, including:
|My Wallet Card hanging out with my daughter's First Place Trophy!!!|
If it hasn't been mentioned before here, my daughter is a competitive dancer, and this is her first year competing as a soloist (she's previously performed in trios, small groups, and large groups). She has been in two competitions, and so far, she's taken home two 1st place trophies in her category. This is one of the trophies she won, and Wallet Card (who has been spending time with a lot of hardware - will show that in a minute), wanted to hang out with it.
|Wallet Card hanging out with Award Winning Crackers...yes, I work for a food company.|
There was also another trip to Aurora and the haunted Paramount Theatre that involved overnight stays because my daughter was performing on both days and it would be too much to drive back and forth, so there were overnight hotel stays involved. This will be the closest my family gets for a vacation, so we made the most of it (the hotels were great).
Well, she's competing again this weekend, and this is going to be a real test as the people in charge aren't really that familiar with her dance company and the competition should be more balanced. So she'll really have to "work it" to continue her winning streak.
Back to something Hobby related.
When last I wrote, I was depressed because 2015 Topps Series 1 had not arrived in stores yet, and even if they did, I didn't have a lot of money. So I drowned my sorrows at the Dollar Tree and scored some penny packs.
Well since then, I now am the proud owner of the 2015 base set and six of the basic insert sets. This week, I'll try and get in on the action on the more challenging insert sets (the four retail-exclusives, the Gallery of Greats, and the Spring Fever set). I will have to get a couple of five-inch binders and sheets though...I'm out of everything.
The first card I opened from my packs of 2015 Topps was Troy Tulowitzki:
|2015 Topps #125 Troy Tulowitzki. Did you know Topps is selling poster prints of the 2015 Topps cards?|
The one great thing about Heritage coming out this month is that the prices of Topps Series 1 should be going down (hopefully). This is the best time to strike for those sets.
Meanwhile, the card census has been slow and steady. I'm not necessarily cataloging the cards...although maybe I should. I just wanted a total count. I have at least the first two binders done (1976 and 1977) and will be working on the rest throughout the year...while making sure to include the 2015 totals too.
On an unrelated note, I do owe a couple of people some cards. I still have to mail out the Hobby pack of 2014 Topps Update Series to the gentleman who won the All-Star Rookie Team contest last year, and someone emailed me about the 2004 Topps Traded checklist cards, looking for a specific one, with Kenny Lofton on it. The good news is that the Lofton card is not split between multiple cards, and I actually had an extra one (the red Hobby version). So I have to get to the post office soon.
Some things I'm waiting for before Opening Day (and we're at T-27 days and counting):
- The Cubs actually winning a Spring Training game (they haven't won one yet)
- The staff at SBS Baseball to download the 2014 statistics (and then eventually, I'll revive the All-Star Team Tournament)
- News on the Retail Sets (if Topps is making them this year). It would be the 10th year Topps has produced these exclusive team sets, and I look forward to what 2015 holds.