Friday, May 29, 2020

Coming Back Soon ...

Hi friends!

Did you miss me?

Things have calmed down a good bit here at Cardboard Clubhouse HQ since the new baby arrived last December. They’re to the point now where I’m considering a comeback of sorts.

My main goal right now is to finish getting all my cards into binders. I dug out the boxes that I left last fall the other day, tried to figure out where I left off at, and will hopefully have that done soon. Once everything is organized, I’ll move on to my new project I’ve been planning and brainstorming.

It will be called “The Epic Baseball Card Adventure”!

There are a couple reasons I’ve decided to start fresh with a new blog. Since I’m slowly going to wade back into the blogging pool, I didn’t want expectations to be too high considering my previous output here. Also, I’ve been kicking around several fresh ideas for blog posts and I figured that starting with a fresh blog would allow for a blank canvas for those ideas.

I’ll keep this blog up as an archive of my previous posts and will link it when my new blog goes live.

So, in closing here, I’m looking forward to catching up and getting back into the baseball card blogging world.

I hope you’ll join me on my new “Epic Baseball Card Adventure!”

Stay tuned!!

Sunday, October 13, 2019

In the Mean Time and In Between Time ...

"In the meantime and in between time, that's it for another episode of Stampede Wrestling. Bye now."

That's how legendary pro wrestling announcer Ed Whalen used to close the Stampede Wrestling television broadcasts to alert viewers that it was the end of the program.

I thought it would be appropriate to dust off Ed's old catch-phrase and use it to alert everyone that as of this post, I'm officially on hiatus. 

I knew this was coming but I thought I could just get through Halloween but nope. Things change and life has gotten busy. Two main reasons, I'm going on hiatus now ...

1. For those not aware, my wife and I are expecting our third child come December and I'm having to focus more and more on getting everything prepared and also making sure that the other two kids are prepared as well since they'll probably have to spend a night or two with my mom.

2. I hesitate to call it "burn-out" but honestly, I've run out of things to write about. Sure, I could rip open and review a repack cube from Five Below that I have sitting around but I really don't have time to sit and scan, at least not right now. 

For those wondering, I won't be going away entirely. I'm going to try to keep active on Twitter (and possibly Facebook) although my overall patience for social media is very thin. I'm also a contributing writer to the SABR Baseball Cards blog, which is where any writing I might be doing will be posted at present. (PS: If you love cards and haven't joined SABR, you should!)

As for this blog, I might re-launch in the spring (or once things settle down with the baby) and get refocused. I may reserve this space more for trades and non-baseball cards more than anything and have my baseball related posts over on the SABR blog. I'm not sure yet but that's months away.

I want to close by saying that I appreciate everyone who I've interacted with over the past four years be it in trades, comments, Twitter exchanges, etc. I have a few PWEs I owe before I disappear into the ether and those will be going out at some point before the baby comes. My want list and the archives will remain here and if you want to send cards during my hiatus, that's fine. Just know that it may be a while down the line before I can send a return. 

Now, to close this out, I'd like to paraphrase old Ed Whalen I mentioned at the beginning of this post.

So, in the mean time and in between time, that's it for another post here at the Clubhouse.

Bye now.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Night Owl Sends Cards

I found an unexpected package in my mailbox the other day that arrived from the one and only Night Owl. Somehow, I find it very appropriate to get cards from someone with that title during the Halloween season. Let's dive right in and see what he included.

I'd say about half of the package was made up of Dodger cards, of which I would expect nothing less. I've mentioned in the past about how much I enjoy these Fleer Greats of the Game cards with their simplistic look and full career stats on the back and these six are excellent additions.

I think this may be the first card of Jim Gilliam I've had in my collection and maybe the same for Burleigh Grimes too. It's definitely not the first Harmon Killebrew card I've added though.

I didn't buy any Stadium Club when it came out but I've received some via trade and I really like it. Probably better than some previous years. Suarez had a monster year for the Reds this past season and finished just shy of 50 homers. I hope he gets some MVP consideration because of that.

Some Hall of Famers from Archives. I'm good with that. One of the many issues I had with Archives last year was that some of the pictures just seemed dark or had a dark feel (like the Pedro). There were also some cards where the signatures were completely hidden by the darkness of the picture.

Some nice new cards to add to my Reds binder. Tanner Roark falls into the quick stop/short term stop category pitching only half of the season with the Reds before being shipped off to Oakland. My guess is the Reds might go after him again as a free agent.

Finally, a couple new additions to my Pilots team collection, which were really unexpected and quite welcome as it feels like I've kind of stalled on that recently.

This was a really great package from Night Owl. I do have a small PWE I'm putting together that I'll have out soon in return.