So, after I had posted the tradebait from the Tristar Show last month, Ben from Baseball Cards Rule gave me a buzz and was interested in a couple cards. We had actually met up with Ben before the show and had some breakfast. It was great to meet a fellow blogger in real life. Ben’s a player collector and I sent a Pujols and a Cole Hamels his way and in return he hooked me up with some nice Sox goodies. My favorites out of the whole pile Ben sent were definitely these…
I’ve got an active search saved on eBay for anything containing the words “Red Sox” and “lot” and starting at $0.01, not exceeding $1.00. I won just such an auction last week, spending a whopping $0.02, and it just showed up the other day. I got a couple duds, but for the most part seller was true to their word in terms of not having dupes and being mostly “stars” and “favorite players”. It certainly helped my lack of Nomar…
I’m assuming by now that my old readers, my college and high-school friends, have all but given up on me and that my new readers, my baseball card bloggers, have no idea this isn’t a 100% card blog. It wasn’t always this way. Before 2011 there wasn’t a single mention of baseball cards. Actually, it was mostly video games, web stuff and little slices of life where I bitched and moaned about anything that crossed my mind. Part of me recognizes how my interests have changed and how, quite honestly, they’re allowed to. The other part of me wonders where the “old me” went and if he’s coming back. I’ve always been conflicted about blogging. What to share and how much. I’ve been doing it for so long that it comes in cycles. I’d write a lot, tons and tons of posts, then it would goes dark. Then my moods change, I discover something new or interesting, and I can’t shut up about it. I’ve also always tried to explain my thoughts as best I could and to make my website distinctly “mine”. I don’t know if I’ve ever succeeded in that, or if anyone even notices, but that’s been the idea for all these years.
Just a little back story for folks, I started this blog, albeit in a different form, way back in 2000. It’s logistical story is very similar to the history of blogs in general. For some perspective, I started this the year after Moveable Type and Blogger came into existence. I’m not saying this is the oldest blog around, but it’s up there. I started with Moveable Type, realized it was a pain in the butt, switched to Blogger, ran that for 2 years or so, then jumped into WordPress just after version 1. At the time I was self-hosting the site on a server with a bunch of my friends. My good friends had built a server so prone to dying they actually called it the Hindenburg. Those were the glory days of the internet. When a bunch of guys could literally host a server, and a site, in some other guy’s living room in the middle of nowhere New Hampshire. Sometime in college, in what I can only imagine is the single most ironic thing to ever happen, Hindenburg, the server, burst into flames during a hosting fire. I didn’t lose much, just a month or two worth of posts. In the end it was trivial. Thanks to their careful planning and backups, everyone was up and running shortly there after.
I was leaving college at this point and planned on jumping into my own business, which thankfully I never did, and I felt I needed a site that could potentially host shopping carts or some sort of client base. I didn’t want to burden the newly rebuilt server with any potential traffic jams, so I left to find other web hosts. At the same time, after taking numerous “professional practices” courses, I thought it would be prudent, especially for times when I was seeking employment, to have separate sites for my portfolio and my blog. In 2003 this domain was born. Why DocHoloday? Well, it’s been my screen name for longer than I care to remember. It’s literally been my only monicker in the digital age. It was taken from a post-modernist cyber-punk book published back in the 1990’s (that should explain a little bit about some of my crazy interests at the time), called How to Mutate and Take Over the World. In it, the authors “St. Jude” and “R.U. Sirius” hacked networks and generally had a good time, occasionally doing a little hired (digital) gun-slinging, wild west style, with their friend “Doc Holoday”. Holo, as in hologram. That reference, plus Tombstone hitting theaters a couple years later all but cemented it for me. While I never became the deviant internet hacker I wanted to be, I did enjoy the uniqueness of the handle. I’ve never encountered it before or since. It’s mine. Back when handles meant something, that was a big deal.
After I finished school I continued to blog about life, what I was having for lunch, what video games I was playing, and what I thought about, well, everything. I’ll admit, I had a lot of anger issues when I was younger. Comparatively, I was probably just your average New Englander. I believe the term is “salty”. I like a good story, a good argument and a good fight. The combination of the three means I probably had a pretty good weekend. At some point, without really having a good reason or a conscience decision, I just started to mellow out. Maybe it was youthful exuberance wearing off, maybe it was “growing up”, maybe it was a combination of all that and more. I started writing more from the heart than from the tongue. Through my wife I started attending church and met a lot of really good people. A couple years ago I felt moved and accepted Christ and was baptized. A couple years after that, we had our baby girl, who is the absolute joy of my life.
I don’t really know why I wanted to write this today. I was just doing some reflecting on where I am and where I’ve come from. I can’t honestly say I’d change any of it because, it turns out, it all changed me. I think, in some small way, writing my thoughts out for all those years helped me deal with a lot of things. I didn’t bore anyone with tiny details about my problems (at least I hope I didn’t), but it was a way for me to voice my bigger concerns and frustrations and opinions and have my friends, who’s opinions I trust implicitly, give me feedback.
A blog isn’t just a journal. It’s not just a collection of stuff. It’s not a bunch of baseball cards I have, or movies I’ve seen, or games that I’ve played. It’s a small piece of me. Some days I feel like writing, some days I don’t. Some days are sunny, sometimes it rains. It’s always here to come back to, and it’s never far away.
As I said, I don’t really know why I felt like sharing that. I guess it’s to illustrate the point that, while hobbies and passions and interests may change, I’ve always appreciated the opportunity to have and to use this outlet. I was actually going to apologize about the amount of baseball card posts recently, but writing what I just have, it makes me realize that at this point in my life, it’s something I enjoy and I enjoy talking about it. I can’t artificially post my interests in another topic simply to have a more “balanced” blog. It would be fake. It would be a lie. I don’t actively intend to ignore the discussion of my personal life, but it’s simply not that interesting. By comparison, my hobbies and interests are. So, I’ll make you this promise: Whatever I’m interested in will always be the topic du jour here at my blog. My close personal friends, I will strive to write a little bit more about my day to day adventures, but please don’t leave if I mention baseball. My baseball friends, please realize that this isn’t a 100% card blog. It never was and most likely it never will be. If that means you’ll never come back, and that you feel the need to remove me from your reader feeds, I understand.
Take care, and sincerely thank you for reading.
I took some time today to think about whether I’m a player collector or a team collector. Technically, all my player cards are members of the same team, or have been, or would eventually be. Does having an Adrian Gonzalez rookie make me a Gonzo collector, or a Red Sox collector. I decided there’s absolutely nothing wrong with both. There are guys on the Red Sox who I’ll collect only because of the team they play for, and there are guys that I’d collect regardless of the team. Ortiz, Nomar, Papelbon, etc. Those players are certainly on the short list, and it is quite short. There’s only a handful of players I’d have any compulsion to collect out side of a Red Sox uniform. So, I guess, technically it’s team first, player second.
With that in mind, I have decided to start 2 distinct player collections. Fortunately for me, both players satisfy the “team/player” question on both sides, making my previous point fairly moot.
Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek.
Why? I don’t know. It could be all the talk of their retirement this week, but I don’t think that’s it. I think it’s the “legacy” aspect and what they meant to Boston for over a decade. I also have a distinct lack of both players. I have base cards for a couple years, Varitek’s rookie, and that’s about it. There’s (by search count at COMC, which is in no way definitive) at least 150 Tim Wakefield cards and 260 Jason Varitek cards. I would imagine the number is much higher, but those seem to be the one’s “in circulation” on the secondary market. I’ve got a long way to go, but I’d really like to put a serious dent in collections for both players this year. Let’s call it a goal. So, keep that in mind if you ever come across mojo for either of those guys. I hear that a Wakefield auto is nearly impossible, he just doesn’t sign that much. That’ll be my “white whale” of the collection.
I think I successfully destroyed the English language with that title.
I hadn’t really mentioned it until the other day when I posted that Clemente patch, but I did in fact buy some 2012 Topps Series 1. I don’t really have anything worth mentioning that hasn’t been mentioned before. Photography good, inserts bad, surfboard meh. You get the idea. That doesn’t mean that the set is devoid of anything worth talking about though. I did get a couple interesting cards as well as some stuff going directly into the tradebait bucket. I’ve already uploaded the photos of those and they’re live in case you wanted to browse, but I thought I’d show a couple of the more interesting ones.
In total, since they came out, I’ve purchased 2 blasters, 2 jumbo pack boxes and a couple packs. I pulled aside all the gold sparkly cards, the inserts, the red borders (from Target) and the patches. Here’s everything worth talking about…