As the thermometer reads 102 outside, I am more than ready to head to the beach. Currently Jacoby I are chilling in the living room watching the Sox and waiting for Mom to get home. it should be AT LEAST 20 degrees cooler where were heading, so getting a bit antsy to hit the road.
The weather out here in Portland has been crazy this year. When Jacoby was born in December we had a record 17 inches of snow that shut down the city for nearly two weeks (I know it is all relative, but keep in my Portland is not built for this type of weather. Not only that but the only way this area gets back above freezing is to have the transitional freezing rain storm first, which is just nasty). So now today it is 105 and supposed to be even hotter tomorrow. I feel kinda like Dennis Quaid in "The Day After Tomorrow".
But back to the point of the post, summer cleaning. Last night as I was getting ready for bed, I quickly scanned over my collection of boxes, envelopes, supplies, stacks of random cards, and folders. Now keep in mind that I have only been at this for just over two months, so the fact that I could get so disorganized so quickly is a feat in itself.
I have come to the financial decision that I have spent plenty for now, and I would like to stash away for the upcoming Topps Chrome (already ordered two boxes) and then this falls Topps 2009 Updates and Highlights). Maybe a few scattered packs in between, but I need to really buckle down and keep my goals in mind. Right now those goals are collecting base sets and obtaining the next 50 turkey reds! The chrome is more going for the hits and having some trade material, because at four cards a pack, it is practically impossible to shoot for a base set.
So here is the deal. In the short time I have been doing this hobby, I have realized that there are a lot of "priceless" cards out there. Granted there is a favorite player for everybody (though I tend to challenge that a bit) unless I have a hit, a parallel, or something unusual or serial numbered, what I have is...a lot of cards. A lot of cards that neither fill my collection needs, nor probably 99% of my readers needs either.
Thus, a survey! I AM WILLING to go through my entire spare collection and sort the cards into their respective product and years, and collate them into a spreadsheet, and then make them all available to you the public. Yeah, there are probably a few decent cards hidden in this bunch, but most of them will just sit around and collect dust forever. But if the people demand it, I will do it.
OR, I can jettison a bunch of cardboard unceremoniously on recycling day.
If you like the idea of me collating and reporting what I have there are two stipulations 1) keep in mind that I only have products that are from 2002 (maybe even 2003) through 2009 and 2) in order to give me a starting point, it would be helpful if you left a comment of which series of cards you are looking for. We can then work out some pretty lopsided deals in your favor!
So I will post the "Collate or Disintegrate" survey for you. Happy radio button clicking!
Pedro, by Pedro Martinez and Michael Silverman
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