Through a pandemic, maybe rummaging through random boxes at a card shop or card show was just not a thing with people advised not to gather in public events - maybe things have opened up little by little but who knows if I'll find myself at a card show anytime soon.
Back at the end of April, I stumbled upon this blog post featuring a Web site selling cards - for a dime each with the promo they were running.
Factoring any s/h fees, I didn't think I was going to be able to put together a number of cards to make a worthwhile purchase - maybe I found 30 cards at first, but there was no way I’d get around to a 100 cards.
It’s easier for me to grab things on impulse if there were images with the listings - the site does have listings with pictures but it’s never enough.
Without the ability to ‘freelance,’ my cheat sheet / wantlist is my guide, but where do I start - when it’s cumbersome looking up random cards from my lists, only to find it’s not available.
There are lots of sold out listings, though I wonder if those were from actual purchases or were just place markers of some sort - it may be easier for buyers if the listings were removed, but I don’t know how the Web site works.
I napped for a little bit through the afternoon and decided to browse some more with my cart items still intact - the number of cards I added to my cart started to pick up, though I wonder if I can ever get a grasp of what is featured on the site.
I kept thinking others are probably mining this site for cards, but at the very least I’d just look up the most obscure subjects - as I toggle back and forth between the browser and the Google Docs cheat sheet.
I ended up with 129 cards for about $17 and while it took about 3 weeks to get my cards to me - I had to wait several months later before I could go through all the mail that added up while I was overseas.
John Ward, Christy Mathewson, Ricky Williams, Danny Ainge and Herschel Walker. Angee], Willie Collazo, Troy Cate, Julius Peppers, Matt Franco, Robert Machado, Eric Gagne / Jeff Williams dual PED card.
1996 Classic Dick Trickle #4 - nice add to my unofficial double entendres collection.posted on Facebook.
1991 Topps Stadium Club Travis Fryman #355 - I remember coveting this card when it was worth $6 as his best card out of early MLB issues in the early 1990s.
I probably thought Fryman was the next great power hitting infielder like Cal Ripken Jr. - had a fine career though didn’t play long enough to put up true all-time great numbers.
Got his autograph once on a piece of paper after a night game 25 years ago - I don’t remember exact interaction that happened for a moment but he was nice about it and I might have been a fan for the rest of the year.
Maybe the answer is painfully obvious now.