Thursday, May 29, 2008

You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello…


Everyone has at least one person in their life that can control EVERY aspect of their being. For me, it’s my wife. There is nothing in this world that I couldn’t or wouldn’t do to make my wife happy. There’s nothing I couldn’t give up for Lori. We might argue. I might kick and scream. But, in the end, “mama” always trumps “daddy.” Married guys, if you don’t agree, go ahead and contact an attorney.

“Love” gets thrown around a little too casually these days. Personally, I love black ink pens. I love when people dim their bright lights on the interstate. Call me crazy but I love my ‘96 Pontiac Sunfire that I’ve owned since High School. In that scenario, I love my baseball card collection.

If tonight, my wife came to me and said, “Load up the cards, they’re going out to the street on trash day” I can guarantee you that I would do some kicking and screaming. I would rant, rave, and might even throw something. But, I would look like Eeyore, heading to the street next Monday morning. I love my wife. I guess in that scenario, I only “Like” my collection.

But, there is one card that would not make the cut. There is one card that my wife would under no circumstances ever make me throw away. She couldn’t make me sell it because it’s utterly worthless. My wife knows that I will pass this card on to my son when he’s old enough to appreciate the story behind it.

Cliffhanger time: I’m going to post a much better blog about the card itself to celebrate my 1,000th hit. So, if you’re curious, please tell your friends about the site. Just kidding. I’m not that hard up for traffic to the site. In all seriousness, I want to devote a separate post to the card. 1,000 hits or not, I only get one shot at wording that post the right way and I don’t want to screw it up. Trust me, I’m not going to tie something that important to me to a gimmick.

Rather, in this post I want to know, “What card has that effect on you?” If you were forced, or even if you chose to leave the hobby right now, what one card will you never part with?

My card is so obscure that if someone could guess what it is, I would give them every card I own of their favorite player….

Unless if their favorite player happens to be the subject of this post. In that case there’s at least one card I can’t give them…

6 comments:

The Hamiltonian said...

May 29, 2008 at 7:57 pm e

There are lots that I would have a difficult time parting with, but I think the one I would just never be able to let go of no matter what is my 2006-07 ITG Heroes & Prospects Tyler Plante Game Used Jersey.

Plante isn’t a lights out NHL prospect, nor is he a particular favorite of mine. He did, however play for the Brandon Wheat Kings, who have amazing jerseys. I grew up on a farm, and one of my favorite songs is “Wheat Kings” by The Tragically Hip, so I do believe this card was made specially for me.

jv said...

May 29, 2008 at 8:32 pm e

Wow! I’m not a hockey card fan but that’s a great looking card. I can see why you wouldn’t wanna let that one go…

Dave said...

May 30, 2008 at 3:39 pm e

Hmm … an obscure card with a story behind it? Is it the ‘89 Fleer Bill Ripken with you-know-what written on the bat barrel? That would also explain why you’ll talk to your son about it when he’s older :)

If I had to pick one card in my collection to hold on to, that would mean that I couldn’t pick all of my 921 Don Mattingly cards, so I’d pick my 1956 Topps Jackie Robinson, graded PSA 6. I spent a lot of money to buy that card, but I bought it with the intention of passing it down to my kids someday. The card is 52 years old and still looks great, and Jackie Robinson is a baseball hero, and a hero in life, more than any other player I can think of. I’d love for that card (along with other old cards that I’ll hopefully buy in the future) to be the centerpiece of a collection that gets passed down through generations of my family.

jv said...

May 30, 2008 at 3:54 pm e

It’s not the Ripken. Funny you mention it though. I had completely forgotten that I had that card as a kid. I remember hiding it from my parents like it was porn. I use to take it out and giggle and feel like a rebel for owning it. A very shady individual took me for it on a trade at a flea market one Saturday morning. I think it was the first time I was ever truly ripped on a trade with a dealer. The 1992 Topps Albert Belle I got in return for it is long gone.

Really good guess though! You got the year right in one try…lol…

Thanks for all your comments, Dave. I really appreciate you taking the time to read my blog.

Dave said...

June 25, 2008 at 9:52 pm e

OK, I have another guess … is it a 1989 Topps Tom Niedenfuer??

jv said...

Nice Try, Dave...lol...