30 Day Baseball Card Challenge

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Damaged Card HOF #2: Stephen Strasburg

Outside of cardboard, I have another addiction: Haribo Gummi-Bears.  I routinely buy their five pound bags from Costco and follow a very, very strict routine.   I always... and I mean always save the white bears for the end.   And as I draw closer and closer to those remaining "pineapple" flavored bears, I eat less and less so that I can enjoy the delicious pieces of candy for as long as possible.  Then... when there are only white bears left... I divide them into five or six zip lock bags and the countdown begins.

So, when fans and collectors of
Stephen Strasburg frown upon the Nationals' decision to shut down his season after a certain number of innings... let's just say that in a way... I understand.

With that out of the way... let me introduce the second member of my Damaged Card Hall of Fame. It's a 2010 Topps Chrome #212 Stephen Strasburg rookie card:

At first glance, you might be asking... where's the damage?  It's one of those things where the scan doesn't do it justice.  Here's a different angle taken from my camera:

If you look closely, you can see two small creases running across the top of
Strasburg's back.  This card is actually pretty special to me, because it was given to me by my nephew.

He gave it to me the same day he gave me the autographed baseball a few months ago.   He's still at the stage where he throws his cards on the floor and sorts them into teams without thinking about condition or future value.

Dang... what I wouldn't give to go back to those days.  The days where I owned my possessions and my possessions didn't own me.   Well... at least I've found a way to appreciate the damaged cards in my collection.

Happy Wednesday and sayonara!


  1. Still one of the best signed balls around.

  2. I also love Gummi bears--doesn't really matter the brand--my personal favourites are the orange bears--unfortunatley, the white ones are on the bottom of my list--maybe we can trade Devo for Rusty (White for Le Grand Orange)