Thirty-plus years later, I still wouldn't want to be labeled a "tattletale" or as my students would say... a "snitch".
However... as an adult... I'm perfectly comfortable with being labeled a "copycat". I'm always copying others. Half of the food I eat is based on recommendations from family, friends, co-workers, and students. Clothing too. If I see a student wearing a cool hoodie... I have no problem asking them where they bought it.
And that goes for trading cards too. Back in March, Nachos Grande busted a box of 2004 Topps Clubhouse in one of his group breaks.
Now I typically avoid getting into group breaks, but I enjoy reading posts about them. And in this particular one, they pulled a ton of awesome relics. In fact, 2004 Topps Clubhouse is a relic only product and the checklist is loaded with stars and hall of famers.
One of the players they pulled was Tony Gwynn:
After seeing that card, I immediately went over to COMC to see if there were any available at a reasonable price. Normally I don't spend over $3 for a relic card, but I made an exception this time. I offered the owner $4.20 and he accepted.
I also added these three HOFer jersey cards to my collection for $9.58. Every now and then, I'll look these up on COMC to see if I can add a few more of these shiny relics... but so far, I've come up empty-handed.
In the meantime, I'll continue scouring your blogs for cards I'd like to add to my collection. And if by chance I copy you, try not to be too offended. Just remember that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Happy Tuesday and sayonara!