Life would be much more challenging without a computer and the internet. I use it on a daily basis at work and at home to watch tv, input grades, listen to music, create presentations, pay bills, shop online, write blog posts, read your blogs, and a bunch of other things.
But The Digital Age isn't perfect. Cyber-bullying, identity theft, and online scams are just a few of the drawbacks. I could probably dedicate a post to each of these topics and somehow tie them into sports cards. However today's post is about another issue: the decline of print media.
When I was a kid, my family always had a huge stack of magazines sitting under one of our couch's end tables. Everyone in my family had multiple subscriptions to add to the stack, but if I were to guess, I'd say that my mom and I had the most. I always had at least two or three, plus the single issues I'd beg my mom to buy at the store.
My childhood favorites were Baseball Digest, Mad, Tuff Stuff, Baseball Cards, Sport, Dynamite!, Highlights, Surfer, Beckett Baseball, Street and Smith's Baseball, Nintendo Power, National Lampoon, and Thrasher Magazine.
Thanks to The Digital Age, I down to only three magazines subscriptions: ESPN, Baseball Digest, and Sports Illustrated for Kids.
My subscription to ESPN gives me access to online content on their website. Baseball Digest is the only magazine left that I try to read cover to cover.
But you might be asking yourself, why does a forty-five year old man subscribe to a kids magazine?
Well if you're familiar with this blog, then you already know. But just in case you need a refresher... it's all about the sheet of trading cards included in each month's issue of Sports Illustrated for Kids. There are two main things that make their cards worthy of this collector's subscription.
#1: Each nine card sheet of trading cards features at least two females which is pretty cool since most trading card products contain 99% male athletes.
#2: You always get at least three or four cards featuring athletes from lesser publicized sports like lacrosse, rugby, surfing, ice skating, volleyball, skateboarding, mountain biking, gymnastics, motocross, and snowboarding.
Now I enjoy collecting all-male baseball card sets as much as any other baseball card collector out there. However every now and then, it's kinda cool to write about something different.
I'm not sure how many of my readers are snowboarding fans, but I know I've been waiting to see Chloe Kim's Olympic debut for quite some time. I remember watching her win the silver medal at the 2014 Winter X Games SuperPipe competition at thirteen years of age. She'd follow that performance up with three more gold medal performances in Aspen over a four year period.
But seriously... the biggest stage would be at PyeongChang 2018 where millions of people would be watching to see her compete against the world's best.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that she lived up to lofty expectations and won the gold medal for Team USA in front of her supportive family which included her 75 year old grandmother who was watching her granddaughter compete in person for the very first time.
But did you know that Sports Illustrated for Kids beat Topps to the punch by nearly two years when they issued a card of her in their April 2014 issue?
Although this card isn't rare and will never be worth hundreds of dollars... it's still a cool piece of cardboard featuring one of the most infectious smiles at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
It's also a nice reminder that even though print media may be on the decline, it isn't dead yet.
What are some of your favorite childhood magazines? Do you still have any magazine subscriptions?
Long live Sports Illustrated for Kids and their monthly trading cards sheets. And congratulations Chloe for becoming the youngest female to win an Olympic gold medal on snow.
Happy Saturday and sayonara!