I haven't picked up one of those books since the early 80's. In fact I probably stopped reading them just around the time I started collecting baseball cards. I was growing up and had to start making more important decisions in life.
Decisions like do I want regular milk or chocolate milk with my lunch. Should I slip Kangaroos or Nikes on my feet? Do I want to use a lunch pail or a brown bag to carry my lunch? Should I sort my trading cards by teams or card number?
These days, I'm forced to make grown up decisions involving personal finances, my job, and of course my baseball card collection.
Decision #1: Tony Pena
When 2017 Topps Archives Signature Postseason Edition was released back in November, I was happy to see Tony Pena on the checklist. He was always one of my favorite catchers growing up and one of my favorite cards is his 1986 Topps base card. As luck would have it, Topps had Pena sign 71 copies of that card.
I added it to my saved search list on eBay and within two months this was sitting in my collection:
Isn't it a great looking card? It's a awesome action shot of Pena and Topps took their time with the photo cropping and made sure his whole body was captured on this card. The only downside was the magnetic holder, which in my humble opinion takes away from the beauty. Decision time. Should I keep the card in the holder or set him free and let him breathe?
Tony has been released from his plastic cell and is free to enjoy life in a penny sleeve, top loader, and perfect fit sleeve, along with the 1990 Topps Craig Biggio I purchased last year:
Decision #2: Pete Rose
I realize that baseball fans have a love/hate relationship with Pete Rose. Personally, I wouldn't want him hanging out with my nieces, but that doesn't mean that I don't admire the things he accomplished on the diamond.
One of my favorite cards of him is his 1986 Donruss King of Kings card. Last month I stumbled across the Leaf version over on 4 Sharp Corners for less than $8, so I threw it into my cart and purchased it.
Decision time. Do I keep him imprisoned in his plastic cell or set him free?
Well... this time I decided to keep the card in its holder. The gem mint grade was a big part of the reason I purchased this card.
Decision #3: Shaun King
I've been slowly putting together the 1999 UD Retro Inkredible set and I can practically see the light at the end of the tunnel. I'm down to needing only a handful of cards and the majority of them are rookie autographs.
Although I can't find any documentation on this topic, I'm pretty sure the rookie autographs were short printed. That's why when I found this graded Shaun King on eBay, I immediately sent the guy a best offer, which happened to be accepted.
Decision time. Should I free him like Pena or keep him sealed like Pete?
This was a no-brainer.
I have the entire set stored in top loaders. It seems silly to keep one of them store in a PSA holder. Today Shaun was freed from his holder and like the Pena was immediately put into a penny sleeve, top loader, and perfect fit sleeve.
Well there you have it. Big decisions being made on this Sunday afternoon.
All of my chores and errands are done. My lesson plans for tomorrow are ready to go. The only decision left is which television show am I going to start watching this afternoon: Sneaky Pete or The Path.
Decisions... decisions... decisions.
Do you have any television show recommendations?
Happy Sunday and sayonara!