When I started my blog back in 2010, it was blogs like Night Owl Cards, 30 Year Old Cardboard, Stale Gum, Sports Card Uncensored, Cardboard Junkie, The Baseball Card Blog, and Wax Heaven that were my inspiration.
All of these guys are card blogging legends that have paved the way for hundreds of other awesome card blogs. I remember thinking it was so cool seeing my blog's name on some of their blogrolls.
This might sound a little sad... or "needy", but... at the time it gave me a sense of "accomplishment".
Anyways... seeing my name on their blogrolls is one thing. However receiving a care package from one of them was like seeing my favorite player tip their hat after making eye contact with me. It totally made my day.
Last week, Mario Alejandro who runs Wax Heaven reached out to me and told me he had a package of cards with my name on it.
A few days later this 2017 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions box arrived in my mailbox:
In the meantime... thank you so much Mario! I'm not only talking about this overly generous box of cards. Wax Heaven helped fill in the missing pieces when I returned to the hobby back in 2007. Your product reviews, hobby news, and entertaining posts were truly invaluable.
It's great to see that you're back on the keyboard and I look forward to reading and commenting on future posts. I know that you don't expect anything in return... but you can expect to see a stack of Canseco's in your mailbox in the near future.
As for the rest of my readers and fellow bloggers...
Who are some of your blogging inspirations?
Happy Friday and sayonara!