This weekend I was looking for Stranger Things Season 2 on Blu-ray at Target.com which has been impossible to find. Anyways... I decided to see if there were any baseball card blaster boxes online since I haven't seen any of those at my local Target since before the lockdown.
I was pleasantly surprised to find 2020 Allen and Ginter in stock and ready to ship. I'm sitting on a stack of Target gift cards, so I threw a few into my basket where they sit waiting for me to click "check out". Not sure if I'll actually follow through on the purchase. On one hand, I'll never see retail blasters in my area.
2020 Allen and Ginter #201
On the other hand, I'm not the biggest fan of Ginter. Plus... bloggers like Rod (Padrographs) end up sending me their extras like this cool card of Sakura Kokumai (karate champion).
Not only did he supply me with my first helping of 2020 Ginter, he also sent me with my first examples of 2020 Diamond King, 2020 Topps Fire, and 2020 Stadium Club (why can't Target have these blasters in stock?).
As most of you know, Rod is my regular supplier of SI for Kids sheets:
I know at least a handful of these came from the bookstore that Rod has managed the past two decades. Sadly, he announced last month the bookstore would be closing and that he would take the "voluntary" retirement. Just one more piece of evidence proving that 2020 is the worst year of my lifetime.
On the bright side, Rod is a huge San Diego Padres fan and for the first time in fourteen years they're back in the playoffs.
Fourteen years seems like a lifetime ago. Let's see. Fourteen years ago, I was out of the hobby, still teaching at the elementary level, and had no idea what a blog was. The icing on the cake? My current seventh graders weren't even born yet.
Let's go Padres!
Jim (GCRL) also sent me a 2020 first...
Technically, this isn't the first 2020 Archives card in my collection. I've picked up a few of the Fan Favorites autographs. However this is my very first base card from the set.
He also sent me my very first 2018 Topps Chrome Sapphire card...
Not exactly sure what the story is behind these Sapphire cards, but I'm pretty sure they're an online exclusive product that is very, very desirable.
Thank you Rod and Jim for thinking of me with these care packages. You guys are the reason, I don't get disappointed when I see empty shelves in the card aisle at my local Target. Who needs them when there are generous bloggers like you two who feed my 2020 cardboard cravings?
Happy Monday and sayonara!