Then about ten years ago, the dream came true when I opened up my wallet, pulled out my credit card, and produced this card:
I think I purchased fifty (maybe it was twenty-five) copies of this card and whenever I traded with a new blogger, I'd send one their way. Eventually, I ran out with the exception of the copy you see above. I kept one for myself.
A few years later, I made an updated version using the 2015 Topps card design:
I've even made a few different versions for my students that I use as thank you cards. Here's one of them:
That's me doing my best Bruce Lee impersonation.
Over the years, I've had the pleasure of being the recipient of several custom trading cards:
But my latest addition to the Blogger PC is in a league of its own, because it's not a custom card. It's an actual minor league trading card signed by The Blogfather himself... Night Owl:
1989 Bill Pucko Niagara Falls Rapids #29
I first saw this card over on Night Owl Cards about a year ago. Jeremy of Topps Cards That Never Were asked Greg if he'd sign a copy if he sent one. He replied "yup" and this card was immediately added to my shopping list.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find an affordable copy. A few months passed and I read a post over on Baseball Card Breakdown featuring Gavin's TTM success.
Within a few days, I had purchased a complete set on eBay for $6.95 (free shipping). That was back in September. The set arrived safe and sound... where it sat on my desk for months. Eventually I sent a TTM request to Greg in January... and voila... my very own signed copy of his rookie card.
By the way, Night Owl is the gentleman in the press box (fourth window from the left). You can read more about this card over on his blog, here.
Thank you Greg for signing this card for me and for being one of the people who inspired me to start this blog. Maybe one day we'll be able to catch a card show together and you'll let me buy you a beer.
As for everyone else...
Have you ever been featured on a trading card?
I'll leave you with a little Manilow to kick your week off..
Happy Monday and sayonara!