Summer Break is here and the hobby will unquestionably be a part of my plans. Today I thought I'd kick things off with some things I'd like to accomplish over the next two months.
#1: Visit Vegas
2018 Topps Chrome Refractor #50
2018 Topps Chrome Refractor #139
The most important thing on my list is to head down to the birthplace of Kris Bryant and Bryce Harper to visit my father. It's been sixteen months since I've given him a hug. I'm going to make this happen.
1981 Granny Goose #35
I know this sounds bad to all of those "true collectors" out there, but I assure you I'm still a collector... not a dealer. I've sold less than twenty-five items on eBay since February. In fact, the number of cards purchased during that time frame far outnumbers the number of cards I've sold.
Although this isn't high on the priority list... I feel like it's almost guaranteed to happen. The rest of the items on today's list aren't guaranteed.
#3: Enjoy Some Games @ AT&T and the Oakland Coliseum
2013 Topps Album Stickers #293 & #314
2015 Topps Album Stickers #147 & #164
2016 Topps Album Stickers #151 & #159
I can't remember the last baseball game I attended. I'm guessing it was an A's game back in 2019, but it might have been in 2018. I'd like to hit up both sides of the Bay before I head back into the classroom.
I'd say there's an 80% chance I'll get out to an A's game and a 50% chance I'll attend a Giants game.
#4: Hit Up a Flea Market or Card Show
There's a card show in Fairfield which is about a seventy-five minute drive north of San Jose on June 26th. Not really sure if I'll go, because I'm not a big fan of standing in long lines and dealing with crowds in cramped spaces.
It's more likely that I'll hit up the Capitol Flea Market one of these weekends. It's been so long since I've walked around there, I'm curious to see if there has been an increase in vendors with sports cards to match the popularity of our hobby.
2019 Topps Chrome #203
According to my blog, the last time I purchased something from Capitol was back in August of 2019. That's where I grabbed this Chrome rookie card of Tatis for $5. Hopefully I stumble across a few more the next time I'm out there.
#5: Buy a Car
Lego Speed Champions #76901
It's been thirteen years since I've purchased a new car. The past month or so... I've been looking into a 2021 Toyota Supra. It's not a purchase I'll dive into lightly, but if I do end up buying one... it would be my "holy grail" car. In other words... the car I'd treasure for the rest of my life. I feel like the car's design would stand the test of time (well... at least my lifetime).
What are the chances? I'd say it's a coin flip. There are days I'm pumped and ready to buy it, while other mornings I wake up and think to myself... this is a toy I just don't need. Then again... do I really need boxes and boxes filled with baseball cards?
I have a few other things I'd like to do around the house... like clean out the garage, build a few Lego sets, and hopefully finish this vintage Star Wars puzzle I started last summer. Plus I'm sure there are a few things that I'm forgetting. If I remember... maybe I'll update this list in a future post.
Do you have any special plans for this summer?
Happy Saturday and sayonara!