2022 was a weird year in the sense that there were a lot of curveballs and changeups thrown at me. It forced me to reflect and make minor adjustments in my life. One of those things was preparing for retirement. I still have at least ten, but more likely eleven or twelve years left in the classroom. But after purchasing a new car and taking care of a few things around the house... I needed to get my finances in order so that when the time comes, I can start the next chapter in my life.
The other thing was balancing my free time. The past fourteen to fifteen years, I've spent a high percentage of that free time with my card collection. Then in 2010, I upped the ante when I started this blog. But the past few months, I've decided to to downshift... and slow down the frequency of posts. There was even a point where I questioned whether or not I'd ever start writing again. But obviously blogging isn't an addiction I'm ready to quit.
Over the Christmas Break, I had fun going through some care packages and planning some posts. I also spent a large percentage of my time off cleaning and organizing things around the house. Sadly, I'm still not finished... but I'm close.
There are several several bags worth of hoodies, sweatshirts, and jackets that are cluttering my living room couch. I've got to either donate them or add them to the flea market stash (assuming I set up at the flea market again in the near future).
Plus there's this...
You are staring at my New Year's Day project. The bulk of what you're looking at falls into one of these categories:
A. Care package cards from Reader X and Woody @ CCW.
B. COMC cards from earlier in the year.
C. Random sets accumulated over the years.
D. eTopps collection
E. Online Dime Box mystery packs
In an effort to kick off this cleaning process, I decided to wrap up 2022 by opening up one of these $1 mystery packs... as well as showing off a few mystery cards.
Since most of you prefer baseball, I grabbed one of those packs... although I also purchased basketball, hockey, and non-sport mystery packs. Here's a peek at the pack before I tore into it:
As promised... the pack contained fifteen cards:
A whopping eight cards featured Detroit Tigers. Dennis... let me know if you want any of these. Two cards (both Tigers) stood out to me...
1993 Topps #660
Athletes who spend twenty years with the same franchise are special and Trammell was one of those guys. This is really the only card I'm interested in keeping... as I collect Topps flagship cards of hall of famers during their playing years. However... if Dennis needs it, I don't mind passing it along to a Tigers fan.
The other card that caught my eye was a Junk Wax Era card of Frank Tanana:
1992 Leaf #21
Over the break, I've had YouTube running in the background during my cleaning sessions. Frank Tanana was mentioned on a video about the best MLB players who never received a single hall of fame vote.
He finished his career with a 240 wins, 2,773 strikeouts, and a 57.1 WAR.
Now I'm not saying that Tanana should have a plaque hung up in Cooperstown (and I don't think the guy who produced the video is either), but it's a little crazy that he didn't receive a single vote. To put this into perspective, Placido Polanco received two votes a few years ago.
Okay... it's getting late and I want to catch the 2nd half of the TCU versus Michigan game. But before I do, here are a few "hits" that were sitting in a stack buried on my desk until recently:
2014-15 Upper Deck UD Game Jersey #GJ-LC
2020 Panini Elite Extra Edition Hidden Gems #HG-Bu
2013 Topps Heritage Clubhouse Collection Relics #CCR-YA
2018 Donrus Diamond Collection #DC-DL
Unfortunately... I can't remember who sent them to me. That's the problem with letting cards stack up on your desk for several months. If you sent me any or all of these, please let me know down below so I can thank you properly. Sorry in advance.
That wraps up 2023. There won't be any fireworks or partying for this evening. As soon as I'm finished with editing and publishing this post, I'm going to grab another bowl of chili and watch the game.
2001 Fleer Ultra College Greats Preview Autograph #NNO
Sorry Dennis... but I'm rooting for the Horned Frogs in honor of my niece who graduated from there last year.
Just looked up the score to see what quarter they were in and TCU won. Ugh. I was too slow.
Happy New Year everyone! 2023 is a complete mystery to me, but hopefully one with a happy ending.
Happy Saturday and sayonara!