OK, I know what you are thinking. Way too many baseball card blogs on here lately. Well as that is true, this review is more of a giant thank you to the author of Wax Heaven blog. As many of you know I started my sports card blog earlier this week Awesomely Bad Wax, and thanks to Mario for single handedly making my hit counts jump from none to over 200 in 4 days. Wax Heaven is your one stop shop for all things baseball card related. It’s updated quite frequently, anywhere to 3-4 times a day which is real nice, when you are hoping to find something new to read. Since it is a WordPress based blog, it’s fairly easy to navigate and his readers leave many comments which is real nice to have on your blog (hint, hint, nudge, nudge). He discusses everything from prospect watch to eBay auctions to reviewing new card sets. He is very accessible, I have exchanged emails with him a few times and he takes his time when writing for his blog. The site is a great idea, and I hope it springboards him to a regular role on the Beckett card site. Since I know he would love to have that.
I am a card collector. This is not very interesting on the surface, but if you are married, you would understand that this is a big deal. You see my wife does not like me to “collect” anything. Basically if it’s mine and it takes up space, it’s bad. Meanwhile she has a suitcase (I’m not lying here) of scrapbooking tools. So when I moved in with her and she saw my collection of cards, she told me they need to find a home (meaning: bury them where I won’t see them). This created the man room in my house. I took every card worth 50 bucks or more and put them in a bolted down safe. Then I took every insert card I have ever gotten and placed them in a 2000 card box. My sets got stacked in the closet. This left my autographed bats. I am very compulsive when I get into things and sometime in the early part of this decade every game I went to I had to get autographs, to make matters worse I started getting them on wooden bats. Now I have almost 20 bats signed and no place to put them other than in a corner of a closet.
This brings me to the Baseball Card Blog. Since I love baseball cards. I love sharing my points of view regarding them with other card collectors. Although I haven’t made comments on this site yet, I have to tell you I love the ideas he has for his blog and the reader participation is pretty good too. I have long wanted to start a baseball card blog up but stopped because,
I my wife doesn’t want me to get more cards. Maybe in this upcoming year I will try and do something. It probably won’t be a daily blog but we can see what we can do.
Anyways back to the Baseball Card Blog, like I said very imaginative. Some of the things that I like are the best of checklists. This is called the 792 (amount of cards Topp sets had in the 80’s) and he picks out the best card for each number in the set. Another great bit that is done is the show me your worst cards. I particularly like cards with bad cuts. I have to send in my 1960 Mickey Mantle card in pristine condition except for a huge scribble mark on the back (I believe it was someone trying to get a pen to write). Anyhoo go ahead over there and relive your card collecting youth.
I have been deciding internally for weeks now if I should post this site. I mean on one hand it’s a great site for deals on sports cards. On the other hand, it completely outs me as a sports card and memoribilia geek. It goes like this, you are at work and you turn to one of your friends, who you are comfortable with and say, I found this great site for buying baseball cards. He then looks at you and asks your age. Then you are the butt of jokes, for days / weeks / months to come. That’s why I perfer to stay in the closet when it comes to displaying my fondness for collecting cards. My wife knows, and hates my addiction, my family also knows (my dad made me the collector animal I am today). Now I have outed myself to you, I chemgod and a compuksive card buying fool. And what not to like about Totally-Cards, they throw cards on 50% of Beckett price, when they sell, the next cards go on. It’s a card collector’s dream, like Woot for car collectors. So dust off your binders and get your lucite cases ready cause here come some seriously great deals.
If you are anything like me, you might be involved in your company softball team or league. Well I first started playing company softball back in 1995. The problem was, that we were all new to the city softball league, we went out bought some cheap bats, and promptly lost our first game 51-2, stopped after 2 innings. Well we have come a long way since then. Gone are the 14.99 Walmart specials, in it’s place, some very nice DeMarini bats, and wouldn’t you know it, our averages went up, hit went further, and games lasted all 6 innings. Well I wish I knew Just Grand Slams was around before we lost our first clunker, we wou.ld have had some serious softball wear! Take today for instance, it’s 2 for one on DeMarini bats. All I can say is wow, 2 bats, 89 bucks, that’s half the price of what one bat should cost!
Since I’m a Yankee fan this is a tough one for me to review, but when I read Curt Shilling’s blog 38 Pitches, it’s a very interesting read. Curt has never had a problem sharing his emotions. I’m sure you’ve heard him call out various teammates and rivals. He tells what it’s like pitching in a MLB game. Things you don’t think about. Currently he is going though the free agency process, something he has never experienced before, so it’s always interesting what it’s like for a hired gun in pro baseball. He should be one of the best pitching free agents available this winter, so he should have lots to write about. Even though I am a Yankee fan, I still have a lot of respect for Schilling, I enjoyed watching him pitch for the Phillies and D-Backs. Have some fun seeing what transpires this winter and what will probably be his last season.
I know I know, you’ve seen these stupid, yet addicting little games in pop up windows while you surf. It’s not that they are annoying, it’s that once you play, you can’t stop. For the longest time, I would love to play the golf game that pops up every time you go to ESPN. Well, guess what? You can get every one of those games online at OrbitzGames. Games like:
-Sink the Putt
I could go on, there are tons of flash based games here. They are all easy to play and a lot of fun. Also a great stress reliever. So head on over and have some fun for a change!
I’ve been collecting baseball cards ever since I was a wee chemgod. Most of my cards are worthless, but because I’m someone who can’t throw anything away, I have them all. This site is a list of worthless cards and one man’s funny comments about each one. Here is an example:
From that day forward, Dave Smith made sure that, whenever he took a nap in the bullpen during a day game, the bullpen coach rolled him over every two innings to even out his sunburn.
The website is called Joe Sports fan’s worthless baseball card collection. The comments are hysterical, great way to feel better about your card collection. Give it a try and I think You will agree with me.