Before I started blogging, I spent about eight months cruising this baseball card superhighway, which some affectionately call the "blogosphere". I would spend a few hours a day sometimes reading blogs and taking comfort in the fact that I am not the only person that still enjoys collecting cards because it is fun, not because of a 1/1 refractor-memorabilia-SP (insert over-hyped rookie here) that they can turn over on Ebay. After a few months of just reading, I mustered up enough nerve to create a profile, and then became really brazen and started the Swing And A Pop-Up blog.
One of the first lessons I learned about writing a blog is that it's not as easy as it looks.Those of you who can post daily have my utmost respect, as I've tried and tried myself, but cannot keep up the pace. I might post three or four days in a row, then before you know it, it's been five days since my last post.
The second lesson that I learned is that I am nowhere near as good a writer as I thought I was. Occasionally I'll write a post that is focused, organized...you know, all the qualities of good writing. But most of the time I look at my posts and think, "My God! Did I just finish the fourth grade?"
Some of the bloggers collected low-end cards like I did, others proudly displayed high-end cards which I could never hope to obtain, but enjoyed reading about nonetheless. A common theme throughout all the blogs, regardless of collecting habits, was the generosity between bloggers. Many posts described trades they had made with each other, or cards they had received just because someone else thought they would like them.
Over the past year-and-a-half I've made quite a few trades with other bloggers and also gotten my share of cards that another blogger "thought I would like".
Like this one. A quad swatch memorabilia Red Sox card from 2009 Upper Deck Ballpark Collection. What's not to like about this card? This came from Matt from the blog "Bob Walk The Plank".
Also included was this very cool Dustin Pedroia bat relic from 2009 Topps Tribute.
The final card Matt sent me was the one he thought I would enjoy the most. A Rick Burleson auto from 2005 Upper Deck Past Pennants. He was 100% correct. Burleson was the Red Sox shortstop when I started collecting cards, and even though they never won a World Series, the 70's Red Sox teams remain some of my favorites. Any card that features the 1970's Red Sox uniforms is instantly a favorite of mine.
Thank you Matt!