We're trying to get fired up and ready to go.
Part of the thoughtful Bat Around
question posed for bloggers by Sports Cards Uncensored seeks to discover and address the challenges baseball card hobbyists face. Special thanks to Gellman for avoiding use of the term 'blogosphere.'
This usually for us relates to organization. We began collecting as an offshoot of our kid's interest, and started blogging in January this year. Since then, the organization challenge is defining and narrowing down.
At least we know that we remain totally committed to 2008 Allen & Ginter. But we also realized that we ought to return to our [nearly year-old] roots.
Our kid who started all this remains most interested in--besides David Wright of the Mets--collecting baseball cards of Asian players. Both our girls have an abiding interest in Japanese culture, and therein also lies a rich baseball history. Jamie Moyer, Barry Zito and Curtis Granderson remain key to moi. Barry is my zen. More on this soon, thanks to Nennth Inning.
We have received a beautiful array of Asian-player cards from bloggers and readers, which has led to this happy binder (on the right):
The collecting-Asian-players approach has proven infallible and has led to such beautiful finds as this Chan Ho Park (who this month filed for free agency) from Saints of the Cheap Seats:
And many, many cards that we've shown over the past year.
So we'll keep up the Asian player collection because we all love it--and we'll add a focus on Japanese Collegiate All-Stars from 2008 Upper Deck USA Baseball.
This challenge we find intriguing. JCF did a neat post on Team USA cards at waxbreaker back in June. Yes, that's about how behind we are in our cardthought processes.
Is anyone else pursuing the Team USA set or any inserts or subsets? Just curious. And, if by any chance you have any of these for trade, we'd like to know.
Japanese Collegiate All-Star Autographs (#'d to 50)
Japanese Collegiate All-Star Jerseys- Japanese Collegiate All-Star Jersey Patch (# to 20)
Japanese Collegiate All-Star The Letters (Var. #'d)
Tough, but at least it seems possible. And...it's finite. There are not 792 cards in the set. More in the 69 range.
For now, that is the biggest challenge--narrowing down what we collect.
Did you know Yuki Saitoh is called "the handkerchief prince" in Japan? (Based on the blue towel handkerchief Saito-san used to wipe his face while on the mound during Japan's 2006 national high school baseball summer championship--he pitched 42 innings in the final 4 days). However, the cards do not seem to contain any game-used towel bits. You know, maybe that's best.
Just jerseys. Anyway, in summary, we will alter the 'What We Collect' list at right to reflect this pursuit. Will we still savor the 1971 and 1983 Topps and 1994 Cracker Jack and other cards that we have gathered? You betcha.
But we're also going to get tough. We're going to seek. Focus. And find. 2008 Upper Deck USA Baseball, we are on the case!
Or at least the hobby box.