Here's what surprised us in our "I get my baseball card packs and boxes from..." poll. Only 27% of respondents said "I'd be completely loyal to card shops if their prices were better." Twenty-five percent said they rely on Target, Walmart, and Kmart. Seven percent said card shops only; 4% said eBay only. One person said card shows only. Thirty-four percent said "healthy mix." Not surprisingly, no one admitted to relying on eTopps or MLB.
For some reason, we thought that if a competitively priced card shop miraculously appeared down the street, everyone would swear allegiance, but only 27% did. Perhaps a fair interpretation would be, if a card shop competed with big box store prices, people would frequent that card shop and leave the Marts behind; what people would not leave behind is the interwebs.
In that regard, we ought to have added "Other blogworld people" as a card source. For instance, recently Night Owl sent us some cards; we found them on our desk after an exhausting day. In the bubbleope were numerous items that really lifted our spirits, much the way Night Owl's writing often lifts our spirits. In examining the cards, we must begin with the most absurd Topps Heritage card of the year, and possible of all time:At the risk of invoking the voice of the frightening Andy Rooney, we must ask, who designed this card? What were they thinking? What is the deal with that particular photo of Abraham Lincoln and its placement on the South Lawn of the White House? And the photo of Barack Obama heading toward the 16th President's left ear? It gets worse.
We noticed that the spectators watching Ryne Sandberg seem extremely well-behaved, tidy, and well-dressed. Perhaps they are waiting for a cricket match. [Editorial note: this is not relevant, but I'm typing this at 11pm-ish, and the coyotes are going crazy! They are yipping and yowling and howling in the near distance. Even after many years living in the Southwest, that still gets my attention.]
Then Night Owl added a card that indicates he might have noticed a brief mention we made a while back that our secret vice is Chris Young (Padres rendition). This is one of the best-designed sticker autographs we've seen:
We end with this '09 Topps WBC card of David Wright, taken well before he began this atrocious season. Perhaps his grimace indicates a sneaking feeling that he knew what was coming.
Thank you very much, Greg!