On December 7, 2011, a guy named Nick started up a blog called Dime Boxes - The Low-End Baseball Card Collector's Journey. Do you know what I was doing then? Enjoying being a father for the second time, as my daughter was born 10 days prior. On one hand, you have a young guy thinking "I should start a blog!", while on the other hand is a not as young guy thinking "How can such a tiny thing produce that much poop?" Everyone travels there own unique path.
One thing Nick shares with my daughter is an abundance of kindness. Shortly after my daughter celebrated her self-professed life as a "pre-teen", Nick celebrated his blog's life by giving away some cards.
As is my luck with such giveaways, I came late to the table and the majority of cards were already claimed. I was able to snag a red Sox MVP and four Hall of Famers though:
When I said I was a late comer, I meant it. I even double checked, there were 26 people who claimed cards before me. How did so many people let a 61 year old card of a Hall of Fame pitcher slip down to me? I'm amazed. Grateful but amazed. It was fun to get that Carlton card too. I knew it couldn't have been from the 1977 set, but it wasn't until I had it in hand that it was a cloth sticker from 2012 Archives.
Of course, Nick included bonus cards, and they were nothing short of amazing:
A couple of online cards, an oddball Ted Williams, and a pair of Hostess Hall of Famers highlight the group for me.
Favorite Card: Hal Newhouser and that great 1961 Fleer design
Thanks for the cards, Nick! Here's hoping your blog's "pre-teen" years will give you less grey hairs than my daughter is sure to give me. Happy blogaversary!