This is a true story.
I don’t share my blog with co-workers very often. For whatever reason, I guess that they will all become addicted to ’30-YOC’ and somehow get in trouble for being on the site for hours and hours while our employer pays them. I’m just trying to look out for their best interest.
But sometimes I cannot help myself, especially when someone expresses an interest in what I am doing. With that being said, let me tell you now that I carry a notepad with me at all times. At work it is stashed away at my desk but is convenient enough to me if I need to quickly jot something down that pops into my head. During my lunch break, I am constantly scribbling down new ideas and thoughts as to what I can add to the blog and to my collection.
About a week ago, a fellow co-worker asked me what I was writing down every day and since I knew he was a sports fan he became the first one at my new workplace that I shared ’30-YOC’ with. I told him the premise of the site, and since we’re the same in age he recalled several memories of the same era in baseball and players that he cared for during that time. I quietly passed him a link to the site and quickly forgot about it.
Yesterday at 7:52 in the morning he shows up at my cube and says, ‘Dude, you collect players from the 80’s but don’t have any cards of Cal Ripken, Roger Clemens, George Brett, Don Mattingly, Gary Carter…’ He went on for what seemed like minutes. In reality he probably mentioned 10-12 guys that were the stars of the sport during that glorious decade. But you know what, he is 100% right. For all of the Dawson, Henderson, and Winfield cards that I own, I have barely scratched the surface when it comes to obtaining cards of the players that I enjoyed watching and collecting during my youth.
So Thank you, employee ‘X’. You have opened my eyes, and I am already working on a few new goals for my card collection that will continue to honor the players that have left a lasting image on me.
There are 2 things that I can assure you: (1) I have shown my readers each and every card that I own through this blog – nothing has been skipped or passed over. (2) I will continue to show you all of my purchases as long as interest remains there. The players from the 80’s are special to a lot of us and I enjoy reliving many of those memories and sharing them with you.
Stay tuned as there is a lot more to come as the baseball card collection at ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ continues to take flight!!!