Saying Good-Bye To ’30-YOC’. Tying Up A Few Loose Ends…
As I prepare to end my days of writing this blog, it would not be right for me to simply walk away without addressing a few things about my love for the game, the hobby, and ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.
So, please allow me one final time to vent and get it all out.
First, let me say that my love for the hobby of collecting baseball cards has not vanished. I am, and will always be, a collector. It is in my blood. Will my habits change after the blog is shut down? Sure they will, just as they have multiple times over the last six years while writing 30-YOC.
But, my hobby will go on.
I still have plans to complete the 1975 Topps baseball card set. Currently, I am up to card #415 and am almost 2/3 of the way home. And as you can see, I have scored some of the very tough cards from the set that I have yet to feature:
I also have every intention of continuing to expand on my ‘Ultimate Dawson’ collection. I have another baseball in the mail for Andre as we speak and I have a few more little projects that I plan on attacking once my signed baseball collection is complete (21 balls in total, 1 for each MLB season in which he played). For me, this collection I have put together defines my love for the sport and hobby – blending old with new, collecting during my youth and then now as an adult.
My love and passion for my team is at an all-time high. The ability to watch the blossoming careers of Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Fernandez, and Christian Yelich is a thrill for me. And I am already planning my trip to Spring Training to check them out as they prepare for the 2015 baseball season. Both of my boys have become pretty big Marlins fans as well and I am eager to get them out to the ballpark multiple times again in 2015. I also plan on doing a lot to commemorate the 1997 and 2003 World Series Marlins teams – a new extension to my Marlins team set collection. Think signed balls, World Series mementos, and more.
My autograph collection will continue to grow as well. Along with the baseball that I have out for Andre Dawson, I also sent in a ball for a Billy Williams signing – it will be a nice complement to the oldest ball in my collection (one that I got way back in 1989).
And I still plan on collecting the heroes of my youth. After all, those players are the ones that crafted my love of the game and the hobby. Paying tribute to them always feels right and I look forward to continuing to build on those collections as I love to go back to the 1980’s as frequently as I can.
There are so many things that I wanted to bring to ’30-YOC’ over the years, that I never got around to doing.
I never got around to debuting ’27 Outs’ or ‘Ultimate Palmer’ or ‘My Marlins’.
And I never brought back ‘Now That’s A Book I’d Read’ or ‘Million Dollar Question’ or ‘HOF Debate’.
But, I did put in a lot of work…
Each year, I have started a new spiral notebook that has allowed for me to keep a schedule of all posts for the blog. It also allows me the opportunity to quickly write down any ideas that I come up with or that are presented to me. For more than six years, I have carried these notebooks around with me – to work, in the car, and on family vacations.
I feel as if I have put together some really great pieces at ’30-YOC’ over the last few years. I will miss crafting new ideas and taking them all they way through to being published and talked about by the readers.
But for me, I know that now is the right time for me to step away. The ride has been immense and I have loved every minute of it. I’d rather step away now, with my head held high, and before the quality and devotion to this hobby of mine takes a hit.
Tomorrow night will be the last time that I publish with ’30-YOC’.
I hope to see you one more time tomorrow. Good night.