Friday, November 6, 2015

An Introspective -OR- Where I Am Today

Just about 11 months ago, I decided to make a serious life change. I decided to quit my well-paying job and return to school to work on my PhD, which doesn't pay terribly well while you are in school. 

This meant that my card budget would be cut back. It was hard for me to do that. I didn't have much of a social life while I was working, so baseball cards were my "thing" - that thing I do that is just for me, to give me an escape. My social life - and budget - were cut drastically when I came back to school. 

Along the way, I was able to save up and buy a few boxes, clearly breaking my new year's goal of only buying one box of three different products. I also got rid of some of the less-essential parts of my collection.

I also noticed that a few blogs threw in the towel during the last eleven months. There were times when I thought I should be one of them. I have only been able to post five or six times a month. I would wonder if anything I wrote was of any value to anyone. 

But I kept stepping forward. Here I am today, writing about my recent journey. I don't know where I am going with my collection, but this blog has been rather cathartic for me. I love reading about other people's adventures, and I love communicating with other bloggers as well. 

So enough of that. Let's look take a look at a card that I didn't know if I would ever get:

This dropped with 2015 Topps Update. When I saw Gallo was on the list, I expected that his card would be through the roof. I put this card in my search on my eBay app and waited as I saw it regularly sell for nearly $20. That was a bit rich for my blood...that kind of money is generally reserved for Matt Harrison cards.

However, this one was listed for $9 buy it now and free shipping. I was more than okay paying that price for the card. So, after pressing the button and waiting about a week, I received this card. 

If I had one problem, it would be that it's a sticker auto. But it is what it is, and I'm glad I have it. 

Are there any cards from Update that you absolutely have to have?


  1. That one now that I've seen it! Glad to see you haven't thrown in the towel!

  2. Lot's of obscure Pirates in this years set so I'm all over update. Just posted a plate last night.

  3. Nice card and a good price. I just picked up an SP base parallel of Nori Aoki that I had to have based on the photo. I will be posting it on my blog soon.

  4. My must have is the David Ross throwback and should be arriving any day now. Woo-hoo! Congrats on snagging the Gallo at a good price.

  5. Glad to see you're still with us! As for Update, to be honest, I haven't looked at the checklist except maybe once, but my answer is "Brewers". Considering Update usually features mediocre middle relievers and rookies, I have a feeling that I'll be chasing Update cards generally quite frequently in the next few years.