"Lately, I have found myself getting back into my first true childhood hobby – baseball card collecting. It’s becoming a habit, purchasing packs every time I go to the store, searching ebay for cards I’m missing and rare hits…I’ve got the fever."
Thus began My Cardboard Habit. That was three years ago today. The blog was hosted on Wordpress (the blog was originally named The Cardboard Habit and I changed it to My Cardboard Habit)...then I moved it to Blogspot so that I was on the same platform as all of the other amazing blogs that inspired me to begin writing.
It's funny - I was so excited to begin blogging, but I couldn't decide on a name. MCH popped into my head, but I hated it...but I was too anxious to put out my first post so I went with it. It has since grown on me, and I am glad I kept the name.
I honestly never thought I would still be collecting three years later. I thought that I would start the blog, write a few posts, then I would get tired of buying cards. Part of that is true, but most of it isn't. I have certainly grown out of the manner in which I used to collect. By that, I mean I no longer try to buy everything. I was nuts to think that I would put together every set as quickly as Topps releases them.
Now, I have focused my collection down to a few players and Ranger team sets. I have neither the money nor the time to attempt to get every single card that Topps produces.
I thought this blog would be a "depository" of baseball card knowledge...nothing could be further from the truth. Sadly, I don't have the talent to put together posts like Night Owl or Baseball Card Breakdown. Nor do I have the incredible collection to feature like The Junior Junkie. Nor do I have the time to share amazing stories like foul bunt.
There are other bloggers that have influenced me along the way. I've developed great trading relationships with The Lost Collector, Play at the Plate and Dodger Penguin; they are all guys that I am thankful for crossing paths with (along with everyone else, please don't hate me for not naming everyone individually!).
Three years. That's a long time. I have gone from an incredibly well-paying job to graduate school (which pays next to nothing). I've lost a good friend and LCS owner. My father has been diagnosed with cancer. I've earned a few awards for my research. I've reconnected with old friends and made a ton of new friends. All in all, it has been a crazy three years.
But that's enough rambling and reminiscing. No one like that nonsense, especially from someone as insignificant as me. I get that, and I'm okay with it.
But there is one thing I want you to know.
I am eternally grateful that you read this blog and share this ride with me.