I SUCK AS A TRADE PARTNER!There, doesn't everyone feel better now? It's out there in the open and I feel like the weight of the world is off my shoulders. Or, at least I should. But, I don't because this really bothers me and brings unwelcome stress into my life, which it shouldn't because it's a hobby for Christ-sake.
So as I was hanging some clothes in my closet, I took a moment to look at the three shelves on the top that have become overrun with cards, boxes, binders, etc. Upon further review, I found 7 or 8 200-count boxes with various piles of cards in sleeves, team bags and just loose in the box. As I began to go through them, I realized that these were not my cards. These were the "lost" cards.
"Lost" cards are the ones that you thought you got rid of but really didn't. They could have been sold, traded away, thrown out by your mom/grandmother/nurse/maid/nanny/spouse/undertaker, or given to someone as a gift. But whatever the case may be, they were, in your mind, no longer in your possession. It is one of those overly cliche "out of sight, out of mind" scenarios where I thought I had sent these to their rightful owners but alas, I was only fooling myself into thinking I wasn't a worthless collector who pretends to trade only to turn around and hoard things for himself. No more, I say. Today is the day to remedy the situation (or in the next few days, whichever comes first).
But, if any of you still read this here blog thingy, I need your help. I am having some problems identifying some of these piles of cards. Doesn't a step to admitting you have a problem involve listing your issues? Shall I run down the list of what I found? Sure, why not? It might be therapeutic.
1. Two stacks of Dallas Cowboys
2. A pile of 2010-11 UD Victory Cards
3. A full 200-count box of Boston Red Sox cards
4. A stack of Toronto Blue Jays
5. A stack of Colorado Rockies
6. A pile of UD Champs hockey from last year
7. A mixed pile of ARod, Jeter, and those annoying Mickey Mantle Topps cards
8. Some various football related cards that make no sense and have no rhyme or reason
9. A pile of OPC Retro cards
10. A tin full of Tampa Bay Lightning cards
11. A mixed stack of 2010 Topps Series II baseball
12. A mixed stack of 2010 Bowman Chrome from 2010 Bowman baseball
Now, I have already identified the rightful owners of 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, and 10 (1, 2, & 5 should hit the PO tomorrow barring a natural disaster, death, or sudden onslaught of hyper-slothiness). As for the rest, I am getting to them I swear.
So you are probably by now asking yourself, "Self? How can I help this troubled blogger?" That answer, my friends, is simple. If you think I may have been holding on to either 4, 3, 6, 7, 11 or 12 for you, please let me know. I try to keep everyone on a pending list until either I send their goodies or I receive something back just to keep score. Sometimes, which this is obviously one of those times, I remove them prematurely. I believe that #3 and #12 is in fact a collation of 2 possibly 3 different collectors.
I am also failing to locate 3 other piles of stuff that I thought I was setting aside, wasn't sure if I sent out to people, but never crossed them off my "pending trade" list. I believe all of the parties involved with those shenanigans on my part have received emails from me.
So in the best interest of the hobby, the spirit of trading, and my sanity, I am hereby ceasing all trading (not that anyone would notice since I suck at it anyway) until I can resolve these issues, refocus my collection, and reorganize a bit so I have an idea of what I have. The blog isn't going anywhere, nor am I. I just want to be fair to everyone I promised stuff to and haven't delivered. God forbid my actions thus far cause me to begin to become misconstrued as a "fake" blogger and a front to something shady going on. We wouldn't want that, now would we?
Ready?....Set?.....Start claiming your property!!
(PS. I have had 43 Pageviews (whatever that means) from Luxembourg. I didn't know there were even 43 people in Luxembourg. Neat.)