I need a new hobby.
I've been collecting baseball cards for 30 years. That's... nearly my whole life. And I suck at it.
I will not bore you with the details (Mich might remember this story from my old blog) but I once sold a Mike Trout rookie card for about $228 while he was stumbling through his first professional season and some kind of virus sapped all his strength.
Basically, I could not have picked a worse time to "sell low" and I only did it because a) he was playing like crap, and b) my four year old was about to enter the world.
Mike Trout is now thee best player in baseball, and that same card sells for about $3,000. Not $300. $3,000.
I mention this because apparently I've done it again. Earlier this summer I sold a rookie card of a Yankees prospect named Aaron Judge.
He was struggling a bit in the minor leagues and the scouting reports said he would strike out a lot in the pro ranks. I didn't like the idea of rooting for a Yankees player to succeed anyway, so I cashed in his card about two months ago - for an eBay 'best offer' price of $400.
This past weekend he made his big league debut by blasting a 445-ft home run. He hit another homer Sunday, when the same card I recently had in my collection sold on eBay for $945.
Okay, so mine wasn't exactly the same. The $945 card was in slightly better condition. Still, had I waited until this weekend to sell his card I probably could have made another $300. (Also, I may have just assured that Judge will be a baseball legend.)
But honestly... I don't know what I would have done with the money anyhow. I have about $300 in my PP account right now, which was set aside to attend a major sports cards & collectibles show in my area. A show which I will not be attending. And here's why:
When my aunt died last year, she left quite a bit of money for my mother to divide amongst the family. I received a large check equal to about four months of my salary and promptly discussed allocation of said funds with my wife. 90% would be put in the bank to pay our bills, and 10% would be my own personal play money.
My mother knew I wanted to attend the big sports card show and said that my aunt would have wanted me to enjoy the money and buy some nice cards... and I knew that if I set aside at least $300 and gave my wife every other dollar, she couldn't possibly stop me from going to the show....
We ain't goin ta no damn card show.
And I can't really blame D this time (though make no mistake - she was absolutely ready to use her veto power). See... I had plans to go back home and see my mom for my birthday weekend. Which was this past weekend. I even took Friday off so I could stay an extra day.
Then, on Wednesday I got a call from Mom. She fell down the stairs (two, okay? she fell down two stairs) and twisted her ankle. The doctor said she has to stay off it for five days.
Five days. That would be Wednesday, Thursday, and... the three days we would have been in CT. I'm not saying I would ever want my mom to get hurt, but the timing of this made me more annoyed - and less sympathetic - than I should have been.
Immediately Mom asked, pleaded, and then insisted we re-schedule for this weekend.
The weekend of the card show.
It's just as well. I suck at sports cards anyway.
Have any of you heard of Halsey?
D asked me that question yesterday, and my sports-centric brain immediately thought of the newest New Jersey Devils star. (note the twitter handle)
But apparently she is a musician. And she's from my town. And her mother went to school with D. I think they might even be Facebook friends, or at least they have mutuals who shared some news about the singer, 'cause that's what prompted this whole thang.
Sounds like every other damn thing on the radio. I ain't exactly hearing the Panic At The Disco influence, but maybe that's in her solo work? (spoiler alert: it isn't)
I like the use of Polaroids in the video because Polaroids are timeless and awesome.
"We ain't ever getting older." Bull f^cking sh!t you're not. Trust me, I'm there.
I dunno. Maybe you gotta be in love to enjoy this type of music.
Anyway, here's a sixty second tour of Big Sur by Go Pro Bro featuring MFG.
Sigh... I'm going to hell.