Consider me fashionably late to the party. The Junior Junkie posted the idea of the Best Binder Page nearly a week ago and it has spread around the blogosphere like a brush fire.
It's the first day of fall break and I spent the morning looking through my collection to find my favorite nine cards. As far as I'm concerned, this break can already be put into the "win" column! I love having a legitimate reasons to flip through my collection!
Top Left: 1988 Topps Glossy All-Star - Ryne Sandberg
Top Middle: 2005 Topps Fan Favorites - Theo Epstein
Top Right: 2011 Bowman Draft and Prospects Gold Parallel - Dan Vogelbach
Middle Left: 1989 Topps KMart Dream Team - Mark Grace
Middle Middle: 1988 Peoria Chiefs Team Set - Pete & Harry
I've written about this card before and it receives Middle Middle treatment because it is the most cherished card in my collection.
Middle Right: 2012 Randy Hundley Camp - Jim Angell
Randy Hundley's fantasy camp.
Bottom Left: 1909 T206 Sweet Caporal Cigarettes - Jimmy Sheckard
1). It's over a century old and it's easily the oldest in my collection
2). Sheckard was a starting outfielder the last time the Cubs won the World Series
3). It came into my collection through a Zippy Zapping
I became a part of the much heralded T206 club when this fell out of a Zippy Zappy pack. More importantly, this card reminds me of our little card collecting corner of the internet and all of the friendships I've slowly developed.
Bottom Middle: 2012 dayf Sketch Card - Ron Santo
Cardboard Junk. He's an excellent and witty writer, a great trader of cardboard, and a wonderful artist. His work gave me confidence to start my own blog. He doesn't post nearly as much anymore, but I make sure to read each time he does. Plus, Ron Santo!
Bottom Right: 2014 Panini Classics, Classic Lineups Relic Card - Herman, Klein, and Hartnett
There were a couple of cards that just missed the cut and I'll show them here:
Jaybarkerfan card having the most obvious. Wes is the most generous blogger out there and for reasons unbeknownst to me he attacked me monster package after monster package. What a blast! There are many bloggers I would like to share a beer with, but I'd love to someday have a drink AND catch a Braves game with this cardboard legend. I wish card pages were configured for ten cards, because it was very difficult for me to leave this one out of my Best Binder Page.
The Kris Bryant card also misses the cut, but it's a VERY distant #11. It receives mention only because it has blogger ties (acquired through a Nachos Grande group break) and is the most expensive card in my collection by a wide margin. Plus, you know, it's Kris Bryant.
I'm really proud of this binder page, because I think I've picked a really solid page highlighted by collecting firsts as well as family, friend and blogosphere ties.
Thanks for taking the time to scroll though another blog post! Have a great holiday!