Those feelings crossed over into my card collecting. I didn't have the enthusiasm I normally do for the end of the year Topps Traded/Update/Season Highlights. No hobby boxes, blasters, or packs crossed my hands. I think I visited my LSC twice since September. The first was when the Sox STILL had a chance and picked up some Allen & Ginter minis that had been held aside and the second, I actually bought some vintage football. On that second trip, I had little interest in anything baseball.
I did manage to watch the World Series and thought games 6 and 7 were some of the best in recent memory. It was good to see two teams from America's heartland going at it instead of the Sox, Yanks, Phils .... I mean no other sport can write the fairytale ending of David Freese's walk-off home run in the 7th game of the World Series. Local kid makes good while living out all of our backyard dreams of winning it all.
While I enjoyed the Series, I just didn't have the eagerness to collect.
So last weekend, got a chance to see a bunch of cousins, including Emma (actually second cousin). She is 9 and is a HUGE, HUGE Red Sox (and baseball) fan. Emma has Neurofibromatosis (pronounced neuro-fibroma-tosis), a genetic disorder that can cause tumors to form on the nerves anywhere in or on the body at any time. She has good days and some that are tough.
|Look Daddy, we made SportsCenter!|
|Emma with her brother Josh and Sox pitcher, Clay Buchholz.|
So thank you Emma, you didn't know it, but your love for baseball and baseball cards got me outta my funk. When I left, I made sure to hit Target and grab a couple of packs of 2011 Topps Update. All was right with the world once more.
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Just like Bobby V, I'm back and will be righting this ship and posting more in the coming days. I got a whole bunch of cards scanning right now for trade bait purposes. Speaking of trades, Chris over at Nachos Grande, thank you for your patience, persistence, and finally getting our deal done. Your cards are in the mail and there's a couple of surprises for ya as well.