The other night I was so ecstatic after another Florida Marlins win that I decided to start collecting the Fish. I pulled out my only remaining trade bait, a 2008 Moments & Milestones Clay Buchholz autograph and asked the readers of Wax Heaven to make me their best offer. Within just a few hours I had people emailing me with their Josh Willingham SP Authentic By The Letters, Dan Uggla Upper Exquisite autographs, and Jeremy Hermida 4-patch game-used/auto’s. The cards were awesome and just as I was about to pull one hell of a trade, I found a card that I knew the Infamous Tatiana had wanted just before she had her heart broken by Derek Jeter. It was a 2008 Upper Deck Premier patch, the very same cards I trashed in the post just below this one. I must be insane, if not a hypocrite but I knew it made her happy.
To further sweeten the deal I went on eBay with the alloted funds I had and bought her two extra cards that I am certain will entice her to give collecting another shot. I added to her collection two Bowman’s Best cards I know she will enjoy. Both are early cards of Jeter (’96 & ’97) and both are Atomic Refractors. Now, tell me you wouldn’t want these in your collection if you were a Jeter fan!
The truth is that Wax Heaven has consumed my life. I have become obsessed with breaking every news story, posting every new preview, and writing as many post as humanly possible and along the way, I began to neglect my wife & son without even realizing it. I don’t think I did it because I am a bad person but more because I love competition. The point is that I have to cut back something and I have decided that when this Tuesday rolls around and I send out the 4-5 packages from trades I completed, I am officially retired from trading. It will save me 5-10 hours per week and most of all, might save my family life as well. I was recently contacted by someone at the Boston Herald because of a post I did about “Blogger Burnout” and they did a short interview which should appear online soon. When it arrives, I will post a link. The questions, along with the dialogue exchanged with the journalist really opened my eyes. Baseball cards are awesome, but having someone to share my hobby with is even more important.