I’d like to think of this as a long-time invitation finally fulfilled. Last spring, Mario asked if I would be willing to contribute to Wax Heaven. I’ve been posting as ToddUncommon here and on some popular hobby blogs for over a year, so some of you may recall some comments I’ve made here and there. I’ve always made time for comments (that’s easy), but thanks to Mario, I now have the benefit of a commitment. I try to be funny. Sometimes I even succeed.
In anticipation of Mario’s return to Wax Heaven, I’ll toss out some hobby commentary (like “high end” won’t save collecting; it’s just the lead car on the hobby lollercoaster), some wax crackin’, some wise crackin’, and general tomfoolery. My occupational life history in 3D graphics software should help provide a unique perspective (though, thankfully, no Tron suits with moose knuckle). Except for that time. Just now.
My collecting tendencies are towards vintage and oddball stuff, mostly baseball and football. I also can’t avoid my now almost primal need to open up new wax, score some hits, and put a few sets together. Add that to over 30 years of experience, and this should be fun.
Credentials, you ask? I’ve been collecting since I was six. My grandmother bought me the first cards I can remember. She got a a rack pack for me that contained a Reggie, a Bobby Bonds, Honus and Ted ATGs, and the only name I recognized, Hank Aaron:
I used to keep it in my dresser drawer when I was seven. Other kids would make fat offers to trade it when I was in middle school. I got it hand-signed by The Man at a show in Portland, Oregon in 1984. For my collection / accumulation / unintentional hoard, this card is my FILO: First In, Last Out.
Thanks for the invite, Mario, and looking forward to helping Wax Heaven keep on keepin’ on.