Monday, March 17, 2014

Ummm - Happy birthday to me. Let's have a contest.

Well, not to me, but to 2x3 Heroes. It was two year ago today that I decided to jump into these wacky and weird group of blogging. I had been visiting Heartbreaking Cards, Night Owl, Fuji and a few others for about 8 or 9 months and decided I could use an outlet for my collection and my humor.

Really? We going there again?

I had put a reminder in my phone a few months back and totally forgot about it. When I saw a weird notification icon on it, I was reminded about creating this post. 

So, what has two years taught me:

a) You really aren't as funny as you think. I know this, Ms. Doctor Buzzkill
b) Blogging can be hard.
c) Everyone is a better writer than you - face up to those facts, Jeff.
d) Dime boxes are filled with treasures.
e) Holy crap a lot of people like the Dodgers. 
f) Be careful what you ask for. Though, asking for Mantle rookies is pretty much a waste of breath.
g) Twenty bucks at Target and twenty bucks at a card show yield vastly different results.
h) Spouses of collectors are super patient. Thank God. 
i) Sooner or later, you will get something really really cool. 
j) If no one else laughs, if you think the post was funny, it was.
k) If no one else laughs, if you think the post was funny, it probably wasn't.
m) Filling other people's want lists can make you appreciate the cards you have when you search through them very closely.
n) There is no letter "n" lesson.
o) Do it right and you will enjoy going to the mailbox on a daily basis.
p) Then again, you may not enjoy the mess your desk will become.
q) Is there anything better than a completed project/set/collection?
s) Are you really reading this without clicking that link?
t) Just cuz you get rid of a lot of cards, in due time you will replace them all.
u) I am a fortunate man to have so many card shops within 30 minutes of my house.
v) Vintage. 'Nuf said.
w) Get an idea in you head and before long you can end up in a dark corner of YouTube.
x) Sooner or later, you will find someone that really likes 1991 or 1995 Fleer.
z) Lastly, collectors are super generous and very kind.

Interesting stats about the blog:

- 70,444 total page views
- Most visits from the US, but surprisingly China is 2nd and the Ukraine is 3rd. HUH?
- Almost 50% of the visits come from people using Firefox.
- 210 visits came from someone(s) still running Windows NT
- 10 page views from someone(s) that searched "Kate Upton"
- 638 total comments
- 363 total posts (avg one every other day - I did the math for you)
- Top three visited posts
It's the Merry Christmas post 
Obligatory 2012 Topps Archive post 

Now, the first two I can see because the YouTube video linked may drive people to my site. But post three is both confusing and enjoyable. Personally, that is one of my favorite posts to write. The other post I really enjoyed was this. It's my humor.  

Ok - so to celebrate 2 years of stupidity, let's give away a couple cards. 

You know my rules - just comment. I'll close entries Sunday night at 11:59pm Central time. All the names go into Random. Since 2x3 = 6 (in the math world), I will random the list 6 times. Person in spot one gets choice. Person at the very bottom of the random gets what it left. Yes - you can be the worst loser and still win. I do what I like.


  1. I'll take a shot at some trade bait. I like letters R (duh!) and H, also Z. Congrats on 2 years.

  2. Happy Birthday..You know I'm in..

  3. You're lucky I came back from Kate!!

  4. Congratulations on the anniversary

  5. Congrats on two years, Jeff!

  6. Congrats and thanks for the contest!

  7. Congrats on two years Jeff, the blogosphere is a better place with you in it.

  8. My wife still doesn't know who Kate Upton is. She's living under a log or something. Every time I visit your blog I have to make sure she's not around, you know, because I don't want her to get the wrong idea. Hehe.

    Being that as it may, H is spot and I REALLY enjoyed R.
    Happy Birthday to your blog!

  9. Congrats on two years ! Very interesting list.

  10. C is gospel truth. Also, T. Congrats on the anniversary! The world needs more White Sox collectors.

  11. Thanks for brightening up the blogosphere and our mailboxes!

  12. "I do what I like." Outstanding

  13. Snappy Blogday! Certainly happy you're one of us. (Technically, I'm one of you... you were first). By the way, the fact that a lot of people like the Dodgers...? With good reason, my friend. With good reason. Hope I finish at the bottom in this contest. No idea which one I want more.

  14. Keep doing what you like. Congrats on the milestone.

  15. WOW 2 years probably feels like 10. I'm in! keep up the great blogging

  16. Congrats on two years. Thanks for the contest!

  17. deep down, EVERYBODY loves 1991 Fleer. Amirite?

  18. Congrats and keep up the good work!

  19. Thank Kingman needs a new home and mine will do!

  20. good stuff, here's to 2 more years! Also, I have that Cano in your baker's dozen, shoot me your address, consider it a blog-aversery present

  21. CONGRATS! May you enjoy the next 2 years.

  22. Happy Anniversary! I was probably one of those guys who searched for Kate Upton ;-)

  23. Happy Blogiversary! Contest? Cool thanks!

    Love that Dom Deluise/ Jackson 5 bit. When I first saw the image for the video link I thought it was going to be a clip of "the Lockers" ( a "disco" dance troupe (doing hip-hop moves before hip-hop was a term)

  24. Way to go Jeff! Two years is a great accomplishment and the quality has never decreased.

    I think Windows 2000 was the best Windows OS ever, any chance those NT numbers were actually people rocking Windows 2000?

  25. Happy Birthday!

    Also, Kate is still mine.

  26. Happy birthday, 2x3! "E"... is so true

  27. Dont count me twice but I just wanted to say I think you'll double your comment count with just this post. My email lit up overnight. That'll teach me to check the "notify me" me when there's a contest afoot!

    And again, congrats!

  28. Congrats! Here's to another 2 years of great blogging!

  29. Congrats, and thanks for the contest.

  30. Random thoughts....
    everyone can't be a better writer than you cuz you're better than me......people in the Ukraine read card blogs? Like they don't have enough issues without worrying about 2014 Heritage parallels.....I'm the one that was searching Kate Upton, sorry.

  31. Congrats, thanks for the contest, and sorry I didn't see this until today. I should have googled Kate Upton earlier.

  32. Perhaps the hits from the Ukraine are some sort of baseball card SOS. Happy anniversary!