I’m a bit of a scatter brain at times.
I love things. I
hate dislike things.
I Get excited. I Get intimidated.
I’m motivated. I’m uninspired.
I’m focused. I’m distracted.
Lots of pendulum swings with my moods. In fact…just the time it took me to write the words above, i got up to mute the TV, select a song on my iTunes…didn’t see anything i wanted to listen to so i downloaded the new free copy of the OC album. Poured some water, sat down, got up to pour some whiskey, got some coke to add to the whiskey…and now i’m back ready to write something about my collecting hauls. The baseball and basketball PC that guys i collect…or do I…?
I’ve been a Bryce Harper collector for a while. He’s a fantastic player, intense and quite emotional. He also has some great hair, see! Theres something perversely magical about the combination of everything on this card. The wavy brushed back hair, close cropped beard, unbuttoned shirt, open mouthed gaze to right field…and the animal print border. This card has it all for the creepy collector…so i picked it up. Plus it’s numbered to 199, not 200.
Harper is a good player for me to collect, why you ask? Well, he’s a National at the moment and will be for another year at least. He heads in to arbitration after next season and has been fixated on a GIGANTIC contract…a YUUUGE ONE! Not too many teams can front the cash for a player like Harper, except maybe his favorite team as a child…the Yankees.
This would be awesome for me. Many times a player i like moves on to a team i can’t really get down with collecting…i’m looking at you Hanley Ramirez and Carl Crawford. So, it’s a win win. Assuming everything goes according to plan…which rarely happens if ever these days. So, keeping things in the proper perspective, i can see collecting this guy for a long time, no matter if he plays in DC or NYC.
Just hope if he ends up in the pinstripes, he can take the ups and downs of playing on a tremendously large stage…it can roughen the edges of the smoothest player.
Normally i love it when a guy stays on the same team his entire career, like Jeter and Ripken to name a few. One guy that i could see staying with his team for the duration of his career is this kid, Trea Turner. He’s a future superstar…with a ton of potential. I can’t help but thing of Jeter when i see him, slightly different type of player but I think he has that magical ability to be where the play is and can bring a ton of victories the next few years. I’m slowly working on his collection and this Gold Label is a nice base card pick up from the show.
Ok, enough about the Nats and baseball. How about some basketball…and a couple Spurs i picked up. I’m a streaky Spurs collector. I’ll go months between a Spurs purchase and then pick up a few cards to add to the collection. At the moment though, they are just dropped in a box marked “Spurs to be organized”. The odds are not favorable that that box gets organized in the current year, but at least they are together. Go Spurs Go!
The obvious guy for me to collect at the moment is Kawhi. If this guy wasn’t born to be a Spur, i don’t know what a Spur is. Tough, physical, durable, smart and doesn’t need to let you know everything about his personal life…i like that. The quiet modesty vs. the humble brag.
The problem with me and Spurs cards is that i tend to skip the basketball tables at the show…just walk right past those dudes. One of the guys works for COMC and is super cool, but his table is filled with basketball cards…and i don’t have that kind of time to sift through a ton of basketball cards. Not to mention i don’t know most of the guys. If they don’t play on the Blazer or Spurs…i don’t know them. Apparently Vince Carter is still dunking over dudes…who knew!
Every time i get one of these Red White Blue Prizm cards, i’m just gonna go ahead and post this image as well…because…well…it’s the exact same thing.
I couldn’t get some Leonard cards and not get one of this guys. The Saint, Timmy Duncan!
This card in person is crazy sparkly. It’s like a flat disco ball. It shimmers quite a bit. Plus you can really see the gray beard of a man young Duncan became. He does have skills.
I also picked up this card on a whim…was about to start buying up a bunch of Clemson Tigers at the show and slammed on the brakes, but not before i slipped this Hopkins card on my stack.
So, as i’ve been typing, i’ve been listening to the new OC album. I believe it came out today, maybe yesterday…doesn’t really matter. It’s a free download and it sounds pretty nice. I’ve been a fan of OC since i first heard Times Up! A great moment of lyrical supremacy and a very cool sample from Les DeMerle’s Jazz version of A Day in the Life which has been sampled many times in hiphop, but for my money, Times Up is the best use of the first portion of the cover…If you like the OC video below, maybe give the free download a chance…it’s not bad…and it’s free!!! Or listen to the Beatles A Day in the Life…it’s pretty fantastic as well.