I've got some free time on my lunch break here at work so I thought that I'd throw some thoughts and updates up here.
Things have been ridiculously busy for the past couple of months. Once I was recovered from my kidney surgery, things started to get hectic at work. Paternity leave and illness reduced my team of four to a team of two for three weeks. That led to a lot of late nights and then crashing on the couch right after eating dinner.
My wife recently underwent spinal surgery and is recovering form that so I've been spending a lot of time with her. When I have had some time to sit at the computer, some recent knee problems have made me limit the time sitting at the desk to retreat back to the comfort of the sofa recliners and elevated legs.
Did you know that Google Reader stops counting how many unread posts you have when it reaches 1,000? I do. From that point on it just displays 1,000+. Boy will I be happy when Gint-A-Cuffs is over. So, I'm behind on reading a lot of blog postings.
Then there's my current indifference towards the hobby especially when it comes to new releases. Ginter's great, but I've yet to finish a set and the meaningless short prints always end up frustrating me. I stopped buying basketball boxes when they made the rookies short prints. Sure, it was great if you hit the right one, but more times than not you didn't. Now you were chasing the regular hits plus the rookie cards as well and sets were almost out of the question. No fun to me.
I love the Lineage inserts, but loathe the base cards. The boxes are ridiculously overpriced at the moment. So, I went in on a Community Gum case break for a little more than the third of the cost of a box. Even though I only got one "hit," I couldn't be happier. I've got 3D cards, cloth stickers, stand-ups, chrome cards, a box topper, Venezuelan backs and lots of minis. Awesome. I'll probably pick up the rest of the Red Sox minis at some point.
It's not all bad though. I do have a box of cards on the way from Blowout. It's a little treat to myself for busting ass for a month. I can't say that I've been the biggest fan of Panini's releases since they took over basketball, but Totally Certified caught my attention. It's not full out Dufex (or Nufex as Panini is calling it now), but it's a close relative so I had to check it out. It's one of those hit-per-pack 6-pack-box releases that I normally stay away from, but this time I made an exception. Hopefully I have more luck with this than I had with Basketball Hall of Fame and well, every single Panini product that I've opened. Wait, this was supposed to be the positive part of the post.
I got an awesome canvas print in the mail from EasyCanvasPrints.com that I need to wrote about. This thing looks beautiful and I can't wait to show it off.
So, what's been keeping me busy hobby-wise if trading cards haven't been doing the trick? I've really been enjoying the ObsessiveRec blog that Guy and TJ started up. Great stuff going on over there. I'm a huge comic book fan as well. I devoured two trades of Locke & Key while I was waiting during my wife's surgery. Superhero stuff is always fun, but it's the non-tradational stuff like The Maxx, Strangers in Paradise, Echo, Rachel Rising, Fables, Alias, Powers, Y the Last Man, and Ex Machina that I really get into.
So, I think that's about everything. There aren't many cards in the Totally Certified box so I may try and do a box break of that. If I pull an HRX card then I'll even video myself immediately posting the redemption card on eBay. There you go, sorry for the silence, but sometimes life just gets in the way of stuff like this.