Friday, December 5, 2008

Christmas List

I'm a 34 year old married father of 1 who has a bachelors degree in molecular biology (not as impressive as it sounds) and a doctorate. I write this hoping that in contrast it will illustrate how completely ridiculous it is that my mother still insists on a Christmas list. I thought that the Christmas list request would have disappeared 2 years ago when I graduated from the kids table to the big time. (Truth be told, I love the kids table. I'd eat there for eternity if I could and the younger generation accepted me.) Didn't happen. I have to admit, though, that a 34 year old man making mommy and daddy a Christmas list is probably no more ridiculous than a 34 year old man collecting baseball cards and writing about them on his computer machine.

Nevertheless, my mother has asked for a Christmas list. And, when someone's mother asks for a Christmas list, she better damn well get one. It's been a long time since my parents have bought me any baseball cards. In the late 80's I would basically get the factory sets of most of the major brands. I am no longer interested in factory sets. They just sit there in their factory produced cardboard boxes never to be unwrapped lest the book value moves from$15 to $12, a completely unnecessary loss. There's also no way my mom is going to try to track down any singles. Anyway, I think the last time she did that she paid about $80 for the Billy Ripken card (have I mentioned how awesome my mom is?).

That leaves hobby boxes, which is good because that's what I'd probably like above all else anyway. It would be easy to give her a list of sets and years and the address for blowout cards, Dacardworld, and hookedoncardswholesale.

That's where you guys come in. I want help with the list. I want to know a few boxes that anyone out there reading this post would want. Right now I like just about everything, so I need some way to trim it down a little. What's quirky? What's interesting? What has a good checklist? What has cool rookies?

Please leave, if you don't mind, a few things that would be fun to open in the comments section. After Christmas, we'll see what I got, if anything, and bust it up for all the world to see in a blog post trapped in the ether for all eternity. See, this could be very important.

What boxes would you bust?


deal said...

I have been surprisingly drawn to Donruss Threads. It is probably because I have had some good pulls. it's mix of prospects and legends is appealing.

good luck gettin the list out.

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sounds sweet.

Dinged Corners said...

Hm, good question. Perhaps 2008 USA Baseball, Legendary Cuts, and Donruss Threads, not to be greedy or anything, and those UD Ballpark Collection cards are nice too.

Scott C. said...

If I was making out a list for me, Ballpark would probably be near the top. That and a box of 87 Donruss to help finish up my set.

goooooood girl said...

i like your blog......

Bay Rat North West said...

Gotta go with anything from 2000 and up Fleer. Plenty of inserts and a few doubles to complete through trades

Dan said...

I would ask for any of the Heritage boxes. They have great autos and relics, and they look wicked!

Dave said...

Well, for lower cost boxes, I'd consider Topps Chrome, Bowman Chrome, Topps Heritage, and Topps Heritage High Numbers.

In the medium cost range, there's Allen & Ginter, UD Masterpieces, Donruss Threads, and UD SP Legendary Cuts.

At the high end, I really liked Ballpark Collection, and Sweet Spot is coming out too.

Good luck!

Motherscratcher said...

Thanks for all of the input and ideas everyone. I have tomorrow off to try to narrow things down