Mancave Addition: 27th Birthday Edition

See that? Addition and Edition.

Anyway, if you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ve been noticing two things over the past couple days that I’ve been posting alot about for October 17th. One being the release of 2012 Bowman Chrome baseball. The other being that it’s my birthday! Yes, I turned 27 years old yesterday and with the birthday comes all the spoils.

The wife knows I love sports stuff. She also knows I love cards and memorabilia. She has a love/hate relationship with cards. She doesn’t really know what is good, what I like to open personally, and what to get me for singles. She has taken the road less traveled on my blog and often decided to get me memorabilia, usually with autographs. This time did not disappoint.

That’s right, a Professional Model David Ortiz autographed bat with “Big Papi!” inscribed on the barrel. Match that with the man cave sign from the mother in law, the Red Sox cake in the photo, and Bobby Valentine getting fired a few weeks ago, and it’s the best birthday like ever.

If you’re looking for sports memorabilia yourself, check out that link on the right for sports memorabilia.

1 Year of

At least one post a day.

That was my writing goal when I began exactly one year ago today.

I actually had the thought to start a site/blog a couple of years ago and I ran the idea by Mike Silvia, owner of Sports Card Forum. He said if I was looking to make money it probably wasn’t the best idea unless I was planning to put a ton of time and money into it.

But last year, after sitting around unemployed for a bit and needing something to pass the time between getting denied for jobs I was overqualified for or underqualified for, I decided to start a blog about my favorite hobby.

And thus, began.

A few months in after I bought some products to review, Panini’s Tracy Hackler took a liking to my blog and offered a sponsorship to review products. I was surprised and shocked at the same time. It usually takes quite a bit longer to get that kind of attention from card companies. I believe without the early support from Panini, this site wouldn’t be where it is today and would not continue growing. And recently, Upper Deck has gotten on board.

I could not have asked for a better first year of this site. I’ve got a loyal reader base and have made some great contacts and friends along the way. I wish I could attend the 2012 NSCC to meet with everyone but as I said, I’m kinda getting married two days later.

So from the bottom of my heart I want to thank the people who read this site, my followers on Twitter, Panini and Upper Deck for their support in product reviews, the other card companies who keep me in the loop, and everyone else who has had a part in helping this site grow.

I look forward to another year and what the future will bring. I have some great ideas coming up that will help and add more positive contributions to the hobby as a whole so you’ll definitely want to stay around for that.