Thursday, November 26, 2020

Cornucopia of Thanks (or Gratitude in a Goat's Horn)

There's something about the word CORNUCOPIA; the horn o'plenty.  It tickles the tongue and sounds corny but the cornucopia has long symbolized abundance. I'll be the first to recognize my life is overflowing with blessings.

I could reel off one hundred things to be thankful for but how do I express genuine appreciation? I enjoy being in the moment, taking the time to soak up whatever it is. I don't need much to be happy. Today I watched as a dove had a drink at the birdbath. Within another minute or so, she was taking a full bath on a 40 degree day. It was then I realized that while I've fed and watered birds for 30 plus years, I'd never seen a dove actually take a bath. That one small moment this morning has been in my mind all day. Within a minute of her dip the bath was full of birds. It was a delightful moment in an otherwise cloudy, damp and gray day. 

The Michigan temperatures have been above average for most of November providing additional moments of gratitude every time I step outdoors. Tomorrow I'll get my Christmas lights up. While I enjoy all the holiday colors, it's nice to think that maybe a passerby finds pleasure in them too.

So yes, I am thankful for many of the same reasons most are: employment [bonus: five minute commute,]  a home with a good roof, a car, three meals a day plus snacks, pets, books, baseball cards, music, a blog etc etc,  I may have only a couple of  'blood' family members left on this earth  - my sister and dad -  but I've made a family of friends over many years. 

I've chosen to surround myself with people who are kind. I don't have the time or patience for people who are angry and intolerant or live in a world of continuous self-created drama. Life will bring its own dramatic moments without seeking them out. Physical pain and heartache are part of life but without sorrow and loss, would we truly know the fullness of joy found in laughter or the touch of a loved one's hand? It may sound a bit sappy but these are the thoughts that live in my head.

And now, in this moment, I am thankful for you. A few of you supported my little blog from its beginnings in June of 2014. Somewhere along the way, the rest of you lovely and crazy people joined to keep me going. Your kindnesses and many generosities are not taken for granted. Your blogs entertain and educate, and often leave me thinking a bit bigger - outside the box - about the world we live in and share.  Thank you. I hope your Thanksgiving has been one of health and happiness. 

This is post number 194. I doubt I'll hit 200 by the years end but it is 2020. Nothing is off the table.
Until next time...















Thursday, November 12, 2020

Hey Blogger! Javascript This!

 It's my little way of saying 'stick it'! I'm unable to make the Pick Pockets page tab live.  The tab is updated but you can't see it. Blogger is aware of the javascript error 'void'.  This means you can't see:


You also don't see:



There should be no need to define a regular reader. I've noticed well-timed comments on a couple of posts each time cards are picked. This does not make the picker a regular reader.  Please don't email to ask if I mailed cards to you as disappointment will ensue. 

I've sent cards to this person a few times, receiving a thank you only once when I asked him to acknowledge receipt. He found my blog by searching for free baseball cards. Wow. Who knew? Maybe we should all give that a try!

And there's this:


Email your address if we have never traded. No email, no cards. Hmmm. Another reason you did not receive your picks. I enjoy being generous but it's time to say 'no'. Boundaries are healthy - like broccoli.

So thanks to all of  you who do read, comment and trade with me. Pick Pockets are for you. We'll have another edition around Thanksgiving. The Ballot Box contest took up a bit of my time. I've taken a small break this week to do as little as possible in the evenings but will be around soon to visit your blogs. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

BREAKING NEWS: ELECTION RESULTS FOR THE CRACKED BAT BALLOT BOX

The current political season has droned on and on. While we may not know the outcome of the competing election for a few days, tonight you will know who takes home the Cracked Bat Ballot Box. You chose the contents in a free and fair election process. 

Are you scrolling down? Tsk. Tsk. You could miss another hot dog:


I'm excited to announce our winner but hate to disappoint so many deserving contestants. Many of you never missed a voting opportunity. Several took time to mail-in ballots filled with cards from my wantlist. You're all winners to this Cracked Bat! 

I decided to randomize our list of names nine times, equal to the number of voting rounds. Our number one voter will take home the box. 

Scrolling? So selfish. I can post a LOT of hot dog photos. In fact, I have hundreds more. Lucky for you, I am too tired. Let's do this!

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There were 229 items in your list. Here they are in random order:

  1. BO ROZNY
  2. BO ROZNY
  3. JOHNNY'S TRADING SPOT
  4. FUJI
  5. ROYALS N RANDOMS
  6. LOST COLLECTOR
  7. ELLIPTICAL MAN
  8. THE COLLECTOR (CHRIS)
  9. BBCARDZ
  10. CARDS ON CARDS (MADDING)
  11. SHLABBY
  12. VROOOMED (DAN)
  13. OHIO TIM
  14. THE COLLECTOR (CHRIS)
  15. BO ROZNY
  16. BUMP RUN (TREVOR)
  17. JOHN SHARP
  18. PADROGRAPHS
  19. ADAM - EPIC
  20. BUMP RUN (TREVOR)
  21. SHLABBY
  22. TOPPS NEVER WERE (JEREMY)
  23. NICK VOSSBRINK
  24. NICK VOSSBRINK
  25. ELLIPTICAL MAN
  26. ANGELS IN ORDER (TOM)
  27. DIME BOXES
  28. NINE POCKETS
  29. BBCARDZ
  30. NACHOS GRANDE
  31. JOHN SHARP
  32. BRETT ALAN
  33. ELLIPTICAL MAN
  34. TOPPS NEVER WERE (JEREMY)
  35. ELLIPTICAL MAN
  36. BUMP RUN (TREVOR)
  37. NICK VOSSBRINK
  38. JOHN SHARP
  39. STEVE AT 1975
  40. JOHNNY'S TRADING SPOT
  41. JAFRONIUS
  42. BO ROZNY
  43. BILLY K
  44. BRETT ALAN
  45. P-TOWN TOM
  46. DIME BOXES
  47. DIME BOXES
  48. JOHNNY'S TRADING SPOT
  49. ELLIPTICAL MAN
  50. JOHNNY'S TRADING SPOT
  51. COLLECTIVE MIND
  52. BO ROZNY
  53. JOHN SHARP
  54. BBCARDZ
  55. PENNYSLEEVES
  56. SHLABBY
  57. NICK VOSSBRINK
  58. ANGELS IN ORDER (TOM)
  59. TOPPS NEVER WERE (JEREMY)
  60. PENNYSLEEVES
  61. BO ROZNY
  62. ANGELS IN ORDER (TOM)
  63. ROYALS N RANDOMS
  64. NINE POCKETS
  65. PADROGRAPHS
  66. NICK VOSSBRINK
  67. NIGHT OWL
  68. JOHNNY'S TRADING SPOT
  69. PADROGRAPHS
  70. NINE POCKETS
  71. BUMP RUN (TREVOR)
  72. NACHOS GRANDE
  73. DIME BOXES
  74. CARDS ON CARDS (MADDING)
  75. STEVE AT 1975
  76. BO ROZNY
  77. BBCARDZ
  78. WAX PACK WONDERS
  79. THE DIAMOND KING (KEVIN)
  80. ROYALS N RANDOMS
  81. THE DIAMOND KING (KEVIN)
  82. DIME BOXES
  83. WAX PACK WONDERS
  84. THE DIAMOND KING (KEVIN)
  85. NICK VOSSBRINK
  86. ELLIPTICAL MAN
  87. NACHOS GRANDE
  88. VROOOMED (DAN)
  89. BRETT ALAN
  90. BUMP RUN (TREVOR)
  91. BO ROZNY
  92. DIAMOND JESTERS - MATT
  93. NINE POCKETS
  94. SHLABBY
  95. DIME BOXES
  96. INFIELD FLY RULE (ADAM)
  97. ANGELS IN ORDER (TOM)
  98. THE DIAMOND KING (KEVIN)
  99. BO ROZNY
  100. BO ROZNY
  101. WAX PACK WONDERS
  102. NINE POCKETS
  103. ROYALS N RANDOMS
  104. TOPPS NEVER WERE (JEREMY)
  105. OHIO TIM
  106. THE DIAMOND KING (KEVIN)
  107. COLLECTIVE MIND
  108. GARY…
  109. ADAM - EPIC
  110. DIME BOXES
  111. JOHNNY'S TRADING SPOT
  112. FUJI
  113. INFIELD FLY RULE (ADAM)
  114. SHLABBY
  115. WAX PACK WONDERS
  116. NINE POCKETS
  117. BRETT ALAN
  118. TOPPS NEVER WERE (JEREMY)
  119. GARY…
  120. P-TOWN TOM
  121. SCC COFFEE MATT
  122. INFIELD FLY RULE (ADAM)
  123. P-TOWN TOM
  124. BO ROZNY
  125. EP (OLD RED SOX)
  126. STEVE AT 1975
  127. BRETT ALAN
  128. WAX PACK WONDERS
  129. ELLIPTICAL MAN
  130. FUJI
  131. JOHN SHARP
  132. NIGHT OWL
  133. SCC COFFEE MATT
  134. JAFRONIUS
  135. P-TOWN TOM
  136. PADROGRAPHS
  137. NIGHT OWL
  138. OHIO TIM
  139. INFIELD FLY RULE (ADAM)
  140. FUJI
  141. BO ROZNY
  142. NICK VOSSBRINK
  143. BRETT ALAN
  144. STEVE AT 1975
  145. SHLABBY
  146. WAX PACK WONDERS
  147. WAX PACK WONDERS
  148. BBCARDZ
  149. NIGHT OWL
  150. NINE POCKETS
  151. SHLABBY
  152. FUJI
  153. TOPPS NEVER WERE (JEREMY)
  154. NACHOS GRANDE
  155. DIAMOND JESTERS - MATT
  156. LOST COLLECTOR
  157. PENNYSLEEVES
  158. THE COLLECTOR (CHRIS)
  159. JAFRONIUS
  160. SCC COFFEE MATT
  161. NICK VOSSBRINK
  162. JOHNNY'S TRADING SPOT
  163. BO ROZNY
  164. OHIO TIM
  165. NICK VOSSBRINK
  166. TOPPS NEVER WERE (JEREMY)
  167. BRETT ALAN
  168. JAFRONIUS
  169. SPYDAMAN
  170. THE DIAMOND KING (KEVIN)
  171. SHLABBY
  172. PADROGRAPHS
  173. NIGHT OWL
  174. BO ROZNY
  175. BBCARDZ
  176. ELLIPTICAL MAN
  177. ADAM - EPIC
  178. INFIELD FLY RULE (ADAM)
  179. WAX PACK WONDERS
  180. SCC COFFEE MATT
  181. NACHOS GRANDE
  182. STEVE AT 1975
  183. DIME BOXES
  184. DIAMOND JESTERS - MATT
  185. DIAMOND JESTERS - MATT
  186. NACHOS GRANDE
  187. BRETT ALAN
  188. NACHOS GRANDE
  189. BUMP RUN (TREVOR)
  190. ANGELS IN ORDER (TOM)
  191. ADAM - EPIC
  192. ELLIPTICAL MAN
  193. ELLIPTICAL MAN
  194. NINE POCKETS
  195. HARDBALL CRAZY
  196. ELLIPTICAL MAN
  197. BO ROZNY
  198. JAFRONIUS
  199. JOHNNY'S TRADING SPOT
  200. BBCARDZ
  201. SCC COFFEE MATT
  202. ADAM - EPIC
  203. THE DIAMOND KING (KEVIN)
  204. JOHN SHARP
  205. NIGHT OWL
  206. BO ROZNY
  207. SHLABBY
  208. THE COLLECTOR (CHRIS)
  209. THE DIAMOND KING (KEVIN)
  210. FUJI
  211. OHIO TIM
  212. P-TOWN TOM
  213. SHLABBY
  214. DIME BOXES
  215. BO ROZNY
  216. DIAMOND JESTERS - MATT
  217. NINE POCKETS
  218. DIAMOND JESTERS - MATT
  219. BO ROZNY
  220. BBCARDZ
  221. FUJI
  222. NINE POCKETS
  223. THE DIAMOND KING (KEVIN)
  224. WAX PACK WONDERS
  225. JOHN SHARP
  226. SCC COFFEE MATT
  227. PENNYSLEEVES
  228. DIAMOND JESTERS - MATT
  229. NACHOS GRANDE

IP: 72.173.214.51
Timestamp: 2020-11-04 02:05:08 UTC

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You have randomized this list 9 times.


Congrats to Bo Rozny who had 18 entries! If our winner chooses to part with any of his winnings, well that's fine with me. I just need these things out of my house! 

It was my intention to have a prize for the most mail-in ballots but Bo took the Ballot Box. I was also going to have a prize for second place but Bo took that as well. We'll have another drawing for a few more items soon. I'm too tired to do another round tonight.

Thank you for being kind to this blogger, and for your participation. No matter the outcome of tonight's Presidential election, this country is divided. But we are not winners or losers, we are Americans. Let's be a people who care for one another. 

BREAKING NEWS: ELECTION RESULTS!!!

 NO. NO.  

It's too late to buy your way into this election. Put your money away. I don't care if you have hot dogs. 

Wait. Mister ?!?

All beef ???




BREAKING NEWS: ELECTION RESULTS

 But first....


A hot dog.





Saturday, October 31, 2020

Round Nine Results and Voter Totals

We've been through nine rounds of voting. The final candidates were a complete set of 1986 Sportflics Decade Greats and 13 vintage cards from 1961 Fleer. The winner is no surprise but Decade Greats was able to steal 7 of 26 total votes!

CANDIDATE B 1961 FLEER GREATS goes into the Ballot box!

Let's review our first eight winners:

ROUND ONE



1988 SCORE YOUNG STARS
ROUND TWO


2019 OPTIC FOOTBALL NEARLY COMPLETE SET
ROUND THREE
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ROUND FOUR



ROUND FIVE


1987 SPORTFLICS COMPLETE SET
ROUND SIX


QUAKER/WHITEHALL
ROUND SEVEN



ROUND EIGHT


Since this contest began in July, we've had 39 different voters. Any with 10 or more votes have mail-in ballots included in their totals. As you can see, Bo is the leader with 18 total votes! Others who cast mail-in ballots were Elliptical Man, The Diamond King, Sportscard Collectors,  P-Town Tom, Shlabotnik Report, Nine Pockets, The Collector, Pennysleeves, Padrographs, Nachos Grande and  Dime Boxes. Numbers below will be updated to reflect any additional mail-in ballots received through Nov 3rd.



While not included on the list above, Fred Pike and Mike Matson took time to create a little foreign interference in the voting process. Mike picked some cards for himself from Pick Pockets as a 'thank you' for his time. Fred will receive a little thank you as well, included with his next pick pocket envelope.

Here's look at voter totals sorted low to high:

















I've created a sheet to make entry for the Randomizer easier and accurate. I'll copy/past each column into the Randomizer to ensure no names are left out of the drawing. Again, any additional mail-in ballots received through Nov 3rd will be added to these totals.






I'll prep your Pick Pockets for mailing after the election. Thanks for your patience, Pickers! We'll have a new PP edition available soon. Pick Pockets are for readers who comment on the blog regularly but trade pals will continue to have first dibs. Anyone who happens upon Cracked Bat for the first time is welcome to participate in one round of Pick Pockets.

I hope to see those of you newer to the blog stick around. Many of you have supported this blog from the beginning. You've made this hobby twice the fun. Thank you.

Let's meet back here Tuesday evening around 8pm EST to find out who takes home the Cracked Bat Ballot Box!

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

This Is It...

...your last opportunity to vote in the Cracked Bat Ballot Box giveaway. 

This has been a year for much needed 'pick-me-ups.'  While it's been a bit of work for me, I've had good fun presenting your candidates!   I have a few more little giveaways to share with my regular readers in future posts. If you were around before the Ballot Box contest began, you will have the opportunity to win GOOD books, crappy autographed baseballs and odd - read 'unwanted' - collectibles. LOL! If you found this blog during the Ballot contest, stay involved with your comments and make yourself eligible to participate in future giveaways. 

It's the Final Round, # 9! Before revealing your last candidates, we need to review Round 8 voting. I predicted 1987 Rookies for the win. The Maddux RC alone was worth your vote.  1992 Triple Play was a great opportunity for pack rippers. It's also fun to tuck packs like these into trade packages. I've been know to pad a mailer with 89 Topps wax. So, was I right?  Improved voter turnout created a last minute rally for The Rookies with 11 votes but 1992 Triple Play took 16. Thanks to the 27 who voted in Round 8!

ROUND 8 WINNER

Round Eight candidates are perhaps my favorites for the Cracked Bat Ballot Box. I love both choices offered here and saved them for last. For some of you, the choice may be difficult. If so, describe your painful decisions in the comments. 

CANDIDATE A: 1986 SPORTFLICS Decade Greats

There are some phenomenal cards in this 126 card set; 75 player and 51 trivia. It holds a respectable value when broken down by card. Ruth, Gehrig, Williams, Mantle, Robinson, Banks - the list of players is grand with six decades represented. This candidate would have you believe that the best years are behind us.  You can relive those moments again and again by voting for Decade Greats. 





CANDIDATE B: 1961 Fleer Greats 

This is a selection of 13 cards from my collection. I've replaced these in my set with upgrades. Please review the scans for their varying conditions. None are terrible and some are more than acceptable - they're darn nice! I'm attempting to build a better set.

This candidate is old school with nearly 60 years of experience. Fleer doesn't ask you to believe the best years are found in the old days, these Greats want your appreciation. If quantity is important, Sportflics is your set. If the great names are your thing, so is Sportflics. If vintage matters, it's Fleer. There are HOFers in this lot too. If you aren't familiar with this release, read up here.




















One final review of the rules:


This round will close Thursday evening at the 48 hour mark. I'll need time to tally voter totals and prepare a list for the Randomizer. My next post will announce the winner of this round, review the box contents and confirm each voter's registration and vote totals. Voters will have their names entered into the randomizer equivalent to the number of their votes, including mail-in ballots.

Thank you, and please vote November 3rd.