Friday, December 7, 2018

Seven years


It gives me pleasure to announce that today is the seven-year anniversary of "Dime Boxes," and a golden anniversary at that -- I had the wild idea of starting a blog on December 7th, 2011.

I cannot stress this enough: it's an honor and a privilege to know you fellow fanatics of the blogosphere. If this blog has had a tiny fraction of the effect that all of you have had on me, well, then I'd consider that a success. I'm even more thankful for those who've stuck with me despite the fact that my blogging output has been reduced to a shadow of what it once was. I still love it every bit as much as I once did, but I no longer have the time or energy I once did.

It's a bit hard to believe I was all of 19 when I started this blog -- seems like an eternity ago now, but I'm forever thankful to blogging, that one constant in the whirl of early adulthood.




So, how does one properly celebrate a golden anniversary? With a giveaway, of course!

In addition to a handful of other random items, as well as whatever I can dig up of the winner's preferred players/teams, I'll be giving away the aftermath of my dad's vintage antique store find from a couple months ago. It spans from the '50s all the way to the late '70s (about 80 cards in all). While there's a fair amount of commons and/or low-grade singles in there, you'll find a few stars and HOFers mixed in as well.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post to enter (with great apologies to my readers from up north, I'm gonna have to limit this to US entrants only due to shipping costs). Make the comment as silly or as generic as you want, as long as you comment, you're in. I'll randomize the entrants a week from today (December 14th) and select a winner. No need to pimp or promote or any of that stuff -- in fact, I prefer you don't, since I want the winner to be someone who, you know, actually reads my blog.

Once again, I thank you all for coming along for seven years of this wild ride I call a blog -- here's to the next seven.

50 comments:

Timothy Thomas said...

Congratulations on 7 years and here's to 7 more!

P-town Tom said...

Just wanted to say congrats and keep on keepin' on! Your blog is till one of my favorite to read.
(No need to enter me in the giveaway... let someone else enjoy the wonderful vintage.)

Tony Burbs said...

Lucky number seven - happy blogoversary! Yours was one of the blogs that inspired me to try it myself and it's truly a privilege to read your work. Here's to at least seven more!

sg488 said...

Congrats,always enjoy reading your blog.

TSHenson said...

Dimebox Nick, you are so quick in making a tic about baseball cards, and are a great writer unlike me with this poor comment. Anyway, congrats on hitting seven years with your blog. Looking forward to reading blog entries for many years to come.

Gerald Thompson said...

Congrats! Working on my own frankenset right now, inspired by you!

Mark Hoyle said...

Congrats nick. Always one of my first reads.

Billy Kingsley said...

Congratulations on the anniversary! You don't have to enter me either...unless there's some vintage hockey in the box, in that case, I'm in, hah!
I totally forgot my anniversary last month, only 4 years for me.

Robert said...

I still remember you asking for opinions when you first started setting up the blog. You and I started within a few months of each other way back when.

Congrats on 7 years!!

Mike said...

Don't enter me in the contest...but HURRAY!!..keep up the good work,i'll always be reading!

Jeff said...

Congratulations on 7 years. I think my blog only limped along for about a year and a half :)

Rob said...

Congrats! You have the most random collection on the internet.

The Turrdog said...

Congratulations on your 7-year run and for offering a piece of your vintage haul. I enjoy reading your blog.

ketchupman36 said...

7 years isn't easy. Congrats!

The Shlabotnik Report said...

I was going to take you to task for using Mickey Mantle to represent 7 years rather than someone from the Cubs... but then I looked up the history of Cubbie #7's on bbref.com and I was surprised that a low-digit number like 7 wasn't worn by anybody for more than a couple of seasons. At a quick glance, Jody Davis might have held the number the longest of anybody. Who'da thunk it?

Happy 7th anniversary!

Greg Zakwin said...

congrats on the anniversary!

gcrl said...

The Yeager anniversary! Congrats!

Brett Alan said...

This blog has definitely had an effect on me, especially the Frankensets and the fantastic Short Term Stops which I find myself re-reading from time to time. Here's to many more years!

SumoMenkoMan said...

Congrats and good luck on the next 7!

Matt said...

Happy Anniversary! Here's to another 7 years!

Toy Junkie said...

Congratulations on 7 years and hoping for many many more you have such a fun blog to read .

Baltmoss68 said...

Congratulations. Your blog is definitely enjoyable. Love some of your amazing dine box finds!

Jim Jones said...

It's because of this blog that I've been able to go through my collection,and find those short-term stops. My favorite segment of yours. Perhaps a 7&7 (with cherries) should be the drink to toast your achievements with this blog. Congrats!

Adam Kaningher said...

Nick, congratulations! It's been a great 7 years, here's to many more!

Steve at 1975BaseballCards.com said...

Commenting as a reader vs. just because it's a contest... that's a huge milestone congrats! It's tough writing regularly with everything else going on. Your card show / dime box reports are great - I've discovered a few cards I want because of those posts.

Laurens said...

A must read site for turning nothing into something as far as your hauls - I like the stories behind the finds.

GTT said...

Hello! I always jump for free cards! I'm at https://adventuresofabaseballcardcollector.blogspot.com/
I read you'r blog a lot.

Trevor P said...

I'm certainly glad you're still around 7 years later. Your cards are always a delight, but your prose sets you apart. I always enjoy your writing.

arpsmith said...

Congrats on 7 years! Your blog is one of my favorites, thanks for keeping it going.

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Card Stories said...

This is the best baseball card blog! Love reading your adventures through card shows, trading, and online shopping. You are inspiration to all collectors. Thank you for your passion, writing, and seven amazing years of the blog!

Metallattorney said...

Congratulations on 7 years. Been a lot of fun reading this blog.

night owl said...

Happy Mantleversary.

I could never start a blog at this time of year. Phew, waaay too much going on.

Bo said...

Congratulations on 7 years. Of course I am in the contest. I'm sure those card want to be reunited with the ones you traded to me. :)

defgav said...

Love the blog. Congrats! Keep up the good work.

Nick Vossbrink said...

Congrats! Your blog is why I call myself "other Nick" in this community. :p

Fuji said...

Happy anniversary! 7 years? Time sure flies by.

Jon said...

Congratulations, seven years is really impressive! Hopefully you've got a few more in you :)

GCA said...

Nice job on seven years! I think my two year anniversary of posting regularly is coming up.

No need for an entry. I'm only looking at the '61 thru '68 range of that vintage pile....

Henry Blanchette said...

Congratulations on 7 years of blogging. That's a pretty crazy milestone. Your blog was one of the first ones I started viewing years ago. I can't wait for what's to come.

shoeboxlegends said...

Congrats on 7 great years Nick, here’s to the next 7!!!

Michael Gray said...

Congrats, Nick! Yours was the first blog I stumbled on when I got back into this 5 years ago, and it's one of only two that I still read--and I read every post. Best of luck going forward.

bbcardz said...

Happy 7th anniversary! Being a low-end collector myself, your blog always has my attention. Thanks for having this giveaway and we look forward to more posts...

Joey Mattson said...

congrats, nick!

Jeff S said...

Congrats Nick. Always an enjoyable read.

Defenders50 said...

Congratulations. I almost always see something on this blog I 1) hadn't seen before and 2) that's pretty cool.

Chris said...

I"m just commenting to congratulate you on seven years as a baseball card blogger. I always enjoy reading your posts, especially the card show finds. No need to add me to the contest - unless you're feeling really charitable.

Jafronius said...

Congrats on 7 years! Don't worry that you're posting less...quality over quantity!

Josh D. said...

Huzzah for longevity!

Bulldog said...

Congratulations! 10 years is a great accomplishment.