Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Ten years(?!)

Today is the ten-year anniversary of "Dime Boxes."

The first thing that comes to mind is, well, how in the heck has it been ten years already?! Didn't I just start this blog yesterday? Wasn't it just the other evening I scanned a few cards and decided to start a blog - just one of the many whims I pursued as a 19-year-old? Is this still the very same blog being written by me, a now-veteran blogger a mere two months away from turning 30 who wrenched his back at work last night?

The answer to all those questions is, for better or worse, YES! Somehow, more than 2,000 posts and many more thousands of scans later, I'm still here. Not with the consistency and vigor of ten years ago, perhaps, but here nonetheless. Because blogging, no matter how much it's changed for me over the last decade, is still plain and pure fun for me. I love writing my blog, I love reading your blogs. Always have. You can trace the crooked line of my 20s and see baseball cards there at each and every point, going straight through. I like to think at least a little of that (and probably a lot more) was due to the fact that I had this blog. 

I can go on and on about how appreciative I am of what this blog has given me, but I've said a lot of that already over the past ten years - so, instead, why don't I just show you?

Page 1

(Claimed: #s 1, 4, 6, 8)

And what other way to do that than to GIVE AWAY FREE CARDS?!

My tenth year of blogging has probably been my most miserable as far as mailing stuff out - I feel like a stranger at the post office these days. I'd like to change that by doing something akin to the Free Card Friday giveaways (remember those?) that I briefly did last year. I'll be posting 12 pages of cards tonight, and all you have to do is comment saying which card(s) you want from the slots from each individual page, with the slots going from 1-9 starting from the top-left corner of the page.

If, for example, you wanted the Jimmy Piersall from this page (who wouldn't?), simply reply with Page 1 - #4 (Piersall) or something along those lines. These'll go first come, first serve, and I'll do my best to update each page with claimed cards as time permits. Feel free to grab as many as your conscience allows (just don't be the dude who buys the entire dime box and leaves everyone else stranded). I'm planning on doing more of these giveaways semi-weekly through the next month or two, so I'll start building stacks for whoever comments as the posts & comments roll on.

There's some current stuff, some weird stuff, some (mostly far from mint-condition) vintage - but for now I'll zip my lid and let you see (and pick!) for yourself.

Page 2

(Claimed: #s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9)

Page 3

(Claimed: #s 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

Page 4

(Claimed: #s 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

Page 5

(Claimed: #s 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8)

Page 6

(Entire page has been claimed!)

Page 7

(Claimed: #s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9)

Page 8

(Entire page has been claimed!)

Page 9

(Entire page has been claimed!)

Page 10

(Claimed: #s 1, 2, 3, 4, 7)

Page 11

(Claimed: #s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9)

Page 12

(Entire page has been claimed!)

That's it for now, so by all means, claim away!

And once again, I offer my sincere and heartfelt thanks to everyone who's ever clicked on this strange little blog - a few free cards are a drop in the bucket compared to the joy you've given me over the last ten fantastic years. 


Anthony Hudnell said...

It would be my honor to take sheet 2, slot 7 (sanchez), sheet 8, slot 9 (rijo), and sheet 10, slot 4 (morgan). congrats on 10 years! please let me know how to get you my addy.

Tony Hudnell

buckstorecards said...

When you send a return package my way, you can include a Tic Tac Toe on Page 7 of the Vladdys, and the Miracle Mets. 1 5 and 9, I believe.

Mike said...

Nice way to commemorate 10 years! The blog is as great as ever!

Nachos Grande said...

I'd love to claim:
Page 5, #5 (Hiller)
Page 6, #7 (Campaneris)
Page 9, #5 (Segui)
Page 10, #1 (Sabo)

Congrats on 10 years! :)

Chris said...

Nick, congrats on 10 years! I'm getting some serious "Pick Pockets vibes here :D

I'd like to claim 1/8 John Axford and 7/7 Christian Yelich please.

Thanks for the giveaway and here's to 10 more years of Dime Boxes!

night owl said...

10 years, wow. There's no way you're almost 30.

Thanks for sticking around, and just as importantly, thanks for commenting.

I'd be happy to take Carter (Page 3/7), Cooper (Page 4/5), Thomas (Page 5/2) and Flanagan (Page 9/1).

Jordan said...

6/1-Stanton, 6/3-Lindor, 9/2-Carew, 9/8-Lofton.

Thank you for the opportunity. As one of the other younger bloggers with very specific collections, it's been a thrill reading your posts all these years. Very affirming to how I collect.

Johnnys Trading Spot said...

Congrats on the big 10!

I'll take
page 9 2 Carew,
page 11 6 Money and 9 Mo
page 12 1 Herman

Man I wanted that Yelich

Johnnys Trading Spot said...

opps left the page 12 6 Bryant. Thanks again Happy 10th!

Laurens said...

Your blog is an inspiration - here's to at least 10 more years.

GTT said...

Congrats on 10 years!

2.4 Cerv
2.5 Sanchez
3.5 Stassi
3.6 Ballard
6.5 Charboneau how ever you spell that
8.7 Amaros
8.8 Maris
9.7 Fernand
10.2 Sombrero
12.3 deGrom

Even after cutting my list down I feel like this is too much, but I have some reprints I've been meaning to send you anyhow. Thanks! Good cards.

Michael Gray said...

Congrats, Nick! Always a great read. I'd love 2/3 (Jeter) and 6/8 (Alomar).

gcrl said...

Congrats nick! I’ll sign up for the trout 6 slot 9 please and thanks

Elliptical Man said...

Congrats on 10 years.

2 - 1 (Al Oliver)
3 - 2 (Mike Trout)
4 - 8 (Anthony Rizzo)
11 - 1 (Steve Garvey)


Adam Kaningher said...

Congratulations on your first decade! Happy to have been here for so long.

Can I please claim 8.3 Clemente, 9.6 Arenado, and that wonderful Dufex parallel 4.3 Pugh?

Thank you and see you for your next ten years!

Mike said...

Congrats on 10 years! That's really impressive.

If possible, I'd be glad to claim 4.9 (Jo Adell), 7.2 (Ruth), and 12.2 (J.Robinson). The generosity is very much appreciated and I would also be more than happy to reciprocate on the back end given how much enjoyment your blog has provided.

Bo said...

Thanks for 10 wonderful years of reading and lots of great trades! Like you, I love vintage and oddballs, so I'm claiming these:
1-1 Bill White
3-3 Vida Blue
5-4 Romano
6-2 Mitchell
9-6 Gilkey
12-5 Dibble
12-9 Rose
Thanks again!

bbcardz said...

Just want to congratulate you on your 10th blogoversary--well done! And I'm looking forward to 10 more years and beyond.

The Turrdog said...

Congratulations on a decade of blogging!

Page 6 #4 - Verlander
Page 8 #1 - Soto
Page 8 #4 - Arozarena

Thanks so much!

Jon said...

Ten Years! And you're still so young! Although, if you keep monkeying with your back, you're not gonna feel like it for too much longer. Congratulations on the longevity, it takes a special sort of person to be able to stick around in the blogging game that long.

Dave said...

Hey Nick, would love th3 Randy Johnson page 7 #3

Gerald Thompson said...

Congrats on 10 years Nick! I don't comment much but I read all your posts and you've had a huge influence on my collection and reinvigorating my love for cards in college a few years ago. I even have started a few frankensets inspired by you. So thanks for keeping this up the past decade! If any of these are still left by the time you see this, I'd love to have them and add them to my binders: Pg. 3 #8, Pg. 4 #6, Pg. 5 #7, Pg. 6 #4, Pg 8 #2 #4 #6, Pg. 9 #3, and Pg. 12 #7. Thanks Nick!

CaptKirk42 said...

Happy Blogaversary Nick.

10 years? Almost 30? WHAT? OK subtract 2 for Covid I guess the math works.

sg488 said...

Congrats on 10 years,always enjoy reading your blog.

Matt said...

Congrats on 10 years! What an incredible milestone - thanks for being such an entertaining blog. I'll claim the following:

Page 1 #4 (Piersall)
Page 8 #5 (Burlson)
Page 9 #9 (Belle)
Page 10 #7 (Pinson)
Page 11 #2 (Aaron)
Page 11 #5 (Brock)

Thanks for the giveaway!

Jeff B - Wax Pack Wonders said...

Congrats on 10 years! This is blog that most got me interested in the card blogosphere. Thanks for all the great content.

I'll take
page 7: 8 (Fernandez)
page 8: 2 (Mullet)
page 9: 3 (Mudcat)
page 11: 8 (Wood)
page 12: 8 (Buhl)

Thanks for the giveaway!

The Diamond King said...

Big congrats on the 10 years. And not just 10 years, but 10 years of quality and fun content. Keep it up!!

Dan said...

You have been one of the most unique collectors to read about over the years. Congrats and Thanks for the giveaway!

I would like to claim pg. 10-3 (Harper).

OhioTim said...

Congratulations on ten years of blogging, and thanks for the giveaway. I am intereted in the following cards...

Page 2 card 9 Gimenez
Page 3 card 4 Henderson
Page 5 card 7 Ohtani
Page 11 card 2 Aaron

Brett Alan said...

Well, I clearly spent too much time working today when I should have been scoping out the blogs, but I'll be happy to get:

Page 1, card 4 (Piersall)
Page 3, card 8 (Beauchamp)
Page 7, card 3 (Johnson)
Page 8, card 6 (Betts)

Here's to many more years of this blog. I can tell you that I'm always going back to the Short-Term Stops series--when the Mets play a new team, I'll go re-read their entry, and then when players have a new short-term stop (like, say, Javier Báez with the Mets or Max Scherzer with the Dodgers this year) I go back and see whether they'd merit a spot on the team. I really appreciate that.

CrazieJoe said...

Just wanted to say congrats on 10 years. I may not comment much, but I do check in regularly, and thank you for being a consistently good read.

Josh Liss said...

I've been reading reliably for just about eight years now - congrats on the milestone of ten years!

Thanks for the opportunity for some free cards! I'll take Page 1 - #2 (Marte) if it is still available!

Bo said...

Just noticed the background on that Santo card. It is fantastic!

DaddyMike said...

Here's to 10 more years!
I would like the following-
6-6 KRUK


Jafronius said...

Congratulations on 10 years! Keep up the great work!

Late to the party, but if these are still available I could take them:


Jeff S said...

I'll also nab 11-9 Griffey. Looks like it's still available.

Thanks and congrats again.

The Shlabotnik Report said...

Aaak! I missed your anniversary! I have to admit that so many of the blogs that I've followed have gone dormant that I've been bad about keeping up with the ones which are still active.

I missed out on some good cards, but I'll get over it (and pay more attention in the future)

Happy belated 10th!

sandyrusty said...

If still available, I would take:

DaddyMike said...

5-1 shiny topps card