Friday, December 10, 2010

Baseball Winter Meetings: When Worlds Collide

In all honesty I just haven’t had much to blog about lately. My parents taught me that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Obviously, as reflected in the very title and original inspiration for this blog, I have pretty much ignored that but I do believe that beating a dead horse and repeating the same tired mantra of the perils and pitfalls that ail The Hobby can only go so far.

I think it is important to voice collector concerns and opinions but you get my point. The Hobby, as I see it right now, is stale and boring, plain and simple. That said, I had the opportunity to recently attend the Baseball Winter Meetings, as part of my job. Obviously I was in my element as any of you follow me on Twitter ( ) know. The number of baseball personality sightings was great as was seeing the LIVE broadcasts of the Hot Stove League on the MLB Network.

Hob-knobbing over drinks with MLB and MiLB marketing people, major and minor league team GM’s and personnel, eating at great restaurants, yeah I could get used to this. I couldn’t be too stalker-like so some of the photos I took are less than stellar but I thought you might like them anyway.

A list of the people I met and saw, yeah I’m name dropping;

Jerry Reinsdorf (Sox/Bulls owner)
Tommy Lasorda
Jerry Robinson (1979 NFL 1st Rnd Pick by the Eagles)
Johnny Damon
Steve Phillips
Harold Reynolds
Kevin Millar
Andre Dawson
Peter Gammons
Frank Viola
Jim Leyland
Bruch Bochy (who was sauced, BIG time)
Frank Robinson
Buck Showalter
Kenny Williams

And no, I didn’t get a single autograph. To do so in this environment would be bush league. Taking pictures like the paparazzi was bad enough but completely more acceptable .

Some interesting “Worlds Collide” collectibles and hobby moments did occur however. I had the opportunity to talk with the editor of Baseball Youth magazine that includes Topps Baseball Cards in every pack (picture in gallery below). Also, the ring company Jostens, did every Chicago sports teams championship from my lifetime (1985 Bears, 1991-1993 & 1996-1998 Bulls, 2005 White Sox( and I got to try on the White Sox Ring (picture in gallery below)

I also met a company who owns 4,000 original negatives of never before seen images of some of baseball’s greats that we will actually be having on the radio show in a few weeks. (More on Shoebox Collection to come.) No baseball show would be complete without trading cards and I did get my hand on team sets, which I'll show off later, of the Bristol Sox and Daytona Cubs.

As for the future of Voice of the Collector? Who knows, you’ll still see the random thoughts and opinionated commentary on occasion. I continue to generate a TON of content for Card Corner Club and you can always hear me every Friday on our weekly radio show.


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