I've done a much better job in 2023 at keeping my toy blog going, but this trading card blog has kinda fell to the side. After starting up a Facebook group to host my group breaks, I just haven't really thought much about utilizing this blog...which is a shame on many levels. I still like to read other card blogs so it's not like I left the hobby, but I guess at times it's easier to throw up a quick post on Facebook or Twitter/X than it is to try and craft a blog post.
My card collecting has really slowed down in 2023. My limited hobby funds have been allocated to other areas and I feel I've before a little jaded by the current collecting landscape. With what seems like everything shifting over to Fanatics soon, I'm just not sure what to think of current card releases. I try to be optimistic about things, but it's hard to at times. For now however I'm just enjoying casually working on putting together some early to mid-90's baseball sets and picking up cards here and there of some PC guys like Dansby Swanson, Hoy Park, Otis Nixon and some wrasslers too like R-Truth, Candice LaRae and Akira Tozawa.
Say what you will about Panini, but I'm going to miss them. While chasing rainbows can be frustrating and expensive, it can also be a lot of fun and Panini has a knack of producing some nice shiny colored parallels.
My boy R-Truth hasn't been on WWE television in quite some time since being injured so I'm a little surprised to see him on the checklist for both 2023 Prizm (above) and Select...but I'm glad I have new cards to search for.
Hoy Park is a newer PC of mine. While his RCs were featured in most 2022 products as a Pittsburg Pirates, he's currently playing on the Braves' AAA team. With Atlanta's loaded infield and with the acquisition of Nicky Lopez, I doubt he'll have much of an opportunity to play in Atlanta. Hasn't stopped me from picking up some of his autos and numbered parallels.
My desire to set build has also diminished, at least for current product. The discounted blasters that have been showing up at Walmart stores has helped me have some desire to finish off the 2022 Archives set. I'm also looking forward to 2023 Allen & Ginter that is slated for release later this month. That's one set that I always look forward to no matter what.
Oh well, thanks for reading my ramblings...that is assuming you made it this far. While I'd love to say that this particular blog will have more activity in the later part of 2023, I don't like to make promises I can't keep. I'm still around...collecting and talking about cards...just not here as much. Take care!