This set of packs actually helps illustrate a problem I've been having since getting back into card collecting this year. More on that after the video.
Box Break 5 from Rich Borosky on Vimeo.
Okay. Pretty standard stuff. No inserts or anything, but at least a bunch of guys I've heard of.
And there's the problem.
Outside of the World Series and Indians games, I haven't followed baseball regularly since about '96 or '97. I have almost no idea who's good and who's not so good anymore. I'm judging a pack's value based on how many players I've heard of, and most likely if you're not a superstar, you play on a National League team that hasn't made the playoffs in a while, you don't play for the Indians, Yankees or Red Sox or you started playing baseball after Bill Clinton was president, I've not heard of you.
Let's take the first pack.
I know Soriano is good because in my area (even though we're distance-wise closer to a bunch of other teams) everyone seems to root for the Yankees. He played with the Yanks, so I know who he is.
Piazza I remember from when I was a kid, but is he still considered a "star?"
Carlos Lee- I have no clue. Name sounds familiar though.
Emilio Bonifacio- Okay, he's a rookie. Probably not a lot of people know much about him yet, so I'm likely not alone on this guy.
Red Sox- Well, as much as I hate to admit it, I know a lot about them because they beat my Indians in the ALCS last year. My second most disliked team (though there's a few individual players I kinda like) behind the Yankees.
Jason Giambi- Again, I know him from when I was a kid (and from the whole steroid scandal), but have no idea how relevant he is now.
Yadier Molina- Name sounds familiar.
... and so on and so forth.
Now like I say, I know the big stars. Ortiz, Prince Fielder, Manny... umm...
Mario over at Wax Heaven made a great post a while back detailing how he organizes his collection. I think it's a great system that I could very well implement to put my cards in order (something else that hasn't really been done since Clinton was president) but I just DON'T KNOW WHO A LOT OF THESE GUYS ARE.
But there's hope. I'm gonna buy some baseball magazines this weekend (do they still do Athlon's?) and I read a lot of these blogs, which has seriously helped polish the rust off my baseball knowledge like Coca Cola on chrome.
Still, I'd like to hear from all of you. All two or three of you (for now) who read this page.
Who do you collect?
Who is worth saving regardless of who you collect?
Who are the big stars?
Why did it take me more than thirty seconds to realize J.D. Drew is not J.T. Snow?
I await your responses.