Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Not all Yankee fans are bad

A few weeks back, Judson of My Cardboard Habit asked me on Twitter if I minded sticker autos. Of course not, I said. While I prefer on-card (who doesn't?), there are plenty of places for stickers in my collection.
He agreed.

That was followed up by an email that simply said "It's coming" with a collection of numbers. Those numbers, of course, were a tracking number.

Fast forward a few days, and this card showed up:
Whoa! Now, as you'll see in my most-wanted section on the right hand side of my blog, Brett Gardner is an autograph that I didn't have in my collection, and really wanted. He's been a very good Yankee since 2008, one of the few that has actually had an impact from the horrid drafts of the mid-2000s.

I'm not sure why I didn't have his auto. I guess they aren't that easy to come by, and he doesn't sign TTM. So it just sort of escaped my collection. Until now.

However, that's not all. Equal to the kind gesture of the card was a post-it note. I've only pictured a snippet, but man, how powerful is that? The truth is, I feel the same way. Some of my best trading friends have turned out to be from rival teams. Judson is a Rangers fan, the same Rangers that knocked the Yankees out of the 2010 ALCS. And it's not just the Rangers. A few of my favorite traders are fans of the Boston Red Sox. I've found guys like Matt Perry and Mark Hoyle to be some of the best card-collecting dudes out there.
On the flip side, I know Yankee fans are despised all over the country, but hopefully you've been surprised that some of us are a civil bunch, and that your experiences with me, Zippy, Drew, Tim, etc. have made you realize that not all Yankee fans are bad.

Judson, thanks for not only the awesome Gardner auto, but also for being my friend.


  1. Awww, thanks dude. Right back atcha ;)

  2. As long as Yankees fans find time in between satanic rituals and pushing old ladies down to trade baseball cards, I'm ok with them. :)

  3. While I might not care for the Yankees all that much, I've got nothing against their fans. You seem like a pretty cool dude, after all, as do the rest of the Yankees bloggers round these parts. Sweet Gardner!

  4. The Yankees fans I knew as a kid I'm pretty sure could never write a coherent blog.

    Oops, that was cranky. Truthfully, every Yankee fan/blogger has been great.

  5. I dunno man, I'm sure I've done more to damage our reputation more than redeem it.

  6. Thanks for including me as a Yankee fan that isn't one of the bad ones! I echo your sentiments about BoSox fans being pretty great guys(and trading partners) since I probably have swapped more packages with Mr. Shoebox Legends than anyone else since joining the cardsphere.

  7. Yankees fans used to annoy me but there's always been some of them in my family/friends circles so I dont generalize. I think Blue Jays fans are stealing your "bad reputation" anyway :D

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  9. And I've had great experiences with Yankee fans. I think although we all root for are teams. At heart we are all just baseball fans.
    Great card from Judson