Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Post #152 - Pickup Man

Been a while since I posted - that's one of the negatives of being essential. Not that I'm complaining too much, however. I'm quite blessed to still be employed, as banks are required to make the world go 'round. I'm also quite tired of having little to no reprieve from the onslaught of COVID-19 news, and I'm sure you are too. I would also imagine that, like me, you turn to cards to distract yourself a little from it.

However, I also found out in my last post (way back in January) that it's easier for me to be a little creative when I utilize a country song for my title and topic. This also seemed like a fitting time to pay tribute (in my way) to a country music legend. Joe Diffie lost his life to COVID-19 this past weekend, and there are few other 90s country singers that I identify my childhood more with. His five number one singles, oddly enough, do not count "John Deere Green", which is even more popular than I realized, based on the amount of times I've seen it referenced on social media these last two days.

Diffie's musical influence lasted long after childhood for me, as 90s country quickly became my most-played genre. "If the Devil Danced in Empty Pockets" and "Third Rock From the Sun" were two tunes that I was known to blast during my college days, usually meaning I was found with a cold Keystone Light in my hand (I have since matured, I promise).

No one song, however, identifies a Joe Diffie fan quite like "Pickup Man". I totally blame this song for my desire to have a truck, and only a truck. So for that, thanks Joe. I sure do appreciate the memories. Hopefully someone propped him up beside the jukebox with a cold one in his hand.

I made a pickup myself, as today's package comes courtesy of a TCDB trade with member Bizauer. Brandon was able to get his end out pretty quickly when I proposed the small deal on Saturday, so his end is still in transit, but should arrive by Thursday.

Let's stick around the 1990s for a bit, with a beautiful 1996 Pinnacle Shawn Green. It still amazes me how many base cards I'm missing from the mid-90s, and it's something I hope to make a priority later this calendar year.

From one year before, the Swing Men subset is totally new to me. I'm thrilled to add this one to my collection, and love the fact that Shawn is obviously wearing #56, not something seen very often.

Go figure - a shiny card that scans rough. 2003 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia is a set that I remember a lot of (as well as it's 2004 counterpart) but one that is sorely lacking in my collection. I'm thrilled to add this one to my list of Shawn Green cards.

Switching gears here, I also added a few new Joey Votto's to my collection. The run of A&G Votto's is also on my list for the near future (I hope) and this knocks one off already.

This insert from last year's A&G set is also fun. I love the fact that the Reds 150th patch is visible on the right sleeve.

Finally, one of my favorite cards in recent memory. The coolest thing (at least for me) about the Reds wearing so many throwback uniforms last year is the outstanding photography that has followed with the 2020 Topps set so far. My one blaster yielded several Reds (though not Votto) and if I remember correctly, they are all in one of the various throwbacks. So cool to see those live on via cardboard.

Thanks to Bizauer for putting together a quick trade for me, and I hope that my brief but direct blog post tonight helped put your mind elsewhere for the time being. Please, all of you: stay safe, stay healthy, and you and yours are in my thoughts.

As always, thanks for reading.