Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Kindness of a Stranger

A few weeks ago I received a message from a member on FreedomCardboard Forums saying he had an Andrew McCutchen card I needed.  It wasn't a mega huge hit or some extremely low numbered parallel, but the fact that he thought of me when he got it really made me happy.

He sent it to me free of charge. Didn't want anything in return.  Thanks CarolinaBosox

I don't post on any other forums as I have a hard enough time just trying to keep up with this blog.  Blowout forums might be the most popular to post on, but it seems to me like those people aren't true collectors.  Most of them are flippers and prospect hoarders looking to flip their cards at the perfect time.  That's not really my thing.

I am primarily a player collector now and while I still enjoy all things Pittsburgh I am not actively seeking to add 100s of cards of Jack Wilson or Jack Ham or Justin Schultz to the collection.  In short I don't give two jacks or one schultz about what my cardboard collection looks like.  It probably will never have more than a handful of other examples of players who have worn black and gold (or yellow for that matter) in it.  It might never see a Ronald Acuna or Shoehei Otani card hit a top loader.  And I guarantee that if I never find my stack of random 2011 cards, it will never be proud to show off a Mike Trout rookie.

And I am ok with that.

Andrew McCutchen has been my favorite player to watch since he came up in 2009.  He has reconnected my love for baseball.

And I thank everyone who has ever sent me a Cutch card out of kindness.

The kindness of a stranger goes a long way.

It's why I like to always surprise people at least once a week with paying their toll on the Parkway.  Nearly every time the person comes flying up behind me honking their horn and waving to say "Thank you".

A little bit of kindness goes a long way.

Be kind. Rewind.

I got a bunch of mailers going out Saturday to say Thank You to those who have sent me something in the past few months.

1 comment:

  1. The Blowout forums are a terrible place, your assessment of them is completely correct and then some. And who's can try and "collection shame" you? You've got more 1/1's then just about anybody, not to mention a boatload of other crazy rare cards! Even the jerks over at Blowout couldn't say anything negative about your collection.

    I've never lived anywhere that had a toll bridge -- in fact the whole concept of having to pay to cross a bridge seems pretty whack to me -- but nevertheless, if I did live in such a place, I know that I'd be very grateful to a person who prepaid for me to go through... so kudos to you for doing that, little things like that really can make a person's entire day :)