I have been collecting baseball cards since I was a kid. I am in no way a serious collector. I buy a pack of cards a few times a year, mostly looking for Arizona Diamondbacks players. Today I happened to see that the Upper Deck 2000 Series I Baseball Cards were now available as I stood in line at the grocery store. Being the perfect impulse buyer that I am, I grabbed a couple of packs and put them in my cart. When I got home, I opened the packs and found that I had a Luis Gonzalez card. I was pretty jazzed. Getting this card reminded me of collecting cards as a child. I bought the cards mostly for the gum but I was also interested in getting cards of my favorite players. Because these were cards of my baseball heroes, I didn’t think of them as an investment. Those players who I could care less about, their cards became perfect accessories for my bicycle as I would clothes pin them to make noise in the spokes. When the cards became sufficiently bent, they would be discarded. I think back to the number of Nolan Ryan rookie cards that must have gone through my spokes or the limited Mickey Mantle cards that were destroyed and I now think about the thousands of dollars that are gone. Even the cards I held dear to my heart have been lost or thrown away by a ruthless mother who was more interested in a clean sock drawer than saving for my retirement. I sit and watch as Regis Philbin asks insane questions to socially deliquent geeks who used to be pummeled for their lunch money and I think that maybe I used to be a millionaire. But I traded the fame and fortune so that my bike would sound like a motorcycle.


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With the lack of news coming from the Arizona Diamondbacks, you have to wonder if maybe Jerry Colangelo gave the team the winter off after all the hard work they put in last year. Since the first of January, the Arizona Diamondbacks have posted only two transactions and neither of them were related to the product on the field. All transactions have involved the front office with Bryan Lambe being named a special assistant to the general manager, Scott Geyer was hired as vice president of broadcasting and Gina Giallonardo as the director of marketing. While these are important posts to be filled, it doesn’t especially enthuse the fans to start buying tickets to next year’s games. Given the holes and questions still surrounding the team after their premature exit from last year’s play-offs, you have to wonder if Colangelo’s heart is still based in basketball.


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