Oh, man. What a year this was. And in about 12 hours, it'll be over. Some people are giving their best cards of the year (Night Owl), some people are on a Ripping Rampage (Troll), some people are murdering us with Dawson cards (30Year) and some people are doing nothing. But I will give you some of the highlights of 2009.
This was the year that the Topps flagship set looked pretty good again. I didn't need to slaughter my family out of $70 just to get the factory set this year (although somebody did by mistake).
This was the year that Topps thought it was a great idea to bring back 206. And it worked.
This was the year that Upper Deck put out yet another lousy monster set. And that kept a few of the collectors out of their hands.
This was the year that on television, Russell lost for no reason, Lambert lost for no reason, Rita took a bath, Don shut the door, and Ben and Locke teamed up to kill Jacob. All in all, great year for disappointment.
This was the year that Topps thought it was a great idea to bring back Turkey Red. And it worked.
This was the year that Upper Deck did not get granted the magic words to keep making licensed cards. A shame, though, because what they were putting out was pretty good.
This was the year that I thought it was a grand idea to put Derek Jeter into a 1981 topps design. And it apparently worked.
This was the year that Topps put out that wonderful Propaganda set, but also, ToppsTown.
This was the year that Upper Deck thought it was a great idea to bring back O-Pee-Chee. And the reviews were mixed.
This was the year that my boys in pinstripes won the world series. And I was there to witness the groundroots of the win. This was the year I went to the world series.
This was the year that, sometime in January, while searching for photos of the upcoming Topps release, I was unwittingly led onto Stale Gum.com, and I saw what was going on, and I thought "Hey, why can't I be someone like that?"
This was the year that, on February 9th, I became a Baseball Card Blogger
And to the future. To anyone who's on Facebook, you probably know this already. One of the first Baseball Card Bloggers there ever was is coming back to the blogosphere. Ben Henry and his Baseball Card Blog (Simply titled that) will be back in 2010.
Isn't that a year you can look forward to?