Friday, January 12, 2018


I will never understand the fascination that some men (and some of the ladies, too) have with becoming completely ripped-as-shit. And for the record, I'm talking human anatomy, not getting stoned. Now, don't get me wrong, there's certainly nothing wrong with wanting to maintain one's mental and physical health through proper diet and exercise. But this twisted obsession that some have with the human body is, well, twisted. Men, in particular, are now beginning to feel the unrealistic expectations of having that perfect body that have been plaguing women for decades. Blame Hollywood; blame professional athletes on the gridiron and the court; blame the douche on social media who posts those never-ending selfies from the gym as he tracks his transformation into a lean, mean, love machine.

With the new year we just rang in, I decided to become more concerned with the overall health of my...collection. That's right, I won't be consuming as much junk (wax) that is full of empty calories and contains little nutritional value. While I'm not necessarily swearing off stuff from the junk wax era, I would like to try and make the collection a little leaner by cutting out the fats. Or, to use collector's parlance, I'm breaking up unwanted sets, trading commons, dropping certain player collections while tightening up others by collecting only certain cards of said players. Hate spending $15 on a modern card? Good for you; I think I might rather spend fifteen bucks on a fresh, healthy meal than buy fifteen stale candy bars at a dollar each. But let's be clear, I don't want my collection to get that ripped-as-shit look I spoke of earlier. I'll leave that to the supercollectors and their 1-of-1 hits. 

The most recent addition to the King Collection, numbered 38/60. While not a huge Ginter fan, I fell in love with this card upon first sight and decided it was much more desirable than adding a lot of cards that did nothing for me. The colors really pop on this one and the card is unlike anything else in my collection.

I can't promise that I won't be posting pictures on the blog (or Instagram and Twitter) during this journey. After all, what's the use of a deep tan, trendy tat, and six-pack abs if one can't show them off? But please forgive me if at times I show off the receding hairline. 


  1. Love the metaphor. I've been trying to trim the fat too in terms of my collection... but I've literally gotta lose some weight this year too.