Monday, August 25, 2014

Turning my back

Today I did two things really drastic.  Things I thought I’d never have to do. Ever. But life decided otherwise.

I’m still trembling a little, actually.
The first thing I did was…this is real hard (that’s what she said, I know, but come on, this is serious)…I threw away some cards. I didn’t even think I had it in me, as I never throw out anything. Several boxes full of utter junk resting in my parents’ basement  will attest of that. But I really didn’t know what to do with all those 80s and early 90s duplicates of Blue Jays cards I got the other day. Nobody to give them to and there’s really no point in keeping them in my duplicates shoeboxes. A stack of 100 cards that will now feed the seagulls.

The second thing was to take out some Blue Jays cards from my Blue Jays binders (it’s fastidious to write Blue Jays all the time, but I can’t bring myself to write BJs. I’m sure you’ll understand). Blue Jays players are meant to be in Blue Jays binders, no matter who they are. If they wore a Toronto jersey at some point, then they deserve to be in there. Except that I needed to make room for the more modern cards coming this way. So out with the 80s (except for a few players I like, ie Moseby, Fernandez, Bell, Gruber, Ward, Heinke), that I put in a couple of 400 count boxes. I won’t forget you, I’ll take you out of the darkness of the closet from time to time. I promise.

I’m ashamed. I feel like I’m breaking all the promises I made 20 years ago. What’s next ? Buying graded cards ? I shudder at the thought…


  1. Don't feel too bad. I had some cards from 1977 that had a sticky plastic coating stuck to them when I was 5 years old and thought that putting the cards in "plastic" would keep them in good condition. I kept those cards until this year in February, when I bought about 6000 cards from 1977 in an eBay auction. I finally sent those out to the landfill...and it felt both good and bad. Good to get better cards, but bad because it sort of felt like I had thrown out something of my youth!

  2. There may be someone else in France who wants those cards. You should craigslist them.

    1. I really don't know if the Internet can bear another listing for useless cardboard.
      But hey, you're right, maybe I'm not the only Blue Jays baseball cards collector here ! that would be too bad though, I like the impression of being unique.

      Our equivalent of Craigslist is called Le bon coin (the good corner, litteraly). I wish they'd found a name as cool as Craig. Maybe Gregoryslist

  3. When I get better condition replacements for my 70's sets, I throw out the old ones. Those are usually very beat up and may even have writing on them. Still, I've had them since the 70's and I feel a little bad when doing it.