I hope you’re having a great weekend.
Next Saturday, August 11th, will be the third annual Topps National Baseball Card Day, when you can get free packs of baseball cards if you jump through a few hoops… like finding a participating hobby shop and making a qualifying purchase. It might help boost sales for certain retailers, but it’s not doing a thing to bring new collectors into the hobby or promote baseball.
The cool part of the promotion is starting earlier — each Major League Baseball team will distribute packs of baseball cards as a stadium giveaway for one of their home games in August. The Mets are doing this today. And this is the part of the promotion that I like because it’s getting baseball cards into the hands of folks that like baseball, but who aren’t necessarily card collectors. And maybe a few of them will decide that baseball cards are something fun and they’ll ask for (or buy) a few packs the next time they’re in Target or WalMart.
I’m not at the Mets’ game today, but I did go last year and got my pack of four cards (from a nine-card stadium giveaway set.) I also got the tenth card from the hobby shop promotion. The player selection made me feel a bit nostalgic when I got them – David Wright is one of the greatest players in team history, but we’ll probably never see him on the field again. It’s even more so now.
Do you collect baseball cards?
I finally got to watch the Doctor Who panel from San Diego Comic Con last month. I’ve got to admit, it was a little bit weird to watch three actors try to find things they could talk about when we don’t really know the characters they’re playing and they’re not allowed to spill too many of the beans…. but it’s still quite fun. I’m sure Jodie Whittaker will be an amazing Doctor.
Are you looking forward to the return of Doctor Who?
Doctor Who is my favorite show currently airing on television.
Former showrunner Steven Moffat said it best:
Heroes are important. Heroes tell us who we want to be but when they made this particular hero they didn’t give him a gun, they gave him a screwdriver to fix things. They didn’t give him a tank or a warship or an X-Wing, they gave him a call box from which you can call for help and they didn’t give him a superpower or a heat-ray, they gave him an extra heart. And that’s extraordinary. There will never come a time when we don’t need a hero like the Doctor.
Matt Smith was my first Doctor – 2010’s “A Christmas Carol” was my introduction to the series. Christopher Eccleston taught me who the Doctor was and who he wanted to be when I started watching the 21st century incarnation of the series. Peter Capaldi may have been the best at capturing the Doctor’s alieness.
But David Tennant was my Doctor… the one who made me love the show. And I’m so excited to have the chance to see him in person this fall, even if it means spending more than I should for a few seconds of his time to sign an autograph.
I’m a bit early for National Blog Posting Month, but I’m going to challenge myself to share something every day this month anyway.
Some days, that might look like posting a photo or linking to an interesting article or cool video. I’m really trying to get myself to start writing more often again, so let’s see where that goes.
Happy August, everyone! How is your summer going?