Where’s Grubby Glove? Here I Am!

A short time ago one of my baseball cronies asked me where Grubby Glove had been hiding, and I must confess, he had a valid question. When I gave the question some thought, I realized I’ve been in plain sight, albeit in a related arena, all along. My off-season, baseball related activities have taken me deep into the world of baseball card trading, done with an eye on the ultimate prize, a Bryan Stow Awareness and Fundraising Event, or series of them, to be held during our still-young, new year. 

Thanks to some very active Facebook baseball card collecting and trading groups, I have amassed over 12,000 San Francisco Giants baseball cards. More come in every week. I’m nearing the time when I’m going to have to hold another baseball card sorting party. This will be the second one and will hopefully be better attended than the first one when three people attended. Ordinarily that would be a good turnout, but in this unfortunate case, the three people were “me,” “myself” and “I.” The funny thing was that the three of “us” couldn’t agree on how to proceed! Should we sort cards by year? By card manufacturer? By player? The decision was eventually made to sort the cards by player.

Everyone has their favorite teams and players whose cards they collect. In over fifteen months of trading, much of it done over the past three months, I’ve learned my fellow traders’ likes and collecting goals. It’s gotten so that whenever I open a pack of baseball cards, I immediately know which cards I can trade and to which collector. It’s the same on the other side, too. My fellow traders have discovered my favorite player is Tom Seaver, and along with the Giants cards I have received, every once in a while a Tom Seaver gem comes with it. I’ll close out this short post with a few of the cards that have come in during these past three months.

And I’ll be back with another post soon.

2002 Fleer GU Barry Bonds

2002 Fleer GU

2003 Fleer Flair Greats

2003 Fleer Flair Greats

2008 SP Legendary Cut

2008 SP Legendary Cut

2011 Topps Triple Threads

2011 Topps Triple Threads

2013 Topps Tribute Relic

2013 Topps Tribute Relic

 

Comments

6 Comments on "Where’s Grubby Glove? Here I Am!"

  1. Some Guy Named David says:

    You’re awesome Mike. The rewards and karma are gonna be huge man. You’ve built a community of like-minded folks with one common goal and have a lot of people who support what you’re doing. Keep doing what you’re doing man!

    -David-
    Lifelong Reds fan

    • Grubby Glove says:

      David, we sure are lucky to have you on our side. Thank you for being a part of that community that you referred to. Oh! Did you see the new Facebook page entitled Cincinnati Reds Fans in Support of Bryan Stow? My young friend Little King started it! The good karma keeps on flowing. Thank You, David. Best, Michael/Grubby Glove.

  2. Hi Michael, Glad to see you back in the saddle again, as it were. Man, you must be overwhelmed with all those baseball cards. Of course, Tom Seaver is my favorite player, too, so we’ll have to compare notes someday on which Seaver cards are our favorites.
    Welcome back,
    Bill

    • Grubby Glove says:

      Thank you, Bill, for being one of those traders. We can’t do anything out here without people like you, Bill. And I DO look forward to sharing notes about our favorite Tom Seaver cards. I’m trying to sort THEM now, too! Thanks again, Michael/Grubby Glove.

  3. betsyross27 says:

    I’ve seen some of the boxes and the incoming mail Grubby, and I know that you are flooded with baseball cards. I’ve also heard you speak with purpose and conviction about a fundraiser for Bryan Stow, so I know you are collecting with a goal in mind.Kudos for your continuing focus and purpose to stop fan violence.

    • Grubby Glove says:

      Thank You, Nancy. Your innate sense of fairness, grasp of humanitarian principles and good judgment have helped this blogger throughout the term of this project, and so many more. Great to have you on the team, Sis.


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