Friday, July 6, 2018
A RAZzing for the ages
Today's thank you post is so overdue, like almost three months overdue. And this isn't because I was too busy, too lazy, or even because I forgot about it, no -- it's because I was being selfish! Confused yet? Read on, and I'll try to explain.
You see, a couple of months ago, RAZ, namesake of the The Raz Card Blog, sent me a package. He had let me know ahead of time that something was on it's way, not knowing what, I was just kind of expecting a PWE, or maybe a small bubble mailer... instead I got a chunky bubble mailer, the contents of which, were like a birthday and a Christmas all rolled into one package.
Saying that I was amazed would be an understatement, dumbfounded would probably be a more apt description. There were just so many cool cards, and the variety, I can almost guarantee that I will never again be gifted a package as diverse as this one was.
So after going through the cards a couple of times, I put the stack on the little table that I have next to my recliner, a few days went by and I thought "hmm, I should probably start getting a thank you post going", which got as far as me picking them up, going through them again, and then putting them back where they were. And so it went, for weeks I kept doing the same thing over and over, until one day I finally realized that I was dragging my feet because I knew that once I photographed/scanned everything, I would then have to put it away... and I just wasn't ready to do that yet.
But it's time to publically give RAZ his due, especially since this past weekend was a card show weekend, and some of the stuff in today's post goes in the same binders/boxes as some of the card show acquisitions, so I might as well put it all away together... if only because of the time that will be saved by doing so.
Before I get to the rest of the cards, I thought that this might be a good time for a RAZ fun fact. As I've mentioned many times over the last couple of years, Fuji was the person who inspired me to start this humble little blog of mine, but RAZ is solely responsible for it's continued existence.
Let us travel back in time to the long forgotten that was 2015. I had started the blog in September of that year, after having been a reader of a handful of others for a little less than a year. Being the socially awkward person that I am, I wasn't able to contact any of the established bloggers and introduce myself/ask them to check out my newly created blog. And forget about me mentioning the blog in someone else's comments section, I would have been mortified by merely suggesting such a thing.
So I got the blog up and running, despite the fact that I had no idea what I was doing. A couple of weeks passed, with no comments, and views in the single digits, which wasn't terribly surprising... seeing as how nobody knew that existed. It was around the third week that I had basically decided to give it up and just delete the blog out of existence, I was just gonna see through the rest of the week, and that was going to be it.
A funny thing happened though... I got a comment, my first comment! It was from a fellow called RAZ, all of a sudden things were looking up, and shortly thereafter, things would slowly start picking up. After clicking on his name, I found out that this RAZ had a blog, a seemingly popular blog at that. While there, seeing what was what, I noticed that he had added me to his blogroll (although I didn't know what it was called at that time). Now that I knew I had at least one real reader (and commenter), I decided to give this whole blog thing a little more time. Being on RAZ's blogroll, my views started increasing, a few people were starting to leave comments, all of which has led to where the blog is at now -- don't ask me where that is exactly, all that matters is, that it is.
I still don't know how it is that RAZ even came across my blog in the first place -- and I doubt at this point that he would remember either -- but nevertheless, I'm extremely grateful for his showing up when he did, as I've met a number of really wonderful people over the last couple of years, people that I never would have encountered had it not been for him, and his timely intervention.
Okay, I'm done with the sappy stuff (at least for a moment or two). If you thought what's already been shown was impressive, check out the rest of this package:
Eilean Mor, and listened to "Three Skeleton Key", all at a fairly young age. Whatever the reason, I really dig them, and I really dig this card from the 1910 (sometimes attributed to 1911) Hassan Light House series.
Even though I don't normally go for graded cards, I plan to keep both of these encased, for some reason I just kind of like how these particular cards look in there.
RAZ, thank you again for the cards (and the nice note), from a mental standpoint, these couldn't have arrived at a better time. You told me once that you don't send stuff out very often, which may or may not be true, but you sure outdid yourself with this package. It may take me awhile, and it'll probably come in the form of a bunch of smaller mailings, but I will try my best to repay this act of kindness.
Thanks for taking a moment to look at my page.