I've been wanting to do the scanning and reading project since at least 2015, and I'm now doing it, although I have not gotten to the books I have not read yet- they are deeper in. Most of what I've been scanning now are the Star Wars comics. But eventually I will get them all...and read them all as well!
There has been one added bonus I was hoping for but not expecting to be so good this early on. Card ads! There's lots of card ads in comics. Most of the ads I've already scanned came from comics, and in just 4 days I've already scanned 19 ads. They cover a wide range of topics...
I've been posting the ads to the Trading Card Database's Ads section, except the Batman Forever Metal which somebody else had posted previously. They will appear in their respective topics' ad section on the Cardboard History later today or tomorrow.
I actually have a little-used comic blog which is probably going to get more attention for a while. If you like comics, you can click here and follow along: My Comic Book History
It's interesting, to me, that for the cards, it takes the most time to edit them, but for scanning comics, it's actually the scanning process itself that takes longest.
Granted, I'm still in the letter C as I type this, but each letter has hundreds of people. B had 377 people to upload. B is surprisingly the largest letter, but maybe it shouldn't be too much a surprise since it was the first letter to hit 1000 people scanned overall.
I realized that I never wrote a post for the last adventure my brother and I took before everything shut down. I will try and get to that at some point soon. It was 1 month ago today, March 1st.
I worked on models for the first time in 2020, and it was disastrous. I painted 3 bodies, two of which are unbuildable, and even more concerning is the smell of the paint gave me a bad headache, which is unusual, and I even had both windows open. That's something I need to keep an eye on. It was a pretty disheartening day overall and I went back to comics before the sun went down.
I feel kind of trapped by this whole coronavirus thing. I'm used to living like this, but it's taking a toll on me mentally anyway. I think it's because, even though yeah I can't really do a whole lot of stuff, I at least had things to look forward to before. Now I don't. Car shows as late as September are already cancelled. I don't know how long this is going to last, but I hope it's not too long. Famous people are starting to die from it, maybe that will make people take it more seriously. And yes, I know that it seems trivial to complain about car shows being cancelled when people are dying, but for me, it's the main reason for living. Ironically, I've noticed that I'm losing weight due to this. I have basically stopped eating fried foods, which was, honestly, my favorites. And I've noticed that I have to pull my pants up more often.
It's funny...not "hah hah" funny, but "peculiar" funny...none of the stuff I'm doing has a time stamp on it...nothing needs to be done at any specific time...yet I still feel like I'm trailing so far behind, like I'll never catch up. For instance, I have magazines in my "waiting to be read" stack still in their factory seal from 2017. I know I've got a box in my storage unit labeled "To be Read 2007" waiting for me.
Either'd have a long way to go before he catches the longest sports career ever though, and that belongs to Hershel McGriff, who competed from 1950 to 2018! Although he did retire a couple times, he found it boring and came out of retirement at age 81. His last race was at 90 years old.
Panini actually got Hershel to sign cards for them in 2018. I really want to find one of them. He is one of only two drivers who were in the first Southern 500 (the first 500 mile race in NASCAR history) to have a certified autograph issue, the other being Cotton Owens. (Technically, Lee Petty has one as well, but it's a cut auto SN to 5 copies and also features Richard. I'll likely never even see one, and he didn't sign an actual card. But it is out there.). I believe Hershel may be the last driver living from that legendary race, but some of the drivers are not well known and their whereabouts and status are unknown.
I appreciate the fact that you all respected my wishes and have not sent me cards during this time. With my health problems I don't want to, no, I can't take any risks. Having two of the major risk factors for this virus makes me skittish. And even though you may have taken precautions, who knows who's been caughing on the mail along the way? I never though I'd ever post a thank you for NOT sending me cards, but this is a crazy time we're living in.