Saturday, August 20, 2011

He Rules

I have collected cards since about 1978/'79-ish. There have been huge non-collecting gaps in there. I had a card collecting revival in 2008. I did a Google search for "baseball cards". I came across a site called A Pack A Day. I was instantly reinvigorated. I was drawn to the contributor with the name Thorzul. His pack openings were usually funny. There were some links to contributors of the site. I clicked on one that had a funny name, Thorzul Will Rule.
"What's this?! A website (at the time, I didn't have a clue what a blog was) devoted to card collecting." I thought.
As I read through some of the posts, I came across terms that I had never heard before; Blaster Box, Blister Pack, Parallel, and more. There were posts about trades with other bloggers. I found myself laughing out loud a few times. I remember a post where readers were invited to try and identify a pile of DVD's for a shot at winning cards. It was, and is a great entertaining site.
Being a sort of newbie to modern card collecting, I sent off an e-mail asking about these foreign terms to me, and offering a trade, a slew of Brewers for some Tigers. Without knowing me from Adam, Thorzul answered my questions, and agreed to a trade. If not for his generosity, and non-dickish way of dealing with this 'new' collector, I may have not gotten back to collecting the way I do today.
Recently, I got a great unexpected package from Milwaukee. The note inside read, "Hopefully (they're) in the hands of someone who will appreciate (them) more than I would."
2011 Topps Lineage Box Topper TG9 Cabrera
 2008 Topps Co-Signers Pudge Rodriguez /400 ~ 2006 UD Ovation Chris Shelton Relic
 2009 UD A Piece of History Franchise History Magglio Ordonez /999
  I appreciate you, the cards, and your entertaining blog very much Thorzul. You're one-of-a-kind.


  1. I would say your experience was the same as mine. The "A Pack A Day" to Throzul transfer was the same thing I did.

  2. ...and you paid it forward with an encouraging e-mail to me six months ago after I also searched "baseball cards" - and found a few - including your great blog. Thanks for that and the trading.

  3. Count me in as a Thorzul Will Rule fan... awesome blog! Btw... your is too... keep up the great work.