Birdbats blog...

Regular visitors to this site know I don't blog as much as I used to. I've stopped trying to watch every single plate appearance, or for that matter, every game. It's partly because there just aren't enough hours in the day. But, it's mostly because I've lost interest in collecting current memorabilia.

There are many reasons--the high cost vs. an almost guaranteed loss in value being the primary one. I certainly don't want to discourage anyone from collecting the players they like, and I always emphasize that collecting is a hobby, not an investment. Still, it's disheartening to know there are people who, for example, paid $600-800 for Aledmys Diaz bats in 2016 and would have trouble selling them for $100 just 18 months later.

I've turned my focus to older bats. I'm still trying to fill in gaps in my 2011 and 2006 Cardinals team sets, but my obsession has become completing Cardinals team sets from 1926, 1931, 1942, 1964, 1967 and 1982--in addition to a 1922 Browns set.

I'm not sure where this blog or this site will go from here. I certainly will continue to keep up with uniform numbers as I know many of you depend on my database for the most accurate data available. And I'll archive past blogs and articles so they can be used for research. However, I will no longer blog about current bat use, uniforms or other equipment.

What little writing I do in 2018 and beyond likely will focus on older bats and jerseys. I'll probably also continue to point out fraud when I see it because the integrity of the hobby remains as important as ever. I launched this site in 2005 to offer free information that might keep collectors from throwing good money at bad items. That's still a worthy pursuit.

I hope you'll continue to find this site useful, if not valuable. Thanks for visiting.


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