Wednesday, February 23, 2022

A Break From Baseball


While the players and owners have spent the past few months squabbling over money and how the game should be played, I decided to take a break from the baseball world and watch this year's Winter Olympics. I'm not much on figure skating but I can watch bobsled, snowboarding, and skiing for hours on end. Of course there always seems to be some sort of controversy and this year was no different. As far as I'm concerned the IOC shouldn't allow Russian athletes to compete. I don't care if you label them as the Russian Olympic Committee, they're still competing for Russia who's been banned due to their blatant disregard for doping. Anyway, I enjoyed watching the games this year and look forward to watching the games in 2026 when they're in Italy. While Topps normally releases an Olympics set just before the start of the games, this year is the first time in over a decade that they did not. So I decided I would chase the 2018 set. Thus far I've been able to get the base set and a few insert sets completed and that just leaves the relic set and autograph sets to complete. I wish the autos would have been on card instead of sticker but beggars can't be choosers. This should be a fun project to work on and I'm hopeful that I'll have this set completed by the time the Winter Olympics roll back around in 2026. It's been nice to collect something other than baseball. Hopefully the league and players can get their act together and not repeat the same mistakes we fans had to suffer through the last time there was a strike.


Fuji said...

I really enjoyed watching the snowboarding events this year... and was very bummed to discover Topps didn't release an Olympic set. Very cool Mancuso autograph. I haven't followed alpine skiing since the days of Alberto Tomba, but I remember her name making headlines years ago.

Reds Card Collector said...

Thanks Fuji! Snowboarding was a blast to watch. I think Kim will be a force to be reckoned with again in 4 years. It was bittersweet watching White perform in his last Olympics. Just a really great athlete that did so much for the sport. I'm hoping to land a Vonn and Kim autograph to my collection soon but Chloe's autographs are going for insane amounts of money right now. I'll probably wait for the hype to die down before I try to pick one up.