Thursday, June 30, 2016

Joe Sakic card #79 1993-94 Upper Deck SP Insert #130

  • Another card from the large COMC spring cleaning purchase that came my way this week.  
  • The set of 180 inserts lists for $50, with the Sakic at $3.  I got a decent bargain picking this up for $1.20.
  • All of a sudden, I'm on a run of cards that feature Joe in the home whites.  Also, I noticed that the SP logo in the lower right corner didn't scan very well at all.  Haven't had much luck with the foil cards lately...
- Robert

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Jim Thome card #79 1994 Topps Finest #102

  • Can't say that I've ever owned a '94 Finest card until now.  I can see what all the fuss is about.
  • This card was part of my recent COMC spring cleaning order, 64 cards in total adding to all of my PC's (plus 1 card for the '11 Heritage set).
  • I remembered that these cards were quite expensive back in the day, so I decided to look up how much a set is worth.  440 cards, $80.  Not bad for a set from the overproduction era.  I snagged this copy for a mere 73 cents, not too shabby.
- Robert

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Andrew McCutchen card #13 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter #215

  • One of the first sets I jumped into when I started blogging a few years back, '11 A&G isn't the greatest of the A&G sets over the past decade, but it isn't the worst either.
  • One piece of equipment that I've noticed Andrew wears is a sweatband on his arm with a cross on it.  As time goes I'll be curious to see if that shows up on any of his cards.
  • I've got a long way to go to have all of Cutch's 2011 cards.   Case in point:  I don't have the code card, or any of the minis as well from this set.  A quick look at the trading card database shows that I need at least 8 cards, not counting jersey/bat/plate cards.   Ugh!
- Robert

Monday, June 27, 2016

Jim Thome card #78 1996 Zenith #6

  • For a company called Zenith, this design surely doesn't make me believe that they are at the top.  Good photo of Jim, yes, but the background of bats fanned out doesn't inspire me one bit.
  • Isn't sunglasses and eye black overkill?
  • Home run #78 for Jim saw him first pitch swinging against Willie Adams of the Oakland A's, 8/10/96.  I had no idea who Willie Adams was, so I had to look.   He pitched 2 seasons of big league ball for the A's in '96 and '97.  The first season wasn't too bad numbers wise, but the ERA ballooned along with the WHIP, while the SO/BB ratio plummeted.  Willie pitched a handful of seasons after that in the minors before hanging them up in 2001.
- Robert

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Andrew McCutchen card #12 2011 Topps Heritage #10

  • If I had been smart, I would have seen this and posted this card two cards ago.  (McCutchen card #10, Heritage #10, etc etc)  Well, that didn't happen, I'll have to see if I can make that happen later on with other cards for all my PCs. 
  • When my COMC spring cleaning order arrives (ugh), I'll be able to knock off one more card from this set.   That will leave me with just 7 to go.  Hoo rah!!
  • This card is listed for $1.25 in Beckett.  Amazing, because I found it in a dime box at a show not too long ago.  You just never know, right!
- Robert

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Joe Sakic card #78 1993-94 Upper Deck McDonald's All Star #McD-24

  • These cards just beat me to death.   There were way too many all star cards released for my liking during 93-94.  
  • Is it just me, or is there someone in the background leaning on a shopping cart?  I didn't realize that they had an outdoor rink at the Provigo (you may want to brush up on your French if you click the link).
  • This set contained 28 cards, including a variation on the Kirk Muller card.  One of the Muller cards has his stick blade cropped off at the bottom border, while the other does not.  Finicky indeed...
- Robert

Friday, June 24, 2016

Jim Thome card #77 1996 Topps Gallery #70

  • I'm making it a point to check the Trading Card Database to see if the cards I'm showing have photos on the site.  If they don't, I'll be adding them, as I did with this card.
  • I remembered Topps Gallery from around 2000; I never thought that they had any sets as early as '96.  I like this card because there's nothing fancy about it.  It's Jim, his name, the Gallery logo, and "The Classics" at the top.  
  • '96 Gallery was a 180 card release, and lists for $40.  There is one parallel, the players private issue, which carries a 5-12X multiplier.  I found 2 copies on COMC, ranging from $6.25-$10.25.  Looks like I'll be holding off on these for a while.
- Robert

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Brett Lawrie card #27 2013 Topps Wal Mart blue parallel #13

  • Post #200 folks.  I feel that I've committed myself to this blog and the purpose that I originally intended.  Showing off 1 card at a time, and growing an online checklist.   There's still a long way to go, since I have about 1200 cards for my 5 PCs total.
  • The Wal Mart blue parallels are probably my 2nd favorite parallel for the Jays, next to the darker blue Opening Day parallels.  They just fit the team so well in my opinion.  
  • I have 2 more cards featuring this same photo that I still have to post about, Opening Day and Topps Mini.  But I've stuck with the same methodology with these posts, going page by page in my binders.   So with 5 Bowman/Bowman Chrome cards with the same photo on the same page as the 4 cards you've seen today, those other 2 will have to wait a couple of weeks.
  • Don't ask me why I did these posts 3.5 hours apart today.  I just did.  
 - Robert

Brett Lawrie card #26 2013 Topps # 13

  • I don't know if I'm going blind, or if the scanner just enhanced them, but I never noticed the lines beneath the Jays logo in the past.   Were they there all along?  If so, my eyes are getting really bad...
  • The "sea turtle" design of 2013 Topps has not gotten old for me, nor will it ever.  
  • To make the next post a little anti-climactic, this is post #199 for this blog.  With 4 cards that had similar photos of Brett, and needing 4 posts today to hit the 200 mark, it just seemed to fit.  With so many more cards to post, getting to 200 before the 6 month mark is a good start.
- Robert

Brett Lawrie card #25 2013 Topps Chrome refractor #54

  • It's almost as if this card was part of a nuclear experiment.   Man is that bright!   I don't know if I've ever had a refractor scan as bright as this card did.
  • The common refractor from the '13 Chrome set lists for about $1.25.  I downloaded my purchase history off of COMC (a handy tool) and found out that I paid 39 cents for this.  Cheapskate...
  • I also found out that the Andrew McCutchen card from '13 Chrome has a VAR listed.  It says "with glove" and lists for $50.   A holy shit discovery for a McCutchen PC person such as myself.  Oh well...
- Robert

Brett Lawrie card #24 2013 Topps Chrome #54

  • First of 4 posts today all featuring similar looking cards of the tattooed one.  There's a reason for the 4 posts, you'll find out on the last one so bear with me.
  • Love the way this scanned.  It almost looks like the regular black parallels from base Topps.  The Jays logo on the lower right pops even more (for me anyways) because of this.
  • Career HR #24 for Brett came off of Boston's Andrew Miller, 5/12/2013.  I knew that Miller has pitched really well for the Yankees the past couple of seasons, so I did a quick run of his stats.  The HR that Brett hit was one of 3 that Miller gave up in '13, in 30 IP.  His career stats have him at 1 HR every 11 IP, which over 200 innings is 18 HR in a season.  3 of the 4 earned runs Miller has conceded this year have been homers.
- Robert

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Jim Thome card #76 1996 Score #6

  • Every once in a while you need something different.  Jim sitting on a bucket around a batting cage listening to someone is definitely different.  One of my favorite cards to date...
  • If there was one thing that I had to take away from the card, it's the "rip" in the upper left that exposes the Score logo.  I would have kept the straight line myself.  
  • I was curious about the Score '96 set, and found out that it was only 517 cards, and lists for $30 (that price seems to be a common theme lately, huh?).  What I also noticed is that the Mariano Rivera card from that set lists for $12, even though Rivera's RC was released 4 years earlier in the Bowman '92 set.  Wonder why Rivera's card is so high priced?
- Robert

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Joe Sakic card #77 1993-94 Upper Deck #69

  • I'm not 100% positive, but I believe that is Steve Heinze of the Bruins trying to hook Joe.  Back then, hooking was an accepted practice.  Today, it's probably a penalty.
  • I like this design a lot.  It's not difficult to read, and the border doesn't take anything away from the photo at all.  
  • The complete set of 93-94 Upper Deck features 575 cards, and currently lists for $30.   The Sakic card is at 50 cents, a bargain for Sakic cardboard, no matter what the year.
- Robert

Monday, June 20, 2016

Jim Thome card #75 1996 SP #68

  • Great photo!   One of the best I've shown on the blog so far.  Sad to say that it appears Jim is out on this play.  Love the amount of dirt that's not only being moved around by his legs, but on his chest as well.  
  • It's also hard to tell whether he's looking down, or his eyes are closed.  With the amount of dirt flying around, I'm going to guess the latter.
  • I didn't realize that '96 SP baseball was such a small set.  Only 188 cards total, it currently lists for $30.  The only RC of note in the set is Darin Erstad, which lists for $5.   There are about a dozen other cards that range in price from $1-$3.
- Robert

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Felix Potvin card #4 1992-93 Pinnacle #364

  • The final of the 4 Fathers Day PC posts.  I skipped over Brett Lawrie since I have to do two marathons to get his next 9 cards posted.
  • Great shot here of Felix guarding the post (somewhat) with the puck right at the top of his stick blade.  Even 20 years ago, the goalie pads were quite different than what they are today...
  • I even spotted that his mask is more "tame" in the earlier versions.  The early mask cards you'll plainly see that the bottom of the mask just features whiskers, whereas later on the design evolves where teeth show up.  I never noticed that back in the 90's...
- Robert

Joe Sakic card #76 1993-94 Upper Deck #223

  • Smack dab right in the middle of the 1993-94 Upper Deck set was a subset.   The 100 Point Club consisted of 21 members during the 1992-93 season; Upper Deck commemorated 16 of those in the set.  The 2015-16 NHL season only saw 1 player hit 100 points.   Yikes...
  • Starting to get some more cards that feature Joe in the Quebec home white uniforms.  Love this photo as well, Joe has his head up, looking to break out of his zone with the puck.  
  • Career goal #76 for Joe was his 2nd of the game against the Hartford Whalers, 11/28/90.  The Nords won 4-3 for only their 4th win of the season in their 27th game.  That had to have been tough to endure for Joe during the early part of his career.
- Robert

Jim Thome card #74 1996 Fleer Post Season Glory #5

  • Love the triple photo on the front of the card showing Jim in varying parts of his swing.   The photo of "the Jake" in the background only enhances the card.
  • The five white circles on the card (3 on the left, 2 on the right).  Baseballs or snowballs?  This is Cleveland in October we're talking about, so either is possible...
  • Jim played for 6 teams during his career, and 5 of them made the postseason while he was there.  The only one that didn't?  The Phillies between 2003-05. 
  • Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads that come by and read my posts.  

Andrew McCutchen card #11 2010 Topps 206 #275

  • Decided to do an extra post or 2 today in honor of Fathers Day.  Instead of doing all one player on the posts, I'll do a post about each.
  • Maybe it's just me, but I don't like the do rag look on Cutch.   To me, it's just not him.  Otherwise, the card design is OK.  Nothing fabulous, but it was a cheap enough addition to the PC.
  • I found this article asking what is the best time to trade Andrew McCutchen.  Makes you wonder if there is any one player that is going to play for the same organization for his entire career anymore.  These days, analytics have turned baseball into a numbers game more than ever.  Depressing...
  • This card was picked up off of Sportlots for the 18 cent minimum.  Can't beat that...
- Robert

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Joe Sakic card #75 1993-94 Parkhurst East-West Stars #E9

  • This page of Sakic cards has 5 photos of him in his home uniform.  Haven't had too many of these until now.  I also like the design of the card, especially the stars in the blue border on the right hand side.  Parkhurst could have been obnoxious and made the stars huge, but in my opinion they got this card right.
  • I went a very long time without this card for my collection.  Then I bought it twice in a week.  Oops...
  • I took a quick look at Joe's career stats, and was surprised to see that he scored at least 1 shorthanded goal in 13 straight seasons, even leading the NHL in shorties in the 98-99 season with 5.   I never thought of Joe as a penalty killer until seeing those stats.
- Robert

Friday, June 17, 2016

Jim Thome card #73 1996 Donruss #371

  • The foil on the bottom scanned quite horribly, as you can plainly see.  The full bleed photo is excellent; if the card had any kind of border it would take away from the appeal.
  • I would guess that Jim is playing against the White Sox in this photo.  Who that is in the background, I have no idea.
  • Speaking of playing in Chicago, Jim hit 98 home runs at US Cellular Field, second only to Jacobs Field (190) as his favorite park to hit the long ball.
- Robert

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Andrew McCutchen card #10 2010 Allen & Ginter #124

  • This might be the card with the least amount of hair visible on Cutch, facial or on his head.  If you look at the body of his cards, seeing him with no dreadlocks or mustache is just weird (no offense Andrew).
  • That being said, this card is great.  Warmup jersey, kind of a smoky/cloudy border with the red hue makes the card a bit ethereal (if I'm using that word the right way).
  • I have no variations of this card at all.  No minis, no jerseys, nothing.  There's no major hurry to get them as well.  
  • Notice I skipped Brett Lawrie this week.   His next page of cards is actually 4 variations of one card, along with 5 variations of another card.   More marathons...
- Robert

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Joe Sakic card #74 1993-94 Leaf #87

  • I don't know if it is just me, but doesn't Joe look like he's about 17 years old in this photo?
  • This is also the 2nd card that I can remember that features an official in the background.  I'll have to try and keep a mental note of how many more officials I spot.  I don't recall any of the other PCs having any umpires/referees on their cards.
  • Like the design on this card, even though it does cut off half of Joe's legs.  The foil is a little hard to read on the scan, and the "Leaf Set" starburst in the upper right corner isn't the easiest to read, scan or not.
  • This is another page that I'm looking forward to completing ASAP.  Two sets of cards that have English/French variations, and a three pack of UD.   There may be a mini marathon to help ease the pain....
- Robert

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Jim Thome card #72 1996 Bazooka #21

  • 9/25/1996--Jim hits his 30th HR of the season, making the Indians the first AL team in history to have 4 30 HR hitters. That was the "funny fortune" on the back, a made up stat.  Jim's 30th HR actually came August 27th against Justin Thompson of the Tigers.  The Indians would only have 3 30 HR hitters that year, Thome, Belle and Ramirez.
  • Not a bad design to be honest.  Like the old time Bazooka logo in the upper left corner, along with the team and player name on the bat.  Nothing fancy, but nothing cheap either.  
  • Longest stretch between homers during the '96 season for Thome?  17 days.  He hit HR's in both ends of a double header on 5/21 vs the Brewers, then wouldn't go yard again until the 7th of June vs the Angels.  
- Robert

Monday, June 13, 2016

Joe Sakic card #73 1993-94 Pinnacle All Star #13

  • A rare evening post as I am doing this one live.  A busy weekend left little time to get ahead on the blog.  Watching the Penguins win the Cup last night also pushed blogging aside...
  • This is the 3rd of 4 All Star cards featuring the 92-93 game in Montreal.   Overkill?  You betcha.
  • Joe's career goal #73 came in a 4-4 tie (remember those?) against the Hartford Whalers on 11/21/90.  The victim that night was Peter Sidorkiewicz. 
  • I'm going to have to start doing more mini marathons, because this page of 9 cards seemed to take forever to finish.  I guess that's what happens when you have 5 PCs to post cards for!
- Robert

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Felix Potvin card #3 2001-2002 BAP Between The Pipes The Mask #22

  • I normally try not to go out of order when posting cards, but this card I picked up yesterday at the monthly card show for just $5, and I had to show it off.  I hadn't owned a copy of any of the Mask cards previously, and always thought they were cool, if not a little overpriced.  This was the first card I saw at the 2nd table I sat down at, so it was an easy decision to buy it.
  • I didn't realize that the paint job for Felix's mask while he was in LA added a crown to the standard cat motif.  The purple makes it look even better.  To me, this card is fantastic.
  • I wasn't sure how long Felix was in LA, so a quick check showed that he was there for 3 seasons, including a 71 game run during the 01-02 season where he recorded 6 shutouts, and was 7th in Vezina trophy voting.  
- Robert

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Jim Thome card #71 1996 Fleer Tiffany #102

  • Amazing how the scan gives the foil writing at the bottom a bluish hue.  It's actually silver, but you couldn't tell from this picture.
  • The only copy of this card currently on COMC is selling for $2.75.  I consider Jim an unlisted star in the price guide, so this card currently lists for $7.50 (IMO).
  • July 6, 1996 was the date that Jim hit his 71st career home run, a solo shot off of the White Sox' Kevin Tapani.  It gave the Tribe a 1-0 lead, but the Indians wound up losing 3-2.  That same night, the Jays hit 6 HRs in a 15-0 drubbing of the Tigers.
- Robert

Friday, June 10, 2016

Joe Sakic card #72 1993-94 Pinnacle Canadian All-Stars #13

  • The only way you can tell the difference between the Canadian and the regular versions of this card?  The picture on the front.   There is no French bio or anything different on the back that will identify the card.
  • Joe went to the world championships after the 93-94 season, and played 8 games scoring 4 goals and 7 points helping Canada to win a gold medal.  The tournament was played in Italy that year...
  • Career goal #72 came at home against the Flyers on 11/10/90 in a 5-2 loss.  Joe also assisted on Quebec's only other goal, which was scored by Craig Wolanin.
- Robert

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Brett Lawrie card #23 2012 Panini Prizm #155

  • If Panini had an MLB license, the Prizm brand would be a sad, sad sickness in my world.   Love this brand.
  • It almost looks as if the tattoos are drawn on his arms as well.  Maybe I've just never paid that close attention to what is actually tattooed on him...
  • Career home run #23 for Brett was a solo shot off of Ryan Dempster of the Red Sox, 5/2/2013.  It was the only run the Jays would score in a 3-1 loss that day.
- Robert

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Andrew McCutchen card #9 2010 Bowman Gold # 65

  • The 2nd of 2 Bowman 2010 cards I have of McCutchen.   Still need the blue, orange and red parallels.  None of the other parallels were listed on COMC as of this writing.
  • I really like the gold parallel for this card, the border is solid with nothing fancy happening.  A far cry better than the gold parallels from '16 Topps....
  • Career home run #9 for Andrew was hit 8/25/2009 off of then Phillie J.A. Happ.  It was the 2nd of 5 round trippers that Andrew would hit over a 7 day period, which included 2 off of Reds nemesis Johnny Cueto.   
- Robert

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Jim Thome card #70 1996 Pinnacle Foil #238

  • I learned while scanning/posting this card that I actually have the foil version, and not the base.  Yay for me.  I was actually able to add this to the trading card database website as well...
  • The trading card database has been an invaluable resource for me to determine what cards I do and do not have; I have all of the pages for my PCs bookmarked for easy reference.  
  • Career home run #70 came off Tom "Flash" Gordon in Fenway Park on 6/25/96.  It would be the final run in a 4-0 win over the Sox, with Orel Hershisher getting his 8th win of the season.
- Robert

Monday, June 6, 2016

Joe Sakic card #71 1992-93 Upper Deck All-Star Locker Series #13

  • I mistakenly had this card in my Sakic binder with the other 93-94 cards.  The Pinnacle all star cards from their 93-94 release also had the same ASG logo as this card.  Upper Deck actually released these cards in a 60 card "locker box" type set, which featured 40 all stars, 10 legends, and 10 future all stars.
  • Write up on the back states that Joe collected 4 assists in a 16-6 Wales Conference thrashing of the Campbell Conference.  The game in Montreal was already Joe's 4th all-star appearance.
  • Career goal #71 for Joe came in a 6-2 loss to the Blackhawks on 11/1/90.  Joe also assisted on Quebec's other goal that night, scored by Mats Sundin.
- Robert

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Jim Thome card #69 1996 Pinnacle Christie Brinkley Collection #14

  • I almost decided to scan the back of the card instead of the front, largely because Christie and Jim were together on the back, but I decided to stick with tradition and scan only the front of the card.
  • Speaking of punch outs, I decided to look up the all time strikeout leaders, and Jim sits 2nd all time.   I knew he struck out a fair bit, but to be only behind Reggie Jackson in career strikeouts is staggering.  Let's put it this way, using a 600AB season, Jim struck out approximately 4 1/4 seasons of his career...
  • On the other hand, Jim walked 1747 times during his career, or just under 3 full seasons.   So, about 1/3 of Jim's hitting career was either striking out or walking.  
- Robert

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Joe Sakic card #70 1994-95 OPC Premier Special FX #480

  • You can somewhat see the special FX on the scan, it looks like skate cuts in the ice.  Not the greatest parallel in the world, but it was something different over 20 years ago...
  • OPC Premier was a 550 card set in 94-95, currently listing at $50.  The Sakic parallel is about $5.  There are none of these listed on COMC right now, however I did find 2 listed on ebay.  One was a buy it now at $3.04, the other lists at $6.49 with free shipping.
  • Goal #70 came on my birthday, October 27th, 1990 vs. the Rangers.  Joe unfortunately was a -3 in a 4-1 loss at home that night. 
- Robert

Joe Sakic card #69 1994-95 OPC Premier #480

  • First of two cards for Joe today, the other being the Special FX parallel of this card.  Love the intense stare on Joe as he's getting ready for the faceoff.
  • This might be one of the most bland looking designs for a card that I can remember.   Certainly nothing that is worthy of the name "Premier"
  • Career goal #69 for Joe came as part of a 2 goal game on 10/20/90 vs. Detroit.  Joe had 3 pts and was a +2 in a 5-3 win at Le Colisee. 
- Robert

Friday, June 3, 2016

Jim Thome card #68 1996 Fleer #102

  • It appears that Jim finally had enough of fouling balls off of his shin, this is the first card I can remember that features a shin guard.
  • Fleer '96 has a papery feel to it.  For 2 years it appeared as if Fleer was trying to make cards as cheaply as they could.  Almost as if they knew that they needed to stockpile cash for when they lost their license.  
  • Career homer #68 came 6/15/96 against Mark Hutton and the Yankees.  It was a 2 run shot in the 9th inning of a 10-3 win.
- Robert

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Brett Lawrie card #22 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini #122

  • Perfect timing:  This card recently came my way courtesy of a trade with Colbey at the Cardboard Collections blog.   Need it!!  Thank you
  • 2nd straight mini card of Lawrie to be featured.   Again, perfect timing as the other mini was shown off last Thursday.
  • I decided to see who Brett has had success facing so far in his career.  I went with a minimum of 10 PAs, and he has a .500 average against both Mark Buehrle and Ricky Nolasco.  Brett should have a few opportunities to face Nolasco this season now that Brett's in the AL Central.
- Robert

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Andrew McCutchen card #8 2010 Topps Heritage #262

  • Nothing wrong with a giant rookie cup on the front of a baseball card.  Doesn't take anything away from the card as far as I'm concerned.  
  • You'll hear this many times as I go through the McCutchen cards, I really do miss his dreadlocks.  The missing hair might be the reason for his slow starts the past 2 seasons...
  • The '10 Heritage base set lists for $60, while the McCutchen card lists for $1.25 itself.  I'm glad I've steered away from trying to complete the Heritage sets since 2011, largely due to the high price of the SPs.   I'm lucky that McCutchen hasn't been a SP so far...
- Robert

The blog keeps chugging along--May in review

I managed another month of daily posts in May.  With a couple of days that featured multiple posts, this blog's output post wise was it's highest over the first 5 months, with 37 cards posted.

I've made an effort over the past couple of days to show off a few more Jim Thome cards, so that the  amount of cards shown of both Sakic and Thome are just about even again (Sakic is ahead by just one now).   I've also made it a point to show all the various versions of a particular card (base + parallels) on the same day, so I can get them all out of the way at one time.

Not only did I have the most posts for a month, I also had the most page views, with 475 as of this writing.  The blog also gained its 6th follower (Night Owl, thank you Greg) and is being shown on a couple of more blog rolls, which I think are starting to help the numbers. 

I must also say that it's been easier to keep this blog going since I've toned down on posting on the main blog.  I didn't do that by design, it just kind of worked out that way.   I don't plan on letting the main blog go dormant; honestly it's just been more difficult to put together full length posts.

I've also had fun going through the careers of the players I collect, learning a bit about their goal/home run histories.  I really haven't added a whole lot of cards for any of my PCs over the past couple of months, and that may remain the case for the next little while until my wife and I find a home to move into. 

To those who have been reading steady, thank you!!

- Robert