Throughout various past posts on this blog, I've referred to the early '00s as the Dark Times. The '00s started out OK, bottomed out in 2002, and then got better and better as the decade progressed. (Here’s where I need to pause and thank my lovely wife, Jenna. Thank you, Jenna.) I never stopped collecting baseball cards during the Dark Times, but my collecting habits waxed and waned along with my personal turbulence. I tend to largely ignore the baseball card releases from the early part of the decade, and the astute follower of this blog will be able to see a hole from 1998 to 2005 on my Phillies Wantlists featured on the sidebar. I recently decided to remedy that.
It's time to move on, forget the bad parts of the '00s, and stop the hurtful neglect thrust upon the Phillies baseball cards from this era. Over the next few weeks (months?), time permitting, I'm going to update my Phillies wantlists to include cards I'm seeking from the Dark Times. This means I need to fully organize my Phillies baseball cards from the early '00s. As a result of this, and following in the footsteps of several other baseball card bloggers, I've started the process of cataloguing my Phillies baseball cards, starting with the 2000 releases. Will I ever complete this project? Probably not. Is it a fun distraction at the end of a long day of work? Yes. And just how many different Scott Rolen and Pat Burrell cards do I have from the 2000 baseball card releases? 121 and 84, respectively.
Teknically Speaking: Somehow in my travels, I ended up with all 15 variations of the Scott Rolen and Pat Burrell cards appearing in the 2000 Topps Tek set. I know for a fact I never opened a pack of this product, so these cards must have come from some long forgotten eBay win.