So I'm finally sitting down (in a bar, currently in Austin, on my phone) to update this sucker. I finally got to go to a card show in Houston this past Sunday. It should have been a fantastic close to the weekend.
Unfortunately, sometime between 1pm and 4pm - in BROAD FUCKING DAYLIGHT - while I was at the show and my wife was out with a friend, someone burglarized our house, ransacking it in the process.
I won't go through the gory details, but we lost a lot of shit. Pardon my French throughout this post, but it still hurts. Included among these items were our three computers, scanner, TV, turntable, jewelry, a handgun, and all of my digital camera equipment, as well as a guitar and several stacks of baseball cards that were either out on shelves or in drawers of my desk.
Essentially, it's a world of shit I hope none of you ever have to deal with in your lives.
Card-wise, it's nothing crucial, though I did lose a good 150-200 card stack of 90's Astros I had yet to file (mostly from that GCRL bomb), as well as a not insignificant stack of autographed cards, a small stack of nice vintage stuff I was planning to send for autos, and a bunch of Astros dupes that were set to go in the mail as well. Oh, and a bunch of cards I had pulled aside for trades.
The larger frustration is not losing the cards as much as it is not knowing exactly what is gone. As someone who meticulously files his cards on the Trading Card Database (www.tradingcarddb.com plug, y'all), and having already removed these cards from any want list upon which they were listed, it's astoundingly maddening.
When I get back to town, amidst trying to carry myself through work, two MBA classes, getting our shit replaced, a new dog, and oh yeah, having a meaningful marriage with my wife, I may just be able to compile a list of what might be missing. I doubt I'll figure it all out though.
At least most of it was dupes or stuff I was set to trade away I suppose. If you happen to find some Mudcat Grant cards (59, 62, and 72), those are definitely gone. Lost a nice 25/25 Bagwell quad relic from 2015 Museum as well.
Maybe I'll hit the pawn shops when I get back to Houston. Not sure when I'll have time though.
Thieves fucking suck. At least the Astros are fun to watch right now.