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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Shoebox Legends World Headquarters - The Card Chest
For the first of these posts, we're looking at this relatively empty corner of my office/hobby room. This photograph was taken probably a year ago, or maybe even longer now. Sadly, my pal Eli there in the foreground is no longer around to protect the place with bark and bite. What I want to focus on today though is that little end table.
The table served as the end table next to the bed in my very first apartment, when we eventually upgraded I claimed it for my hobby room. It's nothing special, in fact I'm pretty sure it came from Target, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that two row monster boxes fit so nicely on the lower shelf! Those three boxes hold the majority of my autograph collection, plus some other really significant cards.
What always bothered me was the top of the table, it was a little too low for a guy my height since it's meant to be a bedside table, and not very ornate or interesting looking. Well, browsing around an antiques store with my wife one weekend I found the perfect solution...
I don't count "sewing enthusiast" among my many hobbies, but in researching it Wilcox & Gibbs seemed to be the big names in the business (along with Singer) in the very early days after the sewing machine was invented. The Wilcox & Gibbs company produced machines from the late 1850s all the way through the 1940s. I don't know how old this particular chest/cabinet is, but it's certainly safe to say it's a lot older than I am.
Whenever I'm pressed for time, or looking for something a little more unpredictable and exciting, I pull open a drawer and select a couple of cards at random. They may have been placed in there just weeks before, or maybe many months, and it won't be long before I can say years. Usually I've forgotten I even had the cards I end up pulling, so it's almost got that "grab bag" element, except that I know they'll all be cards I hand selected and obviously like. My "Quarter Box Quartet" posts all come about in this manner, and for times when I've got just a couple of minutes for the blog the COMC drawers make for great One Card Posts.
As a working example of the card chest in action, I went ahead and grabbed a single card from the left COMC drawer for the conclusion of this post. It ended up being a damn good one too:
How about you? Are you storing any of your cards in something that was never designed for that purpose? If so, I'd love to hear about it in the comments...