Saturday, May 23, 2020

Not Cards: My Boys’ Baseball Bedroom

From time to time I might want to write about something other than baseball cards. This is the first such time.

The combination of Bowman hysteria and looser quarantine rules (at least here in Connecticut anyways) has made it impossible to find any Bowman myself. Three separate trips (three different Targets and two Wal-Marts) have netted me nada. So with that, and an unexpected response to something I posted on Twitter, I thought I’d share what I put together for my boys.
Someone posted a Man Cave custom standings board. I replied with the pic above. Now I’m not a big Twitter guy, and I’m not used to there being any response when I do post. I always thought Twitter should deploy a crickets sound effect when I post. But I figured it might make a blog post. So…

Here’s what I did for my boys:
You can see the standings board in the far corner accompanied by a Fenway scoreboard that I previously made for my eldest’s backyard baseball birthday party the previous summer. Originally it said, “Happy Birthday,” but I updated it to “Play Ball.”

There are baseball diamond rugs online that look super nice and cost a fortune. I bought a bit of turf from Home Depot and painted the dirt, bases, and lines. It’s a little stiff, but the boys don’t complain. And I put a pretty good mattress pad beneath it.
I wanted it to be a baseball room, not a team-specific one. I am a Yankees fan. My wife is a Red Sox fan. Right now, the elder lad aligns with me, while the younger with mom. But if one of them wants to root for another team, they can.
Those over-sized Topps cards set me back more than I would have liked, but they make an impact. I made the #42 thing on the shelf with a few dollars’ worth of materials from Michael’s.
Since this is a baseball card blog, I want to say that no cards were harmed in the making of this desk. That’s not exactly true. I did cut down some duplicate 1982 Topps Kmart cards.

I’ll wrap it up with a few more detail pics.
Hopefully I can locate some Bowman packs and I can get back to cards soon.

9 comments:

  1. Holy moly, wall-to-wall awesomeness! Color me impressed!

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    1. Thanks! It rarely looks that good now. More often than not, the rug is covered in Lego.

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  2. You do good work! That leaderboard looks really neat, and the rug is beyond cool. Those boys of yours sure are lucky to have the dad that they have, even if it will probably take them awhile to fully realize it :)

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    1. That's a very kind thing to say.
      Thank you.

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  3. That. Is. Awesome! I would have loved to have a bedroom like that. Great job!

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  4. That's a mighty fine bedroom right there.. That would also do as a card room

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    1. Well... one day the boys will move out. I suppose I've staked my claim to the space about 10 years in advance. =)

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  5. Just added you to my blogroll and that's an amazing room.

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