The first official Wallet Card season comes to a close, with today marking the 1-year anniversary of the original post. Very many people commented words to the effect of "I'm in!" on that post, though the majority of them either never really got into it or petered out after sharing a couple photos early in the year.
Even if you never posted a wallet card picture all year, did you at least keep a card in your wallet this whole time? If so, let's see how it's looking! Show us a photo or scan, and let's check out whose cards are beat to hell after a year of wear. I'm curious to see if any cards made it through the year still in good shape.
Here's my Tony in the final wallet card photo I took in 2015. My wife and I finally went to go see The Force Awakens on New Year's Eve. It was pretty good. Of course it was basically impossible to steer 100% clear of spoilers (people suck), but we did a decent job. It was also the first time I'd ever seen a movie in IMAX 3D, so that was a little extra coolness to the experience.
But back to wallet card, this '88 Topps Tony has obviously seen better days, with lots of surface wear and jacked up edges and corners. Hey, no creases, at least!
I didn't get around to taking as many photos out-n-about as I would have liked to, but as I've mentioned before, I don't have a smartphone, so I don't always have picture-taking capability away from home.
Now for the game heading into 2016, the question is: Will you choose a new card and start the process again? Or will you double down and go a second year with the same card?
The sentimentality of sticking with your cardboard buddy is a strong pull, I'm sure. But on the other hand, it's likely getting beat up and gross by this point, so it might be nice to begin anew with a fresh card. Plus, using a new card is a great way to date your photos. So like, looking back at an old wallet card photo years from now, you'd instantly know what year it was taken, simply by which card is in the photo.
So you can do whatever you want, but personally I chose to pick a new card for this year.
Here's my dog Annie modeling my wallet card for 2016, looking dapper besides the cottage cheese encrusted on her snout.
It was a tough choice for me, but I decided to stick with the Tony Gwynn Topps All-Star card theme, this time going back a year to 1987.
Both the Junior Junkie and Bo have stated they plan to scale back the frequency of their wallet card photos this year, so we'll see if other people step up or not. I think it's fun and I encourage everybody to give it a go. Don't feel pressured to take a bunch of cool pics, but if a neat opportunity comes along, you might end up with something great. Do it! :)
Good luck to everybody who throws a card in their wallet in 2016, and thanks again to everybody who participated in 2015. Let's see those photos!