I feel like I belong. I can't talk cards with my local friends and the blogosphere has given me an opportunity to become friends with those who have the same collecting interests as myself.
The sense of community, plain and simple. It's good to know there's a whole bunch of us card collectors out there.
Hearing from other like minded people. The wide variety of thoughts - and with it, a great source of information about sets that I probably otherwise wouldn't even have heard of. I love the group breaks people host (and I love hosting them). I love trading with folks - I've made what I consider true friends with some bloggers despite me never having met them face-to-face. I love knowing there are people out there who do good things for people (such as yourself hosting contests but also so many people who send things to someone else because they know that person will like the item). In general, I would say that the entire blogging process is so positive that it's a bit of a welcome respite from the trials and tribulations of "real life."
Sharing a common interest. Pulling cards for someone elses wants and also trading is pretty rewarding too.
It's an outlet for a charge that I can't really take anywhere else. There aren't a ton of people looking to talk cards, so I have my blogger friends to handle it.This may sound weird, but sometimes in the real world you meet people and become acquaintances, then as you become closer friends, you realize you can't stand that person. I don't think we get to that point in the blogworld, which is a great thing. We can be friends and be different, and it never gets weird.
My favorite thing about being part of the blogosphere is BEING PART of the blogosphere. I love the feeling of community and my new friends from across the country.
My favorite part is knowing that I am not alone. There are others out there that like the same hobby that I like.
Since I don't get to purchase a lot of cards, I love being able to see everything that is out there so I guess my answer is the scans of the cards.
Not feeling like I'm the only grown man who likes baseball cards is nice. Trading is cool too.
Knowing that not everyone on the planet looks at you with pity/scorn because you collect baseball cards.Oh, and the fact that my collection is AWESOME.
Sense of community. I could not have the same conversations about cards when I was a kid as I can now that I'm a big boy, and being able to talk cards with other discerning collectors and make friends in the process is a treat.
So I can prove to other people that well adjusted adults collect baseball cards. It is also cool to associate teams and players with certain bloggers.
It is a cool community. I can talk to others that enjoy the hobby, trade, and rant about various things on the blog. Great place.
Trading and living vicariously through people as they collect things that make them happy.
I am just thrilled that I have found a few people that appreciate the inane thoughts that come out of my mind. In real life, there aren't too may people in my town that share my interests. I am happy that I found a little niche on the Internet that I can fit into.
Seeing trade posts for cards I send out to other bloggers.
It's just a great outlet for an antisocial loner wreck of a human being like me to talk about my favorite things, surrounded by like-minded, if significantly more functional and coherent, individuals. :)
The interactions through comments, emails, trading, and in a few cases in-person meetings, along of course with being able to share everything with everyone, and hopefully being useful as that process continues.
The trading and community of all the bloggers.
considering how insanely away from everything I am (I'm in France), it's pretty cool to interact with fellow collectors. But what I love the most is the overall generosity and to think of what to set aside for the others while opening packs of cards.
The friends that I've made through these blogs can't be beat. Knowing there are like minded peeps going through the same toils and troubles is awesome!
Getting to know fellow bloggers and interacting with them! I've been able to meet several in person and it's just fun interacting with someone as passionate as myself about baseball cards!
Fellow bloggers , they are thoughtful , kind and respectful.If money wasn't an object , i would invite my blogroll and more for a roundtable.That would be awesome.
Learning about many of the card products I missed over the 20 years I wasn't activl collecting. The trading has been a bonus
Getting to know other collectors who, although I've never met them, I think of as friends. My life, at least my 'hobby' life, is much richer for it.
It keeps me interested in collecting. When I get new cards, instead of chucking them in a binder or box and showing no one, I can post on my blog. That majority of my posts are show and tells, but that's what keeps me going.
Being around folks that collect the same cards I do. Seeing the accomplishments that I see in the other bloggers and are able to read about it.
I like seeing other people's autographed cards and reading their stories on how they obtained them.
The sense of community and the trading aspect.
tough to beat the trading aspect, but mostly i like that it gives me an outlet for my collection and collecting habits. i blog (and collect) for me, so everything else is a bonus.
Like others have said, its a community. More like a family, all sharing a common bond. I actually enjoy reading other blogs more than writing mine, but I also like how it gives me an outlet, and for the most part, people seem to enjoy what I write.
Working and trading with fellow collectors from around the country. I often take blogging for granted, but it's the easiest way to connect with fellow collectors.
Showing off all the ink I get.
Yammering at strangers about nothing.
Contest closed. Thanks everyone!