The only cards I got for Christmas were gift cards. Out of the gift cards I got all but one lonely Barnes & Noble card ended up being given to the wife and kids because they would use them more readily than I. Since I have a chance at a free book, I decided to go ahead and upgrade my well worn dog-eared 2002 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards. I haven't done it before now because I am a miserable luddite curmudgeon and the recent catalogs have included a CD with the listings for 2001-present sets instead of putting them in the catalog itself. Since my Catalog shows all sets up to 2001, to buy a new catalog basically meant spending $44.95 on a CD and the exact same catalog I already had. I don't pay $44.95 for any CD so I passed.
Since it's essentially a freebie, I broke down and decided to get the 2011 version. When I found it on the B&N website I didn't see any montion of a CD. Finding this odd, I hunted around on the net and still saw no mention of a CD at all. Another interesting tidbit I found is that the page count for the 2011 version is almost 300 pages larger than in 2010. 1848 pages up from 1560. I hunted around for the 2011 version during my Christmas shopping and didn't see one so I've struck out both online and in meatspace.
So, my question is: has the CD been kiboshed? Have the the 21st century sets finally been printed on 15th century technology? I suppose I could go straight to the source with this question but he's probably busy with important things like digging up examples of oddball regional cards from the '50s and creating custom '55 Topps All-American cards. I'll ask you lot first before pestering Bob. Anyone have this thing? Any plastic come with the tome?
Even if there is a CD, I'm probably going to have to buy it. A Hank card is on the cover. Now what the heck am I going to do with the other eighteen dollars and nineteen cents.....