(Mario’s Version) This was probably one of the top blog when I started reading the sports card blogs. Though I have to admit, I can’t remember the complete details or exact time frame the number of posts started to decrease in 2008 or 2009. And then Mario had to shut down his blog. I can’t remember the exact reason why he shut down the blog(it was heart beaking though-and I did not even know the guy), but I do remember that there was an outpouring of sympathy from the blog a sphere. There was an outpouring of emotion written in the comments section about ending of this blog. Because Wax Heaven was ending, it evoked an emotion form me, sadness. I really felt bad because the blog was ending. I don't know why I felt that way but I did.
I remember, I collected comic books for a short time in the mid 1990s. In 1995, I picked up ASM #400, the issue with the death of Aunt May. I knew the story of Aunt May in the Spider Man Mythos and I am a big Spiderman fan and of that storyline, her death, invoked sadness in me, a real emotion. It was almost like a member of my family actually passed away. To this day I can not figure out why. It was a comic book character.
That is the same thing that happened to me when Mario shut down Wax Heaven. I was actually emotionally sad (and again, I did not even know the guy) and so were a lot of other blog readers. Even though there was a person itself behind the writing of the blog, the blog itself almost became a life of its own (sort of like a TV or comic book character). This can show you the POWER of a blog and how they can ultimately affect peoples lives.
He also had the second coolest card logo (next to Fuji) ever, based on the 2009 Topps.