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Monday, August 31, 2015

Blowing Out The Candles

Did your parents brainwash you into believing it's taboo to celebrate your birthday early?  Mine did.  I guess it's a good thing that I don't really celebrate my birthday anymore.  I mean... yes... I'll be going out to dinner tomorrow with my best friend and I'm sure I'll receive a few scattered birthday cards from family members, friends, co-workers, and students.

But I don't do the whole birthday cake and candles tradition anymore.  I prefer to keep things on the DL... which makes me think that the prophecy is true and I'm actually turning into my father.  Oh well.  That's not necessarily a bad thing.  Papa Fuji just happens to be a rock star (figuratively) and my hero.

However one thing that does separate the two of us is my obsession with collecting things.  And even though I don't actively celebrate my birthday anymore, I do enjoy adding new sports cards to my Birthday PC.

First up is my 1973 Topps rookie card of Garry Maddox...

Yup.  This card is taped, trimmed, peeled, stained, and off-centered.  But that's okay... because Garry spells his first name with two R's, was a free swinging batter, and was born on September 1st:

Next up are a pair of guys who terrorized NFL quarterbacks during their careers...

Each of these guys played in six Pro Bowls each and were three-time 1st Team All-Pro selections.  Together they had a combined total of 218.5 quarterback sacks.

My most recent purchase is a guy I knew nothing about until about a month ago.  I was listening to some soccer news when this guy's name popped up.  I recognized his name from a list of September 1st birthdays and ran over to COMC to see if he had any autographs.

They didn't have any at the time, but I was able to snag this memorabilia card for $1.50.  It's a nice place holder until I can pick up an affordable certified autograph.

Wrapping things up is a copy of National Geographic from September 1972... the month that I was born in:

I found this in a stack of magazines that a teacher had donated.  I have two other magazines in this particular PC, but I'm not 100% committed to collecting magazines from my birth month.

See ya in a couple of days.  In the meantime, I want to wish my other best friend a happy 45th birthday.

Happy Monday and sayonara!


  1. Happy birthday, Fuji! (Hope that doesn't jinx you further...)

  2. Happy Birthday to you and Sidney Rice.

  3. Happy early birthday Fuji! September is a great month to be born in (I'm one day after you)!

  4. Happy Birthday! I'm also a September baby, but on the 2nd.

  5. I've got a better copy of your b-day brotha Garry that I think you'll like...see ya at Serramonte in a few weeks!

  6. Happy Birthday! ... You don't have cake anymore? I hope you at least have ice cream.

  7. Happy Birthday! My family makes a big deal about my birthday, especially the last two years as I almost didn't have any more in early 2013. The good thing is they get me cards as gifts :)

  8. Happy birthday, Fuji! Your collection makes me want to put one together as well. Too bad that the only guy whose birthday I recall sharing is Craig Reynolds... :-)

  9. Happy B-Day Fuji.

    And I'm with you, I don't celebrate my b-day anymore. I don't even let people know when my b-day is, which they seem to take as a sign of my distrust for some reason.

  10. Thank you everyone! Between here and FB... I was blown away by the number of thoughtful birthday wishes. Very much appreciated.

    g488 - Dang... how'd I forget Sidney? I'm off to find a signature for the PC.

    shoeboxlegends & Ben - Happy Birthday! Hope you guys enjoyed your special day.

    haverkamp - seems like an eternity since the Tristar show. can't wait to sift through some dime boxes

    night owl - no ice cream or cake... but I had a juicy bone-in rib eye, some diablo shrimp, and some of the most delicious potatoes around.

    billy - it's been a long time since my family has hooked me up with cards for my birthday. but i did receive a birthday check from my parents which i'll probably use at a show later on in the month

    tony - if it's the same Craig Reynolds I'm thinking about, you also share your birthday with Cole Hamels, Dean Palmer, Roy White, Rick Porcello, Andre Tippett, Jamaal Charles, Lorenzo Neal, Carson Palmer, Deuce McAllister, and Bryan Smolinski.

    zippy - you're not alone. my brother doesn't tell anyone his birthday either.