Card shows have started popping up again... which is a good sign as long as people are respectful of each other's space and taking precautions like wearing masks and using hand sanitizer.
The next card show in my area won't take place until October... and if we're in the heart of the second or third wave of this Covid thing, I'll probably take a raincheck and wait things out. But who knows... maybe there's a vaccine and the world has been complete restored to normalcy by then.
Either way... I've got plenty of things to keep me entertained until then. Last week, my COMC order arrived.
Let me repeat that. Last week, my COMC order arrived. Stay tuned for the highlights which I'll show off tomorrow.
I was also hit with several care packages... two of which I'll share in today's post.
The first package was a large flat rate box from my buddy Woody over at Sports Card Forum and Card Collector's World.
As you can see, this box was loaded.
Within the seven flat rate boxes and two padded envelopes, he managed to fit six sets and some cards for my PC's.
Here's a closer look at the sets he gave me:
1993 Upper Deck Baseball
This is one of my favorite sets from the 90's. As you can see from my examples, the photography really makes this set stand out. There's also a Derek Jeter rookie card, which is a very nice bonus.
1997 Stadium Club Baseball
Next up is this Stadium Club starter set. Like the 1993 Upper Deck set, this set is known for the outstanding photography. There are thirteen cards I need to complete this set, but it's nothing that a quick Sportlots order can't handle.
2003 Topps Opening Day Baseball Set
Back in 2003, I was out of the hobby... so I never opened up any of this product. It was fun to flip through this set. Woody actually sent me two of these. The second set is short one card (#147 Jorge Posada). Once again it's not a problem that Sportlots can't solve.
2003 Topps Opening Day Stickers Set
This is such a cool set. It's a miniaturized version of the base set which features some sort of scratch and win game card on the back. Hadn't seen these before... but very excited to add to my collection.
1990-91 Pro Set Hockey Set
The last set is the inaugural Pro Set hockey set. I absolutely love this set. It might be one of the most overproduced hockey card sets in the history of the hobby, but it features deep rosters, an above average rookie card lineup, and fantastic subsets. Maybe one day, I'll review it for my readers.
If these sets weren't enough... Woody also hooked me up with some fantastic cards for me and my future students. Here's a sampling of what he sent:
Woody is one of those collectors that I'll forever be indebted to. If you ever wonder why I don't have any Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, or Celtics cards... it's because they're reserved for him.
Thank you Woody for this very generous care package!
The other care package I wanted to show off today came from Shane over at Shoebox Legends. If you aren't subscribed to him, take a break from reading this post, click on the link, and add him to your blog roll/reading this right now. You won't regret it. He writes about some very cool vintage and is the King of the Sports Card Flip.
Anyways... last week he emailed me to say "thanks" for reading and commenting on his blog posts. He also requested my mailing address, because he wanted to send me a few "just because" cards.
A few days later, a heavy padded envelope arrived and inside were three awesome autographs:
2016 Topps Archives All-Star Signature Edition Buybacks
The first two are some buyback autographs of Kent Tekulve. Teke was a fan favorite during the 70's and 80's. When I was a kid, I'd imitate him and his submarine delivery in my front yard with my Mama Fuji behind the plate. Good times.
2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites Autograph #FFA-DL
Don Larsen is famous for being the only pitcher in MLB history to throw a no-hitter or perfect game in the World Series. Sadly he passed away back on January 1st at the age of 90.
Thank you Shane for this very generous "just because" care package!
Well that wraps up today's post. Tomorrow I'll be recapping my COMC haul... and on Thursday I'll be showing off an "adult" robot card for your viewing pleasure.
Until then... I need some help. I'm thinking about putting together a collection of signatures consisting of athletes who are the only people ever to accomplish a feat in their sport. Don Larsen is the perfect example.
What are some of your favorite examples of athletes who would fit in this collection?
They can be "good" or "bad" accomplishments. I look forward to reading your suggestions. Thanks in advance.
Happy Monday and sayonara!