But the highlight is getting to see and catch up with family and friends... a lot of whom I won't see again until next year's party. In fact... today I saw one of my sister's friends that I hadn't seen in over thirty years. We had a lot of fun reminiscing and talking about the good old days.
This might sound crazy, but baseball cards sometimes have the same affect on me. Yesterday, I opened up a care package that Dennis (over at Too Many Verlanders) had sent me last week. Inside was this autograph:
2016 Topps Scouting Report Autograph #SRA-KSU
Kurt Suzuki is one of my favorite baseball players and has been for more than a decade. However it's been over five years since he last suited up for the Oakland Athletics. And even though I'll still look him up from time to time, the days of keeping tabs on him on a daily basis are way in the past.
However seeing this card immediately brought back wonderful memories... just like seeing my sister's friend earlier today at the party.
Thanks Dennis for this awesome autograph! It's only the third autograph of Suzuki in my collection where he's featured with the Minnesota Twins.
He also sent me this really nice insert of Ichiro:
2003 Donruss Production Line #PL-19
Back in 2003 when this card was originally released, I was out of the hobby. But one look at the back of this card immediately took me back to the early 2000's when Barry Bonds was dominating National League pitchers.
He also included this nice stack of Japanese baseball players:
Some Greg Maddux cards for my binder:
And some 49ers and Raiders for my students:
Thank you Dennis for this very generous care package! It felt good to think back about Kurt and his time here in the Bay Area as well as Bonds in the early 2000's. Hopefully I can dig up some Tigers for your collections that will motivate you to take a trip down memory lane.
Happy Sunday and sayonara!