30 Day Baseball Card Challenge

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Remember the Good Old Days

My brother and his wife host an amazing Christmas party at their beautiful home every year.  I'm not the kind of guy who looks forward to these large social gatherings, but this is usually the one event each year that I RSVP.  The food is delicious... and my sister-in-law's cookies are second to none.  Seriously... they're amazing.

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:

A pair of Athletics:

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!


  1. Gotta love the old days! Congrats on picking up a nice Suzuki auto and a bunch of other nice cards too.

  2. Great Suzuki auto. He played great for the Braves the past two years. I was bummed to see him sign with the Nationals. Good stuff.

  3. Thanks for the really nice write-up, Fuji, and Merry Christmas!

  4. Kurt is awesome- he had a tough time in MN as fans unrealistically wanted Mauer (specifically MVP stats Mauer) to be the catcher, but I enjoyed his style of play. He really impressed me with his toughness behind the plate, I can recall a few major collisions and foul tips that would have sidelined most.
    I also thought his bat was cool, too. He's one of the players that uses a bat with an axe shaped handle.
    Merry Christmas!

  5. This post made me hungry. Enjoy the cookies and connections!

  6. Glad you are getting to spend time with family. Nice care package and Suzuki cards!

  7. bbcardz - nothing like hanging out with friends and family and reminiscing.

    bulldog - i was bummed to see him leave and sign with the nationals. i was like an honorary braves fan this past season.

    dennis - thanks for the awesome care package. hope you and your family are enjoying the holidays

    brian - kurt seems to have the worst like when it comes to foul tips. but he shakes time off better than most. i've never noticed his bat handle. i'll have to pay more attention in 2019.

    steve at 1975baseballcards.com - my sister in law's cookies are amazing. she made over 20 different varieties this year. i only tried eight to ten different ones, but they were all very delicious.

    sumomenkoman - it's been awesome! hope you're getting to spend quality time with your family!