I don't envision myself spending any time with my collection today, since I'll be hanging out with my parents, siblings, nieces, and nephews. But yesterday, I was able to sneak away and open up the package my Secret Santa sent me.
Inside of the Christmas card, my Secret Santa revealed himself with this haiku. There's only one card blogger who creatively utilizes the 5 syllable, 7 syllable, 5 syllable poem on a regular basis... and that's Matt over at Diamond Jesters.
Along with his haiku, he also included this Eric Chavez bat card:
2004 Studio Masterstrokes Bats #MS-18 (#'d 010/200)
This bat card marks the 36th Eric Chavez relic card in my collection. I haven't actually checked, but I gotta imagine he's in the running with Rickey Henderson and Kurt Suzuki for largest player collection among my Oakland Athletics.
Eric Chavez is one of the greatest Oakland Athletics to never make an all-star team. From 2001 to 2006, he won six straight Gold Glove Awards, had four 100+ RBI seasons, and hit at least 22 home runs each season. Unfortunately the second half of his career was marred by injuries and it didn't help that he ended up signing with the New York Yankees.
However... now that he's retired... I don't hold that against him.
Okay moving on to the rest of my Secret Santa gift...
2007 Heritage Felt Logo Box Topper
This oversized piece of felt is truly beautiful and has already found a home in my office.
Matt also sent a team bag filled with cards:
Half are for for my Athletics PC, while the other half are San Francisco Giants for my students. In addition to these cards, Matt also sent my students four sheets of stickers:
And rounding out the awesome Secret Santa care package is this 2018 Donruss Optic value pack:
Here's a 9-pocket page highlighting the pack:
Thank you Matt! I hope you and your family are having a very merry Christmas... like I am with my nieces and nephews: