He put together quite a bunch of cards for yours truly, and I had to laugh out loud when I saw a lot of what he sent.
Here's just a small sampling as it is getting late and my wife and I are leaving for Vegas tomorrow (3rd wedding anniversary/her birthday). Gotta finish packing and rest.
First, the meat and potatoes:
Six Griffeys, three of which I needed for the binders! Beautiful.... That Career Day insert is amazing.
Zephyr Field is less than 5 minutes from my house (it is also next door to Saints Headquarters/training camp). We go all the time - I'm certain I've seen Lance play.
It is amazing seeing the good ol' Zephyr logo on a refracting SP card. And surreal. Brings the hobby home which is something I enjoy a lot. New Orleans is most decidedly not a baseball town. Come down for Mardi Gras some time and I'll show you what kind of town we are....
And that guy playing basketball is Kenny Lofton. I was like "whaaaaaa?" Awesome.
Some great action shots. Is that Ozzie getting tagged in the face? Watch it, Kim. Batiste (ba-teest) is a pretty common name down South. I know a Kim Batiste. She is an attractive blonde who works at a doctor's office. Much cuter that this guy.
You may have noticed I love goofy pictures and funny names. Marcus obliged me in fine style. Checkit:
You've got a great BTS (blatant tongue shot), an excellent example of HLLH (Henke looking like Henke), Kinney with visible chawbutt, Pete looking a little haggard, Troy and his Clutterbuckian stare, and Bo reminding me a lot of Donald Sutherland in Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
And of course, like the average 3rd grader, I have a silly-name fetish.
Ray Liotta - this cracked me up. We have a movie night with friends on Tuesdays, and this week we watched Cop Land. That card would have been a hit.
The soccer player's name is Fred. I thought "Hm, let me flip this baby over and see his full name." Nope. Just Fred. Yikes.
And God forgive me, I giggled very hard at Mr. Stanky.
The bottom left card has a gentleman named Willie Mo Pena. In my brain, I can't help singing that "Mary Moon" song by Deadeye Dick but with this guy's name instead. This card designates his position as IF-OF, so I assume Stadium Club forgot to ask somebody and was just guessing there.
Anyhoo, thanks for the awesome cards, Marcus! In the interest of not keeping you waiting, I may just fill up a Priority Mail box with the Padres I have now and shoot it to you. If you don't mind waiting just a teensy bit longer, though, you will have a hairy man-stack of Padre cardboard to wile away the hours sorting.