I was aboard this floating monument to excess:
In my entire tenure there (outside of the Mississippi River delta, at least) I was without phone and Internet - it was wonderful.
We had some fun, got into a little trouble, and tore the roof off the sucker in general. Two of my friends got married (to each other), and I lost a little money in poker but made it all back at the craps table.
|My one good hand all week|
We stopped off in Progreso and Cozumel, and we drank lots and lots of rum.
I mean lots.
But now I'm back on dry land. The sunburn I picked up at Playa Mia lingers in that stage of healing between itching and peeling; my keys and cell phone once again weigh down my pockets; and I find myself having to occassionally drive a car, prepare my own food, and face the world with steadfast sobriety.
Before I left I pre-wrote five posts to be published in my absence. All were on cards from 1991. I wrote them, set the little date dealy on the right side toolbar, and left it. When I got home I noticed none of them published. Clearly I missed something. Anyway, I started publishing those one at a time since my return to civilized society. Now I'm fully back and raring to write snarky stuff about Griffeys again.
While I was gone I received two trade packages from a couple of Dodgers fans/all-star baseball card bloggers.
The first is from Jim at GCRL. The star of his package was this oversized Rusty Staub postcard:
Rusty went to my high school in New Orleans and once signed an autograph for my Dad when he was 10 (my Dad, that is). My Staub collection is a bit rusty (humor joke!), but thanks to Jim I have this great new addition as well as these:
|The technical name for a group of Kittles is a "bench." A bench of Kittles.|
|I feel like Chuck Finley cards are incomplete without his trademark Chuckstache|
even though 98% of Chuck's cards are from the post-Chuckstache era.
|I believe this is an Angels team set which means Chuck|
is in there somewhere. I'm no seal-breaker, though....
|Maddux is more like Mike & Ikes.|
|I don't know what it is, but I really like mascot cards now. I've been setting them aside ever since I pulled my first one from a pack of 2012 Topps. They're all so....furry.|
|Just a sweet mullet.|
|I also collect Griffeys. Were you aware?|
Many thanks, Jim. Everybody should go send him their double-play cards and whatever Dodgers he needs.....
I also got a trade package from Mr. Night Owl, standard-setter for card blogs everywhere. I scoop up a fistful of '75 Topps minis for Greg at my local monthly card show whenever I can make it. There's a kindly old gentleman there who has boxes and binders of the things and lets them go for pretty cheap (as far as I know), and you all know how much fun it is to help someone with their want list.
Anyway, here's a fun mix of cards from Night Owl:
|I've been wanting one of these since I learned of their existence. Bonkers card.|
|Cow, MooTown Snackers. Coincidence? That Flair card is sweet.|
|Chuck has a real "Do you think I'm sexy?" thing going on in that Triple Play card.|
|Classic Kittle. This may be my Halloween costume this year.|
|A beautifully miscut '75 mini, and one of the silliest|
names in baseball. He coached Griffey from the bench
in Cincinnati for a short time. Didn't do great.
|In honor of Mr. Owl: Griffeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeys!!!!|
That mid-90's Bowman Chrome is a beaut, but the real star of the show is this guy:
This was one of the few base cards I don't have. I learned this because I started writing the post for that Topps set before scanning. Then while scanning I realized I had the Opening Day issue but not the flagship base card. Derp. Felt pretty dumb.
Plus that picture is sa-weeeeet........
Thanks, Greg! Go update your '75 minis want list ASAP. I think the next card show is right around the corner, and I'm just going to end up printing that thing up before I go.
Everybody, go send Night Owl some Dodgers. I would tell you to read his blog, but I bet dollars to donuts most of you already do. Keep doing that.
Oh, and we totally did get a new puppy. More on that later.....