Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Post That Would Not Be Named

Every once in a while a post comes along that doesn't fit into one category. This one could fall under the heading of "Someone Stop Her", similar to a couple of posts I made about my mother-in-law buying me junk from the retail aisle of Wally World. It could go under the "Packsearcher Fail" headline, a topic I've touched on in the past. It could also be a new topic such as, "Cards I Like, but Wouldn't Buy For Myself", or "Ridiculous Manu-Patches".

My mother-in-law, bless her soul, will occasionally pick up a few random packs of cards or even a blaster for me while she's shopping. I appreciate it, I really do. It's something even my wife won't do and it's always nice to be gifted cards you can't or won't buy for yourself. She doesn't know anything about cards so she just picks up whatever catches her eye at the time. It has been a while since she's done it, butwhen I made a trip over there yesterday, she handed me 5 packs of cards. I literally blew the dust off the packs and asked where she got them. Of course, she didn't remember, but she said they had been in her garage for a "few months".

Well, in my hand I held 5 semi-dusty packs of 2009 Topps Heritage American Heroes Edition. I love history, enough so that I have a B.A. in History (a semi-useless degree, especially considering the work I do now) so I actually like these cards. I have a limited budget for cards so I probably wouldn't buy them myself, but I still enjoyed opening and looking at them. My youngest son, who has very little interest in baseball cards wanted all the U.S. President Cards since he has been studying presidents at school this year.

I'll try not to bore you with too many scans, but make sure you check out the last two at least.

The U.S. Civil War was my primary focus in college and I have a decent collection of books covering the topic. There were a number of cards from the packs that covered the Civil War and this "The Treaty at Appomattox Court House" was one of them.

My son was excited to see this card of FDR. I can't believe I'm saying this, but if anyone has any dupes of the presidents, I'd be willing to make a sportscard trade for them so my son can try to get the complete collection. I'm not even sure of the checklist at this point.

I got a good laugh out of this Chrome Emily Dickinson #876/1776.

The last and best??? card I got was this one:

An Andrew Johnson Letter Patch #'d out of 50. Seriously, the manu-patches are OUT OF CONTROL. Now, if you could get me one of these that Johnson signed, maybe at some Rookie President's Photo Shoot, then that would be something. I'd like to see the Presidential Jersey this was modeled after. I got another good laugh from this card, but my son thought it was "so cool Dad!" So it looks like I may have another collector in the house, even if he's not into baseball cards. I don't know if packsearchers were hitting this product, but they missed this one.

Just so you know how MOJO SICK EBAY 1/1 AWESOME this card is, I'll show you the back.

I don't know if you can see it, but it's # 17/50. Johnson was the 17th President, taking office after the assassination of Abraham "I'm a Cubs Fan apparently" Lincoln. Don't be jealous. It's not flattering. Just kidding.

So, there you have another edition of "Someone Stop Her Before the Packsearcher Fails to Get the Ridiculous Manu-Patch Cards I Wouldn't Buy for Myself."

Or something like that.


  1. Haha! Great post and a decent pull from retail. Nice work Brian!

  2. Maybe your mother-in-law *is* a pack searcher! Did you ever think of that?


  3. A damn good pack searcher she is! She tells you picks up whatever "catches her eye", what she really means is she picks up "whatever feels like it has a big hit in it!" Great post Brian!

  4. I think you guys might be on to something. If I ever see her dressed like an overweight 50 year old with sagging pants and a three day growth of facial hair, I'll bust her good! I should probably just "happen" to lay some fresh packs down and see if I can catch her copping a feel of them.

  5. A letter patch of a former president????


    That might be the most irrelevant card ever made.