Sunday, September 26, 2010

Piece of Resistance

My grandfather was born in Texas and never left except to serve in the Air Force during World War II. He was a rancher and real estate guy. Above all, he was a country boy. When my grandmother would make a meal, he would often refer to dessert as the "Piece of Resistance". I didn't know what he meant, but my grandmother explained he meant "Pièce de résistance", which is French for the best part of something. She would try to explain to him that he wasn't saying it right, but he didn't care. Being from the "Greatest Generation", his opinion of the French wasn't very high.

I said all that, to say this. Here is the "Piece of Resistance" from the latest package I received from The Collective Troll.

My first ever silk card. It is a 2010 Topps Nelson Cruz #44/50. The Troll never ceases to amaze me with his generosity and ability to send something new and interesting. The first thought that popped into my head when I saw this card was that it was the "Piece of Resistance" of the package. Of course that made me think of my grandfather. Today isn't his birthday or the day he died, it's just a day when I'm thinking of him. He's been gone 13 years and I still miss him.

Thank you Troll, for your generosity and more importantly, for bringing back a good memory of my grandfather.


  1. All the memories they trigger is the best thing about collecting cards for sure. Honored to deliever your first silk card. I should warn you, they are addictive!

  2. I have a couple of silk cards. I used to think they were very cool. I've soured on them a little, not much. But I think it's the fault of those manu-patch cards they put out this year. They don't seem as exclusive anymore.