Wednesday, January 15, 2014

What's All the Fuss Johnny...or Where I've been for a week

It's been over a week since my last post.  I'm behind on posting trade packages, I'm behind on sending trade packages (and $$), I'm behind on sending prize packages...blah blah blah.  You name it, I'm behind on it.

I have a reason this time.  I've been pretty sick the last week.  Here in North Texas, we've had almost 40 flu-related deaths in recent weeks and I was afraid the flu was coming after me too.  Turns out I had a stomach bug, not the flu.  The discomfort and fever that accompanied that little critter still put me down for the count.

While I dig my way out of the backlog, I'll give you a taste of one of the things I love about blogging.  As you know, I hold a fair number of contests.  Sometimes I think the blogosphere pays me back by letting me win a contest now and then.

Jim over at GCRL wanted to give Steve Garvey a great big blogosphere birthday and encouraged everyone to send birthday wishes out to Steve.  He offered up a prize for doing so and lo and behold, I won.

In addition to the main prize of a 1952 Topps card, Jim included a few other cards he knew I'd appreciate.

John B. Wockenfuss.  Grizzled catcher, old-school mask and a chaw of to-baccy.  Awesomeness.

Despite Darren Daulton's sad medical diagnosis, I had to smile at this card.  What a pose!

Jim didn't forget my Rangers.  He sent this awesome O-Pee-Chee Jim Kern.  You know, the famous Lanceur!

Here was the real prize.  This is a 1952 Topps Eddie Yost.  It's almost too much vintage greatness for one card.  Jim had placed the card in a penny sleeve and a top loader.  I couldn't get that bad boy out of there fast enough so could feel the vintage.  Love it.  As a matter of fact, I love it so much, I bought a discounted group of '52s off Ebay after I received it.  I'll show them off another day.

Thanks for cards Jim and thanks to everyone for still being here after my brief disappearance!


  1. Glad you are feeling better. That stuff is no fun

  2. Nice pick-ups I'm also behind on things.

  3. Hey those are the cards I sent! Vintage begets more vintage, I agree. Glad you are feeling alright.

  4. Glad you're feeling better! Congrats on winning the contest! That Yost is awesome!