They returned to me today. Both signed.
Seven days. Just like the first time I sent out a TTM attempt.
The card on the left is the 1975 Topps mini. It is the card that I would save if my house was burning and I could come to the rescue of only one card. And now it is signed by the Penguin himself.
Ron Cey has been my favorite player from the time I was nine. His poster once appeared on my bedroom wall. Although I am too old to regard Cey as anything more than a regular guy who made a pleasant living with his exceptional ability to play baseball, I might admire him more than I did when I was nine. Just because of this.
I don't expect retired players to sign and return cards in seven days time. I don't expect them to sign and return them in 3 or 8 or 10 months time. I don't expect anything from them at all really. I'm not in this hobby to get autographs. I'm just contrasting and comparing.
But how cool is it that my favorite player is the ultimate example of how to make a fan and a collector happy?
Thank you, Mr. Cey. I'm proud once again.