Hi, it's Night Owl. Maybe you don't know me, but I'm thinking that you do. I know you aren't visible on the blogs like you've been on the Twitter, but that doesn't mean you haven't been checking us out.
I envision you periodically strolling through the blogs to get a feel for what the masses are saying. You'd be stupid if you didn't. I mean most businesses pay good money to get this kind of feedback, and you get it for free.
Perhaps you only tour the blogs to get a good laugh. You know, like ballplayers reading their fan mail. "Hey, Chipper, check out what this one said." Maybe you print out some of the posts and stick it on your dart board. Let out a little frustration when someone rips Opening Day or Triple Threads. I hear this one guy keeps trying to find the worst card of the year. I bet you love him.
I'm thinking it goes a little like that. A little laughing and a little note-taking.
And that's why I'm writing to you. Because, tonight, I want to tell you I received the best-looking, most professionally made card that did not come from you or any other corporation ever.
It's the Game Day "Old School" Andre Ethier card that you see on this post. It came from a guy named Topher at Crackin' Wax. He knows I like the Dodgers and Ethier and night cards and he combined all my interests into a single card that made my jaw drop.
When I first saw it, I thought it was one of those Donruss Originals from a few years back. ... Yeah, I said Donruss. ... Stop snickering. ...
OK, I'll wait. ...
All right, sole licensee, done chortling?
Anyway, I quickly realized that it wasn't an older card, but actually a brand new card made by someone who enjoys creating his own cards, usually for autograph collecting purposes.
He does fantastic work. This card resembles a regular Topps or Upper Deck ...
... again with the laughing? Yes, I said "Upper Deck" ... All right, I'll wait again ...
As I was saying, it resembles a regular Topps or Upper Deck card in every way. Not only does the design look just like a 1984 Topps card, but it has the absolute feel of a card. It features a glossy front, and the size and heft of the card is exactly like any card I pull out of a pack. The thickness is the same and you can't distinguish where the front meets the back.
Here is the back: