Friday, May 27, 2011
Precious, precious Jackie
This week has been unbelievably hectic in the most unexpected ways. From illness, to new computers at work, to a scheduling nightmare that I anticipate lasting at least six weeks, I have been able to dedicate zero time to collecting.
All of the posts that have appeared here in the last week have been created under duress. I can't believe I never typed out "I have no time for this" in the middle of one of my sentences, because it has been all that I have been thinking as my fingers tap-tapped the keyboard.
As I was rushing inside this afternoon from scrambling to pick up my daughter from school (realizing I was 20 minutes late in doing so), trying to fend off the starved-for-attention dog, and knowing I had to tend to three other things in 10 minutes before I split for work, I threw three card packages -- and another package that contained an actual POSTER -- onto the table for later viewing.
But one caught my eye and I opened it to show here today. The others, sadly, will have to get in line behind the nine other packages I need to show (I can feel an epic trade post breathing down my neck).
The package that jumped to the front of the line is from everyone's favorite card company, Topps.
It was my Diamond Giveaway package, containing my Diamond Diecut Jackie Robinson card.
I placed my order on Monday. They told me it would arrive in 9 to 12 business days. It arrived in three days. I'm impressed.
The Robinson card arrived in a top-loader used for thicker cards and a penny sleeve.
The card is, in fact, thicker than a regular card. I wasn't expecting that. For some reason, I thought it would be as cheap-ass thin as most of the cards that come out of packs these days.
But it's as thick as a nickel, I'd say. I'm no expert on materials, so I can't tell you how it was made. It has a plastic-like feel. It reminds me of a Christmas ornament you'd hang on a tree.
The whole card features a shine on the front that I would equate to a freshly cleaned plate-glass window. It is very shiny. And the diamond behind Jackie's head glows and sparkles as you move it from side-to-side.
It's a little mesmerizing, I think.
The scan, of course, can't even come close to conveying the shininess of the card. I don't know why I scan cards like these anymore. You can't even see the shininess of the diamond. I want you to be awed by the shiny. I want you to be so captivated that you fall into a deep trance. You will do anything I say. You will send night owl cards. You will send night owl cards.
Of course, I nearly panicked when I first pulled the card out of the top loader.
That's because it looked like this:
See all those wrinkles? I thought they were on the card!
"Oh crap," I thought. "I don't want to write THIS post."
Fortunately, I soon realized that there was a piece of acetate covering the card. It came off much easier than those Finest cards from the '90s.
I ordered three other vintage cards from my Giveaway portfolio to keep Jackie company.
Here is the tale of woe:
Joe Moe looks fine. A nice-looking '65 card. The borders are slightly dinged and cockeyed, but this is all you could ever ask for in a 1965 card. The back says Joe enjoys water skiing and surfing. Duuuuuude.
A little disappointed with this one. I was looking forward to a snazzy version of this card. I know Topps makes no promises, but just about every '62 card that I have picked up has looked better than this, and I'm not even trying to find perfect specimens.
I don't care so much about the rounded corners. It's the faded nature of the photo. And, you can't see it very well, but it looks like someone used the card as a coaster. I see what looks like a drink ring in the left center of the photo.
Bleah. Ike's card is creased in the right corner. And there are scuff marks on either side of his head, as if there is black smoke pouring out of both ears. It's way off-center, too. I don't care about the off-center part at all, but damn, why throw all three problems at me?
I really shouldn't complain after the good luck I had with the cards I received in the Million Card Giveaway, but I was hoping for items in a little better shape.
So, let's all look at shiny Jackie again:
In a trance yet?