I've returned from a trip and am trying to get my bearings back, while plunging head-long into hateful work again.
Easter was fine, thanks for asking. It's a bit unusual celebrating holidays while monitoring food intake, but it wasn't as bad as I thought. There were plenty of other ways to have a good time. And it helps that baseball has returned to the airwaves.
I don't have much time today, so I thought I'd show a small mailing that I received that packs a lot of punch.
This package featured a few more cards from Greg, who is always finding cool stuff for me.
He sent me three cards for my 1971 Topps completion quest, which you will find here:
#526 - Ray Jarvis. He looks like he has one of those laser pointers targeting his forehead. Yikes. Let's not think about that.
#529 - 1971 Rookie Stars, National League. Or "Bill Buckner's Second Rookie Card." His real rookie card is in the 1970 set. I need another one of these cards for the Dodger collection. But, again, let's not think about that.
#671 - Bill Voss. A super high-number item. So, I am thrilled by this card, and I haven't even mentioned the spring training mountain in Arizona whose name I always forget.
As you know, whenever I acquire 1971 needs, I calculate the percentage of the set that I now own. But Greg sent along a note with the new percentage:
I love it when people do my math for me.
I need just three cards to finish off the set, which I may or may not be able to pick up this weekend. Two are super high numbers, which shouldn't be too difficult to find. The other is Roberto Clemente, which I will probably have to land online because I'll never find one for a reasonable cost at this weekend's card show.
If you knew how cool I thought the 1971 set was at age 13 and how unattainable I thought a complete set of '71s was for the following three decades, you would understand how crazy it is that I am this close to finishing off the project.
But in the event you are unfathomably bored by '71s, here is the other card that came in the package:
That is a hard-signed, hand-numbered autograph card of Maury Wills.
I'm sorry if I don't sound as excited as I should be. But you missed the happy dance.
I still think it's tremendous.
And once again, I am to be congratulated.
See now, wasn't that a wonderfully brief post, but still very impressive?
I've got to run again I'm afraid. I have had almost no chance to read anyone's blogs since Thursday. I will try to catch up in the days to come, but that might be a little difficult. So if there are any absolute must-reads, please point me in the right direction.