Friday, August 16, 2013

Night Owl Cards Appreciation Day ... and a milestone

Remember this?

Chances are you forgot about it as soon as you saw it on this post. I don't blame you. People have busy lives. Even collectors. We're supposed to send someone a pack of cards just because he whines about having no money?

Well, yes, I guess this really is a thing. At least to the person who thought it up.

I'm not sure what I did to get on Crackin' Wax's good side. Yes, I did send topher a Frank Viola autographed card once. And, yes, I was his first-ever winner of BoBuBingo. But really he seems to do a lot more worthwhile things with cards than I do. While I just babble about cardboard, he actually raises money with it. Man of action vs. Man of inaction.

But today I opened the mail and my Night Owl Cards Appreciation Day thank you card fell out.

Awwwww. Nothing says you're grateful quite like pretty colors and puke.

And, of course, next out of the package was what the day is all about:

One pack of 2013 Allen and Ginter.

This is pretty cool, because it's likely the only pack of cards I am opening between last weekend and maybe the end of the month. You think I'm kidding around? August ain't fun.

So let's see what's in this fine package:

#292 - Yovani Gallardo, Brewers

A horizontal card. These don't look any better than any other year of A&G in which I've bitched about horizontal cards. If you're going horizontal, the border has got to go.



Uh-oh ...



#88 - Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers


Not only does this unopened pack of A&G include a card of my favorite player, but it also happens to be my 300th different Kershaw card.

Yup, 300.

To me, that's a milestone for a non-player collector like myself. There are very few players for which I own at least 300 cards. And to have that many for someone who has had cards really only since 2008 is pretty good for me. I really want to own more Kershaw cards than any other player and this helps me know that it's going to happen.

This card is rather similar to Kershaw's 2009 A&G card:

It was one of my favorite cards from 2009. One of the few A&G horizontal cards that works.

So, ol' Clayton is easily the best card out of the pack, but I'll continue with the proceedings, since it's a token of appreciation and all.

#61 - Alex Gordon, Royals

Just keep throwing the horizontals at me. So much wasted space.

#CC-H - Haarp, Curious Cases insert set

Something about an Alaskan research project that people fear is controlling the minds of U.S. citizens.

They should have really named this insert set "The Truth Is Out There" and put little photos of Scully and Mulder in the design.

#99 - Barry Zito, Giants, mini, regular back

Ugh. Fortunately, I'm putting together a package for a Giants fan.

ATY-GS - Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins, Across The Years insert set


And there we are. The first Night Owl Cards Appreciation Day pack of all-time.

Will it be the last? Hmmm.

I really do appreciate topher and Crackin' Wax for doing this. In fact, I thank him ...

Wait a minute.





There we go.


  1. You didn't think I was going to forget, did you? The only reason I didn't get it to you sooner is because A&G hates the Twin Cities for some reason. I'm glad that Kershaw was able to make an appearance, too!

  2. Man, I missed the post! Well, I'll put it on my calendar for next year. Sure, I *could* send an unopened Hobby pack from the box I won at Crackin Wax, but... You'll probably end up with better cards from the season break anyway.

  3. I swear I remembered, I just got a $190 speeding ticket that was pretty much my disposable income for the week, so I didn't get Ginter so sadly, you didn't get Ginter.