Tony Taylor here is a survivor, as are all the other cards that arrived in a package from mr. haverkamp yesterday. They withstood the shocking damage inflicted by the U.S. Postal Service.
I am now a veteran of damaged packages arriving in my mailbox, most enclosed in the USPS's courtesy body bag of regret. Fortunately, it is still such a rare occasion that I feel the need to document it each time. And I have.
But this was on another level. The following is what greeted me on Monday when I went to get the mail. It was sandwiched between two other unharmed card packages:
Yeah, yeah, yeah, you care. I've read it all before.
Also, I can't read it because I'm rather distracted by what appears to be a BULLET HOLE.
Let's have a closer look, shall we?
Oh, this is not good.
Here is the front of the package:
That is disturbing.
The other damaged packages that I have received in the past arrived in plain, white envelopes. This is the first time a bubble envelope has arrived half destroyed.
I opened what was left of the package, expecting to find cards with shrapnel wounds.
Here is what came out of the envelope:
Yes, I do rule, but I'm not liking the look of that singed and somewhat-melted corner.
Let's brace ourselves and open up the case.
Hmmm. Bud Harrelson, both in child and adult form, survived, just like the '72 Taylor did.
What else we got?
They were saved, Jim! The minis survived!
Oh, I would be PISSED if these were the cards that were damaged.
That might have ruined my whole Christmas.
Fortunately, this is a happy story.
I've kind of lucked out in that the damaged packages I've received have not yielded damaged cards. I hope I never have to come across that kind of tragedy. Especially if 1975 minis are involved.
As for what actually happened to the package -- I don't know. I hope it's not that the postman is finally losing it delivering all these card packages to my mailbox.
I'd ask him, but he could be packing heat.