I just finished producing the annual high school football special section for the newspaper.
It's always a month-long project capped by a day-long finale that's sure to drain from you any will to be productive for the next 48 hours.
I have the energy left to show just two cards.
Fortunately, when I came home, there was a plain, white envelope sitting on the dining room table that contained -- unbelievable -- just two cards.
The cards arrived from Joe, who has sent me many nice cards in the past. It's been awhile since I've heard from him, but I'm glad to learn that he's still collecting. It's some very fancy stuff, by the way.
And speaking of fancy, if you're going to send two cards, then this is the way to do it.
Here is the first one:
This is my first "book" card. It's two mini cards, so that makes it a mini book. But I'm not complaining.
What I will complain about is how card companies never see the problem with pairing up rivals on the same card. It's like their employees never rooted for a team in their lives.
I don't like Justin Upton. It has entirely to do with his time with the Diamondbacks. He does bad things to the Dodgers. Then he played for the Braves and the Padres, for crying out loud, and did things all over again. And when the Dodgers recently played the Tigers, there was Justin Upton again, doing bad things to the Dodgers. I had all kinds of flashbacks. Just get that guy away from my team.
Anyway, it's from 2010 Topps 206 and very fancy.
That's the reverse. All serial-numbered as all get-out. Pretty cool, and, no, I will not cut this card in half, no matter how tempted.
OK, let's move on to the next card.
You see correctly.
That's a 1991 Bowman card depicting Bobby Thomson's home run in 1951, signed in gold by both Thomson and the pitcher who gave up the home run, Ralph Branca.
That is one hell of a way to spruce up boring old 1991 Bowman.
I don't fully know how this was issued, whether it was inserted into a later set or what.
There is a stamp on the reverse that seems to indicate it's official?
There in the upper right. I see nothing else that authenticates it. (EDIT: I found info here, that it was randomly inserted in hobby packs of 2001 Topps, a 1-in-7,299 packs pull!)
By the way, never mind that stuff about the Giants supposedly winning a pennant. We all know they cheated.
Why, here, in fine print, it's right there on the bottom of the card:
Of course they did.
So there you are, two fancy cards -- although I seem to have issues with both of them.
You sure know how to send just two cards.