Friday, January 28, 2011

Something unexpected came up

It has been a crazy couple of weeks for card packages. I swear that everyone's New Year's resolution involved sending out cards. I am surrounded by them. My usual cabinet top that houses incoming cards quite nicely, is woefully inadequate right now. There is going to be a tragedy in which a pile of cards falls on the floor when I'm not around and the dog turns it into a horrible scene of canine carnage.

Newly arriving card packages have been such a regular occurrence that I'm doing things that I've never done before.

For example, yesterday, I received two card packages in the mail ... and set them aside. Unopened. This NEVER happens.

It's not that I didn't care. It's just that I was headed out to work, and I had a feeling I would need some cheering up when I returned home.

The work shift wasn't too bad, even though my boss had a starring role. Still, I couldn't wait to get home and open my two patient packages. I'm not going to reveal what I received, because the packages have to get in line behind all the others.

But I'll make an exception for the card at the top of the post.

Does it look familiar?

It did to me.

Holy pink houses! That's the card that I have in my Million Card Giveaway portfolio. It also happens to be the oldest card in my portfolio and was the card I looked forward to receiving the most when I pulled the trigger on my final shipment of MCG cards. That was also supposed to happen last night after work.

Now everything's in a holding pattern. I don't need the 1959 Don Demeter card anymore. I just took up way too much time attempting to trade it for another vintage Dodger that I need. We'll see how that turns out.

But here is the other development:

I have no idea who sent me that Demeter card or the rest of the cards in the package.

That is a first.

I'm scatter-brained, but not to that degree.

I've got on file a list of every person with which I've made a transaction. Yet the name on the envelope sets off no bells. But quite obviously I once told this person, "yes, dude, send me some cards!"

So, Dan in California, if you're reading, thanks for all the cards. And thanks for saving me a little bit of shipping on the MCG site. That is unless one of the 35 trade offers I've made goes through.

(P.S.: In another weird development, the night card poll on the sidebar magically has lost 20 votes. It was at 40 yesterday and now is at 20. Waaaaaaaaahhh?)

EDIT (7 hours later): Success!

Guess I won't be saving on shipping.


  1. I'll bet that one is in way better shape than the one Topps had for you anyway! Very nice.

  2. That's funny. I went through the cheapo vintage boxes at my hobby shop a few weeks ago and plucked out that very card. There's something about Don's surprised, wide-eyed look that just amused me.

  3. playattheplate is right - my 58 demeter that eisner sent me was pretty thrashed.

  4. My poll also lost a ton of votes yesterday. I was nearing 40 and then *poof* it was down in the teens. No idea what happened.

  5. Poll has regained the votes it lost (and added two). Weird.

  6. My polls decreased, then went back to normal over the same period. Strange...

  7. Uh oh! Guess we're going to have to find out what the Million Card Giveaway Portfolio is. What a great expression, though.

    "What's Demeter?"
    "Nothing, I'm just a little nonplussed."