As much as I'd like to stand here and expound on the hotness of Hope Solo, I don't have the time today.
Instead, I'm going to show a couple of Allen & Ginter-heavy card packages sent to me by Spiegel and Spankee, the most messed-up law firm ever created.
Kidding. Spiegel is Spiegel. And Spankee is Spankee.
For the record, Spankee sent me the Hope card. Spiegel sent me the Johnny Mac card.
But I thought I'd stick with the ballplayers, and show you how much things change in a short period of time in baseball. Out of the cards that I received from both Spiegel and Spankee, here are the ones who are no longer with the teams portrayed on their A&G cards.
I even spruced up the cards, early 1970s style (except I didn't change the logos -- no time, remember?)
And now Spankee ...
I guess that's what happens when you release a set close to the trade deadline.
Of course, those aren't the only cards I received. Both sent a nice collection of Dodgers and a few other requests. My top five from each:
Kellogg's cards from the '70s are always appreciated and terrific fun. I have few Dodgers from the super patriotic Spirit of '76 Kellogg's set (actually there's only 2 in the set).
The Konerko card is my 61st Dodger Konerko card. Sixty-one cards for a guy who played 55 games for the Dodgers.
The Orioles Upper Deck card may have surprised you. I wanted it because that's the view that you get as you travel the walkway from the warehouse to the stadium. Since I've done that walk, I need it validated in card form. So I can wave it around in front of people.
Spankee also helped me with my mission to improve my pursuit of Dodger A&G minis over last year. Last year was pathetic (but improving). This year is much better, although I don't know how many card sets John Lindsey will grace in the future.
Also, I need one more card of Cy. This is for the A&G set. Need one for my team set, since the box I purchased was Dodger deficient.
All right, I'm done. And very busy. Go find your own Hope Solo photos.
OK, fine ...
Now, I'm done.