Skip to main content

The ballad of cross-country Tommy and other PWE tales

Yesterday I was resigned to never knowing the joy of viewing a 1955 Golden Press Stamp Book Tommy Lasorda in person.

Steve from The Card Chop had planned to send it to me without my knowledge and happily shipped the package on its way from beautiful western Idaho.

Then, tragedy.

Steve displayed on Twitter yesterday what had arrived in his mailbox .


Ugh. A postal body bag. We Care. Our Regrets. Damaged in Handling. All in one incriminating package.

Steve politely informed me of what was in the package and we discussed what had become of Golden Stamp Tommy since we knew he never completed his journey to the Northeast as intended.

Possibly, Tommy was chewed up by some fiendish sorting machine. Possibly some collecting postal handler had nabbed Tommy for his own collection. When you send out PWEs, these are the potential consequences.

I bid farewell to Tommy. The stamp-card I never knew.

A day later, I went to the mailbox and pulled something strange out of it.

It was half an envelope.

Literally, half an envelope.

The left side was missing and the contents were sticking out free and breezy.

Like so:


"Holy crap," I exclaimed. "That's the 'We Care' Envelope!"

This envelope -- with little Tommy inside -- had made it all the way to my side of the country WITH ONE SIDE COMPLETELY OPEN but the contents completely intact.

Kind of makes you look at the USPS with a little more respect, doesn't it?

It was the easiest package to open in history. I just pointed the opening downward and a note and a top-loader fell into my hands.


I saw the 2010 Topps Update throwback card of John Ely first.

Remember John Ely?

Remember Target throwback cards?

Well, stop remembering because the card was quickly overshadowed by this:


1955 Golden Press Stamp Book Tommy!!!

Look at young Lasorda, posing over a bag of balls, which coincidentally was what the Kansas City A's sent to the Dodgers in exchange for Lasorda (don't look it up, you know I'm right).

Lasorda might not have been very good at pitching, but he was excellent at managing, eating pasta, talking, shmoozing with his Hollywood buddies, cursing and ... traveling across the entire country in half an envelope.

That's some tale you have to tell, Golden Press Stamp Book Tommy!

But if you're beginning to fear sending your cards in a PWE, don't you worry your little collecting head.

A number of other flimsy white envelopes have arrived at my home recently totally intact.

Let's listen to their tales, too.


PWE Tale 2:


These four cards came out of a PWE from Jeff at 2-By-3 Heroes. He deals exclusively in PWEs and not once has the post office unleashed its wrath upon his packages.

The Hargrove and Smith are from the '01 Upper Deck '70s set I am collecting, the Smith especially appreciated as I now have one to go in the Night Card Binder.

Also the Tim Wallach is a former Nebulous 9 need and the last card to complete the Dodger team set from '94 Collector's Choice -- a set I care about as much as I care about, oh, the espys. ... OK, that's mean, I care about 94CC more than that.


He also sent this card and cackled something about getting a sick satisfaction over sending cards like this to a team collector like me.

However, I did not tear up because I have this card already. Nice try, Jeff.

In fact, the card that pains me the most is the 1987 Sportflics card of Reggie Williams. I thought I had finished off all the '80s Sportflics Dodgers already and now I'm going to have to comb through checklists of sets I thought I'd never have to hear about again.

Augh.


PWE Tale 3:




PWE Appreciation Week was a couple of weeks ago. I missed it because I was out of town on vacation.

When I came home, there were a couple of PWEs waiting for me, including one from A.J., The Lost Collector.

Here are just some of the cards he crammed into one plain white envelope.



Pretty good, huh?

He might have apologized for the Topps Big cards, but actually when I saw these they didn't look familiar to me at all.

Like the Sportflics, I'm now going to have to go through the Topps Big checklists that I thought I was through with FOREVER, and see whether (*gag*) I need to put up another want list.


Also in the envelope was a much-wanted Drake's card of my favorite Dodger of the mid-1980s, Pedro Guerrero.

Although Pedro is a little creased, he's in fantastic shape, edge-wise, which isn't easy to do with cards off the side of a box.

Guerrero will one day go on the "Dodgers I Collect" page. I think he'll be the next one, in fact. I know you were wondering about that.


PWE TALE 4:


Also while I was away, I received another PWE that was marked only with my address. No return address. No note inside.

These were the contents:



They are both numbered cards from 2004 Fleer Greats, a wonderful set.

After a little handwriting analysis and consulting my vast knowledge of who collects what, I figured out pretty quickly that these cards came from Jeffrey at Cardboard Catastrophes.

He collects great stuff. I may be more jealous over the sets he completes than those of any other blogger.

So, with that mystery solved and the '55 Lasorda rescued, I can close the book on PWE tales for now (although there are more sitting on my desk at this very moment).

Oh, and as you might have noticed:


I RAISED THE SCANNER FROM THE DEAD!!!!!!!


This is what you almost saw:



Don't ever leave me again, scanner.



(P.S.: SO MANY trade posts ahead).

Comments

Nick said…
Glad to see my PWE Appreciation Week idea picked up at least a little bit of steam.

Glad the Lasorda tale had a happy ending! I've never heard of that set before, they certainly look like neat little oddballs.
night owl said…
Technically, it's not a set.

They were stickers that you placed in a book. People have cut out the individual stickers and sold them as "cards."

A '55 Golden Press Stamp Book with all the stickers stuck in it is a lot of cash.
BASEBALL DAD said…
That's just amazing !
Commishbob said…
Glad the scanner is back because your 'card picture' skills leave a lot to be desired.
Nick said…
Ah, that makes more sense. I can only imagine how tough complete pages of those are to come by.
Unknown said…
Dangit. I will just have to work harder on more "Dodgers that aren't really Dodgers" cards.
petethan said…
That one seriously happy ending to that story. Plus the scanner being good to go... you bought a lottery ticket right? Now's the time.
Jamie Meyers said…
The top loader that Tommy rode in is what messed up the mail sorter, that happens sometimes. That will also cause thicket cards such as the A&G state cards from a few years ago, to crease in a PWE. Pretty cool you got everything with just the envelope unscathed!
That's a true PWE miracle! I'm glad that Tommy and his bag o'balls didn't get pilfered.

Popular posts from this blog

Stuck in traffic with Series 2

In the whirlwind that has been my life this month, I found myself going absolutely nowhere for a portion of Thursday afternoon. I was in the middle of yet another road trip, the third one this week. This one was for work, and because it was job-related, it became quickly apparent that it would be a waste of time. The only thing that could save it was a side visit to the nearby Walmart to see if I could spot some Topps Series 2. I found it right away, which was shocking as I was pretty much in the middle of the country, where SUVs share the road with tractors and buggies. Who knew that the Amish wanted Series 2, too? The problem was getting back into civilization to open the contents of the 72-card hanger box I bought. The neighboring village is undergoing a summer construction project smack in the middle of downtown. It's not much of a downtown, but the main road happens to be the main artery in the entire county. Everyone -- and by everyone I mean every tractor trailer ha

Heading upstate

  Back in 1999, Sports Illustrated published an edition at the end of the year rating the top 50 athletes of the century for every state.   As a lifelong Upstate New Yorker, I braced for a list of New York State athletes that consisted almost entirely of downstate natives, that is, folks from the greater NYC area and Long Island.   We Upstaters are used to New York City trampling all over the rest of the state. They have the most people, the loudest voices. It happens all the time. It's a phenomenon unique to this state. Heck, there are still people out there who, when you tell them you're from New York, automatically think you're from NYC. They don't think of cows and chickens when they think of New York. But trust me, there are a lot of cows and chickens in New York State. Especially cows.   So, anyway, when I counted up the baseball players that SI listed as the greatest from New York State, six of the nine were from New York City or Long Island. I was surprised all

G.O.A.T, the '80s: 30-21

  I often call this current period of the television sports calendar the black hole of sports programming. The time between the end of the Super Bowl and the beginning of televised Spring Training baseball games is an empty void when I'm looking for something to watch on traditional television. I don't watch the NBA and I find the NHL on TV holds my interest for maybe a period. College basketball I can't watch until the tournament. This didn't used to be as much of a problem back when I could turn instead to my favorite sitcoms in February. Do you remember when February was "sweeps month"? (Maybe it still is, I don't know). Networks would make sure that every top show aired original episodes that month, no reruns. So you'd always have something to view during the week even when the sports scene was boring. (I know, people have multiple streaming viewing options now. But I find myself going weeks sometimes before I see something I want to view on Netfli