Saturday, September 8, 2018

I Wasn't Expecting a Package

All my Ebay packages had come in and I wasn't expecting a trade package. The return address was from "Boyle" in Boston and my immediate thought was Mark Hoyle who is a Red Sox fan. Yet, this wasn't from Mark. Very odd.

Okay, my curiosity was piqued. So, I ripped into the padded yellow mailer.

Say what?  Cooperstown postcards of my four favorite Hall of Fame members?  Only one person I know could manage something like this.
My sister is so sneaky. I should have known!

She recently took a road trip out east to visit a couple of friends and their new baby. Along the way she saw Cubs play in Philadelphia, had her picture taken with the Philly Phanatic, and stopped through Cooperstown. I'm sure she did more on her trip, but I haven't had a chance to catch up with her yet.

Her package gave me a quick summary as she used the back of the HOF postcards to get me somewhat up to speed. For the record, those postcards will go on display downstairs in my new display cases.

The yellow card shaped legal pad package?  Oh yeah, more good stuff!
 The above two cards are from the 2006 Topps Rookie of the Week set. I own the set, because I'm a sucker for reprint-type cards, but now I have some to add to my binders!

 Schwarber!  I love how this dude has turned himself into a capable left fielder. This Rize card is from 2014. Can that be right? Schwarber has been on baseball cards for five years already?

More Ryno!
Wow, that card on the left is gorgeous. All the green ivy and the gold border?  Very sharp looking!

Here's the back of the 1991 Sports Educational card. Man, that 1990 season was pretty special! I'm a little curious about the word "totals" on the back of the card... looks like one got by the proofreader!
 Three new Ryne Sandberg cards for the collection brings my total up to 886 unique cards.

Thanks, Jane! I'm looking forward to learning more about your trip!


  1. This reminds me, I need to get a little something out to P-Town...

  2. That's awesome. No one in my family would find such specific stuff for my collections. That's a great sister. Those Rize cards are weird - They weren't released to the public, but only to specific dealers who would then resell them directly. Most of the dealers overpriced them and are sitting unsold as far as I can tell.

  3. I have four sisters. None are as cool as yours.

  4. You're lucky. Don't think my sister has given me a single baseball card. Ever.