Thursday, December 21, 2017

My Secret Santa Gifted the Cats a Box

Oh, is there anything more comfortable than a cat in a box? I am tempted to say "no", but more on that in a moment.

I'd like to thank Matt, from Bob Walk The Plank, for organizing this second Secret Santa annual (?) swap. Heading up an endeavor like this takes time, some serious organization skills, and lots of e-mailing diligence. I know Matt and I traded e-mails a couple of times once he exchanged the names and I appreciate his patience. I was sincerely looking forward to the 2017 gift exchange, because finding something of interest for the other collector for under $10 is a fun challenge. And besides, 'tis better to give than receive. Am I right!?!

Now, I'm not one to shy away from the receiving end and my Secret Santa gift arrived this past weekend. The front of the card is shown above, but let's take a look at the goodness inside before the big reveal of who this generous soul is. 
Lots of noteworthy Cubs above, but the one I like the most is the 1983 Fleer Fergie Jenkins. Any day I can add a new Fergie to my player collection is a good day!

Here's a couple more from the team bag of cards Santa gifted me.
 Hector Villanueva was a favorite of mine, if for no other reason than listening to Harry Caray attempt to say his last name. Ed Lynch!  How many chins are on that card. Whoa!

I busted a bunch of Pacific's Baseball Legends a few years back. Many of the cards went into the player collection binders.
 Now I have some duplicates to place in my Cubs boxes and do other projects with.
 I apologize for the cropping of these cards. I'm trying out a new scanning app, which I think will speed things up for me if I can get it to do what I want. Man, I love Holtzman and Hooton's long sleeves. Under Armour is a far cry from the 1970's.
 The Hundley and Beckert cards are brand new to me!  Off to the player binders they will go!  Woo-Hoo!
I must admit I don't know much about Chuck Connors... and there's a reason for that. Check out the old bleachers and the ivy in the background. Pretty neat!

Here's what I'm most excited about. Three, count 'em, three re-packs of cartes de baseball!
 Yes, baseball cards with French flair. Bring. It. On!

There are only so many guys in our little cardboard world who reside north of the border, who have easy access to cartes de baseball.

You have your guess yet?

Here's the inside of the card:
Mike and I have not traded before. I've seen him in the comments before, but I never made an effort to look for his blog, which is entitled Not Another Baseball Card Blog.

Say what? He has want lists for the Blue Jays and Les Expos on his blog?  Magnifique! 

Mike, thank you for your thoughtfulness!  I love busting packs and these repacks will certainly give a boost to my trade box which has been decimated as of late.

Oh, and my cats want to express their gratitude as well!

Picture #1 - Trying to decided who will claim the box as their own!
 Picture #2 - Um... yeah... Hugo may need a bigger size.
 Picture #3 - Where there's a will, there's a way!
 Picture #4 - Hugo didn't stay long and Holiday jumped right in.
She stayed a good time, until she got bored of following invisible objects on the ceiling. She's so weird.

Thanks again, Mike.   Happy Holidays, everyone!


  1. Cat motto: If I fits, I sits.. lol

    I'm glad you liked the cards.. Hopefully you find something interesting in those repacks.

  2. As an added bonus, those two 1990 Fleer are the Canadian versions.

    1. Ooooh! I had no idea! That means two more new ones for my Sandberg PC! Thanks again!

    2. Yeah, I had no idea about those Fleer Canada versions until a few months ago.

    3. You're welcome! Yeah, it's like the OPC/Topps from 1990-1991 where the only difference was the tagline on the back..

  3. Chuck Connors is best known as an actor. "The Rifleman." He also played in the NBA and was drafted by the Bears.

    1. Wow... how did I not know about this guy and his past? He sounds like an early combination of Bo Jackson (multi-athlete) and Bob Uecker (actor).

  4. That's odd that image used on the Chuck Connors card is actually painted.

  5. That Ed Lynch is sweet! I wonder how he reacted when he saw that card.