Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Maybe you should pick the title, because I just can't decide.

Good Wednesday evening to you all, the count down is on...10 shopping days until Christmas, are you done yet?  (King procrastinator here is not...)

Why am I asking you to pick the title?  Well, because there were 3 things that I noticed or happened while delving into a package recently sent to me by the Night Owl

Each of them could have been in itself a post title, but I couldn't decide on which one to use.  Therefore, I'll let you, the reader, decide.

1.  The Night Owl teaches me a lesson about opening envelopes.

Now this, would have been the most obvious one at first, because of the near calamity that I had when I opened the envelope that Greg sent.

I don't know about my friends in the blogosphere, but I am still a 10 year old kid when it comes to opening envelopes, it kind of reminds me of this classic character.

Well, take a look at the note below.

Now normally I do not post the notes of fellow bloggers when they send me cards, in fact it's the first time I've ever done it. 

Well, the note is kind of interesting for two reasons.  First, if you take a look at the bottom of the note, you will see that the paper is sliced.  That is not for dramatic effect, that is actually what I did when I opened the envelope with my trusty box cutter. 

Now, take a look at what was inside the note.

Both pictures have been expanded to the "large" setting for the proper effect.  This wonderful oversized card of Jesse Barfield was tucked inside the note!!!

Thankfully, the card did not feel the wrath of the evil box cutter because it had settled down further into the envelope.

Now, the second reason the note is interesting is title #2.

2.  The Night Owl has psychic powers

Now I thought that this title might have been a little over the top and dramatic, but I thought it kind of funny that he had written the note, and it turned out that only two of the cards that he sent me were ones that I already had.  Those of you who read my blog regularly know that Ted from Crinkly Wrappers had sent me a giant stack a while back, which are STILL not cataloged (this time of year is murder on my motivation).  Well, the stack that the Owl sent hit the mark again.  Here's a few of the Jays he sent:

Roy Lee Jackson in the lower right looks absolutely miserable at the time of the photo shoot.  The John Olerud, bottom row middle is an O-Pee-Chee card, which is always welcome here.  The lower left card intrigued me, this Fred McGriff card was from an issue of Baseball Cards Magazine.  The Owl has recently written about the magazine, so this card was pretty cool to get from him.

Finally, some more of the cards in the envelope were the inspiration for the third title.

3.  The prize fighter, the bullet hole and the insanity of it all. 

Yes, I know, wayyyyyy over the top.

First he sent me a card of the legendary Mike Tyson.


This guy is legendary, to somebody. 

Were you thinking of this guy??

OK, whatever....


Take a look at the lower right corner.  Someone shot Geno's glove!!

OK, well it seemed funny to me...

Finally, here comes the insanity:

Yes, the Night Owl is psychic, because the 6 serial numbered cards were all needed for the insanity set.  Plus, how did he know to send me a card of a player I was going to feature in a post this week??  (Collin Balester)

Well, I hope that you had as much fun reading this post as I did writing it.  Of course, a big thank you to Greg for the cards, and the inspiration.  Much appreciated!!!!

Thanks for reading, Robert


  1. I thought the Balester card you featured was the one I sent. Turns out it wasn't.

    Glad Barfield made it out of the envelope alive!

  2. Greg Golson looks like he's suffereing from the insanity too!