I've always loved the word cursive. It sounds like cursing, which is another thing I like to do often (it's a great tension release).
Cursive script came up in a conversation I had recently with my friends. They had mentioned that cursive was no longer being taught in elementary schools. So, naturally I cursed and thought to myself that I went to elementary school way too soon. If you've ever seen my cursive writing, you'll know why I say this.
But another reason that I like to curse is this great hobby of ours. There's always that great release when you pull something great out of a retail pack of Gypsy Queen...
This jersey card was pulled a couple of weeks back from a GQ 3 pack, and is headed to fellow blogger Mark from This Way to the Clubhouse. I'm going to try and dig up a few more Mets cards to send his way along with this one at the monthly card show tomorrow.
Another moment that caught me off guard and caused cursing (in a good way) was an unexpected envelope from Corey, everybody's favorite Tim Wallach collector, who is also putting together a '52 Topps set as cheaply as possible.
Corey knows my love for all things blue and white, and he sent me (to the old address first) a nice envelope filled with both Maple Leafs and Blue Jays.
For me, there has been no better defenseman to patrol the Leafs blue line in my lifetime than Borje Salming. Loved watching this guy skate and move the puck during his decade and a half in the blue and white, and he put up with a lot of abuse when he first started in the NHL, both physically and mentally. Another player that I may start up a PC for one day.
Some more O-Pee-Chee cards were in the envelope, featuring some more Leaf legends...
The only one of these 4 that I never got to see play in person was the Big M, Frank Mahovlich. Sundin and Clark were traded for one another in a blockbuster deal in June of '94 but two years later were teammates when the Leafs picked up their former captain from the Islanders. Wendel was the last Leafs #1 overall draft pick, and will be a legend in the town as long as he's breathing. It will be interesting to see if the player that the Leafs draft #1 later this month ends up with the same status in T.O.
My hockey collection has really taken a back seat to baseball since I started this blog almost 5 years ago. I really don't have a whole lot of Leaf "hits" so these two cards were a welcome sight. Greg McKegg never really had a chance to show what he could do for the Leafs, playing in only 4 games over 2 seasons. He was traded to Florida, and got to play in 15 games this season for the Panthers, scoring his first NHL goal against....the Leafs. Go figure.
Ian White was a player I liked while he was in Toronto. Never really very flashy, he just came to the rink and did his job. He was part of the big trade with the Flames that brought Dion Phaneuf to Toronto. I'm trying to make out the letters of his name in his signature, but it appears that his cursive writing is as good as mine.
Some more gold was in the envelope, including the '93 Kelly Gruber gold parallel. I don't have a lot of those in the Jays collection as well, something else that needs to be remedied. The Blue Jays team card in the middle is the foil parallel version, and features an outfield that is already outdated...
I don't actively seek out oddballs such as Kellogg's cards from the 70's, but these two cards were a great find in Corey's envelope. I have seen a few of the Kmart cards similar to the George Bell on the left, but I don't recall ever seeing a Kay Bee toys card like the Bell on the right. That card is definitely the only one that I own, and is probably the first one I've ever seen. Great stuff.
Finally, I end off with another card featuring cursive writing. This '96 Collectors Choice silver signature parallel featuring Shannon Stewart is one of many that I still needed, until now. Note that Shannon's cursive handwriting is very well done, unlike what we see today. Goes to show what a good teacher can do for you....
Corey, thank you for the unexpected envelope. It was greatly appreciated!!!
thanks for reading, Robert