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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Cards from Someone Else's Shoebox

What better excuse to break my self imposed blogging hiatus than to say thank you to Shane from Shoebox Legends for sending me a great stack of cards.  There were more than this but these are my favorites.

Soler's off to a slow start but I'm hoping he'll heat up as the temperature does.

Shane sent these to add to my legendary pack stash.  I have been selling off my old wax boxes but I still have all the loose packs.  Maybe I'll open one of each of these.  Maybe.  (Boy you can't trust spellcheck. It doesn't catch wrong words that are spelled correctly, like ass instead of add.)

Jason is the third winning est Jewish pitcher of all-time behind Ken Holtzman and Sandy Koufax.
 
I still don't know about this guy.  The subsets are the best thing about Gypsy Queen.  
 
I'm not sure why Shane sent me this one but it may be my favorite of the bunch.
 
It's getting to be that time in my life when my childhood heroes start to go one by one.  Not the greatest thing about getting older.  At least I can say I saw him play ....but not at shortstop.

Kind of a cool subset. This may be the first year I don't buy any A&G.  Maybe a few singles.

Everyone loves Topps Gallery, right?  Great Fergie!  There were some intense pitchers in the 1960's.

I hope this guy makes it back.  Such power!

Triple Play was a fun set.

I had my doubts about the Hawks going into the playoff but they've exceeded my expectations.  Seabs took the shot that ended up in the net a couple nights ago to give them the triple overtime win to even the series against the Ducks.  Now it's best three out of five and we have the home ice advantage.  

Thanks for your generosity, Shane.  Much appreciated.

Friday, May 1, 2015

When I Say "Love", You Think ...


Well, the Cleveland Cavaliers are going to the second round of the NBA playoffs, so you might be thinking about Kevin Love.  He's out four to six months after having undergone shoulder surgery.  This photo makes me a little uncomfortable.

It's NFL Draft week so you might be thinking of Bucs head coach Lovie Smith.  I got really tired of his super laid back demeanor when he was with the Bears.

Summer's not too far off so you might be thinking of Mike Love of The Beach Boys.  And wow, his nephew is the aformentioned Kevin!
I woudn't blame you if you pictured Jennifer Love Hewitt.  Oh heck, I'm married but I'm not blind.  I'll picture her myself.  Join me, won't you?

Well, what really made me think of love was my recent acquisition of this 2012-13 Panini Prefferred autographed card of Chicago Bulls legend Bob "Butterbean" Love.  While not quite a "white whale" I have been looking for quite a while for an affordable autographed card.  I finally found this one.  It's nice looking and is on-card.  It's even serial numbered. 

This is my copy of Bob's 1972-73 card, still almost as fresh as when I pulled it from a pack during the Nixon administration.  Bob is third all-time in scoring for the Bulls behind Jordan and Pippen.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Rest in Peace Doug Buffone

I was watching the Blackhawks-Preds game just now when they mentioned that the sad news that former Bears linebacker and broadcaster Doug Buffone had died unexpectedly.  "Stop yourself!"

Sunday, April 19, 2015

It's the White Sox But I Still Like It

I just picked up this signed 8x10 glossy photo of Ron Santo.  Ronnie hated his time with the Sox so much that he walked away from a guaranteed year's pay at a substantial sum rather than play out his contract in 1975.  Nevertheless, this photo does represent the last chapter in his Hall of Fame career.  It's a nice portrait with an inscription and I do like it.  Do you have a favorite player who switched teams late in his career?  Do you make a distinction when collecting?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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