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Saturday, August 12, 2017

If You Caught It, It Was Never a "White Whale" to Begin With, Right?

In my experience whenever the subject of  a literary classic comes up in conversation there's almost always a reference to high school or college:  "I had to read that in high school" or " I read that in college.  Often it's,  "I never had to read that."  Perhaps it's more a reflection of my intellectual shortcomings than the the talent of the teachers I had but I didn't really enjoy most the books I read in school.  One of the classics "I never had to read" is Herman Melville's, Moby Dick.
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So what pray tell does this have to with cards?  This--I've always thought, in collecting terms, of the phrase "White Whale" as something that you're always hunting for and can never seem to acquire.  And I guess in reference to Moby Dick that's true enough.  But what if you finally do get what you've been searching for?  Wouldn't it be true that by definition it was never a "White Whale" to begin with?

Here's a card that I thought was a "White Whale".  Happily it wasn't.  It did take me years of sporadic looking and lost bids to finally add this to my collection.   While not the priciest card I've ever bought it's the most I've spent on a single item in years.  
If you're interested in learning more about this set here's a great article from Sports Collector's Daily.




Here's my only other Milk Dud's card which, graded the same, makes a nice companion.  It features Ronnie's road roommate Glenn Beckert:

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

They Call It a Woody

A short while back P-Town Tom of Eamus Catuli (formerly Wait Til Next Year) sent me a bunch of his extra Kerry Wood cards.  Kerry's always been one of my favorite Cubs. I'm not alone there.  Tom probably increased my  casual collection of Woody's by about 40%.  Here are my favorites.  Thanks Tom!

 

Interesting that so many of us seem to relate cards with music, at least in our blogs.  When I think of Woody this song instantly comes to mind.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th!

Whether you watch MSNBC or FOX we should never forget that we are all Americans.  Hopefully that still stands for something good.  Here's my salute in cards to the founding of our great nation.



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

It's the First Day of Summer

Today is the first day of astronomical summer.  We hit the summer solstice here in the Midwest tonight at 11:24 PM.  I actually prefer going by meteorological seasons.  They're simpler.  Summer is always June 1 to August 31.  In general I'm not a big fan of summer.  Too hot, too noisy, too buggy.  And the sun coming up so early wakes me up.  "Hey you kids get off my lawn!"  Oh, yeah, and I hate having to mow the lawn.

I do like Summer Sanders and I don't think I've ever shared my collection of cards.




Sunday, April 16, 2017

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