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Thursday, November 20, 2014

I'm a Bit of a Weather Geek

I'm a bit of a weather geek.  Now, if there can be celebrity chefs there can be celebrity weathermen.  For me Tom Skilling is by far the best.  As in all fields I admire people who are passionate about their jobs.  I don't think there's anyone who loves the weather more than Tom.  He's been at WGN since August of 1978 and is reportedly signed through 2022.  A report in Time Out Chicago pegged his salary at a million a year, highest in the country for a local weatherman.

I sent Tom an autograph card in the fall of 2010.  I'm not exactly sure when  I received this picture but it was obviously late and he had misplaced the card.  Nice guy that he is the inscription includes an apology.

Tom has been known to sing and participated in this great piece on the WGN Morning News:

A sentimental favorite of mine works at WGN's 24 hour sister station, CLTV.  She responded right away.

That's a paw print under he name.  She loves dogs.  At least as of five years ago she had Yorkshire terriers named Stormy Weather and Blue Sky.
The notes are Duffy's two catch phrases.

Here's a taste of Duffy from her "Duffinately Weather" webcast.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pack Break -- Monarch Corona

As is my way, I bought two of these packs almost two years ago and finally opened one today.  (I can almost hear your exasperation.)  The cards were produced by printer, Allen Miller Jr.  under the name Monarch Corona.  Here's his website.  I know that Mr. Miller was ill some time back but can't find anything about him on the web.  Does anyone out there know if he's better and/or if there are any new cards?  I'm not sure what the connection is but there is an eBay store that seems to be the place to buy the cards now.  It's run by Jim Milo under the wonderful name Grouchy Old Man Baseball Cards.

I don't have a lot to say about the cards.The quality is good, though the images can be a bit fuzzy.  What I really like, of course, is the variety of subjects.  The backs feature narratives and stats written as if the cards were produced at a particular point in the subject's career.  The Koufax and Berg are duplicates for me.  I previously posted the complete 8 card Sons of Israel set.

The four cards below are minis of varying size.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Au Revoir 30-Year Old Cardboard

Brian announced that tonight will be his last 30-Year Old Cardboard post.  The best way I can think of to thank him for the many years of blogging entertainment is to pay tribute to his favorite player.  Here are five of my favorite Andre Dawson cards from my meager collection.


Friday, November 14, 2014

I Don't Know Why I Bought These

I guess I was in a strange mood when I bid on these two Hall of Famers from 1964.  Did someone do this just to lure crazy people like me into buying them.  No, it can't be that.  The cards would be worth more without the "changes".  Your guess is as good as mine-- probably better.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

104 Year Old Card Giveaway --Winner!

The other day I announced a giveaway of this 104 year old card:

And the winner is:  


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