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Monday, March 4, 2019

Oh, Say Can You See ...

My wife will stop whatever she's doing to watch the singing of our national anthem before Blackhawks home games.  She loves hearing Jim Cornelison so for her birthday a few weeks ago I bought her this card.

We love Jim's rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner".  Who's your favorite?

From Rosenort:

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Happy Birthday, Coach!

Ron Santo will always be my favorite player.  He died just over eight years ago and yesterday would have been his 79th birthday.  One of the saddest things was that he didn't live to enjoy his enshrinement into the Baseball Hall of Fame.  I still find it a bittersweet honor.
This image (not an exact replica) is a little weird.

Do you ever find youself appreciating the packaging as much as the actual collectible.  
This is my all-time favorite  image of Ron.  I have a framed colorized copy hanging on a wall in my house.

Happy Birthday, Ronnie!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

An Ugly Hockey Card

Peter at Baseball Every Night is holding an "Ugly Sweater" Ugly Baseball Card Contest.

This 1969-70 Topps Hockey card was the first I thought of.  Topps put out a bunch of really bad hockey cards during this era.  Remember the ones where the photos were taken in like a back hallway?  Sorry Mr. Goyette.  It wasn't your fault.

Monday, December 10, 2018

A Postcard From the Archives

I've been collecting postcards and first day covers in a major way for the last year and a half.  It's been a lot of fun and I've accumulated hundreds of cool pieces.

This is a postcard I recently rediscovered in my childhood collection.  At one time it was in a scrapbook, as evidenced by the cellophane tape residue at the top and bottom.  I wish I could tell you a good story about how I "wrote away for" this card and how excited I was when it arrived in my mailbox in Chicago.  Unfortunately those memories are gone or are lost in a "corrupted file" in my brain.  At least I held onto it and can now appreciate it 45 years later.
I love the stamp of the happy Cubbie.  Back in the summer of 1973 an average Joe could still "join the fun at Wrigley Field" without breaking the bank.  Even a kid could get an unreserved seat for a buck or two.  Nothing like it is today.
On the date this card was postmarked the Cubs played the Phillies and lost 6-5.  George Brett's much traveled brother Ken went the distance for the win and Milt (almost had a perfect game) Pappas took the loss.  It was the second game of  a double-header and Mr. Santo after having gone 1-3 in the opener was resting but pinch hit in the 8th, flying out to right field.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Eight Crazy Nights - Eight

Happy 8th night of Hanukkah!
I guess I saved the most recent for last.  Here's a player at least most of you had a chance to actually see in action.  Shawn Green is also one of the all-time greatest Jewish baseball players.

Thanks for celebrating with me over these eight days.  I may continue this theme, Jewish athletes, from time to time.

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