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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

From the Disorganized Collection of Hugo Z Hackenbush

I found these four cards in the first small handful I pulled from an unmarked 200 count box I had sitting on a shelf.

This random card may be the only one I have from a pretty cool looking insert set.  I'm not a Padres fan but who doesn't like the late great Tony Gwynn.
This is one of 50 cards honoring great moments in history from Upper Deck's 2008 Piece of History set.  I think I must have opened a couple of packs at some point.  Can you believe that we went from this moment to landing on the frickin' moon in just 66 years?

Insert hot post!  Denis looks high here.  Who wouldn't be after winning the Stanley Cup!  Too bad it wasn't with the Blackhawks.  Hockey fans will know that Denis's Canadiens are still the last team from our neighbors to the north to hoist the Cup.  Denis was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000, just one year after The Great One himself.

Hall of Fame hot post!  (OK, I'm lame).  This is a great card from one of my favorite sets, Upper Deck's 2007 Baseball Masterpieces.  Like Gwynn and Savard it's hard not to like Cal.  

I have no problem with being organized but sometimes it's fun to be a slob.  

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


I'm not much of a fan of modern mini cards but I do collect tobacco cards from time to time.  Here's one of my favorite sets, 1934 W.D. & H.O. Wills Animalloys.

Some examples:

This is the complete set in pages:

Play with the cards:

Friday, September 8, 2017

Fan Pack Fun 2017 -- Atlanta Braves

I sent postcards to all 30 MLB teams around Memorial Day requesting fan packs.  So far I've received about 20 envelopes/packages.

Today we have the nice envelope I received from our friends in Georgia.  It looks like Hurricane Irma may make it's way through Atlanta on Monday.  I feel very fortunate up here in Iowa.  Hoping for all of you in the southeast to make it through the next week safely.

Not sure why the Braves are choosing to leave off their logo.
The letterhead is new to me.  Classy.
Nice postcard sized photo of Danby showing off the classic Braves uniform.

This is an unfolded schedule celebrating the Braves move to their new digs, SunTrust Park.

The bumper sticker is around 8" x 4"
2" pin

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Fan Pack Fun 2017 -- Minnesota Twins

I sent postcards to all 30 MLB teams around Memorial Day requesting fan packs.  So far I've received about 20 envelopes/packages.

About a week after I sent out my requests I was surprised to find a small box on my porch.  I wasn't expecting a package.  Whoa, it was from the Minnesota Twins!  I don't think I've ever received a fan pack in a box before.  We live about 170 miles from Minneapolis which makes the Twins the nearest team to our current home.

These four blank backed pictures are 4" x 6".  Two legends and two good current players.  Very nice!
Sweet 400+ page media guide.

The nylon tote is about 13 X 19".

Winter's coming.  I can use this -- if my wife doesn't swipe it.  (I bought her a nice Cubs version.)

Great package from my neighbors to the north.  Thanks Twins!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Happy Labor Day

I thought I had a Labor Day related card but I guess I don't.  Maybe there isn't one.  I'm sure there will be some really creative posts today and I'll enjoy reading them.  As my  obvious contribution here are a few of my favorite sort of work related songs.  No,  I'm not one of the hip kids when it comes to music but these are truly songs I like.  If Joe Shlabotnik hasn't cornered the market on this theme feel free to share your favorites.

"I love to work at nothing all day"

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fan Pack Fun 2017 -- Detroit Tigers

I sent postcards to all 30 MLB teams around Memorial Day requesting fan packs.  So far I've received about 20 envelopes/packages.

The Detroit Tigers were kind enough to send my wife and I this nice Tigers swag:
The stickers are wider than a baseball.  About 4".
Two cool pencils.
The great Tigers color pins are 2-1/2" wide.  Did you know that you can get the official team color specs online?

This was a great little package.  Thanks, Tigers!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A Very Punny Man

If you haven't tried Stephan Pastis's Pearls Before Swine  you don't know what you're missing.  Follow him on Twitter and by all means buy his books.  No he's not my cousin.  I'm just a fan.

This is the newest in a long series of Stephan's "punny" strips.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Fan Pack Fun 2017 -- Chicago Cubs

It's been a few years since I sent out fan pack requests and did a series of Fan Pack Fun posts.  If you're not familiar with the concept, a majority of teams will honor a polite request with an envelope of items such as schedules, stickers, player photos, pencils, etc.  These days you can, with some exceptions, make a request through a team's webpage.  This year I thought I would go with all postcard requests.
Here's my stack of postcards, one for each of the Major League teams, ready to be dropped in the mailbox.  I sent them off around Memorial Day.  I received my first response within a week but I didn't want to start this series until I could show off what I received from my favorite team, the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs.  In past years the Cubs have replied fairly quickly.  I can only assume that the volume of fan requests has been overwhelming this year.
OK, I just noticed while writing this that the envelope is dated, May 25.  Hmm.  Well color me confused.  Maybe this got lost along the way.  The envelope does look a bit weary.   Anyway, you weren't waiting at your mailbox for this to come so why don't we just get to the important bits.  Here's what the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs (sorry) sent.

If you've read any of my previous Fan Pack Fun posts you'll know that I appreciate just about anything that a team is nice enough to mail out.  
The child in me, and isn't that really what it's all about, appreciates seeing the official letterhead stationary.  This year is even more special because of what the letter references.
This nice glossy Lester measures 5 x 7.  It's blank backed.
Pocket schedule

Three stickers. 

 When I opened the envelope I didn't guess what this was.

 Hi, guys!
I didn't have to do my own video since I found this on YouTube. It also explains where the card comes from.  It was sent to season's ticket holders.  Sweet!  In case you're viewing this and don't have sound, when you open the card it plays a couple of rounds of the chorus of Steve Goodman's "Go Cubs, Go".

So I'm not sure what happen mail-wise but all's well that ends well.  The Christmas card was a pleasant surprise.  I don't have a lot of World Series commemorative stuff so this goes right to the top of the list.

I do have fan packs from other teams.  I will share them in days to come unless you all hit snooze at some point.  In all honesty, and if you know me this won't surprise you one bit, I have a number of envelopes that are still unopened.  Along the same lines I was thinking of taking some new pictures of my legendary "pack stash".  It's had some departures but also some arrivals since the last time I showed it to you (and let you make fun of me).

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