Sunday, July 30, 2017

Across the Sea, Off the Wall

Our hobby can take a good bit of time when done well: updating want lists, sharing cards, organizing cards, updating the want list.  When I read of other bloggers behind on their scanning, sharing, sorting and updating, it makes me feel a bit better.  I am not alone in the pursuit of a perfectly organized collection!  I shared here recently regarding my hobby makeover.  One thing I've neglected is updating my wantlist tab,  Collecting These Boys.   For now, this list is current!  I'll be moving my completed sets to a new tab as soon as I remember how to create and make the tab visible.  It's been a couple of years since I've done it!  Fortunately, I'm no longer years behind {felt like it at times} sharing the great incoming packages from this spring.

Kevin le' Papoy, oui.  He makes us smile, purchasing cards on the internet and paying extra for shipping to France.  He sorts and repackages these then sends them back across the ocean into our mailboxes.  He's different like that, a very special guy.  When he isn't sunning himself by the pool, he's working on his own collections. 

image courtesy of The Card Papoy
Kevin sent a thoughtful package early this spring, helping to ease the winter doldrums.  Spring arrives fairly late to Michigan -  a state uninfluenced by calendars, the Solstice etc.

That's some sweet 99 Stadium Club right there!  Piazza among my Tigers, all sharp and colorful.

Front and center is Gehringer #/325 from 2013 Cooperstown.  2008 Baseball Heroes Martinez relic, 2008 US Game Jersey Ordonez.  These five were among several relics and autos packaged up specifically for me.  That's how Kevin shops.  He never fails to include relics and.or autos in the mix with some great cards.   I owe you a nice package.  I'll be sure to include some sunscreen!

It may have been a few months since I received this box of cards from Shane but his generosity is not forgotten!

Inside were at least one hundred right off my want list, all eager to be invited to live among their brethren in team bags and binders.  Looking at these photos again, I still can't believe how many cards I was able to mark off!  Here's a small sampling of the goods:

2005 Topps

2003 Topps

1988 and 1986 Fleer

2006 Topps

Heritage from 2007, 2012, 2013

Heritage  2010, 2011
Shane included an assortment of autos.  A couple of these players are more well-known like Inge and Weaver - and Brad Ausmus .  Oh Brad.  I don't know how to feel about you these days. I trusted you. I can't say you've betrayed me.  And maybe I'm at fault, having too many expectations.  But where's the fire in your belly?   Why all the indecision?   Someone has to shoulder the blame.   Mr. I  died and took the team with him.   Such a sad year for Tigers Baseball.  Brad, I don't think I'll write you anymore.   You won't even notice.

This card was the gem of the box!  1969 Topps in gorgeous condition!   Only one remains to complete my team set for this year.

This box of cards was definitely Off the Wall, the contents so unexpected!  Thanks Shane!  You'll be hearing from me soon!

Only a couple of shares to go and this gal is up-to-date!

Yes. I own this album.


  1. My sister had that album, so I probably (unwillingly) know every song on it. Do I get bonus points for knowing that this must be an early album because it features the first "Chris Partridge"?

    1. i actually still enjoy listening to it. i read somewhere the first "Chris" was a holy terror which is why he was replaced. that was a five pointer!

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    1. And I am months behind on posts. Some from last Christmas. I won't be caught up til October

    2. assuming no one sends you anything before Halloween. ;) thanks for reading!

  3. I have a Partridge Family cassette. No one else is going to read this, right?

    1. you'd have beat Shlab out for points if you'd said 8-track. i do hope others read this but if not, perhaps i can dedicate a post to your love for the Partridge Family and all things Shirley Jones.

  4. I don't think I've thought about this in 35+ years... but I'm pretty sure I had a crush on Shirley Jones.

    1. wow! well here's some advice - DON'T read her book "Shirley Jones: A Memoir". I learned much more than I ever needed to know about her AND her sons.

    2. Lol. I guess it's a good thing I already have two books sitting on my summer reading list, so I won't have a chance to read it. But I'm curious now.