Some of the most treasured parts of my collection are the cards I've received from other collectors. Over the years, I've been lucky enough to meet some fantastic people through collecting, and have been the recipient of some extreme generosity. No matter how big or small, the cards I've received as gifts mean a little extra to me.
After all, this hobby is a lot less enjoyable without someone to share it with. And I don't think many people out there could appreciate the mind numbing monotony of the stack of dime cards or an autograph of a guy who played 3 games in the majors quite as well as the terrific online communities I'm a part of.
I received a box in the mail right as I was heading out the door Wednesday from one of my team collector buddies. It was a heavy medium flat rate, and I figured it was worth running a couple minutes late to take a peek inside.
As I started digging through the bags, I saw tons of cards I needed. No small feat, as my want list seems to shrink with each weekend flea market trip.
But I must have opened the bags in the perfect order. In the next to last bag, I came across the Freddy Sanchez Chrome press plate above, and this amazing Ralph Kiner bat card. This is actually my first Kiner relic. And better yet the photo features him in the awesome 1947 uniform, which I gush endlessly about.
These cards will always have a special place in my collection for who they came from even more than what they are. The relationships I've built in this hobby are what keep it fun for me. Showing off scans of my latest (and lamest) purchases with people who can relate is a big part of why I have kept collecting for as long as I have.
Hope everyone has a great weekend and a happy Easter. I'll be splitting the weekend between Kate's parents' on Saturday and mine on Sunday. It spaces out the food coma, but also keeps me running around all weekend. Hopefully I can get a couple posts scheduled before then. The countdown to opening day begins!