Wednesday, December 18, 2013
I didn't win the Mega Millions jackpot, so I guess I'll have to keep my job and continue shopping at Wal-Mart. Oh well, I can think of worse things.
Although the lottery gods didn't smile upon me [Ed. Note: Honestly, I didn't even buy a ticket, so what am I talking about?], I recently won a different sort of jackpot. Thanks to Jeff at Fan-Attic Sports Card Blog, I was one of three bloggers randomly selected to be the recipient of a Happy Holidays PWE. Christmas cards, if you will.
The set collector that I am, I was quite pleased to get the above Dave Burba from 1997 Stadium Club, which is my favorite TSC set of all-time. I'm slowly but surely winding down my 'need' list for this handsome set.
Additionally, a pair of cards for my quest to put together a 2011 Topps Cognac parallel set. Or at least come somewhat close.
Marlon Byrd had quite a nice 2013. He not only signed a minor league contract with the Mets and then made the roster out of spring training, but he happened to be a very productive run producer for the Amazins. He parlayed that into a trade to the pennant-contending Pirates in August and, eventually, a postseason appearance. Oh, and then there's that two-year contract worth $16 million bucks he inked with the Phils in November.
The base version of this Bruce Chen card is contained in the Update & Highlights portion of 2011 Topps. I mean, what's an update or traded set without Bruce Chen, right? The guy has a lot of destination stickers on his suitcase. He looks pretty good in the powder blue Royals cap and jersey. And its especially nice looking on the cognac backdrop.
Thanks for a nice bit of holiday cheer, Jeff. And Merry Christmas to ya!