Saturday, March 30, 2019
Thanks, Night Owl!
A while ago, Night Owl put up his wantlist for 1982 Fleer. I had opened a few packs in the early days of this blog, and had some from my original collection as well, and sent a few dozen cards his way. He returned the favor, and here are the Phillies and one Pirate I got in exchange.
When he asked what I wanted in return, I first thought about the overwhelming bulk of my collection, and said that I'd like any pre-1994 Phillies and Pirates oddballs he might have to spare. But then I thought about what complements my collection, and asked for some modern cards, since I have almost no modern cards. I asked in particular for whatever he could send to commemorate the 2008 Phillies World Series winning team in my collection. And here we have them: Hamels, Victorino, Rollins, Howard.
And another Rollins, and Utley, Ruiz, and Burrell. I grew up in the Philadelphia region, in Delaware, which could be considered far suburbs of Philly. I went to college in Pittsburgh, grad school in North Carolina, and then worked in New York and then South Carolina. Then I took a job in Philly starting in fall 2008. I moved back home just in time to see these guys win it all. It was a great time, and I'm glad I have them in my collection now.
Night Owl took care of both of my requests, as this TCMA Wes Covington and SSPC Johnny Oates show. Interestingly, I posted a different TCMA Wes Covington not long ago, of him with the Braves. The main things I know about Johnny Oates are that he was the Orioles manager when I was in high school, and that he is one of the several players and managers that died of a similar brain cancer, including some other Phillies (Darren Daulton and Tug McGraw).
The lone Pirate in the haul is this Topps Big of Jose Lind. I really liked those Topps Big sets back in the day, and I didn't have this one of Lind.
Then we have two Kellogg's cards, in various stages of beat-up condition, Dick Selma and Willie Montanez. I think the Montanez is my favorite of all the cards Night Owl sent; I'm a sucker for Kellogg's. The 1982-style Ryan Howard is probably the runner-up. And the Ruiz with the rookie cup is awesome.
Finally, there were a handful more. I don't have the stamina to write about all these guys, but I sure appreciate the cards. So, thanks Night Owl! And thanks, everyone, for reading!