Sometimes there's a package that comes along that jumps out of the mailbox, laughs maniacally, and starts tap dancing on your wantlist. Its movements are graceful and frenetic at the same time as it uses precision to cull those numbers and images from the desired corner of your mind and yet is a chaotic whirlwind of tumult.
Seriously, though, there are still Phillies cards on my wantlist from the golden overproduction era of my childhood. I probably had all these cards at these some point, but I think they were lost in an unmarked van that was driving along the PA Turnpike on a late afternoon 10 years ago.....I really dislike stealth vans ever since that day.
The maestro of this wantlist destroyer was Kerry from the estimable Cards on Cards. We somehow made a trade and so came this dervish of delirious delight to reduce me to my knees pining for Jim Eisenreich to come back to the Phillies, but only the version from 1993.
Oh, to be young and full of soda and T-shirts.....
By my imprecise count, he finished off 17 different team/insert team sets from this package. Amazing. Highlights to follow.....
his prediction didn't come true?
so you can read the previous post.
Tangent: Speaking of Don Carman, here's another anecdote. I was obsessed with baseball (some would say I still am). And so like all good little baseball-obsessed fans I also listened to every spring training game I could on the radio. Don Carman was pitching on that day (it must have been 1989 or 1990). The bases were loaded with 2 outs in a 1 run game (this may be exaggerated) and he had the hitter at 3-0, and I was feeling so deflated because he seemed to walk so many people. He then came back and struck the hitter out, and I was so excited.....for a spring training game. I thought maybe the Phillies would finish above 6th place.....and in 1990, they finished 4th....hope wins again.
Louie Meadows. What, now?
This was part 1 of 2 because there are more cards to show than I know to fit on a scanner bed.....