Saturday, February 10, 2018

Gold Monday, brought to you by Black Friday (and Jon)

About two weeks ago, I won an auction on eBay. It was for a 1912 C46 of Tony Smith. This past Monday, I received a PWE in the mail, assumed it was that card, and set it aside for the weekend (it was a busy week). Then on Thursday, I received a second PWE in the mail. Cards twice in the same week is a rarity for me, so of course I was confused.

And of course, I wasn't waiting until the weekend to solve this mystery. I made a point of finding some time to open both envelopes to see what was going on. As soon as I picked up the "Monday envelope", I was embarrassed. Clear as day on that envelope was the name, and address, of none other than Jon over at A Penny Sleeve for your Thoughts. I've talked before about his Jonerousity, so maybe I shouldn't have been surprised, but I absolutely was.

The first thing I did was email Jon to thank him, and fully admit my guilt.
He was totally cool about it. He's good people.

So what gives, right? Well, according to the note with the cards, Jon was doing some COMC Black Friday shopping, and saw a few 1994 CC Golds that I didn't have in my set, so he scooped 'em up, and sent them along to me. His note claims that these cards are "Nothing overly spectacular", but he's totally wrong. Check these out...

I grew up collecting in the 80s and 90s. Jeff Bagwell was a big deal. Plus, he's a hall-of-famer, now, so really, he still *is* a big deal. These team checklists are so great, but in gold? Even better.

Next up, Pat Listach. Another checklist, which is awesome, and a card that was super elusive in base and silver for me. Listach played with Milwaukee from 1991-1996, and then just to make sure this post had a complete Houston theme, he joined the Astros in 1997. 500 big league games in 6 years seems like a solid career. According to wikipedia, he now manages the Tacoma Raniers.

Rounding out the trifecta is Scott Servias. After 11 seasons in the bigs, Servais now manages in Washington state, but it's for the Mariners. I honestly didn't know that. He's only been in that position since like October of 2016, though, so I mean that's still pretty fresh news, right?

Thanks to Jon, I've now got 303 of the 670 cards needed to complete the gold set. With 367 still needed, I have a ways to go, but this is still a blast.

Thanks again, Jon. This was a sweet surprise!

Thanks for reading,



  1. I had already forgot that Jeff Bagwell made it in to the hall of fame! I guess that does elevate the overall status of this trio a bit.

    Are we going to be seeing that Tony Smith sometime soon?

    1. Yeah, I'll post Tony in a couple days.

      Thanks again Jon.

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