Sunday, May 5, 2013
Chris over at Nachos Grande held a contest in which anyone who helped him along in his quest to complete the diamond sparkly Topps flagship set would get an entry in a giveaway. As it turns out, I won second prize, a relic card from a Hall of Fame player.
Since I am only able to hit the blogs I follow about once a week, I was blissfully unaware of my major award until it arrived in my mailbox. I was wondering why Chris was sending me anything as our collecting focuses really don't overlap anymore. But all was revealed when I opened the envelope.
A 2010 Topps National Chicle Jim Palmer. I am not sure if it is the idea of having a bat relic for a pitcher with a .174 lifetime batting average or the breeze blown hair in the art work, but this card is glorious.
I realize that seems a bit harsh. It isn't intended that way. Sure, there is a little bit of the kitsch about the card. But, kitsch is good. My wife and I have a collection of drink glasses from The Kahiki, a (former) polynesian supper club in Columbus, OH. (Note: if it sounds familiar, that is because after the owners closed the restaurant, they opened a frozen foods business and you can find Kahiki products in your supermarket's freezer case.) So, Chris, don't take my comments as a dismissal of this card. It has already been placed in an honored position in my mojo binder, on the same page as my Robinson Cano and CC Sabathia relics.