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.

Thank you!

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