I use the Post Office's Informed Delivery feature to see what mail I have coming each day. I live in a rural area where mail theft can happen, so it is always good to know what to expect. Truthfully, these days it is mostly insurance solicitations and credit card offers. So, imagine my surprise and delight when I saw an envelope from Night Owl the other day.
Greg and I have something of an unstated agreement. Whenever I am at a show and down to the nits and lice in my pocket, I scan through the vintage discount boxes for cards on his want list. In response, I'll get an envelope from him with various cards that I would not otherwise seek out: modern cards of Yankee stars (like this Mo), modern cards featuring vintage players (like these), vintage cards (like these), and even help with my non-sports horse set (see here.) Since, I generally eschew modern cards today, my online trading has mostly evaporated. So, getting mail from NO is a major, and welcome, event.
So, what arrived?
Five cards towards my 1978 TCMA The 1960s set. I really like this set, which harkens back to 1953 Bowman Color, with a simple design that really focuses on the player rather than extraneous design elements.
The cards was accompanied by a note saying that he was putting this set on the back burner because he has too many collecting interests. That is a problem I also am suffering in my collecting, as evidenced by the fact that the last time I added a card towards completing this set was in December of 2015. Yikes.
But, these cards have rekindled my interest in finishing the set and, since the weather this weekend is ill-suited for the farm project I need to finish, I'm going to look for cheap lots on eBay to see if I can close this one out.
One final observation: the backs of these cards are really something when you contrast them with the staid front. Individually the backs are not untypical from any number of other oddball sets in that it includes the players name, team, position, handedness, height, weight, and birthday.
But, taken together? Hoo boy. See for yourself:
They are all over the place. Different fonts. Different color ink. Wonky spacing and centering. I mean, really. Go home TCMA, you're drunk.
What I am listening to: Crawl Into the Promised Land by Rosanne Cash