I couldn't open them right away. I had to watch my 4 year old daughter because my 7 year old daughter was invited to a birthday party. I was afraid that the party (and the 3 inches of snow on the ground) would prevent me from getting to the post office. Thankfully my wife was nice enough to go right back out (in the slushy snow) and mail everything for me. I really appreciated that.
More than half the cards in my Black Friday haul have already been discussed on this blog - because I'm impatient like that - but I've still got plenty to scan and share..
I've always wanted to own a 1955 Bowman Sam Mele card. Why?
Mele was a journeyman outfielder who played two stints with the Red Sox, and in '55 he was nearing the end of an unremarkable ten year career -- though he did lead the Twins to the 1965 AL pennant as a manager. He attended Yale (and I do collect Red Sox and players with Connecticut ties) and, at nearly 95 years old, Mele is one of the oldest living baseball players.
But...why did I want this specific Sam Mele card? Because this particular card front has no logo or position, or even his first name. It just says 'Mele'
..and that happens to be the last name of a girl I crushed on for more than three years. It amuses me that there is a baseball card of someone (who once played for my favorite team) named Mele. Yes, I know I'm weird.
I was hoping to add it to my next (and possibly last) PSA submission, but I'm not sure it will make the final cut. The surface is squeaky-clean and shiny, and the borders have very little chipping - which is rare for a '55 Bowman. But the card is a bit curled and the back isn't great. Still, it only cost me $3.25 to add this card to my Red Sox vintage collection and/or subset of players who share surnames with girls I've liked. So far it's Mele and former Cardinals pitcher Mike Parisi...
... at least until I get a card of Sox minor leaguer Kevin McAvoy.
|McAvoy is my wife's maiden name|
As for the rest of the vintage cards in my COMC order, I'm happy to report that they're all crease free and appear to have no major flaws - though the Jacques Plante 71-72 OPC has a slight bit of gum staining above the Maple Leafs logo.
I plan to submit about 15 cards to PSA when (if?) I get my Christmas bonus from work. That doesn't include a 1960 Topps Stan Musial I'm submitting for re-grade and a 1994 SP Alex Rodriguez RC I'm sending in for a crossover.
Perhaps I'll pull another Billy Loes, but I'm not expecting anything that spectacular in this batch.
Have you submitted anything to PSA recently? Do you have a PC of players who share your last name - or your wife's/girlfriend's/crush's? Let me know in comments!