Sunday, January 27, 2019

The Mystery Mailer

I mentioned in my last post that three packages were waiting for me when I got home from work on Friday. One from Julie, one from Wes..and a third one I was not expecting.

The sender's name and return address were unreadable:

But the postage sticker narrowed it down considerably:

By my estimation there are only 2 or 3 Canadian collectors reading this blog. There was no note inside the mailer; the cards would have to provide clues.

O-Pee-Chee Devils! Lucky for me Brian Boyle was not included; it's the only one I have from '18-19.

More Devils, including Zach Parise, Brendan Shanahan, and Cup-winning Capital Devante Smith-Pelly. My Devils collection has been nearly dormant, since almost everyone on the blogs sends me Red Sox and I haven't been able to upload my hockey traders to TCDB (working on that this weekend.) These are most appreciated - but a Canadian sending hockey cards isn't helping me solve the mystery (although it rules out Mike Matson.)

A-ha! Now this is a clue. Three Khris Middleton cards, an Antoine Walker, a Delanie Walker, and a Chris Chambers card. Whoever sent these has an eye for special mini-collections of players who share one's birthday.


Which is what all these players have in common with me: August 12 birthdays. Ian Happ was born the day of the MLB players strike, in 1994. Rafael Araujo was born on my exact birthday. And Plaxico Burress was..a grade-A idiot who once shot himself in a nightclub and probably cost the Giants a Super Bowl. That said, an Ultimate Materials relic #d to 99 is a welcome addition to my collection. (had Plax shot someone else I'd feel differently, obvs.)

But who would know this? Who would have cards of all four sports, including a gold parallel from 2013-14 Score hockey and an obscure Raptor and be generous enough to send a care package of players who have a very specific birthday?

I'm going to go out on a limb has to be Douglas, author of Sports Cards From The Dollar Store, and collector of players who share his 2/14 birthday.

Doug, thank you very much for this surprise package! I'll be sure to send you some return fire as soon as I can.  

Have any of you received a surprise package from a fellow blogger/collector lately?



  1. I swear. There was a legible return address on that when it went out.

  2. Well, someone you interact with from Waterloo, Ontario.. lol

    I received a Christmas card with 7 cards in it earlier this week. Completely unexpected..

  3. For some reason it never occurred to me to send you Devils. I'll have to fix that!

  4. Buckstore Cards - Doug! I just rec'd a package today with the same washed out corner and postmark. I could make out the three digits in his home address, enough to identify! He blessed me with Blackhawks and Sooner boys!

  5. Received a package last week from Julie. Not surprised though. She sends one, two, or three packages every year.