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When your friend says he brought you two balls…

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , , , , , , on January 7, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

“Hey, I placed two balls in your mailbox.”

That’s an actual quote from a co-worker.  Fortunately the co-workers is a good friend, and the balls were in fact baseballs, not something else.

This friend is a guy whom I’ve written about before. He has an extensive game-used NFL jersey collection, and sometimes dabbles in game-used baseball items.  I assist him occasionally in photo matching items and he sometimes randomly surprises me with gifts.

Today was one of those days. The gifts included two baseballs, both of which he wanted me to guess the signature before he told me.

The first ball was inside a red Rawlings brand cardboard box. I opened the box and instantly recognized the poorly faded chicken scratch as that of Red Sox legend Jim Rice. What’s cool is the ball is inscribed with “MVP 78.”  The ball is authenticated by Celebz Direct, which is a company from which I have purchased before, they contract with players to do signing, and from time to time sell collections acquired from the player.

The second ball stumped me initially, but I was able to figure it out with the assistance of the Internet.  Not only is the ball signed, it apparently is the ball that Cleveland Indians closer Michael Jackson used to shut down the Detroit Tigers on July 25, 1998. It was Jackson’s 25th save of the season. The signature is again authenticated by the aforementioned Celebz Direct.

Neither of the balls would fetch big money on the open market, but neither of them are intended for the market – they’re heading into my show case to go with other signed and game-used baseballs I’ve acquired over the years.

Thanks for the baseballs, friend.  Can’t wait to see the new loot you picked up.

My Newest Addition; Thoughts on Rickey, Rice

Posted in New Addition, Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

This piece was written by hand Jan. 12, 2009 and transcribed for this blog on Jan. 15, 2009. Some portions have been added.

111_0065Well, I almost called my shot. Just as I alluded to last week, my wife and I indeed this weekend welcomed into the world our newest addition — Alexa, born early Sunday morning.

Since her birth, the world has seemed like a different place. My wife and I are still in the hospital — I’m actually writing this by hand  as I listen my daughter make the funniest noises — so we’ve yet to feel any sense of normalcy. And for me, this really means that I’ve yet to see what life is like at home with my daughter and wife, who is recovering from Cesarean Section surgery.

But I’m not going to turn this into a diary about the joys of fatherhood. I bet a blog about such a topic would be more popular than my little blog about baseball cards, but I’m not going down that road here. Instead I want to talk about stuff I’ve missed. Continue reading