Wednesday, March 5, 2008

No Soup For You!

Another day, another mail delivery without my 2008 Topps Heritage box. At least I got an e-mail yesterday claiming that it shipped. It just didn't specify which day it shipped. I've resisted the temptation of going to one of the two hobby shops close by to pick a pack up. As much as it pains me to watch everyone else open their boxes up, mine will arrive soon enough.

I did, however, get one package in the mail today. It was from Jeff of On Base Autos. My first thought was that I hadn't won the monthly contest. Then I remembered an e-mail from Jeff telling me to be on the lookout for a package. This must be it. Cool!

If there's anything that I like better than eBay packages or trade packages, it's free packages. Mostly because it symbolizes a nice gesture. Then, there's always the fact that it's free!

So, what did I receive in my package from Jeff?

1986 Topps #313 - Joe DeSa
1986 Topps #390 - Tom Seaver
1989 Topps Traded #75T - Tom McCarthy
1989 Topps Traded #120T - Jeff Torborg
1990 Bazooka #13 - Carlos Martinez
1990 Fleer #540 - Carlos Martinez
1990 Fleer #541 - Tom McCarthy
1990 Fleer #543 - Donn Pall (2)
1990 Fleer #544 - Dan Pasqua
1990 Fleer #545 - Ken Patterson (2)
1990 Fleer #549 - Bobby Thigpen (2)
1992 Donruss #191 - Alex Fernandez
1992 Pinnacle #253 - Roberto Hernandez
1992 Score #635 - Tim Raines
1994 Upper Deck #395 - Jack McDowell
1995 Pacific #93 - Norberto Martin (2)
1995 Pacific #95 - Tim Raines
1995 Upper Deck #433 - Chris Sabo
1997 Score #58 - Danny Tartabull (2)
1997 Score #245 - Kevin Tapani (2)
1997 Score #348 - Jaime Navarro
1998 Pinnacle #153 - Jaime Navarro
1998 Pinnacle Plus #62 - Magglio Ordonez
1998 Score #12 - Chuck McElroy
2004 Upper Deck #119 - Magglio Ordonez

I opened the package and staring back at me was Joe DeSa. He looked like the Soup Nazi. I could almost hear him say, "No Sox for you! Come back, one year!" Even though there was a Larry Thomas on the White Sox in the early nineties, he looked nothing like the actor who played the Soup Nazi. Joe looks eerily like him here.

No Soup Nazi with a greasepaint moustache and eyebrows is going to keep me away from the White Sox. If Seinfeld was on during the 1930's, maybe Groucho Marx would have played the Soup Nazi. If it was on in the mid-eighties, Joe DeSa definitely would have played him. I know, it's scary, but this is how my brain works.

Yes, there were a few that I actually needed for my collection. A few will probably be sent off for autographs. A few may show up in a future contest, to be passed from person to person like a doobie. I'm not sure what the future holds for some of these cards, but it certainly will be entertaining to me to find out.

Thanks Jeff! The cards are very much appreciated!

One sad note, Joe DeSa was killed in a head on collision on December 20, 1986. You can read his obituary here.


csd said...

I think Joe died the same year that card came out. I am not sure, but I think that I remember him killing himself.

Steve Gierman said...

He died in a head on collision in Puerto Rico on December 20, 1986. He had just signed with the Royals on November 15, 1986 and had an excellent shot at making the 1987 team.

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