Friday, July 3, 2009

Many Miles Traveled

Yesterday, I received one package in the mail. It was from the UK. That can only mean one thing. A package from John!

Indeed it was John form The Pursuit of 80's(ness). It always amazes me what American cards find their way to Europe, only to be sent back to the States. It's an improbable journey, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

John always sends the most wonderful packages across the ocean. He always includes a small personal note. I wish I could remember to do the same always, but sometimes I am focused to much on the package itself. It's a problem that I hope to rectify more often than not.

The one thing that really struck me about this batch of cards was the 1975 Topps Mini card of Skip Pitlock. As many of you will find hard to believe, this is my first 1975 Topps Mini card. We'll wait for the master of the '75 mini, dayf, to recover from his sudden spill on the floor.

Recovered, dayf? Good. It's true. There are just some releases that have eluded me, for whatever reason and that is one of them. I can only focus on completing so many White Sox team sets at the same time and some just fall to the wayside. I had to scan the mini in front of a 1976 Topps card, just to believe what my own eyes were seeing. All things considered, that's a pretty big mini card.

Let's see what John sent over.

1975 Topps Mini
579 – Skip Pitlock

1976 Topps
237 – Dave Hamilton
309 – Bill Melton
437 – Terry Forster

1986 Topps
657 – Juan Agosto

1989 Topps
414 – Jim Fregosi

1991 Donruss
477 – Frank Thomas

1991 Fleer
137 – Bobby Thigpen

1991 Topps
785 – Scott Fletcher

1994 Score
379 – Tim Raines
513 – Bo Jackson

1995 Score
503 – Norberto Martin (2)
544 – Kirk McCaskill (2)

1995 Topps Embossed
116 – Ozzie Guillen

1995 Zenith
33 – Frank Thomas
90 – Robin Ventura
123 – James Baldwin

1995 Zenith All-Star Salute
17 – Frank Thomas

1996 Topps
345 – Chris Snopek

1997 Bowman International
290 – Frank Thomas

1997 Topps
46 – Harold Baines

1997 Topps Chrome
82 – Roberto Hernandez

1997 Upper Deck
238 – Mike Cameron

1999 Skybox Premium
103 – Mike Sirotka

1999 Skybox Thunder
13 – Jeff Abbott
71 – Mike Caruso
96 – Ray Durham

2000 Fleer Mystique
83 – Frank Thomas

2000 Fleer Tradition
211 – Aaron Myette, Josh Paul

2000 Upper Deck MVP
205 – Mike Sirotka

2001 Donruss
112 – Paul Konerko

2001 Fleer Platinum
13 – Sandy Alomar Jr.

2001 Fleer Tradition
397 – Frank Thomas

2001 Topps
727 – Jon Rauch

2002 Upper Deck
619 – Frank Thomas

2007 Upper Deck Masterpieces
62 – Luis Aparicio

2009 Goudey
50 – Alexei Ramirez

2009 Topps
548 – John Danks

2009 Upper Deck First Edition
67 – Alexei Ramirez
71 – Paul Konerko

Thanks, John! That was a great package from you, as always. I should get something in the mail to you next week, after the holiday. I already have the cards set aside.


night owl said...

You HAVE to get the rest of the '75 White Sox minis! It is the one set, for me, that says "I was 9 years old."

Andrew said...

Look at that 70s stache, wooooo nelly.

Steve Gierman said...

The '75 White Sox minis have always been on my list, but they kept getting put on the back burner.

The '75 White Sox team set is full of great 70s staches!

dayf said...

I'm the mini master? Really? When did that happen? WHY DON'T MY FRIENDS TELL ME THESE THINGS?

You shoulda told me you didn't have a '75 mini, I would have sent you one. No 1975 page on your want lists, ya see.

Steve Gierman said...

I'm working on it as fast as I can. The dilithium crystals are in short supply!

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