At any rate, I was getting ready to talk about the Newsday article in which Derek Jeter collector and Topps employee/spokesperson Susan Lulgjuraj -- @yanxchick on Twitter -- is quoted noting that Topps tries to make products for everyone. By that, she means that the Opening Day product sells for 99 cents to try to entice kids to collect, and then Topps Dynasty retails at $400 a pack/per card for those people who are looking for lottery tickets and, instead, end up with an autograph/relic of Yasmany Tomas.
|That's a real 1/1, and the eBay seller took less than $320 for the card from a $400 pack.|
MORE your junk wax isn't worth anything anymore stories?? How bout story on delusional '80s collectors still existing despite these stories.— NightOwlCards (@nightowlcards) March 5, 2016
So, instead, I'll post a card that came in the mail yesterday instead. I think three-fourths of the known world has received excellent baseball cards from Matt over at Bob Walk the Plank. I wasn't expecting anything from him, so I was surprised when I got an envelope. It was one card, but it packed a punch.
What was it?
A 2015 Panini Cooperstown autograph of Rollie Fingers! And, indeed, on the back, it says "Milwaukee" above Rollie's name, so this indeed belongs in my collection.
It goes well with a new page that I started working on yesterday. If you have ever been so bored or suffering from insomnia such that you started looking through my player collections, you may have noticed that for the players from the 1980s, I have a ton of in-person autographs of those players. Knowing that those are not the only autographs I have from that era, I decided to catalog all those in-person autographs. I got through the cards and the photos yesterday with only a few yearbooks and programs to go. That list is located here.
Okay, back to the envelope from yesterday. I feel like a little context helps see what a madman Matt really is:
Apparently, cards like this just appear on Matt's Morgantown desk like dust appears on mine.
Matt, thank you once again for the fantastic generosity!