Like most collectors/bloggers who send anything through the mail, the post office always finds a way to surprise us. Sometimes good, sometimes bad. Last Saturday I mailed a trade to New Jersey in a bubble mailer. It was delivered on Monday. I contacted the trader to verify the tracking was true, and sure enough he received it. 2 days to getting from Illinois to New Jersey is unbelievable. The week after Christmas I received a pwe from one of my favorite Cardinals blogger Kerry This was somewhat unexpected, but very welcome. 2 days later I receive another pwe from him. I did not ask, but I assume he mailed them the same day. At least all the cards in both envelopes arrived in great shape.
These are my first silver portraits parallels from 2021 A&G. Someone was lucky enough to get a hot box this year.
Kerry also sent my first 2021 Stadium Club Chrome cards. Hard to go wrong with great photography and a chrome finish.
I did have a one card from 2021 Gold Label. Kerry added a couple more from Class 1, a Class 2 Arenado, and a Black Class 1. Glad Topps noted on the front of the card what class it is.
I received a couple of inserts from 2021 Panini Prizm. You have already seen these in a couple of previous posts, but they will be passed on to another Cardinals collector. It is tempting to hold onto the Carlson, but in the end I thought it was best to share the wealth.
The last card was a nice 2019 Bowman's Best refractor. If I had to pick a favorite current Cardinals, it would be a close toss up between him and Wainwright. I love how they just go about their daily business and do not feel the need to show off a lot of emotion. I am an old fashioned guy who does not care for the bat flips and stare downs. I understand the need to jump around or celebrate after a big hit, but I do not want to see it every time you hit a home run. Put your head down, run the bases, and act like you have been there before.