Tuesday, February 2, 2016


I've always had a problem with remembering things. Now, I'm not the kind of guy that forgets his anniversary (July 12th) or his wife's or kids birthdays (Oct 21st, Nov 4th and Aug 18th, in age order). And big events I can remember, like being in the bathroom shaving when Challenger was lost on lift off or watching a black and white TV in the kitchen when my brother told me Lennon was killed. I also call myself a fountain of useless information for some of the utterly useless bits of data I still know. I can tell you the first phone number I had as a child (389-9551). I can tell you a rat can tread water for 3 days and can fit through a hole the size of a quarter. I can also tell you that Lee Majors used to be married to Farrah Fawcett. Who needs to remember that? When will it even be handy again?

That's correct, Jeff. You have control of the board.
When I scan cards, I keep a text file so I know what images go with with sender. I also put little notes on the line to help me remember some odd or interesting information about what the person sent me. When I look at the line for Colby from Cardboard Collections, I noted in parenthesis "trade heavy in your favor". This was obviously something he wrote in the enclosed note, and I wanted to save it for this post to make some humor quip about it.

But now - I have no idea what I was going to say. For the life of me, I don't remember why I was going to bring attention to this simple phrase. And for the life of my, I cannot find his note in the box I place all the pieces of paper in that come with cards I receive (I can be a pack rat). So here's some of the greatness Colby sent, sans anything humorous spoken from me.

Really? You're gonna start being funny now?

I do recall helping Colby out with his 2015 Gypsy Queen set, dropping a bunch of set building on him. I keep finding discounted hanger boxes at Walmart, and for $5, It's worth a shot for the 3 pearl frames and a possible SP or hit. Colby sent me back a ton of set building, including a far amount of Cooperstown inserts. I moved the two years into a binder and I'm starting to enter that binder into my Zistle account, which means I am scanning a ton of cards. Love Ted holding up the green and white impact printer page.

Also got some help with my A&G and GQ needs. Currently, I am one base card away from completing the 2015 base set for GQ. If I could find a dime box, I am sure I would be done with both sets you see, but alas..... Maybe I make the Orland show in Feb. I remember going up into the Gateway Arch on a family trip back in the mid 70's. I'm going to day '75 or '77. Do you still ride in a knock off of a Gemini capsule to get to the top?

MIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNIIIIIIIIIIIS!™ Night Owl. Lastly were these helps for some of the A&G minis I have been working on. I need to finish the kitty set, if only to finish it. Man's Best Friend was a far better set cuz dogs are better than cats. Just face facts, cat lovers.

Colby - I thank you again. At least I remembered who sent them, even if I couldn't remember much else.


  1. I went to St. Louis a few years ago for a newspaper conference. I ran 6 miles in the park around the arch but never found the time to actually go up to the top; thus, I cannot help you with that inquiry. Though, now I am reminded that I have to put that on my bucket list.

    Anyway, those credential cards might be horrid and bizarrre, but I think I like them for those very same reasons.

  2. I went in 99 or so and it was rickety as hell (the arch)

  3. I was in the arch in '87 and they were still doing the capsule ride. I was in college and up for almost anything then. There's no way in hell you could get me in that thing now.