Some weekends lend themselves to heavy blogging and some don't. This weekend's unbelievably beautiful weather obviously was not one of them. I spent time outside and even spent enjoyable time with my family. *gasp!* On Saturday, though, a pile of envelopes with some eclectic contents was sitting on the table:
Inside you have a bevy of football cards from all over the map, from commons to cards for my 527's to nifty manu-patch cards of Drew Brees. Also there is a wonderful oddball, a 1971 Bazooka card, a set that has slipped through my fingers for some time. Best part of that card? I picked it up for nothing on Listia. The last two cards are wonderful in their own personal way. Penny Hardaway is one of the all time "what if" players in NBA history, sure, but why did I pick up this particular card? Well, while surfing the aforementioned Listia, I ran into this card and it reminded me of a girl I dated from Memphis and her father's soul food restaurant. Turns out, back when Penny was in college, after games they would all go to this joint. Her father, who was quite a character, had all sorts of memorabilia on the walls and would ramble on and on about that team and how good Penny was. He'd also feed us just the most amazing food you have ever imagined: fried pork tenderloin, mac & cheese, collard greens. Simply amazing. Now, I hadn't thought of that particular little anecdote in years, decades even. But that one card brought it all back...the smells, the stories, the hero worship, and the food (oh the food). If that isn't why we collect these silly cards, what is? The other card there is one from one of the terrible Batman movies featuring Drew Barrymore. I have been in love with her since I was 6 years old and saw her in E.T. Needless to say, I think of her all the time and don't need reminding, but it's nice to have her in cardboard form too.
If you kids get bored with the same old cards, head over to View From the Skybox and get your filthy mitts on some new ones via his latest contest which is pretty nifty if you ask me.