I trust all of you enjoyed your Christmas. I trust Santa Claus brought you everything your heart desired. Me? I got a nice big lump of coal, but hey, free coal! Anyway, as a certified (if not quite bonafide) "grown up" I really don't exchange presents much anymore. Oh, I will bring something if I go to a party, and of course the kids in my life got something, but my attitude towards the whole gift-giving component of the holidays can be summed up in this little exchange between my sister and I the other day at lunch:
Sis: Oh, by the way, I didn't get you anything for Christmas.
Me: Don't worry, I didn't get you anything, either.
Sis: Well, you did just buy me lunch at McDonalds...
Me: Woohoo! Big Macs for Christmas!
All this does not mean I do not take advantage of the retail Armageddon that takes place every year around this time. One of my favorite sites, COMC.com, always has a big Black Friday sale and then a Cyber Monday shipping special. I used the latter to get a bunch of cards I had accumulated over the last many months to my house for free. Freedom! Let's take a look at what the gods of commerce have wrought:
Those Iooss' make for one hell of a nice page. The Jimmy Deans? Well, they look okay, too. These cards finished off two half pages I started at a show over the summer. It's nice to see the seasons come together so well. That last vertical Met also finishes a page started at that same show, alas, it did not get a scanning opportunity.
The second batch here is not quite as cut and dry as it is all over the place. You have a rookie cup addition and some wonderful Mars Attacks inserts to complete a page. Then it gets even more obscure with a Chico Resch box bottom card that I accidentally discovered while doing the COMC challenge and immediately gobbled up. There is also an obligatory Gary Carter and a Pinnacle Trophy Collection card to fix a page that I had somehow screwed up while building (it happens). Then on the bottom row there is a NASCAR(?) driver and a 1964 Donruss Addams Family card, a must for any non-sports collection.
But wait, what is that last card? What's that name?
BUZZ fucking NUTTER!!!!!!!
Look at that, it's glorious. I might never recover knowing there was once a professional football player, hell, that there was once a human being that went by the name Buzz Nutter.