Last week at the monthly trade night I was the "fortunate" receiver of a "generous" gift.
There are a number of collectors, vendors, shops and just general hobbyists who know I collect Linden. I do a pretty good job of subtly plastering that info wherever I go. Be it me donning my Linden jersey or Canucks hat or maybe they just see my username on a number of online sites - bamlinden.
But there is a smaller group of people who know much about some of my other projects. Be it my #WalletCard pc, Parkie Project, hard signed Hall Of Famers or my simple Raise The Cup chase.
"Thankfully" there are a few people who know how to really make a guy feel good about his collections....and is "willing" to "help a guy out" anytime he can.
The look on my face when this card slowly glided over the countertop and into my view must have been spectacular. In fact, the guy who gave it to me (let's call him "Captain Canuck") went out of his way not to text me a photo of it or share the info ahead of time. Instead, wanting to get a front row seat at the tirade.
And a glorious tirade I shared.
I have really enjoyed collecting cards of guys enjoying that pinnacle moment in their career - hoisting the Stanley Cup.......but the cards with this guy on it - oh man. It's hard to crack a smile on these ones (but I'll do my best since it was a "gift").
The worst part about it - and I am reliving it right now as I look at it - this is a really nice card (I just threw up in my mouth). It's a great photo and the silver foil really makes the design pop (scan again does no justice....in fact I think it makes Messier's teeth more white).
So......I guess a "thank you" is in order. Or something.
Now into the binder where you can be forgotten.
Current Collection - 157 cards