Last summer, I noticed that the Cubs were featured on a regional cover of Sports Illustrated. In the good ol' Land of Lincoln, and probably a slightly larger area, fans were treated to this fantastic shot of Kris Bryant's walk off home run.
|And don't forget Pedro Strop!|
I think in my neck of the woods, we had a Serena Williams (tennis?!) cover.
I couldn't make up the following story if I tried.
The issue date of this magazine was August 31, 2015. The walk off depicted (#12 of last season's incredible 13) was Monday, August 24, 2015. Less than a week later, while this issue was probably still on newsstands, Jake Arrieta no-hit a playoff bound Los Angeles Dodgers team.
When I heard such a regional issue existed, I shot Jeff an email asking if he could procure such a treasure for me if he happened to see one in his area. A few weeks later, I fall off the planet again.
Fast forward to about two weeks ago and all a sudden two copies of this magazine have become a "burden" and possibly a "curse" to his home (despite his Pale Hose also owning a fine start and division lead). A little on the dramatic side if you ask me.
He confirms my address hasn't changed and a week later, they show up in my mailbox. What happens next? That's right. Jake Arrieta promptly throws another no hitter.
Jeff, when the Cubs land the cover again, I think you know what to do....
But JenerousJediJeff doesn't just stop at gifting me an awesome collectible magazine and a pair of no hitters. He throws in a some cards like he's Billy Freakin' Mays.
We've got some great horizontals:
|2003 Topps #252 Joe Randa|
|2012 Topps #461 Victor Martinez|
|2015 Topps Stadium Club #282 Fred McGriff|
|2007 Upper Deck #418 Khalil Greene|
Speaking of Ivy cards, we've got those too:
And even some interleague Ivy cards:
I see you sneaking a South Sider into my collection...
Aaaaaaaand North Siders! My Cubs collection is a bit of a mess right now because of storage situations but I was using Zistle prior to my hiatus. And according to that record, some of these are new and some of them are upgrades.
If any body ever figured out how to scan chrome cards nicely while I was gone, let me know.
And pretty much everything 2015 was going to be new to me.
These Cubs were dupes, but I haven't even started looking at the Cubs portion of my horizontal collection so they'll slide over for the time being.
And for that extra extra extra bonus, Jeff threw in one of my first 2016 cards. And its a numbered relic to boot!
|2016 Topps 100 Years at Wrigley Relic #WRIGR-RP Rafael Palmeiro|
With a mailing like that, no wonder I came back just to show it off!
Thanks, Jeff! By the time this posts, there should be something going back your way.