Flat Rates, Prize Package, and a Surprise

Saturday didn’t disappoint in terms of maildays, although I was hoping my blaster case of 2019 Topps Heritage would get delivered. It didn’t.

When I checked my PO Box there were two glorious yellow cards inside…meaning I have two packages too large to fit inside the box. Turned out they were both medium flat rate boxes. Score!

Another box, a small flat rate, was addressed from B.T.K. Fortunately, the return address wasn’t Wichita, Kansas. It was from Brody the Kid. He chose me as a winner for his contest for the messiest card room.

His prize package was awesome, and included unopened packs including from Panini VIP and the steal a base, steal a taco.

Brody also added a pile of Cubs cards.

And three unopened packs of 2018 Topps with Cubs showing on front: Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, and Anthony Rizzo.

And a 2018 Topps unopened team set! Thanks, Brody!

I also had an envelope from PK Steinberg that was unexpected. Another ten Cubs cards inside including some new 2019 Topps Cubs. Isn’t the 1989 Topps Mark Grace gold cup a magnificent beauty. Love this card.

Michael, a Cubs fan in Alabama, sent one of the flat rate boxes. He sent some awesome chrome color and refractors: 2008 Bowman Chrome XFractor Kyle Reynolds 56/275, 2011 Bowman Chrome Purple Refractor Kyle Smit 668/799, 2010 Bowman Chrome Refractor Logan Watkins 43/777, 2017 Topps Chrome Refractor Javier Baez, and 2018 Topps Chrome reverse negative Refractor Jose Quintana.

The best of both worlds with vintage: 1972 Topps Strikeout Leaders Fergie Jenkins, 1962 Post Ron Santo, 1962 Post Richie Ashburn, and 1975 Hostess Burt Hooton.

A pair of Dan Vogelbach cards I didn’t have.

Typically I don’t dabble much in Topps Pro Debut. I don’t recognize these Topps Pro Debut of Hunter Ackerman, Su-Min Jung, Aaron Kurcz, Elliot Soto, and Austin Reed.

This 2003 Fleer Splendid Splinters Hee Seop Choi is a super thick card and it’s numbered 364/999.

Ernie Banks Topps Triple Thread and it’s numbered 181/299.

An Eric Patterson jersey Relic!

Story time. Nelson Perez was a big dude. He towered over teammates in the lower levels of the minor leagues. This 2009 Bowman Chrome lists him at 6’3” 215 pounds. In 2008 or 2009 he was with the Peoria Chiefs and a friend of mine and I sat right next to the bullpen. During warmups, Perez came dancing in from the outfield and a couple relievers were heading to the bullpen. Perez made a comment that didn’t appeal to one of the pitchers who looks over at his teammate he was walking with and says, “I f******* hate that guy.”

Brian in Rhode Island sent a flat rate box and it was equally spectacular. It even included a box loader.

And this Ryne Sandberg pop up. I have another one of these, but not Sandberg, and it’s in rough shape. This is in great condition.

Some oddballs in the form of 1981 Topps scratch offs of Jerry Martin, Dave Kingman, Ivan DeJesus, and Bill Buckner.

I’ve never seen these. The only marking is O’Connell & Son Ink. A new Ernie Banks and Billy Williams for the collection.

A couple 1972 Topps high numbers of Ray Newman and Joe Decker.

Look at this! Rookies! Wow, not expected. 1977 Topps Bruce Sutter and 1984 Donruss Joe Carter Rated Rookie.

One Million Cubs Project Stats

Saturday’s (3/2/2019) Cards: 3,111

Saturday’s (3/2/2019) Packages: 4

January’s Cubs Count: 9,343

February’s Cubs Count: 8,980

March’s Cubs Count: 3,111

Total Trades/Donations: 66

Trade States of Origin:

California (4)
Connecticut (5)

Florida (2)


Illinois (7)
Maryland (2)
Massachusetts (3)

New Jersey (5)
New York (6)
North Carolina (2)
Ohio (4)
Pennsylvania (3)

Rhode Island

South Carolina
Tennessee (2)
Texas (3)
Washington (2)
Wisconsin (8)

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