You know how they say that you never know if you don't ask? And you know how they also say that the card collecting community that we are all a part of is the best out there? Well, I say that anyway. When you combine those two elements, at least for me, you get a perfect storm.
Whenever we had that last blog bat-around a few weeks back regarding white whales for your collection, I put a list down at the bottom with a handful of oddballs from San Diego that I would need for my Ralf Mojsiejenko PC. In said post, I mentioned that there was a TCDB member who had been adding images and a few other oddball checklists lately, but no sign of anything on any for sale/trade lists. So I took matters into my own hands and reached out to this member, Greg, aka PSABolts.
In this message, I essentially told Greg exactly what I've already said; I had seen the cards he was adding, and I was wondering if he had any others available for sale or trade. It didn't take long for him to reply, and eventually he sent a package off to me. The contents of that are shown below.
Boom. 1988 San Diego Chargers Smokey team issue/oddball.
Bang. 1989 San Diego Chargers Smokey team issue/oddball. Did I mention that he said his wantlist was very specific and refused a dime or a trade offer? Yeah, these showed up in a padded mailer on Saturday, all from the goodness of his heart.
1989 Junior Chargers ticket. I didn't even know this damn thing existed until Greg added it to the database recently! Some may not consider this a card, and that's okay. I guess I don't consider it a card anyway. But it's got a picture of the guy on the front, and that's enough for inclusion into my collection!
1987 San Diego Chargers Smokey team issue/oddball. Why isn't this in chronological order? Because, according to Greg (who, by the way, is now my expert on all things San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers) these are very difficult to come by in good shape, and the one he was sending me was a little rough. "But wait," you cry out, confused. "That looks like it's in great shape!" Yeah, it is. Because he went out and found another collector with one for me! Did I mention that he's a great guy?
And finally, 1986 Kodak San Diego Chargers. Yes, another card that he went and got from another collector to throw into a package for me. Also, the 1986 Kodak and 1987 Smokey used the same picture. So that's fun.
Greg, as I said in the messages, I can't thank you enough, but I can try. I'll be on the lookout for any Chargers cards that I think can help you and perhaps someday I can find something to send back your way to make up for a fraction of your generosity.
Ralf Mojsiejenko Card Count: 17/26 (65.4%)
I have but one complaint. With the exception of the ticket stub, all of these cards are oversized...think the 5x7 range. Guess I'll be hitting up the Ultra-Pro website with my next paycheck! Which, in reality, I don't mind, as that will allow me to pick up a box of 9-pocket pages as well.
I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend, and stay warm as temperatures fall heading into November! Enjoy the World Series tonight, and as always, thanks for reading!