Friday, August 5, 2016

Two Keepers

This week was sort of an unplanned vacation away from blogging and baseball cards.  Monday's post about the Derek Jeter statue from the Durham Bulls was solid, but then my daughter decided to show up a few days earlier than scheduled.  Nothing got written this week.  

It was fun to take a little bit of time away from everything and spend some time with the little one.  This is our second child, and while she showed up a week early, this has not been as much stress and drama as my son who showed up a month early and spent considerable time in the NICU.  

I wrote a post last summer about my son's stay in the NICU and the baseball card that made the trip with me everyday to go see him in the hospital.  Here's a look at the Colby Rasmus autograph....

This week I did the same thing for my daughter.  Fortunately, the trips back and forth to the hospital only last for a few days and there was no NICU stay involved this time.  She was born Wednesday, so I took the lone envelope out of the mailbox that day and stuck it in my car.  

What was in it?  It's pretty sweet.  

I picked this up really cheap a few weeks back and I guess it spent a little bit of time making its trek to my mailbox.  Colome is a former Durham Bulls player and current closer for the Rays.  I picked up a few Strata cards last year, but none of the big patch piece cards.  I like the patch piece on this card, but there are some really nice ones out there.  Probably why this card was way cheap.  Or, maybe it's the fact that the Rays are not very good and not many people know Alex Colome.  

The back of the card.....

has the standard Congratulations blurb.  I was actually wondering where the little round silver authentication sticker was that Topps supposedly put on the cards in this set.  My Stephen Souza card had one.  Sigh.  

Looks like I can file this Alex Colome card away into the keeper box.  I am sure that my daughter will be thrilled to know that she has a baseball card in my collection in a few years.  I can picture her expression.....


  1. How wonderful,and she is adorable. It looks like she is frustrated with the birds too. Congrats!

    1. Thank you B Man! We followed the game on Twitter together for awhile last night. She was not happy.

  2. Congrats... and enjoy her...there always so much fun

  3. Congrats... and enjoy her...there always so much fun

  4. Congratulations on the addition to your family... and your (I mean her) collection.

  5. Congratulations on the birth of your daughter. Always enjoy your time with her.

  6. Having three daughters myself, I can tell you that little girls are AMAZING! Congratulations to you and your family!

  7. I thought every relic piece in Strata had an authentication sticker. I guess that one must have fallen off or wound up tucked behind the silhouette or something.

    Congrats on the new baby! Kids are crazy, and each one is entirely different. Half of the parenting tricks you learn with the first kid don't work with subsequent kids.