It’s Mother’s Day, and in this house in particular, it’s the first Mother’s Day. My wife tells me that last year counts, and I’m not going to argue that – she was 9 months pregnant and our Lil Bru would arrive in just a couple weeks time. But this is the first actual Mother’s Day here, because it’s my first one where I have to perform all the typical fatherly duties – waking up first, wrangling the kiddo, letting mama sleep in, making sure we have presents, that brunch is lined up, etc.
So of course I’m writing about Father’s Day cards. Last year, when our nugget was but three scant weeks old, the three of us were all hanging out at the house on a Saturday – possibly watching the Astros game even. I noticed that there was a card show going on that weekend – not any show, but the really big one that TriStar puts on here in Houston each summer, and remarked about it aloud, mildly despairing that the following Sunday was the final day. Much to my surprise, my wife told me I should go. What followed was an exchange that approximated to this:
“Really? No, I couldn’t.”
“Yes, really! You should, you deserve it.”
“Are you sure about that? It’s Father’s Day.”
“Yes, really. You should go, take a couple hours and get a break. Then we’ll do family stuff.”
Another ’56 and another Harvey to add to my PC. I love that he appears to be legging out a single here.
You’ve actually seen these two cards already, both of which have ink on them now. I picked up these two with plans to write Mr. Peters, the two-time All-Star and 1963 AL ROY. The ’68 came cheap with several Astros that you’ll see below.
At some point I hit a bin with a bunch of cheap Post cards, which was phenomenal except for the fact that I didn’t want to start building the set yet. If I’d come in with 50 bucks dedicated to that I probably could have knocked out a third of it! I grabbed these two Digger O’Dell cards at low prices, and Billy has since signed them for me.
I nabbed the rookie stars card as I still need Tom Dukes and Alonzo “Candy” Harris, which are both pretty good TTM. I’m always a bit torn on these – do I get it signed by both? If so, then I need another card to slot into the Astro-graphs collection. I did find a great photo of Harris in uniform, which I whipped into a custom. I need to check for Dukes. I do recall kicking myself for not spending an extra dollar to get a Von Hoff without the crease. I’d mistakenly picked this one up for TTM and then got home and checked my lists only to remember that he’d passed in 2012. Ah well, if a nicer one floats my way this will fall into the distant ’68 set build I suppose.
Derrell Griffith! What? That doesn’t excite you? I’d been trying to hunt down this ’67 for some time, as it’s Griffith’s only Astros card. He’s got a fantastic success rate – I need to sit down and write him already.
Check out that stunning beauty of a ’54. It’s got some ever-so softened corners, and just a very slight offset in the printing (check the lower right corner), but the poses, the grip, the dreamy blue eyes. That’s a damn baseball card there.
So it was a great first Father’s Day last year, and the card show was a phenomenal bonus. I’ll post some of the other stuff later this week. Now, it’s time to make sure this first official Mother’s day is as amazing as my wonderful wife is.
Oh, and call your mom if she’s still with us.