Monday, February 6, 2012
My first silk - and my wife was watching
As I hit pack 3 of 6, it felt a little different. My wife watched as my eyes lit up while going through the pack... a card I had never seen before! It was blue and thickish, with a window - and inside, a piece of silk with a Mike Napoli baseball card upon it! Na-po-li! Na-po-li! My eyes grew bigger when I saw it numbered 25/50 - wow, only 50 of this card... in the world?!? I explained this excitedly to my wife, who vaguely remembered Napoli's heroics during the postseason. (What a great sports fan she is - humors my infatuation with watching 150 Mets games like a champ)
I then made the mistake. THE mistake. You know, like when you look up a possible symptom (an itchy elbow) on WebMD (and find out you probably have 6 weeks to live). So, to the great Ebay I went, curious to find what this rare, sure-to-be-relic card would be fetching on the open market - you know, if there were ANY other humans on the planet who were lucky enough to pull it...
$25, for sure, right, like as a minimum? $50, I mean, as a best case?
Well, not exactly.
$1.25, if you act now.
See, that's why I have loved getting back into cards. Keep in mind, I left collecting before inserts and parallels cluttered up the potential understanding of what exactly was a good card. It 1987, it was easy. Gooden? Great card, can't miss Hall-of-Famer! Strawberry? Ditto! Well, maybe it wasn't quite so easy - but you know what I mean...
So, even if I didn't pull the relic that for about 2 minutes I was convinced I had, that rush was palpable - and very hard to describe to anyone outside the hobby. But my wife saw it in my eyes. And you guys out there - you know it, too.