Matt emailed me about a month ago and let me know that he'd picked up something significant for me, good enough to call it a "one card bomb," but said it would have to be a surprise. Not only did he more than deliver on that promise, he also doubled the fun with another card that was almost as amazing:
Al Kaline 2016 Topps Scouting Report Autographs autoThat's right, this sweet signature of Mr. Tiger is almost as good as what I'll show off in a minute. But this one deserves heaps of praise itself. Not only is this the fourth Kaline signature in my collection, but Matt's the one that sent me the previous three! Two arrived last September in this embarrassment of riches, then another joined those just in time for Christmas. Given that Kaline is one of the greatest Tigers ever, not to mention a clear HOFer, I'm stunned that I now have four of his certified autos, all through Matt's generosity. And as much as I rag on Topps, I like what they have going on here, including a great vintage photo, the old Tigers logo, and Al's beautiful penmanship.
So what could be better than something that great? Try this on for size:
Ty Cobb 2015 Topps Tier One Legends Relics bat (#91/99)
Ty. Muthaf$#kin'. Cobb. Dude may have been a crazy racist jackass, but as a player he was truly elite, and a member of the original Hall of Fame class. This right here is a literal piece of history that I never would have expected, even from someone as awesome as Matt. Great photo of the Georgia Peach and his interesting grip, nice chip off the bat of one of the best hitters ever, and an amazing first for my collection.
Thanks a ton for this two-card bomb, Matt! I should be sending a combined January/February envelope your way this week, so keep checking your mailbox for goodies from me.