Monthly Archives: March 2011

Ft. Myers, FL Redux

Mo & I had kicked around a few ideas off-and-on this winter regarding where to vacation, and when we came back to it, we decided to visit Ft. Myers area again this year. Why not — we knew our way around now, and we hadn’t seen everything when we were there last year. So we checked the Spring Training schedule, and made our reservations.

We arrived on Wednesday afternoon, got our rental car (a Chevy Aveo) and checked into our hotel, which was nicely located on Colonial Blvd. On a tip from a pizza delivery guy we shared an elevator with, we had a relaxing meal of grinders and Sicilian pizza at Bellacino’s and then called it a night.

Thursday: Because we gave Ft. Myers Beach short shrift last year, we started out this year’s vacation by heading to the south end of the Trollee line and going to Bonita Beach Park in Bonita Springs. We picked shells, laid out and read books, and watched a small (~18″) shark near the shoreline. It was a little breezy, but pleasantly warm.

Bonita Beach Park

We grabbed lunch at Doc’s Beach House and then rode the trollee up to Ft. Myers Beach pier and hung out there for a while before finally heading back for the day.

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Loot From The Coot

Not long ago, Dustin from the new blog Coot Veal and the Vealtones hit me up with a trade request. Dustin had done his homework: he’d delved through my wantlists and had a nice mish-mash of Twins cards I needed, everything from a replacement ’70 league leaders card and a ’89 O-Pee-Chee stickerback to an auto card and some s#’d cards. And I’m still just as baffled by Bowman as before.

Dustin has had to be patient though, unfortunately; his cards arrived literally minutes before Mo and I left for a week to Ft. Myers and Spring Training (more on that in a later post), so I’m just getting around to mailing the return package.

clockwise, from top left: 1970 Topps AL Piching Leaders #70 Dave Boswell/Jim Perry (w/Denny McLain, Mike Cuellar, Dave McNally, Mel Stottlemyre); 2007 Topps 52 Certified Autograph #52S-JM Jason Miller; 2007 Upper Deck Goudey Heads Up #281 Harmon Killebrew; 2010 Bowman Blue Border #116 Kevin Slowey [203/520]

Also included were several Topps Total and UD Documentary (yeah!)…

clockwise, from top left: 2007 Topps Updates & Highlights Gold #UH231 Torii Hunter [0373/2007]; 2008 Upper Deck A Piece of History Cut from the Same Cloth Pewter #CSC-MA Joe Mauer (w/Russell Martin) [18/75]; 1989 O-Pee-Chee Stickerback #8 Gary Gaetti; 2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Blue Border #BDPP50 Logan Darnell [043/399]

Thanks again Dustin — your cards will be forthcoming!

Pictures Of Men From Pictures Of Men

In my on-going quest to trade with all of the friendly neighborhood of collecting bloggers out there, I approached Dennis at Pictures of Men about helping me get rid of a Blue Jays problem I had, ie: lots of them had been piling up here. Man, he took that bone and ran with it! I sent a couple relic cards, some oddball stuff, some newer stuff including a Bowman Purple Refractor Kyle Drabek, the entire Jays singles from 2002 Topps and all my junk wax (in other words, a team dump); he in return sent an auto card, a chunk of 1990 O-Pee-Chee Twins, several newer cards including Bowman and Topps Chrome, and 1986 3-D Blyleven (schweet!)

clockwise, from top left: 2000 Topps Thru the Years Reprints #17 Harmon Killebrew; 2007 Bowman Heritage Signs of Greatness #SG-WJB Joe Benson autograph; 2009 Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee Black Border mini #554 Joe Mauer; 2009 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Gypsy Queen mini #76 Joe Mauer; 1987 Topps Nestlé #22 Harmon Killebrew

I always give out a bonus point for pre-2000 wantlist items. An oversized pre-1990 wantlist item? Why, that’s gotta be worth…more than a bonus point! Multiply that by ten for picking it up with me in mind…

clockwise, from top left: 1986 Topps 3-D #1 Bert Blyleven; 1996 Leaf Studio Hit Parade #5 Kirby Puckett [0267/5000]; 1998 Topps Bowman’s Best #40 Marty Cordova; 1990 O-Pee-Chee #630 Gary Gaetti

Question: which cards were more three dimensional, the Blyleven above or the 2010 Topps Chrome cards?

I thank you, Dennis, and my wantlists thank you!