Over the past couple of years, as I've been condensing and trimming down my collection, I've sent a lot of cards to Billy Kingsley, who writes over at Cardboard History. My goal is simply to reduce the size of my collection, and since Billy appreciates all things cardboard and is an all-around good guy he's the perfect target to dump large batches of cards on.
Well, recently Billy went out of his way to purchase some Red Sox cards to send me as a thank you gift. This was totally unexpected, and certainly not necessary, but is just the latest of many recent examples of the kindness and generosity that abounds in this hobby.
Inside Billy's package were two plastic cubes chock full of Red Sox singles, which I had an absolute blast going through. In addition to providing me with some great trade fodder, I ended up with well over a hundred new cards for my ever-expanding team collection.
I'd have been blown away by Billy's generosity had it stopped there, but inside the package was a single card with a note wrapped around it that said to save it for last. I was in a state of disbelief when I peeled back the paper and saw this card staring back at me...
Someday I'd like to acquire the complete run of Ted Williams' Topps flagship cards, though that's a pretty tall order as far as collections go. To receive one that I needed towards that end completely by surprise is just unreal.
I have a copy of Ted's 1957 Topps card, as well as his All-Star subset card from the '58 set. With this one in hand I guess it makes sense to continue working my way backward and pick up a '56 Williams next!
Billy, words cannot properly express my gratitude for the thoughtful trade package that you sent, and specifically for this amazing card. It means so much to me that you went out of your way to hunt this down and send it to me. I'll certainly never forget that act of kindness for as long as I'm collecting. Thank you so much!
To everyone else, thanks as always for stopping by!
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