Month: April 2017

89 Topps Wax Pack Number 1. The quest for Jefferies

89 Topps Wax Pack Number 1. The quest for Jefferies

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Oh 1989 Topps, how I love you. Not like I love the woodgrain of 87 Topps, obviously because those are greatest of all time. But I do love you. Your banners and font work are terrific.  And your weird combination of portraits, poses, and action shots are crazy to say the least. Also, the memories of #TheHuntForGreggJefferies when I was a child. He was going to be the next big thing, and for some reason that I cannot recall every 9 and 10-year-old wanted all of his cards.

So when I found 2 uncracked wax packs setting in my old locker of baseball cards, I asked my friends on twitter if I should open them. When they reminded me of the #HuntForJefferies, I knew I had to open at least one.

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Why pack searching is a horrible aspect of the hobby.

Why pack searching is a horrible aspect of the hobby.

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Pack Searching

 Pack searching is a horrible practice of some ‘collectors’ to attempt to locate the pack that has a hit in it. In my mind it’s akin to attempting to cheat the lottery, as collectible cards are blind packed. I find it to be despicable as do many other collectors. Last night and this morning, I engaged in a twitter discussion about why it was a bad thing to do. It’s sad that we as adults have to discuss why adults should not do this behavior, but such as life.

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Twitter interaction with Ann Telnaes

Twitter interaction with Ann Telnaes

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The Set Up: Tweeting Ann Telnaes

Yesterday, I had a rough day at the office doing my day job. It was long and productive, but unfulfilling. As I was wrapping up for the day, I realized that I had a Twitter interaction with Ann Telnaes earlier in the day. Ms. Telnaes is a Pulitzer prize-winning cartoonist who draws for the Washington Post. As a huge fan of cartooning, and an autograph collector, I thought, “Fortune favors the bold.” With that in mind I sent her a tweet asking if there was a way I could request an autograph or a quick sketch.
 
I have sent hundred of fan letters both on paper and by email, and there are generally one of three responses, the Recipient either:
  1. ignores the request;
  2. fulfills the request; or,
  3. sends instructions on how they prefer to fulfill requests. These instructions often discuss signing fees, addresses to mail to, etc.
As such, I thought nothing of rattling off an autograph request via Twitter. To be honest, I expected number 1, but the answer is always no unless you ask. Instead, Ms. Telnaes sent a very well worded tweet that gave me pause.

 

The Lesson

My day job is that of a paralegal and I’ve done more work for free than I care to admit to. I want to break into the world of writing – and frankly it is a difficult thing, because everyone wants work for “exposure.” It dawned on me that the way I asked in the tweet, I was not valuing Ms. Telnaes’ work, and asked if she would send me a sketch basically for the same thing as exposure. Mind you that was not my intent, but it was a very logical inference from the way I phrased my question. I will change the way I ask questions thanks to this interaction. Ms. Telnaes did me a wonderful service by twisting my question around and showing me the error of my ways. For that I am indebted to her.

Godspeed, and good hunting.

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Letter April 24, 1917 from George Cox to his mother

Letter April 24, 1917 from George Cox to his mother

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Centre Soccer Alumni Day

Centre Soccer Alumni Day

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My history with Centre

Old Hillside/Game Field
Hillside/Game Field as I remember it. Photo taken from the Centre College webpage. Claim of fair use on photo.

A long time ago, I was the barnstorming equipment manager and statistician for the Centre College Colonels soccer team. Every fall, my duties included setting up the home field, keeping stats, announcing games, and going on the road for stats and equipment. The field we played on was good, but my first year, the announcing table was under a little shade awning. Before my Sophomore year, we added a on-field press box, with an elevated videography platform. After I graduated I stayed away for a lot of years.  I followed Coach Jeb Burch’s live tweets of games on a regular basis.

Often, I thought about going back, and visiting with Coach Burch, but I never did. I think I didn’t want to think about how much I enjoyed those autumns, because my depression was crippling me. Part of me didn’t want to think about it because I did not enjoy college except for the part where I was working with the team. It seems like that I would have been much happier if I had of dropped out and worked with the team as an employee.

The Set Up

Coach Burch and "Cowboy" Dave Mitchner
The author with Coach Burch.

I happened to catch a post from Coach Burch regarding the Alumni Day, and the new grounds. Coach Burch sent another tweet asking for photos from teams past to decorate the new locker room — the concept of which piqued my interest. Thus, I contacted him and offered to bring down copies of the 1998, 2000, and 2001 team photos.

 

 

 

The Visit

A video board
A video board?! Wow!

So on 1 April 2017, I went back to Centre for possibly the second time since I graduated in May, 2002. First of all, Campus has changed. I probably couldn’t find my way around on foot now without relearning quite a bit. Secondly, the new pitch. I don’t think there’s anything like in all of Division III. I am not sure if there is anything like it in Division II. The turf is a smooth Bermuda Grass. Air wing nets hang beyond the goal on the fence to prevent balls from leaving the area if a shot is high.

The surface and facilities are just amazing. And there is a public restroom right there next to the field! No more having to walk to the port-a-potties. The new press-box sets above a set of bleachers. There is a platform above the press-box for observation. A patio with made on site burgers. These amenities for fans at a small Division III school in Kentucky are amazing.

View from the Home Dugout
View from the Home Dugout. Press box and bleachers across the pitch. (c) Dave Mitchner 1 April 2017
New Seats
The author’s 2-year old doing his best coaching pose in the new seats.

The  bench/dugout areas for the players are awesome. Leather bucket seats, with a drink holder, stand for both the home and away sides. A water tap is between the technical areas, so water does not have to be carried far. Everything about the new facility is just great.

I watched most of the alumnae game, and the first half of the alumni game. I opted to leave early because of the cold and having my two-year old with me. Coach Burch, Coach Hoffman, and Coach Chisley’s work into the new facility is awe-inspiring. Hopefully, it raises the bar for soccer complexes throughout Division III sports.

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