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The Dreaded Signed Sleeve
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Posted by jaygross
Comments: 15

I love my Boston sports teams, and it has certainly been an up and down  week.

On Sunday night, I had some great seats at Fenway to see my Red Sox beat Tampa Bay 4-3. Both starters Josh Beckett and Matt Garza threw hard and probably should have allowed even fewer runs. The game was capped off by my first chance to John Papelbon in person. He came in the 9th with a 1 run lead and quickly had 2nd and 3rd with no outs - but then he got pissed and struck out the next 3 hitters (Pena, Upton, Crawford) to end it.

That night and then on Tuesday, the Sox, Celtics, and Bruins all won their games. I was pretty fired up. Unfortunately Thursday night came and all 3 teams lost, the hardest being the top seeded Bruins losing Game 7 in overtime to the #6 seeded Hurricanes to end their season.

Yesterday I got a couple of longer term successes from Ollie Johnson and Charlie Sanders on 70's cards and some items in trade. Today I was very excited when I opened my mail and saw the following card:

Cam Neely is my all favortie hockey player and I have really enjoyed watching Joe Thornton - it's just too bad he immediately became an MVP when he as traded to San Jose. I found this card in a dime box a few years back at a card show, and I thought it was so cool. I thought I would never have a chance to get it signed as Thornton was a terrible signer when he was a Bruin, but I decided to send it to him this past December when I saw successes. After all, it was only $0.84 in stamps and $0.10 for the card - not exactly much to lose.

If you consider that these are two stars from my favorite team, Neely signs c/o his Foundation with a donation, and I am obsessed with getting mutli-signed cards - you can only imagine how excited I was to get this one back. 

I took a little closer to admire my great new item, and noticed something.... The autograph was not on the card but the protective plastic sleeve I put the card in:

This is not the first time this has happened to me, as I have nice Steve Van Buren and Phil Rizzuto signed sleves in my collection. But I think this time bummed me out the most. Looks like I'll have to try to resend this to Joe next NHL season, but this time with no sleeve.

It's certainly not the player's fault, as I am just so appreciative he would even take the time to sign for me. Going forward, I learned my lesson and I am not going to be sending cards out in sleeves.

I'm sure this has happened to many of you guys too, and you feel my pain. Please feel free to chime in below in the comments section.

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