Mark has been dropping in on this blog since I started back in 2008. He was draw to a post about TTM autographs when I was about to embark on a ambitious task of getting Jacoby Ellsbury to sign some Allen+Ginter cards. He offered advise from his years of experience in collecting autographs. The cards have never returned but thus begun a friendship of story swapping about his autograph hunting and general baseball.
Mark has also embarked on a number of trips across the Atlantic to see actual baseball games. I'm sure that is not the objective of his family holiday, but he has seen alot of baseball. After every trip he gifts me a number of items including books and cards. Mark knows that I like the details and photographs of where he has been, the autographs he has collected and who he saw. His son is paid-up member of Pawsox Kid's club and I am always amazed how well the baseball clubs look after the younger and future baseball fans.
Mark recently returned from a transatlantic holiday and a package arrived with some Red Sox cards. He carefully detailed exactly where he had obtained the cards. He also added that the cards might make me feel better. What could he possibly mean?
From Don's Sportscards in Portland he purchased these vintage Red Sox:
1962 Topps #368 Bob Tillman
1962 Topps #512 Mike Fornieles
1962 Topps#542 Dave Philley
1963 Topps #28 Mike Fornieles
1964 Topps #305 Jack Lamabe
1964 Topps #352 Ed Bressoud
1966 Topps #502 Lenny Green
Don also threw in a set of these 2011 Topps Prime 9 Redemption cards which were only available through hobby stores.
The third and final item from Mark was a pack of 2010 Allen and Ginter, although I am trying to collect the 2010 set of A+G, that is not what makes this pack interesting. It was in fact purchased from the Yawkey Way Store, which is directly opposite Fenway Pack. This may not seem exciting to regular attendees but for a guy sitting in Westgate-on-Sea in the UK it most definitely is.
Thank you Mark for thinking of a Red Sox fan during your holidays.