I receive a lot of packages in the mail, but one really stood out to me. It wasn't a bubble mailer, or a thick envelope, or a card box, it was this:
Let's see what's inside, shall we?
Packed in amidst the thick box and crushed egg crates was the most wonderful thing of all. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the first Curtis Granderson card ever made:
|2001 Mankato Mashers Curtis Granderson|
This card is in perfect shape but is paper thin--like the flimsy old cards that you could rip out of a Sports Illustrated for Kids. It came, and will remain, in a screw down case and may be the proud point of my collection. Sure, its not game-used or autographed or serial numbered, but it is a card that is rare and hard to find for all the legitimate reasons--because its actually rare and hard to find. Curtis was still in College at UIC when this card was made, so in lieu of stats, the Mashers opted for some more personal items on the back: