The other day I was in our local used book store (another hobby) and saw a sign in the window for Joe's Card Shack. It had a location hours and a phone number. I though awesome. But wait, recognize that phone number. Sure enough it was someone I had known for years.
Joey spent almost as much time in the card shop; we used to have in town back in the 90s, as I did. At the time I was a Dan Marino supercollector and he was a Jamal Mashburn supercollector. His Mashburn collection made my 1000 card deep Marino collection look like chump change. I always gave him a hard time that the only reason he had more cards in his collection than me was because Mashburns were given away free and he was the only sucker in the whole country that would take them. But at the same time I sure wished could have had as many Marinos as he had Jamals.
I had run into him about six months ago and he told me he was thinking about opening a shop. I said cool if you do you will defianatly have one customer but never really expected him to actually do it. But now here he was with an actual card shop. So I bought a couple Goodwin and T206 minis, (this post) looked at all his stuff, and went on my way.
He had one card in his case though that I couldn't get out of my head. I had to have it. I went back two days later with no cash but I brought a box of cards with me. I had two less Payton Manning Rookies when I left but I went home with this.
2004 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Preacher Roe
Now I know this isn't a Red Sox and it wasn't on my want list but there were two reason for that. Number one can be found here and number two, well I didn't know it existed.
You can't see it in the scan but it is actually serieal numbered 001/150. I just think it is an awesome card of my hometown hero.
I have wentback to visit him twice since. Once to just BS and once to pick up some cards for Night Owl. Yes Greg you can thank Joey for those special cards I sent you.