AHHHH - less than a week away from the big day. I'm getting married in just a few days!
On this date in 1954, Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe tied the knot. In exactly six days, I'll be doing the same with my own Norma Jeane 😁 pic.twitter.com/T42mkF7Vw8— Tony Burbs (@RosterJenga) January 14, 2017
That was yesterday, the countdown to the big day is now sitting at five. Five more days... as Harry Caray would say, "Holy Cow!"
On that note, we've already received our first wedding gift. Of course, given it's content, it's actually just a gift for me. After all, it was a surprise envelope full of baseball cards... not the bread slicer, Tupperware or any of the other housewares that the lady put on our registry. However, I'm quite okay with that!
The gifter? A.J. of The Lost Collector fame:
First off, a couple of base cards from 2016 Update. I do believe that I already have the team set completed; however that's okay. My little brother hopped on the Cubs bandwagon and was looking into putting together a complete set of the World Series Champion's roster. These will prove quite helpful in his newly declared quest.
Cubbie Fever has infected the die-hard White Sox fanatic.
OOOOOO - so reflective! This beautiful refractor of the front-runner for the regular centerfield gig will look wonderful as Albert's representation in my Cubs All-Time Roster Collection binder. What can I say? I'm a sucker for all things shiny and sparkly.
Speaking of shiny:
A gold parallel of Carl Edwards Jr.'s rookie card, found in the 2016 edition of Update. This is my first golden parallel from 2016 and, if not for the fact that I've already tracked down an auto for my CATRC, it too would be sliding into one of those nine-pocket pages. Nevertheless, I can always use a pretty parallel for some aspect of my collection.
Quick sidebar - this future closer did not suddenly retire from the sporting world the other day, contrary to what my tweets might have indicated:
A Carl Edwards did unexpectedly call it quits a few days ago, but it wasn't the Cubs' Carl Edwards, it was NASCAR's:
After 13 years at stock car racing's uppermost level, Carl Edwards announced his retirement to pursue interests outside of motorsports. While the 37 year old's resume includes 28 Cup Series wins and a Busch Series Championship, Carl will likely be best-remembered for his penchant for back-flipping of his race vehicle after every win. As my Tweet states, his calling it quits hit me right in the feels.
I had the opportunity to meet Carl, when he was still rising through the developmental ranks, at an autograph appearance arranged by a local Jewel-Osco. Then competing in the Craftsman Truck Series, Mr. Edwards was gracious enough to sign my hero card and encourage me to "never give up!"
Good luck in your future pursuits, Carl, whatever they may be!
One is retiring, the other is the Cubs closer of the future.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, many thanks go out to A.J. for sending out this pre-wedding, wedding present. Don't worry, I've still got the cards that had caught your interest set aside and ready to go out in the mail. As soon as I get a spare few minutes, I'll be sending them your way; sorry for the delay!
In the meantime, back to the last minute arrangements and preparations I go. Every time I think we've got everything nailed down, something else pops up and rears it's ugly head... it's like a cruel game of "whack a matrimony mole."
Five more days.