Thursday, October 18, 2012

Mailbag: A Kuo Sweet Spot and an Unexpected Bonus

I've been largely absent from the eBay marketplace all year.  Sure, from time to time I'll place a bid on something, but I rarely follow up and chase a card as fervently as I use to.  That being said, when I do win something I'm always pleasantly surprised.

A couple of weeks ago I won a card that will be proudly displayed in my collection.  Check out the 2008 Upper Deck Sweet Spot autographed card above and below.

First of all, Hong-Chih Kuo was a great Dodger.  Not Hall of Fame great, mind you, but "tough like a warrior" great. He battled.  He fought through adversity.  He pitched with his heart on his shoulder.  There is no doubt in my mind that he gave everything he had for the team, and I like to believe that many fans recognized that.  Over the past several years he grew to be one of my favorite Dodgers.

As a special bonus, the seller packed a handful of filler cards when shipping the Kuo Sweet Spot card.  One of those "throw-away" fillers is the Orel Hershiser card below.  WooHoo, I needed that card.

It is a 1988 Donruss Leaf card, and it fills a hole in my collection.

I'm sure I knew this already, but Orel is the 4th Orel in his family (which causes an immature laugh from me).

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