Saturday, April 13, 2024

Sender Unknown

Back in 2020 I received my first ever envelope from a person, or persons, unknown. Now, a little over four years later, I've received my second. 

I've recently decided, mostly because I never finished it as a kid, to start working on the 1989-90 Fleer basketball set again. I'm not starting with much, but I did take my Terry Porter out of his collection to add it to the set, so this Terry will now replace that one in his collection. Detlef is a nice addition to the set build as well. And this is two posts in a row with Otis Thorpe sighting; I could get used to that. As for the card itself, I never noticed the precarious placement of that unknown Buck's hand πŸ™ˆ.

A few of the cards in this envelope are as mysterious as the sender himself. It's still nice to be thought of though.

My first three 2023 football cards. For a modern set, the design of this Legends subset isn't that bad. I like the the bright blue and green elements. And of course, the Prizm looks much better in person than it does here. 

My favorite card of the envelope is the one I led off the post with. Normally, I probably wouldn't like this sort of card, but for some reason it just works for me. Plus too, I so rarely get any Dickerson's anymore, so I really appreciate being able to add something new to his collection.

Many thanks to the mystery sender, whoever they may be. If you were going for the element of surprise, you've certainly achieved it!

And as for who may've sent this envelope, I only have two clues...

I guess it's a good thing that this envelope was deliverable, because that's all there was for a return address. Seems like this would narrow down a bit, but I don't have my address visible to everyone on the site, just friends, I think, but I don't think any of those people are in Hartford...

The only person that I know of who has ties to CT is Chris, but this doesn't feel like a Chris sort of mailing. Well, that, and in all of our years of sending things back and forth, Chris has never gone the mystery route, and I don't think he would start doing so now.

[Fun fact: A grandpa of mine, with many greats in front of that title, was one of Hartford's founding fathers]

Not a lot to go on, but more than there was last time. Though, I'm guessing that these mystery envelopes came from two different people, as the contents of said envelopes were polar opposites of each other. Thanks again to whoever went through the trouble to send this!

And on a completely unrelated note...

After over a year in the making, and many months of delayed shipping, my latest COMC shipment has finally arrived! Happy day!


  1. I just got one of those mystery envelopes as well. I have never gotten one before. I haven't posted mine because I misplaced the cards while sorting. I usually keep a stack of cards to post then sort the rest out and take care of them. Somehow my cards got mixed in somewhere.

    Hope whoever sent this sees my comment because I appreciated the surprise and hopefully can regroup the cards to post them.

  2. I spy a Hostess panel! Misleading text on the ad makes it look like an offer for 150 free baseball cards.

  3. I like that Dickerson card, too. It looks very much like the original 1951 Topps Magic cards.

  4. Oooh a mystery RAK? Interesting! I've never lived in Hartford (it's about 90 mins away from my hometown) but it's very cool that your ancestor was one of the founders!

    Can't wait to see what you got from COMC.

  5. That is so cool that you are related to one of the founding fathers of Hartford. I always do this activity at the start of the year called 2 truths/1 lie. I wish I had a fact as cool as this about me, because I'd use it.

    P.S. That Dickerson is awesome! Wasn't sure who the Mustangs were... but as soon as I saw SMU... I had an "oh yeah" moment.

  6. Fond memories of 1989-90 Fleer, good luck with the set build!

  7. The Hartford founding father fact is just too cool! Glad you got the COMC shipment too.

  8. Glory be! A package from COMC is a rare and lovely thing.

  9. I too have gotten an PWE from the same mysterious benefactor. Posted about what I got today.

  10. I also got a package out of Hartford with the same handwriting with no return address. Mine was mostly 70s hockey. I put up a post in the Pay it Forward thread but the sender did not identify themselves.