I'm used to getting envelope of baseball cards in the mail and I have my own routine for what I do when that happens. First (obviously), I rip open the package to check out what was sent to me. Once I've perused the cards, it's time to get down to business. Step 1 is to log the package in my gigantic Excel spreadsheet that I use to keep track of all the trades I've been part of (both incoming and outgoing). I have a single page for each person that I've traded with (at least since I began the spreadsheet back in 2009. At this point, there are a few possibilities:
1. The package represents my half of a trade that I've already mailed out.
2. The package represents my half of a trade that I need to mail out.
3. The package is a surprise mailing from one of my trading partners.
That's all well and good and each of those options requires me to do something slightly different in order to keep things rolling on my end...but now I need to add a fourth option to the above list.
4. The package is a surprise mailing from a mystery person.
That's right. Today's envelope fits in option 4 and I only have two clues as to who the mysterious sender is. The first clue is that the envelope has a Tallahassee, FL stamp on it and it was mailed out on July 1, 2019. I looked through my Excel spreadsheet for Florida addresses but there were too many to be able to make any decent guesses.
The second clue might be more helpful to someone, but certainly it wasn't helpful to me.
I do like the "stacked by the pancake king" line though - I wish I had thought of that!
Mystery person aside, the actual contents of the envelope were a pair of Reds cards, both serially numbered.
The Phillips is numbered out of 2007 while the Diamond Kings card of Johnny Bench is numbered out of only 40. Both cards are great and fit into my personal collections for each player!
Thanks again to the mystery mailer - and if you want to fess up so I know who you are, feel free to do so!