Friday, April 25, 2014

Christmas in April: Holly Jolly Johnson

I collect "Christmas Cards" (any card serial numbered 12/25). On the 25th of each month, I like to pull out something to feature from this mini-collection. Since it's Friday, the Baseball Card Dance Party has been pre-empted this week.. SORRY! Don't worry, it'll be back with a vengeance next Friday.

I'd been wanting to get a Jimmie Johnson auto for a while. I'm not a racing fan at all, really, but he's somewhat of a guy-I-collect because I went to high school with him (he was a senior when I was a freshman), so it's a whole "high school pride" thing for me. Very cool that a guy I went to school with is a NASCAR all-time great. I talked about this a little more and shared some old yearbook photos last year (link) (I should revive that Hometown Hero feature one of these days.)

He doesn't seem to be a prolific signer, so his autos aren't exactly plentiful or cheap. But I've been keeping an eye out for one at a decent price, preferably a Christmas Card. And recently this badboy popped up that fit the bill perfectly:

2013 Press Pass Jimmie Johnson Autograph/Patch 12/25

On-card auto, 12/25 serial number, and even a cool race-used piece of his firesuit. This nifty card is a terrific addition to my Christmas Cards, not to mention the Jimmie Johnson hit I've been wanting to get into my collection.

I've also gotten a couple other JJ cards either from Listia or thrown in with a COMC order which I wanted to scan, but didn't get a chance to dig them up.

I don't plan on putting much effort/money in extending this PC any further, though I'll leave him on my wantlist for now just in case any prospective trade partner has a card of his to throw in.

Thanks for reading and "Happy Holidays!"


  1. Boo hiss -- Matt Kenseth is my homeboy. Seriously -- he grew up a town over from me and raced at the little 1/4-mile oval track in my hometown in the early 1990s.

    1. Well, to show you how close I follow racing, I had to google to find out who that is. And when I first read your comment, I read it and "Boss hit" and I was all like, "Yeah, it IS a boss hit, thanks!" but then I read it more carefully and I was like "oooooohhh, youuuuu!!"