But the crappy evening at least had a ray of happiness in the form of a surprise card package waiting for me from John Miller wishing me a Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas. So let's check that out.
A glowing Benito and a couple diamond 2011 Topps.
Josh Donaldson lot.
I may have recently booted Trevor Story from my wantlist, but nice looking cards like these are still appreciated.
Wil Myers lot.
Triplicates of Brian Giles along with some cool Padres logo stuff.
And the star of the show was this puppy. Not something I'd normally collect, but check out the serial number near the football.
Yes, Jeremy Hill here gets the honor of pairing with today's Beermas beer. Sumo in a Sidecar by Evil Twin Brewing. An apricot IPA, huh? Should be interesting. (UPDATE: Mmm.. very nice. Maybe more of a "summertime beer" but still drinkable year-round.)
Big thanks for your generosity, John! I'll try to return the favor soon.