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Monday, April 9, 2018
I Finally Met Cal and Eddie
My good friend, Ryan (from the blog - O No Another Oriole Blog), and I decided back in January during Fan Fest that we would try to go to the Chantilly show in April to try to see if we could meet Chipper Jones. Yeah, we didn't get Chipper, since he was Sunday, I think, but we decided we would meet Eddie Murray. I got to thinking about it, and I decided that this would be as good a time as any to dip into savings and go ahead and try to knock Cal's cards off of my checklist as well.
I'm really glad I went ahead and did it, because the cards look ridiculously amazing. I actually bought his base 1987 Topps off of COMC, since I didn't have any in my 1987 box. I think they got pulled and added to the Cal PC, and that box was buried somewhere in my collection. I had plenty of his All Star card to go around, so that one was released from my box and is now moved into my album.
As you can see, Cal took his time making sure that the auto was perfect. I am so happy with how the cards turned out.
When I spoke with Cal, I made sure to tell him this meeting was 20+ years in the making. He said "20 years?" To which I replied, "More like 28 or so. I'm a huge fan, and I have been since I was a kid..." He thanked me and shook my hand. If anyone has watched King of the Hill, don't worry, Cal has a great handshake, so that was good, haha.
Something I didn't realize until I got home on Sunday was that when I collected Eddie's signature on my 1987 Topps, it became my 200th signed card from the set. I definitely didn't plan it that way, but it was pretty cool that it ended up being number 200.