Today, finally, a wrong that I made in 1996 has been righted. Back then, I was already collecting for 8 years and should have known better...but, hey, it was 5th grade. I remember it like it was yesterday. I opened a pack of 1995-96 Upper Deck Series II in school. I got the one-per-pack Electric Court card of David Robinson...and I traded it just about instantly. What was I thinking? I don't trade cards that were not duplicates! I never have, I never will...but that day...I did. It was the only time in my life I had a card as part of my collection and then no longer did. Even though it was only part of my collection for a couple of minutes...it's been haunting me ever since.
I realized my mistake shortly after. By then, it was too late. The person I traded it to would not trade it back to me. For 22 years now, I have been after this card. I came up short every time. I've been looking for many years. As near as I can tell, COMC has never even had a copy for sale!
I had actually sort of given up hope that I would ever find it. I figured, a card that's one per pack shouldn't be so hard to find, but it was.
Until today. I got a PWE from Jason German yesterday, who I met through the Trading Card Database, but he also runs the Hoarding Cardboard blog. I didn't open it yesterday, so I could use it for my Card of the Day today. And what a card it was!
I am actually kind of in shock a little bit about finally having this back/again. It's been so long...it doesn't seem real somehow. I am almost afraid I'm going to wake up again and it will have been a dream. (Yes, I have been known to dream about cards)
Provided this is real, and not a dream, don't be too surprised to see this card get the nod as my favorite new addition of January when I do my Top 12 cards of 2018 on December 31st.
That wasn't all Jason sent, however. He knows I have an addiction to serially numbered cards...I really do. He sent along one for me, and even though it's not one of my main sports, I will still gladly add it to my collection!
Jason, I can't thank you enough. I don't know if you knew how much this card means to me, but it really does.
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