A couple weeks back I got an email from fellow Giants fan, reader of the blog and all around great guy Jim aka mrhaverkamp. Jim was heading down to Southern California from his home in Northern California (Giants country!!!) to visit some friends and was wanting to get directions to the local card shops I have reference on the blog and perhaps meet up at one of the shops.
We exchanged numbers and I gave him directions. A couple days prior to when he was planning on being in my area he called and left me a message and as luck would have it I was down with the stomach flu. I missed a chance to meet a couple fellow LA based bloggers at a card show a couple months back and I was worried I might miss another opportunity to meet the first person face-to-face that I was introduced to through the blog.
A day or two later I started feeling somewhat human again and texted Jim to let him know that I was available to meet and he got back to me and let me know around what time he would be at the shops. I cut out of work at the right time and we ended up meeting at one of the shops. We had a chance to visit and get to know each other for 30-45 minutes over sandwiches and soup talking cards and Giants, it was a great way to spend a long lunch break. Lucky for me, mrhaverkamp came bearing gifts.
First up he gave me some 1970 set help:
Next up some 1973 set help:
Finally, Jim handed over this card:
Jim, it was great getting a chance to meet you and to get to know you a bit. I thank you immensely for the cards and have a couple of things set aside for you already as a gift in return. I need to seek out something to sweeten the package to help balance out the McCovey.