One of the better friendships I have developed through the development of this blog has been with fellow Giants fan, Mr Haverkamp aka Jim. We have sent a few packages back and forth between Nor Cal and So Cal and even met up a few times. Lucky for me Jim has some friends down here from his time living in So Cal and comes down every so often for a visit. A couple weeks back our schedules aligned and we met for lunch near the two LCSs I frequent.
One of the coolest things I received during our meet up was this awesomely packaged 12-pack of San Francisco's favorite beer (and one of mine too) - Anchor Steam.
This meet up wasn't all about beer however, there were of course cards involved. I have been on a several year quest to finish my 1970 Topps set and after finishing paying for a big lay away purchase at my old LCS in Orange County I am in striking distance. Jim brought a few cards off my want list and we negotiated a fair price and I got some serious help.
Jim also tossed in a couple of extras:
1976 Topps Traded #80T Jim Kaat
1976 Topps Traded #250 Fergie Jenkins
1976 Topps Traded #592 Willie Randolph
1976 Topps Traded NNO Checklist
I am closing in on the 1970 Topps set, after this exchange with Jim, here is my remaining want list:
1970 Topps #580 Pete Rose
1970 Topps #600 Willie Mays
1970 Topps #640 Al Kaline
1970 Topps #650 Sam McDowell
1970 Topps #660 Johnny Bench
1970 Topps #712 Nolan Ryan
Some pretty big names there but I have actually knocked 3 of the 6 off the list since I met up with Jim and I will be sharing them as soon as I get them all in hand.
Thanks for meeting up Jim and thanks for the help on my collections. I have a few cards as a show of thanks on my way to you. Let's keep our fingers crossed that the Giants can overtake the hated Dodgers and make it 4 out of 6!