Besides being smoking hot, the lovely wife is super sharp and does not let anything get by her. Case in point, the controversial Bob Feller card that I declined to go after at Cleve’s the other night (BTW it went for over $30, so I’m not kicking myself for missing out on it. Plus, now I’ve gotten my week hiatus out of the way, and this Tuesday I can go hog wild!!!). After I won a magnificent Satchel Paige card the week before, I agreed with her that I should take a hiatus from Cleve’s auctions and get myself back under control. But then I saw the 1953 Feller, and it was too much for me to bear. I am a great admirer of Feller as a player, patriot and ambassador to baseball, and was genuinely sad when he passed away. Yet, I do not have a single vintage card of him. I explained to the lovely wife that this was a special circumstance, and I REALLY wanted this card, despite agreeing to take an auction break. In fact, a helpful handful of you agreed I should go for this card now and take a break later. The lovely wife thought about this and asked, “But don’t you think you will be able find a ‘special circumstance card’ at Cleve’s EVERY week?”
So, to gain credibility when I advise her of cards I really want, I have come up with a “Special Exception” list. I hear of couples making “exception” lists of famous celebrities they have permission from their spouse to “be” with should the opportunity present itself. In that spirit, I am going to list the cards that I should be able to bid on at ANY time should they find their way to one of Cleve’s auctions and come at a reasonable cost. This way I can simply point to this legally binding agreement and show the lovely wife that the player in question is on the list, and I have already made public my desire to purchase a card of said player.
I give you the Napkin Doon exception list:
Cool Papa Bell
Old Hoss Radbourn
Pee Wee Reese
Cal Ripken, Jr.
Keep in mind, this list only applies to vintage players. I have an obligation as a Blogger and American Consumer to continue to purchase modern cards at my discretion. Now, let’s see her argue with that.