Friday, December 21, 2012

My Sea Monkeys Have Hatched! Take a Look!

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I had won an Allen & Ginter "Sea Monkey" card at one of Cleve's auctions.  I didn't really know what I was going to do with it, but thought it would be a neat card to have.  I received a note from Hall of Fame Blogger Ryan from "This Card Is Cool"  saying that if would send the the card to him in Japan, he would hatch the little critters for me and send them back once they were grown.  I thought that made sense.  With my busy schedule, I don't have the time or energy it takes to dedicate the focus and skill necessary to hatch sea monkeys.   So I shipped off the card and asked him to send me pictures of babies as they grew.

It didn't take long to see the little critters sprout once Ryan put them in water:

Aren't they cute?  At this point in their development, you need a magnifying glass to get a good look at them, but Ryan assured me they were healthy babies.

A few days later he sent me an update:
Now you can really start see these little fellas grow!  You can almost get a sense of what they will look like at maturity, but they're still a little small.

Two days later, Ryan sent me another pic, and this time I could totally see their cute little faces.

This batch of eggs must have all come from the same mother because they all look alike.  Did I say that?

Finally, Ryan sent me the final pic and said he was taking the babies out of the tank because they were running out of room.  I'll say:

This Friday, a package from Japan arrived and I knew it was from Ryan.  I hurriedly opened it to see my babies in person for the first time.  Just I suspected, I'm the proud daddy of a bunch of Darvishes!

I don't know where else I would find Japanese cards of Yu Darvish, so I was really excited to get these. I especially like this card:

 I like it not so much of the front, but the back:
I have no idea what these charts are telling me, but they are wicked cool.  I would love to see a US set that featured graphs like this.

I love all of my new Yu babies, but noticed that a few other stowaways came in the package.   I guess one of the eggs split like in that movie "Twins" and I got a couple of Danny DeVito's:

 I don't know who this tool is, but I want that faded jean jacket.
 This poor little bastard is obviously some kind of heartthrob in Japan.  I guess you're supposed to fill out the back of the card and give it to your significant other:
We should all know our significant other's blood types and hobbies.  Can't argue that.

Anyway, thanks for the awesome Darvishes, Ryan!  I look forward to sending you more novelty pets to grow in Japan! 


Dhoff said...

So funny, man. Glad those sea monkeys grew so well. And of course your Valentines should know your blood type.

Ryan G said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the cards, and that's an awesome post! I don't know who those two guys are, though I am sure all the Japanese girls were all over them back in the 1980s.

Maybe next month we can do another trade! More Yus for yu!

Anthony Hughes said...

Those are cool cards, I cannot read Japanese, but I would say the topmost chart is wins and strikeouts by month, and the line across those bars is ERA.
Not sure what the lower bar and pie chart are though.

Josh D. said...

Great Post! I don't think we will ever see the "Sea Monkey Hatchery" theme in another post ever again. :-)