"It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tanks of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses.
In reality, I don't smoke, and it was actually 11 a.m. But, at least, I was wearing my sunglasses.
I was stoked - it was time for the monthly Urbandale American Legion Card Show.
Whenever I go to this show, I'm always looking for sweet-looking San Diego Padres cards, as well as goodies for my brethren bloggers. Of course, being its now December, I'm also looking for special cards for Christmas gifts.
As usual, I was more than happy to find a plethora of Padres at the monthly show.
I'll begin with the gaggle of Garvey cards I found.
Leading off is a pair of 1984 Topps, the first for Topps Cereal and the other for Ralston Purina (according to my brother, who works for Purina, it's no longer Ralston Purina, but rather Nestles Purina). Next is the 1985 O-Pee-Chee, 1985 Leaf/Donruss, a 1987 Ralston Purina and a 1984 Milton Bradley Steve Garvey.
That last card was part of a 1984 Milton Bradley game called "Championship Baseball," complete with 30 Topps baseball cards. Each card back featured a complete combination of any two dice rolls. Those rolls would then put the ball into play, resulting in a hit or out.
In case you were curious, there are plenty more Padres where those came from.
Stay tuned for part two of the December Urbandale Card Show extravaganza.