My sincere apologies to David A in Ohio, who has waited so very patiently for his Tribecards 12 Days Giveaway pack. When I set out to do the gift packs, of course, the goal was delivery by Christmas, but the response was so awesome, time quickly got away. And then, I came to the request for an All-Cleveland version. The Browns and the Buckeyes were pretty easy to fill (as I did not have many to begin with, you understand). But, filling out the rest of the gift pack with Indians proved to be more difficult than I had thought. It was not for lack of cards (I have tons), but rather how to select cards from the mass of duplicates I have on hand! Unlike some of the other giveaways, I have a huge surplus of cards to choose from when it comes to the Tribe.
Do I include the HOFers (Feller, Lajoie, Eckersley, etc)? Do I go for the players I watched as a kid (Jacoby, Charboneau, Thornton, etc)? What about some of the great all-time Tribers (Carter, Vizquel, Alomar, etc)? And, should I throw in current players (Hafner, Martinez, Sabathia, etc)?
I began by jotting down the players that came to my mind first and foremost (Feller, Doby, Belle, Barker, Charboneau, Thome, Sizemore, Lofton, Hafner, Young, Lajoie, Robinson, Buddy Bell, etc etc). For the record, that happens to be the order in which they popped into my head (who knows why!). Of course, as I was rifling through the cards, I would invariably find additional players that I thought should be included. As you can see, I soon had a list of players that could fulfill several "12 Days" gift packs, and as I sorted through the cards, I found myself hard-pressed to select "only" 12 of any given player, let alone go through the pain of selecting the final 3, 2, and 1 day of Christmas. Of course, no matter which players were chosen to be included, it meant leaving other 'pack worthy' players behind.
But, in the end, I created a smorgasbord of players - some current, some recent (and not-so-recent) past, some classics. Basically, I followed my gut. And, seeing as how this is the last gift pack going out for the 2007 holiday season, I am going to leave the whole package as a surprise!