What is this? An autograph card from 2008 Upper Deck Timelines, card number 201.
Where'd I get it? Retail pack from Wal-Mart.
How much did it cost? $1.99 for the pack.
Why is this so special? Last night I realized I hadn't bought the onions for Thanksgiving. I needed to bring a side to dinner and I was going to bring some creamed onions. I like onions, it's easy to make and it's something that no one else would make. Here's how to make it:
1lb pearl onions 2 tbsp butter 2 tbsp flour 2 cups milk 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese salt & pepper to taste
Get about a pound of pearl onions. I bought two packages of them at Wal-Mart which I think was a pound. Boil some water. Put the onions in the water for about three minutes. A little longer will make them more tender, but harder to work with. Take out the onions and rinse them in a cold water bath until they are cool. Cut off the top and bottom of each onion and remove the peel. Once the onions are all peeled, melt the butter in a pan on low heat. When the butter is melted, slowly add the flour, stirring the whole time to make a roux. I didn't exactly measure the flour and butter, I just kind of eyeballed it. Don't cook too long because burned roux is not Good Eats. Stir it until it combines into a golden paste. Sloooowly add the milk, stirring like mad the whole time. If you add the milk too fast you'll have lumpy gravy. Great album, lousy dinner. This I eyeballed as well, just add milk to the roux until it's the thickness you want. I like it thick. Add salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste and stir in the parmesan. Once the sauce is complete, add the onions and let it simmer for a few minutes. Plate and eat!
So the plan was to make that, but I had no onions. I trucked out to Wally World late last night grumbling the whole way since I hadn't planned this out properly as usual. I got the onions, a couple of other things I was low on and swung by the card aisle, hoping to find some Stadium Club. No dice. This Wal-Mart always gets things two or three weeks after everyone else. They had some Timelines though, so I picked up three packs hoping to get a Timeless Teams short print to add to my Stadium collection. I got home and ripped. First pack, CC Sabathia with a Miller park back, sweet! Second pack, Jed Lowell, Fenway back. Dang, I've got Jacoby Ellsbury already. Third pack, rats. '94 All-Time Heroes Ryan Braun. No stadium back in that pack. Well, let's look at the other short print - whaaa? Autograph?
So that's how my Thanksgiving creamed onions dish got me an autographed card of Nick Blackburn, who looks like he could be a pretty decent major league pitcher for the Twins. It's a nice readable blue autograph on a shiny clear sticker that is placed in the dead center of a lightned space on the card reserved for the signature. Not bad, eh? There's one more reason to love onions.
I'm only putting autograph-related links in this blogroll. However, if you have a blog or a collector site not specifically about autographs, but with an autograph page or an "autograph" label on your blog posts, I'll put that link here.