you've got to fall in love with preparation.
that was bill mueller's advice to an aspiring ballplayer, and it's true. i've known a couple of professional athletes, and the practice and meetings and workouts wear on them. it is ok with me, then, that preparation has no place in this post.
so, what happens when one of the ingredients of luck (at least according to the roman philosopher seneca who is credited with the quote i used as the title of this post) is missing? i still call it luck, even if it only required opportunity.
you see, i was at target last night picking up a couple of necessities when i decided to double back and check the card aisle. i have not purchased much in the way of packs this year - maybe a blaster or two and some random packs - when i saw a bunch of the 2016 topps update/chrome update mega boxes. $14.99 for 5 packs of update and 2 packs of chrome update.
i then opened the first of the two chrome update packs and immediately saw this.
it wasn't until i got home that i realized this was an autographed version, numbered to 25.
it's not my first kershaw auto, but it is the first one that i've pulled myself and it made me pretty darn happy.
ps - whomever wound up with me for the bob walk the plank secret santa, don't worry about getting me a kershaw relic auto. i'm good for now.