So, this following update isn’t all that big monetarily, but its emotional value is through the roof. Oh, what a ride it was.
It all started early December '22, when I found an ebay listing for a really nice looking and appropriately priced copy of the Japanese Lugia 228/XY-P promo. A truly magnificent card by Hajime Kusajima, widely overlooked and surprisingly though to find at a good price.
Problem was, the seller only shipped within the US, which is why I, for the first time ever, consulted a private middleman - and it was none other than my good friend and fellow efourian @brendantheclayboy.
It all started out extremely smooth. Brendan bought the card, it arrived pretty fast at his home and he immediately went to drop it off at the post station.
That’s where the adventure began. Below you see the (very heavily shortened) tracking history.
2022-12-20 USPS in possession of item
2022-12-22 LOS ANGELES CA INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION CENTER, Arrived at USPS Regional Facility
2022-12-27 CANADA, Processed Through Facility
2023-01-09 UNITED STATES,LOS ANGELES CA INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION CENTER, Arrived at USPS Regional Facility
2023-01-12 CANADA, Arrived at Facility
2023-01-16 UNITED STATES,LOS ANGELES CA INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION CENTER, Arrived at USPS Regional Facility
2023-02-14 CANADA, Arrived at Facility
2023-02-18 UNITED STATES,LOS ANGELES CA INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION CENTER, Arrived at USPS Regional Facility
2023-02-21 CANADA, Arrived at Facility
2023-03-13 07:26 GERMANY, Out for Delivery
tl;dr is it went from the US to CANADA four (4!!!) times before it finally got delivered to GERMANY where it actually friggin belonged! All because some clerk at the post office got the country code wrong. Brendan absolutely did god’s work calling a service manager dozens upon dozens of times, even though he wasn’t responsible for any of this at all.
All in all we stayed relatively positive throughout this whole ordeal. The potential financial and time loss would be majorly annoying, but not the end of the world. However, as the great guy that Brendan is, he didn’t only ship the single card he middled for me, but also some extras he didn’t disclose at the time - the loss of which would have been much more dramatic and sad than the mere, replacable Lugia.
Truth be told, after the fourth time of the package going back to Canada and subsequently not getting any status updates for three weeks, I think we both had lost most of our hope. But then - completely out of nowhere - it actually DID arrive at my door. It was actually quite surreal for the both of us, after waiting in vain for almost three full months.
ANYWAY. If you follwed this horrific story up until here, you certainly deserve to be treated with the actual contents of the shipment.
Coincidentally also the last card I needed for this page in the Kusajima binder:
Not too big on the Bronzors (or Bronzongs?) personally, but all in all Kusajima still was packing some heat in the XY era!
While that’s it already for the actual purchase, here is the extra that was included in the shipment. This beyond phenomenal piece of handmade art is crafted by the man himself, Brendanthecaly(sajima)boy:
Dude, how beautiful is that?!? Still speechless at his skill and generosity whenever I look at it.
To round out this small update, here’s an equally small flower pic (that’s luckily even kinda fitting Brendan’s artwork’s color scheme)