My wife and I just went down to Playa Del Carmen in Mexico for our second honeymoon and it was just great. No emails. No phone calls. No baby. It was amazingly rejuvenating. Before I left though, I thought I would bring a couple packs of 2011 SP Game-Used Soccer I had at my desk figuring some of the staff at the resort would get a kick out of the cards with soccer, I mean fútbol, being so popular down there.
I had my wife stock them away in her purse and I almost forgot about them until we had an exceptionally great server one night and we began chatting about fútbol in my horrifically bad Spanglish. As a thank you for his great service, on top of a tip, I gave him one of the packs. He looked at it a bit confused for a minute and I shared, “Esos son tarjetas de fútbol.” A big smile came to his face and he opened the pack. He poured through the cards and thanked me repeatedly. He took them back and showed some of the other servers who looked at them in jealousy. They actually almost started fighting over them. I had no idea these would be such a tremendous hit with them.
The next day I met a staffer who was excited to hear I work for Upper Deck because he shared he has Brett Favre’s Upper Deck rookie card. I asked him if he liked fútbol and he began talking so fast I couldn’t understand a word he said. I shared a pack with him as well and he was just in heaven showing them to other staff and talking about how excited he was to share them with his kids. He actually pulled a great card as well so it was fun to see his excitement as he quickly became the envy of all the other servers.
The only problem became that as word got out around the resort the most common question I was asked by staff was, “¿Tiene mas tarjetas de fútbol?” Which means, “Do you have more soccer cards?” Had I realized how much of a hit these were, I would have definitely bought a few boxes of the Upper Deck Soccer cards and will certainly do so when I visit Mexico again. Their passion for the game is unmatched and seeing them interact with the cards only affirmed that for me. If you want great service when you go on vacation to Mexico, bring plenty of “tarjetas de fútbol!”