Monday, August 5, 2019

RIP Dan Even...Postcard Guru

Over the weekend I got word of the death of Dan Even. Dan was a longtime collector/dealer for sure. But he was much more than that. He was one of those collectors who got more enjoyment out of helping others with their collecting than his own.

He had multiple interests but chief among them was team-issued postcards. He set up at shows across the country through the 80s and 90s and dispenced help and advice to anyone who stopped by his tables. He made Houston shows a couple of times a year. My collecting interest back then was primarily Orioles postcards.

Dan was a Cardinals fan but he knew quite a bit about Orioles cards and he helped me fill in gaps in my collection.  Once we became acquainted at shows he took to bringing me small boxes filled with postcards he'd picked up since his last Houston trip. I'd buy them sight unseen knowing that there would be some gems in the group.

I hadn't spoken to him in quite a while. I think he still attended National shows in the summer but I haven't made one in many years.

It was a pretty shitty weekend, to be honest. No need to discuss what everyone is aware of. But the obituary written for Dan that I found this afternoon is an absolute gem. It made me grin and then laugh out loud. Even if you have never heard of Dan Even I recommend reading it all the way through. Every collector will certainly appreciate it.

Dan Even Obituary

I'll wrap this up with some team issued Orioles postcards, a couple of which I know I received from Dan (Johnson, Grich).

RIP, Dan. And thanks!


  1. That was a very upbeat obituary. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Sorry to hear the sad news. Gotta admit though... his family (or whoever wrote it) hooked him up with an outstanding obituary. I love that they took a humorous approach and kept it real.

  3. I've never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Even, but I feel like I know him from his obituary (which I have to think he wrote himself).

    ...And those are some great postcards as well.

  4. Nice obit. Thanks for sharing it.

    He sounds like he would have been a fun guy to know.

  5. I only knew Dan via email, but he was a wealth of knowledge and always helpful in providing info about postcards. He will be greatly missed.