And yet, somewhere in the middle of all of that, they found me a little Astros-related Christmas present! These folks are the best.
While searching through some antique stores, Adam & Jen happened upon a couple of oddball items that have to be from the 1980's. First up is this pair of Astros wristbands, which looks to be a stadium giveaway of some sort. It was still in the plastic wrapper. If I was still a kid, I probably would have put them on right away. As it is, I have them filed away with my other Astros ephemera.
The next item is the real winner, however.
Yes indeed, that is a patch portrait of Jose "Cheo" Cruz. I had no idea where it came from originally, it's off-center, and it's logo-less. In other words, it's fairly perfect. After a little bit of research, this is from the 1979 set of Penn Emblem player patches.
Wonderful gifts from a wonderful friend, thanks Adam!