At some point last year I took a bit of a break from collecting. I would say that it last about 3 months. To my horror, when I checked SCN for the first time after returning, I saw that I had JUST missed an Albert Belle private signing. He was at the top of my wantlist, and I was very upset that I had missed it.
Well, Dana (Er21 on SCN) held another private signing with Albert this month. I made sure to take advantage this time! Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get everything signed that I had planned. I had two 16x20s and an 11x14 shipped straight to Dana from Adorama. For the third time in the last couple of years, Adorama completely screwed me. When Dana opened the package, the cardboard that the photos were sandwiched between had a crease down the middle. Sure enough, the 16x20s had a crease down the middle as well. Luckily, the 11x14 survived. There wasn't enough time to send replacement photos. So the 16x20s, which were probably the items I most wanted signed, didn't get signed.
That being said, I did get some nice autographs. I got a mini helmet, baseball, 11x14, 8x10, 3 jumbo cards, and 6 cards signed. I asked Dana to hold on to the 11x14, as he said he may be able to get some more items signed, in which case I would send more 16x20s and have them all sent back together. I also hope to get a bat and/or jersey to send.
Here are the 13 items that have been returned thus far. I'm not sure why 1989 Fleer cards always scan like that... the card looks great!