Albert Belle Private Signing

At some point last year I took a bit of a break from collecting.  I would say that it lasted 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 11×14 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 11×14 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, 11×14, 8×10, 3 jumbo cards, and 6 cards signed.  I asked Dana to hold on to the 11×14, 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 12 items that have been returned thus far.  I’m not sure why 1989 Fleer cards always scan like that… the card looks great!

Dick Allen Private Signing Results

I sent in several items for Tom Orr’s private signing with Dick Allen.  I wish I could have sent more, but funds are a bit tight right now, due to this signing, another signing for which I’ll be posting the results in the next few days, and a few bat purchases.

I already have a slabbed Dick Allen rookie, but half of his signature is in the black area of the card, so I decided to upgrade.  This time I clearly labeled where I wanted him to sign it, and he signed it perfectly.  I also sent in my two favorite Dick Allen Sox cards, ’72 and ’73 Topps.

In addition to the cards, I sent in two 16x20s and a Sports Illustrated.  Luckily I was able to find a nice condition no-label Sports Illustrated.  Chuck Supple hooked me up!

On the 16×20, I had asked for a “Wampum Walloper” inscription.  Apparently Dick wouldn’t put that, as I got “1972 AL MVP” (which I had listed as a fallback option) instead.  Still looks great!

New Baseballs

Over the last week or two I have picked up some nice new baseballs.  There is one new baseball missing in this post, as it will be posted in post detailing the results of a recent private signing.

The first baseball comes courtesy of SCN member rcphi466.  He was kind enough to get it signed by Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo at a recent card show.  He didn’t even ask for anything in return.  Hopefully I’ll be able to return the favor someday.

The second baseball is signed by Mark Buehrle.  I already have quite a few baseballs signed by Buehrle (05 WS x2, Gold Glove, 05 AS, OMLB), but this is the first in my collection with the much nicer signature he used his first couple of years in the bigs.  I also got a VERY good deal on it.

The last baseball is also an upgrade.  I already have Aaron Rowand on a World Series baseball.  But it came from Elite Sports Marketing, and had their ugly hologram right above the World Series logo, where it couldn’t be hidden.  I removed the hologram, but it left a very faint outline where the hologram had been.  Aaron’s autograph was also TINY.  So I was thrilled to pick up this baseball for a very good price from Schwartz Sports.  The inscription is the icing on the cake.