# Saturday, January 03, 2015
It's been a while since my last post.  For that, I apologize.  To make it up to you, I present...


I'll spare you any further buildup.  Here are my new Frank Thomas items... all 14 of them!

First, the multi-signed cards that I finally completed.



Not bad, huh?  How about a few "jumbo" cards, one of which is multi-signed?

Great stuff, right?  Let's keep going!  How about a baseball?

Okay, just one baseball.  No big deal.  How about 3 16x20s?

16x20 not big enough for you?  Picky, aren't you?  Fine, here is a 20x24, loaded with inscriptions!

Still not impressed?  Only care about the most premium items?  Well, I guess I can't satisf... wait, hold on.  What's this, a jersey?  An authentic World Series jersey?  With 6 inscriptions?  And PSA/DNA authentication?

posted on Saturday, January 03, 2015 10:49:32 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, September 30, 2012
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!






posted on Sunday, September 30, 2012 7:47:24 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Monday, September 24, 2012
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.

posted on Monday, September 24, 2012 7:19:15 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Saturday, September 15, 2012
Behold!  This is now one of my very favorite pieces in my collection.  Both the baseball and hat are Upper Deck authenticated.  The hat is from a limited series of 500, and hand numbered on the back.  I've had the baseball for a few years.  I picked up the sweet display case on eBay.  I figure that if anybody is worthy of a nice display, it's Michael Jordan!

posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 11:02:42 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, September 09, 2012
I've been looking for a reasonably priced Roberto Alomar signed baseball with HOF inscription ever since he was inducted last year.  I finally found one being sold on eBay auction style, and got it for a pretty good price.

posted on Sunday, September 09, 2012 12:12:54 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Monday, February 27, 2012
The threat of rain has killed me this spring.  Two days in a row I wanted to hit the Marlins in Jupiter.  Two days in a row I was afraid to make the drive as I was worried about rain making it a wasted trip.  So I hit the Nats yet again. 

Nothing really notable happened today.  It did finally start raining at around 2:45, so I had to leave before Mark Teahen came out.  Most everybody else had already left, including Bryce Harper who did not sign.

Ryan Zimmerman finished his workout and head towards the white van right as it started sprinkling.  So I didn't try to get the 8x10s I have done.  Jayson Werth and Mike Morse went to the van too, but didn't sign.  Earlier, I had gotten Brad Lidge to get out of the van and come over to sign. 


Sean Burnett - 4/4
Tyler Clippard - 2/2
Mark DeRosa - 2/2
Ian Desmond - 4/4
Gio Gonzalez - 1/2, 1/1 ROMLB
Jarrett Hoffpauir - 4/4
Destin Hood - 3/3
Edwin Jackson - 2/2 (got the crappy graph today)
Waldis Joaquin - 1/1
John Lannan - 1/1
Brad Lidge - 1/2
Steve Lombardozzi - 2/2
Carlos Maldonado - 2/2
Tyler Moore - 4/4
Chris Michalak - 1/1
Ryan Perry - 2/2
Bo Porter - 2/2
Wilson Ramos - 4/4
Rick Schu - 4/4
Bill Singer - 2/2
Drew Storen - 2/4, 2/2
Chad Tracy - 2/2
Chien-Ming Wang - 1/2
Jordan Zimmermann - 1/1 (signature is tiny, everybody else got normal size)
Ryan Zimmerman - 1/2

Today's total - 57 cards, 1 baseball

Six day total - 375 cards (378 autos), 1 16x20, 1 10x20, 3 tickets, 3 8x10s, 2 baseballs

posted on Monday, February 27, 2012 3:36:37 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, February 26, 2012
I had originally planned on going to Jupiter today.  However, the weather forecast didn't look very good, and I really didn't want to drive all the way down there and have it rain.  So I decided to spend the morning at Nats camp, and the afternoon at the movies with the wife!

I was at Nats camp until 5pm yesterday.  I was only there until 10am today, and yet I had a MUCH better day.  No Strasburg or Harper of course, but I got all of the Sox guys, and for the very first time I got Ryan Zimmerman!  He came out to the cages by the parking lot at about 9:30, and after he hit he came over to the fence and signed 2 a piece for the 10-15 of us that were there.

Edwin Jackson also signed for everybody by the fence.  All of the players were coming back there to talk to the Rawlings reps, and get new gloves.  Most of them went back inside without signing, but Edwin came over and signed multiples for everybody. 

Right after Zimmerman signed, I got in my car and drove over to the practice fields.  As soon as I got out of my car, I saw Gio Gonzalez walking down the sidewalk.  I approached him, and he told me "After practice".  I told him I had to leave to take my wife to the movies... and it actually worked, lol.  He stopped and signed 2 cards for me.

There is a new setup at the practice fields.  When the players walk over, they go in an opening to the far left of the fence, rather than the one that fans enter through.  They have ropes set up so that you can't get right up to the players.  They still have to walk right by you, there is just a rope between you.  It seemed to me that more players signed taking the field with the ropes up than they usually do without the ropes.

Here are the totals for my abbreviated day:

Bob Boone - 2/2
Corey Brown - 1/1
Sean Burnett - 4/4
Brett Carroll - 2/2
Tyler Clippard - 1/2
Mark DeRosa - 2/2
Danny Espinosa - 1/1 8x10
Gio Gonzalez - 2/2
Jarrett Hoffpauir - 2/4
Edwin Jackson - 1/1 8x10, 1/1 ROMLB w/ No Hitter inscription
Davey Johnson - 1/1
Cole Kimball - 1/4 (ouch)
Steve Lombardozzi - 2/2
Ryan Mattheus - 4/4
Yunesky Maya - 4/4
Jason Michaels - 4/4
Tyler Moore - 4/4
Ryan Perry - 2/2
Wilson Ramos - 2/2
Anthony Rendon - 1/2, 1/1 (help)
Mark Teahen - 4/4
Jordan Zimmermann - 1/1
Ryan Zimmerman - 2/2

Today's total - 49 cards, 2 8x10s, 1 baseball

Five day total - 318 cards (321 autos), 1 16x20, 1 10x20, 3 tickets, 3 8x10s, 1 baseball

posted on Sunday, February 26, 2012 11:02:49 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Saturday, February 26, 2011
Well, today was my last day in Arizona.  I had a blast, but I think I am definitely ready to go home.  I think the White Sox players are ready for me to go home as well!

Today was a much better day than yesterday.  At least I am ending things a positive note.

Michael Waltrip and some other NASCAR drivers were there today.  They were all wearing Sox jerseys.  Lots of people were getting Waltrip's autograph, and taking pictures with him.  I have to admit, I didn't have the slightest interest in doing either.

The pitchers only worked out for a short while, then called it a day.  Unfortunately, John Danks rode in on a golf cart with Mark Buehrle, so neither one signed.

Here are my totals:

Gordon Beckham - 1/1
Daryl Boston - 4/4
Justin Cassel - 3/3
Jesse Crain - 4/4
Jordan Danks - 4/4
Richard Dotson - 4/4
Stefan Gartrell - 4/4
Kevin Hickey - 4/4
Edwin Jackson - 2/2
Josh Kinney - 2/2
Tim Laker - 3/3
Brent Lillibridge - 2/3
Donny Lucy - 4/4
Joe McEiwing - 2/2
Dallas McPherson - 4/4
Brent Morel - 1/2, 1/1 (8x10)
Will Ohman - 2/2
Jake Peavy - 1/2, 1/1 (help)
Josh Phegley - 4/4
Juan Pierre - 2/4
A.J. Pierzynski - 1/1
Charles Poe - 4/4
Carlos Quentin - 1/1
Alexei Ramirez - 1/1
Santos Rodriguez - 8/8
Chris Sale - 4/4, 1/1 (ball)
Sergio Santos - 4/4
Brandon Short - 4/4
Luis Sierra - 2/2
Matt Thornton - 1/1 (All-Star ball)
Dayan Viciedo - 2/2 (8x10s)
Devon White - 1/2

Today's total: 87 cards, 3 8x10s, 3 baseballs

2011 Spring Training 7 day total: 591 cards, 13 8x10s, 11 baseballs, 7 16x20s, 2 10x30s, 2 11x14s (4 autographs), 2 10x20s (9 autographs), 2 mini helmets, 1 magazine

posted on Saturday, February 26, 2011 6:48:07 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Thursday, February 24, 2011
Another phenomenal day!  Though not as good as I originally thought.  While I was back in my hotel room sorting my stuff, I found that one of the best autographs I got today was smeared beyond recognition.  =(

I'm going to have to dispense with the details today... I need some sleep!  I'll post some more detailed info and stories tomorrow.

White Sox
Harold Baines - 1/1
Gordon Beckham - 1/2
Buddy Bell - 1/2
Aaron Boone - 1/1 (ball)
Brian Bruney - 4/4
Ramon Castro - 4/4
Kyle Cofield - 4/4
Jeff Cox - 4/4
John Danks - 2/2, 2/2 (16x20s)
Jordan Danks - 4/4, 1/1 (16x20)
Adam Dunn - 1/2
Eduardo Escobar - 4/4
Tyler Flowers - 2/2
Stefan Gartrell - 4/4
Lucas Harrell - 2/2
Curt Hasler - 4/4
Philip Humber - 2/4
Brandon Hynick - 4/4
Greg Infante - 4/4
Edwin Jackson - 2/2, 2/2 (10x20s)
Nate Jones - 3/3
Paul Konerko - 1/2 (smeared!)
Brent Lillibridge - 3/3
Donny Lucy - 4/4
Jeff Manto - 4/4
Jeff Marquez - 4/4
Jose Martinez - 8/8
Dallas McPherson - 4/4
Lastings Milledge - 3/4
Brent Morel - 1/3
Jake Peavy - 1/1 (mini helmet)
Josh Phegley - 4/4
Juan Pierre - 1/4, 3/3, 1/1 (ball)
A.J. Pierzynski - 1/1
Jared Price - 1/1
Carlos Quentin - 1/2
Alexei Ramirez - 1/2
Jerry Reinsdorf - 1/1 (ball)
Chris Sale - 4/4
Sergio Santos - 4/4
Brandon Short - 4/4
Mark Teahen - 3/3
Omar Vizquel - 1/2
Devon White - 1/2
Kenny Williams - 1/1 (ball)

J.D. Closser - 2/2
John Ely - 4/4
Damaso Espino - 2/2
Dana Eveland - 2/2
Jay Gibbons - 1/1
Javy Guerra - 2/2
Ken Howell - 2/2
Gabe Kapler - 1/1
Hiroki Kuroda - 2/2
Jon Link - 4/4
Mike MacDougal - 4/4
Bill Mueller - 2/2, 1/1 (ball)


Today's total: 146 cards, 5 baseballs, 3 16x20s, 2 10x20s, 1 mini helmet

2011 Spring Training 5 day total: 421 cards, 6 8x10s, 8 baseballs, 6 16x20s, 2 10x30s, 2 11x14s, 2 10x20s, 2 mini helmets

posted on Thursday, February 24, 2011 11:52:21 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Another day, another White Sox rackfest!  Today was just about as good as yesterday.  I got more autographs today despite the fact that I didn't have any other generous graphers helping me out.

Last year at Twins camp, Jesse Crain would always stop his car on his way out of the parking lot to sign for everybody.  He had some fun with us, though.  At some random point, he would honk the horn of his giant truck, and scare the crap out of all of us.  I asked him if he was doing that this year, and he said he couldn't bring his truck with him because it is way too big for Chicago.

John Danks was great as usual.  He would have signed two more cards, but he got sweat all over them, and he didn't want the autograph ruined.  He told me that his mom would love a copy of each of the prints I've made or had made of him.  I'll bring those to him tomorrow.

Jake Peavy was very appreciative of the "South Side Aces" print that I gave him.  He was doing 1 per for everybody as he was in bit of a rush, but he made sure to knock out 3 for me.

I was surprised to see Darrin Jackson there today.  That makes two announcers in camp.  Luckily, DJ is no Steve Stone.  When he came out, he said he would sign on his way back in.  About an hour later, I turned around and DJ was heading right for me.  I didn't even have to remind him.

I haven't yet decided what I think of Will Ohman.  When he was taking the field in the morning, I asked if he had time to sign.  He looked at his wrist (no watch) and said "I checked my watch, I don't have time".  At the end of practice, he answered the same question with "I do have time now" and signed 2/4 cards.

When I asked Kirk Champion to sign, he replied "You must have dug deep if you've got cards for me".

Here is my Sox tally for day 2:

Harold Baines - 1/2
Gordon Beckham - 1/2
Kyle Bellamy - 4/4
Mark Buehrle - 1/2 (10x20)
Anthony Carter - 1/1
Kirk Champion - 3/3
Kyle Cofield - 4/4
Jesse Crain - 4/4
John Danks - 2/4, 4/4 (2 10x20s, 2 10x30s)
Jordan Danks - 2/2 (8x10s)
Alejandro De Aza - 4/4
Adam Dunn - 1/3
Tyler Flowers - 2/2
Gavin Floyd - 2/2
Darrin Jackson - 2/2
Nate Jones - 4/4
Paul Konerko - 1/2
Charlie Leesman - 4/4
Brent Lillibridge - 2/4
Ever Magallanes - 4/4
Jeff Marquez - 4/4
Joe McEwing - 2/2
Dallas McPherson - 4/4
Brent Morel - 1/4
Juan Nieves - 4/4
Will Ohman - 2/4
John Orton - 4/4
Jake Peavy - 3/4
Tony Pena - 4/4
Juan Pierre - 2/4, 2/2
A.J. Pierzynski - 1/2
Alex Rios - 1/2
Chris Sale - 1/1 (16x20)
Sergio Santos - 4/4
Brandon Short - 4/4
Mark Teahen - 2/2
Matt Thornton - 2/2
Dayan Viciedo - 1/1 (16x20)
Devon White - 2/2

When I was finally convinced that there was no point hanging around the empty Sox camp, I again headed to the Dodgers parking lot.  My main objective was still to get Jon Garland to complete my All-Star 16x20.  The only difference is, this time I completed it!  I was giddy for about 15 minutes afterwards.  This bad boy is getting framed!

John Kruk was doing a report from Camelback Ranch today.  He entered on the Sox side, but was in a big rush and couldn't stop to sign.  He exited on the Dodgers side, and couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating.  I just wish I had had some Sox stuff with me!

Here are my Dodgers totals:

Casey Blake - 1/1
John Ely - 4/4
Jon Garland - 1/1 (16x20)
Jay Gibbons - 4/4
Gabe Kapler - 1/2
John Kruk - 1/1 (baseball)
Hiroki Kuroda - 1/1
Mike MacDougal - 3/3
Dioner Navarro - 1/2
Trent Oeltjen - 1/1
Ramon Troncoso - 2/2
Maury Wills - 2/2

Today's total: 113 cards, 3 16x20s, 2 10x20s (3 autographs), 2 10x30s, 2 8x10s, 1 baseball, 1 11x14

2011 Spring Training 4 day total: 275 cards, 6 8x10s, 3 baseballs, 3 16x20s, 2 10x30s, 2 11x14s, 2 10x20s, 1 mini helmet

posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 7:12:44 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #