# Monday, February 22, 2010
Added another baseball to my growing "South Side Hitmen" collection.  Today's mail brought an Eric Soderholm baseball, complete with inscription and jersey number.

posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 6:06:43 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Saturday, February 20, 2010
I received a very nice baseball from Ralph Garr yesterday.  I sent baseballs to Ralph, Alan Bannister, and Eric Soderholm, asking for the same inscription.  For Mr. Garr, I included a $10 fee.  The baseball looks amazing:

My collection now includes baseballs with this same inscription from Garr, Chet Lemon, Jorge Orta, and Oscar Gamble.  My goal is to get all of the main offensive players from the 1977 White Sox.  Jim Spencer will most likely be impossible, as I doubt there are many baseballs floating around out there with this exact inscription.  Richie Zisk may prove tough as well, as he has apparently stopped signing autographs.

posted on Saturday, February 20, 2010 10:21:58 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, August 30, 2009
Chet Lemon did a signing at a Detroit area mall a couple of weeks ago, and a collector in the area was nice enough to help me out at the signing.  As you have no doubt noticed, I have been working on a "South Side Hitmen" baseball project.  I'm trying to get all of the starting position players from the 1977 White Sox on baseballs with the "South Side Hitmen" inscription.  There will likely be one gap in my collection, as Jim Spencer is no longer with us.  I have kept an eye on eBay, but I doubt I'll be so lucky as to find a baseball with that particular inscription.  Richie Zisk may be an issue as well.  As far as I know, he has stopped signing altogether in recent years.  Anyway, here is my Lemon ball!

posted on Sunday, August 30, 2009 4:22:33 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, August 23, 2009
The wife and I went down to Fort Lauderdale this weekend.  Bud's Sports Cards & Collectibles was having a signing with with 5 former players, including former Sox Oscar Gamble and Ron Blomberg.  We decided to make a weekend out of it. 

We stayed at the Gallery One, a Doubletree suites hotel.  Since I'm a platinum Hilton Honors member, we got upgraded to a suite with a balcony overlooking the water.  The room was a tad small for a suite, but it was nicely furnished, and had a nice, clean look. 

This was my first time at Bud's.  It's a nice, large shop, with a broad selection of autographed memorabilia, in addition to the standard sports card fare.

I had Blomberg sign his two White Sox cards, and I had Gamble sign his two White Sox cards and a baseball.  The extra Gamble 1985 Topps Traded is for a friend in Chicago.

I also received a small 50/50 back from one of my independent league traders.

Edwin Almonte - 4 cards
Freddy Thon - 3 cards

Here are some pics:

posted on Sunday, August 23, 2009 9:02:55 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Saturday, August 01, 2009
I attended the Sarasota Reds @ Brevard County Manatees game tonight, for the sole purpose of getting Jorge Orta's autograph.  At the conclusion of BP, he came over and signed.  My wife and I were the only ones there, and he signed 11/11 cards and 1 baseball with "South Side Hitmen" inscription.  I will add scans of the cards later tonight.

posted on Saturday, August 01, 2009 8:49:43 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #