Sases for Sox: Harold Baines

FI think I’m the only White Sox fan on the planet that doesn’t love Harold Baines. I was actually disappointed when he was elected to the Hall of Fame. He had a very nice career, but c’mon, he was NOT a Hall of Famer. If I could replace him with Dick Allen, or Billy Pierce, or even guys like Wilbur Wood and Robin Ventura, I would do it in a heartbeat.

Harold never seemed very fan-friendly when I met him. You can’t blame it on a bad day either, as I have met him several times, and he was the exact same every time.

He has also been very hit or miss TTM. Sometimes he signs an item for $20, sometimes he returns the unsigned item and money in your SASE. Sometimes he’ll do an inscription, sometimes he won’t. I decided to take a chance with $20 and a 2021 Allen & Ginter card. He signed it very quickly for me. Thanks Mr. Baines!

Send Date: 10/1/21
Receive Date: 10/9/21
Total Days: 8
Items Sent: 1 Card
Items Received: 1 Card
Fee: $20
Pen Used: Blue Sharpie

Sases for Sox: Ron Lolich

Ron Lolich only played in 2 games for the Sox before moving on to the Indians for the final 2 seasons of his MLB career. Ron is Mickey Lolich’s cousin. Ron faced his cousin twice, going 2 for 6 with a double. Lolich only hit 4 big league home runs, but one of them was a game winning grand slam in the 11th inning, in a game his team was trailing by 3 runs. Not bad!

Dave Lemonds signed this card for me TTM a couple of weeks ago. I’m very happy to complete it so quickly. Thanks Ron!

Send Date: 10/1/21
Receive Date: 10/9/21
Total Days: 8
Items Sent: 1 Card
Items Received: 1 Card
Pen Used: Blue Ballpoint/Gel Pen

Sases for Sox: Sparky Lyle

Sparky Lyle was one of the best relief pitchers of the 1970s. His most famous seasons came with the New York Yankees, including his Cy Young winning season in 1977. But he also had some excellent years for the Red Sox before ever played in New York. However, he finished his career with 11 games pitched for the White Sox in 1982.

For somebody that was a high profile Yankee, I’m shocked he only charges $5 for an autograph through the mail. I sent him his two White Sox Topps cards, as well as his 1969 Topps rookie card. He signed all three beautifully in blue sharpie. Thanks Mr. Lyle!

Send Date: 10/1/21
Receive Date: 10/8/21
Total Days: 7
Items Sent: 3 Cards
Items Received: 3 Cards
Fee: $5 per card
Pen Used: Blue Sharpie


Sases for Sox: Floyd Robinson

Floyd Robinson played for 4 teams during his 9 year Major League career, but all of his best seasons came with the ChiSox. He was one of the best offensive players on some excellent 1960s teams. His 1962 season was especially impressive. He slashed .312/.384/.475, which was good for a 131 OPS+. He also led the league that year in doubles with 45.

Robinson signs mail for a very reasonable $5 an item. So I sent him 4 cards, as well as a new blue sharpie. Unfortunately, he signed my cards with what appears to be a black ballpoint or gel pen. He did include an extra 1964 Topps, which is much appreciated. I’m not going to complain about the pen choice when his price is so reasonable. Thanks Mr. Robinson!

Send Date: 8/23/21
Receive Date: 10/7/21
Total Days: 45
Items Sent: 4 Cards
Items Received: 5 Cards
Fee: $5 per card ($20 total)
Pen Used: Black Ballpoint



Sases for Sox: Tony La Russa

I’m not going to lie. I was very unhappy when the Sox announced Tony La Russa as their new manager. And I think I was right to be unhappy, particularly in the first half of the season. He made so many mistakes, and completely threw one of his players (Yermin) under the bus. He was a bit better in the second half, but I can only imagine how good this team might have been with somebody like A.J. Hinch as manager. Oh well, I can only hope we have a new and improved manager next season.

With all that being said, La Russa is a Hall of Famer, and deservedly so. I’m certainly not going to pass up an opportunity to get his autograph, especially for free! So I send him his 2021 Topps Now card. I think it turned out pretty well. Thanks Mr. La Russa!

Send Date: 9/20/21
Receive Date: 10/6/21
Total Days: 16
Items Sent: 1 Card
Items Received: 1 Card
Pen Used: Blue Sharpie

Sases for Sox: Gene Lamont

Gene Lamont was the manager of the favorite Sox team of my childhood: the “Good Guys Wear Black” team of 1993. He also led them to a first place finish in the strike-shortened 1994 season. In what turned out to be an awful move, the Sox replaced Lamont with the comically inept Terry Bevington after a bad start to the 1995 season. I’ll never understand why they cut bait with Lamont so quickly.

Lamont also played for the Tigers from 1970-75. He was never more than a part-time player.

I’m not sure why it took me so long to send to Lamont. He’s been a solid mail signer for a long time, but I guess I was too lazy to send until now. Better late than never. I’ll be sending this to Lerrin LaGrow next. Thanks Mr. Lamont!


Luis Aparicio Private Signing

I never thought I’d see another Luis Aparicio signing. Everything I’d heard pointed towards him being in poor health in Venezuela. But Brian Kritz put together a two part signing at the Venezuela home of the Sox legend.

Unfortunately, Aparicio can no longer sign baseballs. This was a bummer, as I desperately need him on a HOF ball, and I’d love a replacement for my Gold Glove ball that has a fading signature. But I’m not going to complain, as I’m just happy to get some stuff done!

I bought the Mitchell & Ness 1959 jersey ages ago, and figured I’d never be able to get it signed. I wish the signature was a little bit bolder, but it still looks pretty good.

I have one more card in the second round of the signing. With these 7 cards, I now have every Aparicio solo Topps card in a Sox uniform signed.

I’m pretty excited about these additions to the collection. I’m going to sticky this post for a week or two just so it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle. During that time any new posts will appear under this one.







Sases for Sox: Don Secrist

Don Secrist pitched 28 Major League innings, all for the White Sox in 1969-70. Secrist struck out two Hall of Famers in his short career. Bert Blyleven once and Jim Palmer twice.

I’m actually glad that Secrist signed the card in ballpoint, as it matches the other signatures. I have another one of these signed by May and Morales in blue sharpie, so I’ll have to make sure to include a sharpie when I send that card to Secrist.

Send Date: 9/22/21
Receive Date: 10/1/21
Total Days: 9
Items Sent: 1 Card
Items Received: 1 Card
Pen Used: Blue Ballpoint

Sases for Sox: Steve Carlton

Over the past year or so, I have become obsessed with getting multi-player cards signed. Every time I see a signing with a big name player that never played for the Sox, I check and see if they share any cool cards with a White Sox player. I really wish I had started doing this earlier, as there are some really cool multi-player cards from the 60s and 70s that I could have gotten signed.

I’ll be sending this card off to Gaylord Perry tomorrow. Hopefully it survives the USPS just one more time!

Send Date: 9/22/21
Receive Date: 9/27/21
Total Days: 5
Items Sent: 1 Card
Items Received: 1 Card
Fee: $40
Pen Used: Blue Sharpie