# Friday, 14 November 2008

The White Sox have traded Nick Swisher (& Kanekoa Texeira) to the New York Yankees today. In return, the Sox get Jeff Marquez, Wilson Betemit, & Jhonny Nunez. Kenny Williams has done a lot to gain the trust of Sox fans over the last few years, but I think this is a terrible trade. Nick obviously had a bad year, but there are many signs that it was a fluke. His BABIP (batting average on balls in play) was a career low .249, but his line drive percentage was 20.9%, which was a career high. Taken together, it sounds like he was hitting the ball harder than ever, but hitting them right at people. This isn't likely to continue. I'd expect something close to 250/370/470 from Swisher in 2009. which is plenty valuable from a player as versatile as he is.

The return for Nick is terrible. Wilson Betemit had plenty of promise as a youngster in the Braves system, and has shown flashes of potential at the major league level, but has never really put it together, and likely never will. Jeff Marquez and Jhonny Nunez are, at best, fungible middle reliever types. I do not like this trade at all. We'll miss you Nick!

posted on Friday, 14 November 2008 00:58:38 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, 09 November 2008

I added these three 8x10 photos this week. I already had two Cotts 8x10s, but this one is from the World Series, so I couldn't resist.

posted on Sunday, 09 November 2008 00:56:59 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   

Picked up some more great signed cards over the last few days. I don't think I'll be picking up any more Quentin autos that feature him in an Arizona uniform. Nine should be plenty! Also, with this J.C. Martin, I'm now one step closer to completing my 1959 Sox set!

posted on Sunday, 09 November 2008 00:56:15 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Tuesday, 04 November 2008
I've been trying to pick up a reasonably priced, while unquestionably authentic, autograph of Bill Veeck for a long time now. And I've finally done it! It is even PSA/DNA authenticated!

posted on Tuesday, 04 November 2008 00:54:43 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   

I picked up another 5 autographed cards today, including my first "By the Letter" autograph.

posted on Tuesday, 04 November 2008 00:54:03 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Monday, 03 November 2008

I picked up the following 4 signed cards this week. I'm particularly excited about the Bonilla, as it has an early career signature, which looks much better than anything signed after be became a star.

posted on Monday, 03 November 2008 00:53:20 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, 26 October 2008
I added a 2005 Upper Deck Pros & Prospects Signs of Stardom auto of Scott Podsednik to the collection today. He is pictured in a Brewers uniform, but has a Sox logo on the card.

posted on Sunday, 26 October 2008 00:52:32 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Thursday, 23 October 2008

I added a new autographed card to my collection today. It is from the 2001 SP Authentic Chirography set. Card number RV. The immortal Robin Ventura. Unfortunately, this card was produced during his time with the Mets, but a Robin Ventura auto is a Robin Ventura auto.

posted on Thursday, 23 October 2008 00:51:52 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
I have several objectives as a collector of White Sox memorabilia and autographs. I break them into two categories: realistic and unrealistic. Let me start with the realistic objectives. 
  • An autograph from every player and manager to wear a White Sox uniform since I became a fan of the team. When at all possible, it should be on a White Sox item. My White Sox fandom began in 1991, so as of this writing this covers 18 years of White Sox. In particular, members of the 1993, 1994, 2000, 2005, and 2008 teams.
  • A signed official (either AL or MLB) baseball from every notable Sox player during my fandom. Notable is a pretty subjective term, but I know them when I see them. Roberto Hernandez? Notable. Jamie Burke? Not notable.
  • As many autographs of my all-time favorite Sox players as I can get my hands on. My favorites are as follows: Frank Thomas, Robin Ventura, Steve Sax, Tim Raines, Mark Buehrle, Joe Crede, Jack McDowell, John Danks, & Bo Jackson.
  • A signed official (either AL or MLB) baseball from every modern Sox Hall of Famer.

Now for the not so realistic:

  • An autograph from every White Sox all-star.
  • An autograph from every White Sox Hall of Famer.
  • An autograph from every White Sox award winner.
  • An autograph from every member of the 1959 White Sox.
  • Shoeless Joe Jackson's autograph

posted on Thursday, 23 October 2008 00:48:21 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Doug, and I am an avid collector of Chicago White Sox memorabilia & autographs. I will be using this site to share my collection with other fans, in hopes of fostering a community of White Sox collectors and fans.

I collect Sox stuff because I enjoy it. I have been a White Sox fan since I was 13 years old. I grew up in Southern California, close to Angel Stadium. My dad was a wood buyer, and one of the perks of his job was getting free tickets to Angels games from those hoping to sell him wood. These were no ordinary tickets, but excellent season tickets. There were 2 sets of tickets we used to get. One was right behind home plate, about 10 rows up. The other was directly behind the visitor dugout, front row. We got these tickets about 20 times a year. After attending a few games, my dad began urging me to get autographs during batting practice. Little did he know, he had created a monster.

It started innocently enough. I began bringing a binder of baseball cards with me to batting practice. I'd call out to players and try to get them to come over and sign. It'd be a good day if I got 5 or 6 cards signed. This went on for a couple of months. Eventually, I somehow found out where the players entered and exited the stadium. Once I had this information, everything changed.

I started hanging outside of the player entrance, before and after games. My dad was a good sport about it, getting there early and staying late. Soon though, those 20 games a year were not enough. I started taking the bus down to the stadium, even on days when I couldn't afford to buy a ticket. I would get autographs, and come home. I soon hooked up with some other die hard autograph collectors, and my collecting ways changed dramatically for one sole reason... one of them had a car. We would hang out at team hotels, known player hangouts, and the like. At this point, getting 5 or 6 cards signed after a days work would be a horrible failure.

Prior to collecting autographs, I didn't really have a favorite team. I rooted for my local teams, the Angels and Dodgers, but my heart wasn't in it. Once I started collecting autographs, one team stood out for their fan friendliness. The White Sox. They had an up and coming young team back then. Players like Frank Thomas, Robin Ventura, Jack McDowell, Wilson Alvarez, Alex Fernandez, Jason Bere, and others were at or near the beginning of their careers. Most of the youngsters were quite accomodating to autograph seekers. The Big Hurt was particularly friendly, especially considering how rapidly his star was rising. He signed before just about every White Sox game. After a while, I found myself making a point of going to every possible White Sox game I could. And thus began my life as a White Sox fan.
posted on Thursday, 23 October 2008 00:46:13 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #