# Thursday, 15 January 2009

Sorry for the lack of recent updates! I've been doing a lot of business traveling lately, and haven't had the time to manage this site. Hopefully I'll be able to keep on top of things from this point forward.

I will be attending my first Soxfest this year. All arrangements have been made, and I can't wait until January 29th, when the wife and I fly to Chicago. I'm just finishing stocking up on cool stuff to get signed.

I have a wholesale account with Photofile, and I ordered some stuff for Soxfest. I have a few extras of three fantastic shots. I normally wouldn't sell anything here, but I haven't seen the Danks or Alexei images for sale anywhere, and I haven't seen the Thome available in the 16x20 size. I figure that other Sox fans would be just as excited to have these shots as I am! And I had to buy them in bulk any way, so it works out for everyone. I will also be bringing a few extras with me to Soxfest, so if you interested in getting these photos signed there, we can arrange a meeting.

I have 9 16x20s of Jim Thome rounding the bases after hitting the monster home run that beat the Twins in the tiebreaker game this past season:



I have 8 16x20s of John Danks. This picture was also taking during the tiebreaker game against the Twins on 9/30/08, when John threw 8 scoreless innings:



I also have 17 8x10s of Alexei Ramirez with his arms in the air, celebrating the clutch grand slam he hit against the Tigers to force that one game playoff against the Twins:



If you are interested in purchasing any of these photos, send me an email at doug at chisoxcollector dot com. I'm asking $25 for the 16x20s, and $5 for the 8x10, plus the actual shipping cost.

posted on Thursday, 15 January 2009 01:04:18 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Monday, 15 December 2008

Here are the recent additions to my 8x10 collection. In particular, I really like the McDowell, with the Cy Young inscription.

posted on Monday, 15 December 2008 01:02:55 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Wednesday, 10 December 2008

I apologize for the length of time between collection updates. I've been crazy busy, and only now have time to update the collection. I added lots of new autographs since my last post. Lets start with the baseballs. Later tonight I'll update the rest.

posted on Wednesday, 10 December 2008 01:01:40 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Friday, 05 December 2008

The White Sox have traded Javier Vazquez & Boone Logan to the Atlanta Braves. In return, the Sox get Tyler Flowers, Brent Lillibridge, Jonathan Gilmore, & Santos Rodriguez. I like this trade quite a bit. Tyler Flowers has a chance to be a major offensive force. If he can stay behind the plate, he has the ability to be a top 5 offensive catcher. His performance in the AFL was outstanding (387/460/973 with 12 HR in only 20 games). This capped an already impressive season with Myrtle Beach in high Class A (288/427/494). His numbers are even lower than they otherwise might have been, as Myrtle Beach is a very tough place to hit.

Santos Rodriguez is basically a lottery ticket. He has a great arm, but is so far from the majors that his career could go in any number of directions. Lillibridge and Gilmore are likely no more than bench players.

I have to admit, I'm not going to miss Vazquez all that much. He had a fantastic arm, and was a workhorse. But his results never lived up to his peripherals, and they haven't done so since his days with the Expos. At some point, you have to look at results, and his results were mediocre at best. However, he was a class act, and I wish him all the best in Atlanta. As for Boone Logan, good riddance!

posted on Friday, 05 December 2008 01:00:51 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Saturday, 15 November 2008

Just added, another Paulie auto!

posted on Saturday, 15 November 2008 00:59:26 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# 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)  #