# Tuesday, 17 February 2009
I just mailed off my first batch of Spring Training autograph requests for 2009.  I sent to the following:

David Aardsma
Brian Anderson
Mark Buehrle
Dewon Day
Freddy Garcia
Jon Garland
Tom Gordon
Charlie Haeger
Toby Hall
Bobby Howry
Bobby Jenks
Scott Linebrink
Nick Masset
Brandon McCarthy
Jhonny Nunez
A.J. Pierzynski
Alexei Ramirez
David Riske
Scott Schoeneweis
Chris Stewart
Jim Thome
Matt Thornton
Javier Vazquez
Don Wakamatsu

Details can be found in the mailbag.

posted on Tuesday, 17 February 2009 10:02:32 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, 08 February 2009
One of my many objectives as a collector is to obtain an autograph from every player that played for a Sox playoff team since 1959.  This includes ALL players that played for the teams in those years, not just those on the postseason rosters.  You can view my progress here:

Collection subsets

As you'll see once you click the link, I've completed the 2005 and 2000 rosters!  The last autos I obtained for those collections were Jeff Bajenaru and Lorenzo Barcelo, respectively.  I hope to complete 2008 and 1993 very soon.

posted on Sunday, 08 February 2009 23:48:47 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
I've begun adding checklists for White Sox team sets to the site.  You can find them in the Miscellaneous section, or just click the following link:

White Sox Team Set Checklists

Ultimately, I plan on having checklists for every legitimate set ever made.  It shouldn't take me too long to get them all added.


posted on Sunday, 08 February 2009 22:30:03 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Monday, 02 February 2009
I was at Soxfest this weekend. I was staying at the Palmer House Hilton with the wife, and we had 3 day passes.

Most of the Sox players were very fan friendly. A few stand out in particular:

John Danks - He couldn't have been friendlier. He signed everything put in front of him, adding inscriptions if requested. He chatted, and treated all of the fans with respect.

Carlos Quentin - I had heard some bad things about Carlos, and as such was very pleasantly surprised by his personable nature. He smiled warmly at just about every fan, and asked for their names during photo sessions. I saw him fist bump several small children, and watch them walk away with a huge smile on his face. At one point, there was a delay in getting the next fan up to the autograph table, and at that point my wife and I were positioned directly in front of Carlos. He shrugged, and then smiled and waved at my wife. Also, when my wife handed him his 2008 Upper Deck card, he rubbed it down before signing it, explaining to her that it would streak if not rubbed.  Great guy!

Gavin Floyd - I met Floyd when he was playing for the Clearwater Phillies, and he was actually quite rude back then. Maybe he has changed, because he was very friendly. In fact, he is now my wife's favorite player (she didn't have one before). The guy in front of him had him sign a White Sox bib, and Gavin happily inscribed "To Luke or Audrey", as the sex of the baby was still unknown. Gavin and his wife got a kick out of that.

Bob Shaw, Jim Landis, Billy Pierce, Jim Rivera - I'll group all of the 59 Sox legends together, because all 4 were class acts. In particular, Bob Shaw was very gracious and friendly. Like Carlos Quentin, Shaw just seemed to exude "warmth". My wife handed Shaw his 61 Topps card, and commented on how handsome he was. Shaw replied "that was a long time ago", and smiled broadly.

Minnie Minoso - Minnie was great, as always. I told him that I thought it was a crime that he isn't in the HOF. He responded by saying that he has been snubbed because of politics, and said that there are many players with lesser stats, and shorter careers, in the HOF. I was surprised, and pleased, to get such a candid, honest answer. He also looked great for being in his mid 80s.

There were also some players that disappointed me with their attitudes. They are:

Jermaine Dye - JD was the first line I got into on Friday, as I really wanted him to sign a home jersey with the world series patch. I was 3rd in line. I asked him very politely if he would mind adding "WS MVP" to his auto. He didn't even look at me, just shook his head. He could at least have made eye contact with me.

Harold Baines - Pretty much the same thing as Dye. Just shook his head when asked if he would mind adding an inscription, without ever looking up at me. It doesn't upset me that they wouldn't add inscriptions, it bothers me that they thought so little of me that they couldn't look at me. I honestly expected more out of Baines, who I have always thought was the epitome of a class act.

Steve Stone - Stone is a jerk. That isn't harsh enough. Stone is a colossal jerk. He was sitting next to Hawk Harrelson. Hawk was signing a photo for me, and I had my card out ready for Stone to sign when Hawk was done. Stone reached out, dragged my card across the table, and scribbled his signature across his face on the card, commenting "lets keep this moving". The guy behind me had Stone sign a baseball, and asked if he could add a Cy Young inscription. Stone said "No I won't, but you can do whatever you want with it".

All in all, it was a great weekend. Here is my haul:

Harold Baines - 1 16x20, 1 8x10
Jeff Cox - 2 cards
John Danks - 3 cards, 1 16x20 (inscribed 2008 Tiebreaker Win), 2 8x10s, 1 baseball (inscribed Blackout 9-30-08)
Jermaine Dye - 1 jersey
Ed Farmer - 2 cards, 1 8x10, 1 5x7 Topps card
Gavin Floyd - 2 cards, 2 8x10s
Chris Getz - 2 cards
Ozzie Guillen - 2 cards
Hawk Harrelson - 2 cards, 2 8x10s (inscribed 05 Champs)
Kevin Hickey - 4 cards
Darrin Jackson - 2 cards
Ron Kittle - 1 16x20 (inscribed 83 AL ROY)
Paul Konerko - 1 jersey, 1 WS baseball
Jim Landis - 2 cards, 1 8x10 photo (inscribed 59 Sox), 1 Gold Glove baseball (inscribed 5x GG)
Bill Melton - 2 cards, 1 16x20 (inscribed 1971 AL HR Champ)
Minnie Minoso - 2 cards, 1 baseball
Jerry Owens - 2 cards
Billy Pierce - 2 cards, 1 Sport Magazine (inscribed 59 Sox)
Carlos Quentin - 1 card, 1 8x10, 1 16x20
Alexei Ramirez - 2 8x10s, 1 baseball
Clayton Richard - 1 8x10, 1 card
Jim Rivera - 1 card, 1 baseball (inscribed 1959 Sox)
Adam Russell - 4 cards
Bob Shaw - 2 cards, 2 8x10s (inscribed 59 Sox)
Steve Stone - 2 cards
Jim Thome - 1 16x20 (inscribed 9-30-08 Blackout), 1 baseball (with Danks)
Ehren Wassermann - 3 cards

posted on Monday, 02 February 2009 22:59:32 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# 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)  #