# Tuesday, March 31, 2009
I had quite a few mail successes in the last few days.  From this point on, I won't show every single autograph received TTM on the main page.  To see all scans, you have to visit the mailbag.  I'll just show the highlights on the main page.  And here they are:

posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 2:57:08 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, March 29, 2009
I got some nice TTM stuff back this week, including the fastest return I have ever received.  It took THREE days for these Roberto Hernandez autographs to find their way back to me.

posted on Sunday, March 29, 2009 11:39:11 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Saturday, March 21, 2009
I got two things in the mail today, one TTM success and one purchase.  We'll start with the purchase:

Rocky has been at the top of my wantlist for a long time, so I am thrilled to finally have him!  I could have gotten a nice Colavito any time I wanted, but I was determined to get a Sox item... and the only Sox item available of Rocky (to the best of my knowledge) is this Topps card.  I've seen this card signed before, but usually with a faint, ball point signature.  Not only is this signature bold, but he add his career HR total!  I am completely stoked!

I also got a TTM success from Brian Anderson.  He signed 2 8x10 photos for me, though one of them is smeared a bit.  He didn't add the inscription I asked for, but I guess you can't have everything!


posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 11:49:49 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Thursday, March 19, 2009
I got back 1/1 from Gustavo Molina this week, c/o the Washington Nationals:

I also picked up a great HOFer autograph.  Most people don't even know he played for the Sox, so I'm very pleased that I was able to find a signed White Sox item:

Last, but certainly not lease, I got back the stuff I sent to MAB Celebrity Services for the Secaucus NJ show on February 28.  All three photos are 16x20s.

Tom Seaver

Steve Carlton

Doug Drabek

I'll be sending the Seaver 16x20 back to MAB for the April 4th show in Sturbridge MA, where Carlton Fisk will be signing.  I can't wait to frame that bad boy once they've both signed it!

posted on Thursday, March 19, 2009 12:32:55 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, March 15, 2009
I only had one TTM success this week.  I received 1/1 from Jeff Marquez.

I did get one amazing item that I bought on eBay, and it more than makes up for the lack of TTM returns.

I finally got a Nellie Fox autograph, complete with PSA/DNA authentication!  Bill Veeck and Nellie Fox were the 2 names at the top of my "realistic" wantlist for a LOOOOOONG time, and now I've got them both!  Not only that, but this gets me one step closer to completing most of the subsets I am working on.  I needed Nellie for the following collections: HOF, All-Stars, 1959, & Award Winners. 

posted on Sunday, March 15, 2009 4:18:37 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Friday, March 06, 2009
I got 4 TTM successes this week, 2 of which are particularly excellent.  I got a signed 2005 World Series ball from Mark Buehrle:

I also got an 8x10 from "The Cuban Missile", Alexei Ramirez!

I also got 2/2 from Cole Armstrong (in ball point, ugh) and Chris Stewart.

posted on Friday, March 06, 2009 6:17:54 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Monday, March 02, 2009
Well, I got an awesome success today... only it wasn't.  For the first time, I sent 16x20s TTM.  I sent 4 of them to John Danks, and said in my letter that he could keep 2, and asking if he would please sign 2.  He did sign 2 of them for me, but they didn't turn out well at all.  =(

If you can't see it, the first photo is signed "To Doug, Tiebreaker 9-30-08, John Danks".  The second is just signed.  Oh well, it was still extremely nice of him to sign them for me!  Thanks John!!!

posted on Monday, March 02, 2009 12:08:47 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Friday, February 27, 2009
I got some great stuff in the mail today.  It was a mixture of TTM autograph requests and purchases.  Let's start with the TTM successes, which are my first of Spring Training 2009.

I got 2/2 from current Sox lefthanded reliever Matt Thornton.

I also got 2/2 from new Seattle Mariners manager and former Sox player Don Wakamatsu.

Now, on to the purchases!  I made huge progress on my collection of White Sox all-stars, adding 7 signed 3x5s of Sox all-stars from the 30's, 40's, and 50's!  Sandy Consuegra, Ferris Fain, Bob Keegan, Mike Kreevich, Thornton Lee, Cass Michaels, & Edgar Smith!  I now need 15 more all-stars to complete the collection!

I have saved the best for last.  I have obtained an autograph that I truly never thought I would have.  I will let the picture do the talking!

That's right, 1939 Hall of Fame inductee Eddie Collins!  It is even PSA/DNA authenticated!
posted on Friday, February 27, 2009 11:31:36 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Saturday, February 21, 2009
Just added a Luke Sewell signed 3.5x5.5 photo to the collection.  This bring me one step closer to having an autograph from every White Sox player ever to make an All Star team.  Luke was on the AL team in 1937.  You can view my progress collecting autographs from White Sox All-Stars here.

posted on Saturday, February 21, 2009 1:23:17 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Friday, February 20, 2009
This will be the first of a series of Top Ten lists I will be posting.  The subject of these top ten lists could range from autographs to rankings of the best White Sox players all time. 

Today I'll be ranking my ten favorite signed cards.  This isn't a list of the ten most valuable, just the ten that bring me the most joy.  I may like the aesthetics of the autograph, it may bring back fond memories, it could be a favorite for any number of reasons.  I am going to limit each player to one card on the list, so it isn't dominated by 3 or 4 of my favorite players.  Let's get right to it!

#10 - Joe Crede 2004 Studio Private Signings Silver - Joe Crede is one of my favorite Sox players, even if he isn't my favorite Sox third baseman.  This card is very cool, showing Joe when he was just a clean cut kid looking to establish himself.  The signature is also very nice, about as good as it gets from Joe, who can produce some of the ugliest signatures I've ever seen.  This one makes it on the list due to a combination of aesthetics, and being my favorite auto from one of my favorite players.

#9 - Norberto Martin 1994 Sportflics - The scan doesn't do this autograph justice.  It is one of the coolest autographs I've ever seen.  Norberto already has a beautiful signature, and it just POPS off of this card.  Plus, who doesn't love Paco Martin?

#8 -
Ozzie Guillen 2005 Topps Rookie Cup - Ozzie is the man, even if he was the worst hitter I've ever seen that had a career as long as he did.  I'll admit, I didn't have much love for him as a player, but he has won me over as a manager.  Not only did he lead the Sox to their first World Championship in 88 years, but he has been refreshingly honest with the media, just about the only big league manager to do so.  Also, he has the most even take on the whole "steroid controversy" of any big leaguer I've heard from on the subject.  Besides, this card looks awesome!

#7 -
John Danks 2007 Exquisite Collection Signatures Rookie Biography Autographs Gold - I've been a John Danks fan from the start of his Sox career.  I've been picking up certified autos of his for the last couple of years.  This set is probably my favorite autograph set ever produced.  They have an attractive design, with good photography, and have an especially limited print run.  This particular one is #13/15.  The Frank Thomas in this set is also fantastic, as you can see here.

#6 -
Steve Sax 1992 Triple Play Gallery of Stars - Steve Sax was my favorite player growing up, as my mother was a big Dodgers fan who loved her "Sexy Saxy".  I was ecstatic when the Sox acquired him, and very dissapointed when his Sox career tanked.  But I still love the guy, and I especially love this autographed card.

#5 - Alex Fernandez 1992 Topps Micro
- This card is TINY.  That is pretty much the sole reason it is on the list.  When I handed this card to Alex for him to sign it, he looked at me like I was an idiot.  He actually hesitated like he wouldn't sign it, then he held it up really close to his face and scribbled a tiny autograph.  I'll never forget it.

#4 - Joe Borchard 2001 UD Prospect Premieres
- Joe Borchard was the first White Sox prospect that I truly became invested in.  The combination of astounding potential and being about the nicest guy on the planet was too much to resist.  He even replied to one of my mail autograph requests with a very nice letter telling me that, whether I send 1 item or 100 items, he'd be happy to sign them all. 

I bought one box of 2001 UD PP, and, unbelievably, the auto I received was Borchard's.  At the time it was the most valuable autograph in the set, and the only one I truly wanted.  I really felt at that time that I was destined to be a Joe Borchard fan.

#3 -
Robin Ventura 1993 Donruss Diamond Kings - My favorite autograph from my second favorite player.  Robin was one of the few visiting players that would exit Angel Stadium through Gate 2 after games.  Most either exited through Gate 1, or boarded the team bus directly in the fenced off players lot behind the stadium.  Robin, however, always exited through Gate 2, where he had an army of friends and family waiting for him.  This card was signed in those days, and remains one of my all-time favorites.

#2 - Matt Merullo 1990 Upper Deck
- You are probably thinking to yourself, "Matt Merullo?"  Yes, this one time third string White Sox catcher is #2, and closer to being #1 than #3.  It was the first autograph that I ever got at a baseball game.  Pretty fitting that it was a White Sox player, right?  At the time I wasn't even a Sox fan, so it seems that it was in the stars all along for me to end up rooting for the ChiSox.

#1 - Frank Thomas 1990 Topps
- It should come as no surprise that Frank occupies the number one spot of this top ten list.  He is my favorite player of all time, which isn't a very original concept for a Sox fan.  This was the first autograph I ever received from the Big Hurt.  It was at a small baseball card show in Anaheim, California in the early 90's.  He used an Ultra Fine tip sharpie, which I didn't realize at the time wasn't really a good thing.  Luckily, the autograph turned out nicely.  To this day, it is my favorite, and it will likely never relinquish that distinction.

posted on Friday, February 20, 2009 8:19:50 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #