# Monday, 10 August 2009
I am about to head to the Post Office to mail out ALL Photofile preorders.  I had planned on getting everything out on Saturday, but it was not meant to be.  For those of you that had ordered photos on the "maybe" list, I was able to order everything but Jim Thome, Bobby Jenks, and Chris Getz.  There was very little interest in Thome and Jenks.  There was a good deal of interest in Getz, but not enough to justify an order of 25 photos, which is the minimum order for Getz.

Thanks to everybody that took part in this.  I look forward to our next order!

By the way, I do still have some 16x20s of this Mark Buehrle perfect game shot:

If you are interested, here are the prices:

16x20 (shipped rolled) - $25
16x20 (shipped flat) - $28
Each additional 16x20 - $20 each

I do also have these Photofile 16x20s available, for the same prices.  Both shots are from the Blackout game last year, and look fantastic signed:

Orders can be combined.  For example, if you want one of each, shipped rolled, your cost would be $25 + $20 + $20 = $65.  If you are interested, send me an email using the address on the left side of this page.  Thanks!

posted on Monday, 10 August 2009 06:38:54 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, 02 August 2009
I almost forgot to post my mail successes from last week.  I received the following:

Darin Erstad - 2/2
Mark Salas - 3/3

posted on Sunday, 02 August 2009 09:21:00 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Saturday, 01 August 2009
I attended the Sarasota Reds @ Brevard County Manatees game tonight, for the sole purpose of getting Jorge Orta's autograph.  At the conclusion of BP, he came over and signed.  My wife and I were the only ones there, and he signed 11/11 cards and 1 baseball with "South Side Hitmen" inscription.  I will add scans of the cards later tonight.

posted on Saturday, 01 August 2009 20:49:43 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
In belated honor of Brian Anderson's departure from the White Sox, I wanted to pass on this little story about BA. 

The wife and I were in line for BA's autograph at Picnic in the Park.  I didn't really need BA's autograph, but I had never gotten him in person, and the wife thinks he is cute, so I thought she would get a kick out of it.  She is a huge fan of Michael Buble, and she thinks Anderson looks a lot like Buble (out of uniform anyway). 

Just as we are about to reach the front of the line, I ask her if she is going to mention to BA that he looks like Michael Buble.  She says no, making it clear that asking that question would be very embarrassing for her.

I reach BA first.  Here is the entire exchange:

Me - "Has anybody ever told you that you look like Michael Buble, the singer?"

BA - "I've heard it, but he is much, much, much better looking."

I laugh, thank him for the autograph, and move out of the line.  My wife moves up to BA, and witnesses the following exchange:

Paul Konerko (sitting next to BA at the table) - "What did that guy say to you?"

BA - "He told me that I look like Michael Buble, the singer."

Paulie looks at BA with a quizzical expression on his face.

BA - "You know!  (starts singing the Buble song "Feeling Good") Birds flying high, you know how I feel."

So my wife, a huge Buble fan, got to see Buble clone Brian Anderson sing a Buble song.  Not only that, but she says he was good!

posted on Saturday, 01 August 2009 13:05:44 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Friday, 31 July 2009
Good news.  I placed the photo order this morning, and Steve at Photofile was able to expedite it for same day shipping!

Also, I will have some extra 16x20's of this Mark Buehrle perfect game shot:

If you are interested, the price will be $25 shipped rolled, or $28 shipped flat.  If you want more than one, add $20 for each additional photo.  On eBay, the only seller selling these is asking for about $29 each, plus $9 shipping.

posted on Friday, 31 July 2009 19:16:16 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
Well, I've finally succumbed to Twitter.  I'm just getting started, but you can follow me here:


Shenanigans will ensue.  You have been warned.

posted on Thursday, 30 July 2009 23:31:46 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Thursday, 30 July 2009
Hey guys,

I will be placing the Photofile order in approximately 24 hours.  For your order to be included, payment MUST be received by then, both for 8x10 and 16x20 orders.  I have had several people "order" photos, but I haven't received payment from them.  Those orders will not be honored!  As of right now, here are the people whose orders will be processed:

(first 2 letters of first and last name.  For example, John Doe would be listed as Jo Do.)

Mi Ku
Er Ku
Ke Je
Ro Co
Ri Ba
Mi Ba
Be Za
Ch Ki
Ho Gi
De Mu

If your name is not on the list, I have not yet received payment.  Please make sure to make payment via paypal soon! 

posted on Thursday, 30 July 2009 09:11:48 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Wednesday, 29 July 2009
I've had some inquires regarding ordering 16x20s of the Buehrle w/ scoreboard and Wise shots.  If I can get enough interest, I will order them.  The cost will be:

Each 16x20 = $18
Flat shipping cost = $5 (rolled) or $8 (flat)

If you are interested, please email me at the email address on the left side of this page with the quantity of each image you would like.  16x20 orders will be shipped separately from 8x10 orders.  Just for clarification, these are the 2 images:



This order will be placed with Photofile on Friday as well.

posted on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 16:25:17 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Today is a sad day on chisoxcollector.com.  Brian Anderson has been traded to the Boston Red Sox for Mark Kotsay.

I consider myself a Brian Anderson fan.  I had high hopes for him back in 2006, and was very disappointed with the way his season went.  Since then, he has been in Ozzie's doghouse.  There is no debate over who is the better player between Brian Anderson and Dewayne Wise.  Dewayne Wise does not belong in the Major Leagues.  I feel that Brian Anderson, if given a true every day chance, would put up a .250/.330/.450 line.  Nothing great, but pretty close to average for a center fielder.  Offense, however, isn't where Brian shines.  He is one of the better defensive center fielders in the American League, if not all of baseball. 

Not only is Dewayne Wise on the roster instead of BA, but now BA is on the Red Sox!  I have an irrational hatred of the Red Sox.  They are, without a doubt, my most hated sports franchise.  It will be very difficult to cheer for BA with that ugly "B" on his cap.

Goodbye, Brian Anderson.  You will be missed!

posted on Tuesday, 28 July 2009 16:10:53 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
During my recent trip to Chicago, I finally got the chance to stop by Grandstand Sports.  For those that don't know, Grandstand Sports is the sports merchandise store down the street from U.S. Cellular Field.  It sells mostly White Sox stuff, but they do also have some Cubs, Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks stuff as well.

I've always wanted to visit, and finally got the chance.  The store was heaven!  They had everything you could possibly want as a Sox fan.  Every hat, jacket, jersey, and novelty item you could imagine.  The only drawback was that 99% of the merchandise sells for the full retail price.  So as wonderful as the store was, I didn't purchase nearly as many items as I would have liked to.

What I did pick up was a fitted New Era hat with the "World Series Champions 2005" logo on the side, a deck of playing cards featuring White Sox legends, and an autographed Bill Melton bobblehead doll.  Here is a picture of the doll:

If you are a Sox fan, you have to visit Grandstand Sports at least once.  They also have a website, www.grandstandsox.com.

posted on Tuesday, 28 July 2009 09:22:48 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #