# Wednesday, October 14, 2009
As I'm sure you have noticed, I haven't been sending out any mail requests lately.  That will soon be changing, as I'll be sending a big batch of retired requests in the next couple of weeks, as well as some stuff to the Arizona Fall League. 

I have received a few successes since my last update, and here they are:

Joe Cunningham - 3/3
Eddie Fisher - 3/3
Lance Johnson - 3/3
Mike Mussina - 2/2 (not a White Sox player, but still...)



posted on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 6:04:39 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Monday, October 12, 2009
I have received the results of a few more of my 2009 50/50 trades.  I received 133 autographs in all, here they are:

Brandon Allen - 2 cards
Cole Armstrong - 2 cards
Wilson Betemit - 1 8x10
Jason Bourgeois - 3 cards
Chris Carter - 1 card
Javier Castillo - 5 cards
Javier Colina - 1 card
Richard Dotson - 12 cards, 1 8x10
Jack Egbert - 5 cards
John Ely - 2 cards
Tyler Flowers - 1 card
Archie Gilbert - 2 cards
Keith Ginter - 3 cards
Matt Ginter - 2 cards
Lucas Harrell - 1 card
Daniel Hudson - 1 card
Ron Jackson - 2 cards
Kelvin Jimenez - 7 cards
Mike Johnston - 2 cards
Ron Karkovice - 1 card
Ray Liotta - 6 cards
Boone Logan - 2 cards
Matt Long - 2 cards
Donny Lucy - 1 card
Jeff Marquez - 2 cards, 1 8x10
Kyle McCulloch - 2 cards
Gustavo Molina - 3 cards
Russ Morman - 10 cards
Brian Myrow - 1 card
Brian Omogrosso - 2 cards
Pablo Ozuna - 1 card
Ken Patterson - 2 cards
Aaron Poreda - 2 cards
Danny Richar - 2 cards
Royce Ring - 2 cards
Derek Rodriguez - 6 cards
Adam Russell - 1 card
Sal Sanchez - 6 cards
Rich Sauveur - 6 cards
Ray Searage - 1 card
John Shelby Jr. - 2 cards
Chris Tremie - 1 card
Wilson Valdez - 2 cards
Ehren Wassermann - 2 cards
Wes Whisler - 7 cards
Randy Williams - 1 8x10

posted on Monday, October 12, 2009 8:35:01 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, August 30, 2009
Chet Lemon did a signing at a Detroit area mall a couple of weeks ago, and a collector in the area was nice enough to help me out at the signing.  As you have no doubt noticed, I have been working on a "South Side Hitmen" baseball project.  I'm trying to get all of the starting position players from the 1977 White Sox on baseballs with the "South Side Hitmen" inscription.  There will likely be one gap in my collection, as Jim Spencer is no longer with us.  I have kept an eye on eBay, but I doubt I'll be so lucky as to find a baseball with that particular inscription.  Richie Zisk may be an issue as well.  As far as I know, he has stopped signing altogether in recent years.  Anyway, here is my Lemon ball!

posted on Sunday, August 30, 2009 4:22:33 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, August 23, 2009
The wife and I went down to Fort Lauderdale this weekend.  Bud's Sports Cards & Collectibles was having a signing with with 5 former players, including former Sox Oscar Gamble and Ron Blomberg.  We decided to make a weekend out of it. 

We stayed at the Gallery One, a Doubletree suites hotel.  Since I'm a platinum Hilton Honors member, we got upgraded to a suite with a balcony overlooking the water.  The room was a tad small for a suite, but it was nicely furnished, and had a nice, clean look. 

This was my first time at Bud's.  It's a nice, large shop, with a broad selection of autographed memorabilia, in addition to the standard sports card fare.

I had Blomberg sign his two White Sox cards, and I had Gamble sign his two White Sox cards and a baseball.  The extra Gamble 1985 Topps Traded is for a friend in Chicago.

I also received a small 50/50 back from one of my independent league traders.

Edwin Almonte - 4 cards
Freddy Thon - 3 cards

Here are some pics:

posted on Sunday, August 23, 2009 9:02:55 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Yesterday I received a success that I sent out during spring training, as well as a couple of minor eBay purchases.  First, the mail success:

Bobby Howry - 2/2 (c/o Giants spring training)

Now, the eBay purchases:

Brian Anderson 2003 Upper Deck Prospect Premieres
Brian Anderson 2006 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Update Red Ink

posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 6:48:42 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, August 16, 2009
Today was a good mail day, as I received my 50/50s from two traders.  One of the 50/50s was pretty small, and the other was quite a bit bigger.  We'll start with the small one.

From my Eastern League trader, I received:

Pedro Lopez - 5 cards
Mike Spidale - 2 cards

From one of my Carolina League traders, I received:

Jimmy Gallagher - 5 cards
Greg Hibbard - 5 cards
Christian Marrero - 5 cards
Joe McEwing - 10 cards
Brent Morel - 7 cards
Adam Ricks - 4 cards
Sal Sanchez - 6 cards
Bobby Thigpen - 10 cards

posted on Sunday, August 16, 2009 9:03:25 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Monday, August 10, 2009
Well, it is official.  Alex Rios is joining the White Sox.  The Sox claimed were awarded his waiver claim, and the Jays let him go.  All it will cost is money.  Lots and lots of money.  Rios is signed to the following contract:

2009 - 5.9m (with the Sox paying a prorated amount for the rest of the season.)
2010 - 9.7m
2011 - 12m
2012  -12m
2013 - 12.5m
2014 - 12.5m
2015 - 13.5m club option (with 1m buyout)

Rios is having a down year offensively, with a 94 OPS+ to this point.  Prior to this season, he had seasonal OPS+'s of 120, 122, and 111.  Combined with excellent baserunning (112 SB vs. 33 CS) and fielding (2008 +/- of +4 in center field, in only 50 or so games), he is a very good player, with the potential to be more than that.

This does solidify our team, both this year and in the future.  There will likely be a rotation, with JD, Thome, Scotty Pods, and Quentin all getting some time off.  Honestly, all of them will probably be better off with a day or two off each week.

Chicago White Sox graphers are in for a treat... by all accounts Rios is a HORRIBLE signer.  You probably knew that already, based on the video that made the rounds of Rios verbally sparring with autograph seekers.

Bad signer or not, this helps the team and I am happy with the move!

posted on Monday, August 10, 2009 8:33:39 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
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, August 10, 2009 6:38:54 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, August 02, 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, August 02, 2009 9:21:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Saturday, August 01, 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, August 01, 2009 8:49:43 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #