# Sunday, January 10, 2010
There are a few White Sox team sets that I am trying especially hard to get signed.  There are three in particular that I would like to complete:

1989 Upper Deck
1993 Flair
1994 Leaf Limited

I have finally finished one of them!  May I present to you, my 1993 Flair White Sox team set!

The final addition was the Alex Fernandez card.  I may try to get Roberto Hernandez, Bo Jackson, and Jack McDowell in blue, but overall I am quite happy!

posted on Sunday, January 10, 2010 11:30:01 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Monday, January 04, 2010
Today the mailman was kind enough to bring me:

John Snyder - 2/2

posted on Monday, January 04, 2010 12:52:05 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
A San Diego area collector helped me out at a Toys for Tots event last month.  Jake Peavy honored his previous San Diego commitments, even though he is no longer on the Padres.  Sounds like a guy I want on the Sox!

I sent two 16x20 photos of Peavy in a Sox uniform, one for each of us.  Here is what I got back:

I'm thrilled to already be able to knock this off of my "to do" list for 2010. 

posted on Monday, January 04, 2010 12:38:49 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
Hello again!  I'm sorry about the lengthy delay since the last post, but I've been on Holiday!  We (the wife and I) spent some time in Las Vegas and Southern California.  I got a few nice returns during my sabbatical, of both the eBay and TTM variety.  Lets start with the eBay purchases:

Albert Belle 1998 Bowman's Best Autographs
Bill Goodman 3x5 (one step closer to completing the 59 team!)
Smead Jolley 3x5
Duane Josephson 3x5 (only need a few more all-stars!)
Willie Kamm 3x5
Cecil Upshaw 3x5

Now for the mail returns:

Greg Bollo - 3/3
Mike Cameron - 2/2
Sammy Ellis - 3/3
Tito Francona - 2/2
Ted Gray - 2/2
Jim Landis - 10/10
Don Larsen - 2/2
Eddie Robinson - 2/2
Gene Stephens - 2/2
Kevin Tapani - 2/2
Rich Wortham - 3/3


posted on Monday, January 04, 2010 12:58:35 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Friday, December 18, 2009
A lot more names have been announced for Soxfest 2010:

Harold Baines
Floyd Bannister
Don Cooper
Jeff Cox
Ed Farmer
Hawk Harrelson
Roland Hemond
Kevin Hickey
Darrin Jackson
Lance Johnson
Ron Kittle
Mark Kotsay
Bill Melton
Minnie Minoso
Juan Nieves
Gary Peters
Billy Pierce
Juan Pierre
J.J. Putz
Mark Salas
Moose Skowron
Steve Stone
Mark Teahen
Greg Walker

There is also a rumor going around regarding Omar Vizquel.  Supposedly if they can convince Omar to attend, they will also have Luis Aparicio attend and have a whole "Venezuelan" shortstop theme.  Too bad Chico Carrasquel can't be there. =(

posted on Friday, December 18, 2009 11:24:47 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Thursday, December 17, 2009
I forgot to mention something in my last post.  In addition to all of the card successes I posted, I also received a couple of 8x10s:

Dustin Hermanson - 2/2 8x10s

Dustin has been a class act his entire career, and he has maintained his beautiful autograph the entire time.  He was even nice enough to add a great inscription to the World Series photo.  Thanks Dustin!

posted on Thursday, December 17, 2009 8:19:20 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I got a few nice successes over the last 3 days:

Sam Esposito - 3/3
Jack Harshman - 2/2
Bob Locker - 2/2
Marty Marion - 1/1
Jerry McNertney - 2/2
Billy Pierce - 4/4
Virgil Trucks - 6/3

posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 9:02:31 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Saturday, December 12, 2009
Just got back from the mailbox.  Received a few nice successes, as well as an eBay purchase.  First, the TTM successes:

Mike Joyce - 2/2
Russ Kemmerer - 2/2
Pete Ward - 3/3

The eBay purchase was a Salome Barojas autographed card.  He was one of the toughies I needed to complete my 1983 White Sox project!

posted on Saturday, December 12, 2009 3:01:44 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Friday, December 11, 2009
Got a few decent, albeit expected mail returns over the last two days:

Ken Berry - 3/3
Ron Hansen - 3/3
Mike Hershberger - 2/2
Jim Rivera - 3/3
Bob Shaw - 4/4
Roy Sievers - 4/2
Jason Stumm - 3/3

I also received permission letters to send baseballs to Alan Bannister and Ralph Garr.  Both agreed to add "South Side Hitmen" inscriptions!

posted on Friday, December 11, 2009 9:52:34 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Thursday, December 10, 2009
The first batch of names for Soxfest 2010 was announced recently, and it is shaping up as a nice group.  Two of last years biggest no shows are scheduled to appear, and another two will be making their highly anticipated Soxfest debuts.  On to the list!

Gordon Beckham
Mark Buehrle
Freddy Garcia
Ozzie Guillen
Andruw Jones
Paul Konerko
Jayson Nix
Jake Peavy
A.J. Pierzynski
Alexei Ramirez
Matt Thornton

As I suspected, Alex Rios is not on the list.  I think it is safe to assume that the lines will fill up fastest for Buehrle, Peavy, and Beckham.

I wonder if there will be any notable former players this year, other than the usual suspects (Kittle, Minoso, etc)?  It'd be awesome to see The Big Hurt return to Soxfest.  Even better, a "Batman and Robin" appearance!

I still haven't decided whether or not I'll be attending.  Think I can convince them to hold Soxfest 2011 down in sunny Florida?

All released event info can be found here:


posted on Thursday, December 10, 2009 8:13:48 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #