# Friday, 05 February 2010
I received my bounty from a private signing that friend-of-chisoxcollector and SCN member darnfloor conducted with former Sox star Carlos May.  The signing was handled about as well as any signing I've taken part of.  If you ever have a chance to participate in a darnfloor signing, don't pass it up!

I got the following items signed by Mr. May:

1969 Topps RC (already signed by Rich Morales)
1970 Topps
1971 Topps
1973 Topps
1976 SSPC
1992 UD Limited Edition print



 

posted on Friday, 05 February 2010 17:55:34 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Thursday, 04 February 2010
I received a couple of successes this week:

Mark Dalesandro - 2/2
Cory Snyder - 2/2

The Dalesandro isn't a Sox card, but as his only Sox cards are in minor league team sets that I don't have, it will have to do!

 

posted on Thursday, 04 February 2010 23:27:36 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
I was perusing my Mailbag database, and I noticed that I have had a pretty good success rate over the past year.  I decided to share my success rate for 2009.  Hopefully this will continue to improve as the successes keep piling up!

Mailings - I sent 255 requests in 2009, and thus far have received 190 successful returns.  That gives me a success rate of 75%.  Not bad!

Total items - I sent 546 items in 2009, and as of today 427 of them have been returned to me signed.  That comes out to a 78% success rate.

My quickest returns were from Chris Knapp and Roberto Hernandez.  In both cases I had the signed cards in my hands 3 days after mailing!

The slowest return so far was from Orlando Cabrera, which took 224 days.  I expect this to change though, as there are always a few returns that show up long after you've given up on them.

I'll be doing my (belated) first mailings of 2010 in the next couple of weeks.


posted on Thursday, 04 February 2010 23:13:41 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
I just put the finishing touches on my signed 1992 Upper Deck Minors White Sox team set.  This is my favorite minor league set ever produced.  Behold!

 




posted on Thursday, 04 February 2010 21:58:40 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Monday, 25 January 2010
I received a couple of nice returns from Texas today:

Doug Drabek - 2/2
Scott Ruffcorn - 2/3


posted on Monday, 25 January 2010 19:03:10 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Saturday, 23 January 2010
Hello friends!  I have completed another team set that I've been wanting done for a while now.  It isn't a particularly large one, but it is a favorite nonetheless.  Here it is, my 1995 Leaf Limited White Sox team set!




posted on Saturday, 23 January 2010 17:05:23 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Friday, 22 January 2010
You can cross Jimmie Dykes off of the wantlist!



I am very excited to add this to the collection!  He is one of the two White Sox from the inaugural All-Star game! 

posted on Friday, 22 January 2010 00:34:24 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Wednesday, 20 January 2010
I have finally completed one of the autograph projects that I have been working on.  The aim was to have an autograph from every "award winner" in the the history of White Sox.  The awards that I am talking about are MVP, ROY, Cy Young, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, and Manager of the Year. 

For a while now there has been one autograph missing from this collection.  I'm talking about 1966 American League Rookie of the Year and gold glove winning centerfielder Tommie Agee.  Behold!



Not only does this complete my award winners project, it brings me one step closer to completing my All-Star project.  I am now missing the following White Sox All-Stars:

Jimmie Dykes (1933-34)
Al Simmons (1933-35)
Vern Kennedy (1936)
Rip Radcliff (1936)
Thurman Tucker (1944)
Rudy York (1947)
Joe Haynes (1948)
Rae Scarborough (1950)
Jim Wilson (1956)

posted on Wednesday, 20 January 2010 00:31:06 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Tuesday, 19 January 2010
John Danks will indeed be attending Soxfest this year.  Danks was added to the Soxfest roster almost immediately after agreeing to a contract for 2010.  I expect that the Soxfest lineup is now set.  The final lineup:

Harold Baines
Floyd Bannister
Gordon Beckham
Mark Buehrle
Don Cooper
Jeff Cox
John Danks
Ed Farmer
Freddy Garcia
Ozzie Guillen
Ken "Hawk" Harrelson
Roland Hemond
Kevin Hickey
Joel Horlen
Darrin Jackson
Bobby Jenks
Lance Johnson
Ron Kittle
Paul Konerko
Mark Kotsay
Doug Laumann
Scott Linebrink
Bill Melton
Minnie Minoso
Juan Nieves
Jayson Nix
Jake Peavy
Gary Peters
Juan Pierre
A.J. Pierzynski
J.J. Putz
Carlos Quentin
Alexei Ramirez
Mark Salas
Moose Skowron
Steve Stone
Mark Teahen
Matt Thornton
Greg Walker

Ken Williams

posted on Tuesday, 19 January 2010 20:44:07 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Monday, 18 January 2010


There have been some changes made to the 2010 Soxfest autograph lineup.  As far as I can tell, Andruw Jones and Billy Pierce have been removed from the schedule.  On a more positive note, Bobby Jenks and Carlos Quentin have been added.  There is still a chance that John Danks could be added once he and the Sox reach an agreement on his 2010 contract.

Also, they have announced that this years Deluxe VIP only signing will be with Gordon Beckham on Friday night.  The Deluxe VIP only photo opp will be with Jake Peavy on Saturday.

Here is the full Soxfest lineup as of today:

Harold Baines
Floyd Bannister
Gordon Beckham
Mark Buehrle
Don Cooper
Jeff Cox
Ed Farmer
Freddy Garcia
Ozzie Guillen
Ken "Hawk" Harrelson
Roland Hemond
Kevin Hickey
Joel Horlen
Darrin Jackson
Bobby Jenks
Lance Johnson
Ron Kittle
Paul Konerko
Mark Kotsay
Doug Laumann
Scott Linebrink
Bill Melton
Minnie Minoso
Juan Nieves
Jayson Nix
Jake Peavy
Gary Peters
Juan Pierre
A.J. Pierzynski
J.J. Putz
Carlos Quentin
Alexei Ramirez
Mark Salas
Moose Skowron
Steve Stone
Mark Teahen
Matt Thornton
Greg Walker

Ken Williams

I had a blast at Soxfest last year, and really wish I was attending this year.  If you live in the Chicago area and have never attended Soxfest, I highly recommend you give it a try!  There are still hotel and weekend passes available.

Click here to read my writeup about Soxfest 2009.

posted on Monday, 18 January 2010 22:48:39 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #