# Sunday, 21 February 2010
I have officially come out of retirement!  I did some Spring Training graphing for the first time since 2004.  I'm taking some time off to attend some Twins spring training workouts in Fort Myers, as well as some Astros workouts in Kissimmee.  My main objectives for those two camps are Jim Thome, Carlos Lee, and Britt Burns.  Other former Sox in camp for those teams include Jon Rauch, Matt Guerrier, Geoff Blum, and Jason Bourgeois. 

At the last minute, I decided to do some graphing today.  I went to the Disney Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, FL to catch an Atlanta Braves pitchers and catchers workout.  I was hoping to see an early Chipper Jones appearance.  To that end, I was disappointed.

The Braves are still the only team that I'm aware of that charges admission for workouts.  I'm sure that is more of a Disney thing than a Braves thing, but it is still pretty annoying.  Let's see what I got for my $13.50.

Derek Lowe - 1/2
Nate McClouth - 2/2
Billy Wagner - 1/2
Takashi Saito - 2/2
Tommy Hanson - 1/1
Jordan Schafer - 2/2
Eddie Perez - 2/2
Roger McDowell - 1/1





I'm not sure why older Fleer cards always scan like that.  The McDowell looks perfectly normal, nothing like the picture above shows.

Nothing too exciting, though getting Derek Lowe was a pleasant surprise.  I was disappointed to see LOTS of people handing Takashi Saito Kenshin Kawakami items.  THEY LOOK NOTHING ALIKE.  To his credit, Saito took it well, always with a smile on his face.  At one point, he turned his back to the crowd, pointed at the name on the back of his jersey and said "I'm Saito!".

Brian McCann and Jair Jurrjens both signed, but I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Lots of other guys signed, but I didn't have anything for them.

Next up on my spring training agenda will be Astros camp on Wednesday and Thursday.  If you are going to be there, please let me know and we can meet up!

2010 Spring Training Totals - 12 cards

posted on Sunday, 21 February 2010 15:55:38 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Saturday, 20 February 2010
I received a very nice baseball from Ralph Garr yesterday.  I sent baseballs to Ralph, Alan Bannister, and Eric Soderholm, asking for the same inscription.  For Mr. Garr, I included a $10 fee.  The baseball looks amazing:



My collection now includes baseballs with this same inscription from Garr, Chet Lemon, Jorge Orta, and Oscar Gamble.  My goal is to get all of the main offensive players from the 1977 White Sox.  Jim Spencer will most likely be impossible, as I doubt there are many baseballs floating around out there with this exact inscription.  Richie Zisk may prove tough as well, as he has apparently stopped signing autographs.



posted on Saturday, 20 February 2010 10:21:58 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Friday, 19 February 2010
Next in the "Project Rookie Card" series will be Ray Durham.  Ray-Ray signed this card for me during a series against the Angels during his rookie season, 1995.  He was the most energetic, enthusiastic player I have ever met... with the possible exception of Rex Hudler.


posted on Friday, 19 February 2010 22:57:44 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Thursday, 18 February 2010
In honor of The Big Hurt's recent retirement announcement, the next entry in "Project Rookie Card" will be none other than Frank Thomas.  I've mentioned this before, but to this day this is my favorite autographed card in my entire collection.



Some day I hope to add a signed 1990 Leaf Thomas RC as well.
posted on Thursday, 18 February 2010 22:48:45 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Paul "Lefty" LaPalme, who pitched for the White Sox in 1956 and 1957, passed away last week.  He was 86 years old.

LaPalme pitched exceptionally well during his time with the White Sox, putting up a cumulative 140 ERA+ in 86 relief innings with the team.  In 1957 he tied with Gerry Staley for the team lead in saves, with 7.

Paul was a great mail signer with a beautiful autograph, and will be missed by collectors everywhere. 


posted on Wednesday, 17 February 2010 11:56:46 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Tuesday, 16 February 2010
I still haven't gotten around to adding the magazine section to the "Collection" tab.  So here is a sneak peak.  Shown below are four Beckett magazines, three with Frank Thomas on the cover and one with Robin Ventura on the back cover.  Not only are they signed by my two favorite Sox players, but the other side is signed as well.  Needless to say, the first one is my favorite!  I obtained all eight autographs in person.








posted on Tuesday, 16 February 2010 21:28:14 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Monday, 15 February 2010
I was able to pick up another nicely signed Upper Deck rookie card.  From the same 1998 Upper Deck set as the Magglio Ordonez I recently posted, here it is:


posted on Monday, 15 February 2010 21:04:41 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Thursday, 11 February 2010
I added another tough rookie card to the collection this week.  Magglio is a tough autograph, so I'm very happy to cross him off the list!


posted on Thursday, 11 February 2010 22:15:55 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Wednesday, 10 February 2010
This will be the first in a series of posts detailing a new project I'm working on.  "Project Rookie Card" is my attempt to get a signed rookie card of every notable player that appears in a White Sox uniform on their rookie card.  The rookie card has to have been issued during the Topps/Bowman era, which began in 1948.  I'd love to go even further back, but I don't think I have the resources to pick up a bunch of signed 1933 and 1934 Goudey cards of people like Luke Appling, Ted Lyons, and Red Faber. 

Some that I know will be extremely tough to find are:

1951 Bowman Nellie Fox
1959 Topps Norm Cash
1957 Topps Earl Battey

And probably the toughest of them all:

1994 (multiple brands) Michael Jordan

Jordan has refused to sign baseball items since his retirement from baseball.  I've never seen an Upper Deck Authenticated Jordan card in a Sox uniform.  Jordan is probably the most forged athlete in the world, so I'm extremely hesitant to purchase one on the secondary market.  I may have to live without him in this project.

With all of that said, lets get on with the project!  I'll be posting regularly with signed rookie cards.  Some will be new, and some I will have had for a while. 

A collector friend from sportsgraphing.com was nice enough to get the following card signed for me at a recent MAB show.  To kick off the project, here is my signed 1956 Topps Luis Aparicio rookie card!


posted on Wednesday, 10 February 2010 22:49:32 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
Here is a list of all current Major League coaches and managers (excluding current White Sox coaches) that have played or managed for the Sox:

Sandy Alomar Jr. - Cleveland Indians
Tim Belcher - Cleveland Indians
Dave Duncan - St. Louis Cardinals
Gene Lamont - Detroit Tigers
Jerry Manuel - New York Mets
Dave Martinez - Tampa Bay Rays
Randy Niemann - New York Mets
Tony Pena - New York Yankees
Scott Radinsky - Cleveland Indians
Dave Righetti - San Francisco Giants
Ray Searage - Pittsburgh Pirates
Don Wakamatsu - Seattle Mariners

If you know of somebody that should be on this list, please either send me an email or comment on this post.


posted on Wednesday, 10 February 2010 01:21:24 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #