# Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Generally speaking, I'm not much of a 3x5 collector.  However, for some of the bigger names from the first half of the twentieth century, they can be the only affordable means of acquiring an autograph.  If it weren't for 3x5s, I might not have a nice quality Nellie Fox autograph.  I almost certainly wouldn't have a gorgeous Eddie Collins autograph.

I have added 2 more 3x5 autographs to my collection.  The first is Johnny "Bananas" Mostil.  Mostil is in the discussion as the greatest center fielder in White Sox history.  From 1918 through 1929, Mostil compiled 23.4 WAR (wins above replacement).  That total is eclipsed only by Fielder Jones' 35.1 (1901-1908).  Mostil's best season was 1926, when he tallied 6.1 WAR and finished second in MVP voting to an inferior George Burns.  Johnny passed away in 1970.

The second 3x5 is none other than Eddie "Knuckles" Cicotte.  Eddie would almost certainly be in the Hall of Fame had he not been banned from baseball for his involvement in the 1919 "Black Sox" scandal.  From 1912 - 1920, Cicotte accumulated 42.4 WAR, second in the American League to Walter Johnson, possibly the best pitcher in baseball history.  He was still going strong at the time of his banning, ending his career in 1920 with a 21W-10L, 5 WAR season.  Eddie passed away in 1969.

I will almost certainly have the Cicotte framed with an 8x10.  I will have it matted so that the personalization does not show.  This is one of my favorite pick ups in quite some time!

I now have autographs from 4 of the most storied members of the 1919 White Sox:  Eddie Cicotte, Eddie Collins, Red Faber, and Ray Schalk.  Eventually I'd like to add more to my collection, particularly Buck Weaver and, in what would be the holy grail for a White Sox collector, Shoeless Joe Jackson.

posted on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 1:52:39 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Monday, July 26, 2010
A while back I decided to get a few things framed nicely.  Previously, I had just been buying frames at Michael's, and using them without matting.  I still have a few things hung in that manner, though eventually I hope to replace them all.

The latest batch includes four pieces, the first of which has become one of my very favorite pieces.  As always, you can click on any image for a larger image.

The pictures do not do these items justice.  They all look fantastic, particularly the Fox/Aparicio piece.  My walls look a lot better now!

posted on Monday, July 26, 2010 10:29:30 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, July 25, 2010
I recently received the results of a Charlotte Knights 50/50.  This 50/50 came from Derek, AKA scoreset from sportsgraphing.com.  As always, the results were excellent.  Unfortunately, I put all of the cards away without making a list of the results.  However, I can show you some of the highlights:



Derek has always been a very reliable trader.  He has helped me a ton in the past, and hopefully our trading relationship will continue well into the future.  Thanks Derek!

posted on Saturday, July 24, 2010 11:29:10 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Thursday, July 08, 2010
I just got back from my local framer.  I'm not sure why I put it off for so long, but I've finally gotten my Griffey/Thome 20x30 framed.  Here it is!

Ken Griffey Jr. is still one of my all-time least favorite players, though strangely enough this might be my favorite piece in my collection.  Go figure!

posted on Thursday, July 08, 2010 6:41:23 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk has a total of 7 Upper Deck cards that I need to get signed for my All-Time Upper Deck project.  I can now cross 2 of those off of my wantlist.  I obtained these through the mail.  Mr. Fisk will sign for a $40 donation to the Cancer Support Center.


posted on Thursday, July 08, 2010 10:00:10 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Friday, July 02, 2010
I am making pretty good progress on my All-Time Upper Deck White Sox project.  As of right now, I've gotten 258 out of 531 cards signed.  That puts me at 49% completion. 

I've finally put together my wantlist.  Click here to see it.  If you have any of the cards I need, please shoot me an email at the address on the left side of this page.

posted on Friday, July 02, 2010 7:41:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Monday, June 21, 2010
In honor of Gavin's recent stretch of fantastic pitching, I present to you my Gavin Floyd signed rookies:


posted on Monday, June 21, 2010 3:54:57 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Saturday, June 12, 2010
My wife and I attended the White Sox game on Wednesday night.  We had Scout Seats (7th row, behind home plate), so we had dinner in the Scout Seat Lounge prior to the game.  As soon as I walked in, I practically bumped in to Bill Melton.  I brought cards of all of the former players that work in "Community Relations", so I was prepared.  Mr. Melton signed 4 cards for me.

Shortly after that, Minnie Minoso walked in.  He was the former player I most wanted to see there.  I had 6 cards with me: 2 vintage cards (including his 1952 Topps rookie card) and 4 modern cards.  I asked him to sign the 2 vintage cards first.  He happily signed, while telling me a story about his competition with Gil McDougald for the 1951 Rookie of the Year award.

I returned shortly with the 4 modern cards.  He told me he did not want to sign for me, saying "You have a store, don't you?".  I assured him that I was a HUGE White Sox fan, and he begrudgingly signed the cards for me. 



posted on Saturday, June 12, 2010 11:35:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Last night, Triple Threat Sports held a signing with John Danks and Paul Konerko.  The wife and I went to get Konerko on a mini helment at 2005 World Series 16x20.  While in the store purchasing the tickets, I noticed they had John Danks authentic jerseys for $100, which is quite a good deal!  So I picked up a Danks autograph ticket as well.  Here is the bounty!


posted on Tuesday, June 08, 2010 3:55:39 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, June 06, 2010
We just got back to the hotel.  Picnic in the Park was MUCH different from last year.  The impetus for the change?  Rain, and lots of it.  This year, the autograph session was held in the lower level concourse on the first base side of the stadium, and the actual picnic was held in the Patio area.

I had more success at this year's autograph session.  The only drawback to having it in the concourse was that there was no room to move around.  I think I said "Excuse me" more today than I had in my entire life prior to today.

Nonetheless, the results were quite good.  Surprisingly enough, I got just about every big name on the team.  Unfortunately, I got almost none of the lesser names.

Enough small talk, here is the tally!

Gordon Beckham x4 (Card, 8x10, 16x20, Mini Helmet)
Mark Buehrle x4 (Card, Sports Illustrated, 16x20, Gold Glove Baseball)
Ramon Castro x4 (Card x3, 8x10)
John Danks x4 (Card x3, 16x20)
Freddy Garcia x6 (Card x5, World Series Baseball)
Ozzie Guillen x4 (Card x3, Jersey)
Bobby Jenks x4 (Card x4)
Andruw Jones x4 (Card, 16x20 x2, Gold Glove Baseball)
Paul Konerko x4 (Card x4)
Jayson Nix x4 (Card x3, 8x10)
Jake Peavy x4 (Card x3, 16x20)
Juan Pierre x4 (Card x3, 8x10)
A.J. Pierzynski x4 (Card x4)
J.J. Putz x3 (8x10 x3)
Carlos Quentin x4 (Card x3, 10x20)
Alexei Ramirez x4 (Card x3, 8x10)
Alex Rios x4 (Card x3, 16x20)
Sergio Santos x4 (Card x3, 8x10)
Omar Vizquel x4 (Card x2, 16x20, Gold Glove Baseball)

I got 14 rookie cards signed for my rookie card project.  They were Beckham, Danks, Garcia x2, Guillen, Jenks, Konerko, Peavy, Pierre, Pierzynski, Quentin, Ramirez, Santos, & Vizquel.  I also got a total of 20 Upper Deck cards signed for my All-Time Upper Deck project.

I have posted images of everything except for the 8x10s and magazines.  Lots of good stuff, take a look!






















posted on Sunday, June 06, 2010 10:27:58 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #