# Friday, July 30, 2010
A collector friend in NY generously offered to help me out with Carlton Fisk during HOF induction weekend.  He got a total of 10 Fisk cards signed for me for a VERY reasonable price.  Here are 9 of them (the tenth will get it's own post):




posted on Friday, July 30, 2010 9:40:24 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Wednesday, July 28, 2010
On Saturday I received the results from a 50/50 from vinniemiller of sportscollectors.net.  The results were outstanding, as good as I could have hoped for.  Vinnie is based in Seattle.  The majority of the items were for the White Sox, but I also sent items for former Sox on the Royals and Reds.

Gordon Beckham - 09 UD Update, 8x10
Wilson Betemit - 09 Topps Heritage
Ramon Castro - 09 Topps Update
John Danks - 07 UD, 07 UD 89 Rookie Reprints
Gavin Floyd - 09 UD
Chris Getz - 09 UD
Ozzie Guillen - 90 UD
Daniel Hudson - 10 Allen & Ginter
Andruw Jones - 8x10
Paul Konerko - 10 UD
Mark Kotsay - 97 Bowman's Best, 09 Topps Update
Brent Lillibridge - 09 Charlotte Knights, 09 UD
Scott Linebrink - 10 UD
Tony Pena - 10 UD x2
Juan Pierre - 10 Allen & Ginter
A.J. Pierzynski - 07 UD
J.J. Putz - 02 Topps Chrome Traded
Alexei Ramirez - 10 Allen & Ginter
Alex Rios - 10 Allen & Ginter
Sergio Santos - 10 Allen & Ginter, 10 Topps
Kanekoa Teixeira - 07 Kannapolis Intimidators
Matt Thornton - 02 Fleer Tradition, 10 UD
Dayan Viciedo - 09 Birmingham Barons, 09 Obak, 8x10

Here are some of the highlights:




I bet you're wondering what that stray pen mark on the Rios card is.  Apparently Sergio Santos was signing everything without paying attention, and started to sign the Rios card too, lol. 

Overall, this was a great 50/50.  I'm eager to work with Vinnie again.  Thanks Vinnie!

posted on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 9:39:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# 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)  #