# Wednesday, August 18, 2010
tommyjackley from SCN took part in a private signing with Frank Thomas a couple of weeks ago.  I need Frank on TONS of items, so I've been getting 3-4 done every time he does a reasonably priced signing.

I got my cards back a couple of days ago.  I'm slightly disappointed with three of the cards, and completely unhappy with the fourth.

All four cards were signed in a very thin pen, most likely a Staedtler.  Are Sharpies no longer the "default" pen for signing cards?  I know some collectors prefer the thin Staedtler look, but I was under the impression that Sharpie was still the standard.  I guess I will have to specifically request Sharpie for all future signings, as I definitely prefer a bolder autograph.

As you can see, the 1993 Upper Deck checklist was signed on the back.  This is obviously no good.  For $75 a card, I expect the card to be signed on the front.

I have contacted Tommy, and told him I either want a replacement signed card or a refund.  Tommy has good feedback, so I'm confident he will take care of the situation one way or another.  I will post here when this happens.

In the meantime, here are the four cards I received:



*** UPDATE ***

Tommy has agreed to get another 1993 UD checklist signed for me in October.  Until further notice, consider this resolved!

posted on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 3:59:03 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, August 08, 2010
I just wanted to give everybody a heads up that my online autographed card database was recently wiped out due to a "write error" while I was in the process of updating it.  Of course, I have been slacking when it comes to performing backups, so I have a LOT of work to do to restore it.  That page, usually found at www.chisoxcollector.com/pages/cards.htm, will be down for approximately 1 week.  I fully expect to have it online by the end of next weekend. 

Thank you for your understanding!

posted on Sunday, August 08, 2010 10:40:56 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Billy Pierce was kind enough to sign 6 cards for me.  Mr. Pierce is my pick for best mail signer on the planet.  I was a bit hesitant to send 6 at one time, but if there is one person that wouldn't have a problem with it, it would be Billy.  The return took 9 days.  I'm especially excited about the 1952-54 Red Man cards!



posted on Wednesday, August 04, 2010 7:08:29 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Today I received some signed cards from Chris, a collector friend that graphs the Newark Bears.  He still has more stuff that he is working on for me, but he was nice enough to send me what he has gotten done so far.  Here is the tally:

Carl Everett - 6 cards
Ron Karkovice - 17 cards
Dave LaPoint - 6 cards
Pablo Ozuna - 1 card
Tim Raines - 4 cards
Bill Simas - 3 cards



posted on Tuesday, August 03, 2010 12:55:42 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Monday, August 02, 2010
Today's mail brought a nice success: a 1953 Topps Jim Rivera.  "Jungle Jim" is a fantastic mail signer, and he signed this rookie beautifully. 

posted on Monday, August 02, 2010 12:44:18 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, August 01, 2010
I received a very nice TTM success today.  John Romano signed my 1959 Topps card for a very reasonable fee of $5.  I have been wanting to add this card to my collection for quite some time, so I was very pleased when I found out he had started signing his mail for a fee.

posted on Sunday, August 01, 2010 9:59:56 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Saturday, July 31, 2010
As I'm sure you have guessed, the "mysterious" tenth Fisk card that I mentioned in my last post is none other than his 1972 Topps rookie card.  I am very happy to add this to my collection!

posted on Saturday, July 31, 2010 9:47:56 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# 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)  #