# Sunday, September 12, 2010
Today I received the 50/50 results from my other International League trader, Kevin (justcrazy from SG).  Derek, whom I mentioned in my previous post, and Kevin are friends that graph the Norfolk Tides together.  All the praise I heaped on Derek in my previous post would apply to Kevin as well.  They both help me out a lot when the Charlotte Knights are in town.  Here is the bounty I received today from Kevin.

Justin Cassel - 6 cards
Javier Castillo - 2 cards
Chris Chambliss - 1 card
Fernando Cortez - 1 card
Jordan Danks - 9 cards (like Derek, he also got one of the cards signed by Kyle Russell)
Richard Dotson - 19 cards
Tyler Flowers - 4 cards
Stefan Gartrell - 11 cards
Lucas Harrell - 7 cards
Robert Hudson - 2 cards
Josh Kroeger - 2 cards
Brent Lillibridge - 2 cards
Donny Lucy - 6 cards
Jeff Marquez - 10 cards
Kyle McCulloch - 10 cards
Brent Morel - 10 cards
Jhonny Nunez - 4 cards
Clevelan Santeliz - 3 cards
Carlos Torres - 2 cards
Dayan Viciedo - 3 cards
Gary Ward - 1 card
Wes Whisler - 1 card
Matt Zaleski - 1 card


That's quite a haul, thanks Kev!

posted on Sunday, September 12, 2010 5:41:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Saturday, September 11, 2010
Yesterday I received the results from another Charlotte Knights 50/50 with Derek (scoreset) from SportsGraphing.com.  Derek is one of my favorite people to work with, as he takes good care of my cards, and usually gets a majority of the cards signed.  This time was no exception.  Thanks Derek!

Jordan Danks - 4 cards (also got one of the cards signed by Kyle Russell)
Richard Dotson - 2 cards
Tyler Flowers - 1 card
Stefan Gartrell - 4 cards
Donny Lucy - 3 cards
Jeff Marquez - 2 cards
Kyle McCulloch - 2 cards
Brent Morel - 1 card


posted on Saturday, September 11, 2010 2:05:13 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Friday, September 10, 2010
I received my 1998 Upper Deck card back from Chris Rifon's private signing with Ruben Sierra.  I have worked with Chris many times, mostly on 50/50s for the Atlantic League.  As expected, the card turned out great.  Thanks Chris!

posted on Friday, September 10, 2010 1:57:43 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Wednesday, September 08, 2010
I have spent a lot of time recently revamping the team set checklist section of the site.  Previously, the checklists were very plain... Let's face it, they were ugly!

I think the new template I'm using is a lot easier on the eyes.  Also, every checklist also has an image of one of the cards, for reference.  For certain sets, there will be a more advanced checklist which includes an image of every card.

I'm still adding checklists, so it isn't 100% complete.  However, there are a LOT of new ones that have been added.  You can browse by year or by brand.  Here are links to a few examples:

Sorted by year

Sorted by brand

Basic checklist template (2003 Topps Heritage)

Advanced checklist template (1993 Upper Deck)

There is a link to the Team Set Checklists section on the left side of the front page.  It can also be found by clicking the "Misc" button on the banner at the top of every page.

The next thing I will be working on is the address section.  I get many requests to complete this section, so it will be done!


posted on Wednesday, September 08, 2010 2:43:35 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Thursday, August 19, 2010
Chris Potter was kind enough to take a Bo Jackson card to the National for me.  He didn't ask for any kind of payment for the help, so I definitely appreciate the gesture.

Unfortunately, in what is beginning to look like a pattern, the card was signed with a Staedtler.  I did not request Sharpie, so I can't really complain.  The autograph isn't nearly as thin as the Thomas autographs in my last post, but it isn't quite as bold as I would have liked.

On top of that, Bo gave a very small autograph.  I guess I should be happy that Bo put his #8 on the card.

All in all, I'm happy to cross this off of my wantlist.  I still need Bo for the 1991 and 1992 Upper Deck sets, as well as a rookie card.  I just couldn't bring myself to pay $316 for 4 signed cards.  I think I might have an opportunity to get the other cards signed early next year for $40 a pop, which is a lot easier to stomach. 

In the meantime, I am one step closer to completing my favorite Upper Deck set of all time.  All I need now is Joey Cora, George Bell, Ellis Burks, Dave Stieb, and the Robin Ventura team checklist. 

posted on Thursday, August 19, 2010 7:26:37 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# 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)  #