# Saturday, 20 November 2010
posted on Saturday, 20 November 2010 11:27:00 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
Today's mail brought with it the latest package from eBay.  In addition to the usual cards, there were 21 signed 8x10 photos.  I already have 8x10s from several of these players, but the lot was too good a deal to pass up.  My winning bid for this lot was under $60!  I'll start with the photos today.  I'll post the 5 cards I received from the same seller tomorrow.

   

    

   

   

   

    

   
posted on Saturday, 20 November 2010 01:00:13 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Jeserone from SCN recently held a private signing with former Sox speedster Rudy Law.  I was very happy for the chance to get this rookie card signed.   Rudy still holds the single-season Sox record for stolen bases, with 77 in 1983. 


posted on Wednesday, 17 November 2010 23:42:25 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Project Rookie Card keeps on rolling today with this Tommy John 1964 Topps.  I obtained this autograph in person at a Montreal Expos spring training workout.  Tommy was never happy to sign, but did oblige on most occasions. 


posted on Tuesday, 16 November 2010 23:38:10 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Monday, 15 November 2010
Today I received the latest batch of signed cards from one of my favorite eBay sellers, the-dutch.  This time, they are from 1963 Topps.

Some of these guys are great TTM signers.  Normally I wouldn't purchase autographs of Jim Landis, Ray Herbert, Gary Peters, or J.C. Martin.  But their 1963 Topps cards are shortprinted, and it would have cost at least as much to purchase unsigned copies.  So it was a no-brainer!

Here are some of my favorite from the lot:

     

     

I am especially happy to add a Lollar card to my collection.  All I had previously was a 3x5.  Also included in the lot were:

Frank Baumann
Joe Cunningham
Sammy Esposito
Eddie Fisher ERA Leaders
Eddie Fisher
Ray Herbert Pitching Leaders
Mike Hershberger
Juan Pizarro
Dean Stone
Dom Zanni



posted on Monday, 15 November 2010 23:32:17 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, 14 November 2010
I have completed scanning in all White Sox base Upper Deck and Allen & Ginter cards.  They have been added to the individual checklists.  I have also created one giant all-time Upper Deck or Allen & Ginter checklist, complete with scans.  You can view those checklists here:

All-Time Upper Deck Checklist

All-Time Allen & Ginter Checklist

On those pages, you will also notice links to a comma delimited version of the checklist.  This should be helpful if you would like to copy the checklist into your favorite spreadsheet program.

I figure these enhanced checklists will be helpful in a number of ways.  They can help you complete your collections.  They can also help you decide which cards would potentially look good autographed.  It can be very annoying ordering cards sight unseen to get autographed, and when they arrive they are so dark that the autograph won't show up at all.

I can't promise that I'll do enhanced checklists for all sets, as the scanning takes a LOT of time.  However, I will be updating the checklists for some of my favorite sets in this fashion.

Enjoy!

posted on Sunday, 14 November 2010 21:37:16 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Friday, 12 November 2010
I've been going through my Upper Deck collection, scanning everything in for the enhanced checklists I've been posting.  While doing so, I was reminded of a question I have always had.  Why does Jaime Navarro have two different 1999 Upper Deck cards?  Both cards picture him in a White Sox uniform.  It has to be a mistake, right?  I mean, were people at the time clamoring for more Jaime Navarro cards?  Upper Deck has been known to have multiple base cards of star-quality players.  For example, in 2009 Upper Deck there were two base cards each of Jim Thome, Carlos Quentin, and Alexei Ramirez.  Thome and Quentin even had a third "subset" card.  But Jaime Navarro?  Seriously?

  


posted on Friday, 12 November 2010 19:34:28 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Thursday, 11 November 2010
Today's entry into Project Rookie Card is a quartet of Richard Dotson rookies.  Dotson had a good run for the mid-80s White Sox.  His 1983 season was especially impressive.  LaMarr Hoyt may have gotten all of the publicity (and hardware) that year, but Dotson was even better.  He posted a 130 ERA+ over 240 innings, good for 4.9 WAR (wins above replacement).  Compare that to Hoyt's 115 ERA+ over 260.2 innings, which was worth 3.7 WAR.

Richard Dotson has been a great signer during his time as pitching coach for the Charlotte Knights, so these signed rookies weren't hard to acquire with a bit of help from my friends that graph the International League.

     


posted on Thursday, 11 November 2010 08:54:35 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Well, today is my 32nd birthday.  I don't really have much to say about that.  However, I would love to show you the birthday cake my wife got me for my 30th birthday.  Is she great, or what?


posted on Wednesday, 10 November 2010 08:14:24 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Tuesday, 09 November 2010
After years of longing, I finally have a signed '90 Leaf Frank Thomas.  I'd still love to pick one up with his old school, full name signature... but I'll take what I can get!  This is from Tommy Jackley's signing.


posted on Tuesday, 09 November 2010 13:56:30 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #