# Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Former White Sox manager Chuck Tanner passed away Friday at the age of 82.

Although he was known more for his time with the Pirates, Tanner had a good run with the Sox in the early-mid seventies.  Without Tanner, Wilbur Wood probably never gets the chance to be the ultimate workhorse he ultimately became, and Dick Allen likely never reaches the heights he did with the Sox.

Jim Margalus over at South Side Sox has a great piece summarizing Tanner's time with the Sox.  It is well worth a read.

posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 8:17:19 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Monday, February 07, 2011
It's official!  I will be heading to Arizona for some spring training workouts.  I arrive on February 21st, and depart on February 26th.

I've done plenty of spring training graphing, but this will be my first time at White Sox camp!

I'll be spending most of my time at White Sox camp.  However, I will also be visiting Dodgers camp and Rockies camp.  At Dodgers camp, my main objective will be completing this bad boy:

Hopefully I'll be able to knock out some Juan Uribe and Jon Garland Upper Deck cards as well.  My sole reason for visiting Rockies camp is Joe Crede.  I need him on 8 Upper Deck cards.  Hopefully I can convince him to sign all 8!

If any of you will be in AZ during my stay, please let me know!  I'd love to meet up with some fellow Sox fans, or just baseball fans in general.

posted on Monday, February 07, 2011 10:43:25 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
Chris Potter recently held a private signing with Sox HOFer Luis Aparicio.  The price was very reasonable, so I got a nice mix of vintage and modern issues signed.  Here is the bounty:

1958 Topps All-Star
1960 Topps
1970 Topps
2002 Topps Tribute
2005 Donruss HOF Heroes
2006 Turkey Red
2010 Turkey Red



There is something about that Diamond Kings HOF Heroes card that I really like.  The autograph really stands out on the card, and the HOF inscription is especially fitting considering the theme of the card.  All in all, it is probably my second favorite Luis Aparicio autographed card, after his 1956 Topps rookie.

posted on Monday, February 07, 2011 12:23:53 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, December 19, 2010
I was doing my weekly Robin Ventura search on eBay when I came across this item.  I am a big fan of signed statues and figurines.  I had no idea that Sports Impressions had made a Robin Ventura figurine.  The piece was limited to 975 pieces, each hand signed by Robin Ventura.  I purchased it immediately!

This brings my collection of signed figurines to six.  The other five are below.  Make sure to click the images for a much larger picture.



posted on Sunday, December 19, 2010 10:48:04 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Friday, December 03, 2010
This week I received the results SCN user spoliz911's private signing with Jim Kaat.  I already have Mr. Kaat on a couple of Sox cards, but I needed him for two projects.  First, "Project Rookie Card":

The next thing I needed Jim for was my collection of Gold Glove baseballs signed by every living White Sox player to win the award.  Now I just need Ozzie Guillen, Robin Ventura, and Ken Berry.

posted on Friday, December 03, 2010 9:25:29 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Thursday, December 02, 2010
The White Sox have signed former Reds and Nationals slugger Adam Dunn to a 4 year, 56 million dollar contract.  Kenny Williams has been trying to obtain Dunn for quite some time now... and Kenny always gets his man!

According to FanGraphs, Dunn was worth $15.7 million to the Nationals last season.  $14 million a year for his age 31-34 seasons seems about right, as long as the Sox aren't tempted to play him in the outfield.  His defense at first base is acceptable, but in the outfield he is terrible... we're talking Kevin Reimer bad.

Kenny Williams insists that there is still money in the budget to resign Paul Konerko.  If that happens, the Sox should have plenty of offense in 2011, with Konerko and Dunn splitting duties at 1B and DH.

However, there is a downside to this signing.  Dunn is a type A free agent.  This means that the Sox will surrender their first round draft pick in 2011 (#23) to the Nationals.

posted on Thursday, December 02, 2010 9:09:17 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Monday, November 29, 2010
This eBay purchase arrived today.  It has instantly become one of my very favorite certified autographs. 

Magglio Ordonez is the only other White Sox in this gorgeous set.  I looked on eBay, but there aren't any listed.  If anybody has any idea where I might find the Magglio, please send me an email using the address on the left side of this page.

posted on Monday, November 29, 2010 10:38:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, November 28, 2010
Today I received the results of my second AZFL 50/50.  This time I was working with tully420 from SG.  The quantity wasn't quite as good in this batch as in the previous one, but I'm still very happy with the results.

Charlie Leesman - 4 cards
Jared Mitchell - 5 cards

Here are some of the Mitchells:


The autograph really pops on that 2009 Tristar Prospects Plus card.  Thanks tully420!

posted on Sunday, November 28, 2010 10:32:55 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Saturday, November 27, 2010
The second package I received yesterday was the results from my AZFL 50/50 with my friend Josh.  He lives in TN, but attends the Arizona Fall League every year.  Here is what he was able to get signed for me this year.

Rich Dotson - 12 cards
Eduardo Escobar - 1 8x10
Charlie Leesman - 6 cards, 1 8x10
Henry Mabee - 2 cards
Jared Mitchell - 4 cards, 2 8x10s


This is a great looking batch of autographs.  These Future Star photos really do look great signed.  Thanks Josh!

posted on Saturday, November 27, 2010 11:44:02 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Friday, November 26, 2010
I had a couple of packages waiting for me when we got home from our little Disney getaway.  The first package I opened contained this outstanding lot of signed cards.  In 1981, TCMA produced a set of 45 cards commemorating the 1959 "Go-Go" White Sox.  Thanks to Ric4ky on SCN, I now have 20 of these cards signed.  Included in this lot were:

Luis Aparicio
Ray Berres
Ray Boone
Larry Doby
Sam Esposito
Don Gutteridge
Ron Jackson
Jim Landis
Barry Latman
Turk Lown
J.C. Martin
Jim McAnany
Ken McBride
Gary Peters
Billy Pierce
Jim Rivera
Bob Shaw
Lou Skizas
Al Smith
Jerry Staley

Here are a few of the highlights:



I was thrilled to see this lot available.  I do have autographs from most of the included players already, but this does fill a few holes.  First off, this is my only autograph from Larry Doby and Ray Boone in a Sox uniform.  Secondly, this is my first autograph of any kind from Ray Berres or Jim McAnany.

posted on Friday, November 26, 2010 10:33:55 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #