# Saturday, 11 June 2011
I have updated the team set checklist portion of the site with all 2011 releases, including Bowman and Topps Pro Debut.  These are enhanced checklists, with scans of every single card.  I will be adding the checklist for 2011 Topps Series 2 some time next week.  Here is are examples of the new additions:

   

posted on Saturday, 11 June 2011 22:01:54 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Thursday, 19 May 2011
Today I received the results of a 50/50 with Derek (aka scoreset on SG).  He has come through for me time and time again... and this batch was no exception.  Over 90% of the cards I sent were returned signed.  You can't beat that!  As always, thanks Derek!

Here is the tally:

Cameron Bayne x2
Brian Bruney
Nick Ciolli x2
Kyle Colligan x8
Justin Collop x2
Tyson Corley x4
Jordan Danks x6
Kyle Davis x2
Richard Dotson x4
Terry Doyle x12
Eduardo Escobar
Ian Gac x8
Jim Gallagher x2
Stefan Gartrell x2
Lucas Harrell
Deunte Heath
Brandon Hynick x5
Brandon Kloess x2
Tim Laker x3
Donny Lucy x7
Jeff Marquez x2
Jose Martinez x2
Joe McEwing
Jared Mitchell x6
Jhonny Nunez x4
Michael Restovich
Adam Ricks x7
Andre Rienzo x2
Santos Rodriguez x2
Hector Santiago x2
Orlando Santos x3
Kyle Shelton x2
Charlie Shirek x5
Daniel Wagner x3
Wes Whisler x6
Andy Wilkins x4

Total: 129 cards!


posted on Thursday, 19 May 2011 18:38:18 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Tuesday, 17 May 2011
I just added the checklist for 2011 White Sox Topps to the site.  This set comes prepackaged and is typically sold in stores such as Walmart.  Like the recent Gypsy Queen release, there is a very notable player missing from the set.  Where is Mark Buehrle?  Click the image for the full checklist.


posted on Tuesday, 17 May 2011 20:04:03 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Courtesy of Tommy Jackley, I am able to cross this toughie off of my UD Project wantlist. 


posted on Wednesday, 11 May 2011 07:11:00 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Monday, 09 May 2011
SCN member flautosonline recently did a very small cards-only signing with Ken Griffey Jr.  I did not send in for the signing.  Chris had a few extras available afterwards, and he gave me a fair price on two of the extras.  I really want a 1989 UD rookie for my collection, but apparently Griffey doesn't like signing that card.

Ken Griffey Jr. is my least favorite athlete of all time.  I cringed when the White Sox acquired him down the stretch in 2008.  Not only was he pretty much done as a player, but that meant that I'd have to add some Griffey items to my collection.  I can finally cross him off of my rookie card wantlist.

I also picked up a 2008 UD Sweet Spot card signed by Griffey.  It doesn't fill any specific needs in my collection, but I couldn't pass up an IP Griffey Sox card.

  

posted on Monday, 09 May 2011 06:47:08 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, 08 May 2011
I just finished adding 2011 Gypsy Queen and 2011 Topps Attax checklists to the site.  You can view them at the following link:

2011 Checklists

I really like the artwork on the Gypsy Queen cards, even if the design itself is somewhat lackluster.  I do have one question though.  Where is Paul Konerko?  He was by far the White Sox best player in 2010.  Yet he does not have a Gypsy Queen card.

Here are examples of both designs:

  

posted on Sunday, 08 May 2011 13:59:49 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Friday, 15 April 2011
I was in Huntsville, AL on business this week.  I decided to make a 2 hour road trip down to Birmingham to catch a Barons game.  It was my first time in Birmingham.  Prior to the game, I stopped at Flip Burger Bistro.  I had a "d'lux burger".  The burger was made from ribeye, and it had lobster, foie gras, and some other interesting stuff on it.  It was quite tasty!

Anyway, back to baseball.  This was my first time graphing a White Sox minor league team.  I had a blast!  The stadium was very nice.  I particularly liked the Robin Ventura Patio.  I had great seats 3 rows behind the Barons dugout.  Unfortunately, the Barons got shutout.  I still had a great time.  On to the totals!

Justin Greene - 8/8 (Justin commented that I was the first person that had ALL of his cards)
Greg Infante - 8/8
Charlie Leesman - 8/8 (When he came over, I told him "I have quite a few, I hope you don't mind".  He replied "At least you don't have 30 like some of the people I see")
Ozzie Lewis - 4/8 (he was in a hurry)
Shane Lindsay - 5/5
Johnnie Lowe - 3/3
Christian Marrero - 8/8
Brian Omogrosso - 8/8 (Brian is a very cool guy.  He was making fun of the photos on all of his cards.)
J.R. Perdew - 5/5
Jared Price - 2/2
Brandon Short - 4/8 (He was also in a hurry.  When he saw me, he asked "Didn't I see you at spring training?"  I can't believe he remembered me!)

I was the only person getting autographs, so I missed a few guys.  The main guys I missed that I would have liked to have gotten were Josh Phegley and Seth Loman.  I'm planning a road trip to Jacksonville for another Barons game, so hopefully I'll get them then.

Total - 63 cards


posted on Friday, 15 April 2011 20:45:24 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, 03 April 2011
Well, today was my last day graphing spring training.  Part of me is sad, and part of me is relieved that I can get back to my normal life.  I will probably stop by in the next couple of weeks for extended spring training, in hopes of getting Strasburg.  Chien-Ming Wang should also be there, as well as a few others.

Anyway, the AAA/AA Braves were supposed to be here for a game today.  Unfortunately, they canceled the games.  The fields here are still in pretty rough shape from all of the rain.  I assume that is the reason for the cancellation. 

So my last day was spent with the Nats.  I'm out of cards for most of the guys.  There were a few guys that were among the final Major League cuts, so at least I got a couple of new guys.

I also got Bryce Harper one last time.  I didn't get him at all on my first 6 or so visits to Nats camp.  I got him 4 times during my last 3 visits.  A kid asked him for a picture, and Bryce replied "I don't do pictures". 

My totals:

Colin Balester - 4/4
Brian Bixler - 2/2
Justin Bloxom - 4/4
Brian Daubach - 4/4
Jesus Flores - 3/3
Bryce Harper - 1/1
Destin Hood - 1/1
Patrick Lehman - 6/6
Steve Lombardozzi - 1/2
Chris Marrero - 3/3
Jason Martinson - 3/3
Ryan Mattheus - 4/4
Derek Norris - 3/3
Elvin Ramirez - 2/2
Henry Rodriguez - 2/3
Josh Smoker - 1/1
Steven Souza - 3/3
Craig Stammen - 2/2
Chien-Ming Wang - 2/2, 2/2



Today's total - 53 cards

2011 Spring Training 17 day total: 1336 cards, 14 8x10s, 11 baseballs, 7 16x20s, 2 10x30s, 2 11x14s (4 autographs), 2 10x20s (9 autographs), 2 mini helmets, 2 magazines

2011 Spring Training Final Total: 1387 Autographs

posted on Sunday, 03 April 2011 06:45:38 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, 27 March 2011
I hit Nats camp again today.  I know, I know, big surprise!  I'm running out of stuff to get signed for most of these guys, so I've been showing up in the afternoon, mainly to get the visiting team.

When I got there, I noticed that the Nats major league pitchers were practicing on the AAA field.  Steven Strasburg was one of the guys there.  When I got over there, there was a sort of makeshift line forming, so I got in line.  At the end of the workout, they jogged off the field.  All except Strasburg.  He stayed back for a couple of minutes.  Chien-Ming Wang was the only person anybody asked to stop, and he signed for everybody that asked.  I didn't want to lose my spot, so I passed.  Strasburg finally jogged off of the field... and of course wouldn't stop to sign anything.  I am still 0 for forever with this guy!

When I got back to the minor league workout, there were quite a few graphers standing by the clubouse.  I decided to walk back to the back fields.  Bryce Harper was on one of these fields, and there were only a handful of people back there to get autographs, most of which were kids.  When the workout finished, the kids asked him to sign, and he did.  When the 3 adults, myself included, asked him to sign, he obliged as well.  He did personalize for the adults. I got him on an 8x10 for a friend from SCN.  When he got to the clubhouse, he didn't stop to sign for any of the people there.

Shortly after getting Harper, the Tigers bus arrived.  None of the players and coaches were wearing their jerseys.  We had to wait a good half hour after they got to the dugouts for them to put their jerseys on. 

The way these players were acting, you would have thought they were the Yankees or something.  There were by far the worst signing minor league teams I have ever seen.  Several players and coaches refused to sign.  A lot of the ones that did sign either limited to 1 per person or personalized or both.

I finished up pretty quickly back there, and began making my way to my car.  Most of the graphers were still in the back with the Tigers.  I decided to hang out by the Nats clubhouse for a few minutes, as they were starting to trickle out for their games with the Tigers.  There were about 6 people there. 

After a few minutes, Bryce Harper came out.  The first person to approach was a grown man with a bat.  I was SURE that Bryce wouldn't sign.  Of course, he signed.  Not only that, but he wasn't personalizing!  So I got him for the second time that day, on an SI.

My quantity for today was pretty terrible, but I can't complain about getting Bryce Harper twice!

Nationals
Corey Brown - 1/1
Alex Cintron - 4/4
Jesus Flores - 2/2
Jeff Frazier - 2/2
Archie Gilbert - 2/2
Bryce Harper - 1/1 (8x10, personalized), 1/1 (Sports Illustrated, not personalized)
Steve Lombardozzi - 2/2
Chris Marrero - 3/3
Derek Norris - 2/2
Tim Pahuta - 2/2
Joe Testa - 1/1

Tigers
Chris Cron - 4/4
Brandon Douglas - 1/1
Cale Iorg - 1/1
Bryan Pounds - 1/1
Chance Ruffin - 1/4 (personalized!)
Danny Worth - 4/4

  



Today's total - 33 cards, 1 8x10, 1 magazine

2011 Spring Training 16 day total: 1283 cards, 14 8x10s, 11 baseballs, 7 16x20s, 2 10x30s, 2 11x14s (4 autographs), 2 10x20s (9 autographs), 2 mini helmets, 2 magazines

posted on Sunday, 27 March 2011 16:00:29 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #