# Monday, 27 June 2011
I just haven't had time lately to send out an TTM requests.  I used to be a TTM machine, but the last requests I sent out were in July of 2010.  I finally made myself send a few out on May 31st.  I sent to Mark Buehrle, Jon Garland, Octavio Dotel, and Magglio Ordonez.  All cards sent were for my UD project.  This week I got two of them back!

Mark Buehrle - 1/1
Jon Garland - 1/1

  

I am planning on sending another small batch of TTM requests later this week.  At the very least I will be sending to D.J. Carrasco, Dustin Hermanson, Don Johnson, Billy Pierce, Cliff Politte, & Bob Wilson.

posted on Monday, 27 June 2011 00:49:33 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Thursday, 16 June 2011
When I began my various projects, I knew some players would be very tough.  In some cases, those tough players had MANY cards in the different sets I was attempting to complete.  One of those players is Scott Podsednik.

If you've ever tried graphing Scotty Pods in person, you know what I'm talking about.  He isn't the nicest guy.  Of course, he has 4 different Upper Deck cards in a Sox uniform, not to mention Allen & Ginter cards.  I also needed him for my rookie card project.  So I fully expected most, if not all of these cards to remain unsigned for quite a while.

Well, when Scott signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, I immediately contacted every grapher I know in Lehigh Valley, where their AAA team plays.  I was able to strike consigment deals with three of them, for a total of 10 cards.  I sent 2 of each Upper Deck card I needed, as well as an 06 A&G and a 01 Donruss Class of 2001 rookie card.  I doubled up on the UD cards as I was fairly certain each guy would be lucky to get one card done, and wanted to increase my chances of getting the UD stuff completed.

Well, lo and behold!  Nine of the cards have been sent back signed.  Not only are all of the UD cards done... I now have doubles of 3 of the 4!

Here are the six different Podsedniks in all of their glory!

      

   

posted on Thursday, 16 June 2011 19:31:06 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, 12 June 2011
I recently picked up 3 nice on-card certified autographs.  One absolutely gorgeous Gordon Beckham, and a couple of nice Magglio Ordonez autos.

     

posted on Sunday, 12 June 2011 22:08:54 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# 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)  #