# Wednesday, 22 February 2012
Today was the day that chisoxcollector reported to spring training.  I spent the day at Nats camp, though I had to leave a bit earlier than I would have liked for a doctors appointment.

I got to the parking lot at approximately 6:45am.  There was one other guy there, and we remained the only two there for close to an hour.  During that time, the only big name to arrive was Jayson Werth.  To my surprise, he actually signed!  He signed a ball (SS) for the other guy, and two cards for me.  The only notable person to arrive during that time was Davey Johnson.  He didn't sign, saying "I might get in trouble".  I wanted to say "But you're the manager!".

Gio Gonzalez, Chien-Ming Wang, Tyler Clippard, and Mark DeRosa were some other notable players that signed in the parking lot in the morning. 

During the workout, the position players went out to the field just outside of the stadium, and the pitchers went to the practice fields.  I went with the pitchers, as Edwin Jackson was my main objective.  He was one of the first pitchers to come out.  He was very cool, and signed 4 cards for me.  I also had a 16x20 and 10x20 that I wanted him to sign, but I didn't want to carry it with me while I was walking, as I was afraid of them getting bent.

I also got Brad Lidge, Jordan Zimmermann, and a few others as they walked to the practice fields. I think good old Stephen Strasburg was the only person that refused to sign.

Once I got to the practice fields, I decided to get in line to try to get Strasburg.  I was in line for about 1.5 hours when the pitchers finished their workout.  When Strasburg left the field, he walked right past the line of people waiting for him.  He got about 25 feet away, and then turned around and started signing for those that followed him.

I was one of the first people that got to Strasburg.  During the entire time he signed, I was standing right in front of him.  He repeatedly went out of his way to reach around me and take other people's items.  At one point, he took an item from a guy that didn't have a pen.  I volunteered my pen, and Strasburg took it.  After signing the guy's item, he handed my pen back, still refusing to sign for me.  After signing about 15-20 autographs, he announced he was done.  I asked him why he blatantly avoided signing for me, and his response was "Well, I can't sign for everybody".  That obviously didn't answer my question.  I really wanted to tell him what I think of him as a person (I think he one of the two biggest assholes I've ever attempted to graph), but I didn't want to be "that guy" that "ruined it for everybody". 

After getting stiffed by Strasburg, I noticed Edwin Jackson had just started making his way out of the practice facility and towards the stadium.  I ran to my car and grabbed the two large photos.  He signed them both for me, giving a particularly beautiful signature on the 16x20.  Stephen Strasburg could learn a thing or two from Edwin Jackson.

After that I head back to the parking lot, hoping to get Bryce Harper.  Unfortunately, I had to leave at 1:30, and he hadn't left by then.  I'm sure I'll find out that he left at 1:32 and signed for everybody.

All in all it wasn't a bad day, as I got all 3 of the former Sox that were my targets (Jackson, Gonzalez, Teahen).

Roger Bonifacio (this dude has Popeye arms!) - 2/2
Sean Burnett - 4/4
Tyler Clippard (flat out told a young blond that she had a nice ass) - 2/4
Mark DeRosa - 2/2, 1/1
Gio Gonzalez - 2/4
Tom Gorzelanny - 1/2, 1/1
Edwin Jackson - 4/4 cards, 1/1 16x20, 1/1 10x20
Randy Knorr - 4/4
John Lannan - 1/2
Adam LaRoche - 1/2
Jim Lett - 1/1
Brad Lidge (extremely nice)- 1/2, 1/1
Steve Lombardozzi - 2/2
Chris Marrero - 4/4
Steve McCatty - 2/2
Ryan Perry - 1/4, 1/1
Wilson Ramos - 2/2, 1/1, 1/1
Craig Stammen - 4/4
Drew Storen (very cool guy) - 2/2
Tony Tarasco (much nicer than usual) - 2/2
Mark Teahen - 4/4
Chad Tracy - 4/4
Chien-Ming Wang - 4/4
Jayson Werth - 2/2
Spin Williams - 1/1
Jordan Zimmermann (gave a ridiculously exaggerated sigh when I asked him to sign) - 1/2

Today's total - 66 cards, 1 16x20, 1 10x20













posted on Wednesday, 22 February 2012 16:45:35 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Saturday, 21 January 2012
I have finally completed my first signed Upper Deck team set.  Josh Fields was the last guy I needed to complete the 2010 set, and I found one on eBay a few weeks ago. 


posted on Saturday, 21 January 2012 12:57:08 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Wednesday, 18 January 2012
I just received my latest batch of items from my framer.  I got my Daniel Radcliffe stuff from NYC framed, as well as a few Sox items.














posted on Wednesday, 18 January 2012 16:27:06 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Thursday, 29 December 2011
We wanted to try to get Daniel Radcliffe again on the last night of our NYC trip, which was last night.  Unfortunately, it was raining, and we didn't want our items to get wet.  Luckily for us, Daniel didn't sign anyway.

We were really bummed about missing Daniel, so we made some modifications to our trip.  We were supposed to fly to Baltimore this morning to spend 3 days there.  I made some last minute changes, and instead of flying to Baltimore this morning, we are now going to drive there tomorrow morning.  This meant another opportunity to get Radcliffe!

There were 2 shows today.  A matinee at 2pm, and the regular show at 8pm.  We got to the stage door at approximately 2pm.  We were the first ones there.  A crowd started to form at around 3pm.  Shortly after that, we were informed that neither Radcliffe or John Larroquette come out between shows.  We debated leaving, but decided to stick around to try to get the rest of the cast.

Good thing we did!  For some reason, lots of people decided to stay until the end of the evening show.  If we had left and come back, we wouldn't have been able to get a spot along the rail, which would have meant not getting Radcliffe.

We ended up waiting 9 hours!  But it was well worth it. We got him on two more items.  One 11x14 with his love interest from the play, Rose Hemingway.  And an 11x17 Harry Potter poster!  I chose this poster for two reasons.  One, it is VERY cool looking.  Two, it has a big, light area for him to sign. 

We also got a Playbill signed by the entire main cast, with the exception of Mary Faber. 









posted on Thursday, 29 December 2011 00:52:21 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, 25 December 2011
The wife and I are in NYC for Christmas.  During our last NYC trip, we saw How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.  It was an AMAZING show.  I was already a Radcliffe fan due to Harry Potter, and this just made me an even bigger fan.

During this trip, we decided to try to meet Radcliffe after a show.  We got to the theatre about 45 minutes before the show ended.  By the time Radcliffe came out, there were hundreds of people waiting.  Luckily, we had a spot in the front row along the railing.

Radcliffe was very friendly, signing about 75 autographs and posing for a handful of pictures.  He signed 3 items for us.  Two Playbills and a program. 

It was a great experience.  We are seeing the show again tomorrow night, and this will only add to the enjoyment of the show.

Here are some pictures of him signing, two of our autographed items, and a goofy pic of him posing for my wife.










posted on Sunday, 25 December 2011 11:56:03 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Friday, 23 December 2011
During my absence from the site, I picked up a few new multisigned cards.  I have really gotten into collecting multisigned items.  Here are the new additions.

  

  

posted on Friday, 23 December 2011 20:53:53 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Thursday, 22 December 2011
I have finally completed the 2010 Allen & Ginter White Sox team set!  As an added bonus, the Alex Rios card is also partially signed by Sergio Santos!


posted on Thursday, 22 December 2011 16:54:04 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Monday, 18 July 2011
I have added the checklist for 2011 Allen & Ginter.  This year's A&G set is definitely a bit of a departure from the A&G sets of the past.  You can click the sample images below to be taken to the checklist, or click here for the main checklist page.

  

posted on Monday, 18 July 2011 22:24:35 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
Over the last few weeks, I have picked up a bunch of certified autos.  Here are some of the nicer ones.






posted on Monday, 18 July 2011 19:58:51 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, 17 July 2011
Last week I received three autographs from Magglio Ordonez.  The autographs were obtained through the Detroit Tigers "Autographs for a Cause" program.  Magglio is one of eight current Tigers players that signs for a donation.  More information can be found here.


posted on Sunday, 17 July 2011 15:30:28 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #