# Saturday, February 25, 2012
Had another mediocre day today.  Decent quantity, but pretty bad quality.  I didn't get any of the big guys.  I skipped Strasburg's line, as that guy isn't worth wasting my time on.  Zimmerman, Gonzalez, and LaRoche signed in the back of the practice facility, but I missed them.  I saw Edwin Jackson signing, but was searching for Gonzalez and missed getting him.

The worst thing about today was waiting for Bryce Harper in the parking lot.  A group of about 12-15 of us waiting until 5:00 for Harper.  Everybody else had left, including coaches.  When Harper finally emerged, he took the center field path to avoid us. 

During the workout, I saw an older gentleman walking around with his grandson.  I took a good look at him, and thought that it was Bill Singer.  I've been carrying his cards around for years, as he is the Scouting Director for the Nats.  I asked him if he was Bill Singer, and it turned out I was right.  I tried to find all of the regulars I know to point him out to them, as I figured I couldn't be the only one carrying his cards around.  One other person had stuff for him.

The only other remotely interesting thing that happened was getting called out by Matt Purke.  I got him on 2 cards (out of 4) in the parking lot in the morning.  He was signing again after the workout, so I tried to get him again.  He said "Didn't you get me this morning?"  When I said yes, he handed my book back without signing.

Here are the totals:

Rick Ankiel - 1/2
Andres Blanco - 2/2
Greg Booker - 1/4
Bob Boone - 2/2
Corey Brown - 4/4
Sean Burnett - 4/4
Brett Carroll - 1/1 8x10
Tyler Clippard - 2/2
Ian Desmond - 4/4
Ross Detwiler - 3/4
Danny Espinosa - 2/4
Jesus Flores - 2/4
Eric Fox - 4/4
Jeff Fulchino - 2/2
Jeff Garber - 1/1
Brian Goodwin - 2/2
Jarrett Hoffpauir - 4/4
Davey Johnson - 2/2
Matt Lecroy - 4/4
Steve Lombardozzi - 1/1 Debut ticket
Chris Marrero - 4/4
Steve McCatty - 2/2
Jason Michaels - 4/4
Tyler Moore - 4/4
Xavier Paul - 3/4
Bo Porter - 4/4
Matt Purke - 2/4, 1/1 (help)
Wilson Ramos - 1/1 Debut ticket
Anthony Rendon - 2/4, 1/1, 1/1
Bill Singer - 4/4
Drew Storen - 1/1 Debut ticket
Tony Tarasco - 2/2
Mark Teahen - 1/4, 3/3
Chad Tracy - 3/3
Chien-Ming Wang - 4/4
Jordan Zimmermann - 1/1

Today's total - 89 cards (92 autos), 3 tickets, 1 8x10

Four day total - 269 cards (272 autos), 1 16x20, 1 10x20, 3 tickets, 1 8x10

posted on Saturday, February 25, 2012 5:58:39 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Friday, February 24, 2012
Today I went to Braves camp.  I had almost convinced myself to skip this camp this year, as I always have a miserable time, and the quality of the graphs is almost never enough to make it worth it.  I probably should have skipped it, and will almost certainly do so next year. 

The main thing that bothers me about Braves camp is the fact that you are guaranteed to miss guys, due to the setup of the facility.  Do you stand by the cages, by the back fields, or down the first base line?  Today, I missed Julio Teheran, Michael Bourne, Mike Minor, Brian McCann, and Jair Jurrjens.  All because I picked the wrong spot. 

The one time I picked the right spot, I got Jason Heyward.  He signed a ton through the gate between home plate and the first base dugout.  I got 2 cards signed, but I could have gotten more if I could have reached my duffel, which was sitting on a seat about 5 feet away.  Unfortunately, once he started signing, there were about 396 people crammed into that 5 feet. 

I got a strange bit of deja vu from my encounter with Greg Walker.  Last year at White Sox camp, I asked Greg Walker to sign about 50 times, and he always said he would sign later.  Finally on my 5th and final day, he started to respond with the same "I'll get you later".  But then he looked up at me, and recognized me as the guy that had been asking him over and over.  He jumped out of his golf cart and said something like "I'll sign for you, I've been putting you off all week.".  He then signed for me, and then got back in his golf cart and left without signing for anybody else.

Today, I asked Greg to sign as soon as he got to the batting cage area.  He said he would sign later.  I thanked him, and blurted out "I'm a huge White Sox fan!".  About an hour later, he started to head back towards the stadium.  I called out to him, and he looked up at me and recognized me again.  He came over to me, and while he was walking he addressed the crowd, saying "I've got stuff to do, I'm only gonna sign for this guy right now".  Sure enough, he signed 4 cards for me and left without signing for anybody else.

Anyway, on to the mediocre totals!

Christian Bethancourt - 2/2
Todd Cunningham - 2/2 (he smeared one), 2/2 (help from Nick, gave one to him)
Doug Dascenzo - 4/4
Matt Diaz - 1/4
Scott Fletcher - 8/8
Stefan Gartrell - 8/8
Tommy Hanson - 1/2
Jason Heyward - 2/2
Dusty Hughes - 2/2
Mathew Kennelly - 1/1
Kris Medlen - 4/4
Ernesto Mejia - 1/1
Tyler Pastornicky - 1/1
Martin Prado - 1/2
David Ross - 1/2
Andrelton Simmons - 1/4
Greg Walker - 4/4
Josh Wilson - 4/4
Jose Yepez - 2/2

Today's total - 52 cards

Three day total - 180 cards, 1 16x20, 1 10x20

posted on Friday, February 24, 2012 7:24:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Thursday, February 23, 2012
Today I attended my first ever workout in Jupiter.  I was there for the Marlins.  More specifically, I was there for Mark Buehrle, Ozzie Guillen, Aaron Rowand, and Joey Cora.  Unfortunately, I would end up pretty disappointed on that score.

I got to the Marlins parking lot at 7am, and there were already quite a few graphers there.  I staked out a place along the fence, and waited.  We saw most of the big names come in, but the only one that signed was Josh Johnson.  Mark Buehrle parked in the very back of the parking lot, and went the long way around to avoid us.  Ozzie Guillen and Mike Stanton went into a fenced area in the stadium, and had somebody drive their cars over to the parking lot.  Jose Reyes and Carlos Zambrano both said they would sign later.  Only one of them was true to their word.

Inside, things were apparently a lot different than they usual are at a Marlins ST workout.  They stretched on the field closest to the stadium, and then jogged out to the fields for the drills.  They usually walk out to the fields to stretch, and you could get quite a few of the players while they walked.  Nobody signed on the way to the fields today.

I spent most of the day shadowing Mark Buehrle.  He kept saying he couldn't sign, and that he would sign later.  Later never came.  Ozzie pretty much ignored everybody.  I was able to get Joey Cora (big shock!) and Aaron Rowand.  Mike Stanton only signed a few, and Jose Reyes signed for just about everybody.

I didn't stay very long in the parking lot after the workout.  Once Buehrle snuck out, I left. 

Emilio Bonifacio - 2/4
Steve Cishek - 4/4
Chris Coghlan - 1/2
Joey Cora - 2/2
Matt Dominguez - 2/4
Josue Espada - 1/1
Nick Green - 1/4
Brad Hand - 4/4
Chad James - 3/3
Josh Johnson - 1/2
Wade LeBlanc - 4/4
Logan Morrison - 4/4
Ricky Nolasco - 4/4
Rob Rasmussen - 3/3
Jose Reyes - 1/1
Aaron Rowand - 1/4
Clint Sammons - 4/4
Alex Sanabia - 4/4
Jeff Schwarz - 4/4
Kyle Skipworth - 4/4
Mike Stanton - 1/2
Ryan Webb - 4/4
Sean West (no dupes, ignore the unsigned card in images below) - 3/4

Today's total - 62 cards

Two day total - 128 cards, 1 16x20, 1 10x20

posted on Thursday, February 23, 2012 3:39:27 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Wednesday, February 22, 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, February 22, 2012 4:45:35 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Saturday, January 21, 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, January 21, 2012 12:57:08 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Wednesday, January 18, 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, January 18, 2012 4:27:06 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Thursday, December 29, 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, December 29, 2011 12:52:21 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, December 25, 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, December 25, 2011 11:56:03 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Friday, December 23, 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, December 23, 2011 8:53:53 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Thursday, December 22, 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, December 22, 2011 4:54:04 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #