# Sunday, 19 August 2012
Two Chicagoans helped me out at the Picnic in the Park earlier this month.  Chuck (graphhound1 on SCN) helped me out with a few guys in return for my help with Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg during Nats spring training.  Here are the cards he got signed for me:


I'm very happy to add these to the collection.  2005 Donruss Champions and 2011 Gypsy Queen are two sets that I've contemplated trying to complete.  These autographs are definitely nudging me in that direction.  Thanks Chuck!

posted on Sunday, 19 August 2012 16:52:31 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Saturday, 18 August 2012
I was a big Joe Borchard fan during his time as a White Sox prospect.  Not so much because of his play on the field, though he did have light-tower power.  It had more to do with his fan-friendliness off the field.

During his time as one of the top prospects in all of baseball, I sent him a note asking if it would be okay if I sent him a few items to be autographed.  He returned my postage paid postcard with a message saying he would be happy to sign whatever I sent, whether it was 1 item or 100.  I ended up sending him 25 cards, 2 8x10s, and 2 baseballs.  Within a week they arrived, every item signed beautifully.

I was browsing Joe Borchard items on eBay last week, and saw a lot of 190 Joe Borchard signed cards.  I ended up winning the auction with a bid of $7.73.  That's about $.04 a card!  I couldn't pass it up.

Here are some of the highlights from the lot:




posted on Saturday, 18 August 2012 16:45:19 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Monday, 06 August 2012
Over the last few weeks, I've added a few new certified autographs to the collection.  With one exception, they are nothing to get too excited about, but I'm happy to have them nonetheless.




posted on Monday, 06 August 2012 07:56:31 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, 05 August 2012
Last week I received a PM from SCN member rfurnish. In the message he said that he had a signed 2008 UD Ryan Bukvich, which I need for my all-time UD project. I asked what he wanted in sale or trade, and he said he would send it to me, free of charge. The card arrived this week. In addition to the Bukvich, Ron included a signed 2008 UD Heath Phillips. I already had this one, but it is a pretty big upgrade over my existing one.

I just want to thank Ron. It's great to know that there are still people that just want to help others. This act of generosity is very much appreciated!

posted on Sunday, 05 August 2012 19:18:37 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Saturday, 14 July 2012
I just received my bounty from the recent Chris Sale signing.  SCN member pabs82 took my items.  He also took my items for the recent Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko signings.  I highly recommend him.

I only sent 16x20s for this signing.  I should have gotten a 2012 All-Star ball done, but didn't think of it in time.

The Snoop/Sale 16x20 is now one of my personal favorites.

posted on Saturday, 14 July 2012 14:02:49 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Saturday, 30 June 2012
I received my items from the recent Adam Dunn public signing in the Chicago area.  I sent 3 cards and a 16x20 photo.  Unfortunately, one of the cards (and a multi-signed one at that) ended up with a thumbprint in the signature.  You can see it in the picture below.  I am currently exploring my options to get it re-signed or receive a refund.


posted on Saturday, 30 June 2012 16:09:02 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Tuesday, 12 June 2012
I haven't had a chance to break out my DSLR to take better images.  Here are some crappy cell phone pics of the Konerko 16x20s that I got done at his recent signing.  I already have the World Series 16x20 signed with the same inscription.  However, that was a photo that I had printed, whereas this one is a Photofile with World Series hologram, etc.

posted on Tuesday, 12 June 2012 07:05:31 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Friday, 08 June 2012
Today I received my items from a recent Paul Konerko private signing.  SCN member pabs82 was kind enough to take my items, and he did a great job with them.  Altogether I sent 13 items.  10 cards, 2 16x20s, and 1 2005 ALCS program.  Here are the cards and program.  I will post the 16x20s later this weekend.

The picture of the program doesn't do it justice.  It looks amazing!

posted on Friday, 08 June 2012 19:11:11 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Saturday, 26 May 2012
I just received this card from a Robin Ventura consignment.  A friend got Fisk on it for me last year.  I love multi-signed cards, and this is now one of my favorites!

posted on Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:27:39 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Monday, 14 May 2012
Carlton Fisk has been very popular with Topps so far in 2012, with autographs in many different Topps products.  Earlier I showed you my Topps Tribute Fisk auto.  Here are a couple more beautiful on-card Fisk autos that I've picked up recently.  2012 Gypsy Queen and Museum Collection.


posted on Monday, 14 May 2012 20:55:45 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #