# Friday, 31 May 2013
One of my favorite autograph sets of 2012 was Topps Tribute.  2013 appears to be more of the same.  These are some gorgeous on-card autographs.  I have picked up one variation of each White Sox player included in this year's set.  Enjoy!




posted on Friday, 31 May 2013 15:26:57 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Sunday, 30 September 2012
At some point last year I took a bit of a break from collecting.  I would say that it last about 3 months.  To my horror, when I checked SCN for the first time after returning, I saw that I had JUST missed an Albert Belle private signing.  He was at the top of my wantlist, and I was very upset that I had missed it. 

Well, Dana (Er21 on SCN) held another private signing with Albert this month.  I made sure to take advantage this time!  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get everything signed that I had planned.  I had two 16x20s and an 11x14 shipped straight to Dana from Adorama.  For the third time in the last couple of years, Adorama completely screwed me.  When Dana opened the package, the cardboard that the photos were sandwiched between had a crease down the middle.  Sure enough, the 16x20s had a crease down the middle as well.  Luckily, the 11x14 survived.  There wasn't enough time to send replacement photos.  So the 16x20s, which were probably the items I most wanted signed, didn't get signed.

That being said, I did get some nice autographs.  I got a mini helmet, baseball, 11x14, 8x10, 3 jumbo cards, and 6 cards signed.  I asked Dana to hold on to the 11x14, as he said he may be able to get some more items signed, in which case I would send more 16x20s and have them all sent back together.  I also hope to get a bat and/or jersey to send.

Here are the 13 items that have been returned thus far.  I'm not sure why 1989 Fleer cards always scan like that... the card looks great!






posted on Sunday, 30 September 2012 19:47:24 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Saturday, 29 September 2012
I'm not sure why, but I've been on a bit of a bat kick lately.  I've purchased the bats below over the last couple of weeks, and have another nice game used bat on the way.

Paul Konerko game used

Carlos Quentin game used

Steve Sax game used

Jermaine Dye signed w/ inscription

posted on Saturday, 29 September 2012 19:27:57 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Thursday, 27 September 2012
I sent in several items for Tom Orr's private signing with Dick Allen.  I wish I could have sent more, but funds are a bit tight right now, due to this signing, another signing for which I'll be posting the results in the next few days, and a few bat purchases.

I already have a slabbed Dick Allen rookie, but half of his signature is in the black area of the card, so I decided to upgrade.  This time I clearly labeled where I wanted him to sign it, and he signed it perfectly.  I also sent in my two favorite Dick Allen Sox cards, '72 and '73 Topps.

In addition to the cards, I sent in two 16x20s and a Sports Illustrated.  Luckily I was able to find a nice condition no-label Sports Illustrated.  Chuck Supple hooked me up!

On the 16x20, I had asked for a "Wampum Walloper" inscription.  Apparently Dick wouldn't put that, as I got "1972 AL MVP" (which I had listed as a fallback option) instead.  Still looks great!



posted on Thursday, 27 September 2012 18:54:08 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Monday, 24 September 2012
Over the last week or two I have picked up some nice new baseballs.  There is one new baseball missing in this post, as it will be posted in post detailing the results of a recent private signing.

The first baseball comes courtesy of SCN member rcphi466.  He was kind enough to get it signed by Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo at a recent card show.  He didn't even ask for anything in return.  Hopefully I'll be able to return the favor someday.

The second baseball is signed by Mark Buehrle.  I already have quite a few baseballs signed by Buehrle (05 WS x2, Gold Glove, 05 AS, OMLB), but this is the first in my collection with the much nicer signature he used his first couple of years in the bigs.  I also got a VERY good deal on it.

The last baseball is also an upgrade.  I already have Aaron Rowand on a World Series baseball.  But it came from Elite Sports Marketing, and had their ugly hologram right above the World Series logo, where it couldn't be hidden.  I removed the hologram, but it left a very faint outline where the hologram had been.  Aaron's autograph was also TINY.  So I was thrilled to pick up this baseball for a very good price from Schwartz Sports.  The inscription is the icing on the cake.

posted on Monday, 24 September 2012 19:19:15 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Thursday, 20 September 2012
I got a very good price on this already slabbed Al Lopez 1951 Bowman card.  Beckett lists this as his managerial rookie card, and since he was a manager for the Sox, and is in the HOF for his work as a manager, I've decided that it counts.  It has terrible centering, and there is some tape on the card, but the signature looks great. 

posted on Thursday, 20 September 2012 18:43:46 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Saturday, 15 September 2012
Behold!  This is now one of my very favorite pieces in my collection.  Both the baseball and hat are Upper Deck authenticated.  The hat is from a limited series of 500, and hand numbered on the back.  I've had the baseball for a few years.  I picked up the sweet display case on eBay.  I figure that if anybody is worthy of a nice display, it's Michael Jordan!

posted on Friday, 14 September 2012 23:02:42 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Wednesday, 12 September 2012
The package that contained the Charlotte 50/50 from my previous post also contained my cards from Kev's Mike Jackson and Mike Devereaux signings.  I was very happy to finally get Mike Jackson on a Sox card.

Here are the six cards I sent in for the two signings:

posted on Wednesday, 12 September 2012 11:35:01 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Last week I received my second Charlotte (with a few others mixed in) 50/50.  This one came from Kevin (justcrazy on SCN/SG), and boy did he come through!  Kev and Derek (scoreset on SG) are my two Charlotte regulars, and they take care of me season after season. 

Neil Allen x12
Dylan Axelrod x1
Brian Bruney x2
Anthony Carter x9
Jordan Danks x9
Jack Egbert x7
Jim Gallagher x3
Stefan Gartrell x7
Deunte Heath x1
Gregory Infante x1
Josh Kroeger x7
Charlie Leesman x10
Jhan Marinez x2
Dallas McPherson x1
Jhonny Nunez x4
Brian Omogrosso x8
Josh Phegley x8
Kyle Shelton x1
Joel Skinner x8
Miguel Socolovich x1
Matt Zaleski x1

Here are a few favorites:

posted on Tuesday, 11 September 2012 11:30:27 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Monday, 10 September 2012
Yesterday I received a lot of 18 different partially signed White Sox minor league team sets.  The sets range from 1987 to 1995.  328 of the cards are signed.

I bought the lot from SCN user bamarichard.  The transaction went very smoothly, and the cards arrived very fast. 

Here are some of the highlights:

posted on Monday, 10 September 2012 09:22:21 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #