Prospect Baseballs

I don’t know if any of these guys are going to blow up, but if they do I’ll be happy that I already have a signed baseball in my collection. I definitely don’t want another Luis Robert situation, where I end up having to get a second mortgage to be able to afford his autographs.

I don’t think Dylan Cease will be a star, but a Jon Garland type career wouldn’t be a shock. Michael Kopech and Andrew Vaughn both have the potential to be legit stars.

Some new deceased/toughies

Mill Creek Sports has had a pretty decent holiday sale going on for the last few days. I’ve picked up several things, including the cards below. Of particular note is the 1978 SSPC Bobby Bonds. It’s the only card that I’m aware of that depicts him in a White Sox uniform. I’ve been looking for one of these for 10+ years, so I’m beyond excited to finally add it to the collection! I’m also very happy about needing one less Calderon for my All-Time Upper Deck project.

Project Rookie Card: Jermaine Dye

I won’t lie, I’m not the biggest Jermaine Dye fan. I’ve met him a few times, and he hasn’t struck me as the friendliest guy. I was actually kind of sad when he won World Series MVP in 2005. I would have loved for a beloved mainstay of the team to win the award. Somebody like Mark Buehrle or Paul Konerko. Still, I can’t deny that he ended up having a pretty good career with the Sox.

I have two copies of his rookie card signed. The one that has been slabbed by PSA has his early full signature, which I think is pretty cool.

Project Rookie Card: Jake Peavy

Jake didn’t quite live up to expectations during his time with the Sox. He made three great starts in 2009, had a solid 2012, and was otherwise pretty mediocre. But there was never any doubt he was giving his all. I met him during spring training in 2011, and he seemed like a really nice guy. He signed tons of stuff for me. I was thrilled to see him go on to win the World Series in his first two seasons after the Sox traded him.