21 New Frank Thomas Items

Holy cow, when I was a kid I never thought there’d be a day where I would get 21 Frank Thomas autographs in one fell swoop! But here we are. Frank has been doing very affordable signings the last year or two. Rumor has it the price is going to go back up on his next signing. So I got a bunch of stuff done. Mostly cards, but at heart I’m really a card guy.

The majority of these cards are just cards I thought would be cool to have signed. I didn’t NEED them in any real sense. A few were to complete multi-signed cards, and just one was for a set I’m working on.

With one exception, I’m happy with how they turned out. The only one I’m not thrilled with is the minor league card with Jeff Conine. I don’t know why Thomas signed it at that strange angle.

The Thomas/McGwire dual signed card is now one of my favorite cards in my collection. It turned out spectacularly.

The baseball turned out very nicely, but I didn’t get what I paid for. I paid for a “2005 WS Champs” inscription. Hopefully the promoter has some way of getting the inscription added.

Lastly, apparently Frank had never seen the Blue Jays image and wanted a copy for himself. The promoter (Alan Moore from SportsGraphing) is going to get me another item signed with inscription in exchange for the image.

Any way, on with the autographs!

Lamar Johnson “South Side Hitman” Baseball

Dana Dominion had a signing with 70s/80s Sox star Lamar Johnson. Lamar was one of the last guys I needed from the 1977 team on a “South Side Hitmen” baseball. So I sent in for the signing.

Lamar signing it beautifully, but unfortunately there is a bit of a smudge right in the middle of the autograph. You can’t see it very well in the first photo. I’ll post a second photo with the blue cranked up a bit so you can see it. I’m disappointed in the smudge, but the baseball still looks pretty good.

Jermaine Dye Private Signing

Five Tool Signings had a private signing with Jermaine Dye the last week of April. This may have been Dye’s first signing since retirement. When the signing was announced, I bought a bunch of cool refractors and whatnot to get signing. Of course, they didn’t arrive in time for the signing. So I sent the remaining set cards I needed him on, a couple of multi-player cards, some cool A&G minis, and a couple of nicer items. I’m very happy with how everything turned out! Hopefully they’ll have Dye again and I get the cards I ordered signed.

          

     

          

     

Fernando Tatis Jr. Baseball

Every time I see Fernando Tatis mentioned, I get annoyed. It still blows my mind that we traded him for “Big Game” James Shields. How he got that nickname, I’ll never understand. He seems to have come up short in every big game he’s ever pitched. And he stunk for the White Sox. Imagine Tim Anderson, Luis Robert, Fernando Tatis Jr, Jose Abreu, and Eloy Jimenez all in the same lineup. It boggles the mind.

I debated whether or not to add a Tatis ball to the collection, since he never even played a game in the Sox organization. But Mill Creek had a pretty good deal on one, so I bit the bullet.

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.