Sases for Sox: Harold Baines

FI think I’m the only White Sox fan on the planet that doesn’t love Harold Baines. I was actually disappointed when he was elected to the Hall of Fame. He had a very nice career, but c’mon, he was NOT a Hall of Famer. If I could replace him with Dick Allen, or Billy Pierce, or even guys like Wilbur Wood and Robin Ventura, I would do it in a heartbeat.

Harold never seemed very fan-friendly when I met him. You can’t blame it on a bad day either, as I have met him several times, and he was the exact same every time.

He has also been very hit or miss TTM. Sometimes he signs an item for $20, sometimes he returns the unsigned item and money in your SASE. Sometimes he’ll do an inscription, sometimes he won’t. I decided to take a chance with $20 and a 2021 Allen & Ginter card. He signed it very quickly for me. Thanks Mr. Baines!

Send Date: 10/1/21
Receive Date: 10/9/21
Total Days: 8
Items Sent: 1 Card
Items Received: 1 Card
Fee: $20
Pen Used: Blue Sharpie

Sases for Sox: Tony La Russa

I’m not going to lie. I was very unhappy when the Sox announced Tony La Russa as their new manager. And I think I was right to be unhappy, particularly in the first half of the season. He made so many mistakes, and completely threw one of his players (Yermin) under the bus. He was a bit better in the second half, but I can only imagine how good this team might have been with somebody like A.J. Hinch as manager. Oh well, I can only hope we have a new and improved manager next season.

With all that being said, La Russa is a Hall of Famer, and deservedly so. I’m certainly not going to pass up an opportunity to get his autograph, especially for free! So I send him his 2021 Topps Now card. I think it turned out pretty well. Thanks Mr. La Russa!

Send Date: 9/20/21
Receive Date: 10/6/21
Total Days: 16
Items Sent: 1 Card
Items Received: 1 Card
Pen Used: Blue Sharpie

Luis Aparicio Private Signing

I never thought I’d see another Luis Aparicio signing. Everything I’d heard pointed towards him being in poor health in Venezuela. But Brian Kritz put together a two part signing at the Venezuela home of the Sox legend.

Unfortunately, Aparicio can no longer sign baseballs. This was a bummer, as I desperately need him on a HOF ball, and I’d love a replacement for my Gold Glove ball that has a fading signature. But I’m not going to complain, as I’m just happy to get some stuff done!

I bought the Mitchell & Ness 1959 jersey ages ago, and figured I’d never be able to get it signed. I wish the signature was a little bit bolder, but it still looks pretty good.

I have one more card in the second round of the signing. With these 7 cards, I now have every Aparicio solo Topps card in a Sox uniform signed.

I’m pretty excited about these additions to the collection. I’m going to sticky this post for a week or two just so it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle. During that time any new posts will appear under this one.







Sases for Sox: Steve Carlton

Over the past year or so, I have become obsessed with getting multi-player cards signed. Every time I see a signing with a big name player that never played for the Sox, I check and see if they share any cool cards with a White Sox player. I really wish I had started doing this earlier, as there are some really cool multi-player cards from the 60s and 70s that I could have gotten signed.

I’ll be sending this card off to Gaylord Perry tomorrow. Hopefully it survives the USPS just one more time!

Send Date: 9/22/21
Receive Date: 9/27/21
Total Days: 5
Items Sent: 1 Card
Items Received: 1 Card
Fee: $40
Pen Used: Blue Sharpie

Sases for Sox: Steve Carlton

Over the years I’ve started to really like multi-signed cards. So I sent a couple of cards to HOFer Steve Carlton that feature him with Sox players. I wish he had more Sox cards, and that the ones he does have were nicer. In any case, I’m very happy to add these to the collection. I’ll be sending the Fleer off to Carlton Fisk shortly. Thanks Mr. Carlton!

Send Date: 2/8/21
Receive Date: 3/9/21
Total Days: 29
Items Sent: 2 cards
Items Received: 2 cards
Pen Used: Thin blue (not sure if it’s a Sharpie)
Fee: $40 per card


Roberto Alomar Private Signing

I recently sent in a couple of cards for MAB’s private signing with Roberto Alomar. I’m pleased with how the rookie turned out, but not happy at all with the Donruss Champions card. If there has ever been a set with an obvious place to sign, it’s this set. I’ve never felt the need to label these cards, as it’s just so obvious. And yet, Alomar signed this card in a horrible spot. I guess it’s my fault, but I’m still not very happy. I’ll have to get another one signed in the future.