Andrew Vaughn Private Signing

I’ve bought many pieces from Sidsgraphs over the years, but until this year I had never participated in one of their private signings. I sent in for the Luis Robert signing literally a couple of days before Robert got hurt and the signing was postponed indefinitely.

The second signing I sent in for this season was with Andrew Vaughn, and luckily that one was completed successfully. I would have loved to send in a ton of items, but money was a bit tight so I settled on 4 cards. I wanted to get one of their licensed 16x20s, but I didn’t like the images they had so I passed.

I’m really happy to knock out his Bowman, Bowman Chrome, and Bowman Chrome Refractor rookies. I also sent in another cool looking refractor. If they have another signing with Vaughn this season, I definitely plan on sending in a few more items.

Mark Buehrle 2020 Topps Archives Fan Favorites Autograph

Mark Buehrle has become a very elusive signer in retirement. Lots of promoters have tried to organize private signings with him, and he just isn’t interested. He used to sign through the mail, but that hasn’t continued since he retired.

He recently signed some cards for Topps products in 2020 and 2021. Maybe this is a good sign, and he’ll come around and do a private signing soon. If he does, I’ll be ready!

I went ahead and picked up one of his new certified autographs on eBay. I was going to pick up the base version of this card, but I was able to get the silver version, which is numbered to 99, for about the same price. This is a really cool looking card, in the style of 2001 Topps (but with a much nicer border), and I’m very happy to add it to the collection!

Another Yermin Mercedes Private Signing

Yermin has definitely come down to earth after his torrid start. He obviously isn’t as good as he was in April and early May. But I think he will ultimately be better than he has been in the last month or so. He is such a lovable character, I’ll be a fan regardless.

BM Authentics recently had a second private signing with Yermin. I couldn’t resist sending in a few more items. I sprung for his full signature on the 16×20, and I’m very glad I did. It is now one of my favorite 16x20s in my collection!

   

Yoan Moncada Purchases

I feel like Yoan Moncada is thiiiis close to breaking out as a legit MVP candidate. A bit more power, a bit less called third strikes, and he’s as good as anybody in the AL. He already has the second highest OBP in the league.

With that in mind, I’ve been looking to pick up some Moncada autographs. Until now, I only had two Moncada autographs. His stuff has been pretty pricey, largely based on the fact he was such a huge prospect. In recent days, I found a few good deals that I jumped on. Today I’ll be showing the four items I bought from a promoter on Facebook. Once I receive all of them, I’ll post some premiums that I got for a good price through Fanatics (with a coupon).

I’m really happy to add these items to my Moncada collection. Once I get my stuff from Fanatics, the only thing I’ll still really need is a baseball and his first Bowman Chrome refractor.

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.

Carl Everett Private Signing

I sent in 3 cards for a recent Carl Everett signing. I already have Everett on lots of cards, but I still needed his 05 Topps World Series card. So I included a couple other cool cards and sent them in.

Two of the cards turned out great. I’m not very happy with the placement of the signature on the 2005 Donruss Champions bat card. I had a post-it with an arrow pointing at the grey stripe to the left of the bat piece. Instead he signed it the opposite direction of the card, and half in the black. WTF?

Carlos May Private Signing

Earlier this week I received the cards I sent in for the Carlos May signing. I have to admit, I am disappointed with the results. A couple of the cards didn’t turn out at all, and the ones that did still look pretty bad. I’m debating bringing it up with the promoter. But I really hate to be that guy.

I still need May on a 16×20 already signed by Dick Allen. I wanted to send it in for this signing, but it was a mail in signing and they would only take it if it shipped rolled. I’ve had very bad luck with that, as nobody else seems to know how to roll a large photo or poster without it getting damaged in shipping.