Sases for Sox: Gene Lamont

Gene Lamont was the manager of the favorite Sox team of my childhood: the “Good Guys Wear Black” team of 1993. He also led them to a first place finish in the strike-shortened 1994 season. In what turned out to be an awful move, the Sox replaced Lamont with the comically inept Terry Bevington after a bad start to the 1995 season. I’ll never understand why they cut bait with Lamont so quickly.

Lamont also played for the Tigers from 1970-75. He was never more than a part-time player.

I’m not sure why it took me so long to send to Lamont. He’s been a solid mail signer for a long time, but I guess I was too lazy to send until now. Better late than never. I’ll be sending this to Lerrin LaGrow next. Thanks Mr. Lamont!

       

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: Don Secrist

Don Secrist pitched 28 Major League innings, all for the White Sox in 1969-70. Secrist struck out two Hall of Famers in his short career. Bert Blyleven once and Jim Palmer twice.

I’m actually glad that Secrist signed the card in ballpoint, as it matches the other signatures. I have another one of these signed by May and Morales in blue sharpie, so I’ll have to make sure to include a sharpie when I send that card to Secrist.

Send Date: 9/22/21
Receive Date: 10/1/21
Total Days: 9
Items Sent: 1 Card
Items Received: 1 Card
Pen Used: Blue Ballpoint

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

Avisail Garcia Private Signing

The folks over at Waukesha Sportscards recently conducted a private signing with former White Sox (and current Brewers) players Avisail Garcia and Eduardo Escobar. I ordered rookie refractors for both players, but they didn’t arrive in time for the signing. So the only things I got done were Avisail Garcia’s two Allen & Ginter cards in a Sox uniform. They turned out great!

– Avisail Garcia 2014 Allen & Ginter
– Avisail Garcia 2018 Allen & Ginter

   

Eight Men Out Cast Autographs

Overtime promotions recently conducted a private signing with 8 members of the cast of the classic film Eight Men Out. They were able to get 7 of the actors that played the notorious titular players, but couldn’t convince David Strathairn to sign. Hopefully I’ll be able to get his autograph some day to complete the octet on the Pacific Eight Men Out cards. I’d also love to get Bill Irwin to sign his Eddie Collins card. But instead of moaning about who I didn’t get, let’s take a look at who I did get! Other than Charlie Sheen, these are my first autographs from all of these guys. I’m a big MCU fan, so I’m really excited to add a Michael Rooker autograph to the collection.

       

       

   

Sases for Sox: Rich Morales

Rich Morales was a part time player for the White Sox for 7 seasons in the late 60s and early 70s. He never hit much, but he played solid defense all across the infield. After his playing career ended, he spent some time as a scout for the Sox.

Thanks Mr. Morales!

Send Date: 9/20/21
Receive Date: 10/1/21
Total Days: 11
Items Sent: 4 Cards
Items Received: 4 Cards
Pen Used: Blue Sharpie

       

Sases for Sox: Rob Mackowiak

Before there was Leury Garcia, there was Rob Mackowiak. Rob was a do-it-all utility guy for the White Sox in 2006-07. The only positions he didn’t play during his 8 year Big League career were shortstop and catcher. For a utility guy, he could also hit a bit.

I didn’t even know the pictured 2006 Upper Deck card existed until very recently. I knew about the Series 2 card showing him in a Sox uniform, but had no clue that the Series 1 card had a Sox logo. So I’m really happy to knock out another card for my Upper Deck project. Thanks for signing my cards Mr. Mackowiak!

Send Date: 9/21/21
Receive Date: 9/30/21
Total Days: 9
Items Sent: 3 Cards
Items Received: 3 Cards
Pen Used: Blue Sharpie

   

Sases for Sox: Steve Cishek

Steve Cishek has been a very good relief pitcher for most of 12 Major League seasons. The only time he wasn’t good? His brief tenure on the South Side. He was (un)good for a 5.40 ERA in 20 innings for the Sox. Still, he is the rare successful, current Major Leaguer that signs his mail. So consider me a fan. Thanks Mr. Cishek!

Send Date: 9/20/21
Receive Date: 9/29/21
Total Days: 9
Items Sent: 2 Cards
Items Received: 2 Cards
Pen Used: Blue Sharpie

     

Sases for Sox: Chuck Brinkman

For some reason I thought I already had some Chuck Brinkman autographs, so I never really prioritized sending to him. Turns out I was thinking of Ed Brinkman! For some reason I was missing his solo Topps cards, so I sent him two of his 1971 Topps rookie. Much to my surprise and delight, he included his own 1973 and 1974 Topps cards, as well as a small photo. Thanks Mr. Brinkman!

Send Date: 9/20/21
Receive Date: 9/29/21
Total Days: 9
Items Sent: 2 Cards
Items Received: 4 Cards, 1 Small Photo
Pen Used: Blue Sharpie