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

   

   

Lance Lynn Private Signing: Part 2

The USPS finally decided to deliver my Lance Lynn cards. Because he was $60 for cards, I decided to just get a rookie refractor and a White Sox card signed. I had a difficult time choosing between the handful of cards of Lynn in a White Sox uniform. It basically came down to Gypsy Queen, Topps Living, and Topps Now. I went with the Gypsy Queen.

  • 2011 Bowman Chrome Draft Refractor
  • 2021 Gypsy Queen