Sases for Sox: Ron Blomberg

Ron “Boomer” Blomberg is most well known as the first designated hitter in Major League history. His historic first at-bat as a DH came in a Yankees uniform on April 6, 1973. That first at-bat came against legendary Red Sox hurler Luis Tiant. Tiant walked Blomberg on five pitches, with the bases loaded no less.

Blomberg played the final year of his career for the good guys in 1978. His final career home run was a go-ahead grand slam in the 8th inning of a game against the A’s on September 19th. Current Sox announcer Steve Stone got the W in that game, thanks to Blomberg’s clutch blast.

Blomberg was kind enough to sign his 1972 Topps rookie card for a very reasonable $10 fee. Thanks Mr. Blomberg!

Send Date: 3/7/22
Receive Date: 3/15/22
Total Days: 8
Items Sent: 1 Card
Items Received: 1 Card
Fee: $10
Pen Used: Blue Sharpie

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends will be for all of the new stuff I acquire that doesn’t get it’s own post.

2021 Topps Heritage Real Ones Autographs – Jose Abreu and Yermin Mercedes – I got these for a very good price, especially the Abreu. Real Ones autos are usually pretty pricey, so I was happy to get a pretty good deal.

   

Speaking of Mercedes, I also picked up a 2021 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs Refractor, also for a very good price. For all I know, Yermin may never play in the majors again. But I’ll always love him for the joy he brought Sox fans in early 2021.

I wasn’t a big Nick Madrigal fan, but I was still very upset when he (and Codi Heuer) were traded for Craig Kimbrel. I thought that was too high a price even if we got good Kimbrel. Instead we got bad Kimbrel, which made the trade that much worse. I still pick up cool Madrigal autographs when I get the chance. And this 2021 Stadium Club Chrome Autograph is definitely cool.

You probably remember that I got a bunch of items signed by Luis Aparicio at a recent signing in Venezuela. Well, there was a round 2 of that signing. I was still broke from the first one, but I couldn’t resist getting this 2015 Stadium Club card done. I really love Stadium Club cards from the last 10 years or so.

I was able to pick up a few semi-tough autographs from some 70s Latin players. Acosta and Romo were from PastPros, and Torrealba was from a signing with Five Tool Signings.

       

I also picked up two Allen & Ginters I needed. I am still trying to get all White Sox A&G cards signed, though that is now an impossible project to complete. Both of these came from PastPros.

   

And finally, in addition to the cards of his that I got signed through a recent private signing, I also picked up this 2014 Topps Tier One Acclaimed Autographs Albert Belle card.

Ken “Hawk” Harrelson Hall of Fame Baseball

Ever since Hawk made the Hall of Fame, I’ve been on the lookout for a reasonably priced Hall of Fame baseball with inscription. The dealer that will not be named had some available, but at a pretty high price.

Last week I found some on eBay that allstarjef4ydp was selling for a much better price. So I jumped on one. I’m not sure what type of pen they used. It is a very bold signature. Let’s hope it holds up!

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Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez Private Signing

Last month, MLSE had a private signing with Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez. Hernandez is mostly known for his exploits as a member of the Yankees. He did have one very memorably moment during his Sox career. Who can forget when he shut the door on a potential Red Sox rally in game 3 of the 2005 ALDS?

This signing was pretty pricey. I debated sitting it out, as I don’t usually spend this much on cards unless it’s a legit star. But I didn’t know when another signing would come around, and if one did, how much it would cost. So I bit the bullet and sent in 3 cards. Two that I needed for sets, and a rookie.

The cards turned out really nice. Hernandez has such a beautiful autograph. My wallet has a big hole in it now, but it was worth it!

   

Albert Belle Private Signing

Over on SCN, Neal Tucker recently held a private signing with Albert Belle. Belle is one of those guys that, every time a signing comes along, I try to get at least a couple of things done. This time, I decided to start a couple of multi-player cards, and get a sweet refractor done.

The cards turned out pretty well, though I wish he had signed the Bonds card diagonally so his whole signature would have fit.

Getting Thomas to complete the Pacific card should be easy, but who knows if I’ll ever get Bonds to complete the Finest card. One can dream!

   

Early Wynn Bat

I decided years ago not to get bats signed by pitchers. It made much more sense to have hitters sign bats than pitchers. But I had an opportunity to pick up this Early Wynn signed bat with inscriptions for a reasonable price. I decided to bite the bullet and pick it up. I mean, he played before the creation of the designated hitter, so he did bat quite a lot. Not only that, but he hit 17 home runs in his career!

Now that I have this Early Wynn, I may pick up a few more pre-DH HOF pitchers on bats.

SASES for Sox: Carlton Fisk

What can I say about Carlton Fisk that hasn’t already been said? The man is one of the best catchers of all time, and much of that was in a ChiSox uniform.

He has pretty consistently signed through the mail for a long time now. He isn’t cheap, but he charges a very fair price. Even better, the entirety of the fee goes to a very good cause, the Cancer Support Center.

I only got these two cards signed by Steve Carlton and Rich Gedman because I knew Fisk was so reliable. I love adding multi-signed cards to the collection, especially when both players are HOFers.

Send Date: 1/29/22
Receive Date: 2/4/22
Total Days: 6
Items Sent: 2 Cards
Items Received: 2 Cards
Pen Used: Blue Sharpie
Fee: $50 per card

   

Jim Kaat HOF Baseball

Jim Kaat has finally made the Hall of Fame. I don’t think he was a glaring omission, but I do think he was deserving. He falls a bit short when it comes to sabermetric stats, but between the 283 wins and 16 Gold Gloves, he certainly isn’t out of place.

I picked up a HOF baseball at a decent price from Tom Orr. It’s a beaut, and I’m thrilled to have it. Now I need to get a 16×20 with HOF inscription!

Adam Dunn Bat

I know Adam Dunn isn’t very popular amongst Sox fans. Not without good reason, mind you. His 2011 season was one of the worst in the history of the franchise. That wasn’t exactly what Kenny Williams had in mind when he finally caught his white whale.

He did have a solid 2012 season for the Sox, and his last couple of seasons weren’t terrible either. But it’s really hard to shake such a horrific first impression.

Nonetheless, the man did hit 462 home runs in his career. He also finished with a 124 career OPS+. I think that’s worth a bat! When I had the opportunity to buy this for a great price, I didn’t hesitate. It probably won’t make the wall, but I’m happy to have it in the collection.