I’ve only just started my HOF baseball project, but it will be difficult to top this. I may not like Ken Griffey Jr, but even I can’t deny he was an amazing player. He is also one of those players that has a certain aura about him, the kind that epitomizes the Hall of Fame.
I recently decided to start collection Hall of Fame baseballs signed by White Sox Hall of Famers under the HOF logo. When possible, I’d like a HOF inscription as well. Here are the first four balls in my new collection.
Every time I see Fernando Tatis mentioned, I get annoyed. It still blows my mind that we traded him for “Big Game” James Shields. How he got that nickname, I’ll never understand. He seems to have come up short in every big game he’s ever pitched. And he stunk for the White Sox. Imagine Tim Anderson, Luis Robert, Fernando Tatis Jr, Jose Abreu, and Eloy Jimenez all in the same lineup. It boggles the mind.
I debated whether or not to add a Tatis ball to the collection, since he never even played a game in the Sox organization. But Mill Creek had a pretty good deal on one, so I bit the bullet.
I’ve been trying to pick up a nice Sammy Sosa baseball for years. For the longest time, there weren’t many nice, authenticated Sosa baseballs available. And the ones that were available were like $300. I finally found a nice ball for a nice price during Mill Creek’s holiday sale. I’m very happy to finally have this in the collection.
I don’t know if any of these guys are going to blow up, but if they do I’ll be happy that I already have a signed baseball in my collection. I definitely don’t want another Luis Robert situation, where I end up having to get a second mortgage to be able to afford his autographs.
I don’t think Dylan Cease will be a star, but a Jon Garland type career wouldn’t be a shock. Michael Kopech and Andrew Vaughn both have the potential to be legit stars.
I’ve been a big believer in Giolito since the Nationals first drafted him. After his first season with the Sox, most people gave up on him. I never did. His last two seasons have justified my faith. I’m still trying to find a decent deal on a no-hitter 16×20, but this baseball will hold me over until then.
I have been trying to get a 2005 World Series baseball signed by Luis Vizcaino for years. Years ago, somebody got one signed for me in the Dominican Republic. Unfortunately, they got it signed in blue sharpie. Then, he was scheduled to do signing at a show in Chicago earlier this year. Then COVID happened, and the show was canceled at the last minute.
All the while I was checking eBay regularly, to no avail. Until now. A couple of Vizcaino WS balls finally popped up, and I snagged one. Behold!
Vizcaino was the last player I needed. I have all 25 players that were on the World Series roster, as well as Frank Thomas. I’ve never felt the need to get people like Brandon McCarthy and Brian Anderson on WS baseballs, as they weren’t on the World Series roster.
It’s been a while since my last post. For that, I apologize. To make it up to you, I present…
THE BEST POST EVER!
I’ll spare you any further buildup. Here are my new Frank Thomas items… all 14 of them!
First, the multi-signed cards that I finally completed.
Not bad, huh? How about a few “jumbo” cards, one of which is multi-signed?
Great stuff, right? Let’s keep going! How about a baseball?
Okay, just one baseball. No big deal. How about 3 16x20s?
16×20 not big enough for you? Picky, aren’t you? Fine, here is a 20×24, loaded with inscriptions!
Still not impressed? Only care about the most premium items? Well, I guess I can’t satisf… wait, hold on. What’s this, a jersey? An authentic World Series jersey? With 6 inscriptions? And PSA/DNA authentication?
At some point last year I took a bit of a break from collecting. I would say that it lasted about 3 months. To my horror, when I checked SCN for the first time after returning, I saw that I had JUST missed an Albert Belle private signing. He was at the top of my wantlist, and I was very upset that I had missed it.
Well, Dana (Er21 on SCN) held another private signing with Albert this month. I made sure to take advantage this time! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get everything signed that I had planned. I had two 16x20s and an 11×14 shipped straight to Dana from Adorama. For the third time in the last couple of years, Adorama completely screwed me. When Dana opened the package, the cardboard that the photos were sandwiched between had a crease down the middle. Sure enough, the 16x20s had a crease down the middle as well. Luckily, the 11×14 survived. There wasn’t enough time to send replacement photos. So the 16x20s, which were probably the items I most wanted signed, didn’t get signed.
That being said, I did get some nice autographs. I got a mini helmet, baseball, 11×14, 8×10, 3 jumbo cards, and 6 cards signed. I asked Dana to hold on to the 11×14, as he said he may be able to get some more items signed, in which case I would send more 16x20s and have them all sent back together. I also hope to get a bat and/or jersey to send.
Here are the 12 items that have been returned thus far. I’m not sure why 1989 Fleer cards always scan like that… the card looks great!