Five Tool Signings had a private signing with Jermaine Dye the last week of April. This may have been Dye’s first signing since retirement. When the signing was announced, I bought a bunch of cool refractors and whatnot to get signing. Of course, they didn’t arrive in time for the signing. So I sent the remaining set cards I needed him on, a couple of multi-player cards, some cool A&G minis, and a couple of nicer items. I’m very happy with how everything turned out! Hopefully they’ll have Dye again and I get the cards I ordered signed.
I’ve been torn on whether or not to pick up a bunch of Luis Robert autographs. They aren’t cheap. He could conceivably go the way of somebody like Joe Borchard, which would mean I wasted a lot of money. Or he could go the way of Mike Trout, and I’ll regret not stocking up before his signed stuff sold for multiple hundreds of dollars, just for cards.
So I’ve picked up a few things, but haven’t gone overboard. Up til now, I had splurged on a bat and his Bowman and Bowman Chrome rookie cards. I decided to add a couple more items to the collection. First, a 2020 Gypsy Queen card.
I also picked up a mini helmet.
There are five more things I definitely want to pick up at some point. I’d like to add a refractor of some kind. I definitely can’t afford his rookie refractor, but any nice refractor would do. Of course, I want his 2020 A&G card. I’d also like a 16×20. The thing is, I don’t really like any of the shots that I’ve seen available. I have been holding out for a nicer photo. Lastly, I’d like to add a gold glove baseball, and a regular ROMLB.
Recently, there was a Wilson Alvarez private signing posted on SCN. Once again, I couldn’t quite afford to send everything that I wanted to get done. I did get 5 cards and a mini helmet done. I’m very pleased with how these items turned out.
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!