Yermin Mercedes Private Signing

Last week BM Authentics had a private signing with the Yerminator himself, Yermin Mercedes. I ordered one of their 16x20s with inscriptions, and I sent in two cards.

It has been a lot of fun rooting for Yermin this year. He seems so lovable. I love all of the Terminator stuff they’re doing with him in marketing. He obviously isn’t as good as he’s been so far this season, but I think he is a legit MLB hitter. It wouldn’t shock me at all to see him at something like .310/.350/.500 with 25 home runs a year for the next 2-3 years.

These Topps Now cards arrived just in time to send in for the signing. And then the stupid post office messed up my tracking. I checked the tracking on the day of the signing, and it said my items were delayed and would be delivered later. So I had missed the signing. But I contacted BM and they said they were pretty sure they had my cards. So I had no idea what was going on. Well, the original tracking number still shows they haven’t been delivered to BM, but I’ve received the return package already. The Post Office really, really sucks.

Here are the items I got signed. I love how they turned out!

   

Jermaine Dye Private Signing

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.

          

     

          

     

Scott Podsednik Private Signing

Lou Ragone recently held a private signing with Scott Podsednik. Scotty Pods was never the most fan-friendly player, and that was reflected in the price of the signing. Had the signing been a bit more affordable, I likely would have sent in 10 or so items. I ended up sending in 4 cards. 3 set cards, and 1 card that I thought would look really cool signed. Unfortunately, he didn’t quite sign it in the right spot, though he was close. I still need him on one more set card, but it was away at a different signing, which I also received this week. Hopefully I’ll have another chance to get it signed in the near future.

Steve Trout Private Signing

There was recently a Steve Trout private signing posted on Facebook. I don’t really need Trout on anything, but it was very affordable, so I sent a couple of cards.

Fun fact. Steve Trout once serenaded my wife. For the life of me I can’t remember the song. He was signing at a Sports Card Show in Chicago, and we were first in his line when he came out. He made some kind of comment about how lovely my wife was. Then he proceeded to sing her a love song. She was so embarrassed!

Oddly enough, that isn’t the only time a player sang to my wife in Chicago. We were at Picnic in the Park one year, and we were getting Brian Anderson’s autograph. She commented that he looked a lot like Michael Buble. All of the sudden he starts singing her a Michael Buble song!

Anyway, back to Trout. In retrospect, I should have included an 81 Topps for the signing, since I’m considering doing that team set. Oh well, next time!

Charlie Sheen Private Signing

Chris Rifon recently conducted a private signing with Charlie Sheen. The signing was pretty pricey, and I am no fan of Charlie Sheen, but I just couldn’t resist getting one of his Eight Men Out cards signed.

I would love to get John Cusack, D.B. Sweeney, David Strathairn and other cast members on their cards in the set. I found out that I missed a Sweeney signing, which bums me out. Hopefully there will be another!

Sases for Sox: Cliff Politte

Cliff Politte was one of the most underrated members of the 2005 World Series champs. You’d probably be shocked to find out that he had a higher bWAR (Baseball Reference Wins Above Replacement) than Jermaine Dye, A.J. Pierzynski, and Juan Uribe. He was the highest rated relief pitcher on the team, and the fifth highest in the American League.

Cliff has always been a great mail signer, so I don’t know why it took me this long to send to him. In any case, I’m super happy to knock these two cards off of my Upper Deck and 05 Topps World Series project wantlists. Thanks Mr. Politte!

Send Date: 2/8/21
Receive Date: 5/1/21
Total Days: 82
Items Sent: 2 cards
Items Received: 2 cards
Pen Used: Blue Sharpie

     

Atlee Hammaker Private Signing

Oh, what could have been. Atlee Hammaker had a phenomenal season in 1983 at the age of 25. He led the NL in ERA, ERA+, FIP, and WHIP. He was just as good in limited time in 1984. Unfortunately, the rest of his career was wrecked by injuries, and he never came close to reaching those heights again.

Hammaker pitched 7.2 innings over the 1994 and 1995 seasons for the Sox. Those were the last innings of his Major League career.

ER21 on SCN recently held a private signing with Hammaker. He doesn’t have any Major League cards in a White Sox uniform, so I sent in a minor league team set card.

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Ranked: 1970s Topps Sets

This is part 3 in my series ranking all of the Topps sets. Click the links to read parts 1 and 2.

The 1970s had some excellent looking Topps sets, and also had some pretty bland ones towards the end of the decade. The Sox weren’t very good in the 70s overall, so they didn’t have a whole lot of interesting players in these sets.

#10 – 1974 Topps

There is really nothing interesting about this design. It’s not terrible, but it isn’t good either. I guess it has some nice symmetry. There is a nice big checklist, and a few interesting rookie cards. Bucky Dent, Jerry Hairston, and Brian Downing.


#9 – 1977 Topps

The return of the dreaded facsimile signature. The position inside of the little green pennant is kind of cool. At least a couple of the cards this set have some actual action photography. Another nice big checklist, with lots of rookie cards, but none that are particularly notable.


#8 – 1979 Topps

I do like the cute little Topps logo in the baseball, but otherwise this is another bland set. Here we have another good sized checklist, with Mike Squires being the most notable rookie card in the set.


#7 – 1976 Topps

Hey look at this, another boring 70s set! At this this year’s set has cute little baseball man in the corner that represents the position of the player. One thing that 1976 has going for it is the Topps Traded cards, with the cool newspaper headlines. Another big checklist, with Chet Lemon and Lamar Johnson rookies.


#6 – 1978 Topps

The highest ranking of the truly boring 70s sets. I mostly like this because of the script White Sox name. It doesn’t hurt that this is the set that chronicles the South Side Hitmen of 1977. 1978 is also the year I was born, so there’s that. 1978 has a huge checklist, but no notable rookies.


#5 – 1973 Topps

1973 was the first Topps set to include the little baseball man in the corner that represented the position of the player. I also like how that section of card is cut out of the image. It’s a bit more visually interesting than the sets preceding it on this list. Of course we have another big checklist, with rookie cards for Jorge Orta and HOFer Goose Gossage.


#4 – 1972 Topps

I love that Topps tried something different in 1972. This design feels like it could have been used on a Jimi Hendrix gig poster! There are a whopping 35 Sox cards in this set, which has to be one of the largest team sets out there. Not much in the way of rookies. The most notable one is Terry Forster.


#3 – 1975 Topps

Definitely one of the most colorful Topps designs. The look really suits the era, just like the 72 design does. The Sox are very well represented with various subset cards featuring Dick Allen, Terry Forster, and Nellie Fox. Plus a bunch of 4 player rookie cards, though of the Sox players are particularly notable.


#2 – 1971 Topps

I’m sure you expected this to be #1. If it weren’t for the facsimile signature, it very well might have occupied the top spot. It’s surprising that it took 20 years for them to try a black border, but it really works. The Sox set is a bit heavy on headshots, but they still look pretty good. We have a solid checklist here, but nothing in the way of exciting rookie cards.


#1 – 1970 Topps

I feel like I’m all alone in my love of this set. I think it has some of the best photography of any Topps set that came before the proliferation of action shots appearing on cards. They also look really good autographed, which is a major bonus in my book. The checklist is solid as usual, but the best rookie here is probably Bart Johnson.

Ranked: 1960s Topps Sets

This is part two of my series ranking all of the Topps sets of all time. You can read part one here.

The Topps sets of the 50s had some high highs and low lows. The 60s sets are grouped much closer together. There aren’t any amazing sets, and there aren’t really any terrible ones. Just lots of okay-ish sets. There is one set in particular that is considered to be iconic, but I’ve never quite agreed.

With all that being said, this was a very difficult list to put together. There just isn’t a whole lot of separation. Anyway, on with the list!

#10 – 1967 Topps

I’ve never quite understood why the White Sox lettering is purple. And I’ve never been a fan of the facsimile autograph. Still, this isn’t a terrible looking set. It’s thoroughly mediocre. It does have a decent checklist, though there are no notable rookie cards. There is a Tommie Agee Topps Rookie Cup card, which is cool I guess.


#9 – 1963 Topps

The only thing this set has going for it is how colorful it is. It really isn’t a very appealing design. It would honestly probably be better without the little round image in the corner. Replace that with a cool Sox logo and it might be better. Still wouldn’t be good, mind you. Decent checklist, and Dave DeBusschere and Al Weis rookie cards. The Weis card is especially notable, as he shares it with Pete Rose.


#8 – 1968 Topps

Another 60s Topps set, another mediocre design. Is this supposed to be some kind of fabric? One thing I’m definitely missing from the 50s sets is the Sox logo. Another solid checklist, but I think every 60s set had a decent checklist. No notable rookie cards, though the Cisco Carlos rookie may have seemed like a big deal heading into the 1968 season.


#7 – 1969 Topps

I’m having such a hard time writing this list… there is nothing interesting to say about these boring designs! At least this set has a clean look, which is the only reason it ranks this high. Another decent checklist, including Carlos May, Bill Melton, and Ed Herrmann rookie cards. I do wish Carlos May was alone on his rookie card.


#6 – 1966 Topps

The other thing that is getting tiresome about this sets is the photography. It’s all headshots and spring training poses. Were they not capable of action photography or something? I should have used the Jack Lamabe card for this image. Who could forgot that man’s eyebrows? Anyway, another solid checklist with no prominent rookie cards.


#5 – 1965 Topps

The best part of this set is undoubtedly the little pennant with the Winged Sox logo. The rest of the design is bland, but the pennant saves it. Another decent checklist, featuring Bob Locker and Ken Berry rookie cards.


#4 – 1964 Topps

I’ve always been drawn towards this set, and I have no earthly idea why. Maybe the teal soothes me? For whatever reason, I really like the White Sox text across the top. Nice checklist, with Don Buford as the most notable rookie card. There are three really nice looking Topps Rookie Cup cards here: Al Weis, Pete Ward, and Gary Peters.


#3 – 1962 Topps

Definitely the most iconic set of the 1960s. Most people would probably have this first. I do like it, though for whatever reason I’ve never loved it. I almost put this in second place, but for whatever reason I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Another nice checklist, with Joel Horlen and Floyd Robinson rookie cards.


#2 – 1961 Topps

Like the 1964 set, I can’t really explain why I like this set. For whatever reason, this is the set I most associate with the 1959 era Sox team that I love so much. I do like the multiple colors at the bottom, though I do wish there was a Sox logo present. This set has a wonderful checklist, though there are no notable rookie cards.


#1 – 1960 Topps

The 1960 and 1961 sets are neck and neck for me, mostly because of the checklists. I do like the 1960 horizontal design. I like how colorful it is, and I obviously like the Winged Sox logo. There is a great checklist here, with J.C. Martin and Gary Peters rookie UER cards.