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.

Another Yermin Mercedes Private Signing

Yermin has definitely come down to earth after his torrid start. He obviously isn’t as good as he was in April and early May. But I think he will ultimately be better than he has been in the last month or so. He is such a lovable character, I’ll be a fan regardless.

BM Authentics recently had a second private signing with Yermin. I couldn’t resist sending in a few more items. I sprung for his full signature on the 16×20, and I’m very glad I did. It is now one of my favorite 16x20s in my collection!


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!