Monday, October 16, 2017
#99T Mark Salas
Here is the last card from 1988 Topps that I have to show, for now. But, it is not the last card of Mark Salas. Mark is the bullpen catcher for the White Sox and I have got him to sign for me three times in Kansas City. This one is from the second time he signed for me in 2014.
This is the first card I have posted of him as a member of the White Sox. Add that to the Twins and Tigers cards I have of him and I have three out of the five teams he has cards from covered. Now I only need a Cardinal card (he has one) and a Yankee card (he has two) to have all of his teams covered (he does not have a card as an Indian).
Mark played with the Sox for just the 1988 season. That year, he played in 75 games and he hit .250 with 3 home runs and 9 RBI. While it was not his worst year in the Major Leagues, it definitely was not his most productive either.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
#80T Mark Parent
Here is the second card of Mark Parent that I have posted on here. I posted the first one last month and that one can be seen here. This card, like the last one, was signed at a Royals game two years ago. Mark was the bench coach for the White Sox at the time.
Right now, I am really getting into the part of my blog that I do not like. That part is posting cards of guys multiple times. If possible, when I get a guy's signature, I present three cards to him. Some will sign all three, some will only do one, and a few will do just two. You never know. On the autograph collecting aspect of it, the more the merrier. Sometimes I want cards signed of the player with different teams and sometimes he is in a few different sets that I really like. Sometimes, I only have three cards of him and want to get them knocked out in one swoop.
But, while I like three sigs for the collection, sometimes those three cards are difficult to do posts on. The first one is always easy, but that is not always the case for the second and third. Right now, this is the second post out of the next sixteen that involves the second and third card. And a few of them are the second or third card from the second or third time the individual signed for me. So, there might be some short and uninteresting posts coming up over the next three weeks. I am sorry about that, but bare with me.
Saturday, October 7, 2017
#47T Ray Hayward
Here is the second card that Ray Hayward signed for me at the College World Series in 2014. Ray is the pitching coach for Texas Tech and I got him to sign on the field during pregame. I posted the first card of Ray a couple of months ago and that one can be seen here.
It is not too often that you can get baseball cards signed at college games. Off the top of my head, the only former Major Leaguers that I have gotten are Ray, Darin Erstad, Vance Law, Tim Stoddard, Robbie Wine, Ed Sprague, Troy Percival, Mike Benjamin, Chris Valaika, and Blake Hawksworth. Ten guys doesn't sound too bad. But, with all of the colleges that are out there, it is a very tiny percent compared to minor league ball. One trend that I have noticed the last few years is that a guy will take a position at a school and do that for a year or two before getting a gig in the minors. Some of the guys that I have seen do that are Valaika, Ryan Garko, and Chad Cordero. All three of them coached at California schools and all three now coach in the minor leagues.
Besides those guys, there are a few others coaching in college that I either haven't seen play or got turned down from. Kirk Saarloos is the pitching coach for TCU. He turned me down once. Andy Stankiewicz is the head coach at Grand Canyon and Andy Cannizaro is the head coach at Mississippi State. Shawn Marcum is the pitching coach for Missouri Southern State, a DII school.
Thursday, October 5, 2017
#386 Don Mattingly
I have been excited to post this card ever since I got it signed in 2014. Don was managing the Dodgers at the time and my dad was able to get this one signed for me outside of Kauffman Stadium when Don showed up. Andre Ethier was also signing at that time, so I stayed with him while my dad got Don. I probably could have got another one signed by Don, because he signed for everybody, but I was so ecstatic about this one that I did not bother with a second.
This is the only '88 Topps All Star card that I have gotten signed and it came out looking wonderful. I will definitely get more from the subset signed if the opportunity arises.
Don had a typical Don Mattingly season in 1987 to earn this card. He hit .327 with 30 homers and 115 RBI. He got the start in the All Star Game and went 0-1 with two walks.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
#166 Rick Rodriguez
Here is a card that I got signed at an Omaha Storm Chasers game last season. The Nashville Sounds were in town and Rick is the teams pitching coach. He was nice enough to stop on his way out to the field and sign this one card for me.
Rick saw time in the Majors for parts of four seasons with the A's, Indians, and Giants and he had a rough go of it. He appeared in 31 games and logged 77 innings. He had a decent record at 3-4 for his career, but that might be the best part of his stat line. His career ERA is 5.73 and he gave up 97 hits, walked 41, and struck out only 22. That is good for a WHIP of 1.79.
At first glance, it looks like Rick had a decent '87 season and I am guessing that is why he got a card in this set. He was 1-0 with a 2.96 ERA in 15 relief outings. But, in 24.1 iinings pitched, he gave up 32 hits, walked 15, and struck out 9. While he only gave up one home run that season, I think it is safe to say that he got lucky and his ERA should have been higher. I guess that is why they started using advanced metrics because 1-0 with a 2.96 ERA looks really good. The rest of his numbers from that season do not.
Rick only had two main cards come out, this one and one in the '88 Fleer set. He had a few minor league cards, but this was the only card I had of him to get signed.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
#512 Randy Ready
It has been nearly nine years since I last posted a card of Randy Ready. I got him to sign three cards for me in 2008 when he was the manager of the Portland Beavers. I started this blog a few months later and those three cards got posted during the first three months of the blog. That was back when I thought I was going to eventually run out of autographs to post. Now it is nine years later and I still have not got to my signed cards that were printed in 2008.
This card was given to me from Rod of Padrographs. I met up with him outside of Portland two years ago and he had a fat stack of autographs for me. In that stack was a bunch of slabbed cards from Historic Grading and Authentication. I posted one of those cards a couple of years back and this is what the slabbing looked like. Needless to say, all of those cards are now unslabbed.
You can see the original three Randy Ready cards I posted here, here, and here. I was using a slightly different format back then.
I cannot believe that I have been running this blog for nine years.
Friday, September 29, 2017
#537 Damon Berryhill
Here is the third and final card that I got signed by Damon Berryhill at Spring Training in 2014. Damon was the manager of the Dodgers AAA affiliate at the time and he was nice enough to stop and sign while moving between practice fields. I posted the first card of him later that season and it can be seen here. The second one was posted Sunday and that one can be seen here.
Damon Berryhill is a guy I remember from my younger days and I was surprised to see that he was usually a backup catcher. Backup catchers usually do not stick with me over the years. Damon could have stuck with me because of his unusual last name. But, I am willing to bet that I remember him because he played with the Cubs and so many Cubs games were on WGN when I was a kid.
Back then, I would watch a lot of Cubs games just because there was never anything good on in the middle of the afternoon. While I do not have cable or satellite TV these days, I highly doubt that the Cubs get airtime on WGN like they did in the '80s and '90s. I wouldn't even be surprised if they were not televised on that channel at all.
This is just the second card from this team set that I have got signed. Jim Wright signed one for me in 2010 and that card can be seen here. I would like to get the Mark Grace card signed for the set, but that has not happened yet.