Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
This is the final installment of 1981 Donruss, for now. I got this card signed earlier this month at an Oklahoma Redhawks game (Pacific Coast League). Jim is the pitching coach for the Las Vegas 51s. The game was a Mickey Mantle bobblehead giveaway and Brad Penny made a rehab start for the 51s. I got a Penny autograph, but I didn't know he was going to be there, so I didn't have any of his cards (I got my ticket stub signed instead).
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
#170 Carl Erskine
This is my newest autograph. I got this this past Sunday at Keyspan Park in Brooklyn, New York (home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, New York-Penn League). It was Carl Erskine day and they gave out Erskine bobbleheads and retired his number. He even played the national anthem on his harmonica prior to the game. He seemed like a real stand-up guy. He said a few words after being introduced and he really complemented the people of Brooklyn for accepting Jackie Robinson as one of their own.
After the game started, he sat outside the team store signing autographs. There was a huge line for the signing and a stipulation to be in that line. In order to get an autograph, you had to buy his book (it was basically a book signing, but if you had the book, you could get something else signed as well). So, I bought the book (it was $10 for a hard-cover; can't beat that) and went to my seat to watch the game and wait for the line to thin out. I went and checked on the line after the first- it hadn't moved. I checked back after the third- still extremely long. I checked back after the fifth- little progress. I checked back midway through the sixth- slight progress. By now, this 82 year old man had been signing for nearly two hours. I figured that he didn't have much left, so I had better stay in line. A few minutes later, a ballpark employee came to the back of the line to say that if you didn't have a book, you had to get out of line and that there were no more books left. So, I got lucky there by buying my book before the game started. So, I missed an inning and a half of the game, but I got my book and card signed. And it was a real nice and crisp signature, too (mine would be so sloppy after that much time). Plus, he signed for every single person that bought the book while most signings last for a set period of time.
By the way, I bought the card on ebay a week and a half before my trip for $8.50 (including shipping and handling). The card has seen better days, but it isn't often that you can get a 50+ year old card signed (there's no wrinkles, just battered edges). So, it basically cost me $18.50 for two autographs. Not bad.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
On a final note, I'm going to a couple of Yankees-Royals games this weekend and won't be able to make any new posts while I'm there, so I might do a couple extra before I leave. In the meantime, go USA (especially baseball, but also for any other American athlete in the Games)!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I first started collecting cards in 1985. I collected throughout the 80s and into the 90s before I started to lose interest in high school. During that time, I would send cards (only doubles though) through the mail for autographs. That was fun for awhile, but I also lost interest in this in high school. From 1995-2007, I would buy a few packs a year just to see what was out there, but never really got into anything.
When I got to college, I started going to twenty or more Kansas City Royals games a year. I would load up on MLB balls and get them signed at the games. Kauffman Stadium is one of the easiest places to get autographs. But after I turned 21, I spent more time tailgating than getting autographs (after all, a MLB ball started to cost as much as a case of beer) and I again lost interest. Plus, it wasn't much fun to spend $15 on a ball just to come away with Tony Eusebio's signature on it. After college, I joined the Army and was stationed at Ft. Stewart, Georgia. From there, it was about a three hour drive to Atlanta (where I never got a single autograph) and four hour drive to St. Petersburg (where the only autographs I got were from Royals and Joe Nathan during spring training). So, it was nice when I got out of the Army and moved back home where I would be closer to a MLB team.
During the college and Army years, my Buddy and I would travel around the U.S. and Canada going to games. I started noticing something on these trips. I starting seeing kids with "autograph books". These books were basically spiral note card books with photo corners in them to hold cards in. Unlike binders with nine-card sheets, the cards in these books were open so players could sign the card while holding the book. These kids would put three to six cards per player in the book, hand it to the player, and he would sign all the cards. So, this year, I finally made one of these books. Now, I am having fun getting autographs again. I might only get two players to sign at a game, but I'll come home with six autographs. Why do I need three autographs of one person? I don't know. But I enjoy having different sets signed and a player with different teams. This has also got me into collecting again. But I only collect cards to hopefully get them autographed one day. It might sound a little weird, but that is the way I'm am.
I'm sorry this first post has gotten so long-winded, but I'm new to this and will cut to the chase. I plan on posting on this blog at least five times per week. Each post will contain all of the autographed cards that I have of a particular set (for some sets it may just be one card, others might be ten or more cards) starting with the oldest cards and moving forward. If I get new autographs on card sets that have already been shown, I will post them as I get them before moving forward. Every once in awhile, I throw in some random posts of other autographed stuff I have. With each post, I'll include little tid-bits about the card like how and where I got it and other comments that I may see fit. Hopefully I will make this blog worth a damn and will attract the attention of a few readers. The first card will be posted later today sometime and it's from 1960 Topps.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
'10 Topps Yo Momma Alex Gordon (either back)
'09 Topps U&H Zack Grienke propaganda card
'81 Donruss needs
(thanks to Scott at Hand Collated for knocking most of these out)
Alberto Callaspo- '09 Upper Deck #683
If you have any of these cards to spare, let me know and we will work something out.