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Monday, September 16, 2019
I had found this 2018 Bowman Chrome blue refractor of Josh Ockimey at the National this year (I think), and it turned out really well when it was signed.
Thanks for the cards, Gerard!
Sunday, September 15, 2019
This 2000 Skybox turned out to be a pretty sharp card, and I liked how it looked. I'm pretty sure it was something I found at my LCS a while back, and it finally came in signed.
Petrick (b. 1977) played in the majors from 1999 to 2003 for the Rockies and Tigers. He had 172 hits, 27 home runs and a .257 batting average.
I mailed to Petrick on March 25 and got the cards back on August 24, for a 152-day TAT.
We had gotten to the field about an hour or so before the gates opened, so he and I walked around a bit so I could get my steps in. While we were walking, one of the Tides players walked out into the parking lot. He was on his phone when he walked out, but I got a good look at him. I consulted the Tides roster and had a decent idea who it might have been, but Chris, having no fear, asked him when he came walking back, who he was. It was David Hess. I was glad, because I actually had a card of Hess, so he stopped and signed for me. He was really nice, and thanked us for coming to the game.
Anyway, Chris and I did our best to stay out of folks' way, and we were able to add these two cards to the album. I was really disappointed that I left a Panini Diamons Kings card of Thaygo Viera on my desk, as he walked right by us, and stopped to say hello.
Since the Wood Ducks lost in the first round of the Carolina League playoffs, this trip turned out to be our last graphing trip of the season.
Beginning with the Wood Ducks hot stove event in January; encompassing that event, Orioles Fan Fest and the Johnny Bench signing, as well as 63 different minor and major league games, Chris and I got 2,027 autographs this year. We went to 51 Wood Ducks home games this year. We also went to home games for the Fayetteville Woodpeckers (their first ever home game), Carolina Mudcats, Augusta Greenjackets, Nashville Sounds, Louisville Bats, West Virginia Power, Bowie Baysox, Hickory Crawdads, Greensboro Grasshoppers, High Point Rockers, Burlington Royals and Norfolk Tides. We also went to MLB games in Baltimore and St. Louis. I could have added Columbia to the list, but we were rained out. I was 28 autographs short of my total from last year, but had I counted the cards I got signed at the National, I would have probably exceeded that total. Not that it really matters.
All of that being said, it is safe to say that I am tired, and am glad to be gearing up for the offseason. I am excited about 2020, though, and Chris and I will try to add some more stadiums to my map (which has finally been updated).
Thanks to everyone who I graphed with this summer: Jackson, Dugan, Connor, Adam, Josh, Kaleb, Braden, Tanner, Ben, Billy, John, Erika, Jesse, Keegan, Andrew, Michael, and anyone else I may have forgotten to mention. I know he won't read this, but I also want to thank my travel partner, and the best graphing helper, Chris. I know this isn't really your thing, but you are a good sport with it, and help a lot more than you know. I am just glad that I have a simple enough hobby that I can take my son along and spend some time with him. Our trips last year to Texas, and this year to Illinois/Kentucky, etc were a lot of fun. Now, go wash that Augusta shirt!
Saturday, September 14, 2019
I sent two 2019 Pro Debut cards to him to sign, and he sent them both back, one personalized, the other with just a signature.
McReaken also wrote me a letter thanking me for writing to him, and also telling me that he is working on getting the 2019 Pro Debut set signed. So, I will have to get up with him and see his needs list and see if I can help him!
McReaken (b. 1996) played one season (2018) in the Braves system, reaching Danville of the Appalachian League (short season single A). He went 0-1 with a 1.50 ERA in 7 games. He was an undrafted free agent out of Southern Illinois Edwardsville. From the back of the baseball card numbers, it looks like McReaken was doing pretty well. I'm not sure why he was let go, but maybe if I do some trades with him, and get to know him, an appropriate time may come where I can ask that question.
I mailed to McReaken on August 14 and got the cards back on August 22, for an 8-day TAT.
Friday, September 13, 2019
During this series, I got everything I had of Cadyn Grenier signed, which turned out to be a ton of cards.
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Obviously, I needed this one for my 1987 set, and it turned out really well.
Cruz (b. 1947) played in the majors from 1970 to 1988 for the Cardinals, Astros and Yankees. He had 2,251 hits, 165 home runs and a .284 batting average. He was an All Star in 1980 and 1985. His best finish in the MVP voting was 6th in 1983 (NL). He was also a Silver Slugger Award winner in 1983 and 1984. He appeared on the 1994 Hall of Fame ballot, but received only 0.4% if the vote.
I mailed to Cruz on July 23 and got the cards back on August 20, for a 28-day TAT.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Moreno (b. 1952) played in the majors from 1975 to 1986 for the Pirates, Astros, Yankees, Royals and Braves. He had 1,257 hits, 37 home runs and a .252 batting average. He finished 15th in the 1979 NL MVP voting, and won the World Series with the Pirates that same season.
I mailed to the private signing on July 19 and got the card back on August 19, for a 31-day TAT. I paid a fee of $10.00.
Plunk (b. 1963) played in the majors from 1986 to 1999 for the A's, Yankees, Indians and Brewers. He had a career record of 72-58 with 1,081 strike outs and a 3.82 ERA.
I mailed to the private signing on March 25 and got the card back on August 19, for a 147-day TAT. I paid the PastPros fee of $12.00.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Mantilla (b. 1934) played in the majors from 1956 to 1966 for the Braves (Milwaukee), Red Sox and Astros. He had 707 hitd, 89 home runs and a .261 batting average. He was an All Star in 1965 and finished a career-best 29th in the AL MVP voting that season. He won the World Series with the Braves in 1957.
I mailed to Mantilla on June 20 and got the cards back on August 13, for a 54-day TAT. I paid a fee of $10.00.
Sunday, September 8, 2019
This 1976 Topps Traded turned out really well, I think.
Medich (b. 1948) played in the majors from 1972 to 1982 for the Yankees, Pirates, A's, Mariners, Mets, Rangers and Brewers. He had a career record of 124-105 with 955 strike outs and a 3.78 ERA.
I mailed to Medich on July 24 and got the cards back on August 12, for a 19-day TAT.
Saturday, September 7, 2019
I was glad to be able to get Andy LaRoche on this 2007 Turkey Red card, finally, because I had originally sent TTM so him, but he didn't sign. I got rid of a lot of his cards when I let a box of random stuff go at a yard sale. I put his stuff in there because I figured I wouldn't be able to get them signed. Thankfully, I didn't get rid of every one of them, and I got two of his cards done.
Chris and I had a good time, but we had to leave the game early so he would be back home in time to get to bed at a decent hour. The next day was his first day of 8th grade.
Friday, September 6, 2019
I mailed to the signing on February 19 and got the card back on August 8, for a 170-day TAT. I paid a fee of $19.00.
Thanks for letting me know, Jacob!
Thursday, September 5, 2019
The season was winding down at this point, and a lot of weather was coming through the area. The last game of the series was rained out and tacked onto the end of season series in Fayetteville as a double header.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Thanks for getting these signed, Jackson! I really appreciate it.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
I was happy to contribute to the Hope For The Heroes cause, and also spend some time with my son and a couple good friends. Thanks to Billy for telling me about the event, and thanks to Jackson for making the trip.I definitely will go next year!