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Monday, September 30, 2019
I don't know how long I have had cards of Al Pedrique waiting for me to send out, but the ones I sent are pretty nice. I really like the above 1987 Topps Glossy Rookies. I don't think I have gotten any of these signed before, but I could have.
Pedrique (b. 1960) played in the majors from 1987 to 1989 for the Mets, Pirates and Tigers. He had 111 hits, 1 home run and a .247 batting average.
He also managed the Diamondbacks in 2004; to a record of 22-61 (.265%).
I mailed to Pedrique on July 8 and got the cards back on September 10, for a 64-day TAT.
Sunday, September 29, 2019
I had sent to Dodgers Spring Training to try to get Honeycutt on my cards, and they finally did come back. The above 1990 Topps turned out really well. I didn't realize how off-centered my card was, but it still looks nice.
Honeycutt (b. 1954) played in the majors from 1977 to 1997 for the Mariners, Rangers, Dodgers, A's, Yankees and Cardinals. He had a career record of 109-143, with 1,038 strike outs and a 3.72 ERA. He was an All Star in 1980 and 1983, and won the World Series with the A's in 1989. He appeared on the 2003 Hall of Fame ballot, and received 0.4% of the vote.
I mailed to Honeycutt on February 5 and got the cards back on September 10, for a 217-day TAT.
Rosario (b. 1989) played in the majors from 2011 to 2015 for the Rockies. He had 413 hits, 71 home runs and a .273 batting average. I was surprised to see that he hasn't been in the majors since 2015. I think injuries have really limited him.
A look at his stats show that he didn't play at all between 2016 and 2018. He played 105 games this year at AAA Rochester in the Twins system. He had 124 hits, 24 home runs and a .300 average. Maybe this is an indication that he is now healthy, and a team will give him a Spring Training invitation next season.
I mailed to Rosario on July 23 and got the cards back on September 10, for a 49-day TAT.
Saturday, September 28, 2019
I was especially happy he took this Bryant Packard and got it signed for me, since I only had the one card. Packard formerly went to ECU, but I have never tried to graph there. I have heard it is pretty easy, but I didn't try, and ended up sending this out after Packard was drafted by the Tigers.
Thanks for the 50/50s, Dylan!
Marshall (b. 1943) played in the NHL from 1965 to 1979 for the Red Wings, Golden Seals, Rangers and Islanders. He appeared in 392 games, scoring 8 goals and 87 assists.
I mailed to Marshall on August 22 and got the cards back on September 3, for a 12-day TAT.
Friday, September 27, 2019
I missed seeing Jackson Kowar this season, as he wasn't with Wilmington for very long. So, I was really glad Michael sent me this Pro Debut.
Thanks for the cards, Michael! I really appreciate it.
Thursday, September 26, 2019
He wanted to trade for the card, so I took these two cards that he offered in return.
I really love this 2017 Stadium Club Shawn O'Malley. I wanted to be able to add something like this to my autograph album, and now I can.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
This season, CD went 1-4 with a 11.97 ERA and 37 strike outs between Nashville (AAA) and Frisco (AA). It really was a tough year for him.
CD was a 33rd round pick in the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft out of SPartanburg Methodist College, in Spartanburg, SC. I sure have spent plenty of time in Spartanburg, myself, between Wofford College Football games, Tommy Mauney's chassis shop and Gene Fulton's engine shop.
I mailed to Pelham on February 5 via Rangers Spring Training and got the cards back on August 30, for a 206-day TAT. In my note, I reminded CD one more time that Jordan is better than Lebron.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Regardless, I feel bad for these guys. They got a shot at the majors, and the performances really didn't pan out. I don't know if they (Blach and Eschelman) will receive other shots, but hey, they mad it to the majors. That is so much more than a lot of people can say.
Anyway, I am glad Connor hooked me up with these autos. They're going into my album, and I feel like they all turned out really well.
I picked the right game to put on in the background, as it went 15 innings. I only made it to the 12th, since I was really tired.
Still, though, I am glad I finally have the cards sorted, and the set is complete. I actually filled two sets, including the SP Vlad Guerrero, Jr. card. The second set is for sale.
Monday, September 23, 2019
Zach thanked me for trusting him with my cards, and he came through. He got me autos of Blaze Alexander, Alek Thomas, Jackson Goddard, Levi Kelly and Royce Lewis.
Thanks for getting my cards signed, Zach. We will definitely do some more next season.
I was happy with this 94 medalists card though. All I need now is to catch Chris Hoiles. I hope he is at Fan Fest, soon.
Tettleton (b. 1960) played in the majors from 1984 to 1997 for the A's, Orioles, Tigers and Rangers. He had 1,132 hits, 245 home runs and a .241 batting average. He was an All Star in 1989 and 1994 and a Silver Slugger Award winner in 1989, 1991 and 1992.
I mailed to the signing on July 24 and got the cards back on August 30, for a 37-day TAT. I paid a fee of $15/card.
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Wills (b. 1958 - d. 2012) played in the majors from 1983 to 1991 for the Royals, Mariners, Indians and Blue Jays. He had a record of 22-26 with 281 strike outs and a 5.06 ERA.
Wills was found dead in his apartment in Louisiana. No cause of death was given, but according to the newspaper report about his death, he had complained a week earlier about not feeling well. He reported pain in his arm and having a fever.
The comments on the post on Facebook indicate that Waddell was a great guy. It is a shame that I wasn't able to write him while he was alive. Life is really short. He suffered a heart attack just days shy of his 61st birthday.
Waddell (b. 9/17/58 - d. 9/14/19) passed away on my birthday, actually. He was born in the UK, which, according to baseball-reference.com, he is one of 49 players to hail from the UK. He played in the majors in 1984, 1985 and 1987, all for the Indians. He had a record of 15-11 with 118 strike outs and a 4.30 ERA.
Waddell was a promising pitcher in college, whose career was derailed due to arm injuries. By 1979, he was a clothing salesman in New York, and was playing for a semi-pro softball team. He was informed of a tryout with the Braves, and impressed their scout enough that he was signed. The scout? Hank Aaron.
Waddell's journey to the majors would make for an interesting movie.
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Ojeda (b. 1957) played in the majors from 1980 to 1994 for the Red Sox, Mets, Dodgers, Indians and Yankees. He had a career record of 115-98 with 1,128 strike outs and a 3.65 ERA. He finished 4th in the 1986 NL Cy Young Award race, and 21st in the MVP voting that season. He won the World Series with the Mets in 1986.
During Spring Training in 1993, Ojeda joined fellow Indians pitchers Tim Crews and Steve Olin on a boat ride near Crews's Florida home. It was near dark, and Crews was legally drunk, when the boat struck a pier, killing Olin and Crews. Ojeda received lacerations on his head, but survived the crash. He spent most of the 1993 season recuperating from the accident.
I mailed to the private signing on July 19 and got the card back on August 29, for a 41-day TAT. I paid a fee of $39.00.
Friday, September 20, 2019
Smalley (b. 1952) played in the majors from 1975 to 1987 for the Rangers, Twins, Yankees and White Sox. He had 1,454 hits, 163 home runs and a .257 batting average. His best finish in the MVP voting was 16th in 1979. That season, he was an All Star, as well. Smalley won the World Series with the Twins in 1987.
I mailed to the signing on March 14 and got the cards back on August 28, for a 167-day TAT. I paid a fee of $30.00.
Thursday, September 19, 2019
A 50/50 would have meant that I send Parker 2 Richardsons, and he gets them signed, keeps one and sends the other back to me... you split 50/50.
A consignment works by either trading something or paying straight up for an auto.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Iglesias (b. 1990) has played for the Reds since 2015. He has a record of 14-28 with a 3.16 ERA and 443 strike outs. He also has 96 saves.
I mailed to Iglesias via the Reds on August 14 and got the cards back on August 26, for a 12-day TAT.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Wilson (b. 1973) played in the majors in 1996 and from 2000 to 2005 for the Mets, Devil Rays and Reds. He had a career record of 40-58 with 619 strike outs and a 4.86 ERA. He was the #1 overall pick in the 1994 June Amateur Draft by the Mets out of Florida State University.
I mailed to Wilson on May 6, 2016 and got the cards back on August 24, 2019, for a 1,205-day TAT.
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!