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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Molinaro (b. 1950) played in the majors in 1975 and from 1977 to 1983 for the Tigers, White Sox, Orioles, Cubs and Phillies. He had 212 hits, 14 home runs and a .264 batting average.
I mailed to Molinaro on March 12 and got the cards back on March 19, for a 7-day TAT.
Monday, April 29, 2019
Madlock (b. 1951) played in the majors from 1973 to 1987 for the Rangers, Cubs, Giants, Pirates, Dodgers and Tigers. He had 2,008 hits, 163 home runs and a .305 batting average. He was the NL batting champion 4 times (1975 - .354; 1976 - .339, 1980 - .341 and 1983 - .323). He batted over .300 in 8 of the full seasons in which he played. His best MVP finish was 6th (1976 - NL) and was an All Star 3 times (1975, 1981, 1983). He won the World Series in 1979 with the Pirates. He appeared on the 1993 Hall of Fame ballot and received 4.5% of the vote.
I mailed to the private signing on February 11 and got the card back on March 19, for a 36-day TAT. I paid a fee of $19.00.
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Anyway, I had gotten some vintage Topps back from Wally Westlake a while back, since I had been wanting to add to some of those years on my ledger before these guys pass on. Westlake is 98 years old (99 in November) and is still signing nicely.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
I mailed to Lange on March 11 and got the cards back on March 18, for a 7-day TAT.
Monday, April 22, 2019
Venditte (b. 1985) has played in the majors in 2015, 2016 and 2018 for the A's, Blue Jays, Mariners and Dodgers. He has a record of 2-2 with 51 strikeouts and a 4.45 ERA.
I mailed to him via Giants Spring Training on March 5 and got the card back on March 18, for a 13-day TAT.
Sunday, April 21, 2019
I mailed to Groth on March 4 and got the card back o n March 18, for a 14-day TAT. I paid his fee of $5.00.
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Roberge (b. 1954) played in the majors in 1979, 1980, 1982 and 1984 to 1986 for the Astros, White Sox and Expos. He had a record of 12-12 with 119 strike outs and a 3.98 ERA.
I mailed to Roberge on March 5 and got the cards back on March 16, for an 11-day TAT.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Hagen (b. 1960) played in the majors in 1983 and 1984 for the Cardinals. He had a career record of 3-2 with 9 strike outs and a 4.25 ERA.
I mailed to Hagen on March 8 and got the card back on March 15, for a 7-day TAT.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Deer (b. 1960) played in the majors from 1984 to 1993 and 1996 for the Giants, Brewers, Tigers, Red Sox and Padres. He had 853 hits, 230 home runs and a .220 batting average.
I mailed to the private signing on February 13 and got the card back on March 15, for a 30-day TAT. I paid a fee of $10.00.
Monday, April 15, 2019
The card turned out really when when signed, and I am happy to be adding it to my album.
I mailed to Neshek on March 5 and got the cards back on March 14, for a 9-day TAT. I sent to him via Phillies Spring Training.
I didn't have too many cards of the Pelicans, but what I did have, I got signed. I have nothing leftover for them, which is nice. I was able to get a few cards removed from my box and also was able to take care of a few 50/50s.
Aramis Ademan is still the toughest signature for the Pelicans, and also probably the best looking. The above 2018 Bowman Peaks of Potential really turned out nicely.
I finished off what little I had left of Alex Lange on the second day. We missed the third game, since that one was Education Day, and an 11AM game. There was some action that day, as Lange was tossed in the bottom of the second for having foreign substance on his arm. The manager was then tossed, and finally the third base coach was ejected later in the third inning. I hate that we missed an exciting game.
The Wood Ducks seem to be a pretty good team, so far. The pay a lot differently under Corey Ragsdale, than they did under Spike. I think I like this team more than the one that was here last year, but it is still early, so I am reserving judgment. Still, I love the Wood Ducks altogether, and am so glad that I made the decision to buy the season tickets.
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Graterol (b. 1998) has been in the Twins system since he was 16. He played for the Dominican Summer League in 2015, then moved up to Rookie League in 2017 (he didn't play in 2016), A and High A in 2018, and AA this season. Overall, he is 13-6 with 179 strike outs and a 2.59 ERA.
I mailed to Graterol on February 27, and got the cards back on March 14, for a 15-day TAT. I mailed to him via Twins Spring Training.
Colbert (b. 1945) played in the majors from 1970 to 1972 for the Indians. He had a record of 9-14 with 127 strike outs and a 4.57 ERA.
I mailed to Colbert on March 5 and got the cards back on March 14, for a 9-day TAT.
Saturday, April 13, 2019
I paid $40.00 to get my card signed, but that was much cheaper than it would have been if I had tried to get him at a show. I'll use that opportunity to get someone else.
I mailed to the signing on 2/7 and got the card back on March 14, for a 35-day TAT.
Thanks for the deal, Nick! I love the cards, and am happy to cross them off of the list.
Friday, April 12, 2019
I mailed to Trammell on February 27 via Reds Spring Training and got the cards back on March 14, for a 15-day TAT.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Hall (b. 1947) played in the majors from 1968 to 1977 for the Twins, Reds, Mets and Royals. He had a record of 52-33 with 797 strike outs and a 3.27 ERA.
I mailed to Hall on March 5 and got the cards back on March 12, for a 7-day TAT.
Pasqua (b. 1961) played in the majors from 1985 to 1994 for the Yankees and White Sox. He had 638 hits, 117 home runs and a .244 batting average.
I'm glad I got a deal done and glad he was able to get some Sox cards he could get signed.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
I was really worried, because I came down with some kind of bug on Tuesday, which put me out of work on Wednesday. Whatever it was seemed to be on the way out by Wood Ducks Opening Night on Thursday, so I was all set to go on Friday up to Baltimore. Only thing is, that sick day and the Wood Ducks opener left me with very little time to prep for the trip.
I had already sat aside some Orioles because of Fan Fest, and added more to that pile when Topps and Heritage came out. Then, I grabbed some Yankees from those boxes, and happened upon a couple on my desk, and tossed them in a box. All of my card prepping took place in the hotel room late at night Friday and early Saturday morning.
I had decided early on that I wasn't going to get Eddie on a ball, because I didn't want to feel like I had a duplicate or want to sell something. I originally wanted him on the 1988 Topps Record Breakers card, but at the 11th hour, I remembered that I had the above 2010 Topps Short Print, so I decided that was going to be the one I got signed.
Even though the signature is a little tough to see on the card, I was glad I chose it. Eddie held the card for a bit and said that he had never seen one like it before. I told him it was a 2010 Topps SP and he said that he thought by looking at the yellow railings on the card that it was taken in Chicago (at old Comiskey). He remarked on the road gray jersey, as well. So, the card definitely got his attention.
The biggest moment of the trip came right after Chris and I finished dinner on Friday night, however. We had eaten dinner downtown, after walking from our hotel. I had realized on the ride up that I had forgotten my photo edges for Chris's autograph book (and also my laptop, hence, no blog posts this past weekend). I texted my friend Michael to see if he had any photo edges. About 15 minutes later, I got a phone call...
Michael needed to know where I was because he had a graphing tip for me that I couldn't pass up. He had seen Aaron Judge (and Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier and Taylor Wade) go into a restaurant not too far from where I was. I had to go to my hotel, though, and get my cards, and meet Michael where he was. I also had to pray that the foursome were slow eaters. I got to the room and grabbed my cards. I threw some baby powder on the Aaron Judge card that I thought would look best and put the snap case of cards in my shirt pocket (since I had left from work to head north) and made the mile-long trek across the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore to try and see if I could get Aaron Judge.
I liked the white bordered 2006 Turkey Red and then realized I had a duplicate of the 2006 Upper Deck Special F/X and had to get that signed. You see, back in the day, we didn't have Topps Now that would come out and possibly have the game you went to depicted on a card. You had to be REALLY lucky. Well, 2006 Upper Deck actually had a card of the game that I had gone to that got me back into card collecting. I had taken a friend to Baltimore and that day, I had bought Roberts's jersey. In extras, he came to the plate and I told my friend that Roberts was going to hit a walkoff homer. He did, and later that night some Yankee fans bought us drinks. Now I have a signed version of the card and was able to relay that story to Roberts as he was signing. He was still really cool, as he had been every other time I had met him.
Prior to the start of the game, the Orioles had a Celebration of Life for the late Frank Robinson. In attendance were his wife and daughter, as well as several of his former teammates, contemporaries and players he had managed. Speeches were given by Jim Palmer, Boog Powell and Brooks Robinson. I also saw Cal and Eddie in attendance.
The Orioles lost the game, but it was really close. Miguel Castro gave up a three-run home run to Clint Frazier that put the Yankees ahead. I was able to witness Judge hit two home runs in the innings prior. This season's Orioles aren't expected to do much of anything, but I was pleasantly surprised to see them hang tough against the Evils (and Judge).
After the end of the 8th inning, Chris and I made our way back to the player entrance and got there right as the game was letting out. I noticed that Frank's wife and daughter were standing outside, so I approached them. I thanked Mrs. Robinson for being so kind to me at the National back in July. She seemed to remember me, thanked me and introduced me to her daughter. I told the both of them that I really respected Frank, and that Chris and I had mourned for their loss. They teared up, each shook my hand and thanked me, and Mrs. Robinson pulled Chris in for a hug. I was really glad that I took the time to approach them. I feel like although I was a bit awkward, they must have appreciated the gesture.
So, thank you, Michael for all of the help with the tips, thank you Gerard for hooking me up with the tickets. Thank you Ticketmaster for screwing up in the first place, but most of all, thank you, Chris, for coming along and only complaining minimally (and when I couldn't really hear you anyway). I had a wonderful bonding time with my son, and I know he had a blast as well. I also think it is safe to say that the both of us are Aaron Judge fans, and that is ok.