Luke's Autographs

Autographs TTM/IP, email me: oaklandfan18@yahoo.com

February 26th, 2014

TTM:

Ryan Kohlmeier c/o home (10 days)
Travis Smith c/o home (13 days)
Scott Terry c/o home (5 days)
Randy Martz c/o home (7 days)
Toby Hall c/o home (15 days)
Jim Tracy c/o home (42 days)
Tony Eusebio c/o home (6 days)
Aubrey Huff c/o home (11 days)
Matt Howard c/o home (35 days)

James Earl Jones c/o Horatio Prod. (29 days)
Carrie Fisher c/o Freedom Farms (8 days)

October 24th, 2013

Billy Wagner c/o home (16 days)
Ty Hensley c/o home (23 days)
Mike Grzanich c/o home (13 days)
Orlando Palmeiro c/o home (16 days)

October 16th, 2013

TTM:

Buddy Groom c/o home (19 days)
Orlando Palmeiro c/o home (13 days)
Matt Treanor c/o work (17 days)
Pat Mahomes c/o home (9 days)


October 4th, 2013


Okay, so it has been a LONG time since I updated the site, figure I need to get back with it.

My In Person Graphing this season can be found via this link
Mainly stuck to graphing Sugar Land Skeeters, MLB is just getting so hard, you have to put in a full 12-16 hour day to get anything decent done.

Recently TTM:

George McCloud c/o home (597 days)
Roberto Petagine c/o home (557 days)
Antoine Carr c/o home (7 days)
James Edwards c/o home (10 days)
Will Clark c/o Giants (51 days)
James Jurries c/o home (31 days)
Chris Vines c/o home (15 days)
Chris Basak c/o home (13 days)
JR House c/o Hillsboro Hops (17 days)
Jordan Zimmerman c/o Nats (14 days)

April 24th, 2013

Bob Friend c/o home (9 days)
Jed Lowrie c/o A's (7 days)
Rob Deer c/o Cubs (19 days)
Jon Garland c/o Rockies (19 days)
Juan Francisco c/o Braves (11 days)
Todd Wellemeyer c/o home (11 days)
Brian Shouse c/o home (14 days)
Jesse Foppert c/o home (22 days)
Cliff Levingston c/o Rochester River Sharks (16 days)
Adam Bernero c/o home (41 days)
Josh Booty c/o AZ Spring Training (49 days)
Jody Gerut c/o home (111 days)

Been doing a lot of IP graphing also in Round Rock, Houston, and Sugar Land.  Will post later on those exploits.

March 22nd, 2013

Joe Borowski c/o home (12 days)
Adam Hyzdu c/o home (12 days)
Tony Eusebio c/o home (13 days)
Garrett Atkins c/o home (14 days)
Paul Shuey c/o home  (13 days)

February 3rd, 2013


Matt Kinney c/o home (10 days)
Darren Daulton c/o home (24 days)

January 25th, 2013

TTM:
Lance Carter c/o home (15 days)
Richard Petty c/o Petty Enterprises (10 days)
Dan Opperman c/o home (16 days)
Dale Murphy c/o home (32 days)
Adam Everett c/o home (25 days) 
Pete Smith c/o home (45 days)
Bobby Bonilla c/o home (100 days)


December 20th, 2012

Went over my allotted bandwidth so had to take a break from updates but here is the past month or so:

Keith Miller c/o home (7 days)
Mike Munoz c/o home (7 days)
Steve Wojchiehowski c/o home (21 days)
John Cummings c/o home (7 days)
Gary Rath  c/o home (12 days)

October 27th, 2012

Rafael Landestoy c/o home (17 days)
Lance Dickson c/o work (10 days)
Jeff Ballard c/o work (18 days)
Cory Bailey c/o home (19 days)
Marty McLeary c/o home (12 days)
George Lynch c/o SMU Basketball (9 days)
Todd Greene c/o home (16 days)
Dustin Hermanson c/o home (18 days)
Jeff King c/o home (8 days)

October 13th, 2012

Darrell Sherman c/o home (633 days)

October 11th, 2012

Brooks Kieschneik c/o home (30 days)
Floyd Bannister c/o home (8 days)
Jordan Zimmerman c/o Nats (47 days)

September 29th, 2012

TTM:
Scott Sauerbeck c/o home (313 days)
Ray King c/o home (5 days)
AJ Shappi c/o home (7 days)
Jason Giambi c/o Rockies (24 days)
Julio Santana c/o Rockland Boulders (9 days)
Anthony Claggett c/o St. Paul Saints (24 days)
DeAngelo Mack c/o Evansville Otters (120 days)
Brett Butler c/o Reno Aces (109 days)

September 28th, 2012

Graphed a week ago but have been so busy I am just now having time to sit down and catch my breathe.  
Here is how I did....

Pirates @ Astros

Astros
Brandon Laird 2/2 2/2
Fernando Rodriguez 5/5
Jason Castro 1/1 1/1
Dallas Keuchel 3/3
Edgar Gonzalez 3/3 2/2
Jed Lowrie 1/1 1/1 1/1

Pirates
Jared Hughes 5/5
Jason Grilli 3/3 2/2
Joel Hanrahan 1/1
Kevin Correia 1/1
Jeff Locke 3/3 3/3
Brock Holt 4/4
Jordy Mercer 1/1
Tony Watson 2/2
Justin Wilson 2/2
Rick van den Hurk 1/1
Bryan Morris 1/4 2/4
Mike McKenry 1/1
Josh Harrison 1/1
Pedro Alvarez 1/1 1/1
Alex Presley 1/2
Garrett Jones 2/2 2/2
Clint Hurdle 3/3
Jeff Banister 1/1

Then after about the 3rd inning of the Astros game went down to Sugar land for the final game of the Skeeters system.

York
Chris Cody 4/4
Chris Waters 12/12 9/12
Johan Limonta 5/5 6/6
Joe Thurston 2/9
Corey Thurman 6/6 9/9
Derrick Gordon 1/1
Chris Nowak 9/9 2/2
Jeff Fiorentino 9/9 5/5
Michael Hernandez 9/9 2/2

Sugar Land
Scott Kazmir 2/2 3/3
Jason Lane 3/3 2/2
Gary Gaetti 3/9
Tim Redding everything I had/everything I had (like 40 cards)

Former Astro Pitcher Brian Williams was there at the game, he signed everything I had for him, great guy, 8/8

September 11th, 2012

Results from Skeeters vs. Long Island Ducks Sunday 9/9/12

Skeeters

Aaron Bates 3/3 2/2
Josh Pressley 2/2
Iggy Suarez 1/1
Gary Gaetti 9/9
Jason Lane 2/2 2/2
Scott Kazmir 2/2 1/2 (He isn't a huge Luke fan, haha)
Dustin Richardson 2/2
Saul Rivera 4/4
Carlos Sosa 4/4
Steve Moss 1/1
Jeff Farnsworth 1/1
Dionys Cesar 5/5

Long Island

Kevin Baez 5/5
Jay Loviglio 4/4
Steve Foucault 1/1
Armando Benitez 9/9 4/7
Jeremy Hill 9/9
Bryant Nelson 1/1
Bob Zimmerman 4/4
Jared Lansford 11/11
Josh Lansford 4/4
Timo Perez 9/9 9/9
Brandon Sing 2/9 2/2 (said which 2)

September 9th, 2012

TTM:
Julio Santana c/o Rockland Boulders (9 days)
Lance Dickson c/o Work (11 days)
Jimmy Sexton c/o home (15 days)
Anthony Claggett c/o St. Paul Saints (26 days)

Going out to graph Skeeters and Ducks tonight, will post successes shortly after my return.

August 26th, 2012

Day 2
(Had my buddy Mike out there helping me get stuff done for people)

Skeeters
Scott Kazmir 2/2 1/1 2/2 2/2
Bubba Bell 3/3
Dustin Richardson 5/5
Aaron Bates 9/9 5/5
Gary Gaetti 9/9 1/1
Britt Burns 3/3 3/3
Ofilio Castro 5/5
Jason Lane 1/1 2/2
Saul Rivera 9/9 6/6

Bluefish
Willie Upshaw 13/13
Joey Gathright 4/4 2/2
Prentice Redman 3/3
Brad Thompson 7/7
Rommie Lewis 9/9

August 25th, 2012

Skeeters activate Roger Clemens and host the Bridgeport Bluefish, was fortunate enough to be in attendance for the special evening.
Here's how I did with help of my wife and brother in law:

Skeeters
Dionys Cesar 3/3
Josh Pressley 4/4
Tim Redding 12/12 10/10
Scott Kazmir 1/1 1/1 1/1
Jusef Frias 1/1
Matt Hagen 8/8
Jason Lane 1/2 1/2 1/2
Octavio Martinez 1/1
Iggy Suarez 5/5
Britt Burns 5/5
Gary Gaetti 6/6
Roger Clemens 1/2 0/2 0/2
He signed about 6 for a group of 10 after the game from his car, my wife we lucky enough to be the first autograph he signed.

Bridgeport
Willie Upshaw 12/12 7/7
Pedro Lopez 6/6 8/8
Jesse English 9/9 2/2
Juan Rincon 9/9
Jonah Bayliss 7/7
Eddie Rogers 9/9 6/6
Julio DePaula 2/2
Dan Serafini 6/6 8/8 5/5

Willis Otanez 9/9 10/10
Brad Thompson 9/9 8/8
Luis Lopez 1/1
Luis Figueroa 4/4


August 14th, 2012

TTM:
Wade Boggs c/o home (17 &15 days+$5 donation per 2 cards)
Jeff Suppan c/o Tucson Padres (110 days)
Tom Herr c/o home (26 days)

Lancaster Barnstormers @ Sugar Land Skeeters:

Gary Gaetti 6/6
Scott Kazmir 1/1 1/1
Jason Lane 2/2 1/2 1/2
Aaron Bates 5/5
Dionys Cesar 4/4
Saul Rivera 5/5
Garrett Parcell 1/1
Miguel Negron 3/3
Dustin Richardson 1/1
Roberto Giron 1/1 
+
A Team Set for Amy all signed by current players

Lancaster
Tommy Everidge 7/7
Ryan Harvey 6/6
Butch Hobson 4/4 6/6
Lance Burkhart 2/2
Marty Janzen 5/5
Jeff Bennett 3/3
Emerson Frostad 5/5
Francisco Hernandez 7/7 2/2
Alan Johnson 5/5
JD Durbin 7/7
Travis Denker 4/4
Ross Peeples 8/8


August 1st, 2012

TTM:

Joe Sambito c/o home (8 days)
Aaron Taylor c/o home (26 days, finishes off the 93 Topps quad prospect card)

Graphed the Skeeters twice recently, once vs. Camden and once vs. Somerset, totals are below:

Sugar Land Skeeters:
Gary Gaetti 5/5 3/3
Jason Lane 1/2 1/2
Scott Kazmir 2/2 1/2 1/2 1/3 2/3 1/3
Matt Hagen 3/3

Camden
Pedro Feliz 3/3
Ron Karkovice alot/alot
Zach Hammes 5/5
Leo Rosales 2/9
Josh Walter 3/3
Steve Doetsch 1/1
Chris Walker 2/2
Brian Burgamy 4/4

Somerset
Yunesky Sanchez 9/9 2/2
Brett Jodie 9/9
Adam Donachie 7/7
Jake Fox 5/5 9/9
Andrew Dobies 2/2
Jon Kibler 3/3
Jeff Nettles 2/2 1/1
Andrew Bynum 9/9
Jon Drennen 3/3
Chase Wright 3/3
Derell McCall 6/6

July 27th, 2012

TTM:
Wade Boggs c/o home (7 days +donation)
Frank Lacorte c/o home (21 days)
Mark Quinn c/o home (31 days)
Jose Hernandez c/o Frederick Keys (7 days)

I've been graphing a bit when I can but have been on the road at camps, clinics, and a friend's wedding the entire month of July so that is why I haven't uploaded any scans, just don't have the time right now. 

Pirates Hotel in Houston
Andrew McCutchen 3/3
Clint Barmes 9/9 9/9
Rod Barajas 1/3 1/3
Erik Bedard 1/3 1/3 1/1
Ray Searage 3/3
Joel Hanrahan 2/2
Jason Grilli 2/2
Casey McGehee 2/2 2/2


July 17th, 2012

TTM over the past few weeks:
Frank LaCorte c/o home (21 days)
Brian Buchanan c/o Kane County (22 days)
Juan Cedeno c/o Scranton Yankees (21 days)
Todd Linden c/o Fresno (14 days)


July 16th, 2012

Skeeters hosting Southern Maryland:

Alex Cintron 6/6 5/5 (gave him 4 to keep for his kids, he was there as a fan after playing for team for about 2 weeks earlier, spotted him in stands)

Southern Maryland:
Pat Osborn 4/4
Jeremy Owens 4/4
Reggie Harris 12/12

Dan Reichert 12/12
Jim Ed Warden 1/1
Ricky Barrett 5/5
Eduardo Morlan 5/5
Charlie Manning 3/3
Hunter Jones 3/3

Travis Garcia 1/1
Brian Barton 9/9
Michael Daniel 3/3
Richard Gianotti 1/1
Casey Benjamin 1/1
Christian Lopez 2/2
Richard Mercado 1/1
Matt Padgett 1/1

Skeeters:
Team Set for Felix done at pregame team auto session & following:
Deacon Jones 4/4
Gary Gaetti 5/5
Bobby Livingston 2/4 2/2
Dustin Richardson 2/2
Jason Lane 2/2
Scott Kazmir 1/6
Octavio Martinez 2/2

July 10th, 2012

Skeeters vs. Bridgeport (2 days of graphing pregame & postgame)

Jose Cruz was at game on Thursday 3/3 4/4 3/3

Bridgeport
Willie Upshaw a lot/a lot
Terry McGriff ton/ ton

Jonah Bayliss 6/6
Jesse English 4/9 5/5
Jorge Julio 9/9 12/12 15/15
Julio DePaula 3/3
Kyle Zaleski 1/1
Raymar Diaz 1/1
Dan Serafini 9/9 3/3
Juan Rincon 3/3 1/1

Eddie Rogers 9/9 4/4
Edgardo Baez 2/2
Shea Hillenbrand 12/12 12/12 1/1
Kennard Jones 6/6
Brock Peterson 3/3
Luis Lopez 7/7 3/3
Prentice Redman 3/9 3/3 2/9 1/6 (He doesnt enjoy signing that was obvious by his demeanor)

Skeeters:
Scott Kazmir 2/9
Jason Lane 2/2 2/2
Matt Hagen 1/1
Britt Burns 4/4

Team Set, got most of it done over the two days, just missing guys who have since left Sugar Land

July 3rd, 2012

Graphed Corpus Christi Hooks vs. Tulsa Drillers while on vacation visiting the in-laws:

Tulsa:
Nolan Arenado 1/2 1/2 1/2 2/2
Josh Rutledge 3/3 3/3
Ben Paulsen 4/6
Kent Matthes 1/1 1/1 1/1
Lars Davis 1/1 2/2 2/2
Josh Sullivan 1/1
Joe Gardner 1/1
Angelys Nina 3/3 3/3
Cory Riordan 6/6
Kiel Roling 6/6
Duane Espy 1/1
Kevin Riggs 1/1

CC:
Jared Cosart 9/9
Keith Bodie 3/3
Joel Chimelis 5/5
Erick Abreu 2/2
Arcenio Leon 2/2
Henry Villar 2/2
Josh Zied 4/5 1/1
Bobby Doran 2/2 3/3
Jake Buchanan 2/2
Kevin Chapman 1/2 1/1
Jose Cisnero 2/2
Jay Fernandez 2/2
Alex Sogard 2/2 (His girlfriend thanked us for asking for his autograph haha)
Ross Seaton 2/2 3/3
Jason Stoffel 2/2
Chris Wallace 2/2
Kody Hinze 4/4
Jose Martinez 2/2
Andrew Simunic 2/2
Jon Villar 2/2
Jon Singleton 4/9 3/5 3/4 4/6
Adam Bailey 9/9 1/1
Drew Locke 3/3


July 2nd, 2012

Mike Kelly c/o home (12 days)
Erick Threets c/o Sacramento (87 days)
Gregg Olson c/o home (23 days)
Davey Johnson c/o Nats (47 days)

June 17th 2012

Geno Auriemma c/o UCONN (139 days)

Craig Monroe c/o Fox Sports Detroit (18 days)

Mark McLemore c/o home (12 days)

June 16th, 2012

Adam Warren c/o Scranton Yankees (22 days)

June 12th, 2012

TTM:
Juan Pierre c/o Phillies (26 days)
Kent Bottenfield c/o Florida Palm Beach College (10 days)
Tike Redman c/o home (17 days)
Rashard Lewis c/o home (349 days)
Casey Blake c/o home (10 days)
Scott Spiezio c/o home (234 days)
Jason Lane c/o Reno (58 days)
Mike Cameron c/o home (6 days)
Lance Rautzhan c/o home (12 days)

Gift from my buddy Joe the late Dwayne Schintzius

Did some graphing the past few weeks:

Went to Round Rock for a day to graph Albuquerque @ Round Rock with my buddy Joe, here's what I got:

John Ely 9/9
John Valentin 1/1 1/1
Josh Bard 1/1 1/1
Glenn Dishman 9/9 4/4
Luis Cruz 3/3 3/3
Jerry Sands 2/2 2/2 1/1
Joe Becker 1/1
Lorenzo Bundy 2/2
Tim Federowicz 1/9
Josh Wall 4/4
Aaron Miles 1/2 (He commented, "I'm not going to sign all of these," made me laugh)
Jeff Baisley 3/4
Fernando Nieve 3/7 2/4
Brian Cavazos Galvez 5/5
Bobby Henson 5/5
Trent Oeltjen 3/3

Brad Nelson 4/4
Tanner Scheppers 3/3
Bobby Jones 1/1
Val Majewski 2/2 2/2
John Gaub 1/1

Sunday saw the Skeeters play the Somerset Patriots:

Chase Wright 8/8
Derell McCall 8/8 (He took one card for his girlfriend)
Michael MacDonald 1/1
Freddie Bynum 9/9 5/5
Lou Santangelo 4/4
Freddy Sandoval 7/7
Travis Bowyer 7/7 1/1
Justin Cassell 5/5

Jason Lane 1/1 2/2
Gary Majewski 1/1
Iggy Suarez 4/4
Dustin Richardson 3/3



June 1st, 2012

Storm Davis c/o Hickory (9 days)
Will Clark c/o Giants (65 days)

Ryan Goleski c/o home (10 days)

May 30th, 2012

Went down for Southern Maryland's first trip in to Sugar Land to play the Skeeters

Jeremy Owens 1/1
Brian Barton 5/5 4/4
Chin Lung Hu 3/9 3/9
Matt Padgett 1/1
Chris Russ 1/1
Dan Reichert 10/10
Eduardo Morlan 7/7
Ricky Barrett 9/9
Charlie Manning 1/1
Nick Green 1/1
Christian Lopez 4/4
Richard Mercado 3/3
David Espinosa 7/7


May 21st, 2012

Juan Samuel c/o Phillies (18 days)
Dustin Majewski c/o home (8 days)
Joe Oliver c/o home (16 days)
Aron Weston c/o Nationals (11 days)

Gifts from my buddy Mark who saw these guys at the Negro League Museum last month

May 14th, 2012

Graphed the Skeeters & Long Island Ducks this weekend, everyone was very cool. This is a combination of pregame inside, postgame out back, and Sunday team auto session and pregame again.

Skeeters

Gary Gaetti 6/6 1/1
Ofilio Castro 8/8
Colt Morton 2/2
Pedro Liriano 2/2
Jason Botts 2/2
Josh Pressley 1/1
Jimmy Van Ostrand 2/2
Heath Phillips 2/2
Ben Harrison 1/1
Bubba Bell 1/1

Long Island
Kevin Baez 10/10
Jay Loviglio 2/2
Steve Foucault 3/3
Gustavo Chacin 3/3
Jeremy Hill 5/5
Jon Meloan 6/10
Eric Niesen 4/4
Wynn Pelzer 5/5
Bob Zimmerman 4/4
Dan Meyer 4/4
Jeff Lyman 3/3
Randy Keisler 8/8
Bryant Nelson 2/2
Ryan Garko 6/6 5/5
Lew Ford 6/6 5/5
Reid Gorecki 2/4 1/2 1/1
James McOwen 2/2
Brandon Sing 6/6 6/6

May 10th, 2012

Bryn Smith c/o home (12 days)
Jim Leyland c/o home (181 days)
Cazzie Russell c/o Savannah School of Art & Design (14 days)

May 4th, 2012

Chris Mullin c/o ESPN (79 days)
Brian Stavisky c/o home (7 days)

Atlantic League Graphing

Opening weekend for the new addition to the Atlantic League in Sugarland, TX.  
Went down Saturday and graphed pre and post game and then graphed pregame on Sunday as well.

Skeeters




Jason Botts 4/4 4/4 5/5

York
James Houser 4/4 2/4 4/4

Chris Nowak 2/2 2/2

Only missed Corey Thurman b\c I was getting someone else when he left Saturday night and I didn't see him Sunday.  Other than that got everyone I had stuff for.


April 26th, 2012

Butch Davis c/o home (12 days)
Chris Gomez c/o home (23 days)
Brian Shaw c/o Pacers (11 days)

Gifts from my buddy Mark in Kansas!
  He always surprises me with great additions to my collection!

NBA In Person Autographs from my buddy Dan!  He's the man!

April 24th, 2012

Josh Kroeger c/o Pawtucket Red Sox (17 days)

April 23rd, 2012

TTM:
Frank Brickowski c/o home (15 days)
Keith Van Horn c/o home (312 days)

Paul Sorrento c/o Inland Empire (7 days)

Spent the Weekend in Houston graphing the Dodgers, these totals are from out back, inside park, and outside postgame.  The hotel they stay at is inaccessible to fans and 80% of the team takes one of the 2 buses to the park.  Needless to say I wasn't ever able to see or ask a majority of the guys including Mattingly.

Jose Altuve 1/1 1/1 1/1
Jason Castro 1/1 (He was doing a signing in the team store on Saturday, my wife went and got this done for me, she is awesome)
Steve Sparks 18/18 (I can take items on him if anyone needs him, he does TV for Astros)

Jim Slaton
3/3 3/3
Rick Honeycutt 3/3 1/5
Dave Hansen 8/8 7/7
Davey Lopes 1/2 0/1 0/1 (signed for 3 people Friday then said I already signed next two days)
Steve Lyons 5/5 5/5 (Great guy, talked to all of us for 10 minutes after the game while signing and making jokes)

2012 Heritage Dodgers Trio Card (nice to get this done in one weekend)
2011 Dodgers Silver Slugger Card

Ted Lilly 1/1 1/1
Aaron Harang 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1
Mike MacDougal 7/7 4/4 2/2
Josh Lindblom 5/5 3/3 2/2
Javy Guerra 1/1 0/1 0/1 0/1
Chris Capuano 3/3 2/3
Jamey Wright 2/3 3/3
Clayton Kershaw 1/1 1/1
Todd Coffey 3/3 2/2

AJ Ellis 2/2

Dee Gordon 1/3
James Loney 1/1 1/1 1/1(all of these were for other people)
Justin Sellers 1/5 2/2 2/2
Jerry Hairson Jr. 2/2 2/2

Andre Ethier
1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1
Matt Kemp 1/1 1/1 1/1 8x10  (this 8x10 can be bought, email me offers if you're interested, the pic is a walk off grand slam Kemp hit last year vs. St. Louis)
Tony Gwynn Jr. 1/1 1/1



April 17th, 2012

TTM:
Jeff Turner c/o home (25 days)
Brian O'Connor c/o home (20 days)

NW Arkansas Naturals @ Corpus Christi

Graphed NW Arkansas @ Corpus Christi while down for Easter visiting my in-laws.  Had some help from my wife and brother in law on a few of these but most guys signed everything I had for them, got everything I brought signed except for some Tom Lawless cards.

Naturals:
Mario Lisson 1/1
Wil Myers 1/1 2/2
Patrick Keating 3/3
Kendal Volz 3/3
Buddy Baumann 2/2
Cristian Colon 3/3
Carlo Testa 3/3
Johnny Whittelman 3/3
Terry Evans 4/4
Jake Odorizzi 3/3 2/2

Brian Poldberg 2/2
Terry Bradshaw 7/7
Larry Carter 3/7 3/3 4/4

Hooks:
Keith Bodie 3/3
Joel Chimelis 1/1
Tom Lawless 1/1
Milt Thompson 5/5

Austin Wates 1/1
Erick Abreu 1/1
Josh Zeid 1/1
Jarred Cosart 4/4
Jon Villar 4/4 5/5 3/3
TJ Steele 2/2
Jason Stoffel 3/3 3/3
Brandon Barnes 4/4 5/5
Brett Oberholtzer 3/3 2/2
Kody Hinze 3/3




April 16th, 2012

TTM:

Ken Ryan c/o home (20 days)
Ron Hassey c/o Jupiter Hammerheads (364 days)

NBA from my buddy Joe who graphs them in person in Houston
1st
2nd
3rd

Sorry it's been awhile since I updated the site but I've been busy.

Rockies Hotel Opening Day:

Eric Young Jr. 6/6
Matt Belisle 1/1
Michael Cuddyer 1/1
Jeremy Guthrie 1/4
Rich Dauer 1/5
Jeff Huson 3/3 2/5
George Frazier 3/4

White Sox were in for an exhibition game:

Harold Baines
1/3
Mark Salas 2/3
Juan Nieves 1/1
Jake Peavy 1/1 & 8x10
Chris Sale 1/4
Phil Humber 1/1
Gavin Floyd 1/1
John Danks 1/2 1/2
Will Ohman 1/4
Addison Reed 2/2
Eric Stults 6/6

Tyler Flowers 2/2
Hector Gimenez 5/5
AJ Pierzynski 1/1 1/1

Adam Dunn 8x10
Paul Konerko 1/1
Alexei Ramirez 1/2
Brent Morel 1/1
Brent Lillibridge 2/2
Eduardo Escobar 1/1
Gordon Beckham 1/1 1/1
Dayan Viciedo 1/1

Alex Rios
1/1
Alejandro de Aza 1/1 1/1 1/1
















March 29th, 2012

Rafael Soriano c/o Yankees ST (29 days)
Larry Bowa c/o home (7 days)
Jack McKeon c/o home (10 days)
Dan Dickau c/o Academy (147 days)

March 26th, 2012

Duane Ferrell c/o Hawks (32 days)
Bobby Hurley c/o Wagner University (65 days)
Jack Sikma c/o home (148 days) (Kept 3/4 cards)
Jeremy Bonderman c/o home (10 days)
Gabe Gross c/o Auburn University (12 days)
Eric Anthony c/o Private Signing

NBA cards my buddy Joe got me in person recently in Houston

More from Astros Fanfest back in February:

James Mouton
James Mouton

Jim Deshaies

Larry Dierker

John Hudek

March 17th, 2012

Chris Sabo c/o home (10 days)
Vance Worley c/o Phillies ST (11 days)
Jamie Moyer c/o Rockies ST (9 days)
Mark Price c/o Magic (17 days)

Cards from my buddy John's trip to the Dominican Republic that he got signed for me.

Will return from my week in Florida graphing Spring Training camps on Sunday.  Will post some of the cards shortly but can't post them all as if I were to guess I'd say I have a total of over 1000 cards signed.

February 25th, 2012

Kirk Presley c/o home (22 days)
Omar Olivares c/o home (125 days)
Mike Christopher c/o home (9 days)
Dennis Rasmussen c/o home (146 days)

February 19th, 2012

Kelly Tripucka c/o home (18 days)
Joe Kleine c/o Univ. Arkansas Little Rock (10 days)

February 13th, 2012

Terry Porter c/o T-Wolves (18 days)

February 11th, 2012

BJ Surhoff c/o home (8 days)

Attended Astros Fanfest for the Alumni sessions they had.  Will post cards I got signed soon.

February 9th, 2012

Hubie Brooks c/o home (281 days)

February 2nd, 2012

Jay Payton c/o Private Signing (Cost me $8 bucks)
Al Leiter c/o Private Signing (Cost me $7 bucks)

Willie Banks c/o Private Signing (Cost $5.50 per card)

Jason Kidd c/o Mavericks (418 days)

Graphed the Hawks back on Dec. 31st with buddy Joe

Other cards my buddy Joe has gotten signed for me this NBA season
Gifts from my buddy Mark....Thanks man!

January 28th, 2012

Dayton Buller c/o home (14 days)
Mike Lieberthal c/o home (13 days)
Mark Jackson c/o Warriors (32 days)

January 27th, 2012

Juan Guzman c/o home (62 days)
Bobby Rose c/o home (68 days)

January 23rd, 2012

JJ Furmaniak c/o home (63 days)
Jeff D'Amico c/o home (11 days)
Stan Javier c/o MLBPA (60 days)

January 15th, 2012

Greg Kite c/o home (18 days)

Glenn Hubbard
c/o home (11 days)
David Nied c/o home (13 days)

January 9th, 2012

Shawn Estes c/o home (28 days)
Doug Christie c/o home (11 days)
Hal Morris c/o Angels (14 days)

December 23rd, 2011

Jose Vizcaino c/o home (15 days)
Mike Lieberthal c/o home (17 days)
Charles Johnson c/o home (31 days)
Rusty Meacham c/o home (10 days)


December 19th, 2011

Rafael Belliard c/o Tigers (164 days)

December 16th, 2011

Dave Zancanaro c/o home (58 days)

Chad Cordero c/o home (121 days)

Bob Wanzer c/o home (40 days)

Joe Dumars c/o Pistons (21 days)

Brad Ausmus c/o Padres (3 separate requests)

Scott Hatteberg c/o home (30 days)


 

December 11th, 2011

Peyton Manning c/o PeyBack Foundation (10 days)

Jarrod Bunch c/o home (410 days)

Mike Cameron c/o home (61 days)

Nate Bump c/o home (424 days)

Brian L. Hunter c/o Private Signing ($5 bucks)

December 3rd, 2011

Tim Worrell c/o home (31 days)
Edgar Martinez c/o Private Signing ($25 fee)
Dan Ortmeier c/o home (44 days)
Jaren Jackson c/o home (40 days) (He added all cards but 2! Nice guy!)

November 23rd, 2011

Casey Kotchman c/o home (6 days)
Julio Zuleta c/o home (7 days)
Don Aase c/o home (36 days)
Sean Casey c/o MLB Network (44 days)

Scott Player c/o home (11 days)
Brad Johnson c/o home (61 days)

Dave Cowens c/o home (10 days)
Dennis Scott c/o NBA TV (60 days)

November 15th, 2011

Byron Scott c/o Cavaliers (189 days)

November 13th, 2011

Stan Javier c/o MLBPA (17 days)
John Wasdin c/o home (18 days)
Troy Percival c/o home (22 days) (I sent my 03 Total set card, he returned a 93 Fleer Final)
Larry Krystkowiak c/o Univ. of Utah (7 days)

October 29th, 2011

Scott Dunn c/o home (9 days)

Adam Boeve c/o Northwestern College (9 days)

October 27th, 2011

Ted Power c/o home (8 days)
Jeromy Burnitz c/o home (51 days)

October 26th, 2011

Bob Cousy c/o home (8 days)
Leonard Hamilton c/o FSU (44 days)

October 22nd, 2011

Tony Womack c/o home (12 days)
Quinton McCracken c/o D-Backs (11 days)

October 21st, 2011

Matt Ruebel c/o home (42 days)
Adam Melhuse c/o home (10 days)

October 18th, 2011

Damon Minor c/o home (259 days)

October 14th, 2011

Calvin Pickering c/o home (83 days)

October 13th, 2011

Brent Brede c/o home (45 days)

October 11th, 2011

Jacob Turner c/o Erie Seawolves (88 days)
Kevin Cave c/o home (22 days)

October 8th 2011

Gary Roenicke c/o home (21 days)

Stanley Roberts c/o LSU (15 days)

Corie Blount c/o home (163 days)

Rex Walters c/o Univ. SF (12 days)

Gifts from my Buddy Mark who continues to surprise me with thoughtful graphs from guys he sees in KC!

Chuck Carr c/o Private Signing

October 1st, 2011

Jeremy Giambi c/o home (21 days)
Nyjer Morgan c/o Brewers (18 days)
Danny Tartabull c/o home (30 days)

September 28th, 2011

Doug Jones c/o home (58 days)
James Baldwin c/o home (36 days)

September 27th, 2011

Mike Huff c/o home (20 days)
Brian Rose c/o home (14 days)
Jay Canizaro c/o home (14 days)
Lee Stevens c/o home (69 days)

Kevin Willis Signing at Men's Wearhouse in Houston

Kevin was awesome, enjoyed meeting him and talking basketball for a few minutes. 
He signed everything I had, gave some of the cards to my buddy Joe who went with my wife and I.

Cards
Cards 2
Cards 3


September 26th, 2011

Jerry West c/o Warriors (21 days)
Chris Oxspring c/o Tigers Spring Training (201 days)

Graphed the Rockies and Astros this weekend, only had time to scan about 1/5 of the cards I got signed but here is the start:
Astros (All inside during pregame on Sunday, Photo Day ushers being strick on NO AUTOS, so these were all after Photo Day ended)
JB Shuck 3/3
Brett Wallace 1/1
JD Martinez 1/1
Clint Barmes Alot/Alot
Al Pedrique 5/5
J.R. Towles 3/3 1/Alot
Chris Johnson 3/3 1/1
Henry Sosa 1/1 5/5
Angel Sanchez 1/2 1/2

Rockies
Greg Reynolds 1/5 (in a hurry to get in cab)
Esmil Rogers 1/4 (in a hurry to get in car)
Chris Nelson 3/3
Eric Young Jr. 1/5
Carlos Gonzalez 3/3
Tom Runnells 1/3 (in a hurry to get in cab)
Troy Tulowitzki 1/1
Drew Pomeranz 1/3
Rex Brothers 9/9
JC Romero 2/2 2/2
Josh Roenicke 3/3
Jhoulys Chacin 2/2
Jason Giambi 4/10 (all for consignments)
Rich Dauer 2/6 (in a hurry)
Jim Wright 5/5
Alex White 2/3 2/3
Seth Smith 1/1 1/1
Mark Ellis 1/2 1/2
Kevin Kouzmanoff 1/2 1/3 (I like how his auto has gone to the full name from K.K.)
Jim Tracy 4/4 3/3
Glenallen Hill 3/3 2/2 (1 for helper)
Kevin Millwood 2/2 2/2 2/2 2/2
Matt Lindstrom 3/3 2/2
Chris Ianetta 3/3 1/1 1/1
Jordan Pacheco 5/5 4/4
Jeff Huson 3/3 3/3 3/3
Matt Belisle 8/8
Aaron Cook 8x10 2/2 4/4 5/5 6/6 (Always a great dude)



September 22nd, 2011

September 22nd, 2011

Mark Eaton c/o home (197 days)
Rod Strickland c/o UK (140 days)
Travis Chick c/o home (62 days)
Jim Brower c/o Kane County (170 days)
Josh Sharpless c/o home (51 days)
Mike Neill c/o home (21 days)
Brad Ausmus c/o Padres (32 days)

Stanley Roberts (These were a gift from my buddy Joe)

September 12th, 2011

Hideki Matsui c/o A's (40 days)

Roy Tarpley c/o home (51 days)

September 9th, 2011

Mike Oquist c/o home (11 days)

Juan Carlos Sulbaran c/o Bakersfield Blaze (87 days)

Dwayne Hosey c/o Brevard County (156 days)

Ray Sadler c/o home (383 days)

Luis Gonzalez c/o DBacks (25 days)

My Buddy Mark from KC sent me a ton of gifts, thank you so much Mark!

T-Bones Autos

T-Bones Part II

Willie Wilson Charity Event


September 6th, 2011 TTM

Eric Milton c/o home (13 days)
Larry Nance c/o IHRA (113 days)

September 6th, 2011

Brewers in town this past weekend, graphed the hotel Saturday & Sunday:

Jerry Narron 2/4
Garth Iorg 4/4
Ron Roenicke 4/4
Bill Schroeder 1/2 1/1
George Kottaras 1/1 1/1
Corey Hart 2/2
Josh Wilson 3/3 3/3
Randy Wolf 1/1 1/1 1/1
Zack Greinke 1/1
Mark Kotsay 1/1
Logan Shafer 1/3 1/4
LaTroy Hawkins 1/1 1/1
And the reason I drove my butt down to Houston:
Takashi Saito on an 11x14 and 8x10




September 1st, 2011

Willie Blair c/o Fort Wayne (93 days)
Diana Taurasi c/o Phoenix Mercury (17 days)

Ralph Sampson c/o home (44 days)




 

August 30th, 2011

Casey Candaele c/o home (14 days)
Danny Tartabull c/o home (23 days)


August 27th, 2011

Hisanori Takahashi c/o Angels (60 days)

August 26th, 2011

John Salley c/o Black Folk Entertainment (193 days)
&
Kevin Long c/o Yankees (66 days) (He added the 2 Univ. of Arizona cards, nice gesture on his part)

August 24th, 2011

Orlando Hudson c/o Padres (33 days)
Bobby Hurley c/o home (580 days)

August 19th, 2011

Dave Staton c/o home (21 days)

Juan Pierre c/o Sox (69 days)

Bob Uecker c/o Brewers on OMLB (32 days)

Mike Marshall c/o Chico (109 days)

Kent Tekulve c/o Pirates (16 days)

 

August 15th, 2011

Randy Velarde c/o home (14 days)
Jack McKeon c/o Marlins (21 days)
Jason Motte c/o Cardinals (11 days)
Michael Cuddyer c/o Twins (24 days)
Neal Cotts c/o home (26 days)
Mike Birkbeck c/o home (17 days) (He added 2 cards including the Japanese issue)
Harold Miner c/o home (46 days)

Rafael Palmeiro c/o Private Signing

August 6th, 2011

Ryan Wagner c/o home (7 days)

Lamar Odom c/o home (18 days) (I don't know why he signed the back, only thing I can think is the black wouldn't show up on the dark front of the card)

One of the great things about this hobby is the people you would never otherwise meet without it.  Mark is one of my best buddies I've met through this hobby and he recently went out to a Kansas City T-Bones game and got a bunch of my cards signed.  Thanks Mark you are the best!

 

July 29th, 2011

TTM:

Mike Duvall c/o home (6 days)

Luis Salazar c/o Lynchburg (54 days)

Spike Owen c/o Round Rock (10 days)

Brett Butler c/o Reno Aces (13 days)

Jared Wells c/o home  (5 days)

Jeff Kunkel c/o Private Signing

PJ Brown c/o home (11 days)

Nick Anderson c/o home (16 days)

Jerry West c/o Golden State (17 days)

Jack Haley c/o home (19 days)

Moses Malone c/o Private Signing

 

 

 

July 26th, 2011

TTM:

Kenny Anderson c/o home (32 days)

Chris Wimmer c/o home (159 days)

Danny Tartabull c/o home (10 days)

Dennis Martinez c/o Palm Beach Cards (10 days)

 

July 21st, 2011

Today TTM:

Blake Stein c/o home (190 days)

Jamie Moyer c/o Phillies (23 days)

Kris Honel c/o home (332 days)

John Olerud c/o home (96 days)

Craig Ehlo c/o home (6 days)

 

July 21st, 2011

Nationals came in, graphed park Monday and Wednesday AM:

Steve McCatty 2/2

Trent Jewett 1/1

FP Santangelo 4/4

Tyler Clippard 1/4

Ross Detwiler 4/4 4/4

Tom Gorzellany 1/2

John Lannan 1/1 1/1

Jason Marquis 1/1 1/1 1/1

Ryan Matteus 1/1

Henry Rodriguez 2/3

Drew Storen 1/3 1/4

Jesus Flores 4/4 4/5

Wilson Ramos 3/3 1/1

Alex Cora 2/2

Ian Desmond 1/1 1/1 1/1

Jerry Hairston 2/2 1/1

Danny Espinosa 1/1

Ryan Zimmerman 1/1 1/1

Matt Stairs 5/5 5/5 2/4 2/4

Roger Bernadina 2/2

Jayson Werth 1/1

July 17th, 2011

Spent 2 great weeks in Florida with my family for our summer vacation.  When I returned I had a bit of mail and immediately got back to graphing working the Pirates hotel Friday and Saturday.

TTM:

Jeff Fiorentino c/o Mississippi Braves (64 days)

Joe Grahe c/o home (175 days)

Carlos Carrasco c/o Tribe ST (137 days)

Chris Nowak c/o York (20 days)

Mike Leake c/o Reds (15 days)

Brad Arnsberg c/o home (15 days)

Hubert Davis c/o ESPN (37 days)

Willie Wilson (these were a gift from my buddy Mark in KC, Thanks again man!)

Pirates (only guy who is tough is Ray Searage, I am 0/4 on him this year, ask everyday and he ignores):

Clint Hurdle 1/1 1/1 3/3

Kevin Correia 6/6 4/4

Joel Hanrahan 4/4 2/4

Jeff Karstens 1/1 2/2 8x10

Chris LeRoux 1/1

Paul Maholm 2/2 2/2 & a 16x20 for my wall

Daniel McCutchen 3/3

James McDonald 1/1 1/1 1/1 & 8x10

Jose Veras 1/1

Tony Watson 1/1

Mike McKenry 5/5 4/4

Pedro Ciricao 1/5

Chase d'Arnaud 1/6 1/6

Lyle Overbay 1/1

Neil Walker 1/1 2/2 2/2

Brandon Wood 1/2 1/1

Garrett Jones 2/2 1/4 1/3 1/2

Alex Presley 5/5

Xavier Paul 1/1 1/1

Andrew McCutchen 2/3 1/5 2/2

Astros:

Hunter Pence 1/1 1/1

Jodan Lyles 1/1

Aneury Rodriguez 3/3

Angel Sanchez 1/1

 

June 30th, 2011

TTM:

Marvell Wynne c/o home (24 days)

Jason Jennings c/o Grand Prairie (19 days)

Jon Garland c/o Dodgers (20 days)

Adieny Hechavarria c/o New Hampshire (11 days)

Rangers were in town yesterday, I graphed the player's entrance to ballpark and then went inside for BP.

Colby Lewis 4/4 (all for Joe)

Mark Lowe 2/2

Endy Chavez 1/4

Elvis Andrus 1/1

Josh Hamilton 1/1

Dave Anderson 1/3 1/3 1/3 1/2

Derek Holland 1/2 1/1

Darren Oliver 1/1 1/1 2/2

Michael Young 1/1 1/1 1/1 (8x10)

Michael Kirkman 1/1

Mike Napoli 1/3 1/3

Taylor Teagarden 1/3 1/3

David Murphy 1/1 2/2

Mitch Moreland 2/2 0/1 0/1

Craig Gentry 2/2

CJ Wilson 3/3

Andres Blanco 1/1

Mike Maddux 1/1

Yoshinori Tateyama 1/1 OMLB SS

Said No: Nelson Cruz, Neftali Feliz, Adrian Beltre signed a few the first day, 2nd day Beltre and Rhodes told me no, never saw Bush/Harrison.  Kinsler and Hamilton went in back as did most coaches.   

June 17th, 2011

TTM:

Steve Sax c/o home (12 days)

Dr. Jack Ramsay c/o home (71 days)

Jeff Suppan c/o Omaha (46 days)

Russ Springer c/o home (7 days)

Luis Gonzalez c/o D-Backs (9 days)

Garey Ingram c/o Mississippi Braves (10 days)

Dwayne Hosey c/o Brevard County (10 days)

Rey Sanchez c/o home (47 days)

Mark Kotsay c/o Brewers (46 days)

Went down to Corpus Christi to visit family and hit up the Hooks & Frisco game (AA teams' for the Astros and Rangers).  I graphed pregame inside and postgame outside the stadium. CC Graphers were friendly and shared info, I appreciate graphers who don't act like where the bus parks is national security information.

Here is my haul with help from wife and brother in law:

Frisco:

Brandon Webb 1/3 1/3 1/3

Corey Young 4/4

Martin Perez 4/4 4/4 1/1 & SS OMLB

Tommy Mendonca 5/5

Richard Bleier 3/3

Engel Beltre 3/3 3/3

Brant Brown 4/4 4/4 4/4

Steve Buechele 10/10 8/8 5/5 7/7

Corpus Christi:

Tom Lawless 1/5 1/5

John Moses 2/2 1/3 3/3

JD Martinez 3/3 3/3 & SS OMLB

TJ Steele 4/4 5/5 3/3

Kyle Greenwalt 2/2 1/1

Jose Altuve 2/2

Federico Henrandez 2/2

Jon Gaston 6/6

Ross Seaton 2/2

Erick Abreu 2/2

Emerson Frostad 3/3

Jonathan Villar 4/4 1/1

Jacob Goebbert 3/3

 

June 16th, 2011

Pirates came into town and I graphed the hotel Tuesday and Wednesday, here are my totals with a good portion of the cards for my buddies Joe and Mark.  Had help from my friend Kaden the first day and my wife the second day:

Clint Hurdle 5/5 5/5 1/1 1/1 1/1

Gregg Ritchie 1/1

Nick Leyva 3/3

John Wehner 8/8

Bob Walk 2/3 1/1

Garrett Jones 2/2 2/2

Andrew McCutchen 1/5 3/3 1/4 1/4

Xavier Paul 1/1

Neil Walker 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/1

Lyle Overbay 1/1 1/1

Josh Harrison 3/3 3/3

Brandon Wood 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1

Pedro Ciriaco 3/3 3/3 1/1

Jeff Karstens 1/1

Jose Veras 3/3

Paul Maholm 2/2 2/2 1/2 1/2 1/2

Tim Wood 2/2

Charlie Morton 8/8

Chris Resop 2/2

Daniel McCutchen 5/5 2/3 2/2 2/2

Joel Hanrahan 4/4

Joe Beimel 2/2 3/3 1/1

Kevin Correia 5/5 4/4

James McDonald 1/1

Never saw: Dusty Brown or Daniel Moskos, Missed Mike McHenry getting other people.  Ronny Cedeno and Jose Tabata both said each day later or at the park.  They both sign there so no worries with that.  Matt Diaz is a not at the hotel guy but signs inside so I respect that.  Ray Searage ignored both days.

 

June 11th, 2011

Chase Headley c/o Padres (13 days)

Shawn Estes c/o home (9 days)

Harold Miner c/o home (24 days)

Braves were in town, I was able to graph the hotel Friday before heading out of town, crowds were HUGE.  I had help from my wife and a few graphers not needing guys.

Chipper Jones 1/1 1/1

Eric Hinske 3/3 2/2 2/2

Jordan Shafer 1/3 1/3 1/3

Joe Mather 2/2 1/1 1/1

Eric O'Flaherty 2/2

Diory Hernandez 2/4 2/4

Scott Linebrink 3/3 3/3

Brian McCann 1/1 1/1 1/1

Matt Young 1/1

Scott Proctor 5/5

Derek Lowe 1/1

Freddie Freeman 2/3 1/2

Tommy Hanson 1/1 1/1 1/1

Cardinals were in town during the week, I graphed the park Tuesday and Wednesday:

Miguel Batista 5/5 3/3

Mark McGwire 1/1 1/1 1/1

Trever Miller 3/3 3/3

Jose Oquendo 3/3

Derek Lilliquist 4/8

Ryan Franklin 1/1

Colby Rasmus 1/1 1/1

Jake Westbrook 1/1

Fernando Salas 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1

John Jay 1/1 1/1

Albert Pujols 1/1 1/1

Ryan Theriot 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1

June 6th, 2011

Orlando Hudson c/o Padres (12 days)  This guy does NOT sign in person but is a maching TTM, always weird when that is the case.

Austin Kearns c/o Indians (10 days)

June 3rd, 2011

Shelby Miller c/o Palm Beach Cardinals (23 days) & OMLB

June 1st, 2011

Steve Sax c/o home (12 days)
Mark Carreon c/o home (13 days)
Luis Gonzalez c/o D-Backs (76 days)

Sugarland Skeeters Fanfest

The Atlantic League is expanding next year to Sugarland, Texas (just outside of downtown) and they held a Fanfest a month or so ago and I attended.  Had help from my wife and my buddy Kaden in getting these totals.

Kip Wells   2     3

Bob Watson

Shane Reynolds   2    3

Gerald Young

Brian Williams     2

Larry Dierker

Art Howe

Terry Puhl

Anthony Young    2

Archie Corbin

Glenn Wilson

Mike Jackson   2    3

Gary Gaetti    2

Webster Slaughter    2     3

Elvin Bethea

May 26th, 2011

Busy couple of days Graphing Dodgers in Houston, will post pics and results soon.

TTM:

Shaq c/o home (28 days)
Rick Bosetti c/o home (7 days)
Brad Ausmus c/o Padres (39 days)
Gary Payton c/o home (10 days)

Mike Moustakas c/o Omaha (27 days)

Zach Britton c/o Orioles (13 days)

Shawn Hillegas c/o home (54 days)

Blue Edwards c/o home (25 days)

Terrell Brandon c/o home (10 days)

Pokey Reese c/o home (20 days)

 

 

 

Astros: 

Clint Barmes 7/7 & 8/8 (he was at the mall while I was graphing Arizona and he rolled down his window to sign, the other day he stopped going into the park)

If you need anything signed by Clint email me, we can work something out.

Jason Michaels 3/3


Brewers in town 2 weeks ago:
(2 days at hotel totals)
Randy Wolf 1/1 1/1
Ron Roenicke 2/2
Casey McGehee 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1
Yovani Gallardo 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1
John Axford 2/2
Kam Loe 4/4
Sergio Mitre 3/3 2/2
Shaun Marcum 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1
LaTroy Hawkins 1/3 1/3
Zack Grienke 1/1 1/1
Wil Nieves 2/2
Prince Fielder 2/2 2/2
Mark Kotsay 1/3
Bill Schroeder 2/2
Mitch Stetter 1/1

Dodgers in town this past week:
(2 days park inside and outside)
Matt Kemp (signed everyday inside) and I got him on a 16x20 for my house
Andre Ethier (signed outside and inside) & I got him a a SS OMLB, he NEVER used to SS.
Jamey Carroll 2/2 2/2 & 3 8x10s
Russ Mitchell 1/1

Dave Hansen 4/4
Marcus Thames 1/6 8x10
Jay Gibbons 6/6 5/5
Aaron Miles 2/2 8x10
Rafael Furcal 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1
Jerry Sands 2/2 2/2 1/1 2/2 1/1 & SS OMLB
Juan Castro 1/1 3/3 2/2
Tony Gwynn Jr. 1/1 1/1 8x10
Rick Honeycutt 2/2 1/1 1/1
Trey Hillman 1/1 1/1 1/1
Don Mattingly 8x10
Tim Wallach 2/3 2/3 1/1 1/1 1/1 2/2
James Loney 8x10
Kenley Jansen 1/3 1/5 8x10 8x10
Matt Guerrier 5/5 6/6 8x10 8x10
Finished off the 2009 Heritage Coaches card getting Honeycutt who was the last one I needed


Diamondbacks this weekend:
(1 day at hotel)
Joe Saunders 1/1 1/1
Daniel Hudson 1/1 1/1 1/1
Willie Bloomquist 1/1
Xavier Nady 2/3 2/3
Sean Burroughs 4/4
Charles Nagy 3/3
Juan Miranda 2/2
Melvin Mora 1/2 1/2 1/2
Aaron Heilman 2/2 2/2
Miguel Montero 1/1
Micah Owings 2/3
Tom Candiotti 10/10 and 8x10 (Tom asked my friend Joe and I last year to get him a copy of each of his cards for his own collection and we got about half of them over the last year.  I gave them tot him Saturday and as always he was very gracious and appreciative.)

May 20th, 2011

Long time since my last update and today's is not complete, just TTM stuff from the last month or so.  Will add scans of the Brewers I got 2 weeks ago and Sugarland Skeeters Fanfest pics sometime soon.

Sean Burroughs c/o Reno Aces (9 days)
Wes Bankston c/o Bridgeport (9 days)
Brad Mills c/o Astros (10 days)
Ian Snell c/o home (14 days)
Orlando Hudson c/o Padres (12 days)
Glenn Murray c/o home (8 days)
Pokey Reese c/o home (20 days)
Salomon Torres c/o home (9 days)
Brian Barton c/o Louisville (9 days)
Jermaine Allensworth c/o home (87 days)
Phil Garner c/o home (18 days)
Mark Spitz c/o home (6 days)
Pat Hentgen c/o home (86 days)
Steve Sax c/o home (9 days)
Jim Bunning c/o home (16 days)
Adam Butler c/o home (186 days)
Shaq c/o home (23 days)
Nate Archibald c/o home (23 days)
BJ Barns c/o home (123 days)
Steve Langone c/o home (9 days)

Darryl Dawkins (my buddy Joe got this in-person at an event a few weeks back here in Houston)

April 26th, 2011

Charles Oakley c/o Oakley's Car Wash (126 days)

April 23rd, 2011

Large Update:
Alan Cockrell c/o home (9 days)
NBA Stuff my buddy Joe got for me In-Person recently

Two weekends in a row I was able to graph in Houston, first weekend I did Sunday Marlins entering stadium and during BP.  During the game that day was Astros Fan Fest and they had several alumni signing and got a lot of stuff signed for myself and fellow collectors. 

The next weekend I graphed the Padres hotel on Saturday and Sunday. 

Here is what I was able to get:

(As always I had my wife helping me with autos and my buddy Kaden came out both weekends so I had a lot of help getting these.)

Astros Alumni

John Hudek
Eric Yelding
Gerald Young
Mike Jackson
Ryan Bowen
Jimy Wynn
Danny Coombs
Larry Dierker
Jerry DaVanon
Shane Reynolds
Terry Puhl

Astros
Jamie Quirk 2/2
Clint Barmes 5/5 4/4 (one of the nicest guys in MLB, talked with fans about his hand injury and signs whatever you hand him, if you need him on something email me and I can get it signed for you)

Fish

Mike Stanton 1/1 1/1 1/1
Logan Morrison 2/2 1/1
Chris Coghlan 1/1 1/1 1/1
Ricky Nolasco 3/3
Reid Cornelius 6/6
Scott Cousins 2/2
Mike Dunn 2/2 2/2
Chris Volstad 2/2 2/2
Edward Mujica 1/1
Ryan Webb 3/3
Omar Infante 1/1 2/2
Emilio Bonifacio 1/1 1/1 1/1
Don Murphy 1/1
Brian Sanches 5/5
John Buck 1/4
Josh Johnson 1/1 1/1

Padres:
Jorge Cantu 1/1 1/1 1/1
Mike Adams 1/1 1/1 1/1
Randy Ready 5/5 5/5
Jason Bartlett 1/1 1/1
Aaron Harang 1/1 1/1
Dustin Moseley 1/4 1/4 (was last one on bus said he'd only have time for one and he was sorry)
Cameron Maybin 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 ("Mr. Maybin can you please sign?" "Well I guess since you're here I don't really have a choice do I?")
Chris Denorfia 2/2 2/2 2/2
Ryan Ludwick 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1 (Got him Saturday then again Sunday to which he said, "Didn't I get you yesterday?" "Yep")
Brad Hawpe 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1
Will Venable 3/3 2/2 1/2
Cory Luebke 5/5 4/4 (Really cool dude, said I can only do a few then signed the whole stack)
Luke Gregerson 2/2
Alberto Gonzalez 2/2
Rick Renteria 1/5 1/5 (In a hurry getting on the bus)
Ernesto Frieri 1/1
Nick Hundley 3/4
Mark Grant 3/3
Glenn Hoffman 3/3
Mark Merila 1/1
Chad Qualls 3/3 3/3 3/3
Pat Neshek 4/4 (we talked about how shocked he was when the Twins let him go)
Bud Black 2/2 1/1 1/1 (He liked my wife, stared at her the whole way to the bus then stopped and chatted.  The next AM I was going for someone near him and he was very demonstrative in saying, "Hey!  I remember you!" haha)


April 22nd, 2011

Shaquille O'Neal c/o home (14 days)
Willie Blair c/o Fort Wayne (14 days)
Chris Dudley c/o home (27 days)
Bill Krueger c/o home (100 days)
Alex Ochoa c/o Salem (10 days)
Jim Campanis Jr. c/o work (147 days)
Rod Strickland c/o UK (9 days)
Kerry Collins c/o home (9 days)
Toni Kukoc c/o home (11 days)
Tony Womack c/o home (11 days)
Rusty Greer c/o home (9 days)
Chris Hook c/o Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (14 days)
Tommy Manzella c/o Astros ST (29 days)
Gary Payton c/o home (13 days)
John Olerud c/o home (67 days)
Travis Harper c/o home (10 days)


April 15th, 2011

Kory DeHaan c/o Fort Wayne (10 days)
Steve Sax c/o home (11 days)
Scott McClain c/o home (145 days)
Joe Buck c/o home (34 days)
Tracy Murray c/o home(19 days)
Brent Price c/o home (12 days)
Walter Bond c/o work (14 days)
Dell Curry c/o home (16 days)

April 1st, 2011

Carl Pavano c/o Twins ST (28 days)
Brad Baker c/o home (16 days)
Mike Huff c/o home (11 days)
Jeff Tackett c/o home (6 days)

Toni Kukoc c/o home (11 days)

March 29th, 2011

Larry Johnson c/o Work (33 days)

Hersey Hawkins c/o home (7 days)

Phil Garner c/o home (3 days)

Jon Koncak c/o home (7 days)

John Starks c/o Knicks (125 days)

Mark Prior c/o Yankees ST (15 days)

March 26th, 2011

Dennis Tankersley c/o work (19 days)
Mookie Wilson c/o Mets Spring Training (21 days)
Chili Davis c/o Boston Red Sox ST (9 days)
Roberto Hernandez c/o home (8 days)
Ben Grieve c/o home (7 days)
David Segui c/o home (37 days)
Tony Womack c/o home (7 days)
Mike Welch c/o home (7 days)
Eric Valent c/o home ( days)
Brad Ausmus c/o Padres ST (20 days)

Joe Dumars
c/o Pistons (20 days)

March 18th, 2011

Morgan Ensberg c/o USC Baseball (31 days)
Luis Gonzalez c/o D-Backs (32 days)
Dennis Ulacia c/o home (207 days)
Todd Hollandsworth c/o home (30 days)


March 17th, 2011

Jace Brewer c/o home (16 days)
and
Mark McGwire c/o Cardinals Spring Training (7 days)


March 16th, 2011

Jon Koncak c/o home (7 days)
Dirk Nowitzki c/o Mavs (26 days)
Damon Stoudamire c/o Memphis (28 days)
BJ Armstrong c/o home (24 days)
Gary Payton c/o home (7 days)

Scott Sullivan c/o home (38 days)
Bryan Hickerson c/o home (48 days)
Luis Gonzalez c/o D-Backs (10 days)
Matt Wieters c/o O's ST (14 days)
Rob Ramsay c/o home (10 days)
Kevin Tapani c/o home (10 days)
Brad Ausmus c/o Padres ST (10 days)
Roberto Hernandez c/o home (8 days)
Jason Frasor c/o Blue Jays ST (11 days)
Kirk Bullinger c/o home (27 days)
Orlando Hudson c/o Padres ST (6 days)
Tony Womack c/o home (7 days)
Mark Prior c/o Yankees ST (29 days)

James Stewart c/o home (31 days)

March 6th, 2011

Robert Parish c/o home (12 days)
Antoine Walker c/o Boise (19 days)
Lance Parrish c/o home (10 days)
Koji Uehara c/o O's Spring Training (15 days)

March 3rd, 2011

John Paxson c/o Chicago Bulls (56 days)
Antoine Walker c/o Boise Stampede (7 days)
Jim Les c/o Bradley Univ. (8 days)

Bob File
c/o LaSalle Univ. (15 days)
Vlad Guerrero c/o O's Spring Training (6 days)
Mike Williams c/o home (13 days)



February 26th, 2011

Gary Payton c/o home (8 days)
Gary Payton c/o home (15 days)
Walter Davis c/o home (12 days)
Joe Dumars c/o Pistons (11 days)
Donyell Marshall c/o GWU (5 days)
Don MacLean c/o home (11 days)
Byron Scott c/o Cavs (44 days) & (82 days)
Robert Parish c/o home (21 days)

Jeff Suppan c/o Giants Spring Training (14 days)
Jeremy Giambi c/o home (32 days)
Andy Benes c/o home (11 days)
Jeff Shaw c/o home (13 days)
Todd Hollandsworth c/o home (9 days)
Lance Parrish c/o home (27 days)
Calvin Murray c/o home (7 days)
Fernando Vina c/o home (13 days)
Luis Gonzalez c/o D-Backs (32 days)
Dino Ebel c/o Angels Spring Training (6 days)
Joe Crede c/o home (50 days) swapped out my 03 Total for the 05 Topps

Quentin Coryatt c/o home (17 days)

February 12th, 2011

Roberto Hernandez c/o home (8 days)

Casey Fossum c/o home (31 days)

Scott Garrellts c/o home (68 days)

Mark Brownson c/o home (226 days)

Dustin Hermanson c/o home (28 days)

 

 

February 3rd, 2011

Luis Gonzalez c/o D-Backs (22 days)
Hal Morris c/o J.  Clark (9 days) (I sent some cards, they came back unsigned with this 90 Score that Hal presumably signed awhile back)
Brad Daugherty c/o home (16 days)
Ben Grieve c/o home (35 days)
John Olerud c/o home ( days)

January 29th, 2011

Matt Williams c/o home (19 days)
Billy Swift c/o home (9 days)
Kenny Williams c/o Sox ( days)


January 23rd, 2011

John Mabry c/o home (12 days)
Eric Hull c/o home (19 days)
Dallas Clark c/o Colts (82 days)

January 15th, 2011

Joe Dumars c/o Pistons (17 Days)
Lance Parrish c/o home (8 days) Questions
Mark Price c/o Golden State (33 Days)
Dirk Nowitzki c/o Dallas (23 days)

January 8th, 2010

Marcus Giles c/o Giles Sports Fitness (12 days)
Gary Payton c/o home (14 days)
Kevin Loughery c/o home (381 days)
Kirk Dressendorfer c/o home (21 days)
Luis Gonzalez c/o D-Backs (10 days)
Cliff Robinson c/o home (10 days)
Todd Jones c/o home (312 days) (he didn't return my cards I sent but did send several signed testimony cards)

January 2nd, 2011

Check out this list of needs from the 1988 Donruss Baseball's Best Set (Orange Cards).
If you have any of the cards needed signed email me
Card# Player Name Team  
1 Don Mattingly   LAD
2 Ron Gant   ATL
3 Bob Boone Sent off 09/11/10 WAS
4 Mark Grace 5624 E Via Buena Vista  Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 ARZ
5 Andy Allanson 0% TTM  
6 Kal Daniels 100 Echo Lane  Robbins, GA 31088 7/30/10
7 Floyd Bannister TTM  
8 Alan Ashby TTM X
9 Marty Barrett 2731 S. McClelland Place   Chandler, AZ 85248-3262 3/23/10
10 Tim Belcher PO Box 153  Sparta, OH 43350 1/13/10
11 Harold Baines   CHW
12 Hubie Brooks Trade X
13 Doyle Alexander    
14 Gary Carter Foundation  
15 Glenn Braggs 0% TTM  
16 Steve Bedrosian    
17 Barry Bonds    
18 Bert Blyleven PO Box 2308 Fort Myers, FL 33902 Donation
19 Tom Brunansky TTM  
20 John Candelaria    
21 Shawn Abner 0% TTM  
22 Jose Canseco    
23 Brett Butler    
24 Scott Bradley    
25 Ivan Calderon DECEASED  
26 Goose Gossage 35 Marland Drive  Colorado Springs, CO 80906 $10 Donation
27 Brian Downing    
28 Jim Rice    
29 Dion James 0% TTM  
30 Terry Kennedy 333 N. Pennington Dr  Unit 23 Chandler, AZ 85224 24-Jul
31 George Bell    
32 Scott Fletcher    
33 Bobby Bonilla TTM X
34 Tim Burke TTM X
35 Darrell Evans    
36 Mike Davis 14513 N 152nd  Surprise, AZ 85379 19-Jul
37 Shawon Dunston 957 Coret Del Sol  Fremont, CA 94539 22-Jul
38 Kevin Bass    
39 George Brett    
40 David Cone    
41 Ron Darling Trade  
42 Roberto Alomar    
43 Dennis Eckersley    
44 Vince Coleman    
45 Sid Bream Trade X
46 Gary Gaetti    
47 Phil Bradley    
48 Jim Clancy    
49 Jack Clark    
50 Mike Krukow   SF
51 Henry Cotto    
52 Richard Dotson    
53 Jim Gantner    
54 John Franco    
55 Pete Incaviglia    
56 Joe Carter    
57 Roger Clemens    
58 Gerald Perry    
59 Jack Howell   ARZ
60 Vance Law   X
61 Jay Bell    
62 Eric Davis    
63 Gene Garber TTM X
64 Glenn Davis    
65 Wade Boggs   ARZ
66 Kirk Gibson    
67 Carlton Fisk    
68 Casey Candaele    
69 Mike Heath TTM  
70 Kevin Elster TTM  
71 Greg Brock    
72 Don Carman TTM X
73 Doug Drabek TTM X
74 Greg Gagne TTM X
75 Danny Cox    
76 Rickey Henderson    
77 Chris Brown    
78 Terry Steinbach    
79 Will Clark   SF
80 Mickey Brantley    
81 Ozzie Guillen    
82 Greg Maddux   CHC
83 Kirk McCaskill    
84 Dwight Evans    
85 Ozzie Virgil    
86 Mike Morgan    
87 Tony Fernandez    
88 Jose Guzman   TEX
89 Mike Dunne    
90 Andres Galarraga    
91 Mike Henneman    
92 Alfredo Griffin    
93 Rafael Palmeiro    
94 Jim Deshaies TTM HOU
95 Mark Gubicza TTM  
96 Dwight Gooden    
97 Howard Johnson   NYM
98 Mark Davis    
99 Dave Stewart    
100 Joe Magrane    
101 Brian Fisher    
102 Kent Hrbek TTM  
103 Kevin Gross    
104 Tom Henke    
105 Mike Pagliarulo    
106 Kelly Downs    
107 Alvin Davis    
108 Willie Randolph   MIL
109 Rob Deer    
110 Bo Diaz DECEASED  
111 Paul Kilgus    
112 Tom Candiotti   ARZ
113 Dale Murphy    
114 Rick Mahler DECEASED  
115 Wally Joyner    
116 Ryne Sandberg   CHC
117 Joe Farrell    
118 Nick Esasky    
119 Bo Jackson    
120 Bill Doran    
121 Ellis Burks    
122 Pedro Guerrero    
123 Dave LaPoint    
124 Neal Heaton    
125 Willie Hernandez    
126 Roger McDowell   ATL
127 Teddy Higuera    
128 Von Hayes    
129 Mike LaValliere    
130 Dan Gladden    
131 Willie McGee    
132 Al Leiter    
133 Mark Grant   SD
134 Bob Welch    
135 Dave Dravecky TTM X
136 Mark Langston    
137 Dan Pasqua    
138 Rick Sutcliffe   ESPN
139 Dan Petry    
140 Rich Gedman    
141 Ken Griffey    
142 Eddie Murray    
143 Jimmy Key TTM  
144 Dale Mohorcic    
145 Jose Lind    
146 Dennis Martinez   STL
147 Chet Lemon    
148 Orel Hershiser   ESPN
149 Dave Martinez   TB
150 Billy Hatcher IP 09/19/10 CIN
151 Charlie Leibrandt    
152 Keith Hernandez   NYM
153 Kevin McReynolds    
154 Tony Gwynn    
155 Stan Javier    
156 Tony Pena   NYY
157 Andy Van Slyke    
158 Gene Larkin    
159 Chris James    
160 Fred McGriff    
161 Rick Rhoden    
162 Scott Garrelts    
163 Mike Campbell    
164 Dave Righetti   SF
165 Paul Molitor   MIN
166 Danny Jackson    
167 Pete O'Brien    
168 Julio Franco    
169 Mark McGwire   STL
170 Zane Smith TTM  
171 Johnny Ray    
172 Les Lancaster    
173 Mel Hall In Prison  
174 Tracy Jones    
175 Kevin Seitzer   KC
176 Bob Knepper    
177 Mike Greenwell    
178 Mike Marshall    
179 Melido Perez    
180 Tim Raines    
181 Jack Morris    
182 Darryl Strawberry    
183 Robin Yount    
184 Lance Parrish   X
185 Darnell Coles    
186 Kirby Puckett DECEASED  
187 Terry Pendleton   ATL
188 Don Slaught    
189 Jimmy Jones    
190 Dave Parker    
191 Mike Aldrete    
192 Mike Moore    
193 Greg Walker    
194 Calvin Schiraldi    
195 Dick Schofield    
196 Jody Reed TTM X
197 Pete Smith    
198 Cal Ripken, Jr.    
199 Lloyd Moseby    
200 Ruben Sierra    
201 R.J. Reynolds    
202 Bryn Smith TTM X
203 Gary Pettis   TEX
204 Steve Sax    
205 Frank DiPino    
206 Milt Scott    
207 Kurt Stillwell    
208 Mookie Wilson    
209 Lee Mazzilli    
210 Lance McCullers    
211 Rick Honeycutt 9/11/10 LAD
212 John Tudor    
213 Jim Gott    
214 Frank Viola    
215 Juan Samuel   BAL
216 Jesse Barfield    
217 Claudell Washington    
218 Rick Reuschel 9/16/10  
219 Jim Presley    
220 Tommy John    
221 Dan Plesac TTM MLB N
222 Barry Larkin    
223 Michael Stanley    
224 Cory Snyder    
225 Andre Dawson    
226 Ken Oberkfell    
227 Devon White    
228 Jamie Moyer TTM  
229 Brook Jacoby   CIN
230 Rob Murphy    
231 Bret Saberhagen    
232 Nolan Ryan   TEX
233 Bruce Hurst    
234 Jesse Orosco    
235 Bobby Thigpen    
236 Pascual Perez    
237 Matt Nokes    
238 Bob Ojeda    
239 Joey Meyer    
240 Shane Rawley    
241 Jeff Robinson TTM X
242 Jeff Reardon TTM  
243 Ozzie Smith    
244 Dave Winfield   ESPN
245 John Kruk   ESPN
246 Carney Lansford    
247 Candy Maldonado    
248 Ken Phelps    
249 Kenny Williams   CHW
250 Al Nipper    
251 Mark McLemore    
252 Lee Smith    
253 Albert Hall    
254 Billy Ripken    
255 Kelly Gruber    
256 Charlie Hough   X
257 John Smiley    
258 Tim Wallach    
259 Frank Tanana TTM X
260 Mike Scioscia   LAA
261 Damon Berryhill    
262 Dave Smith DECEASED  
263 Willie Wilson    
264 Lenny Dykstra    
265 Randy Myers    
266 Keith Moreland    
267 Eric Plunk    
268 Todd Worrell Trade X
269 Bob Walk IP X
270 Keith Atherton Trade X
271 Mike Schmidt    
272 Mike Flanagan    
273 Rafael Santana    
274 Robby Thompson    
275 Rey Quinones    
276 CeciIio Guante    
277 B.J. Surhoff    
278 Chris Sabo    
279 Mitch Williams    
280 Greg Swindell    
281 Alan Trammell IP CHC
282 Storm Davis    
283 Chuck Finley Trade X
284 Dave Stieb    
285 Scott Bailes TTM  
286 Larry Sheets    
287 Danny Tartabull    
288 Checklist    
289 Todd Benzinger    
290 John Shelby    
291 Steve Lyons 9/11/10 LAD
292 Mitch Webster    
293 Walt Terrell    
294 Pete Stanicek   X
295 Chris Bosio    
296 Mike Thompson    
297 Fred Lynn    
298 Juan Berenguer    
299 Ken Dayley TTM  
300 Joel Skinner    
301 Benito Santiago    
302 Ron Hassey    
303 Jose Uribe DECEASED  
304 Harold Reynolds    
305 Dale Sveum IP X
306 Glenn Wilson    
307 Mike Witt Trade X
308 Ron Robinson    
309 Denny Walling TTM X
310 Joe Orsulak    
311 David Wells    
312 Steve Buechele    
313 Jose Oquendo   STL
314 Floyd Youmans    
315 Lou Whitaker    
316 Fernando Valenzuela   LAD
317 Mike Boddicker    
318 Gerald Young IP X
319 Frank White   KC
320 Bill Wegman TTM X
321 Tom Niedenfuer TTM X
322 Ed Whitson    
323 Curt Young    
324 Greg Mathews    
325 Doug Jones TTM X
326 Tom Herr    
327 Kent Tekulve TTM X
328 Rance Mulliniks TTM X

December 31st, 2010

Joe Borowski c/o home (17 days)
Dustin Hermanson c/o home (39 days)
Steve Trachsel c/o home (13 days)
& the Surprise maybe of the year.....
Chris Mullin c/o Private Address (35 days)

December 27th, 2010

Joe Dumars c/o Pistons (25 days)

Shawn Bradley c/o home (14 days)

Dee Brown c/o Springfield (31 days)

Rick Barry c/o home (11 days) + $10.00

Shawon Dunston c/o home ( days)

Steve Garvey c/o home (10 days)

Dewon Brazelton c/o home (42 days)

Allen Watson c/o home (10 days)

Joey Harrington c/o Foundation (10 days)

And bought a few 2003 Totals for my set and received the Scott Downs as a gift from my buddy Joe!

December 13th, 2010

David Zancanaro c/o home (12 days)

Ben Howard c/o home (15 days)

Jameson Taillon c/o home (7 days)

Mike Stanton c/o home (28 days)

Jim Neidlinger c/o Friend who knows him (almost a year)

December 9th, 2010

Tim Legler c/o home (121 days)

Damon Stoudamire c/o Memphis Griz (12 days)

Gary Payton c/o home (12 days)

Bob Kipper c/o home (7 days)

Matt Williams c/o home (22 days)

Terry Adams c/o home (12 days)

Tim Biakabatuka c/o home (12 days)

 

December 5th, 2010

Michael Moore c/o home (67 days)

Chris Hammond c/o home (12 days)

Cory Snyder c/o home (121 days) Questions

Mike Neill c/o home (25 days)

Greg Jennings c/o Packers (32 days)

November 22nd, 2010

Bruce Bowen c/o ESPN (21 days)

Keith Owens c/o home (84 days)

Jay Gibbons c/o Dodgers (102 days)

November 21st, 2010

Todd Greene c/o home (17 days)

Todd Hollandsworth c/o home (14 days)

Luis Salazar c/o home (39 days)

Damon Jones c/o home (31 days)

Rod Bironas c/o Titans (14 days)

Daunte Culpepper c/o UFL Team (14 days)

Wayne Kirby c/o home (15 days)

Mark Davis c/o AZL Royals (80 days)

And

Eric Karros c/o home (227 days) was forwarded from my old address and Eric included a note apologizing for the long delay and sent me a game worn hat auto'd on the bill w/ ROY and Dodgers HR Leader Inscriptions, has to be the best return I've ever received.

November 11th, 2010

John Olerud c/o home (53 days)

Dolph Schayes c/o home (8 days)

Bryant Stith c/o High School (12 days)

Tom Farmer c/o home (46 days)

Buck Williams c/o Blazers (8 days)

Matt Williams c/o home (10 days)

Joe Ferguson c/o home (10 days)

Reggie Miller c/o TNT (31 days)

Doug Robbins c/o home (37 days)

Gail Goodrich c/o home (11 days)

November 4th, 2010

Jonathan Quinn c/o home (21 days)

Tony McGee c/o home (19 days)

Dale Ellis c/o home (8 days)

November 1st, 2010

Matt Clement c/o High School where he is the Head Hoops Coach (13 days)

Bobby Hebert c/o home (30 days) Questions

Brad Daugherty c/o home (13 Days)

Graphed the Nuggets with my buddy Joe Saturday before the game, came away with a Ty Lawson 8x10 George Karl 8x10 and Carmelo Anthony 8x10 and these cards signed

October 28th, 2010

Danny Darwin c/o home (13 days)

Todd Lyght c/o home (20 days)

Kerry Robinson c/o Signing (paid $4 bucks)

 

October 27th, 2010

Reggie Barlow c/o Alabama State University (10 days)

Rickey Green c/o home (13 days) (He kept 2, I had sent 4)

Jody Reed c/o home (30 days)

Nick Alvarez c/o home (13 days)

October 18th, 2010

Zane Smith c/o home (10 days) Questions

Kenny Walker c/o home (10 days)

Joe Slusarski c/o home (11 days) Questions

Sidney Moncrief c/o home (43 days)

Tony LaRussa c/o Cardinals (47 days)

Todd Marinovich c/o home (13 days)

Sterling Sharpe c/o NFL Network (14 days)

Steve Karsay c/o home (10 days)

Drew Henson c/o home (34 days)

 

October 14th, 2010

Jeffrey Hammonds c/o home (10 days)

Will McCrotty c/o home (22 days) Will also sent me a copy  of his book and printed me an 8x10 of him and signed it, great guy!

Andre Wadsworth c/o home (15 days)

October 10th, 2010

TTM:

Tom Fordham c/o home (54 days)

Jerry Don Gleaton c/o home (8 days)

Ricky Bottalico c/o Comcast Sports Philly (14 days)

Bobby Humphrey c/o home (18 days) Sent this request off just b\c I love the hair cut!

Brad Ausmus c/o Dodgers (10 days) 1/1 2/2 & 1/1 (Three separate requests that I sent out)

Greg Bauer c/o home (14 days)

Tim Dwight c/o home (30 days)

Andy Benes c/o home (12 days) Andy is a great guy, I didn't even ask him to get his brother Alan to sign the dual card and it came back signed by both of them! 

Hulk Hogan c/o home (59 days)

Last Sunday I drove down to graph the Cubs on the last day of the season:

Randy Wells 5/5 (Email me if you'd like to trade for any of these as they are all duplicates)

Alan Trammell 2/2 & 1/1 (87 Topps for my buddy Mark not pictured)

Larry Rothschild 1/1

Jeff Baker 5/5

Darwin Barney 3/3

Wellington Castillo 1/1

Matt Sinatro 2/2

Carlos Marmol 1/1 (already have this card signed by him, email me if you want to trade or buy it)

Tom Gorzelanny 1/1

Blake DeWitt 3/3 & 8x10 8x10

Ivan DeJesus 1/2

Bob Brenly 1/7

Aramis Ramirez 1/1

Said No:

Dempster, Marshall (rude guy, told a grapher that he doesn't show up at our work and ask us to sign things), Cashner, Soriano, Castro

Didn't see:

Hoffpauir, Scales, Dernier, Samardizja, Berg

Jamie Quirk 2/2 (he walks in the same place visitors enter)

Steve Sparks 5/5 (does TV for Astros)

 

September 28th, 2010

TTM:

Jeff Deardorf c/o home (18 days)

Donald "Slick" Watts c/o home (10 days) Did his best Gary Eave impression by signing the front twice and the back of the card

PJ Bevis c/o El Paso Diablos (121 days)

Scott Ruskin c/o home (16 days)

Also went down to Houston on Saturday to graph the Cowboys with my wife, who loves them, and did okay.....

Mike Jenkins

Martellus Bennett

Marcus Spears

Mat McBriar

Jason Garrett

Alex Barron

Terrence Newman

Stephen McGee

Orlando Scandrick (He liked my wife, signed the pic and drew a heart around his face and told her, "That's for you" haha)

Jon Kitna

Anthony Spencer

Jason Williams

Jason Hatcher

Jason Witten

Tashard Choice

And an 8x10 of the Cowboys Helmet with over 20 signatures on it including all those listed above plus (Vic Butler, Alan Ball, Montrae Holland, Bradie James, etc.)

 

September 25th, 2010

Dodgers were in town to play the Astros 2 weeks ago and I made it down on Saturday to graph the hotel (with at least 25 graphers there) then attended the game and graphed Batting Practice and then postgame.  Got up Sunday and graphed the Hotel again and did really well despite a good dozen graphers.

Here is my 2 day haul:

Jamey Carroll 6/8

Casey Blake 2/2 2/2

Joe Torre 1/1

Chad Billingsley 1/1

Trent Oeltjen 4/4

Clayton Kershaw 1/2 1/2

Ryan Theriot 1/2 1/2

Ronald Belisario 2/2

Ramon Troncoso 2/2

Rick Honeycutt 2/2 2/2

Mariano Duncan 1/1

Hiroki Kuroda 1/1

James Loney 1/1 & a 16x20 that is being framed

John Ely 1/1

Kenley Jansen 1/1

Matt Kemp 1/1

Andre Ethier 1/1

John Lindsey 1/1

Rafael Furcal 1/1 1/1

Manny Mota 2/2

Chin Lung Hu 2/2

Don Mattingly 1/1 1/1 1/1

Octavio Dotel 3/3 2/2

Carlos Monasterios 5/5

George Sherrill 5/5 & 8x10

Russell Mitchell 2/2

AJ Ellis 4/4

Tim Wallach 2/2

Vicente Padilla 1/1 & 8x10 8x10 8x10

Reed Johnson 12/12

Steve Lyons 4/4 5/5 2/2

Brad Ausmus 1/5

Rod Barajas 1/4

Hon Chih Kuo 1/1

Ken Howell 2/2 

Jeff Weaver 4/4 7/7 & 8x10

Billy DeLury 1/1 (He has been their traveling secretary since Brooklyn days and its cool to add him to my collection)

 

September 24th, 2010

Aaron Marsden c/o home (31 days)

Tripper Johnson c/o home (24 days)

Jamie Moyer c/o Phillies (17 days)

Mike Sweeney c/o Phillies (17 days) kept 1 signed 1

Dan Plesac c/o MLB Network (12 days)

Larry Walker c/o Private Signing Cost: $40

Gifts from my Buddy Joe.....he got Aroldis In Person last weekend and gave the card to me, very generous.

He also got extra Tom Brunansky and Bobby Bonilla TTM and sent them to me as well.

 

Larry Bowa c/o Dodgers (9 days)

Brad Ausmus c/o Dodgers (9 days) signed 1 out of 2

Brad Ausmus c/o Dodgers (9 days) signed 1 out of 2 again

September 22nd, 2010

TTM:

Tedy Bruschi c/o ESPN (13 days)

Jim Bullinger c/o home (45 days) (I sent 4 different, he kept 3)

Daryl Hamilton c/o MLB (7 days) Questions

 

September 18th, 2010

Penny Hardaway c/o home (10 days)

Greg Smith c/o home (8 days)

 

September 15th, 2010

Brett Butler c/o Reno Aces (158 days)

Joe Oliver c/o home (42ays)

Jeremy Griffiths c/o home (34s)

Mike Iuzzolino c/o St. Vincent College (19 days)

Jud Buechler c/o home (6 days)

Jacques Landry c/o home (25ays)

Ryan Church c/o D-Backs (11 days) (he's so weird, never signed in person but is a machine TTM)

Derek Bell c/o Private Signing

Texans Ambassadors My buddy Joe went to a signing they had Saturday and got me a few cards signed, once again I am blessed with great friends from this hobby.

 

 

August 30th, 2010

Tom Brunansky c/o home (30 days)

Jeff Reardon c/o home (11 days)

Jud Buechler c/o home (6 days)

 

Major thanks again to my Buddy Mark who went to an event in KC and got me 9 of my Brian McRae cards signed!  He was a guy I've never gotten in-person so a big thanks!  He also saw former Bill Art Still and got a card signed for me!  This is what I love about this hobby, you get to meet great people who go out of their way to help you add to your collection......thanks Mark!

August 28th, 2010

Javy Lopez c/o home (6 days)

Tony LaRussa c/o Cardinals (7 days)

Robert Parish c/o home (20 days)

Tony Bennett c/o UVA Basketball (17 days)

Scott Bailes c/o home (13 days)

Adam Piatt c/o home (7 days)

August 20th, 2010

Last Sunday I woke up at 5:30am after hitting the sack around 2am (had a football scrimmage and film after) to drive down to Houston (about 70 miles now) to graph the Pirates at the Hotel.

Did really well considering there were about 10 people there (the crowds keep getting larger and more aggressive, no etiquette left in graphing!).

Lastings Milledge 8x10 1/4

James McDonald 1/2

Wil Ledezma 1/5

Argenis Diaz 1/1

Jeff Clement 1/2

Ryan Doumit 1/3

Daniel McCutchen 3/3

Garrett Jones 2/2

Evan Meek 5/5 (Replaces Charlie Morton as nicest guy in the majors)

Andrew McCutchen 2/2 (he was doing as many at 6 for one person)

Neil Walker 3/3 4/4

Sean Gallagher 5/5

Chris Resop 3/3

Paul Maholm 2/5

Ray Searage 4/6

Carlos Garcia 3/7

Jeff Karstens 3/4

Chan Ho Park and Zach Duke didn't sign

Chris Snyder signed 2, had nothing left for Hanrahan

I had nothing left for the rest of their guys.....missed John Russell getting Searage.

 

August 19th, 2010

Scott Ruskin c/o home (12 days)

Ken Dayley c/o home  (14 days)

Doug Jones c/o home (96 days)

Billy Swift c/o home (17 days) (told him to keep what he wanted, signed all 9 plus my plastic snap tight haha)

Tom Browning c/o GCL Reds (20 days)

August 10th, 2010

Bob Watson c/o MLB Offices (23 days) Questions

Scott Scudder c/o home (8 days) Questions

Tim Kubinski c/o Work Address (11 days)

Bobby Bonilla c/o home (25 days)

Brian Sweeney c/o Mariners (16 days) Questions (I think he may have googled me based on his answer to Question #4!)

July 27th, 2010

ATTENTION::::Braden please email me at my new email address oaklandfan18@yahoo.com my old email address I can no longer access due to my switching jobs

Moved over the weekend back to Huntsville, Texas so mail should catch up with me sometime later this week or early next.

Had my last success at my old home in Pasadena Texas right before we moved:

Mariano Rivera c/o Yankees (15 days)

Don Wengert c/o home (23 days)

Jamie Moyer c/o Phillies (94 days) Questions 8x10

 

July 15th, 2010

Mike Gosling c/o home (8 days) Questions

Ozzie Timmons c/o Montgomery Biscuits (9 days) Questions

Chris Donnels c/o home (65 days)

July 14th, 2010

Brian Meadows c/o home (6 days)

Nelson Liriano c/o Burlington Royals (40 days) Questions

My buddy Mark got me the following cards signed of mine at a Kansas City T-Bones game, major thanks to him!  PS Mark and Braden please email me at my new email address as my old work one is no longer working as I've changed schools.  oaklandfan18@yahoo.com

Also..........make sure you see I changed my contact email as I have accepted a Head Boy's Basketball Coaching position north of Houston in Trinity, Texas.  As a result my in person autographing will crawl to a halt. 

 

Pirates in town for three.....did hotel Tuesday & Wednesday......as always, the funnest team to graph as everyone is great at accomadating their fans.

Evan Meek 1/1

Andrew McCutchen 3/3 8x10 8x10

Lastings Milledge 1/5 1/3 (1 per today guys) 8x10

Brad Lincoln 1/1 & SS OMLB

Jose Tabata 5/5 4/4 8x10 8x10 8x10 8x10

Garrett Jones 2/2

Paul Maholm 2/2 2/2 8x10 8x10

Daniel McCutchen 2/2 2/2

Delwyn Young 2/2

Andy LaRoche 2/2 1/1 2/2 2/2 (4 for Mark) 8x10

Octavio Dotel 1/4 1/3 1/2

DJ Carassco 3/3

Jeff Karstens 2/4 (in a hurry)

Ryan Doumit 2/2 8x10

Neil Walker 2/2 1/1 1/1 8x10  8x10

Jason Jaramillo 1/1 1/1

Joel Hanrahan 4/4 4/4 2/2

Brendan Donnelly 1/1

John Wehner 3/3 2/2

Justin Thomas 3/3

Ross Ohlendorf 4/4

Giants from a few weeks back....I did park 2 days, inside one day and post game once....much tougher than when they came through in April.

Pablo Sandoval 1/1 1/1

Andres Torres 6/6 & the 8x10 w/ Sandoval

Barry Zito 1/1

Tim Lincecum 1/1

Bruce Bochy 1/1 1/1 8x10

Tim Flannery 5/5

Aubrey Huff 1/1

Aaron Rowand 1/1

Juan Uribe 3/6

Edgar Renteria 1/1 1/1 1/1

Joe Martinez 3/5 2/2

Mark Gardner 1/7 (it was maybe going to rain and he gave me crap for even asking b\c of the weather then said he'd do 1 when he usually does whatever)

Misc. Astros I've gotten postgame or coming in to the stadium

Jamie Quirk 2/2 2/2 2/2

Bobby Meacham 6/6

Art Howe 2/2 2/2 2/3

Chris Johnson 4/4

TTM over the past month or so:

Chris Britton c/o Lincoln Saltdogs (42 days)

Tim Burke c/o home (17 days)

Welison Baez c/o Pitsfield Colonials (20 days)

Kevin Gross c/o home (22 days) Questions

Steve Stemle c/o home (16 days) Questions

Kevin Appier c/o home (141 days)

Brad Halsey c/o Gary (16 days)

Chris DeMaria c/o home (21 days)

Jaime McAndrew c/o Private Signing

John McCain c/o Office in D.C. (58 days)

Tony Fernandez c/o home (298 days)

 

 

 

June 20th, 2010

Rangers were in town, I did stadium entrance Friday and Sunday (kinda light for me)

Ian Kinsler 1/1 1/1

Michael Young 1/1 1/1 1/1

Josh Hamilton 3/3 1/1 8x10

Ron Washington 4/4 3/3 (5 for Mark) 8x10

Justin Smoak SS OMLB

Tommy Hunter SS OMLB

Julio Borbon 1/4

Joaquin Arias 1/3 1/6

Clint Hurdle 3/4 (2 for Mark)

Dave Anderson 3/3 (1 for Mark)

Gary Pettis 1/1

Andres Blanco 2/2

Matt Harrison 3/3 3/3

David Murphy 1/6 1/5 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1  (1 for Mark, lots of help)

Chris Ray 1/6 + ball for Braden

Scott Feldman 1/1 1/1  8x10

Colby Lewis 3/3

CJ Wilson 8/8 (2 for Mark)

Dustin Nippert 4/4 1/1

Alot of you will go wow what a great haul!  But I will tell you this is the worst the Rangers have signed in the 4 years I have done them.  Vlad didn't touch a pen, Feliz signed 1/3 days, never saw Oliver, Anrus didn't sign (odd b\c he was great last year), and Murphy is down to 1 per.

June 14th, 2010

Zach McClellan c/o Gary (16 days)

Dave Burba c/o home (10 days) Questions Photo (Dave was kind enough to send me several copies of this signed photo card, if you would like a copy please email me, all I'd ask is for a SASE)

Nic Jackson c/o Fargo (31 days)

Todd Redmond c/o Gwinnett Braves (7 days) (he threw a no-hitter last month as was cool enough to add that inscription....wish he'd have added the date also)

 

TTM:

Sy Berger c/o home (13 days)

Willie Wilson 5/5 (My buddy Mark got these signed for me at an event in KC.....Many Thanks Mark!)

Cubbies in town....very tough team I put in a LOT of time and came away with:

Randy Wells 3/3 2/3 (2 for Mark)

Ryan Theriot 1/1 (for Mark)

Mike Fontenot 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1 (3 for Mark)

John Grabow 3/3 & on a ball for my buddy Braden

Xavier Nady 1/1 1/1 1/1 (1 for Mark)

Carlos Silva 1/3 1/3

Koyie Hill 1/2 1/2 8x10 1/1 1/1

Tyler Colvin 1/3 & a SS OMLB

Geovanny Soto 1/1

Tom Gorzellany 1/1 (finished off this card..........very cool stuff)

Bob Brenly 4/4 4/4 & his tri-RC for a SCN Member 

Lou Piniella 1/1

Matt Sinatro 4/4 (3 for Mark)

Ivan DeJesus 1/1 1/1 1/1 (2 for Mark)

Jeff Baker 6/6 (1 for Mark)

 

 

June 2nd, 2010

I have a need for several copies of the 2003 Topps Total Dayton Buller #954.  If you have any extra you'd like to trade me please email me ASAP!  Thanks!

Nationals in town on Memorial Day:

Ryan Zimmerman  2/2 1/2 1/2 1/2

Livan Hernandez 1/1 1/1 & on my buddy Braden's Ball

Alberto Gonzalez 5/5 (all were for buddies Joe & Michael)

Craig Stammen 1/1

Doug Slaten 2/2

Miguel Batista 6/6

Ian Desmond 3/3

Scott Olsen 3/3 3/3 1/1

Drew Storen 2/2 & an 11x14 image as well

Tyler Clippard 4/4 8x10 8x10 8x10

Jim Riggleman 1/1

Christian Guzman 1/3

Jim Lett 1/1 (for michaeland)

Rick Eckstein 1/1 (michaeland)

Steve McCatty 1/6

Went back on Thursday for Batting Practice..........they finished up about 10 minutes after gates opened which was really unusual.

Nyjer Morgan 1/2

Matt Capps 1/9 (since when is he 1 per?....gift for my buddy Mark)

Carlos Maldonado 2/2

Drew Storen 8x10 8x10 8x10 & a 11x14 that is getting framed, possibly the nicest guy in the majors

John Lannan 1/2

Pat Listach 1/3

 

 

 

Colorado was in town May 19th and 20th

Jason Giambi (he was doing whatever you had at the hotel before getting on the bus, my buddy Joe got my set card done as I was at the park each day, big thanks to him!)

Ryan Spilborghs (asked him to add the date b\c it was a pic of his walk-off grand slam that day versus SF)

Todd Helton 1/1

Troy Tulowitzki 1/1 8x10

Clint Barmes 4/4 4/4

Ian Stewart 2/2 1/1

Don Baylor 2/2 2/2

Matt Belisle 5/5

Manny Corpas 3/3 2/2

Esmil Rogers 2/2

Jeff Francis 1/1 8x10

Greg Smith 5/5

Jason Hammel 5/5

Ubaldo Jimenez 2/5 & a SS OMLB

Melvin Mora 1/4 1/5 (was doing multiples but got tired)

Paul Phillips 5/5 (very cool guy.............would have signed 100, wish they had kept him up)

Seth Smith 1/4 1/3

 

 

Tampa Bay came in for the first time on May 21st-23rd

Carl Crawford 1/1

Dave Martinez 1/3 1/4

Bobby Ramos 2/2

David Price 8x10

Hank Blalock 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1

Grant Balfour 3/3 2/2

John Jaso 2/2 2/2

Joe Maddon 1/4

Sean Rodriguez 1/4

James Shields 1/1 1/1 1/1 & a SS OMLB

Jeff Niemann 4/4 3/3 2/2 & a SS OMLB

Carlos Pena 1/1 & SS OMLB

Dioner Navarro 1/4 1/3 1/2 8x10

Evan Longoria 1/1

Gabe Kapler 1/1 1/1

Lance Cormier 2/2

Reid Brignac 1/2 1/2

Jason Bartlett 1/1

Tom Foley alot/alot (he is a machine and hit on my wife haha)

Dan Wheeler 3/3 1/1 8x10 (had the 8x10 and 2 cards on a clipboard he asks me, "Which one?"  I said, "The Picture please," he proceeds to sign all 3 and then come back down the line and ask if I had more haha great guy)

I went through my 2003 Topps Total set and found a few extras that I am willing to trade/sell to help other collectors.  Below are the links to the pictures....email me if you are interested.

Totals 1

Totals 2

Totals 3

Astros I've gotten over the first 2 months either going to or leaving after the game:

Kaz Matsui

Hunter Pence

Carlos Lee

Bobby Meacham

Padres were here May 7th-9th

Bud Black 1/1

Darrell Akerfelds 3/3

Mat Latos 1/5 1/4 1/3

Kyle Blanks 3/3

Mike Adams 1/3

Will Venable 3/3 3/3 1/1

Ryan Webb 2/2

Heath Bell 1/1 1/1 (see Heilman dual card)

Yorvit Torrealba 1/1 1/1 1/1

Adrian Gonzalez 8x10

Chase Headley 8x10 & a SS OMLB

Matt Stairs 8x10 8x10 (super nice guy.....got off the bus to sign for us)

Kevin Correia 2/2

Tim Stauffer 2/3 2/3

Jon Garland 1/1 1/1

Mark Grant 6/6

Scott Hairston 2/5 5/5

Tony Gwynn Jr. 1/1 1/1

Edward Mujica 3/3

Oscar Salazar 3/3

Clayton Richard 1/6

Joe Thatcher 1/1

Also started a team ball when Kyle Blanks SP me.  Have Scott Hairston, Lance Zawadski, Mike Adams, Edward Mujica, Oscar Salazar, and Blanks on it.  If you're interested email me it's up for trade.

D-Backs were  here May 4th-6th

Tony Abreu

Miguel Montero 1/1 1/1

Chris Snyder 3/3

Rusty Ryal 3/3

Aaron Heilman 8x10

Edwin Jackson 1/4 1/4 8x10 & a SS OMLB 

Rodrigo Lopez 5/5 3/3 2/2

Ian Kennedy 1/1 & a SS OMLB

Bobby Howry 3/3

Kelly Johnson 8x10 4/4 4/4

Gerardo Parra 1/4

Augie Ojeda 1/1

Stephen Drew 1/1 1/1 1/1

Tom Candiotti 6/6

May 29th, 2010

Marlins were here April 20th-22nd

Dan Uggla 8x10

Jorge Cantu (plus 2 cards for an SCN member)

Cameron Maybin 2/2

Chris Coghlan 1/1

Hanley Ramirez 1/1 & a SS OMLB

Josh Johnson & a SS OMLB

Mike Lamb 10/10 & 8/8

Tommy Hutton 3/3

Nate Robertson 2/2 2/2

Cody Ross 3/3 3/3

Reds were here April 27th-29th

Scott Rolen 1/1

Brandon Phillips 1/1

Ryan Hanigan 1/5

Carlos Fisher 1/3

Homer Bailey 1/1 1/1

Orlando Cabrera 3/3

Brook Jacoby 7/7

Dusty Baker 1/3

Ramon Hernandez 4/4 (2 were my buddy Marks')

Drew Stubbs 8x10

Jay Bruce & a SS OMLB

Francisco Cordero 1/3

Johnny Cueto 1/1 1/1 & a SS OMLB

Paul Janish 5/5

Laynce Nix 4/4 5/5

Pirates.....great signing team....this was one day worth of graphing April 24th when the Bucs came into Houston

Andrew McCutchen 8x10 8x10 (plus I got 2 other 8x10s signed for an SCN Member)

Garrett Jones 8x10 1/1 3/3

Evan Meek 3/3 3/3

Jason Jaramillo 2/2 (one was an 8x10 for an SCN member)

Jack Taschner 2/2 (it was 2 8x10s for an SCN Member)

Carlos Garcia 1/8 1/7 1/6

Charlie Morton 5/5 8x10

Bob Walk 2/2

Don Long 1/1

John Raynor 2/2 2/2

Gary Varsho 4/4

Bobby Crosby 1/1 1/1

Ronny Cedeno 3/3 8x10

Paul Maholm 1/1 1/1 1/1

Ross Ohlendorf 5/5

Javier Lopez 3/3

Andy LaRoche 1/1 1/1 1/1 8x10

Delwyn Young 1/1 1/1

John Russell 2/10 2/8 2/6 2/4

Joel Hanrahan 2/2 8x10

Aki Iwamura 2/2 2/2 2/2 8x10 8x10

Jeff Clement 1/1 1/1 1/1/1 1/1 8x10

Brendan Donnelly 8x10 8x10 4/4

Daniel McCutchen 5/5

Octavio Dotel 8x10 1/1

May 28th, 2010

TTM:

Les Lancaster c/o Sioux Falls (21 days)

Phil Nevin c/o Erie SeaWolves (7 days)

Jesus Sanchez c/o York Revolution (11 days)

Derick Grigsby c/o home (7 days)

Joe Morgan c/o home (7 days)

Bill Sampen c/o home (8 days)

Pat Combs c/o home (41 days)

Gift Ngeope c/o GCL Pirates (6 days)

Mike Timlin c/o home (8 days)

Travis Lee c/o home (22 days)

Doug Jennings c/o home (528 days)

John Candelaria c/o Private Signing

Tyler Houston c/o Private Signing (Thanks Jes)

Rene Lachemann c/o Colorado Springs (18 days)

Mike Benjamin c/o ASU Baseball (13 days)

Steven Lerud c/o Norfolk Tides (8 days)

Magglio Ordonez c/o Tigers Foundation + $20 bucks (24 days)

Jim Mecir c/o home (14 days)

Chris James c/o home (24 days)

Tim Clark c/o home (47 days)

Sam Cassell c/o Wizards (87 days)

 

April 21st, 2010

Kiki Jones c/o home (8 days)

Corey Koskie c/o Private Signing

Kevin Beirne c/o home (6 days)

Wes Chamberlain c/o home (24 days)

April 9th, 2010

Muggsy Bogues c/o home (110 days)

Tracy Murray c/o home (8 days)

Zak Shinall c/o home (21 days)

Blue Jays Friday @ Astros

Aaron Hill 2/4

Adam Lind 1/1 & SS OMLB

Shawn Camp 1/1

Edwin Encarnacion 1/4

Alex Gonzalez 1/4

Casey Janssen 1/1

Bradon Morrow 5/5 & 8x10

Astros FanFest Alumni Signings (Thank you Joe!)

Shane Reynolds

John Hudek

James Mouton

Brian Williams

Enos Cabell

Giants @ Astros Wednesday 4/7

Jeremy Affeldt 2/2 4/4 3/3

Brian Wilson 1/1

Hensley Meulens 3/3

Brandon Medders 1/1

Edgar Renteria 1/1 1/1

Mark DeRosa 1/1

Nate Schierholtz 2/2

Tim Flannery 2/2

Barry Zito 1/4 (he's done multiples before)

Aubrey Huff 1/1

John Bowker 1/3

Travis Ishikawa 3/6

Jonathan Sanchez 5/5

Todd Wellemeyer 3/3

Astros:

Yorman Bazardo 2/2

Alex Trevino 2/2

Wandy Rodriguez 1/4

Ran over to do the Jazz on the way to the Rockets game:

Jerry Sloan

Got Boozer, Okur, Korver, Williams, Millsap on cards for my buddy Joe

 

March 29th, 2010

Joe Rosselli c/o home (29 days)

After I returned from my trip to Spring Training I started going through my boxes of signed OMLBs and found a few doubles I can part with.  If you are interested email me and I'll send you a pic.

Don Mattingly Sweet Spot OMLB (ball has a few yellow blotches but none on the sweet spot)

Al Kaline Sweet Spot OMLB w/o HOF inscription

Miguel Cabrera Sweet Spot OMLB

I'd like to sell or trade for unsigned baseballs but will consider trades

March 23rd, 2010

Connie Hawkins c/o home (42 days)

Larry Nance c/o Cavaliers (35 days)

Francisco Rosario c/o KC Royals ST (15 days)

Bobby Bonilla c/o home (22 days)

Rene Gonzales c/o home (24 days)

Scott Leius c/o home (12 days)

Also spent my Spring Break in Florida at Camps aquiring 2 dozen signed OMLB including Miguel Cabrera, Jim Leyland, Tom Glavine, Ryan Zimmerman, Pedro Alvarez, & Andrew McCutchen in addition to over 500 signed cards. 

March 10th, 2010

Brian Cooper c/o home (208 days)

Jon Lieber c/o home (10 days)

Kelly Stinnett c/o home (12 days)

Matt Young c/o home (130 days)

Ryan Vogelsong c/o Phillies Spring Training (14 days)

February 23rd, 2010

Robert Parish x2 c/o home (11 days)

Charlie Ward c/o Westbury Christian HS (64 days)

Did the Pacers Saturday and got:

Cards

Sam Perkins

Jim O'Brien

Mike Dunleavy

TJ Ford x2

Danny Granger also signed but I got cards for a buddy done instead of anything for me

February 11th, 2010

Joe Lawrence c/o home (14 days)

Brad Daugherty c/o home (13 days)

Keith Askins c/o Heat (13 days) Thanks Joe!

My buddy Joe graphed the Rockets this week and picked me up a Calbert Cheaney when the Nuggets were in.  He also saw Craig Reynolds and got him to sign a bunch and hooked me up with a few.  If you need him shoot me an email....we will see what we can do.

February 5th, 2010

Mike Simms c/o home (22 days)

Graphed the 76ers Saturday got a few cards signed, mostly got stuff for my buddy Joe. 

February 1st, 2010

Curtis Pride c/o Gallaudet University (13 days)

Doug Edwards c/o Kansas State University (10 days)

Graphed the Suns this weekend.............got an Amare jersey, Jason Richardson 8x10, and 2 Dan Majerle 8x10s in additon to these cards.

January 30th, 2010

Scott Burrell c/o Quinnipiac Univ. (16 days)

Andy Ashby c/o home (7 days)

Chris Demetral c/o home (8 days)

January 27th, 2010

Phil Clark c/o home (9 days) I sent a blue sharpie but he signed in black anyways

Mark Price c/o Atlanta Hawks (16 days) now off to Brad Daugherty

The Chief c/o home (8 days)

Also received my cards from John's latest DR Signing: Danny Bautista, Willis Roberts, Runelvys Hernandez, and Wilton Guerrero.  John is an asset to the community! 

January 23rd, 2010

Chris Gwynn c/o Padres (8 days)

Ben Petrick c/o home (73 days)

Chris Whitney c/o home (13 days)

Did the Bulls today.  Derrick Rose signed but I didn't get him.

Went to the Tri-Star Show today for a bit picked up the following cards for $1 each as well as 20 03 Totals signed that I needed for my set, checklist is updated.  Also got 2 96 Leaf Signature toughies (RIP Kevin Foster)

January 21st, 2010

Roberto Petagine c/o home (17 days)

January 19th, 2010

Rich Linares c/o home (52 days)

January 17th, 2010

Time for an update........

Kevin Walter c/o Texans (83 days)

Paul Russo c/o home (16 days)

BJ Armstrong c/o home (22 days)

Warren Morris c/o home (56 days)

 

January 4th, 2010

Tony Dumas c/o home (17 days)

Reggie Smith c/o home (14 days) signed in ballpoint, very hard to see

Went out and did the Mavs New Years' Eve:

Mavs

Jason Kidd 8x10

Shawn Marion 8x10

Dirk Nowitzki Jersey

My buddy Joe got me a ton of other cards signed when the Clippers and Hornets came in here is my haul

December 28th, 2009

Tom Redington c/o home (6 days)

December 27th, 2009

Happy Holidays to everyone!  Special Thanks to Mike for emailing me and bringing to my attention that I had incorrectly linked images to my last 3 or 4 updates.  The problem has been fixed and all images are correctly attached.  Enjoy!

Just returned from a 4 day vacation with family to Jacksonville, FL and had a bit of mail waiting for me upon my return this AM:

Adam Keefe c/o home (8 days)

Walt Williams c/o home (8 days)

Mark Schlereth c/o ESPN (11 days)

Bruce Chen c/o KC Royals Spring Training (295 days)

Roger Mason c/o home (10 days)

December 22nd, 2009

Got the itch and found a few free hours to go chase the Thunder:

NBA

Coaches/Broadcasters

Durant Durant Durant

Mo Cheeks

December 19th, 2009

Frank Bolick c/o home (11 days) Questions

Shawn Gilbert c/o home (40 days) Questions

Carl Erskine c/o home (9 days)

Rick Barnes c/o Univ. of Texas (10 days)

Brian Holman c/o home (31 days)

Sam Cassell c/o Wizards (29 days)

Dennis Hopson c/o Bowling Green (12 days)

December 13th, 2009

Desmond Howard c/o ESPN (19 days)

Jeff Reed c/o home (10 days) Questions

Roger Mason c/o home (46 days)Questions

December 5th, 2009

Sid Bream c/o home (28 days) Included $10 donation to his school and requested blue sharpie

Joe Dumars c/o Pistons (22 days)

Ron Cey c/o home (8 days) & Quad Pic I am working on

Kevin Mitchell c/o Signing

Turk Wendell c/o Signing

November 30th, 2009

Greg Cadaret c/o home (286 days)

Dee Brown c/o home (45 days)

November 27th, 2009

My buddy Joe convinced me to go out the day before Thanksgiving to try my hand at NBA autographs w/ the Mavs in town.

Here is a scan of some of the guys I got.

Dirk Nowitzki 8x10

Jason Kidd 8x10

TTM:

Brent Gates c/o home (9 days)

Bobby Bonilla c/o home (46 days) Very happy to get the full sig

Jose Jimenez c/o Private Signing w/ my buddy John.  Thanks again man!

November 24th, 2009

Bradie James c/o Cowboys (33 days)

November 22nd, 2009

Been awhile.................lots to report

Skeeter Barnes c/o home (7 days)

Julio Valera c/o home (17 days)

Ben Grieve c/o home (7 days) & c/o home again (11 days)

Bobby Bonilla c/o home (24 days)

Jim Boeheim c/o Syracuse (7 days)

Bill Russell c/o home (11 days)

Billy Bean c/o home (7 days)

Donald Harris c/o home (13 days)

Jeff Kent c/o Kent Powersports (22 days)

Charlie Leibrandt c/o Private Signing

Dustin Ackley c/o Peoria AFL (27 days) (SS OMLB personalized)

Neil Jenkins c/o home (27 days)

Brent Mayne c/o home (10 days)

October 5th, 2009

Kevin Gross c/o home (15 days)

September 27th, 2009

Reds were in town for the last home series for the Astros:

Craig Tatum 3/5

Jared Burton 2/2 2/2

Jeff Brantley 1/1 1/1

Ramon Hernandez 3/3 3/3 2/2

Chris Speier 7/7

Kevin Barker 6/6

Arthur Rhodes 1/2 1/2

Jonny Gomes 3/3 3/3 4/4

Nick Masset 2/2

Drew Stubbs 3/3 and a SS OMLB

Homer Bailey SS OMLB

Corky Miller 1/3 1/2 1/2

Wladimir Balentin 1/3

Kip Wells 2/3

Justin Lehr 3/3

Ryan Hanigan 1/1

Mike Lincoln 1/1

Darnell McDonald 3/3

Astros that stopped pulling in:

Kaz Matsui 3/3 3/3

Brian Moehler 1/1

Doug Brocail 5/5

Bud Norris 2/2

Edwin Maysonet 1/1

Chad Paronto 2/2

 

 

 

September 25th, 2009

Luis Gonzalez c/o D-Backs (10 days) (I included the blue sharpie)

September 19th, 2009

Geoff Jenkins c/o home (11 days)

Mark Grudzielanek c/o home (9 days)

September 18th, 2009

Vin Scully c/o Dodgers (99 days)

Carlos Hernandez c/o His Restaurant (16 days)

September 14th, 2009

TTM:

Dane Sardinha c/o Toledo Mudhens (159 days)

Pirates (one day at the hotel):

John Russell 1/8

Ramon Vazquez 5/5

Denny Bautista 7/7

Ronny Cedeno 5/5

Jesse Chavez 1/1

Luis Cruz 2/2

Jeff Karstens 1/2

Donald Veal 6/6

Zack Duke 1/1 & (09 All Star Ball)

Paul Maholm 1/1 SS OMLB

Andrew McCutchen 3/3

Lastings Milledge 3/3

Phil Dumatrait 6/6

Chris Bootcheck 3/3

Brandon Moss 5/7 (no dups)

Matt Capps 3/3

Virgil Vasquez 2/2

Charlie Morton 4/4 and a SS OMLB

Jason Jaramillo 1/2

Andy LaRoche 1/3

Ryan Doumit 3/3

Neil Walker 2/2

All in all a very fun 2 hours of graphing.  All players signed, Pearce and Jones I missed while getting other players.  Never saw Delwyn Young and missed Ohlendorf while getting Bautista. 

Buddy got me a Bud Norris while he was entering the ballpark Sunday

 

September 11th, 2009

TTM:

Jeremy Lambert c/o home (183 days)

Braves in town:

Chipper Jones 1/2 and SS OMLB

Brian McCann on my USA WBC Ball

Tommy Hanson SS OMLB

Adam LaRoche 1/1 1/1

Yunel Escobar 1/1 and SS OMLB

Javier Vasquez 2/2

Boone Logan 2/2

Derek Lowe 1/1

Omar Infante 3/3 2/2

Kelly Johnson 2/2

Clint Sammons 1/1

 

September 6th, 2009

Jacob Brumfield c/o home (26 days)

Phillies were in town, very hard team.  Here's two days at the hotel haul:

Miguel Cairo 1/1 1/1

Chad Durbin 1/1

Milt Thompson 3/3

Gary Matthews Sr. 3/3

Pedro Feliz 1/2

Jack Taschner 1/1

Paul Hoover 2/2

Scott Eyre 1/1 2/2 2/2

Shane Victorino on my Team USA WBC Ball

August 27th, 2009

Dave Roberts c/o NESN (21 days)

August 24th, 2009

TTM:

Will Clark c/o Giants (99 days)

Bobby Basham c/o home (31 days)

D-Backs and Fish in last week, could only graph the Fish one day during BP, two days at the hotel for the Snakes.

Bo Porter 4/4

Brendan Donnelly 1/1

Reynel Pinto 1/1

Dan Uggla 2/2

Carlos Tosca 2/2

Matt Lindstrom on my Team USA WBC ball

Dan Meyer 2/2

Snakes:

AJ Hinch 1/3 1/3

Mel Stottlemyre Jr. 2/2

Chad Tracy 2/2 1/1 1/1

Mark Reynolds 5/5 and a SS OMLB

Max Scherzer SS OMLB

Brandon Allen 2/2 and a SS OMLB

Gerardo Parra 2/3 1/3 1/4

Jon Rauch 3/4

Doug Davis 4/4 4/4 1/1

Jon Garland 1/2

Lorenzo Bundy 2/2

Miguel Montero 1/1 1/1

Juan Gutierrez 3/3

Daniel Schlereth SS OMLB

Mark Grace & a SS OMLB

Tom Candiotti 7/7 8/8 and a SS OMLB (Has to be one of the nicest guys out there, had 2 great conversations with him while he was signing)

Also signing but had nothing left on were Augie Ojeda, Ryan Roberts, Esmerling Vazquez & Blaine Boyer

Said No both days: Dan Haren

Ignored both days: Alex Romero & Yusmeiro Petit

Was AWOL b\c his wife had a baby: Stephen Drew

 

August 18th, 2009

Joe Nathan c/o Twins (7 days)

August 15th, 2009

Mike Matheny c/o home (15 days)

Koji Uehara c/o Orioles (9 days)

Ramiro Mendoza c/o Newark Bears (22 days)

Chone Figgins c/o Angels (12 days)

50/50 Returns from a buddy

Bernardo Brito c/o Private Signing w/ John

August 10th, 2009

Brewers were in town over the weekend. Did two days at the park (to get Tejada for SCN members) and one morning at the hotel. 

Ken Macha 3/3

Bill Schroeder 3/3

Manny Parra 1/4 1/3

Felipe Lopez 1/2

Craig Counsell 1/1 & a SS OMLB (wouldn't add Winning Run 97 WS inscription)

Frank Catalanotto 2/2 2/2 1/1 1/1 1/1

Hernan Iribarren 3/4

Jesus Colome 2/2

Dave Bush 3/3

Mike Rivera 1/3 1/3 1/2

JJ Hardy 1/1 1/1 1/1

Jeff Suppan 1/1 1/1 1/1

Ryan Braun 1/3 & got him on my WBC Team USA Ball

Astros:

Miguel Tejada 3/5

Brian Moehler 3/3 (I'm done with every Moehler card I have now, so if you have a Moehler you need for a set send me an email and we'll work something out)

 

August 5th, 2009

Today was probably the best day of my TTM career.

2 Weeks ago I threw up a TTM "Hail Mary" and it was caught in the endzone by none other than Randy "Big Unit" Johnson (Yes, I did have a trick to get him).

Randy Johnson c/o Giants (12 days)

Last weekend went to a Rampage Jackson free signing to get him on my 08 A&G

Chased the Giants in Houston this week working the ballpark, hotel, bus, pregame, postgame, you name it.  I put in a lot of time but it was worth it.

Bruce Bochy 2/2 1/1

Dave Righetti 1/1 1/1

Roberto Kelly 3/3

Mark Gardner 3/3 2/2

Eugenio Velez 1/1

Randy Winn 1/1 & 8x10

John Bowker 2/2

Eli Whiteside 1/1

Juan Uribe 2/2

Andres Torres 1/1

Pablo Sandoval 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1

Edgar Renteria 1/1 1/1 1/1 & a SS OMLB

Freddy Sanchez 1/1 1/1

Aaron Rowand 1/1

Ryan Garko 2/2 2/2 2/2

Sergio Romo 1/1

Jeremy Affeldt 3/3

Barry Zito 2/2 2/2 & 8x10 8x10

Brandon Medders 3/3

Justin Miller 3/3

Tim Lincecum 1/1 8x10 and 2 SS OMLB

Bob Howry 3/3

Astros:

Matt Kata 2/2

My buddy Joe went to a Jeff Keppinger signing and got me three, thanks man!

July 31st, 2009

David Yocum c/o home (6 days)

July 28th, 2009

Anthony Acevedo c/o home (74 days)

July 27th, 2009

The team formerly known as the New York Mets came into town this past weekend resembling the Buffalo Bisons.

Here was my 3 day haul graphing at the park and one day at the team hotel. 

As with the Cardinals, I seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time with their stars as Wright, Sheffield, and KRod all signed but only in places to be ignored or told no.

Here is what I got:

Luis Castillo 1/1 1/1

Sean Green 1/1

Daniel Murphy 1/1

Jeff Franceour1/1 1/1

Livan Hernandez 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1

Omir Santos 1/1

Angel Pagan 1/1

Pat Misch 2/2

Bobby Parnell 1/1 (remarked how he hadn't seen the 09 Ginter and asked if I had an extra.  So that is the first time he's signed that card, kinda cool)

Elmer Dessens 2/2

Tim Redding 3/3 1/1

Brian Stokes 3/3

Alex Cora 1/1 1/1 1/1

Cory Sullivan 2/2 2/2 1/1

Brian Schneider 1/1 2/4

Jerry Manuel 1/2

Howard Johnson 1/1 1/1 1/1

Sandy Alomar Jr. 1/1

Dan Warthen 1/1

Luis Alicea 6/6

Razor Shines 1/1

A few Astros stopped each day:

Russ Ortiz 5/5

Miguel Tejada 3/5 1/4 1/1

Jeff Fulchino 2/2 1/1

 

July 22nd, 2009

I apologize for the lack of updates but you will see that scans have been added to my 2 previous entries on the Royals and Tigers. 

I have a good excuse for the absence of updates....I'm now a married man and returned from my Honeymoon.

Anyways, worked the Pirates and Cardinals in the past few weeks, sneaking away to the park in between moving and wedding preparation.

TTM:

Nick Green c/o Boston (15 days)

Gilberto Reyes c/o Private Signing ($10)

Eugene Kingsdale & Shea Hillenbrand in a trade with Larry

My friends Joe and Dan helped me out big time with a few things:

1) Got me Chris Sampson and LaTroy Hawkins at signings around town

2) While I was getting married Joe got a ton of the Nationals cards I had left with him signed for me at the stadium.  They are:

Josh Willingham

Anderson Hernandez

Mike MacDougal

Pat Listach

Scott Olsen

Tyler Clippard

Ron Villone

Jordan Zimmerman

Here's my Pirates haul:

Zach Duke 3/3 & 8x10

Paul Maholm 1/1 &8x10

Robinson Diaz 1/1

Jack Wilson 3/3 2/2 2/2 & a 16x20 that is being framed

Garrett Jones 2/2

Steven Pearce 2/2

Matt Capps 3/3 & 8x10

Jesse Chavez 2/2

Evan Meek 1/1

Bob Walk 2/2

Charlie Morton 1/1

Coaches

Adam LaRoche 1/1 & 8x10

Steven Jackson 1/1

Jeff Karstens 2/2

And got Grabow and Hanrahan on my Team USA WBC ball

Cardinals Haul:

Joe Pettini 2/2

Dave McKay 1/1

Hal McRae 1/1

Tony LaRussa 1/1 1/1 (2 Sweetspot OMLBs)

Ryan Franklin 1/1

Josh Kinney 2/2

Mark DeRosa 1/1 & added him to my USA WBC ball

Trever Miller 1/1

Dennys Reyes 1/1 1/1

On Monday a few Astros stopped on their way in also:

Miguel Tejada 5/5

Russ Ortiz 5/5

Hunter Pence 1/1

 

July 1st, 2009

Brad Cresse c/o home (79 days)

Jeff Urban c/o home (18 days)

Duke Snider c/o home (8 days) also signed an OMLB on the SS w/ HOF Inscription (I added a $20 donation)

Tigers were in town.  Here was my haul:

Nate Robertson 1/18x10

Placido Polanco 1/1 1/1

Joel Zumaya 1/1

Rick Porcello and a OMLB on SS

Don Kelly 2/2 2/2

Fernando Rodney 1/1

Curtis Granderson on my Team USA WBC Ball

Marcus Thames 2/2 2/2 (2 for SCN Members)

Adam Everett 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1 (3 for SCN members)

Edwin Jackson 2/2

Armando Galaragga 1/1 1/1 1/1

Dusty Ryan 1/1 8x10

Josh Anderson 1/1

Was in front of Cabrera and Ordonez signing several times but no luck, wouldn't take my cards. 

 

June 25th, 2009

TTM:

Kerry Ligtenberg c/o St. Paul Saints (45 days)

Royals were in town, a few observations, and please no emails saying, "They don't have to sign!"  I know this, its just the way in which these individuals carry themselves, and again only my personal observations, not canon:

1) Zach Greinke is a primadonna.  The SI Cover sent straight to his head.  Today as he walked past the 5 of us that wanted his signature on the way to the bus all he did was shake his head no.  Yesterday he ignored us and Monday said maybe tomorrow.

2) Willie Bloomquist is elusive.  Needing him for my 03 Total set he was a top priority and all 3 days he ignored me as myself and maybe 2-3 others asked him for a signature.

3) Jose Guillen is a jerk

Juan Cruz 1/1 1/1

John Gibbons 1/2

Kevin Seitzer 1/1 1/1 1/1

John Mizerock 1/1

John Buck 2/2

John Bale 1/1

Mike Jacobs 2/2 3/3

Mitch Maier 2/2

Miguel Olivo 1/1 1/1

Joakim Soria 2/2 2/2 8x10

Mark Teahen 2/2 1/1

Gil Meche 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1

Luis Hernandez 3/3

Billy Butler 3/3

Luke Hochevar 1/1

David DeJesus 1/3

Kyle Farnsworth 2/2 2/2 2/2

Frank White 1/1 8x10

Denny Matthews SS OMLB

 

 

June15th, 2009

Craig Ansman c/o home (28 days)

Darrin Fletcher c/o home (151 days)

Teddy Higuera c/o home (68 days)

June 12th, 2009

Brandon Duckworth c/o Omaha (60 days)

Matt Wheatland c/o home (29 days)

June 11th, 2009

TTM:

Brad Vericker c/o home (27 days)

Robin Roberts c/o home (6 days w/ $10 donation)

Cubbies were in town, I worked all 3 days, managed to get quite a few cards signed for SCN members, those go out tomorrow.

Here is my personal haul:

Jose Ascanio 1/1

Andres Blanco 2/2

Aaron Miles 1/1 1/1

Bob Brenly 4/4 (3 for SCN members)

Jake Fox 2/2

Geovanny Soto 1/1 1/1 1/1 (1 for an SCN Member)

Ivan DeJesus 1/1

Randy Wells 1/1 8x10

Mike Fontenot 1/1

Ryan Theriot 1/1

Angel Guzman 1/1

Carlos Marmol 1/1 8x10

Alfonso Soriano 1/1 1/1(Sweet Spot Ball) (my beautiful bride to be helped me get 2 on him items)

Ron Santo 1/1 8x10

Larry Rothschild 1/1

Kosuke Fukudome 1/1 a Sweet Spot Ball

Ted Lilly 1/1 added him to my Team USA WBC ball

Alan Trammell 1/1 1/1 a Sweet Spot Ball

And the Piece de Resistance was an Aramis Ramirez 16x20 that he signed in blue sharpie for me.  It's on its way to the framers and then up on my wall in my game room.

June 5th, 2009

Brian Lawrence c/o Camden RiverSharks (40 days) that was my 3rd attempt on him and first success

Wayne Lydon c/o CamdnRiverSharks (31 days) this was my 4th attempt

Rockies were in town, I was able to get out there one day:

Manny Corpas 3/3 (1 for Slayden)

Jorge de la Rosa 3/3

Taylor Buchholz 1/1 1/1

Seth Smith 2/3

Matt Murton 5/5

Brad Hawpe 1/1

Todd Helton 1/1

Ryan Spilborghs 1/1 1/2

Huston Street 1/1 1/1

Ian Stewart 1/2

Edwin Bellorin 1/1

Don Baylor 1/2

A few Astros came in the front as well:

Matt Kata 2/2

Alberto Arias 1/1

Edwin Maysonet 1/1

June 1st , 2009

Benji DeQuin c/o home (13 days)

Scott Hatteberg c/o home (10 days)

Roberto Alomar c/o home (19 days) signed 2/3 and the one obviously on the back for some reason

Chris O'Riordan c/o home (13 days) he also added a nice note

May 26th, 2009

Greg Miller c/o home (10 days)

Calvin Hayes c/o home (10 days)

May 25th, 2009

TTM:

Luke Hudson c/o home 2/2 (43 days)

Rodrigo Lopez c/o LeHigh Valley 1/1 (10 days)

Rick Asadoorian c/o Bridgeport 2/2 (23 days)

Rangers in town over the weekend...........had a couple friends out helping me double and triple up on guys.  Here are totals for weekend which included ballpark entrance, hotel, and team bus entrance.

Josh Hamilton on a 2008 All-Star Game Ball

Nolan Ryan Sweet Spot OMLB

Kris Benson 1/1 1/1 1/1

Chris Davis 2/2 2/2

Michael Young 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1

Matt Harrison 1/1

Warner Madrigal 1/1

Jarrod Saltalamacchia 1/2

Mike Maddux 1/1

Ron Washington 2/2

Jason Jennings 2/2

Omar Vizquel 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1

Andruw Jones 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1

Elvis Andrus 1/1 1/1 (Sweet Spot Ball)

Kevin Millwood 1/1 1/1 2/2

Nelson Cruz 1/1

Hank Blalock 1/1 1/1

Dave Anderson 3/4 2/3

David Murphy 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1

Vicente Padilla 1/1 1/1 2/2

Taylor Teagarden 5/5

 

May 21st, 2009

Took a half day and chased the Brewers at the park yesterday.  If you know about Houston if you work the park and not the hotel its difficult b\c there are two entrances on separate sides of the park that the visiting team can enter in.  I chose the front entrance and only saw 3 groups of players, but had a decent haul considering........

Bill Hall 1/1

Braden Looper 1/2

Manny Parra 1/1

Prince Fielder 1/1

Brian Moehler 2/2

Art Howe 1/1

Gallardo and Villanueva came together and declined my request (I was the only one there) and Parra came in a cab with 4 other players (Stetter, DiFelice, and who I think was Iribarren and I chose to ask and get Parra).  That was it.

May 11th, 2009

Ken Ray c/o Long Island (12 days)

May 10th, 2009

TTM:

Mike Smith c/o York Revolution (10 days)

Gary Schneidmiller c/o home (25 days)

Ron Karkovice c/o Newark Bears (8 days)

Jeremy Hill c/o Salt Lake City (7 days)

Cubs were in town Thursday I worked the Home Plate Entrance:

Micah Hoffpauir 2/2 2/2

Geovanny Soto 1/1

Joey Gathright 1/1

Aaron Miles 1/2

Angel Guzman 1/5 1/4

Aramis Ramirez 1/1

Bob Brenly 2/2

Neal Cotts 2/2 2/2

Kevin Gregg 2/2 2/2

Ryan Theriot 1/1

Mike Fontenot 2/2

Mike Quade 1/1

Koyie Hill 2/2

Ivan DeJesus 1/2

Padres were in for a weekend series I worked the Hotel Friday and Saturday

Astros Surprises: Roy Oswalt on my WBC Team USA Ball (he was picking up Jake Peavy), Lance Berkman (he was picking up Chris Burke), and Roger Clemens {got him to Sweet Spot a Baseball}(dropped off Burke after they played golf)

Rich Renteria 2/2

Jim Lefebvre 2/2

Jerry Coleman 1 Sweetspot ball w/ WS MVP inscription

Duaner Sanchez 1/1 1/1 2/2

Brian Giles 1/1 1/1 (8x10s)

Adrian Gonzalez 1/1 1/1 (1 8x10 and a SS Ball)

Edwin Moreno 2/2

Chad Gaudin 3/3

Mark Grant 1/1

Chris Burke 1/2

Nick Hundley 1/1

Kevin Kouzmanoff 1/1 1/1

Scott Hairston 3/3 3/3

Cla Meredith 1/1 1/1

Chris Young 1/2

Cliff Floyd 1/1 1/1 1/1

Heath Bell on my Team USA WBC Ball

 

May 6th, 2009

Bob Milacki c/o Lakewood (25 days)

Jason Perry c/o Lancaster (14 days)

Tom Runnells c/o Colorado Springs (22 days)

One Failure:

Wayne Lydon c/o Camden returned unsigned in SASE, re-sent, maybe he forgot to sign it????

April 26th, 2009

Keith Ginter c/o Charlotte Knights (9 days)

Greg Bruso c/o home (76 days)

April 24th, 2009

TTM:

Scott Ruffcorn c/o home (180 days)

Dodgers were in town, totals below are from 2 hotel days, 3 inside the park days, and 2 post game exits of the stadium.

Mark Loretta 2/2 1/1

Brad Ausmus 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1

Casey Blake 2/2 1/1 1/1 1/1

Randy Wolf 1/1

Ronald Belisario 1/1 (8x10)

Will Ohman 1/2

James Loney 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1 & a SweetSpot Baseball

Andre Ethier 1/1 1/1 1/1

Juan Castro 1/1 1/1 1/1

Juan Pierre 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1

Eric Stults 3/3

Mark Sweeney 1/1

Clayton Kershaw 1/1 1/1

Blake DeWitt 1/1 1/1

Hiroki Kuroda 1/1

Russell Martin 1/1 and a 08 All Star Ball signed below logo

Bob Schaefer and Mariano Duncan 1/1

and

Rafael Fucal 1/1 SweetSpot Baseball

Don Mattingly 1/1 1/1 SweetSpot Baseballs

Joe Torre signed over the dugout each day using his own sharpie pen

Manny Didn't SNIFF a pen all series anywhere

April 13th, 2009

Kris Wilson c/o home (19 days)

Brian West c/o home (5 days)

Juan Castro c/o Dodgers ST (48 days)

Allen Fisher c/o Arm Wrestling Worldwide (191 days)

 

April 7th, 2009

Did Friday Astros v. Indians Exhibition at Minute Maid then camped out in line for FanFest for Pudge.  Here is what I hauled in over 2 days, this is entering the park, leaving the park, during BP and all Astros were at FanFest unless otherwise noted.  FanFest was 1 per strictly but I had a buddy go through most lines with me who doesn't collect and he helped me double up.  Tickets for each session w/ 4 players/coaches were $20, I bought 2 tix for Pudge's session, 1 for the Oswalt session, 1 for the Lee session, 1 for the relievers session.  They allowed me to go through the Cooper session for free.

Shin-Soo Choo 2/2, 2/2

Travis Hafner 1/2

Carl Pavano 2/2

Jamey Carroll 1/1 1/1

Fausto Carmona 1/1

Kelly Shoppach 1/1 1/1

Tony Graffanino 2/2

Wilson Valdez

Kerry Wood 1 SS OMLB

Josh Barfield 1/2 1/2

Ryan Garko 1/1 1/1

Asdrubal Cabrera 1/1

Ben Francisco 1/1 1/1

Jhonny Peralta 1/1 1/1

Zach Jackson 3/3

Carl Willis 3/3

Eric Wedge 3/3

Joel Skinner 1/1 1/1 1/1

FanFest

Pudge Rodriguez  & 1 SS OMLB w/ 99 AL MVP Inscription

Kaz Matsui

Wandy Rodriguez

Chris Johnson

Hunter Pence

Dave Clark

Cecil Cooper

Jason Michaels

Chris Sampson

LaTroy Hawkins

Doug Brocail

Tim Byrdak

Russ Ortiz

Carlos Lee 1 SS OMLB w/ El Caballo inscription

Brandon Backe

Sean Berry

Got Valverde and Oswalt on a Fantasy Team Ball my buddy is doing, he came with to get extra autos for me and work on getting a ball signed by all member of his fantasty team (he also got Victor Martinez).

During the Exhibition Game Saturday they had ex-Astros signing for free in the park and got the following:

Brian Williams

James Mouton

Shane Reynolds

Kevin Bass

Larry Dierker

(missed John Hudek and didn't have any cards for Jimmy Wynn, Terry Puhl, Enos Cabell, or Alex Trevino)

TTM:

Shawn Estes c/o Dodgers ST (38 days)

Daylan Holt c/o Home (22 days)

Scott Williamson c/o Tigers ST (31 days)

March 31st, 2009

Corey Shafer c/o home (28 days)

Bobby Bradley c/o home (12 days)

Ed Vosberg c/o home (? days)

Luis Polonia c/o private signing

March 27th, 2009

Sean Casey c/o MLB Network (33 days)

Kendall Gill c/o Chicago Comcast (59 days)

And before I get a million emails saying why do you need 9 Gills, I am giving most away to my students.

March 25th, 2009

Cris Carpenter c/o School (12 days)

Mike Deveraux c/o Private Signing

Chris Dudley c/o home (56 days)

 

March 16th, 2009

Brian Barnes c/o home (136 days)

Rick Bauer c/o Blue Jays ST (7 days)

Tim Kalita c/o home (13 days)

Seth Etherton c/o D-Backs ST (24 days)

Mike Sweeney c/o Mariners ST (7 days)

Danny Ferry c/o Cavs (34 days)

March 7th, 2009

Kelly Gruber c/o home (18 days)

Terry McGriff c/o home (12 days)

Hideki Okajima c/o Sox ST (11 days)

Eric Milton c/o Dodgers ST (18 days)

February 26th, 2009

Jeff Treadway c/o School (16 days)

Mike Stoner c/o home (20 days) added a nice note back about life and baseball

Brian Wright c/o home (17 days) added a nice note and the chrome and tribute cards

Nick Saban c/o Alabama (21 days)

Lance Blanks c/o Cavs (28 days)

Chad McConnell c/o home (21 days)

Bonnie Blair c/o home (183 days)

 

February 18th, 2009

Apologies for a lack of updates for almost a month now but to be completely honest..........there hasn't been much to report.

I have sent out an increased number of requests recently and hope to have some nice successes to report in the future.

Brad Baker c/o home (9 days)

Jimmy Key c/o home (9 days)

Brent Price c/o home (10 days)

Tracy Murray c/o home (8 days)

Sam Perkins c/o home (29 days)

Tim Hardaway c/o home (9 days)

January 22nd, 2009

Scott Brosius c/o Linfield College (43 days) + $10 donation

Jim Lindeman c/o home (50 days)

Dave Pember c/o home (8 days)

Kirk Rueter c/o home (15 days)

January 12th, 2009

Nice surprise today:

Calvin "Pokey" Reese c/o home (339 days)

January 10th, 2009

Happy New Year to everyone!  Baseball season is right around the corner.............I can't wait!

Patrick Lennon c/o home (18 days)

Todd Clever c/o Rugby Team (81 days) He also included a letter explaining that he has been out of the country and apologized for the delay.  Nice guy!

Tony Barron c/o home (94 days)

Mark Williamson c/o home (45 days)

December 28th, 2008

I apologize for the lack of timely updates of late but anyone who knows a High School 5A Boy's Basketball Coaches Schedule you understand.

Bob Baffert c/o Stables (24 days)

Rheal Cormier c/o home (12 days)

Eric Weaver c/o home (15 days)

Buck Showalter c/o home (17 days)

Jeff Torborg c/o home (11 days)

Sparky Anderson c/o home (7 days)

Mike Figga c/o home (83 days)

Ryan Jensen c/o home (9 days)

Otis Nixon c/o Private Signing

Aaron Brooks c/o home (67 days)

 

November 27th, 2008

Mike Mussina c/o home (17 days)

Mike Aponte c/o home (42 days) also included a dvd about his card counting black jack days

Todd Van Poppel c/o home (35 days) I sent with the cards a blue sharpie and he used it on 2 of the 6 cards and some other marker on the rest

Tom Kelly c/o home (10 days)

Mike Flanagan c/o Orioles (14 days)

November 20th, 2008

Former Phillies and Braves Prospect and MLB Pitcher with the San Diego Padres Donnie Elliott has agreed to do a signing for collectors.
I work with him and he said he would have no problem doing a signing for the minimal fee of $1 per card (w/ your SASE).
I am trying to gauge interest before I commit to this.
Send Cards and Money + SASE to:
Luke Bendick
2800 NASA Pkwy
Apt #505
Seabrook, TX 77586
Below is a list of his cards, if you would be interested in going in on this signing please email me.
1988 Martinsville Phillies Star-#12
1988 Batavia Clippers #1925
1990 Spartanburg Phillies Best #16
1990 Spartanburg Phillies Pro Cards #2482
1990 Spartanburg Phillies Star #5
1991 Spartanburg PhilliesClassic Best #3
1991 Spartanburg Phillies Pro Cards #888
1992 Classic Best #369
1992 Greenville Braves #1150
1993 Bowman #58
1993 Richmond Braves Best #18
1993 Richmond Braves Fleer Pro/Cards #179
1993 Richmond Braves Pro Cards #8
1993 Richmond Braves Richmond Camera #11
1993 Richmond Braves Richmond Comix #9
1994 Bowman #225
1994 Collector's Choice #655 (Silver and Gold Sig as well)
1994 Flair #435
1994 Fleer Update #184
1994 Sportsflix Rookies #53 (and Artist's Proof)
1994 Topps Traded #17T
1995 Donruss #104 (as well as Press Proof)
1995 Flair #199
1995 Fleer #558
1995 Pacific #360
1995 Fleer Ultra #437 (and Gold Medallion)
1996 Scranton Wilkes-Barre Red Barons #13

November 11th, 2008

Here is my last week's haul:

Mike Cameron c/o home (10 days)

Jim Fregosi c/o home (11 days)

Mark Leiter c/o home (14 days)

Gregg Olson c/o home (9 days)

Johnny Pesky c/o home (14 days)

Todd Hollandsworth c/o home (14 days)

Mike Nixon c/o home (212 days)

Frank Morris c/o home (15 days)

November 1st, 2008

Greg Hansell c/o home (21 days)

Scott Livingstone c/o home (11 days)

Dan Serafini c/o home (11 days) (he added the 4 cards of him playing in Japan, nice guy)

Charles Woodson c/o Packers (31 days)

Pete Weber c/o home (55 days)

 

October 22nd, 2008

Gary Hall Jr. c/o work (65 days)

Mike Nolan c/o 49ers (16 days)

Jerry DiPoto c/o home (16 days) (nice guy hope he gets the Seattle GM job)

Chris Tremie c/o home (15 days)

Rick Gorecki c/o home (14 days)

October 20th, 2008

Last weeks returns:

Dallas Clark c/o Indy 2/3 (10 days)

Tim Harikkala c/o home 2/2 (43 days)

Matt Whiteside c/o home 3/3 (17 days)

Tyrone Wheatley c/o Ohio Northern Univ. 1/1 (14 days)

Barry Larkin c/o home 2/3 (18 days)

John Hudek c/o home 4/4 (65 days)

October 8th, 2008

TTM:

Mike Duvall c/o home ( days)

Dan Jansen c/o home ( days) used the blue sharpie I sent

Braves were in town for the last weekend of the baseball regular season, here was my haul from one day at the hotel and inside the park.  Alas, no Chipper again this year.

Matt Diaz 1/1 (remarked that it was the 1st time he'd seen the card and confirmed it was definately the 1st time he'd signed it)

Manny Acosta 2/2

Julian Tavarez 4/4 2/2 2/2

Josh Anderson 1/1 1/1

Brian McCann 1/1 1/1 and a SS Ball

Terry Pendelton 1/1 and a Side paneled waste of a ball that anyone can have for the $12 bucks the ball cost me

Buddy Carlyle 3/3

Jeff Franceour 1/1 1/1 1/1

Jair Jurrjens 2/2 2/2

Mike Gonzalez 1/1

Omar Infante 2/2

Kelly Johnson 1/1 1/1

Alberto Arias 2/2 (he was staying at the visiting team hotel upon his callup from AAA)

 

October 4th, 2008

TTM:

Will Brunson c/o home (14 days)

Anthony Shumaker c/o home (17 days)

Jeff Kent c/o Dodgers ST (217 days)

Les Miles c/o LSU (6 days)

Bruce Jenner c/o home (24 days) (I sent a Blue Sharpie but he didn't use it)

Val Majewski c/o Newark Bears (156 days)

Reds were in town a few weeks back, I did the hotel 1 day and here's my haul:

Bronson Arroyo 1/1

David Weathers 1/2

Jolbert Cabrera 2/2

Josh Roenicke 1/1

Jon Adkins 1/1

Jerry Hairston Jr. 2/4

Jeremy Affeldt 2/2

Corey Patterson 1/1

Joey Votto 1/2

 

 

 

 

 

September 22nd, 2008

Tom Davey c/o home (16 days)

Brian Tollberg c/o Somerset Patriots (18 days)

Greg Louganis c/o home (123 days)

September 18th, 2008

Alex Fernandez c/o home (245 days)

Charlie Greene c/o home (14 days)

Dan Ricabal c/o Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (156 days)

Kazuo Fukumori c/o Oklahoma City (16 days)

Augie Garrido c/o Univ. Texas (8 days)

 

September 10th, 2008

Hart Lee Dykes c/o home (599 days) Questions Might be my longest wait ever, added 3 cards, I sent him 1

Jeff King c/o home (15 days)

Bob Chandler c/o home (18 days)

Kerri Strug c/o home (15 days)

Kevin Van Dam c/o R&G Sports (10 days)

August 29th, 2008

Been a rough few weeks.  Astros were on a long road trip and when they arrived back home I had begun school (for those who don't know I am a High School History Teacher and Boy's Basketball Coach).  Dodgers lose their 8th straight tonight.   It seems like yesterday we got Manny and Casey Blake and I thought we had the upper hand.............wrong again.  I hate sports.....

TTM:

Nicky Hayden c/o home (10 days)

Jeanette Lee c/o Octagon (28 days)

Owen Gingerich c/o home (7 days)

Garret Anderson c/o Angels (9 days)

Jason McElwain c/o home (9 days)

Mario Andretti c/o home (17 days)

Von Hayes c/o Lancaster (17 days)

 

 

August 18th, 2008

TTM:

Darin Erstad c/o Astros ST (159 days)

Andrew "William Ocean" Litz c/o home (13 days)

Diamondbacks were in town I did the hotel on Saturday.  Webb, Johnson, and Haren didn't sign for anyone that day (of course they did Friday and Sunday.....)

Bob Melvin 1/2

Lee Tinsley 5/8

Rich Schu 5/7

Chad Tracy 1/1 1/1

Augie Ojeda 2/2

Doug Davis 2/2 2/2

Eric Byrnes 1/4

Conor Jackson 1/1

Miguel Montero 1/3

Mark Reynolds 3/3

Yusmeiro Petit 1/1 1/1

Alex Romero 1/1 1/1

Jeff Salazar 1/1

Jon Rauch 1/1

Chris Snyder 1/1

 

August 14th, 2008

TTM:

Brad Ausmus c/o Astros (9 days)

Bob Motley c/o home (11 days)

Jeff Reboulet c/o home (9 days)

Frank Menechino c/o home (9 days)

Giants (or as I call them The Hated Ones) were in town and I did the Hotel for 2 days:

Bruce Bochy 2/2

Tim Flannery 2/2

Carney Lansford 1/4

Duane Kuiper 1/1

Mike Krukow 1/4

Fred Lewis 1/2

Steve Holm 1/1

Eugenio Velez 2/2

Ivan Ochoa 1/1

Matt Cain 1/1

Kevin Correia 1/1

Bengie Molina 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1

Randy Winn 1/1 1/1

Omar Vizquel 2/2

Tyler Walker 2/2

Keiichi Yabu 2/2

Tim Lincecum 1/2

Jack Taschner 3/3

Barry Zito 1/1 1/1 1/1 and a SS ball

 

 

August 5th, 2008

TTM:

Ken Harvey c/o KC T-Bones (10 days)

Mets were in town over the weekend, this team gets my award for toughest signers in the MLB.  I had more luck with Boston and the Yankees!  (this was over 2 days working the hotel and ballpark player's entrance)

John Maine 2/4

Mike Pelfrey 2/2

Robinson Cancel 2/2

Scott Shoeneweis 3/3

Marlon Anderson 2/2

Aaron Heilman 2/2

Fernando Tatis 1/1 1/1 1/1

Luis Aguayo 2/2

Howard Johnson 1/2 1/2

 

July 30th, 2008

TTM:

Misty May-Treanor c/o home (10 days)

Reds in town, did the hotel Monday and post game and did the stadium entrance Tuesday, BP, and post game.  Here's the entire haul:

Dusty Baker 2/2 and a SS ball

Billy Hatcher 6/6

Brook Jacoby 4/4

Walt Jocketty 2/2

Jay Bruce 1/1 and a Side Paneled Ball

Paul Bako 2/2

Mike Lincoln 4/4

Joey Votto 1/1 and a SS ball

Javier Valentin 2/2 2/2

Andy Phillips 1/1

Brandon Phillips 1/2

Corey Patterson 1/2 1/2

Jolbert Cabrera 1/1

Aaron Harang 1/1 1/1

David Weathers 1/7

Bronson Arroyo 1/2 1/2

Todd Coffey 1/1

Josh Fogg 4/4

David Ross 1/1 1/1 1/1

And got Steve Sparks 2/2 (he does tv for the Astros)

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 24th, 2008

TTM:

Edwin Almonte c/o Newark Bears (88 days)

Alex Graman c/o Seibu Lions (57 days)

Jay Gibbons c/o Long Island Ducks (16 days)

Joe B. Scott c/o home (10 days) included a $5 donation and a blue sharpee

Chance Sanford c/o home (63 days)

Pasqual Coco c/o John's Dominican Republic Signing for $10

Alay Soler c/o Round Rock Express (77 days)

Did the Pirates Hotel Monday and Tuesday of Last week, did quite well, here's the 2 day haul:

Jack Wilson 3/3 5/5

Ian Snell 2/2 (he's gotten tougher, very surly this year as opposed to last year where he was engaging and appreciative)

Xavier Nady 2/2 and a SS Ball the 2nd day

Jason Bay SS Ball w/ ROY 2004 Inscription

Sean Burnett 2/2

TJ Beam 2/4

Denny Bautista 2/2

Jose Bautista 3/3

Lou Frazier 3/3

Chris Gomez 1/7 1/6

Doug Mientkiewicz 3/3

Jason Michaels 4/4 4/4

Bob Walk 6/6

Luis Rivas 2/2

Raul Chavez 1/1 

 

 

July 5th, 2008

Ryan Dittfurth c/o Lincoln Saltdogs (35 days)

William Brennan c/o home (49 days)

Dodgers were in town for 4, these were obtained at the hotel and inside the park over the course of the 4 game series:

Andy LaRoche 1/1 1/1 1/1

Delwyn Young 1/1

Brian Falkenborg 1/1

Danny Ardoin 1/1

Angel Berroa 4/4

James Loney 1/1 and he signed a Jersey of his I have

Russell Martin 1/2

Mat Kemp 1/1 (for Larry) and an 8x10 of he and I from Spring Training

Clayton Kershaw signed an 8x10 and 2 Baseball's on the SS

Mark Sweeney 2/2

Jason Repko 3/3

Derek Lowe 1/1

Steve Lyons 2/2

Mariano Duncan 1/1

Got Sweet Spot baseballs from Billingsley and Saito as well.

Also did a team ball that by the end of the 4 days is missing only Torre, Kent, Kuroda, and Stults.

I tried the hotel 3 days straight for Torre and everyday he didn't sign and the last day I didn't do the hotel and he signed there.........oh well, you win some you lose some.

 

June 27th, 2008

Red Sox in town for the weekend, worked outside the park today, ran to the bus at the hotel only to see my buddy Just Disabled Drew walk by and say later (that's only about the 10th time I've heard that from him) and Daisuke smile and wave.

Josh Beckett 1/1

Bartolo Colon 1/2

David Aardsma 1/2

Kevin Youkilis 1/1

Justin Masterson 1/1 and a SS Ball

Luis Alicea 3/3

Brandon Moss 1/1 1/1

Javier Lopez 1/1

Dustin Pedroia a SS Ball

All in all a solid day considering it was the Sox

 

TTM:

Adam Johnson c/o Southern Maryland Blue Crabs

Felix Jose c/o Lincoln Saltdogs

Clay Bellinger c/o home

Ranger were in town Tuesday-Thursday for 3, I worked outside the park Tues. and Thurs. here's how I did:

Joaquin Benoit 3/3

Hank Blalock 1/2

Scott Feldman 3/3

Eddie Guardado 1/2

Eric Hurley 2/2

Max Ramirez 2/2 and a SS Baseball

Ian Kinsler 1/1 and a SS Baseball

Gary Pettis 1/1 (If anyone knows anything about him you realize how shocked I was to finally add him to my collection)

Ron Washington 2/2

Matt Walbeck 6/6

Milton Bradley 1/1, 1/1

German Duran 1/1

Luis Mendoza 1/1

CJ Wilson 5/5

David Murphy 2/2 and a SS Baseball

Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2/5

Chris Shelton 3/3

Vicente Padilla 1/1

Josh Rupe 1/1

Josh Hamilton a SS Baseball

Michael Young a SS Baseball and another SS Baseball w/ 2006 All Star Game MVP Inscription

 

 

Art Howe 1/1 and a SS Baseball

 

June 14th, 2008

Denny Hocking c/o home (97 days)

Warren Moon c/o Hall of Fame (27 days)

Did the Evil Empire In person Friday:

Kyle Farnsworth 3/3

Mike Harkey 3/3

Ross Ohlendorf 1/1

Chad Moeller 3/3

Tony Pena 1/1

Michael Kay 2/2

Bobby Abreu 1/1 and a side panel ball

Johnny Damon 1/1 and SS Ball

June 7th, 2008

Worked the Cardinals Hotel today, was the only grapher there and still only managed to pull a few guys.  This team is hard!  Pujols, Wainwright, Mulder, McClellan, Lohse, Izturis, Molina, and Flores all either said no or ignored my request. 

Joe Pettini 1/1

Dave McKay 1/1

Chris Perez 2/2

Ryan Franklin 3/3

Adam Kennedy 1/2

Troy Glaus 1/1

Brendan Ryan 1/5 (said he only had time for 1)

One TTM back

Jeromy Burnitz 3/3 (12 days)

June 5th, 2008

Billy Simon c/o St. George Roadrunners (13 days)

Cristian Guerrero c/o Gary South Shore RailCats (19 days)

June 3rd, 2008

 Brian Myrow c/o Portland Beavers (54 days)

Trey Lunsford c/o home (10 days) Questions

May 28th, 2008

Jay Witasick c/o home (20 days) Questions

Ron Chiavacci c/o Lehigh Valley (13 days)

May 29th, 2009

Pete Harnisch c/o home (14 days)

May 26th, 2008

Mail from last week:

Cecil Fielder c/o Atlantic City Surf (10 days)

Bobby Hill c/o Newark Bears (9 days)

JD Closser c/o Scranton Yanks (20 days) Questions

Reggie Sanders c/o Private Signing (Fee was $20)

Did the Phillies this weekend, very hard team to get, most guys are flat out non-signers.  I tried the Hotel and Stadium both places were bad

Pedro Feliz 1/5

Jamie Moyer 1/2 1/2

Chris Coste 2/2

Ryan Madson 3/3

Kyle Kendrick 3/4 (no dups)

Rudy Seanez 2/2

Flash Gordon 1/2 1/2

Clay Condrey 1/1

Larry Anderson 3/3

And one Astro stopped out back Sunday

Doug Brocail 3/3

May 21st, 2008

Last night I decided to go down to the stadium after the game to try to get a few more Cubs:

Kerry Wood 1/1 1/1

Ryan Dempster 2/2

Ted Lilly 1/1 (I was the only one out of about a dozen seekers who got him, not the nicest guy)

Jim Edmonds 1/1

May 20th, 2008

TTM Update from the past few days:

Josh Paul c/o Round Rock (32 days) Questions

Rylan Reed c/o home (22 days) Questions

Tim Naehring c/o home (39 days)

Dave Gassner c/o York Revolution (13 days) Questions

Sendy Rleal c/o Lancaster Barnstormers (27 days)

Took Monday off and did the Stadium working the Cubs as they entered.  Did quite well, didn't see Soriano or Kosuke Fukudome, Edmonds rode the bus.

Carlos Zambrano 1/1

Derek Lee 1/1 1/1

Jon Leiber 5/5 4/4

Carlos Marmol 2/2

Aramis Ramirez 1/1 and a SS Ball

Sean Gallagher 2/2

Bobby Howry 1/1

Mike Fontenot 2/2 2/2

Ronny Cedeno 2/2

Henry Blanco 1/4

Ryan Dempster 1/5

Mark DeRosa 1/1 1/1

Jason Marquis 1/1

Ryan Theriot 1/1

Matt Sinatro 1/1

Gerald Perry 4/4

Also got Bob Brenly on a SS w/ inscription "2001 World Series Champs"

 

May 14th, 2008

Tony Peguero c/o Camden (15 days)

Matt Hagen c/o Somerset (15 days) added the Testimony card Questions

Ken Jennings c/o home (15 days)

Bill Pulsipher c/o home (74 days)

Carlos Febles c/o Lancaster (12 days)

 

May 10th, 2008

Jason Tyner c/o Buffalo Bisons (5 days)

 

May 6th, 2008

Worked the Nationals Hotel (took a day off of work to do it) and was the only one there..........

Notes: Kearns, Johnson, Zimmerman, LoDuca and Boone came out together I could only get one and needed Boone the most.  Wily Mo Pena ignored me even after Belliard nudged him to let him know I was asking for his auto, not the nicest of guys..........

Don Sutton 1/1 SS Ball with HOF inscription

Tim Redding 5/5

Matt Chico 2/2

Luis Ayala 2/2

Jesus Colome 6/6

Manny Acta 2/2

Aaron Boone 1/1

Johnny Estrada 1/4

Joel Hanrahan 2/2

Rob Mackowiak 3/5

Lastings Milledge 2/2

Odalis Perez 3/3

Cristian Guzman 3/3

Lenny Harris 1/1

 

 

May 5th, 2008

Last week:

Eric Young Jr. c/o Tulsa (6 days) Questions

Joba Chamberlain c/o Yankees ST (59 days)

Did the Brewers Hotel on Saturday and outside the Stadium Sunday:

Saturday

Prince Fielder SS Ball

Ryan Braun 8x10

Dave Bush 1/1

JJ Hardy 1/1

Guillermo Mota 1/1

David Riske 1/4

Bill Schroeder 2/2

Dale Sveum 1/2

Sunday:

Ted Simmons 1/1

Bill Castro 1/1

Prince Fielder 1/1

Tony Gwynn Jr. 1/2

Jeff Suppan 1/1

Gabe Kapler 1/1

Mike Cameron SS Ball (wouldn't add inscription denoting his 4 HR game, If you would be interested in this email me it's available)

 

April 25th, 2008

Jeff Conine c/o home (17 days)

Mike Myers c/o Las Vegas 51's (14 days)

Dennis Tankersley c/o Columbus Clippers (13 days)

Chad Hutchinson c/o home (9 days) Questions

April 22nd, 2008

It was a busy weekend on the autograph front.  As always I had my beautiful girlfriend and my buddy Alan there helping me double and triple up on guys.

Saturday did the Rockies Hotel

Sunday did players entrance to Minute Maid Park

Monday did Padres Hotel

Here's my haul:

Rockies (in no particular order)

Clint Hurdle 2/2 3/3

Jamie Quirk 2/2

Mike Gallego 2/2

Mark Strittmatter 1/1

Glenallen Hill 2/2 1/1 1/1

Alan Cockrell 1/1

Brian Fuentes 2/2

Micah Bowie 2/2 2/2

Clint Barmes 2/2 4/4

Ryan Spilborghs 2/2

Aaron Cook 2/2 1/1

Jayson Nix 1/1 1/1 1/1

Jeff Francis 1/1 1/1 1/1 and a SS Ball

Mark Redman 1/1 1/1

Ryan Speier 2/2 (He commented that it was the first time he'd ever signed the 05 Total that already had Chin Hui Tsao's auto on it, might be the only one in the world............)

Brad Hawpe 1/1

Garrett Atkins 1/1

Troy Tulowitzki 1/1 and a SS Ball

Matt Holliday 1/1 and a SS Ball

Chris Ianetta 1/1

Jeff Baker 2/2

Franklin Morales 1/1 1/1 and a SS Ball

Inside Stadium netted 2 Astros I needed

Geoff Geary 1/1

Doug Brocail 3/3

Monday at Padres Hotel (My best single day doing a team hotel 48 cards, 1 8x10, and 3 SS Balls)

A few Surprises

1) Woody Williams 2/2 (he was picking up some Padres trainers)

2) Geoff Blum 2/4 3/3 (he was picking up his wife at the Hotel)

3) Jose Cruz Jr. 6/6 (not really a surprise since he's staying there, always a great guy)

Tony Clark 3/3 3/3 (he is about the nicest guy in baseball, apologized to me for only having time to do 3)

Glendon Rusch 2/5

Josh Bard 1/2

Michael Barrett 1/1

Randy Wolf 1/1 2/2 8x10

Paul McAnulty 3/3

Calix Crabbe 1/1

Brian Giles 1/1, 1/1, 1/1 and a SS Ball

Khalil Greene 1/2

Kevin Kouzmanoff 1/1

Tadahito Iguchi 1/1 1/1 1/1

Trevor Hoffman 1/1 and a SS Personalized Ball

Cla Meredith 3/5

Adrian Gonzalez 1/1 1/1

Bud Black 1/1

Glenn Hoffman 1/1

Wally Joyner 1/2

Mark Grant 2/2


Jake Peavy also SS a Baseball for me

Maddux and Edmonds both signed inside the hotel for 2 jackass dealers who acted like they were staying there and when they came out wouldn't sign for us, otherwise I'd have gotten them too)

 

 

April 16th, 2008

Jeff Zimmerman c/o home (22 days, added the Fleer Update and 00 Topps)

Reid Cornelius c/o Jupiter (12 days)

April 16th, 2008

For the first time in over 4 years I did not have a single return in my mailbox. 

However, I did work the Marlins Hotel and outside the Stadium this past Saturday and Sunday.  All in all not a great signing team really (scans to come)

Jose Cruz Jr. (he's staying at the visiting players hotel) 5/5

Here's my haul:

Jorge Cantu 1/1, 1/1, 1/1

Josh Willingham 1/1, 1/1

Lee Gardner 2/2

Logan Kensing 3/3

Justin Miller 1/1

Wes Helms 1/1

Andy Fox 2/5

Steve Foster 1/1

Bo Porter 3/3

Jim Presley 2/4

Sunday outside Stadium

Luis Gonzalez 1/1, 1/1

There were 4 of us and myself and my buddy got Luis to add the inscription "2001 World Series Game 7 GW Hit"

Jim Presley 2/2

 

 

 

April 9th, 2008

Ryan Turner c/o home (8 days)

Jim Boeheim c/o Syracuse (55 days)

Jerry Tarkanian c/o home (52 days)

Went down to Minute Maid for a little postgame try at getting some Cardinals and netted a few in the 45 minutes I was there

Kelvin Jimenez 2/2

Jason LaRue 1/1 1/1

Tony LaRussa 1/1

March 27th, 2008

Claude Osteen c/o home (13 days)

March 22nd, 2008

Ara Parseghian c/o home (13 days)

Jeff Austin c/o Stanford Baseball (15 days)

Jesse Orosco c/o home (28 days)

Willie Adams c/o home (20 days)

 

March 20th, 2008

Catching up on a week's mail:

John Ericks c/o home (24 days)

Andrew Miller c/o Marlins ST (14 days)

Jason Lane c/o Yankees ST (19 days)

Vince Dooley c/o home (38 days)

Bob Wickman c/o home (15 days)

Curtis Granderson c/o Tigers ST (24 days) 8x10

March 11th, 2008

Jerrod Riggan c/o home (28 days)

Kei Igawa c/o Yanks ST (13 days)

Tom Osborne c/o home (35 days)

Earl Campbell c/o Earl Campbell Meat Products (25 days)


and just a taste of what I got in-person in Florida, complete list is to come:

2003 Totals

Hiroki Kuroda

March 1st, 2008

James Stewart c/o home (28 days)

Joe Mays c/o home (8 days)

Doug Rau c/o home (4 days)

February 20th, 2008

Eddie Sutton c/o USF (13 days)

Boomer Esiason c/o Foundation (23 days)

February 14th, 2008

Paul Wilson c/o home (66 days)

Brandon Berger c/o home (30 days)

February 13th, 2008

Ben Grieve c/o home (147 and 84 days) sent to Ben at 2 different addresses about a month apart and got both back this week, both were 2003 Totals.

Tim Olson c/o Tulsa Drillers (296 days)

Kirk Saarloos c/o home (7 days)

Frank Reich c/o home (21 days)

 

February 2nd, 2008

George Mitchell c/o Law Firm (8 days) Baseball signed on Sweet Spot

Mark Brunell c/o home (9 days) didn't sign card but sent a signed Bible Card

January 30th, 2008

Gus Frerotte c/o St. Louis Rams (63 days)

 

January 28th, 2008

Two this weekend:

Dax Winslett c/o home (10 days)

Mike Neill c/o home (18 days)

January 23rd, 2008

Three this week:

Adam Greenberg c/o Wichita Wranglers (263 days)

I sent him an 2004 Total Silver and received back just the IC I sent for protection signed.  If you got my 2004 Total Silver I'll trade you for it.

Donnie Elliott c/o home (91 days)

John Cotton c/o home (7 days)

January 18th, 2007

It's been awhile since an update so here's what's come in recently:

Dan Miceli c/o home (38 days)

Mike Mussina c/o home (93 days)

Bobby Bonilla c/o home (7 days)

Bobby Doerr c/o home (5 days)

Herschel Walker c/o home (7 days)

December 19th, 2007

John Roper c/o NH Baseball World (20 days)

Mickey Callaway c/o home (25 days)

And my girlfriend and I exchanged Christmas gifts early (I am heading out of town Sat. AM) and she shocked me with a Sandy Koufax HOF ball hand numbered to 500!  Greatest gift I've ever received! 

December 17th, 2007

Todd Greene c/o home (10 days)

Charlie Ward c/o High School where he coaches in Houston (8 days)

December 7th, 2007

Dave Ragone c/o work (7 days)

November 27th 2007

Robin Ventura c/o home (47 days) 8x10 8x10

November 25th, 2007

One waiting for me upon my arrival from Thanksgiving at home with the family

Trenidad Hubbard c/o home (5 days)

November 23rd, 2007

Sad news today with the passing of Joe Kennedy

Joe was extremely nice to fans and I got him to sign several cards this year when the A's were in Houston.  RIP Joe

 

November 19th, 2007

Jose Vizcaino c/o home (10 days)

Neil O'Donnell c/o home (8 days)

Jennie Finch c/o Finch Windmill (24 days)

Jamie Fischer c/o home (60 days) (also sent a note answering my questions)

November 3rd, 2007

Gary Scott c/o home (24 days)

Brian Brohm c/o Louisville Athletics (16 days) 8x10 #2

 

October 24th, 2007

October 22nd, 2007

Joe Vitiello c/o home (16 days)

David Harris c/o Jets (9 days)

John Wooden c/o home (6 days)

Brent Mayne c/o home (20 days)

Juan Pena c/o home (15 days)

 

October 14th, 2007

One in the past week or so:

Tim Salmon c/o home 8x10 cards (15 days)

October 5th, 2007

Need to update on a few successes over the past week or so:

Herschel Walker c/o home (8 days) also signed 3 cards but they were all bent in shipping

Mark Guthrie c/o home (7 days)

Todd Hollandsworth c/o hom (13 days) I send 4 cards, 3 Dodgers 1 Cubs and he returned all and only signed the Cubs card...ugh

Ian Snell c/o Pirates (163 days) Had I known I'd get him to sign 4 cards IP this year I'd have saved the stamps

Matt Antonelli c/o Lake Elsinore Storm (133 days)

September 25th, 2007

Gil Heredia c/o home (13 days)

 

September 22nd, 2007

Chad Harville c/o AZ D-Backs ST Questions (213 days)

Also recieved a gift from my buddy Lamar in Georgia, he got me Lidge, Steve Kline, Juan Cruz (all on 03 Totals) and then a 97 Fleer Mark Gardner and a 91 Line Drive Chip Hale signed for me this past season while doing the Braves.  Thanks man!

September 18th, 2007

Jay Howell c/o home Questions (178 days)

September 8th, 2007

2 in the past few days:

Brad Thomas c/o Tacoma (79 days)

John "Mule" Miles c/o home (5 days)

I sent Mr. Miles a Blue Sharpee as well b\c everything I saw he was signing TTM was in ballpoint.  In a note back to me he thanked me for my donation to the Negro League Museum and for the blue sharpee which he said he'd use for future requests, so those of you hesistant to send b\c he didn't sign in sharpee go for it!

Spring Training Requests

32/57 or 56%

August 26th, 2007

Did the Pirates Team Hotel today, when you come away with 15 of the 25 guys on the roster you have to say it's a good day (even if it is the Pirates)

Damaso Marte 1/2

Josh Phelps 1/1

Salomon Torres 1/2

Jack Wilson 1/1

Matt Morris 4/4

Matt Capps 10/10

Paul Maholm 1/5 (in a hurry)

John Grabow 3/3

Jose Castillo 3/3

Tom Gorzelanny 2/2

Nate McClouth 1/1

Tony Armas Jr. 2/2

John Wehner 4/4

Ian Snell 1/3 (Told me he finish them later)

Carlos Maldonado 4/4

Shane Youman 1/2 (in a hurry)

Only NON signers were Izturis and the Coaching staff all said no

Bay, Nady, Sanchez all left via a back exit

August 23rd, 2007

School starts Monday so I've been busy the past few weeks preparing but a few TTM's to report

Joe Valentine c/o Long Island Ducks (43 days)

Jeff Blauser c/o home (10 days)

Mike Sharperson (RIP) via trade

August 13th, 2007

Keith Lockhart c/o home Questions (180 days)

August 10th, 2007

Brewers in town:

Brian Shouse 1/1

Chris Capuano 3/3

Carlos Villanueva 2/2

Yovani Gallardo 2/2

Chris Spurling 1/1

Craig Counsell 1/1

Damian Miller 1/2

Prince, JJ, Braun, and Hart all took the same cab and security ran us off of them even after Prince waved us over that he'd sign so after that I went to the ballpark and got the guys coming in.

Didn't see: Suppan, Hall, Sheets, Any Coaches, Jenkins

And one Astro stopped and signed today:

Hunter Pence 1/1

August 9th, 2007

Everyone congratulate me on my Dodgers actually being able to beat the Reds today!  (and it only took them 11 innings)

Did the Cubs entering the Stadium today:

Ryan Dempster 4/4

Scott Eyre 1/1 (finished it off, already signed by Merkin Valdez)

Michael Wuertz 1/1 (finished it off, already signed by Chad Fox)

Koyie Hill 1/1

Sean Marshall 1/1

Rich Hill 1/1

Bobby Howry 1/1

Gerald Perry 2/4

Then at around 4 booked it over to the Hotel to catch these 2 guys as they got on the team bus:

Bob Brenly 1/1

and a Ron Santo SS Baseball, very nice guy and sweet looking addition to my collection

Definately a quantity over quality day today as Zambrano, Lee, Floyd and Marquis all refused to sign and Ramirez, Marmol, DeRosa, Lilly were MIA

 

August 7th, 2007

Did BP and outside after the game for the Cubbies and did okay, going to do the entrance all day Wednesday and at least 2 days with the Brewers Hotel this weekend

During BP:

Matt Murton 1/1

Ryan Theriot 1/1

Angel Pagan 1/1

Post Game:

Eric Patterson 2/2

Scott Eyre 1/1

Aramis Ramirez 1/1

August 2nd, 2007

Well, this update is a week late but I have a good excuse. 

Did the Padres Hotel last Friday and then left Saturday morning for Los Angeles where I visited friends and attended a funeral.  Was also at Tuesday nights' Dodgers/Giants game in which Bonds did not homer (but I did get to boo his ass a lot). 

Here's what I got last week from the Fathers:

Chris Young 1/1, 1/1

Trevor Hoffman 1/1

Milton Bradley 1/1, 1/1

Russ Branyan 1/1, 1/1

Jake Peavy 1/1 and a SS Ball (He was signing anything and everything people had, great guy)

Geoff Blum 1/1, 1/1, 1/1

Bud Black 1/1

Craig Colbert 3/3

Darrell Akerfelds 1/1

Mark Grant 1/1

Got No's from: Bard, Barrett, Cameron, both Giles, Maddux, Wells (signed for 3 and then chunked the deuce)

July 25th, 2007

Final day in town for the Dodgers, another ridiculous loss to the LAstros

Did Batting Practice and that's it and got 2 guys I hadn't this trip:

Chad Billingsley 1/2

Andre Ethier 3/3 (got help on the cards)

July 24th, 2007

Showed up for Batting Practice and did after the game outside the stadium, pretty much got everyone I needed except the usual non-signers (Penny and Kent)

During Batting Practice:

Mike Lieberthal 1/1

James Loney 1/1

Ramon Martinez 3/3

Grady Little 1/1

Russell Martin 1/1

Outside the Stadium after the game:

Rafael Furcal 1/1

Luis Gonzalez 1/1, 1/1, 1/1 #2 #3

Joe Beimel 2/2

Russell Martin 2/2

Juan Pierre 2/2

July 23rd, 2007

Dodgers are in town playing the Lastros so I hit up the hotel and game, will be at the game later tonight and hotel/game Wednesday.

Hotel:

Matt Kemp 3/3 8x10 cards

Roberto Hernandez 1/1, 1/1

Rudy Seanez 2/2 8x10

Wilson Betemit 1/1

Ramon Martinez 1/1

Rafael Furcal 1/1

Bill Mueller 1/1, 1/1

Mariano Duncan 2/2

Rick Honeycutt 1/1 (2007 Heritage Team Card)

Joe Beimel 1/1

Eric Hull 2/2

James Loney 1/1

Mike Lieberthal 1/2

Chin Hui Tsao 5/6

Steve Lyons 3/3

During BP: (only guys who even signed were Lieberthal, Loney, and Nomar)

Nomar 8x10

 

July 20th, 2007

Jody Reed c/o GCL Yankees (9 days)

Jeff Heaverlo c/o Long Beach Armanda (14 days)

In reference to the Heaverlo, send him a return note with a pack of dessicates in it as a joke and told him he had forgotten to sign the card I sent him.  He signed it, sent me an extra signed card, and included a nice note apologizing for not signing it the first time.

 

July 19th 2007

Drew Henson c/o home (10 days)

July 17th, 2007

Mike Kingery c/o home Questions (62 days)

July 7th, 2007

Bob Wolcott c/o home (39 days)

July 6th, 2007

Did the Mets Hotel today

Tom Glavine SS Baseball

Shawn Green 1/1

Ramon Castro 2/2

Joe Smith 2/2

Scott Schoeneweis 1/1

July 5th, 2007

First off, my apologies for the lack of updates.  As many of you know I spent the end of June moving to Houston and then left for a 6 day trip to Philadelphia.  I arrived home on the 3rd in just enough time to do the Phillies at the park and hotel and today I did the Mets at the park.  Due to technical difficulties I am not able to provide scans but will when I get that problem solved.

TTM:

Del Harris c/o Mavericks Questions (65 days)

Steve Smyth c/o York Revolution (15 days)

7/3 Philles at Ballpark

Jose Mesa 1/1

Shane Victorino 1/1

Milt Thompson 4/4

On a team hat: Aaron Rowand, JD Durbin

7/4 Phillies Hotel (getaway day)

Wes Helms 1/1

Charlie Manuel 2/2 (team hat)

Greg Dobbs 2/2 (team hat)

Kyle Kendrick 4/4 (team hat)

JD Durbin 2/2

Ryan Howard 1/1 (team hat)

Ryan Madson 2/2

Abraham Nunez 1/2

JC Romero 1/1

Gary Matthews Sr. 1/1

Harry Kalas 1/1 (Sweet spotted a ball with HOF 2002 inscription)

Only guys that turned me down were Burrell (he ignored me) and Rollins (in all fairness he did have his hands full on his way to the bus)

Didnt see Adam Eaton he was the only other guy I needed since I did the Phillies hard this spring and got most.

7/5 Mets at Ballpark

Billy Wagner 1/1

Ricky Ledee 1/1

Sandy Alomar Jr. 1/1

Ramon Castro 1/1 (see scan above)

Howard Johnson 1/1

Mark Loretta 1/1

 

June 27th, 2007

Sorry for the lack of updates, moved near Houston this past weekend and just got the internet back.

Nothing to report except for today's mail which was the strangest return I have EVER received.

Jeff Heaverlo c/o Long Beach Armada Scan 1 Scan 2

The scans are the contents of the SASE, PLEASE email me what you think his cryptic message and contents mean, oh and I still need Heaverlo on that 03 Total set!

June 21st, 2007

A big surprise was waiting for me in the mailbox today:

Orlando Hernandez c/o Mets (387 days) (this one had even been forwarded from my old house!)

June 20th, 2007

Jaime Bubela c/o home (14 days)

June 15th, 2007

***Please note my email address has changed.  I am teaching at a new school next year and thus my huntsville email address is no longer in service.  If you need to reach me use the new address listed above***

Solid day today:

At Team Hotel:

Adrian Beltre 1/1

Jarrod Washburn 1/1

Miguel Batista 1/1

Jeff Weaver 1/1 (finished off the Omega I got Masao Kida on 4 years ago!)

Carlos Garcia 1/3

Raul Ibanez 1/1, 1/1 (got him at hotel and inside park)

Jason Ellison 2/2

Richie Sexson signed 2, one for a kid who ran in the hotel and one for a guy who stuck it in his face when he was walking to his cab, so thus I didn't get him. 

Willie Bloomquist told me no he was in a hurry and rushed into a cab

Inside Stadium Before the Game:

Ryan Feierabend 4/6 (told him to sign whatever he wanted to and he did all but dupes)

Mark Lowe 3/3

Jose Lopez 1/1

Eric O'Flaherty 1/3

Ben Broussard 1/1 (solid guy)

Did not see Ichiro SNIFF a pen the past 2 days

June 15th, 2007

Erik Schindewolf c/o home (248 days) I had sent this one out after Erik Ok'd me sending an 05 Total already inked by Dan Uggla, after such a long time I thought it was a gonner and was kinda pissed about not getting it back b/c of the Uggla sig, glad Erik came through!

Down at Minute Maid it was a rainy/crappy day and had very little luck, doing the hotel tomorrow to try to finish them off:

Yuniesky Betancourt 1/1

Sean Green 1/1

Carlos Garcia 1/4 (was in a hurry)

Cha Seung Baek 1/1

Jeff Weaver 2/2

Ben Broussard 1/1

George Sherrill 1/1

And got a few Astros

Luke Scott 2/2

Trever Miller 3/3

June 14th, 2007

Brian Burres c/o Orioles (16 days)

Jeff Tam c/o Roadwarriors Questions (24 days) I requested he sign the IC with his nickname from Oakland, "The Taminator", and he obliged, nice guy

A's last day in town, did outside (arrived about an hour later than I wanted to and missed Crosby, DiNardo, Geren, and a few others as a result)

Outside prior to game:

Kiko Calero 1/1

Shannon Stewart 1/1, 1/1 (got help)

Ron Flores 3/3

Chad Gaudin 1/1 (I felt bad getting him again, but it was the last card I had on him)

Inside during BP

Jack Cust 1/1

Joe Kennedy 1/1, 1/1

Curt Young 3/3 (couldn't have been a nicer guy)

Missed Piazza inside by inches, he signed several balls for kids but kept passing up my Dodgers SI of him, oh well

 

June 12th, 2007

Another day at Minute Maid, not as good as yesterday but still got a lot of quality:

Erasmo Ramirez 2/2

Chad Gaudin 3/3

Joe Kennedy 1/1, 1/1 (had a Steve Nash like assist on this one)

Rich Harden 1/1

Nick Swisher 1/1

Bobby Kielty 1/1

Mark Kotsay 1/1

Piazza came in again but told us he wasn't signing today, oh well maybe tomorrow as I am going again and to the game.  Didn't see Chavez for the 2nd straight day

June 12th, 2007

No mail but I headed down to Minute Maid to do the A's and had my best day of the year:

Erasmo Ramirez 2/2

Marco Scutaro 2/2

Alan Embree 2/3 (he's 2 per)

Chad Gaudin 2/2

Kiko Calero 1/1

Santiago Casilla 1/1 (or if you prefer Jairo Garcia)

Dan Johnson 1/1

Colby Lewis 1/1

Jack Cust 1/1

Shannon Stewart 1/2

Jason Kendall 1/1

Mike Piazza 1/1 (WOW)

Going back tomorrow to get the few guys who arrived prior to me getting there (Swisher, coaches, etc.)

 

June 11th, 2007

Was out of town for the weekend so here's what I had waiting upon my return:

Rick Ankiel c/o Mephis Redbirds (29 days)

Corey Thurman c/o Brewers ST (120 days)

Doing Astros/A's IP at the stadium tomorrow, should be a good day.

June 4th, 2007

Mike Busch c/o Calgary Vipers (13 days) (didn't let the sig dry and of course....it smudged, oh well)

David McCarty c/o home Questions (10 days)

June 2nd, 2007

Went down to do the ballpark again for the Cardinals (went inside and did after the game as well):

Randy Flores 3/3 (finished off the Mike Lincoln Total nicely)

Todd Wellemeyer 2/2

Tyler Johnson 2/2

Adam Kennedy 1/1

Kip Wells 2/2

Aaron Miles 1/1

Gary Bennett 1/4

Did see Pujols after the game but he just walked to his car and didn't acknowledge any of the about 15 people who were asking him to sign.

Braden Looper said no coming in and said no going out of the ballpark today.

Adam Wainwright said no coming in, said he had a meeting.

Didn't see most players come in (must have taken the bus) and the Cardinals didn't take BP so that was a bust.

 

June 1st, 2007

Michael Bush c/o Raiders Questions (7 days)

Paul Molitor c/o Twins Questions (11 days)

Went down to the Cardinals Hotel to try to get a few toughies for my set, did OK (never saw Pujols or Edmonds, denied by Spiezio, Encarnacion and Rolen):

Kelvin Jimenez 1/1

Todd Wellemeyer 2/2

Tyler Johnson 1/1

Adam Kennedy 1/1

Jason Isringhausen 1/1

Russ Springer 2/2

Aaron Miles 1/2

 

May 31st, 2007

Travis Snider c/o Lansing (23 days)

Did the Reds again, not to much evail, still only saw the guys I got, didn't have a single guy I needed walk by besides Belisle:

Jerry Narron 1/1

Billy Hatcher 2/2

Mark Stefansksi 1/1

Edwin Encarnacion 1/1

Matt Belisle 4/4

Did get an Adam Dunn Sweet Spot Ball so that was okay......

 

May 29th, 2007

Did the Reds coming into Minute Maid today:

Adam Dunn 1/1

Alex Gonzalez 1/1

Kyle Lohse 1/1

Norris Hopper 4/4

Gary Majewski 4/4

Victor Santos 1/1

Jon Coutlangus 1/1

In the mail:

Dustin Yount c/o St. Joe

Pedro Beato c/o Delmarva Questions

May 26th, 2007

Matt Luke c/o work Questions (61 days)

Cliff Bartosh c/o home Questions (10 days)

Kurt Ainsworth c/o Marucci Bat Co. (10 days)

 

May 25th, 2007

Brady Quinn c/o home (9 days)

May 23rd, 2007

Rich Hill c/o Cubbies (12 days)

 

May 21st, 2007

Brett Butler c/o Moblie Bay Bears Questions (24 days)

Dustin Pedroia c/o Boston (13 days)

Bobby Hansen c/o Home (34 days) (even added a 2 cent stamp, nice guy)

May 19th, 2007

Turner Ward c/o home Questions (263 days)

Kevin Walker c/o Camden Questions (22 days)

Did the Rangers at the front entrance to Minute Maid this morning:

Willie Eyre 4/4

Akinori Otsuka 2/2

Nelson Cruz 1/4

Joaquin Benoit 1/1 (that's his fingerprint as someone cornered him after I got him to sign)

Don Wakamatsu 2/2

Kevin Millwood 1/1

Frank Francisco 2/2

Gerald Laird 3/3

Scott Feldman 1/1

Brandon McCarthy (no cards so I had him SS a baseball)

Michael Young 1/1

(Didn't see Tex, or Gagne, Lofton told us all "NO", Kinsler walked by as I had my back turned and Loe came in while I was getting McCarthy)

 

May 17th, 2007

Antonio Alfonseca c/o Phillies (23 days)

May 15th, 2007

Matt Herges c/o Colorado Springs ( days)

Went down to Minute Maid again today and had a nice haul:

Astros (this was by far the most Astros I've EVER seen stop while coming in)

Carlos Lee 1/1

Morgan Ensberg 1/1

Rick White 1/1

Dave Borkowski 1/1

Hunter Pence (on a ball, asked to SS but he side paneled it, guh)

Giants:

Barry Zito 1/1

Armando Benitez 1/1

Jonathan Sanchez 4/4

Brad Hennessey 3/3

Eliezer Alfonzo 3/3 (asked if I had any extras and he accepted an 06 UD and 07 Fleer)

Mr. Cycle Fred Lewis 1/2

Pedro Feliz 3/3

May 14th, 2007

Kurt Stillwell c/o home Questions (27 days)

May 12th, 2007

Greg Colbrunn c/o Charleston RiverDawgs (9 days)

Went down to Minute Maid this AM to do the D-Backs player entrance and did quite well:

Miguel Montero 3/3

Tony Clark 6/6

Stephen Drew 1/3

Scott Hairston 2/2

Chris Young 1/3

Conor Jackson 1/1

Bob Melvin 2/2

Jose Valverde 1/1

Micah Owings 1/1 (also told him that I got him TTM last year and thanks for taking the time to answer his mail, he said it was his pleasure but it was getting harder b\c he gets more now)

Luke Scott 1/1

Missed Doug Slaten b/c I coudln't ID him (thought it was Nippert) and Davis, Webb, RJ, Livan, Hudson, Tracy, all went in through the front so didn't see them.  Only blow off was Juan Cruz who once again ignored my pleas for him to sign his 03 Total so I would never have to ask him again.

May 11th, 2007

Ron Cey c/o home (8 days)

May 10th, 2007

Kyle McCulloch c/o Winston Salem Questions (10 days)

May 9th, 2007

Adam Ottavino c/o Palm Beach Questions (9 days)

Darren Hall c/o home (12 days)

(sent him a letter saying that I had received him TTM before but just purchased this 8x10 and would he mind signing it, sure enough DHall came through)

May 7th, 2007

Ramon Martinez (Nivar) c/o Camden River Sharks (11 days)

Timo Perez c/o Toledo (16 days)

May 4th, 2007

Joey Gomes c/o Newark Bears (8 days) signed in ballpoint so kinda hard to see

Franklin Morales c/o Tulsa (20 days)

Dave Hansen c/o Mobile Questions (7 days)

May 3rd, 2007

Pat Neshek c/o Twins (13 days)

Evan Longoria c/o Montgomery (13 days)

 

May 2nd, 2007

Tommy Greene c/o home (109 days)

Steve Sparks c/o home (204 days)

April 30th, 2007

Steve Cox c/o home (139 days)

and the shocker.........

Jason Grimsley c/o home (12 days)

He even added the signed Orioles postcard and the nice note, very nice addition to my set!

April 28th, 2007

Having been virtually shut out all week at the mailbox I headed downtown to do a little IP graphing.

Hit up the player's entrance at Minute Maid and had a decent haul today:

Brewers/Astros Cards

(Most Brewers came in the front way so I'll hit up the Hotel tomorrow AM)

April 23rd, 2007

Greg Gagne c/o home (11 days) 8x10

April 21st, 2007

To dispell the rumors, no my site isn't down, it's not being retired, and NO I'm not dead.

I simply put haven't had anything to report since last Saturday

Today I received my first success all week:

Aaron Myette c/o home (Canada) Questions (60 days)

April 14th, 2007

Shawn Estes c/o Padres ST (64 days)

Hersey Hawkins c/o home (11 days)

Todd Worrell c/o home (38 days)

April 9th, 2007

Bobby Thigpen c/o home (11 days)

Chris Ford c/o home (13 days)

Mike Jacobs c/o Marlins ST (33 days)

Mike Venafro c/o Louisville Bats (357 days)

April 4th, 2007

John Jefferson c/o home (36 days)

April 3rd, 2007

Possibly my greatest TTM of all-time for myself personally:

On my third try with him ttm

Steve Finley c/o Rockies ST (35 days)

This guy hit what will go down in Dodgers history as one of the biggest Home Runs ever, and for that I will always be a big Fins guy

April 2nd, 2007

Sidney Ponson c/o Twins ST (49 days)

Dodgers get 2 hit on Opening Day, so someone explain to me WHY I took the day off of work to see that?

March 29th, 2007

AJ Burnett c/o Blue Jays ST (48 days)

This is a special success for me b\c it puts me at 495 cards signed towards my 2003 Topps Total set, putting me at the 50% mark 3 years into this endeavor. 

March 28th, 2007

Josh Hamilton c/o Reds ST (49 days)

Ryan Shealy c/o Royals ST (23 days)

Ross Ohlendorf c/o Yankees ST (50 days) Questions

Dell Curry c/o home (163 days) Questions

March 27th, 2007

Beau Kemp c/o Blue Jays ST (46 days) Questions

March 26th, 2007

Miguel Batista c/o Mariners ST (26 days)

Michael Adams c/o Maryland Basketball (24 days) (He included a note saying he's done signing)

March 24th, 2007

Chris Resop c/o Angels ST (22 days)

And finally some more Spring Training Photos from my trip, a few 8x10's I got signed:

Chad Billingsley

Olmedo Saenz

Takashi Saito

James Loney

Cliff Lee

Jake Westbrook

Bob Feller

 

March 23rd, 2007

Joe Washington c/o home (90 days) (added the SI x 2 and Fleer Greats of the Game x2 cards for my students, very nice gesture)

Don Nelson c/o Warriors (73 days)

Also added scans of 3B Jeff Hamilton and RP Tim Crews auto'd cards to the 1988 Dodgers page (I picked up from a friend while I was on my trip in FL)

For those of you waiting on my big Spring Training Trip update it is coming, I've been busy and had some computer issues but it should be up later tonight.

 

March 19th, 2007

Jonathan Sanchez c/o Giants ST (17 days)

Ed Yost c/o home (10 days)

Chad Zerbe c/o home Questions (340 days) (This is my third personalized card To Mike, I guess my handwriting can make it look like my name is Mike.........)

March 18th, 2007

I returned home from my trip to Florida and Spring Training 2007 to what I expected, a full mailbox. 

I will update my TTM returns tonight and as the week goes on update all of my IP successes at Spring Training (let's just say I have over 500 new auto'd cards added to my collection)

The highlights for my 2003 Topps Total set were getting these 4 toughies IP at ST Games

Weirdest Auto I got: Had Bernie Castro sign the back of his 2003 Total card b\c last year he refused to sign it b\c it is not him pictured on the front.  I had been planning to have him sign the back of it since last year, he laughed when I asked but signed it anyways, nice guy)

These were all waiting for me when I arrived home so I don't have accurate wait times for them (most are about a month or less)

Justin Miller c/o home Questions (this is amazing b\c I sent c/o his home and who do I see on the Phillies minor league fields and talk to for a few minutes???? Justin Miller, of course he was the ONE Guy I didn't know they had signed to AAA so I was kicking myself for not having his 03 Total for him to sign and add to my set, funny how life works out that way...)

Ryan Bukvich c/o White Sox ST

Francis Beltran c/o Orioles ST

Jon Huber c/o Mariners ST Questions (added date of his ML Debut in ink pen at bottom as requested)

Anibal Sanchez c/o Marlins ST

Ricky Nolasco c/o Marlins ST Questions

Graig Nettles c/o Yankees ST (Obviously one smeared bad but the other is very nice)

Tony Graffanino c/o Brewers ST

Eddie Guardado c/o Reds ST

 

 

 

March 9th, 2007

Luis Figueroa c/o Giants ST (7 days)

Glenn "Doc" Rivers c/o Celtics (41 days)

This will be my last update for awhile as I am leaving for Spring Training in Florida in about a half hour.  I will return on the 18th and update my ST IP successes and TTM successes as well. 

March 8th, 2007

Pete LaForest c/o Padres ST

March 7th, 2007

Freddie Bynum c/o Orioles ST (7 days)

Philip Hughes c/o Yankees ST (9 days)

March 5th, 2007

Ed Yarnall c/o home Questions (19 days) (after I sent it I read he was going to camp wtih the Royals, just would have sent c/o ST, oh well)

JT Snow c/o Giants (26 days)

Ramon Vazquez c/o Rangers ST (25 days)

March 3rd, 2007

Nate McMillan c/o Portland Trailblazers (113 days)

Jeff Bajenaru c/o D-Backs ST (10 days)

Ken Hill c/o home (53 days)

March 2nd, 2007

John Maine c/o Mets ST (21 days)

Jaime Cerda c/o Mariners ST (23 days)

Steve Karsay c/o home (30 days)

Antonio London c/o home (112 days)

February 28th, 2007

Ryan Ketchner c/o Padres Spring Training (19 days) I wish he would have used a sharpie on this one, still came out okay though

Chip Cannon c/o Blue Jays Spring Training (20 days)

February 26th, 2007

Justin Speier c/o Angels ST Questions (20 days)

February 23rd, 2007

Mo Sanford c/o Champions Baseball Academy (9 days)

February 21st, 2007

Drew Brees c/o Saint Training Camp (212 days)

February 20th, 2007

Jamal Mashburn c/o ESPN (24 days)

Mark Bellhorn c/o home (26 days)

Still waiting on my first ST return.............

February 17th, 2007

Chester Taylor c/o Vikings (64 days) (I never complain but these have got to be the worst autographs I've ever seen)

February 15th, 2007

Billy Volek c/o home Questions (8 days)

Kyle Brady c/o home Questions (27 days)

John Mackey c/o home Questions (57 days) (it appears someone filled out the survey for Mr. Mackey, what a great return from one of the best.) 

Alan Benes c/o home (9 days)

February 14th, 2007

Pete Walker c/o home (25 days) Questions

Rich Becker c/o home (27 days)

Jeff Russell c/o home (27 days)

February 13th, 2007

Ken Stabler c/o Home (10 days)

Jay Buhner c/o Parent's home (5 days) (I sent 3 cards, they sent me back 2 different signed by Jay, I'll take that trade anyday!)

February 12th, 2007

David Eckstein c/o home (13 days)

Terry Adams c/o home (13 days)

Total for the first 10 days of February was 6, winner of the contest will be emailed shortly.

February 9th, 2007

Ron "Popeye" Jones c/o Mavericks Questions (13 days)

February 8th, 2007

Pat Rapp c/o home Questions (20 days)

Bryan Cox c/o Jets (20 days)

Craig Krenzel c/o home (65 days)

 

February 6th, 2007

Quentin Coryatt c/o home Questions (55 days) (the card was bent pretty badly on the lower right hand side but I can't complain, it has been almost 2 years since I got my last mail damaged card)

February 5th, 2007

Chris Weinke c/o home (12 days)

February 2nd, 2007

One in today (so for those of you counting at home that makes 3 for the Contest week):

Rett Johnson c/o home (16 days)

February 1st, 2007

Two Today as the week of my contest begins (I will be counting February 1st-7th as my first official week of February for the Harvey 2007 Hockey book):

Don Majikowski c/o home Questions (14 days)

Dan McGwire c/o home Questions (14 days)

Announcement/Want List/Contest

I received my Harvey 2007 Master Lists on Saturday and I must say, great job Harvey, you have outdone yourself this year. 

If you have not yet received your lists make sure you go to www.sportsaddresslists.com and order yours today!  In respect to Harvey I will be more selective as to what addresses I give out this year.  It is worth the investmetn to purchase the books. 

 

Contest: As most of you know I do not collect nor will I ever collect Hockey cards.  As a result of purchasing the Master Lists from Harvey this year I have a 2007 Harvey Hockey Edition available.  It will go to the person who can come closest to the number of autographs I get during the first 10 days of February.  Please email me your guess and the winner will receive the Harvey 2007 Hockey list as their prize.

Want List: I am looking for 2005 Topps Turkey Red cards of Andy LaRoche and Chip Cannon, I will buy/trade.  I also have a want list of 2006 Topps 1952 RC Edition cards I need to complete my set, email me for the list

January 27th, 2007

Nice day at least the first 2 returns were.........

Eric Valent c/o home Questions (13 days)

Mark Mimbs c/o home Questions (9 days)

and

1 Failure

Marc Pisciotta c/o home Here's the story: I sent Marc one card and a letter that read, "If my memory serves me, youre ML Debut came against the Dodgers in a game I watched on TV.  I was so impressed with how you mowed down the Dodgers hitter."  Marc returned only my letter in my SASE with a note from him written on it saying, "Debut: Chicago Against: San Diego, a simple google search could have told you that."  Now I am not one to bash athletes but in my book this guy is the biggest jerk I have ever contacted.  It's one thing to return cards unsigned, or just not respond, but to respond with a smart ass response, come on, have some class.  I stated that I was going on memory and I know that the game I was remembering was one of his first so come on.  I don't put hours of research into every letter I write.  Email me and let me know what you think about this one...........and I wrong to be upset?

January 26th, 2007

Mike Mussina c/o home (23 days)

Scott Servais c/o home (13 days)

January 25th, 2007

Mark Price c/o Georgia Tech Athletic Dept. (37 days)

Dan Issel c/o home (answered questions but they were all concerning basketball coaching) (22 days)

Akin Ayodele c/o Cowboys (49 days)

Stephen Drew c/o Tucson (272 days)

January 23rd, 2007

Tommy Kramer c/o home Questions (286 days)

Abdul Hodge c/o Green Bay (89 days)

January 20th, 2007

Matt Walbeck c/o home (40 days) Questions

January 19th, 2007

Matt Schaub c/o Falcons (36 days)

Lousaka Polite c/o Cowboys (36 days)

January 18th, 2007

Billy Rowell c/o home 2/1 (18 days) (Billy sent me the Bluefield issue, I sent him the BDP, nice touch to send an extra)

January 17th, 2007

Day 2 of Freezing Rain Bad Weather No School Day

Santonio Holmes c/o Steelers (63 days)

January 16th, 2007

As I sit at home thanks to a Freezing Rain Bad Weather Day for my School District the mail came through with a nice NFL themed Tuesday:

Roger Staubach c/o Business (186 days) (could be autopen, I compared to other sigs and even examined it closely and see up and down marks from sharpie so it could be real....)

Wayne Chrebet c/o home (28 days)

Kordell Stewart c/o home (27 days)

Brandon Stokley c/o Colts (92 days)

Charley Trippi c/o home (20 days)

Looking to Trade

As Spring Training 2007 vastly appoaches there are a bunch of cards I need to get my hands on before I depart for Florida.  Here is a list of the sets I need cards from, if you have any you'd like to trade/sell email me and I'll send you a list.  Please include in your email what you are looking for in return.

2003 Topps Total (duh)

2006 Topps 1952 RC Edition

2006 Bowman Heritage

2006 Upper Deck Series II and Update

2006 Bowman Draft Picks and Prospects

Any 2006 Dodger cards I am missing (mostly higher end and inserts like Diamond Debuts from Topps and Rookie Flashback from UD)

Need cards of Saito

January 13th, 2007

Kyle Drabek c/o home (added inscription Phillies #1 DP as I requested)

January 12th, 2007

John DeSilva c/o home Questions (the response about LaSorda is priceless!) (30 days)

Jim Morris c/o home Questions (he signed in a light blue right over his black jersey so it is very hard to make out on the scan, I even thought when I opened it he had not signed the card)

(93 days)

and

Vinny Testaverde c/o Patriots Questions (this is a nice one) (29 days)

January 10th, 2007

Mike McMahon c/o home Questions (27 days)

Darren Hall c/o home Questions (28 days) (as requested Daren personalized the card which pictured him as a Dodger, great guy!)

January 9th, 2007

Billy Kilmer c/o home Questions (28 days)

You know it's going to be a good week when you get a success on a Tuesday..........

January 8th, 2007

Harold Jackson c/o home (19 days)

Conrad Dobler c/o home Questions (19 days)

Michael Jenkins c/o Falcons (20 days)

Ernest Givins c/o home (20 days)

and a BIG Surprise:

Tom Candiotti c/o home (this one took over a year to come back! I'm always happy to net a former Dodger into the collection)

 

January 7th, 2006

Well, arrived home today from a 5 day ski trip at Copper Mountain Colorado and had a plethora of mail waiting for me:

Todd Ritchie c/o home (355 days)

Gary Rath c/o home Questions (35 days)

Jayhawk Owens c/o home (18 days)

Paul McClellan c/o home (101 days)

Mewelde Moore c/o Vikings (29 days)

Raymond Berry c/o home (16 days) (this is probably my greatest return ever, not only did Mr. Berry sign my card he sent me a PACKAGE which included, a hand written letter saying that my letter was one of the nicest he has ever received, tips on my coaching career/how to be a better coach/his philosophy, instructional videos on being a better WR, tons of literature he has written on coaching and football techniques and several autographed 4x6 cards and HOF cards.  Without a dobut the coolest success EVER!!!!!)

Coach K c/o email sent to him c/o Duke Univ website, all I had to do was request the 8x10, supplied my address and in about 2 weeks it was here, sweet addition to the office wall!

Also from my buddy Sean T. I received 5 2003 Topps Totals I needed for my set that I purchased from him they are: Chip Ambres, Cristian Guerrero, Cristian Guzman, Jose Leon, and Jesus Medrano.  So I added 6 to my set today w/ the Ritchie I got back. 

Oh, and today I turned 25, Happy Birthday to me!

December 31st, 2006

Here are my grand totals for 2006:

100 NFL (current players and retired)

140 Retired MLBers

195 Current MLB Players (23 of which were c/o homes in offseason)

5 NBA

A grand total of 440 different successes this year, I have to say quite a nice year all together.

My favorites: Billy Ashley (my favorite player all-time), Brian and Bob Griese (great former Michigan QB and HOF Dad), and Trevor Hoffman (greatest closer in MLB History and hard guy to get TTM).

 

December 29th, 2006

Kevin Faulk c/o Patriots Questions

December 26th, 2006

As a Die-Hard Dodger fan this guy was a thorn in my side for years with the Giants and Rockies:

Billy Swift c/o home

Alvis Whitted c/o Raiders

Mark Loretta c/o home

December 21st, 2006

Drew Pearson c/o home

Devin Aromashodu c/o Colts

and

Randy Bush c/o Home

December 20th, 2006

Eric Bjornson c/o home

December 19th, 2006

Samkon Gado c/o Texans Questions

Scott Williamson c/o home Questions

Scott's return is a strange one for several reasons: 1) Didn't use my SASE, sent it to me c/o my school not c/o my home 2) swapped out my 2003 and 2004 Total cards for a 2002 Topps 3) wrote my name at the top of the Questions sheet, almost as if to not remember it if I tried to send to him again.

Nevertheless, a nice return.  If you get my 2003 Total I'll trade ya b\c I need it for my set

 

December 18th, 2006

Chuck Bednarik c/o home Questions

Charlie Joiner c/o KC Chiefs Questions

AJ Hawk c/o Packers

Brad Brink c/o home Questions

Fred Lewis c/o Scottsdale Scorpions (sent an 05 Total, got the 02 PP back, nice trade up)

December 15th, 2006

The Drought is over:

Derrick Johnson c/o Chiefs

Archie Manning c/o home

December 12th, 2006

Don Beebe c/o home Questions (took about 8 months, but happy to see it return)

December 8th, 2006

December 6th, 2006

Rich Aude c/o home

Terry Tiffee c/o Rochester Red Wings Questions (took 8 months)

December 4th, 2006

Rocky Bleier c/o home

Rod Booker c/o home Questions

DeAngelo Williams c/o Panthers (personalized all, some to my students, and sent 3 extra cards to hand out to my class, what a great guy!)

December 1st, 2006

Reggie Harris c/o home Questions

Also received a package from my buddy Sean form Sean and Jay's Sigs.com

It included a bunch of 50/50's and some extra stuff.  All in all I added 7 cards for my 2003 Total set.

 

November 30th, 2006

John Flaherty c/o home Questions

Drew Olson c/o Ravens Training Camp

I also received an Ebay purchase, finally own a Herman Moore autograph:

 

November 29th, 2006

Donald Driver c/o Packers (I sent a 2006 Total got the 2006 Score back, that's more than fine with me!)

November 27th, 2006

Eric Gunderson c/o home

Ashton Youboty c/o Bills Training Camp Questions
 
Jim Zorn c/o SeahawksQuestions

November 26th, 2006

I was in Dallas over break so here are Friday/Saturday's mail:

Hank Baskett c/o Eagles

Blas Minor c/o home Questions

Jeff Juden c/o home Questions

November 22nd, 2006

November 20th, 2006

On the day the Dodgers give me two great Pre-Christmas gifts (Nomar re-signing and Juan Pierre coming into the fold) I have a pretty nice day at the mail box:

Jeff Cirillo c/o home Questions

Aubrey Matthews c/o home Questions

Mark Bradley c/o Chicago Bears

November 17th, 2006

November 16th, 2006

Tony Saunders c/o Home

November 14th, 2006

Felipe Crespo c/o home

November 13th, 2006

Rich Sauveur c/o Home

November 10th, 2006

November 9th, 2006

One up, One Down today:

Joey Galloway c/o Bucs

and

Mark Grudzielanek c/o home came back unsigned in my SASE w/ letter and a note stating that he doesn't live there.

November 6th, 2006

Greg Anthony c/o ESPN

November 3rd, 2006

November 2nd, 2006

Matt Hasselbeck c/o Seahawks

Dave Magadan c/o Home Questions (Congrats to Dave on getting the Red Sox Hitting Coach job)

October Totals:

34 Successes

2 Failures (1 unsigned return, one RTS)

October 30th, 2006

My nicest Monday in FOREVER:

William Henderson c/o Green Bay Questions

Deion Branch c/o Seattle

Billy Miller c/o home Questions

Jeff Huson c/o home

John Wooden c/o home Questions 8x10 (I supplied it) and he sent me an 8x10 Pyramid (awesome book, if you haven't read it you have to it will change you way of thinking) and these 2 cool extras as well.  Has got to be one of my best returns ever from the greatest NCAA Basketball coach ever.  That 8x10 is going to look great in my Basketball Office.

October 28th, 2006

Melvin Nieves c/o home Questions

Trot Nixon c/o home Questions (took about a week)

October 27th, 2006

Scott Brooks c/o Denver Nuggets Questions

October 26th, 2006

Brook Fordyce c/o home

Chris Hammond c/o home (added the Braves Christian Faith card)

and one failure

Received my cards back from Brad Daugherty unsigned

October 25th, 2006

Ronald Curry c/o Raiders (or as a Message Board friend of mine sarcastically calls them "the team committed to excellence")

October 24th, 2006

October 23rd, 2006

Mark Eichhorn c/o Home Questions

Jim Les c/o Bradley University where he is the head basketball coach

October 21st, 2006

Chad Kreuter c/o USC Baseball Questions

October 18th, 2006

Jeremy Accardo c/o Giants Questions (this is a nice get b\c I sent it out right before my summer trip to LA in which I saw Accardo give up a 2 run game winning HR to Nomar, it would be Jeremy's last Giants game before being dealt to Tornto for Shea Hillenbrand)

Jimmy Kremers c/o home

October 17th, 2006

After an uncharacteristic dry spell of 3 mail days got one:

Mario Williams c/o Texans (I appreciate his signing but the Texans still messed drafting him over Bush)

October 13th, 2006

Tom Quinlan c/o home Questions

Mark Carrier c/o home Questions (Bucs WR)

October 10th, 2006

Mail Update for the day:

Tony Boselli c/o home Questions

Also got a nice gift from a fellow TTM collector Ryan: Thanks man (even if they are all Friars!!!!) Pic

October 10th, 2006

Over the weekend amidst my anguish over the Dodgers being swept out of the playoffs I went through and updated any dead links in my site.  So if you would, if you come across any pics that's links are not working let me know and I will make sure I re-scan the cards and get an accurate link up.  Thanks

October 7th, 2006

Joe Roa c/o home

Big night tonight as the Dodgers reassert themselves and take Game 3. 

October 6th, 2006

Nice surprise today:

Rey Sanchez c/o home (Puerto Rico Address) It is a nice surprise b\c Rey NEVER signed autographs during his playing days.  I must have tried him IP while he played for 5 different teams Cubs, Royals, Mets, Braves, D-Rays, etc.  Never got him.  Thought he'd be one I'd never get signed for my set but that is what makes this a great hobby, you just never know

Jerry Sloan c/o Utah Jazz

October 5th, 2006

Another nice day at the mail box and another shitty day @ Shea if you're a Dodgers fan like me.

I guess now I get to hope for a miracle comeback down 2-0

Charlie Batch c/o Steelers Camp (added the 05 Topps Super Bowl card)

Erik Schindewolf c/o home (also added note to send my 05 Totals already signed by Dan Uggla and he'll sign them as well to complete the card)

Derrick McKey c/o home

October 4th, 2006

Sorry for the late update but I was mourning the Dodgers embarassing loss last night

Tyler Walker c/o D-Rays

Chad Greenway c/o Vikings Questions

October 3rd, 2006

Steve Atwater c/o home (for some reason personalized to Mike, if somebody got cards personalized to Luke email me we'll swap)

Danny Wuerffel c/o UF Alumni (sent these out in February, then sent out c/o Deisre Street in June with donation.  Got the ones c/o Desire back quick, got these back today)

Aaron Harang c/o Reds

October 2nd, 2006

September Totals: 38 Successes 0 Failures, nice month

Here's my October beginnings:

Joe Dumars c/o Pistons

Kelvin Torve c/o home

Just got home from purchasing a 55" Plasma, HDTV, 1080p TV for the new living room.  Dodgers playoffs are gonna look sweet on it!  Think Blue!

September 30th, 2006

John Olerud c/o Home

Daryl Johnston c/o  Home Questions

Dodgers defeated Giants today 4-2 to clinch a playoff spot!    And we clinch in SF on the Giants field, even sweeter!  Dodgers return to the postseason red hot!  Think Blue!

September 28th, 2006

Nolan Reimold c/o Frederick Keys

Garrett Olson c/o Frederick Keys

Damian Miller c/o Brewers

Henri Stanley c/o Somerset Patriots

Ben Kozlowski c/o Jacksonville Suns

It's very clear that the players are cleaning up at the end of the season by answering all of their fan mail, nice to see a lot of long waits rolling in.

September 27th, 2006

Got one today but was really busy with a home game and company so here's 2 for the price of one on a Wednesday:

Mike Vrabel c/o Pats Questions

and

Jeff Frye c/o home Questions

September 25th, 2006

Nice day with some long wait times I thought were long gone:

Ryan Church c/o Nationals (sent out in April)

Carlos Hernandez c/o Round Rock

Jeff Clement c/o San Antonio Questions (sent out in April)

Chris Stynes c/o home

Oh and P.S. The Dodgers are back in the lead of the Wild Card thanks to an Astros defeat of the Phils.  Thank you Houston!

September 23rd, 2006

John Buck c/o Royals Questions

September 21st, 2006

Harvey Pulliam c/o home

Think Blue!  Tonight we regain first place and place our stranglehold on it through October.

September 20th, 2006

Jim Bullinger c/o home Questions

Go Dodgers!  Think Blue!

September 19th, 2006

Well, I was busy all night watching the Dodgers break my heart inning after inning only to keep the faith and see the greatest Dodgers comeback in one of the biggest games in recent memory!  4 Straight Home Runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie it and then after we give up a run in the 10th Nomar hits a walk off 2 run Bomb to put us back in our rightful spot atop the NL West!  Absolutely amazing.  After all of that a decent day at the mailbox:

Sam Militello c/o home Questions

Mike Felder c/o home Questions

Mike Heath c/o home

September 16th, 2006

Greg Lloyd c/o home Questions (read these, it is rare I get questions back where the athlete is brutally honest with me about their careers, lives, etc.  Greg did that and I applaud him for it)

Dodgers took care of business last night behind Mad Dogg, hopefully tonight Chad's return from his injury can go as well and I can begin planning for some October baseball for my Dodgers.

Think Blue!

September 13th, 2006

On my second try this year with him I get Pat Hentgen:

Pat Hentgen c/o Home

September 11th, 2006

John Paxson c/o Chicago Bulls

Nic Jackson c/o West Tennessee Jaxx

Ken Lucas c/o Carolina Panthers

September 9th, 2006

Greg Litton c/o Home Questions

Matt DeMarco c/o Camden RiverSharks

Calix Crabbe c/o Huntsville Stars (signed in ballpoint so it's hard to see)

Jay Cutler c/o Broncos Questions

Harry Carson c/o Home

September 8th, 2006

One Today:

Pete Metzelaars c/o home Questions

September 5th, 2006

My best day in quite a while today:

Javier Vazquez c/o White Sox

Adam LaRoche c/o Braves

Lee Stevens c/o Home

Terry Wells c/o Home Questions (Terry also added a nice note apologizing for the delay (9 months) and his email address)

Darren Dreifort c/o Home Questions

September 4th, 2006

I hope everyone is having a great Labor Day (mine will be spent grading papers and watching the Dodgers)

I have a winner for the Trivia Question, he has been emailed:

The answer was Eric Karros who played for the Dodgers for 11+ Seasons (1991 he only played in a few games) and compiled 270 Home Runs in a Los Angeles Dodgers uniform.

A lot of people gave me the answer of Duke Snider which would be correct if I had asked for the Dodgers all-time leader in Home Runs, but I was looking for the LA Dodgers all-time leader.  A bit of a trick question I know but hey, it's my contest.

Dodgers head out for a crucial 10 game road trip.  Here's hoping they can go 5-5.

September 2nd, 2006

September 1st, 2006

August Totals:

27 Successes

1 Failure

By far my worst month of the summer but that stands to reason with the end of the season approaching.

September starts off nicely today with:

Ryan Leaf c/o West Texas A&M

Edgardo Alfonzo c/o Norfolk Tides

August 31st, 2006

A  nice day to end out a slow month:

John Madden c/o Home

Chris Calloway c/o Home Questions

Burt Hooton c/o Round Rock

August 28th, 2006

Two Today:

Eli Iorg c/o Lexington Legends

David Klingler c/o Home

August 26th, 2006

Slow week and I may end up losing a few in the transit of having my mail forwarded but this was at my old house as I moved out the last bit of stuff:

Geoff Goetz c/o home Questions (Geoff had arm troubles all through his career but at one time was the crown jewel of the Mike Piazza to NY trade)

August 21st, 2006

 

David Thomas c/o New England Pats Questions (added 2005 National Champs to each card)

Greg Miller c/o Home Questions (Former Astros lefty farmhand signed in some sort of crappy marker that is hard to see but at least I got him for my set)

August 19th, 2006

Nothing in the mail today

In honor of receiving my 400th card for my 2003 Topps Total set autographed in the mail this past week I am holding a contest.

The rules are simple, email me at lbendick@huntsville-isd.org your answer by September 1st, 2006. 

All who enter with the correct answer will be put into a random drawing to win an autographed card of a mystery player (will be quality, not some nobody)

Here's the Question:

Who holds the Los Angeles Dodgers All-Time Record for Home Runs, how many did he hit, and how many years did he play for the Dodgers?

 

August 18th, 2006

Very Nice Day Today with a Few Surprises and some nice additions to my set:

Marquis Grissom c/o Home

Gabe Kapler c/o Red Sox

August 16th, 2006

Jon Papelbon c/o Red Sox

David Corrente c/o Dunedin Blue Jays Questions

One Failure:

Luther Hackman c/o Bridgeport BlueFish (took 4 months to return my 03 Total card unsigned, thanks you bum)

August 14th, 2006

Simon Pond c/o Altoona Curve

Paul Pinegar c/o Jacksonville Jaguars

Dave Clark c/o Corpus Christi

 

August 11th, 2006

A great surprise today, days like today make TTM so much fun:

Robert Person c/o Bridgeport BlueFish (this one took over a year) PMed from St. Petersburg, FL

 

August 10th, 2006

Nice day today on my first day back at work, good classes, good kids, exciting to see farmiliar faces and kids excited to see Coach Bendick again.

Maurice Drew c/o Jaguars (my 2nd NFL RC of the 2006 class)

Ben Diggins c/o Windy City Thunderbolts (Nice to get Ben b\c I had sent him the Total card c/o Salem earlier, he got released, found him playing indy ball and he answered this time.  He also added the UD USA card, nice touch!)

Eddie Zosky c/o Home Questions

August 9th, 2006

Shut out on Tuesday but had one today:

Branden Florence c/o Clearwater Threshers Questions

The first day of school is tomorrow so I am finally back to work.  Summer's been real but now it's time to get down to business and winning football games.

August 7th, 2006

Two very nice ones today:

Charles White c/o USC Athletic Dept., these ones were awesome b\c he added on one card a Heisman notation and on the other Mr. White added "#12 USC forever...", truly unique

and

Anastacio Martinez c/o New Orleans Zephyrs, nice to get b\c he is for my Total set

August 5th, 2006

A nice end to a very slow week (only 1 success)

Bill Freehan c/o Home (weird b\c you guys know my name is Luke, but he personalized to Wil????)

Matt Macri c/o Tulsa Drillers

Scott Proctor c/o Yankees Questions

Chris Richard c/o Indianapolis Indians

August 3rd, 2006

Shut out Monday-Wednesday

Today I got:

Rajai Davis c/o Indianapolis Questions

Also a RTS from Eric Good, wrong address

 

July 30th, 2006

 Update: I will be in Austin through Tuesday night for Coaching School.  Will update upon my return.  Good luck to everyone on their Monday returns and hope you team gets who they need at the Trade Deadline, I welcomed Elmer Dessens back and Wilson Betemit in this weekend, not too bad.

July 28th, 2006

Sean Smith c/o Arkon Aeros

Jorge de la Rosa c/o Brewers 4 months (he must have been signing his mail before he left for KC)

Mike Restovich c/o Iowa Cubs

I was also in Houston on business and decided to hit up the players entrance to Minute Maid park

I got a nice assortment of guys and 2 for my set including Andy Pettite! 

Check out who I got today at Minute Maid at the player's entrance and Pic2. (the Randy Choate/Lance Cormier was started at ST this year getting Cormier at Braves camp and then finished today with getting Choate.)

List: Brandon Webb, Greg Aquino x2, Chad Tracy, Shawn Green, Andy Pettite, Luis Vizcaino, Jeff DaVanon x2, Randy Choate, and Brandon Lyon.

July 27th, 2006

Just one Today:

Steve Largent c/o Work

On a side note: I am moving in less than a month so I have decided to stop sending out any requests until I get closer to moving and receiving mail at my new house.  Hopefully the USPS Forwarding service won't let me down on my requests already out.

July 26th, 2006

One from yesterday one today:

yesterday: Mark vanEeghen c/o home

Today: Ben Davis c/o Columbus Clippers

July 24th, 2006

Brian Sprout c/o St. Paul Saints Questions

July 22nd, 2006

Domanick Davis c/o Texans

This one surprised me b\c it came back in 10 months, I thought it was a gonner.  Just goes to show you to never give up on anything you've sent out!

July 21st, 2006

Vince Faison c/o Trenton Thunder Questions

Derell McCall c/o Joliet Jackhammers

July 20th, 2006

Jason Conti c/o Home

One Failure

Gary Matthews Sr. returned my cards unsigned in my SASE, thanks Sarge

July 19th, 2006

Jermaine Allensworth c/o home

Adrian Cardenas c/o GCL Phillies (I sent him 1, he added 2 extra signed cards)

Will Blackmon c/o Packers

July 18th, 2006

Shawn Sedlacek c/o Home Questions (Shawn also added a nice note to me with his email address, what a great guy!)

July 17th, 2006

Jimmy Journell c/o Bridgeport Bluefish

July 14th, 2006

Grant Balfour c/o Reds Questions (signed in ballpoint, kinda hard to see)

Cory Vance c/o Home Questions

2 cards for my 2003 Topps Total set, not bad for a Friday

July 13th, 2006

Two Today:

Brad Hawpe c/o Rockies (Again I lucked out and got 1/2 back and the one I got back was the 03 Topps Total)

Danny Wuerffel c/o Desire Street Ministries with $15.00 donation Questions

July 11th, 2006 2:45am CST

Hey everyone, Just returned from my week's vacation to Los Angeles.  I had such a great time, attending Thursday and Friday nights Dodger/Giants games and would have gone to more if I had a ride to Chavez Ravine!  Can't thank my friends Marc, Daren, and Laura for hosting me and putting up with me for a week!  It was really nice to be back "home" and to see so many people that I hadn't seen in years.

Anyways, without further adou, here's what was waiting for me upon arrival to good ole' Texas (in no particular order):

Joe Thiesmann c/o work Questions

James Boone c/o Hickory

Drew Stubbs c/o Billings

Zach Duke c/o Bucs Questions

Chuck James c/o Bravos

Jason Hirsh c/o Round Rock

Damon Mashore c/o High Desert Questions

Bobby Livington c/o Tacoma

Ben Weber c/o Syracuse Questions

One Failure:

Chone Figgins c/o Angels sent my card back unsigned, thanks alot Chone

 

July 3rd, 2006

Phil Nevin c/o Cubs Questions

Matt Cain c/o Giants

Yung-Chi Chen c/o Inland Empire Questions (very nice of him to write me that note, seems like a nice young player)

One Failure

Billy Buckner c/o San Bernadino sent me my card back unsigned, thanks a lot buddy, I can see the Royals have some nice kids coming up to lose

I will be leaving for Los Angeles tommorrow morning and thus will have no updates for the length of my week long trip to LA.  I will be attending numerous Dodger games so I'll have plenty to report when I get back. 

July 1st, 2006

Mike Lincoln c/o Home Questions

Paul Kelly c/o Beloit Snappers

Poll for June

June 30th, 2006

As June ends it leaves me on a somewhat solid note:

Bucky Dent c/o Reds

My Totals for June, a so-so month, are as follows:

63 different Successes for over 150 cards

4 Failures

June 29th, 2006

Nothing today but I do want to thank whoever decided to ruine my poll by voting for the Giants 14 times in 5 minutes yesterday.

I guess I asked for it with the overtly pro-LA website.

June 28th, 2006

About time I had a decent day at the mailbox, including 4 cards towards my 2003 Total set:

Ricky Romero c/o Dunedin Jays
Michael Garciaparra c/o Tacoma (a victim of a smear)
Brandon Puffer c/o Round Rock
Andy Phillips c/o Yankees (also got smeared badly)
Ty Wiggington c/o D-Rays (returned 1/3, luckily it was the 03 Total!)

June 27th, 2006

Joe Niekro c/o Home

June 26th, 2006

Kevin Slowey c/o Ft. Myers Miracle

Pete Smith c/o Home Questions (This one took almost 5 months)

Also got RTS from:

David Pahucki c/o Worchester

Jose A. Nunez c/o Camden

Brian Hunter c/o Home (Braves 1B)

June 24th, 2006

Only one today:

Radhames Liz c/o Frederick Keys on a custom 8x10 that I made (in case you can't read the writing below the picture, it denotes Liz's combined No-Hitter over Salem earlier this year)

June 23rd, 2006

Jared Sandberg c/o Somerset Patriots (I was worried about these because about a week after I mailed them out he got sold to the Indians, thought maybe they'd be lost in the shuffle)

Rob Mackowiak c/o White Sox

June 22nd, 2006

I knew it couldn't be 3 days in a row shutout and I was right:

John Smiley c/o home

Chad Paronto c/o Braves

Mitch Boggs c/o Palm Beach Cardinals

Lorenzo White c/o Home

June 21st, 2006

I haven't forgotten about the site!  But when you have an empty mailbox staring you back in the face for 2 days in a row, not really much to report! 

Here is my report from the Astros v. Twins game lastnight:

I was able to get 4 cards signed for the 03 Total set (Mike Redmond, Joe Nathan, Willie Eyre, and Nick Punto) as well as got Boof Bonser x2, Lew Ford, Jesse Crain, and Brad Radke.  I was ignored by Ruben Sierra and I missed Luis Castillo b\c I thought he was Francisco Liriano.

Not bad for Batting Practice at Minute Maid.

Here are the Scans of what I got last night: Twins 1  Twins 2

Dodgers bullpen managed to blow a 3 run lead and between Broxton and Baez surrender 9 hits and 6 runs in 1 1/3 innings pitched.  I was reall happy................

June 19th, 2006

Eric Hull c/o Las Vegas 51's Questions (5'10" righty pitching quite well for Vegas, not considered a "prospect" by the powers that be in LA because of his size.  Bottom line is though, Eric gets hitters out and I hope the Dodgers give him a shot)

Sean Marshall c/o Cubs

June 18th, 2006

Just got home from Dallas and had 7 envelopes waiting for me:

Tim Redding c/o Charlotte Knights Questions (struggling pitcher who is trying to remain in baseball after failing as the #2 to Roy Oswalt in Houston, nice guy though)

Blaine Neal c/o Altoona Curve

Wes Swackhamer c/o Palm Beach

Jason Anderson c/o Portland Beavers Questions

John Koronka c/o Texas Rangers

Blake Williams c/o Schaumburg Flyers (happy to get this one back since I hadn't seen a success with Blake in almost 3 years)

and one failure

AJ Hawk c/o home (sent it too late, got a nice note from his Dad saying he had just left for Training Camp and to send it to him c/o Packers!)

June 15th, 2006

I am in Dallas for the weekend visiting my Dad for Father's Day.

Check back on Sunday Night for an update of my mail from Thurs, Friday and Saturday

Go Dodgers!

June 14th, 2006

I didn't get anything back yesterday so thus,  no update.  But here's todays':

Bret Prinz c/o Colorado Springs Questions

Jerry Browne c/o Savannah (2/3, didn't get my 92 UD back, if you get it let me know just for laughter's sake)

June 12th, 2006

Jeff Nelson c/o White Sox

Shane Costa c/o Royals

Gino Toretta c/o Home Questions (Added 92 Heisman Inscription and didn't have to pay fee!  Thanks Gino!)

 

June 10th, 2006

Only One today:

Matt Green c/o Lancaster

But check out the new page I added to the navigation bar on the left.

It is a list (the layout was stolen from Chad's website , thanks Chad!) of which 2003 Topps Total cards I have signed already.  As many of you know that is the set I am working on getting completely signed. 

June 9th, 2006

Any day where I get a former Dodger is a nice day for me so...

Garey Ingram c/o Columbus Catfish Questions (Garey was the utility guy on the 1994 Dodgers team that was running away with the division when the strike hit, he never really had a regular job in the bigs after that but is best remembered for homering in his first major league AB)

Lonnie Smith c/o Home Questions

Dan Meyer c/o Sacramento RiverCats Questions

June 8th, 2006

Craig Brazell c/o Jax Suns

Mike Koplove c/o Tucson Questions

Jose Contreras c/o White Sox

Gary Harris c/o San Antonio Missions Questions

Jon Nelson c/o San Antonio Missions Questions

Dave Berg c/o Oklahoma RedHawks

 

June 7th, 2006

David Wright c/o Mets

Chad Fox c/o Home

Orlando Merced c/o Tulsa Drillers

Matt Childers c/o Columbus Clippers

Kevin Randel c/o Carolina MudCats

June 6th, 2006

Matt Maloney c/o Lakewood Blue Claws

and

Mike Singletary c/o Home (if you notice he signed the index card #50 (his NFL #) and the card #63 his # at Baylor, makes me think they are legit)

June 5th, 2006

It was a great day all around, I got out of Jury Duty b\c the case was postponed and then hung out at the High School shooting hoops and running instead

As Monday's usually are this was a good day for me:


Brent Lillibridge c/o Hickory Questions

Tyler Greene c/o Palm Beach Cards Questions

Jeff Corsaletti c/o Wilimington Questions
Juan Senreiso c/o High Desert
Pete Munro c/o Rochester (I sent him the Total he added 2 signed 2005 Topps) Questions (also sent me a note about how he loves History and all being that I am a History teacher, nice guy)
Braulio Castillo c/o El Paso Diablos (I was excited to see him pop up in baseball again and took a chance, and it paid off, I finally got him!)
Rex Hudler c/o Angels Questions
Scott Hodges c/o GCL Nationals Questions

Then at Wal-Mart later in the day I bought 4 packs of this new Football brand Aspire which put out a draft picks set.  In the first pack I busted I pulled this autograph #ed to 100

Mario Williams (needless to say, pretty pleased with the pull)

June 3rd, 2006

Glenn Bott c/o Winnipeg Golden Flyers Questions (Glenn pitched in the Dodgers chain for 2 years after being acquired from Seattle in the Jolbert Cabrera trade)

Dave Hollins c/o Home

Bobby Doerr c/o Home

June 2nd, 2006

Josh Hall c/o Louisville Bats via Chatanooga Lookouts where his currently playing Questions

June 1st, 2006

Not a bad way to start off June:

Bryan Anderson c/o Swing of Quad Cities Questions

Mike Bourn c/o Reading Phillies

Ken Phelps c/o Home (This is a favorite of mine b\c as any Seinfeld fan knows what was the reason Steinbrenner traded away Jay Buhner? Because his people kept telling him they liked Ken Phelps bat, haha)

Wes O'Brien c/o San Diego SurfDawgs Questions

Scott Baker c/o Twins

 

May 31st, 2006

I will end the month of May with a success:

Danny Wright c/o Tacoma Rainiers (former White Sox hurler)

My totals for the month of May, which was very very good to me by the way, are:

71 different Successes

1 Failure

May 30th, 2006

Henry Sanchez c/o Beloit Snappers

Octavio Dotel c/o NY Yankees ST

Darrell May c/o Louisville Bats

Miguel Montero c/o Tennessee Smokies (sent me one extra 05 TT back, I'll take it thanks Miguel!)

May 27th, 2006

Rod Barajas c/o Rangers

Thomari Story-Harden c/o (I can't remember but it was an independent team he is playing for)

 

May 26th, 2006

Greg Perschke c/o Tri-State University

Derrick May c/o home (took almost 10 months)

Terrell Wade c/o Nashau Pride

On a personal note, Today was the last day of school at Mance Park Middle School, thus ending my first year as a teacher/coach.  It was a fantastic year and I can honestly say that I have the greatest job in the world and that I will miss every single kid I had in class this year or on the field.  I wish them all the best at Huntsville High School and hope they all know how much they mean to me.

May 25th, 2006

Roland James c/o home Questions

Ryan Braun c/o Brevard County Questions

Chris George c/o Albuquerque Isotopes Questions

Kevin Mench c/o Rangers 1/2

May 24th, 2006

Nothing Yesterday so I figured today would be big and it was:

Jered Weaver c/o Salt Lake Bees Questions

Mike Napoli c/o Angels Questions

Darrell Rasner c/o Columbus Clippers Questions

Ron Chiavacci c/o Indianapolis Indians Questions

JJ Hardy c/o Brewers

Brian Boehringer c/o Bridgeport BlueFish

Adam Melhuse c/o A's

May 22nd, 2006

Jeff DaVanon c/o D-Backs

Pat Listach c/o West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx

Joe Ferguson c/o home Questions

May 20th, 2006

Shut out yesterday but today was a good day:

Britt Reames c/o Indianapolis Indians

Ryan Tucker c/o Greensboro

Cesar Ramos c/o Lake Elsinore Storm

Glenallen Hill c/o Modesto Nuts

Johnny Musso c/o home Note

One Failure:

Braden Looper returned my cards in my SASE unsigned with no note of explination

May 18th, 2006

Jon Lester c/o Pawtucket Red Sox

May 17th, 2006

Two Today:

Ryan Jensen c/o Long Island Ducks Questions (It sux he signed in a green sharpie)

and

Heath Totten c/o Jax Suns Questions

May 16th, 2006

Micah Owings c/o Tennessee Questions

Cesar Carrillo c/o Mobile

May 15th, 2006

This was my best single day return (numbers wise) ever:

Mickey Vernon c/o home

Jose Ortiz c/o Lancaster

Colin Young c/o Bridgeport Questions

Michael Bowden c/o Greenville Questions

Brandon Erbe c/o Delmarva Questions

Wayne Kirby c/o home

Brian Anderson c/o White Sox Questions

Chuck Tiffany c/o Montgomery

Garrison Hearst c/o home

Terry Fair c/o Rams (took 5 months)

May 13th, 2006

Fernando Valenzuela c/o Dodgers 1/3 (send back 2 unsigned)

AJ Pierzynski c/o White Sox

May 12th, 2006

This has been quite a week for me:

Hideo Nomo c/o Charlotte (he is so tough IP I cannot believe I got this back!  Nice to see him signing)

JJ Putz c/o Seattle Questions

Chris Ray c/o Baltimore

May 11th, 2006

Jason Jennings c/o Rockies

Jim Thome c/o White Sox

Mark Buehrle c/o White Sox Questions

Tony Mandarich c/o Century Pines Golf Club

Merkin Valdez c/o Fresno Grizzlies

May 10th, 2006

May 9th, 2006

Nice Day as I got three returns, all of which were 2003 Topps Totals I needed for my set:

Dustin Moseley c/o Salt Lake Bees Questions

Nathan Haynes c/o Gary SouthShore RailCats (returned 98 Bowman unsigned, good thing the one he did sign was the Total!)

Travis Phelps c/o Camden River Sharks Questions

May 8th, 2006

Mondays are always good but this is ridiculous!

Tadahito Iguchi c/o Chi Sox

Brad Clontz c/o Albuquerque Isotopes Questions

John Danks c/o Frisco

Damain Rolls c/o Columbus Clippers

Andrew McCutchen c/o Hickory

Anthony Carter c/o Home

May 5th, 2006

Two Nice ones today:

Mike Grace c/o home Questions and Mike sent me an autographed personalized 8x10

Nate Frese c/o white pages.com address I researched

May 4th, 2006

Quinton McCracken c/o Reds Spring Training

May 3rd, 2006

Alejandro Machado c/o Pawtucket

Mike Costanzo c/o Clearwater

May 1st, 2006

J. Brent Cox c/o Trenton Thunder
and
Matt Stairs c/o Royals (took 1 month)

April 29th, 2006

1 for an NFL Draft Sunday:

Tim Spooneybarger c/o home (took 2 months)

April 28th, 2006

4 Return Day Today:

Steve Schmoll c/o Norfolk Tides

Noah Lowry c/o Giants

John Wasdin c/o Oklahoma RedHawks

David Dellucci c/o Phillies Questions

April 27th, 2006

2 Nice Surprises today:

Andrew Walter c/o Raiders Questions (took 4 months)

Aaron Sele c/o Las Vegas 51's Questions (took 3 weeks)

April 26, 2006

Decided to skip the final Dodger game b\c I am sooooooooooooo tired

Today:

Mark Grace c/o home (this was my second request to Grace c/o home in the past 3  months, the first one I never got anything back so I tried again and bam, took less than a week)

Todd Stottlemyre c/o home

April 25th, 2006

Nothing at the mailbox today but I did make it down to Houston for Game 2:

During BP I got the following:

Jae Seo, Hong Chi-Kuo, Bill Mueller and 2 Nomars. Picture

Dodgers lost in 14 but after Monday nights Nomar Granny, I can stomach that loss. 

April 24th, 2006

Mike McNutt c/o Carolina Mudcats Questions

April 22, 2006

A very nice week for me at the mailbox culminates in today's return:

Bruce Matthews c/o home Questions (took about 2 months)

I got about 12 more requests out today, I have been working overtime getting regular season requests out.

April 21st, 2006

Mike Montler c/o home Questions

Ozzie Chavez c/o Huntsville Stars

Oliver Perez c/o Pirates

April 20th, 2006

Eddie Taubensee c/o home Questions

Kevin Koslofski c/o home Questions

Cody Ransom c/o Round Rock Express

Dick Anderson c/o home Questions

 

April 19th, 2006

Buddy Groom c/o home 3/2 Questions (only took 7 days!)

 

 

April 18th, 2006

One Today:

Mark Acre c/o home Questions (didn't get my 93-94 Fleer Excel Minor League back but its okay!  Check out his answer about best teammates and Big Mac!  Probably one of the most honest answers I've ever gotten)

April 17th, 2006

Decent day today:

Lance Niekro c/o Hated Ones (Giants) 10 days

John Taylor c/o home (took about 6 months)

Also got my SASE returned with 2 unsigned Bob File cards back c/o Memphis RedBirds: Kinda surprised that it wasn't simply RTS b\c Bob isn't with the team anymore.  That was my bad b\c I sent it out prior to checking if he was back with Memphis this year, which he is not.

I got about 10 requests out today as well. Highlights: Drew Henson c/o Rhein Fire, Tony Mandarich, Mike Singletary, Orlando Merced, Glenallen Hill, Carl Everett, David Wright, Fernando Valenzuela, Terrence Long, Mike Venafro, Roy Halladay, and Ramon Hernandez.  Okay maybe that's more than 10, haha.

 

April 14th, 2006

Nice day today:

Chad Curtis c/o Caledonia High School (Chad's now a High School teacher and baseball coach) Questions

Jeff D'Amico c/o home

Ryan Dempster c/o Cubs (first in season success this year) Questions

April 12th, 2006

One today after being shut out on Tuesday:

Roger Salkeld c/o home

April 10th, 2006

Oddibe McDowell c/o home 2/3 (didn't return the 95 Fleer but that's okay!)

April 8th, 2006

Hard to follow up Billy Ashley coming yesterday but got one today:

Darrell Sherman (former Padres OF prospect) c/o Home

April 6th and 7th, 2006

Couldn't update yesterday because the site was down but here are yesterday's and todays successes:

Chris Spielman c/o home Questions

Todd Van Poppel c/o home

Casey Janssen c/o Blue Jays ST (Top pitching prospect for Jays)

And then today I had 2 nice ones:

Tom Tresh c/o home Questions

and my #1 TTM Success EVER came in today after an 8 month wait:

Billy Ashley c/o home (For those of you who don't know, Billy is my favorite player all-time and I had sent to him 3x's over the course of the years, each time a 3-4 page hand-written letter with pictures of my collection of his cards (all 191 of them), memrobilia, bats, hats, etc. all stuff I've picked up on Ebay of his.  I never got his autograph in-person and now I finally have his autograph on cards other than his certified autos.  This is so special to me words cannot even describe it, days like today, and successes like this are why I do TTM! Thanks Billy!)

April 6th and 7th, 2006

Couldn't update yesterday because the site was down but here are yesterday's and todays successes:

Chris Spielman c/o home Questions

Todd Van Poppel c/o home

Casey Janssen c/o Blue Jays ST (Top pitching prospect for Jays)

And then today I had 2 nice ones:

Tom Tresh c/o home Questions

and my #1 TTM Success EVER came in today after an 8 month wait:

Billy Ashley c/o home (For those of you who don't know, Billy is my favorite player all-time and I had sent to him 3x's over the course of the years, each time a 3-4 page hand-written letter with pictures of my collection of his cards (all 191 of them), memrobilia, bats, hats, etc. all stuff I've picked up on Ebay of his.  I never got his autograph in-person and now I finally have his autograph on cards other than his certified autos.  This is so special to me words cannot even describe it, days like today, and successes like this are why I do TTM! Thanks Billy!)

April 3rd, 2006

Nice day:

Rod Beck c/o home Questions (in reference to question #5 Rod puts his greatest memory is the one I mentioned in my letter, that was loading the bases vs. the Dodgers in the 10th innning in 1997 and getting Piazza to pop out and then getting Eddie Murray to ground into a double play.  His reaction from that moment is the picture on the Fleer card he signed for me)

Al Rosen c/o home Questions

April 1st, 2006

March Totals: 33 successes

April starts with 2 Spring Training Successes which brings me to 10/24, not bad I guess

Brian Fuentes c/o Rockies ST (but he signed in Ballpoint)

Brandon Wood c/o Angels ST (took 5 weeks)

March 31st, 2006

Tony Womack c/o Reds ST (took only 10 days)

 

March 29th, 2006

One yesterday:

Eric Young c/o Padres ST

 

March 28th, 2006

Nothing today but I had 3 successes yesterday here they are:

Brad Van Pelt c/o home Questions

Ozzie Newsome c/o Ravens

and

Terrell Brandon c/o Barbershop Questions

I don't usually do Basketball but Brandon was always a favorite of mine.

March 25th, 2006

One in today:

Mark May c/o home 3/1 (I sent him the Topps AA he included the other two.  He shoved the 3 cards into the toploader that was only meant for 1 card so the edge of the Topps AA got messed up a bit.) Questions

March 23rd, 2006

One today after I was shut out Wednesday:

Scott Cooper c/o home

Track meet today went well except for the fact that it was in Tomball and that it was about 30 degrees outside with the wind chill.

I do live in Texas right???

March 21st, 2006

Mike DeJean c/o home Questions (took 3 months)

and

Tyson Graham c/o UNC Athletics, he is a former Marlins prospect who quit baseball to go to UNC to focus on his football career (needed him for my Total set)

March 20th, 2006

One today:

Joe Montana c/o home, of course the authenticity debate wages on as to these sigs but as far as I'm concerned it looks nice and I'm satisfied

March 19th, 2006

Well, I finally returned home from my week-long vacation in Florida touring the Training Camps and hounding athlete after athlete for their autograph.  All in all a successful trip, my car lasted the total 2,800 miles we traveled from Houston, TX to Southern Florida and I ended up with 316 different autographed cards.

When I returned home I had 9 envelopes waiting for me and one empty SASE that whomever responded to my letter had forgotten to seal the card flew out, oh well:

First the TTM's and then the highlights of my Auto successes from Florida.

Glendon Rusch c/o Cubs

Bobby Brownlie c/o Cubs

Michael Tejera c/o Giants

Trevor Hoffman c/o Padres

JM Gold c/o home Questions (also sent a note asking me where I got his address....)

Marty Lyons c/o home Questions

Dave Foley c/o home

Steve Bartkowski c/o home

Andre Reed c/o home

Whew!

Now here are some of the highlights of my trip:

As many of you know I am working on the 2003 Topps Total set and on the trip secured 48 different cards from the set autographed, not bad.

I now have 312/990 signed, a ways to go but a great start to a very difficult set.

Dodgers (Nomar, Fucal, Tomko, Beimel, Meadows, Baez, Carter, Lowe)

Devil Rays (Burroughs, Rocco, Lee, Cash, Hall, Christianson)

Braves (Jordan, McCanbn, Diaz, Mullen, Blanco)

Nationals (Rauch, Tucker, Lombard, LeCroy, Stanton, Rodriguez, Ortiz, Escobar, etc.)

Tigers/Indians (Ludwick, Santiago, Panther, Fancisco, Diaz, Graves)

Marlins (top row is Nat's Continued De Los Santos, Gonzalez and bottom row is Kinkade, Tyler, and Hanley Ramirez)

Some of the better non-Topps Totals I got (Kaline, Zimmerman, Sabathia, Ramirez, Wetteland w/ WS MVP 96 inscription, etc. etc)

Some cool 05 Totals I got signed by both players (colon/gryboski and guthrie/sowers) and 05 Champions that turned out great (Cruz and Werth)

Southern League Top Prospect Set, got 5 signed (Billingsley, Loney, Guzman, Reed, and Hermida)

Cool Dodgers I got (Furcal(one of 3 he signed for me), Billingsley, Chin Lung Hu, Kuo, LaRoche, etc)

Bowman Heritage has got to be the best new set for autos, here are a few nice ones I got signed (Furcal, Verlander, Vidro, LaRoche, Zimmerman)

Some Old Dodgers that I was able to get as they are now coaches with other teams (Belcher, Lopes, Yeager, Radinsky)

 

 

 

March 9th, 2006

A very nice one today, postmarked from OH so probably authentic!

Ben Roethlisberger c/o home

I leave tommorrow morning at 6am for my Spring Training Trip to Florida, I will not have any updates until my return a week from this Sunday! 

So get ready for a HUGE update of TTM's and IP's in about 9 days.

March 8th, 2006

Nothing came yesterday so thus, no update on the 7th.

Today was a different story

My second Spring Training Request today:

Bobby Jenks c/o ChiSox

and

Bubba Smith c/o home (another Topps AA)

March 6th, 2006

Today:

Dan Fouts c/o home (he signed the Topps All American card I sent and included a signed Fleer Greats of the Game card, nice bonus!)

Andy Benes c/o home Questions

and

Wade Miller c/o home (took 2 months)

March 4th, 2006

March 4th, 2006

Today brought a close to a slow week with a great day of returns:

Bob Griese c/o home (very surprised to see this one back being as Bob is very hit or miss as a signer, and it only took 10 days!)

Alex Karras c/o home

And my first Spring Training Success of the year:

Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes c/o Red Spring Training Facility Questions

Tuffy famous for 2 things, #1 Hitting 3 Home Runs on opening day in 1994 and tying the Japanese Single Season HR Mark the same year McGwire broke Maris' mark. 

March 3rd, 2006

One Today:

Scott Lydy c/o home

Got a few done today: Adam Piatt, Mickey Callaway, JM Gold, and Dave Foley all c/o homes went out.

March 2nd, 2006 (2nd update today)

Finally a nice day at the mailbox:

Mike Neill c/o home (3 months) Questions

Troy O'Leary c/o home (2 months) Questions

and


Bert Jones c/o home (1 1/2 weeks)

March 2nd, 2006

One Yesterday:

Greg Pruitt c/o home

My All-American Football set is coming together nicely, check most of them out on the 2006 Football Successes page.

Sent out a TON the past few days, a few highlights are Brandon McCarthy, Michael Tejera, Joe Nathan c/o ST.

February 27th, 2006

Nice day today:

Colby Rasmus c/o home 2/1 (he included the Justifiable card) Questions

and a nice surprise

Lawrence Taylor c/o HOF (took like 2 weeks)

February 24th, 2006

Two in the mailbox today, 1 success 1 failure:

Success from Jody Treadwell (former Dodgers farmhand was a great reliever in the minors never did get a shot at the bigs though) c/o home (found the address on whitepages.com) Questions 2

And a Failure from John David Crow, sent the price list requesting $20.00 per signature, uh NO

Sent out 3 Today: Alex Karras c/o home, Kris Benson c/o ST and Joel Pineiro c/o ST.

February 23rd, 2006

Finally something in today's mail:

Alan Embree c/o home 4/4

Mail has been slow, not good for me at all

February 22, 2006

Nothing today, dissapointing day at the mailbox after the long weekend.

Got a bunch out today including Earl Campbell c/o home, El Duque, Troy Glaus, Tuffy Rhodes, Quinton McCracken, and Brandon Wood c/o Spring Training.

I was perusing the Dodgers ST pics on their site today as I do everyday and saw that Eddie Murray was signing autographs.  The ONE GUY in the world, besides Sandy Koufax, that I would pay to get and is impossible to get, was signing for free at Dodgertown.  I guess I'll be 3 weeks late when I head off for Vero Beach on March 9th.  Hopefully Eddie will continue his "signing spree", believe me it is one b\c in the 5 years I've been to FL Spring Training Eddie's been coaching either with Cleveland or Baltimore and I've seen him each year ignore fans, including myself, and NEVER heard of or saw him sign. Maybe the return to LA has lightened this old guy up, yeah right.  He's still one of the greatest hitters I've ever seen though.

February 17th/18th, 2006

Didn't get a chance to update the site yesterday so here is 2 days worth of successes:

Friday 17th:

Archie Griffin c/o OSU Alumni

Saturday 18th:

Brad Voyles c/o home Questions

February 16th, 2006

Nothing on Monday or Tuesday but today was decent:

Nick Bierbrodt c/o home Questions (took 1 month)

Chuck Long c/o home

No ST Requests are expected but I may get a few out if I see guys I need signing this spring.

The reasoning behind me not sending any out....b\c I will be leaving for a week in Florida touring the camps in March.

I did get a few RTSers lately: twice from Brian Boehringer c/o home and Ray McDavid c/o home (got a new Addy and re-sent it on Tuesday)

February 13th, 2006

Went out of town this weekend and returned home to find two successes:

Kevin Greene c/o home

and a surprise

Walt Weiss c/o home Questions

 

February 9th, 2006

Here is what I had in the mail last night:

Jim Kaat c/o home Questions (sent out a 10.00 donation to his charity this morning) Notice the inscription on the Fan Favs card, I requested he add it b\c in that game he outdueled Sandy Koufax.

David Sloan c/o home, signed my 3 cards, sent 33 other signed cards (for my players) in a package to me that included a full page typed letter and 2 signed 8x10's he included, one of the personalized to "Coach Bendick" I thought my success from Billy Sims was the greatest ever (he sent me a personalized 8x10) but Sloan takes the cake! What a class act. Thank you note going out in the mail tommorrow.

Sent out to: Mike Busch c/o home

February 7th, 2006

One return today but it was NOT a success:

I've only had one of these before and it was from David Wells c/o Yankees like 3 years ago so this one SHOCKED me:

Steve Sparks c/o home about 2 weeks sent back both of my cards unsigned, no explination.

This guy is a great signed and I've gotten his auto IP when he pitched for the Angels on numerous occasions, I just needed him for my 2003 Topps Total set.

Just really weird that he wouldn't sign seeing as he has a ton of successes on SC.net, etc. Oh well....that's part of what makes this hobby so fun!

Sent out two: Scott Lydy and Daryl Clark c/o homes.

February 6th, 2006

Nice day today:

John Doherty c/o home Questions

and

Larry Johnson c/o home Questions

Sent out to: Andy Pettitte (worth a shot) c/o home, Tim Hardaway c/o PitBulls, Tyson Graham c/o UNC Athletics, and John Olerud c/o home.

February 4th, 2006

Nice day at the mailbox today:

Erik Hanson c/o home

Mark Johnson c/o home Questions

Bryan Baar c/o home Questions

February 3rd, 2006

Kez McCorvey c/o Titan Sports Questions Cool Index Card

Mike Bordick c/o home Questions (I have worried about sending the wrong Questions to a player and I did with Mike, but he was cool enough to cross out Batters and write in Pitchers and disregard the fact that 2 of the Questions were the same)

Sent out to:

Terry Wells and Howard Battle c/o home

February 2nd, 2006

Well, we did what we wanted to mostly vs. the Hated McCullough last night at their place, but came up a bit short.  Just 4 days after getting beat by them by 40-something, we ran out to a 9 point lead and were tied at half time.  Then in the 3rd and 4th quarters my kids just failed to execute the offense and we fell short of knocking them off on the road, 42-31. 

Decent Mailday:

Bob Lilly c/o home Questions

Mike Rozier c/o home (I was just thinking the other day how I hadn't gotten a smudged or damaged card back in forever, and there you go)

Sent out to: Eddie Pye, Jerry Brooks, and Ron Walden c/o homes yesterday (all former Dodger minor leaguers)

February 1st, 2006

Nice Day today:

Steve Cooke (former Pirates Lefty) c/o home Questions

Brian Griese c/o home Questions

Keith Byars c/o home

And went by Wal-Mart on my way home from practice today and picked up 2 packs of Topps Chrome Update and a pack of Topps Rookie Cup and pulled 2 autos!

A Darryl Strawberry (nice for me b\c he is an ex-Dodger) and Mark McCormick DP Auto out of Topps Chrome Update.

Got a few out today:

Re-sent to Brian Boehringer and Garrison Hearst with new addys (both were RTS), and also sent out new requests to Chris Stynes, Dan Fouts, and Archie Griffin c/o homes.

 

January 31st, 2006

Okay day today:

Shawn Boskie c/o home Questions

Matt Mieske c/o home

Also got around to sending out a few:

LT c/o HOF, John Vander Wal, Joe Blanton, Mark Grace, and Colby Rasmus c/o homes.

January 31st 2006

Got home from our field trip downtown too late last night to update, my apologies.  But here is what was waiting for me when I arrived home last evening:

Jason DuBois c/o home

Gil McDougald c/o home Questions

Wendell Davis c/o home Questions

Johnny Pesky c/o home Questions (Strange thing is that you'll notice the card was not signed.  Pesky only signed the IC and answered the questions, strange but I'll take it considering my last request to him was RTS)

January 28th 2006

Well, a rainy, gloomy day ended that way for the Hornets, as we got our asses handed to us by the Hated McCullough Highlanders 70-something to 30-something.  It was an ass-whooping of epic proportions.  Then we faced off for 3rd place vs. Knox a team we had already beaten.  Due to the fact that we lost we had to play back-to-back games and lost by 6 in a game we were just too tired to run 4 full quarters in.  Kids played hard in the 2nd game, vs. McC they just quit as soon as they got down.  Team just wasn't used to getting the tables turned on them and losing. 

Returned home to find 2 successes in my mailbox to try and brighten up my day:

Derrick Mayes c/o home Questions

and

Adam Hyzdu c/o home Questions (auto's are hard to see b\c he signed in red ballpoint)

January 27th, 2006

A couple of nice returns today, one took awhile:

Al Leiter c/o home (FL) only returned 1/2 that I sent, the one I did not get back was the 2003 Topps Total for my set, oh well.

DeMarcus Ware c/o Cowboys (took about 4 months)

January 26th, 2006

Just one today but a nice Dodger one:

Former Pitching Coach Ron Perranoski c/o home Questions

Didn't get any done today, my team won their game despite going 16-40 from the Free Throw line.  Ouch.  Tournament this week but only after a 1 hour per-bustrip free throw session. 

 

January 25th, 2006

Today:

Gale Sayers c/o Corp.

Anthony Telford c/o home Questions

Sent out to Bryan Baar and Walt Weiss c/o homes

 

January 24th 2006

One today:

John Mabry c/o home and he answered Questions

Mailed out to Erik Hanson, Kez McCorvey, and Mike DeJean.

January 23rd, 2006

Saw Aerosmith last night, 4th time I have seen them live, this was the worst show but still rocked.

Had a great day, 4 2003 Topps Totals for my set and an unexpected surprise!

Josh Pearce c/o home Questions and left me a nice note

Jim Mecir c/o home Questions

Cliff Politte c/o home Questions

Chris Sabo c/o home

Chad Hermansen c/o home Questions

and finally a pleasant surprise and a great success from Los Angeles Dodgers former GM and architect of the 1988 World Champion Team

Fred Claire c/o MLB Media

He sent me a typed response to my questions (Questions Reference), business card, postcard for his book, signed my Dodgers Stadium card and IC.

I did get requests out to John Jefferson and Mike Rozier today.

Hit up the Tri-Star show in Houston on Sunday and didn't get anything great.  I bough boxes of UD Legends Football, Bowman Heritage, and Donruss Champions and didn't pull anything worth mentioning, excpet a Jay Bruce autograph out of Heritage.

January 21st, 2006

Just returned home from a Basketball tournament, our team's 7th grade "B" team finished 4th, not bad, a couple of long days though with game after game.

Had these waiting for me today:

John Cappelletti c/o home Questions

Brent Butler c/o home Questions

Hope everyone enjoys the playoff games tommorrow

January 20th, 2006

VERY Nice day at the mailbox today:

Jim McMahon c/o home

Dave Eiland c/o home

Joe Ferguson c/o home

Vernon Wells c/o home and he answered Questions

Mike Mussina c/o home

BJ Surhoff c/o home (took about 3 months)

Sent out to: Greg Pruitt, Ryan McNeil, Darrell Sherman, Derrick Mayes, Jody Treadwell, and John Doherty c/o homes.

 

January 19th, 2006

Decent day today:

Don Shula c/o home and he added HOF 97 Inscription

Scott Kamieniecki c/o home

and

Gregg Jefferies c/o home in a little over a month (postmarked Oakland, CA)

This was my 3rd try with Gregg, everybody else has gotten him by talking to my fellow

collectors but I could never seem to get him, now I have.

Sent out to: Jeff Hostetler, Brett Perriman, Garrison Hearst, Ryan Luzinski, and Kevin Greene all c/o homes.

January 18th, 2006

Well, nothing today But I did get a few more out in the mail:

Brian Boehringer, Keith Byars, Wendell Davis, Darrin Fletcher, Todd Ritchie (all c/o homes), and Gale Sayers c/o Sayers Corp.

Thanks to all the new visitors to my site, feel free to sign the Guestbook or email me questions/comments/suggestions.

January 17th, 2006

Purchased a scanner this weekend so no reason for me not to update on a daily basis!

Here is what today brought me:

Jim Fregosi c/o home 2/2 (weird that he signed the one card in ballpoint and the other in blue sharpie)

and

Mike Timlin c/o home

Sent out to: Brad Voyles, Steve Sparks, and Mark Johnson (Pirates 1B).

January 13th, 2006

Days like today are becoming so common place that it's scary:

Jeff Montgomery c/o home Questions

Garrett Stephenson c/o home Questions (interesting note was that he left me a PS on the Questions stating he had his 3rd shoulder surgery on the 4th of this month)

and

Tim Mauser c/o home

I also sent out to: Alan Embree, Ray McDavid, Jason DuBois, Nick Bierbrodt, Dan Wilson, and Matt Mieske.

PS The Scanner at work was broken today so I could only get a scan up of Eisenreich which I have added.  Scans to come I promise!

January 12th 2006

I was unable to scan yesterday's successes b\c at school today 10 minutes into my first period class we were forced to evacuate the building because of a bomb threat.  A Crazy day to say the least, but we did play our basketball game, another yawner as we dominated Washington JH 53-31.

6 Successes today:

Jim Eisenreich c/o home Questions

Jim Lonborg c/o home Questions

Frank Howard c/o home

Bob Feller c/o home (replaced my 2005 SP Legendary Cuts card with a 53 Topps Archive)

Bob Tewksbury c/o home

and finally one of the greatest succseses I have EVER had:

Billy Sims c/o PO Box, I sent him a 05 Topps AA card and he sent back to me, in his own larger document envelope that he paid postage on, a signed 8x10 with ROY and Heisman inscriptions, my signed card, and a note with advice to my football players.  Absolutely amazing that he'd send me all that stuff and then send me an 8x10 that was his!

Sent out a ton today as well: Chris Sabo, Steve Finley, Adam Hyzdu, Wade Miller, Chad Hermansen, Pete Smith, and Vernon Wells.

January 11th, 2006

Decent showing today:

Bobby Shantz c/o home 8 days and he answered my questions

Jayson Durocher c/o home in 8 days

Shipped out to: John Mabry, Mike Hartley, and Jim Mecir c/o their homes.

January 10th, 2006

On the day Bruce Sutter was elected to the Hall of Fame I had a Hall of Fame day at the mailbox:

Billy Williams c/o home

Robin Roberts c/o home (added HOF inscription) (Did not send fee)

and

Andy Carey c/o home (ballpoint, eck)

 

2 Hall of Famers in one day!  Amazing

January 9th, 2006

lite day today:

Dickie Noles c/o home Questions and he left me a nice note about how he is motivational speaker for kids and his phone number in case I want to contact him about speaking!

Also recieved my 2006 Harvey Meiselmann's Football and Baseball Address lists, I must say the best yet.

Buy them!  It's worth every penny!

http://www.sportsaddresslists.com/

Going out tommorrow are:

Dave Eiland, Brent Butler, Dave Hollins, Joe Ferguson, Bill Brennan, Corey Thurman, Mike Cather, and Josh Pearce.

 

January 7th, 2006

Well, Happy Birthday to me, turning 24 today.  Busy day, slept in quite late after a late night of drinking at my friend Gonzalo's Rehearsal Dinner, wedding is today at 5:30.

I am an usher in his wedding so I need to get dressed and head to the church.  I will try to get the scans up later today.

Today the Mail was good to me:

Ryan Hawblitzel c/o home

Steve Trachsel c/o home

and

Received a gift from my buddy Nick, a Marvin Freeman autographed card.

 

January 6th 2005

Shut out in 2006 no more. My best day ever with 6 returns:

Brandon Webb c/o home Questions

Steve Farr c/o homeQuestions

Simeon Rice c/o Tampa Bay Bucs Questions

Rich Aurilia c/o Home

Jim Leyritz c/o Home

and every once in awhile I get a crazy hair up my ass that makes me send out to a superstar player with really no real hope that it will ever return. 

But days like today are why I do it:

Jim Abbott c/o Home and he answered my Questions!

Yesterday my Basketball team won a HUGE game over Knox at their place.  Tight game and coming off of vacation I knew we'd play rusty and we did, but we managed to pull it out on the road anyways.  Couldn't be more prouder of my guys.

January 4th, 2005

The drought continues..............I am still awaiting my first success of 2006.

 

Did get a few RTS's c/o school today: Dave Eiland, Mike Timlin, and Robin Jennings.

I'll wait until I get my Harvey 2006 next week to re-send them with new addys.

January 3rd, 2006

The drought has now reached 3 days..................

I wish I had more to report being that this is my first post of the year 2006, hopefully this woeful trend does not continue in '06.

 

December 31st, 2005

Well, the final day of 2005 is upon us and as far as TTM is concerned this has been an excellent year for me. 

2005 ended with a thud today as there was nothing in my mailbox, but I have added 100's of scans of past successes that I never added pics of to the site, check them out in the retiered and current player sections.

And on a sad note, here is a scan of 2 Jeff Reardon auto'd cards I got TTM about 2 years ago.  Sad story about this class-act hitting rock bottom and robbing a jewelry store.

A quick review of my highlights both personally and Autograph wise in 2005:

January: Turned 23, Moved back home, and Started working at Hertz Rent a Car as my first job out of college.

February: Headed to FL for a long weekend and Spring Training, rained all day friday, and all day Sunday.  Only got one good day of autograph hunting in and the highlight was Maury Wills.

March: Toiled through another month at Hertz, hated life, and started to get back into TTMing. Eric Gagne, Brad Penny, and Jayson Werth battled through injuries that would land them on the DL to begin the season.  TTM Highlight was getting Jon Kitna back c/o Bengals.

April: No TTM to speak of, personally started to realize that I needed a new job, and moved back to Huntsville with my friend Alan. Dodgers instilled in us Dodgers fans that this might be the year with their 12-2 start and having the best month in LA history.  Little did I know that within 2 months I could mail in the season.

May: The first of a rash of injuries to hit the Dodgers occured when Jose Valentin hurt his knee sliding into home.  Milton Bradley won a game for us vs. Atlanta with an 8th inning Grand Slam.  Soon after he would get hurt and miss most of the rest of the year.

June: Dodgers went on an 11-game losing streak that was highlighted by a sweep at the hands of the lowly KC Royals.  I pulled most of my hair out and broke several objects in my living room while watching them play.  I decided I was too busy to update my site for about 3 months as well. 

July: Got hired as a Manager at the Asian Restaurant Pei Wei, got a huge raise and a much better job.  Three days after accepting the position at Pei Wei I got a call from Mike Allen, Athletic Director for Huntsville ISD.  Came in for an interview and a week later had an offer to teach 8th grade history and coach football, basketball, and track.  Accepted the position and accomplished the goal of my life, to be a teacher.  Quit Pei Wei one month into my training to accept the teaching position.

August: Began my "Baptism by Fire" as a football coach in Texas.  Free Time was scant and I saw more film of high school football than any man ever should.  School started on the 15th and my roller coaster ride began.  Attended all 3 games the Dodgers were in town vs. the Astros and saw them get swept and just outplayed.  Embarassing times for Dodger fans.

September: Had my first game as a coach, a 28-0 victory over Magnolia.  Went through the ups and downs of coaching and teaching, found free time rare, but what little I did I spent with Amber.  The horror that was the 2005 Dodgers finally came to an end and we can now wait to see what happens in an offseason destined for a lot of change.

October: Decided to create a project for my students centering on Thomas Paine's "Common Sense", where they would write a letter to a famous person requesting an autograph.  Churned out 100's of my own TTM requests using my computer and printer at work.  Jim Tracy was fired and a week later Paul DePodesta's fate was the same.  Dodgers go GM-less for a month.

November: TTM Highlights were Tom Glavine c/o home, Tim Biakabatuku c/o work, and Rick Parker c/o home.  Dodgers signed Rafael Furcal to play SS while Izturis is on the mend next year and hired a Hated One Ned Colleti as our new GM.

December: Grady "F***ing" Little is the new Dodgers manager, I will save my bashing until he leaves in Lowe too long and blows a lead.  Nomar, Bill Mueller, Kenny Lofton, and Brett Tomko (another Hated One) don the Dodger Blue for the first time.   Alex Smith c/o home, Brad Radke c/o home, Red Schoendienst c/o home, and Charlie Ward c/o Rockets are my TTM highlights.  Spent a week in Orlando for Christmas with Family and began to map out my week long Spring Break trip to Florida for Spring Training. 

December 30th, 2005

First update in quite a while but what an update it is!

These were waiting for me when I arrived home this afternoon from my vacation:

Carney Lansford c/o home

Butch Davis c/o home

Paul Konerko c/o home

Jake Delhomme c/o Carolina

Ty Detmer c/o Atlanta

Herb Score c/o home

Herschel Walker c/o home

Brad Radke c/o home

Kirk Dressendorfer c/o home Questions

Terry Allen c/o home Questions

John Lackey c/o home Questions

Jon Matlack c/o home Questions

Mark Thompson c/o home Questions

Mitch Webster c/o home Questions

 

I also had waiting for me a Joe Carter autographed card that my buddy Jason got for me at one of Joe's radio remote shows.  A very nice addition to the collection.

 

 

December 20th, 2005

Finally made it to our final destination for Christmas, Orlando Florida at about 6pm today. 

Prepared 15 requests while not doing my share of the driving on the trip (20 hour drive all together) and got 9 out in the mail yesterday at a truck stop mailbox somewhere off of I-10 in Alabama. 

Sent off on 12/19: Ryan Bukvich, Joe Crede, Steve Trachsel, Mike Timlin, John Lackey, Brandon Webb, Rich Aurilia, Ken Lucas c/o Carolina, and Andrew Walter c/o Oakland.

Tommorrow going out are requests to: Bob Tewksbury, Steve Farr, Simeon Rice c/o Tampa, Keary Colbert c/o Carolina, Dennis Northcutt c/o Cleveland and Greg Perschke c/o Tri-State Univ.

As soon as I return home on the 29th I will add scans of all of my successes that are waiting for me at home and also add scans of past successes from years past whose pics I never got around to adding to the site, something I've been meaning to do for a very long time. 

Merry Christmas everyone!

December 17th, 2005

My buddy Kaden graduated today, a day long in the making.  He made it though and we are all very proud of him, congrats buddy.

I had one last success to report before I leave for Florida tommorrow and the site will go un-updated for about 10 days:

Rick Reed (Former Mets and Twins starter) c/o Marshall Athletic Dept. Took about a week

 

December 16th, 2005

Last day of school!  I get a 2 week break from my kids and I'm sure they will enjoy a 2 week break from me as well.  Heading off to Orlando, FL to spend the holidays with family so there will be a lull in my updates for about a week.  Don't worry, when I return home I plan on having quite a few to update and add tons of new successes to the site. 

Nothing in the mailbox yesterday so I didn't update the site but I did mail off to Robin Jennings and Steve Cooke c/o their homes.

1 Success today:

Julian Peterson c/o Niners and answered my Question, took about 2 months

December 13th 2005

One success today:

Mike Cameron c/o home and he answered my Questions, took about a week

Sent out to:

Tim Mauser and Gregg Jefferies c/o homes (3rd try on Jefferies, everyone else seems to get him but I've been shutout twice)

December 14th, 2005

Surprise in my mailbox today, Nothing.

So nothing to report today except for the good news that the Dodgers reached an agreement with Bill Mueller to play thirdbase for them for the next 2 years.  He and Furcal will give us a nice 1-2 punch at the top of the lineup.

December 12th, 2005

Today:

Chris Boniol c/o his Kicking Camp, he signed 1/1 in blue sharpee, answered my questions, and sent a personalized Christmas Card to my roomate Alan as I had requested, Super Nice guy and awesome success!

and

Ozzie Newsome c/o Ravens, he also added his HOF 99 to it

Sent out a TON today:

Carney Lansford, Kirk Dressendorfer (2nd try), Mitch Webster (3rd Try), Paul Konerko, Brad Radke all c/o homes

 and former Dodgers GM Fred Claire c/o MLB Media.

December 10th, 2005

When I returned home from our basketball tournament, we finished 2nd, I had 3 envelopes waiting for me:

Joe Amalfitano c/o home and he added a nice personalized note to me

Red Schoendienst c/o home, I did not include any money

Steve Bono c/o home

I mailed out to the following on Friday:

Mike Neill, Herb Score, Tommy John, David Sloan all c/o their homes, and Roddy White c/o Falcons.

December 7th, 2005

VERY nice day today, Christmas came early for me on the last one:

Alex Smith c/o his home

Ben Coates c/o Browns 3/3 in blue sharpie
and what a success that is probably #1 in my list of favorites now b\c the guy was my idol when he played QB for FSU
Charlie Ward c/o Rockets 2/2 in black sharpie and he added his respective #'s to each (football #17 basketball #21)

I bought a box of Topps All-American Football last night, didn't pull anything great but the base cards are nice, feature the players in their college uniforms and I think would make nice TTM autographs so I sent out my first batch of them to:

Billy Sims, Herschel Walker, Anthony Carter, and Ty Detmer.  Also finally got my Jim Leyritz request out.


 

December 6th, 2005

One today:

Kelly Holcomb c/o Bills took about 36 days

Sent out to:

Rico Brogna, Jon Matlack, Terry Fair, and Pat Hentgen.

The same student who sent out a letter to Marcus Vick for his project did a few extra for extra credit and got ANOTHER one back already! 

Ed Reed c/o Ravens he had him sign a mini poster out of SI for Kids.  It was clearly a stamp and whoever did it for Ed stamped the poster twice but still a very nice response for my student, he was thrilled!

December 5th, 2005

Kevin Orie c/o home took 18 days and he answered my questions (I think I hit a sore spot with his time in Los Angeles, he had wrote even more about that questions and crossed it out, he probably stopped himself from badmouthing them too much)

Sent out:

Mike Camerson c/o home, Rick Reed c/o Marshall, Ryan Hawblitzel c/o home, and Hugh Douglas c/o Eagles.

Having Scanner issues, as soon as they are resolved I will get all my scans up to date, I apologize for the delay.

PS Dodgers inked up Rafael Furcal, way too much money but he will give us something we haven't had at the top of the lineup since Dave Roberts was with us and healthy, a legitimate stolen base threat.  He'll fit in nicely in LA

December 4th, 2005

Sorry for the lack of daily updates lately, but I had my worst week success-wise in a LONG time.  No successes Tues-Friday and then one on Saturday:

Carl Pavano c/o home took 17 days

I plan on getting a lot of requests out this week and will get scans up on the site soon.

December 1st, 2005

No update yesterday as there was once again an empty mailbox (well there were bills but no TTM's). 

I did send a few out yesterday and ran out of envelopes so I'll have to pick up some more before I get any more requests out.

In the mail 11/30/05: Terry Allen c/o home, Steve Bono c/o home, Chris Boniol c/o Camp, Red Schoendienst c/o home (no fee), and Bob Watson c/o MLB.

 

 

November 29th, 2005

In an event that has become a rarity for me lately, nothing in the mailbox today. 

I did send out those that I had planned on sending out.

Hopefully will get a few more out tommorrow.

November 28th 2005

Today was a nice one, one I expected back and one I had sort of lost hope on:

Frank Castillo c/o home and he answered my questions (1 week)

and

Rick Parker c/o home (I had kind of lost hope on this one b\c there was no recent successes on SCN and I tried anyways, Rick came through in about 2 months!)

I almost forgot to add a success for a student of mine!  For those of you who do not know I am an 8th grade history teacher and coach here in TX.  I had one of my 5 classes do a TTM project where they chose a celebrity/athlete/etc to write a letter to, with my help of course, and send off to them.  The letters went out about 2 weeks ago and today one of my students brought back a success!  I think I was more excited than he was but shit, it was Marcus Vick!  He sent him a color picture he printed out off of the internet on regular printer paper and the picture came back autographed, "To Jimmy:  Marcus Vick #5"  Since Vick hadn't been too kind to TTMers this year I was skeptical but shout, the man came through of my student. 

Sent out a few today:

Ciatrick Fason c/o Vikings, Ryan Fitzpatrick c/o Rams, Joe Amalfitano c/o home, Darrent Williams c/o Broncos

Tommorrow I have ready to go

Mark Thompson c/o home and Ozzie Newsome c/o Ravens

November 27th, 2005

Thanksgiving Update:

Sorry for the lack of updates over the past few days but I was in Dallas visiting the folks for Thanksgiving.  When I arrived home I had a bunch of mail and here's what was inside:

NFL:

Jerry Azumah c/o Bears 8 days

Jeff George c/o home 8 days He also added a note to me saying that I did not include any questions for him to answer! I wish I had!

Brandon Jacobs c/o Giants His wife added a note to me apologizing for taking so long to respond and a note about my classes TTM project, very cool!

MLB:

Greg McMichael c/o Hardball also answered my questions and he included the Bible Card! Questions pg. 2

Don Carman c/o home

Jeff Hartsock c/o home

Tim Leary c/o home took 37 days and he answered my questions

Brad Baisley c/o home (The address from whitepages.com worked!)

 

November 21, 2005

Day #2 of my vacation, how sweet it is to be a teacher! 

Jay Bell 2/2 c/o home

He was a guy I loved to hate when he played for the D-Backs b\c he seemed to hit all of his HR's versus the Dodgers!  I hated him!  Nice sig to get for my collection though.

I won't be sending out any requests over break b\c all of my supplies are in my classroom, but once I get back, I will be sending them out in droves!

 

November 19th, 2005

Herbert Perry c/o home 3/3 in black sharpie and he answered my questions

November 18th

Another Request found its way back into my mailbox today:

Jim Bruske c/o work and he answered my questions pg. 2

Nothing went out today.

I did purchase a Von Wafer autographed card off of Ebay and it came in today.  Being the big FSU Basketball fan I am I had to pick that up.

November 17th, 2005

Heartbreaker in my first basketball coaching game, lost on a buzzer beater to Willow Wood, 26-25.  We had the ball with 10 seconds left and the lead but my center tried to chuck the ball all the way down the court and it got picked off, I guess I can't expect 7th graders to understand that with the lead and 10 seconds to go that you hold onto it and let them foul you.

I had one success:

Joe Pignatano c/o home

Sent off a bunch yesterday as well:

Gary Scott, Charlie Ward c/o Rockets, Ben Coates, Derek Harper, Kevin Orie, and Jeff George.

November 16th 2005

For the first time in awhile, I had nothing in the mailbox today. 

School was busy and we have our first basketball game tomorrow so I have that to prepare for, but I will try to get some requests out tomorrow.  I have a stack of football I need to get in the mail soon, tomorrow's as good as any, right? 

Thanks for visiting and please feel free to email me any questions, addy requests, etc.

November 15th 2005

My string of ones continues today:

Greg Olson (Braves Catcher) c/o home took about a week

Sent off a TON today:

Reggie Smith c/o his Academy

Brian Holton, Shawn Hillegas, Tab Perry c/o Bengals, Will Brunson, and Brad Baisley.

November 14th, 2005

One success today:

Former Cubs and Dodgers IF Greg Smith c/o home and he answered my questions

Coolest thing was that he wanted me to write him back to tell him how my class's TTM project goes.

Only bad thing was that  Greg signed the cards in ballpoint pen, blah.

Sent one out today:

Jerry Azumah c/o Bears

I have prepped to go out to Will Brunson and Brad Baisley tommorrow.  (I got the Baisley Auto off of whitepages.com, so we'll see how reliable it is)

November 12th, 2005

Friday was Veteran's Day, no mail.

Today I had one return

Stepfret Williams c/o home

Nothing else to report today....Thanks for visiting.

November 11th, 2005

Had a request to post the addresses I used for Matt Williams and Tim Salmon so here they are:

Matt Williams
4400 N. Scottsdale Rd. #381

 Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Tim Salmon

6061 E Sunnyside Dr.

Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Sent out 4 today:

Billy Williams c/o home (might as well try since there has been some action there lately)

Frank Castillo c/o home, Antwaan Randle El c/o Steelers, and Dickie Noles c/o home.

November 10th, 2005

Another great day at the mailbox:

Matt Williams c/o home (I was skeptical about this one but man, it came back in 10 days!)

Tim Salmon c/o home took 10 days and he answered my questions!

and

Brad Woodall c/o home took about a month and he answered my questions

Turns out my classes kept me very busy today,  that's a good thing, and I didn't have time to send out any more requests.  I will try to  get about a half a dozen in the mail tommorrow.

My classes are also doing a TTM project for me where they are writing letters and sending out to celebrities asking for autographs.  I will keep you posted with their successes too, it should be a fun project for myself and them!

November 9th, 2005

Today brought a few long waits back home and one quick surprise:

Billy Ripken c/o home took about 3 months

Glyn Milburn c/o Austin Wranglers (where he is the GM) took 2 weeks and he answered my questions

Lofa Tatupu c/o Seahawks

Sent out one today:

Bert Heffernan c/o home (former Dodgers Catching farmhand, had a cup of coffee with the Mariners in the early 90's)

 

November 8th, 2005

Today there was one success, a 1988 Dodgers success at that:

Tracy Woodson 3/3 c/o home Took about a week.

I sent out one today: Matt Young c/o home

Be sure to scroll down and respond to the poll question of the week.

November 7th 2005

Another nice day at the mailbox:

La'Roi Glover c/o Cowboys took about 2 months

Ian Stewart c/o AFL 2 weeks

and a  nice success

Gary Wayne c/o home 6/5 plus he answered my questions, wrote me a nice note and included 5 signed Bible Cards!  (He even added a 25cent stamp b\c the envelope was so heavy!)

I did not send out any requests today (first time that has happened in months).  My classes are watching The Patriot in class tomorrow so I should be able to get a few requests out the door.

Thanks for those of you who have returned and a special thanks to new visitors to the site.  I will answer all emails and requests ASAP, remember the life of a teacher and coach can be kinda hectic at times!

November 4th, 2005

I've received 4 Football successes in the past 2 days and here they are:

Derrick Mason c/o Ravens 1/1

Dan Orlovsky c/o Lions 3/3

Ahman Green c/o Packers 1/1

and

Tim Biakabatuku c/o work address 2/2

Especially happy about the Biakabatuku as I am a Big Michigan fan and can fondly remember watching him pound the ball up the middle during the mid-90's for the Wolverines.

Today I sent out:

Alex Smith c/o home

Bill Krueger c/o home (3)

Greg Olson (catcher) c/o home (2) on 11/3/05

November 1st, 2005

Well, I've been busy the past few days getting as many requests out at possible, here they are:

Johnny Pesky, Joe Pignatano, Jay Bell, Kelly Holcomb, Danny Heep, Tracy Woodson, Tim Salmon, Matt Williams, and Stepfret Williams.

All were sent c/o homes except Holcomb went c/o Bills.

I am working on getting everyone's autograph who appeared in a game during the 1988 Championship season for the Dodgers.  I am going to add that page and will keep everyone updated as to how close I am getting.  So far, through TTM and in-person I have secured the autographs of 17 of the 38 players who played for the Dodgers that year.  I also have Tommy LaSorda and Manny Mota's autographs, and I will attempt to secure the auto's of all the coaching staff as well.  The toughies will be Tim Crews and Mike Sharperson (both of whom are since deceased). 

Successes over the weekend were:

Steve Grogan c/o home 1/1 and answered my questions

Matt Schaub c/o Falcons 1/1

Stefan LeFors c/o Carolina 2/2

Tom Glavine c/o home 1/1

Scan will be up shortly

October 26th, 2005

Well it's been pretty slow at the mail box, but that hasn't been stopping me from sending more out in the mail

Today I sent out

Greg Smith (former Dodger/Cub), Kordell Stewart, BJ Surhoff (again), and Herbert Perry.

I received on Saturday Chris Buglovsky 1/1 c/o AFL (9 days) on his 2003 Topps Total card (that I needed for my set)

I received Andy Pafko c/o home (2 weeks) yesterday and he answered my questions (the auto was badly smudged but still a nice success)

Scans are coming soon

October 21st

I have slacked off on the site in the past 6 months, but I vow to get back to daily updates with pictures of my TTM successes!  If any of you are in education, you'll understand how busy a teacher/coach can be.  Anyways, I had a success yesterday, scan to come soon!

Jeff Cirillo c/o Brewers 2/2

I sent out to Jim Bruske today

June 17th

Sent out two more this week:

Thomas Diamond and Justin Germano both c\o their minor league teams.

Nothing to report as far as successes.  Dodgers just go swept by KC, how embarassing, especially when we could have picked up 3 games on SD and taken over first place.

June 14th

Got some returns the last few days:

Jay Howell 2/2 (6/10)

Dustin Hermanson 1/1 (6/9)

Andre Etheir 2/2 (6/11)

Andy LaRoche 1/1 (6/11) Blue ballpoint when he's been signing everyone else's in blue sharpie, pretty strange....

Hoping to get some more out this week

June 7th, 2005

Sent out two requests on Tuesday: Sent 3 cards to Jake Peavy c/o Padres and 2 cards to Andre Either c/o Midland.

Dodgers are back on track, Derek Lowe pitched a gem and Jeff Kent is on fire.

May 31st 5:35pm

No successes in several days, hopefully I start to get some turnaround.  I sent out on 5/27 to Dustin Hermanson, Jay Howell (my second try with him), and Mike Hartley (re-send w/ new addy).

And then I sent out to Andy LaRoche, Jerry Kutzler, and Eric Riggs today.

I'll keep you all updated as of the successes. 

May 18th 12:05pm

Had 2 straight days of returns, I can't tell you when the last time that happened was. 

Kevin Seitzer on 5/16, 1/2

and

Hensley Meulens on 5/17, 1/1 included "Bam Bam"

I am having trouble finding the strength to sit down and do some more letters, even though I have a lot of free time at work lately.  Hopefully I'll get some more out. 

May 14th 12:16pm

Well, bored at work again and the site is due for an update so here goes.

Sending off 2 that I finished up at work today: Casey Kotchman c/o Salt Lake and Ron Darling c/o home

Had both Robb Nen and Mike Hartley's letters returned b\c of bad addys, I am trying to get the new addys from friends to re-send

I went to the Astros/Hated Ones game on Thursday night, didn't go for autos, went straight from work and the only guy I saw signing was Omar Vizquel who signed for everyone (small crowd).  And Pedro Feliz signed like a handful after stretching too.  Needless to say, I didnt miss anything as I've gotten Omar in the past.

I am getting so overworked that last night I fell asleep at 10pm, just enough time to miss one of the greatest Dodger games in recent memory.  Weaver throws 5 2/3 no hit ball, then gives up a grand slam to LaRoche in the 8th, only to have my boy Milton Bradley hit a granny of his own in the bottom of the 8th.  I love Milton's enthusiasm and how much he loves the team and the city.  10 HR's already, an All-Star bid in the future, and in a couple years who knows, this guy has unlimited potential.  Gagne returns tonight, Boy, you think Paul DePodesta is thanking his lucky stars he didn't deal Yhency Brazoban to the D-Backs this offseason?  He's been almost as good as Gagne while filling in.  Dodgers look like the real deal, I'm looking forward to October.

May 9th 4:35pm

Sent out 4 requests today:  Kyle Sleeth, Arthur Rhodes, Jeff Cirillo, and Terry Adams all c/o their respective teams.  I'll keep everyone posted.

May 7th 2005 9:10AM

Got back a quick return on Thursday:

Mike Williams 2/2  (1 for my 03 TT set)

Sent out to Jesse Orosco, Derrick May, and Hensley Meulens on 5/6/05.

Jose Valentin went down a few days ago with a knee injury that will keep him sidelined for up to 3 months, really a tough break for a good guy and a key part of this Dodgers team.  Hopefully Olmedo, Naki, Antonio Perez, and Mike Edwards can hold the fort down for him.  Looks like Cesar's ankle injury was nothing big as he was in the lineup in last night's 14-6 romp over the Reds.  Maybe I was too quick to write off Hee Seop Choi's bat......... Looks like Jayson Werth will be back in a week or two and Gagne is probably a week away, look out NL West we are just NOW getting healthy.  Oh and Brad Penny looks 100% healthy and dominant, so that gives us 3 aces with Lowe and Odalis.  I am pessemistically optimistic about this season (is that an oxymoron or what?)

May 3rd 2005 10:56 AM

Recently decided to start sending out more TTM's so hopefully I'll have some news to start reporting again.  I got back one last week,

Brian Bohanon c/o home 2/2

I sent out to Robb Nen, Mike Williams, BJ Surhoff, Mike Hartley, Carlos Zambrano, and Kevin Seitzer all over the past 2 weeks.  So I'll keep everyone posted. 

Dodgers are playing okay of late, but after that great start a let down was to be expected.  Wilson Alvarez is near a return and Jayson Werth and Gagne aren't far behind.  I think once we get some time to gel at 100% strength we'll really start to put some distance between us and the rest of the NL West.  Jason Repko and Steve Schmoll have been two pleasant surprises but Kelly Wunsch has been almost unhittable.  He made Todd Helton look like shit the other day.  Tonight they take on the D.C.ers again, hopefully tonight our bats can wake up.......

Well, it's been over a month since my last update, and I aplogize, but honestly, if I'd had more successes in that time span I may have been motivated to post more often.  Essentially since my last post I've had 2 successes. 

I got Elmer Dessens back c/o Dodgers (sent out in August)

and

Jon Kitna c/o Bengals 2/2 sent during the season

As far as my Spring Training trip is concerned, I'll spare the details, but I missed 1 and 1/2 days due to rain out of 3.  The only day I had no rain was Saturday when I went to Tigers and Indians camps.  Friday 1/2 day rained out at Dodgertown and thus half the team didn't even show up (no Lowe, Erickson, Gagne, etc.)  And on Sunday it poured all day and I lost out on my day at Phillies camp. Here are a few scans of cool autos I got in Florida. 

I sent out to Jim Poole c/o home on Monday of this week but that's the only request I've sent out in that past few months, just no time to write letters.  I don't send out to spring training b\c I attend, and this year seeing successes from El Duque and Troy Glaus makes me wish I had jumped on the ship. 

Opening day is a week away and I cannot WAIT.  I got DirecTV in my new house and will be watching all the Dodgers games, just like old times in LA. 

February 17th 2005

Has it really been almost a month since I updated my site????  I guess I really have been busy.  Anways let me get you all up to date on my few successes and other things going on in the world.

First things first, here are my successes:

Lance Johnson, 3/3 c/o home (took about 2 weeks)

Charlie Hough 3/3 + index c/o home (late January)

Greg Hansell 1/1 c/o home and answered my questions (recv'd 2/14)

in about a month only 3 successes is horrible.  I haven't sent any out in that time span either, working 6am-7pm takes up all my time now.  Man being out of college sux..........

I'm heading to FL next Thursday for Spring Training hitting up Vero Beach (of course), DRays, Phillies, Tigers, and Indians.  5 teams in 3 days, gonna be a lot of sun, women, autographs, and beer (lots and lots of beer).  I'll update my page upon my return with pics from the trip and the autos I get.  This is my 5th year going to the Grapefruit league after 6 years in the Cactus League.  My goal is to net over 250 cards auto'd next weekend, a very attainable goal.  I'll keep you all posted.

 

January 24th

A 10 hour workday on a 1/2 hour sleep is something I'd recommend to you all...........

One success today:

Gary DiSarcina c/o home 2/4 in black sharpie (he didn't return the other 2)

I went to the Tri-Star collectibles show in Houston on Sunday and picked up a Elite Extra Edition Hot Box, scored a Ken Harvey auto 2/5 and a Draft Pick Auto in everyother pack.  Some numbered out of 25, 50, and 100   Probably the best box I've ever purchased.  Oh yeah I bought it for $55.

Poll Time

January 21st, 2005

My training is complete and on Monday I head out into the field trying to sell rentals for Hertz.  Should be fun and I am looking forward to making some more money.

I haven't updated in awhile b\c frankly, I have nothing to report.  I have gotten 2 successes in the past 2 weeks.  Pretty pathetic when you consider I have about 50 requests out there right now.  I did get one back yesterday but I am without a scan b\c my scanner broke and I will probably be without it for awhile. 

Bert Campaneris c/o home 3/3 in blue sharpie


I sent out one request on Tuesday:
Lance Johnson c/o home 3 cards



January 15th, 2005

First week of work at Hertz down the drain.  It's a cool job, very laid back and good money so I'm happy.

A cold week TTM, only one success yesterday:

Gene Tenace c/o home

January 10th pm

Sent out 2 more requests today:

Darren Lewis 1 card and Mark Guthrie 3 cards both c\o homes

Well, the Shawn Green trade did go through, pretty sad to see our lineup take that hit. I am going to stand by my prediction that the over-hyped Dioner Navarro will not be a star in the majors.  He's overweight, lacks a solid work ethic, and is overhyped, as most Yankee prospects are, ahem Drew Henson.  If you want my full feelings on the Green trade just scroll down, thru the many attempts to get him dealt in the past few weeks I have posted my feelings. 

Derek Lowe signs a 4 year deal worth $9 million annually.  Is that going price for a guy who went 14-12 last year with a 5.42 ERA?  The day after the World Series I was talking with a professor of mine at school who is from Boston and I said to him that Lowe is just the free agent type DePo would go after, someone who was well below the average during the year and made himself a rich man based on 3 postseason starts.  Now I could be wrong, but I am against this move.  The money would have been better spent on keeping Green and signing a mid level starter like Loaiza who will give us about the same production for less risk and monetary commitment.

In a beckett message board topic I said that Juan Encarnacion has the ugliest autograph I've ever obtained in person.  Here's the scan as promised.


January 8th 2005

Got 2 letters hammered out last night and sent them out today:  Davey Johnson and Jeff Montgomery both c/o homes

Nothing today but I'll post a scan in honor of the Astros final day to negotiate with Carlos Beltran, I got this card auto'd during his rookie season during BP at an Anaheim (I guess I should put LA) Angels game.  He was really quiet but signed tons for the few of us that were there.

January 7th 2005

Today I turned 23 years old.  I'm calling this my MJ year for obvious reasons.  So I expect to be clutch and always deliver in 05'.  
I had a nice Birthday mail day as well with 3 successes:

Tony Oliva c/o home (did not pay fee) This one took about 4 months

John "Blue Moon" Odom c/o home (also answered my questions)

and

Kevin Ritz c/o home (signed in ball point, but still a success)

I am trying to find the motivation to sit down and write more letters but it's a challenge haha.  Hopefully I will get a few more out next week.

January 6th

Today ended a 3 day dry spell:

Burt Hooton c/o home 1/1

Also received the Yhency Brazoban 2004 Elite Extra Edition Auto I bought off of Beckett.com for 3.00, sweet card of Yhency.  I got Yhency's auto this past spring on his 2001 Bowman RC which features him as a Yankee and as an Outfielder.  He began pitching the year prior to his trade to the Dodgers in the Kevin Brown deal.

Greeny is staying in LA!  That lineup looks awfully damn good with Kent, Drew, Valentin being added to Milton, Greeny, Werth, and Izturis.  I just hope the Dodgers dont' extend the timetable for the DBacks to negotiate an extension for Greeny.  He needs to stay in LA and play 1B for us.  Rumor has it that Esteban Loaiza is joining the rotation as well this week.  That's not horrible, having a rotation of Perez, Weaver, Penny, Loaiza, and Ishii/Jackson looks all right to me. 

January 5th 2005

Sent out one yesterday and one today:

Gene Tenace on 1/4/05 (3cards)
and
Charlie Hough today (3 cards)
both c/o homes

Dodgers resigned Odalis "Can't get out of the 3rd inning in October" Perez, the best arm still out there (since Home DePo missed the boat on Radke and Hudson).

January 2nd

First entry in the new year....

Had one success yesterday a great one acutally:
I didn't expect to get this one back
Harold Baines c/o home sent in January of 04 1/1, craziness b\c I thought it was a lost cause. 

I can't believe Michigan blew that game vs, Texas but at least FSU finally knocked off UF in basketball, I've been waiting 4 years for that victory, Von Wafer is the next great FSU basketball player!

December 30th

One success Today: 
Rick Mirer c/o Lions

Sent out one today: Gary DiSarcina (4 cards)

Nothing going on in MLB except for the inevitable Carlos Beltran signing in a place other than Houston and the Astros being left to pick from the scrap heap of trash left in the free agent market.  Dodgers seem to be keying in on Derek Lowe, a guy who a day after the World Series I said we'd go after b\c he's the perfect illusion, a decent second half, horrible first half last year and stellar in the postseason.  That formula equals a huge paycheck, especially in this bloated market, and the Dodgers being stuck with another Kevin Brown type deal.

I guess the yankees finally got Randy Johnson, not bad for me as a Dodgers fan, we dont' have to face him anymore in the regular season, that means about 5-6 more games vs. the Brad Halsey's of the world instead of vs. the Unit.  I hope that the DBacks getting Navarro doesn't mean he's on his way to LA in a package for Greeny.  You just cannot trade a player of his magnitude to a division rival.

December 28th

I sent out 4 yesterday and ha no successes.

Sent to:
Kevin Ritz, John Odom, Burt Hooton, and Bert Campaneris.


December 25th 2004

Had a very nice/chaotic Christmas with 4 cousins under the age of 10 in town visiting.  Let's just say that it took over 4 hours to open presents and leave it at that.

I had one success in the mail yesterday:

Kevin Young c/o home 2/2

That was a nice success for my 2003 Topps Total set.

I hope to get a lot of requests out in the coming weeks before I begin my job at Hertz.  Merry Christmas to everyone

December 23rd

I got a pretty big surprise in the mail today.  I know most of you will say who cares but it's returns like these that are really special to me.  I went to the mailbox and saw an old SASE back and I couldn't read the postmark.  I knew it was pretty old b\c I didn't write "Please Hand Stamp" on the envelope I only wrote "Hand Stamp".  I started adding the please about a month into my requests this year.  Anyways, I turned out to be 2 cards signed in blue sharpie by former A's prospect David Zancanaro.  He was one of the 4 pitchers drafted by Oakland in the 1991 draft (Van Poppel, Peters, and Dressendorfer were the other 3).  His address is not in Harvey's book b\c he never made it to the big leagues, but I looked up his name, since it is so unusual, in a yahoo database and matched the city to his hometown on his baseball cards and figured I'd give it a shot.  Turns out it worked!  I thought after a few months that I'd never see it again but it just goes to show you that you can never give up on a request!  Here's the scan of David's cards

Yesterday I got Niners QB Cody Pickett's back in the mail, 2 cards, one personalized to me and one to my buddy Daren who's a HUGE Niners fan. 

Dodgers signed JD Drew to a contract more lucrative than Beltre netted.  Makes me scratch my head a bit but I am still just so grateful that they backed out of that trade with NY and AZ that I am not ready to criticize.  I just hope his injury problems are behind him.  And how mad can I be, he's an FSU alum and I went there for 2 years and saw his brother Stephen play.

December 22nd

Didn't update yesterday (I was too busy running up a $200 bar tab with some buddies) so here is some news:

Mark Gubicza 4/4 c/o home

Sent out to John Wetteland and Brian Bohanon both c/o homes

Received a Magglio Ordonez 2004 Topps Auto card in the mail as a substitute for the Bobby Bonilla Topps All Time Fan Favs auto card I was due to receive.  Apparantly Bobby Bo was too busy to send in his cards auto'd.  It's an okay substitute but I kinda wanted that Bonilla.  Here is a scan of the letter they sent me as well.

And the best news of all is that this morning I had my 3rd interview with Hertz and was hired as a manager in training.  I have a job!  Exciting stuff. 

December 19th 5:47pm

Well I did it.  I graduated from college.  Here are some pics from my graduation party which was held this past Friday.  I am the guy in the first picture on the left with the glasses and white shirt (and Dodgers mug!). 

I had a few successes:

Howard Johnson c/o home 3/3

and

KGB c/o Packers 4/3

All in all pretty good so far.  Happy Holidays and God Bless!

December 17th 1:10pm

December 16th 1:40pm

Just finished one of my two finals, one left at 5pm today and I am officially done with college forever.  Quite a strange feeling to be honest with you but hopefully God has something amazing planned for me in my life outside of drinking and going to school.

Two Successes:

Troy Vincent c/o Bills 2/2 and he got Nate Clements to sign the Topps Total card too without me even asking!  Really quite awesome
and
Chris Widger c/o home 2/2 and he answered my questions


December 14th 3:10pm

Be sure to add your input to the poll.

I sent out an 8x10 of myself and former Braves and Dodgers pitcher Jamie Arnold to his home today. 

Tim Hudson is still an  Athletic and that isn't good news for the Dodgers.  Hopefully by Christmas the Dodgers can give me the gift of both Tim Hudson and Adrian Beltre in Dodgers unis.

December 14th 3:04pm

December 10th 9:58pm

Today turned out to be a great mailday:

One semi failure in that I got my card returned unsigned by 49ers RC Rashaun Woods with a letter saying he doesn't have time to sign and sent me a pre-print small black and white picture with a autopen signature.  It looks okay but kinda dissapointed.  He's a rookie that has barely touched the field on a shitty team. 

Dave Fleming c\o home and answered my questions

Chad Ogea c\o home and answered my questions as well and included a signed Bible card

Great day!

December 10th

After one crazy night, geeze drama seems to find me no matter where I go or what I do, and don't blame it on alcohol! 

Several successes to report:

Mike Huff c/o home (really cool b\c he took the time to sign the Dodgers card in blue and the White Sox card in black, I thought that was pretty neat)

Roberto Hernandez c/o home

Danny Darwin c/o home

Received my Mike Kelly auto from Corey, thanks a ton man!

And also received this in the mail which I bought on ebay for $2.25

 

December 9th 7:41pm

Dodgers signed Jeff Kent today to a 2 year deal, I am shocked and speechless really.  The only things I can say are that he is a great addition to the lineup and will be a great help versus his former employer the Hated SF Giants.  Regardless of wether or not Beltre re-signs we have somewhat softened the blow it will be should he not return.  And the greatest part is that Kent said in the press conference that he doesn't care where he plays 1B, 2B, or even 3B should Adrian leave.  Very nice way to begin my weekend.

December 9th 1:41pm

A day late but I need to rant somewhere about the goings on in baseball the past few days.  Things keep going from bad to worse in LA. 
I was sure that DePodesta would at LEATS offer Jose Lima, the heart and sould of our team and the only pitcher who has won a playoff game for this organization in the past 14 years, arbitration.  Granted I realize that they didn't want to pay him what he would received in Arbitration but at least offer it, get the draft pick if he signs elsewhere, and take the time from now until the hearing to sign him to a 2 or 3 year deal worth about 2-3 million per.  Really, really sad that Lima Time is no more in Los Angeles.  If he signs in San Diego or San Francisco I will never forgive DePodesta and McCourt. 

Secondly, Steve Finley wasn't offered arbitration. Okay my evaluation of this move is long so get ready.  First off, being that Steve is turning 40 this year I agree with the organizations feeling to not sign him to a long term contract.  That being said, what do u lose if he accepts arbitration?  You get exactly what you need, Fins back for one year, albeit at a high price tag, but still he could have been a major force in our lineup and defense.  And finally, at LEAST take the risk, realize you pissed him off by not showing much interest and that the chances of him coming back are remote and get the 1st round draft pick for him!  The moves just baffled me.  Well at least we offered Brent Mayne Arbitration, his .176 batting average in September and August really helped our pennant push.

How do they offer arbitration to Odalis Perez who pulled off one of the biggest choke jobs in history in his 2 starts versus St Louis this postseason and not offer it to Lima who pitched a complete game shutout in the playoffs?  I am just very frustrated. 

But hey, the re-signed Elmer Dessens, Thank God!

December 7th 4:11 pm

Sent off one request today:

Greg Hansell c/o home 1 card

Hope to get that one back b\c I love getting former Dodgers autos. 

In Dodgers news they inked Ricky Ledee to a 2 year deal to bolster the bench.  Nice addition, didn't cost much and he's a great pinch hitter and will fit nicely with Jason Grabowski off the bench and lefty threats.  He in esence is replacing Robin Ventura, only Ricky can play all 3 outfield positions which makes him more attractive defensively.  Hopefully it is one of many moves to come.  Arbitration deadline is today and I REALLY hope DePodesta offers it to Lima because we have to have Lima Time back in LA.

December 4th 6:22 pm

Had 3 successes today:

Jim Gott c/o home 2/2
Alejandro Pena c/o home 2/2
Luis Tiant c/o home 1/1

Each took about 2 weeks, very quick returns! 

Be sure to sign the Guestbook and give me feedback towards improving my site.  Thanks!

December 2nd, 2004 2:35 am

Just got home from a really crazy day, subbed 3rd grade, senior pic for RTV, helped Elizabeth move some stuff, played basketball and ran for 3 hours, helped Elizabeth move more stuff, watched a movie and almost fell asleep.  Oh yeah, that's on about 2 1/2 hours sleep.  Thank goodness I can sleep in tommorrow. 

Anyways, got 3 letter written at work today during the kids PE period,
Chris Widger c/o home
Anquan Boldin c/o Cardinals
KGB c/o Packers

Will keep you updated as more successes come in. 

And PLEASE sign the guestbook, I just added it and would love to get your feedback and comments on how I can improve the site, thanks!

November 30th, 8:40pm

I just got finished watching my FSU Seminole Basketball team upset Minnesota on the road in the ACC Big Ten Challenge.  A lot of you will say, "so what, Minnesota sux anyways."  To that I offer up this, they trailed by 14 points in the 2nd half, have only 2 seniors, and the one thing that kept them out of the Big Dance last year was quality wins on the road, which this is!  I am fucking pumped! 

Sent out one today:
Mark Gubicza 4 cards c/o home

Hated Ones snag a great closer in Benitez, Dodgers counter with Buddy Carlyle to a minor league deal.  I am beginning to grow impatient with the lack of activity on a team with 12 free agents.

November 26th AM

Hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving, I had a very nice time.

Sent out 2 on the 23rd: Howard Johnson and Dave Fleming both c/o homes

And sent out 4 today: Troy Vincent c/o Bills, Chad Ogea, Jeff Kubenka and Rick Wilkins also c/o homes

Got 3 successes today:

Greg Myers c/o home in about 3 weeks

Chalton Jimerson c/o AFL in about a month and a half (he sent a silver version from 2003 Topps Total, I had sent a regular version for my set, oh well still a success)

and

John Navarre c/o AZ Cardinals in about 2 months, I didn't log this one on the site so I dont' have a definate time table on how long it took

November 24th AM

I returned home from the dentist and grocery store around noon today and checked ESPN.com to see what I had missed in the world of baseball today, clicked on transactions and to my delight saw the news I had been waiting on since Halloween when his contract expired and DePodesta drug his feet:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=1931111

I am working on several requests to send out today and I'll update the site as to which ones I get done and sent out today.

November 23rd PM

Thanksgiving break is finally upon us and I have no research papers, test, or essays to do!  So that means time to write letters, so expect a lot sent out within the next week.

I returned home to find 3 successes awaiting me:

Kevin Jarvis c/o home in about 2 weeks

Cris Carter c/o Dolphins in about the same time

and

Tony Romo c/o Cowboys in about a month

I wrote him a nice letter and asked him to write a note to my friend Alan since Alan always uses in in Madden 2005 and always beats me with him in there!  He wrote an awesome note and the scan is with the card scan.  Enjoy!

November 21st PM

A few things to report:

First off, my Rick Mirer request came back with insufficient postage, so I slapped on another stamp and sent it back out. 

Secondly, I sent off 5 more requests today: Luis Tiant, Mike Huff, Alejandro Pena, Jim Gott, and Roberto Hernandez.

Thirdly, why the HELL is Jim Tracy still unsigned!?  The guy has done a fantastic job his first 3 years and deserves to be rewarded with a contract over 2 years.  He is right for holding out and I would not blame him if he refuses to return.  They are treating him like shit and it's totally uncalled for. 


November 16th PM

Sent off one today:
Danny Darwin c/o home

Beltre was the runner up for MVP, can't really complain if you look at the numbers Bonds put up, but was he truly the most valuable player to his team?  I'd argue Beltre meant more to the Dodgers than Bonds meant to the hated ones.  Without Beltre we dont' come close to winning the west.  Anyways, there was my 2 cents on the MVP issue. 

Got one back this weekend: JD Durbin c/o AFL

Here's a pic from last year at an Astros game when I got Rickey Henderson's auto, the pic of the card can be seen in an earlier post, just scroll down.

November 9th PM

Sent off 3 more this morning:

Cris Carter c/o Dolphins
Greg Myers c/o home
Kevin Jarvis c/o home

Had 2 successes the last 2 days:

Josh Wilson c/o AFL team
and
Billy Brewer c/o home, and he answered my questions

I will get scans up this weekend.
GM Meetings take place this week and the free agent market opens up Thursday, it will be interesting to see what every team does, especially my Dodgers.  Thank goodness they have squashed the Shawn Green for Sammy Sosa trade rumor, not that Greeny is all that great, but he sure is better than 36 year old strikeout machine Sosa. 

November 4th PM

I am ecstatic that my boy Cesar Izturis won his first Gold Glove (has been deserving the past 3 years) and Steve Finley also won one so that made 2 Dodgers winning Gold Gloves.  I can't remember the last time A Dodger won a Gold Glove let alone teamates, probably dates back to the days of Davey Lopes, Steve Garvey and the 1970's early 80's Dodgers.

Had a great day yesterday, no scans yet b\c they are at home (They'll be up soon I promise):

Kason Gabbard c/o AFL

Aaron Hill c/o AFL

Jim Harbaugh c/o SD Athletic Dept.

and one I thought was gone b\c I had never read a success with him and I sent it out about 2 months ago:

David DeJesus c/o Royals

Nothing went out today but I will have time to write letters tommorrow b\c I am subbing High School.

Nov 2nd PM

Sent out 2 today:

Gregg Jefferies c/o home
and
Rick Mirer c/o Lions

have had more free time of late to do work, so I've tried to pound out as many letters as possible.  Sure hope Bush wins tonight, I can't really stand either of the candidates but that exumed corpse of a man John Kerry cannot become President of this great country. 

This should have been Bush's campaign slogan: "The Lesser of 2 Evils"

Can't wait for the free agent period to open up in MLB, Dodgers need to net either Millwood, Radke, or Clement.

October 31st PM

Sent out 3 today:
Jim Abbott, Kevin young, and Billy Brewer

Got one back this weekend,

Greg W. Harris (former padres and rockies hurler) c/o home in about 2 weeks
Nice success but he signed them in ball point pen so the cards look crappy, but oh well

Happy Halloween to all and I think I am going to invest in a tap for kegs b\c I cannot have another failure like last night occur again.

October 27th PM

Sent out one today, and if it comes back it will be sheer comedy (inside joke):

Tony Romo c/o Cowboys

It's a Madden 2005 thing

No successes to report, I continue to be frustrated when I see other people having successes with players I have sent to as well.  Makes me think maybe my letters aren't doing the trick.

Congrats to the Red Sox, I never thought I'd see them win a World Championship in my lifetime, sorry Caine, your RedBirds got past my Dodgers and ousted the Houston Beltrans but you cannot deny fate.

October 26th PM

Sent off 2 more this afternoon:

Mitch Webster and Bob Welch each c/o their homes

I have one success to report, got Isaac Bruce back nice and quick, signed 2/2

Bad news to report on the Dodgers front, Jayson Werth hurt his elbow in the playoffs and they just now took an MRI and discovered he may need Tommy John surgery to fix it.  This would be a  major blow to our team if he is out for any length of next season.  They are trying therapy in hopes surgery can be avoided.  Let's keep our fingers crossed and our prayers with Jayson as he rehabs.  Go Azul!

October 22nd PM

Sent out one more today:

LJ Smith of the Eagles c/o Eagles

Got one success Today:

Jacque Jones c/o Twins, scroll down to see when I sent it off, took about a month and a half.

October 21st PM

What a night last night!  Got to see Miceli prove why he's the NLCS MVP for the Cardinals again and the BoSox did the unthinkable, impossible, remarkable thing of coming back from down 3-0.  I was at a local tavern and enjoying a few cold ones and joined the rest of the crowd in their excitement of the evil empire's demise, sans one poor soul wearing a NY hat.

Got one success today:
john kruk c\o ESPN 3/3

And sent out 2 more:

Aaron Hill c/o AFL
Jim Harbaugh c/o SD Atheltics

October 16th PM

Traveled home to pick up my mail and here is what was waiting for me

Ozzie Smith sent c/o Hall of Fame took about 2 1/2 months

Mike Stanley sent c/o home took about same time

Al Osuna sent c/o home month and a half

Pretty good return in one weekend.

I sent out several as well, had some time on my hands at work Friday to write some letters:
Charlton Jimerson, Josh Wilson, Kason Grabbard all c\o their AFL teams
Jason Babin c\o Texans  And Isaac Bruce c\o Rams

October 14th PM

Sorry for the lapse in updates, there just hasn't been anything to update to be completely honest. 
I have had no successes and only sent out one today JD Durbin c/o his AFL team

Dodgers got ousted in 4 vs Cardinals, best team in NL.

I was dissapointed but I was also happy b\c the Dodgers had enjoyed their best year in the past 16 seasons and no one had expected them to finish higher than 3rd in the NL West and they won it.  Could we have beaten the Cardinals, yeah sure, but we'd have had to have played perfect baseball and Odalis Perez would have had to have acted like he knew how to pitch. 

Jose Lima went from one of my favoirte players to possibly my favorite current player with his Game 3 performance.  The emotion he plays with captivates us Dodgers fans and I cannot think of next season optomistically if he is not a part of it.  He was our ace this year.  Hopefully next year with a healthy Brad Penny and the signing of a #2 guy Lima can settle into his role as a #3 and win double digits once more. 


October 5th PM

Well, its been awhile since my last update but tons of news to share.

Dodgers are currently playing the Cards in Game 1 of the Divisional Series, down 7-2 in the 7th, thanks for nothing Odalis.

Saturday I was in Detroit visiting my girlfriend and we were at the Tigers Devil Rays game when I got the call from my buddy Daren informing me that the Dodgers had come back from down 3-0 in the ninth to beat the Hated Ones 7-3 and caputre the Western Division Title.  Finley's bomb was magical. I'll leave it at that.

I sent out one today: Jon Kitna c\o Bengals

I received several back:

Scott Fujita c/o KC
Terence Newman c/o Dallas
Cecil Fiedler 2/2 c/o home (2nd time I got him this year)
Craig Paquette 3/3 c/o home
William Van Landingham 2/2 c/o home

September 28th PM

Been a great couple of days, Dodgers took two of three from the hated ones in their own house and then last night's come from behind W over Colorado which firmly entrenched us 3 up on the Hated Ones and lowered our magical number to 4.  As Milton Bradley denoted after his bases loaded game winning hit last night, 4 fingers raised in the air

I sent out one today:
Terence Newman of the Cowboys

I have been slowing down on my letters b\c I just don't have time to sit and write any.  Lots of tests and stuff going down. 

September 26th AM

Very much an up and down week for me.

Dodgers lose the first 2 vs. SD and I am shitting my pants worrying that they will blow the lead they've held all season.  It got down to a 1/2 game but with a little help form Lance Berkman on Thursday night and the Dodgers bats awakening we extended our lead.
Then on Friday we began our big series vs. the Hated ones and took game 1.  Lost yesterday in dramatic fashion, Brazoban should not have pitched to Feliz, it was Gagne's out to get, but still 1 1/2 up and I am confident Jeff Weaver will get us the Win today and we head home with a 3 game lead in the loss column. 

Magic Number still sits at 7

I had only one success this week:

Kal Daniels sent c\o home (can't remember if I sent more than one card to him but I only got one back)

Hopefully my successes will pick up, one in a whole week is sad.

September 21st PM

One today sent out: Mark Johnson (the former Pirates and Mets 1B)

Dodgers open up a big 3 game set in San Diego, we need to finally solve Adam Eaton!  Brad Penny returns Wednesday day, we will all be holding our perverbial breaths.  The Hated Ones (Giants) play host to my hometown team the Astros, so hopefully that magic the Stros have bottled up in September can continue to work and sweep the Giants right out of the playoff picture.

I have been shut out for almost a week now, it's so frustrating to see successes on message boards of players you've sent off to already and gotten nothing back. 

I am looking to finish off my 2004 and 2003 topps Total sets so if anyone has extras to trade or sell let me know via email or on the beckett message board.

Here's a little somethign for you all, I got this auto in person at a Dodgers Marlins Spring Training game last year

September 19th PM

Shawn Green just hit a 2 run home run off of Chacon with 2 outs, finley on first, and an 0-2 count to give the Dodgers the 7-6 lead with Gagne entering.  I couldn't be happier!

 

Sent out a few today, Cody Pickett and Rashaun Woods of the 49ers

September 19th PM

A few things to report,

First, the Dodgers are killing me each day, they are going to lose today to the Rockies of all people and possibly allow the Giants to crawl within 1 1/2 games of first, my heart cannot take this much longer!

Second, a fun success to report, I went to the Brewers Astros game last night and got 17 autos, here is a scan of a couple I picked up Brewers

Thirdly, Last week I went to the Astros Pirates game and only got 3 autos, a HORRIBLE day for me, here's a scan of the best one

I am really slowing down on getting requests out b\c of school, but I am trying to do a few a week.  I'll keep you posted.

Tommorrow Brook Jacoby, Greg W. Harris, and Craig Paquette (need him for my 2003 Total set) go out.

September 15th AM

Over the past week I've had several successes:

Billy Spiers 2/4 sent c\o home signed in black sharpee
Andy Ashby 1/1 sent c/o Padres signed in black sharpee
Bryn Smith 3/3 sent c/o home
and my favorite in a long time
Matt Luke 2/2 sent c/o home took about a month, signed in black sharpee
Matt was my favorite Dodger while he played in LA, he had some huge hits for us and was a hard-nosed player.

I sent out to a few football players yesterday Scott Fujita and Tommy Polley

Had one failure today, got a note from someone in my SASE stating that former SD OFer Ray McDavid no longer lived there, and returned my card unsigned.

September 7th PM

Only had one success the past few days, I got a 95 Score Dodgers Stadium card auto'd by owner Frank McCourt, which he personalized and sent a personalized letter to me as well as pocket schedule, magnet schedule, etc.

Class acts up and down that Dodgers organization..........

I sent out a few more requests, Brook Jacoby, and Greg W. Harris (Pads and Rocks).

I hope to be able to update pics within the next few weeks, just been so busy...........

Maybe the Dodgers can win a game tonight vs the last place D-Backs, maybe..........

September 2nd PM

Just got off the phone with home.......

Got a mail update on what has arrived for me the past few days:

Phil Niekro 1/1 in blue sharpee, took like a week, craziness!  He also added his HOF without my asking and added a note on a 3x5 saying Happy Birthday to my dad! 

Anthony Young 3/3 in blue sharpee, took 2 weeks

Ryan Franklin 1/1 in blue sharpee, took a little over a week

Scans will be up by next week, should have last weeks scanned tonight.

August 31st PM

I was in Detroit this past long weekend visiting my girlfriend so I was unable to update, but here goes nothing.........

I had several successes that will have scans within the next few days:

Andre Dawson c\o home 1/1
Rob Dibble c\o ESPN 2/3
Billy Beane c\o A's 2/2
Kyle Abbott c\o home 3/3 and answered my questions

I also sent out to:
Brent Mayne c\o Dodgers

Now to baseball, Dodgers got back on track taking 2/3 from the Mets and earning a split with Montreal.  Nomo returns Wednesday, that will be interesting to see if he can turn it around and help us down the stretch.  I got an interesting call on Thursday of last week as well, it was from Frank McCourt's personal secretary.  She was asking how I wanted the Dodgers Stadium card/checklist out of 1995 Score signed that I sent to Mr. McCourt (the Dodgers owner). One of the classiest guys ever to request that she #1 find my phone number (I did not include it in my letter) and #2 take the time to call a lowly fan who requested an autograph.  I was shell-shocked and thuroughly impressed.

My last semester of college is now in full swing and with papers and tests approaching the site will be updated less frequently but I will always catchup on posting scans and info. 

August 25th 1:49 CST

Just a quick update on what I've sent out the past few days
Today Andy Ashby c\o Padres, Jacque Jones, Al Osuna, Ed Sprague, Billy Spiers, and Phil Neikro went out.

One of these days I'm gonna get started on my football requests.

Dodgers won last night, about time, gave the bullpen a rest with a good outing from Ishii (aka Dr. Jekyl and Mr Hyde).
Tonight It's Lima Time in Montreal....

August 24th PM

Finally an update, well now that I have something to update it's no problem. 

I met my sis for dinner, she's going to college tommorrow, and she gave me my mail so I have pics of all my recent autos embedded as links in the respective pages and on the home page. 

Thanks for looking!

New Additions:

Johnny Podres, c\o Home, 2 weeks, 1/1

Scott Podsednik, c\o Brewers, 1 week, 2/2

 

August 22nd AM

What a glorious day the Lord has made!

Sent out 3 more requests today, Ryan Franklin, Elmer Dessens, and David DeJesus.

I will be going home on Thursday of this week and all scans of autos will be up hopefully by late that night! 

God Bless and have a great Sunday!

August 20th PM

Just got done watching the Dodgers finish off the Braves for a 2nd consecutive victory over the ATL.

A few successes to update:

My sister called me to tell me I had 2 successes today:

Ricky Jordan, c\o home, took about a week and a half, 2/3 signed in blue sharpee.

and

David Segui, c\o Orioles, took about 2 weeks, 3/3 signed in black sharpee.

I will have posts of all cards added to my pages as soon as I get home in about a week.

Go Dodgers!

August 19th PM

Although I am at school and not receiving my mail I do have a success to update! 

Dennis Cook signed 3 cards in blue sharpee c\o his home address in about a week.

Very, Very cool.  One Dodgers, Phillies, and Mets card of him.

 

August 19th

I missed posting yesterday b\c I moved back up to school for the semester and got ready for my first day of subsitute teaching.  (It went well). 

Anyways, I got nothing in the mail again!  The drought reaches 5 days!  I feel confident I have a few on the way.

While at work I finished 4 more requests: Mo Vaughn, Stan Belinda, Anthony Young, and Bryn Smith.  So I'll keep you all posted.

I am still in shock over last night's Dodgers' game.  I cannot believe Gagne blew a 2 run lead and gave up 4!  I just think it was all a bad dream!  But luckily Andruw Jones hit a bomb off of Hoffy down the freeway and saved us from having the Friars gain a game on us in the West. We start a 4 game set vs. the Bravos tonight, I feel pretty confident we can at least pull a split. 

Jason Schmidt is hurt, SF may be done.  (Fingers Crossed) 

We acquired Scott Stewart from the Tribe yesterday, he may be okay, he was sure good with Montreal the past 3 seasons, even serving as their closer.  Maybe we can turn his mechanics around and get some good work out of him b\c our bullpen could sure use it.

Hopefully I'll have a good post this afternoon about a success in the Mail!

I am also starting a Failures page soon, those can be even more helpful than success pages if you ask me, telling you guys to not even waste your postage on.  Believe me, I have a TON from last year.

August 18th AM

Well, it was a good night for the Dodgers as they defeated Florida 6-1 behind Wilson Alvarez stellar pitching and once again the hitting of Adrian Beltre and Steve Finley.  The bad\good news of the night was when we all found out tha Darren Dreifot aka "Mr.8th Inning Blow-Up" has a torn ACL in the same knee he had operated on last season which caused him to miss 3/4 of the year.  So he's done for the season and that's not all bad in my opinion.  You never want to see anyone hurt, but the guy wasn't helping us.  So our depth in the 'pen is diminished but I have a feeling Paul DePodesta will get us a power arm off waivers before August 31st.  My hunches are Arthur Rhodes who is on rehab in Sacramento right now, may be on his way to LA soon b\c of Paul's relationship with Billy Beane and the bad blood between Arthur and the A's.  Another option could be Jose Mesa if he clears waivers, and with the way he's pitched the last couple of weeks he very well may. 

I'll be checking my mailbox around 5pm, that's when it comes here, and post anything I get back. I sent out 5 requests yesterday: Rob Dibble, John Kruk, Scott Podsednik, Billy Beane, and Ozzie Smith. 

I'll be finishing up the website by continuing my Spring Training report and also adding a failures 2003 page as well, and there are a LOT, haha.  Thanks again for looking and God Bless!

August 17th PM

Well, I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of today's mail to hopefully post my first success on my website, but nope, shut out for the 4th consecutive mail day.  Maybe tommorrow...........

In Dodgers news, they face off against old friends Pauly, and Guillermo again tonight.  Darren Dreifort missed them both so much that he decided to walk 3 batters, give up 2 hits, and throw a wild pitch in 2\3 of an inning last night to hand the game to the Fish.  Hopefully tonight Yhency Brazoban steps in as the succesor to Guillermo in the 8th inning, 3 times since the trade Dreif has blown the lead or a tie in the 8th, I'd say that experiment is over. 

August 17th, 2004

 

Well I figured it was about time that I started my own Autograph page on the net.  Here's a little background on myself:

I have been collecting autographs in-person since I was about 10 years old.  I am a 7 year veteran of the Cactus League and a 4 year veteran of the Grapefruit League. 

All in all I have over 2,000 autographed cards and numerous bats, balls, hats, 8x10's etc.

I stated last season full-on with auto's TTM and have had varying success.  I will start a list of all my successes shortly.

I am only working on one "set" for autographs, and it's a big one, the 2003 Topps Total set, I have over 150 signed so far, so needless to say I have a LONG Way to go.

Currently I collect auto's in-person at Minute Maid Park here in Houston.  However, growing up in Southern California I obtained many autos in-person at Edison Field, home of the Angels.  I am a senior, graduating in December from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.  Ask anyone I know and they will tell you I am the biggest Dodger fanatic you'll ever meet.  And I do truly believe that I am the biggest Dodgers fan in all of Texas. 

I will update the site daily and post as many pics of my TTM auto's as I can.  And if I don't have a picture up of a particular card and you'd like to see it, simply email me and I'll post is ASAP.  stdlbb11@shsu.edu

The main reason for this site is to thank all of you who have your own TTM sites and what not, b\c I have used them as references so many times I feel this is a way I can give back to the TTM community by offering my advice, successes, and what not to future and fellow TTM collectors.  Thanks for looking!!

Be Patient with me, the site is still a work in progress, I am adding to it daily. 

November 7th-11th