Monday, July 15, 2019

Padrograph #1162

I didn't know of Dauris Valdez until the checklist for Bowman Platinum came out.  He was signed as an amateur free agent in 2016 and has pitched his way up to the AA Sod Poodles.  I got the card off eBay.  

Saturday, July 13, 2019

1971 Roster Mosaic


  • Living on Pt. Sur Naval Facility
  • Rode the bus 30 miles each way on Highway 1 to get to and from school
  • High School mascot was the Padres
  • Listened to Sam Riddle on KHJ-FM
  • Only need one signature to completer the team cards, Ramon Webster.  I have a signed index card of him at home to make a custom with.  I want to upgrade the multiple player cards to singles if I can.  
  • Angel Bravo, I got from a dealer in Venezuela
  • Jay Franklin, is a custom I made and got signed in a private signing.
  • 38/39

Friday, July 12, 2019

Frankenset update

 #176, Mike Dupree, I just updated this card in Padrographs and I have two of them so I decided to use one in the Frankenset.
#296 Ron Cey, I just got this back in the mail.  I sent Ron four cards and he signed two and sent them all back.  I thanked him in my letter for sending the birthday card to Night Owl, but he didn't reply to that at all.  
#361, This one I bought on ebay.  I really like the '84 Donruss design and Ron Cey is a class act.  I noticed that the ones he sent back he put his number in the R but this one doesn't have that.  I wonder if he only does that on the TTM ones. This one fit a hole in the Frankenset.  
#369, I want to have cards representing every year of Topps from 1957 on in the Frankenset.  This 1966 card fits nicely.  Plus it represents a defunct franchise.  

The Frankenset Page is updated.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

custom of the week

A few years ago for her birthday I gave my friend Kirsten Leonard a set of cards of her family.  I based each of the cards on the year the family member was born.  Each card also has a back based on that year.  I made a checklist and a cover card for the set, and I put them in a team bag.  

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Album of the Week 7.10.19

Yesterday was a day off.  I take the second Tuesday of each year off to prepare and watch the All Star Game.  During the day I listened to several albums and this was the last one before the game.  Listening to this always takes me back to July 2, 1977.  I was stationed onboard the USS Kansas City (AOR-3) at Alameda, California.  Every summer Bill Graham would put on Day on the Green, concerts consisting of four acts, usually very well known.  I decided to go the show on July 2, I got tickets and rode my bike from my apartment next to Lake Merritt to the Oakland Coliseum.  Part way there one of my pedals snapped off, I had toe clips so I pedaled the rest of the way with just one pedal. 
When I got there, they had set up the stage in center field and you could sit almost anywhere.  The only places you could not sit were the infield grass, pitchers mound and the dugouts.   The A's had last played on June 30 which gave them just one full day to get everything set.  I sat on Gene Tenace's first base for the show.  

It was an impressive show, The Outlaws opened, then Santana, next was the reason I was there, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and then the headliner, Pete Frampton.  Many people left during the Frampton set, I think because he over used the effects during the concert.  
The most amazing thing to  most people is what I paid for the ticket, $11.50 ($48.60 in 2019 dollars), still a great deal.  

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

What I am reading 7.9.19

Keep Your Love On; Connection, Communication and Boundaries by Danny Silk
A very good book so far for any relationship.  Just started it Saturday.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Padrographs #890, 1160 and 1161

 #890, Mike Dupree, appeared in 12 games for the Padres in 1976.  In 1977 he appeared on a four in one card with Denny Martinez and a couple of other guys.  When I saw he was doing a private signing I made this card and sent it in.

#1160, Ty France played in 34 games this year for the Padres while Fernando Tatis, Jr. was injured.  Manny slid over to short and Ty took over at third.  I saw him play in a couple of exhibition games in Seattle before the season.  I sent this to him during Spring Training and it was returned from El Paso.

#1161 Ian Kinsler, is a good baseball mind. I tried to get his signature on a custom card at the game in Seattle, but he completely ignored the 20 or 30 who were trying to get him sign stuff.  I purchased this card off of ebay.  

Sunday, July 7, 2019

1970 Roster Mosaic


  • I was 13
  • we left La Palma, Ca to move to Pt. Sur, CA
  • I attended Buena Park Junior High and Carmel Middle School
  • It was only the second year of the Padres existence.
I am only missing three signatures;
  1. Ramon Webster and I just picked up a index card of him to make a custom card.
  2. Roberto Rodriguez, I looked at some index cards of him but not ready to shell out that kind of dough.
  3. Ron Willis, I cant find any signed anything of him.  
33 of 36 is not too bad, better than some of the more recent years.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Frankenset update

#16, Larry Nelson.  I know nothing about Larry Nelson but I needed a card number sixteen to fill a spot. 
#95 Jim Otto was one of the greats of the Oakland Raiders before they decided to move here, there and everywhere.  When I saw this card I knew I needed it for the Frankenset.
#577 Greg Booker.  A Padre from 1988 Fleer is always welcome in the Frankenset.  

#585 Art Howe is the last card in the Frankenset.  The only thing that could dislodge him would be a 1988 Fleer Tony Gwynn or a ProSet Gale Sayers auto. 

The Frankenset page is updated.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

What I am Reading 7.2.19

The Road Warriors, Danger, Death and the Rush of Wrestling Joe "Animal" Laurinatis.  

I like reading these backstage biographies now that they don't have to maintain kayfabe all the time.  

Since last week I read Backlash by Brad Thor.  Brad Thor writes exciting fiction that I read really quickly.  I also read Reaper, Threat Zero by Nicholas Irving.  I had to report for jury duty on Friday so I had lots of time to read while we were waiting to be called.  

Monday, July 1, 2019

Padrographs #12 & #13

I don't have any new Padrographs to share with you.  I have started scanning my alphabetical binders of Padrographs.  These are the next two signed cards after Shawn Abner.  Ed Acosta played for the Pirates in 1970 and the Padres in 1971 and '72.  He had originally been signed by Houston before the 1967 season.  The Pirates traded Ed and Johnny Jeter to the Padres for Bob Miller.  He currently lives in Mission Viejo, California.  Mike Adams came to the Padres in a trade with the Indians for Brian Sikorski.  He pitched mostly in middle relief for the Padres until he was traded to the Rangers in 2011 for Robbie Erlin and Joe Wieland.  I got the Acosta on eBay and the Adams through the mail c/o the team.  They were arbitrarily assigned the numbers 12 & 13 in the Padrograph index.   

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Album 7.3.19

Yesterday in the mail I received three Village People albums.  In January of 1979 they released In The Navy.  I was still in the navy and we loved the song because it was so wrong and so campy.  Rumor had it the Navy commissioned the song as a recruiting tool but when they realized that the group's fan didn't quite fit with the group they actually wanted to recruit they changed their mind.  This was after they had let the group shoot the video on board the U.S.S. Reasoner.  The song still brings a smile to my face and I have been out of the Navy for forty years.

2009 Roster Mosaic

2009, I turned 52. The Padres went 75-87, the Yankees won the series 4-2 over the Phillies.  We celebrated our 24 wedding anniversary.

I am still missing a bunch of guys for 2009. I have 49 out of 55 and most of them I can't find any information on.  I guess this will have to be it.  

Friday, June 28, 2019

Frankenset Update

#38 Cody Reed is now a pitcher for the Reds in his fourth year in the majors.
#39 Casey Meisner drafted by the Mets, now with the Giants after having gone through a  couple of other organizations.  Never higher than AA
#49 Patrick Leonard, playing at AA Biloxi in the Brewers organization after spending several years in the Tampa system and one year in the White Sox.
#54 Tyler Danish pitched for the White Sox for three years and is now playing independent ball.
#65 Christian Binford, after bouncing around in the minors for years he is now playing for the Kansas City T Bones
#71 Daniel Gossett pitched for Oakland in 2017 & 2018 and doesn't appear anywhere this year.

#80 Ricardo Bautista doesn't appear to be playing since playing in Winter League in 2017-2018
#81 Gabriel Encinas was seen pitching for Tijuna in 2017
#87 Jordan Barnes played three years (2013-15) in the Gulf Coast League
#88 Tyler Kinley is currently pitching for the Marlins
#97 Patrick Kivlehan has played for the Padres, Reds and D'backs and is currently in the Jays system.
#110 Bruce Irvin is currently signed to a one year contract with the Panthers for 2019.

#117 Edwin Escobar pitched for the Red Sox and D'backs and has been pitching in Japan since 2017
#118 Onelki Garcia pitched for the Dodgers in 2013 and the Royals in 2017 and gone.
#123 Stryker Trahan has not played anywhere since 2016
#128 Brock Huard played in the NFL from 1999-2004 with the Seahawks and Colts.  Now he host the Seattle pregame shows.
#131 Amara Darboh has been with the Seahawks for several years
#132 Shane Zeile is the nephew of Todd Zeile.  He hasn't played anywhere since 2017.

#144 C.J. Edwards is currently pitching for the Cubs as Carl Edwards, Jr. 
#158 Tyrone Taylor has been in the Brewers system since 2012, he progressed as  high as AAA but is currently playing Rookie League ball
#165 Carlos Tocci is currently playing for the Rangers
#167 Larry Colton is the only major league pitcher ever nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.  He was nominated for his book, Counting Coup, a year in the life of a women's high school basketball team on a reservation.  Larry founded a Portland book festival called Wordstock, he and I have become friends.  He will sign things for me, when I see him.  He is a first rate author.
#168 Frank Peters, played in the minor leagues, managed the Portland Mavericks and had a restaurant in Portland for years.  I have met him a couple of times.
#169 Larry Colton, you can read all about him a few lines up.
#173 Nestor Molina is currently pitching in Mexico
#174 Rafel DePaula I am unable to find any information on.
#183 Drew Streckenrider has pitched for the last three years for the Marlins
#184 Austin Schotts has not played at any level since 2015
#185 Joan Gregorio played last year for the Giants AZL team
#201 Tom Murphy is currently with the Mariners after spending the last four seasons with the Rockies 
#192 Cody Asche.  I skipped him when I was assembling these.  Played five major league seasons for the Phils and ChiSox and is currently at AA for the BoSox
#213 Jorge Alfaro is currently catching for the Marlins after three seasons with the Phillies.
#219 Keury De La Cruz is currently playing in an independent league.

The Frankenset page is updated.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Work group customs

 A few years ago for some event I made cards for the work group I'm part of at the library.  June has since left the group.  I used the Topps card design from the year each person was born.  I would like to make one for our current boss, but I need someone to make a custom 1972 Topps template for me.  It is beyond me.