Saturday, September 19, 2020

Padrographs #1217 & #1218


#1217, Rob Deer.  What you didn't know Rob Deer played in twenty five games for the Padres in 1996?  He played in Japan in 1994 and split 1995 between the Padres and Angels AAA clubs.  I got this signed through Mark Grunske.

#1218, Jayce Tingler.  First year major league manager Jayce Tingler is probably taking the Padres to their first playoff appearance in over a decade.  I sent this to him care of the team and it only took thirteen days round trip.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Three of a kind: Three guys named Rod

 We are all named Rod and we have one more thing in common.  We were all born on September 13.  Me in 1957, McCray in 1963 and Correia in 1967.  Kinda fun fact.  Happy Birthday to Rodney McCray and Rod Correia.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Padrographs #1215 & #1216


#1215, Dave Stewart. Yes that Dave Stewart of the Oakland A's.  He was the Padres pitching coach in 1998.  He has done almost everything in baseball.  He played, coached and was even a general manager.  I sent this custom to The Trove Sports Den.  I sent and paid to get one signed and included two for Dave to keep.  When I got it back he had signed all three and returned them all.  I now have a couple of extras of the card.

#1216, Taylor Trammell. I ordered this off of ebay just before Taylor got traded to Seattle.  I really liked him as a player and will continue to root for him.  Taylor was born on my 40th birthday so there is another player for my birthday collection.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

That's a Wrap and where have I been


I finished my five hundred and eighty five card autograph frankenset with these two cards.  It was a challenge and I am glad that I did not keep track of how much it cost me.  I would to thank each and every one of you who also helped me complete it.  The next task is to update the frankenset page so you can see it in all its glory.  That will be fun to do.  On that p
age each row is a page.  

For the past nineteen years I have managed a bookstore for the county library system.  We sold the books that the library did not have room for on the branch (nineteen of them) shelves.  All the money went back into the library's general fund.  Everyone that worked at the bookstore, except for me, were volunteers.  We had five people that had been here for the entire thirty two years the bookstore had been open. The bookstore was a valuable community resource.  We had many teachers, public, private and home, who shopped to teach with.  The books were below reasonably priced.   In March we closed because of the virus.  We thought we would be back in a few months.  In June I came back from my temporary assignment at the county's Emergency Operation Center to begin getting things ready to reopen.  After just a few days I was given a new mandate, destroy the bookstore.  The library had decided that the bookstore was no longer needed and decided to move a branch in from a leased space.  I had to call sixty five volunteers and let them know that there would be no more bookstore.  Many of them were hurt and angry.  I worked with a moving company to pack up all the books so we could ship them to a consignment company.  After that I was told by a newish staff member to get rid of anything that would remind people that this used to be a bookstore.  Some of the things they wanted me to do were just dumb, but what you gonna do. Back in January I had been told that I would no longer manage the bookstore but would move to a new position.  That position no longer was viable because of "voluntary" retirements and layoffs.  So I waffled for a couple of weeks and decided to take the "voluntary" retirement.  That became effective August 31, so basically for the last two months I have been in a big funk.  I read blogs each day but couldn't bring myself to write much.  The other thing I have doing for the past month is submitting paperwork for retirement and looking for work, part time preferably to supplement my retirement income for a few years.  I can start drawing full social security in 3.5 years.  I want to wait as long as I can for that day.  Plus I have to rectify some mistakes in my social security statement.  When I worked at the LCS, the boss withheld the taxes and such but didn't pay them to SS, so there is one year where it says I only have $20 of SS taxes paid.  There are three years messed up.  

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Padrograph #1214 and the penultimate Frankenset update


Padrograph #1214, Skip Schumaker.  Skip was the first base coach for the Padres for a couple of years and now is the associate manager for Jayce Tingler.  I sent this to someone in San Diego a couple of years ago and Skip for some refused to sign until this spring training.

I received twenty five cards from an ebay dealer and thought I had finished the Frankenset, but when I put them in the binder I found I was still missing two cards.  I ordered them and hope to have them in hand soon to finish the set.  585 autographed cards.  I need to update the Frankenset page.  I will let you know when I do that.  

Monday, August 3, 2020

First Set build since 1989.

I have decided to build a set from 2020.  I like the photography and it is a smallish set.  
This is just an example of the photography in the set.  This reminds me of what the flagship set was when I started collecting in 1985. Simple cards with interesting backs.  I have posted my want list here.
I also have some items that I will trade for the cards on the list.  Let me know what you have and what you would like below.  Also I have a few dupes so let me know what you are looking for or direct me to your want list.  

Saturday, August 1, 2020

An Upgrade to Padrograph #1183, New Padrograph #1213 and a Frankenset Update

Padrograph #1183, Mike Hargrove.  I had an overlay on a Cleveland card, but the Human Rain Delay was doing a private signing so I rounded up this 1979 Hostess card and sent it in.  I got it back last Monday.  The Trove Sports Den had the signing and did a great job.  I have one with them for a custom Dave Stewart Padres card right now. 

Padrograph #1213, Mike Aldrete.  Mike played in 12 games for the Padres in 1991.  I got this through Jeff Fedorko in a private signing.  If you are looking for autographs in Private Signings, there is a facebook group called Baseball Private Signings that has a lot. 

I got five more cards for my autograph Frankenset.  That leaves me 28 I think.  I have them on their way here.  When I finish this autograph Frankenset.  Then I will work on a 2020 set and then when that is complete I will start on my Padres Frankenset and arranging my Tony Gwynn cards.  

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Padrographs #1211 and #1212 and a Frankenset update

Padrograph #1211, Terry Shumpert.  Terry played from 1990 to 2003.  He hit 49 homers in his career.  He played in 13 games for the Padres in 1997, after signing as a free agent. He has a son who played in the Braves system for a couple of years and is a cousin of Mookie Betts.  I got this custom card signed through Past Pros.  

Padrograph #1212, Sparky Anderson.  Sparky was the Padres third base coach in 1969.  He was named part of the Angels staff for 1970, but before that happened he was offered the opportunity to manage the Reds.  And we all know what happened after that.  I bought a cut signature and made this poorly crafted custom card.  I for some reason made the hole too big and didn't realize it until I had started gluing. 

These additions to the Frankset got me down to only needing forty four more cards.  I have another order inbound which will get me down to thirty three cards I need.  
I have decided to do a Padres Frankenset when I get done with this one.  

Friday, July 17, 2020

Frankenset update and A TTM return

I recently received a bunch of cards from an eBay order I placed.  I am trying to order all from one dealer and with free shipping. This is the most recent order, informed delivery digest has let me know that I have a bunch more arriving today.  A wide variety of subjects and companies today.  One oddity is that Danny Darwin is #519 and card #518 is Buck Martinez from 1986 Topps also and the poses are almost the same.
I found an address for Ken Jennings online and sent him this custom card that I made.  This helps me with three of a kind as I now have cards of a contestant, the announcer and the host.  I would like to go for a full house and add James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter.  

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Padrograph #1210

Padrograph #1210, Amos Otis.  Amos Otis played seventeen seasons in the major leagues, playing fourteen years with the Royals, two with the Mets and one with the Pirates.  He went to the All Star Game five times. He lead the American League with doubles twice and stolen bases once.  After retiring in 1984 he coached for the Rockies and Padres.  He was the Padres hitting coach from 1988-1990.   I sent this to a private signing that Mr. Otis did recently.  

Friday, July 3, 2020

Five new Padrographs and one card for the Frankenset.

 Padrograph #1205, Joe Pepitone.  Joe retired from the Braves in 1973, tried playing in Japan for a few months and then retired again in 1974.  In 1976 at age thirty five he tried coming back with the Padres but didn't make the team.  Someone had a photographer and got this photo.  I made the card and Joe signed it at a private signing at the end of June.
Padrograph #1206, Alan Zinter.  Alan was the hitting coach for two and a half seasons from 2016-2018.  This custom card took three and a half years to come back.

Padrograph #1207, Duke Snider.  After retiring from baseball Duke was a play by play announcer and analyst for the Padres.  During that time he also did a little coaching.  I found a cancelled check that he endorsed on Ebay and made the card around that.  Some one paid him $8 dollars to autograph a HOF plaque postcard in 1989.
Padrograph #1208, Dave Smith.  After pitching for the Astros and Cubs Dave was the pitching coach for the Padres from 1999-2001.  I found an autographed photo of Dave signing at a San Diego State event and designed the card around that.
Padrograph #1209, Trent Grisham.  Trent will be playing in this season, however long it ends up being.  The card is from this years Big League release.

Frankenset #481, Les Lancaster.  This was one of the cards I got out of my pack of retrographs.  Only need fifty five more cards to finish.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Eight autographs in one pack

 Saturday I and one of my granddaughters went to visit her cousins in Vancouver, WA.  After visiting with them for while I went to a super sports card store on Andresen, the Diamond King knows of what I speak.  I was desperate for packs because they are hard to find in Portland.  I picked up some Donruss, some Series Two, and a couple of things.  I spotted this pack and inquired about it. For $34 you get eight autographed cards. Each card has an authentication sticker on it.  The pack says they were pre certified by Beckett.  I picked up one pack and below are the eight cards I got. 

Friday, June 26, 2020

Free Stuff Friday

I went sorting through my stuff today and sorting it. I found a bunch of stuff I thought you all might want. First come, first served.  Please limit yourself to four items apiece.  Thank you.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Padrograph #1204

I haven't sent any through the mail request out this year.  I did send some customs to a gentleman who was attending spring training but everything closed down before he could get anything signed.  I found this Topps Total card of Tommy Pham on eBay.  Who knows when Padrograph #1205 will show up. 
Thanks to Fuji, I got Bipped today.  A bunch of non Padres cards featuring Bip Roberts.  

Friday, June 19, 2020

Three of a Kind

 I am starting a new collection, which I am calling Three of a Kind.  Each of the collections will have three cards that have something in common.  
I wanted to start with these three cards.  I have never gotten political in my posts, but I may start here.  
All three of the above protest racial bigotry and police brutality and their careers suffered for it.
Tommy Smith protesteded with John Carlos at the 1968 Olympics by raising a gloved fist and bowing his head during the national anthem. 
Colin Kapernick kneeled during the national anthem in 2016.  He began by sitting through the anthem, but after talking with a military veteran he decided to take a knee.  He hasn't played since 2017.
Bruce Maxwell was the only major league baseball player to take a knee.  He was playing for the A's and took a knee, with his hand on his heart.  Teammate Mark Canha had his hand on Maxwell's shoulder in support.  
Today is Juneteenth, a day that should be given over to some soul searching about how we make things better for everyone and make sure that are people are treated equally well.