Sunday, August 10, 2014

This is the story of a lovely lady, a trainer and an awesome team!

Last night my brother in law, Chuck Berry (yes, really), his son in law Ryan Scholl and I went out to Hillsboro to see the Hops (short season A, Diamondbacks) play the Eugene Emeralds (short season A, Padres).
Previously this season I had gone down to Salem-Keizer to see the Ems play the Volcanoes (Giants) and had taken a bunch of pictures in the ensuing two weeks I had finished making the set of cards you see at left, they all have backs, but I wasn't too impressed with them, so I didn't scan any of them. So all the photos up to and including Franchy Cordero on the 4th sheet are photos that I took at the games in Salem.
Last night I got to the game as the gates opened and got several signatures.  A couple of the players were amazed that I wanted their signatures.  I had made two of each card, one to get signed and one to give the player.  Before the game, Zech Lemond, the starting pitcher signed for me and asked me to hang on to his card til after the game.  He came over and got it and I got some other signatures including Mitch Mattoon the trainer.
After I got as many signatures as I could and every one had left the dugout I left the stadium and noticed the Ems bus sitting there so I waited a few minutes and a lovely lady asked me who I was looking for.  I told her and we talked and she was Nick Torres wife and she wanted to see his card, (third sheet, second row, left).  We talked and she was from a town where many of my relatives lived and had gone to Oregon State.  She then helped me id many of the players as they came out, since they look different without their hats and unis on.  Karin made Nick go back and get his card so she could have it. The players, coaches, trainer and manager all helped load the bus.  Several of the players came and talked with me about the cards. Walker Weickel (fourth sheet, center) wanted to know what game I had taken the picture of him at. So we talked for a couple of minutes.  Travis Radke, (first card) had gone through the cards with me and told me who wasn't with the team any more.  So the only cards that aren't signed are guys that weren't with the team anymore.  I had 5 cards signed before I got to the game last night, ended up with a total of 39 signed out of 43, which means that I got 34 cards signed last night.  Max Beatty (second sheet, bottom left) took the cards I had for guys on the bus and handed them out.  As the bus got fuller I was down to two guys I still needed.  Mitch, the trainer was the last guy out of the stadium and asked me if I still needed any one. I told him Marcus Davis and Tom Dorminy and he had one of the other guys ask them to come off the bus and sign the cards for me. I wanted to thank all the guys on the team for their cooperation and thank Karin for her help in identifying players and Mitch for helping me to finish with the signatures.  It was a blast taking the pictures and then composing the cards and writing up the backs and doing all the work.

 I have already started work on the design for next year.  I will be going to Salem again next year because it is one of the best places to take pictures and it has good access to the players.

On a personal note, my youngest son is getting married this weekend so we will be busy this week so I don't think I will post much this week.  And then the last week of the month we will baby sitting our 2 year old granddaughter so I don't see myself posting regularly until early next month.



Tuesday, July 29, 2014

This time the visitors lost but I got some signatures

Last night my friend Robert Jones picked me up after work and we drove down to Salem-Keizer  to see the Volcanoes play the Emeralds. I like going there because I pay for General Admission and sit in my lawn chair and talk to the guys in the bullpen.  I finally decided on a design for this years cards and this is it.  I made backs for them and started numbering them at 141, card 1, 2014.  The guys were happy as I gave them each one of their cards when they signed one for me. I am going to see the Ems play Hillsboro on August 9, so I need to get some more made before them.  I took a lot of pictures again last night but I might have to resort to getting pictures off the web.  So far I have made ten cards.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Once again the visiting team wins and I get some sigs.



 I went to see the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants) play the Eugene Ems (Padres) on Tuesday and Wednesday night.  We didn't stay for much of Tuesdays game, I think we left in the 2nd inning.  The two year old granddaughter was running my wife into the ground.  I took some cards I had made to get signed and took a lot of pictures.   The cards at the left I got signed Tuesday before the game.  The Trae Santos was a card I had made for him last year, but he had to go home for a funeral before he could sign it.  Homer Bush, Robbie Wine and Nelson Cruz were all pictures I got off the internet.  Trea Turner, Jose Urena and Marcus Davis were all pictures that The Prowling Cat took when he went to a game in Eugene on July 3.
 I took a picture of all the Ems pitcher just as they lined up for the National Anthem on Tuesday.  I printed it out and took to the game with me Wednesday night.  I got to stay for the whole game because I went by myself.  One of the nice things, to me anyway, is I just take a folding chair and set right next to the bullpen and talk with the pitchers.  I managed to get 12 of the fifteen guys in the picture to sign it.  I still have a few more games to get the other 3.

On Tuesday we took our 2 1/2 grand daughter to the game with us.  She and my wife were taking pictures while I got autographs.  Nelson Cruz, the pitching coach, came out and waved to Nola and my wife took a picture.  Nola kept talking about the baseball guy. It was her first ever game, so I got Nelson to sign the photo for her and someday I will give it to her.

I took a whole bunch of pictures so I can make cards of as many guys as possible.

Friday, July 4, 2014

The Letter R, Sheet 2 and I am going on vacation so posting will be sporadic

Tim Redding, 2005 Topps Total; Tim pitched in games for the Padres in 2005.
Tom Redington, 1991Topps; Tom played in the Padres system in 1991.
Jody Reed, 1996 Upper Deck; Jody played in 277 games for the Padres in 1995 and 1996.
Steve Reed, 2002 Upper Deck 40 Man; Steve pitched in 40 games for the Padres in 2002.
Kevin Reese, 2001 Bowman; Kevin played in the Padres system in 2000 and 2001.
Hunter Renfroe, 2013 Bowman; Hunter has played in the Padres system in 2013 and 2014.
Rich Renteria, 2011 Padrographs; Rich was a Padres coach from 2008 through 2013.
Merv Rettenmund, 1978 Topps; Merv played in 193 games for the Padres in 1976 and 1977 and was also a coach for them from 1991-99 and again in 2006.
Carlos Reyes, 1999 Keebler; Carlos pitched in 99 games for the Padres in 1998, 1999 and 2000

Cumulative Count
Cards-612
Players-554
Executives-8
Hall of Famers-7
Coaches-29
Sets of Brothers-7
Father/Son Combo-1
Trainer-1
Didn't play for the Padres-103
Letters done-17
Letters left-9

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Letter R, Sheet 1 and the Padres are now in last place, there is only one way to go now

Doug Rader, 1977 Topps; Doug played in 191 games for the Padres in 1976 and 1977.
Mario Ramirez, 1984 Topps; Mario played in 166 games for the Padres from 1981 to 1985.
Cesar Ramos, 2006 Bowman; Cesar pitched in 19 games for the Padres in 2009 and 2010.
Peeter Ramos; 2005 Bowman; Peeter played in the Padres system from 2002 to 2005.
Joe Randa, 2005 Topps; Joe played in 58 games for the Padres in 2005.
Dennis Rasmussen, 1990 Topps; Dennis pitched in 113 games for the Padres in 1983 and from 1988 to 1991.
Eric Rasmussen, 1981 Fleer; Eric pitched in 112 games for the Padres from 1978 to 1980.
Randy Ready, 1987 Fleer; Randy played in 267 games for the Padres from 1986 to 1989.
Frank Reberger, 1970 Topps; Frank pitched in 67 games for the Padres in 1969.

Cumulative Count
Cards-603
Players-546
Executives-8
Hall of Famers-7
Coaches-28
Sets of Brothers-7
Father/Son Combo-1
Trainer-1
Didn't play for the Padres-100
Letters done-17
Letters left-9

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Letter Q , Sheet 1 and the Dbacks beat the Padres

































Kevin Quackenbush, 2011 Bowman; Kevin has pitched in 18 games for the Padres in 2014.
Chad Qualls, 2011 Topps; Chad pitched in 77 games for the Padres in 2011.
Carlos Quentin, 2012 Topps Heritage; Carlos has played in 198 games for the Padres from 2012 to now.
Humberto Quintero, 2004 Bowman; Humberto played in 12 games for the Padres in 2003.

Cumulative Count
Cards-594
Players-537
Executives-8
Hall of Famers-7
Coaches-28
Sets of Brothers-7
Father/Son Combo-1
Trainer-1
Didn't play for the Padres-99
Letters done-17
Letters left-9

Friday, June 27, 2014

Mall 205 card show, 1969 Padres and Still to sign and San Diego pays tribute to Tony


Tomorrow, June 28, 2014 there is a card show at a local mall close to me.  I would like to meet up with other Oregon and SW Washington bloggers if you are going to be there.  Maybe we could get together to get something to eat.  Also there is a card shop, a Goodwill and Salvation Army not too far from the show locale.  If you are interested let me know.



There were six players that were on the Padres roster in 1969 that did not have cards.  I made cards of them that I was thinking of getting signed.  Three of them are deceased and the other three don't seem to sign much.  I will give the three living players a shot and see what happens.

I added an item to my sidebar called "Still to Sign".  These are all players that have some kind of Padres card that I still need signatures of.  If you have any of these players on Padres cards  and are interested in trading or selling them please let me know.

Thanks for your continued support.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Letter P, Sheet 5 and get no hit again (by Timmy)

Johnny Podres, 1969 Topps; Johnny pitched in 17 games for the Padres in 1969.
Aaron Poreda, 2009 Topps 206; Aaron pitched in 4 games for the Padres in 2009.
Adys Portillo, 2013 Bowman; Adys has been playing in the Padres system since 2009.
Brad Pounders, 1989 Fleer; Brad played in the Padres system from 1984 to 1988.
Jim Presley, 1991 Upper Deck; Jim played in 20 games for the Padres in 1991.
Mark Prior, 2008 Upper Deck; Mark signed as a free agent with the Padres but never played for them.
Tim Pyznarski, 1987 Topps; Tim played in 15 games for the Padres in 1986.






Cumulative Count
Cards-590
Players-533
Executives-8
Hall of Famers-7
Coaches-28
Sets of Brothers-7
Father/Son Combo-1
Trainer-1
Didn't play for the Padres-99
Letters done-16
Letters left-10


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Letter P, Sheet 4 and the Padres beat the guys from the city by the bay again

Jace Peterson, 2014 Bowman; Jace is currently playing in the Padres minor league system.
Gary Pettis, 1992 Fleer Ultra; Gary played in 30 games for the Padres in 1992.
Dane Phillips, 2013 Bowman; Dane has played in the Padres system since 2012.
Mark Phillips, 2002 Topps Total; Mark played in the Padres system from 2000 to 2002.
Tom Phoebus, 1971 Topps; Tom pitched in 30 games for the Padres in 1971 and 1972.
Mike Piazza, 2006 Fleer Ultra; Mike played in 1126 games for the Padres in 2006.
Rob Picciolo, 2004 Upper Deck Team Issue; Rob coached for the Padres from 1990 to 2005.
Joe Pittman, 1983 Fleer; Joe played in 55 games for the Padres in 1982.
Phil Plantier, 1994 OPC; Phil played in 298 games for the Padres from 1993 to 1995 and 1997 and is currently the hitting coach for Padres.

Cumulative Count
Cards-583
Players-526
Executives-8
Hall of Famers-7
Coaches-28
Sets of Brothers-7
Father/Son Combo-1
Trainer-1
Didn't play for the Padres-96
Letters done-15
Letters left-13



Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Letter P, Sheet 3 and the Padres beat the Giants

Dustin Peterson, 2013 Bowman; Dustin has palyed in the Padres system last year and this.

Cumulative Count
Cards-574
Players-518
Executives-8
Hall of Famers-7
Coaches-27
Sets of Brothers-7
Father/Son Combo-1
Trainer-1
Didn't play for the Padres-93
Letters done-15
Letters left-13

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Letter P, Sheet 2 and the dismantling of the Padres has begun

Steve Pegues, 1993 Bowman; Steve played in the Padres system in 1992 and 1993.
Alex Pelaez, 2002 Fleer Tradition; Alex played in 3 games for the Padres in 2002.
Jim Pena, 1993 Bowman; Jim played in the Padres system in 1993.
Luis Perdomo, 2009 SP Authentic; Luis pitched in 36 games for the Padres in 2009 and 2010.
Oliver Perez, 2003 Topps Heritage; Oliver pitched in 35 games for the Padres in 2002 and 2003.
Santiago Perez, 2002 Upper Deck; Santiago played in 43 games for the Padres in 2001.
 Broderick Perkins; 1982 Topps; Broderick played in 379  games for the Padres from 1978 to 1982.
Gaylord Perry, 1983 Gaylord Perry Peanuts; Gaylord pitched in 69 games for the Padres in 1978 and 1979.
Roberto Petagine, 1995 Topps; Roberto played in 89 games for the Padres in 1995.

Cumulative Count
Cards-573
Players-517
Executives-8
Hall of Famers-7
Coaches-27
Sets of Brothers-7
Father/Son Combo-1
Trainer-1
Didn't play for the Padres-92
Letters done-15
Letters left-13


Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Letter P, Sheet 1 and there is no joy in Mudville as the Padres lose to the Doggers

Mike Pagliarulo, 1990 Upper Deck; Mike played in 178 games for the Padres in 1989 and 1990.
Vincente Palacios, 2000 Keebler, Vincente pitched in 7 games for the Padres in 2000.
Mark Parent, 1991 Score; Mark played in 178 games  for the Padres from 1986 to 1990.
Chan Ho Park, 2004 Upper Deck Team Issue; Chan Ho pitched in 34 games for the Padres in 2005 and 2006.
Andy Parrino, 2009 Bowman; Andy played in 79 games for the Padres in 2011 and 2012.
David Pauley, 2004 Bowman; David pitched in the Padres system from 2001 to 2004.
Danny Payne, 2008 Bowman; Danny played in the Padres system from 2007 to 2011.
Jay Payton, 2004 Playoff Honors; Jay played in 143 games for the Padres in 2004.
Jake Peavy, 2001 Bowman Heritage; Jake pitched in 212 games for the Padres from 2002 to 2009.

Cumulative Count
Cards-564
Players-508
Executives-8
Hall of Famers-6
Coaches-27
Sets of Brothers-7
Father/Son Combo-1
Trainer-1
Didn't play for the Padres-90
Letters done-15
Letters left-13




Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Letter O, Sheet 2 and the Padres beat the Dodgers! It's a Wonderful Day

Jesse Orosco, 2003 Topps Total; Jesse pitched in 42 games for the Padres in 2003.
Omar Ortiz, 1999 Topps; Omar played in the Padres system in 1999 and 2000.
Akinori Otsuka, 2004 Topps Total; Akinori pitched in 139 games for the Padres in 2004 and 2005.
Bob Owchinko, 1978 Topps; Bob pitched in 110 games for the Padres from 1976 to 1979.
Eric Owens, 2000 Skybox Autographics; Eric played in 294 games for the Padres in 1999 and 2000.
Jeremy Owens, 2001 Donruss; Jeremy played in the Padres system from 1998 to 2002.
Chris Oxspring, 2004 Play Ball; Chris pitched in 5 games for the Padres in 2005.
Jose Oyervidez, 2007 Bowman; Jose pitched in the Padres system from 2002 to 2007.




Cumulative Count
Cards-545
Players-499
Executives-8
Hall of Famers-6
Coaches-27
Sets of Brothers-7
Father/Son Combo-1
Trainer-1
Didn't play for the Padres-90
Letters done-15
Letters left-11

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Letter O, Sheet 1 and the Mariners fall to the Mighty Padres 4-1

Ben Ogilive, 2000 Keebler;  Ben was a coach for the Padres for 1 year, 2000.
Miguel Ojeda, 2004 Upper Deck Vintage; Miguel played in 166 games for the Padres from 2003 to 2006.
Rey Ordonez, 2004 Topps; Rey was signed as a free agent by the Padres January 24, 2004 and was granted free agency by the Padres May 12, 2004.

Cumulative Count
Cards-537
Players-491
Executives-8
Hall of Famers-6
Coaches-27
Sets of Brothers-7
Father/Son Combo-1
Trainer-1
Didn't play for the Padres-87
Letters done-14
Letters left-12

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Upgrading Padrographs and Rene Rivera can't do it all

 I recently upgrade a couple of my Padrographs. I saw this card of the Little Ninja, Alexi Amarista and had to have it.  It shows how small he is and how much fun he has playing the game.
This years archives has been Bipped.  There is a certified auto of The King of Leon, Bip Roberts.  I picked this up for about $9 including s&h.  They seem to be pretty cheap on ebay, I saw one for $.01