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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have seen the Mike Martin photo on other cards. The German Barranca and Horace Clarke cards are upgrades to previous cards. Who knew Sam Perlozzo played for the Padres? How is your recognition today?
Jeff Doyle went to college at Oregon State University which is the only reason I remember him. I couldn't tell you anything about the rest of them. This is just series one, I am now 363 cards into series two. If you see a card you are interested in let me know and I can print it for you. How is your recognition score?
Awhile back I posted about something else I collected besides Padrographs. Today I wanted to post about another collection of mine. I collect various action figures of Captain America. The left side of my collection had a cataclysmic implosion when someone decided to add one of my sons bowling trophies to the the shelf. I am waiting to redo the display until I can tier the pieces. I have to pick up some lumber to do that. Captain America has long been one of my favorite comic book characters and Chris Evans did him right in the MCU.
We almost reached the end of the Lowell Palmer collection. I think there is one more. This picture of him with the Cardinals is one he sent me to use. It is interesting when you see who has coached for your team. Did you know Duke Snider and Sparky Anderson were Padres coaches. How is your name recognition today?
Two blogs from Portland, Oregon that have the only player on this page of customs that you have probably heard of, how strange is that. The Martinez card was a rush job which is why I didn't get the autograph off the photo before I made the card. Other than Mr. Martinez what is your recognition score today?
This page has people I know and have met. As we are closing the bookstore we have a poster that is from the very first day of the first Wordstock book festival. Larry is the founder of the event and I asked him if he wanted it. The poster is signed by all of the authors present that day. Ursula K. LeGuinn was the most well known author on it. Larry came by the bookstore on his way to Seattle. Frank Peters used to have a restaurant downtown near the courthouse. A lawyer took I and friend there after we were witnesses for his client. I see Frank at many Portland Mavericks events. If you have watched the Battered Bastards of Baseball on Netflix you have seen him. I have tried to get Rick Lancelotti to sign his custom through the mail multiple times. How is your recognition score today?
Check out the contest over at Chavez Ravining. A cool post and some cool stories in the comments.
Okay today everyone should recognize a couple of the guys on this page. The Lowell Palmer card started a string of his cards with different teams. He even dug a picture out of his own collection for one of the teams. I hope everyone recognized at least one player today. Jim McAndrew's son Jamie helped with the card of his Dad with the Padres. How did you do on recognizing someone? Hope you broke your 0fer streak.