Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Letter S, Sheet 3 and cue Tom Pettys' Free Fallin

Wascar Serrano, 2000 Skybox; Wascar pitched in 20 games for the Padres in 2001.
Al Severinsen, 1972 Topps; Al pitched in 76 games for the Padres in 1971 and 1972.
Andy Sheets, 1998 Mothers' Cookies; Andy played in 88 games for the Padres in 1998.
Gary Sheffield, 1993 Score Select; Gary played in 214 games for the Padres in 1992 and 1993.
Norm Sherry, 1984 Mother's Cookies; Norm was a coach from 1982-1984.






Cumulative Count
Cards-657
Players-597
Executives-8
Hall of Famers-7
Coaches-31
Sets of Brothers-9
Father/Son Combo-1
Trainer-1
Didn't play for the Padres-110
Letters done-18
Letters left-8

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Letter S, Sheet 2 and the Pads lose to the snakes again

Pat Scanlon, 1978 Topps; Pat pitched in 47 games for the Padres in 1977.
Calvin Schiraldi, 1990 Fleer; Calvin pitched in 47 games for the Padres in 1989 and 1990.
Nick Schmidt, 2007 Bowman; Nick played in the Padres system from 2007 to 2011.
Mike Scioscia, 1993 Upper Deck; Mike was with the Padres in 1993 Spring Training.
John Henry Scott, 1976 SSPC; John played in 39 games for the Padres in 1974 and 1975.
Tim Scott, 1992 Donruss Rookies; Tim pitched in 74 games for the Padres from 1991 to 1993 and again in 1997.
Rudy Seanez, 2003 Topps Total; Rudy pitched in 94 games for the Padres in 1993, 2001, 2005 and 2006.
Dick Selman, 1969 Topps; Dick pitched in 4 games for the Padres in 1969.
Frank Seminara, 1993 Topps; Frank pitched in 37 games for the Padres in 1992 and 1993.




Cumulative Count
Cards-651
Players-592
Executives-8
Hall of Famers-7
Coaches-30
Sets of Brothers-9
Father/Son Combo-1
Trainer-1
Didn't play for the Padres-110
Letters done-18
Letters left-8

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Letter S, Sheet 1 and the Diamondbacks beat the Padres

A.J. Sager, 1994 Bowman; A.J. pitched in 22 games for  the Padres in 1994.
Greg Sain, 2002 Bowman; Greg played in the Padres system from 2001 to 2005.
Luis Salazar, 1987 Topps; Luis played in 704 games for the Padres from 1980-1984, again in 1987 and again in 1989.
Keyvius Sampson, 2010 Bowman Platinum; Keyvius has played in the Padres system from 2009 to now is currently playing at AAA  El Paso.
Reggie Sanders, 1999 Keebler; Reggie played in 133 games for the Padres in 1999.
Scott Sanders, 1993 Fleer Ultra; Scott pitched in 118 games from 1993 to 1996 and in 1998.
Benito Santiago, 1988 Fleer Baseball's Exciting Stars; Benito played in 789 games for the Padres from 1986 to 1992.
Al Santorini, 1970 Topps; Al pitched in 74 games for the Padres in 1969 and 1970.
Rick Sawyer, 1977 Topps; Rick pitched in 69 games for the Padres in 1976 and 1977.


Cumulative Count
Cards-642
Players-583
Executives-8
Hall of Famers-7
Coaches-30
Sets of Brothers-9
Father/Son Combo-1
Trainer-1
Didn't play for the Padres-109
Letters done-18
Letters left-8


Monday, September 1, 2014

The Letter R, Sheet 6 and the Dodgers beat the Padres badly

Jesse Roman; 2004 Bazooka; Jesse played in the Padres system in 2004.
Vincente Romo, 1973 Topps; Vincente pitched in 103 games for the Padres in 1973 and 1974.
Leo Rosales, 2006 Bowman Chrome; Leo played in the Padres system from 2003 to 2007.
John Roskos, 2000 Fleer; John played in 14 games for the Padres in 2000.
David Ross, 2005 Upper Deck; David played in 11 games for the Padres in 2005.
Gary Ross, 1973 Topps; Gary pitched in 219 games for the Padres from 1969 to 1974.
Joe Ross, 2012 Bowman; Joe has been playing in the Padres system since 2011.
Tyson Ross, 2014 Topps; Joes' older brother Tyson has pitched in 63 games in 2013 and 2014.
Jerry Royster, 1987 Donruss; Jerry played in 205 games for the Padres in 1985 and 1986.



Cumulative Count
Cards-633
Players-574
Executives-8
Hall of Famers-7
Coaches-30
Sets of Brothers-9
Father/Son Combo-1
Trainer-1
Didn't play for the Padres-107
Letters done-18
Letters left-8







Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Letter R, Sheet 5 and Trevor Hoffman is in the Hall of Fame (the Padres HOF)

Mike Roarke, 1993 Mothers' Cookies; Mike was a coach for the Padres from 1991-1993.
Leon "Bip" Roberts, 1995 Pinnacle; Bip played in 667 games for the Padres in 1986, from 1988-1991 and in 1994 and 1995.
Dave Roberts, 1971 Topps; Dave pitched in 102 games for the Padres from 1969 to 1971.
Dave Roberts, 1979 Topps, Dave played in 509 games for the Padres from 1972 to 1975 and in 1977 and 1978.
Dave Roberts, 2005 Topps; Dave played in 244 games for the Padres in 2005 and 2006.
Dave  Robinson, 1971 Topps; Dave played in 22 games for the Padres in 1970 and 1971.
Rafael Robles, 1970 Topps; Rafael played in 47 games for the Padres in 1969, 1970 and 1972.
Rich Rodriguez, 1993 Leaf; Rich pitched in 191 games for the Padres from 1990-1993.
Luis Rodriguez, 2010 Upper Deck; Luis played in 157 games for the Padres in 2008 and 2009.




Cumulative Count
Cards-624
Players-565
Executives-8
Hall of Famers-7
Coaches-30
Sets of Brothers-8
Father/Son Combo-1
Trainer-1
Didn't play for the Padres-105
Letters done-17
Letters left-9

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Letter R, Sheet 4 and the Padres beat the Dodgers! Life is good (for today anyway)

Ken Reynolds, 2012 Padrographs, Ken pitched in 19 games for the Padres in 1976.
Clayton Richard,  2009 Topps Heritage, Clayton pitched in 108 games for the Padres between 2009 and 2013.
Gene Richards, 1981 Topps, Gene played in 939 games for the Padres from 1977-1983.
Greg Riddoch, Greg managed the Padres to a 200-194 record from 1990-1992.
Jim Riggleman, 1994 Mothers Cookies, Jim managed the Padres to a 112-194 record from 1992-1994 succeeding Greg Riddoch.
Edinson Rincon, 2010 Bowman, Edinson played in the Padres system from 2007-2012.
Mike Rivera, 2003 Topps Total, Mike played in 19 games for the Padres in 2003.
 Ruben Rivera, 1999 SP Authentic, Ruben played in 394 games for the Padres from 1997 to 2000.
Anthony Rizzo, 2011 Topps Tier One, Anthony played in 49 games for the Padres in 2011.




Cumulative Count
Cards-615
Players-557
Executives-8
Hall of Famers-7
Coaches-29
Sets of Brothers-8
Father/Son Combo-1
Trainer-1
Didn't play for the Padres-105
Letters done-17
Letters left-9




Friday, August 29, 2014

The Letter R, Sheet 3 and I am tired of Frozen and Toy Story 3

Dennys Reyes, 2005 Topps Total, Dennys pitched in 36 games for the Padres in 2005.
Don Reynolds, 1979 Topps, Don played in 87 games for the Padres in 1978 and '79.
Harold Reynolds, 1994 Pinnacle, Don Reynolds' little brother was with the Padres in spring training in 1994 but was traded to the Angels before the season began.

Cumulative Count
Cards-615
Players-557
Executives-8
Hall of Famers-7
Coaches-29
Sets of Brothers-8
Father/Son Combo-1
Trainer-1
Didn't play for the Padres-104
Letters done-17
Letters left-9

Our almost 3 year old granddaughter has been staying with us since last Saturday while her parents attend Burning Man in the Nevada desert.  We have watched Frozen, Toy Story 3 and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 at least 5 times each since then.  Our boys did this also when they were little.
Give me a few days before watching them again.  

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