Friday, March 22, 2019

Frankenset card #16

Warren Newson only stands five feet seven inches tall, but he remains large in my memory.  He was drafted by the Padres in 1986 and I watched him as he progressed through the Padres system.  I met him in 1990 when he played for Las Vegas, then the Padres AAA affiliate.  He was one of the nicest guys you would ever want to meet.  He went on to play 8 years in the majors for the White Sox, Mariners and Rangers.  He also played several years in Korea and Mexico and one year in an independent league in 2003 before seemingly retiring.  

Frankenset Page is updated

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Padrographs #1131, 1132 and #1133

 Webster Rivas is a non-roster invitee in camp this spring.  This is a custom I made and sent him, it only took eight days to get to Peoria and back to Portland.  Webster has been in the minors since 2010 having played in the Dodgers and Angels system since then.  David Bednar was drafted by the Padres in 2016 and played in the Arizona Fall League in 2017.  That league will look different with all the rules changes for the upcoming 2019 season. Josh Van Meter was drafted by the Padres in 2013 and played in the Arizona Fall league in 2016.  He was traded to the Reds in December of 2016 and ended last year at AAA Louisville.  

Frankenset Card #14

One of the reasons I really like this card is because of the background.  Many years ago my sons and I went to Beavers game on Fathers Day and my oldest son bought me the hat that is the background for this card.  I think it is the only Beavers hat that I still wear.  
Jesse Garcia had a seven year major league career and finished his career with 16 games for San Diego in 2005. He had previously played for the Orioles and the Braves.  I made a custom of him with the Padres and had him sign it for me.  

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Frankenset Card #13

I know nothing about Rashad Ross other than he is currently playing for the Arizona Hotshots of the American Alliance of Football.  I have no idea where I got this card.  I don't usually buy football cards at all, although I am going to buy some AAF cards to see if I can get some cards of the San Diego Fleet to send out and get signed.  

Monday, March 18, 2019

Frankenset card #12

On June 12, 1975 I graduated from South Eugene High School.  On June 24, 1975 I reported to Basic Training for the United States Navy.  On December 14, 1975 Rodrigo Lopez was born in Mexico.  That was a very cold winter for me.  I was stationed in Great Lakes, Illinois and had won a bet by shaving my head.  Word to the Wise, DO NOT shave your head in the dead of winter when you live less than one hundred feet from Lake Michigan.  I got to see Rodrigo pitch in 2000, when the Las Vegas Stars came to Portland and again in 2001 when the Portland Beavers were a Padres affiliate.  Since we kinda share a first name I have followed his career since then.  He seems to be retired from baseball since 2015.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Autograph Frankenset #8

On November 13, 1989 David Francis Dravecky announced his retirement from Major League Baseball.  He had battled cancer and returned to the Majors but in 1989 as he was pitching against the Expos his left arm broke.  It snapped so loudly and he fell so quickly that Will Clark though Dave had been shot.  As his arm was healing it was broken again as the Giants celebrated winning the NLCS.  In 1991 he had the major portion of his left arm amputated.  
On November 13, 1989 David Francis Richards was born in Portland, Oregon.  My wife and I had decided to name our second son David, our oldest is Daniel.  So we were looking through my Donruss Padres team sets to see what others had teamed with David (Donruss had a habit of putting players full names on the backs).   We had been impressed with the way Dave Dravecky used his cancer and what had happened to him in his testimony, so we decided to name our son after him.  They have met once when Dravecky came to town for a book signing when our David was 6 or 7 years old.  This year it will be 30 years since Dave Dravecky retired and our son will turn 30.  I don't see this card being replaced in the Frankenset.
It has already had a challenger, I found a Daniel Dae Kim signed card from Lost but it is card #8 and will not be going into the Frankenset.  
The Frankenset page has been updated.  

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Padrographs #1128, #1129 and #1130

 We went to the Oregon Coast for all of last week and when I got home I had multiple envelopes from all over the place; Peoria, AZ, Venezuela and Mississippi (I think).  Eric Yardley is at Spring Training with the Padres this year, the card only took 9 days to get to Peoria and back.  Emil Brown played for the Padres in 2001 and this card only took 20 to go out and come back.  Alberto Gonzalez played in 102 games for the Padres in 2011.  

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Frankenset Card #11

Chris Jericho is one of the most original WWE Superstars who has reinvented himself to stay relevant to the programming.  He recently wrestled in Japan and won a title there in with a character that was new.  It will be interesting to see what he comes up with as a member of All Elite Wrestling.  I have read all of his books and I have really enjoyed them.  This is card #11 in the Frankenset.  I have definitely not completed the whole thing.  I have a gap between 5 and 11 to start with.  

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Frankenset Card #5

Jack Cust is another former Padres players, but I don't have a Padrograph of him I made a custom card of him and sent it to him, but no response.  This card will eventually be replaced because I prefer vertical cards.  I got this card as a throw in card trading deal with someone.  

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Frankenset card #4

2000-2010 were the golden years of Portland Beaver baseball for me.  Those ten years the Beavers were a farm club for the San Diego Padres.  I got to meet and talk with players that I had watched come up through the Padres organizations.  I got so many autographs of players that would go on to the majors and players that would literally just disappear from the radar.  It was during that time that I started making custom cards so that I could get autographs of Padres players that hadn't had cards.  Royce Ring played for the Beavers in 2007, although I just picked this up from an autograph dealer.  I made a custom of Royce in the style of 2007 Topps and got that autographed through that dealer.  So now I have two signed cards of Royce.  

I have started putting together my autograph Frankenset.  These are numbers one, two and three.  These are the host of the morning on THE local country radio station here in Portland (as far as I am concerned).  Tony Russell has been at the station for a couple of years and is very funny.  He used to be a pastor and a psychotherapist (they are closely related) and now he is a morning show host and an insurance salesman.
 Jake Byron has been with the station for 14 years and has been on air for at least ten of them.  He is the common thread that has held the morning show together for many years.  They finally found the right chemistry with Tony, Jake and Jenn. Jake and I have shared book recommendations over the years and I have shared trivia with him the last couple of years for the station's $1,000 dollar minute trivia quiz.  

Jenn (make sure it has two n's)  is the newest member of the team.  She has been at the station just over a year.  She tries to ride herd on the two other guys.  

One of the cool things about the team is they seem real and like they really like each other.  They definitely make each other laugh.  They also make it easy to listen, they play good music and keep us up to date on the weather and traffic.   

I will blog about the Frankenset here and then on the Frankenset page post the cards as I blog about them in order so you can see the set as it grows.  

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Padrographs #1125-1127

Friday, Saturday and Monday were good mail days.  In addition to my eBay purchases I got these cards.  Trey Wingenter, came in on Friday.  I had mailed this to him at the tail end of the 2018 season and got it back from Montgomery, Alabama.  It is a custom I made, I decided that the guys who don't have cards I would make in the style of the Heritage cards for the present year.  So extra cards this year will be in the style of 1970.   I am getting ready to send some of them out tomorrow.  Saturday brought the Jordan Lyles card I had made a Heritage card of him last year and haven't gotten it back so I picked this one up on eBay.  Monday brought last years free agent acquisition, Eric Hosmer in the mail.  I had also made a Heritage card of him and sent it to him, but had not received it back either so I picked this up on eBay.  I have a bunch of other customs out of players from the 70's and 80's so I hope I get them back this year.

Chirstmas Pack #45

I tried fixing my computer the other day and I mucked  it up and just got a new computer yesterday.  Scott Ian's picture is one I have seen multiple times. The next person I know is Jon Bon Jovi , then Graeme Edge of Deep Purple.  I have met Melvin Brannon, he and the rest of the Dan Reed Network were at a radio station the same time I was at one point.  The sticker is a dupe and I still like Motley Crue. 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Christmas Pack #44

This  pack only featured one band that I hadn't heard of.  Patti LaBelle was big when I was in high school.  Run-D.M.C. broke ground in many ways, but in collaboration with Aerosmith on Walk This Way.  Janet Jackson an awesome string of hits in the 80's and 90's.  Sanctuary is the one band I haven't heard of.  The Clash's London Calling album is one of my favorites.  Led Zeppelin of the overplayed rock anthem.  What happened to Inxs after the death of Michael Hutchence. Hall and Oates were blue eyed soul and had a string of hits.  One of their songs is currently the theme song for a TV show.  Jefferson Airplane was also known as Jefferson Starship and Starship as they refashioned themselves throughout the years and We Built this city on Rock N Roll.  Yngwie Malmsteen is a guitar god.  

What is your favorite overplayed classic rock song?  

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Christmas Pack #43

Only four cards in the pack were not duplicates.  Bocephus or Hank Williams Jr.  is the middle of what could work out to be a family dynasty of singers.  He is coming to Oregon this summer for a jamboree.  Billy Dean has had many hits as has Suzy Boguss.  She is coming to Oregon with Teri Clark and Pam Tillis as Chicks with Hits at one of the casinos.  Finally we have our first crossover card.  The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, also had a card in the American Bandstand set.