Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Letter G, Sheet 2 and the Padres are only 2 games out of first

Steve Garrison, 2008 Bowman; Steve pitched in the Padres system from 2007 to 2010
Steve Garvey, 1985 Topps; Steve played in 605 games from 1983 to 1987
Rod Gaspar, 1971 Topps; Rod played in 49 games for the Padres in 1971 and 1974
Clarence Gaston, 1971 Topps; Cito played in 766 games from 1969 to 1974
Jake Gautreau, 2001 Bowman; Jake played in the Padres system from 2001 to 2004
Josh Geer, 2005 Bowman; Josh pitched in 24 games for the Padres in 2008 and 2009
Bob Geren, 1993 Mothers Cookies, Bob played in 58 games for the Padres in 1993
Justin Germano, 2004 Upper Deck Etchings; Justin pitched in 34 games in 2004, 2007 and 2008
Jody Gerut, custom by someone else; Jody played in 137 games for the Padres in 2008 and 2009

Cumulative Count
Cards-266
Players-233
Executives-4
Hall of Famers-1
Coaches-18
Sets of Brothers-2
Didn't play for the Padres-53

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Letter G sheet 1 and the Padres are 5 games ahead of Arizona

Kyle Gaedele, 2011 Bowman; Kyle has played in the Padres system from 2011 to 2014
Sean Gallagher, 2010 Padrographs; Sean played in 23 games for the Padres in 2009 & 2010
Jonathan Galvez, 2008 Tristar Projections; Jonathan played in the Padres system from 2008 to 2013
Oscar Gamble, 1978 Topps; Oscar played in 123 games for the Padres in 1978
Ron Gant, 2003 Topps; Ron played in 102 games for the Padres in 2003
Dave Garcia, 1973 Topps, Dave was a coach for the Padres from 1970 to 1973
Ralph Garcia, 1973 Topps, Ralph pitched in 11 games for the Padres in 1972 and 1974 and is enshrined in the Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame
Jeff Gardner, 1994 Topps; Jeff played in 155 games for the Padres in 1992 and 1993
Jon Garland, 2010 Allen and Ginter's; Jon pitched in 33 games for the Padres in 2010




Cumulative Count
Cards-257
Players-224
Executives-4
Hall of Famers-1
Coaches-18
Sets of Brothers-2
Didn't play for the Padres-51





Monday, April 21, 2014

The Letter F, Sheet 3 and the Padres are 3 games out of first

Nate Freiman, 2012 Bowman printing plate; Nate played in the Padres system from 2009 to 2012
Dave Freisleben; 1975 SSPC; Dave pitched in 148 games for the Padres from 1974 to 1978
Ernesto Frieri, 2006 Bowman; Ernesto appeared in 105 games for the Padres from 2009 to 2012
Reymond Fuentes; 2011 Bowman; Reymond played in 23 games for the Padres in 2013
Tito Fuentes, 1975 SSPC; Tito played in 281 games for the Padres in 1975 and 1976
J.J. Furmaniak, 2004 Bowman; J.J. played in the Padres system from 2000-2005







Cumulative Count
Cards-248
Players-216
Executives-4
Hall of Famers-1
Coaches-17
Sets of Brothers-2
Didn't play for the Padres-49

6 letters done and 20 more to go.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Letter F, Sheet 2 and the Padres are back at .500

Rollie Fingers, 1979 Topps; Rollie pitched in 265 games for the Padres from 1977 to 1980.
Steve Finley, 1998 Mothers Cookies; Steve played in 602 games for the Padres from 1995 to 1998.
John Flaherty, 1996 Leaf Signature Series; John played in 201 games for the Padres in 1996 and 1997.
Tim Flannery, 1988 Fleer; Tim played in 972 games for the Padres from 1979 to 1989.  He then coached for the Padres before being let go on his birthday.  He is currently the third base coach for the San Francisco Giants.
Bryce Florie, 1996 Leaf Signature Series; Bryce pitched in 95 games for the Padres from 1994 to 1996.
Rich Folkers, 1975 SSPC; Rich pitched in 78 games for the Padres in 1975 and 1976.
Logan Forsythe, 2009 Bowman; Logan played in 228 games for the Padres from 2011 to 2013 before being traded to the Rays.
Alan Foster, 1975 SSPC; Alan pitched in 43 games for the Padres in 1975 and 1976.
Kevin Fransden, 2011 Padrographs; Kevin attended spring training with the Padres in 2011.

Cumulative Count
Cards-249
Players-225
Executives-4
Hall of Famers-1
Coaches-17
Sets of Brothers-2
Didn't play for the Padres-48



Saturday, April 19, 2014

state of the blog, my mind and recent additions

I have been absent for the past week for no good reason, other than it has been hard to find the time to write.  I am not a morning person, but I have to get up early for my one hour commute to work via two buses and a train.  When I work til 6 two nights a week and then take the one hour commute home, I really don't want to write.
I have been reducing certain parts of my collection and am sending packages out to other Padre collectors.  I am only going to collect Padres autographs on licensed cards, I am not going to make anymore.  I have been making custom cards for a few friends here and there.  I am currently at 849 unique signed cards and have six cards out in the mail, Tony Clark, Chip Ambres, Dave Stewart, Joaquin Benoit, Seth Smith and Josh Johnson.  I am mulling a big purchase of a Randy Myers slabbed card, he is very difficult signature to get.  He would only sign cards of whatever team he was with and now doesn't sign at all.
The only team cards that I am currently collecting are the Heritage team cards.  I may collect some Andrew Cashner cards, and look for cards to mount with signed 8 X 10 photos that I have.
I have been concentrating lately on my other blog, readerman.us.  I have been screening a bunch of books lately for someone, so have been trying to get through them and get them reviewed.  I have discovered cards of authors and have been accumulating them.  I just realized that I can add Jose Canseco, Jim Bouton, Bill Lee and Jay Johnstone to that collection.  If you cards of authors I would appreciate them.  I am working on my own set of author cards of my favorite authors.  I just picked up this baseball related author card, W.P. Kinsella is the author of the book, Shoeless Joe, which became the movie, Field of Dreams.  He is always referred to as W.P. Kinsella, but he signed the card Bill Kinsella.
 I just picked up this 1975 signed Dick Sisler card.  I paid over $30 for it, but it is the only one I have seen and he passed away in 1998, so this is an unpossible auto as another blogger refers to them.   I also picked up this Jerry Coleman Day Commemorative Patch from last year.  I am going to mount the patch and the back of the card it came on with the Jerry Coleman letter I purchased on ebay.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Letter F, Sheet 1 and the Padres split a doubleheader in Cleveland yesterday

Bill Fahey; 1980 Topps; Bill played in 166 games for the Padres in 1979 and '80.
Vince Faison; 2001 Bowman; Vince played in the Padres system from 1999 to 2003.
Omar Falcon; 2004 Topps; Omar played in the Padres system from 2000 to 2003.
Paul Faries; 1991 Fleer Ultra; Paul played in 88 games for the Padres from 1990 to 1992.
Darcy Fast; 1972 Topps; Darcy played in the Padres system in 1970.  I got to meet him a couple of years ago.
Tony Fernandez; 1991 Leaf; Tony played in 300 games for the Padres in 1991 and '92.
Al Ferrara;  1969 Topps; Al played in 293 games for the Padres from 1969 to 1971.
Robert Fick; 2005 Donruss Champions; Robert played in 106 games for the Padres in 2004 and '05.
Jeremy Fikac; 2003 Fleer Tradition; Jeremy pitched in 2001 and 2002 in 88 games for the Padres.





Cumulative Count
Cards-240
Players-216
Executives-4
Hall of Famers-1
Coaches-17
Sets of Brothers-2
Didn't play for the Padres-47






Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Letter E, Sheet 2 and the Padres are now 3.5 games out of first place

Michael Ekstrom; 2006 Bowman; Mike played in 20 games for the Padres in 2008 and '09.
Donnie Elliott; 1994 Bowman; Donnie played in 31 games for the Padres in 1994 and '95.
Alan Embree; 2002 Keebler; Alan pitched in 36 games for the Padres in 2002.
Todd Erdos; 1998 Fleer Tradition; Todd pitched in 11 games for the Padres in 1997.
Robbie Erlin; 2014 Topps; Robbie has pitched in 12 games so far for the Padres, last year and this.
Duane Espy, 2001 Keeblers;  Duane coached in the Padres system from 1995 to 2001.
Shawn Estes; 2006 Upper Deck; Shawn pitched in 10 games for the Padres in 2006 and 2008 combined.
Mark Ettles; 1993 Fleer; Mark pitched in 14 games for the Padres in 1993. This card travelled to Australia and back for the signature.  Mark is also the only professional baseball player I bought beer for.  Yes he was old enough.
Barry Evans; 1982   Topps; Barry played in 207 games for the Padres from 1978 to 1981.


Cumulative Count
Cards-231
Players-207
Executives-4
Hall of Famers-1
Coaches-17
Sets of Brothers-2
Didn't play for the Padres-44

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Letter E, Sheet 1 and the Padres are still in 4th Place

Adam Eaton; 2000 Bowman; Adam pitched in 133 games for the Padres from 2000 to 2005.
Kevin Eberwein; 1999 Topps Traded; Kevin played in the Padres system from 1998 to 2002.
David Eckstein; 2009 Upper Deck; David played in 252 games for the Padres in 2009 and 2010.
Jim Edmonds; 2008 Topps Heritage; Jim played in 26 games for the Padres in 2008.
Dave Edwards; 1982 Donruss; Dave played in 129 games for the Padres in 1981 and '82.
Juan Eichelberger; 1981 Topps; Juan pitched in 77 games for the Padres from 1978 to 1982.
Dave Eiland; 1993 Upper Deck; Dave pitched in 17 games for the Padres in 1992 and '93.




Cumulative Count
Cards-222
Players-199
Executives-4
Hall of Famers-1
Coaches-16
Sets of Brothers-2
Didn't play for the Padres-44



Monday, April 7, 2014

Recent Additions



One of my all time favorite books is Man without a Country by Edward Everett Hale.  I recently picked up this signature of his.  It is a greeting to someone wishing them a Happy New Year from January 1900.


I recently picked up the last five cards I needed to complete my Topps Heritage Padres team sets. I am really looking forward to the 2018 Topps Heritage set, that will be the 1969 set, which is the first year the Padres appeared.  Many of the Padres were high numbered short prints.  In 2001, the 1952 cards only one Padre was not a high numbered short print.  It took me a while to find all of the SPs'.     
 This card is a collaboration between myself and Cards from The Quarry.  Hiflew made the front for his annual collection of a card of every player who played that year.  I made the back before I need that Chris had a card in this years Heritage.  I need to find an address for Chris Robinson so I can send him this card and the Topps Heritage card.  

Matt Stites was drafted by the Padres in 2011 and played in their system until 2013.  He is currently playing in the Diamondbacks system.  I just got this 2013 Bowman Chrome card off of eBay.  Yesterday I put three cards in the United States Mail, I sent cards to Chip Ambres, Dave Stewart and Tony Clark.  

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Letter D, Sheet 4 and the Padres are in 4th place

Glenn Dishman; 1996 Upper Deck Collectors Choice; Glenn pitched in 22 games for the Padres in 1995 and '96.
Allan Dykstra; 2010 Bowman; Allan played in the Padres system from 2008 to 2010.
Pat Dobson; 1970 Topps; Pat pitched in 40 games for the Padres in 1970.
Todd Donovan; 1989 Upper Deck; Todd played in the Padres system from 1999 to 2004.
Jose Dore; 2011 Topps Pro Dore; Jose played in the Padres system from 2010 to 2012.
Dave Dravecky; 1986 Topps; Dave pitched in 199 games for the Padres from 1982 to 1987 and my youngest son is named for him.
Tom Dukes; 1969 Topps; Tom pitched in 66 games for the Padres in 1969 and '70.
Mike Dunne; 1991 Topps; Mike pitched in 10 games for the Padres in 1990.
Luis Durango; 2008 Bowman; Luis played in 37 games for the Padres in 2009 and 2010.


Cumulative Count
Cards-215
Players-199
Executives-4
Hall of Famers-1
Coaches-16
Sets of Brothers-2
Didn't play for the Padres-43

4 letters down and 22 to go.






Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Letter D, Sheet 3 and the Padres are 2.5 games off the lead

Tommy Dean; 1970 Topps; Tommy played in 203 games for the Padres from 1969 to 1971.
Jaff Decker; 2008 Tri-Star; Jaff played in 13 games for the Padres in 2013.
Samuel Deduno; 2011 Topps; Samuel pitched in 2 games for the Padres in 2011.
Kory DeHaan; 2000 Fleer Tradition; Kory played in 102 games for the Padres in 2000 and 2002.
Luis DeLeon; 1984 Topps; Luis pitched in 185 games for the Padres from 1982 to 1985.
Mike DeMark; 2010 Padrographs; Mike played in the Padres system from 2007 to 2010.
Chris Denorfia; 2011 Topps; Chris has played in 487 games for the Padres from 2010 to today.
Jose DePaula; 2011 Bowman; Jose played in the Padres system from 2007 to 2013.
Jim Deshaies; 1992 D.A.R.E.; Jim pitched in 15 games for the Padres in 1992.




Cumulative Count
Cards-206
Players-190
Executives-4
Hall of Famers-1
Coaches-16
Sets of Brothers-2
Didn't play for the Padres-40

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Letter D, sheet 2 and the Padres are in third place in the division

Ben Davis; 2002 Topps; Ben played in 258 games for the Padres from 1998 to 2001.
Bill Davis; 1969 Topps; Bill played in 31 games for the Padres in 1969.
Bob Davis;  1976 Topps; Bill played in 166 games for the Padres between 1973 and 1978.
Erik Davis; 2011 Bowman Printing Plate; Erik played in the Padres system from 2008 to 2010.
Jerry Davis; 1985 Donruss; Gerry played in 49 games for the Padres in 1983 and 1985.
Mark Davis; 1990 Donruss; Mark pitched in 230 games for the Padres from 1987 to 1989 and again 1993 and 1994.
Storm Davis; 1987 Topps; Storm pitched in 21 games for the Padres in 1987.
Willie Davis; 1977 Topps; Willie played in 141 games for the Padres in 1976.
Roger Deago; 2003 Upper Deck Sweet Spot; Roger pitched in 2 games for the Padres in 2003.





Cumulative Count
Cards-197
Players-181
Executives-4
Hall of Famers-1
Coaches-16
Sets of Brothers-2
Didn't play for the Padres-38


Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Letter D, Sheet 1 and the Padres are at .333

John D'Acquisto, 1979 Topps; John pitched in 152 games for the Padres from 1977 to 1980.
Paul Dade; 1980 Topps; Paul played in 144 games for the Padres in 1979 and '80.
Alvin Dark; 1978 Topps; Alvin managed the Padres for 113 games in 1977.
James Darnell; 2010 Bowman Chrome; James played in 25 games for the Padres in 2011 and '12.
Mike Darr; 1999 Upper Deck Chirography; Mike played in 188 games for the Padres in 1999, 2000 and '01.
Jerry DaVanon; 1969 Topps; Jerry played in 44 games for the Padres in 1969.
Jim Davenport; 1976 SSPC; Jim was a coach for the Padres in 1974 and '75.
Tom Davey; 2001 Upper Deck Victory; Tom pitched in 69 games for the Padres from 2000 to 2002.


Cumulative Count
Cards-188
Players-172
Executives-4
Hall of Famers-1
Coaches-16
Sets of Brothers-2
Didn't play for the Padres-37

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Recent additions and the Padres are at .500



 I picked this up off eBay recently.  It is a letter from Jerry Coleman to a collector whose items he had misplaced.  I am going to have it framed and am trying to figure out what to have framed with it.  I have ordered the Jerry Coleman patch from last years Jerry Coleman Day.  I would like to get the patch that the Padres are wearing on their uniforms this year.  Any suggestions as to anything else that I should include with the letter.









I also picked up a 2014 Topps Heritage team set.  The Heritage sets are the only team sets that I am collecting now.  I have signatures of everyone in the team set except for Joaquin Benoit and Chris Robinson.  Does anyone have an address for Chris Robinson in Canada?

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Letter C, Sheet 11 and the Padres are undefeated

Will Cunnane; 1998 Collectors Choice; Will pitched in 108 games for the Padres from 1997 to 2000.
Aaron Cunningham; 2011 Padrographs; Aaron played in 105 games for the Padres in 2010 and 2011.
John Curtis; 1981 Topps; John pitched in 53 games for the Padres from 1980 to 1982.
Eric Cyr; 2002 Upper Deck; Eric pitched in 5 games for the Padres in 2002.

Cumulative Count
Cards-180
Players-166
Executives-4
Hall of Famers-1
Coaches-14
Sets of Brothers-2
Didn't play for the Padres-37

3 Letters completed, 23 to go.