Sent this out to Jesse Hahn with the A's about a week and a half ago. He was part of the trade that brought Derek Norris to the Padres. I have sent about 5 cards out and this is the first one I have gotten back. This is card #870 in my collection.
After getting Leon Everitt's signature through the autograph dealer I found an address for Van Kelly, another 1969 Padre without a card. I found a picture of him and made this custom card of him. The back was fun to make also, baseball reference and wikipedia were essential to the information on the back. I sent the cards to him and asked him to sign the card for me. I asked him to sign 5 and keep about 20 I made. The cards made it there and back within a week and in the return mail also came the following note.
I recently saw that an autograph dealer I knew had gotten some signatures from 1969 Padre Leon Everitt. I had made a card front of Leon awhile back and I shared it with the dealer. I made a back for the card also, utilizing a 1969 card back and overlaying some stuff on it. I sent them off and then they got sent to Leon who signed them and asked for some for himself. So I made 9 more that went to Leon Everitt.
I have made some more that I am going to try and get to other players.
The Padres have been more aggressive this off season than any I can remember and we are welcoming all kind of new guys. It will probably be awhile since they have Padres cards and Topps probably has lots of stickers of a couple of them they will be able to slap on Padres cards when they come out. I have acquired a few more signed Padres cards. Jordan Paroubeck someone got signed during the Fall Instructional league and put it on ebay. Turner who will go to the Nationals sometime next year, Zech Lemond and Michael Gettys were all in the Bowman Draft Picks set. There is one other Padres draft pick that I can't afford, that is Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns quarterback.
Jesse Gonder never played for the Padres. His last major league game in 1967. He passed away November 14, 2004. Tony Gonzalez had played had played in the majors since 1960 before playing for the Padres and Braves in 1969. He was the first MLB player to wear a helmet with a pre-molded ear flap in 1964. He was in the top ten in hit by pitches and had the helmet made. He played through 1971. Al McBean played in the majors from 1961 to 1970 and split 1969 between the Padres and the Dodgers. Bill McCool pitched for 5 years in Cincinnati before coming to San Diego and pitched one more years in the majors, for the Cardinals. He passed away earlier this year. Dick Selma played in the majors from 1965 to 1975, playing part of 1969 in San Diego. When he finished his major league career he returned to his hometown and took a night job so he could coach baseball at the local high school during the day. He passed away from liver cancer in 2001. Ed Spiezio got the first hit, home run and run in Padres history. He played with the Cardinals in 1967 when they won the World Series. His son Scott also won a World Series when he was with the Angels. Ed spent just over 3 seasons with the Padres in his 9 season career, also playing with the Cards and the ChiSox. Zoilo Versalles was the 10th selection of the Padres in the expansion draft but was traded to the Cleveland Indians for Bill Davis and never actually played for the Padres. He passed away in 1995.
In 1969 the second of two original California franchises began play as the San Diego Padres. The Padres were one of the four expansions team that began play in major league baseball. The Padres were 52-110 and finished last in their division. Chris Canizzaro was the franchises lone representative to the All-Star Game. Jose Arcia played most of his major league career for the Padres. He played for the Cubs in 1968 and then played for the Padres in 1969 and 1970. He played in the minor leagues through 1976. He seems to be living in Miami at this time. Danny Breeden never actually played for the Padres. His time in time in the majors was with the Cardinals in 1969 and the Cubs in 1971. He did play in the Padres system in 1973. He lives in Loxley, Alabama. Dave Roberts is the first player to be named Dave Roberts on the Padres, but he wouldn't be the last. There will be two more before 2014. He played for the Padres from 1969-1971 and then played for 7 more teams before retiring in 1981. On the final day of the 1976 season Dave gave up Hank Aaron's last career hit. He died of lung cancer January 9, 2009. Ollie Brown was the first player chosen by the Padres in the expansion draft. He started his career in 1965 with the Giants, he played with the Padres from 1969 to 1972, then 4 more teams before retiring w ith the Phillies in 1977. Jerry DaVanon played in just 24 games for the Padres in 1969 having started the season in St. Louis and actually ending in St. Louis after those 24 games. He played through 1977 with several other teams including multiple stints with the Cardinals. He currently lives in Houston and officiates high school basketball. Bill Davis played in 1965 and 1966 with the Indians and finished his major league career with the Padres in 1969. He finished in the minors and then retired to his hometown of Richfield, Minnesota where he worked in real estate and banking. Tom Dukes played 2 seasons for Houston before playing 2 seasons in San Diego in '69 and '70. He then played a season in Baltimore and one for the Angels before retiring at the end of 1972. Al Ferrara played with the Dodgers from 1963 to 1968 before playing with the Padres from 1969 to 1971 and finishing his career with the Reds in 1971. After baseball he had a construction company called Major League Construction, which he retired from in 2005 at age 65. When the recession hit in 2009 he lost much of his retirement income, he then went to work for the Dodgers in their community relations department.
There are at least 21 players that I still need to sign cards for me. They are over there to the right under Still To Sign. These are my latest pickups of signatures of Padres. Jason Marquis played for the Padres in 2012 and 2013. Yangervis Solarte came to the Padres part way through the 2014 season as part of the trade for Chase Headley.
This years Bowman Chrome had three Padres prospects in the set. The cards don't really look that bad, I think I need to clean my scanner. I paid less than $20 with shipping for all three cards. Edwin Moreno, the Padres had another Edwin Moreno a few years and I got this Edwin's signature at Eugene earlier this year. Franmil Reyes, played at Ft. Wayne this year for the Padres, Jose Urena was another played whose signature I got at Eugene this season also.
I am still able to find a few guys that I don't have cards of on Ebay and I have enjoyed making cards of some of the coaches that haven't had cards with the Padres. Jerry Hairston's card completes another set of brothers that have played for the Padres. Jerry and his brother Scott both played for the Padres in 2010. Alonzo Powell is one of the Padres hitting coaches.
The first two cards are just ones I wanted when I saw them.
I love the Alexi Amarista card, he is one of my current favorite Padres and this just shows how small he is.
I wanted the card of Akinori Otsuka because he signed his name in characters. I am not sure if it is Kanji, Kata Kanji or Hira Gona, but it is the only card I have signed in Japanese. Francisco Libran, Francisco played in 10 games for the Padres in 1969 and passed away in May of last year at the age of 65. Someone had this custom card made of him and tracked him down in Puerto Rico to get him to sign this. Justin Hatcher, Justin was drafted by the Rangers in 2003 and played in their system through 2005. He played in the Padres system in 2006 and '07 and has been one of the bullpen catchers since 2008. I sent out 5 customs, Justin, Griffin Benedict, Jose Valentin, Alonzo Powell and A.J. Preller. All of them but the Preller have come back. Griffin Benedict, Griffin was drafted by the Padres in 2009 and played in their system through 2010. He has been a bullpen catcher for the Padres since 2011. Joe Wieland, Joe played for the Padres in 2012 and 2014. Got this on ebay. Joaquin Benoit, Joaquin pitched in 53 games for the Padres this year and recorded 11 saves. Found this on ebay after mailing him some. Randy Myers, Randy is a hard signature to get and I had some extra money this summer so I splurged and picked this up. Randy played for the Padres in 1992 and 1998. Jose Valentin, Jose was the Padres first base coach this year. Returned it quickly after I mailed it to him.
Tim Worrell, 1997 Topps; Tim pitched in 143 games for the Padres from 1993 to 1997. Jaret Wright, 2003 Topps Total; Jaret pitched in 39 games for the Padres in 2003. Marvell Wynne, 1987 Donruss Opening Day; Marvell played in 468 games for the Padres from 1986 to 1989. Nobuaki Yoshida, 2003 Bazooka; Nobuaki played in the Padres system from 2000 to 2003. Chris Young, 2008 Allen & Ginter; Chris pitched in 97 games for the Padres from 2006 to 2010. Eric Young, 2005 Topps Total; Eric played in 112 games for the Padres in 2005 and 2006. Walter Young, 2006 Topps Rookie '52 Edition; Walter played in the Padres system in 2006. Don Zimmer, 1973 Topps; Zim managed 304 games for the Padres in 1972 and 1973. Cumulative Count
Hall of Famers-8
Sets of Brothers-9
Didn't play for the Padres-131
Joe Amalfitano, 1977 Padres schedule, Joe coached for the Padres in 1976 and 1977. Joe played for the New York and San Francisco Giants and has been with the Giants this time since 2004. Bruce Bochy, Bruce played for the Padres from 1983 to 1987. Bruce was player coach for the Padres AAA club in 1988. He was a coach for the Padres in 1993 and 1994. He managed the Padres from 1995 to 2006 and has managed the Giants since 2007. Jim Davenport, Jim was a coach for the Padres in 1974 and 1975. He played for the Giants from 1958 to 1970. He has been a special assistant coach for the Giants since 2000. Tim Flannery, Tim played for the Padres from 1979 to 1989, he was a coach for the Padres from 1996 to 2002 after managing at various levels in the Padres system. Tim is an outstanding musician who has released several CD's of music. He has been responsible for raising a lot of money for Giants fan Bryan Stow, who was severely beaten by some Dodgers' fan. Joe Lefebvre, Joe played for the Padres from 1981 to 1983. Joe has been in the Giants organization for the last 20 years and has been the assistant hitting coach since 2001. Jake Peavy, Jake played for the Padres from 2002 to 2009, he was reunited with Bochy and Flannery this year when the Giants acquired him from the Red Sox.
Taking a break today from the alphabetical presentation to acknowledge the World Series. Next year is the Padres year. But for today the Royals take the field.
Dave Eiland is the lone Padrograph represented on the Royals roster. There are no players currently playing for the Royals that I have signed Padres cards of. Dave pitched in 17 games for the Padres in 1992 and 1993. He was the Yankees pitching coach for 2 years from 2008 to 2010, he was then in an advisory role for the Rays for a year before being named pitching coach of the Royals in October of 2011.
Woody Williams, 2000 Topps; Woody pitched in 132 games for the Padres from 1999 to 2001 and 2005 & 2006. Scott Williamson, 2006 Topps Update; Scott pitched in 11 games for the Padres in 2006. Earl Wilson, 1971 Topps; Earl pitched in 15 games in 1970. Dave Winfield, 1978 Topps; Dave played in 1117 games for the Padres from 1973 to 1980. Rick Wise, 1981 Donruss; Rick pitched in 46 games for the Padres from 1980 to 1982. Matt Wisler, 2013 Bowman Chrome; Matt has pitched in the Padres system since 2011. Jay Witasick, 2003 Keelber; Jay pitched in 132 games for the Padres in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2004. Ed Wojna, 1986 Topps; Ed pitched in 27 games for the Padres from 1985 to 1987. Randy Wolf, 2008 Topps Heritage; Randy pitched in 21 games for the Padres in 2008.
Hall of Famers-8
Sets of Brothers-9
Didn't play for the Padres-131