I have never set collecting goals for my baseball cards,but I think I will for 2018.
1. I would like to get 99 copies of this card with 11 signed copies. I have two signed copies already. So I need 88 unsigned copies of the card.
2. Complete a set from the 1950's (the decade of my birth) . The set I have decided to collect is the 1954 Bowman Naval Victories. The set is 48 cards and I have my first 19 on the way. Condition will not be important.
3. I would like to get to 1,100 Padrographs this year. I need 27 more signatures to reach the goal. I will start sending out request in February just before pitchers and catchers report.
4. I would like to support the Padres to an 80 win season.
I added a few new Padrographs. I have decided to add some of my favorite WWE Superstars to my collection. I added a signature of one of the foremost, or at least well known of the scientists in the United States. And I started a new collection, an idea I stole from Gavin over at Baseball Card Breakdown. Josh Naylor, Padrograph #1071, Josh was the 12th overall pick in the 2015 draft by the Marlins. In 2016 he was traded to the Padres as part of a six player trade. I got this 2017 Bowmans Best Card from Ebay. Mark Wasinger, Padrograph # 1072, Mark was drafted by the Padres in the 3rd round in 1982. He was traded to the Giants in 1987 after playing 3 games for the Padres in 1986.
Luis Sardinas, Padrograph #1073, Luis played in 63 games for the Padres in 2016 & 2017 before being selected off waivers by the Orioles in May of 2017. MacKenzie Gore, Padrograph #1070, MacKenzie was the 3rd overall pick in the 2017 for the Padres. Blake Hunt, Parograph #1069, Blake was drafted by the Padres this year. Luis Campusano, Padrograph #1068, was drafted in the second round in 2017.
I have decided to collect autographs of some of my favorite WWE Superstars. I already have a Daniel Bryan autograph and I have added Mick Foley and Braun Strowman.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson is married to my officemates college roommate. I sent this to him at the Hayden Planetarium, it took about six months to come back.
Gavin has his 12/25 collection for his birthday. My birthday is September 13 and it is difficult to find cards that are 9/13 but I finally found one. Cool that it was a Padre to start the collection.
John Hairston played 3 games for the Cubs in 1969, one at catcher and two in the outfield. He was drafted by the Cubs in 1965. He played in the minors for two years following his three games with the Cubs with the Cleveland and Oakland systems. He is the son of Sam Hairston, the brother of Jerry Hairston Sr. and the uncle of former Padres Scott and Jerry Hairston.
Ron Allen is the brother of Hank Allen and their other more well known brother, Dick Allen. Ron never actually played for the Phillies in the majors, although he was in their system from 1965-1972. Ron was a basketball star at Youngstown State, he is enshrined in their Hall of Fame. He is also enshrined in the Reading Phillies Hall of Fame.
Rupe Toppin was signed by the Kansas City Athletics as an amateur free agent before the 1960 season. His major league career consisted of two games in the 1962 season. He played in the minors until 1969. He only played in two organizations, Kansas City and Washington. This was my first attempt at a 1962 card.
Padrograph #1066, Ronny Cedeno split 2013 between Houston and San Diego. He played in 38 games for the Padres, hitting .268 with 2 Home Runs. He also played for the Cubs, Mariners, Pirates, Mets and Phillies. I got the card from a dealer in Venezuela.
Padrograph #1067, Alex Torres pitched in 70 games for the Padres in 2014. He went 2-1 with an 3.33 ERA. He also played for the Rays and the Mets.
I had made a Carlos Baerga card and got it signed through PastPros, I made it to look an 1989 Donruss Rated Rookie. Then I saw that Topps had a card of Carlos in the Archives Snapshots. So now I have a certified auto of Carlos. I thought he was going to be the Padres third baseman for years before he got traded. I had watched him at AAA Las Vegas.
My next find was Van Kelly. Van was signed by the Milwaukee Braves as an amateur free agent before the 1964 season. In June of 1969 he, Andy Finlay and Walt Hriniak were traded to the Padres for Tony Gonzalez. He played in 111 games for the Padres in 1969 and '70. After that he went back to the Braves organization, he also played in the White Sox and Expos organizations. He managed the Lethbridge Expos in 1975. I googled him and read some articles and found out he lived in North Carolina and was able to find an address for him. I made nine cards of him and sent them to him and asked him to sign one and return it to me in the SASE I included. He signed 4 for me. I have one and the others have gone to other Padres fans. He also sent me a note that said he didn't know why Topps had not made a card of him, and that he appreciated the card. All of these custom cards have full backs also.
I started looking for other players from the 1969 Padres who didn't have cards. Next I found John Sipin. John had been drafted by the Cardinals in 1965 and played in their minor league system until being traded to the Padres with Sonny Ruberto for Bill Davis and Jerry Davanon. John played in 68 games for the Padres in 1969, hitting .223 with a .319 slugging average. In 1970 and 1971 he played in the Padres minor league system. After that he went to Japan and played nine seasons there. In '72 and '73 he won the Japaneses Gold Glove becoming the first foreigner to ever win that. He played his best season in 1975, hitting 34 home runs and 82 RBIs with a .295 batting average.I found an address for him and sent him several copies of the card and asked him to sign one for me. I have never heard back from him.
Leon pitched in 5 games for the Padres in 1969 going 0-1. That was the extent of Leon Everitt's major league career. He had been drafted by the Dodgers in 1965. He was traded to the Padres in 1969 with Tommy Dean for Al McBean. 1969 was his final year in organized baseball. After baseball he worked as a taxi driver, insurance agent and in construction in his home town of Marshall Texas, where he passed away in 2016. I got a copy of this signed through an autograph dealer.
Last night the Houston Astros won
the 2017 World Series. First time in
their 55-year history. Probably the
first team to have played in more than one World Series and represented both
the National and American Leagues.
A few former Padres played in the
series Logan Forysthe, Luke Gregerson and Brandon Morrow. Astro pitching coach
Brent Strom played for the Padres in the late 70’s and LA Manager Dave Roberts
(the third Padres Dave Roberts) played for the Padres. Even the son of a former Padre was involved
Lance McCullers, Jr, whose Dad played for the Padres from 1985-1988.
Today the Padres made several minor
league transactions releasing two guys I have never heard of and assigning
nineteen players to the various winter leagues.
In the past week the Padres have
named a new hitting coach, Matt Stairs, who played with the Padres in
2010. They also named a new first base
coach, Skip Schumacher, who never played with the Padres but has been in the
front office for the last two years.
The big questions between now and April
2018 are will Brad Hand still be the closer, will Yangy still be a Padre and
who will be playing shortstop? What will
A.J. Preller do this offseason.
I recently sent eighteen customs I made to an autograph dealer I know and last week I got nine of them back. The top three are amazing uniform transformations by Travis Peterson, aka Punk Rock Paint. Paul Siebert is part of another set of brothers that played for the Padres. His brother Sonny played for the Padres in 1975 and Paul pitched in four games in 1977. Mike Fiore finished his major league career in 1972 with 7 games in San Diego and 17 games in St. Louis. Steve Fireovid made his major league debut in 1981 with the Padres against the Pirates. Patrick Kivlehan made his major league debut with the Padres in 2016 before being waived. The Reds got him off the waiver wire and he played in 115 games for the Reds in 2017. Evan Scribner pitched in 10 games for the Padres in 2011. He played for the Mariners in 2017. David Lee pitched in 41 games for the Padres in 2001 between two years in Colorado and two years in Cleveland. Cody Decker made his major league debut for the Padres in 2015, he played in the Mets organization in 2017. Dusty Coleman played in 27 games for the Padres in 2017 after making his major league debut with the Royals in 2015. Ricky Stone pitched in 27 games for the Padres in 2004.
Memo Luna played for the Padres in 1952 & 1953, he pitched in 77 games for the Padres. He did well enough that he earned some time in the major leagues in 1954 for the St. Louis Cardinals. He pitched in 2/3 of an inning vs the Reds. This is a custom card that I made based on a 1952 card.
Brandon Maurer pitched for the Padres in 2015, 16 and part of 2017. He was traded with Ryan Buchter and Trevor Cahill to the Royals.
Ryan Buchter pitched for the Padres in 2016 and this year before being traded to the Royals with Brandon Maurer and Trevor Cahill.
Luis Urias was signed as an amateur international free agent before the 2013 season. He has played up to the AAA level in the Padres organization.
Tony Hawk was born and raised in San Diego. This is his second appearance on a card as a fan of the Padres. Someone in St. Louis got this signed when Tony was there for the opening of a skatepark. This is the second first pitch card in my collection, the other is Agness Mckee.
Jorge Ona is a 20 year old Cuban outfielder who signed with the Padres in 2016. He spent this year at Ft. Wayne. I got the card in a case break of Bowman Chrome.
Duanel Jones was signed by the Padres in 2010, he was released after 2017. I got this 2011 Elite Extra edition on Ebay. Chris Paddack was drafted by the Marlins in 2015 and was traded to the Padres for Fernando Rodney. He underwent Tommy John surgery on August 15, 2016. He is expected back at the start of the 2018 season. I also got this card from the case break of Bowman Chrome.