Craig Stammen, Padrograph #1083. Craig signed as a free agent with the Padres before the 2017 season and he pitched in sixty games in 2017. This is the third of fourteen custom cards I sent out on February 10. I just need seventeen more signatures to get to 1,100 Padrographs.
Carter Capps, Padrograph #1082. Carter is the second of 14 cards I sent to Spring Training that has come back. He pitched in 11 games for the Padres last year after missing 2016 due to Tommy John surgery. He has one of the most unique sidearm deliveries I have ever seen.
I have one signed card reppin' each season of the Padres since they entered the league in 1969. Hunter Renfroe ( please do not trade him) is reppin' the 2018 team.
Dillon Overton, Padrograph #1081, Dillon pitched in two games in 2017. One each for the Mariners and Padres. Purchased on eBay Brad Hand, Padrograph #1080, Brad has seven years in the majors, five with the Marlins and two with the Padres. He was selected for the All Star Game in 2017. Purchased on eBay Jhoulys Chacin, Padrograph #1077, Jhoulys has nine years in the majors with the Rockies, Diamondbacks, Braves, Angels and the Padres. Purchased on eBay. Jose Ruiz, Padrograph #1076. Jose pitched in one game for the Padres in 2017 and is in camp with the White Sox. I got this card from a company in Venezuela that makes cards for obscure players. Mike Oquist, Padrograph #1079, Mike pitched in eight games for the 1996 Padres. The card is a custom card I made and got signed through an autograph dealer. Phil Maton, Padrograph #1078, was drafted by the Padres in 2015 and pitched in forty six games for the Padres in 2017. This is a custom that I made and sent to Spring Training. Phil signed it and returned it. I sent fourteen customs to Spring Training and so far the Phil Maton card is the only one I have gotten back. Luis Torrens, Padrograph #1075 Luis played in 56 games for the Padres in 2017. This is another card I got from the Venezuelan company on eBay.
I have increased the number of Pro Wrestling autographs from two, Braun Strowman and Mick Foley to 10 with a total of 9 cards. Jim Ross is an announcing legend who's wrestling calls have often been put over other video's. William Regal is the NXT commissioner who I remember watching wrestling. Nia Jax should be the womans champion but she hasn't yet won any championships yet. Jimmy and Jey Uso succeeded both as a baby face duo and now as heels. Dolph Ziggler is one of the best wrestlers in the company, but he hasn't found a consistent direction for his character. Natalya Hart is a third generation wrestler who makes everyone she wrestles against look good. Jerry "The King" Lawler has been a wrestler, promoter and announcer.
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.