This last weekend I received 8 cards in the mail that take me over 1000 Padrographs. Four of the cards are from 2016 Bowman Draft Picks, 3 came from Ebay and one from a group break. Four of them are customs that I made and sent to an autograph dealer who got them signed for me.
#997, Cal Quantrill was drafted in the first round in 2016 by the Padres and played in three different places this year.
#998, Hudson Potts was also drafted in the first round in 2016 by the Padres and played for the Tri-City Dust Devils of the Northwest League.
#999, Buddy Reed was drafted in the second round of the draft in 2016 and played in the Northwest League at Tri City.
#1000, Eric Lauer was drafted by the Padres in the first round in 2016 and played at Tri City and Fort Wayne.
#1001, Jason Lane played for the Padres as an outfielder in 2007 and returned to the Padres as a pitcher in 2014.
#1002, Bryan Corey pitched for the Padres in 2008.
#1003, Bill Krueger pitched for the Padres in 1994 and 1995.
#1004, Matt Dewitt pitched for the Padres in 2002.
Also for Christmas I received a couple of boxes of 2013 Panini Beach Boys cards. I opened one box and made a complete set of the base cards. I will detail everything that I got out of the box.
#994, Royce Ring, custom 2007. Royce pitched in 15 games for the Padres in 2007.
I rejoiced the other day because a card I sent out during the year arrived at my house, I was looking at Brandon Maurer autograph. Then I realized it was a Mariners card, I had sent him a Padres card but he returned a M's card. Somewhere there is a Mariners fan with a Padres card that he has never seen.
Javier Guerra, #991, Javier came into the Padres system this year. He spent the previous three years in the Red Sox system. Odrisamer Despaigne, update, I update from a Panini logoless card. Odrisamer was traded to the Orioles before this season. Fernando Rodney, #992. Fernando was traded to the Marlins partway through the 2016 season. Paul Menhart, #993. Paul pitched in 9 games for the Padres in 1997. He spent a season with the Blue Jays and Mariners before coming to San Diego.
I was hoping to get to 1000 cards this season, I still have time until the end of the World Series. There are still several cards out in the mail that I sent out throughout the season.
I realize that I have been gone a long time from the blogosphere. I still make it a point to read many of your blogs every day. The Padres haven't done much to get me excited this season and Topps just keeps using the same guys on autographed cards. I would like to see them use more guys with fewer autographs per guy. I don't think I will make it to 1,000 Padrographs this season, but I will be close enough to make it early next season. Here a couple that have gotten me closer.
Dusty Allen, Dusty played in 9 games for the Padres in 2000. This was the only picture I could find of him anywhere and made the custom and got the card signed through an autograph dealer.
Brett Wallace, Brett has played in 170 games for the Padres last year and this year and seems to be an important utility player for them. I picked this up on ebay.
Joe Roa, Joe pitched in 18 games for the Padres in 2003. I used the Heritage design from 2003. Carlos Baerga, I watched Carlos play his way up through the Padres system from 1985-1989 and thought he was going to be the Padres third baseman for years to come but then he got traded to the Indians. This is a card that should have been.
These are Padrographs #987 and #988.
Manuel Margot, one of the top 30 prospects in the Padres system, came to the Padres in a trade with the Red Sox. Josh Spence, an Aussie who pitched for the Padres in 2011 and 2012. Chad Reineke, pitched for the Padres in 2008.
I purchased all three of these cards on eBay. This brings me to 986 unique Padrographs.
12:35 PM There are two days I take off every year. The second Tuesday of July and November 11. Got the basics of the Honey Do list done before noon. Then the festivities began with the mail delivery. 2016 Bowman Inception Manuel Margot autograph which makes 983 Padrographs. Also today came a book that I am looking forward to reading.
12:45 PM Eating my ASG lunch, Chili Cheese Dogs and watching a baseball movie, one I have never seen before, For Love of the Game with Kevin Costner and Kelly Preston.
1:53 PM, For Love of the Game is not really a baseball movie, but a love story with a little bit of baseball in it, but hey John C Reilly and JK Simmons are in it.
3:00 PM, that was a pretty good movie. The baseball was well done. You could really tell when it was made by the off field apparel. The only downer part was when Billy Chapel flashed back to the 1984 World Series against the Padres. I was going to watch another movie but there really isn't enough time. So I will just watch TV until the pregame show starts.
4:39 PM, the Pregame has started and so far not too impressed.
4:48 PM, introducing the lineups, Andy Green gives the NL an advantage? Knowing the park better than anyone. Lots of Dodger fans at the game. Big shout out for Fernando Rodney from the crowd. Colon gets a big pop too. Drew Pomeranz get huge pop. Stasburg, hometown kid gets a big pop.
4:52 PM, AL intro, Miggy gets lots of applause, Yankees get taller and taller,
4:54 PM, NL starters, Bring Back the Brown, Wil Myers get huge pop, but I like the Kids unis better.
4:57 PM, filling out the line with all the sailors. some players high cuffed, none of the kids are though Some of the players having great fun with the kids with them, especially Big Papi. Nice shiny gold pieces on Perez's catching gear
5:03 PM, national anthem, who is Rachel Patten? kids are self conscious when the camera gets in their face. She forgot the last two words, Play Ball! Nice flyover, another commercial.
5:08 PM, Dick Enberg celebrating Rod Carew and Tony Gwynn with new Batting Championship trophies. Crying while watching the tribute to Tony. The crowd chants Tony's name. Cool looking statues. Commisioner Manfred seemed to be moved also.
5:17 PM All Star Memories with the players. 34 first time all star, 27 players under 26,
Kevin Pickford pitched 16 games for the Padres in 2002. That is the extent of his major league career.
Wes Gardner pitched in 14 games for the Padres in 1991. He had previously played for the Mets and Red Sox. He finished his career in 1991 with three games for the Rockies.
Ron Taylor finished his major league career with 4 games in San Diego in 1972. He made his major league debut in 1962 with Cleveland and then played with the Cardinals, Astros and Mets before finishing with the Padres.
Donn Roach made his major league debut in 2014 with the Padres, pitching in 16 games. He then went on play with the Mets and is pitching in the Mariners system this year.
Carlos Villanueva is pitching for the Padres this year. He made his major league debut back in 2006 with the Brewers and before coming to San Diego also played with Toronto and the Cubs.
Adam Rosales, Adam signed as a free agent in January 2016. He has played in 54 games for the Padres this year. I sent this to Adam and it took about 2 months to come back. Jabari Blash, Jabari came to the Padres in a trade with the Oakland A's late last year. He played in 23 games earlier this year and is currently playing at AAA El Paso. I sent this to Jabari back on April 23 and got it back last week. Joe Vitiello, Joe played in 39 games for the Padres in 2000. I made this custom and got it signed through an autograph dealer.
With the arrival of these three Padrographs I have 977 unique Padrographs.
I already had Chris Rearick on a card, but now I have Cory Mazzoni also. Cory pitched in 8 games last year for the Padres and is pitching at AAA El Paso this year. Rudy Giron was signed by the Padres in 2014 and is currently playing at AA Ft Wayne. Aaron Northcraft was drafted by the Braves in 2009 and joined the Padres organization last year and is currently pitching at El Paso. Drew Pomeranz came to the Padres last year and is one of the bright spots in this Padres dismal season. Don Wengert pitched in 10 games for the Padres in 1998. Craig Colbert was the Padres bench coach in 2007 and 2008. Dan Radison was a coach for the Padres in 1993 and 1994. Logan Allen is pitching at Ft. Wayne this year. I currently have 974 Padrographs.
Zach Eflin, was drafted by the Padres in 2012 and is now in the Phillies system. Chip Ambres, Chip played in 24 games for the Padres 2008. Justin Upton, Justin played in 150 games for the Padres last year and is currently with the Tigers. Trevor Megill, Trevor was drafted by the Padres in 2014. Eddie Rodriguez, Eddie is the first base coach for the Padres after two seasons as a minor league coordinator. James Shields, this is an upgrade card.
With the five cards I now have 966 different Padres signatures.
Found a couple of dealers who had just returned from spring training and picked up a few more current, former and future Padres. Brandon Morrow, pitched for the Padres last year and is expected back from shoulder surgery soon. Austin Allen, drafted by the Padres in 2015 and is currently catching at Ft. Wayne. Marc "Scrabble" Rzepczynski, pitched for the Padres in 2015 and then was traded to the A's. Alex Dickerson, played in a few games for the Padres in 2015 and is currently at AAA El Paso. Colin Rea, pitched last year for the Padres and is currently pitching for the Padres. Christian Bethancourt, came to the Padres in December 2015 and just hit a homerun for the Padres today.
I have cards in the mail for all of these guys put it has been over a month and they were fairly cheap on ebay.
I picked some more 1957 Padres and got some customs back. Bill Moran-Bill Moran played in San Diego in 1957 and 1959. He went on to have a 7 year MLB career. Bill Harrell-Bill Harrell played in San Diego in 1957 and would play in the majors for 4 seasons. Gary Bell-Gary Wiese played in San Diego in 1957 and 1958 and would play in the majors for 12 seasons. Earl Averill Jr.-Earl Averill Jr. played in San Diego in 1957 and 1958 and played in the majors for 7 seasons. Jim "Mudcat" Grant-the orginial Mudcat Grant pitched in San Diego in 1957 and then played for 14 years in the majors. Brian Dorsett-Brian played in 11 games for the Padres in 1991 in the middle of an 8 year major league career. Mandy Romero-Mandy played in 27 games in San Diego in 1997 and 1998 before playing in Boston and Colorado. Paul Doyle-Paul split 1970 between California and San Diego, starting 9 games for the Padres. Steve Rosenberg-Steve appeared in 10 games for the Padres in 1991 finishing his major league career after three seasons with the White Sox.