Padrograph #892, Chuck McElroy. I got this signed through Chris Potter Sports who did a private signing. Chuck pitched in 31 games for the Padres in 2001.
Padrographs #893, Wil Myers. Wil is a former Rookie of the Year, but most of his time with the Padres has been on the injured list. I got this Stadium Club on ebay.
Padrographs #894 & #895, Josh Johnson & Johnny Manziel.
Josh is about to have his third Tommy John surgery. I got this on ebay. Johnny Manziel threw out the first pitch at a Padres game. I got this fairly cheap on ebay.
Padrographs #896, Jay Franklin. Jay played in 3 games for the Padres in 1971. I got this custom signed through an autograph dealer.
Padrographs #887, Gabriel Quintana. I sent about 20 cards to Gabriel and asked him to sign one and keep the other 19. He kept one and sent the other nineteen back to me. Padrographs #888, Kyle Lloyd. I sent him 20 cards and asked him to sign one and keep the others. He signed the one and kept the rest. Padrographs #889, Don Mason. I was doing some research about Padres signatures that I still need and found that I needed this Don Mason from 1972. I ordered it from an autograph dealer. Padrographs #890, Mike Dupree. I found that I also needed Mike Dupree, so I ordered it also.
Padrograph #883, Derek Norris. Derek came over in a trade from the Athletics this last offseason. It is an airbrushed card from this years opening day set. I got this back in the mail. Padrograph #884, Mauro Zarate. Mauro played in the Marlins and Padres systems in the 2000's. He never actually played for the Padres. I got this from a Venezuelan dealer on eBay. Padrograph #885, Fernando Perez. Signed by the Padres in 2012. He is currently playing at Lake Elsinore. I got this in the mail. Padrograph #886, Kyle Lloyd. Kyle was drafted by the Padres in the 29th round in 2013. Currently playing at Lake Elsinore. I got this signature through the mail.
Padrograph #879, Jake Bauers. Jake was drafted by the Padres in the 7th round in 2013. He is currently in the Tampa Bay system, being part of the three team trade that brought Wil Myers to the Padres. Got this signed through mail. Padrograph #880, Abraham Almonte. Abraham was part of the trade that sent Seth Smith to the Mariners. Picked this up on eBay. Padrograph #881, Agnes McKee. Agnes threw out a first pitch for the Padres last year. I found an article about her and where she lived and sent her some cards and she signed two and returned them to me. Padrograph #882, Nick Torres. Nick was drafted by San Diego in 2014. He and his wife helped me get my Emeralds set signed last year. I got this signed through the mail.
Padrograph #877, Auston Bousfield. Auston drafted by the Padres last year and played in Eugene and is currently playing at Lake Elsinore. Despite the photo on the card he is actually an outfielder. This is my second signature of Auston as he was a part of the Emeralds team set I made last year. I received this in the mail. Padrograph #878, Dave Wehrmeister. Dave was drafted by the Padres in 1973 and made his major league debut in 1976. Pitching for the Padres 76-78, he would later pitch for the Yankees, Phillies and White Sox. Purchased this from a dealer on ebay.
I have been continuing reading you all and keeping up. I have been really busy at work getting ready for a two week shutdown that starts today. That means two weeks of vacation for me. I have also picked up a second job and that is keeping me busy. Please I have book reviews over at readerman.us and kids and grandkid. Plus my wife loves Craigslist and is always finding things for me to go pick up. I have been writing to Padres and getting things back in the mail. Padrograph #871, Steve Chavez. Drafted in the 50th round of the 1994 draft, played 3 years with the Padres and 3 years Independent. Purchased from an autograph dealer. Padrograph #872, Seth Smith. Played in 136 games in 2014 before being traded to Seattle. Received through return mail after long wait. Padrograph #873, Tayron Guerrero. In the Padres system since 2010. Currently at San Antonio. received through return mail in one week. Padrograph #874, Leonel Campos. Currently playing in El Paso. In Padres system since 2010 received through return mail in one week.
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.