Thursday, September 19, 2019

Thursday Customs, 2019 Tri City Dust Devils

I took most of the pictures on this page,except for the two head shots and the Jason Pineda in the bottom left.  All of the others were taken while the starters were warming up with the trainer before the game.  Sean Guilbe, bottom right, already had a signed card in one of the Bowman Products.  

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Trade Stack Week 4

The Neil Johnson card has been claimed.  The three cards below are still available, either all of them or any one. Neil Johnson played seven seasons in the NBA and ABA. He started with the Knicks and then the Suns before jumping to the ABA's Virginia Squires, where he played in 71-73.

If you want this card and they others below.  Trade me anything.  Tell me you want the cards and I will send them to you.  Don't tell me what you are sending, I want to be surprised.  

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Shoe Box Heroes, Page 2

The dealer I was working with had a request for a large number of Minnesota Twins cards.  Wow that 1974 card looks ugly to me now.  Some of the cards involved taking pieces from other cards and adding them to these.  It was something I could do with an older version of publisher but not with the newer.  So I have two versions of publisher installed on two computers.  Plus Gavin helps me out a bunch.  Here is who the Twins are Minnie Mendoza (1970), Joe Bonikowski (1962), Steve Barber (1970), Mark Wiley, Mike Poepping and Tom Lundstedt (1975).  Pat Bourque (1974), Mike Kinnuen (1980) and Boomer Wells (1982)

Monday, September 16, 2019

Padrographs #1168-1171

 Carlos Garcia, #1168, played in six games for the Padres in 1999 at the end of a ten year major league career.  I sent this to him in NYC and got it back in the 
Keith Werman, #1169, played in the Mariners minor leagues in 2012-13.  He is currently the Padres development coordinator. 
This card and the next two were coordinated by a contact that has access to the Padres.  I sent him four cards and everyone but Skip Schumaker signed, Skip refused.
Johnny Washington, #1170, played five seasons in the Rangers organization.  When he retired in 2009 he immediately went into coaching and he has been coaching in the Padres organization.  He was the first base coach for a time and is currently the hitting coach at the major league level.  
Damion Easley, #1171, Damion is in his eighth season in the Padres organization as a coach and in his first at the major league level.  He is the assistant hitting coach and the infielder coach.  He played for seventeen years in the majors.  

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Trade Stack, 3rd Card

 This weeks addition to the the Trade Stack is WWW Hall of Famer Mick Foley, Mankind, Cactus Jack and Dude Love all rolled into one.  Mrs. Foley's baby boy is numbered 11/99.

The Hall of Famer joins DJ Lemahieu and Tim Flannery in the Trade Stack.
 If you would like the cards claim them and then tell me you will send something.  A book, an autograph, an album anything.  Don't tell me what it is, I want to be surprised.  I will mail the cards when you claim them.  

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Shoe Box Heroes

I decided on Tuesday (or thereabouts given my irregular blogging)  that I will share my customs that I made and call shoe box heroes.  I started when I saw an autograph dealer was doing a signing with Leon Everitt, who was a pitcher with the 1969 Padres.  I started tinkering since the 1969 design was so simple.  After I sent the cards to the dealer we struck a deal, I would charge him for the players I didn't want and would make the Padres for free if he would make sure I got a signed one.  
 Leon Everitt was the first one I made and the first one signed.  I have tried John Sipin multiple times and so has the autograph dealer and no luck. Van Kelly I tracked down and got signed myself.  The others are all requests from the AD.  I hope that you can see the progression in quality as we go.  That Everitt was made in 2015.  I have always made backs for the cards, since it doesn't seem to me to be a real card without it. 

Monday, September 9, 2019

Padrograph #1167

Padrograph #1167, Jose Moreno

As I began researching this article I found that Jose Moreno passed away last Friday of Pulmonary complications.  
He played from 1980 to 1982 playing for a different team each season. He played for the Mets in 1980, the Padres in 1981 and the Angels in 1982.  He played in 37 games for New York, 34 games for the Padres and 11 games for the Angels.  
The card is a custom that I made with uniform manipulation by Travis at Punk Rock Paint.   I think it was a Hawaii Islander photo.  It was signed in the Dominican Republic at a private signing he did.  I just received it on August 29.  

Friday, August 30, 2019

Frankenset Update, August 23, 2019

Not a lot of words today, the Mrs. and I are leaving this morning on a trip to the South of Oregon for the weekend.  I would like to thank Tom of Angels in Order, who provided 11 of this weeks cards.  The Reba McEntire card is a custom I made and sent to her.  It came back pretty quickly.  The two Mavericks are members of the Battered Bastards of Baseball that I met at a Hillsboro Hops game.  

The Frankenset page is updated.  

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Thursday customs, Tri City Dust Devils, Page 1

I thought I would do another custom minor league set this year.  My wife and I went down to Salem to see the Volcanoes play the Tri City Dust Devils.  I took my camera and took pictures, although the camera quit working part way through the first game.  So I either found pictures on the net or used headshots from the team's site.  As I usually do I made two copies of each card and one for each player to keep.  I made backs based on the 1970 back also.  Baseball reference now includes some college stats so I included those.  There is an example of the backs up top.
Jason Blanchard is a headshot from the team website. Jason Reynolds signed for me before a start against the Hillsboro Hops.  I gave him an autographed Neil DeGrasse Tyson card I had.  This is a picture I took in Salem when he was warming up before a game. Connor Lehmann started the first game we went to.  He was disappointed when I didn't have a card for him to keep.  I had forgotten several cards at home and had to bring them the next night.  Connor was pleased when I showed up with a copy of the card for him. Ethan Elliott, Deacon Medders and Matthew Acosta are all photos I took.  I almost used another photo I had of Deacon, it was in the upper 50's at the game and I was comfortable in my Hawaiian shirt, but Deacon had a scarf on, a hoody with the hood up and pulled tight cause he was cold.  He is from Alabama and he said he was cold.  Jack Stronach and Logan Driscoll were pictures I found on the web.  That is the only picture I could find of Jack.  Jonny Homza went to South Anchorage High School in Anchorage, Alaska.  We have a friend who teaches there, so we asked her if she knew him.  She never had him in class but remembered him.  We texted with her during the game and told Jonny and he remembered her also.  It was fun because he really brightened when we talked of his hometown.  
It will be interesting to see how far any of these guys get.  I think have four pages of cards.  I got 29 of 34 cards signed.  I took sixteen of the photos in the set. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Trade Stack, Week 2

No one claimed the trade stack with just the 1988 Fleer Tim Flannery card.  This weeks addition is a 2016 DJ LeMahieu Stadium Club Autograph that I pulled out of a pack.  

If you would like the cards claim them and then tell me you will send something.  A book, an autograph, an album anything.  Don't tell me what it is, I want to be surprised.  I will mail the cards when you claim them.  

Monday, August 26, 2019

Padrographs #1165 & #1166

 #1165,  Manny Machado.  The $300 million man.  Manny signed a free agent contract with the Padres and I hope it pays off next year with a World Championship for the Padres.  I got this for more than I pay for most cards, from eBay.

#1166, Candy Sierra.  The Padres signed Candy as an amateur free agent before the 1983 season.  He made his debut for the Padres in 1988 before being traded to the Reds.  He pitched in his final game in 1988 also.  I sent this to him at home in San Diego and it came back in nine days.  It is a custom I made with a little help from Gavin at Baseball Card Breakdown.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Thursday Customs, 2014 Emeralds, Page 5, The End

Here are the final cards in the 2014 Eugene Emeralds set.  Also a look at the backs of these cards.  There is not a lot to say about players who are just getting started in the game.  All of these photos are ones I got off the internet. 
Chris Huffman, up to AAA last season but is missing this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Zech Lemond, pitched in the Padres organization through 2017.  Spent 2018 in the Marlins organization.  Currently pitching for the Texas Airhogs.  I remember getting this card signed at a Hops game in 2014.
Danny Wissman, pitched in one game for the Ems in 2014 and didn't ever pitch again.  
Felipe Blanco, played through 2017 in the Padres organization.  In 2017 he was a player coach at Tri-City and this year he is the fielding coach at Lake Elsinore.
Joey Epperson, played one season on professional ball and is now an accountant at ADP here in Portland.
Edwin Moreno, the second player by that name in the Padres organization, he played through 2017.
Homer Bush, Homer was a player in the Padres organization before being traded to the Yankees.  He played in the majors for seven years.  A hip injury caused his retirement.  He coaches still and has written a book titled, "Hitting Low in the Zone, A New Baseball Paradigm" 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Stealing Trade Stack and Trade Me Anything

I am stealing an idea from Nachos Grande and another from Thorzul and combining them.
Each Wednesday I will add an autographed card to the stack.  If you want the stack claim it and send me something.  A card, a book, an album, a gift card, a used, well you get the idea.  So here is the first card in the stack.  

Sunday, August 18, 2019

a new card shop experience

Yesterday we went to Vancouver, Washington for my son and daughter anniversary party that was combined with a 2nd birthday for their daughter.  
Since there is a paucity of card shops on the east side of Portland I decided to stop at a card shop near my son's house.  I had been looking for some Heritage at every Fred Meyer and Target in town and had been unable to find any.  
I got to the store and looked at their pile of junk wax and picked up a box of Corvette cards for a friend and a box of Yo MTV Raps to see if I can make a set.  
I went to the counter and asked for some packs of Heritage high numbers.  The person behind the counter went over and got some packs out of the box.  I asked if I could pick my own packs and was told no.  He said they had too many pack searchers, so I told him he could watch me take the packs.  He said no card stores in Vancouver allow anyone to pick their own packs.  I bought my Corvette, MTV and Heritage cards and left.  I may go back to get some cool boxes or singles but I will not be buying any packs from them.  If they don't trust me I don't trust them.
What do you think?  Have you experienced this?

Friday, August 16, 2019

Frankenset Update, August 16, 2019

#80, Roy Winston replaces Aaron Coonrod, basically because I like 1969 Topps Football.
#118, Walt Suggs replaces Oneilki Garcia for the same reason.
#232, Johnny Gilbert is a custom card I made and sent to him. It only two weeks to get back.  The same day I sent this I also sent customs to Alex Trebek, Mark Harmon and Reba McEntire. 
#322, Conrad Dobler replace Marvell Wynne because when you have the chance to include a player who was once considered the meanest player in football in your set, why not.
#468 Guy Morris, I needed something to fill a numbered spot.
#469 Charlie Hough, one of the oldest players to play.  He was 40 when this card came out in 1988 and would play another 6 years.
#470 Dave Dravecky, I can never have too many cards of the man by younger son is named for.
#471 Fred Dryer.  I remember Fred more for his acting, as the lead on Hunter and for a memorable turn as a Vietnam Vet on NCIS.
#472 Ken Rudolph, another number filler
#472 Ken McMullen, can't have too many cards from Night Owls favorite team in his favorite set.

The Frankenset page is updated.