There are times I hate blogspot and today is one of them. I can't get this to format so I don't know how this will look when I publish it. So here I go,
Padrograph #1090, Duaner Sanchez; pitched in twelve games for the Padres in 2009. Baseball Card Breakdown made this fantastic overlay to go over a Rockies certified card. Got the original card on eBay. Padrograph #1091, Pedro Avila; Pedro is currently pitching at A+ Lake Elsinore. Picked this up on eBay. Padrograph #1092, Tony Clark; Tony played in seventy games for the Padres in 2008. This is another awesome of overlay by Baseball Card Breakdown. Padrograph #1093, Brad Wieck; Brad is playing at AA San Antonio. This is a custom that I made and sent to Brad during Spring Training and got it back in the mail.
Padrograph #1088, Tirso Ornelas, is an 18 year playing for the A Ft. Wayne Wizards, who played last year for the Arizona League Padres. Padrograph #1089, Jeisson Rosario, is another 18 year old who is playing for the A Ft. Wayne Wizards, who played last year for the Arizona League Padres.
My wife and I were vacationing on the Oregon Coast last week and we went to Coos Bay, Oregon for a book reading and signing. I have been reading Gregg's books since the Tower (his first book) in 1999. It was a good event. I made these customs for the event and had Gregg sign one for me and gave him the other forty four.
In January of this year I decided that I was going to complete a vintage set this year. I decided that since I was raised in a Navy family and am a Navy veteran I decided on the 1954 Bowman U.S. Navy Victories set. It is a 48 card set that goes back to the earliest days of the Navy up to the Korean Conflict. I would buy a couple of cards each payday (of course now I have duplicates of three cards) to complete. The fronts have painted scenes of Naval History on them and the back have a description of the scene. The back also has a picture of a Naval Insignia and the question of what the insignia represents. Between January and now I have been able to complete the set. This John Paul Jones card is the final card in the set.
Now I am deciding what 1950's non-sport set to work on next. I am choosing between the following sets:
1950 Topps Freedom's War 1951 Bowman Red Menace 1952 Bowman U.S. Presidents 1953 Topps Who-Z-At Star 1955 Topps Rails & Sails 1956 Topps Flags of the World 1957 Topps Hit Stars 1958 Topps Zorro 1959 Nu Card Rock and Roll
Padrograph #1087, Mason House was drafted in the third round of the 2017 Draft by the Padres. He played for the Arizona League Padres in 2017. I can't find where he is assigned this year. I am thinking that I might get to see him this year with the Tri City Dust Devils.
Fernando Tatis, Jr, Padrograph #1084; Fernando is just nineteen years old and has been in the Padres system for three years. He is often referred to as the number one prospect in baseball. I got this on ebay, it was $30, but I made an offer of $16 and it was accepted. Miguel Dilone, Padrograph #1086; Miguel played from 1974-1985 in the Major Leagues, ending his major league career with the Padres in 1985. The card is a custom that I made, with an assist from Gavin at Baseball Card Breakdown. He changed Miguel from being in an Expos uniform to the Padres. Kirby Yates, Padrograph #1085; Kirby came to the Padres as a free agent last season and has pitched in four games already this year. This is a custom that I made and sent to Kirby at Spring Training. It took 3 weeks to come back. Matt Stairs, Padrograph #732; Matt is the new hitting coach for the Padres this year. He also played for the Padres in 2010. I had previously gotten his signature on a custom I made, but it was before I started making the customs look like actual cards. I made this card and sent it to Matt at Spring Training, I don't know what happened to that upper right corner.
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.