Sunday, November 17, 2019

check this out

Uni-Watch is a great site that I have been reading for the last ten years or so.  If you want to read about any uniform minutiae this is the place to go.  On Friday they ran a column by a trading card photo editor.  It was really interesting.  I have linked to it.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

1979 Roster Mosaic


  • I left the United States Navy on June 7, 1979
  • I attended College of Alameda in Alameda, California
  • I was working for McDonalds restaurant in downtown Oakland, California.
  • I and Tim Flannery turned twenty two years of age
  • Tony Gwynn was setting basketball records at San Diego State University
  • The Padres went 68-93 under Roger Craig

Friday, November 15, 2019

Frankenset Update 11.15.19

This weeks Frankenset update is brought to you by Lee of DodgerCardboard.  Lee picked up a couple of cards from one of my trade stacks, featured every Wednesday. Other than the golfer and the governor all the other cards are from Lee.  Thank you so much Lee.  Readers you should check out this new Dodger blog.
The Frankenset page and wantlist have both been updated.
Thanks for stopping in.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

My Musicards, #5

 In 1981 I worked at the Firs Bible and Missionary Conference Center in Bellingham, Washington. Bellingham is just twenty miles from the Canadian border.  I worked with one of my sisters and my brother as camp counselors for a summer of day camps.  After the summer I stayed on as a member of the cooking staff.  Many of the other counselors and staff were from Burnaby, Surrey and other Vancouver suburbs and I was introduced to several Canadian bands.  The one that I have been listening to ever since is Doug and The Slugs.  I have had their music in various formats and am looking forward to purchasing it in vinyl again.  

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Trade Stack, Week 12, 11.13.19

This weeks addition to the trade stack is a WWE Mat Relic of Superstar Liv Morgan.  
If you would like this card or one of the holdover cards below just let me know and I will send it to you.  
Send me something anything don't tell me what it is.  It can be anything a card, a book an album or something completely different.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Gubernatorial Return #8

Tom Wolf has been governor of Pennsylvania since 2015.  He was reelected in 2018.  He is from Mount Wolf which is named after an ancestor who was the postmaster.  It only took eight days for him to return the card to me.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Padrographs #23, #24 and #876

#23, Gabe Alvarez was drafted by the Padres in the 1995 Draft.  He made his major league debut in 1998 for the Tigers. He played in eleven games for the Padres in 2000. He is currently the assistant baseball coach at USC.
#876, R.J. Alvarez played for the Padres in 2014.  He played last year in the Marlins system.  
#24, Joe Amalfitano coached for the Padres in 1976-1977.  

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Roster Mosaic 1978

  • Still employed by the US Navy aboard the USS Kansas City.
  • No longer working on missile control systems, they found out I could type and made me the clerk typist for the Weapons Division.
  • Typed forms in quinteplicate for eight hundred tons of ammunition we took off the USS Enterprise.
  • Took my first flight in a CH-46 helicopter
  • Padres went 84-78 under Roger Craig
  • Tony Gwynn turned eighteen
  • Tim Flannery was drafted in the sixth round of the draft
  • Only missing Brian Greer again this year, have thirty seven of thirty eight players autographed.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Frankenset Set update 11.8.19

Christmas is coming and I have most of my shopping done.  I am taking part in the secret Santa that is being conducted by Jon over at a Penny Sleeve for Your Thoughts. Head on over if you want to join in the fun.
I have changed some of the things I collect.  I think I have found all the Bip Roberts cards I am ever going to find.  I have so much Eisenhower stuff I don't know what to do with it all.  
I added three Padres minor leaguers to my list to collect.  I have met Travis Radke and Jonny Homza at Low A games.  Nick I read a great article about him in The Athletic, he made his major league debut this year. 
Just two cards to add to the Frankenset this week.  Local boy Greg Brock replaces Reggie Roby because I sent him off to someone who collects him.  Tim Kerr is a cool looking hockey card that filled a need.
The Frankenset page and the Frankenset want list have been updated.  

Thursday, November 7, 2019

My Music Stars #4

I saw Boston in Oakland at the Arena in 1977.  A band called Nantucket opened for them. I assumed it was another band from Massachusetts, but in doing research for this post it turns out they are from North Carolina.  The only thing I remember about them or their set was the lead singer jumping off the stage and playing harmonica while running around the concert floor.  Boston was probably at the height of their popularity.  They had to assemble a band after getting signed to Epic on the strength of a demo. The demos were Brad Delp singing over tracks that Tom Scholz had dubbed over the last six years while studying at MIT.  There are two memories of the show, beside the great music.  I remember a pipe organ seeming to rise out of the stage and Brad Delp almost getting pulled off the stage.  He laid down to shake hands across the barrier in front of the stage and someone pulled on him.  I don't think he did that again.
My son and two of his friends went and saw Boston sometime in the 90's.   

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Trade Stack Week 11

This week addition to the trade stack is this autographed 1991 ProSet Platinum card of Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells. 

if you would like this card or either or both of the holdovers cards,see below, just let me know and I will send it to you.  Let me know your favorite baseball team also.  
Send me something, don't tell me what it is.  I want to be surprised.  
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Gubernatorial return #7

Governor Mike Parson of Missouri added an inscription on his card, "Gov 57".  As indicated at the bottom of the card he is the fifty seventh governor of Missouri.  He was the Lieutenant Governor until his predecessor resigned to avoid felony charges.  They will be running against each other next year it sounds like.  

next up: the governor of the keystone state 

Monday, November 4, 2019

Padrograph #1182, #1183 and #1184

#1182, Greg Page played three season in the minors for Pocatello and Salinas from 1988-1990.  He was one of the Padres replacement players, Jeremy of Topps Cards that never were made the fronts and then I made backs and sent them out.  I have gotten two back.  Greg also included some signed minor league cards.
#1183, Mike Hargrove, the Human Rain Delay played in fifty two games for the Padres in 1980.  I made an overlay for a Panini certified auto card for this card.  One of the most unusual autographs I have is one of Mike on the back of a Captain America action figure.  Friends used to take it with them on vacation and take pictures of it on the vacation.  One friend took it to spring training and was going to take a picture of Mike with it and he took it and signed it.  It was when he was managing the Mariners.  
#1184, Ramon Webster, played in 105 games for the Padres in 1970 and 1971.  I made the card and then bought an index card and combined the two.  

Saturday, November 2, 2019

1977 Roster Mosaic


  • Attended Bill Graham's Day on the Green with The Outlaws, Santana, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Peter Frampton.  
  • Living in my own apartment in downtown Oakland near Lake Merritt. 
  • Had returned from my first Western Pacific Cruise, visiting Australia, Hong Kong, The Phillipines, Korea and more.
  • Had become a Crusty Shellback 
  • Padres were managed by John McNamara, Bob Skinner and Alvin Dark
  • Only Bob Skinner had a winning record (1-0)
  • Padres went 69-93
  • Brian Greer was the Padres #1 Draft Pick
  • Brian Greer is the only player from 1977 that I don't have an autographed card of

Friday, November 1, 2019

Frankenset Update 11.1.19

The first and last card in the mosaic were purchased on ebay.  The two Governor cards are part of my governor project, I now have twenty cards of the fifty governors signed.  The other thirty one cards are from John of Johnny's Trading spot.  This was my surprise after he claimed some cards from my Wednesday trade stack post.  He also included a couple of small sets of cards and a 1967 Baseball Digest.  

The frankenset page and the frankenset want list are both updated.  Only 181 cards to go.  

Thursday, October 31, 2019

My Music Stars #3

On the morning of Saturday, July 2, 1977 I got up and left my apartment to ride my bicycle to the Oakland Coliseum for Bill Graham's Day on the Green.  Halfway there the right pedal broke off (it's between six and seven miles).  Luckily I had toe clips on my pedals so I
continued to pedal one legged.  I got to the show and laid out my blanket on first base where Dick Allen was working that summer and Mark McGwire would be in the future.  The stage was set up in the center field bleachers and you could sit anywhere you wanted except for the infield grass or the dugouts.  The Outlaws opened the show, then Carlos Santana with Leon Patillo on lead vocals.  Then the act I really came for (seemingly most of the crowd) Lynyrd Skynyrd. Ronnie Van Zant was one of the most charismatic people I have ever seen.  You can see the performance from that day in the movie Freebird.  Watching the tape today, there is much symbolism that they probably couldn't use now.  I still enjoying listening to Freebird and especially the fifteen minute version.  When the big curtain rolls down to show the picture of the bird the crowd went wild.  I am instructing my family to give $100 to the first person to scream Freebird during my memorial service (far in the future).  After Skynyrd played came Peter Frampton and many people took the opportunity to leave.  This was right after Frampton comes alive came out and was in heavy rotation on the radio.  Frampton overused the voice box and many people were leaving during his set.
Some things I remember from this concert.  There was more alcohol and weed than you would imagine after everyone was searched for those things at the gate.   I remember running into two guys I went to high school in Eugene with at the concert and lastly, I only paid $11.50 for the concert.    

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Trade Stack Week 10

New to the Trade Stack this week, 2017 Topps
Gallery Archie Bradley of the Diamondbacks.  

If you would like the Archie Bradley or holdover Matt Barkley let me know and I will send them out to you.  Send me something but don't tell me what you are sending, I want to be surprised.  I got a 1967 Baseball Digest in trade along with a bunch of cards for the Frankenset.  Send me anything, card, book, album, supplies whatever.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Gubernatorial Return #6

Kay Ivey is the oldest governor in the United States.  She is seventy five years old, she originally was appointed Governor in 2017 when her predecessor resigned and was arrested in the midst of a sex scandal.   She was elected to a full term in 2018 and her term expires in 2023.  It took her 16 days to return the cards to me.  
Up next: Show Me

Monday, October 28, 2019

Padrographs #20, 21, 22 and 1181

Just one new (kind of) Padrograph this week.  
#20, Yonder Alonso, played in four hundred thirty nine games for the Padres between 2012-2015.  He was traded to the A's in 2016, he played for the White Sox and Rockies in 2019.
#21, Matty Alou, finished his fifteen year career with the Padres in forty eight games in 1974. He passed away in 2011 at the age of seventy two.
#22, Bryan Altman, drafted by the Padres in the forty first round in 2010.  He made it as high as AAA in 2012
#1181, Aurelio Rodriguez, split 1980 between San Diego and the Yankees.  He played in eighty nine games for the Padres.  I found a photo of him with the Padres and with a little help from Gavin made a 1980 card and then bought an signed card of him and made this. He passed away at the age of fifty two in 2000.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Roster Mosaic, 1976


  • reported to my duty station, USS Kansas City (AOR-3) in dry dock in San Francisco.  It is now the site of the stadium the San Francisco Giants play in.  
  • Padres went 70-92 at the Murph
  • Padres were managed by John McNamara
  • Have signed cards of all 36 players who played in 1976

Friday, October 25, 2019

Frankenset Update 10.25.19

Milt Pappas, Larry Nance and Steve Blass came from Jon of A Penny Sleeve for Your Thoughts in trade for some signed 1969 Topps football cards in the trade stack a few weeks back.  The Governor cards are part of my custom Governors of the US set, I have 20 out of 50 signed.  Dave Green and Brian Hayward are from eBay cause I needed those numbers. 
The Frankenset page and the  Frankenset want list are updated.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

My Music Stars, #2

 Larry Norman is the artist I have seen the most times in concert.  Sometimes with a backing band, at least once with just a piano, once with just a guitar.  I saw him in Oakland, Portland and Salem.  His lyrics were often at odds with mainstream Christianity as he was something of a social justice warrior, before there was such a label.  I was able to take my sons to see him in concert one Christmas in Salem, shortly before he passed away.  My son had done a multi level stencil of Larry on a record and was able to give it to him at the concert.  Somewhere we also have an autographed copy of the record.  I own 3 LP's by him.  

Next week, the day I saw Freebird

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Trade Stack week 9

The Gorman Thomas card has been claimed
This weeks addition to the Trade Stack is this Gorman Thomas Fan Favorite autograph card that I pulled from a pack earlier this year.  

If you would like the Gorman Thomas or Matt Barkley card just let me know and it's yours.

Trade me anything book, card, album, your favorite mug or something really odd.  Don't tell me what you are sending I like surprises.  

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Gubernatorial Return #5, Governor J.B. Pritzker

Governor Pritzker had no prior political experience before being elected as Governor.  He was sworn in January of 2019.  His family owns the Hyatt Hotel chain. He is personally worth $3.4 billion and is the wealthiest US Governor.   It only took 10 days to get this return back.

Up next: The oldest US Governor

Monday, October 21, 2019

Padrographs #1175 to #1180

I had sent six custom cards to a grapher in San Diego and he got them signed for me.  I realized that I already had a Ronald Bolanos card (#1143), but I like my custom card better than the logoless Panini card.  
#1180, Curt Blefary, I remember pulling cards of Curt in the late '60's with the Orioles.  I was surprised when I found out he had played 74 games for the Padres in 1972.  I picked up the cut auto and inserted it into a custom Padres card.
#1179, David Bednar, David pitched in 13 games for the Padres in 2019.
#1178, Garrett Richards, Garrett pitched in three games for the Padres this year, after recuperating from Tommy John surgery.  He is expected to be a mainstay in the rotation next year.
#1177, Gerardo Reyes, pitched in 27 games for the Padres this year.  
#1176, Nick Martini, was picked off the waiver wire from Oakland in late August and played in 26 games for the Padres in 2019.
#1175, Seth Mejias-Brean, was signed as a free agent and played in 14 games for the Padres in 2019.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Roster Mosaic 1975


  • Graduated from High School in Eugene's Civic Stadium home of the Eugene Emeralds at the time. 
  • Played volleyball for seven straight days (12 hr shifts) on the Eugene Mall
  • Reported to US Navy Boot Camp (did all of the above between June 12 and June 24)
  • Saw my first two Padres games in person, during boot camp.  Big Mac, Willie McCovey played first
  • The Padres under Manager John McNamara went 71-91 for last place in the NL West.
  • Padres played at Jack Murphy stadium.
  • Reported to A School for further training at Great Lakes for the US Navy.
  • Shaved my head for the first time, not a wise idea in November on the shores of Lake Michigan.
  • Have signed cards from 37 of the 38 players the Padres used in 1975, just missing Don Hahn.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Frankenset Update 10.18.19

Bill Bergey I bought on eBay because I like old football cards.  Asa Hutchinson is the Governor of Arkansas and signed the front of the cards I sent him, with a nice silver pen.  The others were purchased for $1 apiece, from the same dealer that Gavin got his Kellog's cards from at the Mall 205 card show.  He used to have a couple of stores in Portland, now he is clearing his garage out so he has some great deals.  

The Frankenset page and wantlist are updated.  

Thursday, October 17, 2019

My Music Stars, #1

I was inspired by Gavin's 1991 Musicards .  I wondered who wasn't in that set that I thought should be.  So I took some inspiration from the design of the set.  Actually I guess I just changed the colors and called it mine.  So far I have 54 acts on my checklist and will add more as they come to mind.  So here we go.  The first song I remember by John was Jack and Diane, I went out and bought the LP.  I really liked all the songs on the LP and bought the next one and so on.  I think the only format of John's music I haven't owned is an 8-Track.  His music has gone from pop to thoughtful rock over the years.  My favorite album is Scarecrow, I especially like the song, Rain on the Scarecrow.  John's Grandma is featured on the song Grandmas Theme.  His newest album Other People's stuff came out last year.   I own  5  LP's by him
Next: The Godfather of Christian Rock

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Trade Stack Week 8

The Stewart, Lemahieu and Flannery have been claimed.  This weeks addition to the trade stack is this Shannon Stewart Topps redemption card.  I thought they had not sent it, but when my son who lives across the river in Vancouver, WA was going through some old mail he found a package for me from Topps and this was inside.  It can be yours for anything.  
If you want this card let me know and it is yours.  Trade me anything a card(s), a book, an album, a matchbox car.  Just don't tell me what you are sending me I want to be surprised.  The cards below are also still available.  

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Gubernatorial #4, Governor Gina Raimondo

Did you know that the state of  Rhode Island has actually has the longest name of any state.  The official name is Rhode Island and the Providence Plantations.  Governor Raimondo only took 16 days to return the cards and she also sent some other cool stuff.  She sent two books, one a cool coffee table book about the state house and the other comparing Rhode Island to each of the other states.  She also enclosed a nice big calling card.  All other governors will have to go a long way to beat this return.  

Next week, the Governor of the Blues Brothers state.  

Monday, October 14, 2019

Padrograph #1173 and #1174

 #1173, Ryan Whitman. Awhile back Jeremy at Topps cards that never were did at set of 1995 Padres replacement players.  I asked him if he could make me three sets of the fronts and I would make backs for the cards.  I found the addresses of some of the players and have sent out six so far and this is the first one I have received back.  Ryan also included a 1993 dual rookie card with the Marlins that he signed.  It only took eight days for the card to come back.  

#1174, Jack Cust.  Jack took nine months to return the cards, but hey they came back. 
Jack played in six games for the Padres in 2006.