Padrograph #1210, Amos Otis. Amos Otis played seventeen seasons in the major leagues, playing fourteen years with the Royals, two with the Mets and one with the Pirates. He went to the All Star Game five times. He lead the American League with doubles twice and stolen bases once. After retiring in 1984 he coached for the Rockies and Padres. He was the Padres hitting coach from 1988-1990. I sent this to a private signing that Mr. Otis did recently.
Padrograph #1205, Joe Pepitone. Joe retired from the Braves in 1973, tried playing in Japan for a few months and then retired again in 1974. In 1976 at age thirty five he tried coming back with the Padres but didn't make the team. Someone had a photographer and got this photo. I made the card and Joe signed it at a private signing at the end of June.
Padrograph #1206, Alan Zinter. Alan was the hitting coach for two and a half seasons from 2016-2018. This custom card took three and a half years to come back.
Padrograph #1207, Duke Snider. After retiring from baseball Duke was a play by play announcer and analyst for the Padres. During that time he also did a little coaching. I found a cancelled check that he endorsed on Ebay and made the card around that. Some one paid him $8 dollars to autograph a HOF plaque postcard in 1989.
Padrograph #1208, Dave Smith. After pitching for the Astros and Cubs Dave was the pitching coach for the Padres from 1999-2001. I found an autographed photo of Dave signing at a San Diego State event and designed the card around that.
Padrograph #1209, Trent Grisham. Trent will be playing in this season, however long it ends up being. The card is from this years Big League release.
Frankenset #481, Les Lancaster. This was one of the cards I got out of my pack of retrographs. Only need fifty five more cards to finish.
Saturday I and one of my granddaughters went to visit her cousins in Vancouver, WA. After visiting with them for while I went to a super sports card store on Andresen, the Diamond King knows of what I speak. I was desperate for packs because they are hard to find in Portland. I picked up some Donruss, some Series Two, and a couple of things. I spotted this pack and inquired about it. For $34 you get eight autographed cards. Each card has an authentication sticker on it. The pack says they were pre certified by Beckett. I picked up one pack and below are the eight cards I got.
I haven't sent any through the mail request out this year. I did send some customs to a gentleman who was attending spring training but everything closed down before he could get anything signed. I found this Topps Total card of Tommy Pham on eBay. Who knows when Padrograph #1205 will show up. Thanks to Fuji, I got Bipped today. A bunch of non Padres cards featuring Bip Roberts.
I am starting a new collection, which I am calling Three of a Kind. Each of the collections will have three cards that have something in common.
I wanted to start with these three cards. I have never gotten political in my posts, but I may start here.
All three of the above protest racial bigotry and police brutality and their careers suffered for it.
Tommy Smith protesteded with John Carlos at the 1968 Olympics by raising a gloved fist and bowing his head during the national anthem.
Colin Kapernick kneeled during the national anthem in 2016. He began by sitting through the anthem, but after talking with a military veteran he decided to take a knee. He hasn't played since 2017.
Bruce Maxwell was the only major league baseball player to take a knee. He was playing for the A's and took a knee, with his hand on his heart. Teammate Mark Canha had his hand on Maxwell's shoulder in support.
Today is Juneteenth, a day that should be given over to some soul searching about how we make things better for everyone and make sure that are people are treated equally well.
I have seen the Mike Martin photo on other cards. The German Barranca and Horace Clarke cards are upgrades to previous cards. Who knew Sam Perlozzo played for the Padres? How is your recognition today?
Jeff Doyle went to college at Oregon State University which is the only reason I remember him. I couldn't tell you anything about the rest of them. This is just series one, I am now 363 cards into series two. If you see a card you are interested in let me know and I can print it for you. How is your recognition score?
Awhile back I posted about something else I collected besides Padrographs. Today I wanted to post about another collection of mine. I collect various action figures of Captain America. The left side of my collection had a cataclysmic implosion when someone decided to add one of my sons bowling trophies to the the shelf. I am waiting to redo the display until I can tier the pieces. I have to pick up some lumber to do that. Captain America has long been one of my favorite comic book characters and Chris Evans did him right in the MCU.
We almost reached the end of the Lowell Palmer collection. I think there is one more. This picture of him with the Cardinals is one he sent me to use. It is interesting when you see who has coached for your team. Did you know Duke Snider and Sparky Anderson were Padres coaches. How is your name recognition today?
Two blogs from Portland, Oregon that have the only player on this page of customs that you have probably heard of, how strange is that. The Martinez card was a rush job which is why I didn't get the autograph off the photo before I made the card. Other than Mr. Martinez what is your recognition score today?
This page has people I know and have met. As we are closing the bookstore we have a poster that is from the very first day of the first Wordstock book festival. Larry is the founder of the event and I asked him if he wanted it. The poster is signed by all of the authors present that day. Ursula K. LeGuinn was the most well known author on it. Larry came by the bookstore on his way to Seattle. Frank Peters used to have a restaurant downtown near the courthouse. A lawyer took I and friend there after we were witnesses for his client. I see Frank at many Portland Mavericks events. If you have watched the Battered Bastards of Baseball on Netflix you have seen him. I have tried to get Rick Lancelotti to sign his custom through the mail multiple times. How is your recognition score today?
Check out the contest over at Chavez Ravining. A cool post and some cool stories in the comments.
Okay today everyone should recognize a couple of the guys on this page. The Lowell Palmer card started a string of his cards with different teams. He even dug a picture out of his own collection for one of the teams. I hope everyone recognized at least one player today. Jim McAndrew's son Jamie helped with the card of his Dad with the Padres. How did you do on recognizing someone? Hope you broke your 0fer streak.
Another page of a bunch a guys I don't remember much about. I even went and read the backs and still don't remember them. Most of them had very short major league careers. Here is how many games each played in the majors, in order; 3/20/6/45/242/9/90/6/22. I just made a card for a pitcher who pitched in one game for the 1981 Expos. How did you do recognizing these guys?
A very Padres-centric page. I made the Pat Murphy after he was named manager. I started making the cards of current Padres in the current Heritage style because it was easier to make than the computer generated graphics of the current cards. If I was able to find good pictures of the coaches I made cards of them. I have gotten all of these particular Padres cards signed. Recognize any of these guys?
First a question, then a promo and then the cards. Does anyone have a spare pack, hanger box or blaster of 2020 Bowman they would be willing to sell me? I have checked all over the east side of Portland and haven't been able to find any. Thank you for listening to me whine.
Nachos Grande is having a really cool contest. Kind of a June Madness contest having to do with Allen & Ginter insert sets. Great prizes to be had and it looks like fun. Working for the library I hope the required reading insert set wins.
I had only heard of one of the players above and that was Mark Schaeffer. How many have you heard of?
After yesterdays post a few people asked why the bookstore was closing. The branch library that is moving into the building was even smaller than ours. In the new age of social distancing it was too small to allow staff and library patrons to both be in the building, plus our building was the original home of that branch from 1912-1960. I think the library realizes that the bookstore was a valuable community resource and will someday and somehow reopen it in some form.
Somehow I managed to skip a page. Jerry Mallett was drafted by the Syracuse Nationals of the NBA in 1957. He opted for baseball and had a four game career with the Red Sox in 1959. How is your name recognition for this page?
It has been a productive few but sad few days for me. On Friday morning I got the word that the bookstore I have managed for the last nineteen years would be closing. Monday I spent calling my sixty five volunteers and letting them know there was not going to be a return to work for them once the library reopens. Then today I had to work remotely from home because of the fear of rioting near the building where I am currently working.
I did get a lot done in our yard this weekend. I move six wheelbarrows of dirt twice a week from the front yard to the back. We are deconstructing a berm in the front yard and building up a garden in the back yard.
But over the past week I have picked up three new Padrographs. #1201 Joey Cantillo, drafted by the Padres in the 16th round in 2017. Has played up to Fort Wayne. The card is from 2020 Bowman and I picked it up on eBay.
#1202 Mike Phillips, came from St. Louis in a trade that saw him, Terry Kennedy, John Littlefield, Al Olmsted, Kim Seaman, Steve Swisher and John Urrea for Rollie Fingers, Gene Tenace, Bob Shirley and Bob Geren. Mike played in fourteen games for the Padres in 1981 before being bought by the Expos in May. Kudos to Punk Rock Paint for the uni transformation and help from Gavin at Baseball Card Breakdown. I got the signature through PastPros.
#1203, George Hinshaw, was drafted by the Padres in the eleventh round of the 1980 draft. He played in thirteen games for the Padres in 1982 and 1983. Someone had the signature on an index card on Ebay so I bought that and designed the card around it. I had attempted to send him a custom 1982 card a couple of times but it never came back.
I would like to thank Kerry at Cards on Cards for sending me some Padres, a black Alan & Ginter Gwynn and some top of the class Wil Meyers. I got consolation prizes from Johnny's Trading Spot for the BFG. In the sadness over Friday morning news I forgot to play.
Frank Snook was the only player I had heard of on this page and that is only because he played for the Padres. Another Wrigley Field shot for the Padres. George Brace took a lot of pictures at Wrigley Field. How was your name recognition on this page?
I was checking through the Frankenset the other day and realized I was missing a card that I thought I had. #399 was nowhere to be found so I went on eBay and found this card of Larry Andersen. Cool to find a card of a Padres players who is from Portland and wants to know what are packing peanuts packed in.
The other I visited A Cracked Bat and picked a couple of Julie's pockets. The Hot Rods sticker is now on the front of my computer and the Cammy card will probably be in my Padres Frankenset. Thank you Julie.
Kevin of The Diamond King wanted to send me some stuff after I sent him some things so he sent me eight of the 1974 Topps Washington Nat'l League cards. I still need 7 more to complete the set.
I recently added twelve more cards to the Frankenset. Most of them came from Tom over at the Angels in Order. He has a big list of autographs for a dollar apiece. I have been trying to get Gary Roenicke's brother Ron to sign a custom 1984 Padres card for the last couple of years through the mail with no luck. I really like the Hensley Meulens card since he signed with his Bam Bam nickname. I am surprised I didn't have the Randy Ready card signed. I had him sign multiple cards when he managed the Portland Beavers for two years. I am now down to needing just 57 cards for the Frankenset. The want list is updated.
Today is the first Memorial Day without my Dad here. We are going to go visit his gravesite at Willamette National Cemetery this afternoon. We will be visiting the sites of some other friends and family while we are there. I wrote most of the post below on September 13, 2005, the one year anniversary of David's death. The numbers are current as of today.
David Weisenburg, May 2,1978-September 13,2004
A Gentle Warrior
58,209 killed in Vietnam.
294 killed in the Gulf War
4,497 Killed in the Iraq War
20,050 killed in the War in Afghanistan
Somehow we live with these numbers until one of them steps out and becomes something other than a number. One year ago today numbers ceased to mean anything and the cruelty of war became real. One year ago David Weisenburg left this earth,I believe to be with God,unfortunately many of us here would have preferred that he stay here with us.
David was 26 years old and I had known him since he was about 14. He was a kind hearted man who loved for his sisters wedding and got to spend extended time with his family and friends.
David was asked why he had to return to Iraq and his answer was because his troops were counting on him.
My most vibrant memory of David was during an open house for high school kids at our house. David was either a junior or senior and we were all sitting and playing cards. David was caught cheating,pretty obviously and we all laughed about it,including David. He threw back his head and laughed loudly,while laughing he hit his head on a shelf behind him,which set off another round of laughing and he hit his head again. David laughed the loudest.
Weldon Bowlin was one of the first cards that I had to make a background for. All I could find for him was the colorized head shot, so I added the background, not sure what park it is. Jack Whillock featured a misspelling the first time I made it. The Gremlin billboard in Chicago makes another appearance. If you see a card you would like a copy of let me know and we can work something out.
Last Friday I received a card that became Padrograph #1200. I broke a rule of Padrographs to include the card. It shows the player in a minor league uniform. It is one of only two minor league cards in Padrographs, but I decided that the player was important enough in the Padres history to break that rule. First a little review, I didn't keep accurate records at first, I don't really know what order I received the first 869 Padrographs in. I started keeping track with Padrograph #870, Jesse Hahn, which I received in the mail March 12, 2015. Tony Gwynn was arbitrarily made number 1, because he is Mr. Padre. Jason Boyd was assigned number 100, he played in 23 games in 2002, as the middle of his 5 year major league career. Pedro Martinez was assigned number 500, he played in 80 games for the Padres in 1993-1994. Bryan Corey is Padrograph #1000, which I received around Christmas of 2016. It is a custom I got signed through an autograph dealer I know. Bryan pitched in 39 games for the Padres in 2008. Juan Moreno is Padrograph #1100, he appeared in four games for the Padres in 2002. I purchased the card from a Venezuelan card dealer on July 5, 2018. So who is Padrograph #1200? He is a former Padres farmhand, who was also a pitching coach for the Padres minor leagues and then was the General Manager of the Padres from 1995-2009. Kevin Towers played in the Padres system for seven years from 1982-1989. He passed away in 2018 so I would not have been able to get a signature from him. I decided that I would break my own rules and use this card that I found on eBay last week.
I really need to work on my scanning, I keep cutting off the top of the sheet. I never knew LaRussa played for the Cubs before becoming the icon he is. I love the Otis Thornton card for the photo I used. Yes, that is Carney Lansford's brother for the Padres in 1983. There are over five hundred cards in Series One and I am around three hundred eighty in series two so I can keep this up for awhile.