Sunday, October 25, 2020

A surprising winner (to me at least)

 Justin Upton and his perspective soundly defeated the Bunt card of Wil Meyers.  Justin had nine votes and Wil could only garner five votes.  

Up next are three more cards vying for spot number fifteen.  A Manny Machado card that is actually a team card, Sterling Hitchcock and Jake Peavey are all contending for this spot.  

 Remember every time you vote here you are awarded a contest entry.  

Thank you for your assistance and for stopping by.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Let's get ready to rumble, the battle for spot number fourteen.

 Well that was close for two of the players.  For Roberto Alomar it wasn't, he got one vote out of sixteen.  It was eight to seven between Trevor Hoffman and Bruce Bochy.  Trevor came out one vote ahead winning the spot in the Phrankenset.  

The Battle for spot number fourteen is a battle of perspectives.  Wil Myers should be the Padres comeback player of the year.  The Upton card is kind of cool because of the perspective.  

Please vote, here and at your local polling place. Here your vote will get you an entry into a contest.  

Thank you for stopping by and for your assistance.  

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The first battle of page 2

 This weeks first battle is between two Hall Of Famers and a manager who I think may end up enshrined in Cooperstown also for the number twelve spot in the Padres Phrankenset.

Roberto Alomar played the first three of his seventeen major league seasons in San Diego.  He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.
Trevor Hoffman played sixteen of his eighteen year major league career with the Padres he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018.
Bruce Bochy played five seasons in San Diego during his nine year major league playing career.  He managed for twelve years of his managerial career in San Diego before heading north to the Bay Area.

Every vote here enters you into a contest after the first ninety-nine cards are set.

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Monday, October 19, 2020

An long awaited Padrograph upgrade and page one of the Padres Phrankenset

 Way back in February of 2018 I sent a custom card of Kyle McGrath to him at Padres spring training.   I received it back on October 16, 2020, that is a wait of 705 days.  At some point I had picked up an auto on eBay of him, that will now be replaced with this custom card I received back two and a half years after I sent it.

In the battle of Hunter Renfroe and Larry Bowa, surprisingly Larry Bowa won, eight to four.  So here is what the first page of the Padres Phrankenset looks like. 

I am pretty much satisfied with this page.  I would like to replace cards #1 and #5 eventually if I can find Padres cards with those numbers.  I would like to replace card number one because I don't remember Tony Ghelfi at all and number five because I would like a card with logos on it.  

Thank you for stopping by and thanks for your assitance.  

Friday, October 16, 2020

A much traveler catcher prevails over a Hall of Fame closer

The votes are in and the catcher for nine different teams in a twenty year career wins the vote.  Benito had six votes, Trevor had five and Pedro just three.  Benito Santiago, 1988 Record Breaker takes the number seven spot in the Padres Frankenset.  Up next is the number eight spot.  It is a battle between a manager and a member of the playoff Tampa Bay Rays.

Larry Bowa managed the Padres and played for them in 1966 when the PCL Padres were an affiliate of the Phillies.  
Remember every vote you cast enters you into a contest when we get to card number ninety-nine.

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

another one bites the dust

 Rickey Henderson beats Derek Norris by a two to one margin.  Rickey had ten votes while Derek only had five.  So Rickey takes his place on the first page of the Frankenset.  Next up is a three way race for the number seven spot in the Frankenset.

First up Pedro Astacio from a 2005 Upper Deck team issued set. Pedro pitched in twelve games for the Padres in 2005, splitting the season between the Rangers and Padres.

Next is the Benito Santiago card from 1988 Topps. This is when I was busting a lot of packs and came across this card alot.  I thought Benito was going to be a long time Padre, he played seven seasons in San Diego.

Next up is a former shortstop who went on to become one of the all time great closers and eventually entered the Hall of Fame.   It is always Trevor time at my desk as I have a clock the Padres gave away with him on it above my desk.

Please vote in the comments.  Each vote is worth an entry in a contest that will take place when we get to card number ninety-nine.

Thank you for stopping by and for your assistance.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The votes are in and the results were pretty one sided.

 Yesterdays voting came out 13-2 in favor of Austin Hedges.  So Austin now occupies the #3 spot in the Padres Frankenset. So all of you that voted are now entered in a contest for a prize package at the end of the first ninety-nine cards.  Each time you comment is an additional entry into the contest.  

Today's battle is for the #4 spot in the Padres Frankenset.  An insert card of a Hall of Famer, Rickey Henderson versus an exciting action shot of Derek Norris during his brief stop in San Diego.  Leave your vote in the comments.  
Thanks for stopping by and for your assistance. 

Monday, October 12, 2020

Padres frankenset battle #1

 Working on the first page of my Padres Frankenset and some of the numbers I can't decide which card to use.  So I am turning to you for help.  When the page is full I will share it with you and comment on each of the cards. 

Here are the two choices for card #3.  These were two of my favorite players when they were with the Padres.  The Renfroe card is a good, standard action shot.  The Hedges is a bit more unusual due to his facial expression.  Renfroe is went to the Rays in a trade for Tommy Pham and is still in the playoffs after the Rays beat the Hankees.  Hedges went to the Indians as part of the trade that brought Sunshine to the Padres.

I can't decide which one I want to include in the set.  Please leave your choice in the comments.  Everyone who comments on the battle post will be entered into a contest to take place when we reach card number one hundred.  Thank you for stopping by and your help.  

I was going to put a poll in the sidebar, but blogger got rid of the poll widget.  

Sunday, October 11, 2020

The Joy of a completed set, a palindromic Padrograph and a Padres Frankenset

 I finished by 2020 Topps Big League base set with two cards.  Two guys who made big news this year and who will help their teams for a few years.  

Padrograph #1221, Tucupita Marcano.  
A twenty one year old infielder who has been in the Padres system since 2017.  I hadn't heard of him until I saw this card for sale on eBay. I missed him with Tri-City in 2018, because that was the summer of my cancer treatments.  I didn't do much that summer. 

Now that I have finished my Autograph Frankenset and my 2020 Topps Big League set it is time to get to work on my Padres Frankenset.  I started with one of my favorite cards.  

That is card #19 and I don't think anything will dislodge it.
Here are the rules for the Padres Frankenset.

1. Jack Clark always loses
2. The following players always win, in this order
Tony Gwynn
Tim Flannery
Dan Walters
Bip Roberts
John Kruk 
Dave Dravecky
3. Tony Gwynn permitted if a Dupe from PC (which I have to start putting in order, gotta figure out how to use the Trading Card Database)
4. Customs allowed
5. Minor league allowed (majors always win battles)
6. Multi players cards only if neccessary
7. Logoless cards always lose.

I have got the first ninety-nine cards in the pockets and there are going to be a few battles where I will post a poll for your votes.  

Saturday, October 3, 2020

The First Slice of Cake and Padrograph #1220

 Last night was an exciting night in my little corner of our house.  I was seated in front of my computer listening to Ted Leitner and Jesse Alger call an exciting Padres game.  It has been sixteen years since the Padres have even been to the playoffs.  It was exciting after having been a fan for over forty five years.  Next up is the Dodgers, which will be a good series, hopefully the Padres won't be intimidated and will be able to beat their nemesis.

Recently I had a request from the autograph dealer I work with for a card of Thad Weber.  He played with the Tigers in 2012 and split 2013 between Toronto and San Diego. I made this card and Brian got it signed for me.  Thad appeared in three games for the Padres in 2013 and he is Padrograph #1220.  

Friday, October 2, 2020

Take The Cake

 For the first time in 14 years the Padres are in the playoffs.  I have been watching the last week of the season on my computer and then listening to the three games of the Wild Card round on my computer also.  It has been amazing to see the team come back so many times.  And what an amazing bat flip last night.  Jake Croenenworth should at  least be a contender for ROY and Manny (and maybe Fernando) should be contenders for MVP.  Can't wait until Tuesday to watch the Dodgers and Padres play.  GO PADRES!

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Padrograph #1219, The Joy of an Almost Completed Set and the Nola Fan Club


Back in February I sent a custom card to an address in Florida for Paul Quantrill.  I knew someone who had used the address.  He told me to write a note on the envelope to give the cards to Paul when he came to visit.  I got the cards back on Monday after a two hundred and sixteen day wait.  Paul appeared in twenty two games for the Padres in 2005.  He is part of one the two father-son duos to have played for the Padres.  

I only have two cards left to complete my 2020 Big League set.  They are both on the way, of course they were two big players.  Bo Bichette and Luis Robert.  It is really a good looking set.  When it is complete I plan on doing a post on it.  

I have a eight year old Granddaughter who hangs out with us a lot.  When the Padres picked up Austin Nola from the Mariners she heard me talking about it and we discussed him and his brother Aaron and where they played.  She decided we should collect cards of the brothers.  If you happen to have any cards of Aaron or Austin that you wouldn't mind parting with my granddaughter, Nola would like to collect them.  

Thank you for your help and thanks for stopping by.  

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Padrographs #1217 & #1218


#1217, Rob Deer.  What you didn't know Rob Deer played in twenty five games for the Padres in 1996?  He played in Japan in 1994 and split 1995 between the Padres and Angels AAA clubs.  I got this signed through Mark Grunske.

#1218, Jayce Tingler.  First year major league manager Jayce Tingler is probably taking the Padres to their first playoff appearance in over a decade.  I sent this to him care of the team and it only took thirteen days round trip.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Three of a kind: Three guys named Rod

 We are all named Rod and we have one more thing in common.  We were all born on September 13.  Me in 1957, McCray in 1963 and Correia in 1967.  Kinda fun fact.  Happy Birthday to Rodney McCray and Rod Correia.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Padrographs #1215 & #1216


#1215, Dave Stewart. Yes that Dave Stewart of the Oakland A's.  He was the Padres pitching coach in 1998.  He has done almost everything in baseball.  He played, coached and was even a general manager.  I sent this custom to The Trove Sports Den.  I sent and paid to get one signed and included two for Dave to keep.  When I got it back he had signed all three and returned them all.  I now have a couple of extras of the card.

#1216, Taylor Trammell. I ordered this off of ebay just before Taylor got traded to Seattle.  I really liked him as a player and will continue to root for him.  Taylor was born on my 40th birthday so there is another player for my birthday collection.