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.  

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Thursday Customs, 2014 Eugene Emeralds, Page 4

Seth Lucio, pitched through 2016 in the Padres organization, since 2017 he has been pitching for the Lake Erie Crushers in the Frontier League/
Tom Dorminy, pitched for the organization through 2017 and played last year and this in an independent league.  
Tony Rizzoti last pitched at A ball for the White Sox in 2016.
Trae Santos has played independent ball the last two seasons.
Walker Weickel is currently pitching for the AA Frisco Rough Riders in the Rangers organization.
Wilson Santos last pitched in 2017 for the Giants organization.
Yale Rosen played one more season in the Padres organization and now lives in Pullman, WA and works at Three Men and A Mower.
Franchy Cordero made it to the majors in 2017.  He is currently on the 60 day DL with a elbow injury.
Cory Bostjancic was last seen pitching in an independent league in 2015.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Your Help is Needed

I am currently working on a project that I hope comes to fruition next season.  I am looking for silly strange and unusual baseball cards.  So far I have found these, but I am sure there are many more.  If you have a nominee for the silly card collection please leave a note in the comments or you can email me at padrographs at live dot com.  Thank you for your assistance.  

Monday, August 12, 2019

Padrographs #963, #978 and #993

 Nothing new this week so here are some older Padrographs.  I am scanning my way through the alphabet.  
#963 Austin Allen, made his major league debut earlier this year and played in 21 games for the Padres and is currently at El Paso.  He was drafted by the Padres in the 5th round in 2015.
#978 Logan Allen, came to the Padres in 2015 as part of the trade that sent Craig Kimbrel to the Red Sox.  Went to the Indians earlier this year as part of the trade that brought Taylor Tramell to the Padres organization.  Made his major league debut for the Padres in 8 games for the Padres this year before the trade.  
#993 Dusty Allen, was drafted by the Padres in the 30th round in 1995.  Made his major league debut in 2000 before being traded to the Tigers, that same year, for Gabe Alvarez.  For some reason in 2000 all the Padres had mug shots taken, usually there were other shots also in front of the background, but this was the only Padres photo I could find of Dusty.  

Saturday, August 10, 2019

2001 Roster Mosaic


  • I started the job I am still in, managing the Title Wave Used Bookstore in Portland, OR
  • 9/11
  • I turned 44
  • The Padres went 79-83 under future Hall of Famer Bruce Bochy
  • Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn's final season
  • I have 44/48 Padres signed for 2001.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Frankenset Update

#55 Bennie Blades, had a 10 year NFL career finishing with 1997 with the Seahawks
#93 Todd Krygier, a nine year NHL veteran
#103 Pluto, is an 89 year old dog who made his film debut in 1930
#104 Donald Duck, the most published comic book character (outside of the superhero genre) made his film debut in 1934.
#111 Mickey Mouse, made his film debut.  The Disney cards are ones my sons and I sent out to Disneyland in the early 90's.  I was impressed that each signature looked different.
#116 Scott Garrelts, 1987 Donruss.  This is one of 12 cards that SanJoseFuji gave me when he visited me at work on July 29.
#124 Goofy, another card from my sons' youth.
#128 Emerson Boozer, I had previously read the card number wrong but the Booze is in the correct place now.
#133 Terry Kirby, another card from Fuji
#139 Jose Theodore, Fuji
#186 Adam Deadmarsh, Fuji brought this card also, but I had heard of Adam because he played 4 seasons for the Portland Winterhawks.
#227 Ray Burris, of the former Montreal Franchise.  I have always liked the 1982 Topps design.
#313 Mark Davis, former San Diego Padre and Cy Young Award Winner.
#375 Bruce Benedict, thanks to Fuji for another card.
#404 Mike Hampton with a cameo by former Padre and Hall of Famer Mike Piazza
#437 Andy Benes, draft pick card from before they were as common as a cold.
#450 Mike Aldrete, I wish I could find a picture of him in a Padres uni, he is someone I want for my roster mosaic.
#565 Benny Agbayani, the last card for this week and another gift from Fuji.

The Frankenset page has been updated.  

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Thursday Customs, 2014 Eugene Emeralds, Page 3

Michael Kelly, was drafted by the Padres in the first round in 2011.  He got as far as AAA El Paso in 2017, in 2018 he pitched at AAA for the O's.  This year he is pitching for the Blue Crabs in the Atlantic League.  
Mitch Mattoon one of two people responsible for getting the set so completely signed.  He is currently the trainer at a Lutheran High School in Fullerton, California.
Nelson Cruz, was very kind to our grandaughter during this trip.  We have an autographed picture of him waving to Nola.  She was almost three when she went to her first baseball game.  I don't know where he is now.
Nick Torres, Nick's wife Kerrin was the other person responsible for getting the set so completely signed, she helped me identify players out of uniform.   Nick played up to AAA and was released by the Padres, played at Round Rock for the Rangers, was released by them.  Last year he split between Round Rock and the KC T Bones.  This year he is playing in Mexico.  
River Stevens, drafted by the Padres in 2012 was still playing in the Padres organization last year. 
Robbie Wine seemingly only managed this one year.  He is currently the owner of a baseball academy in Amarillo, Texas.
Rod Boykin, retired from Baseball in October of 2018.
Ryan Butler, had been promoted to Fort Wayne and only played one year of minor league ball.  
Sam Holland, is from Australia and has been playing there the last couple of years.   

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Padrograph #1164

Last week was a different week.  I went down the freeway about an hour to see the Volcanoes play the Dust Devils.  I made 33 cards, some with pictures I took on Monday and some with pictures from the net.  I got 26 signed, one guy had gotten promoted and I will try in Hillsboro to get the other 6 signed.  The cards will be showing up on here once I get down with my Emeralds custom set.  

I sent this custom card to Dwain Anderson along with $10 bucks and in 58 days it came back.  Dwain had put it in a penny sleeve in a top loader and wrapped that in paper prior to sending it back.  He played in 53 games for the Padres in 1973, he split the seaso between St. Louis and San Diego.  

Monday, July 29, 2019

upgrading Padrograph #1158 and new Padrograph #1163

On a side note, I got to meet San Jose Fuji in person today.  He was in Portland visiting a friend and came to see me at work.  He brought a box of Gypsy Queen and some autos for my Frankenset.  I got 12 cards for the Frankenset.  He also brought me some stuff to give to Gavin of Baseball Card Breakdown.   
Last week I updated my Xavier Edwards (#1158) auto, it looks bad on the scanner but it is actually pretty nice.  The previous card had he and Ryan Weathers both on it and the signatures were pretty cramped. Xavier was drafted in the first round in 2018.
Kip Wells (#1163) pitched in 7 games for the Padres in 2012.  He had played independent ball and in Mexico in 2010-11.  After playing 11 seasons in the Majors.  I sent this to him on January 31, 2019 and got it back last week.

Going to see the Salem Keizer Volcanoes play the Tri City Dust Devils.  That is the Giants vs Padres, Rookie League Short Season teams.  Playing to go through Thursday, only working a half day each day.
I am going to take pictures to make cards with.  I have the fronts all laid out, so all I have to do is add the pictures.  The backs are all printed out and cut.  

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Autograph Frankenset Update

#43, Richard Petty.  Who better to fill the 43 spot than the King of Nascar, Richard Petty.  Petty drove the STP #43 car in Nascar for years.
#46 Rocky Bleier before I adopted the Seahawks as my team I remember just following cool players.  Bleier served in Vietnam for two years and took shrapnel in his thigh and lost part of his right foot.  He was told he would never play football again, but came back and played on 4 Super Bowl Steelers teams.
#53 Alan Benes, may as well have Andy Benes brother Alan as part of the Frankenset.
#72 Robert Parrish, as a Laker fan I always respected several of the Celtics including the Chief.
#136 Kip Wells, I was trying to add Kip Wells and sent this custom card to him on January 31 and it came back today.
#178 Emerson Boozer, I always remember watching Emerson Boozer during the '70's and chuckling at his name.
#233 Gary Garrison. I built the 1969 football set a few years back because it is the only set with Brian Piccolo in it.  
#575 Rocky Bleier, see #46 above
#576 Lee Trevino, Lee was the first Pro Golfer I remember hearing about and actively following

The Frankenset page has been updated and my want list has the card  numbers I still need.  I will work a trade with you.

Friday, July 26, 2019

1991 Roster Mosaic


  •  I had been married for 6 years.
  • Daniel was 5 years old and David was 2 years old.  
  • I was working at Baseball Cards & More
  • The Padres finished 3rd in the NL West with an 84-78 record.
  • They used 48 players.
  • I am only missing Mike Aldrete's signature for 1991.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Thursday Customs, The 2014 Eugene Emeralds, Page 2

Back in 2014 my wife and I attended numerous Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and Hillsboro Hops games to see each team play the Eugene Emeralds.  At the time the Ems were the short season rookie league affiliate of the Padres.  We would go to the games and set in General Admission on the right field line.  In Salem that involves taking a lawn chair and sitting next to a low chain link fence next to the visiting bullpen.  I would take pictures before and during the game and make cards out of them.  I ended up getting most of the team signed.  I am working on a set for this years short season rookie league team the Tri-City Dust Devils.  We will be going to Salem at the end of this month to take pictures and make cards and hope to get them signed.  I thought I would try and find out where each of the players and coaches in this set were now. Here is the second batch of players.
Logan Jernigan, pitched just the one year and hasn't tweeted in years.  Wonder what he does now?
Brandon Fry, has been playing for the New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League since 2016.  Playe in 2015 at multiple levels of the Padres organization.
Chase Jensen, played through 2016 in the Padres organization.
Gabe Lazzoro, is currently a strength and conditioning coach in New Jersey. 
Griffin Russell, pitched for the organization through 2015 and then pitched for the Texas Air Hogs for two seasons.  
Jose Urena, played another season for the Padres and then has been playing in the Mexican League since then.  He is pitching for Durango this year. 
Max Beatty, played another year in the Padres organization, played some independent ball, then played in the White Sox organization and then more independent ball, nowhere this year.  He does have a one day baseball tournament named after him at his high school, Fort Vancouver High, Vancouver, WA.
Michael Miller, played another year in the Padres organization and then played for the Texas Air Hogs in 2016-2017
Miguel Del Castillo, pitched through 2017 in the Padres organization and reaching as high as AAA El Paso.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Padrographs #14, #15 and #963

 #14 Darrell Akerfelds.   Darrell pitched in the major leagues from 1986-1991.  He was the Padres pitching coach from 2001 until his death from Pancreatic Cancer in 2012.  I sent this to him and got it signed through the mail.

#15 Sandy Alderson.  Sandy was the CEO of the Padres from 2005-2009.  I covered the Bazooka Joe name with a stamp of Marine Corps legend Chesty Puller.  Sandy was a Marine who served in Vietnam.

#963 Austin Allen.  Austin was drafted in 2015 and made his major league debut this year.  I can't remember how I obtained this, it may have been at a Salem-Keizer Volcanoes game.