Monday, June 24, 2019

Padrographs #11 and #866

I didn't actually start keeping track of what number order I got my Padrographs until somewhere fairly high up, so I had to go back and retroactively number the cards I already had.  The sub title of this blog is and always has been "From Abner to Zimmer".  I named it that because Shawn Abner came first alphabetically and Zim was last.  Amazingly in 11 years that hasn't changed although there has been much added in between.  Shawn Abner was drafted by the Mets in 1984 and came to the Padres in a big trade in 1986. He made his major league debut in 1986 and played with the Padres until part way through the 1991 season to the Angels.  He played in 1992 with the White Sox.  His son, Seth "Scrump" Abner is a professional Call of Duty player.  
Don Zimmer was with the Padres at the beginning of their major league existence, managing their A league team in 1969 and the AAA Salt Lake City Bees in 1970. He was the Padres third base coach for 11 games in 1972 and then was asked to replace Preston Gomez, who managed the Padres for their first three and a half seasons.  Zim managed through 1973 finishing last both seasons.  When Ray Kroc bought the team before the 1974 season he let Zim and most of the coaches go.  He then went on to coach and manage several other teams.  He passed away in 2014.
I have the signatures of all the other coaches on the 1973 card on other cards.  Shawn Abner is #11 and Zim is #866.  

Saturday, June 22, 2019

1999 Roster Mosaic

Looks like I have 39 of 41 players on the roster in 1999.  There are two Hall of Famers on the roster this year.  One custom card in this bunch, Matt Whiteside.  Roberto Rivera has not had a successful TTM signing since 2001.  Carlos Garcia has had some this year so I guess I need to make a custom of him and send it out.  I sent the Garcia card out on Thursday.  

No frankenset  update yesterday cause I didn't have any new cards for it.  Yesterday afternoon I received 80 2013 Bowman autographed cards, I can only use 29 of them.  What am I going to do with all of these extras?  Suggest something, please.  All ideas will be considered.

Thursday, June 20, 2019


Last Tuesday evening I went to a Portland Pickles game to pick up a set of baseball cards.  The Pickles are part of a college wood bat league that plays in the Pacific Northwest.  I got free tickets to the game for being a veteran and we got to sit in a special section.  That section is right next to the visiting teams dugout.  The Pickles were playing the Ridgefield Raptors who were being managed by Chris Cota.  Before the game he came over and talked to me and throughout the game we talked and I asked him for a game ball and he got me one.  When I got home I did some research and found out that he had been drafted by the White Sox in the third round of the 1986 draft.  He was drafted from the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California, where he is currently the head baseball coach.  He played two seasons in the minor leagues.  I have picked up those two cards and will send them to him to sign along with this custom.  

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

What I am Listening to

Blues On The Bayou by B.B. King

Someone at work gave me this.  I love it.  I am enthralled by the interplay between BB's guitar and the other instruments.  And then when BB starts to growl lyrics I am transported to another time and place.  

Yesterday evening my wife and I went to Lloyd Center to kill some time before going to see Field of Dreams on the big screen.  We went into Suncoast Video and they have records from $1.99 and up, Buy 2 get a third for a dollar.  I picked up Julian Lennon, John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, The Monkees, Lynyrd Skynyrd and U2.  Looking forward to listening to all of them.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

What I Am Reading

Deception Cove by Owen Laukkanen

I just started this on Friday, but am totally engrossed.  So far an ex-con, a rescue dog, a female Marine with PTSD and a corrupt deputy have come into play.  The author paints a great picture of each of his characters and what they are going through physically, emotionally and mentally.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Padrographs #1156-#1158

 #1156, Steve Simpson, Steve appeared in 9 games for the Padres in 1972.  He had been drafted by the Padres in 1970.  Those nine games were the extent of his major league career.  He passed away in 1989 at just 41.  I found a signature of him on eBay and made this custom card of him.  #1157, Dick Kelly, Dick appeared in 75 games for the Padres in 1969 and 1971.  He started his major league career in 1964 with the Milwaukee Braves and stayed with them when they moved to Atlanta.  He was the 28th pick in the expansion draft by the Padres.  He passed away in 1991 so I picked up a signed index card and sandwiched it between two 1972 Topps cards.  #1158, Xavier Edwards, Xavier was drafted by the Padres in the first round in 2018 and is currently playing at A Fort Wayne.  This card definitely needs an update.  His signature is too big for that small space. 

Saturday, June 15, 2019

1989 Roster Mosaic

Several of these I got in person when the guys were playing for Las Vegas.  I am only missing one, Don Schulze and I just made the card shown and will send it out early this week.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Frankenset Update

This week's update contains a bunch of cards I got for a dollar, a few TTM autos and one person signature.
#10 Cory Snyder

#15 Brian Rowe, keeper for Orlando.  Brian and I went to the same high school a couple of decades apart.
#44 Rodney Stuckey
#64 Chuck Barris, was at a book festival I was part of many years ago and this is one of my very first custom cards.  
#77 Jon Leurer
#78 Doug Davis
#79 Hakim Warrick
#85 Andrew Miller
#90 Keenan Lewis, first OSU Beaver in the set
#109 Dennis Dixon reappears this time as a Steeler
#129 Edward Encarcnaion
#130 Kyuji Fujiwaka
#135 Janoris Jenkins
#150 Kris Adams
#151 Andrew Miller
#170 Brian Ellington
#171 Chris Stewart, custom that I got back the day after he opted out of his minor league deal with the Padres.
#180 Don Orsillo

#181 Mark Grant, Padres color commentator
#182 Jonathan Pettibone
#188 Alex Burnett
#193 Nick Toon
#194 Cesar Valdez, the only card in the Frankenset signed on both the front and the back.
#200 Lance Thomas
#203 Jordan Taylor
#209 Demetrius Williams
#214 Nick Maronde
#221 Zoilo Almonte
#234 Jurickson Profar
#241 Rob Brantly
#242 Andrew Bailey
#265 Kenny Williams
#274 Davis Tull
#318 Kent Tekulve, one of the goofiest baseball cards of all time
#342 Brandin Cooks, great player from Oregon State University
#407 Michael Campanaro
#581 Mark Davis

The Frankenset page is updated.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Football Customs cards

For about the past ten years or so on Sundays during the fall and winter you can find my best friend, Greg Rowlett, and I on couches either at his place or our place (although for the past two years he and his wife come over here as they are remodeling).  We will be watching the Seahawks and Greg will be complaining about how they are going to lose and I am enjoying the game with another fan.  
I just made this card a week or so ago and sent it off to Coach Carroll and am hoping to get it back soon.  I really like the 1970 baseball design, it is good for almost any sport or person.  

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Warren Zevon-Excitable Boy

My wife went on a trip to see some of her family in Eugene, one of my cousins in Roseburg and her aunt in Coos Bay before coming home.  While she was in Eugene she and one of her brothers went thrift store shopping and she picked up some albums for me.  They were 99¢ each.  To me this was the cream of the crop.  It has Werewolves of London, Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner and Send Lawyers, Guns and Money along with the title track.  It is one of my all time favorite albums.  

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

What I Am Reading

 Spearhead, An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy and a Collison of Lives in WWII by Adam Makos.  
The true story of a tank gunner from World War II who fought at the Battle of the Bulge.  Adam Makos and his team interviewed numerous people on both sides it is a compelling read and intensely intimate.  

You can read reviews of what I read on my other blog,  From June 2005 to May of this year I reviewed books and journaled over at  It got too expensive since I wasn't making any money from it, so now I have switched to blogspot.   

Monday, June 10, 2019

Padrographs #1153, #1154 and #1155

 I got this duo back on the same day.  I sent them out on the same day also care of the El Paso Chihuahuas.  They were out for 15 days.  
                                             #1153 Chris Stewart.  This is one of two customs that I sent Chris.  The other one will show up in the Frankenset eventually.  This is from his first time with the Padres in 2009.  I got the day back just two days after he opted out of his minor league deal with the Padres.
#1154, Boog Powell.  Hershel Mack Powell has the same name as his Great Grandfather,Granddad and his Dad, so they called him Boog to differentiate him.   He was originally drafted by the A's back in 2012.  He has played in the majors with the Mariners and A's.  He is currently playing at AAA El Paso.  

#1155 Don Orsillo.  I get to watch the Padres on at bat and so I have heard a lot of Don Orsillo and Mark Grant and enjoy listening to them.  If you want to see the Mark Grant companion to this card, check out yesterdays post.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

#Throwback Thursday but on a Sunday

Remember those Fleer Cards that were two cards put when you put them next to each other they made one picture.  Well recently I found a picture of Padres broadcasters Don Orsillo and Mark Grant and made a couple of cards of them.  I got them back last week.  Orsillo signed his and sent them back.  It took an extra day to get Mark Grants back.  I sent it to his home but evidently he took it to work with him and had Don Orsillo sign the combined card.  

 On the left is the card Don Orsillo signed and sent back.  On the right is the one Mud signed back and below is the one that came back with a nice note from Mark Grant thanking me for the cards.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

1979 Roster Mosaic

I have 94% of the 1979 Roster signed.  I am missing Brian Greer and Mike Hargrove.  I can't find anything signed by Greer or an address for him.  I have a signed card of Hargrove coming, it is a Panini product so it doesn't a logo on it.  I think I can do something with to make it a Padrograph.  If you know Brian Greer please let me know.  

Friday, June 7, 2019

Frankenset Update

I bought a lot of Lakers autographs and found an old Yankee and discovered I had two signatures in one pocket  in my Padrographs binder.  
#35 Irv Noren, I found a 1953 signed Archive card.  I like the look of the '53's and this one is standard size.
#57 Eddie Jones
#96 Kareem Rush
#162 Nick Van Exel, this was the only one of the Lakers whose name I recognized.
#211 Corrie Blount
#542 Chris Young, I was moving some cards around and found I had two Chris Young cards in the same pocket.  This one was one I got signed through the mail and the other one was a gift from another collector.   

I am now at 28% of the 585 card set.

The Frankenset page is now updated.