Saturday, January 31, 2009

Rogers (Bobby) Lee Brown

Bobby Brown was drafted by the Orioles in the 11th round of the 1972 draft. In 1976 he was released by the Orioles and signed as a free agent with the Phils. He was traded with Jay Johnstone to the Yankees for Rawly Eastwick in 1978. Later that year he was drafted by the Mets in the Rule 5 draft, during spring training the following year he was selected off waivers by the Blue Jays. He made his major league debut on April 5, 1979 against the Kansas City Royals. Just after making his debut, he was purchased by the Yankees on April 19, 1979. He was with the Yankees until April 1982 when he was traded to the Mariners with Bill Caudill and Gene Nelson for Shane Rawley. In 1983 he was released by the Mariners and signed as a free agent with the Padres. He played through the 1985 season with San Diego appearing in 221 games over 2 and a half seasons. I got the card through ABC Unlimited. I really like the 1984 Fleer cards.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Douglas Keith Brocail

Saying Doug Brocail has had a few health problems is like saying Elizabeth Taylor has had a few husbands. Arm problems caused him to miss several seasons, both in the minors and majors and in 2006 he had heart problems that required him to have an angioplasty. While he was having his heart problems he was also suffering from an abscessed tooth and asthma.

Doug was drafted by the Padres with the 12th pick of the first round of the 1986 draft. He didn't make his major league debut until 1992 due to arm problems. Between 1992-94 he pitched in 39 games pitching 159.3 innings and having a 4-13 record.

In December of 1994 Doug was traded along with Derek Bell, Ricky Guiterrez, Pedro Martinez, Phil Plantier, and Craig Shipley to the Astros for Sean Fesh, Ken Caminiti, Andujar Cedeno, Steve Finley and Roberto Petagine. After two years with the Astros he was traded with Brian Hunter, Todd Jones, Orlando Miller and cash for Brad Ausmus, Jose Lima, Trever Miller, C.J. Nitowski and Daryle Ward.

In February 2004 he signed as a free agent with the Rangers and was involved in a weird altercation while playing against Oakland at McAfee Stadium. He and his fellow relievers were sitting in the bullpen when a fan (this is disgusting and ugly) began to heckle Brocail about a stillborn child the Brocails had. One of his fellow players threw a chair at the heckler, but broke the nose of the hecklers wife. In my opinion that fan should have been banned from the stadium for awhile.

In December of 2005 Brocail signed as a free agent with the Padres and pitched in 92 games, going 7-3 and pitching in 105 innings over two seasons. He was released in November of '07 and signed as a free agent with the Astros again, where he pitched last year also.

Doug and his wife are the parents of five girls, two of whom are named Camydn and Parker in honor of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

I got the card through the mail during Dougs' first tour with the Padres.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Dan Lee Briggs

Dan Briggs was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1970 draft by the California Angels. He made his major league debut against the White Sox on September 10, 1975. He played 3 seasons with the Halo'd ones before being granted free agency at the end of the 1977 season. He signed with the Indians in 1978 and was traded by them on March 30, 1979 to the Padres for Mike Champion. While hitting in Jack Murphy stadium he played in 104 games getting 227 AB, 47 H and 8 HR with 30 RBI. Evidently the management in San Diego didn't think enough as they traded him to Montreal with Bill Almon for cash....Dave Cash. He didn't play in the majors in 1980 and only got in 9 games for the Expos in 1981 before being traded to the Cubs for the 1982 season for Mike Griffin. He played in 1982 and 1983 for the Yakult Sparrows of the Nippon Pacific Baseball League. I got the card from ABC Unlimited.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Craig Andrew Breslow

Craig Andrew Breslow has been dubbed "The Smartest Man in Baseball" by a Twins sportswriter. When he was 12, his 2 year older sister, was diagnosed with pediatric thyroid cancer. It started an interest in medicine, he went to Yale where he got a B.A. in molecular bio physics and bio chemistry. He was the Captain of the Yale baseball team.

He was drafted in the 26th round by the Brewers in 2002. He was released by the Brewers July 6, 1984 and in March of 2005 was signed as a free agent by the Padres. He went 0-0 in 14 games pitching 16.3 innings pitched with a 2.20 ERA. In February of 200 he signed as a free agent with the Red Sox, he also pitched for the Indians, in 2008 he pitched for the Twins.

The card is part of a team issued set by Upper Deck from 2005. This is the kind of set I like, almost complete team set with coaches, using good photos and a flat finish so they are easier to sign. I got this signed through the mail when Breslow was with the Red Sox in 2006

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Danny Richard Breeden

I picked up this card last week on ebay in the aftermath of Dave Roberts death. Several people were clearing out their Dave Roberts cards and I spotted this one. Got a good deal on the battery card, even though half of it never played for the Padres.

Danny Breeden and his brother Hal were both signed as amateur free agents in 1963, Danny with the Cardinals and Hal with the Milwaukie Braves. In December of 1963 Danny was drafted by the Cubs in the first year draft, December of 1964 saw him purchased by the Cardinals. In December of 1968 he was traded to San Diego with Phil Knuckles, Ron Davis and Ed Spiezio for Dave Giusti. He only lasted until June of 1969 in the Padres organization when he purchased by the Reds, where he made his made major league debut on July 24, 1969 against the Miracle Mets. In 1970 he was traded to the Cubs for Willie Smith. In 1971 he played where with the Cubs where his brother was playing his rookie season, they actually played together in 5 games for Chicago. That was it for Dannys' major league career, a few games in 1969 and a few in 1971, Hal Breeden played for parts of five seasons. Danny bounced around the minors for a few years. Before the 1973 season he was sent to the Padres in an unknown deal and then in 1974 he was part of a three team deal that went like this.
The Padres sent Nate Colbert to the Tigers, Detroit sent Bob Strampe and Dick Sharon to San Diego, the Tigers sent Ed Brinkman to the Cardinals, Saint Louis sent Alan Foster, Rich Folkers and Sonny Siebert to the Padres, and San Diego sent Danny Breeden to the Cardinals.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Dewon Cortez Brazelton

Better to burn out than fade away, may apply to Dewon Brazelton. He had both knee surgery and Tommy John surgery when he was only fifteen. Seemed like a can't miss superstar pitcher when the Devil Rays drafted him with the 3rd pick of the 1st round of the 2001 draft. He made his major league debut on my 45th birthday, September 12, 2002 against Toronto. He pitched the next four years for the Rays before being traded to the Padres for another first round underacheiver, third baseman, Sean Burroughs. Dewon pitched in 9 games for the Padres, going 0-2 with 12.00 ERA. He last pitched in relief of Jake Peavy, who staked him to an 8-0 lead, Brazelton then gave up four runs on three hits and walk without recording an out on May 11, 2006. He was demoted to the Portland Beavers the next day. He hasn't pitched in the majors since. In October of 2006 the Padres released him, he then signed in 2006 and 2007 as a free agent with the Royals, Pirates and Cardinals. He was released from the Cardinals in spring training of 2008 and I can't find any evidence that he played in MLB or MiLB in 2008. I got the card through ebay.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Russell Oles Branyan

This guy has moved around more in the last 15 years than parts of Joan Rivers face.

Russell Branyan was drafted in 1994 by the Indians in the 7th round of the amateur draft. He made his major league debut in 1998. In December of 2003 he was granted free agency and two months later he signed with the Braves. In April of 2004 he was traded to the Indians for Scott Sturkie, in July of 2004 he was traded to the Brewers as part of a conditional deal. In January of 2006 he was released and signed with the Devil Rays, who traded him to the Padres in August for Evan Meek and Dale Thayer. He played in 27 games with 72 AB's with 6 HR's and hit .292. In 2007 he played in 61 games with 122 AB's with 7 HR's before he was released in July. On August 7, 2007 he signed with the Indians, 2 days later he was purchased by the Phillies, who waited 3 weeks before sending him to St. Louis as part of a conditional deal, then in November he was granted free agency. In February of 2008 he signed as a free agent with the Brewers. After the 2007 season he was released and in December of 2008 he signed a one year contract with the Mariners for the 2009 season. I got the card signed through the mail somehow through all those moves.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Cooper Brannan

My first ever Padres game was when I was in Navy Boot Camp, Navy recruits on the first base side and Marine Corp recruits on the third base side. My friends Jason Weisenburg (USMC) and Peter Gould (USA) have both done tours in Iraq, Jason brother David was killed in Iraq. My dad is a veteran and I have many friends who are vets.

Cooper Brannan was born in Gilbert, AZ and lettered in football and baseball in High School. He graduated in May 2003 and enlisted in the Marine Corp, he graduated from boot camp as the platoon Honor Man. He served two tours in Iraq in February 2004 and in September 2005. He was injured in Fallujah, when he was getting out a flash bang grenade for a comrade, blowing off the pinky finger and medial hand of his left hand (his non pitching hand). He was medevaced eventually ending up at Balboa Hospital in San Diego, he was assigned to Marine Corp Recruit Depot for rehab and while there he played with the Marine Corp Baseball Team and the USA Military All Star Team after his recovery. On November 10, 2006 he and another Marine, Jeff Huben, were at a radio station event celebrating the Marine Corps birthday, when Sandy Alderson showed up. Jeff Huben talked Sandy into giving Cooper a tryout. Sandy, a former Marine, said it was right after the station played the Marine Corp hymn, so it wasn't a hard decision. He had a try out and was throwing around 93 MPH so he was assigned to Peoria in the AZL in 2006. In 2007 and 2008 he played in Eugene. Topps managed to misspell his name on the card. During the 2007 season I sent this card to Cooper at Eugene and he sent it back with a handwritten letter and a photo that he signed for me. I am hoping that he will continue to play in the Padres organization.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

From Vaugh Street to Fenway Park

Mr. Red Sox, The Johnny Pesky Story; 2004; Rounder Books, Cambridge, MA; 282 pages; 1-57940-088-4; 1/18/09-1/21/09

I met Johnny a few years ago at a Oregon Active and Oldtimers Association dinner. It is an organization that provides scholarships to up and coming Oregon ballplayers, and it also puts on a hell of a banquet. I have heard Tommy Lasorda, Tom Treblehorn, Max Patkin and Johnny speak at the banquet and met Steve Wilson and Steve Olin among others. Somewhere I have pictures, but who knows where. I spoke to Johnnys' brother Vince last summer at a Portland Beavers game, he had given a ball to the Beavers that was signed in the mid 30's.

John Paveskovich was born in Portland, OR in 1919 the son of Croatin immigrants who grew up playing baseball near the Vaughn Street Stadium were the Portland Beavers had played for years, at least since 1903. In his teen years he and his brother Vince became clubhouse boys for the Beavers. They were assigned to the visiting clubhouse and spent some picking up after the Hollywood Stars and San Diego Padres. Two of the many players they encountered were Ted Williams and Bobby Doerr who would later become Johnnys' teammates. Johnny played high school ball and semi pro ball, he played for a nearby lumber mill that was owned by Tom Yawkey, owner of the Red Sox. One of his co-workers was Billy Grable, who later changed his first name to Clark and the rest as they say is history. He was scouted by several teams, but his parents were most impressed by the Red Sox. He signed with the Sox and played his way through the system making his major league debut in 1942. He missed the next three years after joining the US Navy for WWII and returned in 1946. He played into 1952 with the Red Sox before being traded to the Tigers for 2 and a half years. After retiring he managed in the minors for the Tigers and Red Sox and was promoted to the majors again in 1963 as the Red Sox manager. He managed for 1963 and '64 before being fired. Ever since then he has been some kind of special assistant for the Red Sox. He is starting to slow down some since he will turning 90 in September of this year. This was an fun read of a real gentleman who loves baseball and enjoys every aspect of it. RRRRR

Milton Bradley

Milton Bradley was November 8, 1936, invented the paper cutter and founded the game company that bears his name.

I've got the wrong Milton Bradley. Let me check.

Oops you are right.

Milton Bradley, Junior is named Milton Bradley, Jr because his father filled out the birth certificate when his Mom was otherwise occupied. His Dad always a junior and he got one.

Milton Bradley was drafted by the Expos, (now the Nationals), in the 2nd round of the 1996 draft. He made his major league debut on July 19, 200 against the Mets. In July of 2001 he was traded to the Indians for Zach Day. After a confrontation with Manager Eric Wedge he was traded to the Dodgers for Franklin Guiterrez and Andrew Brown. Two years later, he was traded to the A's with Antonio Perez for minor leaguer Andre Ethier. In 2007 he was traded with cash to the Padres for, again, Andrew Brown. In San Diego he played in 144 games, scoring 31 runs on 45 hits with 11 home runs and hitting .313. Late in the season he got into a confrontation with an umpire, who allegedly directed profanity at Milton. As Bud Black was attempting to restrain him Bradley tore the ACL in his knee. He signed as a free agent with the Rangers and the end of 2007 and played his way on to the All Star team as the DH. In January he signed a three year, $30 million deal with the Cubs and will play right field and wear number 21. Let's see if he bounces when he hits home runs. I got the card signed through the mail, which I sent to him with the Rangers.

I just noticed that this is my 100th post on this site. Still far behind what I have done over at, but just as fun. There are more commenters here, card collectors must be more friendly than readers. Thanks for all your comments and cards.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Blog Bat Around 3-What would I like

All of the opinions expressed here are due to the type of collector that I am. My primary focus is to get signed cards of as many players pictured in Padres uniforms so I would like to see as different players pictured as Padres. This is one reason that I was initially excited to hear about Upper Deck Documentary because with 163 cards in the set it would be possible to see all or most of the rookies who debuted with the Padres in 2008. I have renamed the product Mockumentary since it features the same few players over and over and over and over. Sets I liked were Masterpieces and A&G, for their flat finish and the cool pictures, one of my signed cards from 2008 is a Chris Young A&G card that Bailey at the Nennth Inning got signed for me. I like A&G because of the simplicity of the card and the large amount of white space. The masterpieces often are simple and cool looking cards. Especially the Sandy Koufax.

I am not a big fan of the high end stuff, just because it is out of my price range and usually the cards in it don't justify the price of the pack.

Many of the cards are way too glossy for anyone to sign on, so I would like to see a base set that is a matte finish or flat finish so that players would be able to sign on the card.

What I would like to see more players featured in fewer sets. I would like to see Chrome sets folded in with the regular sets. I would like to see more variety in the players featured in each set, not 100 cards of Derek Jeter or Albert Pujols. I would like to have seen cards of Dirk Hayhurst, Mike Ekstrom and Edgar Gonzalez. I have seen no cards of Hayhurst or Ekstrom and the only card of Edgar is in the Bowman Draft Picks cards.

So I guess in summing up, what I would like to see is more variety of players on cards that have no or little gloss. I realize that I didn't write very much but my wants are simple, More Padres.

Robert Tanios "Tagg" Bozied

It would be interesting to see how Tagg Bozied came by his nickname. He was drafted by the Twins in the 2nd round of the 2000 draft. He was drafted by the Padres in 2001 in the 3rd round and worked his way up through the Padres organization. He played at Lake Elsinore and Mobile before making it to the Portland Beavers. I got to see him play for three years at Portland. Tagg suffered one of the freakiest injuries ever during the 2004 season, he hit a game winning grand slam and as he jumped on home plate he ruptured the patellar tendon in his left knee. He was out for the rest of the '04 season and had back problems during 2005 related to the knee injury. After the '05 season the Padres released him and he has since played at New Orleans for the Mets, Memphis for the Cardinals, and Alburque for the Marlins. In December of 2008 he signed a minor league contract with the A's and got an invitation to spring training. It would be nice to see him stick and make it to the show, he was a nice guy when I talked to him with the Beavers. I got the card signed through the mail when Tagg was here in Portland.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Jason Boyd

This post is not about the actor that played Piers Polkiss in the Harry Potter Movies or the lead singer of the band Audiovent. It's about a guy from St. Clair, Illinois who made it to the major league. He may be what many people consider a common, but he made it a lot farther than thousands of other people.

Jason Boyd was drafted in the 8th round of the 1994 draft by the Phillies and his major league debut 5 years later. He was chosen in the 1997 expansion draft by the Diamondbacks with the 23rd pick. In 1999 he was traded to the Pirates with Paul Weichard for Tony Womack. He made his major league debut September 10, 1999 against the St. Louis Cardinals. In March of 2000 he was picked off the waiver wire by the Brewers. 2 days later the Brewers put him on the waiver wire where he was plucked off the wire by the Philies. In 2001 he signed as a free agent with the Padres, where he went 1-0 in 23 games before being released after that one season. He then signed as a free agent with the Red Sox, Indians and was picked off waivers by the Pirates. He signed as a free agent with the Rangers in 2005 although the never pitched for them. He played five seasons with four different teams in the majors. I got the card off of ebay.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

A trip to the post office

I finally got to my den last night and got some packages ready to go out. My den is a small shed behind our house. It is kind of cold in there and was hard to get to during the big snow a couple of weeks ago. This morning I raced down to the Post Office and used the Automated Postal Center and sent out four packages. The Nennth Inning, Rangers Cards, The Electric Friar and Cards on Cards should all be getting packages soon. Cards on Cards may already have his since he lives about 5 miles away from me. Hope you guys enjoy them.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Rob Bowen

I got this card back in the mail from Rob Bowen the day after one arrived that I had purchased on ebay. I decided to go with the one I had sent out. I sent it to Rob care of the A's last year.

Rob Bowen was drafted by the Twins in the 2nd round of the 1999 draft. He made his major league debut on April 1, 2003. On March 29, 2006 he was placed on the waivers and picked up by the Tigers. Just a few days later the Tigers waived him and the Padres picked him up. He played a season and a half with the Padres before being traded to the Cubs with Kyler Burke for Michael Barrett and cash, one month later he was traded to the A's with Jerry Blevins for Jason Kendall and cash. Since the middle of the 2007 season he has been with the A's.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Larry Bowa

Fiery and Intense are just a couple of the words used to describe Larry Bowa both as a player and manager. He managed the Padres for a season and a half, 1987 and 1988. He followed Steve Boros and was followed by Jack McKeon. I got the card signed through the mail years ago when he was managing the Phillies.

He was signed by the Phillies in 1965 as an amateur free agent for a $2,000 dollar bonus. He made his major league debut April 7, 1970 and then played for the Phillies until 1982. During that time he went to 5 All Star Games in '74,'75,'76,'78 and 1979, won two Gold Gloves and was part of the Phillies 1980 World Series winning team. In 1982 he was traded with a rookie named Ryne Sandberg to the Cubs for Ivan DeJesus. Bowa was released by the Cubs in 1985 and signed as a free agent with the Mets, playing in 14 games. Two years later he was named manager of the San Diego Padres and managed all of 1987 and part of 1988 before being replaced by Jack McKeon. He then managed the Phillies from 2000-2004, being named Manager of the Year in the National League in 2001. He finished managing with a .490 Winning percentage with a 418-435 record.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Steve Boros

Steve Boros was once ejected before the game began. One night while he was managing the Padres Bip Roberts was called out at the plate. He was safe as any one but the home plate umpire could see, the umpire had his back to the plate but turned around and called Bip out. Boros argued the play and was ejected. The next day as he went to bring the lineup card to the umpires he also had a videotape in his hand, when the previous night umpire saw the tape in Boros' hand and ejected him from the game.

Steve Boros played 7 seasons in the majors from 1957-1965 for Detroit, the White Sox and the Reds. He managed two teams and had hard acts to follow, he managed the A's in 1983 and 1984 following Billy Martin and the Padres in 1986 following in the footsteps of Dick Williams. He went 74-88 and only lasted that year, to be followed by the fiery Larry Bowa. I got the card from ebay.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Danny Boone

Danny Boone had an interesting start and finish to his major league career. He was drafted in 1973 in the 15th round by the Angels, but did not sign. He was drafted in 1974 in the 5th round again by the Angels, but did not sign. In 1975 the Yankees drafted him in the 14th round, but did not sign. The Padres drafted him in 1976 in the 2nd round, but guess what he didn't sign then either. In June of 1976, he was drafted by the Angels in the 2nd round and what do you know he finally signed. He played in the Angels system until he was released in late March of 1980 and two or three days later the Padres signed him. He pitched for parts of two seasons making his debut against the Giants on April 11, 1981, he was 2-11 with 3 saves in 47 games. In 1982 he was traded to the Astros for Joe Pittman. In June of 1983 Houston released and in July he signed as a free agent with the Brewers, he played one year in their minor league system and was released. He disappeared until 1989 when the Senior Professional Baseball Association, Boone signed with the Bradenton Explorers. While going 4-3 with a 3.16 ERA he revealed that he had added a knuckleball to his arsenal of pitches. The Orioles signed him as a free agent in February and he spent the season in the minors getting a September call-up. He pitched in 4 games getting his first major league start. That start also turned out to be his final game, although Score accorded him Major League Prospect status in their 1991 set. I don't remember how I got the card signed, though I think it was through the mail.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Bret Boone

On August 19, 1992 Bret Boone became the first third generation major league baseball player, he is the son of Bob Boone and the Grandson of Ray Boone. His brother is Aaron Boone, who has played in the majors for the last 11 years.

Bret Boone was drafted by the Twins in the 25th round in 1987, but did not sign. Three years later, in 1990, he was drafted by the Mariners in the 5th round. In November of '93 he was traded to the Reds with Erik Hanson for Dan Wilson and Bobby Ayala. In 1998 he was traded to Atlanta with Mike Remingler for Rob Bell, Denny Neagle and Michael Tucker. Just before Christmas of 1999 Ryan Klesko, Jason Shiell and Bret were traded to the Padres for Wally Joyner, Reggie Sanders and Quilvio Veras. Booney played one season in San Diego, playing in 127 games, hitting .251 in 463 at bats with 19 home runs. In 2000 he signed as a free agent with the M's and signed in 2001 with Seattle as a free agent. He played 4 more seasons with the Mariners before being sent to the Twins as part of a conditional deal on July 11, 2005 and on the 31st of July of 2005 he was released by the Twins. He retired then and then played some minor league ball and in 2008 he was signed by the Washington Nationals, played in their minor league system and a little bit in the majors before being sent back down and retiring again. He had a pretty decent career between 1992 and 2005, winning 2 Silver Sluggers and 4 Gold Gloves and playing in 3 All Star Games. I got this signed through the mail when he was with the Mariners.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Greg Booker

Greg Booker is married to the former Kristi McKeon, daughter of Trader Jack McKeon. His own father-in-law once traded him away to the Twins.

Greg was drafted by the A's in the 32nd round of the 1978 draft but he did not sign. He was drafted by the Padres in the 10th round of the 1981 draft out of Elon University. He made his major league debut on September 11, 1983 against the Reds. He pitched for six and a half years for the Padres before his father in law traded him to the Twins for Freddie Toliver. He played a couple of games for the Twins and the Giants. He signed as a free agent with the Cubs but never pitched for them. He signed as a free agent with the Giants and pitched two games for them in 1990. I remember talking to him when he was playing for the Las Vegas Stars. I got the card signed through the mail when he was a coach with the Padres.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Juan Bonilla

Juan Bonilla was drafted by the New York Yankees in 1977 but the pick was voided. In 1978 he was signed as an amateur free agent by the Cleveland Indians. In 1981 he was traded to the Padres for Bob Lacey. He played for 3 seasons playing in 291 games at second base. He debuted April 9, 1981 against the Giants. In 1985 he was signed as a free agent by the Yankees, then in '86 as a free agent with Baltimore, then in 1987 he signed again with the Yankees. He played his final game October 10, 1987. I believe that I got this signed card from ebay.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Ricky Bones

Once back in the day (according to Dane Cook, it was a Wednesday) when Ricky was pitching for the Las Vegas Stars, I gave he and Rafael Valdez, another pitcher a ride to the hotel. He was signed by the Padres as an amateur free agent in 1986, and he made his debut August 11, 1991 against Cinncinati. He only spent one season pitching for the Padres going 4-6 in 11 games with a 4.83 ERA. On March 26, 1992 he was traded to the Brewers with Matt Mieske and Jose Valentin for Gary Sheffield and Geoff Kellogg. He pitched for 5 and a half years for the Brewers before he was traded to the Yankees with Pat Listach, Graeme Lloyd for Bob Wickman and Gerald Williams. He was selected to the All Star team in 1994 but did not get into the game. He then signed as a free agent with the Reds, Brewers, purchased by the Royals from the Brewers, signed as a free agent with the Twins, Kansas City, Baltimore, and Marlins. He finished his career pitching at Las Vegas at AAA for the Dodgers. I got this card signed by Ricky through the mail.

1986 Topps Box

I just finished opening and sorting a box of 1986 Topps Baseball. I got 540 cards of which only 14 were duplicates, the best dupe was Tom Seaver, not a single Padres duplicate. I got two #57 cards Bill Doran and Bobby Wine and if I remember correctly that there is another two cards with the same number, but I can't remember what number it is. One of my all time favorite cards is in this set. It is the Tony Perez card, it shows the end of one era of baseball and the beginning of another. I have already gotten a few cards I need from Night Owl. Hopefully I can trade for some more.

Want List-Updated 7/27/09

1986 Topps Baseball-I found a full set that I built in 1986, so I am abandoning this set. I have lots of singles to trade if you need them.

WWE Heritage IV
55 Zach Ryder
Heritage IV Magnets
Heritage II Turkey Red Inserts

2008 Upper Deck Mockumentary San Diego Padres
by Game Number

Padres Opening Day Starting Lineup
1969; Bill Davis, Rafael Robles
1970; Tommy Dean, Van Kelly, Jerry Morales, Dave Campbell,
1971; Chris Cannizzaro
1972; Derrel Thomas, Larry Stahl, Jerry Morales
1973; Johnny Grubb, Dave Hilton, Bob Davis
1974; Dave Hilton
1975; Enzo Hernandez, Randy Jones, Randy Hundley
1977; Gene Richards, Mike Champion, Bill Almon
1978;Dave Winfield, Gaylord Perry
1979; Ozzie Smith, Mike Hargrove, Barry Evans,
1980; Ozzie Smith, Dave Winfield,
1981; Ozzie Smith,Randy Bass, Juan Bonilla
1985; Jerry Royster
1986; Jerry Royster
1997; John Flaherty, Chris Gomez
1998; Quilvio Veras, Chris Gomez
1999; Greg Myers, George Arias
2000; Damian Jackson, Carlos Hernandez, Sterling Hitchcock
2001; Wiki Gonzalez, Woody Williams
2002; Bubba Trammell, Devi Cruz, Ramon Vasquez,
2003; Mark Loretta,Ramon Vasquez
2008; Paul McAnulty
2009; Henry Blanco

Brian Boehringer

Brian Boehringer was drafted by the Astros in the 1990 draft in the 1oth round but did not sign. He was drafted by the White Sox in the 4th round of the 1991 draft. In 1994 he was traded to the Yankees for Paul Assenmacher and made his major league debut against the Kansas City Royals on April 30, 1995. On November 18, 1997 he was drafted by the Devil Rays with the 30th pick in the expansion draft, on the same day he was traded with Andy Sheets to the Padres for John Flaherty. He played for three season with the Padres, with an 11-10 record. In 2000 he was released and signed as a free agent with the Yankees, before he was traded to the Giants for Bobby Estalella and Joe Smith. He signed as a free agent with the Pirates, where he pitched his final game on June 1, 2004. He wasn't quite finished though as he signed as a free agent with the Yankees, Cubs, Royals, and Tigers, but never made it back to the majors. According to his wikipedia entry he is now playing on several city league softball teams. I can tell because of the lovely green signature, that this is one of the cards I got signed through the mail.