Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
I have more cards than I want. I've found many people to give them to, but there are still a few teams that have no homes. Please write me at Padrographs@live.com if you want some of the following teams, Nationals(with or without Expos); Twins; Rockies; Blue Jays and Rays. All I am looking for in return are San Diego Padres. Thank you for your time.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Joe Carter is in the Hall of Fame, actually he is in four Hall of Fames, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, Wichita State University Hall of Fame, the Missouri Valley Hall of Fame and the Kansas Hall of Fame. For some reason I thought that Joe had spent a couple of years with the Padres but looking at Baseball-Reference he was only with the Padres for 1 year. He played in all 162 games for the 1990 season and hit 24 homeruns. He is best known for his years with Cleveland and Toronto (some home run thing), but he also played for the Cubs, Padres, Orioles and Giants. He played from 1983 to 1998, he played in 5 All Star games and won two Silver Slugger Awards. I think that I got this signed at the same card show that I got the second photo signed at.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I bought a box of 1986 Topps off of ebay not too long ago and am working on building the set. The first time I had ever bought a box of cards was back in 1986, from Portland Sports Cards and built the set, after buying another box from Baseball Cards and More. I still have that '86 set, in a box with a note on it that I wrote to my son who was born July 9, 1986. I talked about the set, the times and how I felt about him coming into my life.
As I was opening this box I came across the Tony Perez card. This card moves me for a couple of reasons. One; it shows the torch being passed from one generation of player to the next, 1986 was Tony Perez' last season in the majors and it was the first full season in the majors for Eric Davis. Two; this was the year I first became a father and if you don't think changes things, you haven't become one. This is one of my all time favorite cards and I am starting a new notebook page for my cardboard appreciation cards.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
When I got home from shopping and doing other errands, including picked up a Garvey piece I had framed and matted, I got the mail. There was a card of coaches signed by Sonny Siebert. I had sent it to him several years ago and he sent it back with a note saying that he required a $7 donation, part of which went to charity. I kept meaning to send it back with the $7 dollars, and finally did last month. I already have everyone else signed on other cards. I sent the Kingman card off before I found out that he charges five dollars, so hopefully he will send it back with a note and I will send it out again.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
For those of you who don't know I read a lot and actually review everything I read at readerman.net . I worked at the two biggest baseball cards shop in Portland, from 1990-1997, during much of the time period covered in this box.
A couple of collectors wanted to come up with a way to prevent cards from being counterfeited. So they started shopping the idea around and as it got bigger, the two inital collectors got pushed out. And in came Richard McWilliam, who as portrayed here comes accross as a narcisstic, power hungry, tempermental despot. The story of how Upper Deck got started is pretty amazing, how these two collectors took an idea to make a better card and it turned into a monster. Upper Deck has increased the quality of cards throughout the market, but it has also fueled in an increase in investors taking over the hobby and looking for the hits, versus people collecting for the fun of it. Most collectors still do it for fun, but the card companies don't seem to think so as much of the product is aimed at the high rollers. The business practices of Upper Deck in reprinting cards after their inital release were whispers I heard while working at the card shops, but this confirms those whispers. I wouldn't buy any Upper Deck stuff for investment purposes, but will buy cards of players I want. Well written and well researched Mr. Williams is a must read for all of those who stocked up on UD back in the day. RRR
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
I have been looking for a Dave Kingman card with the Padres, but had been unable to find one. So today at lunchtime I cobbled this together. I know that many of you are much better, but this is my homemade art. I am sending it to Mr. Kingman in the hopes that he will sign it. I am also sending out to Josh Hamilton and James Darnell tomorrow.
Javier Cardona was drafted by the Tigers in the 19th round of the 1993 draft but did not sign. The Tigers tried again in 1994 taking him in the 23rd round. He made his major league debut on April 3, 2000 against the Rangers. He played part two seasons with the Tigers before being traded to the Padres with Rich Gomez for Damian Jackson and Mat Walbeck. He split time between the Portland Beavers and the Padres in 2002, playing in 15 games for San Diego. He played his final major league game April 14, 2002, but stuck around the game for three more seasons. In March of 2003 he signed as a free agent with the Cubs, in April of 2004 he signed with the Mets, in February of 2005 the Rockies signed him as a free agent. In April he was sent to the Cardinals as part of a conditional deal, in June the Cardinals sent him to the Indians as part of a conditional deal for John Rodriguez. In March of 2006 he signed as a free agent with the Red Sox, but I can't find any information that he played in their organization at all. I believe that I got the card off of ebay.