Friday, December 31, 2010

Reggie and Scott

Reggie Sanders played in the majors for 17 seasons.  Some of these guys just play quietly from day to day and have long careers.  He played from 1991-1998 for the Reds, he was traded to the Padres in 1999 as part of a trade for Mark Sweeney and Greg Vaughn.  After the 1999 season he and Wally Joyner were part of a trade to Atlanta for Bret Boone and Ryan Klesko.  After Atlanta he played for the Diamondbacks, Giants, Cardinals, Pirates and Royals.  I got this Keebler card signed through the mail.  Scott Sanders had his jersey make an appearance on a Upper Deck card of TonyGwynn.  He was drafted by the Padres in 1990 and made his major league debut in '93 with the Padres.  He pitched for the Padres from 1993-1996 and in 1998.  He split 1997 between the Mariners and Tigers, he started 1998 in Detroit but finished the year in San Diego.   He played for the Cubs in 1999, the Indians in 2000 and the Ham Fighters in 2001.  I got this signed through the mail.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

A.J. and Greg

 A.J. Sager was drafted by the Padres in 1988 and made his major league debut in 1994 for the Padres.  After the '94 season he was granted free agency and signed with the Rockies, after a season in Denver he signed as a free agent with the Tigers.  He spent 3 seasons with the Tigers before retiring.  He is currently the pitching coach for the Toledo Mud Hens.  I got this card signed through the mail.  Greg Sain was drafted by the Padres in 2001.  He worked his way up to AAA Portland in 2005, in 2006 he played in the Northern League, and in the Yankees and Brewers organizations.  I got this signed through the mail also. 

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


  A Couple of weeks ago Rob Deez, Isacc Cheong and Kenny Eng swung through Portland on their Adult Books Tour.  Driving them from San Diego to Portland and back again was Travis Peterson, the driving force behind Punk Rock Paint.   We met at Proper Eats, a vegan cafe, that was hosting a photo exhibit while the guys were trying to sing.  Travis brought me some really cool stuff, which I will now share with you. 

A couple of pins from the Padres, the All Time Padres Team set and an 1988 Fleer Cello Pack with Tim Flannery on top.

A LOST jigsaw puzzle that I think may have some other goodies mixed in.


Actual nameplates off the backs of Ryan Klesko and Boomer Wells.

A couple of cards of the Worlds Greatest Hitters both in the Hall of Fame, both from San Diego and both former Padres.

A 1973 Sports Illustrated autographed by Basketball Hall of Famer, great Trailblazers center and all around groovy guy, Bill Walton.  This particular item was obtained for us by the lovely and talented Kerri Dopart. 

Several Bruce Bochy cards that I needed for my run of Padres managers. 

A baseball signed by the entire team that lost the 1998 World Series in four straight games.

This is what I think might be hidden in the Lost Jigsaw puzzle is the rest of the 1990 Topps Bip Roberts actual size jigsaw puzzle. 

Thanks Travis, this is some really awesome stuff.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

What Would You Do?

I am nearing the end of my search for cards of Leon "Bip" Roberts.  I only have about 20 cards left according to the Beckett checklist.  I have checked eBay, Checkoutmycards,, Beckett Marketplace and even a few shops in Southern California.  What would you do now?  Here is what I still need;

1989 Padres Coke #14
1989 Padres Postcards #26
1990 Padres Coke #15
1990 Padres Magazine/Unocal #26
1990 Padres Postcards  #25
1991 Padres Coke #8
1991 Padres Magazine/Rallys #9
1991 Padres Magazine/Rallys #23B
1995 Padres CHP #7
1997 Royals Police #19
1997 Pacific Light Blue #110
1998 Leaf Fractal Materials Z2 Axis #119
1998 Leaf Online Winners #283
1998 Paramount Platinum Blue #50
1998 Tigers Postcard #18
1998 Ultra Masterpiece #452

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I haven't quit!

I have been busy with work and Christmas prep since the 4th of this month.  Plus I don't have anything past R, so I have to do that.  I also have to take pictures of the stuff Travis of Punk Rock Paint brought with him when he came to town earlier this month.  Some really cool stuff and we had a good time at the Vegan cafe. 

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Gary and Jerry

 Gary Douglass Ross pitched for 10 seasons in the major leagues.  He was drafted by the Cubs in 1967 and pitched for them in '68.  He was traded to the Padres with Frankie Libran and Joe Niekro for Dick Selma.  He then stayed in San Diego for the next six years, before being traded to the Angels.  He pitched for the Angels for three years.  I got this signed through the mail.  Jeron Kennis Royster played third base for the Padres in '85-'86, he played for the Braves (10 years), Dodgers, White Sox and Yankees.  He managed the Brewers for part of 2002, then from 2008-2010 he managed the Lotte Giants in South Korea, becoming the first non Korean to manage in the league.  I got this signed through the mail back in 1987 or '88.

Friday, December 3, 2010

John and Dave

John Edward Roskos played three seasons in the majors.  Two with the Marlins and one with the Padres from 1998-2000.  He was drafted by the Marlins in 1993 and made his debut in 1998.  I got this signed through the mail.  David Wade Ross made a pit stop in San Diego in 2005 between playing with Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.  He played in 11 games between July of '05 and March of '06.  He came to the Padres for Portland favorite J.J. Furminak and left for Bobby Basham.  He has played for the Braves for the last three years.  I also got this signed through the mail.   

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Vincente and Leo

Vincente Navarro Romo came to the majors from the Mexican League.  He was originally signed in 1964 and made his major league debut with the Dodgers in 1968 and also spent some time with the Indians  in '68.  He was with the Indians until traded to the Red Sox who traded him to the White Sox.  In late '72 the White Sox traded him to San Diego for Johnny Jeter.  He played 2 seasons for the Padres and then played seven seasons in Mexico before making a comeback in 1982 with the Dodgers.  He pitched in 15 games for the Dodgers in 1982.  I think I got this card through eBay.  Leonel Rosales is a relief pitcher for the Diamondbacks, he was drafted by the Padres in 2003 and then traded to the Diamondbacks in 2007 for Scott Hairston.  He has been pitching in relief for the D'backs since 2008.  I got this signed through the mail while Leo was still in the Padres organization. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Rich and Jesse

Richard Anthony Rodriguez brought Trevor Hoffman to San Diego.  He was drafted by the Mets in 1984 and traded to the Padres for a couple of minor leaguers in 1989.  He made his major league debut in 1990 and pitched in 191 games for the Padres before being traded along with Gary Sheffield for Andres Berumen, Jose Martinez and Trevor Hoffman.  After the Marlins he played with the Cardinals, Giants, Mets and Indians.  I got this signed through the mail.  Jesse Roman seems to have been drafted by the Cardinals in 2001 and went over to the Padres in 2004 and then disappeared from organized baseball.  I remember I got this signed through the mail. 

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dave and Rafael

David Tanner Robinson played 22 games for the Padres in 1970-1971.  That was the extent of his major league career.  He was drafted by the Padres in 1968 and finished playing in the minors in 1971.  I obtained the signed card through a dealer.  Rafael Orlando Robles was drafted by the Giants in 1967 and then drafted by the Padres in the expansion draft.  He played for the Padres in '70,'71 and '72.  I bought the card through eBay.  

Monday, November 29, 2010

Dave Roberts, 3 of 3

David Arthur Roberts just missed playing with David Wayne Roberts by two weeks.  He was traded to the Astros' two weeks prior to David Wayne Roberts being drafted.  He was drafted by the Phillies in 1963, then was picked up the Padres in the expansion draft.  He also played for the Tigers, Cubs, Giants, Pirates, Mariners and Mets.  He said "The way I look at it, either I'm a bum or everyone wants me."  I got the card on eBay

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Dave Roberts, 2 of 3

David Ray Roberts was just named the Padres 1st base coach for the coming season.  He is returning to San Diego where he played in 2005-2006.  He has also played for the Indians, Dodgers and Giants.  He is best known for a play in the 2004 ALCS for the Red Sox when he stole a base against the Yankees.  The play has become known simply as 'The Steal" and is considered one of the most important plays in Red Sox history.  The amazing thing is that he only played in 45 games for the Red Sox in 2004.  Dave has survived a health crisis in the last couple of years.  I got this card through the mail.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Dave Roberts, 1 of 3

David Wayne Roberts is one of the reasons I am a Padres fan.  On June 7,1972 Dave Roberts was drafted by the Padres, Dave made his major league debut that same day.  While Dave was making his major league debut, I was attending South Eugene High School with Dave's' sister Jill.  That is when I started following the Padres, and then in 1975 I got to attend my first Padres game while I was going through Navy boot camp in San Diego.  I know Willie McCovey was playing and think Dave was also playing.  He played for the Padres through 1978, then played 2 years in Texas and a year each in Houston and Philadelphia.  I have met Dave at a couple of local card shows and he is a very nice man.  I got this signed at one of those card shows.  He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

The King of Leon

Leon Joseph Roberts is the king.  When I got out of the Navy I worked for a year as a Young Life leader at Skyline High School in Oakland, California for the 1980-1981 school year.  I got to watch some high school sports and got to see a senior, named Bip Roberts, play baseball.  A few years later I was attending a Portland Beavers game and got to see Bip play for the Las Vegas Stars, must have been 1987.  We talked about Skyline and other things and I got his '86 Topps Traded signed.    He spent all of the 1986 season in the major leagues after being chosen from the Padres in the Rule 5 draft.  He played for 12 major league seasons, 7 with the Padres along with 5 other teams, the Reds, A's, Tigers, Royals, and Indians.  He played in the 1992 All Star game, he was traded away from the Padres twice, once for Randy Myers and once for Wally Joyner.  He had a 23 game hitting streak for the Padres for the Padres at one point.  After he retired he returned to Oakland and began helping with his high school baseball as a volunteer, in 2008 he was named the head baseball coach of the Skyline High Scool Titans.  This is one of the many cards that I have signed by Bip, many in person and through the mail.  I am about 25 cards short of completing my Bip Roberts collection.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Mike Roarke

Michael Thomas Roarke played for the Tigers for 4 years from from 1961-1964.  He was the pitching coach for the White Sox, Cardinals, Padres and Red Sox.  He has also managed in the minor leagues.  I have all of the other coaches signed on other cards.  I got Mr. Roarke to sign this through the mail.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Michael and Ruben

Michael R. Rivera is a catcher who played in 19 games in 2003 for the Padres.  He was taken off waivers by the ChiSox from the Padres, the Padres had gotten him in a trade from the Tigers for Gene Kingsale.  I got the Topps Total card signed through the mail.  Rubeno Rivera is Mariano Riveras' cousin, he was obtained from the Yankees for Hideki Irabu.  Ruben had been voted off the team by his Yankee teammates, after he took Derek Jeters' bat and glove and selling them to a memorabilia dealer.  I picked up the card on eBay.

Monday, November 22, 2010


Edinson Rincon is a 20 year old who has been in the Padres organization since 2007 at age 16.  He has been working his way up to A league.  I got this signed through the mail earlier this year.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Greg and Jim

Gregory Lee Riddoch is in the Eugene Emeralds Hall of Fame, he managed the team for six years when it was a Reds affiliate and 4 years when it was part of the Padres organization.  He also managed the Padres from 1990-1992,then returned to managing the Emeralds.  James David Riggleman took over the Padres managerial position when Greg Riddoch was relieved in 1992, he managed through the end of the 1994 season.  He managed the Cubs from 1995-2000, the Mariners in 2008, the Nationals from 2009 to the present.  I got both of these cards signed through the mail. 

Saturday, November 20, 2010


Eugene Richards, Jr.  played 7 years for the Padres and one year for the Giants.  He was drafted by the Padres in 1975 and made his major league debut in 1977 and came in third in the Rookie of the Year balloting that year.  He played through the '83 season, playing in the majority of games each year until 1983, playing at first and the outfield.  I bought this card on eBay.

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Reynolds Brothers

Donald Edward Reynolds was drafted out of the University of Oregon in 1975, so we both left Eugene for San Diego at about the same time.  Don worked his way up to the majors in 1978 and 1979.  He played 87 games for the Padres in those two years, he played in the organization until 1981.  I got this signed through the mail, although Don only lives about a mile from where I work.   Harold Craig Reynolds is seven years younger than his brother, Don.  Harold graduated from high school in Corvallis, Oregon in 1979 and was drafted by the Padres, but elected not to sign.  He was then drafted by the Mariners and spent 10 seasons playing for Seattle, he then signed as a free agent with the Orioles for a year.  He then signed a free agent contract with the Padres and stopped by just long to have his picture taken before being traded to the Angels for Hilly Hathaway (WHO?).  Harold is now a commentator for MLB network, one of at least two Oregon High School players.  I got this somehow, I know I bought a bunch and sent them out,

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Dennys Reyes pitched in 36 games for the Padres in 2005, mostly in long relief.  He has pitched for 11 organizations since 1997.  He started with the Dodgers and pitched for the Cardinals last year, in between he has pitched for San Diego, Colorado, Minnesota, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Texas, Arizona, and Pittsburgh.  His longest tenure so far was was 4 years with the Reds.  I think I bought this off eBay after trying several times to get it signed through the mail. 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Merv and Carlos

Mervin Weldon Rettenmund is the proud owner of three World Series ring, two as a player and one as a coach. He got one in 1970 with the Orioles, one in 1975 with the Reds and one, as a coach with the A's in 1989.  He played with the Padres in 1976 and 1977, and served as their hitting coach from 1991-1999 and then again in parts of 2006 & 2007.  I got this 1978 Topps card signed through the mail.   Carlos Alberto Reyes was liked by someone in baseball operations in San Diego.  He was signed three times as a free agent by the Padres.  He pitched for the Padres in 1998, 1999 and 2000 with stops in Boston and Phillies in between each of those stints in San Diego. I got this Keebler team issue card signed through the mail. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Steve and Kevin

Steven Vincent Reed quietly played from 1992 to 2005 in the majors.  He was originally a  member of the Giants and then began an odyssey that took him through the leagues. In January of 2002 the Padres signed him as a free agent and then in July traded him to the Mets for Jason Bay and one of the Bobby Joneses. He appeared in 40 games for the Padres.  He signed the UD 40 Man card through the  mail.  Kevin Patrick Reese was born in San Diego, went to the University of San Diego, was drafted by San Diego in 2000 and was traded by San Diego in 2001 to the Yankees.  He played in 12 games for the Yankees as a replacement for an injured Hideki Matsui.  He retired after the 2007 season and is currently a scout for the Yankees in the Sally and Carolina leagues.  I think I got this signed through the mail.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Tom and Jody

Thomas Richard Redington played in the minor leagues from 1987-1995.  He played in the Braves organization and then played in the Padres organization during 1990.  I picked up the card on eBay.  Jody Eric Reed was a Red Sox mainstay for several years, then played for the Dodgers for a year,a year for the Brew Crew, two years for San Diego and a year for the Tigers.  He is the current defensive infield coordinator for the New York Yankees.  I don't remember how I got this signature.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Frank and Tim

Frank Beall Reberger pitched in 67 games for the Padres after being chosen from the Cubs in the expansion draft.  He was traded to the Giants for three players and played three years in the city by the Bay.  He has been a coach and manager since he retired, in 2008 he signed as the pitching coach for the Uni President 7-Eleven Lions in Korea. I got the card signed through the mail a few years ago.   Timothy James Redding pitched 9 games for the 2005 Padres, after being acquired from the Astros for Humberto Quintero.  After those 9 games he was traded to the Yankees, and then pitched in MLB through 2009, he pitched last year for the Samsung Lions in Korea.  I got the card signed through the mail.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Eric and Randy

 Eric Ralph Rasmussen legally changed his name from Harold to Eric during his major league career.  He played three years for the Padres from 1978-1980.  He then played a year for the Royals.  He pitched a couple of years for the Senior League, and since 1991 he has been a pitching coach and manager in the Twins organization.  He has been the pitching coach for some of the good pitchers for the Twins.  I got this signed through the mail several years ago.  Randy Max Ready was a incredibly great signer during the two years that he was the manager of the former Portland Beavers (Mayor Sam Adams will not ever get my vote again).   Randy was a Padre from 1986-1989, he came over from the Brewers and then moved on to Oakland.  I got this signed through the mail back in the late '80s.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Joe and Dennis

Joseph Gregory Salvatore Randa was a member of the Eugene Ems in 1991 when I first saw him play, during a game I wrote about earlier.  Joe played 58 games for the Padres in 2005, coming over from the Reds and then finishing his career the next year with the Pirates.  I think I got this signed through the mail.  Dennis Lee Rasmussen was lucky to be a major leaguer, on Labor Day 1973, at age 14, he was riding his bike when he was struck by a car and his foot only had the achilles connecting it to his leg.  A surgeon who had operated on Vietnam casualties thought he could fix it and did.  I remember talking to Dennis when he was charting pitches for the Las Vegas Stars against the Beavers in 1991 and got him to sign this card.  He was a very nice man and spent some time talking with us.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Cesar and Peeter

Cesar Ramos made a few starts in San Diego in the last two years, although he spent most of his time in Portland.  I got to see him pitch several times in the last couple of years and would probably have gotten to see him next year, except the city council here has their collective thumbs up their collective a**** so the Beavers have left town.  Ramos was drafted by the Padres in 2005 and made his major league debut in 2009.  I got this signed through the mail a few years ago.  Peeter Ramos in the Padres organization from 2002-2005, the Phillies system in 2006-2007 and a farmhand for the Mets in 2008.   He played in an independent league last year.  He signed this card through the mail.