Saturday, December 28, 2019

Roster Mosaic 1981


  • Living in Portland 
  • Work at Mall 205 Cinemas and Saylers' Old Country Kitchen
  • Padres draft OF Tony Gwynn in the 3rd Round 
  • Padres draft Kevin McReynolds, Frank Castro and Bill Long ahead of Tony Gwynn.
  • Gwynn plays for the Walla Walla Padres and the Amarillo Gold Sox.  
  • The Padres go 41-69 under Manager Frank Howard in the strike shortened season.
  • Padres finish last in both halves of the season.
  • Missing Mike Phillips, can't even find a picture of him in a Padres uniform.
  • 33 of 34 players 

Friday, December 27, 2019

Frankenset update, 12.27.19

No new cards for the Frankenset today.  Christmas spending kinda of slowed things down on the Frankenset spending.  I still have the following teams available for gifting.  I am not looking to trade.  I have 50 or more of each of these teams, stars included.  I wish to clear my box of teams at the end of the year.  If you want one of the teams or know of some one who might, drop me a line and I will send them to you after the start of 2020.  Thank you for your help.

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Thursday, December 26, 2019

My Musicards #8, John Fischer

John Fischer was a well known artist at the beginning of contemporary Christian music.  Sometimes he is credited with having the first CCM album released.  In the late 70's I helped promote a concert of his in Oakland, CA.  He was a nice guy and I was really into his music for awhile.  He seems to have more of an author later in his career.  

Friday, December 13, 2019

Frankenset update 12.13.19

Just one card added to the Frankenset this week.  I didn't have a card from Renata Galasso in the Frankenset so I found this one, which fills spot #223.  Tony Cuccinello  played from 1930-1945 for a variety of teams in both leagues.  

The Frankenset page and the want list are both updated.  

Thursday, December 12, 2019

My Musicards #7

The Judds were one of the biggest attractions in country music in the eighties and nineties.  They won five Grammy's and  eight Country Music Association awards.  They conducted a farewell tour in 1991 shortly after Naomi (Mom, with the hat on the card) was diagnosed with Hepatitis C.  Wynonna continued on our her own for years, never really achieving the success they had as a duo.  The third member of the family is actress Ashley Judd.  
My wife and I went to see the Judds in their farewell concert at Portland's Memorial Coliseum.  Pirates of the Mississippi opened and then T.G. Shepard, both of which we missed.  We got to our seats as they were setting the stage for the third act, a newcomer named Garth Brooks.  Wow, what a performance.  I remember him giggling all the way through Friends in Low Places as the entire crowd sang along.  The Judds were almost a let down after the high energy of Garth's set.    

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Giving Stack 12.11.19

Today there is  no trade stack.  I have several teams that I don't collect that I have fifty or more cards of and I would like to find a good home for them.  This is a gift from me to you.  If you are interested in any of the following teams please comment and email me with your address and I will send you the cards.  Thank you for stopping by.

Los Angeles, California Angels of Anaheim
The Houston Astros
The Blue Jays
The Milwaukee Brewers
The Arizona Diamondbacks
The Cleveland Indians
The Miami or Florida Marlins
The Washington Nationals
The Baltimore Orioles
The Philadelphia Phillies
The Texas Rangers
The Boston Red Sox
The Colorado Rockies
The Kansas City Royals
The Minnesota Twins
and finally, 
The New York Yankees

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Gubernatorial Return #11,Utah

 Utah  Governor Gary Herbert only took nine days to respond to my request.  Unfortunately he is one of the Governors whose staff did not read the directions.  I chose this photo because the Governor is wearing a jersey and hat of the minor league Salt Lake City Bees, a team that used to be the Portland Beavers.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Padrographs #1186 & #1187

The last weeks have been absolutely crazy and so I have been slow in posting.  This weeks Padrographs a couple of through the mail custom cards.  Jeremy of Topps Cards That Never Were created a set of 1995 Padres replacement players and I found an address for (Padrograph #1186) Jim Campanis Jr. and sent him this card. He never "officially" played in the majors, but he was a replacement player for the Padres.  It only took thirty eight days to get to him and return. 
Padrograph #1187, Dan Serafini, took a little longer to return to me.  I sent the cards to Dan in January of this year and received them back on December 15, so three hundred and forty two days.  Dan had a seven year major league career, but only played in three games for the Padres in 2000.  He also appeared in eleven games for the Pirates in 2000.  

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Trade Stack, 12.4.19

The newest addition to the trade stack is this 1976 Topps Rookie Card of Phoenix Suns center Alvan Adams.  Alvan was the NBA rookie of the year and played until 1988.  He is currently the VP of Facility Maintenance for the Suns Arena.  Someone gave me this in the early 80's.

If you are interested in this card or any of the leftovers below, let me know and I will send it to you.  Then send me anything and we will call it good.  Surprise me.   

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Trade Stack, 11.27.19

On May 30, 2016 Ninety Two year old WWII Navy Veteran Burke Waldron jogged out to the mound in Seattle and threw out the ceremonial first pitch.  When I found this card and saw that Mr. Waldron signed cards I sent him some.  I wrote about being the son of a Navy veteran and a Navy vet my self.  He signed the three cards I sent him and an extra card that he had printed.  I sent him five dollars and he wrote back thanking me for the "fiver".
If you are interested in this card or any of those left from previous weeks, (see below), let me know and I will send 'em to you. Just send me anything.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Gubernatorial Return #10, Ohio

Ohio Governor Mike Dewine must have been appearing in Cincinnati when this photo was taken as he is wearing a Reds jacket.  It only took him nine days to sign and return the card.  

Monday, November 25, 2019

Padrographs #27, #28, #1124 and #1185

Two customs and two Topps cards this week.  
#1124, Dwain Anderson played in fifty three games for the Padres in 1973, splitting the season between the Cardinals and San Diego.  I found this card front online, made a back and sent it with a $10 donation to Mr. Anderson and got it back in fifty eight days.  
#27, Matt Antonelli played in twenty one games for the Padres in 2008.  I had followed his progress through the Padres system for a couple of years.  I think I got him to sign this when he played in Portland.  
#28, Jose Arcia played in two hundred thirty four games for the Padres in 1969 & 1970.  I think I got this signed through the mail.
#1185, Matt Howard* played for the Yankees in 1996.  He was a replacement player for the Padres during the strike.  I can't find any stats for his time with the Padres.  The front was done by Jeremy of Topps cards that never were.  He is the third replacement player I have gotten a signature of.  

*Matt added John 3:3 to his signature in the New International Version it reads, "Jesus replied, very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again."

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Roster Mosaic 1980

  • Worked at Young Lifes' Woodleaf as the Gardener.  
  • Moved to Portland, Oregon
  • Attended Mt. Hood Community College, majoring in History.  I was going to be a history teacher.
  • Worked as the mascot at MHCC, Bernie the St. Bernard.
  • The Padres went 79-83 under former Yankee Jerry Coleman, who came out of the Padres broadcast booth to manage.
  • Have autographs of all 36 players the Padres used that year.  

Friday, November 22, 2019

Frankenset Update 11.22.19

Just one card to update in the Frankenset this week.  I pulled out an 1986 Topps Franklin Stubbs for Lee over at Dodger Cardboard  and picked up this 1980 Frank Tanana.  I remember reading articles about Frank in many Christian magazines in the '80's.  I am currently still needing 149 cards to complete the set.
The Frankenset page and the want list have both been updated.  

Thursday, November 21, 2019

My Musicards #6

Glenn Campbell may not be familiar to the younger readers (if there are any)  of the blog.  He was very popular in the late sixties and seventies.  He had many hits and hosted The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour on TV.  He co-starred with John Wayne in True Grit.  Dolly Parton and Sylvester Stallone made a terrible movie based on his hit Rhinestone Cowboy.  He was the voice of Chanticleer in the animated movie Rock-A-Doodle. He was a member of the Wrecking Crew which backed up musicians or replaced bands on records. He went on tour with The Beach Boys replacing Brian Wilson for awhile.  He passed away from complications of Alzheimers in 2017.  I have two or three of his lp's in my collection.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Trade stack week 13, 11.20.19

The third time is a charm it seems.  Washington, D.C. has its third major league baseball franchise and won the World Series since 1934.  The first Washington franchise moved to Minnesota and became the Twins.  The second franchise moved to Texas and became the Rangers.  Can you imagine the stories the media would come up with if the Rangers and the Nationals faced each other in the World Series.  
One of the members of that second franchise was Jim Duckworth, who pitched for the Senators from 1963 to 1966.  He split 1966 between the Senators and the Athletics of Kansas City.  After finishing his baseball career in 1967 he was a member of the California Highway Patrol for twenty five years and then taught high school and middle school.  Then he worked in a kayak shop for a couple of years. 
If you are interested in this card of Jim Duckworth or one of the three holdover cards below.  Just let me know and I will send it to you.  All I ask is that you send me something without telling me what it is.  I have received cards, books and magazines so far.  I like being surprised.  

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Gubernatorial Return #9

 Governor Doug Ducey returned my card in just 11 days, however he signed it on the back.  I haven't decided it I am going to resend the cards that are signed on the back and ask them to sign again on the front.  There are about five I think that have signed on the back.  
An interesting thing happens on Facebook when I post these in a through the mail autograph group.  I get complimented on the cards, but almost unanimously people don't like the governors. 
In another development, in this series one of the governors lost a reelection bid.  Matt Bevins of Kentucky lost and I am debating about whether or not to continue the series with new governors as they are elected.  

Monday, November 18, 2019

Padrographs #25, #26 and #968

#25, Alexi Amarista had a seven year major league career.  Five of those years were playing with the Padres.  He started in the major leagues with the Angels and finished with the Rockies.  He was nicknamed the Little Ninja while with the Padres.  This is one of my favorite cards of him.  It shows the playful side of the team after a game.
#986, Chip Ambres in three years in the majors only played in eighty games.  He played in twenty four games for the Padres in 2007.  I tried sending to him multiple times and finally found this one on ebay.
#26, Larry Andersen once wondered "Why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?"  Larry is a native of Portland, Oregon who pitched in seventy games for the Padres in 1991 and 1992.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

check this out

Uni-Watch is a great site that I have been reading for the last ten years or so.  If you want to read about any uniform minutiae this is the place to go.  On Friday they ran a column by a trading card photo editor.  It was really interesting.  I have linked to it.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

1979 Roster Mosaic


  • I left the United States Navy on June 7, 1979
  • I attended College of Alameda in Alameda, California
  • I was working for McDonalds restaurant in downtown Oakland, California.
  • I and Tim Flannery turned twenty two years of age
  • Tony Gwynn was setting basketball records at San Diego State University
  • The Padres went 68-93 under Roger Craig

Friday, November 15, 2019

Frankenset Update 11.15.19

This weeks Frankenset update is brought to you by Lee of DodgerCardboard.  Lee picked up a couple of cards from one of my trade stacks, featured every Wednesday. Other than the golfer and the governor all the other cards are from Lee.  Thank you so much Lee.  Readers you should check out this new Dodger blog.
The Frankenset page and wantlist have both been updated.
Thanks for stopping in.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

My Musicards, #5

 In 1981 I worked at the Firs Bible and Missionary Conference Center in Bellingham, Washington. Bellingham is just twenty miles from the Canadian border.  I worked with one of my sisters and my brother as camp counselors for a summer of day camps.  After the summer I stayed on as a member of the cooking staff.  Many of the other counselors and staff were from Burnaby, Surrey and other Vancouver suburbs and I was introduced to several Canadian bands.  The one that I have been listening to ever since is Doug and The Slugs.  I have had their music in various formats and am looking forward to purchasing it in vinyl again.  

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Trade Stack, Week 12, 11.13.19

This weeks addition to the trade stack is a WWE Mat Relic of Superstar Liv Morgan.  
If you would like this card or one of the holdover cards below just let me know and I will send it to you.  
Send me something anything don't tell me what it is.  It can be anything a card, a book an album or something completely different.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Gubernatorial Return #8

Tom Wolf has been governor of Pennsylvania since 2015.  He was reelected in 2018.  He is from Mount Wolf which is named after an ancestor who was the postmaster.  It only took eight days for him to return the card to me.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Padrographs #23, #24 and #876

#23, Gabe Alvarez was drafted by the Padres in the 1995 Draft.  He made his major league debut in 1998 for the Tigers. He played in eleven games for the Padres in 2000. He is currently the assistant baseball coach at USC.
#876, R.J. Alvarez played for the Padres in 2014.  He played last year in the Marlins system.  
#24, Joe Amalfitano coached for the Padres in 1976-1977.  

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Roster Mosaic 1978

  • Still employed by the US Navy aboard the USS Kansas City.
  • No longer working on missile control systems, they found out I could type and made me the clerk typist for the Weapons Division.
  • Typed forms in quinteplicate for eight hundred tons of ammunition we took off the USS Enterprise.
  • Took my first flight in a CH-46 helicopter
  • Padres went 84-78 under Roger Craig
  • Tony Gwynn turned eighteen
  • Tim Flannery was drafted in the sixth round of the draft
  • Only missing Brian Greer again this year, have thirty seven of thirty eight players autographed.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Frankenset Set update 11.8.19

Christmas is coming and I have most of my shopping done.  I am taking part in the secret Santa that is being conducted by Jon over at a Penny Sleeve for Your Thoughts. Head on over if you want to join in the fun.
I have changed some of the things I collect.  I think I have found all the Bip Roberts cards I am ever going to find.  I have so much Eisenhower stuff I don't know what to do with it all.  
I added three Padres minor leaguers to my list to collect.  I have met Travis Radke and Jonny Homza at Low A games.  Nick I read a great article about him in The Athletic, he made his major league debut this year. 
Just two cards to add to the Frankenset this week.  Local boy Greg Brock replaces Reggie Roby because I sent him off to someone who collects him.  Tim Kerr is a cool looking hockey card that filled a need.
The Frankenset page and the Frankenset want list have been updated.  

Thursday, November 7, 2019

My Music Stars #4

I saw Boston in Oakland at the Arena in 1977.  A band called Nantucket opened for them. I assumed it was another band from Massachusetts, but in doing research for this post it turns out they are from North Carolina.  The only thing I remember about them or their set was the lead singer jumping off the stage and playing harmonica while running around the concert floor.  Boston was probably at the height of their popularity.  They had to assemble a band after getting signed to Epic on the strength of a demo. The demos were Brad Delp singing over tracks that Tom Scholz had dubbed over the last six years while studying at MIT.  There are two memories of the show, beside the great music.  I remember a pipe organ seeming to rise out of the stage and Brad Delp almost getting pulled off the stage.  He laid down to shake hands across the barrier in front of the stage and someone pulled on him.  I don't think he did that again.
My son and two of his friends went and saw Boston sometime in the 90's.