Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Padrograph #1225, Another Vintage set and a new battle

Justin Lange was the thirty-fourth overall pick in the 2020 draft.  A nineteen year old out of Llano, Texas.  This card came from the 2020 Bowman Draft Pick set, picked it up on ebay.
I have decided to build another vintage set.  This is the 1963 Topps Astronaut set.  I was six the year this set came out and am still fascinated by the Mercury Seven.  I have been watching The Right Stuff series on Disney+.  I didn't even know that this set existed until Fuji wrote about it awhile back.  So far I have four of the fifty-five card set.  I don't really care about condition, I will take fair or good cards.  I have added the set to my wantlist page.  
Kevin Brown won the battle for spot number eighty-two.  Up next is a triple threat match for spot number eighty-five.  A rookie in the pandemic season, a Hall of Fame Closer and a Infielder card that GCRL must already own.  

Those of you who wanted to trade from the last post I will be reaching out to each of you soon.  

Thank you for stopping by and thank you for your assistance.


Sunday, December 27, 2020

trade me something

 I got some packs for Christmas (because I bought them)  and opened them.  I got a few Padres cards and a bunch of other things.  I am open to trades for anything featured here.  I am looking for 2020 Bowman Draft autos of Robert Hassell or Owen Caissie or WWE autos.  But offer me something I might take it. 

2020 A&G Farm Inserts

The Robert Rude and Keston Hiura are numbered

The closest card to being standard size is the Stone Cold Steve Austin Die Cut card
A selection of players for you and a few of them are parallels

The Molina is from A&G Chrome and is numbered 2/5 and includes a relic of St. Louis Transit

The four Bowman cards are refractors and the other two are numbered

2020 A&G Reach for the Sky inserts
The Dave Stewart is a custom that was signed at a private signing.

2020 A&G Digging Deeper inserts, I have two of Garnet

The top two cards are lenticular cards and the rest are foil.

Thanks for stopping by and hope to hear from you.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

the faceless card wins

The team leaders card eked out the win. Six votes to four for Ed Whitson.  After today's battle there will be no more battles until Saturday.  I am declaring a truce in battles until December 26, 2020. 

Up next is a battle between a starter, an outfielder and a closer for spot number eighty-two.  

Thank you for stopping by and thank you for your assistance.  

Monday, December 21, 2020

X marks the card

 Eric Hosmer and Robbie Alomar each got two votes and A-Gone ran away with it with eight votes.  Up next is 1987 versus 1988.  Eddie Whitson in mid delivery versus a mystery catcher and Andy Hawkins conferring with an umpire lurking.  

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Saturday, December 19, 2020

A squeaker of a win.

Clayton Richard won by one vote, seven to six.  Sorry posts have been so infrequent.  Working retail at a mall is tiring.  Next up is a triple threat match for spot number eighty.  A smiling Roberto Alomar, a die cut slugging Adrian Gonzalez and a very serious Eric Hosmer.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

It was a unanimous decision

 All seventeen votes in the last battle went to Archi Cianfrocco. 

Book recommendation:  I just finished "Big Hair and Plastic Grass".  A year by year review of the 1970's in Major League Baseball.  It is well written and a good luck back.

Two boring cards, so boring I couldn't decide which card to use in the number seventy-nine spot.

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Sunday, December 13, 2020

Padrograph #1224 and a narrow victory

In my mail yesterday I received a custom card back from a signing.  It was Antonio Osuna, who pitched in thirty-one games for the Padres in 2004.  

El Nino squeaked out a narrow victory over Terry Shumpert.  I think mostly it was a reaction against the overdone Turkey Red inserts than a referendum on the players.  Ian Kinsler managed to squeak out one vote, Terry Shumpert had five votes and Fernando Tatis, Jr won with just seven votes.  

Up next is spot number seventy-seven.  The card of Archi is a mystery to me.  Why is there an Astro right behind him with a glove on also.  Archi never was an All Star so I don't know what the context could be.  I hardly remember Dustin Moseley with the Padres but he pitched in twenty games in 2011 and one in 2012.

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Friday, December 11, 2020

Pitchers neglected in the last battle

 McKenzie Gore and Adrian Morejon were ignored in the fatal four way battle for the spot seventy-three.  McKenzie received one vote and Adrian got none.  The other seventeen votes were split between Phil Nevin and Rickey Henderson.  The Hall of Famer triumphed over Phil Nevin by just two votes, Rickey received ten votes and Nevin received eight votes.  

I don't think that I will be going to any Padres minor league games anymore.  With the radical realignment of the minor leagues by Major League Baseball yesterday there are no Padres minor league teams within 1,000 miles of where I live.  The four Padres minor league teams will be in El Paso, San Antonio, Lake Elsinore and Ft. Wayne.  One of the three teams I used to go watch the Padres play against, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, is no longer affiliated with anyone.  They had been a Giants affiliate for over twenty years.  

Todays battle is for spot number seventy-six.  A couple of guys you forgot played for the Padres and a member of the 2020 All Major League Team and a Future All Star and hopefully a long term member of the Padres.  

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

Thanks for all the answers on yesterday's post and today's fatal four way

 Barry Evans won that spot with nine votes, while Khalil Greene had five votes and Keith Moreland only got three votes.  

Today's battle between the Padres future and its past.  McKenzie Gore who still hasn't made his major league debut, Adrian Morejon who made his debut in 2020 vs Rickey Henderson, vagabond and Phil Nevin sliding into second or third.  

Thank you for stopping by and thank you for your assistance.  By now you should know what to do.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Battle Results, new battle, a big mail day and a question

 Tom Lampkin won the battle for the 70th spot in the binder.  All the cards in this post came in the mail in the last week.  First up are cards from Gavin of Baseball Card Breakdown.  Gavin now only lives four miles away on a less busy street so it makes it easier to drop stuff off to him.  I had no cards for spot number seventy-two in the Phrankenset so he sent me three and here they are.  

Barry Evans vs Khalil Greene vs Keith Moreland in this triple threat match.  Remember your votes enter you in a contest.  The prizes are rolling in as 2020 draws to a close.  

Chris the Collector sent over some very nice cards for 2020 Cardmas.

Padrograph #1223 arrived today, a purchase from facebook.  A dealer who travels to Venezuela to get cards signed.  Enrique pitched in four games for the Padres in 2008.  

I received these two cards in a package the other day.  Nothing I ordered anywhere and no name on the envelope.  The return address is on 34 Mile Rd in Armada, Michigan.  Any ideas who might have sent them?

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Friday, December 4, 2020

the goose is loose

 Goose Gossage took it to the competition.  He had ten votes, while poor Carmelo only got one vote and the etopps card of Xavier Nady got six votes.  Up next is spot number seventy.  A three way battle between a reliever and a couple of catchers.  Brad Hand in mid delivery, Tom Lampkin digging for third at Wrigley Field and Benito Santiago getting a new ball from the Umpire against the Giants.  

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

after a while the battles resume

This is a battle for spot number sixty-seven.  A Hall of Famer in an Archives product, a member of the 1986 team set and Xavier Nady on the only remaining etopps card in my collection.

A vote for anyone of them gets you an entry into a contest to be held after just thirty-two more cards.  

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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Steve Finley wins and custom card numbering and where have I been

First off it has been a busy week.  I have working retail so some long late hours and a longer commute than usual have made it hard to write anything.  

The Steve Finley Stadium club card won the battle for spot number sixty which completes page seven.  Below are what pages six and seven now look like.  

Someone asked how a custom card is numbered.  Ever since I started making cards I have numbered them in the order I have made them.  I am on series two of my cards and am on number three hundred and ninety seven.  Series one has five hundred and five cards due to some numbering snafus.  The George Hinshaw card is number sixty in the first series.  

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Fred Lynn of the Red Sox is the latest entrant into the Phrankenset

Sometimes it is jarring to see a player in a uniform they only wore for one year.  I never think of Fred Lynn as anything other than a member of the Boston Red Sox, but here he is winning the battle for spot number fifty-nine in the Padres Phrankenset.  Fred won the battle eight to six.

Up next is a three way battle for spot number sixty.  It's Steve Finley vs. George Hinshaw vs.  Steve Finley.  

 Please specify which Steve Finley card you are voting for.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

page six is now complete and moving on.

 Steve Garvey wins ten to three over the unique Fleer Focus card.  Up next is spot fifty-nine.  I had ordered three cards for the spot but one is not going to get here until Black Friday so it has taken itself out of the running.  Trea Turner was traded in a three way trade that brought Wil Meyers to the Padres. He has won more World Series Championships than the Padres franchise.  Fred Lynn also has more World Series Championships than the Padres franchise.  He closed out his major league career with the Padres in 1990.

Thank you for stopping by and thank you for your assistance.  A vote is an entry in the contest that will happen after another forty cards are placed in the Phrankenset.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Time to Hop in the Way Back Machine, Mr. Peabody

 The tally of the vote favored the oldest part of Petco Park.  Mike Maddux wasn't a factor at all receiving no votes.  Jeff Gardner received received four votes and the Western Metal Building received nine votes.  As GCRL pointed out it is actually card S8, but being that this is my sandbox I am going to allow it to stay.  

Now we have to backtrack a page.  I located some cards to fill the empty spot forty-six.  Here they are for your perusal.  

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Sunday, November 15, 2020

Night Owl calls it

 Night Owl said it would be Tony Fernandez in a rout.  Bruce Hurst got one vote, Mejia got two, Cami got three and Fernandez got ten.  Up next is spot number fifty-eight.

First up is the Western Metal Supply Company Building.  If a ball hits the left side  of the building it is foul, the front it is a homerun.  You can see the table Punk Rock Paint and I sat at when we went to a game together seven years ago.  Fourth from the left on the upper balcony.  The Padres left the building where it was when they built the park.

Mike Maddux is half of a brother set that played for the Padres.  I think there have been eight sets of brothers who have played for the Padres.  

Jeff Gardner is a different looking Stadium Club card.

Remember every vote gets you an entry into a contest after ninety-nine cards.

Thank you for stopping by.  Thank you for your assistance.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Christian is in

Christian Villanueva won that battle handily.  He got nine votes to Tatis' three.  Up next is the battle for spot fifty-seven.  It is a contrast in styles this time.  A couple of sets meant for kids, an upscale line and a rookie prospect.  It will be interesting to see how this one works out.

 Ever closer to card number ninety-nine and your chance to win a prize.  Each vote gets you an entry into the contest.  The top entrant has seventeen entries so far, but a randomizer can pick anyone.  

Thank you for stopping and thank you for your assistance.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Stan Jefferson moves in

 Stan Jefferson won that battle eight to six.   Moving right along to the next spot, number fifty-six.  Two rookies from 2018 one who hopefully will be gracing the left side of the Padres infield for years and one who filled in around the infield in 2018 and has been playing in Japan for the last two seasons.

Thank you for stopping by and Thank you for your assistance.  Only forty-three more cards until we get to number ninety-nine.  There won't be that many more battles. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Page 6 is sorta complete, Big Mac wins and moving onto page 7.

 Thank you for the tips on how to find the cards I need for blank spots.  Willie McCovey destroyed Bip in the voting winning seventeen to two.  So this is what page six looks like for now.  

Up for grabs is spot number fifty-five.  Two players with very sad stories. 

Stan Jefferson had to quit playing baseball due to a career ending Achilles injury.  After his playing he joined the New York Police Department.  On September 11, 2001 he rushed to ground zero and worked on the recovery effort.  His health became so bad because of the conditions at ground zero that he had to retire from the NYPD.

Ken Caminiti was a great ballplayer who struggled with substance abuse.  In 2004 he died of a heart attack caused by his drug usage.  He will always be remember for his courageous performance in Mexico while playing for the Padres.

Remember a vote here is an entry in a contest in a few more pages.  Thank you for stopping by and thank you for your assistance.  

Monday, November 9, 2020

Page 5 is complete, an empty pocket and the only battle on page 6

So all the battles are complete with Trent Grisham beating out Trevor Hoffman for a spot on page five which looks like this. Bip Roberts and his sombrero are on both pages four and five.  Surprisingly the two cards have different numbers on them.  

On page six the first spot, card number forty-six is blank.  I could not find a card in my collection with number forty-six on it.  So if you know of a Padres card that is number forty-six, please let me know.

The only battle for page six is for the number forty-eight spot.  We are almost halfway to the ninety-nine spot.  Card forty-eight is a battle between another Hall of Famer and a blogging icon.  Normally according to the rules I set up Bip Roberts would have automatically gone into the spot, but I decided that this one needed your assistance. 

My first ever Padres game was while I was in Navy Boot Camp in San Diego in the summer of 1975.  They took a couple of companies from the Recruiting Station and took us to a Padres game.  All I remember was that Willie McCovey was playing first in that game. So here are the cards battling for the number forty-eight spot.

Remember a vote for the phrankenset gets you an entry in a contest after ten pages.  
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Sunday, November 8, 2020



I have recorded Jeopardy for years.  I always told my grand-daughter that I learned something from it every time I watched it.  She refers to it as Opa's school.  It has been comforting that it had a great host.  Alex Trebek will be sorely missed.  

Saturday, November 7, 2020

We love us some 1985 Fleer

 Luis Salazar won seven to five for Brad Ausmus and one vote for Josh Naylor.  Many of you commented on how much you liked 1985 Fleer.  

Up next is a Gold Glove award winner from this year and a Hall of Famer from years past.  Is it Trent Time or Trevor Time?

The Grisham is a numbered parallel and the Hoffman is a iconic pose of Trevor.  New vs old (not vintage yet)

Remember each vote you cast enters you into a contest after ninety-nine cards.

Thank you for stopping by and thank you for your assistance.  

Friday, November 6, 2020

For a wealth of reasons Jeremy wins.

 Jeremy Hernandez wins in a landslide.  He got all twelve votes cast. You guys came up with some great reasons to vote for Jeremy from having the same name as the voter, the batting glove on Hernandez that I didn't even notice, the angle and advertisements.

Here is today's battle.  It's a three way battle between catcher Brad Ausmus, Cub and Padres third baseman Luis Salazar and Josh Naylor of the Indians.

Remember your vote gets you an entry in the contest after ninety-nine cards are in place.

Thank you for stopping by and thank you for your assistance.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Vote for Pedro! Someone did, but a man named Jedd won

 Pedro got one vote to Jedd's twelve. I want to share my favorite vote with you. 

Come and listen to my story about a man named Jedd
A San Diego Padre, swung at balls above his head,
Then one day his card showed up on the 'net
And now he gets my vote for the Frankenset!

Rod's that is, Padrographs, A to Z...

Up next are two guys I bet you have never heard of.  Jeremy Hernandez and Michel Baez.  

Thank you for stopping by and for your assistance. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Kennedy is Elected! All is well

 Well all is well in my Phrankenset, we will just have to wait and see how that other election plays out.  Oh and Bo won the ballot box at A Cracked Bat.  Poor Nick Hundley got no votes, Marvell got five and Terry Kennedy won the spot with seven votes. 

Next up are two players who didn't play for the Padres pandemic team.  Jedd played in forty-two games for the Brewers this year and Pedro still seems to be signed by the Padres but didn't play at all this year.  

Vote as if you might win a prize, cause you might.  Some of you have over ten entries already.  

Thank you for stopping by and for your assistance.

Monday, November 2, 2020

page four is complete and the first of five battles for spots on page five is on

 Someone asked about the Paul Quantrill card on page three.  He played in twenty-two games for the Padres in 2005.  The card is from a team issued Upper Deck set. 

 Here is page four after the balloting was completed.  Valdez got eight votes, Santiago got seven and Boch got one.

It is amazing the way people vote when you talk about a personal connection with a player.  So here is my personal connection with some of the players on this page. 

 I watched Bip Roberts play High School Baseball, Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball.  I talked to him a few times when he was at AAA about people from his high school that I knew. 

My younger son, who will be thirty-one in eleven days is named after Dave Dravecky.  We have met and spoken with Dave a couple of times and somewhere I have a photo of the two Daves together.  

One night after a Beavers game some of the players for the Las Vegas Stars didn't want to cram into the team van so I offered to give them a ride to the hotel.  Rafael Valdez was the only player I remember. 

Here is the first battle of page five. 

It is a three way battle between a couple of catchers and an outfielder.  One of the three was born just down the road in Corvallis, Oregon.

Your vote gets you entered into a contest after the ninety-ninth card.

Do you civic duty and vote for whomever you want if you haven't already.  Democracy needs an involved electorate.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Wil Myers wins! Page 3 update and first page 4 battle

Wil Myers Bowman card beat out the other Wil Myers card.  Good point by many of you that if it says Jackie Robinson Day on the card there ought to be some indication that it actually was from that day. With the voting completed for page three here is how the page looks. 

Sitting in the number nineteen hole as he should be is Tony Gwynn. He is followed by the King of Bipping, Bip Roberts.  Next up is the legendary Ken Caminiti.  Greg Booker was the son-in-law of Padres General Manager Jack McKeon who infamously trade him away.  One of two father-son combos who played for the Padres put in an appearance.  Xavier Nady VI, seems to be a hitting coach at this time.  Benito Santiago is who I think of when I think of Padres catchers.  Will Wil still be with the Padres next year?

Here is the first battle of page four.  I have a soft spot for Rafael Valdez as he was one of a group of Padres minor leaguers I gave a ride to once.  I think the Benito Santiago Rated Rookie is an iconic card.  Bruce Bochy may someday be inducted into the Hall Of Fame, unfortunately likely as a Giant.

Remember your vote today will enter you into a contest at the conclusion of the first ninety-nine cards.  

Thank you for stopping by and thanks for your assistance. 

Goodbye Professor Jones!

Friday, October 30, 2020

A laser focused victory, A New Padrograph and a new battle

With a laser focus Ken Caminiti easily won the battle for spot number twenty-one.  Chris Paddack only managed one vote to Cammies eleven votes.  

Yesterday when I got home I found a card that I had sent to a private signing many months ago had returned to enter its rightful spot in the the first volume of my Padrographs binder.  It is Padrograph #1222.

Manny finished out his eleven year major league career playing in thirty-two games for the Padres in 2005 and 2006.  

 Now for the battle for the last spot on page three.  Please for Wil Myers.  At first I thought that the two cards had the same photo, but they are from different games.  I can't decide which one to use so I am turning to you for your assistance.  Vote Bowman or Jackie Robinson.  

Remember a vote is an entry into a contest after the first ninety-nine cards.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for your assistance.