Friday, May 29, 2020

Customs page 12

Frank Snook was the only player I had heard of on this page and that is only because he played for the Padres.  Another Wrigley Field shot for the Padres.  George Brace took a lot of pictures at Wrigley Field.  How was your name recognition on this page?

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

A picked pocket, mail from the king and a Frankenset update

 I was checking through the Frankenset the other day and realized I was missing a card that I thought I had.  #399 was nowhere to be found so I went on eBay and found this card of Larry Andersen.  Cool to find a card of a Padres players who is from Portland and wants to know what are packing peanuts packed in.
 The other I visited A Cracked Bat and picked a couple of Julie's pockets.  The Hot Rods sticker is now on the front of my computer and the Cammy card will probably be in my Padres Frankenset. Thank you Julie.

Kevin of The Diamond King wanted to send me some stuff after I sent him some things so he sent me eight of the 1974 Topps Washington Nat'l League cards.  I still need 7 more to complete the set.  

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Frankenset update 5.26.2020

I recently added twelve more cards to the Frankenset.  Most of them came from Tom over at the Angels in Order.  He has a big list of autographs for a dollar apiece.
I have been trying to get Gary Roenicke's brother Ron to sign a custom 1984 Padres card for the last couple of years through the mail with no luck. I really like the Hensley Meulens card since he signed with his Bam Bam nickname.  I am surprised I didn't have the Randy Ready card signed.  I had him sign multiple cards when he managed the Portland Beavers for two years.  I am now down to needing just 57 cards for the Frankenset.  The want list is updated.  

Monday, May 25, 2020

Memorial Day

Today is the first Memorial Day without my Dad here.  We are going to go visit his gravesite at Willamette National Cemetery this afternoon. We will be visiting the sites of some other friends and family while we are there. I wrote most of the post below on September 13, 2005, the one year anniversary of David's death.  The numbers are current as of today.  
Portland State College of Urban & Public Affairs: Hatfield School ...

David Weisenburg, May 2,1978-September 13,2004

A Gentle Warrior

58,209 killed in Vietnam.
294 killed in the Gulf War
4,497 Killed in the Iraq War
20,050 killed in the War in Afghanistan
Somehow we live with these numbers until one of them steps out and becomes something other than a number. One year ago today numbers ceased to mean anything and the cruelty of war became real. One year ago David Weisenburg left this earth,I believe to be with God,unfortunately many of us here would have preferred that he stay here with us.
David was 26 years old and I had known him since he was about 14. He was a kind hearted man who loved for his sisters wedding and got to spend extended time with his family and friends.
David was asked why he had to return to Iraq and his answer was because his troops were counting on him.
My most vibrant memory of David was during an open house for high school kids at our house. David was either a junior or senior and we were all sitting and playing cards. David was caught cheating,pretty obviously and we all laughed about it,including David. He threw back his head and laughed loudly,while laughing he hit his head on a shelf behind him,which set off another round of laughing and he hit his head again. David laughed the loudest.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Customs Page 10

Here is another bunch of guys I had  never heard of except for Mike Couchee. Mike is Padrograph #925 and he signed back in 2016.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Throwback Thursday

A certain card company today issued a set of six "Big League Family" cards.  However they did not include my favorite baseball family so I made my own. Enjoy.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Customs Page 9

Weldon Bowlin was one of the first cards that I had to make a background for.  All I could find for him was the colorized head shot, so I added the background, not sure what park it is.  Jack Whillock featured a misspelling the first time I made it.  The Gremlin billboard in Chicago makes another appearance.  If you see a card you would like a copy of let me know and we can work something out.  

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Padrograph #1200

Last Friday I received a card that became Padrograph #1200.  I broke a rule of Padrographs to include the card.   It shows the player in a minor league uniform.  It is one of only two minor league cards in Padrographs, but I decided that the player was important enough in the Padres history to break that rule.  First a little review, I didn't keep accurate records at first, I don't really know what order I received the first 869 Padrographs in.  I started keeping track with Padrograph #870, Jesse Hahn, which I received in the mail March 12, 2015.  
Tony Gwynn was arbitrarily made number 1, because he is Mr. Padre. 
 Jason Boyd was assigned number 100, he played in 23 games in 2002, as the middle of his 5 year major league career.
Pedro Martinez was assigned number 500, he played in 80 games for the Padres in 1993-1994.
Bryan Corey is Padrograph #1000, which I received around Christmas of 2016.  It is a custom I got signed through an autograph dealer I know.  Bryan pitched in 39 games for the Padres in 2008.
Juan Moreno is Padrograph #1100, he appeared in four games for the Padres in 2002.  I purchased the card from a Venezuelan card dealer on July 5, 2018.
So who is Padrograph #1200?  He is a former Padres farmhand, who was also a pitching coach for the Padres minor leagues and then was the General Manager of the Padres from 1995-2009.  Kevin Towers played in the Padres system for seven years from 1982-1989. He passed away in 2018 so I would not have been able to get a signature from him.  I decided that I would break my own rules and use this card that I found on eBay last week.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Customs Page 8

I really need to work on my scanning, I keep cutting off the top of the sheet.  I never knew LaRussa played for the Cubs before becoming the icon he is.  I love the Otis Thornton card for the photo I used.  Yes, that is Carney Lansford's brother for the Padres in 1983. There are over five hundred cards in Series One and I am around three hundred eighty in series two so I can keep this up for awhile.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

customs page 7

Yes Ted Turner actually managed a game until they told him he couldn't.  George Hinshaw still remains unsigned I have tried him a couple of times.  German Barranca will reappear later because I found a better picture of him.  

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Two questions

I still have about sixty cards I need for the autograph Frankenset.  Does anyone know of another source, besides ebay, with reasonable prices for autographed cards?  I would appreciate your help.  
Can anyone use these?  My printer stopped printing and so I got a new one.  I had these two extras for the old printer.  I would like to work a deal with someone for them.  If you are interested let me know.  Thank you.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Customs Page 6

The card in the center is the most produced card in the history of my customs.  I have produced over 600 copies of this card.  I think Mike uses them for business cards.  As I understand it he has a pest control business in Arizona, he has also requested a bunch when he is inducted into his high schools Hall of Fame in Minnesota.  Evidently no one believed he had played major league ball until I made these.  He pitched in 18 games for the Padres in 1974.  There are several photos of the Padres in Chicago which have the Gremlin billboard across the street from Wrigley Field in them.  
I think Manny Mota was the first player I did a card of whom I had heard of before this project got started.  

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Mail Day

 Today was a big mail day and thank you to all who sent me stuff.  The Travis Outlaw and Cole Barthels came all the way across town from Kerry of Cards on Cards, along with some Tony Gwynn and Padres cards.  The Alan Ashby and Bill Russell came from Jim of Cards as I see Them.  Also Trevor of Bump and Run Football card sent some cards for my Padres frankenset.  Johnny's Trading Spot sent me some Honus Bonus Padres cards.  Jay of Card Hemorrhage sent a bunch of Padres cards in trade for some closers I sent him.   

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Customs Page 5

Still trying to figure out the correct fonts to use.  Also figuring out how to remove backgrounds fully and partially.  No stories to go with these round of cards

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Customs Page 4

In doing research for the backs of the cards I find a few stories that are heart wrenching and some that are hard to believe.  Jay Franklin was heart wrenching and Manny Seonae was hard to believe. 

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Customs page 3

Today we continue with the Twins.  More orders from the autograph dealer.  At this time the '72 cards were old fashioned cut and paste and scan.  Blow up a '72 card, print it, use an exacto knife to cut out the picture area and then print the player photo and position it in the frame and then scan it and you have a '72 front.  All the backs are made with MS Publisher.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

not the Padres

A lot of people have been sharing their collections outside of baseball, so I thought I would share one of my other collections.  One of my other collections is figurines having to do with books.  On this shelf is my collection, all the figures are holding books.  Edgar Allan Poe, Dr. Seuss, Stephen King and George R.R. Martin are all holding copies of books.  As are E.T., Papa Smurf, Brainy Smurf, A Gnome and the Rubber Duck are all reading.  Doc for Snow White and the Seven Dwarves reminds me of my sons whose initials are D.R.  

Friday, May 8, 2020

Please welcome,

The two newest members of the Frankenset. I go to eBay type in a number signed and look for the best deal and someone I recognize or a unique looking card.  Yesterday I added Milwaukee Brewers Dan Plesac from 1990 and Seahawks Dwayne Harper from 1992.
76 cards to go

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Customs Day 2

These were all orders from the autograph dealer.  We were trying to make cards of players who had never had cards or who never had cards with a particular team.  

Wednesday, May 6, 2020


Way back in 2017 I made a custom card of Leon Everitt and asked an autograph dealer I had done business if he could get it signed for me.  He said yes and we began a business arrangement.  I would make cards for him, if it was a Padres player I would supply them for free and he would get one signed for me.  Other players he paid me.  These are the first nine I made.  I often did actual cutting and pasting back then and I used Publisher (which I still do).  I hope that you will see that I improve as we go.  I am on my second series now, I capped the first series at 500 and am now up to 387 cards in series 2.  I have gone beyond just baseball players to celebrities, authors, governors and more. 
At this point most of the cards were request from the autograph dealer.  
I have the Van Kelly and Leon Everitt signed and made a cut of the John Sipin card.  

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Frankenset Update 5.5.2020

Most of these are ebay pickups.  The Louis Marson was a gift from Blog Reader Bruce and the Alan Ashby came from Jim of Cards as I See Them.  I just need seventy seven more cards, then I will start on my Padres Frankenset.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Padrographs # 1196 to 1199

While doing the giveaways I neglected updating the Padrographs.
#1196, I already had the San Diego Chicken autographed card, but I didn't have one of the Friar so I picked this one up on the Bay.

#1197, Hudson Head was drafted by the Padres last year and amazingly according to the Trading Card Data Base he has 129 cards.  I got this off of ebay after comparing it to the auto on some logoless Panini cards.
#1198, I made this card awhile back for an autograph dealer I know and he had sent it to Alex and we thought they were gone and never coming back.  A month or so after everyone had gone into quarantine he got them back, so I got one.  Alex pitched in 31 games for the Padres in 2012.
#1199 Phil Hughes was traded to the Padres from the Twins in 2018 and appeared in 16 games for the Padres in 2019 before being released in August of 2019.  I made this during Spring Training of 2019 and it was returned after he left the team.  I was alerted of an address by a fellow blogger.  

I only know of one possibility for sure for #1200.  It will be interesting to see whom that is. 

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Trying to keep the Post Office busy

This is Tyler, our mailman. The mask is one he and my wife collaborated on.  He supplied the fabric and patch and she made it.  I have given him a lot to haul away in the past month with the giveaways.  Thank you, Tyler and thank you all for making it so much fun.  
Yesterday afternoon my granddaughter and I prepped stuff to go out for the end of the giveaway.  We sent it out yesterday afternoon.  Here is everyone who should be getting something soon, Fuji, Zach, Jerold, John S., A. Demarest, Thad, Brett, Jon F., Jeff S. Laurens, Brendan, Trevor and Matt K.  

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Free Stuff Finale

This is the last of the daily free stuff posts.  I still have a few more things to give away, but it won't be on a daily basis.  Last weekend I bought a blaster box each of 2020 XFL and 2020 USA Stars and Stripes.  I got three cards, including an auto, of Keenan Reynolds whom I have begun collecting.  The only person I had heard of in the Stars and Stripes was Bobby Witt.  I did get a 1 of 1 card in that box. It has been fun sending cards all over the country.  

Friday, May 1, 2020

Friday Free Stuff

This is the final week of the daily giveaways.  I am almost out of stuff.  I may periodically do this again if I get too much stuff.  For this last week I ask that you pick one card per day.  Anyone asking for more than one will only get the first card they ask for.  Thank you.  Only two more daily giveaways