Saturday, July 22, 2017

Featured autograph - Jahmai Jones

Jones, a 19-year old Angels outfield prospect was promoted to Inland Empire 66ers and I was able to get him to sign a couple of cards - before his first game in the California League.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Featured autograph - Blake Rutherford

Rutherford is the centerpiece player among a trio of prospects [Ian Clarkin and Tito Polo are the other two] - sent to the Chicago White Sox by the New York Yankees in exchange for Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle.

I was able to get Rutherford to sign a couple of cards c/o the Yankees training complex last fall when he was in the instructional league - I assume he must have taken his mail home to California, where he's probably gotten help from his mom answering fan mail.

Rutherford's mom probably added the extra signed card [pictured] - while writing a small note acknowledging my requests.

Monday, July 17, 2017

2017 Topps Stadium Club blaster recap I

I picked up a couple of blasters online in case the big box stores ran out - or I'd be a little self-conscious about buying cards in-person.

Pack one
#46 Trayce Thompson
#170 Ryne Sandberg

#SCC-31 David Price - Chrome

#33 Yadier Molina
#155 Corey Seager

Pack two
#293 David Dahl
#298 Dan Vogelbach
#CS-JV Joey Votto - Contact Sheet insert
#9 Greg Maddux

#265 Matt Shoemaker

Pack three

#64 Aaron Judge
#15 Jorge Soler
#SS-JA Jake Arrieta - Scoreless Streak insert
#147 Kyle Zimmer

#76 Hunter Pence

Pack four
#113 David Price
#48 Tanner Roark
#23 Yasmany Tomas - Gold

#290 Jon Gray
#214 Max Scherzer

Pack five
#75 Eduardo Nunez

#294 George Springer
#141 Omar Vizquel - Sepia parallel
#292 Alex Dickerson

#274 Ian Desmond

Pack six
#263 Freddie Freeman
#115 Logan Forsythe
#PZ-MMC Mark McGwire
#18 Fernando Rodney

#277 Billy Hamilton

Pack seven
#1 Albert Almora
#49 Masahiro Tanaka

#159 Johnny Bench
#BT-MM Manny Machado - Beam Team insert
#191 Cole Hamels

Pack eight
#31 Salvador Perez
#166 Javier Lopez
#239 Chris Davis
#127 J.J. Hardy - Black foil parallel
#276 Martin Prado

TTM autograph received: Mike Timlin

The former big league reliever signed my cards in about 3 weeks - in his 18-year playing career, Timlin played for six teams and was part of four World Series championship teams between the Toronto Blue Jays [1992 and 1993] and Boston Red Sox [2004 and 2007].

Saturday, July 15, 2017

TTM autograph received: Don August

August signed my cards in about three weeks - he was the 17th overall pick in the 1984 MLB draft and spent four years in the Major Leagues as mostly a starting pitcher who finished with a W-L record of 34-30.

Friday, July 14, 2017

TTM autograph received: Jeff Reardon

The former big league closer signed my cards in about three weeks - in the 1990s, I vaguely remember him going for some sort of save record, though in the time since, he has been lapped by other relievers.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

TTM autographs received: Greg Booker

The former reliever for the San Diego Padres signed my junk wax cards in about two weeks or so - though Booker played in parts of 8 seasons in the big leagues, how he got there and stuck around may have been in question at different points in his pro baseball career.

Monday, July 10, 2017

TTM autographs received: Roberto Hernandez

The former big league closer signed my cards in about a couple of weeks - I must have gotten his autograph at least once during his 17-year playing career, though I don't know if that was actually the case, so I figured to send him some cards.