Friday, August 16, 2019

Jerry Don Gleaton return

When I began collecting in 1987 (classic Topps design), I remember getting a pack of 1986 Topps cards and seeing a Jerry Don Gleaton card.  I thought having his full name on the card was really cool.  My full name doesn't roll off the tongue so I couldn't pull that off.  This is one of the 80's players that, although wasn't a star player, was always one that I liked.

This ball came back via his home in about 8 days.  Thanks Mr. Gleaton!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Wayne Edwards Return

Although I missed Wayne at the Sox game I went to, I was able to get him TTM to sign this ball. 

He also threw in a signed Score card personalized to me.  It was a great return from a late 80's/early 90's player that was right in my infancy of my White Sox fandom!

Thanks Wayne!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Bob Zupcic private signing

Bob spent most of his MLB years with the Red Sox organization.  He was claimed off of waivers in 1994 by the White Sox and played 32 games there before the strike ended the season.  After, he had some time in minor league organizations with the White Sox, Royals, Phillies and Marlines as well as stinted with Reynosa (Mexican league) and Duluth-Superior and Bangor (Northern league) before retiring.

The 1994 team is one of the more disappointing years for White Sox fans due to the season ending early.  It took me almost a decade before I started to pay attention to baseball again. 

My 1994 signed ball collection includes: Ozzie Guillen, Roberto Hernandez, Darrin Jackson, Ron Karkovice, Jack McDowell, Tim Raines, Frank Thomas and Bob Zupcic.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Taylor Phillips TTM

Taylor Phillips played his last season in the majors on the South Side in 1963.  After playing with the Braves, Cubs and Phillies from 1956-1960, he spent in parts of 1960 and all of 1961 and 1962 in the minors with the Angels, Philies and White Sox organizations before getting a 9 game look on the South Side in 1963.  He did play in the minors in 1964 with the Atlanta Crackers and the Indianapolis Indians before his career ended.

He signed this ball and an auto card.  It came back in about two weeks.  Thanks!

IP White Sox vs. Twins 7/27

In the winter, I won four vouchers for a White Sox game.  As I was in the area for my sister's baby shower, I took my brother in law to the game against the Twins.  On the White Sox history facebook group, It stated that Bill Nahorodny would be at the game but he was a late scratch.  Fortunately, Greg Pryor was going to be in the area signing as he is publicizing his book.  I got him to sign a ball and I purchased his book.

I had a good chat with him about his years in baseball.  I'm looking forward to reading his book.  We were super early for the game so we got a couple of beers before we went into the stadium.  

With the netting throughout the stadium, I didn't try to do any in stadium graphing.  I was just going to enjoy the game.  I did purchase two mystery balls.  I was hoping to get some new players.

Ball #1
I have a Nick Madrigal signed ball already so I might try to trade for another ball.

Ball #2

I don't have a Dylan Covey signed ball but after his start the next day, I was a little less excited about it.

Anyways, the Sox had a great game and I had a great time.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Paul Konerko ball (birthday present)

I recently turned 40 and got $100 gift card for ebay.  I thought really hard about who I'd like to get.  I already had alot of my childhood favorites (Baines, Guillen, Fisk...).  I was debating between a 59 or an 05 guy.  I decided to go with the 05.  The captain, Paul Konerko.  He was my son's favorite player so he's a great pick.  Here are some awesome highlights from his career.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Jason Coats IP Durham @ Indianapolis 7/20/19

I went to the Indians game today as they were playing Durham and the Bulls have two former White Sox players (Jason Coats and Emilio Bonifacio).  I saw Emilio wasn't in the lineup so I wasn't too hopeful for him.

There were a lot of graphers out today.  Jason came out about 15 minutes before the game.  He signed for a couple of people and sweet spotted my ball.

He only played one year in Chicago and was part of a rash of injuries to 1st year players.

My 2016 collection is now at 54% complete with 27/50.