Thursday, January 29, 2015

J.C. Martin Return

After a 9 day turnaround, I received these cards from Mr. Martin

The 64 Team Card has already been signed by: Taylor Phillips, Joe Cunningham, Eddie Fisher, Al Weis, Dave Nicholson, Joe Shipley, Juan Pizarro and Frank Kreutzer.

The 1960 Topps Card is the 8th card from the year.
The 1963 card was also the 8th card from the year.
The 1964 card was the 14th card from the year
The 1966 card was the 19th card from the year.

Neil Allen Return

After a third attempt, I received these 2 cards back c/o home (16 days)
The 86 card is the 17th card from that year and the 87 card is the 14th card from that year.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Jim Lyttle return.

After a quick 11 days, I received these two cards signed by Jim Lyttle. The team card is also signed by Melton, monchak, Williams, Reinhardt, kealey and johnson. This is the 20th white sox card from the 72 topps series that I have signed.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Soxfest day 2.

After little sleep, we get ready for day 2 of soxfest. Knowing that there will be more fans there, we decided we will get up at 6 and get in line. I decide to head down there at 615 to get some money at the atm and see that the line is already past where we we waiting yesterday...I run up to grab my stuff and get in line. Once there, we were told we were in the first 250 people in line and they hadn't filled the seminar room. At about 750, they put the first 700 fans in the seminar room to wait to the fest to begin.

My goals for the day were to finish with the 05 players who were here and fill in with whoever else was available. I go straight to Rowand's line to get a bracelet. I also purchased an mvp pass which allows for a fast pass opportunity at 9 so we go to crede's line to use that and then go to rowand.  Both players were 30 minutes late but were able to get them on both the si cover and the game 1 8x10. Was also able to get rowand on 02 and 03 topps cards. Rowand was very chatty and a pleasure to meet. While waiting in Line, I realized that we weren't going to be able to get podsednik so we went to plan b. 

We went to get bracelets for new reliever David Robertson. After we got the brackets for him, I went to check out the Minoso line but knew we weren't going to be able to get him so we went back to get Robertson on a panoramic of the cell and the 16x20 of the cell. 

Next was a 12:00 signing with cooper, baines and Steverson. We get in line and get cooper on the World Series pictures. For Steverson and baines (who we got yesterday), they were able to sign an 18x24 photo of both old and new comisky parks. 

Before the 1:00 signing, we went to the Comcast booth to get bill Melton. The line wasn't to long and we were able to get him on the 2 parks photo, the panoramic, an 11x14 caricature, 8x10 photo and a 72 topps card. He is great with fans and has a great signature. 

Now for the 1:00 signing, we were going to use our 2nd fast pass on pitcher Jon garland. We get him on the 2 World Series items and make a huge dent into competing these items. I also look at the rest of the schedule. Anything we get is a bonus so we hit most of our goals. 

First, we decide to go for Tyler flowers at 2:00 but they hadn't passed out bracelets and it looked close to the capacity of 150 so we got to prospect Courtney Hawkins. There is about 30 minutes before signing so after getting the bracelet, I head over to the Comcast table and get carlos may on 3 items and head back to Hawkins. For Courtney, he signed 2 ballpark photos as well as his 13 topps pro debut and 13 topps heritage minors cards 

We then head to the next stage to get bracelets for Petricka and Jennings. After getting the bracelets, we head back to the Comcast booth one last time to get Steve stone on two ballpark photos and then get Jennings and petricka on the same two items. We finished after three so we weren't able to hit the seminars or the last two signings for the day so that will end our soxfest experience for the year as we will be celebrating my mothers birthday tomorrow. 

All in all, I think the new venue will be great and as people get used to the layout, will be very good for everyone. 

I now wait patiently for the beginning of the baseball season!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Soxfest day 1.

The time is here for sox fest!  This is my second year attending but first year with the weekend pass. I do like the new hotel/setup as everything is closer.
After we check in, we get our gift, a jose abreu bobble head. Looks good!

After dropping our stuff in our room, My wife and go get something to eat at buddy guys restaurant, grab a bottle of wine and come back and get ready for the festivities.  

We get in line at 3 and probably moved 5 feet the next 2 hours. After the opening ceremonies are over, we move pretty quickly. I was worrying that my well thought out plan was foiled during the two hour wait but once we got in, I did better that I thought:

First, we went to the Geoff Blum and bobby Jenks line, they signed an 8x10 of World Series game 1 and an 11x14 of the sports illustrated cover. When we are done there, there was already a line forming for iguchi and contreras. My wife offers to wait in line so I could get Harold Baines at the Comcast sports table.  

As I am walking there, I saw a relatively short line for Zach duke and Dan Jennings so I got them on a 16x20 photo of the cell that I got a lot of guys on last year. I walk over to salon a to wait on baines as it is 5:40 now. At the Bulls doc academy, mike huff is signing autographs so I get him on a panoramic of the cell. My wife calls and says they are starting to line up for iguchi so I hurry back to that line. We get in line and get our brackets!  Excited for this!

Since we have our brackets And he won't be signing for another 50 minutes, my wife and I go back to the Comcast table to get baines and Steverson. There is literally, 5 people in line so we get both on my panoramic and baines signed my 2 World Series photos. I get back in line and Harold signs my three topps cards I brought with me. We then go to the garage sale. I pick up a fukudome ball for my sister (a Cubs fan) and My wife gets a $40 grab bag and we are off to the iguchi/contreras line. 

While there, we open the grab bag, a mark buehrle bobble head, a signed john Danks ball, 2 vouchers for a game in April/may, a 2005 World Series program, and an 8x10 team photo of the 2005 team...nice!

Iguchi and contreras were both able to sign my 2 World Series photos...both were very friendly. Contreras tells me he is going to play in Tijuana again this year and I wish him the best. 

As part of the map package, we get a photo with Scott podsednik 
And the World Series trophy. The line is slow but it was a great opportunity. Afterwards, we are both hungry so we are going back to salon a only to realize they only accept cash which neither of us have. Before heading upstairs to drop out stuff off, we see that Ron little is still at the Comcast table. We get him on 2 photos and call it a day. 

Pictures are posted at the bottom. I was very impressed with how well we did and look forward to day 2. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Tony LaRussa return

Received an 83 topps and 85 coke cards signed in thin blue sharpie. Sent c/o Diamondbacks.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Dick Allen private signing

Last week, I recieved this si cover back from a Tom Orr private signing. This is my favorite magazine cover and am thrilled to get this back.

Jim McAnany return

Today I recieved these two 11x14s back from mr. McAnany.  C/o home-7 day turn around time. He also included a reply to my letter about the 59 team.

He is player #4 to sign the si cover and player #2 for the team photo. 

Jim Essian return

After a 384 days, these 4 cards returned. Thanks!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Dave Stegman return.

Today, I recieved these 84 topps and 84 true value cards c/o home. 55 day turnaround.