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!

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