Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Additions to the 2021 Team

 Since my last post, I have been able to move my 2021 White Sox list to 27/28 (Although once Alex McRae gets into a game, it will be 27/29).  I have a ticket purchased for a Yermin Mercedes ball which will be a big get.  

Billy Hamilton (I hope he gets healthy and can contribute again soon)

Nick Williams has been reassigned to alternate site but got a decent opportunity to show his talents.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

2021 White Sox

 I know I'm 10 days after opening day but we were on Spring Break and I wanted to share my 2021 White Sox collection of baseballs.  I have things in place to complete the missing player balls in my collection.  Then it will be just later adds to keep (hopefully) be able to have a complete roster of a season in my baseball collection.

After Nick Williams got called up to replace Billy Hamilton, I am currently 24/27.

Here are the photos

Starting Pitchers

Relief Pitchers

Catchers (Yermin Mercedes coming in a private signing in late April)


Outfield (Nick Williams and Billy Hamilton certified balls coming soon)

Injured but hope to see this year:

Coaching Staff (will try for missing coaches at future Sox Fests)

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

TCDB inventory update

 Although I don't purchase many baseball cards, I am active on TCDB (username gasypo30) and trade my non White Sox cards and duplicate White Sox cards for CWS cards I don't have.  I had everything updated about a year ago and by mistake I moved my whole collection to my trade list and then removed all my duplicates so I had to start over.  I am about 95% done with putting my collection back in.  No real surprises when I look at who my largest player collections are of.  I am always surprised as to how many different cards exist of each player.

My largest player collections (not counting duplicates)

  1. Jose Abreu 582/4894
  2. Frank Thomas 236/16,161
  3. Chris Sale 155/6774
  4. Ozzie Guillen 136/773
  5. Carlton Fisk 126/5752
  6. Harold Baines 123/1498
  7. Robin Ventura 116/2138
  8. Paul Konerko 98/4524
  9. Carlos Rodon 88/1555
  10. Tim Anderson 87/2065
  11. Mark Buehrle 86/2380
  12. Yoan Moncada 80/3271
  13. Bobby Thigpen 78/256
  14. Alex Fernandez 71/518
  15. Tim Raines 70/2062
  16. Ron Karkovice 69/221
  17. Carlos Lee 67/3616
  18. Lance Johnson 66/489
  19. Roberto Alomar 64/6690
  20. Ray Durham 63/1300

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Private Signing Returns so far in 2021

 There has been alot of Private Siginings show up during the pandemic which has been good for the collection.  Here have been some that have come in so far.

Adam Peterson was from a SCN private signing from fishlips.  He played in Chicago from 87-90 (the infancy of my fandom).

Sandy Alomar Sr. was from a SCN private signing from jamieblye.  I now have all 3 Alomars on signed baseballs!  He played in Chicago from 1967-1969.

Jack Fisher was from a SCN private signing from LVgrapher.  He played for Chicago in 1968.  Most known for giving up Roger Maris 60th home run and Ted Williams last home run.

Kirk McCaskill came from a private signing from Er21 on SCN.  He played for Chicago from 1992-1996.

Joey Cora came from a private signing on Trove Sports Den.  He played in Chicago from 1991-1994 and coached from 2004-2011.

I currently have balls out for Private Signings for Rudy Hernandez, Don Slaught, Mike Andrews, Pat Borders, Rafael Santana, Magglio Ordonez, Gary Redus, Ron Jackson, Jerry Reuss, Keith Foulke, Tom Gordon and Mike Devereaux.

Spring Training TTM attempts

 A popular question on message boards and social media is if teams will get mail to players over spring training.  The numbers have continued to lower each year and I know many are not going to send.  

The first spring training I sent to was in 2014 and I did pretty well (looking back at my scn report, I got returns from: Hector Santiago, Rusty Kuntz, Nate jones, Andre Rienzo, Conor Gillaspie, Casper Wells, Neal Cotts, Dylan Axelrod, Nestor MOlina, Gordon Beckham, Josh Phegley, Brian Omogrosso, Brent Lillibridge, Jake Petricka, Gene Lamont, Jose Contreras, Scott Snodgress, Courtney Hawkins, Kevin Smith, Keenyn Walker, David Purcey, Mark Salas, Matt Thornton, Mark Buehrle, Deunte Heath, Trayce Thompson, Erik Johnson, Tyler Saladino, Rick Hahn, Nick Capra, Jason Grilli, Kirk Champion, Bryan Anderson, Steve Tolleson, Gregory Infante, Matt Davidson, Daniel Hudson, Andy Wilkins, Dan Black and Joey Demichele).  Sicne I just got into TTM, I had a lot I could send so I had alot of possibilities.  I did some bigger names as well but was excited to get home to see what came in each day.

2015 saw returns from Josh Phegley, Edwin Jackson, Keenyn Walker, Frankie Montas, Dylan Axelrod, Conor Gillaspie, Jesse Crain, Taylor Thompson, Chris Beck, Nate Jones, Danile Hudson, Tyler Saladino, Matt Davidson, Tyler Danish, Scott Carroll, Kevan Smith, Avisail Garcia, Courtney Hawkins, Brandon McCarthy, Eric Surkamp, Eduardo Escobar, Jacob May, Marcus Semien, Trey Michalczewski, Cody Winiarski, Joey Demichele, Matt Thornton, Myles Jaye, Brian Omogrosso and Omar Narvaez.  I sent alot of minor league cards as well as cards of other teams but was still solid.

2016 saw returns from Kevan Smith, Daniel Hudson, Josh Phegley, Scott Carroll, Gavin Floyd, Eduardo Escobar, Todd Frazier, Trey Michalczewski, Matt Davidson and Lucas Harrell.  I didn't send as many to White Sox players (I was trying to collect 14 topps cards at the time---until I realized how hard it would be).

2017.  I didn't send much out but got returns from Tony LaRussa, Nate Jones, Tyler Saladino, Zach Putnam and Michael Ynoa.

I did a little more in 2018 (mostly 8x10s) and got returns from Tony LaRussa, Doug Mansolino, Eduardo Escobar, Derek Holland, Chris Bassitt, Tommy Kahnle, Jerry Sands, Tyler Saladino, Nate Jones, Dylan Covey and Brad Goldberg.

2019-Matt Davidson, Zach Putnam, Derek Holland, Aaron Bummer, Kelvin Maldonado, Danny Farquhar, Alex Avila, Caleb Frare and Nate Jones.  Sent mostly cards but didn't send as many as I started to focus on signed baseballs.

2020-Daniel Palka, Ryan Cordell, Danny Mendick, David Aardsma, Danny Farquahar, Evan Marshall, Scott Coolbaugh, Ray Olmedo, Rusty Kuntz, Dylan Axelrod and Scott Fletcher.  All were sent City Series Auto cards.  Some got some additional cards in their request as well.

With it being unclear as to if the players will get cards, I sent a batch of auto cards to coaching staff members and some prospects/NRI guys last week.  If I get some returns, I'll send more.  I know some players don't sign bulk cards (Caleb Frare was one that told me he won't), this will give me a good idea on if I should send mroe, wait for regular season, don't waste my stamps...

Here is who I sent to:

  • Jake Burger
  • Howie Clark
  • Shelley Duncan
  • Bernardo Flores
  • Miguel Gonzalez (Bullpen catcher)
  • Curt Hasler
  • Ethan Katz
  • Tony LaRussa
  • Alex McRae
  • Carlos Perez
  • Donnie Veal
Hope to get some returns!

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

TTM Returns today-2 cup of coffee guys

 I really enjoy getting signed baseballs from short stint White Sox players.  I like hearing their story and what they do now.

Today saw 2 cup of coffee guys come in.

1. George Enright (played in 2 games with 1 plate appearance in 1976).  He know does fishing charters in Florida.  Sent to home and returned in about 10 days.  I would have preferred him to sign on the sweet spot but I wonder if some players haven't signed on the sweet spot before and aren't sure about it.

2. Dan Neumeier (played 3 games, 3 innings in 1972).  As many know the post office has been slow.  This left his local post office on December 11th and was not to be seen until it got to my regional office on January 1st.  

I found it interesting that both have put me at the 50 percent mark for their season completion rate.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Signed baseball collection at the end of 2020.

As 2020 comes to an end, I'd like to recap where I am on my collection.  Recently, I switched to sending a letter of request with an auto card asking permission to send a baseball.  I've been pretty happy with those results.

From 2020, I got the following signed baseballs TTM.

  1. Bill Voss
  2. Russ Snyder
  3. Mike Eden
  4. Don Buford (with $5)
  5. Jerry McNertney
  6. John "Blue Moon" Odom (with $10)
  7. Lee Elia
  8. Barry Moore (with $10)
  9. Frank Kreutzer
  10. Jeoff Long
  11. Tom Spencer
  12. Ron Reed (with $25)
  13. Pete Filson
  14. Mike Heathcott
  15. Doug Brady
  16. Larry Monroe
  17. Wilson Alvarez (Past Pros)
  18. Brian McCall
  19. Jim Siwy
  20. David Sanders
  21. Tim Cullen
  22. Ken Vining
  23. Eddie Williams (Past Pros)
  24. Lee Richard
  25. Bryan Clark (Past Pros)
  26. Danny Lazar
  27. Chuck Lindstrom
  28. Dean Look
  29. Rob Scahill
  30. Dylan Axelrod
  31. Gene Rounsaville
  32. Fred Howard
  33. Claude Osteen
  34. Josh Paul (Past Pros)
  35. Dave Baldwin
  36. Danny Cater ($15)
  37. Dave Nicholson
  38. Bob Farley
  39. Steve Kealey
  40. Steve jones
  41. Rich Morales
  42. Bruce Howard
  43. Dennis Ribant
  44. Chris Knapp
  45. Bill long
  46. Eddie Leon
  47. Randy Scarbery
  48. Richie Moloney
  49. Mark Ryal
  50. Jason Dellaero
  51. Don Secrist
  52. Bob Coluccio
  53. Joe Henderson
Private Signings from 2020
  1. Dave Stieb
  2. Donnie Hill
  3. Mike LaValliere
  4. Jose Segura
  5. Gene Nelson
  6. Scott Bradley
  7. Sandy Alomar Jr.m
  8. Reid Nichols
  9. Wayne Tolleson
  10. Atlee Hammaker
  11. Ellis Burks
  12. Billy Koch
  13. Sammy Sosa
  14. Dave LaPoint
  15. Ruben Sierra
  16. Rymer Liriano
  17. Phil Regan
  18. Lyle Mouton
  19. Jerry Royster
  20. Greg Walker
  21. Juan Agosto
  22. Neil Allen
  23. Jim Morrison
  24. Gene Lamont
  25. Phil Bradley
  26. Jim Willoughby
  27. Joe Crede
  28. Alan Embree
  29. Mike Jackson
  30. Rick White
  31. Antonio Osuna
  32. Philip Humber
  33. Jordan Danks
  34. Kevin Tapani
  35. Garrett Crochet
  36. Matt Foster
  37. Codi Heuer
Consignments from 2020
  1. Warren Brusstar
  2. Scott Eyre
  3. Chad Kreuter
  4. Rodney McCray
  5. Neal Cotts
  6. Ryan Burr
  7. Jimmy Cordero
  8. Jose Ruiz
In Person
  1. Luis Vizcaino
  2. Steve Cishek
  3. Dallas Keuchel
  4. Mike Sirotka
  5. Yasmani Grandal
  6. Luis Gonzalez
  7. Jonathan Stiever
  8. Danny Farquhar
  9. Evan Marshall
  10. Blake Rutheford
  11. Micker Adolfo
  12. Frank Menechino
  13. Tyler Johnson
  14. Scott Coolbaugh
  15. Nomar Mazara
  16. Dan Pasqua
  17. Gavin Sheets
  18. Andrew Vaughn
  19. Chris Getz
  20. Tom Paciorek
  1. Lastings Milledge
  2. Edwin Encarnacion
  3. Joakim Soria
  4. Trayce Thompson
  5. Hector Santiago
  6. Miguel Gonzalez (P)
  7. Jim Rivera
  8. Bob Kuzava
  9. Roy Sievers
  10. Cisco Carlos
  11. Lucas Giolito
  12. Chris Sale
  13. Willy Miranda
  14. Eloy Jimenez
  15. Hoyt Wilhelm
  16. Early Wynn
  17. Jimmy Rollins
  18. Scott Carroll
  19. Juan Uribe
  20. Willie Harris
  21. Scott Podsednik
  22. Dave Philley
  23. Ken Kravec
  24. Welington Castillo
  25. Ramon Troncoso
  26. Jay Johnstone
  27. Anthony Ranaudo
  28. Jeanmar Gomez
  29. Turk Lown
  30. Vicente Romo
  31. Ralph Hodgin
  32. Jimmy Gobble
  33. Tom Seaver
  34. Bobby Thigpen
  35. Jeremy Reed
  36. Manny Ramirez
  37. Juan Nieves
  38. Ray Durham
  39. Tyler Flowers
  40. Virgil Trucks
  41. Ferris Fain
  42. Miguel Gonzalez (C)
  43. Walt Dropo
  44. Don Mueller
  45. Adam LaRoche
  46. Justin Morneau
  47. Horacio Ramirez
  48. Edwin Jackson
  49. Chuck McElroy
  50. Jim kaat

Goals for 2021.

  1. Stay focused-I did spend some time getting some cards, trying to collect complete sets, etc...I'd like to keep things focused as much on signed baseballs as possible.
  2. Pace myself-Seeing everything here makes me realize how much I spent on this hobby.  I just need to keep perspective.
  3. Finish a season-I am 3 balls away from having the 2018 complete set (Luis Avilan, Omar Narvaez, Xavier Cedeno).  Also close to 2015 (9) and 2019 (7).  Although those teams are very forgettable, I'd like to complete one.
Looking forward to 2021.