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‘On The Road With psuGator02’ – UNC Tarheels Basketball – January 26, 2011

‘On The Road With psuGator02’ – UNC Tarheels Basketball – January 26, 2011

Bank United Center
Coral Gables, Fla.
7:15-10:15 p.m.
Wednesday, January 26

Had no idea what to expect since this was my first time ever doing postgame in Coral Gables. Having to be up at 6 a.m., it’s just too far for me during the week. But I’ve decided to do the elite teams when I can. Let’s just say that I was pleasantly surprised with my UNC totals after hearing so many horror stories. The graphing part was amateur hour for me as I decided to try a silver paint pen on a few of the photos. In 25 years of graphing, my staple has been the blue Sharpie. I still like the paint pen, I guess, but I’m gonna have to figure out how to perfect it.

It couldn’t have been a better situation considering Harrison Barnes, the only player I really wanted, hit the winning three-pointer for UNC with only a few seconds left in the game. I thought I might have a chance at a few guys if I stood near the court’s exit. But not one person stopped, though coach Roy Williams did shake a few hands. Got to the bus a few minutes later and it didn’t take long before UNC started boarding. Luckily for me, players, for the most part, came out every few minutes, making them easier to graph. Every single person associated with the team stopped and signed autographs AND posed for pictures if asked.

Roy Williams: 1/1 (8×10) in silver paint, 1/1 (8×10) in blue Sharpie. The paint on the first ran because, and this is a guess, Williams pushed the pen into the photo when he finished signing it. I showed him the gob of paint at the end of his graph and he asked, “Did I do that?” I then gave him another photo and he signed that as well, this one in blue Sharpie. I asked him to inscribe “HOF” but his response was, “I don’t feel comfortable doing that. But you can go ahead and write that on there yourself.”
Reggie Bullock: 2/2  in blue Sharpie
John Henson: 2/2 in silver paint….the amateur that I am, I didn’t let the paint dry on the first so it smeared. I had him sign it again and this time he signed in the perfect spot. I just hope I can erase the smeared graph. The graph on the other 11 that he signed was beautiful but not in the best spot
Harrison Barnes: 1/1 in black Sharpie, 1/1 in blue Sharpie, 0/1…I knew he was going to do the ball because he kept eyeing it as he signed for others. He walked to the middle of the bus after he finished the ball. I told him that I would give him the custom if he would sign the two 11s. Instead of taking the custom, he signed it and gave it back to me. I tried for a third, but he would have no part of it. I was able to get two out of him, but I could see this guy becoming VERY difficult. I was shocked that he didn’t ask to personalize either item.
Other: Former Heat star Tim Hardaway, UM QB Jacory Harris (was sitting near me with a number of attractive, half-naked women), Desmond Howard and Jimmy Graham were also in attendance.

Fergie Jenkins 2004 Leaf Certified Materials Game-Used Jersey Card

Fergie Jenkins 2004 Leaf Certified Materials Game-Used Jersey Card

Oh yeah baby – another great looking addition to my Fergie Jenkins collection!!

This one is a game-used jersey card that features a beautiful Cubbie-Blue pinstripe.

The card, numbered 41/82, looks great and features a photo of Fergie from his second stint with the team back in the mid 1980’s. 

And according to the back of the card, the swatch of material used on this particular card came from a pair of Fergie’s pants.  Hopefully they were dry-cleaned…  LOL!

One thing that I am a little puzzled by is the significance of the ’82’ theme that this card has throughout.  The die-cut space where the jersey has been affixed is in the shape of ’82’.  The note directly under the relic says ‘1982’ and the card is serial numbered to ’82’.

If anyone knows the significance of this number ’82’ and why it was used to frequently in the card’s design, please pass that information along!


The 2011 Phungo’s Are Here!!!

The 2011 Phungo’s Are Here!!!

Sweet – my first crack at some 2011 baseball cards!!

These cards come courtesy of Paul, author of the blog Phungo.  Along with being a dedicated Phillies fan, Paul is also a card designer and this is the third straight season in which he has sent over some of his custom issues for ’30-YOC’.

So, without further ado, here is my haul from Phungo 2011…


In random order, you are seeing cards of the following current and former players:  Shane Victorino, Derrek Lee, Mickey Morandini, Hanley Ramirez, Robin Roberts(SP), and an Opening Day card from the Phillies and Nationals game.

The cards are sweet – of them can you guess which one is my favorite??

It’s not Hanley…  It’s not former Marlin and Cub Derrek Lee either…  And it’s not Shane Victorino…

My favorite card from this pack is…  Mickey Morandini!!!

Yep, ‘The Mick’.  Why you ask?  Any time I think of or hear the name Mickey Morandini, I get flashbacks of listening to Harry Caray try to pronounce that name – FUN every single time!!

Thanks for the memories Paul.  And the great cards too!!!

Jim Palmer 2010 Topps ‘Cards Your Mom Threw Out’

Jim Palmer 2010 Topps ‘Cards Your Mom Threw Out’

It’s not very often that I have picked up a card from this 2010 Topps ‘Cards Your Mom Threw Out’ series where I also own the original version.  And if I do own the original, it’s probably pretty accurate to say that the 2010 replica version is a much better quality and conditioned baseball card.

So, for this one of Jim Palmer – Yes, I do own the original 1966 Topps card, and now I have the replica of the same card that was created 44 years after the original.

Can you guess which one I like best?

Here’s a hint:


Tony Perez 1985 Donruss Highlights

Tony Perez 1985 Donruss Highlights

Now this is a card that works for me.

I am a sucker for cards that highlight events and accomplishments that were obtained on the baseball field.

And back in the mid-1980’s, Donruss did one heck of a job paying homage to every historic event that occurred – regardless of how minor or major the feat was.

This card of Tony Perez from the 1985 Donruss Highlights set celebrates Perez as the oldest major league player in the history of the game to connect for a Grand Slam.

And while Tony probably didn’t want to be thought of as ‘old’, something tells me that he was probably thrilled to be celebrated nonetheless…

A great addition to my Tony Perez collection!!!