Daily Archives: February 1, 2011

‘On The Road With psuGator02’ – Joe DiMaggio Legends Night – January 28, 2011

‘On The Road With psuGator02′ – Joe DiMaggio Legends Night – January 28, 2011

Joe D Legends Classic auction
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Fla.
Friday, January 28
7-9:15 p.m.

I knew I had to finish Cardinals’ fantasy camp at close to 5:30 p.m. if I wanted to be at the Hard Rock by 7. And sure enough I left Roger Dean at 5:30. Traffic wasn’t bad, allowing me to pull in about 6:45 p.m. For a few minutes I felt like I was on the outside looking in. See, I didn’t have a ticket and was going to have to wait until the event ended to graph the players as they exited. I didn’t like that idea, so I started walking around to see if I could find an extra. Wouldn’t you know it, the first person I spoke to had an extra and he didn’t even want anything for it. My lucky day I guess. Even though the guest list has dwindled over the years, this is still one of my favorite events. I’ll get right to the totals.

Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd: 2/2. Cool dude. Asked if he was planning on making a comeback and he laughed. Was more interested in flirting with the two MILFs standing next to me.
Jay Johnstone: 3/3 (cards)
Brooks Robinson: 4/4 (two HOF tickets, Perez-Steele, HOF brochure), 1/1 (picwith)…Lined everyone up and did 4-5 apiece. Heard stories about him looking like death but he was getting around with ease. I wish him the best…Camera died just as a friend was taking the picwith. Found a woman who agreed to use her camera. I’ll upload the picwith as soon as she emails it to me…Well enough to attend the auction but not able to play in the game
Orlando Cepeda: 1/1 (Latin Legends sheet handed out at a 1990s Marlins’ game)…Dude is just weird. Oddly enough, he wasn’t drunk this year, which was good for me because his graphs were actually legible. Saw him deny the yellow HOF plaque so I instead handed him the ROMLB
Chris Hammond: 1/1 (Marlins’ magazine)
Ron Swoboda: 1/2.  He refused to do the SI, saying I had to send it to him. I’m guessing that when I send it to him he will demand some sort of payment. Paul Blair watched the whole thing go down and he couldn’t believe Swoboda wanted money
Paul Blair: 1/1 …real nice guy…signed stacks
Bobby Bolin: 1/1
Willie Horton: 1/1
Amos Otis: 1/1
Al Hrabosky: 2/2 …He was also at Cardinals’ fantasy camp. He said it took him two hours to get from Jupiter to Hollywood, which I found funny because it took me only one hour
Rico Carty: 1/1
Tony Gonzalez: 2/2 ..Was so concerned with flirting with the two women standing next to me that he put his thumb directly over the graph, smearing it. “Don’t I look 45?” he asked them.
John O’Donoghue: 1/1
Al Weis: 1/1
Frank Quilici: 1/1….Guy must have taken five minutes to sign one graph
Alex Arias: 1/1. …I knew he had two young boys so I asked how they were doing and whether he was still coaching. He said he was no longer coaching, though he wanted to get back into it. I then proceeded to call the head coach at the school where I teach. He and Alex spoke on my cell for at least five minutes. To make a long story short, Alex is going to come to my school in a few weeks to work with the team

TTM Success – Paul Assenmacher – 327 Days!!!

TTM Success – Paul Assenmacher – 327 Days!!!

When you say the term ‘long time’ it can mead different things to different people.

And when you are a parent to young kids, the term ‘long time’ takes on a whole new meaning…

But when it comes to collecting baseball cards and autographs, ‘long time’ usually results in something positive.

I waited 327 days, but Paul Assenmacher returned two baseball cards that I sent his way in February of 2010.  And he signed them both for me.

Well worth the wait, but I do wonder why so long of a wait too…

Here they are:

The Topps card is way too dark for an autograph, but that 1991 Fleer looks fantastic!!

Thank you Mr. Assenmacher.  I’m going to send you a “Thank You” note – you’ll get it in December!  LMAO

Fergie Jenkins 1983 Donruss Champions – JUMBO

Fergie Jenkins 1983 Donruss Champions – JUMBO

A nice little, or should I say JUMBO, oddball for the Fergie Jenkins collection…

This card comes from Donruss and was issued in 1983 as a subset.  I’m happy that Donruss waited until 1983 to release this oversized set of cards as that allowed for Fergie to be featured in his Cubs uniform again.

For a card that is so hard to store, and more than 25 years old, this card is in mint condition. 

I am going to have to secure a JUMBO top-loader for this bad-boy!!!

Ozzie Smith 1987 Donruss ‘Opening Day’

Ozzie Smith 1987 Donruss ‘Opening Day’

Man I love this set!!!

But instead of talking about how much fun collecting the 1987 Donruss Opening Day set was for me as a kid, I am going to jump back into the 1987 baseball season and take a peek at how Ozzie and the Cardinals fared…

Opening Day for the Cardinals in 1987 was on April 7 as the Cardinals were on the road to take on the Cubs at Wrigley Field.  And in front of 38,000 fans, it was the Cardinals who emerged victorious as they beat the Cubs 9-3.

As for Ozzie, he went 1-for-5 on the day with a run scored, 2 RBI, and a walk. 

1987 was a great season for Ozzie and the Cardinals – one that saw them play in, but ultimately lose, Game 7 of the World Series.

Did You Know…

Mike Boddicker was traded for both a 50 Home Run hitter and a future 300 strikeout pitcher – in the same trade.  Boddicker was dealt from the Baltimore Orioles to the Boston Red Sox for Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling on July 29, 1988.  Anderson would later hit 50 homers for the O’s in 1996 and Schilling would post strikeout totals of 319 in 1997 and 300 in 1998 for Philadelphia.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’