Daily Archives: March 23, 2011

‘On The Road With psugator02’ – Spring Training Road Trip – Day 3

‘On The Road With psugator02’ – Spring Training Road Trip – Day 3

Monday, March 14
9-11:30 a.m.
Cubs in Mesa

Knew the Cubs were hard but thought I might do OK considering this was BP and they actually had an away game. But this was BRUTAL.

Players who signed but I didn’t need: Carlos Marmol, Reed Johnson, Sean Marshall and a few other scrubs
These players were 0/1 and are IMPOSSIBLE: Soriano, Castro
Billy Williams: 1/1 (Perez-Steele) in blue Sharpie with “HOF” inscription. Signed for the 10 people who were waiting. Those who came out of the woodwork were denied. Dude really has no reason to be this grumpy considering he’s a D-level HOFer

Brewers at Giants in Scottsdale
12:30-4:30 p.m.

Toyed with doing Cubs at Mariners but that game didn’t excite me so followed a Chicago grapher to Brewers at Giants. Made a few rookie mistakes only because the local I had been graphing with abandoned me. I guess you have to hang with the gf and children every now and then LOL

Matt Cain: 1/1 (card) in blue Sharpie. I was wandering around the concourse and almost missed him. He signed for everyone waiting by the outside door. I walked up just as he was finishing but was able to snag him in the parking lot. I think he was pissed, though, because he gave me a crappy graph
Tim Lincecum: 0/1…I was with three other graphers and we were about five feet from his car, but he wouldn’t even acknowledge us
Sergio Romo: didn’t need him but you know it’s going to be a rough day when Romo doesn’t even sign

Robin Yount: 1/1 (SS of ROMLB), picwith. He refused to do any inscriptions.

I guess you can’t be everywhere. I didn’t realize that the visiting stars parked behind centerfield. Braun and Fielder all signed on the way to their cars but I was too busy waiting on the Giants. Live and learn I guess. I also didn’t realize Uecker was doing the game. I’ve gotten him before but it sure would’ve been nice to get him on the 11×14 I just had printed.

Yesterday may have been a haul, but this…not so much

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Ken Griffey, Sr. Game-Used Jersey Card

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Ken Griffey, Sr. Game-Used Jersey Card

A 19-year veteran, Ken Griffey Sr. was an integral part of the Cincinnati Red’s ‘Big Red Machine’ during the mid-1970’s.  The first 9 years of his career were played with the Reds and Griffey became an All-star on their star-studded line-up 3 times.  During his time in Cincinnati, Griffey hit .300+ in 6 of his 9 seasons while also 80+ runs 5 times.  Ending his career with a very impressive .296 batting average, Griffey was also able to swipe 200 bases and score 1,129 runs. 

A 2-time World Series winner on the Reds teams of 1975 and 1976, Griffey won championship rings in each of the World Series contests he participated in.

Andre Dawson 1991 Topps ‘Operation Desert Storm’

Andre Dawson 1991 Topps ‘Operation Desert Storm’

From the website Sports Card Info:  In 1991 Topps created a series of baseball cards called 1991 Topps Desert Shield. These cards were sent to the American Troops during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. They look just like the 1991 Topps base cards except for the Desert Shield logo on the front of each card. There were 15 cards per pack. The Desert Shield cards are very collectible and people have created fake versions that can easily trick collectors.

And now here is the newest addition to my Andre Dawson collection – 1991 Topps ‘Desert Shield’:

Carlton Fisk 2004 Fleer “Greats”

Carlton Fisk 2004 Fleer “Greats”

Fleer did such a tremendous job with their ‘Greats’ issues from the early to mid part of the decade – of all of the products that they made that are now gone, this is the one that I wish carried on.

Perfectly designed and crafted, the card looks and feels like a picture hanging in the hallway of a ballpark.

For this issue from 2004, the frame design and coloring works perfectly with the Sepia tones in the background of the photo.  And the Fleer logo in Red is a perfect complement to the Red of Fisk’s White Sox uniform!!

Great work.  A true work of art!!!

Ozzie Smith 1990 Score Superstar

Ozzie Smith 1990 Score Superstar

A very sharp-looking baseball card, this one is a nice addition to my rapidly growing collection of Ozzie Smith’s baseball cards.

Oh, and any time that you feature a certain ball field in the background that happens to be my favorite place to catch a game – you have an instant hit at ’30-YOC’!!!!

Throwing Two More Baseballs In The Mail Today…

Throwing Two More Baseballs In The Mail Today…

I’m off to work very early this morning.  But not too early that I can’t stop by the Post Office and throw two baseballs in the mailbox…

No names will be given out, but here are hints:

1 is a Hall of Famer…

1 should be in the Hall of Fame…

That should get your mind going on this fine Wednesday morning.

I’ll reveal my successes(fingers crossed) with all of you as soon as the balls make their way back home to me.

Have a great day everyone!!!