Sunday, July 7, 2019

A (mostly) IP report

Glad I got the May-to-mid-June one out of the way, so I can just knock out the end of the month through this past week.

JUNE 20
Jim Evans, c/o home, 1/1, 2 months

JUNE 24
Mark Eaton, c/o home, 4/4, 6 months

JUNE 30 - Midland at Frisco
Bobby Crosby 4/4
Zack Erwin 6/6
Logan Verrett 5/5
James Jones 3/3
LeDarious Clark 1/1
DeMarcus Evans 1/1
Tony Sanchez 2/3
Grant Holmes 2/2
Daulton Jefferies 6/6
Taylor Motter 2/2
Mikey White 6/6
Kevin Merrill 3/3
Leody Taveras 1/1

JULY 2 - MISL40, Day 1
Brad Smith, 3/3
Dave MacKenzie, 9/9
Alan Mayer, 8/8
Juli Veee, 10/10
Godfrey Ingram, 19/19
Gordon Jago, 4/4
Perry Van der Beck, 9/9
Gerry Gray, 7/7
Zoltan Toth, 16/16
Nick Megaloudis, 1/1
Guy Newman, 1/1
Norman Piper, 1/1
Dave D'Errico, 1/1

JULY 3 - MISL40, Day 2
Gus Mokalis, 8/8
Jim Sinclair, 1/1
Len Bilous, 1/1
Kai Haaskivi, 26/26
Doc Lawson, 16/16

For more on the MISL40 event, check out my entry on it on my Pacific Soccer Autograph Project blog.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Late June Recap

I was going to do the latter half of May and all of June in one post, but I'll be out of town at the time when I'd be putting that together.  So, here's one for the last month-ish.

MAY 13
Ron Bryant, c/o home, 2/2, 2 weeks
Dennis Higgins, c/o home, 1/1, 2 weeks
Ken Sanders, c/o home, 1/1, 2 weeks
Jerry Bell, c/o home, 1/1, 2 weeks

MAY 16
Gary Pettis, c/o team, 4/4, 3 weeks

MAY 21
Daniel Suarez, c/o team, 4/4, 3 months

MAY 24
Denny Doyle, c/o home, 1/1, 1 month

MAY 28
Brendan Gaughan, c/o home, 3/3, 5 months

JUNE 8
Martin Truex Jr., c/o team, 1/1, 4 months

JUNE 10
Heinz Wirtz, c/o home, 2/2, 1 month

JUNE 15 - Northwest Arkansas Naturals at Frisco Roughriders
Abraham Nunez, 3/6
Taylor Featherston, 2/4
Gabriel Cancel, 2/2
Travis Jones, 1/1
Nelson Liriano, 5/6
Brady Singer, 1/2
Khalil Lee, 1/2
Doug Henry, 8/8
Andres Sotillet, 1/1
Andrew Beckwith, 1/1
Anderson Miller, 2/3
Meibrys Viloria, 2/2
Preston Beck, 2/2
James Jones, 6/6
Jonathan Hernandez, 6/6
Michael De Leon, 2/2
Christian Lopes, 1/3
Tony Sanchez, 2/3
Juremi Profar, 1/1
Joe Barlow, 1/1 (I'm an idiot; I thought he was Joe Palumbo so it's on Palumbo's game program...)

JUNE 17
Ryan Newman, c/o team, 4/4, 4 months
Tyler Reddick, c/o team, 3/3, 6 weeks

So as the link above says, I'll be in Vegas for a MISL 40th Anniversary Reunion event. I might try to do the Aviators-Aces game while I'm there, but likely will have to miss that-- the only games while I'm there are at the same time as major reunion weekend events. I will be going out to Frisco again on June 30 though. Got Midland coming to town again and a pair of Bobby Crosby jersey cards that need a sig on them.

Hmm... Las Vegas and the MISL... think former Cincinnati Kids co-owner Pete Rose might be there?

Monday, May 13, 2019

April to Mid-May Recap

Going to have some busy weekends the rest of the month, so my high hopes for a lot of IP in Frisco are kind of dashed until June.  Plus the TTMing has slowed a bit-- most of my stamp budget has gone to buying guitar pedals. On the positive side, I have a very full pedal board now, though I still have a few I'd like to add.

APRIL 5
Kyle Larsen, c/o team, 4/4, 2 months

APRIL 7 - Midland at Frisco
Jake Lemoine, 3/3
Bobby Crosby, 5/7
Greg Deichmann, 1/3
Zack Erwin, 4/4
Tommy Everidge, 5/5
Jonah Heim, 4/4
Kevin Merrell, 4/4
Logan Verrett, 2/2
Trey McNutt, 4/4
Mikey White, 9/9

APRIL 20
Lance Lynn, c/o Rangers ST, 1/1, 3 months
Brad Keselowski, c/o team, 2/2, 2 months

APRIL 22
Chad Little, c/o home, 5/5, 2 months - envelope was RTSed (postmarked March 30)

MAY 2
Joe Mullen, c/o home, 1/3, 1 year and 1 month - returned two unsigned

MAY 6
Ken Aspromonte, c/o home, 2/1, 1 week - added a signed photo

MAY 8
Will Middlebrooks, c/o home, 2/3, 1 week - kept 2013 72-mini insert

MAY 11
Bob Reynolds, c/o home, 1/1, 1 week
Bruce Froemming, c/o home, 1/1, 1 week
Ken Schrader, c/o home, 4/4, 3 months
Christopher Bell, c/o team, 3/3, 4 months

Looks like I have another 3 coming in today per USPS Informed Delivery. My guesses based on postmarks: Jerry Bell, Ron Bryant, and Dennis Higgins.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Achievement Unlocked: 2007-08 Upper Deck Rookie Class Set Complete!

A while back I had hit a point where I knew it was no long "if" but "when" I would finish this set. About three years ago, I picked up a bunch of set needs from a collector that got me down to only needing two more from the 2007-08 set. After a short while, that become one more: the Ryan Callahan card.

Callahan is actually a decent signer. He's been known to TTM and is good in-person. TGhe problem is I rarely have access to visiting teams in Dallas, and since hockey TTM seems to go through phases of reliability/unreliability, I never mailed off. I had an offer of help from a member at a message board, sent him the card, but he was never able to get it done.

I even have a notice set up on eBay to email me every day with any new listings of Upper Deck Rookie Class hockey autographs.

Well, a few managed to slip through the cracks on those emails. Like the Callahan card that didn't use the word "hockey" in the title. I don't know how long it had been listed, bur when I saw it for $3, I had to snap it up.

And with that, the set was finished!

Bobby Ryan, Ondrej Pavelec,
Patrick Kane, Kris Russell, Matt Niskanen,
Andrew Cogliano, Jonathan Bernier, Marc Staal

Nick Foligno, Peter Mueller, Jiri Tlusty,
Brett Sterling, Petr Kalus, Rob Schremp,
Andy Greene, Frans Nielsen, Martin Hanzal

Devin Setoguchi, Matt Smaby, James Sheppard,
Kyle Chipchura, Ryan Parent, David Krejci,
Lauri Tukonen, Anton Stralman, Tobias Enstrom

Tyler Kennedy, Mason Raymond, Thomas Greiss,
Drew Miller, Curtis McElhinney, Ryan Callahan,
Brian Elliott, Vladimir Sobotka, Jonathan Sigalet

Ville Koistinen, Torrey Mitchell, David Perron,
Jannik Hansen, Chris Bourque, Milan Lucic,
Tuukka Rask, Jonathan Toews, Sam Gagner

Jack Johnson, Carey Price, Nicklas Bergfors,
Erik Johnson, Bryan Little, Nicklas Backstrom
As always, a big thanks go out to those who helped complete this projects with trades, 50/50s, and anything else, notably Paul Buxton, Arron Littleton, and Peter Fallon.

And now, time to start looking for upgrades! Chipchura used a terrible pen, as did Kalus. Hanzal is pretty badly smeared. The rest are at least passable. I might try to get a few black pen guys in blue (Koistinen for one-- already got someone in Germany offering to help me with that one).

I'll have an April TTM/IP update coming soon...

Monday, April 1, 2019

March Recap

It's been a whirlwind month but out of it comes the start of baseball season and hopefully some nice outings to Frisco. Got my first one coming April 7 against Midland. There's no publicly available Rockhounds roster so I'm going to end up half-assing it on them. But after that opening series, it's on.

March was a bad IP month (not even going to get into my Sidekicks-Sockers experience...), and slow on TTMs, but I got a few...

MARCH 1
Scott Fulhage, c/o home, 3/3, a year and a half
Dirk Nowitzki, c/o team, 1/1, 3 months
Raisel Iglesias, c/o team ST, 2/2, 2 weeks

MARCH 2
Bubba Wallace, c/o team, 2/2, 3 months
Alex Bowman, c/o team, 4/4, 1 month

MARCH 4
Paul Stastny, c/o team, 1/1, 6 months
Hut Stricklin, c/o home, 4/4, 2 weeks

MARCH 6
Dana Barros, c/o home, 4/4, 3 months

MARCH 9
Michael Andretti, c/o home, 2/2, 3 months

MARCH 16
AJ Foyt, c/o home, 2/2, 3 months

MARCH 19
Taylor Davis, c/o team ST, 1/1, 3 weeks

MARCH 23
Joey Logano, c/o team, 1/1, 5 weeks

MARCH 27
Erik Jones, c/o fan club, 4/4, 6 weeks

Some pretty cool news from the sports world, the Kraft Hockeyville USA vote was won by Calumet, MI. Their rink gets $150,000 for upgrades, plus $10,000 in hockey equipment, and an area rink gets to host an NHL preseason game (I'd guess Michigan Tech's MacInnes Arena that's just down the road will get that honor if the Colosseum doesn't; Dee Stadium also has a chance).

The Calumet Colosseum, formerly the Calumet Armory, is where my dad learned to skate as a kid. It opened in 1913 and has been in use ever since-- the longest continually-operating ice rink in the world. The aforementioned Dee Stadium is 7th-- and only because the original Amphidrome burned down in 1927.

Me at The Dee, July 2016. I'll add a 1920s photo of the Colosseum
from my grandmother's collection later.

Monday, March 4, 2019

February 2019 Update

A fairly light month, as the winter usually is...

FEBRUARY 5
Geoff Bodine, c/o home, 3/4, 1 week, returned one unsigned

FEBRUARY 7
Bobby Hillin Jr., c/o T-Rex Engineering, 4/4, 1 week

FEBRUARY 8
Phil Parsons, c/o home, 2/2, 2 weeks

FEBRUARY 11
John Wall, c/o Washington Wizards, 1/1, 2 months, personalized

FEBRUARY 20
Landon Cassill, c/o team, 4/4, 3 weeks

FEBRUARY 24 - College Baseball IP
Mike Pelfrey - 8/8
Andy Stankiewicz - 0/6 ("I really can't, I gotta go stretch with the guys")

FEBRUARY 25
Matt Williams, c/o Oakland A's, 4/4, 1 week

FEBRUARY 28
David Ragan, c/o home, 3/3, 2 weeks
Ross Chastain, c/o team, 3/3, 2 weeks

Monday, February 4, 2019

January 2019, and a lesson learned

My mailing is a little slower right now: I bought a nice size batch of stamps back in December and have been creeping my way through them. So my stamp budget has gone toward buying new guitar pedals.

And with the Sidekicks' alumni game being moved to April, the in-person outings are rare as well.

My lone in-person outing led to me violating my own Rule #1 Of Collecting-- always be prepared.  But I'll get to that in a moment. For now, the usual recap...

January 2
Mickey Stanley, c/o home, 3/3, 4 months

January 5
Al Worthington, c/o home, 4/2, 3 weeks, added two signed photos and an extra signed card, kept my CIC
Harry Gant, c/o home, 4/4, 3 weeks

January 9
BJ Surhoff, c/o home, 4/4, 1 month
Ned Jarrett, c/o home, 3/3, 3 weeks

January 10
Manny Trillo, c/o home, 4/4, 2 years
Lenny Wilkens, c/o home, 3/3, 1 month

January 11
Chris Ford, c/o home, 4/4, 1 month
Bobby Allison, c/o home, 5/3, 3 weeks, added a signed card and a signed photo

January 12
Chase Elliott, c/o home, 3/4, 3 weeks, returned one unsigned
Bill Elliott, c/o home, 3/3, 3 weeks

January 22
Jimmy Britton, c/o home, 1/1, 3 months
Larry Nance, c/o home, 4/4, 1 month
Robert Parish, c/o home, 4/4, 1 month
Bobby Labonte, c/o home, 3/3, 1 month
Hailie Deegan, c/o team, 2/2, 1 month

January 27 - Rangers Winter Caravan in Irving
Adrian Sampson, 2/2 (one for Chris)
Lance Lynn, 2/2, 3/3

January 31
Terry Steinbach, c/o home, 1/1, 5 months, paid $2 fee for his scholarship fund

So. Lance Lynn.

I got my stuff together and Chris came over and we rode over to T-Mobile together. As we get there he mentions that he's in the Archives '72 design. Which is a set I'm working on. Which I forgot he's in.

Shit.

So, if someone out there has that card signed I'd gladly trade for it. I did fire off a TTM request to him at Rangers Spring Training, but I'm not too hopeful. He hasn't TTMed since 2016, but maybe joining a new team will make him pick up the pen, at least early on. I mailed quickly since I overheard him telling someone that he was heading out to Arizona later that day. Our resident local Cardinals fan says Lynn was never a good signer at the ballpark, so it may be my best chance. Positive note, he's on a three-year contract, so maybe he'll do a Caravan next year too.

Again, Rule #1 Of Collecting-- always be prepared. LFMF.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2018 Finale

The successes came in all the way up until the last day of the year. I opted to skip on the Rangers' Toy Drive this year as the list of players was underwhelming (much like the Rangers as a whole). But I did do some mailing and got some quick responses.


DECEMBER 19
Chris Davis, c/o home, 1/1, 1 week
Maurice Cheeks, c/o team, 3/3, 1 week

DECEMBER 21
Jack Sikma, c/o Sikma Enterprises, 5/5, 1 week

DECEMBER 22
Dick Schofield Sr., c/o home, 2/2, 2 weeks
Ann Meyers-Drysdale, c/o home, 2/2, 2 weeks

DECEMBER 24
Harold Landry, c/o team, 3/3, 8 months
Josh Reddick, c/o team, 1/1, 4 months
Rene Lachemann, c/o home, 4/4, 2 weeks
Chuck Seelbach, c/o home, 3/3, 2 weeks
Paul Westphal, c/o home, 2/2, 2 weeks

DECEMBER 26
Scott Manning, c/o work, 2/2, 3 months
Craig Ehlo, c/o home, 4/4, 2 weeks
Hersey Hawkins, c/o home, 4/4, 2 weeks
Terry Porter, c/o team, 2/3, 2 weeks, returned one unsigned

DECEMBER 27
John Stearns, c/o home, 4/5, 2 weeks, kept one

DECEMBER 31
Tippy Martinez, c/o home, 4/4, 3 weeks
Danny Ferry, c/o home, 4/5, 3 weeks, returned one unsigned
Gail Goodrich, c/o home, 2/2, 3 weeks
Jerry Sloan, c/o home, 5/5, 3 weeks
Cale Yarborough, c/o home, 2/2, 2 weeks, personalized both

Looking back through the numbers, 2018 was my biggest year in the hobby. I ended up getting close to 1500 items signed myself (1476 to be exact), plus picked up another 300-400 in trades, purchases, pack pulls, and gifts. I had my biggest ever single month (270 in August), two-month span (528 in July/August), and three-month span (767 in June/July/August), and a record long streak of daily mail successes (25 delivery days from September 13 to October 12).

Monday, December 10, 2018

A slowdown

I haven't mailed as much lately-- just bought a new guitar (Gretsch G5420T, black with gold hardware) and finally got my band's album released. Check it out, please! I'm the drummer on these, but the guitarist now.




Anyways, now that that's out of the way, I did just buy a bunch of stamps and mailed out three this morning. I likely will write more tonight and tomorrow too. I have a lot of baseball, basketball, and racing that I'm planning on trying.

In the meantime with limited mailing comes limited success, but I did get a few back...

NOVEMBER 24
Wayne Cashman, c/o home, 2/2 with $10, 10 weeks
Al Bumbry, c/o home, 5/4, 4 years, added a signed postcard

NOVEMBER 27
Mike Walker, c/o home, 4/4, 9 months
Dave Righetti, c/o SF Giants, 2/2, 3 months

DECEMBER 6
Ron Tingley, c/o home, 4/4, 9 months
Nenad Zigante, c/o home, 4/2, 3 months (signed the front and back of both cards)

I did some IP soccer a few months back as well-- that's available over on the Pacific blog.

So far, I've sent to Jimmy Britton to finish my 1972 Braves Rookies card (last one I need for it; it's been out a month but per SCN he has taken anywhere from a week to 8 months to answer), plus Chris Davis for his 2013 Archives card, and Rene Lachemann and Dick Schofield Sr. just because I had a few cards of them.  I plan on getting requests out to B.J. Surhoff, Al Worthington, and Chuck Seelbach soon as well.  Seelbach was actually a history teacher at my high school, though I never had him for any classes. I have enough stamps right now to send out about 150 requests. So I can get a little crazy here if I want to and finish the year off right. I might even send a few music requests. 

I also just bought a new computer, the band has some shows, and I'm trying to sort all of my purchases of the past few years (and stuff I pulled and never got signed) into everything, so I have a lot on my plate. Positive note, baseball and basketball are all sorted. I just need to do football and hockey, plus a little tweaking to soccer, nascar, and other sports and non-sports.

Even if I use them all, I will have sent fewer this year than either of the last two years (330 in 2016, 357 in 2017; I'm at 175 so far, and could get up to maybe 325). However, releasing an album, buying a guitar, and doing the National trip more than make up for the difference.

Friday, November 2, 2018

End of October update

As expected, I got lazy on any potential IP hockey. Haven't been out since getting Radulov.

TTMs are continuing, though much slower...

OCTOBER 18
Jack Hiatt, c/o home, 3/3, 5 weeks

OCTOBER 23
Don Pavletich, c/o home, 3/3, 6 weeks

The Soccer blog has some posts as well-- check those out if it's your thing. Had a big TTM and some nice IP outings.

It was also announced a few weeks ago that the 2022 National will be in Cleveland again.

I'm here to announce there will be a roadtrip involved again for that show... Stay tuned.