I haven't been able to do anything hockey-related. The Stars haven't had many (any) weekend practices, and now that I'm head coach of the floorball team I've been playing on, I'm sure my availability won't increase. Here's to hoping a few teams stay at easy hotels on weekends and I can make up for this lack of Stars assistance.
|Shin-Soo Choo ball, a nice surprise|
Shin-Soo Choo 1/1 SSROMLB
Michael Choice 2/2 cards
Tanner Scheppers 1 team issued photo
Shawn Tolleson 1 team issued photo
Rusty Greer 3/3 cards and a team issued photo
Tom Grieve 1/1 11x14 photo already signed by Jeff Burroughs (FINALLY!)
Matt Hicks 1 team issued photo
Jim Sundberg 3/3 cards
Elvis Andrus 1/1 card
Jeff Banister 1 team issued photo
Robinson Chirinos 1 team issued photo
Ross Detwiler 3/3 cards
Matt Harrison 1 team issued photo
Jurickson Profar 3/3 cards
Jose Guzman 3/3 cards and a team issued photo
Mark McLemore 3/3 cards
Derek Holland 1/3 cards
Jake Thompson 1 team issued photo
Steve Buechele 3/3 cards
Steve Busby 1/3 cards
Larry Hardy 1 team issued photo
Dave Hostetler 1 team issued photo
Eleno Ornelas 1 team issued photo
|Finished! Though I forgot to have him add "Mr. Ranger" with it|
|The mailman left three Gashes in my mailbox.|
|Jonesin' for some sigs|
Final total for 2014: 1156 net autographs. Well short of my goal of 1500, though I did get 1412 sigs in total (net equals total obtained minus items obtained for others and traded items). If I had put more time into TTMing, I likely would have hit it in autographs acquired at least.
The 2015 graphing season started last night with another indoor soccer game. The Sidekicks hosted an alumni game and a number of players I had cards of were there. There was no formal signing, but a couple of us waited where the players came off the field and I got everyone who was there that I had cards of. Billy Phillips was the first one I saw, signing two 1990-91 Pacific Coach of the Year cards. He told me a great story about the photo on it. Players often put Vaseline or some other lubricant on their legs to avoid turf burns when sliding, so for road games he said he often would wear an old pair of khakis just to keep from having to pay a ton to clean them on the road instead of being able to do it at home. And of course what photo do they pick for a Coach of the Year card, but one where he's wearing those pants. He even asked me who else I had cards of and he went in and got Krys Sobieski for me. Sobie, a former Cleveland Force netminder, signed the four cards I had of him, and then just like Phillips did, he went and got Roderick Scott and Terry Woodberry for me. Scott signed four cards and Woodberry two. After a few minutes another collector came down and joined me, which was a major help-- once these guys were out of uniform, I was totally lost if the guy wasn't really distinctive looking. He helped me ID David Doyle who signed two cards for me. I also chatted briefly with former Cleveland Crunch and Akron Zip Dev Reeves. Apparently Reeves has a few cards out there, but I didn't have any with me. Assistant coach Mike Powers signed the two I carried with me, followed by Willie Molano signing two as well. Last up was Marcio Leite. I missed him leaving the locker room, but he walked by again and signed all four cards I had of him.
|Some soccer sigs|
After the game, I got the other cards I had signed by Fabinho (two, as he was one of the giveaways when I got Shaun David) and Mike Jones (one, this day's giveaway). I also had former Cleveland Crunch and Force member Kiley Couch sign my ticket stub. Overall, not a bad way to start the new year.
I also broke a box of Rookies and Stars football. I might show off the hits later, including an Arian Foster printing plate. I did a video but have been far too lazy to edit and post it.
This year, I'm not going to set any huge goals. I don't know that my availability will be as high as it has been in the past and hockey has been anything but reliable, so I'm just going to set a relatively easy goal of 500 baseball autographs. It's not something I have to really push hard to hit, but it keeps me active in the hobby. All other sports will simply be a bonus. And 26 soccer ones to start the year is a pretty decent bonus.
NOTE: Turns out that guy waiting with me for the Sidekicks alumni was none other than former Beckett Hockey "Signing Session" writer Dave Sliepka.