Monday, June 16, 2014

Mr. Padre

It's been awhile. Longer than I expected. I've been thinking about blogging again for a few weeks now and this morning's news of Tony Gwynn's passing has me sitting at work writing this post.

I wanted to share my favorite memories of Tony Gwynn. In March of 1999 I found myself volunteering at the Peoria Sports Complex as part of a project for the National Honor Society at my high school. My dad and I had gone to Spring Training games and practices many times when I was younger but at that point we hadn't been for almost ten years. I was able to work in time to get some autographs after my required duties were finished. That was enough to respark the addicition.

That next year I remember going to a Padres practice prior to their game against the Chicago Cubs. Having not yet latched on the our newly created local team, I proudly wore my Cubs hat. Tony Gwynn didn't like that. "How are you going to wear a Cubs hat over here?" he joked as he autographed my baseball card. "I see all you guys wearing Cubs hats and Diamondbacks hats but you're still asking for my autograph."

I haven't worn a hat for an opposing team like that since. When I see someone else doing it, I'll smile and think of Tony. It was a small moment in time but it's something I'll never forget. Rest in Peace, Mr. Gwynn. Thanks for the autograph.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Where's Moe?

It's March 17th and I haven't blogged all month. Yikes!

There's been a lot of other things vying for my attention lately and blogging has taken a back seat.

I've got a stack of new stuff to scan and a photobucket full of cards already scanned.

I'll be back soon!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Andrew Bogut Bobblehead

I spent most of last week driving around the valley going to different Spring Training sites. I found myself near a Goodwill store and decided to go in. To my surprise they had this Andrew Bogut Milwaukee Bucks bobblehead for a dollar. I'm not sure how it ended up in Phoenix but it's now mine.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Daniel Hudson Collection - 2014 Fan Fest 5x7

Man, I've been procrastinating on blog posts again. Since my last post I've been to a D-Backs autograph event, Fan Fest, and a spring training practice. I guess those are three pretty good excuses for not blogging.

The day before Fan Fest, I met up with Daniel from It's Like Having My Own Card Shop to get a few autographs. You can check out what he got here. We had a good time.

The next morning was D-Backs Fan Fest. It was also the preregistration sale for San Diego Comic Con badges. I chose to try my luck at SDCC badges instead of getting to Fan Fest early. I failed miserably. 

We got down to Chase Field later than I would have liked. The day wasn't lost because I was able to score autograph tickets for the afternoon autograph sessions during the online sale which took place on Friday.

My son and I got autographs from Miguel Montero, Addison Reed, Randall Delgado, and Alan Trammell at the regular autograph tables. We also hit up the alumni signing at the Game Seven Grill and got Brandon Webb, Shea Hillenbrand, and Augie Ojeda to sign a few cards. Afterward we checked out the last session for the kids' tables. We got Brad Ziegler, Dave McKay, and Daniel Hudson. There was no line for Huddy so I was able to talk to him for a minute. He gave me an extra Fan Fest 5x7 plus the one for my son. Thanks, Daniel!

They set a record for attendance so the lines for the games and other kids stuff were extremely long. We didn't get to do quite as much as we would have liked but that's okay. All in all it was a great time.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

D-Backs Fan Fest 2014!

Hey everybody! Today is the Diamondbacks Fan Fest. This is the seventh year in a row I'll be going. The past two years my wife and son have joined me. Hopefully we'll have a good time and I'll come home with some stuff to post about.


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Daniel Hudson Collection - 2011 Topps Marquee Gold

I already have three versions of this Acclaimed Impressions card but I couldn't pass up an opportunity to get one more. This is the gold version of Daniel Hudson's 2011 Topps Marquee card. It features two patches (from a White Sox jersey) and a sticker autograph. Oh and the best part is it's numbered to 5 on the front. This is my lowest serial numbered Huddy autograph so far. 

Daniel Hudson Collection - 2012 Topps Chrome Purple Refractor

I love you
You love me 
We're a happy family 
With a great big hug and a kiss from me to you.

Sorry. All of this purple got me thinking of Barney. 

Anyway, here's another card for our Daniel Hudson collection. It's the purple border parallel from the 2012 Topps Chrome set.