We wrote to Ryan Church back in May c/o the Mets before he was traded to the Braves. I thought there was a good chance we wouldn't see it again. Fortunately Ryan brought his mail with him during his move away from the Big Apple. Thanks, Ryan!
Today brought another Texas Ranger for our set. David Murphy kindly signed the card below. David had a big game this past Monday. He went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBI's.
Unfortunately the Rangers have fallen out of contention in the AL Wild Card and AL West races. Will next year be the year that the Rangers keep the Angels out of the post season? This blogger says yes!
The fifth and final Refractor is of San Diego Padres first baseman, Adrian Gonzalez. Adrian is a two-time All-Star and is finishing up a terrific 2009 season. He is currently hitting .273 with 38 home runs and 98 RBIs.
Dan Haren has been one of the bright spots in an otherwise dismal Diamondbacks season this year. I plan to try to get this card signed but Haren does have three cards from the regular 08 Topps set that I need to get done first. Hopefully he'll be at the DBacks Fan Fest next year. The past two years they have let you purchase up to four tickets per table per session. Maybe I'll get lucky and be able to clean up.
More mail! I sent a request to Clay Hensley back during the first week of June. He was playing in the Gulf Coast League for the GCL Marlins. I'm not sure if he was rehabbing or what but shortly after I sent my letter I noticed he was on the New Orleans Zephyrz roster. I kind of thought this one might have been a lost cause but today I received our 2008 Topps card back signed. Thanks, Clay!
Today brought Atlanta Braves outfielder, Matt Diaz. Matt's a solid player and is on a tear right now. I think it's important to note that I recently added him to the roster on my fantasy baseball team.
A HUGE thank you to Brian from 30-year Old Cardboard for sending a few signed 08 Topps cards for our set. If you haven't seen Brian's blog you have to check it out. His blog is one of my favorites and is actually a big reason I started this one. Brian is working on a few player collections including one of my all-time favorite players, Andre Dawson.
Thanks for the cards, Brian and thanks for your dedication to your blog!
# 227 - Alfredo Amezaga # 344 - Mike Rabelo # 414 - Andrew Miller # 513 - Rick Vandenhurk # UH 32 - Cody Ross
Another one back from a 50/50. With a little help we received a signed World Baseball Classic insert card of Justin Huber signed. These don't count towards our official progress but are still very nice to have.