After missing some time with injuries, it looks like Texas Rangers pitcher, Eric Hurley is back on track. He's been throwing a lot this Spring and should be ready to go once the season starts. I wouldn't be surprised if he is assigned to the Rangers Triple A team in Oklahoma.
The other day he signed his 2008 Topps Gold Border Parallel card for us.
Spring Training games start today and it's time to start posting some of the cards we've gotten signed this year.
I'll start off with a few Texas Rangers. Former Boston Red Sox catcher, Kevin Cash is with the Rangers this Spring. He signed his card from the Updates & Highlights set for us. He also gave my son a baseball. Thanks, Kevin!
Next up from our 2011 Diamondbacks Fan Fest haul is Xavier Nady. Xavier has previously spent time with the Padres, Mets, Pirates, Yankees, and Cubs. Here is the 2008 Topps Series One card that he signed for us.
One of my main goals for this year's Diamondbacks Fan Fest was to get Stephen Drew to sign his card for our set. I got to Chase Field extremely early Saturday morning. Earlier in the week I had bought a few Subway sandwiches so I could become a Subway VIP. The VIP included an early entry to Fan Fest... after the season ticket holders.
Despite being near the front of the VIP line, a few of the autograph tickets were already sold out by the time I got to the front of the line. The sessions for Justin Upton, Kirk Gibson, and Drew were all gone. I was a little disappointed but I still got tickets for a few good tables.
Once inside, I got lucky and caught Stephen walking around in between events. He graciously signed our 2008 Topps card. Thanks, Stephen! Glad to have finally this one as part of our set.
It's that time of year again. The Diamondbacks Fan Fest is basically a kick off party to begin Spring Training. It's usually held the week before pitchers & catchers report and is a good warm up for the real autograph-related action.
Hopefully I'll be leaving with a few newly signed 2008 Topps cards and maybe a few other surprises.
Wish me luck and check back soon. We should have posts up showing what we got all next week.
Today ushers in another historic moment here at My 2008 Topps Set Blog. Here is our first signed 08 Topps card from the basketball set. It is of three time Basketball Hall of Famer, Lenny Wilkens. That's right he's been inducted into the Hall of Fame three times. Once as a player, once as a coach, and once as part of the 1992 Olympic Dream Team.
No, I won't be trying to get the entire basketball set signed but I'll probably pick up a few here and there of players who sign TTM.
I've been wanting to get this one for awhile and I'm glad it is now part of our collection.
(CBSSPORTS.COM/C. Trent Rosecrans) – Ringo Starr and Nomar Garciaparra may have something more in comment than a prominent proboscis — both take care of their fans autograph requests, even if it’s not in that timely of a manner.
In the second season of the Simpsons, there’s a story of the Beatles drummer personally returning all of his fan mail and finally getting to a letter and painting from young Marge. Starr is at letters from 1966 — 25 years before the episode aired.
Turns out, Garciaparra is a little quicker than Ringo, so he’s got that going for him.
Chad Williams, who grew up in Florida and now lives in Los Angeles, sent a baseball cards to the former Red Sox shortstop 1997 when he was in middle school and going through an autograph collecting phase. Well, on Monday, Chad got a call from his mom in Florida:
“Hello, Chad? Were you expecting mail at our house? This plain envelope came in the mail, no return address, and…it looks like all in your handwriting?”. I had NO idea what she was talking about. Naturally since I now live 3,000 miles away from Florida, I asked her to open it. She calls me back...
“It’s these baseball cards from a Nomar Garciaparra? One is signed” Garciaparra, or someone acting on his behalf, send the larger signed card seen below, and sent back the original Donruss card Chad sent back in 1997.
Hey, better late than never — and it only took 14 years, although, as beloved as Garciaparra was in his time in Boston, he was never exactly a Beatle. But good on him for getting around to it. I think it’s pretty cool he’s doing that. And at it least made an interesting story for a slow Monday as we wait for spring training to begin.
Below is a picture of the card and Williams’ 14-year old self addressed stamped envelope. (I wonder if Nomar picked up the extra postage to make up for the increase in the last 14 years?)
I heard about this on the local sports talk radio station a few days ago and thought it was pretty cool. I googled it to see if I could find out more. I found a few articles but CBS even included a picture. I don't want to ruin Chad's good story but does anyone else think that looks like a standard issue postcard with a preprinted autograph?
The final card is of former Florida Marlins and current Baltimore Orioles pitcher, Mark Hendrickson. I did a quick Google search on Mark. I remembered that he had played basketball previously but I didn't realize he played in over 100 games for four different teams.