You have until Dec. 6 to bid on items from Texas Stadium. Doesn't a bathroom sign from from Texas Stadium make the perfect stocking stuffer?!
Here's the link. Check it out, if you're in to collecting stadium memorabilia, there are some cool things here on the list. I've always thought ticket turnstiles would be awesome, but I need to place to put them first.
You can also bid on the "throne of champions." Guess what that is!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
You have until Dec. 6 to bid on items from Texas Stadium. Doesn't a bathroom sign from from Texas Stadium make the perfect stocking stuffer?!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Thank you to everyone who reads and/or responds to the SportsLocker Blog. I think of this blog as my therapy to escape the turbulent environment where we work, live, and try to play. If reading it, responding to it, or throwing your laptop because of my grammatical errors also helps you escape life for a moment, then I am very Thankful.
I don't have a hidden agenda of trying to get hired by "The Hardball Times." You won't see me counting hits, number of posts in a year, links, RSS subscriptions, or any of that on the blog. Sure, I check all of that, but I really don't think anyone reading a blog cares if it has 15 or 1,500 hits in a week. I also don't think anyone cares if I made the 10th or 100th blog entry. I'm just thankful that you stop by and read it once in a while or RSS the blog.
I'm also thankful for some of the great blogs out there that follow, report, and give opinions on the sports card and memorabilia hobby. I may not agree with everything they write, but they are part of a healthy dialog that builds our community and improves our hobby. I don't have a SportsLocker Six (yes, I'm still bitter about not being in the Wax Heavenly Seven - j/k), but here are some I'm thankful for:
- 30 Year Old Cardboard - Great writing and interest cards
- Autographed Cards - I really like the autographs
- Beckett Blog - Popular or not, they are the leader in the card industry
- Cardboard Junkie - I learn a lot reading this
- Fielder's Choice - Great passion for the hobby
- Padographs - I'm a sucker for a good autograph story
- Paul's Random Stuff - The name says it all and it's great
- Phungo - I'm a Mets fan and I still really like this blog!
- Sports Card Info - If you don't learn something reading this, then . . .
- Sports Cards Uncensored - Great reviews, subjects, and vocabulary
- The Nennth Inning - Good baseball blog which focuses on the NY Cy Young winner
- Wax Heaven - Maybe I'll crack the Heavenly Seven in '09? And maybe Pete Rose will make the HOF too. Seriously, this is one of the best.
I'm not perfect - I know I may have missed some blogs. If you have one or read one and think I should include it, then post a comment. I'll add it to the blog roll as long as it isn't Taylor Dayne.
Again, thank you for your readership and comments - I really appreciate it.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
My Sports Collecting Holy Grail was completed this week. I have been working on this autograph piece for years. The drive to accomplish this has been been fueled by my passion for a team and a distinct moment of my childhood. I'll post more information about it later this week.
This is one of my Bill Buckner autographs from the Chicago Sun Times Show. I wanted an autograph baseball with "1986 AL Champs" inscribed.
Bill didn't say much. He just signed the pieces and hardly looked at me. And no, I wasn't wearing my Mets jersey!
Later this week I'll photo the other Buckner autograph I picked up - I finally finished my Game 6 Moment autograph piece.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Beckett's blog announced Monday they are having contest to win a Steve Carlton autographed 1980 Philadelphia Phillies pennant.
In 1,000 words or less you have to write who was the best rookie in Major League Baseball history.
I wish they held these contests separate from their magazine for blog readers only. This would really help to build the online community. But check out their blog if you are a Phillies Phan or autograph fan.
Is Jerome Walton your pick too?
I went to this weekend's Chicago Sun Times Show this weekend. I thought it was run pretty well, there were a lot of dealer tables with good cards, and the autograph pavilion area was nice. I spent most of my time looking at the cards and tables, but I did get a few autographs too.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Two memorabilia shows this month! I'm off to Chicago tomorrow for the Chicago Sun Times Show.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
My New York Mets 1986 World Series project is almost finished.
I added Ray Knight and few others at the MAB Mets show in November. From the 1986 playoff roster, the baseball is only missing:
- Danny Heep
- Mel Stottlemyre (coach)
- Rick Aquilera
- Sid Fernandez
- Vern Hoscheit (dec'd)
- Greg Pavlick (coach)
I'm only adding players that were on the 1986 world series roster on the ball. Obviously there were more than that who played for the Mets that season (Dave Magadan, George Foster, etc.).
Knight was very gracious and really enjoyed looking at the baseball. This was quite a change from my Roger McDowell exchange! Ray even added the 86 WS MVP inscription which I thought was very cool.
Ray was a true gamer when he was with the Mets. He didn't put up the huge stats, but he was a competitor with a fire. I wish someone on the current Mets roster were "carrying the fire" so to speak (credit Cormac McCarthy with that phrase).
I bought this off eBay last week. It's a ticket from the last game at Shea and the stadium In-Focus paper that highlights the greatest moments in Shea history.
I'm trying to figure out what to do with my Shea items. I have this newspaper, the ticket, a brick from Shea and dirt from Shea stadium. I have to make something out of these pieces, but I haven't figured it out yet.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Here's a T206 Auction that's making news and it doesn't involve Honus Wagner. "Doyle, along with Wagner, Eddie Plank and the Sherry Magee misspelling are the most sought after cards in the T206 series."
Here are a couple of links to the auction information and the T206 Museum.
- thanks to Baseball Think Factory for posting the story -
Thursday, November 13, 2008
- Learn to make sentences without a subject or predicate like Emmitt Smith.
- Voice over your own "Coors Lite 6-Pack of Questions" and other corporate sponsor announcements.
- Tell tired jokes like Chris Berman.
- Pretend to know the game of football like Pam Ward.
- This can all be your for $19.99!
OK, what did I miss?
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
This the only picture I took of Roger McDowell at the MAB Mets fest on Saturday because he bugged the crap out of me.
I was a big fan of Roger McDowell and I still say the Mets traded their heart away when they sent he and Lenny Dykstra to the Phightin' Phils for Juan Samuel!
On Saturday, I asked Roger for two autographs: 1) On a baseball sweetspot with "86 World Champs" inscribed, and 2) On my 1986 team signed World Series baseball.
Roger took this as opportunity to inspect the baseball and question why Davey Johnson's signature wasn't on the sweet spot. The exchange went like this:
Roger: "Did you tell Davey to sign his name there instead of on the sweet spot?"
James: "Yes, I asked him to sign it exactly where he wrote his name."
Roger: "Why didn't you get the manager to sign the sweet spot? He's the manager."
James: "Because I'm holding that spot for the World Series MVP, Ray Knight."
Roger: "But Ray doesn't hit the home run if Davey doesn't put him in the line-up."
James: "And you're not a World Champion if Knight doesn't hit the home run in Game 7."
Roger: Nodding his head in agreement, McDowell signs the baseball, hands it back and says, "protocol - that's all I'm saying."
James: "Thanks Roger."
Unreal . . . Roger McDowell questioning what I'm doing with my collection. Has this happened to anyone else?
Maybe I should have asked Roger:
"Hey Roger why did you give up that September, 9th inning home run to dead-center field at Shea to Terry Pendleton in 1987? If you hold the lead, get the save, and we win that game, the Mets are 1 game out of first place with Doc Gooden pitching the next day. Instead you gave the Cardinals a 3 game lead and pretty much handed them the 1987 NL East Division Title. Pendelton hit 12 home runs all season and you served him the biggest one."
"Hey Roger, how did you give up nearly as many earned runs in 1987 as you did in 1986, but pitched in 40 fewer innings? Maybe your protocol should brought you to the knee of Mel Stottlemyre for a little more pitching help that season. His expert tutelage could have served you well against Terry Pendelton in September."
Maybe I should have just asked:
"Hey Roger, are you worried that Terry Pendleton will eventually talk to his old friend Bobby Cox about your crap pitching technique. How does a sinker-ball pitcher give up a home run in one of the deepest centerfields in baseball to a hitter that only hit 11 previous home runs all season during the biggest series of the 1987 season? Maybe TP will tell Bobby to bring Leo Mazzone back to Atlanta and take your job since you seem to be giving it a crapbag effort down there?"
I could have referenced his pathetic, washed up routine on MTV Rock-n-Jock Softball games by asking:
"Hey Roger, why were you a better pitcher against the Baldwin brothers in MTV Rock-n-Jock Softball games than you were against Terry Pendleton in 1987?"
Instead, I made my point and said "thanks." But I do feel better after writing that.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Jerry Koosman signed autographs at the MAB Mets Autograph session last weekend. I asked him to sign a baseball with "69 W.S. Champs" inscribed on the sweet spot.
Jerry was very nice and gave a great signature.
I had no idea that in the two seconds to follow, I would forever change my perception of Jerry Koosman, the autographed baseball, and the under-appreciation our society has for a good handkerchief.
I grabbed the baseball with my left hand and extended my right arm to shake his hand and say "thank you."
During the baseball exchange, Jerry, in slow motion, wiped his nose with his right hand and immediately afterwards shook my hand! It was a scene as dramatic, intense and slow as the "Ooooohhhhhhh Ffffffuuuuudge" exchange during the movie, "A Christmas Story."
UGH! I think I threw-up in my mouth again just typing this.
I tried to play it cool, and not disrespect him. I mean, this is Jerry Koosman! He played forever, was a world champion, and gave up Pete Rose's 4,000th career hit. I moved over to the side, put the baseball back in the box, snatched the Purell Hand Sanitizer from my backpack and proceeded to dump 1.5 of the 2 fluid ounce germ killer into my Koosman snot-riddled hands.
The stench of alcohol from my Purell soaked hands may have nearly been enough for all of the former Mets at the autograph tables to pass out. Think about that for a second, the smell of alcohol was nearly too strong for former baseball players to absorb. Nothing against baseball players, but they aren't exactly known to be the prohibition type (especially a group that includes the '86 Mets).
Like a doctor on his way to delivery a baby, I walked out of the autograph area with my hands held chest-high and palms facing me. I casually walked like this out of the exhibition area and into the restroom. Here, I spent the next 10 minutes rinsing, washing, rinsing, washing, and rinsing my hands of the Koosman snot, potential bacteria, and remnants of the Purell.
I've been home a few days, but I haven't removed the baseball from the box I dumped it in after witnessing Jerry Koosman's need for a cold remedy. I'll try to get the courage this week to move the baseball once doomed by Koosman's sinus situation.
New York, in desperate need for a closer with Billy Wagner injured, may find the all-time saves leader waiting for Omar to throw him a towel in this year's free agent pool.
It appears the Padres have pulled their $4 million dollar offer from the table before Hoffman could get the cellophane wrapper off the autograph pen.
Wagner's contract is not insured, so the Mets are probably not going to pay all of Wagner's contract and another top free agent closer contract in the same season. (K-Rod are you listening?) Hoffman gives the Mets some stability in the 9th and some time to develop closer from the farm system (Eddie Kunz).
Thanks to Padographs for this Eddie Kunz Metsograph! (credit Padographs)
This is a signed 2008 Bowman Chrome card of future Mets closer Eddie Kunz! Well, I hope he can turn into their closer. Kunz (along with half of Queens) was given a brief chance last year to take the closer job but control problems sent him to back Binghampton.
Kunz has great stuff and seems like the ideal candidate to land a key bullpen role once he finds more command.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Mookie confirmed at the MAB show that this was a picture of him and Preston Wilson from 1983. Last month, I posted the story of this photo.
Mookie was pretty surprised to see the picture when I set it in front of him. He said it was "definitely Preston" and that "he's a little bigger now."
Tony Sparano inherited a Dolphins team that only won just a single game last year and has already won 5 games this season.
Day 2 of the Mets Autographfest with MAB was Sunday. There were a lot of great signers from the 1962 Mets and the 1969 Mets. Here's a picture of Ed Kranepool a member of both of those historic teams.
I added some pictures to this Flickr group.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
I created a group and posted some photos of the Mets Autograph show by MAB on Flickr. Here's a picture of "The Franchise."
I'll write more about it later, I need to recover for Day 2!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
The fall CSA Show had plenty of Hall of Fame players, big name sports stars and Jennie Finch sold more autograph tickets than any of the guests at the show!
You could get any item autographed by Jennie Finch for $30. She is also signing autographs at the Chicago Sun Times show on Nov. 22.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Lil Doc is joining Papa Doc at the MAB Mets show Nov. 8th. The MAB site is listing autographs for Lil Doc (Gooden's spawn) on their site.
Both Gooden's will sign the CD if you buy it on site for $3. I could only find this MySpace page for Lil Doc after a quick Google Search. This isn't exactly my taste in music, but I'm tempted to get it signed just to have the picture!