Monday, January 31, 2011

Super Bowl XLV Autographs? There's an App For That!

Super Bowl XLV has it's own app.

I downloaded the iPhone version today (I can't test the android version) and it's great for local fans, collectors and fans coming to watch the game.

The Super Bowl Events section list the events by date and selecting one of the events will bring you a list of the details and where the event is located. This listing includes autograph opportunities and memorabilia information.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

NFL Experience Autographs at Super Bowl XLV

Super Bowl week is hitting Dallas. I've been to two Super Bowl weeks (only to the game once) and the NFL Experience is awesome.

The card shows are cool and so is the NFL Experience. If you're in the Dallas area, definitely check it out and bring the following in your backpack:

  1. Mini Helmet with the Super Bowl logo
  2. Sharpie
  3. Camera
I say a mini helmet with the Super Bowl logo because you don't know who you're going to see. If you can fit mini helmet of your favorite team in the same backpack, then go for that, but if you have room for one, choose the Super Bowl logo helmet. I've picked up Larry Johnson and Todd McFarlane on a Super Bowl mini helmet.

NFL Experience schedule
Thursday: 5 to 10 p.m.
Friday: 3 to 10 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday: NFL Experience closed, NFL Shop open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday: NFL Experience closed, NFL Shop open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 3 to 10 p.m.
Feb. 3: 3 to 9 p.m.
Feb. 4: 3 to 10 p.m.
Feb. 5: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Feb. 6: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Yankees GM to Appear at MAB Autograph Show

Brian Cashman is making a rare appearance at an autograph show this weekend.

MAB's Pinstripe Passion Show is scheduled (snow permitting) for Jan. 29 -30. New York Yankees' General Manager Brian Cashman will be selling his autograph for $49 plus a $10 inscription.

This is the first time I remember seeing a front office executive sitting at an autograph show table to sell their signature.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Rabbit - Jimmy Saxton

I had a good eBay mail day this week - Jimmy Saxton!

This one goes with my '62 Fleer Dallas Texans team set I'm building. Where did they take this picture? It looks like a river bank in the background.

I have no idea why Saxton was nicknamed the "The Rabbit" when he played for Texas before jumping to the Texans. Wouldn't Jackelope be a little more fun?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Card so Nice, I Had to Buy it Twice

Actually, this card helped me with my 2011 New Year's Resolution: Check the spreadsheet before bidding!  

I already have this '52 Bowman Large card of James Hammond. The eBay auction bid was $4 so I placed the bid. After I won it for $4, I checked my spreadsheet and had my duh moment.

Oh well, it's $4, it's a cool card... I "won" auctions far worse than this I suppose.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Miles Austin Twitters His Party Location

Fans wanting a Miles Austin autograph need to start following him on twitter.

To promote a pre-Super Bowl party, Miles tweeted clues about the location and where he would be. Four hundred or so fans solved the riddles and were able to meet Miles Austin and get a few autographs.

Like it or not, twitter is bringing us closer to the athletes we cheer. If you're in a town with your favorite team (sadly I am not), I definitely recommend following some of the players on twitter. Now is the time to sign up with Super Bowl parties and athlete appearances becoming more common.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Marvin Miller Autograph Signing Through Dick Gordon Sports

Baseball would not be where it is now without Marvin Miller. It's a crime that he is not in the Baseball Hall of Fame. I think Red Barber said it best, "Marvin Miller, along with Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson, is one of the two or three most important men in baseball history."

That said, I'm making my first through the mail autograph order. Dick Gordon Sports is representing Marvin Miller at the MAB autograph show on Jan. 30. 

Dick Gordon Sports has a good reputation and solid reviews on and MAB has always been solid. I ordered an MLB baseball for autograph. 

I can't wait to get this one in Feb! 

Thursday, January 13, 2011

New Signings Hotline Forum Format

Signings hotline has a new format and honestly, I'm not a fan so far. I'm all for change and trying things new, but this isn't working:

  • Best Practice & Maintenance should not be the first forum working - I go to signings hotline for signings information, not maintenance. 
  • I have to click about 3 or 4 more times to get the same information than before the upgrade. 
  • Before the upgrade I could see what threads had been updated, now I can only see the most recent. 
I've belonged to Signings Hotline for years. I like the service, but this upgrade to the forums isn't working. Instead of spending times on redesigns, I'd rather see time spent on:
  • RSS Technology for getting updates
  • Mobile App Development

Monday, January 10, 2011

Tucson Tragedy Hits Baseball World

The tragedy in Tucson, AZ over the weekend is also affecting the baseball world.

The 9-year old killed in the weekend's shooting is the granddaughter of former Mets Manager Dallas Green. Christina Taylor Green is also the daughter of current Dodgers scout John Green. Christina was born on 9-11-01.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Super Bowl Tours in Dallas

I've been to one Super Bowl and to the Super Bowl week activities for two, but I've never been able to tour the Super Bowl locker rooms.

Super Bowl 45 will have tours of the locker rooms and other areas of the Cowboys stadium.

If you're going to be in the Dallas area during Super Bowl week, this is a must see! The events in the days before the Super Bowl are a ton of fun. There are a lot of autograph opportunities and chances to see current and former players. I wish I was going to be at this one!

More about the tours here.