Friday, March 25, 2011

Twitter Networking Lands Blogger Autographed Baseball

I was very fortunate this year to spend some time in Arizona for Cactus League Spring Training where I saw three San Francisco Giants games.  If you are a big baseball fan, it is a must that you try and make it out to Florida or Arizona to catch some games at least once in your life. The parks are small, the atmosphere is great and you can get up close and personal with your favorite team in ways you can't do at the big league stadiums.

Get there early and watch batting practice from the front row, something that you can't do unless you have prime seats at an MLB game. And if you like to collect autographs - bring your stuff because there will be several opportunities to nab auto's of not only players, but anyone associated with the team. I saw kids get former Giants players Will Clark and Ryan Klesko at the games I attended as well as several current players stopped to sign pre-game. Giants broadcaster Jon Miller also signed after the game as kids would walk right up to the press box after the game and he would willingly sign.

In the concession areas behind the stadium, one of the local charity organizations had legendary players signing autographs everyday. Among the players I saw signing were Vida Blue, Rollie Fingers, Fergie Jenkins and Gaylord Perry. The day I saw Perry, I tweeted this picture of him as you could walk right up to them as they signed.

Fellow Blogger Baseball Nut was quick on the draw and let me know on Twitter that Perry was one player he needed an autograph of. Baseball Nut also has maybe the 2nd or 3rd most posts on the Sports Card Radio Fan Forum - so anything I could do to take care of my guy I had to do.

As it also turns out - Perry was my Grandfathers favorite player. I never met my Grandfather as he passed away before I was born. Meeting his favorite player was a pretty cool moment for me.

Friday, March 4, 2011

2007-08 Exquisite Basketball Box Turns Forgettable

Imagine being a collector and shelling out the money to buy a box of 2007-08 Upper Deck Exquisite Basketball Box, which at the time, was the highest of high end boxes. Think about the elation you'd have if you were lucky enough to pull the "Exquisite Experience" Redemption card which allowed you to travel to Upper Deck and create your own box of Exquisite Basketball. It would be an experience you'd remember for a lifetime..... right?

One lucky collector had such a chance and is now selling their box by way of Beckett Media Auctions on eBay. Problem is, the collector can't remember what cards are inside the box. At least, that's the story. Seems hard to fathom that the contest winner couldn't remember one single card from the 5 cards they got to hand pick for the box. Here is the rundown of what is inside the box:
  • Base card
  • Auto Rookie Patch
  • Hit 1 Auto, Auto Patch, or Jersey)
  • Hit 2 (Bigger Hit)
  • Hit 3 (One of One) 
The box is currently the most watched sports trading card auction on eBay. It comes with all sorts of paperwork and even the original redemption card. Still seems crazy to think the person who won this "experience" can't remember a single part of it. In total, there were 5 boxes given away via redemption cards - Beckett claims that this is the 2nd one they've sold.

2007-08 EXQUISITE Experience Basketball Box Pack 1/5
Watchers: 267
Current Price: $3,350.00
Final Price: $6,399.00
Auction Ends: March 6, 2011

Thursday, March 3, 2011

TTM Alert John Axford Milwaukee Brewers Pitcher

Getting autographs through the mail is a real fun experience that I took part in when I was a kid. It's much more sophisticated these days and there are websites and forum threads devoted to the quest of getting autographs in the mail.

I haven't sent any TTM's out in a long time, but I can remember the thrill of getting something back in the mail from an athlete.  It's great when players take the time to sign for collectors and fans through the mail and Brewers Pitcher John Axford is a willing signer according to Michael Hunt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"He (Axford) carefully opened each by tearing the edge of the envelope and, like Johnny Carson's Carnac the Magnificent character, blew inside to make sure he found every last piece of correspondence.  Letters, baseball cards, whatever, the Brewers' closer took time to read, respond and/or sign everything."

Axford is in just a few card sets - all from 2010.  2010 Topps Update, 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft, and 2010 Bowman Draft Baseball.