Thursday, September 27, 2012

Rays @ Red Sox, 9/25

My last time graphing this season went well.  I went to the game on Tuesday specifically for Evan Longoria, and he didn't disappoint, showing up at his usual spot at the usual time right before the game started.  As an added bonus, it was a reunion night for the 04 World Series team.  I didn't get any of the older guys' autographs, but it was nice to see everybody riding around on the duck boats inside the stadium.  In addition to getting a pair of autographs from Longoria, I was able to get a picture with him before the game.

  • Sean Rodriguez- 11 Topps
  • Alex Cobb- 11 Topps RC
  • Matt Joyce- 09 Topps, 12 Topps Heritage
  • Luke Scott- 09 Topps Heritage
  • Andrew Miller- 09 Topps (for trade)
  • Evan Longoria- 09 Topps (Rookie of the Year), 09 Topps (w/ David Price)

Spring Training TTM: Adam LaRoche

  • Adam LaRoche 1/1- The Nationals first baseman signed his 09 Topps U&H card.  As someone that grew up in Maryland, I'm pretty excited to see both the Nats and O's on their way to a playoff appearance.  Besides, there's not much left to cheer for in Boston this season.  Sent 3/1 (207 days)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Orioles @ Red Sox, 9/22

It's pretty rare that the Red Sox play a day game on a Saturday, but it was nice to get all of my graphing in before lunchtime yesterday.  Unfortunately, it was my last time getting autographs outside the stadium this year.  The weather deteriorated quickly from the previous day, so it was foggy and drizzling for the first hour I was there.  I came back a second day for the Orioles for the chance to get Jim Thome, and fortunately I got there just in time.  Despite a few rain spots, this was a big pickup for my set, and probably my biggest auto of the year behind Chipper Jones.

Jason Hammel- 12 Topps
Scott Podsednik- 09 Topps U&H
Randy Wolf- 11 Topps Heritage, 2000 Skybox Dominion New Era
Joe Saunders- 09 Topps
Will Middlebrooks- 2012 Red Sox Pocket Schedule
Steve Tolleson- 08 Bowman Chrome
Nate McLouth- 08 A&G
Jim Thome- 09 Topps

Orioles @ Red Sox, 9/21

This weekend was my last opportunity to get autographs outside the stadium, and it turned out to be a pretty good one.  The winning ways of the Orioles, combined with their talented young rookies, made for significantly larger crowds than I would have expected for a series against Baltimore.  Here's how I did the first day:

Matt Wieters- 10 Upper Deck
Jason Hammel- 09 Topps U&H
Adam Jones- 12 Topps Golden Moments Redemption
James Loney- 09 Topps
Luis Ayala- 09 Topps
Mark Reynolds- 09 Topps
Pedro Strop- Orioles logo card
J.J. Hardy- 08 A&G, 09 OPeeChee
Troy Patton- 08 Topps

TTM Return: Vance Worley

Vance Worley 1/1- The Phillies pitcher personalized a 2012 Gypsy Queen in black sharpie.  Sent 8/10 (41 days)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

TTM Return: Luke Montz

  • Luke Montz 1/1- This isn't a repost.  I originally sent Luke his 09 Topps card to get signed while he was with the Marlins during Spring Training.  I received the same card signed a few weeks ago that I sent more recently while he was with the New Orleans Zephyrs.  Sent 2/21 (206 days)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Yankees @ Red Sox, 9/11

Just one autograph, but it's another setter:

Chris Dickerson- 09 Topps

Didn't see anyone else sign at all inside the stadium.  However, it was still a great night as Jacoby Ellsbury hit a walkoff single to beat the Yankees in the bottom of the 9th.  I haven't been to too many good games this year, and that one was definitely the best.  It was also the first time I've ever witnessed a walkoff in person, though I'm a little disappointed that Jacoby didn't get a shaving cream pie to the face afterwards.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

TTM Return: Miguel Olivo

  • Miguel Olivo 1/1- After several tries, I finally got Miguel's base card from the 09 Topps set signed.  He also has a card in the Updates & Highlights set, but mine is probably lost out in the abyss of the U.S. Postal service now.  Sent 8/8 (30 days)

TTM Return: Daniel Hudson

  • Daniel Hudson 3/3- The Diamondbacks pitcher personalized three cards for me in blue sharpie.  Moe over at "My 2008 Topps Set Blog" has an extensive collection of Hudson autographs.  Sent 8/10 (22 days)