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cyberer
10-25-2010, 12:53 AM
Hey, I just started doing this through the mail stuff in August, and have been amazed as others have said both at the successes I have had and also how addictive this can become. I am currently using about a book of stamps (~20) per 2 week period. I am trying to slow down a bit as the cost adds up, but we shall see.

Anyway here are my attempts to date:

http://s1139.photobucket.com/home/cyberer37/allalbums

Success
Steve Garvey
Bobby Doerr- a whopping 6 autographs (3 for me 3 for my brother) HOF
Curtis Granderson
Joey Votto
Archie Manning
Lee MacPhail HOF
Jeremy Hellickson
Dustin Ackley
Tedy Bruschi
Dallas Clark X2
Jim Fregosi
Steve Young X2 HOF
Lawrence Taylor HOF
Yogi Berra HOF (2nd try he doesn't sign blank index)
Peyton Manning
Chuck Bednarik X3 HOF
Matt Barkley X2
Bert Campaneris
Frank Gore
Brett Favre
Carl Erskine X3
Evan Royster X3
Dirk Nowitzki
Dick LeBeau X2 HOF
Yogi Berra again HOF
Mario Williams
Gary Payton
Warren Moon HOF
Josh Hamilton
Pat Gillick HOF
Mike Cameron
Charlie Manuel
Chris Pronger
Ozzie Newsome HOF
Matt Schaub
Joe Paterno
Dan Fouts HOF
Luis Gonzalez


Email Success
David Akers
Ed Hochuli
Samuel L Jackson
Ernie Ells (possible AP)


Autopen "Success" (AKA Failure)
Mike Leake
Roy Halladay
Robin Yount

Failure
-Sparky Anderson- sent me my SASE containing only a message saying that he couldn't sign due to volume of requests, but to please accept a signed card instead EXCEPT THE LAST PART ABOUT THE SIGNED CARD WAS CROSSED OUT BUT STILL READABLE! Update: RIP
-Kurt Warner c/o Cardinals RTS (I guess they don't forward)
-Duke Snider Refused RTS


Pending
Josh Hamilton c/o rangers (Sent in June)
Starlin Castro (Sent in August)
Pedro Alvarez (Sent in August)
Chris Carter 9/15/10
Chipper Jones 9/1/10
Yovani Gallardo (Sent in July)
Charlie Manuel (Sent in August)
Frank Gore 9/22/10
Chad Ochocinco 9/22/10
Adam Wainwright 9/22/10
Austin Jackson 9/23/10
Mike Singletary 9/23/10
John Kruk 9/24/10
Matt Schaub 9/27/10
Yogi Berra 9/28/10
Phil Hughes 9/30/10
Matt Barkley 10/12/10
Jim Otto 10/12/10 RESEND (got a note back that he doesn't sign index cards)
Andre Ethier 10/20/10
Mark Grace 10/20/20
Bryce Harper (2 customs to parents addy, 2 customs to AFL addy) 10/21/10
Tommy Lasorda 10/21/10
Ben Revere 10/22/10
Ryan Zimmerman 10/25/10
Aaron Rodgers 10/25/10
Josh Hamilton c/o rangers 10/16/10 (my brother's name)
Percy Harvin 10/29/10
Wes Welker 10/29/10
Greg Jennings 10/29/10 (it was a wide receiver type of day I guess)
Jim Otto take 2 (sent a blank index last time and failed) 11/1
Matthew Stafford 11/4
Aeneas Williams 11/4
Charles Barkley 11/9
Dirk Nowitzki 11/9
Wade Boggs 11/10
I have way too many recent requests to keep this pending list updated, but I promise to list them as they come in.

http://s1139.photobucket.com/home/cyberer37/allalbums

Indian71
10-25-2010, 08:42 AM
nice job, welcome to the hobby!

cyberer
10-25-2010, 02:00 PM
Got Steve Garvey (14 days c/o dodgers) today and an initialed note from Jim Otto (13 days) saying he doesn't sign index cards. Garvey pic attached, otto note can be seen at this URL

http://www.sportscardforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=37628&d=1288028703

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
10-25-2010, 05:31 PM
Nice stuff!

Cool to see someone else is using my method of a list in the OP. :)

djauwerda
10-25-2010, 06:03 PM
Welcome aboard! Got some good schtuff!

cyberer
10-27-2010, 03:10 PM
A couple of sad days at the mailbox, nothing yet. I am getting increasingly concerned over Matt Barkley and Bryce Harper- the former is supposedly a great signer but I sent him a blank index which some guys don't sign and the latter is a notorious jerk and a longshot.

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
10-27-2010, 03:14 PM
A couple of sad days at the mailbox, nothing yet. I am getting increasingly concerned over Matt Barkley and Bryce Harper- the former is supposedly a great signer but I sent him a blank index which some guys don't sign and the latter is a notorious jerk and a longshot.

You'd think Barkley would at least return the IC to let you know, but I'm almost certain he won't sign it. Even the younger NFL guys are told not to sign index cards.

cyberer
10-27-2010, 03:15 PM
it's been 15 days, I guess he still could be sending it back.

I'm getting a new printer on Monday I will probably print a custom and send to him again.

Oxxon
10-27-2010, 08:20 PM
Wicked start, congrats

cyberer
10-29-2010, 02:29 AM
Another day, another whiff at the mailbox. Harvin, Jennings and Welker going out tomorrow.

cyberer
10-29-2010, 06:31 PM
Jim Fregosi came back today, 1/1 in 10 days. Signed his 1962 rookie card in blue sharpie included #41. Great success!

soccer1072
10-29-2010, 09:27 PM
Great successes.

Just wondering, did you send a fee for the Doerr?
Thanks

cyberer
10-29-2010, 09:36 PM
No, some people do, but it seems like they do that to just be nice. He signs regardless I think. Like I said I sent 2 different times- once for me once for my brother no fee and they both came back within 2 weeks.

cyberer
11-01-2010, 01:24 PM
I had an interesting day at the mailbox today.

I open the box, and see nothing except a 1 page printout from my building's condo owners association (snorefest) notifying me of the building renovations.

HOWEVER

When I took this paper out to read it, I saw that it was actually blocking an envelope in the bottom of the box that I didn't see before (and a SASE at that). I opened it up to see not one but TWO signed steve young cards along with a letter from his foundation!!!

I have compared the autos to each other painstakingly and have discovered that they are NOT identical, which strongly suggests they are real. I included scans of both that aren't the best quality, but you can still see that the Y on one of the autos is longer than the other.

This was an incredible success and it came back in 12 days. I sent a $1 donation in the envelope with my 2 cards offering the extra card to the kids that his foundation benefits. He sent both back signed.

I am downright giddy right now!

cyberer
11-01-2010, 01:26 PM
forgot the scan

vikesfan40
11-01-2010, 06:30 PM
Sweet success I got to send to him congrats

cyberer
11-02-2010, 04:20 PM
Nothing today unfortunately...

cyberer
11-03-2010, 05:01 PM
Another day another whiff- cmon let's get some returns.

travlncard
11-03-2010, 08:11 PM
Kind of an outside the box opinion here as i dont really do this type of thing...

(but i am following this thread, cause im intrigued by the chase)

but i would think you should send to more people in your state, as it would seem like alot quicker return time. probably obvious, and i guess if you live in North Dakota, or South Carolina or somethin it wouldnt really matter...

Either Way Good Luck Bro, keep us posted!!

cyberer
11-04-2010, 01:50 PM
Another empty mailbox day. Where are you guys?

vikesfan40
11-04-2010, 07:42 PM
If you send them and they will come

cyberer
11-05-2010, 03:35 PM
WOO! The 3 day minislump was broken today by this beauty:

16 days.

cyberer
11-05-2010, 05:23 PM
I just decided to scan all of my in person and TTM autos into a photobucket- over 50 in all:

http://s1139.photobucket.com/home/cyberer37/allalbums
(http://s1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/)

cyberer
11-08-2010, 06:45 PM
this seems to be a trend for me- 3 days no autos - hall of famer - 3 days no auto - hall of famer. It has happened that way this past week- first steve young then lawrence taylor and now culminating with the greatest success I've ever had:

Yogi Berra signed the front of my card twice in silver sharpie and the back once in pen, no fee!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/yogiberra.jpghttp://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/yogiberra2.jpg

cyberer
11-09-2010, 03:01 AM
still giddy about yogi!!!!!

cyberer
11-09-2010, 04:31 AM
higher quality scans http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/berrahighquality.jpg

buffalobills
11-09-2010, 05:03 PM
nice job on the Yogi!

cyberer
11-11-2010, 11:43 AM
my pattern since last week has been 2 days no mail then HOF. I got steve young, then 2 empty days, then lawrence taylor, then 2 empty days, then yogi, and now i have had 2 empty days. Jim Otto back today maybe?

cyberer
11-11-2010, 01:09 PM
No mail today for vets day; oh woe is me!!!

cyberer
11-12-2010, 03:19 PM
My pattern is still intact- 2 empty days then a HOF. It went steve young then 2 days then lawrence taylor then 2 days then yogi berra then 2 days and now these beauts...


http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/peytonmanning.jpg

11 Days c/o Peyback with a $2 donation.

And this:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/bendarik.jpg

6 Days c/o home.

I didn't have a card of his, so I downloaded an image of that UD masterpieces painting card and printed my own. They look a little crappy, but they have his picture and I saved a little money even if they don't look ideal.

Riggs
11-12-2010, 03:42 PM
Great Peyton... card & sig look awesome!!!

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
11-12-2010, 04:19 PM
Love the Bednarik and Peyton, nice job.

I wish there was a color restored version of that photo though.. Still one of the coolest photos ever to get signed.

cyberer
11-12-2010, 11:11 PM
Thanks guys, I couldn't be much happier with these returns in the past 2 weeks. Let's hope the mojo continues.

Welker83
11-13-2010, 04:00 PM
Great returns. Chuck was one of the 1st i sent. I havent gotten anything back in like a week. Kinda sucks when you are waiting on a few.
Haven't been able to get many out either.

cyberer
11-15-2010, 02:58 PM
3 successes today!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/barkley.jpg

Matt Barkley c/o USC 6 days- this was my second try- the first time I sent him blank index cards and he didn't like that I guess. He signed 2 of the 3 customs I sent and kept the other.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/campy.jpg

Bert Campaneris- 1 month wait on this all-time great.

And finally, a non-sport Email Success:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/samuell.jpg

Samuel L Jackson 8 days from date email was sent to mm@celebritymerch.com

cyberer
11-16-2010, 12:46 AM
Got these 3 a few days ago in the mail in a 50/50 trade from "nubiggestfan" who attended a Nebraska game and got me the following:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/MikeRucker.jpg

Mike Rucker, former NFL pro bowler and Nebraska Alum


http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/nilespaul.jpg
Niles Paul, standout WR for Nebraska and probable first day selection in the 2011 NFL draft.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/MikeMcNeil.jpg

Mike McNeil, standout TE for Nebraska and probably NFL draft pick in 2011.

cyberer
11-16-2010, 02:57 PM
empty mail day today

Hawaiian Bam Bam
11-17-2010, 10:40 PM
welcome to the hobby, its addicting for sure! I have been doing ttm autos since 1987. ttm autos are alot cheaper than buying certified autos on ebay in my opinion. it is a fun hobby, i wish you much success.i have a ton of extras to trade if you need them, send me a pm.
elbert

cyberer
11-18-2010, 12:34 AM
Thanks for the welcome and thanks for the offer, if I need dupes I'll let you know. I had a pretty good in person night at the Sixers game. I didn't get the 3 that I really wanted, but lots of others.

I missed out on iguodala, evan turner and elton brand, but got the following:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/tonybattie.jpg
Tony Battie

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/thaddeusyoung.jpg
Thaddeus Young

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/louiswilliams.jpg
Louis Williams
http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/jrueholiday.jpg
Jrue Holiday

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/AndresNocioni.jpg
Andre Nocioni

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/unknown.jpg
Not sure, but I think it's another nocioni- I got this one in the parking lot after and I'm not 100% sure who it was.

cyberer
11-18-2010, 08:08 PM
After a few day drought got back an awesome college success

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/royster.jpg

Evan Royster 3/3 12 days

Welker83
11-18-2010, 10:09 PM
nice to see royster got you too. Seems Like a great guy.

cyberer
11-20-2010, 10:55 AM
Yeah, I was really pumped about the Royster, now he has to make it in the NFL and I'll be in business.

Slow mail days lately, but I did identify that "mystery auto" that I got in the Sixers parking lot. I was watching the game last night and I recognized him lol:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/unknown.jpg

Spencer Hawes

cyberer
11-20-2010, 04:34 PM
another empty mail day, but I had a great day going to an Eagles signing at a local best buy. They were featuring that new XBox motion sensor video game thing, and the cheerleaders and swoop were there.

One cheerleader was playing the dancing game, and then wanted the other cheerleader to play. This second cheerleader was embarrassed so Swoop (the mascot a giant eagle) went in and played. It was hilarious.

Afterwards I played the bowling game with that second bashful cheerleader (kind of a contradiction, isn't it?).

Anyways, here are the scans:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/swoop.jpg

Swoop, Eagles Mascot (I love swoop and have started collecting Philly mascot cards)

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/khira.jpg

Khira, Eagles Cheerleader and the one who was really good at that dancing game

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/danae.jpg

Danae, the cheerleader that played XBox bowling with me (should I tell my girlfriend?)

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/carmichael.jpg

All-time Eagles great and member of the NFL all decade team from the 1970s Harold Carmichael. He was a jerk and said maybe 2 words to people the entire day. He obviously didn't want to be there.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/trotter.jpg

Jeremiah Trotter, former Eagles defensive player. He was a really nice guy and sat around making smalltalk with me for a few minutes. He owns his own real estate business now that he is not playing. He said he is still technically a free agent and not retired, but no one has called yet.

They raffled off a Brent Celek signed jersey and a Jeremy Maclin signed full-sized helmet, but I didn't win the raffle (the guy that won asked afterwards who Jeremy Maclin was- ugh I hate it when that happens).

All in all a cool way to spend an afternoon.

Welker83
11-22-2010, 09:30 AM
Nice stuff. I hate when people enter raffles to probly just resell it.

cyberer
11-22-2010, 09:33 AM
Yeah 1 of the guys there is a dealer that I know from the auto circuit and he said he would use his smartphone to list it on eBay within 2 minutes of winning it.

Constrast that to my plan to put it on my mantle in a place of pride.

cyberer
11-29-2010, 05:16 PM
Got 3 great successes today, but I am pretty sure 2 are autopens:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/favre.jpg

Saw some successes on SCN so decided to give him a shot. Got it back in a week but I am almost positive it was autopen. Still nice.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/gore.jpg

Gore is a great signer, so this might be real, but this isn't the card that I sent him, so that always sends a warning flag up in my brain.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/erskine.jpg

Finally a success that I know is real. A great 3/3 success from Carl Erskine. All time great player AND all time great signer.

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
11-29-2010, 05:20 PM
I've looked at a few of the Favre successes popping up, none look AP to me, whether or not it's actually him, is yet to be seen. I sent to him today, figured I might as well give it a shot. Who knows, it might actually be him, he doesn't exactly have a lot of fans right now between being one of the worst QB's in the NFL and the whole sexting thing, and it's his last year in the NFL..

cyberer
11-29-2010, 05:22 PM
do you have scans of the others? or links to where you saw them? I have seen a rash of them from SCN and here...

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
11-29-2010, 05:23 PM
do you have scans of the others? or links to where you saw them? I have seen a rash of them from SCN and here...

I just took the last two Favre's off SCN and put them side by side in PS and saw some differences..

cyberer
11-29-2010, 05:24 PM
Wow rock on. I was thinking the same thing about Favre, maybe he got humbled a bit by the events of this season on and off the field. Maybe that's a naive idea but hey I have the card in hand and if you see differences I am encouraged.

vikesfan40
11-29-2010, 05:57 PM
I think the gore is real because I got him last year and that wasn't a autopen. Sweet success on the Farve Will send to him now.

smootzilla
11-29-2010, 06:36 PM
favre is autopen

buffalobills
11-29-2010, 06:49 PM
i dont know bro that farve looks like it could be the real deal, ive seen a few other recent success and the sig is diffenetly diffrent. i might just have to try this one i got him years ago when he was with Greenbay so at some point he did sign, hopefully he is signing again.....anyway congrats

lambeauleap87
11-29-2010, 08:55 PM
Like I posted in your other thread, I still firmly believe the Favre is not authentic. Whether autopenned or some other manner (stamp, ghost signed, etc.), something just doesn't seem right.

However, I'll still probably send to him, just to check it out. Don't wanna kick myself on the off chance its real!

cyberer
11-29-2010, 09:11 PM
Yeah, I wouldn't have titled my last post "convince me these ARENT autopen" if I was not skeptical of the favre. However I think there is a good chance that it is real because they don't match up.

Anyways thanks for the input guys.

On to more successes:

I went to the akers/stewart bradley radio show tonight. Both of these guys were really great and let me take a picture with them, and I even got to chit chat with akers about the team and the loss to the bears, and what he thought about the FG try down by 15 in the 4th Q.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/bradley.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/akers.jpg

What's more I won the raffle and got a signed Akers Jersey!

cyberer
12-01-2010, 12:41 AM
Another awesome night in person at the 76ers game. This really has been a hot streak for the ages.

I get there early when the gates open and make a mad dash for the 76ers shooting around on the court. I am depressed because Brand and Turner, two of the good signers I came to get, aren't warming up, and only Nocioni and Iguodala (the jerk who never signs) were working out. Well to my astonishment after workouts Iguodala stopped and signed for everyone there (like 4-5 people) and even posed for a picture with a little kid.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/andreiguodala.jpg

My friend who I was with was a big Portland fan, and he was by their tunnel. So I ran over to show him the Iguodala. To my astonishment again, at the exact moment that I got over to show him the autograph, Andre Miller the former 76er on portland was signing! Talk about the right place at the right time.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/andremiller.jpg

Right after this the usher came by to throw us out. I saw Eric Snow, former player and current announcer, about 20 feet away on the court. I say to the usher "Cmon man I'm trying to get Snow right there!" He's like, "Snow is going the other way you're never going to get him, and you have to get out of here and get to your seat." Then he paused and said "Here give it to me and I'll get it for you." And with that, he walked out to Eric Snow, waited patiently until he finished his conversation (about 5 minutes) got the auto and walked back and gave it to me. WOW an usher assist, the rarest of all possible autographs...

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/ericsnow.jpg

So with that the game started. Sixers rally from 8 points down at one point to win by 8, great game. I had a lot of work to do tonight when I got home, so I almost didn't go to the parking lot. However since it was nice out and since they won, I decided to go to the parking lot. Hey, I have to press my hot streak, right?

So I go there and Elton Brand promptly blows past us in his Gold Mercedes without stopping. Andre Iguodala followed shortly thereafter in his Land Rover.

We got some mediocre successes- Nocioni and Spencer Hawes stopped (all awkward white guys look the same). Also, Lou Williams pulled over in his SWEET ferrari.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/andresnocioni-1.jpg

Suddenly, 2 black SUVs blew past us. The kid near me said Evan Turner drove a black SUV. However one of the SUVs instead of exiting the stadium instead moved to the front door of the stadium and waited. The kids near me took off running hoping that it was Evan Turner. I followed. When we got there Thaddeus Young rolled down the window and signed for us, saying that we chased him down so we deserved his auto.

We were depressed though because we thought that Evan Turner left in that 2nd black SUV. We were just about to pack up shop when a car pulls up, another big SUV. The window rolls down. Jrue Holliday says "hey" to us. And what's more, the kid near me yells "look in the passenger seat!" I look and see EVAN TURNER sitting in the passenger seat. They were blasting rap with 3 girls in the back, but they signed for all of us- 1 auto each.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/evanturner.jpg

Turner has an awesome Sig!

Wow I am so glad I went to the parking lot, and so glad that we waited for that last SUV!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/multi.jpg

Thaddeus Young, Jrue Holliday and Lou Williams on the same card from the encounters above.

jyosi
12-01-2010, 12:51 AM
Why the hate for Iggy, "the jerk who never signs??" Iggy has always been cool whenever I see him.

Good day. The NBA is by far, besides golf, the best sport to graph in person.

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
12-01-2010, 12:54 AM
Evan Turner... Very nice.

cyberer
12-01-2010, 12:55 AM
I never graphed the sixers in person when Iggy was playing (he was injured last time) so my hate was ill-founded. I was just going by what some kids told me there.

Since he signed for me I'm not a hater, I just posted that statement to say what I was expecting vs. what actually happened, and therefore what an awesome surprise it was!

nolafan33
12-01-2010, 01:50 AM
Allen Miller? lol

You mean Andre right?

cyberer
12-01-2010, 01:51 AM
Ha! It's late and I have an old friend named Allen Miller, must've Freudian slipped it. TY for the correction.

cyberer
12-01-2010, 05:48 PM
empty mail today- going to see ike reese, hugh douglas and brent celek tonight. Possibly some flyers too...

cyberer
12-02-2010, 03:50 AM
I sent out 3- Yogi Berra for my girlfriend (she requested that I get her one), Randall Cunningham and Andrew Luck- I sent this custom to luck:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Custom%20Designs/andrewluck.jpg

Here's hoping he signs.

cyberer
12-02-2010, 12:29 PM
Got one back today- I am psyched about the success breaking up my week-long drought, but I am slightly disappointed:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/jennings.jpg

Greg Jennings 1/3

I sent him 3 awesome looking cards and I got only one back, which was not one of the ones that I sent. Slight bummer but awesome success from a great signer and fantasy football MVP.

nolafan33
12-02-2010, 06:00 PM
Man, that's a tough cut on Luck. You can use these and resend if you want:

http://www.sportzin.com/forums/uploads/images/1291330497-U10500.jpg

http://www.sportzin.com/forums/uploads/images/1291330602-U10500.jpg

cyberer
12-02-2010, 06:02 PM
where do you get the high res images? my cards always wind up looking a little bit ghetto because I just grab and go from google images (but I am ok with that because with an ink printer you don't get great res anyway) and they wind up looking fine.

nolafan33
12-03-2010, 01:49 AM
I get mine from a few different sites.

One is google, I normally click large though.

Another is daylife.com, take the url and change the x610 (or something like that) to 1020x.

and I use elibrary.com (google it).

cyberer
12-03-2010, 02:51 PM
Getting frustrated with these empty mail days. Aside from Jennings I've gone ice cold

lambeauleap87
12-03-2010, 03:45 PM
Things have been pretty slow recently for me as well...its a little frustrating to see people getting guys back that I have sent to, but I'm sure things will come in due time.

cyberer
12-04-2010, 01:29 PM
http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/dirk.jpg

finally another success!

cyberer
12-06-2010, 01:48 PM
HOF success today

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/lebeau.jpg

4 days- sent him 2 copies each of both of the customs above. He signed these and kept one copy of each (as I requested).

cyberer
12-06-2010, 02:01 PM
Also, not a TTM or even an auto, but this came in the mail today from a trade I did in an online trade group and I am really pumped about it:
http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Certified%20Packpulled%20Autos/harper.jpg

Bowman Chrome USA Baseball Bryce Harper RC

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
12-06-2010, 02:11 PM
Nice LeBeau success, he's a class act in every way possible.

cyberer
12-06-2010, 09:16 PM
Attended Brent Celek's radio show tonight and got:

A whopping 3 autos of Brent Celek- 1 is going out to Slitz who sent me these awesome "Captain Morgan Pose" photos to get signed, 1 is for my collection and one is up for grabs.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/brentcelek.jpg

I also got 2 of hugh douglas. He walked in 15 minutes late wearing a sweatsuit and a beanie- no one knew who the hell he was. I asked him for an autograph b/c I knew who he was and he said yes- I got 2:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/hughdouglas.jpg

And I got one of former Eagles Pro Bowler Ike Reese, the host of the show:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/ikereese.jpg


Another great in person night for me- these radio shows are pretty freaking awesome.

lambeauleap87
12-06-2010, 09:18 PM
Any interest in moving the second Douglas? He's from my area, and I still need his auto for the ol' PC!

cyberer
12-06-2010, 09:19 PM
wow fast response there- I would be willing to move it, but I am not looking to move it if that makes any sense.

I guess put another way, if something really catches my eye then yes, otherwise I'm gunna hang onto it- I'm a big fan.

lambeauleap87
12-06-2010, 09:21 PM
wow fast response there- I would be willing to move it, but I am not looking to move it if that makes any sense.

I guess put another way, if something really catches my eye then yes, otherwise I'm gunna hang onto it- I'm a big fan.

No prob, I'm sure I'll pick one up along the way some time. That Celek looks great, too!

cyberer
12-06-2010, 09:26 PM
Yeah I was really pumped about all 3 of those successes- Celek is good (got snubbed for the pro bowl last year) and the other 2 were pro bowlers.

As for the Hugh, what dupe autos do you have for trade for it? I didn't mean to blow you off entirely.

lambeauleap87
12-06-2010, 09:30 PM
Yeah I was really pumped about all 3 of those successes- Celek is good (got snubbed for the pro bowl last year) and the other 2 were pro bowlers.

As for the Hugh, what dupe autos do you have for trade for it? I didn't mean to blow you off entirely.

No worries! My dupes are none too exciting; I'll get a Douglas sooner than later.

Wish I had a radio show like this in my area. Prety sweet stuff!

cyberer
12-06-2010, 09:37 PM
Yea lucky here in philly we have 2- these 3 guys and jeremiah trotter do this one that I went to tonight, and David Akers and Stewart Bradley do another that I went to last week. Lots of free autos to be had at restaurants.

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
12-06-2010, 09:58 PM
That Celek pic is AWESOME. Nice job.

Welker83
12-06-2010, 09:59 PM
very cool man

cyberer
12-08-2010, 03:32 AM
no mail today

cyberer
12-08-2010, 02:30 PM
Got another epic success in the mail today. Before you all say "omg you got this guy already," keep in mind that I as a rule never send to the same player twice after getting a success. My girlfriend told me to send the 2nd letter, and the letter for her at her request and the letter was in her name. Whether or not she actually keeps it we shall see:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/berra2.jpg

6 days, unbelievable!

cyberer
12-09-2010, 04:50 PM
no mail today

cyberer
12-10-2010, 01:36 PM
Have dozens of these things out getting sick of these empty mail days.

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
12-10-2010, 02:22 PM
Have dozens of these things out getting sick of these empty mail days.

I hear that..

lambeauleap87
12-10-2010, 02:25 PM
That seems to be the worst part around the holidays...mail is slower, which leads to a lot less returns.

Headshot
12-10-2010, 03:28 PM
I've decided to hold back until January after the holiday dust settles.

TheGrapher
12-10-2010, 06:37 PM
Not gonna complain too much since I have gotten 3 this week and 3 last week. I am dropping 5 tomorrow and will have dropped 11 in the past week. Just hoping my mail box gets stuffed soon.

cyberer
12-11-2010, 10:31 AM
Here's hoping I break the slump in today's mail.

Paterno, Gary Payton and pat gillick go out today.

cyberer
12-11-2010, 11:12 PM
another empty mail day. Sigh...

cyberer
12-14-2010, 02:11 PM
Finally busted out of the week-long slump. Hopefully the start of many- it was a great success too:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/williams.jpg

cyberer
12-14-2010, 02:16 PM
P.S. I added Mario to the TTM, I didn't see him in there.

cyberer
12-14-2010, 02:21 PM
I should also report that I got 2 email successes yesterday:

Matt Painter via email sent a signed school brochure along with 3 pocket schedules of Purdue Basketball

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/painter.jpg

Also got Jeff Sheppard via email signed card- these aren't autopen because I compared to 2 other cards on this site and all were very different

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/sheppard.jpg

cyberer
12-15-2010, 08:57 AM
Sent to pat gillick today.

cyberer
12-15-2010, 12:58 PM
Got one today, I guess I'll take a steady trickle over nothing at all:


http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/payton.jpg

lambeauleap87
12-15-2010, 04:26 PM
Whoa, sweet Payton success! Would you mind sharing the address, please?

cyberer
12-15-2010, 06:25 PM
"2745 Monte Christo Way Las Vegas, NV 89117-2974"

Riggs
12-15-2010, 06:55 PM
Add that address to the database if you haven't already. That's a fantastic success!!

cyberer
12-15-2010, 06:56 PM
I will, like a dozen people used it on SCN, so I just assumed it would be here too. I got him back within a week as did most of the SCN successes. Send now!

cyberer
12-15-2010, 06:57 PM
It's already in there.

cyberer
12-15-2010, 07:15 PM
By the way, Cliff Lee had his press conference at Citizens Bank Park, so I ran down and tried to catch a glimpse of him on the way out. Much to my dismay they snuck him out a side door, although the guy that I met there got him on a ball as he went in (I'm jealous).

However as we were waiting at the executive entrance for Lee to come out, Charlie Manuel came out and signed for me (All I had was a blank piece of notebook paper because all my items were Cliff Lee). Me and the 4 other people around wound up talking with him for a minute or two before his ride showed up. He was a very nice guy.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/charliemanuel.jpg

Ryno23
12-15-2010, 07:16 PM
Finally busted out of the week-long slump. Hopefully the start of many- it was a great success too:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/williams.jpg

got the same card signed! and an espn cover! hes a great player...i wish i wouldnt have forgotten about the baby powder trick before sending mine out lol

lambeauleap87
12-15-2010, 07:19 PM
Thanks a lot, bud. I appreciate it!

indyreds
12-15-2010, 09:25 PM
Looks like you are hooked! Thanks for sharing some great successes!

cyberer
12-17-2010, 02:58 PM
2 empty mail days in a row. Darn this holiday slowdown!

lambeauleap87
12-17-2010, 03:30 PM
Just wanna say thanks for posting about Brett Favre; got a success from him today, and I appreciate the help! Also mailed out to Gary Payton today, courtesy of your tip.

cyberer
12-17-2010, 03:31 PM
glad to be of service- half this hobby is learning from others i've found.

mind scanning your favre so I can compare it to mine? Did you compare them? Look good?

lambeauleap87
12-17-2010, 03:35 PM
glad to be of service- half this hobby is learning from others i've found.

mind scanning your favre so I can compare it to mine? Did you compare them? Look good?

I don't have a scanner, but its different that yours. Signed in a thicker Sharpie for one...I was wrong earlier, and believe them to be authentic. It compares very nicely to my Favre Authenticated Mini Helmet...unless someone proves me wrong, I believe them to be real.

cyberer
12-17-2010, 03:36 PM
rock on!

cyberer
12-18-2010, 05:32 PM
finally, a day where the mailbox was kind to me:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/moon.jpg

1/1 11 days c/o home

cyberer
12-21-2010, 09:10 PM
I am away from my mailbox for 2 weeks so I'm painfully unaware of what goodies might be waiting.

cyberer
12-31-2010, 03:34 PM
(Copied from the Josh Hamilton thread)

Couldnt be more angry, disappointed and disillusioned with the hobby. I have about 50 requests out, most of which were sent in november. I was on a decent slump in December, which I chalked up to the holidays.

I had to leave town for christmas, and was away for 2 weeks. I figured that while I was gone I was going to get a BUNCH of successes. While I was gone I saw everyone and their brother get a Josh Hamilton back and was excited to get him as well as I sent to him twice this season.

So I got back to town and finally worked up the courage to check my mail. After 2 weeks I had only 3 envelopes in there- an excruciating RTS from Sandy Koufax (at one of the secret addresses people have succeeded), and 2 envelopes both postmarked "fort worth texas."

I opened them and it was Josh Hamilton in both. I would have been ECSTATIC except for the fact that both autographs were written by sharpies with no ink to the point of being almost illegible, AND he didn't put one of my cards back in the top loader I sent and IT GOT BENT. These are some of the ugliest autographs I have in my collection, and this was from one of the top 5 favorite players of mine of all time (scans to follow).

Additionally, I failed to get Pat Gillick back, after watching dozens of people get him back over Christmas who had sent LATER THAN I DID.

I couldn't be more upset right now...

cyberer
12-31-2010, 04:22 PM
http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/hamilton.jpg

Ok so I lied- as I look at these scans and at the cards, you can't even see the corner creases in the bowman gold card, and the signatures look OK. I think I was just in such a rage of disappointment over the lack of holiday successes that I took for granted a success from the MVP of the league and one of my favorite players!

AWESOME!

SolacE
12-31-2010, 09:33 PM
I think you will get your Gillick back. I was thinking the same thing but mine showed up today. I sent it out on 12/15. He seems very reliable. It is the holidays and maybe he decided to slow down answering his mail a little.

jyosi
12-31-2010, 11:17 PM
Those Hamiltons don't look like bad marker. It looks like you didn't prep your cards properly and the sharpie spread.

cyberer
01-01-2011, 10:49 AM
yeah i dont prep my cards, I guess I should.

This also came in yesterday via email:
http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/ells.jpg

Ernie Ells

Riggs
01-01-2011, 11:10 AM
im no expert but isnt all the Ells e-mail request AP? Look like it with the dots.

cyberer
01-01-2011, 11:11 AM
the guy that gave me the addy said it was real. He has a scan somewhere but I can't find it at moment to compare.

cyberer
01-01-2011, 04:29 PM
i sent to him on 12/15 too, so I feel a LOT better now. I live in Pennsylvania how about you?



I think you will get your Gillick back. I was thinking the same thing but mine showed up today. I sent it out on 12/15. He seems very reliable. It is the holidays and maybe he decided to slow down answering his mail a little.

cwells52
01-01-2011, 09:13 PM
The Els are an AP....

http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q248/cwells52/Autographs%20Via%20Email%20or%20TTM/Els.jpg

SolacE
01-01-2011, 09:48 PM
I am in Alabama so I am pretty far away from him as well. I think you will get it back very soon. Maybe first of the week. I was starting to worry for a bit when I saw all the others coming back in but it finally showed.

duderbeast
01-02-2011, 11:28 PM
(Copied from the Josh Hamilton thread)
After 2 weeks I had only 3 envelopes in there- an excruciating RTS from Sandy Koufax (at one of the secret addresses people have succeeded)

What city/state did you send your Koufax to?

cyberer
01-03-2011, 08:02 PM
I sent the koufax to vero beach, but neither of the published addresses.

Got 2 nice successes today:
http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/gillick.jpg

Got Gillick to sign 2 of my customs which I think are the coolest customs I've ever made. Some anxiety on this one after I didn't get him back before the holidays, but I'm SO glad it came back. Great success for the Phils HOF.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/cameron.jpg

Mike Cameron- decided to get in on this great signer.

CoachJohns
01-03-2011, 08:32 PM
Would you trade Yogi, Dick, and a Lee Macphail? I have Lee on a Baseball but would like him on a Index or card. I have a Huge HOF trade list. Let me know.

cyberer
01-03-2011, 11:08 PM
Not really interested in trading but I'll look at your list.

By the way, I framed up my Charlie Manuel in person auto:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/charlieframed.jpg

cyberer
01-04-2011, 05:45 PM
No mail today, but keeping with my framing theme, I decided to frame up another one:

Nebraska WR and probable first day draft pick Niles Paul

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/nilespaul-1.jpg

cyberer
01-05-2011, 06:50 PM
This is a watershed day for my Autograph collection. I got my first hockey autograph, as part of 2 awesome Philly successes!

Chris Pronger 3/3 23 days
http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/pronger.jpg

Charlie Manuel- returned my card and sent this
http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/manuel.jpg

I want some reassurance that this isn't AP, as every letter I have ever gotten back in a Phillies envelope instead of my SASE has been PP or AP, but this looks good.

buffalobills
01-05-2011, 11:06 PM
hard to believe pronger signs ttm the dude used to be a total a**hole in person when he played for the the blues, however he was a great player so congrats on that.

cyberer
01-05-2011, 11:08 PM
Yeah, I don't know anything about Pronger in person, but I saw a success in the TTM and decided to give it a go!

cyberer
01-06-2011, 10:45 PM
No mail today, BUT I went to the Eagles' pep rally for the game sunday. Unfortunately Andy Reid put an end to all active players' appearances for the year to avoid playoff distractions, so the roster was all injured players (AND THEY COULDNT SEND THE ROOKS NATE DAVIS OR BRANDON GRAHAM?!).

This was a crowded event and security were being jerks and being very strict with the 1 auto per person. Moreover they tried to say that because I got there at 5:55 that they had run out of tickets and I couldn't participate in the 6:00 signings (which was ridiculous because after all the people got autographs the players sat around for 10 minutes with no one coming up). Anyways I got someone with an extra ticket to give it to me and everything went smoothly. I wound up with an extra ticket and went through twice, just to spite the guards that said 1 auto per person.

At least Jeremiah Trotter is the host, he's always a great guy and a great signer:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/trotter2.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/trotter3.jpg

Jamaal Jackson

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/jamaaljackson.jpg

A.Q. Shipley

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/aqshipley.jpg

Victor Abiamiri

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/abiamiri.jpg

Marlin Jackson

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/marlinjackson.jpg

Marlin Jackson AND A.Q. Shipley

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/teamphoto.jpg

cyberer
01-07-2011, 03:38 PM
I checked my mail at noon today, and my mailman said nothing today. I was pretty bummed as always by the empty mail day. However I decided on a whim to check it again at 3pm and I pulled out this beauty (it must have gotten lost in the shuffle somewhere earlier):

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/ozzienewsome.jpg

Welker83
01-07-2011, 07:42 PM
Nice returns. AQ shipley went to psu would have been great to get him.

cyberer
01-08-2011, 03:57 AM
ignore this post.

cyberer
01-11-2011, 12:46 AM
Funny story today- I got home from class at 5:00 pm, looked at my computer at 5:30. I checked signingshotline and saw that while I was gone THE SITE UPDATED and there was a new entry- one of my favorite Eagles- Nate Allen- signing a 40 minute drive from my house- at 6:00 pm!!! I got in my car and drove like hell- I witnessed an accident and everything on I95- (the guy in front of me rear ended the guy 2 cars in front of me- scary as hell).

For reference, Nate Allen is the guy the Eagles took at #37 overall with the pick they got for McNabb.

Anyways Nate Allen is by far the nicest professional athlete I have ever met. He was signing whatever people had (he signed a whopping 5 autographs for me) and even took a picture with me.

He got his knee surgery done at the hospital where I am a med student, so we talked for a few minutes about that and about who did his surgery. He said maybe he'd see me around the hospital. He was in a walking cast but still stood up to take his picture with me. This was one of the more rewarding radio shows I have ever graphed- what good luck that I checked my computer at that instant!

He signed a rookie card and an 8x10, and he also signed that 8x10 team photo that I got AQ Shipley and Marlin Jackson to sign last week. He commented that he loved that team photo, and although I had 2-3 of them, I DIDNT BRING THE EXTRAS! I would have loved to have given him one of the extras for being such a nice guy to me.

Here they are:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/nateallen2.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/nateallen.jpg

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
01-11-2011, 12:52 AM
That's really cool, I was a fan of his last year, really wanted the 9ers to take him.

I like hearing stories about players who are down to earth like that.

cyberer
01-11-2011, 12:54 AM
Yeah he definitely was just a normal guy. When the show was over he and the other show hosts just stuck around and ordered food in the restaurant. It wasn't crowded (for once at a radio show)- maybe ~half a dozen people at that point, so he talked to the hosts and the people who remained for awhile after the show ended.

Great evening, and because it is a patellar tendon and not an ACL he should be 100% for OTAs.

SteakNchop
01-11-2011, 04:22 AM
Really, really cool.

Welker83
01-11-2011, 10:59 AM
great signing. Why are you no longer putting up your returns?

cyberer
01-11-2011, 11:34 AM
i was angry about a situation on the forum that I have now gotten over. You can ignore that post and I will edit it accordingly.

cyberer
01-11-2011, 03:33 PM
no mail today- january has been slow...

Welker83
01-11-2011, 04:53 PM
OK man. would hate to not see your updates anymore.

cyberer
01-11-2011, 04:58 PM
Glad you enjoy them. Likewise for your stuff. I'm addicted to this anyways so I would be hard pressed to stop.

cyberer
01-11-2011, 05:36 PM
Somehow this never posted from last week, but I got a bunch at the Sixers game on Friday:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/derrickrose.jpg

Derrick Rose!!!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/jamesjohnson.jpg
James Johnson

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/ronniebrewer.jpg
Ronnie Brewer

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/edpinckney.jpg
Ed Pinckney

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/unknown-1.jpg
Adrian Griffin

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/nocioni.jpg
Nocioni

I got this Nocioni after the game in the parking lot. After such a convincing win, I thought that many sixers would stop and sign. However ONLY NOCIONI stopped! He was talking loudly in spanish on his bluetooth, pretty funny. He kept saying la pelota (the ball in Spanish)- probably describing his key rebounds late in the comeback from the game.

SteakNchop
01-11-2011, 06:25 PM
really cool stuff you got last week

cyberer
01-11-2011, 06:26 PM
thanks! I'm on a bit of an in person hot streak... and as you would expect TTM has slowed down during this hot streak. Still in person is more fun!

SteakNchop
01-11-2011, 06:39 PM
thanks! I'm on a bit of an in person hot streak... and as you would expect TTM has slowed down during this hot streak. Still in person is more fun!
True, though a nice TTM that you have been waiting on for a while is pretty nice.

cyberer
01-13-2011, 04:34 PM
Steak N Chop seems to be prophetic in his words above about how sweet a TTM can be that you waited a long time for.

Today I go to my mail and I get back one I sent out in September to one of my favorite QBs and figured it was LONG gone:

Matt "stump the" Schaub

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/schaub.jpg

1/1, ~120 days

Welker83
01-13-2011, 07:06 PM
Great return. I got one i sent back in august so i'm thinking some of these guys may hold their mail till the end of the season then sign.

chipperjfan10
01-13-2011, 09:06 PM
cyberer what happened to ure bucket?

cyberer
01-14-2011, 06:44 PM
My bucket exists but I had to shorten my signature so I took the link out. I will post a new link ASAP.

I got 1 in today, I got one of those JoePa custom cards that Penn State is sending out. He sent both of my customs back unsigned.

Sadly, my custom is probably an autopen. I don't have a scanner until monday (I am out of town), but the curly letters have obvious "shaking" or "wobbling" from the autopen and the end of the autograph has a telltale pool of sharpie.

If anyone could dig out scans of others who have received these (I saw pictures lurking around somewhere awhile back) that would be great. Scans and discussion to follow on Monday, but this is disappointing.

cyberer
01-14-2011, 06:49 PM
P.S. I updated the list on the front page of my forum, where I have all my successes TTM and through email to date. I have no comprehensive list of my in person successes, but they are for the most part interspersed throughout this thread.

SteakNchop
01-16-2011, 06:47 AM
Anything yesterday?

cyberer
01-16-2011, 09:54 AM
I'm out of town so couldn't check the mail till mon or tues.

I sent out Adam Dunn and Paul konerko at home and luis gonzalez c/o dbacks last week.

cyberer
01-17-2011, 09:06 PM
Bad news for JoePa fans- these cards they have been sending are clearly AP. Aside from the fact that the sigs are identical, look closely at the pools of ink whenever the pen stops moving.

Here is mine:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/joepamine.jpg

Here is another posted on these forums:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/paternohis.jpg


Who woulda thought paterno even knew what an autopen was?!

Riggs
01-17-2011, 09:50 PM
Joe Pa prolly dont even know he's getting fan mail. what a shame.

cyberer
01-18-2011, 03:50 PM
It seems like ages since I got a return, and today didn't disappoint and was worth the wait for a hall of famer:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/fouts.jpg

~60 days 1/1

lambeauleap87
01-18-2011, 04:08 PM
Sweet! I just sent to Fouts today. He was one of my first TTM requests, but it seemed like I sent it right after he stopped signing for a while. Hopefully I'll be more lucky this time!

cyberer
01-19-2011, 05:51 PM
Before I tell this story, I want to apologize. I know that I am all gung ho about advertising Philly Autograph opportunities, but when I heard about this one on the radio, I had to keep it to myself- Mike Vick appearing on the Mike Missanelli show at the Aloft hotel in south philly by the airport.

We get there at like 2:00 and he was supposed to go on at 3:30, but they were doing the radio show so like we were entertained. We talked to the promoter of the show and asked if vick was signing (he was a fat guy I have seen around before) and he said no way dont waste your time. So we were discouraged, but we saw another guy who worked for the station who looked important- he was in a suit and kinda looked like bob saget- we asked him and he was more positive "we hope he'll sign but we cant tell him what to do."

So we decided to stay obviously on the off chance. He's supposed to go on at 3:30, at 3:20 we hear a news lady say "vick is on his way" and just then i see the radio host leave the stand and go towards the bathrooms and the hallway to the back door. Im like "oh wow hes going out to meet vick!" So i follow him (im the only one that did) and it turns out he was really going to the bathroom. Im like "Doh!" but just then MIKE VICK WALKS IN THE BACK DOOR RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME!!! with only his agent; no security or anything- I'm 1 on 1 with Vick.

So I go up to him and im like "mr vick can i have your auto?" and hes like "not right now, after the show" and im like "alright can i still have a fist pound" and he did it
and im like remember me please for after. The fist pound was awesome but I was devastated that I couldn't get him in such a high % situation.

So then they put up a velvet rope around him and he was being interviewed and jeremy and i were right up to the velvet rope. As the interview was winding down i see the fat guy moving in to block us and i motion to him like "vick said he would sign!" He said again no hes not signing dont waste your time! I was livid- Vick wanted to sign but this jerk wouldn't.

So then i see security was setting up a little pathway next to the velvet rope for him to go into the back room to get interviewed- i decided to stand there and wait.

AND JUST THEN HE STARTS SIGNING RIGHT WHERE I WAS STANDING BEFORE!!!
he ignored the security and the fat guy and went back down the velvet rope away from security.

So i push my way back where i was but hes already past me down the line by 1-2 people and i reach out and im like "Mr vick i saw you on the way in and you said youd get me!" and he gave me a half turn and scribbled his M7 on my pic and then went down the line again where my buddy got him. He made a good show of signing, but he didn't sign for everyone. He signed like 10-15 autos there were like 75 people there id say.

My autograph:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/vick.jpg

My buddy's autograph:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/vickjeremy.jpg

It was funny because these parents were being really pretentious they talked to the show host and brought their kids in really close to where vick was going to be. I even asked one of the dads if he could hook me up with an auto since vick would sign for his kids and he kind of made fun of me. Good thing karma exists in the world, and Vick signed down the velvet rope in the crowd of fans and bypassed these "chosen one" kids entirely. I feel bad for the kids but the dads ruined it for them with bad karma.

Sure the autos are pretty much illegible MV7s, but they are still autographs and we met him and I even got a fist pump! This was one of the most exciting days of in person graphing I have done!

P.S. Empty mail day today, not that I care!

lambeauleap87
01-19-2011, 05:56 PM
Congrats! As terrible as those sigs look, it must've been awesome to get them. Now wasn't that much more fun and rewarding than the less-polite (for lack of a better word) than your other idea? Haha, awesome job to secure a Vick.

cyberer
01-19-2011, 06:02 PM
I agree I feel good about getting it this way, and I'll leave it at that. I am not ruling out trying the other thing in the future though.

I'm not trying to open a can of worms here though- I am celebrating this!!!

lambeauleap87
01-19-2011, 06:11 PM
I agree I feel good about getting it this way, and I'll leave it at that. I am not ruling out trying the other thing in the future though.

I'm not trying to open a can of worms here though- I am celebrating this!!!

I would say a free Vick autograph is worthy of "celebration" anyday; congrats!

Sawks14
01-19-2011, 06:21 PM
I even asked one of the dads if he could hook me up with an auto since vick would sign for his kids and he kind of made fun of me.

:rolleyes:

and people wonder why graphing has a bad rep...

That point aside, great story and I am glad to hear it. So many times athletes and celebrities want to do things for fans but security and handlers prevent it from happening. I'm glad Vick did his own thing and that you were able to benefit from it.

cyberer
01-19-2011, 06:24 PM
In fairness to me in that scenario with the kid and his father, I handed him a football card of Mike Vick and asked him to get it signed for me or not, and either way the kid could keep the card. So I wasn't just going around being a jerk, and still got made fun of.

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
01-19-2011, 06:25 PM
Awesome Vick story!

Crosby 87
01-19-2011, 06:30 PM
:rolleyes:

and people wonder why graphing has a bad rep...

That point aside, great story and I am glad to hear it. So many times athletes and celebrities want to do things for fans but security and handlers prevent it from happening. I'm glad Vick did his own thing and that you were able to benefit from it.
I wouldnt of made fun of the person but they would of definitely got a are you serious from me.

cyberer
01-19-2011, 06:33 PM
I wouldnt of made fun of the person but they would of definitely got a are you serious from me.

thats fair

jyosi
01-19-2011, 07:27 PM
Congrats on Vick.

Your story just proves what I keep saying on these boards, it isn't the dealers who ruin autographs, it is almost always exactly the opposite.

cyberer
01-19-2011, 07:41 PM
What do you mean? I disagree...

cyberer
01-19-2011, 07:54 PM
Just to clarify what some of y'all are saying (I just PMed Jyosi something similar to this), do you guys seriously think I was in the wrong handing the kid's dad a card and saying get it signed for me or if you don't want to give it to the kid as a gift? I've done stuff like this all the time, and it never pays off so all that happens is I give some kids a free card.

Autograph dealers and such use their kids all the time, I've seen it firsthand, I do this as a "full disclosure on the up and up" telling the father do what you want, give it to your kid or get it signed for me. I don't see anything wrong with this.

I am not overreacting or looking to start more controversy, I just want some clarification and perspective on how or why this is wrong. I singled these people out in particular because as I've said they somehow shmoozed or sweet talked their way inside the velvet rope while other fans ESPECIALLY other fans with little kids waited outside the rope with everyone else. They weren't affiliated with the station (I asked) or VIPs.

jyosi
01-19-2011, 07:58 PM
I was just saying the parents and the kids were the ones who could have ruined this for everyone by acting that way, like they were entitled and whatever. I wasn't saying anything about you.

cyberer
01-19-2011, 07:59 PM
Disregard this post...

Ryno23
01-19-2011, 08:03 PM
awesome success!! only 75 ppl there for vick?!?! you werent kidding when you said it was on the down low!! i thought i went to a radio show like that that was on the down low and i couldnt even walk in the place cuz it was so packed! lol CONGRATS!

cyberer
01-19-2011, 08:06 PM
Thanks! Yeah as I said it was never advertised on the internet that I saw, I got lucky bc I was listening to his show friday on the way home and they said he would be there.

Plus it was 3:30-4:00 so people had work I guess. I was VERY fortunate though and thanks to everyone that weighed in to help me!

JVazz29
01-19-2011, 09:24 PM
Good Job on meeting Mike Vick! The fist pound and experience is worth as much as getting that auto. I must also say that you did it in a good ole fashioned hardcore graphin' way. You found a lead, followed through, and adapted to any changing variables of the situation. Good work!

Sawks14
01-19-2011, 09:29 PM
Good Job on meeting Mike Vick! The fist pound and experience is worth as much as getting that auto. I must also say that you did it in a good ole fashioned hardcore graphin' way. You found a lead, followed through, and adapted to any changing variables of the situation. Good work!

Yeah I didn't mention this in my last post but the fist pound is pretty sweet.

Sawks14
01-19-2011, 09:38 PM
Just to clarify what some of y'all are saying (I just PMed Jyosi something similar to this), do you guys seriously think I was in the wrong handing the kid's dad a card and saying get it signed for me or if you don't want to give it to the kid as a gift? I've done stuff like this all the time, and it never pays off so all that happens is I give some kids a free card.

Autograph dealers and such use their kids all the time, I've seen it firsthand, I do this as a "full disclosure on the up and up" telling the father do what you want, give it to your kid or get it signed for me. I don't see anything wrong with this.

I am not overreacting or looking to start more controversy, I just want some clarification and perspective on how or why this is wrong. I singled these people out in particular because as I've said they somehow shmoozed or sweet talked their way inside the velvet rope while other fans ESPECIALLY other fans with little kids waited outside the rope with everyone else. They weren't affiliated with the station (I asked) or VIPs.

I definitely understand the desire and thought behind what your saying here but in general I just think using kids is too low.

I mean kids go into this meeting somebody their fans of either through seeing them or jumping in on parental interests. I like to think athletes signing for kids are the 'good guys' giving kids positive memories. Trying to slither in on that to score an auto for a collection or shop just seems against the things the hobby should be about.

One thing that stuck with me from reading Fergie Jenkins autobiography was the portion in which he talks about dealers paying kids to repeatedly go through an auto event line and get Fergie's graph on everything under the sun.

Again, I get it but don't think I could ever do it.

On the flipside its equally annoying that parents use their kids for special treatment or their because they're carrying a 3 year old their entitled to graphs.

cyberer
01-19-2011, 09:50 PM
I definitely understand the desire and thought behind what your saying here but in general I just think using kids is too low.

I mean kids go into this meeting somebody their fans of either through seeing them or jumping in on parental interests. I like to think athletes signing for kids are the 'good guys' giving kids positive memories. Trying to slither in on that to score an auto for a collection or shop just seems against the things the hobby should be about.

One thing that stuck with me from reading Fergie Jenkins autobiography was the portion in which he talks about dealers paying kids to repeatedly go through an auto event line and get Fergie's graph on everything under the sun.

Again, I get it but don't think I could ever do it.

On the flipside its equally annoying that parents use their kids for special treatment or their because they're carrying a 3 year old their entitled to graphs.
Your point is actually well taken. I didn't think that I was in any way taking advantage of an idyllic memory for a kid. My dealing was just with the father. I like to think that the father asking for another autograph is independent of the kid's experience (like the kid gets his thing signed and then the dad asks for me), but I can see the potential for moral ambiguity there.

I think I agree with what you say- it isn't wrong, just maybe a bit bush league and not what we should be about.

cyberer
01-20-2011, 12:00 AM
Good Job on meeting Mike Vick! The fist pound and experience is worth as much as getting that auto. I must also say that you did it in a good ole fashioned hardcore graphin' way. You found a lead, followed through, and adapted to any changing variables of the situation. Good work!

thanks for the kudos!

smejus57
01-20-2011, 10:25 AM
I'm not going to comment on anything here..

Congrats on getting Vick but holy smokes those are horrible graphs but still a success for you.

SteakNchop
01-20-2011, 06:49 PM
Congrats on that one!

cyberer
01-21-2011, 04:17 PM
One in today- Luis Gonzalez 2/2 7 days c/o DBacks

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/luisgonzo.jpg

The sig didn't come out too great in the black sharpie. Still cool though!


Also, not a big deal but forgot to list this the other day- the day I got vick I also got Mike Missanelli's autograph (the host of the sports show).

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/mikemiss.jpg

cyberer
01-22-2011, 03:29 PM
new avatar

cyberer
01-27-2011, 01:26 PM
no mail in a week- FML

abeabe
01-27-2011, 01:36 PM
I've been on a major TTM drought for last 2 weeks, not one singe return, and believe me I have plenty out there!!!

cyberer
01-27-2011, 01:38 PM
my problem i think is that i didnt send out many in december so now the only ones trickling back are the long terms. I got a RTS from konerko yesterday at Chino drive, but I just saw a success from that address last week. ™™™?

cyberer
01-28-2011, 05:52 PM
No TTM return today, but it was REALLY nice to finally get something in the mail:

I did a 50/50 with Gysot for Billy Butler at the Royals' Winter Caravan and it finally came in the mail! Thanks man for an awesome opportunity for a great auto:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/butler.jpg

Now, let's start getting some darn TTMs back for a change.

SteakNchop
01-29-2011, 01:06 AM
Sweet!

cyberer
01-29-2011, 01:09 AM
(copied from main forum post)

my mom came through big time today. I live in Philly but my parents live in Scranton. I happened to be on the Internet at 5:50 pm and happen to see that Andy russel steelers all time great linebacker steel curtain 7x pro bowl at 6pm - 10 minutes later! - in the Scranton borders.

I called my mom and asked her to go get it. She dropped everything she was doing and went. Scranton isn't in steeler nation so she said it was pretty empty. Woo!

Then as if that weren't cool enough, somehow she never told me this but NFL hall of famer (I think) and Scranton native mike munchak was in her high school class! She said she's going to play the helpless woman/mom card and call or write him and say "I'm looking to get my boys a birthday present and they are both huge fans can you fond it in your heart to help an old classmate?"

So yeah, she's pretty awesome right now.

Scans of the auto will be up Monday or tues.

SteakNchop
01-29-2011, 01:20 AM
(copied from main forum post)

my mom came through big time today. I live in Philly but my parents live in Scranton. I happened to be on the Internet at 5:50 pm and happen to see that Andy russel steelers all time great linebacker steel curtain 7x pro bowl at 6pm - 10 minutes later! - in the Scranton borders.

I called my mom and asked her to go get it. She dropped everything she was doing and went. Scranton isn't in steeler nation so she said it was pretty empty. Woo!

Then as if that weren't cool enough, somehow she never told me this but NFL hall of famer (I think) and Scranton native mike munchak was in her high school class! She said she's going to play the helpless woman/mom card and call or write him and say "I'm looking to get my boys a birthday present and they are both huge fans can you fond it in your heart to help an old classmate?"

So yeah, she's pretty awesome right now.

Scans of the auto will be up Monday or tues.
Pretty cool mom.:smokin:

lambeauleap87
01-29-2011, 01:06 PM
Sweet! I love supportive moms, haha. I've been wanting Munchak for quite some time!

cyberer
01-29-2011, 03:34 PM
I'll let you know if I get munchak and what his address is.

cyberer
02-01-2011, 05:19 PM
No TTMs in over 2 weeks now. Getting very frustrated. And so I am going to turn to my forum thread buddies to pass the time until spring training- you know who you are- the cool people who read my thread and help me out with stuff.

Let's compare spring training lists. It will be a good way to share knowledge in an environment that isn't the same as posting to the main forum. Anyone care to begin?

lambeauleap87
02-01-2011, 06:48 PM
I'm at four days without a return...don't you just hate that? This is the first Spring Training I'm planning on sending any at all, so I'm only sending a handful. Here's where I'm at right now:

Chad Billingsley
Elvis Andrus
Andy Sonnanstine
Logan Morrison
Matt Cain
Paul Maholm
Austin Jackson
Chris Coghlan
CC Sabathia

Might send to a few others like Thome, Rivera, etc. So basically, all decent signers that I've recently found cards of.

cyberer
02-01-2011, 07:00 PM
That looks like a good, safe list. I'll post my list tonight.

TTMcardMaster
02-01-2011, 07:16 PM
I'm sending to these guys (all cards unless noted)
CC Sabathia (8x10)
Josh Hamilton (8x10)
Joey Votto
Jake Peavy (ice cream helmet)
Elvis Andrus
Jon Garland
Chris Young (Mets)
Dan Hudson
Barry Zito
Ike Davis
Chipper Jones
Javy Vasquez
Justin Smoak
Scott Kazmir
CJ Wilson
Matt LaPorta
Grady Sizemore
Jeremy Hellickson

cyberer
02-02-2011, 11:49 PM
Hey guys, here is my list so far:

Jim Thome
Shaun Marcum
Lars Anderson
Drew Stubbs
Zack Greinke
Jay Bruce
Adrian Gonzalez
Matt Cain
Adam Jones
Clayton Kershaw
Heath Bell
Josh Hamilton
Joey Votto

cyberer
02-03-2011, 01:06 AM
Here is the scan as I promised of the Andy Russel autograph that my mom got for me. He signed an index and I framed it with a picture.

Truly an awesome auto of an all time great on an all time great team- steel curtain. I read some stuff on line and the general consensus is that he will get in the hall eventually- crossing my fingers!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/andyrussel.jpg

cyberer
02-03-2011, 04:38 PM
No TTM today, but I DID get a large package from Solace on these forums- he came through in a huge way getting me autos at the senior bowl. Here is a list of everyone he got me:

Roy Helu Jr - Nebraska
Jeremy Beal - Oklahoma
DeMarcus Van Dyke - Miami
DeMarcus Love - Arkansas
Greg Salas - Hawaii
Anthony Castonzo - Boston College
Rashad Carmichael - Virginia Tech
Jarvis Jenkins - Clemson
Derek Sherrod - Mississippi State
Chris Neild - West Virginia
Austin Pettis/Titus Young - Boise State
Jake Locker - Washington
Ryan Kerrigan - Purdue
Mason Foster - Washington
Greg Jones - Michigan State
Stephen Paea - Oregon State
Jerry Jones - Dallas Cowboys
Lawrence Wilson - UCONN
Richard Sherman - Stanford
Mike McNeil - Nebraska
Joe Lefeged - Rutgers


For timing's sake I won't scan them all today- I will slowly be framing them over the next few months and I will scan them as I frame them. I started today framing up these:

Jake Locker
http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/JakeLocker.jpg

A Dual-Signed Austin Pettis and Titus Young
http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/TitusYoungandAustinPettis.jpg

cyberer
02-05-2011, 01:19 AM
Sixers Knicks tonight- pretty good night! I finally slayed my Sixers white whale. Lots of fun stories- things that make graphing a great and exciting hobby.

So we arrive there when the gates open, and do the usual- run like hell to the tunnel. Amare isn't out there- AHHHH!!!!

Luckily within 90 seconds him and Felton came down the tunnel to start warmups. I was relieved to say the last. I was in the front row up against the guard rail, and really excited because I knew I would get him.

As the minutes wore on, the section became ridiculously crowded (I'd say the game nearly sold out)- at least twice as many people as were there for Derrick Rose. Just then this 15 year old or so knicks fan comes barging in behind me quite obnoxiously with a (no joke) 2 foot by 3 foot poster of amare to get signed, completely blocking me out. I say to the kid "listen, I have no intention of letting you get in front of me, and I will box you out if need be."

He was like "No, brah, it helps you, if he notices my item he will come over and sign and you'll get him too- it will grab his attention."

I respond, "Yeah, except that your huge freaking item is going to block me out so he can't even see me."

So this kid slides up next to me and blocks me with his poster, and his grimey friend also with an obnoxious NY accent (sorry to offend anyone, but to anyone but you guys it sounds like nails on a chalk board), also slides in behind me with a magazine, so now I am sandwiched by these freaking jerks one with a huge poster blocking me and one with a magazine cover.

Amare finishes his warmup, and signs up the rows on the tunnel, like 20-30 autographs I'd say. I got him right after poster kid did, but I was pushing back magazine kid as he was trying to reach over me. Really frustrating. This magazine kid somehow managed to box out my friend jeremy and prevent him from getting Amare. Not cool.

Here it is:
http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/amarestoudemire.jpg

After Amare left the huge crowd largely dispersed, but there were still some people waiting around for Felton. So he finished and came in to sign. AND HERE I FELL VICTIM TO MY OWN IDIOCY. I had a sheet of notebook paper with 3 cards on it ready to go in a row, but they 2 cards were glossy and one was a no gloss. So Felton comes to sign. He puts a sharpie to the first card- and literally makes no mark as if he didn't write on it! I ask him to try again, and he signed the second card- it showed up on the glossy a little bit, but not great. Then I tried to get him to stay and sign the 3rd, non-gloss card, but he wouldn't. So I was stuck with this- lesson learned- prep my cards:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/raymondfelton.jpg

I also got Anthony Randolph
http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/knicks.jpg

That was all for the pregame. The Sixers went on to play an exciting game- back and forth the whole way- they wound up winning in a nailbiter. Elton Brand was a beast- 33 points I think!

Now for those of you who have followed my thread, you know that Elton Brand is the only Sixers player that I don't have and have never seen signing. But I guess leading the team to a huge win with playoff implications put him in a good mood, because HE STOPPED TONIGHT!

I walked up to the car, his uncle was driving, he told me that since I probably didn't want his autograph I should go around to the passenger seat. So I did and there was Elton. I asked him for his autograph, he signed but his sharpie was bad! The auto barely showed up (I think this time the problem was really the pen and not the card).

I asked him how it came out and he was like "oh, just okay not great." So I asked him to sign another one to see if it came out better. So he did and it looks perfect! My only gripe is that he signed his number on the bad-looking one and not the good-looking one. Still amazing to finally get one of the best players on my team and the only one that has eluded me. The one on the right is the "bad" graph, the other one looks perfect:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/eltonbrand.jpg

Also, the usual parking lot guys stopped to make it even more of a success: Hawes and Nocioni (Nocioni did his usual- sign as many duplicates as people wanted while talking loudly in spanish on his bluetooth- seems like a funny dude).

Nocioni
http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/nocioni2.jpg

Hawes

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/spencerhawes.jpg

Another pretty solid in person night for me! However still nothing TTM. It's been about 3 weeks now. What gives?!

SteakNchop
02-05-2011, 01:26 AM
That's pretty good for one night.

lambeauleap87
02-05-2011, 11:35 AM
When I saw the Knicks/Sixers highlights on SportsCenter last night, I figured you'd have some autos to share, ha. Congrats on getting Amar'e, Felton, and Brand!

cyberer
02-06-2011, 03:58 AM
Thanks for the congrats, guys- it was a fun night of graphing. Next week come the Magic- here's hoping for Dwight, and I heard Ewing is a coach (but that he never signs)... we shall see.

smejus57
02-06-2011, 09:59 AM
FYI, Ewing is one of the absolute worst signers in all of sports. Wouldn't plan on him even acknowledging you.

TTMcardMaster
02-06-2011, 10:17 AM
Thanks for the congrats, guys- it was a fun night of graphing. Next week come the Magic- here's hoping for Dwight, and I heard Ewing is a coach (but that he never signs)... we shall see.

Dwight should be cool, but Ewing, ya, good luck.

lambeauleap87
02-06-2011, 12:07 PM
Thanks for the congrats, guys- it was a fun night of graphing. Next week come the Magic- here's hoping for Dwight, and I heard Ewing is a coach (but that he never signs)... we shall see.

Ewing is absolutely terrible; Dwight is good, but only if he comes out for shootaround. As far as I know, he hasn't been doing that much lately. Quite a few role players (Redick, Anderson, etc.) all signed in Cleveland. Good luck!

cyberer
02-06-2011, 12:09 PM
Yeah I heard that Dwight was spotty lately with the shootaround. I'll still give it a go, I've been on a bit of a hotstreak.

Welker83
02-06-2011, 11:34 PM
Very cool. Congrats

cyberer
02-10-2011, 01:06 AM
I apologize for the ridiculously long post, but I promise this is worth a read if you put in the time, as this was the most up and down night of graphing that I ever had.

I will tell this story as I told it to my friends- as a tale of 5 fails. I failed so hard this night, that you won't even believe it.

So i get to the arena, usual time usual place, go to the visiting teams tunnel where the guys sign, no one is out shooting around- no dwight howard, no gilbert arenas no nothing... just JJ reddick. So JJ Reddick runs past everyone without signing. Then I see Iguodala on the sixers side shooting around, then he too runs right past without signing. I got no one in pregame shootaround except for Chris Duhon, the worst I have ever done (this is part 1 of the fail).

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/chrisduhon.jpg

So then i go over to the lower section and watch the teams work out from the stands. This kid near me sees that the ushers arent watching the entrance to the floor seats, so they make a break for it and get down onto the floor. i follow. dwight howard is 4 feet away from me. he comes over to the little kid next to me, the kid asks for an autograph. Dwight says he isnt allowed to sign before the game, high fives the little kid and walks away, then I get thrown out of the floor seats (this is fail part 2).

So then i go to my seat and watch the game... during the game they announce that one of the flyers best players, leino is there watching the game. I ask about 10 ushers where he is sitting until I finally find the tunnel where the usher said he came in and where he will go out to his car. So with 2 minutes to go in the game, Leino walks right past me but then goes out the OTHER tunnel and walks in the opposite direction from me and i didnt get him after all the detective work finding him (i.e. most of the 3rd quarter) (this is fail part 3).

So then i decide to give Dwight 1 more try, I go to the tunnel and see dwight after the game. He is mobbed by people. He is giving a postgame interview, then he takes off his shoes, jersey and armband and throws them into the crowd and runs back in the locker room without signing, and I didn't catch any of his items (this is fail part 4).

So as if that's not enough, then this kid is sitting next to me and he goes "man who cares, i have 10 dwight autographs!" and so im like how did you get them? He says that has backstage locker room passes and he always gets him. So i'm like dude I'm going to just sit near you and go with you into the locker room until they throw me out. So the security comes up to us and I am like I'm with him. And the guard goes "no no no only 1 pass per person and hey wait a minute- this pass is from 3 weeks ago! get out of here!" and we both get thrown out of the locker room (this is fail 5).

So by this point I am frustrated and ready to give up. Then i am leaving and i happen to bump into this 50something guy in the backstage area and I'm like "dude they are throwing me out you are with your family you prolly have multiple passes do you have an extra?" and hes like "yeah i do- here you go- dont tell anyone i gave it to you." LET ME REPEAT- HE GAVE ME LOCKER ROOM PASSES!

So then I return to the locker room waiting area and the usher gave me all this crap- "I already threw you out!" And I'm like "I have a pass" and he was like "Where did you get that? That isn't yours!" and I said "look, I told you the first time I had one, I had to go get it, here it is." He gave me a fisheyed look like "I don't believe you" but the proof was in the pudding I had the pass, he let me go.

The way the passes work at the Wells Fargo center is you stand by the tunnel like you normally would and the players come out and meet their families. So I sat and waited, and pretty much got everyone. Dwight waited until the VERY END to come out, we were all sweating bullets, and I got him twice.

Dwight Card
http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/dwighthoward2.jpg

Dwight 8x10

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/dwighthoward1.jpg

I also got Turkoglu twice,

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/turkoglu.jpg


JJ Reddick,

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/JJreddick.jpg

Jameer Nelson (it was his birthday)

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/jameernelson.jpg

and Earl Clark

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/earlclark.jpg

I can't believe the 1 in a million shot on the passes, and I can't believe this turned one of my worst nights graphing into one of my best!

P.S. I fist pounded dwight after he signed!

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
02-10-2011, 01:51 AM
That's awesome! I love hearing these stories.

cyberer
02-10-2011, 11:37 AM
Over 5000 views! Thanks guys and let's keep the successes coming. Sorry my TTM has been lame lately- no successes in over a month- but hopefully my in person escapades have made up for it and made the thread interesting!

For what it's worth I had a dream I ran into desean jackson in the gym and didn't have anything for him to sign and had a scrap of paper to sign but the autograph didn't show up on the paper. FAIL!

CB_KD35
02-10-2011, 11:44 AM
Nice bro lmk how you got the brett favre

cyberer
02-10-2011, 11:46 AM
lots of people got him c/o the vikings during the season. There is some debate as to its authenticity.

gysot
02-10-2011, 11:55 AM
Nice Success Erik!

lambeauleap87
02-10-2011, 04:26 PM
Wow, that is incredibly awesome! Can't believe none of the Magic came out for shootaround, and only Duhon signed. I'm very jealous of your success though; that's some seriously dumb luck! Congrats!

cyberer
02-10-2011, 09:10 PM
I broke my TTM slump, but not in the way I wanted. I finally got a SASE in the mail- a price list from Goose Gossage. Everyone and their cousin has gotten a free return on him this month but me. Sigh. Bad drought.

At least I am cleaning up with the NBA and Michael Vick.

TTMcardMaster
02-11-2011, 07:25 PM
Nice bro lmk how you got the brett favre

:sign0020: good luck these days! You got lucky if you got a return c/o the Vikings, so its like a 5% chance these days!

cyberer-I've had dreams like that too lol. I had one with Cam Newton the other day, as I know he's training near my city. That's why I always keep a ROMLB and Bic in the car with me! You never know!

cyberer
02-14-2011, 07:00 PM
A huge mess of spring training requests out today:

Clayton Kershaw
Heath Bell
Matt Cain
Zack Greinke
Shaun Marcum
David Price
Adam Jones
Elvis Andrus
Dan Hudson
Drew Storen
Neftali Feliz
Matt Wieters
Buster Posey (pipedream, but I wrote him a long, personal letter)
Adrian Gonzalez
Chone Figgins
CC Sabathia
Tony Perez
Chris Coghlan
Drew Stubbs
Jay Bruce
Jim Thome <3 <3 All-Time favorite player
Tex
Ryan Zimmerman
Cliff Lee (probably a pipe-dream, but I had a gut feeling on this one)

cyberer
02-17-2011, 12:22 PM
Copied from the main forum:

Hey guys, I should have made this post a long time ago, because I think it is a really cool story and thing that happened.

I was at an Athletics vs Rays game in the summer of 2009 in Tampa with my girlfriend. We were just relaxing watching the game in the upper deck cheap seats. It was a close game throughout, very exciting (this was when Matt Holliday was still on the A's).

However the 7th inning rolled around and because the game was really close, the fans started getting really into it. Unfortunately this included a fat lady behind us with a cowbell, who was smacking that thing to no end. It was SO loud. Finally we had to move it was that annoying.

So we left our section and decided and headed down to the lower levels trying to squat some seats (it was pretty empty that day). We walked along the levels until we saw a section that wasn't guarded by an usher, and we went in and sat down. These seats were lower level in left field.

So the game goes to extra innings- and the A's put up a crooked number in the top of the 10th- 3 run lead going to the bottom of the inning. The ENTIRE stadium pretty much left, our section was almost empty because they thought the game was over.

Willy Aybar comes up to bat in the bottom of the 10th down by 3. He CRUSHES the ball off the bat. I spring up out of my chair, because i have a bead on it and I know it is coming this way. I terrified my girlfriend I jumped up so fast and took off running she's like ™™™ are you doing?

Sure enough, the ball landed in the bleachers about 20 rows deep in the outfield- about 100 feet away from me. I was at a full sprint. I look over and see another guy also running. I get there a split second before him, we are pushing and shoving a bit trying to pick the ball up off the floor. Neither one of us would let the other bend down to get it. This went on for a few seconds.

I have mentioned in other threads that I am 6'6" and have a big wingspan, so finally I decided I was just going to make the equivalent of a barehand play at shortstop bc I can reach the ground from a standing position pretty easily. I get the ball, but the guy isn't done. He shoved me a bit and tried to get me to drop it. I get mad and say, kind of forcefully "I got it, bro." To which he snapped back angrily "Yeah, you got it."

I think part of the anger was due to the fact that I was wearing my Phillies hat, this being the summer after the Rays' defeat in the World Series.

So I got the ball, brought it to an usher and asked him to get Willy Aybar to sign it. He said fine come with him, but he also made a comment about how I was going into the Rays' clubhouse to take my Phillies hat off. So I reluctantly did. The Rays are my 2nd favorite team (if such an entity is allowed to exist in a serious fan), so I didn't want to disrespect them.

I was really pumped to go into the clubhouse- I thought I might see players and get more autos. Unfortunately I was in the waiting room for the clubhouse, and never got inside.

My girlfriend and I sat down on a bench around the corner from the exit to the clubhouse and waited for the usher. We wait for about 15 minutes.

Suddenly I hear a voice from around the way, a different usher than the one that brought in the ball (so he didn't know me to see me). He said around the corner "Is this your ball?" and then I heard a female voice respond "Yes it is!"

I leaped out of my chair and ran around the corner, and see that the usher had left and I was face to face with a 30-something woman holding my ball. And to complicate matters she was in a group with another 30-something woman and 2 men, presumably their boyfriends. And both women were visibly intoxicated. I didn't think that their boyfriends would appreciate me asking for a ball back that they just received, but I was so livid that I would have fought them over it (and you guys don't know me personally, but I'm a pretty passive person by nature). I used all my restraint to keep my cool, and walked around the corner.

I walk up to the woman and I say "Hey, I think the usher gave you my ball by mistake."

She processed what I had said for a minute, then replied "Oh this is my ball, he just gave it to me so..."

And I said "Yeah, but we were waiting for him to come out and give it to me- did you have any reason to have a ball given to you?"

She didn't quite understand my question but she said no.

I said "Well I caught that homerun ball in the game today and it really means a lot to me, so I'd appreciate it if you could give it back to me."

She looked at her boyfriend and he kind of shrugged. Then she said "How much will you give me for it?"

At this point, I got angry again and said "I'm not giving you money for something that you effectively stole from me by saying it was yours when it wasn't."

She seemed to suddenly "Get the picture" of what happened. So she said "Alright, if you give me a hug for it, I'll give it back to you."

So I hugged the drunk girl (she wasn't cute unfortunately) and she gave me the ball and her and her crew left.

I've never hit a woman, but I can say, she came as close as you can come.

What are the odds of this story happening though, of all the sections in the lower level without an usher, the one we went into was the one where the ball was hit, I beat out that guy in a footrace, and I got it signed and got it back from the drunk girl.

All's well that ends well. Here is a pic of the ball. He signed it on the sweet spot and you can still see the blue stripe where his bat spanked the crap out of the ball.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In&#37;20Person%20Autos/aybarball.jpg

cyberer
02-19-2011, 03:37 PM
Today I read on signingshotline that Larry Bowa was doing a free signing at Citizens Bank Park's Majestic team shop, from 12-1, so my girlfriend and I went down there. She had somewhere to be and was in a big hurry, but I promised her we would get in, get an auto and get out in like 10 minutes. We get there at 12:05 and we see that the line is not only out the door, but its out the door and then wrapped around itself into the hallway like disney world. Since she had to be somewhere and he was only signing until 1 I said "we probably won't even get in there by 1 so let's go." She insisted that we stay.

We waited for about 45 minutes and at like quarter of 1 we get up there. She goes through first, gets his autograph on a card, then I didn't see but she quickly took out her camera so when I was getting it signed she called over "smile!" and she even got a picture of him signing for me. She is a keeper, huh? For what its worth we still made it where we had to be despite the delay.

I am really excited because I got Larry Bowa to inscribe my auto "5 x allstar."

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In&#37;20Person%20Autos/larrybowa2.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/larrybowa1.jpg

I was really surprised it was so crowded. I do radio shows all the time of local athletes and they are NEVER this crowded. I guess people are in "baseball mode," and Bowa is an all-time great player and manager for us, so I guess that explains it. I was picturing a more intimate 1 on 1 feel where I could get multiple items signed, but hey, free autos are great either way!

Eddie_2
02-20-2011, 01:12 PM
Today I read on signingshotline that Larry Bowa was doing a free signing at Citizens Bank Park's Majestic team shop, from 12-1, so my girlfriend and I went down there. She had somewhere to be and was in a big hurry, but I promised her we would get in, get an auto and get out in like 10 minutes. We get there at 12:05 and we see that the line is not only out the door, but its out the door and then wrapped around itself into the hallway like disney world. Since she had to be somewhere and he was only signing until 1 I said "we probably won't even get in there by 1 so let's go." She insisted that we stay.

We waited for about 45 minutes and at like quarter of 1 we get up there. She goes through first, gets his autograph on a card, then I didn't see but she quickly took out her camera so when I was getting it signed she called over "smile!" and she even got a picture of him signing for me. She is a keeper, huh? For what its worth we still made it where we had to be despite the delay.

I am really excited because I got Larry Bowa to inscribe my auto "5 x allstar."

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/larrybowa2.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/larrybowa1.jpg

I was really surprised it was so crowded. I do radio shows all the time of local athletes and they are NEVER this crowded. I guess people are in "baseball mode," and Bowa is an all-time great player and manager for us, so I guess that explains it. I was picturing a more intimate 1 on 1 feel where I could get multiple items signed, but hey, free autos are great either way!


I was there myself. Got the news from the Phillies that he was doing the signing. I was the third person in line, and got there about 10:35ish. Personally, I didn't think it was that busy. Polly did one last year and the line went downstairs.

cyberer
02-20-2011, 01:16 PM
How do you get the news? I found this on dumb luck. What did you get signed? I am 6'6" so you might have seen me walk in lol.

cyberer
02-20-2011, 01:21 PM
And as for the crowded thing, I guess I was just surprised that there were more people there than there were for Mike Vick's radio thing that I went to. I kind of use that as the benchmark for crowded, and there were more at Bowa. I guess we are a baseball town.

Eddie_2
02-20-2011, 01:21 PM
I'm a season ticket holder for the Phillies, so a lot of the time, they will e-mail you and tell you about this type of signing. They always have at least one signing every year in the off-season at CBP (last year was Polly and Brian S.(Brian S. cancelled though)). I got two 8X10s signed from Larry, and I didn't see you. I figured you might be there because you made mention about it in other thread, but you didn't say who you were getting. I literally got my autograph in two minutes because I was the third person in line.

Eddie_2
02-20-2011, 01:23 PM
And as for the crowded thing, I guess I was just surprised that there were more people there than there were for Mike Vick's radio thing that I went to. I kind of use that as the benchmark for crowded, and there were more at Bowa. I guess we are a baseball town.

I didn't know Vick did a signing...probably would have went if I knew about it. No biggie though, I care more about baseball autos than football anyday! :winking0071:

cyberer
02-20-2011, 01:23 PM
I'm a season ticket holder for the Phillies, so a lot of the time, they will e-mail you and tell you about this type of signing. They always have at least one signing every year in the off-season at CBP (last year was Polly and Brian S.(Brian S. cancelled though)). I got two 8X10s signed from Larry, and I didn't see you. I figured you might be there because you made mention about it in other thread, but you didn't say who you were getting. I literally got my autograph in two minutes because I was the third person in line.

Ah, I see. Anything during the year? This will be my first year of serious graphing during baseball- I mean I got Howard and Victorino last year pregame, but I never went to any player appearances. Are there any radio shows like the Eagles do for Brent Celek and David Akers? I heard Luzinski has one and players appear sometimes.

Any other appearances? I hear Madson appears at appliance stores sometimes.

What's with the Oriole icon if you have season tix here lol?

About the Vick thing, I posted about it earlier in my thread. He did a radio show- Mike Mis on the Fanatic at the Aloft Hotel about a month ago.

Eddie_2
02-20-2011, 01:42 PM
Ah, I see. Anything during the year? This will be my first year of serious graphing during baseball- I mean I got Howard and Victorino last year pregame, but I never went to any player appearances. Are there any radio shows like the Eagles do for Brent Celek and David Akers? I heard Luzinski has one and players appear sometimes.

Any other appearances? I hear Madson appears at appliance stores sometimes.

What's with the Oriole icon if you have season tix here lol?

About the Vick thing, I posted about it earlier in my thread. He did a radio show- Mike Mis on the Fanatic at the Aloft Hotel about a month ago.


The Phillies are not too big on appearances. Like I said, they do some during the off-season (the only free one thus far ~ Bowa) but it's up to the player in question if they want to go to some neutral site and sign autos. The only Phillies function during the season is the ALS festival and that’s pretty much it.

My dad was a Phillies season tix holder for thirty years and the last couple of years, I have been doing the same with season tixs. I'm a huge baseball fan, follow by basketball, then football, then hockey, etc.

My avatar is the Orioles because I loved Ripken as a kid and I fell in love with the team when I went to the Phillies vs. Orioles doubleheader in either 05 or 06 at OPACY. Every year since then I've been going to games and the O's do a lot of nice things for their fans, plus it's a cheap ticket to see baseball in one of the best parks in baseball.

cyberer
02-20-2011, 01:44 PM
Ah, cool. Do you graph the sixers at all? I've had some epic successes with them and the road teams.

Eddie_2
02-20-2011, 01:54 PM
Ah, cool. Do you graph the sixers at all? I've had some epic successes with them and the road teams.

I really want to badly!! The main problem I have is the Sixers always play here Wednesday or Friday and I always have work on those nights. It gets me very ticked off sometimes. I want to so badly go to the Warriors game because Stephen Curry is going to be there and I want his auto so badly because he is my favorite player in the NBA right now. It stinks though because I have work that night!!! I'm trying to get off though.

BTW, I read your Sixers IP auto stories all the time and they are great. I never knew how to get them in the first place because I didn't know people were able to get on the lower levels during shoot-around. Because of you, I know now.

cyberer
02-20-2011, 01:59 PM
Yeah, you can get lucky before the game, though you are dependent on whoever comes out to warmup. And to make matters worse, the last 2 games I went to Iggy was out to warmup and didn't sign on the way back in. I've gotten him inside during pregame though, but it's hit and miss.

After the game in the parking lot more people will sign. I've seen everyone but Iggy stop at least one time in my travels. It is hard to find where they sign and I don't really want to post detailed instructions on here, but I can explain it to you if you want in PM or something.

But yeah, if you go make sure you get there at like 5:45 and enter through the restaurant- the main gates to the arena open at 6, but the restaurant opens at 5. They don't let you into the main arena, but they check your ticket before letting you in. This saves you the time at 6:00 pm when the main arena opens of standing in the ticket line. Sometimes you will be stuck in line at the main gates until 6:15 during which time you might have missed some guys signing.

The ushers will let you right down to the tunnel, and they let you stay there until the last player returns to the locker room after shootaround. Then they kick you out pretty religiously.

Eddie_2
02-20-2011, 02:10 PM
Yeah, you can get lucky before the game, though you are dependent on whoever comes out to warmup. And to make matters worse, the last 2 games I went to Iggy was out to warmup and didn't sign on the way back in. I've gotten him inside during pregame though, but it's hit and miss.

After the game in the parking lot more people will sign. I've seen everyone but Iggy stop at least one time in my travels. It is hard to find where they sign and I don't really want to post detailed instructions on here, but I can explain it to you if you want in PM or something.

But yeah, if you go make sure you get there at like 5:45 and enter through the restaurant- the main gates to the arena open at 6, but the restaurant opens at 5. They don't let you into the main arena, but they check your ticket before letting you in. This saves you the time at 6:00 pm when the main arena opens of standing in the ticket line. Sometimes you will be stuck in line at the main gates until 6:15 during which time you might have missed some guys signing.

The ushers will let you right down to the tunnel, and they let you stay there until the last player returns to the locker room after shootaround. Then they kick you out pretty religiously.

Thanks for the info! I'll have to follow your instructions for the pre-game. The parking lot deal is not my bag though, thanks for wanting to share though.

Quick Question...how does Jrue sign pre-game? From all the games you went to.

cyberer
02-20-2011, 02:13 PM
I've graphed 5-6 games I think, and I have seen him stop 1 time pregame (i think the first one I went to) and once in the parking lot (with Evan Turner riding shotgun lol).

You are almost certain to get Spencer Hawes, Thaddeus Young and Nocioni inside every game. Lou Williams is pretty reliable too. The rest are really hit and miss. Also, this one is less obvious but Eric Snow the announcer signs if you see him, he usually walks around the media table pregame.

Eddie_2
02-20-2011, 02:18 PM
Thanks a lot. Your E Snow story was funny too when I read it. Next time I go, I'll bring my Hawes, Thad Young, and Nocioni cards.

cyberer
02-20-2011, 02:28 PM
I'm probably only going to 1-2 other games this year, but March 9th against the Thunder (a wednesday) is a definite.

cyberer
02-21-2011, 03:42 AM
Hey guys, I was bored tonight so I decided to pull out some of the senior bowl autographs that Solace gave me in the 50/50 that we did. I had some extra frames so I framed them up. I am going in order of draft stock- tonight I framed up anyone that nfldraftcountdown.com thought was a 1st rounder. My scanner isn't working right so sorry for the horrible scans.

I'll start things off with an autograph that as an Eagles fan I would probably like to pee on instead of own, but it's still cool I guess, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In&#37;20Person%20Autos/jerryjones.jpg

Next we have Ryan Kerrigan

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/RyanKerrigan.jpg

Next we have a personalized "To Erik" anthony castonzo

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/anthonycastonzo.jpg

Don't forget about Derrick Sherrod

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/DerrickSherrod.jpg

And finally, another great talent, Mason Foster

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/MASONFOSTER.jpg


And, in case you missed the ones I posted last time, here are some of the others from the same group that Solace sent that I previously posted.

Jake Locker

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/JakeLocker.jpg


Teammates Austin Pettis and Titus Young on the same logo card- AWESOME!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/TitusYoungandAustinPettis.jpg


I have over a dozen more of these that I have yet to frame. I'll post them as I get around to framing them.

cyberer
02-22-2011, 10:53 AM
Doing the Washington Wizards hotel tonight and tomorrow.

cyberer
02-22-2011, 10:19 PM
Leaving for the hotel soon... here's hoping it is a John Wall kinda night.

cyberer
02-23-2011, 01:19 AM
Tonight was my first ever attempt at a hotel, and it was not pretty. I had one of the most excruciating failures of my autograph career.

I did the math and figured out an estimated arrival time from Washington (they had a game tonight and had to fly to Philly afterwards). I figured they'd get here around 1am. I got to the hotel at 11:45. I parked my car in such a way that the one way streets set up nicely with the hotel- full view of the circle to pull in and the front entrance- any way that a vehicle can pull up to the hotel front gate i can see

I wait there for like 10-15 min, finally i decide to get out and scope it out on foot. I do that and I see a doorman walking towards me- black guy in his 20s. I said have the wizards come yet and he said "I can't tell you" and I said well I know they're coming, so if you can't tell me, can you tell me if they are here or not yet? and he said "no they aren't"

so ok i go back to my car and sit for another 10-15 minutes its like 20 to 1:00 now

Then i see a big truck pull into the circle- i think it is maybe the luggage or something, so I bolt from the car and walk up the street because the doorman told me to stay on the sidewalk. I get to where the truck is, and for the first time I see around the corner down the side of the hotel, which had no entrances that I could see- and I look to my horror and see 2 empty buses parked by an unmarked side door.

I see the bus driver returning to his empty bus and I say- "is this the wizards' bus?"

and he said "yeah, didnt you see the crowd?"

and i said "no, I didnt, I was over by the front door"

and he said "oh, they always use this door- john wall got off and signed for like the 15-20 people out there. I cant believe you didnt see them!"

JOHN WALL SIGNED FOR EVERYONE, AND I WAS LIKE 50 yards away totally oblivious. I succeeded in my mission, did the homework, got the right time and spot, and missed it while everyone else got him.

The doormen must have thought it was hilarious, he told me to stand on the sidewalk in front of the main entrance.

I am really so frustrated words cannot even describe. I haven't failed to get an auto in person in a long, long time, and the fact that he signed and I missed it is too much for me to bear!!!

lambeauleap87
02-23-2011, 08:45 PM
Ahh, now that's too bad. Maybe some other time. :winking0071:

cyberer
02-23-2011, 09:05 PM
Ah look at you- SPOILER ALERT!

As my man Lambeau said, I couldn't let the bad taste in my mouth from last night permeate for long, so I went back out there today to the hotel. I was nervous b/c I heard that Wall lately has been cabbing to the game instead of the bus.

I went right for the spot that I now know that the bus loads. I got in line with the small crowd of people there. However when I got to the front row of the line, this guy who had been standing off to the side yells "you're in my spot!" And he had been standing to the side, not in the spot.

I felt like saying "if it was your spot, you'd be in it" but I refrained, I didn't want any trouble.

He got really angry and he told me to move I said "no, I arrived before you!" and he said "well I was in that spot before you (again, he wasn't in the spot).

Finally, he GRABBED ME BY MY COAT AND TRIED TO THROW ME BEHIND HIM, while he yelled "You're going to the back!" I resisted at first, I'm a big guy (6'7" 200). He kept grabbing and shoving. The guys around us were mortified they said "guys take it easy!"

So a million thoughts were going through my mind right now, including:
-I should hit this guy or stop him
-I have mace in my pocket I should I use it on this guy?
-If we get into a fight, are his friends all going to be witnesses against me?
-If we get into a fight, cops will come and no one will get any autos, possibly ever again at this location.

So, finally, I backed down and let this psycho have his spot.

As I said last night, the security at the 4 seasons lies to you left and right, and today was no different. A security guard said "Oh you guys waiting for Wall? He left in a cab awhile ago." We were discouraged and only half believed him.

In the meantime, Hilton Armstrong came out and signed.
http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In&#37;20Person%20Autos/hiltonarmstrong.jpg

Sam Cassel came out and did not sign (he looks like E.T.).

Then Lo and Behold, JOHN WALL came out. He signed down the line and I barely got him- only about half the people there got him- he signed like a dozen. I am proud to say that the psychotic did not get his auto.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/JohnWall.jpg

It looks better than it looks in this scan, but it's still tough to make out. Oh well.

Afterwards I heard him and his friends talking. I heard a little kid with him say "That guy was trying to reach over everyone and he got him, and I got here 2nd one here 90 minutes early and I didn't!" They sounded upset. I decided although McGee, Rashard Lewis and others hadn't come out, that I shouldn't rub salt in the wound. I quietly packed up and left quickly, making sure no one followed me. It worked out well because it was 4:45 at this point and I had a mandatory class at 5:15, so I got there in time and got my auto- everything is right with the world.

I recognized one of the people as a guy I had seen out getting autos around town. I hope against hope that this isn't realistically what I can expect getting autos at hotels, or I'm not doing it again.

How would you all have reacted to this situation? I can't stop talking about it because it was so ridiculous. I've lived in Philly for years, and walked through some bad neighborhoods at night- never have I been threatened, harassed or had hands laid on me. Today all of this happened GETTING AUTOS. Seriously what gives?

TTMcardMaster
02-23-2011, 09:11 PM
In regards to your 1st attemp at the hotel-Did you really think you'd be the only erson at the hotel? Always look around for a crowd or even a small group of graphers

In regards to your hotel success-That guy sounds like he has too much time on his hands. If you would've fought back, I would expect police to show up and possibly make hotel access a lot stricter. But in the end, there will always be ™™™™™™bags in the graphing game and you just have to deal with them and push your way through....

cyberer
02-23-2011, 09:13 PM
In regards to your 1st attemp at the hotel-Did you really think you'd be the only erson at the hotel? Always look around for a crowd or even a small group of graphers

In regards to your hotel success-That guy sounds like he has too much time on his hands. If you would've fought back, I would expect police to show up and possibly make hotel access a lot stricter. But in the end, there will always be ™™™™™™bags in the graphing game and you just have to deal with them and push your way through....

I always heard about looking for crowds, but I figured at 1am there was at least a slight possibility I'd be alone. Now I know.

smejus57
02-23-2011, 09:14 PM
Philly has some of the absolute worst dealers and graphers around, so this type of behavior doesn't suprise me one bit to hear.

Good to see you still got Wall though.

TTMcardMaster
02-23-2011, 09:24 PM
Philly has some of the absolute worst dealers and graphers around, so this type of behavior doesn't suprise me one bit to hear.

Good to see you still got Wall though.

Exactly. Just get your graphs and get the heck outta there!

lambeauleap87
02-23-2011, 09:37 PM
Guy sounds like a real tool...it only takes one to ruin it for everybody. Sounds to me like you did the right thing, and karma did its thing!

Congrats on getting the auto; had to give some type of spoiler after you told me, ha!

Eddie_2
02-23-2011, 10:06 PM
Glad to read that you got John Wall. Good stuff. Honestly though, if you asked me I would say 85% of the people at the hotels trying to get autographs are dealers looking to make some money. When they see guys like you, you are taking money out of their pocket and they probably would fight you over a graph.

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
02-24-2011, 01:57 AM
Guy sounds like a real tool...it only takes one to ruin it for everybody. Sounds to me like you did the right think, and karma did its thing!

Congrats on getting the auto; had to give some type of spoiler after you told me, ha!

That's what I was gonna say.

Congrats, karma worked out for you!

cyberer
02-24-2011, 01:32 PM
Thanks for weighing in guys- I'm not sweating it too much- I got the auto!

Anyways still another empty mail day. I sent to Figgins, Wieters and Adam Jones and people have already gotten successes from them, and not me. I REALLY think my mailman is stealing my crap.

cyberer
02-25-2011, 12:39 PM
Glad to say the drought is over and my mailman is off the hook (for now).

2 in today-

Chone Figgins 1/1 ST 11 days
Drew Stubbs 2/2 ST 11 days

Glad to finally be in the win column. Hope my wieters and adam jones come back soon too.

Scans to follow later.

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
02-25-2011, 02:03 PM
Glad to say the drought is over and my mailman is off the hook (for now).

2 in today-

Chone Figgins 1/1 ST 11 days
Drew Stubbs 2/2 ST 11 days

Glad to finally be in the win column. Hope my wieters and adam jones come back soon too.

Scans to follow later.

Good for you man, you really deserve it after that drought.

cyberer
02-25-2011, 02:59 PM
Good for you man, you really deserve it after that drought.


thanks!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/figgins.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/stubbs.jpg

cyberer
02-26-2011, 01:15 PM
We went from an epic cold streak to a 2 day hotstreak!

First, a shocker- I got Kemba Walker back 75 days later 3/3! I sent to him c/o UConn in December then proceeded to watch everyone else get him back but me. I had written him off for a lost cause, then this came back. I wish I had made these customs lately because I stopped using rough cuts, and these cuts are pretty rough, but still cool.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through&#37;20the%20Mail%20Autos/KembaWalker.jpg

2nd I got a great success from a young up-and-coming star Daniel Hudson. Some of the auto rubbed off on the inside of the toploader it was packed in unfortunately, leading to some smudging, but it is still pretty much readable and in decent shape. He inscribed it, kind of funnily "To Erik Dream Big!"

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/Danielhudson.jpg

SteakNchop
02-26-2011, 02:11 PM
Nice successes.

pantherfan82
02-27-2011, 01:01 PM
Awesoe returns!~!

cyberer
02-27-2011, 01:10 PM
Thanks!

cyberer
02-28-2011, 01:16 AM
Another night-time failure at the hotel. I got there at about 11pm for the Mavericks, and waited by the front door. I saw a limo bus pull up- with florescent lights in crazy colors and a bar and everything. I look inside and see it is empty. I ask the driver what's going on he said he is here to pick up the NBA players when they get to the hotel. So I know that they hadn't arrived yet.

So I go around to the side door and see the usual setup- security, velvet rope, etc. I sit and wait. I am the only one there- the only one. I stood up against the rope. After a long wait, the bus pulled in. However, the driver was an idiot and pulled up WAY too far, so that now the players' path to the door went right past where I was standing. The security guard freaked out that I was that close to where the players would be walking, and so he ordered me to stand on the far side of the velvet rope path- about 20 feet from the bus. The engines of the bus were blaring, and the players just scurried into the hotel. Some of them saw me, some of them didn't but none of them were willing to come 10 feet out of their way to come and sign for me, and it was too loud for anyone to hear me yelling.

I was distraught- I was the only one at the hotel and I got 0 autographs. Then I remembered the limo bus. I went back around to the front and waited. Several women got on the bus, and a guy was waiting in front of it. I heard the security guard talking to the maintenance guy saying that it was Jason Terry's brother. So I decided to wait and I wound up getting Jason Terry and Shawn Marion as they entered the bus.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In&#37;20Person%20Autos/jasonterry.jpg
Jason Terry

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/ShawnMarion.jpg
Shawn Marion

I mean at least I got something, but it was still largely a letdown. I will be trying again tomorrow.

Riggs
02-28-2011, 09:14 AM
least you got something.. sure tonight will go better for you.

smejus57
02-28-2011, 10:03 AM
Did Marion run with his own sharpie? Looks like he used a dead sharpie. Or then again it could just be the scan.

cyberer
02-28-2011, 10:31 AM
It was my sharpie, and it wasn't dead. I think the photo gloss paper screwed it up, which is weird because I get autos all the time on that paper without incident.

I went back this morning for shootaround only to learn that the team was given the day off. And since I don't have time to stand around all day waiting for Dirk to happen to leave the hotel, I'm going to have 1 more crack at it tomorrow for shootaround and then pregame.

cyberer
02-28-2011, 12:55 PM
Got a weird "success" today- a big package from the patriots 121 days after I sent to Wes Welker.

Got a letter saying they can't respond due to a high volume of requests, but sent a fanpack containing:

Welker Sticker
Patriots Magnetic Schedule
Pocket Schedules
Patiots Button Pin
an 8x10 2010 Patriots Team Photo

They also sent my cards back and the SASE (so the stamp is still good). All in all I guess it's something for the cost of 1 stamp. If you are interested in any of this stuff (I'm not a pats fan) please let me know.

cyberer
02-28-2011, 01:59 PM
Not to spam my own board, but Vladimir Guerrero, Carlos Santana, Nelson Cruz and Danny Briere (Flyers) went out today.

cyberer
03-01-2011, 11:19 AM
Went back to the hotel today, and got most of the Mavs that I wanted. Many of the no name guys signed in addition to who I got, but I wasn't really prepared for them and didn't want to risk graphing them and then have Dirk walk by while I was stuck graphing a scrub. Apologies on the bad scans here my scanner is making everything too dim.

Sorry there's no story today, but everything went pretty smoothly and uneventfully.

The big prize: I got Dirk and Kidd on the same 8x10

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In&#37;20Person%20Autos/dirk.jpg

Also got Peja on a 4x6

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/peja.jpg

The problem was Dirk was ADAMANT about only signing 1 per, and so I didn't bother to stay for when the team returned from practice in the afternoon. I was there to get an extra Dirk for my friend whose favorite player is Dirk. I have an old TTM auto that I can give my friend, but it would have been nice to get a duplicate at the hotel.

P.S. hoping for a big mailday today.

cyberer
03-01-2011, 03:34 PM
empty mailbox. Failz.

cyberer
03-02-2011, 01:30 PM
Empty mailbox. I hate my mailman again.

metsmagic18
03-02-2011, 05:24 PM
I'm with ya... I had one day with 3 successes, since then it's been dead

cyberer
03-03-2011, 01:09 PM
no mail today. I know at least one of the days when I got mail last week I had a different mailman delivering, I wonder if both days another guy delivered and now he is back and so he really is stealing.

jyosi
03-03-2011, 01:37 PM
PM me with what your SASE looks like and I will send some base cards that I put phony signatures on. If one or more don't show up we know there is a problem.

cyberer
03-03-2011, 01:40 PM
Thanks for the offer, I address my SASE's by hand, so I'm not sure with a different handwriting if it would work. I am however going to do the same thing from my parent's house this weekend- address a SASE by hand so it looks 100&#37; like my normal ones with bogus sigs inside.

cyberer
03-03-2011, 01:59 PM
thoughts on my fake autos?

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Custom&#37;20Designs/fakeautos.jpg

cyberer
03-03-2011, 02:32 PM
Just to clarify the above- do you guys think these fake autos are enough to fool the guy stealing them? I don't need them to pass your trained eye just his.

jyosi
03-03-2011, 04:34 PM
They look nothing like those players' signatures, but in order for him to know what they look like he'd have to open the letters and even if he did then put them in your mail box you'd know something is going on.

cyberer
03-03-2011, 04:35 PM
Right, I wasn't going for a facsimile of the real sigs, I doubt he even knows anything about autographs if he is stealing. It won't fool an expert like the people here, but your average guy doesn't know what Don Mattingly's auto looks like.

JVazz29
03-03-2011, 05:46 PM
I am intrigued by your detective work. Good luck.

laf7uc1
03-03-2011, 06:15 PM
about the stealing thing. I think you just need to be patient. Everyone has droughts. I doubt that a mailman is going to risk his job for some autographs. Good luck on finding out though.

smejus57
03-03-2011, 08:47 PM
I agree with the above, I don't think the mailman is going to risk is job for your cards..

I mailed out almost 15 guys in the NFL who were great signers before, but I didn't get anything back. I haven't got my Adam Jones back but everyone else is.. patient is the number one thing you need to be in the TTM game. You can't expect a success every mail day.

But as they said above, good luck with your search.

cyberer
03-03-2011, 11:07 PM
Yeah somehow I missed the boat on Adam Jones and Matt Wieters as well...

Eddie_2
03-03-2011, 11:32 PM
I am intrigued by your detective work. Good luck.

Ditto.

cyberer
03-04-2011, 01:23 PM
The sting operation is off- my same mailman, the one I thought was stealing, delivered the mail today (I saw him downstairs) and I got these 2 amazing successes. Nothing like 2 HOFs to break out of a slump.

I guess he isn't stealing:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through&#37;20the%20Mail%20Autos/musial.jpg

Stan returned my card and sent me his HOF postcard

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/bunning.jpg

HOF and Former US Senator Jim Bunning signed both my cards!

Eddie_2
03-05-2011, 01:46 AM
Excellent slump buster!

lambeauleap87
03-05-2011, 10:12 PM
Sweet! I just got Musial back sometime this week as well. Glad to know you're not dealing with a "dirty" mailman, ha!

cyberer
03-05-2011, 10:14 PM
You and me both. As I've said all along he seems like a nice guy and always talks to me at length so I didn't want to believe it.

lambeauleap87
03-05-2011, 10:19 PM
You and me both. As I've said all along he seems like a nice guy and always talks to me at length so I didn't want to believe it.

All's well that ends well, I suppose. Doesn't get much better than Stan Musial to bust a slump, too!

On a side note, did you get the cards I sent you for the 50/50?

cyberer
03-05-2011, 10:59 PM
I did- I'll keep you posted.

cyberer
03-06-2011, 11:32 PM
Just got back from out of town- no mail this weekend.

Thunder come into town this week! Details to follow!

cyberer
03-08-2011, 03:12 AM
Went to the Thunder's hotel tonight, got this beauty:

Russel Westbrook and Kevin Durant on the same 8x10

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In&#37;20Person%20Autos/DurantWestbrook.jpg

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
03-08-2011, 03:14 AM
Amazing! I really envy those who get opportunities to graph for these superstars.

cyberer
03-08-2011, 03:15 AM
Yeah it really has been fantastic this year. I never cared AT ALL about the NBA before this season, but the fact that all the superstars pretty much graph so well makes me LOVE the sport now. Gotta love guys who love their fans.

cyberer
03-08-2011, 03:28 AM
Better scan:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In&#37;20Person%20Autos/durantwest.jpg

it was 2:30 am so the guys were just scribbling, but that doesn't detract from how awesome that is.

cyberer
03-08-2011, 01:47 PM
I got a great Philly sports success today- Danny Briere 3/3 pocket schedules 9 day turnaround!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through&#37;20the%20Mail%20Autos/briere.jpg

RockiesFan33
03-08-2011, 01:54 PM
Congrats on the Durant/Westbrook!

lambeauleap87
03-08-2011, 07:24 PM
Those 'graphs just might be worse than the Vick piece you got signed...but its still an incredible piece! They come to Cleveland on Sunday and I'm going...hoping to have similar luck!

cyberer
03-08-2011, 11:34 PM
Like I said, it was 2:00 am or later and they had a 3 hour flight after a night game. I understand that he just wanted to scribble and then go to bed.

JVazz29
03-09-2011, 12:39 AM
I got a great Philly sports success today- Danny Briere 3/3 pocket schedules 9 day turnaround!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through&#37;20the%20Mail%20Autos/briere.jpg

Ahh man! Nice Success!

I am smiling and whining at the same time. I just sent to him on Monday, however, I had the custom and letter ready to go for the last 2 weeks. Just never got around to it...sent it with a bunch of other Flyers. I could have had it back by now...

Hopefully it is a quick turnaround like yours.

Congrats. He has a sweet looking sig.

cyberer
03-09-2011, 11:19 AM
Went back and got more Thunder graphs today. I got Durant again, and the following team logo 8x10:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In&#37;20Person%20Autos/cheeks.jpg

Maurice Cheeks
James Harden
Thabo Sefolosha

Guys didn't seem to want to sign today, kind of annoying. Westbrook and a whole bunch- maybe 10-12 guys just jogged past us in a huge group.

lambeauleap87
03-09-2011, 06:46 PM
Like I said, it was 2:00 am or later and they had a 3 hour flight after a night game. I understand that he just wanted to scribble and then go to bed.

Its like I always say...a poorly signed card or photo is better than an unsigned piece! The fact that these guys are signing at 2:00 in the morning says a lot about them; I'm awfully hopeful KD will sign for me!

TTMcardMaster
03-09-2011, 07:18 PM
Congrats on the KDs. Sorry about the okay graph, was he running with that sharpie?

cyberer
03-09-2011, 07:25 PM
Thanks for the comments, I always love feedback.

Honestly I don't remember if he grabbed mine or not, both times when I got him it was a mad melee to get his graph.

cyberer
03-09-2011, 07:33 PM
Here are my other durants btw, these are going for my brother (Durant is his favorite player) and a friend, respectively:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In&#37;20Person%20Autos/durantbrian1.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/durantbrian2.jpg

lambeauleap87
03-09-2011, 10:00 PM
I really like that top photo! Was he signing for just about everybody or only a few?

cyberer
03-09-2011, 10:03 PM
he signed 2 for pretty much everyone. I don't know how he'll be in the arena, but they had a security guard that was pretty gung ho about not letting him sign duplicates, but most people had a binder page type setup with 2 items that they handed to him and he signed both.

lambeauleap87
03-09-2011, 10:05 PM
he signed 2 for pretty much everyone. I don't know how he'll be in the arena, but they had a security guard that was pretty gung ho about not letting him sign duplicates, but most people had a binder page type setup with 2 items that they handed to him and he signed both.

That's good to know...hopefully luck will be on my side Sunday! Haha, wow that was cheesy. I'll have a friend who doesn't collect at the game with me, so I'm hoping he'll help me out.

cyberer
03-09-2011, 10:09 PM
I think you'll get him. Even the people in the 2nd and 3rd row as he walked by, as they were trying desperately to reach over, the security guard was like "don't worry don't push, Kevin will get to all of you and if you cause trouble he won't sign at all." And he got to everyone.

bulldogboy07
03-09-2011, 10:11 PM
Hey bud,
Did you get my auto? Are you feeling better?

lambeauleap87
03-09-2011, 10:12 PM
I think you'll get him. Even the people in the 2nd and 3rd row as he walked by, as they were trying desperately to reach over, the security guard was like "don't worry don't push, Kevin will get to all of you and if you cause trouble he won't sign at all." And he got to everyone.

That's good to know...looking forward to this game. Call me a bandwagoner, but KD is turning into one of my favorite players. Nice to see a loyal, humble superstar in a league full of LeBron, Melo, and guys like that.

cyberer
03-09-2011, 10:12 PM
I'm sorry my man, I didn't go- I'm still pretty badly laid up. I gave my ticket away to someone in my building.

If you want I can hang on to the cards for when Durant comes in next (not until next season I don't think), or I can send them back to you in your SASE.

I really feel awful, but I can only do what I can do.

bulldogboy07
03-09-2011, 10:14 PM
Thats cool. You could just send em back for now. Then when he comes back next I could send the again. Thanks!

cyberer
03-09-2011, 10:14 PM
That's good to know...looking forward to this game. Call me a bandwagoner, but KD is turning into one of my favorite players. Nice to see a loyal, humble superstar in a league full of LeBron, Melo, and guys like that.

No man, I feel the same way. The NBA is awesome in terms of signing, like I have a new list of NBA players that I am huge fans of, including:

Derek Rose
John Wall
Dirk
Jason Kidd
Durant
Westbrook
Amare
DWIGHT HOWARD (probably my favorite player)

These guys are arguably on the level of your kobes your lebrons and those jerks (I know kobe signs rarely), BUT THOSE GUYS ON MY LIST DO IT THE RIGHT WAY. They have treated me and the other fans graphing really well this year, and that is why I have become an almost overnight NBA fan.

lambeauleap87
03-09-2011, 10:17 PM
No man, I feel the same way. The NBA is awesome in terms of signing, like I have a new list of NBA players that I am huge fans of, including:

Derek Rose
John Wall
Dirk
Jason Kidd
Durant
Westbrook
Amare
DWIGHT HOWARD (probably my favorite player)

These guys are arguably on the level of your kobes your lebrons and those jerks (I know kobe signs rarely), BUT THOSE GUYS ON MY LIST DO IT THE RIGHT WAY. They have treated me and the other fans graphing really well this year, and that is why I have become an almost overnight NBA fan.

Howard has been one of my favorite players for years now, even though he didn't come out and sign at all in Cleveland. But you're right, if a guy takes time out of his day to stop and sign for me, be it TTM or IP, he just found a new fan.

cyberer
03-09-2011, 10:18 PM
Yeah haha he didn't come out in Philly either, but if you read back in my thread somewhere that was the night that someone happened to give me a family locker room pass for the game, and I got 2 of his autos then.

He really is one of the nicest athletes I've met and a great signer, but the last few months or so he stopped coming out pregame to sign for some reason... it's odd.

lambeauleap87
03-09-2011, 10:21 PM
Yeah haha he didn't come out in Philly either, but if you read back in my thread somewhere that was the night that someone happened to give me a family locker room pass for the game, and I got 2 of his autos then.

He really is one of the nicest athletes I've met and a great signer, but the last few months or so he stopped coming out pregame to sign for some reason... it's odd.

Yeah, I remember reading that and being incredibly jealous, ha. The Magic are my #1 team so you can understand why...Dwight really does seem like an awesome guy. Hopefully he'll stay with Orlando and not pull a Shaq, head to LA and go crazy...

cyberer
03-09-2011, 10:23 PM
Yeah, I hear a lot of "Dwight is unhappy- going to LA and/or Knicks" rumors, I hope it isn't true.

Sorry if I made you jealous, obviously not my intent. I'm sure you'll get Dwight eventually, as I said he's great.

I honestly think I might be done graphing the NBA for this year, there's really no one else coming in that I still want. I mean the Magic and the Knicks come in again, and I don't have Melo, but other than that nothing really. Plus baseball is starting up and my school commitments are getting bigger this time of year. We shall see.

lambeauleap87
03-09-2011, 10:45 PM
Yeah, I hear a lot of "Dwight is unhappy- going to LA and/or Knicks" rumors, I hope it isn't true.

Sorry if I made you jealous, obviously not my intent. I'm sure you'll get Dwight eventually, as I said he's great.

I honestly think I might be done graphing the NBA for this year, there's really no one else coming in that I still want. I mean the Magic and the Knicks come in again, and I don't have Melo, but other than that nothing really. Plus baseball is starting up and my school commitments are getting bigger this time of year. We shall see.

Haha, I just meant I was envious of your luck and opportunity. I bought a certified Howard auto a few years ago, so I have nearly all of my favorite guys on the Magic (Howard, Nelson, Redick, Richardson, etc.). I have a pretty large collection of certified stuff along with my IP/TTM autos.

cyberer
03-10-2011, 11:34 AM
Haha, I just meant I was envious of your luck and opportunity. I bought a certified Howard auto a few years ago, so I have nearly all of my favorite guys on the Magic (Howard, Nelson, Redick, Richardson, etc.). I have a pretty large collection of certified stuff along with my IP/TTM autos.

Yeah I have a few hundred cert autos as well. I don't usually buy them anymore though unless I'm at a show.

slitz
03-10-2011, 02:46 PM
Plus baseball is starting up and my school commitments are getting bigger this time of year. We shall see.


baseball is tough at hotels IMO. very large time commitment

TTMcardMaster
03-10-2011, 06:20 PM
baseball is tough at hotels IMO. very large time commitment

Agreed. You can't just go and be done in 30 minutes. Very time consuming, and sometimes, not worth it. But it is fun!

cyberer
03-11-2011, 01:00 AM
Agreed. You can't just go and be done in 30 minutes. Very time consuming, and sometimes, not worth it. But it is fun!

Yeah, when I said baseball I meant baseball in the stadium. I had some good luck pregame last year, including Ryan Howard, Victorino, Carl Crawford, Shin Soo Choo, The Entire Twins Pitching Staff (literally WOW what a game and what nice guys), and a few others.

I know that the players trickle in and out of the hotels all day long, and, to quote Dave Chappelle, "I don't have that kinda time." I'm probably going to limit my hotel to NBA, and maybe MAYBE NFL.

In other news, I got a nice success today- I went home to my parent's house and my mom said there was a letter for me that just came today. I opened it up and it was a Jeremy Hellickson request that I sent back in August. Shocked that it came back after all this time! Thanks Jeremy!

Scans to follow on Monday when I get back home.

cyberer
03-15-2011, 02:54 AM
No successes today, but I got 2 envelopes over the weekend, 1 good and 1 bad.

The good:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through&#37;20the%20Mail%20Autos/coachk.jpg

Cool email success 0/1 in 20 days. Thanks Coach K!

And the bad:

I got a price list from Dave Parker 6 days failure. At least he sent me my dollar donation back LOL. Sorry, Mr. Parker, your autograph is NOT worth the 25 bucks you are asking for on a card.

I wonder how many HOFs I could get for 25 bucks if I thought about it.

smejus57
03-15-2011, 08:30 AM
Did you really send a $1 dollar donation to a guy?

bulldogboy07
03-15-2011, 12:42 PM
I got the Durant cards back today. Thanks a TON for the extra auto!!

cyberer
03-17-2011, 03:10 PM
-I did send a dollar to the guy. I got Steve Young that way (possibly Autopen)
-I'm glad you enjoyed the auto- I'm still sorry I wasn't able to get one for everyone that asked. I really was sick last week (stomach bug) and gave my tickets away to the game.

I have had empty mail days all week long, which sucks. However I am going to Spring Training on Tuesday, going to 3 Phillies games and a minor league game for graphing. I hope to come back with some great graphs and great stories.

I can't wait!

Johnmulemiles
03-17-2011, 03:53 PM
-I did send a dollar to the guy. I got Steve Young that way (possibly Autopen)
-I'm glad you enjoyed the auto- I'm still sorry I wasn't able to get one for everyone that asked. I really was sick last week (stomach bug) and gave my tickets away to the game.

I have had empty mail days all week long, which sucks. However I am going to Spring Training on Tuesday, going to 3 Phillies games and a minor league game for graphing. I hope to come back with some great graphs and great stories.

I can't wait!

good luck! it has been great down here at ST!

cyberer
03-19-2011, 11:01 PM
Thanks! I'll definitely post updates when I can. I'm excited this is my first spring training.

More empty mail days. I'm starting to suspect my mailman again, so I am sending the fake auto in the mail tomorrow from my parent's house (about 150 miles away so the postmark won't match from Philly).

cyberer
03-23-2011, 03:15 PM
Down in spring training since yesterday- things couldn't be more beautiful in Clearwater 85 degrees and not a cloud in the sky.

Day 1:
I arrived at 2:30 and decided to head right down to the minor league facility as the game was wrapping up. I watched most of the players leave (I didn't recognize any of them). I was waiting for prospect Jonathan Singleton.

Finally I asked a guy coming out of the locker room if singleton was coming out soon to which the guy responded "I am singleton." FML I was so embarrassed but he took it in stride and signed 2 for me.

Then the minor league bus returned (half the players were on a road game) and off comes ryne sandberg. He signed my ROMLB on the sweet spot and added his HOF inscription. It's frickin sweet!

Day 2:
I got there early this morning to watch the minor leaguers warm up before their game at 1. When I got there I saw across the street a guy at the major league park throwing a bullpen session, so I ran over to catch him. When I got there I saw it was contreras and Carlos Ruiz so I got them both on an 8x10 that had them fist pounding.

However when I returned to the minor league park I was told that right after I left hamels and halladay came by and signed about 10 each. Oh well, you can't be everywhere at once.

I stuck around and got phils prospects Vance Worley, sebastion Valle, phillippe aumont, Tyson gillies and about 20 more that I didn't recognize.

Then the yankees bus pulled in with their Aa and Aaa prospects but I didn't know they were coming so I had to get sigs on a piece of notebook paper- I got about 20 in all. I do know montero and romine were not there, so I don't know if any of them were any good.

Finally, I saw Ryno again. He signed an 8x10 of him and wade Boggs holding their HOF plaques and added his HOF inscription. He signed for a good 5 minutes.

Then I remembered my brother wanted a card signed of sandberg so I handed it to him. He signed it but when he looked up he said "No I already got you." so I said "that's fine give the card to someone else." then he stood their holding the card unsure of what to do before finally handing it to me saying "if you guys abuse this I'll stop signing."

So 2 minutes later I returned and said "sorry for the duplicate- I promise it will go right into the hands of my 15 year old brother and I never meant to abuse anything." he said "apology accepted." alls well that ends well I guess but it's not everyday you get yelled at by a hall of famer!

Yankees blue jays tonight and Phillies major league team starting tomorrow for 3 straight days. Hopefully I get some graphs!!!

I hope you all enjoyed my spring update!

jyosi
03-23-2011, 03:38 PM
What are you doing wasting time on here posting? It's game day. The major leaguers are all out taking early bp on the back fields and in the cages starting arounf 1.

I'm just kidding. Nice job on Ryno. I've been reprimanded by Sandberg, too. It was because I asked him at a hotel though. He didn't have any problem signing 2 balls after explaining to me that I should get him at games though.

metsmagic18
03-23-2011, 03:49 PM
Down in spring training since yesterday- things couldn't be more beautiful in Clearwater 85 degrees and not a cloud in the sky.

Day 1:
I arrived at 2:30 and decided to head right down to the minor league facility as the game was wrapping up. I watched most of the players leave (I didn't recognize any of them). I was waiting for prospect Jonathan Singleton.

Finally I asked a guy coming out of the locker room if singleton was coming out soon to which the guy responded "I am singleton." FML I was so embarrassed but he took it in stride and signed 2 for me.

Then the minor league bus returned (half the players were on a road game) and off comes ryne sandberg. He signed my ROMLB on the sweet spot and added his HOF inscription. It's frickin sweet!

Day 2:
I got there early this morning to watch the minor leaguers warm up before their game at 1. When I got there I saw across the street a guy at the major league park throwing a bullpen session, so I ran over to catch him. When I got there I saw it was contreras and Carlos Ruiz so I got them both on an 8x10 that had them fist pounding.

However when I returned to the minor league park I was told that right after I left hamels and halladay came by and signed about 10 each. Oh well, you can't be everywhere at once.

I stuck around and got phils prospects Vance Worley, sebastion Valle, phillippe aumont, Tyson gillies and about 20 more that I didn't recognize.

Then the yankees bus pulled in with their Aa and Aaa prospects but I didn't know they were coming so I had to get sigs on a piece of notebook paper- I got about 20 in all. I do know montero and romine were not there, so I don't know if any of them were any good.

Finally, I saw Ryno again. He signed an 8x10 of him and wade Boggs holding their HOF plaques and added his HOF inscription. He signed for a good 5 minutes.

Then I remembered my brother wanted a card signed of sandberg so I handed it to him. He signed it but when he looked up he said "No I already got you." so I said "that's fine give the card to someone else." then he stood their holding the card unsure of what to do before finally handing it to me saying "if you guys abuse this I'll stop signing."

So 2 minutes later I returned and said "sorry for the duplicate- I promise it will go right into the hands of my 15 year old brother and I never meant to abuse anything." he said "apology accepted." alls well that ends well I guess but it's not everyday you get yelled at by a hall of famer!

Yankees blue jays tonight and Phillies major league team starting tomorrow for 3 straight days. Hopefully I get some graphs!!!

I hope you all enjoyed my spring update!

Pretty sweet! I told you Clearwater was cool ;)

lambeauleap87
03-23-2011, 05:36 PM
Sounds like you've done awesome so far! I used to vacation in Clearwater Beach for a few days in January, but have stopped going there...definitely a nice place to be.

cyberer
03-24-2011, 12:17 AM
Went to Yankees Blue Jays tonight and it was pretty much what I expected. I got there 2 hours early and explored the practice fields. Sure enough, Jeter Cano and Posada were taking BP on a side field. It was pretty crowded but I found a good spot on the fence. When they got done everyone was calling for them but they hopped on a GOLF CART and sped away. Jerks- God I hate the yankees.

Then I went into the stadium and hung out by the Blue Jays dugout. I got a couple of nice ones, however I somehow forgot half my blue jays materials back in Philly so I had the following guys sign my game tickets:

Jose Bautista
JP Arrencibia
Pat Hentgen inscribed "96 cy young"
John Farrell Manager
Terry Luvullo (used to play for my hometown red barons when I was a kid)

Just then a security guard came in and kicked everyone out. I told him (truthfully) that the usher told me I could stay until the national anthem. The security guard said "he's an usher, I'm security. I win." Wow what a jerk. God, I hate the yankees.

Then I went to the Yankees side, hung out with about 50 other people trying to get yankees autos down the right field line. The cops threw everyone out before the players did their warmups but I managed to stay in the area by shmoozing my way through. Turns out it wouldn't have mattered, because every Yankee ran right past into the dugout so fast you'd think Natalie Portman was naked in there. No one even acknowledged our existence except Tino Martinez, who tipped his cap. God, I hate the yankees (sensing a theme here?).

So then I went to my seat as the game was starting, and then the highlight of my evening happened. I got the tickets from a family friend who works for the yankees. I was 14th row behind home plate, and as I went to my seat I saw that I was literally sandwiched between 2 MLB scouts holding radar guns. Scouting is kind of a fascination of mine, something I've wanted to try. Both were former MLB players, John Sanders (oakland A's, he was only up one season) and former Braves Catcher 2x allstar Bruce Benedict.

Both were really friendly guys, and seemed genuinely impressed by my statistical knowledge as a casual fan (I'm a bit of a SABR nerd). I also talked to them about scouting reports I had after watching some guys (i.e. Aaron Hill's fluky 2010 being due to an uppercut swing to generate power that resulted in more flyballs and ergo a lower average).

It really was cool talking to these guys for 9 innings and listening to them compare notes, make inside jokes about players (Yunel Escobar is renowned for his lack of hustle apparently) and learning- John Sanders especially was teaching me everything he did as he did it and why. He also went into the hand he plays in negotiating trades (i.e. seeing which MLB players are out of options to the minors, and then profiling the teams based on surpluses and needs for trades).

Both guys signed for me, unfortunately all I had were Steinbrenner Field pocket schedules. Still this was a great evening, I got some cool graphs (especially Bautista) and had a good time. Oh yeah, and God I hate the yankees...

metsmagic18
03-24-2011, 07:16 AM
Went to Yankees Blue Jays tonight and it was pretty much what I expected. I got there 2 hours early and explored the practice fields. Sure enough, Jeter Cano and Posada were taking BP on a side field. It was pretty crowded but I found a good spot on the fence. When they got done everyone was calling for them but they hopped on a GOLF CART and sped away. Jerks- God I hate the yankees.

Then I went into the stadium and hung out by the Blue Jays dugout. I got a couple of nice ones, however I somehow forgot half my blue jays materials back in Philly so I had the following guys sign my game tickets:

Jose Bautista
JP Arrencibia
Pat Hentgen inscribed "96 cy young"
John Farrell Manager
Terry Luvullo (used to play for my hometown red barons when I was a kid)

Just then a security guard came in and kicked everyone out. I told him (truthfully) that the usher told me I could stay until the national anthem. The security guard said "he's an usher, I'm security. I win." Wow what a jerk. God, I hate the yankees.

Then I went to the Yankees side, hung out with about 50 other people trying to get yankees autos down the right field line. The cops threw everyone out before the players did their warmups but I managed to stay in the area by shmoozing my way through. Turns out it wouldn't have mattered, because every Yankee ran right past into the dugout so fast you'd think Natalie Portman was naked in there. No one even acknowledged our existence except Tino Martinez, who tipped his cap. God, I hate the yankees (sensing a theme here?).

So then I went to my seat as the game was starting, and then the highlight of my evening happened. I got the tickets from a family friend who works for the yankees. I was 14th row behind home plate, and as I went to my seat I saw that I was literally sandwiched between 2 MLB scouts holding radar guns. Scouting is kind of a fascination of mine, something I've wanted to try. Both were former MLB players, John Sanders (oakland A's, he was only up one season) and former Braves Catcher 2x allstar Bruce Benedict.

Both were really friendly guys, and seemed genuinely impressed by my statistical knowledge as a casual fan (I'm a bit of a SABR nerd). I also talked to them about scouting reports I had after watching some guys (i.e. Aaron Hill's fluky 2010 being due to an uppercut swing to generate power that resulted in more flyballs and ergo a lower average).

It really was cool talking to these guys for 9 innings and listening to them compare notes, make inside jokes about players (Yunel Escobar is renowned for his lack of hustle apparently) and learning- John Sanders especially was teaching me everything he did as he did it and why. He also went into the hand he plays in negotiating trades (i.e. seeing which MLB players are out of options to the minors, and then profiling the teams based on surpluses and needs for trades).

Both guys signed for me, unfortunately all I had were Steinbrenner Field pocket schedules. Still this was a great evening, I got some cool graphs (especially Bautista) and had a good time. Oh yeah, and God I hate the yankees...

You got Arencibia??? I'd give an arm and a leg for that...

I (and probably you) will never be returning to Steinbrenner Field. When I stood next to the Nationals dugout at Roger Dean, I could see right in, drop a ball down, anything. With the Blue Jays dugout at Steinbrenner Field, there was an armed police holding a gun across his chest. Dang Yankees!

cyberer
03-25-2011, 09:27 PM
More reports from the trenches down here in Clearwater. I'm sporting a sunburn but that's not enough to ruin all this baseball heaven for me.

Day 3 Thursday:

I went to the phils minor league fields at 9 am and got 2 of the prospects on my list that I hadn't gotten Jesse biddle and Anthony Hewitt. When I got there I was told I just missed chase utley, who apparently signed 1 ball and ran away.

Then I entered the big league park and camped out for phils BP. Predictably, no one stopped to sign, Ryan Howard looked pained like he wanted to stop but didn't.

I then went over to the twins side for their BP and stood down the line from the dugout. I joined a group of phils fans who were yelling to Jim thome to sign, who was on the top step of the dugout. He was waving to them but not signing. I had my phils thome jersey with me and I called his name and held it up. He nodded and waved but didn't come over. Just then I decided I would go to the top of the dugout. I got thomes attention and asked to throw him the jersey. He said ok and signed it for me- it looks AWESOME!!! He didn't sign for anyone else, and the people nearby were making angry remarks about me but whatever. He's my all-time favorite player (seriously).

This epic success was enough to make me not care that the phils were such lousy signers. The phillies reportedly sign as they leave the game- the stars are taken out of the lineup then run down the left field line and sign. So I camped there for the late innings. Sure enough, Rollins utley Howard and voctorino escaped via a side tunnel and didn't go past the fans at all. In the meantime I befriended the usher in the autograph section, we talked about my medical career, my autograph hobby, his retirement, our families. He's a really nice guy and I figured he's a good guy to know.

That night I finally met up with my travel partner at the airport and we decided to go an hour south to Sarasota for an orioles pirates game. I thought this park would be laid back and easy to graph, but they had the worst ushers ever. None of the pirates signed except Garrett jones and Neil walker, but I missed them.

On the orioles side I was the only one who knew mark reynolds so he seemed to like that I asked him by name and signed a card for me but only me.

Also Brady Anderson the juicer signed, ugly sig for me. I asked him to inscribe 50 HRs but he declIned. I then went by the bullpen and got Jeremy Guthrie which I gave to my buddy bc it was his ball.

My buddy is a Cubs fan so he happened to see Jake fox between innings and he got his attention. Turns out fox is a really cool guy and stuck around after the game a few minutes and talked to us and signed my batting practice ball.

Day 4 Friday:

Phils braves- braves were a split squad and heyward chipper uggla didn't travel. No phils signed in BP. However Charlie Manuel came out and signed literally for a half hour. My buddy and I think he was sending a message to his players to treat the fans better. He signed hundreds. I have several of him so I didn't try.

I went to the braves side and tried for McCann, he said an emphatic hello to us but ran past. Kimbrel also ran past. Freddie Freeman greeted us and when I called him by name replied that he would sign when he came out for pregame. We were ecstatic. However 15 min later he re emerged and jogged right past us. I was devastated. He started stretching in foul territory, and I followed. When he was facing me I waived and held up a card. He looked at me but didn't nod. However when he was done he walked right over to me and signed. He signed for a good 5 min.

None of the phillies signed pregame. I watched the game and enjoyed. I told myself I wasn't going to try for autos since it was a lost cause. However when ryan was lifted for a Pinch hitter in the 6th I remembered that I had befriended the usher in that section so I decided to go there. He remembered me and Even remembered my name. He let me down even tho I didn't have tickets there. Right then Howard and Rollins emerged and instead of ducking down the tunnel they walked down the line and stopped to sign!

Apparently charlie Manuels message hit home, and they signed. They signed for literally 10-15 minutes. I got them both on 8x10s. When Howard signed mine he said "nice pic!"

Tomorrow is my last day, the phils play a split squad game but I have 2nd row seats in the autograph section. We'll see what happens, but I couldn't be more satisfied with how this spring has gone!!!

cyberer
03-25-2011, 09:36 PM
PS about 100 days later chris Carter Oakland prospect signed my card c/o the Oakland As sent in august or so.

metsmagic18
03-26-2011, 08:11 AM
More reports from the trenches down here in Clearwater. I'm sporting a sunburn but that's not enough to ruin all this baseball heaven for me.

Day 3 Thursday:

I went to the phils minor league fields at 9 am and got 2 of the prospects on my list that I hadn't gotten Jesse biddle and Anthony Hewitt. When I got there I was told I just missed chase utley, who apparently signed 1 ball and ran away.

Then I entered the big league park and camped out for phils BP. Predictably, no one stopped to sign, Ryan Howard looked pained like he wanted to stop but didn't.

I then went over to the twins side for their BP and stood down the line from the dugout. I joined a group of phils fans who were yelling to Jim thome to sign, who was on the top step of the dugout. He was waving to them but not signing. I had my phils thome jersey with me and I called his name and held it up. He nodded and waved but didn't come over. Just then I decided I would go to the top of the dugout. I got thomes attention and asked to throw him the jersey. He said ok and signed it for me- it looks AWESOME!!! He didn't sign for anyone else, and the people nearby were making angry remarks about me but whatever. He's my all-time favorite player (seriously).

This epic success was enough to make me not care that the phils were such lousy signers. The phillies reportedly sign as they leave the game- the stars are taken out of the lineup then run down the left field line and sign. So I camped there for the late innings. Sure enough, Rollins utley Howard and voctorino escaped via a side tunnel and didn't go past the fans at all. In the meantime I befriended the usher in the autograph section, we talked about my medical career, my autograph hobby, his retirement, our families. He's a really nice guy and I figured he's a good guy to know.

That night I finally met up with my travel partner at the airport and we decided to go an hour south to Sarasota for an orioles pirates game. I thought this park would be laid back and easy to graph, but they had the worst ushers ever. None of the pirates signed except Garrett jones and Neil walker, but I missed them.

On the orioles side I was the only one who knew mark reynolds so he seemed to like that I asked him by name and signed a card for me but only me.

Also Brady Anderson the juicer signed, ugly sig for me. I asked him to inscribe 50 HRs but he declIned. I then went by the bullpen and got Jeremy Guthrie which I gave to my buddy bc it was his ball.

My buddy is a Cubs fan so he happened to see Jake fox between innings and he got his attention. Turns out fox is a really cool guy and stuck around after the game a few minutes and talked to us and signed my batting practice ball.

Day 4 Friday:

Phils braves- braves were a split squad and heyward chipper uggla didn't travel. No phils signed in BP. However Charlie Manuel came out and signed literally for a half hour. My buddy and I think he was sending a message to his players to treat the fans better. He signed hundreds. I have several of him so I didn't try.

I went to the braves side and tried for McCann, he said an emphatic hello to us but ran past. Kimbrel also ran past. Freddie Freeman greeted us and when I called him by name replied that he would sign when he came out for pregame. We were ecstatic. However 15 min later he re emerged and jogged right past us. I was devastated. He started stretching in foul territory, and I followed. When he was facing me I waived and held up a card. He looked at me but didn't nod. However when he was done he walked right over to me and signed. He signed for a good 5 min.

None of the phillies signed pregame. I watched the game and enjoyed. I told myself I wasn't going to try for autos since it was a lost cause. However when ryan was lifted for a Pinch hitter in the 6th I remembered that I had befriended the usher in that section so I decided to go there. He remembered me and Even remembered my name. He let me down even tho I didn't have tickets there. Right then Howard and Rollins emerged and instead of ducking down the tunnel they walked down the line and stopped to sign!

Apparently charlie Manuels message hit home, and they signed. They signed for literally 10-15 minutes. I got them both on 8x10s. When Howard signed mine he said "nice pic!"

Tomorrow is my last day, the phils play a split squad game but I have 2nd row seats in the autograph section. We'll see what happens, but I couldn't be more satisfied with how this spring has gone!!!

Pretty sweet! Last year I got Rollins and Manuel but Howard was signing down the line and when he got to me he ran off. (Said he had to hit, which he actually did.)

cyberer
03-26-2011, 09:03 PM
Went back today, had 2nd row seats in the autograph section. Got there early and tried to get the jays at the bus. No one signed. We went inside and graphed phils BP. No one signed, but polanco said he would sign pregame.

Then we tried the jays side. Bautista who is a really nice guy said he was too busy but I got him the other day. Aaron hill signed for us and seemed like a cool guy.

I went back for phils pregame, and Dom brown was signing dozens of autos. I got him on an 8x10 and talked to him a bit.

Polanco jogged right past us. Liar!

We sat and watched the game. Polanco didn't start so he left in the 2nd inning. As he ran by I held out my 8x10 and said you told us you'd sign please. He heard me and came and signed my 8x10 and signed 4-5 more down the line.

In the 4th inning I caught a foul ball off the bat of Aaron hill.

The phils stars as they exited all went down the side tunnel. Glad I paid extra for the autograph section.

After the game I went to the jays bus and got Aaron hill to sign his foul ball on the sweet spot. He has a great swing.

At the last minute we decided to change from our plan of doing beach over baseball tomorrow and are going to rays pirates in Bradenton. Anyone have any advice for Bradenton?

metsmagic18
03-27-2011, 08:05 AM
Went back today, had 2nd row seats in the autograph section. Got there early and tried to get the jays at the bus. No one signed. We went inside and graphed phils BP. No one signed, but polanco said he would sign pregame.

Then we tried the jays side. Bautista who is a really nice guy said he was too busy but I got him the other day. Aaron hill signed for us and seemed like a cool guy.

I went back for phils pregame, and Dom brown was signing dozens of autos. I got him on an 8x10 and talked to him a bit.

Polanco jogged right past us. Liar!

We sat and watched the game. Polanco didn't start so he left in the 2nd inning. As he ran by I held out my 8x10 and said you told us you'd sign please. He heard me and came and signed my 8x10 and signed 4-5 more down the line.

In the 4th inning I caught a foul ball off the bat of Aaron hill.

The phils stars as they exited all went down the side tunnel. Glad I paid extra for the autograph section.

After the game I went to the jays bus and got Aaron hill to sign his foul ball on the sweet spot. He has a great swing.

At the last minute we decided to change from our plan of doing beach over baseball tomorrow and are going to rays pirates in Bradenton. Anyone have any advice for Bradenton?

Good stadium down there, it's small. I've never been and I can't give you any advice but I've heard that it's one of the more intimate parks in all of ST and good for autographs.

thj0011
03-27-2011, 01:22 PM
Love reading your stories. I can't wait till I go to spring training next year, I'll have to hit you up for tips ha. Good luck with the final day.

cyberer
03-28-2011, 01:39 AM
Thanks for the responses metsfan and thj. I had a pretty epic last day of graphing in Bradenton, but I currently have to be awake in 4 hours for a 7am flight, so I don't have time to do it justice. I will post tomorrow when I get back to Philly and post scans of everything I got.

Glad you guys like reading about this stuff, and I'm more than willing to help any way that I can.

TTMcardMaster
03-28-2011, 06:26 PM
Wow, for your 1st ST trip, you did pretty damn well!
And yeah, a lot of players say "I'll get you after BP" That is a lot of players favorite excuse!

cyberer
03-28-2011, 07:37 PM
I just got in- 14 hour trip that was supposed to be 3 hours because my plane got struck by lightning. Guess I'm lucky to be alive.

TTM cardmaster, if I did pretty well, it is only because of all the AWESOME people on this forum, who told me what to expect, what to do, etc. I would never have gotten ryno without help b/c I wouldn't have known about the minor league field, and I probably would never have known what section to get Ry How or Rollins. So THANK YOU ALL! :love0030:

Anyways, my buddy and I made the trip yesterday to bradenton. We hung out by the Rays bus when we got there, and bought some gameused ROMLBs that were in pretty good shape from a homeless guy for 4 dollars each.

No one signed before the game at the bus or the parking lot. Longoria walked past us and said he would sign inside. The bus was late so we went inside and watched BP. I was FURIOUS- I graphed pirates BP for 90 minutes and got ZERO signatures. Tabata said he would sign for us then jogged off after. McCutchen ignored us, and Pedro Alvarez snubbed us. What a jerk.

The ushers told me McCutch signs pregame, but my rays fan buddies told me longo signs pregame, so my choice was clear. I went to the rays side, and watched longo throwing long toss. When he was done he came right over to where I was and started signing THE OTHER WAY!

I had to make like spiderman, because the section where he was signing the front row was all full. I got to the 2nd row and saw 4 older people sitting in a row with an empty seat beyond them. I started trying to pass by them, and the guy who was sitting down and not trying to get autos was like "YOU CANT DO THIS DUDE!" as I tried to get past them. And I was like "that's my seat, I'm trying to get to it." They let me past.

When I got there Longo was signing for a little kid, but the pen was dead. Longo was like "your pen doesn't work little buddy." I didn't miss a beat and I put my pen really close to longo's hand and said "mine works!"

Longo laughed and said "Yeah I bet it does" because he knew that if he picked up my pen I was getting an auto. He took my pen and signed for me and the kid. He side paneled it because apparently he has a contract with someone that he will only sweetspot for them.

I went over to try to get mccutch but missed him, he signed at the same time as longo. While I was over there I missed Johnny Damon, but my buddy got him.

Price told my buddy he would sign after he left the game. He surprisingly only pitched 4 innings, so when he left we took off running after him, but he darted into the locker room and didn't sign. We took off running for the bus/parking area.

While we were waiting, Johnny Damon came out. Immediately like 50 jerks decided they wanted his auto and didn't care about him as a person, because they SWAMPED him. There was no way through. I was in the front row, and I got pushed in close to Johnny like I was trying to feel up my prom date or something. He signed 2-3 then got really upset and fed up and said "let me through!" then he stopped signing and crossed the street saying "you all crowded me too much." I missed him. We called out the people responsible, and of course everyone denied blame. We tried to get everyone to form 2 lines instead of a huge mob so we don't miss price.

Brignac signed for whoever wanted, but I didn't feel like using a ball on him. BJ Upton came out, signed for 1 girl with D cup breasts in the front row, and peaced out, saying he didn't feel like signing. The uptons are really class acts.

Price came out, and people tried to mob him again. This time I stood my ground and pushed back gently, keeping a nice buffer zone around price and I said repeatedly "don't swamp him- he's nice enough to sign have some consideration!" He seemed to like that. I got him on the sweet spot! EPIC!

I went back in to the game after that and I got a Rays assistant coach to agree to give me the lineup card. However when the coach came over to give it to me, a 12 year old kid tried to take it out of the coach's hands. He said no, this guy asked for it first (meaning me) and handed it to me. However I don't routinely take things over little kids, so I gave it to him. He seemed happy, but I wish I got it.

We went out after for a few minutes to try the pirates parking lot. Mccutch left already. As I was standing there, my buddy and I were each covering one exit. I saw what looked to me to be a white guy and girl getting into a mercedes and driving off. My buddy flagged the car down and made a motion to me like dry humping the air like get the hell over here.

I get to the car and it's pedro alvarez, the guy who snubbed me 3 times throughout the weekend at 2 different ballparks. He signed for me on the sweetspot. It was awesome. A mother of a little kid who also got his autograph speculated that the girl in the car with him asked him to stop because she felt bad for us. Good thing pedro wanted to get laid!

Epic end to an epic trip! Scans of everything to follow tonight!

chipperjfan10
03-28-2011, 07:47 PM
nice i got longo ip also> are all these autos u got in st pc or do you sell?

cyberer
03-28-2011, 08:00 PM
PC- never sold anything, not really looking to get into that. I'd consider it on rare occasions but not on a regular basis.

chipperjfan10
03-28-2011, 08:16 PM
same ive never sold one nice stiff man i got all those guys ip a few years ago but people are getting worse about signing every year

cyberer
03-28-2011, 08:45 PM
and now, the long awaited scan post!!!


1. I'll start with a sheet of yankees minor leaguers. If anyone can identify any it would be greatly appreciated. The team just all signed as they ran by pretty much

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In&#37;20Person%20Autos/yanksmilb.jpg

2. Aaron Hill on a card and a foul ball which he hit earlier in the game

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/aaronhill.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/aaronhillball.jpg

3. Jose Bautista, JP Arrencibia, john Farrell, a guy who used to play for my hometown Red Barons luvullo AND Pat Hentgen with cy young inscription all on my tickets to the game

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/bautistaarrenche.jpg

4. Twins team 8x10 with Gardenhire and Matt Capps
http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/capps.jpg

5. Jose Contreras and Carlos Ruiz on the same 8x10

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/contrerasandruiz.jpg
6. Dom brown on an 8x10- huge sig!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/dombrown-1.jpg

7. JRoll 8x10- this one and the howard that follows are really beautiful sigs for pregames...

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/jroll.jpg

8. Howard, great sig as above

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/ryhow.jpg

9. Polanco 8x10

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/polanco.jpg

10. Freddie Freeman on card

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/freeman.jpg

11. Mark Reynolds on card

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/markreynolds.jpg

12. Ryne Sandberg on a card, on an 8x10 and on the sweet spot of a ball

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/ryno.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/sandberg.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/sandbergball.jpg

13. Jonathan singleton personalized 8x10, also got a personalized card

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/singleton.jpg

14. Thome on Jersey

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/thome.jpg

15. Sebastian Valle on card

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/valle.jpg

16. Vance Worley 8x10, also got him on a card for my brother

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/worley.jpg

17. Phillies minor league team logo- I know that Jesse Biddle, Tyson Gillies, Phillippe Aumont all signed this, not sure about some of the others.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/philsMilb.jpg

18. Brady Anderson signed an orioles pocket sched- horrible sig from the juicer

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/bradyanderson.jpg

19. Bruce Benedict

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/brucebenedict.jpg

20. Fredi Gonzalez on ticket stub

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/freddygonz.jpg

21. Evan Longoria on ball

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/longoriaball.jpg

22. David Price on SS

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/davidpriceball.jpg

23. Pedro Alvarez SS

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/pedroball.jpg

I probably forgot to post a few other minor ones, but this has to be considered a hell of a haul for 5 days of spring training. I really can't believe it now that I look at it all in one place.

I also have a bat that the pirates minor league coach gave me as they were leaving, chipped but unsigned. Cool stuff.

metsmagic18
03-28-2011, 08:53 PM
I don't know about everyone else, but all day was psyched for this post...

TTMcardMaster
03-28-2011, 08:55 PM
Holy cow! That Rollins sig is amazing! No personalization AND its not a sloppy graph he hands out most other times.

JVazz29
03-28-2011, 09:17 PM
Can I be "that guy" in those teen and/or feel good movies that starts the 'slow clap' that gets everybody going into an all out cheer?!?!

Without further ado:

::clap clap clap clap clap clap clapclapclapclap wooooooooooooooo!:: :party0053::party0053::party0053:

:love0030: Great job down there!

The biggies of your haul gave you some great looking sigs (Price, Alvarez, Longoria, Howard, J-Ro, and Thome). I loved reading your posts.

Riggs
03-28-2011, 09:36 PM
great successes.. Sandberg, Thome & Howard! amazing!

lambeauleap87
03-28-2011, 09:44 PM
Now that's an awesome week; I'm jealous! Thome, Longo, Howard, Rollins, Price...the list goes on. Congrats!

TTMcardMaster
03-28-2011, 10:48 PM
Also, where did you get that Rollins photo? I'd love to try and get that photo signed!

thj0011
03-28-2011, 11:53 PM
Freaking beast ST man. Happy you got so much out there.

cyberer
03-29-2011, 12:36 AM
Thanks for the feedback guys, I hope you all enjoy this. I LOVE getting comments back from yall. Like I said in my last posts I did so well in this spring training thanks to going in there with an idea of what I was doing thanks to help from people on these forums. Couldn't have done it without you guys.

-metsmagic- glad I kept you on the edge of your seat, hope it lived up to the hype.
-TTM- I know the Rollins is SO sweet looking. He definitely took his time. He was pretty much the only phillies hitter that I had 0 autos of and I get him and it looks like that on a pic like that, I couldn't be happier. Thanks jimmy!

Pic is here, found it on google
http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Custom&#37;20Designs/rollins-thumb-1200x1854.jpg

-JVazz- thanks for the clapping, looks like you generated the applause that you sought after. I was amazed how good some of the pregame sigs came out.
-Riggs & lambeau- yeah not too bad HOFs and future HOFs, including my all-time favorite player thome
-thj- thanks man, I was told by some people that ST was awesome, and by others that I might be disappointed if I expected to clean up and wreck with autos. I went in expecting the worst, but I got Ryno within 2 hours of my flight landing, so I knew it was going to be an epic week, and sure enough it was! I couldn't be happier and want to book my trip next year already!

lizard-jd
03-29-2011, 08:03 AM
Congratulations! Looks like the "washed out logos" worked well for you. The logos have worked well for me for the past couple of years.

vikesfan40
03-29-2011, 10:37 AM
Some really sick stuff you got there really love the Thome jersey.

cyberer
03-29-2011, 11:20 AM
Yeah those logos are really convenient, especially for minor league teams or guys that you don't feel like wasting a ball on but still want to sign.

The thome is actually my favorite piece that I got while down there.

cyberer
03-30-2011, 02:33 AM
Something that got lost amid my epic post from yesterday- while I was gone I got a TTM back- chris carter c/o oakland- sent last september ~180 days later.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In&#37;20Person%20Autos/carter.jpg

cyberer
03-31-2011, 09:09 PM
Empty mail days every day this week. I am still just 4/40 in spring training requests spread out across my address and my parents' address. I am befuddled to say the least.

I might be going to Phils opening day tomorrow, weather permitting, so I'll post any and all graphs I get.

cyberer
04-02-2011, 03:44 PM
Got one in today c/o ST Gavin Floyd

I wrote him a long letter saying I saw him play in Scranton and I have a Scranton red barons bobblehead of his and how I wish he broke in with the phils

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/7247c862.jpg

cyberer
04-04-2011, 09:00 PM
It was a mixed bag of successes and failures today.

first the success, Mark Grace in about 200 days 1/1 cards

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/c62fa78d.jpg

Next, the failure. This one stings a lot.

Back in november, I sent Chase Utley a LONG letter. I don't want to get into details, but back in 2008 I had a serious medical problem that required me to be in and out of the hospital, surgery, other procedures, etc. I am fine now please don't worry about me.

Anyways, the 2008 Phillies will always be special to me for that reason. As I was going through all my stuff, they were on their path to greatness and world series glory. I wrote Chase a 2-3 page letter explaining this story and how I will always be a huge fan of his and asking for an autograph. I promised to never share his address whether he responded or not. I live across the street from him (literally).

Well today I got my SASE back. Printed on it in big letters were the words "Incorrect Resident." Inside were my 2 cards unsigned. At a glance it might look like a RTS wrong address.

However, why then would the person who received it open a letter addressed to Chase Utley and Moreover why would he send the stuff back in the SASE? Generally a RTS is unopened and sealed, or at the very least resealed. My letter, my long, thought out letter was missing, only some unsigned cards in the SASE. Clearly someone, either chase, his wife, his agent (though it was sent to his house) opened a letter addressed to Mr. Chase Utley and did something with the letter.

The fact that after 4 months I got it back today and Chase just got back from spring training last week also suggests to me that he or his wife handled it. HE OR SHE KEPT MY LETTER BUT SENT MY STUFF BACK UNSIGNED. He probably liked the attention but could care less about the person that took the time and energy to write it.

Anyways this just further cements my sentiment of dislike for Chase that has been building for some time now. He really doesn't give a crap about the fans AT ALL, and while he is a great player on the field, I am having a hard time liking him. He seems to be all about him. I watched a youtube video where they asked him what part of his wife's body did he like the best, and he responded by saying that he himself had a nice butt. Some ego. Enjoy my letter, you self-aggrandizing jerk.

Finally, some more good news. I did a 50/50 with a member on here in spring training and he managed to get me 2 hot prospects- josh sale and aaron hicks!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/4023c8fb.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/bee06d91.jpg

buffalobills
04-05-2011, 03:32 AM
thats a bummer on the Utley. I hate when players do stuff like that; assuming that it was him, it makes you view them diffrently. On the flip side i love that Chris carter return.

cyberer
04-05-2011, 11:34 AM
yeah I definitely admit that my interpretation of events isn't 100&#37; what happened, but I think the timeline and the fact that the letter was open is suspicious.

I was really glad about the carter as well, I took a shot when he got called up last year and just got it back.

cyberer
04-05-2011, 04:19 PM
No successes today, but I lined up some cool stuff.

My dad works with a relative of Aaron Rowand apparently, and today that person agreed to get him to sign a bunch of Phillies memorabilia and send it to my dad for me. My dad, who usually makes fun of my autograph hobby, came through today I guess.

Also, my godmother works with Mike Munchak's uncle. She is getting him to sign 2 footballs for my brother and I. Again, great stuff.

I hope these things pan out- sometimes people just say this and that and it never comes through.

cyberer
04-06-2011, 01:05 AM
Just got back from the Knicks hotel. I timed it perfectly and only waited about 15 minutes for them to arrive.

Amare came out and signed for everyone (5 of us there), Carmelo came out and walked right past us, but I just managed to get his attention as he was rounding the bend and he gave me a quick scribble with my silver sharpie. It came out, but barely- just his usual CA scribble. Since it would look like a bad sig whether it was faded or crystal clear I am not going to be too upset that it didn't show up too great. I was the only one to get Carmelo of the bunch. Woo!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In&#37;20Person%20Autos/amarecarmelo.jpg

Eddie_2
04-06-2011, 02:18 AM
I think you took the Utley return way to personally. I PMed you about a month ago and told you, you would get at least an answer, at least you got that. You don’t know if Utley even got the letter, it could have been someone else or theory two even though the letter you wrote was very moving and all, you need to understand that if that address ever leaked out it would be a nightmare for him.

Utley is a premier player in the league right now and baseball autographs are worth the most money wise and have the most collectors. Even though you made a promise to keep the address a secret that isn’t enough to convince a player on his level (especially with some of our fans). A lot of players never response or send anything back, that doesn’t make them jerks or bad guys. I never got anything back from Chuck B, while almost everyone else did, I’m not mad about it or anything…stuff happens.

Another theory too would be that he got a little shook about how close you live to him. You said you only live a couple blocks away, I can tell you that he probably wasn’t comfortable about that.

At least this was what I was thinking when I read your post.

cyberer
04-06-2011, 02:36 AM
Yeah I mean I was definitely letting off steam about Chase, and everything you said makes some sense. I understand things from his perspective to a certain extent. I am not really emotionally upset by this failure of a return, I didn't expect it. However I wish if it made him that uncomfortable that he just threw my letter in the trash with everything in it, or returned my letter.

I will say as far as if his address got out it would be a nightmare- if you google it you can find it pretty easily, and many MANY stars out there have their home addresses published- think Yogi Berra gets a few letters at home? However he is entitled to his privacy.

As for how close I live, that would have been readily apparent anyway on my return address anyway. I still am rooting for Chase and the Phils, but this event coupled with what I witnessed at Spring Training just changed my view of him a bit, is all I'm saying.

Anyways I'm past it and I'd much rather talk about my recent TTM successes now that some are coming in again- floyd, grace, carter etc. OR about my success tonight with Melo and Amare.

MVick7
04-06-2011, 09:15 AM
Very nice success from Melo I have always wanted to get him in person because he is my fav player

TTMcardMaster
04-06-2011, 06:28 PM
Silver sharpie? Bleh. You need to get either get some silver paint pens or blue sharpies. Silver sharpies are the worst thing ever!

cyberer
04-06-2011, 06:58 PM
I know they are, my well-meaning girlfriend got me a pack as a gift, and I told her I heard they were bad but would try them as if to say "I'm sure they're fine, honey." The things we do for women, eh?

slitz
04-06-2011, 07:32 PM
I know they are, my well-meaning girlfriend got me a pack as a gift, and I told her I heard they were bad but would try them as if to say "I'm sure they're fine, honey." The things we do for women, eh?


c'mon man. tell her you took it but he ran with a blue. you kids these days need to learn the ropes :)

gysot
04-06-2011, 08:46 PM
I don't mind silver sharpies on dark backgrounds...they show up a lot better than black or blue. That being said...paint pens are much better.

smejus57
04-06-2011, 09:20 PM
What brand silver? if you want to run with silver, invest in a pack of SRX and use the silver out of there. You won't be disappoointed.

cyberer
04-07-2011, 01:00 PM
Since Spring Training was such a bust for me, I decided to send out a new batch today:

Jameson Taillon
Pat Burrell
Lars Anderson
Neil Walker
Anthony Rendon
Brandon Belt
Virgil Trucks
Mark Prior

A mixed bag of prospects, all-time greats and current major leaguers. I have been putting off sending to Trucks for a long time, but I know he is a great guy and signer so I figured now is the time.

ballinlikekobeb
04-07-2011, 02:00 PM
when you guys send your letters, do you send hand-written or typed letters?

cyberer
04-07-2011, 02:02 PM
hand written. I usually write them on 3x5 index cards, but I've been in such a slump that I'm now using loose leaf paper, because maybe the index cards look like I just sat down and wrote a 30 second letter (generally true).

lambeauleap87
04-07-2011, 04:02 PM
when you guys send your letters, do you send hand-written or typed letters?

I hand-write all my letters, which are usually a little over half a page...

cyberer
04-09-2011, 03:21 PM
Got one back today- I've already gotten Dirk, but when I went to get him in person, I printed some custom 4x6s for him to sign that looked pretty cool. Since he wasn't signing duplicates I had a bunch of unsigned 4x6s, so I decided to send him one. I think it came out pretty awesome

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through&#37;20the%20Mail%20Autos/dirk2.jpg

I didn't draw the cartoon, I found it online, but I still think it's pretty sweet.

buffalobills
04-09-2011, 05:05 PM
I agree that Dirk looks pretty sweet! I'm wondering as to how your ip looks compared to this one the ttm?

cyberer
04-09-2011, 05:10 PM
I have 3 dirks- an old one that I got TTM that I gave to my friend who is a huge dirk fan (I gave it to him for XMas)- the auto is on a custom trading card that I made.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through&#37;20the%20Mail%20Autos/dirk.jpg

As I said, I got him in person 2 months ago on an 8x10 with Jason Kidd:

Sorry for the bad scan:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/dirk.jpg


And here is my TTM from today:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Through%20the%20Mail%20Autos/dirk2.jpg

If you are asking how it compares in terms of real or fake- the TTMs are definitely real as far as I am concerned. In terms of how they compare in quality, again I would say they all look pretty similar.

buffalobills
04-09-2011, 05:22 PM
If you are asking how it compares in terms of real or fake- the TTMs are definitely real as far as I am concerned. In terms of how they compare in quality, again I would say they all look pretty similar. nice! definitlty im not trying to question whether they are authentic. He seems like a nice guy. i was more or less wondering if his sig is always rushed. sometimes players who sign ttm have a nicer graph when they sign ttm, i think because they are sitting down. anyway congrats those all look sweet :winking0071: i will defenitly send something his way.

cyberer
04-09-2011, 05:25 PM
Yeah he was really nice in person, he just refused to sign duplicates, which I can understand with all the dealers and whatnot.

He took his time pretty good when we got him IP because it was at the hotel and only like 5-6 people and he wasn't in a hurry. I bet pregame he does more of a scribble.

Generally TTMs look better, but I guess you trade that good appearance for the always-lingering doubt about whether it's real or not (as small as that concern might be).

That's why I treasure my in person graphs that come out perfect- you get the best of both worlds. I got a Jimmy Rollins during the game at Spring Training and it is one of the most beautiful sigs in my collection AND he was one of the only phillies that I had no autos of.

Jim Thome also gave me a GREAT IP sig on my jersey, which is good for my all-time favorite auto (no joke).

Definitely send to Dirk- not every day a surefire HOF type signs so religiously in this era of sports.

cyberer
04-12-2011, 03:09 PM
Still nothing. This slump is really starting to eat away at my love for the hobby. I gotta stay strong. I sent out 12 requests this week, I'm just going to send through the slump.

At long last, the Shaq successes have gotten to me- I sent to him today. I think they have a good chance of being fake, but I am not going to kick myself later for having not tried. I hope the window isn't closed, but I think one just came back the other day.

I also sent to Hunter Pence today.

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
04-12-2011, 03:23 PM
Jeez you've been in a slump all year. Who have you sent to that hasn't come back?

cyberer
04-12-2011, 03:31 PM
Since January 1, here are my sends, with my returns also noted. You can see it's pretty dismal.


Kurt Warner
Adam Dunn
Luis Gonzalez SUCCESS
Paul Konerko RTS
Stan Musial SUCCESS
Clayton Kershaw
Heath Bell
Matt Cain
Zack Greinke
Shaun Marcum
David Price
Adam Jones RTS
Adam Jones (tried again- no response)
Elvis Andrus
Dan Hudson SUCCESS
Drew Storen
Neftali Feliz
Matt Wieters
Buster Posey
Adrian Gonzalez
Chone Figgins SUCCESS
CC Sabathia
Tony Perez
Chris Coghlan
Drew Stubbs SUCCESS
Jay Bruce
Jim Thome
Mark Teixera
Ryan Zimmerman
Cliff Lee
Jim Bunning SUCCESS
Vlad Guerrero
Danny Briere SUCCESS
Nelson Cruz
Carlos Santana
Claude Giroux
Doug Drabek
Don Mattingly
Dave Parker RTS
Bill Ripken
Dirk Nowitzki SUCCESS
Mark McGwire
Bryce Harper
Vlad Guerrero (AGAIN)
David Wright
Gavin Floyd SUCCESS
Paul Konerko
(the rest just went out this week)
Jameson Taillon
Pat Burrell
Lars Anderson
Virgil Trucks
Neil Walker
Anthony Rendon
Brandon Belt
Mark Prior
Randall Cunningham
Shaq
Hunter Pence

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
04-12-2011, 04:00 PM
Since January 1, here are my sends, with my returns also noted. You can see it's pretty dismal.


Kurt Warner
Adam Dunn
Luis Gonzalez SUCCESS
Paul Konerko RTS
Stan Musial SUCCESS
Clayton Kershaw
Heath Bell
Matt Cain
Zack Greinke
Shaun Marcum
David Price
Adam Jones RTS
Adam Jones (tried again- no response)
Elvis Andrus
Dan Hudson SUCCESS
Drew Storen
Neftali Feliz
Matt Wieters
Buster Posey
Adrian Gonzalez
Chone Figgins SUCCESS
CC Sabathia
Tony Perez
Chris Coghlan
Drew Stubbs SUCCESS
Jay Bruce
Jim Thome
Mark Teixera
Ryan Zimmerman
Cliff Lee
Jim Bunning SUCCESS
Vlad Guerrero
Danny Briere SUCCESS
Nelson Cruz
Carlos Santana
Claude Giroux
Doug Drabek
Don Mattingly
Dave Parker RTS
Bill Ripken
Dirk Nowitzki SUCCESS
Mark McGwire
Bryce Harper
Vlad Guerrero (AGAIN)
David Wright
Gavin Floyd SUCCESS
Paul Konerko
(the rest just went out this week)
Jameson Taillon
Pat Burrell
Lars Anderson
Virgil Trucks
Neil Walker
Anthony Rendon
Brandon Belt
Mark Prior
Randall Cunningham
Shaq
Hunter Pence

Well, to be honest most of those guys are a waste of stamps, and the rest of the majority are extreme long shots and long waits. Seems as only the noobs of this board got Vlad and many people didn't get McGwire back either.

cyberer
04-12-2011, 04:02 PM
I'd say only like Cliff Lee, Posey and a few others are wastes of stamps, most others have pretty extensive signing history in S.T. Long waits for sure though.

The slump felt worse than it was probably b/c it seemed like everyone and their brother got a big mac and/or vlad back. But if you're saying that's not the case than I don't feel too badly.

metsmagic18
04-12-2011, 04:41 PM
Sorry to hear you didn't get Vlad... (neither did I!) I hope you get Virgil Trucks because he is almost guaranteed. Check the database, have you seen a single failure?

PS, I just got him today

lambeauleap87
04-12-2011, 07:12 PM
The slump felt worse than it was probably b/c it seemed like everyone and their brother got a big mac and/or vlad back. But if you're saying that's not the case than I don't feel too badly.

I didn't get either of them back, so don't feel too badly...the returns will come; just keep sending and patient!

cyberer
04-12-2011, 07:25 PM
thanks for the pep talk guys- i feel better.

Part of the reason that I have lived through this slump is that, as I'm sure you guys have seen, I have done very, VERY well graphing in person that the TTM has been off my mind. But now that I'm back in Philly and busy with work, the IP opportunities are more scarce so I care more about TTM.

cyberer
04-13-2011, 03:06 PM
Empty mail today. I am waiting for my Negro League Allen and Ginter cards to arrive from ebay so I can send out to those guys- it's my new project.

thj0011
04-13-2011, 03:28 PM
Since January 1, here are my sends, with my returns also noted. You can see it's pretty dismal.


Kurt Warner
Adam Dunn
Luis Gonzalez SUCCESS
Paul Konerko RTS
Stan Musial SUCCESS
Clayton Kershaw
Heath Bell
Matt Cain
Zack Greinke
Shaun Marcum
David Price
Adam Jones RTS
Adam Jones (tried again- no response)
Elvis Andrus
Dan Hudson SUCCESS
Drew Storen
Neftali Feliz
Matt Wieters
Buster Posey
Adrian Gonzalez
Chone Figgins SUCCESS
CC Sabathia
Tony Perez
Chris Coghlan
Drew Stubbs SUCCESS
Jay Bruce
Jim Thome
Mark Teixera
Ryan Zimmerman
Cliff Lee
Jim Bunning SUCCESS
Vlad Guerrero
Danny Briere SUCCESS
Nelson Cruz
Carlos Santana
Claude Giroux
Doug Drabek
Don Mattingly
Dave Parker RTS
Bill Ripken
Dirk Nowitzki SUCCESS
Mark McGwire
Bryce Harper
Vlad Guerrero (AGAIN)
David Wright
Gavin Floyd SUCCESS
Paul Konerko
(the rest just went out this week)
Jameson Taillon
Pat Burrell
Lars Anderson
Virgil Trucks
Neil Walker
Anthony Rendon
Brandon Belt
Mark Prior
Randall Cunningham
Shaq
Hunter Pence

Still haven't received my Neil Walker yet but hopefully I get it back one day. Hunter Pence seems to be a decent signer, he signed my TTM this spring so hopefully he does the same for you.

If I hit up a few Rice games this year I'll see if I can get Anthony Rendon. If I have any luck I'll try and get a dup. for you.

cyberer
04-13-2011, 03:30 PM
Thanks a million- I would greatly appreciate that!

TTMcardMaster
04-13-2011, 04:41 PM
surprised you didn't get back anything from Bell, Storen, McGwire, Guerrero, or Drabek. Teixeira and Dunn were pretty good too c/o home. Where did you send for Warner? I just got him back c/o NFL Network.


Since January 1, here are my sends, with my returns also noted. You can see it's pretty dismal.


Kurt Warner
Adam Dunn
Luis Gonzalez SUCCESS
Paul Konerko RTS
Stan Musial SUCCESS
Clayton Kershaw
Heath Bell
Matt Cain
Zack Greinke
Shaun Marcum
David Price
Adam Jones RTS
Adam Jones (tried again- no response)
Elvis Andrus
Dan Hudson SUCCESS
Drew Storen
Neftali Feliz
Matt Wieters
Buster Posey
Adrian Gonzalez
Chone Figgins SUCCESS
CC Sabathia
Tony Perez
Chris Coghlan
Drew Stubbs SUCCESS
Jay Bruce
Jim Thome
Mark Teixera
Ryan Zimmerman
Cliff Lee
Jim Bunning SUCCESS
Vlad Guerrero
Danny Briere SUCCESS
Nelson Cruz
Carlos Santana
Claude Giroux
Doug Drabek
Don Mattingly
Dave Parker RTS
Bill Ripken
Dirk Nowitzki SUCCESS
Mark McGwire
Bryce Harper
Vlad Guerrero (AGAIN)
David Wright
Gavin Floyd SUCCESS
Paul Konerko
(the rest just went out this week)
Jameson Taillon
Pat Burrell
Lars Anderson
Virgil Trucks
Neil Walker
Anthony Rendon
Brandon Belt
Mark Prior
Randall Cunningham
Shaq
Hunter Pence

cyberer
04-13-2011, 04:43 PM
im surprised i didnt get anything from those guys as well. I sent to warner c/o his foundation- I wish I tried the NFL network- is he still there? or wait till next season.

cyberer
04-14-2011, 04:11 PM
Infuriating failure today- after 210 days Austin Jackson came back in the mail today EXCEPT it came back unsigned with a letter requesting 10 dollar donation to Tigers charities for autographs. What's more, it's just a fund to improve his high school's baseball facilities. If you are asking for my money for a cause, make it something worthwhile. Why even bother sending it back after all that time.

Thanks for nothing, mediocre role-player.

How can I bust out of this slump?!

cyberer
04-14-2011, 04:23 PM
Let me clarify- I don't think signing for charity is bad, I think his particular charity is bad, and so it is my prerogative not to donate just as it is his prerogative to ask.

And if I really thought he was mediocre I wouldn't have sent to him.

Just letting off more steam- I don't know why I even check the mail anymore.

TTMcardMaster
04-14-2011, 05:02 PM
im surprised i didnt get anything from those guys as well. I sent to warner c/o his foundation- I wish I tried the NFL network- is he still there? or wait till next season.

I actually sent c/o NFL Network, but on my SASE, they replaced the return address with a label for his foundation and it was postmarked c/o AZ, not from the NFL Network location. JUst an FYI, I didn't send anything, and just requested the signed religous card that he normally sends out anyway...



Infuriating failure today- after 210 days Austin Jackson came back in the mail today EXCEPT it came back unsigned with a letter requesting 10 dollar donation to Tigers charities for autographs. What's more, it's just a fund to improve his high school's baseball facilities. If you are asking for my money for a cause, make it something worthwhile. Why even bother sending it back after all that time.

Thanks for nothing, mediocre role-player.

How can I bust out of this slump?!

Yeah-kind of a weird foundation request since all the other chosen foundations are pertaining to more serious issues...

Crosby 87
04-14-2011, 10:15 PM
Let me clarify- I don't think signing for charity is bad, I think his particular charity is bad, and so it is my prerogative not to donate just as it is his prerogative to ask.

And if I really thought he was mediocre I wouldn't have sent to him.

Just letting off more steam- I don't know why I even check the mail anymore.
why is his particular charity bad?

cyberer
04-14-2011, 10:17 PM
I mean is buying Sports Equipment for some high school which since he plays professional ball is probably a prep school to begin with really where I want my money to be going? Like Peyton's foundation goes to mentorship programs and helping kids in need. The Phillies charities go to ALS research. I guess it's not "bad" it's just not the best cause I could be giving my money to.

Crosby 87
04-14-2011, 11:00 PM
I mean is buying Sports Equipment for some high school which since he plays professional ball is probably a prep school to begin with really where I want my money to be going? Like Peyton's foundation goes to mentorship programs and helping kids in need. The Phillies charities go to ALS research. I guess it's not "bad" it's just not the best cause I could be giving my money to.
Not all kids who play pro ball went to prep school. Brett Myers,Howie Kendrick are a example of that. What's the name of the high school? Maybe do a little background check on it. I'm sure theres a reason he chose it.

cyberer
04-14-2011, 11:02 PM
wikipedia says

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Ryan_High_School

Crosby 87
04-14-2011, 11:04 PM
wikipedia says

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Ryan_High_School
yep he's giving back to his HS that he graduated from.

cyberer
04-14-2011, 11:06 PM
Yeah, I get that much. I'm just saying that I feel that giving money so a suburban high school can buy baseball bats and balls is less admirable than cancer research, ALS research, or helping troubled youth. That's the only point I was making.

lizard-jd
04-15-2011, 08:59 AM
There are many charities that provide wonderful services to those in need. You should always do a little research to see what percent of your contribution really does go to assisting their stated goals. There are many charities/foundations that use the higher percentage towards operating their charity. For most athletes (not all!), this serves as a tax write off but at least they give their name for a cause...

jyosi
04-15-2011, 09:22 AM
Giving money to an athlete then them donating it to the charity does not help their tax situation at all. It simply puts them right back to where they were before getting the money. If I give an...

lizard-jd
04-15-2011, 10:58 AM
Jyosi, don't know how you got that from what I wrote. I simply was stating that athletes have the benefit of tax write offs for their charities/foundation. They also benefit commercially from the...

slitz
04-15-2011, 11:29 AM
Yeah, I get that much. I'm just saying that I feel that giving money so a suburban high school can buy baseball bats and balls is less admirable than cancer research, ALS research, or helping troubled youth. That's the only point I was making.


maybe to you, obviously not to him. dont like, dont send the money, dont get the graph.

at least he isnt charging and putting the money in his pocket

cyberer
04-15-2011, 02:16 PM
Slitz, If you read above, I said it's his prerogative to ask for donations for whatever he wants, and it's my prerogative to donate or not donate- I echoed your sentiments. I will not be getting his graph.

I broke out of the slump today with a success that should be familiar to most of you:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/9dac2623.jpg


1/1 Photos Signed 7 day turnaround. He added a card of his own:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/d8056df9.jpg

And wrote me a nice note. Glad I finally wrote to this guy- he really is a great friend to the hobby.

cyberer
04-16-2011, 04:01 PM
Hey guys, I sent an email awhile back to "Studio Fan Mail" (davidduchovny@studiofanmail.com) for david duchovny asking for an autograph. I am a huge XFiles fan (or an X-Phile, as they say). Anyways I got this back today from "Studio Fan Mail." Does anyone know if these are real? https://mail.google.com/mail/images/cleardot.gifReturn time was a whopping 200 days, so it might be real.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/2e5e02bd.jpg

Autofreak2842
04-16-2011, 04:40 PM
How does this studio fan mail work? You just put a celebrity then @studiofanmail.com? sounds interesting.

cyberer
04-16-2011, 04:56 PM
I found that email address on a site when I googled duchovny. I have no idea what celebs are or are not on there. Good luck though and let me know what you find!

SMVintage
04-16-2011, 05:36 PM
Hey guys, I sent an email awhile back to "Studio Fan Mail" (davidduchovny@studiofanmail.com) for david duchovny asking for an autograph. I am a huge XFiles fan (or an X-Phile, as they say). Anyways I got this back today from "Studio Fan Mail." Does anyone know if these are real? https://mail.google.com/mail/images/cleardot.gifReturn time was a whopping 200 days, so it might be real.

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Studio fan mail only sends preprints....

cyberer
04-16-2011, 07:45 PM
Well I'm not saying it's real but the marker is "off the paper" so I'm 100&#37; sure it's not a PP. Could it be autopen?

cyberer
04-18-2011, 04:09 PM
You were right I looked closer and the Duchovny is a PP.

I got 2 back today- a success and a failure.

First the failure, I got a "too busy to sign letter" from Randall Cunningham's church. This is my 3rd failure from Randall and it really is a shame. I was so happy when I saw the Las Vegas postmark, but it wasn't meant to be I guess.

Then I got a success from Tony Dungy. I sent him 4 address labels to use as book plates to put in the inside cover of his book. He signed all 4! I probably am going to use the other 3 to make some custom auto cards or something.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/e6072563.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/269ae9de.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/90383773.jpg

Great stuff. Glad to finally be getting successes trickling in.

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
04-18-2011, 04:13 PM
Nice, Dungy is a super nice guy.

Good idea on the address labels for future "cut" customs.

cyberer
04-18-2011, 04:14 PM
Thanks, I was toying with the idea for quite some time. Most guys won't sign a blank white object, so I got a bit lucky here.

akoch
04-18-2011, 05:14 PM
The cunningham failure is crazy. I got him on my first try. Sorry man. I got dungy today as well.

cyberer
04-18-2011, 05:15 PM
Did you put a donation in with the Cunningham?

gysot
04-18-2011, 06:18 PM
Have you tried Cunningham c/o the highschool he coaches at?

cyberer
04-18-2011, 06:38 PM
Yeah 1 of my 3 failures was at that high school

Eddie_2
04-19-2011, 01:40 AM
Did you send Cunningham a donation?

cyberer
04-19-2011, 01:42 AM
no :(

Eddie_2
04-19-2011, 01:45 AM
Hence why he didn't sign. 100&#37; sure Cunningham only signs for a donation...and a nice one. Which is why I haven't sent to him yet! lol

cyberer
04-19-2011, 01:13 PM
I saw some free cunningham successes, but next time I'll try it.

Today I got a success that, if it's real (and I think it is) will be easily in the top 10 of my favorites in my collection.

Kurt Warner 1/1 101 days

I sent a card to his foundation months ago. I had written it off as a failure but recently a few people I know that sent to him c/o NFL network got him back- I guess he's catching up on his mail.

He didn't sign the card I sent- instead he sent one of his testimonials copied below:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/c2fa0297-1.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/f9610bbb.jpg

Along with it came this letter that said he can't respond individually to everyone but to accept this "personally autographed" testimonial.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/f1ab0e4a-1.jpg
http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/4c08b5f8.jpg

Normally I would suspect a PP or AP but since Warner is a good guy and a Christian I am prepared to take him at his word that these things are really signed.

Anyone have any experience in their authenticity?

TTMcardMaster
04-19-2011, 01:36 PM
Here's mine for comparison. Its all but certain that these are legit...
http://i750.photobucket.com/albums/xx144/sdnewguy24/IMG-42.jpg

cyberer
04-19-2011, 01:39 PM
WOOOOO!!!!

Yeah those are 100&#37; different, and not just different in the autopen change of position or angle, the letters are formed very different.

Thanks Kurt! And thanks TTMMaster for giving me some proof!

TTMcardMaster
04-19-2011, 01:43 PM
WOOOOO!!!!

Yeah those are 100&#37; different, and not just different in the autopen change of position or angle, the letters are formed very different.

Thanks Kurt! And thanks TTMMaster for giving me some proof!

yeah, he's been sending those out for a while and has a bunch of different designs...
http://www.sportscollectors.net/PhotoSearch.aspx?go=1&k=&ln=Warner&fn=Kurt&c=&s=1

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
04-19-2011, 01:57 PM
Dang, amazing success buddy.

Letter is going out today for me.

cyberer
04-19-2011, 01:59 PM
Thanks, he's def one of my all-time favorite football players.

Good luck with your letter!

lambeauleap87
04-19-2011, 05:03 PM
Awesome Warner! I got him a few years back on a different testimonial card, and has always been one of my favorites; congrats on the return!

DeadHorse
04-19-2011, 11:15 PM
Back in '09 when I first started doing this, I wrote to Kurt who is a hero of mine. I told him how much I admired his faith and that I was raising two young fans. I sent one card to him, whomever handles his mail sent us back three testimony cards signed all differently. Kurt is a great person and role model. I am forever a fan.

cyberer
04-20-2011, 12:54 AM
It's REALLY great to have a guy like Kurt in sports- someone that can legitimately be admired.

I went to the Phils-Brewers game today. Doc Halladay got smoked, bad stuff. However the graphing couldn't have gone much better.

I got to the stadium when the gates opened and I was the first in line at my particular gate. It was raining so there was no outdoor batting practice so I was frustrated and thought that the graphing would be tough going.

I ran to the phils dugout and saw a group of like 3-4 players walking towards the dugout from an outfield workout. Kyle Kendrick was the first guy I saw, ignored him (I don't need him). Then I recognized Roy Oswalt. As I said I was the first one in the gate and at the dugout, I'm the only person standing in this whole section. I call out to Roy Oswalt and ask him for an auto. He says sure. I threw him my sports illustrated with the phils rotation but HE DROPPED IT! It was in a protective envelope but still, it hit the ground and IT WAS RAINING. He signed it and handed it back. Miraculously, the outer envelope was soaked but the SI cover was pristine (aside from a corner ding that I imagine happened from the fall).

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/24d92b78.jpg
Need to get the rest of these guys to sign it- my summer project!

At about the same time I spotted Ben Francisco and got him to sign my 8x10. He snubbed me in Spring Training so I was happy to get this one:


http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/55600e56.jpg

I then went over to the Brewers side. The Brewers fans there had graphed at the hotel and they said Prince did NOT sign at the hotel but promised them he would sign inside the park. Well the pregame came and went and Prince ignored us. Really annoying.

I managed to get Yovani Gallardo's attention and he signed like 15-20 autographs- I got him 3 times:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/ddcddb92.jpg

I have gallardo on my fantasy team so I got some love there.

As I was getting Gallardo I saw that Victorino had stopped and signed back on the Phillies side. I already have him on a card, but it was a bummer to miss him. Oh well.

After the game began, I went to Greg Luzinski's BBQ place and got him to sign a photo that I took with him last season:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/erik.jpg



That was it for graphing at the game. During the game, people happened to mention what hotel they were staying in that they graphed at. My buddy and I decided to go there after the game.

The bus arrived shortly after we got there, and every single brewers player walked right past us without signing except Fielder, who was not on the bus.

I decided to wait around for Fielder to come in a cab or something. About 15 minutes later, someone graphing there spotted him walking down the street with his family. We asked him and at first he said no. Then we told him that he promised he would sign in the stadium. He stopped and signed for all 3 of us that were there.

As he was signing I told his wife that I was sorry to bother them, to which Prince responded "No you're not." He did not seem pleased. I'll take it, because I am a huge fan of his and he was the one graph tonight I really wanted to get AND the 8x10 I got him to sign has one of the best pictures in my collection I think:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/0fe980f2.jpg

Great night of graphing right there!

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
04-20-2011, 03:25 AM
Wow man, awesome night for you!

I can't stomach the Brewers, but I'm a Prince fan and that 8x10 is awesome!

cyberer
04-20-2011, 12:46 PM
It seems the TTM slump might be over- successes are trickling in every day:

Well about 1 week ago I decided I wasn't going to be left out in the cold on these Shaq successes in the event that they are real. I just received it back today.

1/2 (kept the extra) 8 days

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/22acccf7.jpg


I'm not really sure if they are real or not, but he's always been so good with his fans through twitter and everything else that I have a hard time believing that he would ghost sign.

And the fact that they failed PSA means nothing to me.

Autofreak2842
04-20-2011, 01:51 PM
Congrats on the Shaq! I was hoping to send to him in the next couple of days then I realized I didnt have a card of his! lol so I'll have to wait a bit. haha Also nice job on the fielder success, he's a good player; i'd love to add him to my collection.

thj0011
04-20-2011, 02:13 PM
Glad to see you got the Wizard Roy O. He was always pretty nice when he was with the 'Stros. You've got balls man for talking to Prince while he was with his family. Not saying it was wrong but I never feel right asking a player when he is out with his family. At least you got the auto though, that's a nice looking one too. Glad you had a great game.

cyberer
04-20-2011, 02:22 PM
Yeah looking back I feel a bit bad that I bothered him. But I think I would feel worse having not asked him and having been within 2 feet of the guy.

thj0011
04-20-2011, 02:32 PM
Yea I know what you mean, it's always a fine line. All is well that ends well.

TTMcardMaster
04-20-2011, 02:56 PM
Kinda Busch League bothering Prince while he's with his family, but you know, if he really didn't want you guys there, he probaly wouldn't have signed for you. Good luck with that SI, most of them are easy except for that Joe Blanton guy, heard he's a toughie!

cyberer
04-20-2011, 03:00 PM
LOL to blanton. Have you ever read this?

http://www.sportspickle.com/news/4456/joe-blanton-throws-quot5-acesquot-nickname-out-there-as-an-idea

It's a hilarious satire.

Anyways as I said above I feel a bit bad bothering Prince, but I decided in the moment to give it a shot. For what it's worth my mother also said it was Bush League LOL- but my little brother said he would have done the same thing.

You know how it is, you get a bit star struck and really want the auto, so sometimes you do things that you would think aren't the best thing in the world if you had time to sit down and think about it.

So now I think about it and maybe it was rude, but like you said the proof perfect was that he signed for us, so it couldn't have been that bad.

Crosby 87
04-20-2011, 03:01 PM
probably signed so he wouldnt get bothered anymore and looks like he signed the initals PF only. i wouldnt of bothered him either when he's with family as well.

TTMcardMaster
04-20-2011, 03:02 PM
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tUrhNlZKmWk/TZJEeG8vAMI/AAAAAAAAB88/4gt4K40w1tg/s1600/joebla.jpg

Crosby 87
04-20-2011, 03:03 PM
LOL to blanton. Have you ever read this?
but my little brother said he would have done the same thing.
.
how old is your brother?

cyberer
04-20-2011, 03:03 PM
15

cyberer
04-20-2011, 03:08 PM
LOL to that blanton pic.

As to the Prince thing- this was my first time ever being face to face with an athlete with his family. I acted on instinct and the fact that it might not be the right thing to do didn't occur to me until after. I make no apology but agree it's kinda bush league.

By the way, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for reading, interacting, helping me out and giving me your thumbs up for these last few months- my thread is now officially over TEN THOUSAND views! Really awesome and thanks. I don't mean to be controversial, but sometimes it plays out that way.

Welker83
04-20-2011, 03:42 PM
Nice stuff as of late. Where did you send Warner? NFL network or his foundation?

I personally dont ask for autos when people are with their family but thats just me so what others do is up to them.

cyberer
04-20-2011, 03:44 PM
foundation, though someone on these boards (I forget who) got him back this week also c/o NFL net. I think he's catching up on his mail finally since his retirement.

Kurt is my little brother's all-time favorite player, so when he heard that I got him he put a letter in the mail also to the foundation. Good luck!

Thanks for the kudos on my stuff, the last 6 months have been ridiculous for my collection.

lambeauleap87
04-20-2011, 04:53 PM
Nice stuff, that's a pretty good day of graphing...in all honesty, I can't blame your for asking Prince, but I probably would not have done it. I really see both ways, but that's not really my thing. Congrats on the awesome stuff though!

cyberer
04-21-2011, 01:35 AM
Thanks guys!

Next on the dockett is the Mets on 4/30. I think I might focus on the Phillies that day, unless anyone knows that the mets are good signers on the road. I'd like to get Wright Reyes Bay etc, but I think I might stick to the phils.

cyberer
04-24-2011, 12:32 PM
Empty mail days for the last few, but happy overall with my successes.

cyberer
04-25-2011, 12:44 PM
Got a pair of pretty awesome successes today.

First, I started a negro league TTM project last week, and today brought my first success- Mahlon Duckett 7 days 1/1 and completed a questionnaire.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/fc8b0d60.jpg

Here's a transcript of the questionnaire:

what is your favorite memory playing ball?

[can't read the first word] "Hitting a gamewinning HR off of satchell paige"

who is the best player you ever played with?

"Josh Gibson"

What player of any era would you have liked to play with?

[left blank]

What is your best baseball story?

"I had so many"

Anything else you want to add?

"Wishing you the best"

Awesome success and some cool information there. Thanks, Mahlon.


Also, a HALL OF FAME success!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/5931e604.jpg

Chris Hanburger 6 days 1/1 on a 4x6. Personalized it and added his HOF inscription, as requested. Thanks!

thj0011
04-25-2011, 12:52 PM
That Negro League set will be an awesome collection if you can get a lot of them. Nice start.

cyberer
04-26-2011, 02:24 PM
Empty mail day today, Sent out to Billy Beane and Mike Moustakas.

Mets come to town on Thursday and I will be graphing them hard. I'll let you all know how I do.

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
04-26-2011, 02:46 PM
That A&G looks nice, I've been thinking about sending to a few Negro League guys myself, sorta wish SCN had a list for them, to make it easier.

Love that Hanburger pic too, great to see he is still a great signer after his induction.

cyberer
04-26-2011, 03:28 PM
I started a thread on some negro leaguers that people responded to, that was my starting point. Also, I have expanded that list if you would like some more names (there are a bunch living in the Philly area including Mahlon Duckett).

I too am psyched that Hanburger is doing the right thing after the induction. Adding the inscription is really nice of him too.

cyberer
04-27-2011, 02:34 PM
Got a nice one back today, Lars Anderson c/o AAA 2/2 19 days. One of the sigs bubbled but the other looks great:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/7d51bea1.jpg

Welker83
04-28-2011, 09:18 AM
Nice he hasn't paned out like we have hoped here in redsox nation. Oh well gonna go see him play on sat :)

cyberer
04-28-2011, 04:19 PM
Empty mail day today- but if things hold true that means I'm in for a big night tonight at the mets hotel- I usually draw blank TTM on days I do great IP.

JVazz29
04-28-2011, 06:00 PM
Best of luck to you! If you don't mind sharing, what hotel are they staying at? I won't be able to graph it this weekend, but it is good knowledge if I ever get the chance in the future.

If you happen to be on the Mets side of the ballpark by the dugouts on gameday (Saturday)...if you see a dude with an Ike Davis jersey (pinstripes), mets hat (blue 'spring training'), and carrying a binder of 4x6 customs.

That's me.

Also...not sure yet, but the jersey may look "oversized" since my wife got it for me for Valentine's Day and I've lost nearly 30 pounds since, and I wasn't all that big to begin with... I've never graphed IP at a game before, so I'll probably be the clueless guy who can't find a good spot and letting any and all kids in front of him...

cyberer
04-29-2011, 10:58 AM
I'll definitely be over on the mets side for their batting practice. I'm 6 foot 7 and I will likely be wearing a phils jersey and hat (not that that is any kind of differentiating mark with all the phils fans). As for the hotel I can't really share that, sorry I don't mean to be a jerk.

I struck out on the hotel last night- I arrived at 11:00 pm, because I did the math that if they flew that's when they would arrive. As I was waiting there a guy dressed in street clothes walked by and said "you're going to be there awhile and look like an idiot- they don't come in until 2" I said I think they're coming in now and that he's lying or doesn't know what he's talking about. He responds "I work here and just got off my shift I have no reason to lie to you."

So I was skeptical but convinced, and so I asked the security guard who was on the other side of the hotel (who hadn't witnessed my conversation). He was very nice, talked to me about graphing, about who signs and who doesn't sign that he has seen. He independently verified that they wouldn't get in until around 2.

I decided to go home for an hour. I returned at 1:05 am and lo and behold the bus was parked in front, it had just unloaded literally 2 minutes prior. I talked to some guys hanging out around and only Jason Bay signed, but it would have been awesome to get him. I talked to the security guard and he laughed a bit when I pointed to my watch and shrugged my shoulders at him. He said they told him 2:00am and arrived a bit early. I actually believe him.

I waited around to see if any players would come out and wound up getting Josh Thole and Willie Harris (who asked us why we were graphing instead of going out to a strip club- I told him if he makes it rain I'll go with him to the club. He said he doesn't make it rain he pretends like he doesn't have ™™™™ in terms of money- Hilarious).

Sucks I missed Jason Bay, but I had to go home to take my dog out- I couldn't have waited until 1:00 anyway, so no matter how it went down I probably wasn't getting him. I may or may not try again this weekend, as my girlfriend is in from out of town.

Checking the mail in an hour or 2, hopefully getting some consolation prizes.

smejus57
04-29-2011, 11:25 AM
better luck next time with Bay! I must admit, staying out til those hours is dedication!

cyberer
04-29-2011, 01:33 PM
Sure enough I got my consolation prize in the mail today- young fireballer Michael Pineda 1/1 on a 4x6 photo 10 days (not bad considering I am mailing from Philly to Seattle). It is awesome that this guy is still signing with the hot start he is on. I think he could be something special. Thanks Mike!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/268c841a.jpg

metsmagic18
04-29-2011, 03:40 PM
I'll definitely be over on the mets side for their batting practice. I'm 6 foot 7 and I will likely be wearing a phils jersey and hat (not that that is any kind of differentiating mark with all the phils fans). As for the hotel I can't really share that, sorry I don't mean to be a jerk.

I struck out on the hotel last night- I arrived at 11:00 pm, because I did the math that if they flew that's when they would arrive. As I was waiting there a guy dressed in street clothes walked by and said "you're going to be there awhile and look like an idiot- they don't come in until 2" I said I think they're coming in now and that he's lying or doesn't know what he's talking about. He responds "I work here and just got off my shift I have no reason to lie to you."

So I was skeptical but convinced, and so I asked the security guard who was on the other side of the hotel (who hadn't witnessed my conversation). He was very nice, talked to me about graphing, about who signs and who doesn't sign that he has seen. He independently verified that they wouldn't get in until around 2.

I decided to go home for an hour. I returned at 1:05 am and lo and behold the bus was parked in front, it had just unloaded literally 2 minutes prior. I talked to some guys hanging out around and only Jason Bay signed, but it would have been awesome to get him. I talked to the security guard and he laughed a bit when I pointed to my watch and shrugged my shoulders at him. He said they told him 2:00am and arrived a bit early. I actually believe him.

I waited around to see if any players would come out and wound up getting Josh Thole and Willie Harris (who asked us why we were graphing instead of going out to a strip club- I told him if he makes it rain I'll go with him to the club. He said he doesn't make it rain he pretends like he doesn't have ™™™™ in terms of money- Hilarious).

Sucks I missed Jason Bay, but I had to go home to take my dog out- I couldn't have waited until 1:00 anyway, so no matter how it went down I probably wasn't getting him. I may or may not try again this weekend, as my girlfriend is in from out of town.

Checking the mail in an hour or 2, hopefully getting some consolation prizes.

Thole is a good signer, and Harris seems to be nice too. I know from a Phillies fan that isn't a great day but for a Mets guy, sounds pretty good!

jtbruds9
04-29-2011, 04:28 PM
Best of luck to you! If you don't mind sharing, what hotel are they staying at? I won't be able to graph it this weekend, but it is good knowledge if I ever get the chance in the future.

If im not mistaken they usually stay at the Ritz on broad street.

cyberer
04-30-2011, 05:49 PM
I hope this isn't the start of a cold streak for me getting autos.

I went to the Phils-Mets game today and apparently they don't do batting practice the day after a night game so I had no real opportunity to graph. The Mets' pitchers were warming up and I watched and called out to pelfrey and RA Dickey, but I missed them both- Pelfrey didn't sign and RA signed for one kid only.

I then went over to the Phils side because I saw that their pitchers had come out to work out, including Cliff Lee. I waited for them to finish but Cliff just waved to us and walked off.

I did manage to get Ryan Madson and Danys Baez on 2 game tickets- I didn't have madson so he is a welcome addition to the collection.

I graphed more pregame but no one stopped to sign. All in all a pretty terrible day of graphing.

In the TTM category, I got a nice success today- Van Riemsdyk c/o the Flyers 11 days 2/2 pocket schedules:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/4b5cd2d3.jpg


Here's hoping I bust out of this cold streak soon!

phillykid15
04-30-2011, 07:14 PM
Sorry about the Phils game man, at least you got something and got to see Halladay pitch a great game.

lambeauleap87
04-30-2011, 08:59 PM
Told ya you'd get JVR back this season, haha. Sounds like a tough day of 'graphing though. Day games are usually tough to graph pregame...

cyberer
04-30-2011, 09:02 PM
Yeah great call on the JVR thanks a lot I never would have sent without that tip.

I didn't realize that they don't do BP and that graphing is tougher on day games, but now I know.

I mean I DID get within 5 feet of Cliff Lee and Brad Lidge so if things broke a little differently it would have been an epic day, but you are definitely right I didn't get close to as many players.

lambeauleap87
04-30-2011, 09:04 PM
Yeah great call on the JVR thanks a lot I never would have sent without that tip.

I didn't realize that they don't do BP and that graphing is tougher on day games, but now I know.

I mean I DID get within 5 feet of Cliff Lee and Brad Lidge so if things broke a little differently it would have been an epic day, but you are definitely right I didn't get close to as many players.

Yeah, I usually only go to day games in Cleveland, and hardly anyone signs pregame. But its a lot easier getting autographs in the parking lot after day games than night games here...

Eddie_2
04-30-2011, 11:03 PM
I also went to the game today. I didn't graph at all but I noticed that nobody signed. I also got terrible sunburn...

cyberer
05-01-2011, 06:10 PM
Haha yeah the sun was pretty brutal. No one signed. I'm going to the night game on Thursday Werth's return series to Philly.

On a side note, I need a lot of help on this from the mainpage:

http://www.sportscardforum.com/showpost.php?p=9717428&postcount=1

cyberer
05-02-2011, 02:43 PM
Got an awesome success- not a great one but awesome for my personal collection:

Boston College Head Basketball Coach Steve Donahue via email, but the reason I wanted him it that he is the coach that took my Alma Mater Cornell University to the sweet 16 in 2010.

1/0 (email) in about 6 months.
http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/77f9f136.jpg

cyberer
05-03-2011, 02:06 PM
No returns today- I put von hayes and jamie moyer c/o ESPN in the mail.

cyberer
05-04-2011, 02:04 PM
Empty mail day- I go to the Phils/Nationals game tomorrow night, hoping for some Jayson Werth love or some more work on my SI cover of the rotation.

phillykid15
05-04-2011, 02:55 PM
Good luck tomorrow man, I've heard great things about the Nationals signing-wise on the road.

cyberer
05-04-2011, 03:04 PM
daddy like. Not much worth getting besides werth and pudge though, unless Zim is travelling (I doubt it, he just had surgery).

phillykid15
05-04-2011, 03:35 PM
Yeah, I don't think Strasburg is traveling either. I need to get Matt Stairs for my 08 WS ball, and I think he's on the Nationals now.

cyberer
05-04-2011, 04:11 PM
Forgot totally about Strasburg. What do you guys think would he travel?

akoch
05-04-2011, 04:13 PM
doubtful. If you have access to a printer, I have a sweet photo of Werth that I took at ST. It is him after diving back to first base. Pujols is in the back ground. Let me know if you want it and I'll send it to you real fast.

TTMcardMaster
05-04-2011, 06:39 PM
Forgot totally about Strasburg. What do you guys think would he travel?

:sign0020: The guy just had major surgery not too long ago. He's been rehabbing for a while now and will be for a while...Good luck with the Nats and lmk if you see Hairston Jr sign, I have a GU bat I would like to get done later this year...

Eddie_2
05-05-2011, 01:42 AM
Empty mail day- I go to the Phils/Nationals game tomorrow night, hoping for some Jayson Werth love or some more work on my SI cover of the rotation.

Good luck with that man. Werth is probably one of the worse IP guys ever. In all his time here, I've never seen him sign in Philly. Maybe you might get lucky...never say never man but I highly doubt Werth will sign.

cyberer
05-05-2011, 01:03 PM
Before I head out to the game, I wanted to share today's success. Anyone that is a student of the modern statistics game and who read MONEYBALL will appreciate this one:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/d4f0a9b3.jpg

Billy Beane 2/1 8 days (he sent an extra signed card- one appeared damaged maybe he damaged it while opening it and decided to include another).

He did NOT include a business card like I asked, but that's ok- this is really cool!

phillykid15
05-05-2011, 03:09 PM
That's awesome man, Moneyball's a great book.

Good luck graphing tonight.

cyberer
05-06-2011, 01:25 PM
I had an interesting night of graphing, to say the least.

I got there when the gates opened and watched some Phillies BP from the outfield. I don't know if you all have been to CBP, but they only open the outfield gates at 4:30, so you can't get near the players until 5:30 when the rest of the stadium becomes opened (it is roped off from 4:30 to 5:30).

So the phillies pitchers all know this. I was watching them the whole time waiting to run over and ask for an auto, but at 5:25 they all made a B Line for the dugout. They know what's up. UGH. I didn't get any sigs on my SI cover tonight.

I saw Vance Worley giving an interview at 5:35, but I got him in Spring Training and decided to head right over to the Nationals dugout.

I agree with what the above guy said about Werth never signing in Philly, but he came right over after his BP and signed a good 20-30 autos. He was really nice about it, and chatted with the fans and graciously accepted our words of welcome back. I got him on my 8x10:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/9e9fa3b1.jpg

I waited there a bit longer, and got Danny Espinosa on a Nationals logo 8x10 and I got Matt Stairs ( <3 ) on my ticket:

Espinosa:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/5069f36d.jpg

Stairs:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/f43421ba.jpg

Pudge waved to us but seemed annoyed and in no mood to sign. Still a decent night on the Nationals side.

Then I went over to the Phillies side. I always make friends and talk with people in the section getting autos. So tonight I happened to talk to a woman and her husband and 2 kids. As we were talking she let me know that she was trying to call over Ryan Howard and Shane Victorino, because she was a designer who decorated both of their houses (she was in Victorino's house just that afternoon!). I told her not to be shy and call out to them.

She got Shane's attention, and he waved to her, he also tapped Ryan Howard on the shoulder and pointed her out to him and he waved. I thought for sure they would come over. I got really excited. However when they finished stretching, Shane sent over his trainer to us and picked up a baseball from the woman and he brought it to Shane and he signed it. He didn't come over though, he just used the Trainer like a messanger.

Howard jogged off shortly thereafter. The woman was very upset that she wasn't able to get me an auto (I had given her and her kids some baseball cards to get signed) so she asked me for my 8x10 of Shane Victorino and told me to write my address on the back and she would try to get it signed. I did and gave it to her, so we shall see if anything comes of it.

I was on a mission for a friend on these forums regarding Ryan Howard, so this was a particularly frustrating failure. If he doesn't come over when he has a friend in the stands, when will he come over?

Still a great night, I never got Werth in Philly and he was an integral part of our world series, so it's great to have him in my collection.

jyosi
05-06-2011, 01:39 PM
Ryan Howard at home and Ryan Howard on the road must be two different people.

That Werth looks good.

cyberer
05-06-2011, 01:51 PM
I've gotten Ryan Howard in the park and at Spring Training, he really isn't a bad signer, but lately he hasn't been stopping at games I went to.

phillykid15
05-06-2011, 01:58 PM
Yeah, Howard is just hit or miss, he usually signs about 15-20 every 3 days or so after stretching.

Nice Werth man! I need to get to a phils vs. nats game so I can get him and stairs on my WS ball.

cyberer
05-06-2011, 02:03 PM
An usher who stands near the visitors dugout told me that Werth signed in all 3 games of the series, so you should definitely go if you need him. Stairs seemed like he was happy to be back and signed a bunch as well. Good luck and thanks for the comments!

Eddie_2
05-07-2011, 01:46 AM
I can't believe Werth signed. Crazy. He was without a doubt one of the worst when he was on the Phillies. Man...huge success right there.

cyberer
05-07-2011, 01:54 AM
yeah man, I went in with low hopes and was pleasantly surprised. He came right over and signed a bunch like it was no big thing. Couldn't be happier really.

On an unrelated note, I wish the Phillies signed better, it really is abysmal and there is no excuse.

Eddie_2
05-07-2011, 02:03 AM
I just wish they were better with TTMs. They are really bad in that area. I was lucky to get Juan Samuel, but it seems nobody else on the team dares sign TTM. I mean, I understand they get a lot of mail, but it can't hurt to maybe just sign a few for people.

cyberer
05-07-2011, 02:05 AM
I think I am going to send to Samuel. He seems to be signing quite a bit. Charlie also signs TTM, I got him last season.

I'm going to the Rockies game in 2 weeks, that should be sweet. Anyone have any auto tips for them? Who signs and who doesn't? I'd love to add Tulo or Cargo to my collection.

phillykid15
05-07-2011, 02:24 AM
Yeah, sadly the Phils signing habits are just as anemic as their hitting.

slitz
05-07-2011, 07:45 AM
On an unrelated note, I wish the Phillies signed better, it really is abysmal and there is no excuse.


its bc they are good. thats the only reason. when they were bad and the vet was empty, no one cared about them and they signed. now a guy like ruiz gets $80 to sign at the mall and he thinks "why the hell should i sign for free?" throw in the ebay excuse and its no surprise guys dont sign

djauwerda
05-07-2011, 08:57 AM
Love the Werth. I coached against him in the 1995 Illinois State Championship Baseball Game.

cyberer
05-07-2011, 10:03 AM
Wow that's really cool. Have you coached anyone noteworthy ever? I met a guy the other day who coaches Tyler clippard.

cyberer
05-07-2011, 01:38 PM
We are over 12,000 views. Thanks again, guys for everything!

I had a return today, but hardly a "success" -

The DREADED Phillies Preprint of Cliff Lee, c/o Phils Spring Training.

Doh!

djauwerda
05-07-2011, 04:04 PM
Wow that's really cool. Have you coached anyone noteworthy ever? I met a guy the other day who coaches Tyler clippard.

I had the opportunity to coach Billy Petrick, who had a cup of coffee for the Cubs a few years back, in both football and baseball. I also coached a football guy by the name of Jamie Cumbie who just got drafted by the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL. He played his college ball at Clemson.

cyberer
05-07-2011, 04:06 PM
Cool stuff. I'm only 23 and busy in medical school but some day when I'm more settled in my career I'd like to try my hand in coaching someday. How did you break in? I feel like that's the hardest part.

cyberer
05-07-2011, 05:39 PM
its bc they are good. thats the only reason. when they were bad and the vet was empty, no one cared about them and they signed. now a guy like ruiz gets $80 to sign at the mall and he thinks "why the hell should i sign for free?" throw in the ebay excuse and its no surprise guys dont sign

Yeah, that's definitely true. I think it's not only that they are good, but also good in a big sports market with a huge fanbase. There are many "good" teams where the Ruiz-type players aren't getting that kinda dough and the players still sign. I think, like you said, it's the fact that people around here are willing to pay up, and the fact that we've been one of the best franchises this decade.

Still, I've seen more Yankees signing in Yankee stadium at games I have been to than I have seen Phillies lately.

djauwerda
05-07-2011, 07:00 PM
I'm a social studies teacher, kinda comes with the territory! I coached baseball for 10 years here at my high school and football for 18.

Most schools will take all the help they can get. You may have to volunteer a year or so to get your foot in the door if you are not a teacher, but i doubt they'll turn help away.

TTMcardMaster
05-08-2011, 06:07 PM
Are you going to test your luck at the Phestival this year? Think tickets already went on sale....

cyberer
05-08-2011, 10:42 PM
I really don't like paying for autos, good cause or not, so we shall see. You have a link?

TTMcardMaster
05-09-2011, 11:03 PM
[/URL]

[URL]http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/phi/community/phillies_phestival.jsp (http://www.sportsgraphing.com/upcoming-signings/113335-phillies-phestival-june-13-2011-a.html)

cyberer
05-09-2011, 11:13 PM
its all sold out, so i guess im not going.

cyberer
05-10-2011, 01:54 PM
Got 1 in today:

Von Hayes 1/1 7 Days c/o Camden Riversharks (independent team he manages)

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/5e1992c1.jpg

He did not inscribe it with his all-star year or "purple" hayes as requested, but still good success. Thanks, Von!

lambeauleap87
05-10-2011, 04:25 PM
The Hayes really looks nice...

cyberer
05-11-2011, 02:39 AM
I have a new endeavor that I could use some feedback on- posted it to the main forum

http://www.sportscardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1390970

cyberer
05-11-2011, 02:51 PM
Got another former Phillies player back today. Really excited about this one. And unlike Von Hayes (who I still am happy with a return from), this guy actually inscribed it as I requested. I had seen numerous RTS from this address lately, but after seeing him throw out the first pitch at a Phillies game I decided to give him a shot.

Art Mahaffey- has the phillies record for K's in a game (almost broken by Cliff Lee last week)- inscribed with his all-star years and the date of that game.
http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/3143c7eb.jpg

jerseyman1992
05-11-2011, 07:19 PM
Very cool success and sweet inscriptions, but talk about an off centered card.

cyberer
05-11-2011, 07:30 PM
yeah, that was a pretty bad miscut, but it was the only card I had of his (don't have a huge vintage collection, I think I picked this up at a yard sale one time)

cyberer
05-12-2011, 12:50 PM
Empty mail day today. John Stockton went out in the mail.

cyberer
05-14-2011, 04:47 PM
Arrived home at my parents' house in Scranton today and had some awesome surprises waiting:

I said a few weeks ago that this would happen, but I'm glad to finally see it. I found out a few weeks ago that my dad works with a close relative of Aaron Rowand, and she finally delivered today. I need him for my Phillies collection, and never got him in Philly. He sent 3 personalized 8x10s to me, my brother and my father.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/d98464d0.jpg


Next, another guy my dad (how does he get so lucky) knows through work, another old time baseball player. I have never heard of him and can't find him online, but he played in the bigs on the same team as a really famous player (my dad thinks its Willie Mays or Monte Irvin). His name is Don Mireau

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/30661a6f.jpg

And 2 TTM requests:

From the Flyers (really pumped about this one)- Claude Girioux 3/3 60 days c/o Flyers

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/761593b4.jpg

And, father of Phillies prospect turned Blue Jays pitcher Kyle Drabek, Doug Drabek. Inscribed it with his all star year and personalized it as requested.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/3dedfa8f.jpg

cyberer
05-14-2011, 09:43 PM
Here's something new I'm doing with my iPhone, taking pics of guys signing. Here's werth in Philly.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/09a868e4.jpg

cyberer
05-17-2011, 01:15 AM
They're expecting rain tomorrow in Scranton, hopefully I can graph the Scranton Yanks as planned tomorrow...

cyberer
05-18-2011, 12:42 AM
The weather held out, I got to go to the game. Phew- beat the 90&#37; chance of precipitation.

I got a free ticket from a family friend who works for the yankees. This friend ran a little late after the gates opened, so I was really afraid that I would miss some graphing.

It turns out the friend was late because he had to pick up former yankees great Roy White at the hotel and drive him to the game (this guy is a pretty big player in the local yanks organization and he often interacts with the big name former yankees that visit). He told me that I could meet Roy White when he got there and get an auto (he knows that I collect).

However when they arrived White was quickly escorted in before I could get over to see him. Oh well.

I went in and saw a HUGE crowd of people on the lehigh valley side- all going for Ryno seemingly (though some were there for Domonic Brown).

I was one of only 2 people on the yankees side. I waited for Jesus Montero to come out. He came out, put his gear on, and as he walked out of the dugout I asked him to sign. He jogged right past me and the other guy without looking up. I thought he was a lost cause- if I can't get him with only 1 other guy hanging around when will I get him.

He went out in the outfield and did his stretches and warmup tosses, then went into the bullpen to warm up the pitcher. As he enterred the bullpen I saw him sign a ball on the sweet spot for someone else that just walked up to him. I wasn't close enough to catch him so by the time I got to the bullpen he was done signing.

I watched him warmup the pitcher and was distraught that I missed him. He kept looking over at me and the other guy at the bullpen, but didn't smile or nod or anything. We weren't rude, we waited quietly and patiently. Finally the pitcher paused in his warmup tosses to grab some gatorade. Jesus quickly walked over, signed my card, signed the other guy's 8x10 and went back to what he was doing. He didn't really talk to us beyond saying youre welcome but he seemed like a nice guy (as others have said). I think it might just be a language barrier that he comes off as a jerk.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/7f8e9d1b.jpg

Then I went over to the Phillies side to try to get Ryno/Dom Brown. As you may remember, Ryno scolded me in spring training for getting back in line and getting a duplicate auto. I figured it's literally 8 weeks later and he's signed hundreds of autos since, no way he remembers me right? I went over when he was signing. He went down the line and signed like 20-30 graphs.

When he signed my card I turned and walked away. I thought it was all in my head, but I could have sworn that sandberg double took when he handed it to me and stared me down as I was leaving. I later confirmed with other guys around that Ryno gave me a long stare after he signed.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/977a8990.jpg


I guess I missed some unwritten rule that when a guy signs for you once in your life you can never ask them to sign again...

Then Dom brown came over and signed. He signed 4-5 in a row, then when he got to me he stopped, walked 20 feet down the line and kept signing. I got back in line and he skipped me again.

I've gotten him twice in the past, but again once was at spring training in a huge crowd when he signed dozens, and the other was last summer. I doubt he remembered me, and it was weird that he skipped me twice. Oh well I already have dupes of him.

That was it for the graphing, then I just sat back and enjoyed watching Worley pitch (one of my new favorite phils) and montero and domonic brown play. Fun stuff.

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
05-18-2011, 02:51 AM
Weird about Ryno. I doubt he'd remember you, unless something really stuck out about you.. You can't blame him for being suspicious though, or caring for that matter. While you did nothing wrong in my eyes (they're for you, who cares how many times you get him, right?) if he did remember you, he doesn't know you're not a dealer or obtaining for a dealer. As far as I know, he's signed before games ever since he's been a manager.. That's a ton of time for a HOF'er to give to fans before games. When I went to an I-Cubs game last year to get him, I was third in line with the guys I was with and we chatted with some dealers and some kids my age who come a couple times a week to get him (they didn't say what they do with all of them.. lol) and he didn't seem to notice them or anything. Oh well, two neat successes, congrats!

metsmagic18
05-18-2011, 07:23 AM
Lucky you got to go to your game.

I was ready to graph the Mets/Marlins but it was cancelled with no rain 3 hours before game time.

Nice success with Montero! I think you're right, it's the language that makes him come off not nice.

phillykid15
05-18-2011, 01:44 PM
Good stuff man! Ryno is a really cool guy, I know people who have got plenty of multiples from him, so I guess that's kind of wierd.

I've got to get to a scranton game before Montero gets called up, he seems like a pretty cool guy.

cyberer
05-19-2011, 01:57 PM
Thanks for the comments, guys. I don't know if Ryno remembers me or not, it is very weird. He was pretty annoyed with me in spring training, and I am 6 foot 7, so I don't know maybe he can remember who knows.

Psyched about montero- he was something of a white whale for me last season- missed him 4 times in 4 games that I went to.

I am going to the Phillies-Rockies game tonight. I just got back in town so I can't get my printer going for the 8x10s I usually bring. I'll be slumming it with cards tonight. Any input people have about the Rockies' signing habits are welcome.

Today's Mail:

However, today was an AWESOME mail day, so usually if my trends hold true, I will have a crappy in person night. Here was my mail.

A week ago, I saw a Yankees broadcast wishing Yogi Berra a happy birthday. I got this Field of Dreams like moment "Send to Yogi- if you send it, he will sign." Now, I have gotten Yogi in the past, but that was a year ago and I usually don't ignore those gut feelings. I got a card in the mail the next day, and wrote HAPPY BIRTHDAY on the letter and the envelope.

Now, a whopping FIVE DAY TURNAROUND later, I get it back. I am downright speechless.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/e0c18878.jpg

Thanks, Yogi, you truly are one of the greatest player and greatest men to ever play the game.

Next, a 10 day turnaround time on a 4x6 photo from former all star Ron Cey. He did not inscribe it as requested, but still awesome. Thanks!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/2167fbd6.jpg


Finally, I sent a big package to one of the best friends TTM and the hobby in general has ever had, Pat Neshek.

I sent him the following in the package:

-A Card to sign
-An 8x10 Padres Logo card to sign
-A questionnaire to fill out
-A gift from me to him- he collects autographs himself, so I sent him a Greg Luzinski autograph to thank him for being such a friend to the hobby.
-A letter of request. In this letter I said the current San Diego bullpen was the best I have ever seen in my lifetime. I asked him if he could in any way help me either directly or indirectly to get all the members of the bullpen to sign the 8x10 team logo.

He signed everything I sent and filled out the questionnaire, but since at that time he was optioned to the minors, he said in the questionnaire that he was unable to help me get the others sign it. Oh well, worth a try. Here is a pic of everything I got back. He added an extra minor league card of his own:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/d4272c5c.jpg

Here is a transcript of the questionnaire:

-What is your favorite collectible?
"Garbage Pail Cards"

-What is your best MLB story?
"MLB debut" (wish he went more in depth here)

-Any information for my through mail bullpen project?
"Not sure, I'm in Tuscon right now"

Wow, what an epic day. I hope tonight's game with the Rockies will be equally as epic.

I start my studying for board exams on Monday, so this will be a busy weekend of graphing of the Phillies, the Rockies and the Rangers before I have to quit graphing for about a month. It'll be tough to give it up for that long, but I just have to get my fill of it this weekend.

Riggs
05-19-2011, 03:20 PM
thats a great Yogi! I sent that same card few weeks back. Have not seen it yet so usually thats not a good sign with him. great return.

TTMcardMaster
05-19-2011, 06:23 PM
Asking Pat to get other guy's autographs? LOL, you probaly reminded him of
http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Minnesota-s-Pat-Neshek-receives-the-worst-fan-le?urn=mlb-219325

Good job with Pat, still weird seeing him sign with #26

JVazz29
05-19-2011, 07:07 PM
Congrats on YOGI!

It's like you are one more sig away from hitting the cycle with the guy. Me? I can't even put the bat on the ball. I am ZERO for 4 or 5...I'm losing track.

It seems like a ton of people get him, yet, he is my white whale.

I am real glad that you got Montero. He has a cool sig, and I too think he is a real nice guy. I think he is just shy because of his probable discomfort with the English language.

The Ron Cey is cool too...I didn't know much about him until I recently saw him on MLB Network's PRIME 9. I immediately thought, "I need to write to him..." What did you ask him to inscribe? His nickname? The segment I saw had him listed as one of the Top 9 nicknames ever. He was called "PENGUIN" Which seems really odd to call a ballplayer.

Good luck with you 'Boards' prep and what not. Remember, "The hip bone is connected to the leg bone" and you should be fine.

cyberer
05-19-2011, 08:27 PM
As always thanks for the feedback, my friends. Let me respond to some of you.

-about neshek I made sure that in my letter I didn't ask him for other players autos. I asked him if he thought the other relievers would sign it through mail or if there was anything he could do to help. Also, I gave him that gift of an auto from my collection so he knew I wasn't being a total selfish jerk. I didn't want to be the guy in the link above.

-yeah I dunno why i keep having good luck with yogi- I usually don't send to a guy multiple times but this is my 3rd. This one is for my brother. I got that gut feeling and couldn't ignore. 6th-sense-like feeling.

-cey was a good player and I agree he is underappreciated. I asked him to inscribe either "the penguin" or with his all star years. Too bad he didn't.

I'm at the phils game right now, it's raining and Kendrick laid an egg so it's pretty miserable right now. I'll add the graphing info later with pics.

cyberer
05-19-2011, 10:53 PM
As I sit here typing I am not fuming like I was earlier, but I am indeed a bit bummed out.

I will preface this piece by saying that I had one of the most agonizing failures in my graphing career tonight.

Here's how it went down. As soon as the gates opened I RAN to the phils side of foul territory where pitchers sometimes run sprints (they usually time it so they are gone when the gates open but sometimes they forget).

Sure enough, Cliff Lee is running sprints right in front of me. It was only me and one other guy with a Cliff Lee jersey in the entire section. My heart started pounding.

I am usually very polite and wait until the guy finishes his sprints before I ask for an auto, the guy with me didn't share my reservations. He called out "Hey cliff we love you! Can you sign me jersey?" He held it up.

Cliff turned, nodded and held up 1 finger and motioned to his sprints. He said he was going to sign after his sprints! I almost wanted to dance I was so excited- I was going to get him on my SI cover.

Cliff set out to do his last sprint, still just me and the guy in the section. I knew it was going to happen. Then he saw a rockies pitcher in the outfield that he recognized (not sure who it was). The 2 of them stood in the outfield and chatted for literally 2-3 minutes.

In the meantime, the section became more crowded, as a dozen or more people came to the section around us. Cliff finished talking and came back towards us. But instead of signing for the 2 people that asked him, he started about 10 feet down the line at the end of the line of people. He had a big smile on his face so I thought "no biggie, he'll come up the line."

Even so, I walked over towards him so I wouldn't miss him. Just then he said "Hey guys I have to hurry I'm only signing (he thought for an instant) 3 autographs so here we go. I was in position to be the 4th, and I didn't push or jockey my way in front (I could have been the 3rd one if I really asserted myself and was a jerk).

He finished signing the 3rd autograph, and I pleaded with him "Cliff please sign my sports illustrated. I put it right in front of his hands. He looked at it for a split second, and my heart jumped.

Then, the dagger to the heart- he took the pen in his hand, capped it and laid the pen on my SI cover and ran away.

He touched my SI cover with a pen in his hand and didn't sign it!!!!!

:mmph: UGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :mmph:

I was devastated. There were no other Phillies out in the pregame (they cancelled BP), so I went to the other side where the Rockies pitchers were. I talked to some Rockies fans who, when I asked who was running sprints, were surprisingly coy about it.

I soon found out why- Ubaldo Jiminez was running sprints with Jorge De La Rosa. When they finished, they both came over and started signing. They both signed about 20 autographs, but were pretty adamant about only 1 each.

I got De La Rosa:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/47b0d1c5.jpg

Ubaldo even stopped to pose with some people. While he was signing, someone asked him if he ever found his personalized license plate (referencing the MLB network commercial where he can't find one of those name license plates for "Ubaldo"). He laughed. Seemed like a pretty friendly guy.

I got him on a card. He has a cool looking signature.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/f2b1c818.jpg

I also got a pic of him signing:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/a667f439.jpg


Then I went back to the Phillies side for the pregame. As has become the norm at these games, not a single player stopped to sign.

I befriended a security guard on the subway who worked down on the field in the section where the phils usually sign. I found him once I was inside and talked to him. He told me that aside from Victorino stopping a few times this year, by and large no Phillies player is signing. Really disappointing stuff.

Still, the sting of the Cliff Lee failure was soothed by Ubaldo being so cool... all in all a success I guess.

metsmagic18
05-20-2011, 07:19 AM
Ugh! That happened to me with Ryan Howard!! He capped the pen and handed it back and then left. That kills!!! (Not nearly as bad as when my pen broke in the middle of an autograph)

jyosi
05-20-2011, 08:29 AM
You should try sending your ticket stub TTM to Jason Giambi. Pretty cool feat for him last night.

cyberer
05-20-2011, 09:13 AM
good idea on that, never tried something like that. now if i could just find it... things got pretty disoriented when the rain started falling in sheets.

cyberer
05-20-2011, 01:11 PM
Empty mail day today. Graphing the Rangers tonight (not going to the game though).

That sucks, mets! How did the pen break?! Who was the auto? You seem to share my pain about ry how as well. You know with this hobby you take the good with the bad, and I did get Ubaldo, so it's all good I guess.

On another note, I finally finished framing my ticket signed by Bautista and Arrencibia from Spring Training in Person- I found a photo of them standing together. Here is the final product:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/5b630b83.jpg

phillykid15
05-20-2011, 02:07 PM
Cliff Lee is not easy to get under any circumstances, the fact that you got so close is impressive in itself and you should be proud of yourself for that.

Besides man, you got one of the best pitchers in baseball, the guy had like a sub 1.50 ERA going into the all-star break last year.

I'm really surprised that no phils really sign, maybe it's because none of them can hit right now and they're taking their anger out on the fans. Phillies pitchers have always been hard to get at CBP unless you dedicate your pregame to only getting pitchers.

Good luck at the Rangers game tonight! Not many Phillies sign coming in, but you probably will get some rangers coming out of their cabs and after the game.

lambeauleap87
05-20-2011, 03:34 PM
That really has to sting about Lee...not much you can do though. Wouldn't it have been easier for him to sign it, and then not cap the pen? Whatever...I actually picked up a certified auto of his a few years back (pre-Cy Young) for about $10.

Awesome Jimenez, though! Must've been free hat night, as I can't imagine why else so many people would be having a Rockies player sign a Phillies hat...

cyberer
05-20-2011, 03:36 PM
Yeah, definitely stings. It was hat night LOL when I took the picture I knew someone would catch on to that, because it's a distinctive throwback hat.

I too have a Lee that I bought on ebay it was a Topps I believe certified issue that I got on ebay for 11 bucks when the Phils first traded for him.

Still, it's totally different to get someone in person as I'm sure you know.

metsmagic18
05-20-2011, 03:36 PM
Empty mail day today. Graphing the Rangers tonight (not going to the game though).

That sucks, mets! How did the pen break?! Who was the auto? You seem to share my pain about ry how as well. You know with this hobby you take the good with the bad, and I did get Ubaldo, so it's all good I guess.

On another note, I finally finished framing my ticket signed by Bautista and Arrencibia from Spring Training in Person- I found a photo of them standing together. Here is the final product:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/5b630b83.jpg

Like you with Ubaldo, the day Howard skipped me I still got J-Roll.

About the broken pen, Carlos Gomez came over to me and started to sign my ST program, he looked down to see it was out of ink, he scribbled on the page for a second, shrugged, and walked away. I ended up getting Kubel and Delmon Young that day...

metsmagic18
05-20-2011, 03:37 PM
Empty mail day today. Graphing the Rangers tonight (not going to the game though).

That sucks, mets! How did the pen break?! Who was the auto? You seem to share my pain about ry how as well. You know with this hobby you take the good with the bad, and I did get Ubaldo, so it's all good I guess.

On another note, I finally finished framing my ticket signed by Bautista and Arrencibia from Spring Training in Person- I found a photo of them standing together. Here is the final product:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/5b630b83.jpg

Beautiful. I'd love to get a sig of Arencibia, the Jays don't come to Citi Field much!

lambeauleap87
05-20-2011, 03:43 PM
Yeah, definitely stings. It was hat night LOL when I took the picture I knew someone would catch on to that, because it's a distinctive throwback hat.

I too have a Lee that I bought on ebay it was a Topps I believe certified issue that I got on ebay for 11 bucks when the Phils first traded for him.

Still, it's totally different to get someone in person as I'm sure you know.

Definitely agree with you about the in person experience; way cooler, but what more can you do?

As for the hats, I hate when people do stuff like that! Kind of a pet peeve of mine...like when I was going to Cavs games, people having the visiting team sign Cleveland giveaway stuff. I don't get it...

cyberer
05-20-2011, 11:48 PM
Graphed the Rangers tonight. I will probably go back, as tonight was pretty tough going- no one signed by the bus. Police escort though, it was pretty crazy.

Got a few successes- Mitch Moreland and Ron Washington signed as they got into cabs on this 8x10 logo.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/f64213aa.jpg

Ian Kinsler also signed getting into a cab- now I need to get hamilton to sign the other side!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/a0153a0d.jpg

As an update, I have been told by my people that Cliff Lee won't sign the Sports illustrated cover for some reason. I don't know if it's true or not but it would certainly shed some light on yesterday.

cyberer
05-22-2011, 02:54 PM
Got one in the mail today, couldn't be happier. I sent this to BYU right after they got eliminated from the Tourny, figuring that Jimmer would still be in the facility. Shortly thereafter he stopped attending classes so I thought it was a lost cause. I got it today after nearly 3 months turnaround time. WOOOO!!!!!! Jimmer Fredette 1/1

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/520ffc5f.jpg

metsmagic18
05-22-2011, 02:56 PM
You get mail on Sundays?

cyberer
05-22-2011, 02:57 PM
LOL sorry, this came into my parents house and they just told me today so I assumed it came in. I guess it must have came in yesterday.

metsmagic18
05-22-2011, 02:59 PM
My bad, just curious.

cyberer
05-27-2011, 01:38 AM
Great success today. I was really hoping to get this one back:

Jamie Moyer 3/3 C/o ESPN- My brother and I got a photo with him 2 years ago, so I sent him 2 copies and a card- he signed all 3. I'll obviously be giving the extra to my brother.

22 days turnaround.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/moyer.jpg


Also, visited a local card shop and picked up a few uncertified autos on the cheap.

Former and current Phillies Jon Lieber, Aaron Rowand, Ryan Madson:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/rowand.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/madson.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/lieber.jpg

And, finally, one from my childhood- Mo Vaughn, complete with the ticket to the card show where it was signed. Not quite a COA but close enough for me I guess:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/vaugn.jpg

I don't usually buy autos, least of all uncertified ones, but for a few bucks I didn't have lieber in my Phils collection and could use dupes of the other 2 so I pulled the trigger. Couldn't be happier with the moyer.

Welker83
05-27-2011, 10:43 AM
Nice adds love the Mo auto.

TTMcardMaster
05-28-2011, 06:20 PM
Are you ever up near Burlington County? The Iggles are up there and I want to see how these lockout "workouts" are for graphing...

phillykid15
05-28-2011, 08:15 PM
I read online that not many big name players sign, and the cops won't let you get very close. You wouldn't happen to know the address for the practice area do you?

cyberer
05-29-2011, 12:30 AM
I don't know where that is, I'm curious to hear how it's going but I am unable to graph in person for the next 5 weeks while studying for my board exams.

cyberer
05-29-2011, 09:35 PM
After Wednesday's ridiculous game 19 innings and Wilson Valdez pitching, I decided the following:

This 4x6 photo is going out to Wilson Valdez tomorrow c/o the Phillies. I asked in my letter for him to inscribe "5/25/11 Winning Pitcher"

http://i.usatoday.net/communitymanager/_photos/daily-pitch/2011/05/26/philliesx-inset-community.jpg

cyberer
05-31-2011, 11:52 AM
Got one in today- Ed Too Tall Jones 10 days turnaround 1/1

He didn't inscribe it with his pro bowl years or "too tall" as requested, but still a cool success. Sorry for the glare in the photo.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/d5067eb0.jpg

cyberer
06-01-2011, 02:07 AM
Hey to all my buddies who follow my thread- I have a favor to ask!

Help win recognition and respect for this thread by voting for my Yogi Berra success in the May Success of the Month Contest! Voting can be found here.

http://www.sportscardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1406286

Obviously, some of you that read this thread have entries of your own; I don't expect you to vote for me. As for the rest of you, I would REALLY appreciate it.

metsmagic18
06-01-2011, 03:25 PM
Good luck!

cyberer
06-01-2011, 10:39 PM
Lol my email had your original post in it- no worries and thanks! I said all along no pressure, just figured I'd ask.

No mail in today. Things have been quiet in my graphing and in the thread the last week or so.

cyberer
06-04-2011, 09:46 AM
My cousin was on a flight with Antonio Gates last night, and though he is aware of my autograph hobby, decided not to ask him for an autograph. Yet he decided to text me after and tell me. Still awesome, but could have been awesomer.

My birthday was 2 days ago, so it's possible that he is playing coy and going to surprise me, but I doubt it.

This trumps my previous "player on plane" story of Jose Contreras.

metsmagic18
06-04-2011, 10:40 AM
Gotta hear the Contreras story

cyberer
06-05-2011, 12:54 AM
Disappointing return today. I got Elvis Andrus back c/o Spring training in 105 days. The only problem is it came with a Preprint and a "too busy to sign" letter. Returned my card as well. The letter wasn't even really a letter, just a scrap of computer paper that someone cut. Seems like it might have taken more time to do that than to sign the cards, but it was probably a handler that did it.

Elvis Andrus gets too much fan mail? O Really?

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/1b5e2c89.jpg

cyberer
06-05-2011, 12:58 AM
Also my mom finally brought my Jimmer Fredette success in from out of town today, so I got to frame it up and take a good picture.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/fbd3c929.jpg

TTMcardMaster
06-05-2011, 12:54 PM
Hopefully more Rangers don't start sending back PPs...
Also, you're lucky you got Jimmer in blue, I got him in a thin, silver sharpie!

lambeauleap87
06-05-2011, 05:09 PM
I got the same thing back from Andrus...I thought the same thing about his volume of fan mail.

cyberer
06-06-2011, 12:17 AM
Yeah I think the Rangers are probably now for the first time seeing more stuff on ebay and more dealers all up in their business. It happened with the Phillies- when you win this sort of thing happens. We can only hope/pray this doesn't happen to Josh Hamilton...

cyberer
06-09-2011, 01:56 PM
My early season curse and slump has returned. I only have 1 success the past 3 weeks.

I got 2 INFURIATING failures today to add to my ever growing list of futility.

First:

2 Weeks ago I saw a Mat Latos success c/o the Padres so I sent to him then. Today I got my photos in my SASE unsigned. To make matters worse, someone on these boards got him back today SIGNED. He included no note or reason for doing this.

Is he only signing cards? Did he hate my letter? What gives?!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/latosunsigned.jpg

2. This one was expected- c/o Rangers Spring Training a Neftali Feliz preprint and too busy to sign letter, just like Andrus.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/neftaliunsigned.jpg


What should I do? Resend to Latos with cards? I don't own any cards of his so I don't know what to do. Anyone weigh in on this and give me a hand?

TTMcardMaster
06-09-2011, 02:25 PM
Buy a Latos card.

jyosi
06-09-2011, 02:33 PM
I'm just wondering, do you send all your ttms in a top loader with tape over the top? Maybe try sending cards without sleeves or top loaders. I wouldn't want to deal with trying to get cards out when I have 100s of other things to sign. Back when I did ttm, I never did anything to protect cards and they rarely came back with any damage.

Eddie_2
06-09-2011, 02:54 PM
I'm just wondering, do you send all your ttms in a top loader with tape over the top? Maybe try sending cards without sleeves or top loaders. I wouldn't want to deal with trying to get cards out when I have 100s of other things to sign. Back when I did ttm, I never did anything to protect cards and they rarely came back with any damage.

This right here.

I never send any protection on my cards and they always come back great. I maybe over the course of two years only had one card come back bad. IMO when players see all the protection for the card, they might think your a dealer or something.

newboy119
06-09-2011, 03:00 PM
My early season curse and slump has returned. I only have 1 success the past 3 weeks.

I got 2 INFURIATING failures today to add to my ever growing list of futility.

First:

2 Weeks ago I saw a Mat Latos success c/o the Padres so I sent to him then. Today I got my photos in my SASE unsigned. To make matters worse, someone on these boards got him back today SIGNED. He included no note or reason for doing this.

Is he only signing cards? Did he hate my letter? What gives?!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/latosunsigned.jpg

2. This one was expected- c/o Rangers Spring Training a Neftali Feliz preprint and too busy to sign letter, just like Andrus.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/neftaliunsigned.jpg


What should I do? Resend to Latos with cards? I don't own any cards of his so I don't know what to do. Anyone weigh in on this and give me a hand?

Back when I was in SD last Summer, I heard that Latos refuses to sign photos. Apparently, when asked to sign a picture, he tells the story of a kid who got his autograph and then made photocopies to sell online. If I am correct, he now only signs baseballs.

TTMcardMaster
06-09-2011, 03:04 PM
Back when I was in SD last Summer, I heard that Latos refuses to sign photos. Apparently, when asked to sign a picture, he tells the story of a kid who got his autograph and then made photocopies to sell online. If I am correct, he now only signs baseballs.

:sign0020: No, he signs everything now. However, he was a ™™™™™™ his 1st year in the majors and initially would not sign 8x10s (but would sign anything smaller)

Polishgooner
06-09-2011, 03:29 PM
If I am correct, he now only signs baseballs.

But that doesn't make any sense, not that I don't believe you but aren't baseballs more collectible than a photo especially a 4x6? (maybe if its 10x12 or something larger but 4x6s!)

jyosi
06-09-2011, 03:32 PM
But that doesn't make any sense, not that I don't believe you but aren't baseballs more collectible than a photo especially a 4x6? (maybe if its 10x12 or something larger but 4x6s!)

I think the point with photos was that they can be placed on a scanner and someone was doing that and selling reprints. The value wasn't the issue.

TTMcardMaster
06-09-2011, 03:33 PM
I think the point with photos was that they can be placed on a scanner and someone was doing that and selling reprints. The value wasn't the issue.

Through most of Mat's 1st season with the Padres, he wouldn't sign 8x10s, and would also SP and personalize baseballs. However, last season and this one, he has been a great signer (in person)

cyberer
06-09-2011, 04:22 PM
Thanks for the info guys! I will be resending with a card.

As for the rest, I don't send any toploaders anymore or any protection. I stopped doing that in March, but this request for Neftali was from spring training in February. Like others have said I have not noticed any card damage since I started doing this.

Frustrating day, but I'm sure Mat will sign if I re-send it.

cyberer
06-10-2011, 02:11 PM
Finally the slump ends.

First and foremost, I have mentioned this several times in the past, but my mom is a frickin CHAMPION.

I live in Philly, she lives in Scranton, but she reads the papers and sees where athletes will be appearing and then goes for me.

She read that former Yankee Roy White was signing at a local hotel for free, so last night she went and got his autograph on a nice 4x6 that she had printed, and asked him to inscribe it how I wanted:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/27b5d054.jpg


"2x allstar 1977-1978 world series champs"

Awesome! She said he couldn't have been a nicer guy and even asked for one of those photos because he liked it.

Secondly, I got one in the mail today. John Stockton. He didn't sign my card but included his own. I've seen these before- are they real?

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/32f97446.jpg

cyberer
06-10-2011, 02:12 PM
P.S. I just got a ticket to the Phillies Phestival courtesy of Druce on these forums, I can't wait to go and welcome any tips you all might have. I have no autograph tickets, just an admission ticket, but I'm working on it.

cyberer
06-10-2011, 02:18 PM
P.P.S. here are some other returns of the same photo for comparison. I see differences in the letter forms, so I think they're probably real.

http://www.sportscardforum.com/ttm/r14584.jpg

http://www.sportscardforum.com/ttm/r22541.jpg

TTMcardMaster
06-10-2011, 02:20 PM
They're real....

cyberer
06-10-2011, 02:33 PM
sweet about the stockton!

TTMcardmaster can you link me to the thread about the philly phestival again?

TTMcardMaster
06-10-2011, 02:37 PM
http://www.sportsgraphing.com/upcoming-signings/113335-phillies-phestival-june-13-2011-a-post734378.html#post734378

Good luck!

lambeauleap87
06-10-2011, 03:48 PM
Those Stocktons are quite real...I have one myself. Unfortunately, it was creased to hell to fit into my SASE, but cool nonetheless.

cyberer
06-10-2011, 11:28 PM
Mine was folded too- oh well you can barely tell now that I've framed it up!

cyberer
06-11-2011, 01:53 PM
I went from being ice cold for weeks to being back on a hot streak. Today I received a piece in the mail that immediately becomes one of my top 10 favorites in my collection. I grew up watching this guy play and my first sports memories are of him.

RANDALL CUNNINGHAM!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/849d006e.jpg

This is my 4th attempt with Randall- the previous had returned with too busy to sign letters or not returned at all. Some people on this thread (gysot) saw some recent successes from him and told me to send- AND IT WORKED! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! :love0030: :love0030: :love0030:

I have seen people get him without a donation, but I decided to try my luck with a small (very small) donation. I sent a buck in the envelope and wrote "donation enclosed" on it.

He returned it with a letter that had a price list on it. It did not, however say that I owed anything- it asked me to invite others to donate.

I couldn't be happier with this. I seriously was dancing in celebration when I opened the envelope. :party0053:

THANKS RANDALL!

lambeauleap87
06-11-2011, 03:03 PM
Awesome! Guess I know for a fact, now, that I need to send with a donation. Explains why I didn't get mine back; congrats!

jtbruds9
06-11-2011, 03:15 PM
Is this the address you used for Randall? I have never sent to a football player before but growing up by philly he is a guy I would love to get.

325 East windmill lane
Las Vegas NV 89123

cyberer
06-11-2011, 03:17 PM
Yeah I posted my success in the database, so you can see which one I used. I'm pretty sure that's it.

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
06-11-2011, 11:42 PM
Good for you! That card looks great.

lambeauleap87
06-13-2011, 11:52 AM
Got my Cunningham back today, unsigned, with a note stating he's too busy to sign autographs. I'm fine with asking for a donation, but don't give me that note...

cyberer
06-13-2011, 11:55 AM
That's a bummer man- I posted in your thread about it. Just send a dollar and it should work.

cyberer
06-13-2011, 11:05 PM
Tonight was a great but CRAZY night at the Phils Phestival. Druce on these forums was AWESOME enough to give me a FREE admission ticket to get into the phestival- this thread is made possible all because of him. :love0030:

However, admission tickets don't come with autograph tickets, so I knew I would have to get down there and wheel and deal. I decided to bring 30 or 40 autographs from my collection, hoping to trade an autograph for a ticket or something similar.

I got there and got in line with a buddy. However I soon left our spot in line and started walking around the massive crowd trying to buy and trade.

Very soon after I got there I bought a Joe Blanton ticket for 5 dollars, because I needed him for my Sports Illustrated cover.

Very shortly after that, MY BEST LUCK OF THE NIGHT HAPPENED. I told people that I needed Hamels, and a lady asked me what I had to trade for it. I handed her my list of autographs from home.

She and her kids really love Carlos Ruiz, and he wasn't signing at the Phestival today- he was in the photo booth. So she saw a certified Ruiz auto on my list, AND TRADED ME A HAMELS TICKET FOR IT STRAIGHT UP!!!

So now I'm packing Hamels and Blanton. I was pretty content because I needed both for my SI cover and I didn't have any extras to trade. I thought that this would be it.

However soon a guy came up to me and asked me about Wilson Valdez- he had a ticket for him and attended the game where he was the winning pitcher. Well I just so happened to have an 8x10 of Valdez standing on the mound and he really wanted it. He traded me tickets for Gload and JC Romero for the 8x10. AMAZING!

I then made an epic series of trades:

-Romero for Contreras
-Contreras for Madson
-Madson Sold Madson for 15 bucks cash (-5 dollars earlier that I used to buy Blanton put me ahead 10 bucks net)

-Gload for Blanton
-Blanton for Polanco
-Polanco for Hamels
-Hamels for Rollins

I then sold the Rollins for 50 and used the profit from the Madson transaction (10 net dollars) to buy an Utley for 60.

Enough wheeling and dealing for you? I was like a man possessed! :party0053:

So then I got in the lines when the gates opened. I did the Hamels line first because I figured (correctly) that I could get in and out in 10 minutes. I got him to sign the Sports Illustrated cover and got a handshake.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/80f207a0.jpg

Next, I got in the Utley line. It was the longest line in the place I think. I waited over 50 minutes in a 2 hour event for it. But it was worth it. While in line, I saw him sidepaneling all the balls. "Oh great," I thought to myself why even bother.

However when I got up there, I asked him to sweetspot and he was very nice about it and did it without batting an eye. THE SIG LOOKS AMAZING!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/eb114aa2.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/4821ec69.jpg



I then got in the Blanton line to sign my sports illustrated. It moved fast and he was really nice about it. He got me on my SI cover, and then he hit duplicates for me. Rich Dubee was also in his booth, and he signed for me as well:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/b9298bec.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/2db1ab14.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/554c6012.jpg

I was now fresh out of tickets, and it was now 7:20. The event was over at 7:45. I heard at the end of the night that they open certain lines up for a 10 dollar donation. I went to the Cliff Lee line and the guy running it said that they were taking donations but there was no guarantee you'll get an auto b/c it was 7:25 when I got there and they said he was out of there at 7:45. I waited in a really long line, I didn't think I was going to get him.

I was lucky, though, as right after I got in line about 50 more people showed up with the same idea. I wound up getting to the front of the line at 7:47, so he stayed a bit over his scheduled time, and signed my SI cover!

Here is a pic of him signing, AND a pic of the SI itself (which I had been conveniently holding back for suspense :winking0071:).

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/ce4ae7ee.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/3d3e5ccc.jpg

I got Oswalt in May, and I got Hamels, Lee and Blanton tonight.

But my night wasn't over- I decided to go for the complete package. I heard last year that a few lucky people got Roy Halladay to sign as he was coming out of the photo booth. So at about 7:55 I waited by the photo booth for him. Also around me was a guy with a big Halladay poster and a little girl holding a baseball.

I think to myself "This is great! He will sign for this little girl and we'll all get him!"

So he comes out surrounded by security, and they literally push the little girl out of the way and say he's not signing today. The security guard steps out of the way and lets Halladay get on the little golf cart thing. This created a small gap for me to step in. I stepped into this gap and stood right in front of the cart inches from Halladay. I said:

"Mr. Halladay, please? You are the last one I need on this!"

He said "Sorry not today!" and the golf cart pulled away. UGH! Still, I got close as close can be, and I'm sure I'll get him eventually. They probably won't put him on the photo booth 3 years in a row (he was on it this year and last year).

So yeah, I cleaned up today, and the only thing I paid net was 10 dollars and a Carlos Ruiz certified autograph and I got Lee, Hamels, Blanton and Utley. UNBELIEVABLE!

I don't know if I can expect to get that lucky with trades every year, but I'll definitely be going back every year I can from now on. It was awesome!

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
06-13-2011, 11:16 PM
That's pretty epic, congrats!

lambeauleap87
06-14-2011, 01:53 PM
Whoa, that's awesome! I wish Cleveland did something like this, but they don't to my knowledge. Congrats on all the awesome sigs, and making some sweet deals!

cyberer
06-14-2011, 02:02 PM
Haha thanks wheelin' and dealin' all night was exhausting.

Just got the mail. As if I didn't have enough Phillies success, I got another one in the mail today.

Wilson Valdez 2/2 9 days c/o team. He signed 2 4x6 photos of him on the mound during his epic extra inning victory as the pitcher.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/438e500e.jpg

loki1230
06-14-2011, 02:40 PM
Awesome job at the Carnival man! Your Halladay story is very similar to mine from a Spring Training with Cano. They had let Jeter, A-Rod, and Tex all out (they left after the 5th inning, it wasn't a home game so they bounced earlier. I guess this is common?) Everyone clears out except me and another kid. Even the park's employees disappeared except for two security guards. Suddenly the door swings open and hear comes Cano, I held the ball out, but before Cano could even look at it, the security guards shoved me back. It sucked, but it was still cool to be close like that.

Great haul at the Carnival though, my fiance would be jealous of that Utley auto. She loves him, lol.

djauwerda
06-15-2011, 09:08 AM
Great job at the Phestival. I have gone to the Cubs Convention a few times and never had quite the success you did with such a small "investment".

Awesome.

cyberer
06-15-2011, 09:48 AM
That sucks about Cano, those near misses with security are infuriating. I think even if I got Roy 1 on 1 though he wouldn't have signed, he seemed like he just made up his mind he wasn't doing it that day.

How similar is the layout to the Cubs convention? Is it general admission or do you have to buy autograph tickets for this event?

About the investment, if you follow this thread you might know that I am a bit "cheap" when it comes to autographs. I view this as a hobby, not a business, so I'm not someone to go and spend 50-100 bucks to stand in a line at a pro signing, or to pay TTM fees. It's a combination of my being a poor med student and my love of a good deal. I love wheelin' and dealin' and feeling like I cleaned up, which is definitely the case the other day.

cyberer
06-15-2011, 12:50 PM
As an aside, anyone know what happened to Steaknchop? He was a regular in my thread and now I see he is banned.

TTMcardMaster
06-15-2011, 01:13 PM
As an aside, anyone know what happened to Steaknchop? He was a regular in my thread and now I see he is banned.

Some bad trades. You can look at his recent trades and you'll see the negative feedback. He was also banned on a couple other sites...

lambeauleap87
06-15-2011, 03:15 PM
As an aside, anyone know what happened to Steaknchop? He was a regular in my thread and now I see he is banned.

Between the handful of poor trades he made and the fact that he tended to start trouble at times, he got the boot...

cyberer
06-15-2011, 03:21 PM
Thanks for the info, guys.

cyberer
06-15-2011, 07:52 PM
Hey guys 2 things:

1. As you all know now the only thing I need to finish off my Sports Illustrated cover is Roy Halladay's auto. Any experience anyone has had with doc would be GREATLY appreciated. Like the post on my Pujols Thread- if I get doc because of a tip you gave me (that isn't common sense) I will gladly send you an auto from my collection.

2. I recently started talking to someone on these boards on facebook chat. I really enjoy chatting the hobby with anyone, so if you want to reach my on gchat, my email address is cyberer37@gmail.com. I'm on most of the day as I leave my computer on, feel free to say hey!

phillykid15
06-15-2011, 08:51 PM
From graphing the Phillies the past 4 years, and with Halladay being on the team 2 years, I've learned that there are 3 ways to get Roy Halladay's autograph.

1. Pay for his signature at a signing. He has signings once in a while, they're usually expensive, but that's the easiest way to get it.

2. Once in a while, one of the "4 aces" will sign down the right field, that includes Halladay. You'd have to be there on the right day. It's very rare that Halladay does this, usually 1 or 2, maybe 3 times a season.

3. This final way I actually learned this season. If you ever decide to go down to Spring Training, try to buy tickets in the picnic area, it's all the way down the left field line. If you buy tickets in the first picnic area section, you'll be almost right next to where the players come out and I've seen Halladay sign for the picnic area only various times throughout spring training. I don't think they sell those tickets online unless you buy many tickets for a party, but if you call up the phillies, or if you go up to the ticket office in Clearwater you can get tickets there.

Hope this information helps, good luck getting my white whale lol.

cyberer
06-15-2011, 08:58 PM
3 great tips there. I knew about the right field thing- if you read my thread back a few pages I JUST missed Cliff Lee when he signed there about 4 weeks ago.

As for the Picnic Area, I saw Raul sign there a few times so I know exactly where you mean. I think players know that graphers and dealers don't have those seats so they sign there more often. I tried to befriend that usher so he would let me in when they signed, but he was like talking to a brick wall.

Another 2 things that I have thought of:

1. Trying a road game- I heard the whole team, but especially the aces, are easier on the road.

2. Trying him at the Phestival next year. The odds of his being in the photo booth 3 years in a row aren't very good IMO unless he just REALLY hates signing and the Phillies like to baby him (which is entirely possible).

cyberer
06-15-2011, 09:01 PM
Oh, and not to spam my own thread, but one more thing:

3. Show up to spring training EARLY before practices start around Valentine's day and hang out around the practice fields. I heard this is the best time to get autographs- before the thousands of people come down.

phillykid15
06-15-2011, 09:22 PM
I've been to 2 regular season phillies games so far this season. One at Citi Field, and another at CBP. At CBP, I've seen and heard that they've been awful at signing. At Citi Field, Howard signed for some people above the dugout and I think Francisco did too. I think it all really depends on there mood and how accessible it is to get to the players when it comes to road games. If you saw in my thread, Cliff Lee said he was going to come back and sign for us at Citi Field when he was done with stretches, and he didn't come back.

As for the latter tip, this year in spring training, I came pretty early, and I know people who came even earlier in January because they live down there. Phillies practices this year in spring training were packed and nobody really signed, even the first day, except for Rollins and Victorino. Maybe it will be better next year, but if they end up doing well this year, it will probably be similar.

Once again, I think your best shot in Spring Training is the picnic area. I don't think the whole dealer thing has anything to do with it, I think it's just that you'd be the first person the players see, and there's not nearly as many people as there are in the field sections in the picnic area.

SMVintage
06-16-2011, 12:45 AM
[quote=cyberer;9935644
2. I recently started talking to someone on these boards on facebook chat. I really enjoy chatting the hobby with anyone, so if you want to reach my on gchat, my email address is cyberer37@gmail.com. I'm on most of the day as I leave my computer on, feel free to say hey![/quote]


I added you to my contacts- I'm always online too

TTMcardMaster
06-16-2011, 10:49 AM
Phillies are almost as bad as the Yankees when it comes to signing on the road. Miserable. This is in San Diego and Los Angeles, but I've read about guys in other cities also being shut out. I'd just pay for one...

cyberer
06-16-2011, 10:58 AM
Just paying for one means shelling out literally like 150 bucks. It's outrageous. I'd rather camp out on his lawn.

TTMcardMaster
06-16-2011, 11:04 AM
Cheaper than going to ST and trying all those rituals there hoping to get lucky, but to each their own!

PS-I think you will probaly be the 1st one to finish off that cover!

cyberer
06-16-2011, 11:06 AM
I looked on ebay and was shocked that I didn't see any. I googled it and still didn't see any. I think you're right it's possible that I'm the first that does it, which is freakin' sweet.

I did see some people this year who were also one guy short (I forget which) so they might beat me. Still a rare item to be sure.

TTMcardMaster
06-16-2011, 11:13 AM
Actually, I think the ultimate complete one would have to be signed by Robinson Cano too, so good luck!

cyberer
06-16-2011, 11:14 AM
I really think my best bet is the Phestival next year. I really have a hard time believing they will put him in the photo booth 3 years in a row. LOL to Cano.

cyberer
06-18-2011, 09:39 PM
Empty mail the past few days- the autograph gods are punishing me for my epic successes TTM last week with Randall Cunningham and IP at the Phestival.

lambeauleap87
06-18-2011, 10:17 PM
Empty mail the past few days- the autograph gods are punishing me for my epic successes TTM last week with Randall Cunningham and IP at the Phestival.

Seems like TTM's have been slow across the board here lately...I've seen less here on SCF, in my maildbox, and on SCN the past couple of days.

phillykid15
06-19-2011, 12:46 PM
Haha, I know how you feel bro, it seems I haven't gotten much IP since my insane spring training trip. It's very exasperating, but things do eventually get better.

cyberer
06-20-2011, 01:06 AM
My board exams are in 9 days so I just hope I get some nice TTMs this week to lighten my mood, which has been pretty dark and cloudy lately... pretty much has been the worst month of my life.

lambeauleap87
06-20-2011, 12:02 PM
My board exams are in 9 days so I just hope I get some nice TTMs this week to lighten my mood, which has been pretty dark and cloudy lately... pretty much has been the worst month of my life.

Phillies tickets to celebrate? :winking0071: Good luck with your board exams...

phillykid15
06-20-2011, 12:03 PM
I know how you feel, I've got the SAT in the fall, and my final exams are this week. You just have to get through it, and then you have the whole summer ahead of you.

cyberer
06-20-2011, 12:11 PM
Thanks for the good luck wishes and support guys, and good luck on your SAT. I'll muddle through.

cyberer
06-23-2011, 03:01 PM
Today makes 10 straight days with no returns. I was going pretty good there for awhile but now I'm back in a slump.

cyberer
06-24-2011, 01:51 PM
Finally got a return after an 11 day drought

This one for my negro league project:

Joe B Scott

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/643974db.jpg

1/1 63 days

If my information is correct, in 1937 his high school team played in the Chicago city championship in Wrigley Field. He was the only black player on the team. This made him the first black player to ever play a game in Wrigley field. Pretty cool bit of history there IMO.

As a funny aside, I got him to sign that allen and ginter card. The only problem is, when I took it out of the envelope, I realized that it is a home-printed counterfeit. I bought it off of ebay and must not have noticed it when I sent it out, but it is MUCH lighter in weight than any professional card that I own and has rough-cut edges like it was cut on a home papercutter.

I don't really care but it's pretty funny.

lambeauleap87
06-24-2011, 01:53 PM
Awesome return! I got my first former Negro Leaguer back today (John "Mule" Miles...finally sent to him), and I think that it's pretty sweet most of these guys sign. Scott sounds like a cool one to have, even if it's not an authentic card!

cyberer
06-24-2011, 01:55 PM
cool! I'll have to send to Miles. I have gotten Mahlon Duckett back already, I have a request out to Zapp as well.

Mahlon Duckett returned my questionnaire filled out, but Mr. Scott sent it back blank. Oh well.

lambeauleap87
06-24-2011, 01:56 PM
cool! I'll have to send to Miles. I have gotten Mahlon Duckett back already, I have a request out to Zapp as well.

Mahlon Duckett returned my questionnaire filled out, but Mr. Scott sent it back blank. Oh well.

Miles is basically a must-have if you're collecting Negro Leaguers...sent me back a full page letter about his life and career there.

cyberer
06-24-2011, 01:57 PM
what did you get him to sign- have any extras?

lambeauleap87
06-24-2011, 02:00 PM
what did you get him to sign- have any extras?

I've seen some people send him Allen & Ginter cards, but I'm not sure if he's in the set or they're customs...I sent him a 3x5 index card, but he sent me two back signed, each with quotes/advice along with a letter back to me that was signed. I detailed it all in my success thread.

SLNoble13
06-24-2011, 02:55 PM
Congrats on your returns! Negro players are awesome additions to any collections!


Is there a fee for Miles and Duckett?

cyberer
06-24-2011, 03:53 PM
Not for Duckett, I don't know about Miles but I don't think so.

lambeauleap87
06-24-2011, 04:17 PM
Congrats on your returns! Negro players are awesome additions to any collections!


Is there a fee for Miles and Duckett?

Miles went to all the trouble that he did for no fee...

cyberer
06-26-2011, 12:18 PM
No returns on Saturday- are we sure the US postal service isn't on strike too like Canada lol?

loki1230
06-26-2011, 12:35 PM
No returns on Saturday- are we sure the US postal service isn't on strike too like Canada lol?

Don't give them any ideas now! lol :)

Eddie_2
06-26-2011, 03:12 PM
No returns on Saturday- are we sure the US postal service isn't on strike too like Canada lol?

I haven't had any returns in awhile either. :sign0020:

I think I'm the only dope in Philly that didn't get back from Chuck Bednarik.

cyberer
07-05-2011, 08:09 PM
I went away for the long weekend and came home to the most epic day I've had in a long while TTM, or possibly ever.

First the failure- It seems as though Adrian Gonzalez has stopped signing and caught the red sox epidemic- the allergy to sharpies. I got a preprint c/o spring training 140 days.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/fa0376ad.jpg



Now for the successes:

Finally a Steve Largent- 25 days 1/1

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/8c65a5c8.jpg



Next, one that I thought was long gone- Fernando Valenzuela 1/1 90 days

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/f5cb4c67.jpg


Next, Mike Trout 1/1 Angels "Superprospect" also 90 days on a custom 4x6

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/bdb02cf9.jpg


And finally, I made a trade with someone on these forums and picked up Pete Rose and Brandon Phillips autos:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/8d7d28b0.jpg
http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/0f08698d.jpg

All in all a pretty epic day to bust out of the slump.

lambeauleap87
07-05-2011, 08:13 PM
Epic day! You've got some awesome stuff there...

metsmagic18
07-05-2011, 08:18 PM
I went away for the long weekend and came home to the most epic day I've had in a long while TTM, or possibly ever.

First the failure- It seems as though Adrian Gonzalez has stopped signing and caught the red sox epidemic- the allergy to sharpies. I got a preprint c/o spring training 140 days.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/fa0376ad.jpg



Now for the successes:

Finally a Steve Largent- 25 days 1/1

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/8c65a5c8.jpg



Next, one that I thought was long gone- Fernando Valenzuela 1/1 90 days

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/f5cb4c67.jpg


Next, Mike Trout 1/1 Angels "Superprospect" also 90 days on a custom 4x6

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/bdb02cf9.jpg


And finally, I made a trade with someone on these forums and picked up Pete Rose and Brandon Phillips autos:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/8d7d28b0.jpg
http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/0f08698d.jpg

All in all a pretty epic day to bust out of the slump.

Congrats former slumper! Unfortunately, I'm still waitin...

Welker83
07-05-2011, 08:50 PM
Nice mail. I have a feeling the redsox staff doesnt forward the mail to the players and thats why every player on the sox sends pre prints. JMO

Eddie_2
07-05-2011, 09:39 PM
I'm still waiting on my Fernando Valenzuela TTM. But since you got it after a long wait, I still have some hope! lol

I sent mine 2/3 though...when did you send?

TTMcardMaster
07-05-2011, 09:52 PM
I don't know why people send to Red Sox players anymore, you could spend the money you spent on the stamps for a pack of gum instead!

Riggs
07-05-2011, 10:08 PM
Great day & well deserving i might add. I think it might be red sox policy to instruct players to become horrible TTMers. Part of there condition of employment. If any Red Sox player is found to be a decent TTMer there contract is to be terminated immediately.

TTMcardMaster
07-05-2011, 10:18 PM
Great day & well deserving i might add. I think it might be red sox policy to instruct players to become horrible TTMers. Part of there condition of employment. If any Red Sox player is found to be a decent TTMer there contract is to be terminated immediately.

See Mike Cameron. :sign0020:

buffalobills
07-05-2011, 11:26 PM
just another reasone to dislike the redsoxs! anyway nice haul on the rest of the guys.

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
07-06-2011, 02:19 AM
Nice stuff. I held off sending to Trout thinking he was done answering mail.. Guess not!

Nice Fernando too, he's been on my list forever.

cyberer
07-14-2011, 09:01 PM
I went away for a week to Jamaica and I returned to some awesome awesome AWESOME mail!

First, I got back 2 separate requests from the same player that were sent months apart-

Jameson Taillon Epic Pitching Prospect for the Pirates-

One Request sent 90 days ago, one sent 45 days ago. I'm only a bit bummed because the 4x6 had a crease in it. Not a huge deal once I frame it though.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/1e1dc10c.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/de24a28e.jpg


Next, one that is probably fake but, like the Shaq and the Favre, too tempting not to get: Roger Clemens c/o his foundation 20 days

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/d34226ad.jpg

Finally, this last request requires a bit of background information.

I sent to Neil Walker c/o Pirates Spring Training and received a preprint back requesting a donation of any dollar amount to Pirates Charities for Neil Walker's true autograph.

It didn't specify if other players were participating, but I decided to send to Andrew McCutchen, c/o Pirates Charities, with a dollar donation- and in the letter I asked the charities to return the donation if it was impossible or to forward it to him if it was possible. Well, I got it back today from the first time all-star! I love McCutch and couldn't be happier! ONE DOLLAR! WOO! 30 days.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/f53710d1.jpg

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
07-14-2011, 09:21 PM
I went away for a week to Jamaica and I returned to some awesome awesome AWESOME mail!

First, I got back 2 separate requests from the same player that were sent months apart-

Jameson Taillon Epic Pitching Prospect for the Pirates-

One Request sent 90 days ago, one sent 45 days ago. I'm only a bit bummed because the 4x6 had a crease in it. Not a huge deal once I frame it though.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/1e1dc10c.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/de24a28e.jpg


Next, one that is probably fake but, like the Shaq and the Favre, too tempting not to get: Roger Clemens c/o his foundation 20 days

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/d34226ad.jpg

Finally, this last request requires a bit of background information.

I sent to Neil Walker c/o Pirates Spring Training and received a preprint back requesting a donation of any dollar amount to Pirates Charities for Neil Walker's true autograph.

It didn't specify if other players were participating, but I decided to send to Andrew McCutchen, c/o Pirates Charities, with a dollar donation- and in the letter I asked the charities to return the donation if it was impossible or to forward it to him if it was possible. Well, I got it back today from the first time all-star! I love McCutch and couldn't be happier! ONE DOLLAR! WOO! 30 days.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/f53710d1.jpg

Nice stuff!

McCutchen used to be pretty automatic. I'll give it a shot with a $5 spot. I like him too. Tried picking up a cert on eBay but people are blowing it up paying $20+ for an ugly, low-book auto like he's the next Griffey or something.

cyberer
07-14-2011, 09:44 PM
P.S. I just got back from Jamaica and saw all the comments that rolled in on my last big day too thanks for keeping my thread going guys I love the comments.

cyberer
07-17-2011, 09:32 PM
I went to Citi Field today for the Phillies. I went to try to complete my quest- I only need Doc Halladay on my Sports Illustrated cover to finish it. I have Hamels, Lee, Oswalt and Blanton on it already.

Least enjoyable day of graphing I've ever had.

As I was waiting for the pitchers on the Phils side, I saw Reyes doing sprints and tossing on the mets side, but by the time I got over the usher said he sprinted back in and didn't look at the fans at all. Later on I saw some mets signing, but I was on the Phillies side and didn't go over- if it isn't David Wright, Ike Davis, Jason Bay or Jose Reyes I didn't really care anyway, and I don't think it was those guys signing...

The Phillies pitchers were doing their sprints in left field. Since Kendrick was pitching all the big 4 were there- lee hamels oswalt and doc.

As Cliff Lee was playing catch, he had a ball go off his glove that was a rocket that skidded into the crowd and almost hit me in the face. He didn't smile or look back or say anything like he was concerned, but we thought we could still call him over after. I had already gotten lee last month but I wouldn't have turned him down obviously.

However him and Halladay did their last sprints together then did this annoying little trick I've seen them do- they walk back to the dugout together pretending to be deep in conversation and oblivious to the fans calling for them to come over. They completely ignored us in that manner. Lee apparently didn't care that he almost hit us...

The rest of the pitchers went back. Michael Stutes and Herndon signed but I have stutes and herndon blows so I skipped it. Madson signed one ball for a kid after he was done warming up (I have him too so I didn't feel too badly).

Hamels and Oswalt left likewise ignoring the fans.

Then later on pregame the position players came out. I heard rollins signed the day before, so I was hopeful. I stood right by the tarp where they were taking warmup tosses. I was standing next to a kid that knew domonic brown from his hometown. When brown saw the kid he waved and made a fuss, but it was past the national anthem so he didn't stop to sign b/c he didn't have time.

Then finally Howard Rollins Utley and the rest of the lineup ran back to the dugout without stopping, but Ryan Howard stopped on the first step of the dugout and let a kid toss him a ball and signed it and threw it back before going back in. ARGH!!!!

Horrible horrible day, but at least the ushers on the visiting team side were very, very cool about letting me squat seats for graphing and the game.

TTMcardMaster
07-17-2011, 09:41 PM
Now THOSE are the Phillies guys I've graphed!

loki1230
07-17-2011, 10:22 PM
I went to Citi Field today for the Phillies. I went to try to complete my quest- I only need Doc Halladay on my Sports Illustrated cover to finish it. I have Hamels, Lee, Oswalt and Blanton on it already.

Least enjoyable day of graphing I've ever had.

As I was waiting for the pitchers on the Phils side, I saw Reyes doing sprints and tossing on the mets side, but by the time I got over the usher said he sprinted back in and didn't look at the fans at all. Later on I saw some mets signing, but I was on the Phillies side and didn't go over- if it isn't David Wright, Ike Davis, Jason Bay or Jose Reyes I didn't really care anyway, and I don't think it was those guys signing...

The Phillies pitchers were doing their sprints in left field. Since Kendrick was pitching all the big 4 were there- lee hamels oswalt and doc.

As Cliff Lee was playing catch, he had a ball go off his glove that was a rocket that skidded into the crowd and almost hit me in the face. He didn't smile or look back or say anything like he was concerned, but we thought we could still call him over after. I had already gotten lee last month but I wouldn't have turned him down obviously.

However him and Halladay did their last sprints together then did this annoying little trick I've seen them do- they walk back to the dugout together pretending to be deep in conversation and oblivious to the fans calling for them to come over. They completely ignored us in that manner. Lee apparently didn't care that he almost hit us...

The rest of the pitchers went back. Michael Stutes and Herndon signed but I have stutes and herndon blows so I skipped it. Madson signed one ball for a kid after he was done warming up (I have him too so I didn't feel too badly).

Hamels and Oswalt left likewise ignoring the fans.

Then later on pregame the position players came out. I heard rollins signed the day before, so I was hopeful. I stood right by the tarp where they were taking warmup tosses. I was standing next to a kid that knew domonic brown from his hometown. When brown saw the kid he waved and made a fuss, but it was past the national anthem so he didn't stop to sign b/c he didn't have time.

Then finally Howard Rollins Utley and the rest of the lineup ran back to the dugout without stopping, but Ryan Howard stopped on the first step of the dugout and let a kid toss him a ball and signed it and threw it back before going back in. ARGH!!!!

Horrible horrible day, but at least the ushers on the visiting team side were very, very cool about letting me squat seats for graphing and the game.

It is my understanding that Lee is a bit of a umm...yea...:). This story confirms what I've heard somewhat. That is a rough day graphing man, and hopefully you'll be able to snatch Doc up sometime soon. That cover with all 4 will be a beautiful thing!

Eddie_2
07-17-2011, 10:26 PM
The Braves postion players did the same thing last time I was at CBP....

Doc is without question the hardest to get and he costs $179 at auto shows....I've never seen him sign while at the games either. But you never know...one day you might get him in a good mood.

cyberer
07-18-2011, 01:10 AM
Thanks for the comments guys. I've had GREAT days graphing the phils and I've had HORRIBLE days like today, so nothing phases me anymore but it still sucks.

As far as halladay goes I think my only legitimate chances are:

1. Pay the money
2. Get lucky at spring training next year (I just missed him this year)
3. The phils festival next year if he's not in the photo booth for the 3rd year in a row. Even if he is in the booth I can try to get him but this year he snubbed me.

I just think he's literally impossible to get pregame...

phillykid15
07-18-2011, 05:05 PM
I actually went to the game Friday which is when rollins signed, but I didn't get him because I was standing over the dugout. A situation actually happened where a foul ball hit a little kid in the head over by the left field side, luckily he wasn't hurt badly at all, and Halladay and Hamels came over to cheer the kid up by signing his ball. I ran over and tried to see if Halladay would sign my ball that I held out right in front of him, but he wouldn't sign it. He signed a lot when he was on the Jays which pretty much proves the fact that once a team becomes good, one can't expect to get too many autographs from that team.

mmalpedo01
07-18-2011, 07:08 PM
[QUOTE=cyberer;10090341] Michael Stutes and Herndon signed but I have stutes and herndon blows so I skipped it. QUOTE]

Spoken like a true Phillies fan as I am. Herndon needs to go!

cyberer
07-18-2011, 10:15 PM
Herndon strikes again- get off my team! (regarding the HR to pena)

Payton85
07-19-2011, 01:43 PM
Herndon strikes again- get off my team! (regarding the HR to pena)

More like Halladay melted.

cyberer
07-21-2011, 04:58 PM
Got a great success today, but not from anything I did TTM or IP.

A friend of mine on these forums, MVICK7, went out and 50/50d Bryce Harper for me. It came in today on a 4x6:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/94bf9970.jpg

But what's really making this awesome is all the extras that he unexpectedly threw in!

First and foremost, the game ticket from the game where he got Harper:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/c3bbafdd.jpg


Lesean McCoy on a custom:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/d3ec47c5.jpg

Chris Marrero on a 2010 Bowman Expectations

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/ed37b2a5.jpg

And assorted Harrisburg Senators on customs

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/b64b6fcb.jpg

MVick7
07-21-2011, 07:31 PM
I'm happy you like what I sent I knew you would I'm happy I was able to get him for you

lambeauleap87
07-21-2011, 08:04 PM
That's an awesome gesture! I feel like he's about to get a dozen 50/50 requests, haha....

Riggs
07-21-2011, 08:07 PM
PM SENT MVick7!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just kidding but that is a great gesture! well done. Thats a great picture also.

MVick7
07-21-2011, 09:24 PM
lol

cyberer
07-21-2011, 09:27 PM
I asked him before I posted if I could use his username in my shout out, bc I anticipated him getting a bunch of PMs. He said it was ok.

MVick7
07-21-2011, 09:34 PM
I did not care I was glad to help you out 3 bryce harper autos are enought for me lol

Riggs
07-21-2011, 10:18 PM
I asked him before I posted if I could use his username in my shout out, bc I anticipated him getting a bunch of PMs. He said it was ok.

hell yeah man... gotta give credit where credit is due for something like this. dont believe there are many on here that would 50/50 a up & coming star like Harper. Well done MVick7 :love0030:

cyberer
07-21-2011, 10:19 PM
Yeah he came through in a huge way- he had a soft spot for me as a fellow eagles fan it seems.

akoch
07-21-2011, 10:24 PM
Yep, I've been looking for a 50/50 on him forever.....and I was offering WAY more than just 50/50! very cool of you to do this for him.

cyberer
07-25-2011, 12:47 AM
Got an AWESOME one back today- Miles Austin c/o home- 27 days. 1/1 4x6 photo

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/690b33fb.jpg


Glad I didn't miss the boat on this one before training camp starts.

cyberer
07-29-2011, 08:59 AM
Haven't had any successes since Saturday, but I decided to re-post a cool story from my past graphing that I don't think I ever posted here. I just posted this on my "how to graph IP NFL games" thread:

"The only graphs I ever got at an NFL game was when I volunteered last year for the Eagles "tackling breast cancer" event done through my medical school. We sold hats Tshirts etc to benefit breast cancer research and got volunteer passes.

On the way there they led us through some access tunnels to get us to where we would be selling. We noticed though that these access tunnels were only guarded by one nice older guy who didn't seem to notice/care if the volunteers went back through it.

So we did. Once in there we followed arrowed signs that said "to field." Before we knew it, we turned a few corners and went around a bend and lo and behold the tunnel was right in front of us and we were looking out through it onto the field. The tunnel was lined by security guards, but we had our volunteer badges and we just made it look like we knew exactly where we were going and walked right past them.

Once on the field we started walking down the Eagles sideline. This was at 9am so no one was on the field yet. Suddenly security obviously figured out we weren't supposed to be there and told us to leave. BUT not before he agreed to take a picture for myself and my friends with all of us standing in the endzone.

We went back through the tunnel to our spot at the club entrance to sell things. After the game I saw Sal Paolantonio getting off the elevator and shook his hand and talked to him a bit about volunteering. He signed an Eagles pocket schedule for me. What's even cooler is that he whispered to me "I'm not supposed to do this, but look behind you and Leonard Weaver is there he'll sign for you too!"

I turned around and saw a big man sitting in a wheelchair. This was right after his catastrophic and potentially career-ending knee injury. He was really nice when I asked him for a graph and I told him the fans all loved him and that he should get better real soon. He thanked me and signed my pocket schedule.

I didn't bring anything to graph that day b/c I figured it would be in poor form in front of my medschool people. However when that situation presented itself I improvised with the pocket scheds. "

phillykid15
07-29-2011, 03:34 PM
I went to a Real Madrid vs Philadelphia Union soccer game at the Linc and pretty much what you had to do was stand near the tunnel and if you got there very early, as the players walked back into the locker rooms through the tunnel, some would sign. I can't imagine it's much different for football either.

cyberer
08-02-2011, 01:07 PM
Got an AWESOME success for the Phils collection today.

Pedro Feliz 2/2 55 days C/O Camden Riversharks

He signed my Parade Photo 4x6 with inscription! I heard he stopped signing Phillies memorabilia unless you pay him at shows; apparently not so much! Also signed a card.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/53f7ae73.jpg



http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/bbe0ff60.jpg

Thanks Pedro! You were a bit of a liability towards the end of your Phillies tenure, but you were still an important part of our title team. Good luck breaking back into the big leagues from the independent leagues!

Eddie_2
08-02-2011, 05:41 PM
Nice Pete Happy success. Everyone seems to forget the big homer he hit against the Yankees in the WS that tied the game up. If the Phils would have won that game (think it was game 5) he would have been the hero.

druce26
08-03-2011, 12:04 AM
It was game 4. Lee won game 5. If Lidge covers 3rd on that Damon steal in the 9th......Oh well, I was just about to send to Feliz tomorrow anyway, so this is nice to see.
He was the hero for the game winning hit in Game 5 of the 08 Series. The guy had a nice career.
Nice Pete Happy success. Everyone seems to forget the big homer he hit against the Yankees in the WS that tied the game up. If the Phils would have won that game (think it was game 5) he would have been the hero.

cyberer
08-12-2011, 11:23 PM
Great night of graphing tonight, though it certainly didn't start out that way. I met up with Philly Kid on these forums, and he and my brother and I all graphed. We did the nationals dugout, and missed everyone. Werth only signed a few (at least I got him last time out). Storen signed a few for the diamond club only (infuriating). Espinosa signed a few but I missed him. However, As Espinosa was leaving he tossed up a batting practice glove and I caught it.





http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/73eb974d.jpg


I'll have to get him to sign it next time.

Then we went to the Phillies side to try for Pence. However right after we got there a ceremony started that honored John Kruk- and the ushers kicked us all out. We were devastated- who cares about the wall of fame? This is graphing we are talking about.

We didn't get any phillies to that point, and after the ceremony ended we were still unable to get down to the lower level. It was 730 at this point. The phillies suddenly ran out of the dugout to do their late warmups. We decided to give it a go and walked right past the usher and weren't stopped. We found 2 empty seats in the front row. They ran their sprints.

However then the anthem started- the kiss of death. I thought we weren't going to get anyone. However the anthem ended and Pence was still standing there. He leaned back to stretch and looked at the crowd. I held up my 8x10 and yelled "HEY HUNTER!" He looked over at us, and then ran down to do his last sprint.

When he finished, he literally walked RIGHT TOWARDS US! I was in disbelief. He signed for the kids next to me, he signed my 8x10, my brothers ROMLB (sidepanelled in the black sharpie he was running with UGH), and a ball for PhillyKid as well. Great success from the newest Philly!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/6a2ed506.jpg

cyberer
08-13-2011, 07:57 PM
Went to eagles training camp with a VIP pass hoping to get some autos. As others suggested my brother and I left and re-entered multiple times and got a total of 15 tickets between the 3 people there. The numbers were all spread out so we thought we were in good shape. Not one ticket won. We were speechless.

We watched practice- desean and hall looked beastly. Afterwards when it came time
For the auto tent, we asked around if anyone was selling tickets. I bought a ticket for line 1 for 10 bucks. I needed one for my little brother then so I went around and said a sob story about how my brother would never forgive me if I didnt get him one. I gave this speech to the crowd and no one bit. When I turned around to go back a kid had approached me and said I heard your story and please take this ticket for line 3. I was speechless and offered him 5 bucks to thank him which he accepted. Rock on!

Turns out line 3 was desean Jackson line 1 was a bunch of scrubs. My brother was devastated (we randomly assigned who had what line). I made friends with the guy in front of me with his young daughter. He had a ticket and she didnt. He heard my brother being upset and the girl offered to take a card in with her and try to get it signed for my brother. She succeeded so we both got desean, me on a mini him on a card. Desean gave me a fist pump:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/2d21f7b6.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/f34a018b.jpg

As I advanced through line 3 I realized that the line 2 guys had their backs to me but where within arms reach. As I progressed I asked them to sign for me. I got Riley Cooper and Ronnie brown:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/8760c8a0.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/e7e36376.jpg

Also in my line that signed the above besides Ronnie: Johnny lee Higgins, alex henry, dion Lewis and some scrubs. I got avant on a card:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/fb9367e5.jpg

Then we went to our VIP tent- Nate Allen and mike Patterson were there- Patterson was in good health and good spirits. I didn't ask Nate Allen to sign bc last year he signed for me and said he really liked my team photo of his rookie year. So I brought him an extra one this year and handed it to him. He was really appreciative and thanked me a lot. Here it is:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/f7f35921.jpg

All in all a great day and great weekend of graphing, another prime examples of making my own luck through persistence.

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
08-13-2011, 08:02 PM
Sick stuff dude.

SLNoble13
08-13-2011, 09:00 PM
Very nice pick ups!

cyberer
08-15-2011, 12:14 AM
Got Saturday's mail just now and I got one of the recent controversial harvins. I am not totally convinced they are ghosts, but time will tell:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/173df236.jpg

phillykid15
08-15-2011, 02:22 PM
Hey man, congrats on getting Desean at training camp! It was really cool meeting up with you and your brother at the Phillies game and I'm glad we all got Pence to sign for us.

cyberer
08-16-2011, 04:35 PM
Thanks man it was good meeting up with you too. I'll keep you posted when I'm graphing in the future. I'm glad we got lucky too.

Your information about Training Camp was right on, unfortunately we had 15 tickets combined and they were all losers. We had to buy our way in. It looks like if I stood at the rope like you said I would have had a handful of autos anyway; luckily it didn't come to that.

cyberer
08-18-2011, 12:08 AM
Kind of a mixed night of autographing tonight. I went to the Phillies-Diamondbacks. I got there when the gates opened and rushed down onto the field as usual.

Watched the DBacks take batting practice. During practice Justin Upton was standing by the dugout and someone in the crowd got his attention. It was his former high school coach who came to watch him. Justin warmly waved and was happy to see him. He put up 1 finger as if to say "wait 1 minute and I'll talk to you."

We were all happy while graphing figuring we'd get him while he was talking to his coach. After he was done practicing he called the coach and his wife down into the diamond club where none of us had access and talked to them there. He signed for 1 little kid but not for anyone else.

No one on the diamondbacks stopped to sign, including Chris Young, Dan Hudson, Paul Goldschmidt, and Eric Young (a coach). One guy got Kirk Gibson but that's about it. Horrible team to graph.

Then a buddy of mine reminded me that the game was a national broadcast on ESPN and that Nomar would be calling the game. Furthermore he told me that he had a Hall of Fame club ticket where he could get up close to the press booth and try his luck with Nomar.

I convinced him to loan me his ticket for a few minutes so I could go try before he did. I got to the ESPN booth and asked if nomar could sign my ball. I was told that Nomar was calling the little league world series and wasn't there tonight. This after I spent 25 dollars to buy a ROMLB to get him on because I didn't have one. UGH!!!

As I was reeling from this disappointment, I went back into the club lobby where the concessions were. Suddenly I heard an all-too-familiar voice and turned around and saw Sarge, Gary Matthews Sr ordering food at the concession stand. I waited until he was done and asked him to sign while I fumbled clumbsily around for the 4x6 I had of him. He put his food down in the booth and came back out and signed. I was going to ask him to inscribe it rookie of the year but for some reason I didn't feel right asking he seemed in a hurry.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/46dc6fdc.jpg

Then I went to the Phillies side pre-game. Predictably no one stopped except Utley, who did his usual "sign for 4-5 little kids" maneuver and then ran away. Phillies are downright abysmal to graph. Luckily I have the whole team already except for Roy Halladay.

When I got home I checked the mail and got some more good news. Paul O'Neill c/o Yankees 14 days 1/1 rookie card signed!


http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/f1a5c7cb.jpg


Really glad I got Sarge tonight, he was one missing from my collection. I am also obviously pumped about the O'Neill. Still, a somewhat disappointing night after I got Pence and Desean my last 2 times out.

cyberer
08-25-2011, 10:27 PM
I had an insanely busy day of graphing. I got out of work at 3:30 and went to not 1, not 2, but 3 different sites to graph 3 different teams. I was coordinating via phone with fellow SCF'er NOlowryVA, and we tag teamed much of the night.

My first stop out of work was the Browns hotel in center city Philly. I got there at like 3:45 and the buses were all empty- I got there as the first players were boarding. I went up and tried to graph them. Suddenly a cop yelled from behind me that no one was signing and I had to leave. I walked 4-5 feet away and stood there watching. It was after all a public sidewalk she couldn't legally make me leave.

I waited 5-10 minutes with her glaring at me the whole time. Suddenly Colt McCoy walked out of the hotel, and turned and began walking in the opposite direction from me towards the bus. I started walking after him. The cop yelled at me that he wouldn't sign. I said "listen- I'm walking away from the hotel I'm leaving." However although I was walking AWAY from the hotel, I was in fact still following McCoy. He walked out into the street to board the bus.

With him in front of me with his back to me I called his name and asked him to sign. He turned and gave me a quick sig on my U Texas 8x10. Awesome! I got out quickly so as not to push my luck with the cop.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/fb3f43e5.jpg


My next stop was broad street where Victorino was having his celebrity fashion show fundraiser. I got there I was the only one graphing at first, around 4:15. Right after I got there they literally rolled out the red carpet. Shortly thereafter a black SUV pulled up and RYAN HOWARD gets out the back with his date. I already have howard's graph, but I owe a friend an 8x10 of him to complete a 50/50.

I waited until he was out of the car, and got his date situated. I didn't bum rush him. I let him come to me and then gently and politely asked him to sign. He said "not now, man." I guess as others said it wasn't the best environment to be graphing.

As time passed a family showed up to graph- a father, mother and 2 teenage girls. Also a little boy and his grandmother showed up, as did 2 guys who worked in the building across the street. It was a nice little crowd graphing, and it made me feel less awkward about it. Also since they were all "normal" people it was a nice change of pace from the usual Philly autograph dealer shenanigans.

As we waited, Bernard Hopkins, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Cole Hamels all entered without acknowledging the fans. Hunter Pence arrived shortly thereafter and stopped to talk to the crowd a bit. I'm positive he would have signed if asked but since he already signed my 8x10 last week I had nothing for him.

Worley drove by then, and the young girls took off running after him. He couldn't find a parking spot in his pimped out car (it had bright red headlights and an awesome silver grill on a fancy luxury sedan). The young girls managed to flag down his car and got a picture with him before he drove away. Vance parked and walked right past us though I didn't ask him to sign. Somewhere during all of these events NOlowryVA arrived to graph with me.

At this point almost all the guests were inside the event, so we sat on the stoop and waited to see if anyone would be fashionably late. As I'm sitting there people were walking past me up the stairs. I look up at one point and see that the guy that just walked past me was Ruben Amaro. I said "hi ruben!" He didn't respond. I didn't even see where he came from...

As we are waiting there we are talking to a cop that is really nice. He asked me if I collect autos. I said yeah. He told me to head over to the 4 seasons since the Marlins were in town and are staying at the Hyatt but got invited to a luxury dinner at the 4 seasons. NOlowryVA and I headed off and thanked him for the tip. We got to the 4 seasons and asked around, no one had any idea what we were talking about. We called around and discovered they were already at the Hyatt about a mile away. We split a cab and were underway.

We hung around the lobby and saw Gaby Sanchez, Javier Vazquez, Greg Dobbs and a few others sitting on the chairs in the lobby. We didn't approach them we bided our time. Finally the guys got up to get into their luxury SUV that they had chartered for the evening. We asked them to graph but they all snubbed us. The bellhop saw us and demanded that we wait across the street. Since they have a private driveway he had some leverage to make us leave. We instead told him we would have a drink at the bar. So we went back into the hotel.

We sat at the bar and watched the Eagles game. My companion saw Annibal Sanchez in the lobby and went out to try to graph him. I didn't go along I waited at the bar. Suddenly a few minutes later the bellhop came into the bar and demanded that I leave since my buddy didn't take no for an answer he said. I was indignant and told him that I did nothing wrong and I was going to call the police (I bluffed him) and that I am not my buddy's keeper. I told him that I told my friend not to go and he wouldn't listen. At least he got Annibal Sanchez.

He wasn't having any of it and threw me out of the hotel and told me to wait across the street. We waited together over there. As we waited, I looked into the lobby and squinted my eyes- I saw a very distinctive haircut (a bit of a mohawk) coming out of the hotel. I'm like ™™™™ that's Mike Stanton!

We called to him from across the street when he came out to get a cab. He didn't listen or look up at us.

Suddenly I saw that the bellhop had his back turned to Stanton and to us as he was hailing a cab. I decided to go for it and walked briskly across the street and made a B line for stanton. The other bellhop told me that this was unacceptable and I had to leave, but I walked right up to Stanton and said "If you could sign my ball it would make my night and then I'll leave, and if you say no then I'll leave anyway."

The bellhops were pretty ™™™™™™ at this point, but Stanton grabbed my ball and signed it on the side panel (I was more worried about getting arrested than asking him to sweet spot). I thanked him a million times and said that he made my night. He said that I was welcome. I told the bellhops that I was leaving now and not to worry. They didn't chase me or call after me or anything, I think they were just really glad that I left.

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http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/76759316.jpg

Unfortunately NOlowryVA wasn't able to get Stanton as he didn't come with me when I went over and by the time he got over, the bellhops were furious and wouldn't let him near.

I'm not really sure what legal trouble you can get in for stuff like this. I imagine even if the cops were to come if you just left and were very polite and obsequious that they wouldn't make a big thing of it.

Anyways I don't make a habit of bucking authority like this, but I was indignant over the way this man treated us. I'm just happy I got in and out and got my graph. All's well that ends well.

phillykid15
08-25-2011, 11:57 PM
Nice McCoy and Stanton successes man. Halladay was probably really early as always unless he didn't even show up.

Getting yelled at and possibly getting arrested, among other reasons, is kind of why I try to avoid hotels and other more personal places for the players, but I guess you've got to do what you've got to do to get certain players sometimes.

cyberer
08-26-2011, 09:47 AM
A security guard at victorinos thing took pity on me and checked the official guest list and doc wasn't on it I guess he doesn't like Vic or something.

As for the hotel, as long as you go when the players are boarding or leaving the bus there are 99&#37; of the time no problems. Most hotels are used to it and have procedures in place for graphing. Trouble only happens if you do what I did last night and try to get them once you are inside the hotel or the front entrance.

That's why I usually only do the bus.

cyberer
08-31-2011, 09:23 AM
Been slow since the night I got Stanton. I did get 1 TTM Monday for the phillies collection:

Ruben amaro 1/1 6 days c/o phillies

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/a709418a.jpg

I got him to sign a card from my childhood growing up in Scranton watching the phillies aaa team the Scranton wilkes barre red barons.

This makes up for his being rude to me on the street outside of victorinos thing...

slitz
08-31-2011, 10:39 AM
A security guard at victorinos thing took pity on me and checked the official guest list and doc wasn't on it I guess he doesn't like Vic or something.

As for the hotel, as long as you go when the players are boarding or leaving the bus there are 99% of the time no problems. Most hotels are used to it and have procedures in place for graphing. Trouble only happens if you do what I did last night and try to get them once you are inside the hotel or the front entrance.

That's why I usually only do the bus.


yeah outside is fine. inside is just asking for trouble

cyberer
09-08-2011, 06:22 PM
Got one in today for the Phillies collection. David Bell 1/1 c/o whatever team he coaches on now (I forget what address I used) 16 days.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/3bf18956.jpg

Been really slow lately, but I sent out multiples on the day I sent this one out, hopefully I see a few more back.

cyberer
09-12-2011, 10:30 PM
Copied from my thread:

Tonight I enacted a daring plan to do the following:

-Go to Andy Reid's radio show in South Philly from 5-6
-Go to Michael Vick's radio show in South Philly from 6-7
-Go to Lesean McCoy's radio show in NORTH Philly 20 minutes away from 7-8

A daring plan. I got out of class at 5:15, and drove like hell to south philly. I got there right as Reid was leaving and missed him. Luckily after Reid was done Joselio Hansen was there doing a surprise segment. I got his auto on my 2010 team photo and got a fist pound.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/50d5bb2e.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/9135df3d.jpg

Right around then I noticed that Vick was in the VIP area eating some nachos. I got in line, I was like 3rd in line. Right after that people mobbed the scene maybe 20-30 back. Then I caught sight of the owner of Chickies and Petes, Pete, and I asked him what the autograph situation was. He said I needed a receipt that said I had bought something in the restaurant. I quickly bought a beer. He said that wasn't enough. I told him to give me a break I ate before I came and didn't know the policy. He said that I will get more for the auto on ebay, and asked if I was a dealer. I told him emphatically that I am not a dealer and have never sold anything online.

He didn't say anything but a few minutes later he counted off 6-7 people for the bouncer and told them to let us in. I breathed a sigh of relief. He also gave the bouncer a list of 5-6 guys not to let in because they were dealers. I recognized everyone he named as dealers. The bouncer told us not to come back next week because he will remember.

This is why I will not take 50/50s from anyone on here, sorry for anyone that asked. I don't want to end up on Pete's "dealer banned list."

So this is where the annoying thing happened. The guy in front of me was a dealer who got in anyway. He handed vick his minihelmet with a silver marker. Vick signed it in silver. I hand Vick my minihelmet and my silver. And he won't take my marker. He signed it in black. I said it wouldn't show up. He said yes it will and signed it. Luckily it didn't come out that bad, and he gave me the whole Vick signature, not just the MV7. Still annoying that the dealer got the silver and I didn't.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/961157d7.jpg

Still can't complain about a free Mike Vick auto.

Then I got in my car and drove the 15-20 minutes up to Shady's show. It wasn't crowded only like 20-25 people. I got in line and was 1st in line. The first commercial break I walked up to the VIP area and was physically blocked by the 97.5 the fanatic fat guy. Those of you who read my thread know that I had a run-in with the 97.5 the fanatic fat guy last year at Mike Vick's show with Mike Misanelli. Vick literally told me he would sign, and the fat guy still tried to c0ckblock everybody. This guy just hates graphers for some reason.

Anyways tonight he was being nice. He told me that McCoy wasn't signing tonight yet unless he changes his mind. McCoy spent the entire commercial break whispering back and forth to his handler that was with him. Even the owner went over and talked to him. No dice. The next segment of the show started with no autos.

Then the fat guy and the owner told us shady said he would sign 1 item per on the next break provided we didn't go near and just handed the items to them to bring in to him because he was "tired."

Next commercial break that restriction was lifted for some reason and I walked right over to shady. He lightened up as soon as the fans got near him and was very friendly. He asked what my name was and I said Erik. He started signing Derek so I had to stop him. He changed the D to an E, and then signed it Eric. I told him it was a K so he changed it to a K. At least he stuck with it and made it right for me, even if it looks a little fugly. He gave me a really nice sig on my 8x10.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/62682d55.jpg

As I was walking out I had to walk past the platform where shady was sitting. I leaned over and said "thanks for the auto shady!" He said "You're welcome, Erik" remembering my name from when he personalized and he gave me a fist pound. It was pretty cool.

All in all it was an up and down night- it was awesome that I got the sigs, kinda sucks that Vick's was in black and shady's has the sloppy personalization.

Oh well, not bad for 3 free sigs.

TTMcardMaster
09-12-2011, 10:38 PM
Not bad, 2 of the best players on the Iggles! Vick auto is the full one! Too bad Vick didn't just run with that guys silver or something.

PS-I wouldn't use c0ckblock to describe what the security guard was trying to do lol

cyberer
09-12-2011, 10:46 PM
lol yeah I guess not. Seemed appropriate at the time I was writing it.

Onward to Vince Young's event tomorrow!

Responding to your PM now TTMmaster

TTMcardMaster
09-12-2011, 10:51 PM
PS-Are you dressing like your average dealer or something?

cyberer
09-12-2011, 10:52 PM
Today I came right from work so I was wearing slacks and dress shoes and a striped button down. I think that worked to my advantage as I didn't look like a scumbag. I usually wear a jersey and my lucky graphing shorts (lol).

TTMcardMaster
09-12-2011, 10:55 PM
Today I came right from work so I was wearing slacks and dress shoes and a striped button down. I think that worked to my advantage as I didn't look like a scumbag. I usually wear a jersey and my lucky graphing shorts (lol).

Guess he's just one of those guys that doesn't like adult graphers; its not like you had a box of glossies or jerseys or something...

Eddie_2
09-12-2011, 11:21 PM
I wanted to go to the Shady event in Northeast Philly but I couldn't cause of work. He will be back there though, and I'll have to hit it up sometime this season.

phillykid15
09-12-2011, 11:24 PM
Good stuff man, congrats on the nice successes.

cyberer
09-12-2011, 11:29 PM
Thanks guys it was a great night, hoping for a great tomorrow at Young's event.

Eddie you should definitely check these out. I told my prof I had another committment and got out of class 15-20 minutes early to do this itinerary tonight. I have a class from 4-6 from now on, so it'll be tough to me to get to Vick's even from 6-7, but the McCoy/Cooper/Dorembos event in North Philly from 7-8 is def possible, so maybe I'll see you there Eddie.

SLNoble13
09-13-2011, 09:37 AM
Awesome in person pick ups with Vick! Very nice

size17shoes
09-13-2011, 10:44 AM
awesome vick..

cyberer
09-13-2011, 06:38 PM
Just got back from Vince Young's charity event. It was a lot of fun but somewhat poorly organized. I will try to describe it in as much detail as I can because I heard them talking about making it a yearly thing.

The event was 2-6, but since it was a hotel we were free to enter early. I recognized some of the friendlier dealers there and we got together and formed a group to help each other out. I assume that you have never been to the aloft hotel, but the way the lobby is laid out is weird. There is not a devoted lobby. There is a pretty big open floorplan with a snack bar a lounge and a bar all in one room with no partitions. So when you walk in the radio set was set up behind a velvet rope off to the right next to a little hallway. The VIP area was down that hallway, also behind a velvet rope.

They had us all line up against the velvet rope to the VIP room and said that after each player does his radio sketch they would let us in to get autos. However it was a huge crowd and we waited there for over an hour crushed in like sardines. Then to make matters worse Celek decided that he was going to let people into the VIP room to get autos. But those that went in lost their spots on the outside. And since we were all waiting for Young and Vick, none of us in the front went in, so people that wanted Celek had to push their way through the crowd. It was uncomfortable to say the least.

That was just for Vince's segment being done. When he finished, they let Vince back into the VIP room and led Vick out onto the stage. We were then allowed in to get Young to sign. I got him on 2 8x10s.

This is where the disorganization reared its ugly head again. They closed the line before everyone got Young and HE IS THE HOST OF THE EVENT. 2 guys in UTexas gear didn't get him and were crushed. The workers at the event got them in to see him eventually, but it was still crappy that a few dozen people that paid didn't get the host and I got him twice.

Then Young got finished, and another LONG wait ensued- it seemed like Vick talked on air forever. Then when he was done we STILL had to wait like 15-20 minutes until they opened up the VIP room. However the silver lining was that Shady was now in the room. They yelled at us 1 per and no photos as we went in.

I got Shady on an 8x10- HE RECOGNIZED ME! He was like hey man I saw you the other night. I said yeah do you remember my name (because he had trouble spelling it last time) but he didn't remember. But when I told him it was Erik he remembered. He signed my photo in silver and said "Damn it looks hot!"

Then I got to Vick. He gave me an MV7 on my 8x10, then I asked if he could do the 8x10 of him and Young that Young had already signed. He said 1 per. And then I showed him the Young signature already and asked him to finish it. He said something under his breath about Vince (something along the lines of "I'll do it for Vince") and he gave me an MV7 on that too.

After that I hung around for awhile waiting for Juqua Parker and Rodgers-Cromartie. Neither one came out. I later learned that Rodgers-Cromartie was hiding in the back and that Parker's mother was sick so he had to stay home (™™™?).

One tidbit I did hear that I will also post in the radio show thread- I heard a rumor that the Vick show has been cancelled going forward. I am glad I stuck to my instincts and went to the first show. The story that I heard was the booking agent told him that he wouldn't have to sign autos, but when he got there the owner Pete told him he had to or no paycheck. Again take it with a grain of salt but I heard this from a pretty in-the-loop dealer that knows the owner of the restaurant.

Here are my photos:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/f7722e59.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/01037132.jpg

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http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/588a7582.jpg

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
09-13-2011, 07:09 PM
Sick!

loki1230
09-13-2011, 07:46 PM
McCoy sounds like a chill dude man. Nice job getting all these autos, they look awesome, especially the McCoy! Sucks about Vick, but at least there will be more opportunities for McCoy and the others who were named (I'm pretty interested in Riley Cooper).

EDIT: Let me know when you go to one of the McCoy shows again at Chickie and Pete's, I might try to make it down in time for one if I get out of work earlier enough or happen to have off (hopefully not :p).

cyberer
09-13-2011, 09:25 PM
I will be going to Shady's next show in North Philly, not sure the exact date, think it's in 4 weeks.

He is only doing 1 more show in the North Philly Roosevelt Blvd location.

Eddie_2
09-13-2011, 09:31 PM
Erik FYI..its not North Philly...its Northeast Philly. BIG difference. :winking0071:

loki1230
09-13-2011, 09:34 PM
I will be going to Shady's next show in North Philly, not sure the exact date, think it's in 4 weeks.

He is only doing 1 more show in the North Philly Roosevelt Blvd location.

Looks like October 17th. I've got a sweet 8x10 made up that I'd love to get him to sign.

cyberer
09-13-2011, 09:52 PM
True, it's commercial shopping district vs you-get-shot district.

I've only lived here 2 years and still don't know the whole city.

TTMcardMaster
09-16-2011, 09:28 PM
cyberer-pm sent about your experience at that charity event from a while ago.

cyberer
09-16-2011, 09:33 PM
Oh sorry I totally forgot. I'm out with the fianc&#233; tonight I'll try to get back asap.

cyberer
09-19-2011, 03:21 PM
Haven't gotten a TTM in 3 weeks. DOH!

Did the stl cardinals hotel today, update to follow later. I did pretty well.

cyberer
09-19-2011, 10:00 PM
Had a great day of graphing today. I did the Cardinals hotel this morning/afternoon. It was mostly a bummer but it ended pretty great.

There were a bunch of people graphing there today, maybe 5-6. As we waited, several players went out including McClellan who is a huge jerk that never signs according to the guys graphing there. Someone went up to Skip Schumaker and asked for his auto, apparently the same guy had been asking him all weekend and he had snubbed him each time. So the guy got into Skips face and asked for an auto, he said "Get a job, fagg0t" to which the guy responded "when's the last time that you had a real job?" It was pretty funny.

McGwire came out and said he won't sign because he already signed on Friday night. That sucked. Over the next hour a few guys got out and into cabs like Descalso, McClellan, Theriot, etc. No one I really cared about. Then Pujols came out. We all called to him, he didn't look up. I walked around the barrier and went in closer, but the bellhop yelled at me to get out so I did. I went to the mouth of the driveway to try to catch him out the window, but the cab was gone like a bat out of hell. Right afterwards I got Edwin Jackson on my team 8x10 getting into a chauffered car.

Then I went and did the bus. Lots of people signed there. I got: Arthur Rhodes, David Freese, Gerald Laird, Jon Jay, Corey Patterson, Marc Rzepzinski on my team 8x10 and Lance Berkman on my 4x6.

Here are the photos:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/4153c49e.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/fc950f53.jpg

Then I got home and checked my TTM and I finally busted out of the slump! First and foremost a shocker- Riley Cooper 2/2 c/o Eagles 210 days! Wonder what took so long? Ironic that I got him back on the same day that I decided not to go to his radio show in northeast Philly.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/ecf26cb6.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/35e818c1.jpg

Also, my fiance sent out a few TTMs to actors recently, and Tim Allen came back today 2/2 35 days:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/4a134c6e.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/e9a041eb.jpg



Then courtesy of a tip I got from a user on these forums in the Philly Ink thread, I stopped off in South Philly on the way to run some errands at the Herremans/Babin radio show at Paddy Whacks. It was easy in easy out. No one was there graphing I was in and out in about 90 seconds. I got Herremans and Babin on 5x7s and I got Herremans also on my 2010 team photo (Babin wasn't on the photo so I didn't ask). Here are the photos.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/538bd595.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/849a5a1c.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/68c431e3.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/c87d05ad.jpg

Lots of good graphing today, and lots more still to come this week! Tomorrow is the Phils game and nationals hotel, Wednesday is Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie signing in jersey, Thursday is Jaworski's show in jersey!

Welker83
09-19-2011, 11:53 PM
congrats

TTMcardMaster
09-19-2011, 11:55 PM
Count how many F-Bombs Jaworski drops at his radio show, ya?

cyberer
09-21-2011, 01:43 AM
LOL to the FBomb thing.

So many successes today I don't even know where to begin really, it was even more epic than Monday which was pretty good for me.

First and foremost, I got home from work and checked my mail and found this BEAUTY in my mailbox:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/ded88029.jpg

1/1 c/o Harvey List 35 days. WOW!

That immediately put my day off on the right foot, but there was more to be done. I had Phillies tickets for tonight for game 2 of the doubleheader. There obviously was no batting practice because they played game 1. The gates opened a half hour later than usual as well- bummer.

To make matters even WORSE there was a half hour parade of Phillies Baseball Camp little league kids. No graphing then either. The Phils and nats were pretty well camped out in their dugouts and didn't come out at all.

No Phils signed during warmups, and on the nats side I got CheinMeng Wang and Ian Desmond. Pretty lame haul but still kinda cool.

The game sucked as the Phillies once again struggled to find their offense. Immediately after the game I booked it like hell to the team hotel. The bus pulled in shortly after I arrived. Only Livan Hernandez signed off the bus. I was disappointed. However Morse, Pudge, Zimmerman and a few others weren't on the bus, so I maintained hope. Strasburg jogged past us with headphones on and didn't acknowledge.

Shortly after the bus arrived Pudge arrived in a cab. We approached him even though the bellhops told us to keep back. However once Pudge saw us he called us over, and so the bellhops eased off of us. He signed 1 each and he sweet spotted for me! What an awesome piece for this future hall-of-famer:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/372e5619.jpg

Right after this we saw the security guards setting up the caution tape again. He told us a 2nd bus was rolling in. We lined up to graph it. Zimmerman and a bunch of coaches rolled off of it. Zimmerman not only didn't sign, but was kind of a jerk to us as well- he said "hey guys how's it going!" in a really fake friendly obnoxious voice.

After the 2nd bus cleared off, we saw Jayson Werth stand up from the last row of seats and walk off. He waited until everyone was off so he could come down and sign for us without being disturbed. He signed duplicates for everyone. As he was signing I told him "Hey Jayson I saw 2 phils fans wearing your jersey tonight- one was a serious jersey and one was your jersey with an X made of duct tape over your name and number and I don't know which one I sympathize more with."

He responded "Well since I'm signing your baseball cards you'd better sympathize with the serious one."

I said "Well it's just bittersweet seeing you for another team."

He gave the last guy he signed for an '08 WS inscription upon request I was kicking myself for not asking. He was in a good mood and would have done it.

Here's my pic of those:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/d3f0d1af.jpg
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Then we went back in front and waited on the guys that we still hadn't seen. Morse pulled in in a cab shortly thereafter and signed for us. Ross Detwiler the pitcher of one of the games signed for me as he was going out to a bar for the evening.

Last, but not least, Drew Storen left the hotel to go to the bar. He stopped and signed for us. I told him "1-2-3 inning tonight huh?" As he was signing.

He said "Yeah, I decided not to make it interesting tonight. I just wasn't in the mood." Funny guy.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/093b9873.jpg

So that's it. Here is my team piece, signed by people in the above story. In total Danny Espinosa (he signed it in July), Ian Desmond, Chein Meng Wang, Ross Detwiler, Michael Morse, Livan Hernandez have all signed it.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/78ced6c9.jpg

So I not only got an EPIC TTM today, but I also overcame a mediocre in-stadium graphing and absolutely RACKED the hotel. Great night. I will probably go back tomorrow and try for strasburg.

Eddie_2
09-21-2011, 01:52 AM
Haha I saw you at the game. You were wearing a Ryan Howard jersey. I was standing down the third base line and me and the little kids called over Ian Desmond to sign. He was so cool and talked to all of us. Then I noticed this tall kid jet right over to Desmond (and I mean jet - full blown sprint! ;-) and he handed the same exact Nats team photo that you posted. I actually called your name out, I was like "Erik?" but before Desmond even handed you the photo back you jeted right back to the dugout in seconds. Haha. You were a graphing ninja. Haha.

I also noticed you got Wang, which was cool. But did you see what Werth did? That was such an a-hole move on his part throwing the baseball back...not cool. Overall I was surprised any of the Nats signed since they had so little time too, but I was really happy to get Ian Desmond cause he was on my fantasy team the whole year, and he was a really nice guy to all the kids there.

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
09-21-2011, 02:09 AM
Congrats on the Revis. Hoping mine shows up. I sent long ago.

cyberer
09-21-2011, 08:43 AM
I did see what werth did he was being a pain but in fairness he said he wasn't signing and the dude threw the ball at him anyway. Major graphing foul IMO.

That's too funny that you saw me. I actually thought i heard my name. I was at the dugout and I saw Desmond signing so I ran over but I didn't want to miss someone at the dugout so I ran right back afterwards. An old guy in the seats called me spiderman. Lol to the ninja thing too.

Sorry that I didn't hear enough to stop and say hey though...

MVick7
09-21-2011, 08:48 AM
Nice on getting Pudge he was so nice at harrisburg, Strasburg is hit or miss he will have his good days and bad days like harper lol

phillykid15
09-21-2011, 03:56 PM
Nice stuff man, I still need to get Werth on my WS ball lol.

cyberer
09-22-2011, 12:59 AM
I did the Rodgers-Cromartie signing tonight the line wasn't too bad. I was there. He signed 3 for me and took a picture with me. Here they are:

This 8x10

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/f7a5ce4d.jpg

This 5x7

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/9cd56eb8.jpg

This 4x6

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/100e9a3f.jpg

However I am ticked off with the way that they came out. He signed a horrible spot on the 8x10, and the others aren't great...

Oh well, better than nothing I guess.

MVick7
09-22-2011, 07:24 AM
nice Cromartie's

phillykid15
09-22-2011, 10:35 AM
Nice DRCs man, he had to be one of the coolest guys I met at training camp.

cyberer
09-23-2011, 01:47 PM
WOW! I haven't been getting ttms much lately but when I do... WOW.

This one came in today's mail, c/o team 20 days exactly. I sent as soon as I saw another success on these boards I forget who, but thanks for the tip!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/b74a7db4.jpg

In my letter I asked him if a story I heard in college was true about his time at rutgers. I heard that he was at a party and everyone was giving him crap because he claimed to have perfected a half court shot in Basketball. So the people at the party challenged him to do it. The next day at a basketball court he walked up, swished the shot then exclaimed "you don't F with ray ray." he obviously used the curse not F.

In my letter I asked him if it was true and included an index card that I wrote: "is the story true?" on. All he had to do was write yes or no and throw it in the Sase. However there was nothing about it in my envelope. I guess he didn't read the letter. Oh well.

I am still 1000000% happy with the return- dude is a stud for my fantasy team.

smejus57
09-23-2011, 02:25 PM
Awesome success. Man has his graph gone downhill since his rookie year!

jyosi
09-23-2011, 02:44 PM
Awesome success. Man has his graph gone downhill since his rookie year!

I heard it was part an exclusively deal he signed. The deal didn't want him signing period, but he worked it out that they would let him sign the initials outside of their events.

smejus57
09-23-2011, 02:48 PM
I heard it was part an exclusively deal he signed. The deal didn't want him signing period, but he worked it out that they would let him sign the initials outside of their events.


That is true, it happened when he signed on with Steiner. Still a great success though!

TPotts
09-23-2011, 02:54 PM
Got my Rice's today too! Signed 2/2 for me! Glad to hear that he changed his graph, I was thinking they were fake. Glad to hear it!

cyberer
09-23-2011, 03:17 PM
Isn't that the deal with Michael Vick? I heard he's contractually not allowed to sign his full sig hence the mv7.

cyberer
09-23-2011, 03:21 PM
Yeah I'm really not one to care too much for quality of sig- this is a great success any way you slice it.

MVick7
09-23-2011, 03:25 PM
I need to send to rice

phillykid15
09-23-2011, 04:12 PM
Glad you got him, I think I was the guy you were referring to since I think I was the first to get him here.

cyberer
09-24-2011, 02:36 PM
Gotta love modells coupons I just got 4 ROMLBs for 12 dollars each. Should last me through next season lol.

cyberer
09-29-2011, 08:55 PM
Did Jaworski's radio show tonight. He couldn't have been a nicer guy and his golf course was awesome. It was packed and a party atmosphere with the Philly Soul Cheerleaders there. My only annoyance was he said he wouldn't sign until after, and so I got there at 7 and had to sit around for an hour. Me and some guys I met up with sat outside by the course around a fire pit at dusk, it was pretty cool.

As we were sitting there 3 cheerleaders came and sat around the pit next to us. They talked to us for about 5 minutes about stuff it was pretty cool.

Then we went back in and Jaworski finished up the show and signed. Again he couldn't have been nicer, he signed my 8x10 print of a vintage superbowl XV poster, and inscribed it "1980 NFL MVP" and then he was nice enough to sign my mini-football in my silver (no inscription). Here are the photos.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/a8e0bfa5-1.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/00bef26f.jpg

DEFINITELY recommend hitting this show up.

phillykid15
09-29-2011, 11:26 PM
Nice Jaworskis man. Idk how you would get him, but if you could get Plunkett to sign that 8x10, it would be sweet.

cyberer
09-29-2011, 11:40 PM
According to SCN he's had a few successes as recently as August- maybe I will send to him, and I could always go back and get Jaws again if I don't see it back. Worth a shot?

phillykid15
09-30-2011, 12:16 AM
I guess it's worth a shot since it sounds like you can get Jaworski whenever he has a show, which is relatively frequent. I doubt he would care if you came back to get him again right?

buffalobills
09-30-2011, 02:01 AM
those Joworski's look very nice.

cyberer
10-01-2011, 06:24 PM
I did 2 days of pretty heavy graphing. I for the sake of ease will combine the 2 posts into 1. Sorry for the delay in posting it.

I decided to finally hit up one of the "talking baseball with Dutch" shows- they have been all over the suburbs but finally one was in South Philly closer to home. I went and got all the way down there (15 minute drive) only to find out that I LEFT MY BINDER IN MY ROOM!

I had to go back home and back- really set me back a half hour or more. Dutch couldn't have been nicer. He talked to me for a little bit, signed 4 autographs (3 cards and an 8x10) and even added an awesome inscription (see below). Really a class act and I'm glad that I finally went to meet him.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/05f6d1e5.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/c1a198ff.jpg

Then I got in my car and went to the middle of nowhere to the Eagles pep rally in Marcus Hook by the PA-Delaware border. Chaney the starting linebacker for the birds was there. He signed a 5x7 for me and my 2010 team photo that is becoming more and more respectable. He talked to me a bit about his being switched to MLB and answered my questions. Also a very nice guy.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/026bd22e.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/3b5d405f.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/978a75ef.jpg

Today I had plans in the afternoon, but since it was a 5:00 game I figured the Cardinals would be leaving the hotel earlier than usual, so I decided to check it out. After trying the wrong hotel I got to the right hotel around 11:30. I was told by the dudes there that I had missed Mark McGwire by about an hour and that he signed (doh!).

I waited there for awhile with the guys. Matt Holliday came out with his wife and kids and when asked to sign promised to get us on the way back. He seemed like a really nice guy.

In the meantime pujols came out. When we called out to him he said something, but no one heard him b/c the bus was so loud- sounded like "I'll see you next time guys." One guy chased his chauffered car to the corner at a red light and asked again. I ran down and followed. Albert rolled his window down and said "guys I'm just not signing."

In the meantime Ryan Theriot and Octavio Dotel came out. I got them both on my cardinals team logo 8x10 that I already got about a dozen graphs on last week.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/a6554886.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/824d1cd0-1.jpg

I was anxiously awaiting Matt Holliday to return- I was looking for his wife and the stroller with his kids because I figured it would be impossible to miss. Suddenly someone calls out "there's holliday!" He came back all by himself and caught me by surprise. As a result I just handed him my ball and asked him to sign on the sweet spot without testing the pen first. As a result the "M" in the auto is a bit faded because it took the pen a second to get going. Still looks pretty sweet. Holliday couldn't have been nicer and even hit dupes for a few guys.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/f30d09b8.jpg
Pretty good few days of graphing.

Riggs
10-01-2011, 07:21 PM
still think that Matt Holliday ball looks great. For the stud that he is, I would be thrilled with that. congrats

gysot
10-01-2011, 07:43 PM
Just sent you a PM...are you doing the Cards again tomorrow?

SLNoble13
10-01-2011, 08:41 PM
Very nice pick ups!

cyberer
10-01-2011, 09:31 PM
The fianc&#233; came in from out of town today and the eagles are playing so no graphing for me tomorrow. Sorry gysot.

RJ53
10-01-2011, 09:34 PM
sent out about 50 today got one back form the rays

\andy soinnastine 9 days sent own card

cyberer
10-02-2011, 10:56 AM
Due to some red tape, my contest thread is on hold for now because I cannot reconcile how I want to run my contest with the rules on these boards and the admins locked my thread.

I am not saying this contentiously, I am really just not willing to take the time and effort to do this when I am already spending time and effort GIVING SOMETHING AWAY.

Sorry, guys- I assure you it isn't my desire for it to go down this way.

MVick7
10-02-2011, 09:31 PM
That was dumb of the admins thats why my profile still says no trading lol

cyberer
10-03-2011, 09:14 AM
I fixed the rules issue and will resume my contest thread shortly.

On another note I've been really bad at sending out TTMs so today I sent out 8 requests. Have another 5-10 also going out this week once some cards come in.

cyberer
10-03-2011, 01:14 PM
Funny story- my buddy volunteered at the eagles game selling tshirts for breast cancer and had to be there really early. As he was walking to his spot to sell things he literally ran right into Michael crabtree as he was sprinting stadium steps. He doesn't collect autos so he didn't ask.

I'm regretting it bc I volunteered with him last year and didn't get the email to do it this year.

cyberer
10-07-2011, 12:34 AM
Did the Cardinals hotel tonight. It was an up and down experience. I arrived shortly after the bus arrived. I was told by the people there that no one signed off the bus, which was good that I didn't miss anyone. Shortly after the bus, Chris Carpenter and Matt Holliday exited with their respective dates within a few minutes of each other, and snubbed us.

Minutes went by and suddenly we saw Berkman, Jaime, and 4-5 others get off the elevator inside and make a 90 degree turn away from the front entrance. We knew they were going out the side door, so we ran like hell over that way.

When we got there, we saw a stream of players walking- Berkman, Jaime, Wainwright, Skip Schumaker, David Freese, and 1-2 others. We walked up to the group to ask. Skip Schumaker says "Y'all are wasting your time, we all are not signing." He claimed that he recognized us from the last time (I never got his auto before).

I saw that Wainwright was at the front of the line walking down the street. I jogged up to him and said "I really am just here for your auto could you please sign?" And I handed him my 4x6.

He said "Look, I really WOULD sign for you if I could, but our group here all made a deal that we weren't signing right here right now regardless, so I really can't. But I promise I'll get you later." I thanked him and said ok.

We went back and waited at the front door. As the minutes passed Tyler Greene, Descalso and Nick Punto came back. I got Punto and Greene on my team 8x10 and I got descalso on a RC.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/da18ba7c.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/2043e294.jpg

I now have a pretty respectable list on my team 8x10:
edwin jackson, david freese, mark rzepcinski, jon jay, gerald laird, arthur rhodes, corey patterson, octavio dotel, ryan theriot, tyler greene and nick punto

As we were waiting, all of a sudden I look up and Tony La Russa is standing next to me. I ask him to sign. He said "Send it to Busch Stadium and I'll sign it." Yeah, right. Thanks Tony.

Carpenter and Holliday shortly after snubbed us going back in.

Then, the main event. Big Mac came out. He has been really hot and cold- sometimes he's easy sometimes he's a real jerk. He must have been in a good mood (he's never seen me before so maybe he just didn't like the repeat customers) so he signed my 8x10 and for the other guys there as well. He gave us all a pretty good sig. I shook his hand as well.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/49ea8bec.jpg

Then we looked into the hotel and to our horror the wainwright/jaime crowd came back in through the side door. Looks like Waino didn't really keep his word. Oh well. Still a great night getting Big Mac!

cyberer
10-08-2011, 01:01 AM
Went to the phillies game tonight- UGH. I didn't go to graph but I got a few by accident. Ricky botallico was outside doing his comcast network show. He signed for me after I did him a favor and got the attention of a security guard to let him in.

Then while watching batting practice a guy pointed out Larry Christenson of the 80 world series was there and he signed for me. Both signed my rally towel.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/850d2eb5.jpg

Joe Biden was there too but I didn't try for the liberal jerk lol.

Not a bad day of accidental graphing.

duderbeast
10-08-2011, 01:12 AM
How is Howard IP? I'd kill for one!

slitz
10-08-2011, 08:59 AM
Joe Biden was there too but I didn't try for the liberal jerk lol.




I need Biden to complete a multi signed photo. hoping to get him during the 2012 election.

I'll get anyone's graph. I dont let my politics affect my graphing :winking0071:

lizard-jd
10-08-2011, 09:40 AM
I saw that Wainwright was at the front of the line walking down the street. I jogged up to him and said "I really am just here for your auto could you please sign?" And I handed him my 4x6.

He said "Look, I really WOULD sign for you if I could, but our group here all made a deal that we weren't signing right here right now regardless, so I really can't. But I promise I'll get you later." I thanked him and said ok.

Then we looked into the hotel and to our horror the wainwright/jaime crowd came back in through the side door. Looks like Waino didn't really keep his word. Oh well. Still a great night getting Big Mac!

Very unusual for Wainwright not to keep his word. During ST this year there were only two of us when I asked him if he would sign (he was coming in at 7:30am) and he told me he would sign for me afterward. Of course I didn't believe it so I spent the rest of the day graphing the Marlins & Cards. At the end of the day, I was standing by the parking lot exit gate when I saw he was ready to drive out. When he was coming out, I waved & showed him my pic again. He motioned me to the side of the road, rolled his window down and said, " I told you I would sign for you and I always keep my word. What do you want me to sign for you?" I handed him my pic & a ROMLB which he kindly signed and thanked me for waiting. By then, about 10 guys had gathered around his truck & he signed a few more. I didn't realize it until the next day but that was the day he tore up his elbow & he was leaving early. To actually remember me and to stop & sign after what happened to him is pretty special in my book.

cyberer
10-10-2011, 12:43 PM
To be fair to waino, maybe if I was at that side door he would have signed- it's not incumbent on him to seek me out I guess...

Anyways after a tough sports weekend being at game 5 for the phils loss and watching my eagles blow it, Monday brought a nice consolation prize:

6 days c/o home.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/5cf102b4.jpg

This is the 4th time I've gotten mr Berra, but I get them for my fianc&#233;, brother, father, etc. I always space out my requests by months so as to not flood his mail.

Woot!

Payton85
10-10-2011, 12:48 PM
How did you get mail today, post offices are closed for Columbus day.

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
10-10-2011, 12:51 PM
What's more impressive is that you got mail on Columbus day.

EDIT: Was beat to it lol

cyberer
10-10-2011, 12:55 PM
I was out of town all weekend and just checked. Must have come Saturday meaning it is an astounding 4 day turnaround.

JVazz29
10-10-2011, 01:24 PM
Awesome Berra...must feel great to get him four times. I am 0 for 6! I givenhim a try every few months or so and haven't been lucky at all...then again, my ttm luck has been garbage all year. I haven't even been getting back from guys that ate typically automatic.

Anyway, congrats. I am in no way bashing you for getting him four times. Mostly just impressed! :)

SMVintage
10-10-2011, 01:27 PM
Great Berra! I think I know why you get alot of successes from him (that sloppy "doctor's" handwriting you have!)!

cyberer
10-10-2011, 02:29 PM
Hahaha I was thinking it might have something to do with my handwriting...

SMVintage
10-10-2011, 02:42 PM
Hahaha I was thinking it might have something to do with my handwriting...

I think it may be, which explains my lack of returns- I'm VERY OCD with my penmanship!

cyberer
10-10-2011, 02:44 PM
Yeah, I just write at max speed and (I guess) max sloppiness. As you said, it kinda comes with the profession...

JVazz29
10-10-2011, 03:24 PM
I'm VERY OCD with my penmanship

DITTO. A woman once saw my handwriting and asked if I was an artist (far from it). I once had another woman ask me if I had any sisters. I said "No." She said, well, to have no sisters and have writing like that you must be a momma's boy.

Insert confused face here

My point: My handwriting is too perfect, and the letters are too well worded. Maybe if I wrote my letters in crayon...

mrfloridadude1
10-10-2011, 05:08 PM
im sending to yogi tomorrow

Polishgooner
10-10-2011, 05:48 PM
Congrats I'm 0/1 with Yogi and I thought maybe being from Canada would work but I guess not lol

sublime420
10-10-2011, 06:07 PM
Joe Biden was there too but I didn't try for the liberal jerk lol.

:sign0020: Lmao could you imagine if Palin was VP...............

cyberer
10-10-2011, 08:11 PM
Who would win in a wonderlic? Sarah palin or Vince young?

smootzilla
10-10-2011, 08:13 PM
is it possible that they would both lose? Id have to give it to palin though. she figured out how to get tons of people to pay her for an election everyone knew she wasnt going to win....and then they payed her for a reality show!

Riggs
10-10-2011, 09:30 PM
my dog scored higher then V.Y. so i'll guess Palin

SMVintage
10-10-2011, 09:49 PM
If you have another chance for Biden- Get it! I'll pay/trade for it!

cyberer
10-12-2011, 02:55 PM
Will do about Biden. I haven't checked my mail yet today, but I have a good feeling. I sent out my big crop of requests 8 days ago now and I already got the first one back (Yogi). I am feeling a return today. I am seeing a lot of Terrelle Pryor successes in under 10 days, maybe mine will be one!

indyreds
10-12-2011, 03:32 PM
If you have another chance for Biden- Get it! I'll pay/trade for it!


I am sure that he has nothing better to do! I can understand wanting to get a politicians autograph, but I really wish we made a better choice in the last election. Yes, that does include the primaries as well! Hopefully we have learned that different is not always better. The have spoken and the people have paid for it! Best of luck on your collection!

cyberer
10-14-2011, 04:40 PM
Got one back today- I sent out 10 last week so I expected it to be one of those. Turns out it's a LONG wait- Brett lawrie 1/1 137 days. Serves as a reminder that we will all get a few old baseball returns now that the season is over.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/2dd8a8ee.jpg

phillykid15
10-14-2011, 04:51 PM
Nice success bro, that guy's a stud.

Eddie_2
10-18-2011, 08:22 PM
Been checking your thread from my phone, nice success Erik.

cyberer
10-21-2011, 04:34 PM
Busted out of a 1 week mini slump today in a big way:

Darrall imhoff 1/1 4 x 6 photo 5 days

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/6499b91b.jpg

And the big one: Peyton manning 1/1 card 12 days no fee c/o foundation

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/4015bd26.jpg

cyberer
10-23-2011, 12:16 AM
For the 3rd Monday in a row I'm going to be sending out double digit requests. However on the 30 I've sent out the last 2 weeks, I only have 3 returns. Patience is warranted I guess.

Hopefully I get more back so I don't go 3/40 after sending these bad boys out.

If you send it, they will come.

Marshall658
10-23-2011, 08:33 PM
For the 3rd Monday in a row I'm going to be sending out double digit requests. However on the 30 I've sent out the last 2 weeks, I only have 3 returns. Patience is warranted I guess.

Hopefully I get more back so I don't go 3/40 after sending these bad boys out.

If you send it, they will come.

God, I know that feeling. In the last two months I am 29 for my last 140 and I know most, if not all, have a solid chance of coming back eventually. It's hard to keep plugging along when not much is finding it's way back but then there'll be a week where I get a bunch back from the summer and I stop worrying and send out another batch. It's easy to get discouraged when stuff isn't coming back right away but slowing down on requests is only gonna make it worse haha. Hopefully we both see some more returns this week.

marti427
10-24-2011, 08:15 PM
For the 3rd Monday in a row I'm going to be sending out double digit requests. However on the 30 I've sent out the last 2 weeks, I only have 3 returns. Patience is warranted I guess.

Hopefully I get more back so I don't go 3/40 after sending these bad boys out.

If you send it, they will come.

I know that feeling, but your right you gotta send em. Been getting a empty mailbox frequently lately:frusty: but put the pen to paper and got some out today

cyberer
10-26-2011, 11:44 PM
Busted out of the slump in a big way today- I was one of the lucky ones to get this back c/o the address I saw on here and SCN- AJ Hawk 12 days!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/4eb71ee0.jpg?t=1319686274

cyberer
10-29-2011, 04:14 PM
Went to the PECO energy thing in South Philly this afternoon. Pretty colossal letdown. The guest list was to be Celek, Troy Vincent, Mike Quick and Merrill Reese. Well, Celek, Vincent and Reese decided to no-show. So it was just Quick and Harold Carmichael. I didn't need either of them but I got them anyway. Quick signed his printed photo and one of mine, which he inscribed 5x pro bowl.



http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/02c4566d.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/d9e06637.jpg

Harold Carmichael, as usual, was a grade A ™™™™™™bag. He had a stack of photos that were computer-paper printed and he had pre-signed them all. He wouldn't sign anything for anyone, and when he handed me a photo I asked him to write 1970s all decade team he effectively told me to go screw myself.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/cf684830.jpg

On a brighter note, my mom is doing a pancreatic cancer fundraiser next weekend, so my fiance mentioned it to mike quick and asked if he could donate something to the silent auction. At the home depot event they were raffling off signed footballs and Quick said that he would do us one better and just give us one of the footballs. So now we have a great item for my mom's charity raffle.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/6b3f61e0.jpg

Welker83
10-29-2011, 09:05 PM
nice stuff. Cool of Quick to give you a ball for that.

cyberer
11-01-2011, 02:15 AM
Broke out of my minislump today with a hof success! Jim bunning 1/1 21 days. I got bunning once before but stupid me I forgot to send a phillies card to him. So I bought a phillies card on eBay and re-sent to him. Woot!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/1ecd2356.jpg

cyberer
11-01-2011, 05:39 PM
2 days in a row with a success! Can't remember the last time this happened! Mike Tolbert 1/1 26 days.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/e703e01b.jpg

cyberer
11-13-2011, 02:57 PM
Been REALLY bad keeping up with this lately- I hope you all are still reading it lol.

I had a pretty good week with TTM and IP.

First and foremost got a sweet Jon Runyan back TTM c/o the jersey address. Personalized and added "Go Eagles" in green sharpie. Awesome! 21 days

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/ba90b9de.jpg


Also got Maurice Clarett c/o UFL team. Auto is very crappy/hard to see

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/04c24d8c.jpg

Also graphed the outside of the Link today and got 2 Eagles

Juqua Parker 8x10

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/5bbb71a5.jpg


Also got Cullen Jenkins on my 2010 team photo (I didn't recognize him and he didn't play in 2010- oops that sucks).

Last, but not least, a kind of weird return. A few weeks back I got Darrelle Revis TTM. Apparently he saved my address because I got a CHRISTMAS CARD from him! I think it is autopenned but still a pretty cool gesture. I put the card on here and zoomed in on the signature to see what y'all think.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/5763f43f.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/cdd38fb6.jpg

mrfloridadude1
11-13-2011, 03:51 PM
sick revis looks real to me!

dustinpedroiafan
11-13-2011, 04:00 PM
i'm pretty sure the revis is ap. i thew mine out when i got it

cyberer
11-13-2011, 04:56 PM
I said in my post I think it is prolly AP. That being said I still think it's a cool gesture even if it's autopen. I put it into my non-auto scrapbook (I have things like personal notes from players, questionnaires, etc in the scrapbook).

MSUspartans
11-13-2011, 05:54 PM
That's pretty cool!

jjj5278
11-13-2011, 06:22 PM
I said in my post I think it is prolly AP. That being said I still think it's a cool gesture even if it's autopen. I put it into my non-auto scrapbook (I have things like personal notes from players, questionnaires, etc in the scrapbook).

But you also said "What do you all think?" so I think he was offering his opinion to you per your request, haha. I agree though, I think its still cool he (or someone) sends it out.

cyberer
11-17-2011, 01:29 PM
Got an unexpected return today after 275 days, a new personal record for longest return.

Chris coghlan 1/1 c/o marlins spring training. He didn't inscribe ROY like I asked for but added a biblical inscription.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/b50e9b7a.jpg

cyberer
11-19-2011, 11:23 PM
Went to my usual suburban consignment shop and got another hit for 10 bucks- gilbert arenas jersey 10 bucks

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/cdaaf8a9.jpg

cyberer
11-20-2011, 03:26 PM
Got a TTM back yesterday that I'm pretty pumped about:

Paul pozluzney 1/1 40 days c/o jaguars

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/6af38bc5.jpg

Welker83
11-20-2011, 04:24 PM
Nice Puz need to send him a PSU pic.

SLNoble13
11-20-2011, 09:47 PM
Nice pick ups! Congrats!

cyberer
11-21-2011, 09:34 PM
Had a pretty epic night tonight. My fiance rarely goes graphing with me, but she always kinda liked Andy Reid because he is so comical-looking on the sidelines so she agreed to go with me to his radio show tonight @ chickies and petes in South Philly.

His guest was Chad Hall, and it was hosted by Ike Reese. We got Ike Reese and Chad Hall on an Eagles 8x10 and we got another photo of Chad Hall

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/af85b2d9.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/6ea76e3b.jpg


We also got Merrill Reese hanging around the bar

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/cca2661b.jpg


We got Andy Reid to sign the cover of Philadelphia magazine with him and Charlie on it, and also to sign my Eagles team photo 8x10

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/5367fd71.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/e8cad9da.jpg


And then, the magic happened. Shady McCoy rolled in for his 6:00pm show. He was accompanied by that fat jerk-off Eagles security guard that tells people not to sign. He told us at the start that shady would not sign, and at each commercial break Shady would go to sign and then he would say "Shady- get up from the table now!" and he would- really horrible stuff.

So anyways Shady would go back and sit at the VIP table with Chad Hall and Mike Kafka far away from the crowd.

My fiance is 23 years old but she looks young like a teenager, so she went up to the host of the show, Ike Reese, former player- and put on the "sad girl" routine and was like "Mr. Reese could you please bring in this magazine for Mr. McCoy to sign?"

He took the magazine, brought it back to the VIP table, and he signed it. Many people behind us seemed pretty annoyed, but man am I happy. She is a keeper isn't she?

He signed our official game program with him on the cover:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/3c11d447.jpg


So I had a pretty epic night, but I don't think I'll waste my time with Shady again. I think the reason that the security guard is such a jerk is that the same 5-6 dealers are at the front of the freaking line EVERY SINGLE WEEK at all of these things.

Great night!

cyberer
11-29-2011, 01:41 AM
My thread has been uncharacteristically quiet lately after some recent successes but I am going to keep posting anyway. I got a pretty epic return today- Robert Mathis c/o colts 44 days 1/1.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/9352ef30.jpg

buffalobills
11-29-2011, 01:57 AM
very nice mathis!

Marshall658
11-29-2011, 06:25 AM
Awesome success. Always nice when you can get a guy like Mathis who is one of the best players at his position in the whole league haha.

metsmagic18
11-29-2011, 07:48 AM
Just read the story about you and your fiance- nice work, and it's always good to have an accomplice. (The best choice is a woman, or a kid under age 5) :)

cyberer
12-08-2011, 11:13 PM
Finally a success. Thread has gotten quiet lately, not as many autos as before.

Anyways, this week I had planned to go to several local signings. The first of these was Steve Smith WR for the Eagles scheduled on Verizon's website to be Wednesday from 2:30 - 3:30 pm at a Verizon store near where I work. When I called to confirm on Wed, they said that the website was in error and the signing was TUESDAY!

I was distraught and the lady said she had gotten 2 at the signing and was planning on selling the extra one, but that I could have it. So I went in early this morning and brought coffee for the people in the store and picked up my auto. It was really a "holiday spirit" sort of moment, with me doing something nice for them and them doing something nice for me. The auto is awesome, on an official NFL 8x10 with hologram:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/b94d1813.jpg



Then tonight I hit up the Ronnie Brown at Chickies in the northeast. He showed up 20 minutes late after we were all worried he wouldn't show. He did not sign during the first commercial break but did sign during the second and third. There were about 20 people in line total.

I got him to sign 2 8x10s and a 4x6.

I am SHOCKED that he signed the first 8x10 but it is HILARIOUS. It is a picture of that downright RETARDED play where he tried to throw the football on the goal line that resulted in a fumble. One of the worst plays of his career or any career for that matter, I'm surprised he signed it:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/70ec1b28.jpg


The other 8x10 was posted in the Philly Ink thread, so thanks for that guys:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/7db9cac6.jpg

And finally, a 4x6 that I've had lying around since training camp:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/cdfd376c.jpg

Pretty cool additions- finally tying up some of the loose ends in my collection of this year's eagles. Can't wait for 10 days or so until I get into some NBA graphing!!! Hopefully more good to come from that!

MSUspartans
12-09-2011, 06:34 AM
Nice stuff, do you know if Ronnie Brown signs ttm?

cyberer
12-09-2011, 08:23 AM
I don't know but I don't think so. The 4x6 is for trade if you want it.

SLNoble13
12-09-2011, 09:08 AM
Nice pick ups!

MSUspartans
12-09-2011, 03:23 PM
I don't know but I don't think so. The 4x6 is for trade if you want it.

I know he did at Miami, and no thanks, I don't trade.

cyberer
12-13-2011, 12:56 AM
I too am one of the lucky Josh Hamilton people. I got mine back today 1/1 61 day turnaround.

Check out this old topps stars card- NO TATTOOS! Signature looks kinda crappy but oh well.

Next year sending an 8x10 for sure, as this is my 3rd card of his now!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/9171f09a.jpg

cyberer
12-19-2011, 12:44 AM
Big update right now, glad to say I had some nice successes.

First of all, this came yesterday- Greg Jennings c/o packers 40 days. He did not inscribe "Put the team on my back" as requested, like in the youtube video, but it's still a great success.
http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/ebbb2611.jpg

Then, tonight I decided to go to the free sixers scrimmage. All week this has been advertised as a free scrimmage with an autograph signing afterwards.

I got there early and graphed outside a bit. I got Jrue Holiday on an 8x10 and Spencer Hawes, Jodie Meeks and Thad Young on 4x6s (photos to follow).

I just missed Iguodala I arrived too late, and Evan Turner signed going in but I missed him getting Thad Young.

Then we stayed for the scrimmage. It was pretty painful- they did team drills for over an hour beforehand, so the part with the actual action was long after people had lost interest. I watched NFL redzone on my phone for most of it to be honest.

When the scrimmage ended we were relieved. I walked down to go onto the court and saw that it had all been blocked off with a chain. When I asked how I could get down on the court, I was told that this signing was SEASON TICKET HOLDERS ONLY!

All week it had been advertised as a free scrimmage and signing as a way to build energy and interest in the team. And here they were going to screw thousands of fans who could potentially spend hard-earned money on the team. They proceeded to do just that. No one would let us down, no one would budge, I even talked to a supervisor.

I met up with several people from these forums- Eddie and Brennan- over the course of the evening, they could attest to how ridiculous it was. It was REALLY good to graph with everyone on here.

Finally Eddie and I found an usher who said he didn't care if we tried to get in line on the court if we could get around security. We bluffed everyone by saying we had season tickets, and finally after much arguing and almost being thrown out, the supervisor threw up his hands and just let us get in the line.

I still feel really bad for all the people that got screwed. I can't believe the Sixers would play such a dirty trick on everyone. I got the whole team though pretty much, which was sweet.

Here are the photos:

Jrue Holiday 8x10 and card

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/0e1a3e80.jpg

Spencer Hawes 2x 4x6s

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/c5cce72a.jpg

Sixers first round pick Vucevic 4x6

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/8f334b69.jpg

Lou Williams 4x6

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/498c91d2.jpg

Jodie Meeks 2x 4x6s

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/1e054974.jpg


Thad Young 2x 4x6s

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/f91e3056.jpg

Evan Turner 4x6

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/5247739d.jpg

Speights 4x6

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/5803f60b.jpg

Nocioni Card

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/a2b5ad1e.jpg


Iguodala 8x10

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/ae8310af.jpg

Elton Brand 8x10

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/38ed54f5.jpg

All in all it was a lot of fun, but I still can't BELIEVE the sixers pulled that crap. I wonder what I'm going to do now all NBA season now that I already have the entire roster lol.

lambeauleap87
12-19-2011, 03:17 PM
That looks like an awesome day...can't wait to start 'graphing the Cavs. I still need ET for my Ohio State collection (should have him...talk about a terrible time to forget a Sharpie). I like how that Brand turned out, and the Nocioni. :winking0071:

Eddie_2
12-19-2011, 04:09 PM
That Sixers event was pretty damn crazy man.

jjj5278
12-19-2011, 07:12 PM
Man the Sixers have some really ugly auto's, haha. Nice successes though!

SLNoble13
12-19-2011, 08:20 PM
Congrats on your IP pick ups!

cyberer
12-19-2011, 11:50 PM
hey guys thanks for all the comments. The success threads have gotten quieter lately so I appreciate it. I keep graphing regardless that's for sure, but it's nice to hear from y'all.

@ lambeau- I now have an extra Evan turner- I got him on a custom sixers card last year- LMK if you want to make a trade for it.

I went to the Babin/Herremans show tonight, got Herremans to sign my Eagles logo thing

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/3ea21b3c.jpg

And then got Babin on 2 SICK 8x10s as part of a 50/50 with someone on these forums.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/29a29947.jpg

Awesome stuff!

akoch
12-20-2011, 01:06 AM
Nice work! Keep it up. I usually read posts, but fail to always reply!

TTMcardMaster
12-20-2011, 12:37 PM
Love the Brand photo.

cyberer
12-21-2011, 03:46 PM
Went to the wizards hotel pregame yesterday after work. I spent 5 minutes at kinkos arguing with them about getting my photos right, then when I got to the hotel John wall had just boarded the bus. Had i just let it go I would have gotten there in time. Karma I guess.

I was also there for McGee the slam dunk guy but he took a cab, so I walked away with nothing.

Oh well, I got wall last year.

TPotts
12-22-2011, 08:59 AM
Nice haul with the sixers! love those Babin pics too!

cyberer
12-22-2011, 11:55 AM
Thanks man, it was a good few days. Sucks I didn't get wall but it's a long NBA season left to play. Im sure I'll get mine.

TTMcardMaster
12-28-2011, 01:19 PM
Nice job with Babin.

cyberer
12-31-2011, 06:43 PM
Hey all,

Returned from a long trip to the parents house to check 9 days of mail on my return.

I ended my year on a high note:

First, jordy Nelson 40 days 1/1 co packers

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/d6872a96.jpg

Second, Elton brand co Philly home address in Harvey- 20 days

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/f428be38.jpg

cyberer
01-10-2012, 01:02 AM
Had some IP successes tonight.

I went to the Indiana Pacers hotel for the bus this afternoon. Shortly thereafter I was told a HOT tip by a security guard- that Danny Granger was not playing because of a stomach bug food poisoning (I knew this about an hour before the media broke it lol).

But what's more, the same guard and the bus driver told me that the bus would return at 8:30 to pick Granger up since he still had to travel with the team.

While I waited, I got Collison and David West on 4x6 glossy blanks:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/b15ac4b5.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/a1f4e057.jpg

So then I went home for a few hours before returning. Sure enough, the bus pulled in around 8:30, and after a LONG wait for Granger (took him a half hour to come down) he came out and signed my 8x10. He was very nice and I told him that I hoped he felt better.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/bd2eb13e.jpg

SLNoble13
01-10-2012, 08:28 AM
Nice pick up!

cyberer
01-17-2012, 11:44 PM
Hey guys, I am writing this in 3 places (a thread on the mainpage, a post in his thread and a post in my thread).

As many of you may know I have had a bit of a war of words with autofreak in the last 6 months or so. I sent him something signed by one player to get signed by another, and never saw it again.

I posted to his thread many times asking him to do the right thing, and got support from many of my friends on these boards (thank you all). But through it all I usually ended my posts by asking him to do the right thing. I talked to him on facebook several times and on here and he seemed like a decent guy.

Anyways, it seems that he has indeed finally done the right thing- I got my auto in the mail this afternoon, as he promised. He included a nice note AND a bonus autographs for my troubles and he apologized. I accept the apology and am ready to move on. I won't apologize for "hijacking" his thread asking for my auto back, but I will gladly accept his apology and hope it was all just a misunderstanding. Hopefully we as a community can just let the matter drop.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/9b41ef79.jpg

Thanks for doing the right thing!

cyberer
01-20-2012, 09:07 PM
Wow not everyday you get 2 hall of fame successes!

First mike singletary c/o team 95 days

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/763a47c6.jpg

Then, I went to Bernie parents thing at field house in center city. He was really cool and shook our hands and talked to us about the winter classic alumni game. He hit on my fianc&#233; a bit and touched her face when he signed for her lol. She liked it- me not so much. He signed 4x6 blanks since I didn't have time to prepare anything...

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/fffbd729.jpg

MSUspartans
01-20-2012, 09:26 PM
Great successes. And sorry, but it's things like that that make me not want to trade. I don't trust other people.

cyberer
01-20-2012, 10:02 PM
Thanks man. It's definitely a risk you take trading, but luckily this had a happy ending...

TannerRek
01-22-2012, 10:11 AM
Did you ever get a return from Mark Prior?

cyberer
01-22-2012, 10:17 AM
Did you ever get a return from Mark Prior?

unfortunately no...

TannerRek
01-22-2012, 02:24 PM
dang it. He was my favorite player of all time. really wish he would sign.

TTMcardMaster
01-22-2012, 02:28 PM
dang it. He was my favorite player of all time. really wish he would sign.

He's been pretty decent the last few years at events in my area...

TannerRek
01-22-2012, 02:48 PM
If he has a signing in your area could you let me know if you'd be willing to help me out? I really want his sig

cyberer
01-22-2012, 11:58 PM
I had a pretty good day of graphing to close out the week. I hit up the Wizards hotel and got the following:

John Wall 8x10

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/0edfc40f.jpg

Javale McGee 4x6! (I've wanted to add him to my collection since the dunk contest)

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/c62fccf9.jpg

Then, I decided to use my inkjet printer to print images over the blanks I got signed of Bernie Parent, Darren Collison and David West

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/a38c469d.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/6dc63906.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/00cb1507.jpg

Broke out of my mini-slump at the team hotels. Here's hoping to start some momentum...

cyberer
01-24-2012, 10:48 PM
I wasn't planning on graphing today, but after work on a whim I decided to run down to the Nets hotel. I had a pretty good night.

I got Derron Williams on an 8x10- sig came out great

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/a42e52d8.jpg

Then I got Marshon Brooks on a blank 4x6, which I later printed over in my printer. It came out awesome!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/720740b2.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/9babf3d4.jpg

After we got williams, I called over Marshon, but I didn't know who it was. He came over and said "what's my name?"

I didn't know, but the guy with me said "Marshon!"

and he said "Right." And he signed for that guy.

Then he looks at me and goes "what's my last name?" And I knew who he was- the rookie- but I blanked. I looked at the other guy's auto and saw it "Brooks" I said.

He said "You cheated! But I'm gunna sign for you anyway." He was laughing the whole time and seemed like a good sport and a nice guy. He's ON FIRE this year.

Pretty funny story, and a good night of graphing.

cyberer
01-28-2012, 07:42 PM
My mom went to the tyree thing tonight. It was a full house and she wasnt sure she would get one, but fortunately our family knew the guy organizing it so he took her to the VIP room before he started speaking and he signed for her. They came out great but he wouldn't inscribe it as I asked- the reception that broke perfection. Maybe he has a contract?

my mom got one for me and one for my brother- apologies for the old crappy camera phone shots.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/ea82e4fa.jpg


http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/9c54b569.jpg

TPotts
01-28-2012, 11:39 PM
Nice Tyrees! & wow I never knew you could have them sign a blank and then print the photo! Looks like the ink really pops too!

cyberer
01-29-2012, 11:53 AM
Yeah I didn't believe the print over blank thing either but it works.

Make sure your printer is inkjet.

What I do is before I start I will sign a blank with my own signature and load it into the printer, keeping track of which way I loaded it by drawing an arrow.

That way you can judge if it prints right side up or upside down. Then you're good to go just load your auto in in the way that it printed right.

Good luck!

Be warned guys don't really like signing blanks.

cyberer
01-29-2012, 10:43 PM
I was out and about with my fiance in exton earlier at the mall, and went into BC sports. They had clearance graphs in a binder, I got this beauty 8x10 of mitch williams complete with COA for 5 bucks.

I know he is a pretty good signer that appears everywhere but I don't have him in my collection so I figured why not.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/74dc25fd.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/ecac7c7f.jpg

cyberer
01-30-2012, 01:19 AM
Just took a quick spin to the Orlando hotel, picked this up- REALLY happy with how it came out.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/060cee60.jpg

and this, not sure who it is- an announcer maybe?

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/368c82e2.jpg

Marshall658
01-30-2012, 03:32 PM
Awesome Howard. That thing is gorgeous.

As for the other one, that's Richie Adubato. Former head coach of the Pistons, Magic, and Mavs and assistant coach in numerous others places. He's actually probably most famous for being the head coach of the New York Liberty when Rebecca Lobo was there and they were one of the best teams in the WNBA. I believe he's an announcer with the Magic these days.

lambeauleap87
01-30-2012, 04:24 PM
Very cool Howard...what made you choose gold?

cyberer
01-30-2012, 09:58 PM
@ MArshall- thanks man for both the recognition of the auto and for the info on who the other auto was.


@ lambeau - Thanks! I didn't choose it, the guy next to me was getting a black 12x14 signed in gold, and he ran with the same marker. Luckily it came out ok!

sorry it took me awhile to respond, I am not getting emails about my thread responses for some reason...

cyberer
01-31-2012, 04:27 PM
Swung by the bulls hotel this afternoon and got Drose off the bus. His sig has turned into a scribble though.

Compare the 8x10 I just got

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/19fb6ff1.jpg

To the card I got last year.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In&#37;20Person%20Autos/derrickrose.jpg

Big difference.

Oh well, still an awesome MVP success!!!

TPotts
02-01-2012, 12:39 PM
SICK D.Rose!!! I guess when I go down for the game Im gonna head out early for the hotel! Anyone else sign?

cyberer
02-01-2012, 01:30 PM
no one else signed, bc we didnt ask anyone else.

Korver prolly would have he said hi to us, but you don't go getting korver when rose is about to come off the bus lol- keep your eye on the prize!

cyberer
02-03-2012, 09:27 AM
In the "never say never" file, my buddy got Lebron at the hotel in Philly last night. Unfortunately I couldn't go. Apparently he didn't sign off the bus the guy had to wait a few hours for him and he only signed 1 very specific and very cool item for my friend and no one else, so I might not have gotten him, but still sucks to miss out...

akoch
02-03-2012, 12:38 PM
If you ever get a chance again, I would love a d. Rose sig. Of course I would work out something with you for it.

phillykid15
02-03-2012, 03:48 PM
That's cool, what was the item that Lebron signed for your friend?

cyberer
02-03-2012, 11:22 PM
Well, I was taking comfort in the fact that he only signed for my friend- a 14x20 painting that my friend did of him. I figured that was the reason he signed.

Then today, while I was busy at work my friend went back to the hotel and he SIGNED FOR ALL EIGHT PEOPLE! I missed him TWICE! My buddy got him again! I'm so mad.

That made up my mind- I decided to head down to the hotel for pregame at the bus. Of course, this time NO ONE SIGNED. Not one player.

I went down to the game, graphed inside. I only got Shane Battier. I don't feel like posting a scan of it, he's nothing to write home about.

However, the autograph gods took pity on me and gave me a cool story to tell tonight. I was so mad about Lebron I needed something to cheer me up.

At the game, I was in the men's room waiting in line to use the urinal. As I was in line, someone walked right past me and into a stall. As I looked in disbelief, I recognized him- it was brent celek. In the men's room of the nosebleed section. I dug through my pockets- I had a sharpie but nothing to sign except for a crumbled up receipt. I decided to skip the auto and just ask him for a photo so I waited outside and asked him to take a picture instead. He did and then he shook my hand and I said better luck next year for you guys and he said thanks.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/327763_10100380985937925_423562_48894565_165936483 5_o-1.jpg

I have his auto multiple times, so I won't sweat it. I'm grateful for the picture though.

lambeauleap87
02-03-2012, 11:31 PM
Ouch, that's really rough...

cyberer
02-04-2012, 12:21 PM
Yeah, I mean I take comfort in the fact that I literally couldn't have been there. I work and that has to come first. At least I didn't miss him bc I was lazy

lambeauleap87
02-04-2012, 01:30 PM
Yeah, I mean I take comfort in the fact that I literally couldn't have been there. I work and that has to come first. At least I didn't miss him bc I was lazy

I know what you're saying; that would REALLY suck. Definitely can relate...it's much better to miss someone because you couldn't go than miss someone because you didn't feel like going.

cyberer
02-05-2012, 05:55 PM
It seems as though the autograph gods took mercy on me- I was so upset that I missed lebron that they sent something to cheer me up.

I went to the lakers hotel on arrival today, and got this beauty-

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/14ba7217.jpg

KOBE BRYANT!

I couldn't believe it when he started signing. I had made a big sign "Kobe Welcome Home Please Sign!" Since he is from the Philly area.

He signed for maybe 5 of the 10 of us there. UNBELIEVEABLE!

I hate Lebron anyway, so I'd take this over a Lebron anyday of the week!

TTMcardMaster
02-05-2012, 06:01 PM
Damn, LeBron and Kobe? Must be something about Philly...and you got a pretty good sig out of Kobe there.

cyberer
02-05-2012, 06:02 PM
Yeah, it's not the crappy KB he usually gives, I'm literally in disbelief. This just happened like 40 minutes ago...

TTMcardMaster
02-05-2012, 06:05 PM
That sign thing might have helped. Some Florida guys racked a few years ago after having another clever sign up. It was like Kicking Orlando's Butt Easily

lambeauleap87
02-05-2012, 06:20 PM
Wow, that's better than a LeBron anyday...very clever idea with the sign. Might be worth a shot in the future with more players.

MSUspartans
02-05-2012, 07:07 PM
Holy ™™™™.

cyberer
02-06-2012, 12:02 AM
to whom it may concern, here's what the sign looked like- the SI is mounted onto the poster

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/ad1d578f.jpg

kman8806
02-06-2012, 06:07 AM
That's a nice Kobe man!

mrfloridadude1
02-06-2012, 06:08 PM
not only os that INCREDIBLE! the sign is also a great idea

cyberer
02-07-2012, 11:06 PM
Just switched my avatar from my chase utley baseball to my kobe.

It's nothing personal, Chase, but you have to understand this is Kobe!

CavFanatic31
02-08-2012, 04:14 PM
WOW Nice one!

thj0011
02-09-2012, 01:08 AM
That's a sick Kobe, congrats!

cyberer
02-10-2012, 10:26 PM
Had a bit of an adventure at the Clippers hotel today. I went for Blake pre-game, got there at about 3:45.

I was standing in line in the front row, and these 3 girls arrived and were acting obnoxiously. Then, when I turned around to get something out of my bag, I turned back around and ONE OF THE GIRLS HAD CUT IN FRONT OF ME!

I asked her if I could get back into the front row b/c that's where I was before. She ignored me. GREAT...

Then, she leaned over the other way to get someone's auto (I forget who it was), and I took my spot back. She didn't seem happy and kept trying to box me out, but I'm 6'6" 200 and I wasn't having any of it from a 5 foot nothing woman trying to shove me out of the way.

Then I reached over to try to get Caron Butler's auto (and missed) and when I looked back she was in my spot again! My buddy who was standing next to me couldn't believe it. We kept calling her out and making her feel uncomfortable, but she didn't move. Oh well.

Chris Paul came out and waved, and said he would come right back off the bus and sign. And then he didn't. So that sucked.

Then, 5 minutes later, Blake came out. The place was a madhouse, he was literally getting swamped. He signed for the 3 people around me, then put the pen down before he got to me. I thought he was done signing. Then he picked up a marker, and signed for 4 people to my other side. I tried to reach over and then he capped the marker again and stopped signing. I thought again that he was done.

THEN, inexplicably, he picked up a marker a THIRD TIME, down at the VERY end of the line. I used every inch of my 6'6" frame, and got it right over close to where he was signing for someone, so that his hand was inches from my SI cover, and then he quickly did it.

Unfortunately he was running with a black sharpie that was almost out of juice, and as everyone knows his auto is a scribble. Still, I was beyond pumped to add this guy to my collection:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/9acf9e4d.jpg

Next, a "success" TTM- Brian Dawkins 2/2 90 days. However, it was clearly autopenned, as the 2 match up perfectly. I was so happy to get this success until I examined them, then I was just depressed.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/08efa108.jpg

lambeauleap87
02-10-2012, 10:30 PM
Congrats on getting Blake...his auto has really gone to crap in the past season, but at least he still signs.

If I'm not mistaken, Brian Dawkins is a stamp rather than an autopen...I'd alwasy swear that my Aaron Rodgers return was a stamp (has similar extra ink "smears" that most stamps do), but he has no history of doing them himself, and you can see Sharpie lines. I always wonder.

TPotts
02-10-2012, 10:31 PM
Another nice success with Blake!

I also got B-Dawk back today with the stamp. I already have plenty of him, but he's my all time fave athlete so I can always use another, so I tried him. Its the same stamp I got back in like '07. Yeah well.

lizard-jd
02-11-2012, 06:39 AM
Congrats on the "hard work" to get Blake - you're right about his sig getting bad. I was one of the lucky ones to get him TTM on an 8x10 back in Jan. 2010. Good job!

TheGrapher
02-11-2012, 09:46 AM
I would love to have a Blake one someday. Great job.

marti427
02-11-2012, 01:40 PM
Congrats man, you been on a roll

Welker83
02-12-2012, 05:15 PM
Great job on the blake

cyberer
02-13-2012, 09:10 PM

cyberer
02-13-2012, 09:11 PM
sixers are on a long road trip, so graphing has been slow.

However, tonight was probably the easiest graphing I have ever done- I just had to hop on an elevator.

Ed Rendell, former philly mayor, PA governor and current sports analyst was giving a speech in my building. The speech was full of partisan politics, but other than that it was a fine evening with free wine and cheese provided.

Afterwards I asked him a brief question about biomedical research and got him to sign my 4x6 of him and the Phillies stars.


http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/d82f4282.jpg

cyberer
02-14-2012, 08:43 PM
I too got my ponder back after 60 days! Awesome!

The envelope was bent and ripped but fortunately the card is undamaged.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/da7e7ba1.jpg

I mentioned in another thread that given the vikings recent ghost signing history in gerhart and favre I have a bit of doubt that these are real, but I hope they are and am excited by the return!

TPotts
02-14-2012, 10:15 PM
I too got my ponder back after 60 days! Awesome!

The envelope was bent and ripped but fortunately the card is undamaged.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/da7e7ba1.jpg

I mentioned in another thread that given the vikings recent ghost signing history in gerhart and favre I have a bit of doubt that these are real, but I hope they are and am excited by the return!

I think they look fine, match mine from my success in October. And like LambeauLeap said, personalization is usually a good sign although you just never know...

cyberer
02-17-2012, 08:38 PM
Spent the last 24 hours pretty much nonstop graphing the mavs, sandwiched around an 8 hour work day today.

Got there at 6pm last night, bus arrived shortly thereafter. There were 5-6 of us there and they all jogged right past us. Pretty terrible.

As we waited to see if anyone would go out to dinner, Lamar Odom walked past us and asked us for directions to a convenience store.

He signed my 8x10 and I told him.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/1d2ffc43.jpg

Then he came back 20 minutes later and asked us for directions to the apple store. We told him. 20 minutes later he came back with an iPad lol.

No one else went out in the 90 minutes I was there.

I went back this morning for shootaround and cleaned up:

Dirk SI

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/0375a2d7.jpg

Kidd 8x10

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/44d39e54.jpg

Brandon wright floorboard

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/7f1110c6.jpg

Shawn Marion floorboard

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/3514b539.jpg

Carter ignored us all the way.


I didn't have time with work to go back for pregame bus, but I went to the game and managed to snag another dirk amid a HUGE crowd on an 8x10 as he ran down the tunnel.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/0935fdf6.jpg

Odom was out there but I couldn't catch him on the way in he only signed 2-3. I was trying to get the duplicate for my buddy, a lakers fan.™

All in all I feel I cleaned up!!!

Eddie_2
02-18-2012, 02:44 AM
Nice success! That first Dirk though on the SI is weird. was he running into the hotel? It looks like zagging lines, I find it amusing he gave you a way more beautiful one at the game, so that was huge. Very nice success Erik.

cyberer
02-20-2012, 02:20 AM
Yeah the first Dirk I got was me literally being wedged between some guy and the door to the bus. It was all I could do to get it up to him when he was on the bottom step of the bus. He signed sideways. The sig looks good but again it is sideways. He did seem to take his time on the one in a huge crowd.

On another graphing note, I went home to Scranton this weekend, and finally picked up the David Tyrees that my mom got 3 weeks ago. I got 2 5x7 photos that the event gave out, one black and one blue signed- the photos are on cardstock and somewhat cheap but came out pretty well.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/2cc74d36.jpg

Also 2 8x10s for my brother and me, below:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/46ba060d.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/f99692be.jpg

On another note, I actually did some graphing in Scranton tonight (actually, Wilkes Barre to be more accurate).

My fiance and I for years have been watching the comedy acts of John Pinette. You may better know him as the fat guy who gets mugged in the last episode of Seinfeld.

Anyways she asked me to put my graphing expertise to bear on finding a way to get his auto before or after the show. So we showed up an hour early and walked around the perimeter of the venue, the FM kirby center.

We found a back parking lot with some rather nondescript doors. We thought we were in the right place but it looked dead, like maybe he had already gone in. We asked the parking lot attendant, a young kid, and he was very helpful and told us Pinette would arrive here shortly.

So we start hanging around the door waiting, and a security guard comes out and starts hassling us. He tells us to beat it and that he won't let us near Pinette when he comes so we have no shot at getting an auto. Considering we were the only 2 people waiting for an auto, I literally laughed in the guy's face and asked if he was serious. He didn't seem to like that and told us again to leave.

Since we were standing on a public sidewalk I didn't move. My fiance got nervous but I told her what's up- i.e. that it's actually illegal for him to threaten us to leave public property, on the contrary of it being illegal for us to stay.

About 5 minutes later he came out again and told us "you're wasting your time!" I responded, "Well the show isn't for 45 minutes, so fortunately it looks like we have some time to waste, and it is such a nice evening out here." He once again shot daggers at me, and I laughed.

So right after this, the guy went back inside. Shortly thereafter, 2 younger security guards came out and started being really nice to us. I heard one of the 2 of them say in the radio that "the two of them (meaning my fiance and me) were still at this door."

Just then I happened to look down the block and see that the first security guard had emerged from a side door down the street and was ushering a car into the driveway! He switched the doors to trick us, and put the 2 guards as a decoy!

Clearly he didn't know who he was dealing with, as I sniffed out the trap, and we ran like heck down there just as the car pulled in.

He tried to set a pick between John Pinette and us, but I yelled "Mr. Pinette do you have a minute to sign please?"

Just then I heard a rather high pitched very friendly voice of our beloved comedian say "Of course!" And he walked over to us, the security guard scowling the whole time.

He was really nice, personalized our 8x10 to both of us, and inscribed a catch phrase from his act "YOU GO NOW!"

We told him we've been following his acts for years and can't wait to see his show. He thanked us and then also signed my fiance's ticket. He really was a very nice man and the show was hilarious. It is rare that someone can make me laugh with good clean humor, but he is a guy who can pull it off- no real sex humor or gross stuff- just good clean laughs.

Great evening, but WOW what a jerk that guard was. I can't wait to go back there and graph again just so I can keep giving that guy crap.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/8d3f7da6.jpg

Rudickulous
02-20-2012, 03:37 AM
Where did you go to get the NBA floorboards? I would love to get an auto on one of those things.

cyberer
02-20-2012, 09:02 AM
Home depot or lowes. Look in the flooring section for 12"x12" vinyl flooring tiles they come in boxes of 20 for 18 bucks.

Good luck!

Rudickulous
02-20-2012, 09:13 AM
I see that people place NBA logos on them also, are those just stickers or what?

cyberer
02-20-2012, 09:34 AM
You can either use stickers or print a pic of the team logo/player on adhesive label paper and cut it out with an exacto knife

cyberer
02-22-2012, 09:42 PM
Sixers are on a long road trip, so I decided to inventory my certified pack-pulled auto collection and show them here. Prepare to be amazed! (LOL)

Drew Storen, Chad Billingsley, Ian Kinsler, Carlos Gonzalez, Jay Bruce, Josh Johnson, Ryan Braun

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/b46e0063.jpg

Miguel Cabrera, Chase Utley/Dan Uggla, Tim Lincecum, Troy Tulowitski, Adam Wainwright, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Nelson Cruz, Ryan Howard/Cecil Fielder

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/fd888bdd.jpg

Marlon Byrd, Adam Lind, Aaron Boone, Eric Gagne, Felipe Lopez, Nyjer Morgan, Francisco Cordero

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/189aa110.jpg

Josh Johnson, Kyle Drabek, Jayson Werth, Ben Zobrist, Derek Lowe, Joe Blanton, Shane Victorino, Johnny Cueto, Brandon Webb

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/694d2139.jpg

Tom Gorzellany, Edinson Volquez, Josh Willingham, Eric Gagne, Carlos Ruiz, Mark Reynolds, DAniel Schlereth, Kyle Drabek, Juan Francisco

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/7df6bab0.jpg

Max Scherzer, Zach Cox, Mike Olt, Aaron Poreda, Jemile Weeks, Lance Lynn (x2), John MAyberry Jr, Kila Kiahuehue

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/724fcb58.jpg

Jamie Moyer, Greg Dobbs, Michael BRantley, Alberto Callaspo, Anthony Hewitt JC Romero, Rafael Soriano, Everth Cabrera, Francisco Cordero

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/bd5ec80a.jpg

Ibanez, Cantu, Miguel Montero, Colby Lewis, Alexei Ramirez, Josh Donaldson, Aaron Crow, Wes Helms, Arietta, Furcal, Brett Myers

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/bb8205b4.jpg

Mondesi, Laroche, Mike Mccoy, Michael Brantley, Daniel Hudson, Hank Conger, John Danks, JJ Putz, Phillipe Aumont, Chris Volstad

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/46f30f11.jpg

James Starks, Earl Bennett, Ernie Sims, Lesean McCoy, Desean Jackson, Kevin Kolb

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/fd119d6e.jpg

Not autos, but still awesome chrome rookie cards of some young superstars

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/7ce6f6ca.jpg

CavFanatic31
02-22-2012, 09:46 PM
Nice, you must be opening alot of product ha

Is the Brantley available?

lambeauleap87
02-22-2012, 09:49 PM
Pretty cool stuff! I need that Starks...

cyberer
02-22-2012, 09:50 PM
Actually, if you will believe it, I have only opened 1 hobby box EVER in my entire life. These are all obtained via trades, ebay, yard sales and flea markets.

I think I have 2 brantleys- a patch and a regular. I could deal one of them but I'd prefer to keep the patch.

CavFanatic31
02-22-2012, 09:52 PM
PM me a pirce if selling, I don't have too much FT

cyberer
02-24-2012, 05:38 PM
Got an unexpected return today, 375 days in the making.

Clayton Kershaw 1/1 sent feb 13 last year!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/3fc3f9b6.jpg

Kinda strange timing considering he probably just got his first requests of 2012...

Welker83
02-24-2012, 06:07 PM
wow nice return killer long time.

lambeauleap87
02-25-2012, 09:12 PM
Exact same dates on my Kershaw...crazy!

cyberer
02-28-2012, 08:09 PM
@ lambeau LOL that's too funny. Glad we both got him!

2 quick auto notes:

1. I sent to mariano on valentines day, and saw the successes trickle in on SAturday and I got so excited, but of course I didn't get one.

2. I will be graphing the thunder 3 times tomorrow so I am anticipating having a lot of stuff (specifically durants) to show. I would have gone tonight on arrival, but Durant flew right to Philly after the allstar game so he wasn't on the bus, so I decided not to take off from work early just for westbrook. I will be there 3 times tomorrow though.

cyberer
02-29-2012, 11:19 PM
Did a lot of Thunder graphing today.

I got there at 9am and it was pouring rain. So unfortunately I had to scrap my idea of getting photos signed and switch to floors, which are water resistant (I had a tissue to wipe the water off of them as i was waiting).

All the players jogged past us to get out of the rain. Then Durant came out, and HE JOGGED PAST US!

We all looked at each other stunned. He doesn't snub people!

About 90 seconds later he came out with a security guard holding an umbrella and signed 2 per. I owed one as a favor to a buddy of mine so I only got one on my floorboard. He gave a good sig (by his standards)

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/9e452eaf.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/3a3a3355.jpg

as for the floorboard, I am going to do something like this (note: this isn't my floor I looked at it on ebay), with stickers:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/kyrie.jpg

cyberer
02-29-2012, 11:21 PM
P.S. then I graphed inside the arena at the game and only harden and some scrubs were out for shootaround. Harden jogged past us with his head down. I got Collison for my team 8x10, but I don't feel like showing that one.

lambeauleap87
02-29-2012, 11:23 PM
Durant only signed once, even at two per, in three shots today?

cyberer
02-29-2012, 11:25 PM
I only went for the morning. He signed again when they returned but I wasn't there. Not sure about pregame at the bus, and he did not sign inside because he was gone when the gates opened.

cyberer
03-02-2012, 12:06 AM
I printed a PNG of Durant, and a Thunder team logo, on the same 8 1/2" x 11" label paper at a print shop for $1.57. Can't beat it. Here's the finished product, with the labels cut out and stuck on the floor board:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/33b0b686.jpg

cyberer
03-02-2012, 09:43 PM
No love for my durant floor.

In other news, I got my first TTM from spring training today: Joe Nathan 2/2 17 days c/o rangers ST

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/f14c5c8d.jpg

I know he's a good signer, but I've missed him in years past, so thrilled to add him to my collection!

cyberer
03-04-2012, 05:54 PM
Did the bulls today on the bus before the game. I got lucky because I almost missed it because I thought it was an 8pm game but they moved it to 7, luckily I still made it.

Derrick Rose was the first one out to the bus, surprisingly. He broke past us in a jog and only signed 2, luckily since I was last in line I managed to be one of the 2 as he ran past. His hand smeared the top of the loop a little bit, but the custom 12"x12" floor still looked awesome.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/2901873c.jpg

Then I managed to get some toughies that I never got before, like these:

Rip Hamilton

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/1890183d.jpg

Carlos Boozer

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/53bc4aa5.jpg

And Finally,

John Lucas

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/45cb58cd.jpg

Joakim Noah was about to do it, but the coach yelled "we gotta go!" And he stopped.

Didn't see Deng or Taj Gibson, but I didn't wait for the 2nd bus.

Another rack-fest.

CavFanatic31
03-04-2012, 06:06 PM
Nice stuff lately! I did the Bulls and Rose didn't sign a THING.

What time is best to go to the hotel in the morning?

cyberer
03-04-2012, 08:38 PM
thanks man, ive really been racking. I hope the momentum carries over into baseball.

As for rose, I'm 3 for 3 with him- once last season and twice this season. Maybe you caught him on a bad day...

Granted in philly the crowds are apparently smaller than most other cities (a dozen is a huge crowd in these parts, where ive heard 20-30 is common in other cities).

CavFanatic31
03-04-2012, 08:51 PM
Man, Rose has been tough here so far, glad to here you've done well though. I got him the one time I tried last season. They played here twice so far, first time he was injured/didn't travel, the second he didn't sign.

And yeah here is one of the cities where there are tons of people. Just for the Celtics last week (on a tuesday) there were easily 40-50 people

akoch
03-05-2012, 12:07 PM
As I mentioned before, if you can ever get me something signed by d rose, I would make it worth your time.

lilstovie34
03-05-2012, 04:19 PM
Im jealous of your Rip Hamilton! His sig is terrible, but I have a lot of Pistons stuff I need signed by him. lol

cyberer
03-05-2012, 04:22 PM
yeah i've heard Rip was really tough, he seemed to be in a good mood though.

cyberer
03-07-2012, 01:57 AM
hit the celtics on arrival just now. Only 4 of us there. We all walked away with 0 signatures.

Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo looked at our items and stopped for a minute, then changed their minds and kept going.

Garnett came off the bus 10 minutes after everyone else and walked right past us, predictably.

Oh well, I didn't have high hopes anyway and I don't really like any of those players to begin with.

Now I take a week-long break from graphing until the Linsanity tour comes to Philly!

cyberer
03-07-2012, 09:34 PM
I finally printed the label paper, and despite some minor creasing during the cutting process, it came out really freaking awesome. Here is the finished product, with my previously finished durant beneath it. I really like these floors!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/77b60725.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/33b0b686.jpg

CavFanatic31
03-07-2012, 10:24 PM
Nice, how do you get the player images on them? I cut them out and that takes awhile haha

cyberer
03-07-2012, 10:28 PM
I cut them out of 8 1/2 x 11 label paper with a scissors. Took me about a half hour tonight.

CavFanatic31
03-07-2012, 10:40 PM
Yeah that's what I figured. It looks nice, just takes some time

cyberer
03-13-2012, 11:31 PM
REALLY PUMPED about the success I got in on Monday

Trevor May, Phillies #1 Prospect 1/1 cards 22 days. Looks like the Phillies are actually signing decently this spring.

Last year in Clearwater I got the entire Phillies minor league system (like 30-40 autos) EXCEPT Trevor May, so I was thrilled to get him TTM.
http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/8a9be849.jpg

EaglesFan9
03-14-2012, 08:40 PM
Thats a greeattt one! Sending to him 2moro!

cyberer
03-14-2012, 09:03 PM
thanks- good luck!

cyberer
03-21-2012, 01:47 AM
Wow, a weeklong sixers road trip coupled with a spring training TTM slump and my thread is buried way down deep in the archives.

Well time to resurrect it. I graphed the linsanity tour as the knicks arrived in philly tonight.

Unfortunately, getting off the bus, Lin would not even look at us or pick up a pen for the 8 people gathered around.

Then, Carmelo rolled off. He grabbed a silver and started running with it. I got him on my jersey, though he signed it sideways. The guys there said that it's normal for carmelo to sign it wrong or in weird spots or sideways because he just grabs and signs. It came out alright all things considered.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/ed2c831a.jpg

Last year when I got him I used a silver sharpie and it was literally invisible on the page, so this is a definite improvement.

Amare and the rest of the team would not do it when asked.

I waited around afterwards to see if anyone would get in cabs and go out. Tyson Chandler came out and snubbed me 1 on 1.

Then Iman shumpert came out and did the same thing.

Finally to complete the trifecta, baron davis came out and, you guessed it, did the same thing. Why didn't these guys sign?

All in all not a wasted night with Carmelo, but I definitely had higher hopes for Linsanity. He seemed like a real jerk.

Rudickulous
03-21-2012, 02:17 AM
Way back when the Knicks came to Cleveland (right before Linsanity...I actually walked away when he was signing cause I had nothing for him, biggest regret to this day) Chandler snubbed us too. He walked out, warmed up, and kinda snuck away. Nobody noticed where he went off to.

Baron Davis actually signed. Maybe it was because he actually played in Cleveland, but from what I've seen/heard, he's usually pretty nice to IPs...sorry, but hey Carmelo's awesome man. Congrats.

buffalobills
03-21-2012, 02:36 PM
Man as a worriors fan I dnt see what the big deal abound Lin is, the dude had a couple of good games and he really isn't that good. The way I see it he is a one year wonder and should be greatful when people ask for his autograph. Anyway Congrats on that melo!

jyosi
03-21-2012, 03:39 PM
Man as a worriors fan I dnt see what the big deal abound Lin is, the dude had a couple of good games and he really isn't that good. The way I see it he is a one year wonder and should be greatful when people ask for his autograph. Anyway Congrats on that melo!

He's a good story, but he is a flash in the pan as far as being a star. He may have a good long career, but next season there will be no Linsanity and you will be able to pick his stuff up for nothing. If you have anything signed by him you should have sold it a month ago, and by all means move it now if you still have it. You will be able to repurchase it for a fraction of the price next season.

CavFanatic31
03-21-2012, 04:22 PM
Nice Melo


Way back when the Knicks came to Cleveland (right before Linsanity...I actually walked away when he was signing cause I had nothing for him, biggest regret to this day) Chandler snubbed us too. He walked out, warmed up, and kinda snuck away. Nobody noticed where he went off to.

Baron Davis actually signed. Maybe it was because he actually played in Cleveland, but from what I've seen/heard, he's usually pretty nice to IPs...sorry, but hey Carmelo's awesome man. Congrats.


There are two tunnels for the away team, and Chandler went out the other one, where you can't get things signed.

Eddie_2
03-22-2012, 12:13 AM
All in all not a wasted night with Carmelo, but I definitely had higher hopes for Linsanity. He seemed like a real jerk.

Like Tebow, Lin has a private deal with some type of autograph company to only sign through them. Thus I'm pretty sure they advise their guys not to sign IP. That's why it's impossible to land Tebow or Lin, they won't sign because they are getting paid big bucks for their sig. Can't say I blame Lin though, he was sleeping on some dude's couch seven weeks ago and now he has an auto deal.

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
03-22-2012, 12:24 AM
He's a good story, but he is a flash in the pan as far as being a star. He may have a good long career, but next season there will be no Linsanity and you will be able to pick his stuff up for nothing. If you have anything signed by him you should have sold it a month ago, and by all means move it now if you still have it. You will be able to repurchase it for a fraction of the price next season.

This.

cyberer
03-22-2012, 01:49 AM
went to the knicks game tonight. It was a pretty up and down day of graphing.

As an aside from what I heard no one signed at the hotel at all today.

So I got there for shootaround. Lin and Amare were out there. Lin ran back 5 minutes after the gates opened, put his head down and jogged past, just as he did at the bus the night before. There were only about 20 people there, hardly a huge sea of people, but he wouldn't do it. I was shocked.

Then Amare snuck down the side tunnel away from the fans and didn't do it.

I ended up getting 2 floorboards of Tyson Chandler

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/dcdebcde-1.jpg

and 1 of Baron Davis

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/d55b5f29.jpg

Then, I noticed spike lee was sitting courtside. A buddy of mine who has courtside seats loaned me his ticket and I went down there and got him on a floorboard. When I handed it to him he said he was done signing for the day and wouldn't take it. Then, when I turned and walked away he called after me "OK Fine, I'll do this one more," and called me back. Woo!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/1b73c697.jpg

I also saw walt frazier 1 on 1 courtside while I was down there, but he flat out refused to sign after 3 or 4 tries to plead with him to do it.

As the game progressed, Demeco Ryans, the newest eagle, was announced in attendance. I found out what section he was in and tried to go in and graph, but the usher lady wouldn't let me in- this wasn't even courtside he was just sitting in the stands, and I couldn't get to him. UGH.

Then, in the 3rd quarter, they announced that my brother and my favorite actor and sixers co owner WILL SMITH was in attendance! I had heard he comes to games periodically and signs in the parking lot, so I was excited.

However, he ended up sitting RIGHT NEXT TO WHERE I GOT SPIKE LEE! If I had waited to go down I might have gotten both of them. But by this time I had lost track of my buddy with the courtside seats to switch again.

As an aside Will Smith came out to a standing ovation with "Wild Wild West" playing on the loudspeaker and he stood on a chair, faced the crowd and tipped his cap. Great moment.

So finally I figured out what tunnel he would be exiting through and camped out there. When he left in the 4th quarter, he signed a few graphs for some kids courtside, then jogged past us at the tunnel with high fives only.

I ran like hell for the parking lot with some of the philly guys for the parking lot. They pointed out the family lot as where he came out in the past and signed. We all ran towards the lot, along with 2-3 other guys who followed.

However when I get to the lot I realize that they had ditched me. They went somewhere else, so that I wouldn't follow them they made up this story about the lot.

By the time I found the right spot, Will Smith had already left, and all the guys were holding their signed posters and photos and cool stuff, and I was left with nothing.

So it was really a night of ups and downs. I checked Will Smith's website and it seems like this was the last game he would be at, because he is flying back to LA on friday. UGH!

At least I know where he goes out in the future, but unfortunately there's seemingly no way to predict if/when he is going to be there.

Maybe he will fly back for the playoffs...

CavFanatic31
03-22-2012, 07:58 AM
ouch, what ™™™™s haha

CavFanatic31
03-22-2012, 07:59 AM
Like Tebow, Lin has a private deal with some type of autograph company to only sign through them. Thus I'm pretty sure they advise their guys not to sign IP. That's why it's impossible to land Tebow or Lin, they won't sign because they are getting paid big bucks for their sig. Can't say I blame Lin though, he was sleeping on some dude's couch seven weeks ago and now he has an auto deal.

Lin is signed with Panini. He signed earlier this year, while still under contract with Panini, before the whole Linsanity crap.

JerseyInk
03-22-2012, 01:33 PM
Pretty sweet score with Spike! Congrats! Now on to your fellow graphers....wow, just wow. Shady hobby we're in when people intentionally lie to better the situation. There's a couple few like that where i'm at. At least you know who you can trust now. SMH. Bittersweet night.

phillykid15
03-22-2012, 05:32 PM
Nice stuff man. That blows about those ™™™™ guys in Philly, some people take this stuff way too seriously.

You might want to watch out for jerks like that when you go down to Spring Training, I've certainly encountered a few.

cyberer
03-22-2012, 05:48 PM
thanks for the words, guys.

@phillykid yeah I did ST last year, there were some ™™™™s but compared to doing this all the time in the city itself it was really laid back by comparison.

cyberer
03-25-2012, 09:17 PM
I arrived in clearwater yesterday and have been having a grand old time. I arrived at 1:00pm, and being the crazy guy that I am decided to head to Dunedin right off the plane for a game that started at 1:00. I got there at 2:00 and scalped a ticket for 2 bucks in the 3rd inning of the game and had a great time.

I did the Phils-Baltimore today.

I have been racking, but I will post all of that in a wrap-up thread when I am done.

This post is very special- this post is to put to bed something that I've been working on for a year now.

As many of you know, I have the "4 aces and joe blanton" sports illustrated cover done by 4 of the 5 pitchers- everyone but Halladay. I have tried for 6 months to get Halladay with no results, I haven't even gotten close.

So I decided this week in clearwater it would happen, one way or another, I would make it happen.

So I had a hot tip from some guys on ebay that he signs in the parking lot the day AFTER he pitches. So I went to the game today, knowing he was pitching, knowing I had almost no shot at him.

I did all the pregame autograph festivities, I had some nice successes (I'll post them on Sunday in the wrapup thread), but as predicted halladay snubbed us all while pitching.

He pitched pretty well, and was lifted from the game in the 7th inning. He walked down the line to the tunnel past us, but didn't even look up. I figured it was a lost cause.

Then I was struck with a lightning bolt of an idea- Roy halladay, I have been told, in philly sometimes will sign in the parking lot after he pitches a great game. He did pitch well, so I thought heck maybe he'd do it in the spring.

I ran like hell out of the stadium to the parking lot entrance and waited. And waited. And waited. FOREVER. I was the only one there for a long time. To make matters worse, the cop guarding it harrassed me- he threatened to ARREST me if I approached any of the cars- even if the players called me over.

When I told him nothing he could say would make me leave and when I started recording him on my phone he got nicer. He told me how when he was a kid he waited like i was doing for pete rose and how it was an awesome experience. So he kind of got over himself and stopped treating me like crap.

Then the game let out, and suddenly I was amid a crowd of about a dozen people. I figured at that point it was a lost cause, as he'd never stop for a crowd. We waited about an hour after the game ended. Hamels, Lee, Rollins, Thome, Polanco, Worley, Victorino, Papelbon and a few others drove out and didn't even look at us to sign.

I knew that Halladay drove a black 2 door BMW, and suddenly we saw a black 2 door car driving down. We all walked up to the car (the cop shift had changed to a nicer guy now) but it was CHOOCH, not Halladay. He didn't sign.

That was the last straw for the rest of the crowd. We were now at 4:45 and the game got out around 3:45. I had been waiting since like 3:00. The crowd dispersed, and suddenly it was just me and 2 other people- 2 college-aged young girls. However since it was so late (Halladay was pulled from the game almost 2 hours prior), we thought he snuck out some other way. I almost gave up hope...

AND THEN another black 2 door car comes around the bend and comes towards us. The girls said they would flag him down, because he might stop for them. They went to either side of the car and frantically waved and called to him. He was on his cell phone, so I thought we were screwed. I was in disbelief with what happened next- HE PUT HIS PHONE DOWN, SLOWED DOWN HIS CAR, AND PULLED OVER WITH THE WINDOW DOWN!

The girls knew about my quest, and were VERY nice, they told me to go get him first. I put the SI cover in the window and he smiled and signed it. I told him that I couldn't tell him how much I appreciated it that I had been trying for so long to finish it. He said that I was welcome. He then signed 2 things per for the girls, but I was way too happy to be greedy and try to get a 2nd auto from him.

I tried to take a picture with him, but the cars behind him were beeping so he told me he was sorry but he had to go.

I was so giddy I can't even describe it. I can't tell you how good it feels to have it done!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/fc739ff0.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/e8d3d3c8.jpg

CavFanatic31
03-25-2012, 09:28 PM
freaking nasty lol.... i love the story with the first cop, what a tough guy ha

lambeauleap87
03-25-2012, 09:53 PM
Wow...congrats on finally getting that done, and with an awesome story!

jjj5278
03-25-2012, 10:14 PM
I have read this whole thread over time and was wondering if you'd ever complete that cover. Nice job and a great story too!! Congrats!

EaglesFan9
03-25-2012, 10:19 PM
congrats on getting it done!! go phils!

kman8806
03-25-2012, 11:55 PM
Love the SI man.

cyberer
03-26-2012, 10:15 PM
I really appreciate all your comments. I'm glad you all noticed how big a deal this was for me and my collection. This is by far my prized piece.

Yeah haha that Cop was an interesting guy. I walked by him today after the game and he laughed and yelled "NO WAY! You aren't doing this to me again!"

I laughed back and said "no I'm not- I got him yesterday after you left!"

He couldn't believe it actually happened. He shook my hand twice and patted me on the back and apologized for doubting it.

Kind of strange for him to be so hit and cold.

I racked some more today, but you guys will have to wait until my wrap up post :)

Eddie_2
03-26-2012, 11:02 PM
I'll be honest, I didn't think you would get that cover done! I firmly believe that Halladay won't be signing at the Fez this year (I think he will be in the photo booth again) but MAJOR congrats dude. It's awesome that you completely your white whale. :party0048:

indyreds
03-27-2012, 12:02 AM
Now that you have that SI done have you thought about where and how you are going to display it?

cyberer
03-28-2012, 01:19 AM
i agree with you eddie, I bet halladay is photo booth 100%. Glad I don't have to care about it anymore...

@indy- I was going to mat it in an 8x10 matting in a larger frame. That is of course unless anyone has a cooler idea on how to display it...

TTMcardMaster
03-28-2012, 02:39 PM
Alright, now you need a new project/challenge...

Eddie_2
03-28-2012, 02:44 PM
@indy- I was going to mat it in an 8x10 matting in a larger frame. That is of course unless anyone has a cooler idea on how to display it...


Make sure if you put the SI in the 8x10 you use museum glass.

If you put the SI in a regular glass case over time it will fade from the sunlight or the lighting in your house. Just FYI to save your white whale.

cyberer
03-28-2012, 04:28 PM
I bought this stuff http://www.google.com/m/products/catalog?oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari&q=krylon+uv+spray+gloss&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=17433149340508981432&near=Clearwater,%20FL&sa=X&ei=qXNzT7PYGaHX0QHJyuT_Ag&ved=0CDMQ8wIwAQ#

And I've been coating all my frame glass with it. Does this work well enough or do I need museum glass? Where do I get that from?

jyosi
03-28-2012, 05:07 PM
The biggest upside to museum glass is that it does not glare at all. There are 100s of alternatives that are much cheaper to block UV light. I don't know how that spray works, but I am sure you researched it before you bought it and I know you are smart enough to make good decisions. IMO $100+ museum glass isn't worth it. It is going to decades for a photo to fade in normal light.

cyberer
03-31-2012, 06:09 PM
Thanks guys, I will really try to make sure that my collection stands the test of time, especially the SI. Museum glass seems a bit too expensive, if it just blocks glare and UV. I have that UV spray that got good reviews that is much cheaper.

Anyways it is time for my long awaited spring training success post! I will post the day by day journal of my graphing in this post then all the pictures in one post to follow! I think I did much better this year than last year, I guess it comes with knowing the layout and the territory.


DAY 1: Saturday
Had a pretty tough travel day- had to wake up at 5am after going to sleep at 2am to catch my flight. I got on the ground in Tampa at 1:00. Instead of going to the house I am staying at and taking a nap, however, I decided to take in a game. The only game in the area that was going on was Jays-Braves in Dunedin. I got there at 2:30pm, and it was the 3rd inning of the game. I scalped a ticket for (lol) 2 bucks since the game had already started and went right in.

Dunedin is truly a magical place for graphing. There are in both corners large fenced in areas where fans can stand in standing room only and watch the game, and this is right by the players’ clubhouses, so they are perfect for graphing.

I waited until Bautista was lifted from the lineup, then went to the autograph well. I am sorry to say that he snubbed the fans that were waiting, myself included.
I then decided to go over to the Braves side, since their stars were still in the lineup. I waited an inning or so, and then Freddie Freeman was lifted from the lineup. I had heard he was really tough to get this spring, but he stopped at the auto well and hit it for like 10-15 minutes- duplicates, sweet spots, whatever people had. I got him on a card.
Then Eric hinske and Randall Delgado stopped together. I got them both on my ticket stub. I told hinske as he signed that I would always remember him for making the last out of that world series. He glared at me as he signed- he was NOT happy.
Then a few minutes later Jason Heyward was lifted from the lineup and HE started hitting it in the same spot as freeman, and he signed for even longer- easily 100 graphs. He signed my ball on the sweet spot. Unlike last year he was giving a really nice sig- trying to get his fans back after his rough start to his career! WOO!
That was it for the Braves stars (mccann ignored), so I went back to the blue jays side. I asked the manager if I could have a lineup card and he obliged. I then went out to the parking lot to wait for bautista, but he had already left. I still waited around and got Yon Gomes on the lineup card. Lind stopped too but I missed him.

Then I went to Clearwater beach, had a beer and a grouper sandwich, and sat in the ocean for awhile. Magical first day for sure.

DAY 2 SUNDAY

Hit up Phillies-Orioles in Clearwater. Got to the minor league park early. Once there it was announced that the minor leaguers had the day off, so after they did their sprints they were free to leave. We waited around then for them to leave, and got Dom Brown, Phillippe Aumont, Trevor May, and a few others. The guys were really cool, especially brown, although he refused when I asked him for a batting glove- he said he had no extras.



Then it was time to go in and stake out my spot on the Phillies side. I had 2nd row seats in the section where the Phillies usually sign- 120, so I had high hopes. I had some near misses with Polanco and Thome in the spot, but I got Worley (on a team card), Hamels on an SI cover and Charlie Manuel on my magazine cover that was already signed by andy reid- all this before the game.



That was it for inside the arena. When Halladay got lifted from the lineup that day, I ran to the parking lot and waited for him for 2 hours before finally getting him like I discussed previously in my thread to finish my SI- WOO WOO WOO!



DAY 3 MONDAY

I went to Phillies-Red Sox in Clearwater. I showed up about 2 minutes late for the Boston bus in the morning, and missed pedroia signing- DOH! I hung out until the gates opened, and went in and got in the front row by the boston dugout. To my amazement Nomar Garciaparra was there talking to some red sox in the dugout. He was announcing the game for ESPN I guess. After he was done talking, we called him over and he signed like 20-30 graphs. I got him on the sweet spot of an ROMLB- really excited about this one.



Big Papi signed 2-3 graphs down on the fence, but I missed him. Pedroia came out to practice, and when we flagged him down in the front row of the dugout, he said “I promise I’ll come back here and sign right before the game.” We were all excited, until we realized that the ushers throw everyone out a half hour before the game.

Sure enough, the ushers threw us all out before Pedroia returned. However I was not easily deterred (if you read my threads then you know that I don’t back down from anyone). I sat in the adjacent section, watching the dugout like a hawk. When pedroia came back out at like 12:45, I ran right over and asked him to sign. The usher was hollering at me to get out, but he said he would do it and came over and signed about a dozen graphs for me and other people in the section. The usher did not throw me out or get that mad afterwards when I promised to leave. I got him on my SI cover and it came out beautifully.



As I was getting this done, I noticed that Cliff Lee, Halladay AND Hamels all signed down the line on the Phillies side. But I wasn’t that upset seeing as pedroia is a tough graph and I already have all the pitchers. Still it was reassuring to know that I would have gotten halladay one way or another even if I missed him in the parking lot.

That was it for graphs at that game. I waited after at the bus but Papi, Lester, Pedroia all got on without stopping. I then decided to wander over the minor league field. I got Sandberg on the sweet spot.



I also got the Yankees pitcher that throws both handed on a junk ball.



I also got a photo with Dom Brown since he had already signed all my items that I had for him. I asked him once again for a batting glove and he laughed and again told me he had no extras. Another really fun day and more importantly a successful day.

DAY 4 TUESDAY

I woke up early as usual and headed out to the Phillies complex. I missed the red sox bus in the morning by about 5 minutes the day before, so I made sure to be extra early today. Sure enough I was ~20 minutes early. I waited along with 5-6 other people for the Pirates bus.

They arrived around 10am. McCutchen was the last one off the bus, wearing giant headphones, but he was very nice when asked to sign. He signed 1 per for everyone, and even did an all star inscription on someone’s bat. I got him on the sweet spot of a ROMLB.



I had front row seats in section 119 today, so I was pretty excited. I sat in my seats and waited to graph. Phillies as usual didn’t do anything after batting practice, instead telling us to wait until the pregame graphing.

At 12:45, the Phillies came out, as usual. Hunter Pence had told us he would sign for us pregame, but then he jogged right past us and signed further down and I missed him. Oh well, I got him last year.

Shortly thereafter Thome rolled out, and banged it out pretty good. I got him on the sweet spot of my ROMLB. He was running with a little kid’s pen, which was not a sharpie but I’m not totally sure it was a ball point either. It looked kind of like a gel pen or something. Anyone know if these signatures hold up over time? Sucks he wouldn’t use my blue bic.



Worley went by soon thereafter and like he has every day I’ve been there he banged it out for like 20 minutes. I got him on the sweet spot of a ball I got in batting practice.



Then the “aces” halladay and hamels rolled in. Both graphed for a good 5-10 minutes, but both started in the enclosed area farther down the line which is inaccessible unless you have a ticket there. Hamels got down the line to us in time, and I was 2 people away from getting Halladay when he stopped for the national anthem. Oh well, I missed him but at least I got him the other day to finish the SI.


I stayed the duration of the game. Cliff lee pitched a gem. Moreover, every game I went to I was thoroughly impressed by Jim Thome. When Thome was lifted from the lineup, the guy sitting next to me yelled “Thome please sign! I HATE OZZIE GUILLEN TOO!” Thome turned and looked right at him and laughed, but he didn’t sign. It’s funny b/c that guy next to me had been talking to me all day about how ozzie ran thome out of town, and then he seemed to agree that he hated him.

None of the other Phillies signed as they were lifted from the lineup. Bummer. I didn’t even see Howard or Utley today.

After the Phils game I went to the Yankees complex to watch pregame batting practice at the side field (I didn’t have a ticket). Swisher was hitting but he didn’t sign. I tried to scalp a lower level ticket, but the cheapest I could do was 25, and I didn’t want to spend that so I packed it in and came home.
Either way, another e day of graphing!

Day 5 Wednesday
My fiancι met me in florida so we spent the day together- no graphing!

Day 6 Thursday

My fiancι decided to go graphing with me today. We had tickets to a Twins-Pirates game in Bradenton. My fiancι had a history graphing with Joe Mauer- he snubbed her specifically one time as he signed for a dozen people around her but refused to sign for her specifically for some reason. Since Bradenton is such a great park for graphing I told her we would get him for sure this year.

We get to Bradenton as the gates open and to my horror I realize that MAUER AND MORNEAU did not make the trip, the only 2 guys on the twins that I needed. Moreover, McCutchen had the day off and already left, plus I already had him. Both teams had a clown shoes lineup.

We decided not to stay for the game, but I had the bright idea to hit up Pirate City, the minor league complex, to try for some top prospects like Gerritt Cole and Jameson Taillon. We get to the complex 10-15 minutes later, and pulled in right behind the visiting team bus as it was unloading. Strangely coincidentally, the Phillies single A club was disembarking the bus, with me in my Phillies garb. I said hi to all the players and asked them where I could watch their game. They showed me in through the main entrance to pirate city, and my fiancι got them all to sign a team ball (unfortunately I didn’t use a ROMLB, but still cool). We got about 20 signatures.

As we were hanging around the complex we saw a Phillies guy wearing a “morandini” jersey. I asked if that was Mickey Morandini and the players said it was. He was really nice and signed a generic leather cover ball on the sweet spot for me.

As we were hanging out, Gerritt Cole walked right past me without my recognizing him. He was pitching that day so I knew he would be nearly impossible to get. However my fiancι took the ball out of my hand and walked over to the bullpen and asked his teammates to call him over. They said “Hey Gerritt there’s a pretty young lady here to get your auto” and he came out and signed for her, and she even knew enough to ask him to sweet spot it (she’s a keeper). He signed a few more- and I got him on the sweet spot of my batting practice “junk” ball.

I commented about his twitter hacking situation (http://www.hallofverygood.com/2011/12/gerrit-coles-twitter-hacked.html) and he said really angrily “I don’t have a twitter!” He proceeded to pitch a bullpen warmup and the minor league game. He looked pretty average before my eyes, but I’m sure he’s highly touted for a reason. I just saw a pretty flat offspeed offering and a 93-94 mph fastball, and his control was all over the place.

A few minutes later Jameson Taillon came out to chart pitches. My fiancι also got him on the sweet spot, and I went over and got him on the sweet spot of another “junk” ball and I got him on a mini bat. He laughed about the bat, saying that he’s good at bunting but about hitting “I guess we’ll find out.” He was a nice guy and took pictures with us.

We got out of pirate city by 1:20 pm and had the rest of our day open to beach and do other stuff, so it was a pretty efficient day of graphing to get 2 top prospects and some former and current Phillies. Too bad about mauer/morneau but whatever.

Day 7 Friday

Went to Yankees-Phillies in tampa at Steinbrenner field. We got there an hour before the gates opened at 4pm and walked over to the side field outside the park where players sometimes work out pregame. Sure enough Teixiera was doing BP with Eduardo nunez and 1-2 other scrubs. Tex came right over to the fence after his workout, but when some kids near me asked him to sign he said “I can’t I have more work to do inside!” and jogged away. Sure enough he wasn’t in the lineup that night, so his “work” was obviously just that he wanted to leave early.

We went in the stadium then and watched the Phillies take BP. Luckily we had lower level seats so we were allowed to go in and graph by the dugout. They are really strict about letting people down there. Most of the Phillies traveled. To my shock, Jimmy Rollins came over to the dugout and started banging it out. He signed about a dozen. I had a bat for him, but he was on the far side of the dugout and only taking baseballs that people threw to him. He pointed to me and said “the tall guy with the Phillies hat” and I threw him my ball and he did it. I asked him to sweet spot but he wouldn’t. Oh well, still pumped to get jimmy for only the 2nd time in my life. He is a tough one.

For literally the 3rd time this spring, I narrowly missed hunter pence. He seems intent on not signing my 8x10. My brother and I got him last year, so it’s not really a big deal but still annoying.

Then we went over to the Yankees side, because CC Sabathia was standing alone in the dugout doing a TV advertisement on camera. When he was done we called him over, but he wouldn’t do it. Just after that however swisher popped up and started banging out graphs. He was also only letting people toss him baseballs. Someone asked him to sweet spot and he said he couldn’t because of his auto contract. Since he wasn’t sweet spotting, I decided to use a junk ball from batting practice. He passed over me so I had to get out of line and go to the far end of the dugout. It was a huge crowd and people were elbowing. When he pointed to me to toss the ball he made fun of me for asking for a graph in Phillies garb. Oh well he still did it. What an ugly sig he has! He banged out over 100 graphs he was at it for like 15 minutes or more! What a class act.

Right after the crowd dispersed, I saw a couple fans ask some older gentleman for an autograph. I went down and asked him to sign another junk ball on the sweet spot. It was David Cone! Shortly after a crowd of like 75 people descended and swamped him. He signed a bunch but not for all, I’m glad I was the first one there pretty much.

We stuck around while the Yankees warmed up down the 1st base line, Jeter looked at some kids and nodded, so we thought he was coming over, but then he jogged past them. None of the Yankees regulars signed after warmups.

I had an even better week this year than last year, I really can’t stress enough how great a vacation it is for a grapher/baseball fan. You hit games from like 9-10 am – 3pm and graph your heart out, then you go to the beach in the sun for the rest. The weather was 85 and sunny all week long. Unbelieveable time! Pictures in the post to follow!

cyberer
03-31-2012, 06:09 PM
That was it for my stories, here are the pictures! Sorry if some are upside down or messed up- photobucket seems to be randomly inverting my pictures for some reason!


My beautiful masterpiece, my complete "four aces and fat joe" SI cover

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/e8d3d3c8.jpg

Jason Heyward Sweet Spot ROMLB

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/c02715f5.jpg
Cole Hamels SI

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/79029d5e.jpg

Cole Hamels 8x10

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/b46270b6.jpg

Jimmy Rollins side panel ROMLB

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/66dc3d8f.jpg

Dustin Pedroia SI

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/8921b2fa.jpg

Jim Thome Sweet Spot ROMLB

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/be5b978b.jpg

Ryne Sandberg sweet spot ROMLB

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/bca1f980.jpg

Andrew MCCutchen sweet spot ROMLB

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/4b902a94.jpg

Nomar Garciaparra sweet spot ROMLB

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/3e4a764d.jpg

Nick Swisher side panel batting practice ROMLB

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/8926fcf3.jpg

Vance Worley sweet spot batting practice ROMLB

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/38b215dd.jpg

Vance Worley Phillies Team Card

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/083b997c.jpg

Venditte Cheap ball

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/d847a4fb.jpg

Dom Brown

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/637d542e.jpg

Trevor May

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/36d89d74.jpg

Sebastian Valle

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/0f9bc5ff.jpg

Joe Blanton

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/c4abbe30.jpg

Phillippe Aumont

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/a30c86ff.jpg

Freddie Freeman

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/dfc50c72.jpg

Charlie Manuel on philly magazine already signed by andy reid

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/2df3d695.jpg

Jameson Taillon ROMLB and "junk batting practice" ROMLB sweet spot and mini bat

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/2acb0b38-1.jpg

Gerrit Cole ROMLB and "junk batting practice" ROMLB sweet spot

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/b5ce8d91-1.jpg

Phillies single A team ball junk ball

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/65ac84f6.jpg

David Cone Sweet Spot batting practice ROMLB

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/a187d0c6.jpg

Micky Morandini Generic leather cover ball sweet spot

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/dd3213e4-1.jpg

Blue Jays Lineup Card signed by Gomes

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/ab7ae008.jpg

bronxbomber33
03-31-2012, 07:18 PM
Wow awesome stuff, that phillies SI looks amazing!!!

jjj5278
03-31-2012, 08:46 PM
I love the Heyward and the Sandberg. I need to hit up spring training one year. Those both look amazing! Congrats!

DeadHorse
03-31-2012, 10:03 PM
how will you ever get bigger thrills ever again? My goodness. Nice haul. Seriously, those will be hard to top!

phillykid15
04-01-2012, 10:07 AM
Nice stuff man. Heyward was signing nicely this year. I remember getting him 2 years ago on an ROMLB when he just signed it like a scribble, and this year I got him on an 8x10 and you can actually read it.

cyberer
04-01-2012, 02:39 PM
thanks guys! You know one of the best parts of a great success is getting comments from people and discussing it, so I appreciate it as always.

@bronx thanks man, the SI is definitely my favorite piece by far now, even moreso than my Kobe Bryant signed SI. It is just too sweet lol.

@JJJ sandberg is great about signing- I have a lot of him if you are looking to buy/trade. I have 2 SS ROMLBS, an 8x10 and a card at least, I might have a few more too I forget.

@deadhorse It's funny you should say that. Someone on these forums told me a story about how when they were younger they got michael jordan to sign and after that the thrill for them was gone for a long while. I kinda felt that way in spring training, but in a good way. Like I would have fun getting the graphs, but I wouldn't "stress" if I missed someone or failed because either way I got what I needed for my collection. Rather than ruining graphing, it actually made it more fun because I wasn't running running running like a madman to get what I needed, I could sit back and let it come to me, if that makes any sense... I seriously have every single philly right now except papelbon and some bench players, so there's no one on my list that I blatantly need. For the eagles I only need Nnamdi and Maclin really, so my philly collection as it stands is getting pretty complete.

@phillykid- thanks for the help last week about spring training. Heyward's rejuvenated sig was the talk of the town with all the graphers I met up with. I guess he is trying to win his fans back since his career took a major black eye last year with that down season. I think he still has all the upside in the world though if his shoulder is right. How did you end up with graphs?

phillykid15
04-01-2012, 03:45 PM
Yeah no problem man. I agree with you on Heyward but I also think Heyward had a signing contract at the beginning of his rookie year with some company which prohibited him from signing SS and signing his full autograph. Another example of that would be Ray Rice. Rice signs ttm and in person just his initials and his number because he has a contract with Steiner.

I made out pretty well, here's the link to my week. It was in the IP autograph section.

http://www.sportscardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1617155

ZombieTom
04-01-2012, 05:23 PM
Killer trip!

Welker83
04-01-2012, 08:39 PM
great stuff. Wish i had some of the opportunity's to do graphing like you. I will def be going to Pats training camp this year and giving it a shot.

jjj5278
04-02-2012, 07:19 PM
@JJJ sandberg is great about signing- I have a lot of him if you are looking to buy/trade. I have 2 SS ROMLBS, an 8x10 and a card at least, I might have a few more too I forget.


That's cool to hear! I am mostly looking to add him to my HOF baseball collection so I'm looking for one w/ his HOF inscription. Thanks for the offer though. Although that one baseball pictured is a pretty nice sig so I may reconsider, haha. If you want shoot me a dlvd price for a sweet spot baseball, I'll need to see if he'll be managing anywhere near me this summer. That Cutch looks really clean too. Nice job!

cyberer
04-04-2012, 05:01 PM
How much does it cost to ship a romlb?

jjj5278
04-04-2012, 06:55 PM
How much does it cost to ship a romlb?

Not much, probably no more than $4 in a small box w/ delivery confirmation. I think it has run me right about $3.75 to ship them.

cyberer
04-12-2012, 11:09 AM
Finally got out to a Phillies game to graph this year. As usual I got there when the gates opened and watched the tail end of phillies BP then watched the Marlins warm up.

When they finally let us down to the dugout level (5:35pm), I ran like heck and got the first spot by the dugout steps (this is the best spot to have in the park).

We watched hanley reyes giancarlo and everyone take BP. Reyes returned to the tunnel first, and didn't even look up at the SI cover I had of him.

About 10 minutes later Hanley came down, and we called to him and he smiled and nodded, and he signed some graphs. I was not going to use a ball on him because I hear he never sweet spots, but the first guy he signed for he sweet spotted, so I quickly tossed him my ball and asked him to sweet spot, and he did:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/ceb205ba.jpg

Funnily enough, the dealers standing next to me rushed over to get Hanley, and the next guy in line gunned his ball overhand right at Hanley and he had to swat it down to avoid getting hit by it. He sidepaneled the ball for the guy, looked pissed, and stopped signing because of it.

The dealers after him in line FREAKED OUT because they missed him "Who throws a ball OVERHAND honestly?!" stuff like that. Pretty funny. I'm glad I got him beforehand.

Shortly thereafter Chris Coghlan came and signed. I got him on a rookie of the year card, and asked him to inscribe ROY, which he did:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/5871ad3a-1.jpg

Finally, I was camped out for pregame to try again for Reyes and Giancarlo, when I look over and see Howard standing on the top step of the dugout banging it out on the phillies side. I owe a guy on these boards a favor from years ago where I promised him I would get him a ryan howard, so I ran like hell from my spot on the marlins side and somehow got through the crowd and got Ryan Howard to sign the guy's 8x10. I've gotten howard twice before so it's no big deal, but still hard to part with an auto of a philly star.

I won't post a scan because it isn't long for my collection and it will make me sad haha.

Pretty good night of graphing. I have tickets again tonight looking to keep the momentum going.

bronxbomber33
04-12-2012, 11:28 AM
Finally got out to a Phillies game to graph this year. As usual I got there when the gates opened and watched the tail end of phillies BP then watched the Marlins warm up.

When they finally let us down to the dugout level (5:35pm), I ran like heck and got the first spot by the dugout steps (this is the best spot to have in the park).

We watched hanley reyes giancarlo and everyone take BP. Reyes returned to the tunnel first, and didn't even look up at the SI cover I had of him.

About 10 minutes later Hanley came down, and we called to him and he smiled and nodded, and he signed some graphs. I was not going to use a ball on him because I hear he never sweet spots, but the first guy he signed for he sweet spotted, so I quickly tossed him my ball and asked him to sweet spot, and he did:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/ceb205ba.jpg

Funnily enough, the dealers standing next to me rushed over to get Hanley, and the next guy in line gunned his ball overhand right at Hanley and he had to swat it down to avoid getting hit by it. He sidepaneled the ball for the guy, looked pissed, and stopped signing because of it.

The dealers after him in line FREAKED OUT because they missed him "Who throws a ball OVERHAND honestly?!" stuff like that. Pretty funny. I'm glad I got him beforehand.

Shortly thereafter Chris Coghlan came and signed. I got him on a rookie of the year card, and asked him to inscribe ROY, which he did:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/5871ad3a-1.jpg

Finally, I was camped out for pregame to try again for Reyes and Giancarlo, when I look over and see Howard standing on the top step of the dugout banging it out on the phillies side. I owe a guy on these boards a favor from years ago where I promised him I would get him a ryan howard, so I ran like hell from my spot on the marlins side and somehow got through the crowd and got Ryan Howard to sign the guy's 8x10. I've gotten howard twice before so it's no big deal, but still hard to part with an auto of a philly star.

I won't post a scan because it isn't long for my collection and it will make me sad haha.

Pretty good night of graphing. I have tickets again tonight looking to keep the momentum going.

Very nice Hanley ball!!!

phillykid15
04-12-2012, 12:55 PM
Nice stuff man! That's very nice of you to give up your spot and get that guy a Howard auto, helping people out with graphs is a big part of graphing.

djauwerda
04-12-2012, 04:38 PM
Nice job! Both on the Hanley and Howard.

cyberer
04-13-2012, 12:02 AM
thanks guys!

Went back and did the marlins again tonight. Reyes once again didn't even look up when we asked him.

Surprisingly, hanley came over and signed for the 2nd night in a row. I got him on a mini-bat

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/ea5c373c.jpg

I got infante on a card soon thereafter

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/1585bf78-1.jpg

Giancarlo did a few, but I missed him. No biggy, I got him last year on ROMLB so I wasn't falling all over myself trying to get him.

I then went over to the spot where I got howard last night, in case history repeated itself. He was sitting inside the dugout we could hear him and see him, but he didn't come out and sign. Oh well, still a decent night. Just wish I could have gotten Reyes once this series.

jjj5278
04-13-2012, 07:23 PM
I am digging Infante's sig. It's clean and nice and big. Thats rare for an IP. Little more respect to him now, haha.

cyberer
04-13-2012, 09:02 PM
i thought that too as soon as I got it- infante's sig is really cool. I wish I got 1 each of hanley and reyes instead of hanley 2x, but obviously I'll take it. Clearly the new team hasn't changes reyes's attitude.

jjj5278
04-13-2012, 09:42 PM
i thought that too as soon as I got it- infante's sig is really cool. I wish I got 1 each of hanley and reyes instead of hanley 2x, but obviously I'll take it. Clearly the new team hasn't changes reyes's attitude.

But it has changed Hanley's apparently if he's sweet spotting now. haha

gysot
04-14-2012, 11:47 AM
[/quote]
Finally, I was camped out for pregame to try again for Reyes and Giancarlo, when I look over and see Howard standing on the top step of the dugout banging it out on the phillies side. I owe a guy on these boards a favor from years ago where I promised him I would get him a ryan howard, so I ran like hell from my spot on the marlins side and somehow got through the crowd and got Ryan Howard to sign the guy's 8x10. I've gotten howard twice before so it's no big deal, but still hard to part with an auto of a philly star.

I won't post a scan because it isn't long for my collection and it will make me sad haha.
[/quote]

Just to give a shout out to Erik. He's been working hard on a 50/50 for me for over a year now. The guy never gave up! Thanks again!!!

by the way...I shot you a PM, but I was having some issues with my messages. PM if you didn't get it. Thanks again!

cyberer
04-15-2012, 10:54 PM
But it has changed Hanley's apparently if he's sweet spotting now. haha

the dealers couldn't believe it. He only sweet spotted 2 of the dozen graphs I saw him sign during the series, so I guess I was lucky. The 2nd day he ran with blue sharpie so I gave him my mini bat instead of a ball.

cyberer
04-22-2012, 01:26 AM
ugh. Phillies long road trip = not much graphing for me. That and I have pretty much given up on TTMs these days, haven't gotten one back in months.

I will probably graph the cubs and the mets in the coming weeks, we shall see how that goes. I need Soriano and David Wright mostly.

lambeauleap87
04-22-2012, 12:32 PM
ugh. Phillies long road trip = not much graphing for me. That and I have pretty much given up on TTMs these days, haven't gotten one back in months.

I will probably graph the cubs and the mets in the coming weeks, we shall see how that goes. I need Soriano and David Wright mostly.

Same boat here...Indians and Clippers both went on about eleven game road trips; that's pretty suckish. I've got a game this weekend, but not too much excitement.

slitz
04-22-2012, 02:43 PM
did you try for crosby?

cyberer
04-28-2012, 04:34 PM
I wish I went got Crosby, but I was so crushed by work that SAturday night I decided to sleep in Sunday.

I am finally going graphing again- my brother and I got Cubs/Phils tickets for tomorrow. I might do hotel and inside the stadium tomorrow.

Also, FINALLY a TTM- I was 2/40 in spring training requests until today- this beauty came in in 75 days:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/9759e207.jpg

metsmagic18
04-28-2012, 05:46 PM
Just like ST. Hanley racks, Reyes ignores.

lambeauleap87
04-28-2012, 05:48 PM
Nice Turner...hope he can get his arm issues sorted out.

cyberer
04-30-2012, 09:23 AM
@ lambeau thanks dude, I agree I hope turner can get right he's a great young pitcher.

@mets yeah it seems like the team switch hasn't changed reyes's attitude one bit.

On another note, I took my brother to the phils/cubs game for his birthday. We got there super early (~11 am for a 130 pm game) and graphed BP for the cubs. We stood there for over an hour and got literally zero signatures.

Ian Stewart ignored me, Alfonso Soriano ignored me, Starlin Castro said something to us that we couldn't understand and jogged away.

Then we graphed warmups pregame down the line, and no one signed there. This was like that time in spring training I graphed the pirates in spring training and got literally no one. I mean how is it that a last place team doesn't sign at all? I don't get it... Oh well in this hobby you have to shake off the bad days. I will say my brother in the past has been kind of an autographing jinx, so maybe that's it.

The good news is that while we were graphing we were sitting in 2 front row seats that were not ours pregame. When the game started we decided to stay until someone came and kicked us out.

NO ONE EVER SHOWED UP FOR THOSE SEATS! We wound up getting front row seats right behind 3rd base for the entire game. It was awesome! I guess the karma from the autographs made the rest of it possible...

phillykid15
04-30-2012, 02:13 PM
That sucks about striking out with the Cubs, but it's awesome that you could sit front row at CBP.

The Cubs are a pretty bad signing team from what I've heard. Even though they're awful, Chicago is still a big market and there's still a big fanbase for the Cubs which makes a higher demand for Cubs autographs.

Did you try post-game graphing?

lambeauleap87
04-30-2012, 04:13 PM
The seats are worth more than the autographs would've been; there's a positive! Haha...seems like guys don't like to sign for early games. Like I've posted about, Omar was the only Jay to sign prior to a 1:05 game.

cyberer
05-01-2012, 07:51 PM
Thanks for the condolences guys, it sucked but what can you do. The Phillies are killing me with this 17/20 games on the road or whatever it is. Fortunately they come home soon for awhile.

cyberer
05-04-2012, 11:34 AM
On Monday I sent a TTM to Ryan Howard in clearwater. I sent it in an oversized envelope with a GET WELL SOON tag on the outside.

Inside was a long letter and a photo (5x7) that he posed for with me at team photo day 3 years ago.

I figured he would know I wasn't selling it that way.

Utley did it last year in this same situation (though not for me) maybe I'll get lucky.

gysot
05-04-2012, 11:39 AM
On Monday I sent a TTM to Ryan Howard in clearwater. I sent it in an oversized envelope with a GET WELL SOON tag on the outside.

Inside was a long letter and a photo (5x7) that he posed for with me at team photo day 3 years ago.

I figured he would know I wasn't selling it that way.

Utley did it last year in this same situation (though not for me) maybe I'll get lucky.

Good luck

cyberer
05-06-2012, 11:38 PM
Did my first graphing since the cubs debacle earlier tonight, I graphed the Mets on arrival. I did well but wound up putting WAY more time in than anticipated.

I got there too early, I misjudged the bus, I got there about an hour and a half early. I waited waited waited for the bus. Finally it arrives. Only Andres Torres signs off the bus. Johan didn't travel, Wright snubbed us, and everyone else walked on by.

I was really annoyed, but decided to stay a bit to see if anyone signed on the way out to dinner (it was 6:45 pm at that point). A few people rolled out shortly thereafter- Ike Davis came out in a group, and I got him on an 8x10

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/ef2af51a.jpg

RA Dickey came out and I got him on a 4x6

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/43b1e9c1.jpg

This was over the course of about another hour. Just before 8:00, I was about to pack it in for the night when David Wright came out. He told us that he would sign on the way back. DOH! So I decided, rather than come back tomorrow, I would wait it out, meaning I would put in about 4-5 hours total. I waited for what seemed like forever.

In the meantime I got a ton of guys on my mets team 8x10

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/b53f15ac.jpg

The list now sits at Willie Harris and Josh Thole (from last year), RA Dickey, Jon Rauch, Lucas Duda, Tim Byrdak, Terry Collins, Bob Geren, Andres Torres, Daniel Murphy, and some coach in the lower left- can't read his name. Still it came out great!

Then, as promised, at 9:45, David Wright came back. He signed multiples for everyone with a sharpie, but I had a ROMLB with me so I had him switch to a pen and he only did one for me, but he sweet spotted! Came out great!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/85c27d2b.jpg

I don't have Wright in my collection so this was a big success for me. It was really nice to get out and graphing again after a few weeks off. Hopefully I can keep my momentum going in the near future!

JerseyInk
05-07-2012, 08:52 AM
That Wright ball came out good man. They come here in a couple of weeks and DW is at the top of the list.

phillykid15
05-07-2012, 03:30 PM
Nice successes man. I'm surprised Wright signed the sweet spot, he never does that in NY.

cyberer
05-07-2012, 03:59 PM
Thanks guys- @jersey I hope you get him! Did you get my response to your PM about that information?

@phillykid There were only 3 of us, and he knew that we had been waiting for awhile, so it was a pretty low stress environment, and I remember you said that he doesn't do that, so I was really excited. When only torres signed off the bus I thought I was in for a wasted night but I wound up with a really nice haul IMO.

SLNoble13
05-07-2012, 11:16 PM
Very nice pick ups

cyberer
05-08-2012, 10:48 AM
Thanks man! It was good to bust out of the mini-slump.

cyberer
05-12-2012, 07:55 PM
went to a yard sale today and got a pretty awesome haul for $13.00 total:

Teheran Jersey Auto #d to 99
http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/a7a4e2e2.jpg

Carlos Santana Auto
http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/8e0e1353.jpg

Royals Prospect Christian Colon Redemption Auto
http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/f9f1f961.jpg

And a fat stack of inserts and rookie cards baseball and football. Notably:

Addison Reed Bowman Chrome Rookie Purple Refractor
Brandon Belt bowman RC
Jameson Taillon Bowman Chrome RC
Bowman Topps 100 Jose Iglesias
Topps RC Ross Detwiler


Topps Broderick Bunkley RC
SCore Deangelo Williams RC
Upper Deck Matt Flynn RC
SCore Broderick Bunkley RC
Topps Reggie Bush rC
Topps Matt Ryan RC
Upper Deck Brandon Marshall RC
Topps Mario Williams RC
Topps Rashad Jennings RC
Score Mario Williams RC 2 cards
Topps Dustin Keller RC
Bowman Chrome Owen Daniels RC
SCore Demeco Ryans RC
Upper Deck Ray Rice RC 2 cards
Topps Haloti Nata RC
Topps Ray Rice RC

And some inserts:

Starquest Larry Fitzgerald
Starquest Peyton Manning 2 cards

All for 13 bucks! Crazy!

Also, I got a TTM "success"-

Yu Darvish c/o texas rangers ST- 90 days. Sent back this preprint and my card back unsigned. At least I got the card back!

I felt good about this, because I even sent a short letter in japanese along with my real letter asking him to sign. Oh well, looks like not even he is immune to the rangers PP.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/b62e4512-1.jpg

cyberer
05-16-2012, 01:54 AM
I'm sure many of the guys on here can attest, being married can really cramp your graphing style.

My fiance is going on a trip for about a week coming up, and just my luck the phils are in town facing the red sox and the nationals. I'm going to put a TON of time in for these guys. Need stras and harper on ROMLBS, as well as Papi and Agonz.

jyosi
05-16-2012, 08:02 AM
Just an FYI, Adrian doesn't SS. I don't know if that changes what you want to get signed, but figured you'd want to know.

Good luck.

cyberer
05-19-2012, 10:45 AM
Did pretty well with the Red Sox last night, but I didn't knock out every guy on my list, and I'm going back today, so I'll wait to post stuff.

This is going to be the best graphing weekend I've had in a long long time.

CavFanatic31
05-19-2012, 01:17 PM
Nice Santana... he threw out 3 guys last night trying to steal 2nd... nice pickups

cyberer
05-20-2012, 10:44 AM
I can tell you've all been waiting anxiously for my red sox recap, and now after this morning I can finally write it up. I'll do it day by day. Photos at the end.

Day 1. Got them after the game, however no one signed off the bus. Adrian Gonzalez saw my photo and nodded, but walked on by. Weird.

Shortly thereafter, a cab pulls up and big papi gets out- signed for all of us and sweet spotted my ball! As I waited I also got Dice-K on my team photo.

As we were waiting there Chase Utley pulled in next to us at the curb to pick up his father who was staying there, but he wouldn't do it obviously (jerk).

Day 2.

Got there before the game, only to discover that I had missed the first bus and most of the stars had been on it. Doh!

As we waited, Cole Hamels just walked right past us. It was almost surreal. I was like "Cole can you please sign" and held out my ROMLB. He shook his head no. Thanks for nothing, Hollywood.

As I waited I got Middlebrooks, Daniel Bard, Daniel Nava, Vincente Padilla, Bobby Valentine (riding a bike to the stadium haha), Aaron Cook, Andrew Miller, Rich Hill to sign my team photo. That was it though for the day.

I went back after the game and got no one. Once again Adrian nodded at my photo getting off but walked past. People told me that he was only signing pregame, so I learned my lesson.

Day 3. I got there super early for Agonz. Bigger crowd than in days past. There was a mother and 2 young daughters so I knew we had a shot at some toughies.

The 2 young girls flagged down Pedroia and he signed for all of us! Got him on an 8x10.

I also got Jarrod Saltalamaccia and a coach (tim something) on my team photo as I waited.

Shortly thereafter Adrian Gonzalez came out and signed 1 per for everyone, I finally got him on my 8x10, so I knocked out my entire want list!

Jon Lester walked out shortly thereafter and I walked step for step with him and asked him to sign, and he said no, and I asked him why and he said "you're really going to be like that?" Jerk. I should have said "YOU'RE really going to be like that?" Oh well.

I also got a new Philly- Mike Fontenot to sweet spot a "cheap" ball who just happened by.

Photos:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/6a8e85e5.jpg

Ortiz Ball

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/17a90beb.jpg

Gonzalez 8x10

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/52b63a86-1.jpg

Pedroia 8x10

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/1fb2c51f-1.jpg

Team Photo

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/795f0cf4-1.jpg

Fontenot ball.

gysot
05-20-2012, 10:50 AM
Nice job on the Sox

CavFanatic31
05-20-2012, 11:10 AM
wow pretty nice weekend to say the least lol.... I hate hamels

T-Fig
05-20-2012, 12:27 PM
The Lester thing doesn't surprise me. He blew everyone off when I saw the Red Sox in spring training this year. I've also come to learn that pitchers generally don't sign after they pitch poorly (which has been most of the year for Lester). As to Hamels, I read an interview with him a year or two ago where he said he only signs autographs inside the stadium because he doesn't want to get hounded when he is on his personal time. Now, I haven't seen him sign in a stadium in a couple years, either.

REDANDGOLDPRIDE
05-20-2012, 03:43 PM
Everyone that doesn't sign for you is a jerk?

SLNoble13
05-20-2012, 05:41 PM
Nice job with the Sox.

Pawtucket was in Durham last week and Dice K pitched a rehab game on Thursday. Of course, he didnt sign for anyone before, pre-game or after the game. At least I got a few from Youk

Welker83
05-20-2012, 09:36 PM
Nice Job with the Sox. I meet Lester last year in a NON game situation and he was wicked cool. If i had something on me for him to sign i'm sure he would have.
Sorry he came off like a jerk.

cyberer
05-20-2012, 11:54 PM
Everyone that doesn't sign for you is a jerk?

I've been around these boards long enough and been out there graphing long enough to find this comment unfair. I obviously know how it works and don't take things personally. However some guys are good signers or nice guys that have bad days, some are jerks. Hamels and Lester are NOT the former, they are the latter, based on a track record of experiences by myself and others. Sorry, but I resent that remark.

Welker, I'm glad you had a good experience with him, I'm not trying to ruin that for you in the least, but this set me off.

cyberer
05-20-2012, 11:56 PM
Tried to finish off my graphing weekend with a bang trying the nationals. It came down after their game today that Strasburg had a minor biceps injury, so I didn't have high hopes. Neither he nor harper signed off the bus.

I put in a ton of time and wound up only getting Ryan Zimmerman:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/8766dd91.jpg

Zim was on my list so this is a definite plus, but I wanted those other 2 more. Apparently they just mainly sign inside the park.

JerseyInk
05-21-2012, 08:54 AM
Good luck with Stras. Harper will be easier than expected. Nice haul with the Sox.

phillykid15
05-21-2012, 04:35 PM
Nice stuff lately man. Zimmerman is especially tough, so that's good that you got him.

Harper and Strasburg are probably going to be tough in Philly with this whole new rivalry building up. It seems like the Nationals hate the Phillies because Philly fans always take over their stadium, so to speak. Harper would especially disdain the Phillies with the whole Hamels incident.

cyberer
05-21-2012, 04:40 PM
I agree- I think stras and harper will be tough. However it does give me some hope that Harper told us he won't sign at the hotel and to try inside the park- i.e. maybe he is still planning on signing. I have game tix tomorrow.

phillykid15
05-21-2012, 05:09 PM
Good luck, man. Harper's really pretentious, so he might just shrug that stuff off and sign anyways.

jtbruds9
05-22-2012, 09:04 AM
Nice stuff. Was Werth with the team?? I may try the hotel for him.

cyberer
05-22-2012, 09:22 AM
No sorry, it didn't look like he was there. It sucks because he was pretty good last year...

cyberer
05-22-2012, 11:09 PM
went to the nationals game tonight. I heard some pretty awesome things from many people in many cities about how good strasburg and bryce had been inside.

I got there super early as usual and watched BP. I was told by others that strasburg signed over the dugout after he shagged flyballs. Sure enough he did- came over and signed. He did 4 autos. I would have been #6 in line. Just missed him. Ugh.

Harper signed 2 after batting practice, but stopped after someone chucked a ball at his head without him asking for it. Gio Gonzalez snubbed us.

I also heard that in game 1 of the series Harper racked right around the anthem- signed 35-40 graphs down the line. I got in position. Sure enough, right after the anthem he came over and signed about 20. I got him on an 8x10 but the gloss of the photo messed up the marker kind of- didn't come out great, so I got back in line and got him a 2nd time on the sweet spot ROMLB! Photos are below!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/5d2e9d09-1.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/3f5d128f.jpg

lambeauleap87
05-22-2012, 11:14 PM
Sweeeeet! You have, what, three Harpers now? I think you should trade one to me...haha.

thj0011
05-23-2012, 01:59 AM
Awesome success man, jealous of the Harper. I need to try them when they come down here.

cyberer
05-23-2012, 04:40 PM
Yeah 3 harpers haha- but the other one is from someone else on these boards and is his "old sig." I would think about trading the 8x10 if I got blown away. Looks like it's "sale value" on ebay is like 30.

Boozler79
05-24-2012, 01:36 PM
Nice work on the Harper's.

cyberer
05-24-2012, 01:40 PM
thanks man, ive been on a major hot streak lately. The only one I've missed out on is Strasburg above in the last 2-3 months.

Welker83
05-24-2012, 04:52 PM
Nice harper ball

cyberer
05-29-2012, 02:46 PM
with the phils on a road trip and the sixers losing, having a slow 2 week span since washington. June I'll be putting in time for the Marlins (need Reyes), Dodgers (Need Kemp, Mattingly) and Rockies (Need Cargo, Tulo, Helton, Giambi).

Should be a pretty awesome month! Just gotta keep the faith until next week.

jtbruds9
05-29-2012, 05:26 PM
When you doing the rockies I need Moyer? I'll meet up if you want and help you out

cyberer
05-30-2012, 12:58 AM
forgot about moyer. I'll let you know as we get closer what I'm planning...

JerseyInk
05-30-2012, 06:59 AM
Little late but congrats on snagging 2 Harpers!

cyberer
06-01-2012, 11:24 AM
Thanks guys! Looks like Moyer was DFA'd so there goes that Rockies plan. Also, kemp won't travel with the dodgers in all likelihood so I won't be graphing the dodgers much if at all. Really wanted Kemp. Oh well.

I put in 2 hours with the Marlins last night on arrival. I was the only one there when the bus arrived.

I was a little annoyed by all the snubs, seeing as I was literally the only one standing on the street not 2 feet away from these guys.

Hanley walked by and ignored me. I didn't mind so much because last series I got him on the sweet spot ROMLB and on a mini-bat, so I didn't need him too badly.

Reyes had his headphones on and ignored me (he was the main guy I needed for my SI cover). He pretended not to see me so I moved such that I was right in his field of view and said loudly that I was the only one here cmon man. He shook his head no and kept walking. At least he acknowledged my existence.

Mark Buehrle came off the bus and signed when I called him over on a card (I was woefully underprepared for these guys and only had cards for the most part- I decided to go on a whim).

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/98dcd36b.jpg


Josh Johnson came off and ignored me.

Finally Giancarlo came, the last one off the bus. I called him over and he nodded and came over. I agonized over this decision all day- I have him already on a ROMLB, but he side-paneled it. But since I don't sell I couldn't rationalize spending the 17 bucks to get him on a sweet spot ball since I already had him on a ball.

So I had him sign a card. I told him "I have a stack of cards, how many can you do today?" He laughed and replied "Ok, you have 2 cards." So he lifted it up and signed the one underneath it.

So I guess it all worked out, I didn't get him on a ball, but he did multiples for me. Pretty good sig too (by Stanton standards)

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/2084d287.jpg

I got all these sigs in the first 20-30 minutes of waiting, so I spent the next 90 minutes or so wasting my time, as Reyes didn't come back out.

Still a pretty nice haul. I won't be hitting their hotel any more this series, so Reyes will have to wait until next time, if at all.

bronxbomber33
06-01-2012, 12:25 PM
Very nice, the Stanton cards look nice!!

yankssss98
06-01-2012, 02:24 PM
love the Stantons

SLNoble13
06-01-2012, 03:14 PM
Nice pick ups!

Autofreak2842
06-02-2012, 07:35 AM
Nice stuff! As a Marlins fan living in Minnesota, where theyhaven't played as long as I've been into baseball (from what I can remember), I am jealous! Lol I'd love to make it down to their new ball park, soon. Last time I went down there I was stupid enough to graph the Twins (whom the Fish were playing) all three games. Lol

Congrats on the successes!

cyberer
06-07-2012, 09:38 AM
A bit of a frustrating night last night. I had decided not to graph the dodgers because kemp was hurt and didn't travel with the team on Sunday.

But as I'm watching the Phillies game last night, lo and behold, Kemp is in the dugout. I texted some guys and they told me that he had been in for a few days now, but hadn't really been signing.

Either way I decided to take my shot, I went postgame to get them off the bus. They came in 2 buses, but since this was so poorly planned on my part on the spur of the moment I had only one ROMLB that I was reserving for Matt Kemp. So when Mattingly got off the first bus and started signing, I was debating whether or not to give him the ball, since I knew for sure I could get mattingly but didn't know about kemp.

I decided to get Mattingly on his 1984 topps rookie card, and it came out pretty well:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/51f11ad5.jpg

Then a few minutes later ethier came back out for a cab and signed for us. Again I had the same dilemma, do I save the ROMLB for Kemp off the second bus, or get ethier on it? I decided to get ethier on a "junk" ball since I didn't have any cards of him with me:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/2e57022b.jpg

There was a girl there who manages the sports accounts for the hotel and she was like "Oh matt kemp signed earlier, and he's a big sweety- I'm sure you'll get him." So I got excited. The 2nd bus rolls in, kemp gets off but he's talking to another player. We call out to him, but he just nods and says "hey what's up guys!"

UGH!!!!

I had a CRAZY week at work this week, so I couldn't have really gone any other time even if I wanted to or had known, but still, I had my one shot and he snubbed me. I'm so upset over this, much more on tilt than the usual snub.

Kemp is my brother's all-time favorite player, and he's up there on my list too (though not my favorite), so this was a sig I really wanted. Also, the dodgers obviously don't come in again so I have to wait until next year. ARGGGGG!

It's kinda funny that I call a night where I get Mattingly and Ethier a colossal failure, but I didn't accomplish my primary objective, so it was...

jyosi
06-07-2012, 10:09 AM
Another awesome night in person at the 76ers game. This really has been a hot streak for the ages.

I get there early when the gates open and make a mad dash for the 76ers shooting around on the court. I am depressed because Brand and Turner, two of the good signers I came to get, aren't warming up, and only Nocioni and Iguodala (the jerk who never signs) were working out. Well to my astonishment after workouts Iguodala stopped and signed for everyone there (like 4-5 people) and even posed for a picture with a little kid.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/andreiguodala.jpg

My friend who I was with was a big Portland fan, and he was by their tunnel. So I ran over to show him the Iguodala. To my astonishment again, at the exact moment that I got over to show him the autograph, Andre Miller the former 76er on portland was signing! Talk about the right place at the right time.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/andremiller.jpg

Right after this the usher came by to throw us out. I saw Eric Snow, former player and current announcer, about 20 feet away on the court. I say to the usher "Cmon man I'm trying to get Snow right there!" He's like, "Snow is going the other way you're never going to get him, and you have to get out of here and get to your seat." Then he paused and said "Here give it to me and I'll get it for you." And with that, he walked out to Eric Snow, waited patiently until he finished his conversation (about 5 minutes) got the auto and walked back and gave it to me. WOW an usher assist, the rarest of all possible autographs...

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/ericsnow.jpg

So with that the game started. Sixers rally from 8 points down at one point to win by 8, great game. I had a lot of work to do tonight when I got home, so I almost didn't go to the parking lot. However since it was nice out and since they won, I decided to go to the parking lot. Hey, I have to press my hot streak, right?

So I go there and Elton Brand promptly blows past us in his Gold Mercedes without stopping. Andre Iguodala followed shortly thereafter in his Land Rover.

We got some mediocre successes- Nocioni and Spencer Hawes stopped (all awkward white guys look the same). Also, Lou Williams pulled over in his SWEET ferrari.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/andresnocioni-1.jpg

Suddenly, 2 black SUVs blew past us. The kid near me said Evan Turner drove a black SUV. However one of the SUVs instead of exiting the stadium instead moved to the front door of the stadium and waited. The kids near me took off running hoping that it was Evan Turner. I followed. When we got there Thaddeus Young rolled down the window and signed for us, saying that we chased him down so we deserved his auto.

We were depressed though because we thought that Evan Turner left in that 2nd black SUV. We were just about to pack up shop when a car pulls up, another big SUV. The window rolls down. Jrue Holliday says "hey" to us. And what's more, the kid near me yells "look in the passenger seat!" I look and see EVAN TURNER sitting in the passenger seat. They were blasting rap with 3 girls in the back, but they signed for all of us- 1 auto each.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/evanturner.jpg

Turner has an awesome Sig!

Wow I am so glad I went to the parking lot, and so glad that we waited for that last SUV!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/In%20Person%20Autos/multi.jpg

Thaddeus Young, Jrue Holliday and Lou Williams on the same card from the encounters above.

Funny how things change when you taste success in graphing, isn't it? This was an "awesome night in person" for you a couple years ago. Nice Mattingly, but I'd feel empty handed if I didn't leave with a Kemp or Kershaw, too.

cyberer
06-07-2012, 10:57 AM
HAHAHA. Wow nice find on that old post.

It's definitely true that as you progress you get more and more picky with what a "good night" was. Like when I missed adrian gonzalez and got big papi 2 weeks ago I thought that was a bad night haha.

I think Kemp will do it today (or already did it) but I work, so I can't exactly just head over to the hotel. Priorities, etc. I think that's what's burning me up the most though- that he DOES sign, and that I just can't be there when he does it.

Oh well, it's the nature of the beast sometimes.

cyberer
06-07-2012, 12:50 PM
Now I read that kemp did 2 per at the day game today for a whole bunch of people. FML.

cyberer
06-10-2012, 06:42 PM
Phillies are on a road trip, not much graphing these days. However today my fiance and I were going for a walk and lo and behold, not 10 yards from our front door, we see a group of people with cameras, and a young couple being filmed riding on a horse-drawn carriage. We asked around what was going on, and we heard that they were filming a rap video.

We got promo cards from the young artist that they were handing out, his name is Ryan Corbin, a local philly guy, and he apparently just got signed by a major record label and is moving to LA.

He signed the promo cards for my fiance and I and took a picture with us. Here's hoping he makes it!

cyberer
06-17-2012, 10:52 PM
Graphed the rockies tonight. Unfortunately with the injury to Tulowitzki I didn't see him off the bus. Nor did I see Giambi, with the off day tomorrow these guys might fly in separately.

I got Cargo off the bus on my 8x10:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/2aa3fdb0.jpg

Shortly thereafter, Todd Helton walked off and signed my 8x10

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/9504a844.jpg

As I waited, I also got a card of Eric Young Jr

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/4b3cc75c.jpg

Dexter Fowler on a "team" card

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/d2d7c5b2.jpg

Also got Michael Cuddyer, Eric Young Jr, Pacheco, Moscoso, Guthrie, and a few others on my team 8x10.



I will probably graph this team again in the next few days once I know that giambi and tulo are with the team, but this was definitely not a bad start...

cyberer
07-02-2012, 11:18 PM
With the Phillies on the road or playing bad teams (i.e. pittsburgh) I haven't graphed in a week or two. I did go back after my last post and got duplicates of helton and cargo, as well as some others like Friedrich and a few others, but that's not the purpose of this post.

I was home at my parents house this weekend in Scranton and I was out buying my fiance a birthday present at a local consignment shop. I saw on the rack at that store that they had a used but pristine condition Ryan Howard jersey with stitched on lettering for $10.00.

I remembered that he was in lehigh valley rehabbing, which is on my way home from Scranton to philly... and... dots connected.

I left Scranton to come home today, and stopped at lehigh on the way. I got there as the gates opened. The crowd for howard was OUTRAGEOUS. Easily over 100 people I would say- 3-4 deep the whole way down the line.

I got a spot solidly in the 2nd row, right where people said Howard had started signing the day before. Sure enough he tracked like a magnet right to the spot maybe 2-3 people up the line from me.

I managed to hand the jersey over the front row people after they got theirs signed, and he did it.

I asked him to go horizontally across the number 6, so there would be enough room to sign it.

He actually did me one better, he kind of tilted it at an angle, so he had enough room to sign it, but also so that if you are looking at it with the letters in the proper orientation you can still read it.

It wasn't his finest sig, but for the crowd being what it was, and for the quality of the player, I will take it obviously!

I would say he signed like 30-40. I was planning on going back tomorrow if I missed him (about a 90 minute ride), but I am really relieved that I can kick back and relax and enjoy my day off rather than chasing howard all day.

Woo!

Jdiz58
07-02-2012, 11:41 PM
That Howard is pretty sick, especially for $10! Congrats.

T-Fig
07-03-2012, 12:33 AM
I got a spot solidly in the 2nd row, right where people said Howard had started signing the day before. Sure enough he tracked like a magnet right to the spot maybe 2-3 people up the line from me.

Where did he start signing? I am planning on going up Wednesday if he is still and I'd appreciate any help I can get. Thanks.

cyberer
07-03-2012, 12:55 PM
He started signing on the 3rd base line halfway between the dugout and the patio area in LF. He starts there and makes his way back towards the dugout. So anywhere between the dugout and the midpoint should be fine. Get there early and run like hell to get a spot- it got 3-4 deep pretty quick.

T-Fig
07-03-2012, 08:32 PM
Alright, cool. Thanks.

gysot
07-04-2012, 07:03 AM
Nice Howard!

bronxbomber33
07-04-2012, 11:20 AM
Wow, thats awesome!!! Congrats!!

cyberer
07-04-2012, 12:15 PM
Thanks guys! Always great to hear from forum buddies when you have a success that really makes you pumped up like this one did...

Welker83
07-04-2012, 08:58 PM
great howard congrats

cyberer
07-05-2012, 12:14 AM
thanks man! long time no talk feels like on these forums- always nice to see the old regulars hanging around.

I heard from buddies that went the next day that Howard completely shut it down and didn't sign 1 graph on Tuesday. He got the day off today and is playing Thurs-Fri before rejoining the team- hopefully people have better luck!

awz50
07-05-2012, 02:40 PM
Great job on the Rockies man, Cargo signed a lot at spring training nice to see him still sighing. Gotta say the Helton is killer! Are you willing to trade for it?

Thefon19
07-05-2012, 02:45 PM
I really like the Hellickson TTM. Are you willing to trade? I have a Tim Tebow signed IP card that I am willing to trade for the Hellickson plus something else. Let me know!

NC30715
07-05-2012, 03:05 PM
BEAUTIFUL HOWARD CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

it is always nice to get the big one outta the way first then you can relax the rest of the trip or game when graphing in person

lambeauleap87
07-05-2012, 03:55 PM
That Howard jersey looks REAL nice, Erik...congrats on getting that done! Even better at a price like that; wish the Tribe had some stars to rehab in Columbus...best we've had in awhile was earlier this week (Travis Hafner) who is NOT worth the trip.

cyberer
07-05-2012, 04:03 PM
Hey, great to see some new faces gracing my thread, and, wow- reading way back to when I got hellboy.

To respond directly to your comments:

I'm sorry, the hellickson is my only auto of his- I gave the other one to my brother, so I can't trade it, sorry.


The helton 8x10 is not for trade, but the card I got the next day is:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/784706e3.jpg





In other news, I was lucky enough to go to Trent Cole signing at the Philly Man Cave today. I was there as part of a consignment for another member on these boards where I get his jersey signed and he pays for my ticket, so we both get an auto. The signing was pretty dead, maybe a dozen people at most came through for the 20 minutes I was in the store (the signing was for an hour). The good news was that the store staff and Cole himself were willing to give more personal attention.

The owner handpicked the paint pen and deco best-suited for the items I had brought, and they both came out great! Inscriptions were included in the price for the auto, which was nice. Cole also took the time to take a photo with me!

Here is a picture of the auto, the COA and the picture I took with Cole, with my face blocked out. Funny how much bigger I look compared to him haha. 6'6" 200 lbs on my end!

He inscribed the photo with his nickname "Tha hunter!"

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/2e68859a.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/0d6935e9.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/10753905.jpg

Awesome way to spend my day off!

Thefon19
07-05-2012, 04:09 PM
How about the Ackley card?

Thefon19
07-05-2012, 04:12 PM
I can trade for the Helton card. I have a Tebow IP card. I am willing to let it go for Helton and something else.

awz50
07-05-2012, 04:19 PM
Thanks for getting back to me so soon! Ok that's fine. Im not really interested in cards right now i have way to many:sign0020: but thanks anyways! :)

Thefon19
07-05-2012, 04:34 PM
I like the Hamilton card, Helton card, Yogi Berra card, Paterno card and Barakley card. Willing to trade! Let me know if those are available. Thanks.

cyberer
08-13-2012, 10:57 PM
Hey guys,

It's been a LONG time since I've posted here. If you PM me I can tell you the reason- suffice it to say some ppl (not on these forums) have been giving me grief regarding posting.

I've had a really good year of graphing, and that has persisted into the baseball season. I haven't posted all of my recent hotstreaks but suffice it to say they've been epic (again, PM me if you want updates).

However I will post some recent successes, and give a shout out to a member on here.

But first, last Thursday I attended my first-ever game @ camden yards- and it so happened to be manny machados MLB debut.

I graphed the Royals side first, and Moustakas and Hosmer signed. I got hosmer real quick then got into Moustakas's line, but he stopped signing 2 people ahead of me in line. Bummer.

I went back over the Orioles side as Manny Machado signed a few pregame, but I couldn't get through the crowd fast enough.

At least I got hosmer, although he did randomly "nick" the seams on my ball with the pen, as well as the ball of my buddy. Guess he didn't want us to sell? I'm going to take a pen eraser to it.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/128DA5AD-63EC-4D89-AC41-D882D0C5E796-444-000000E99CDBB01C.jpg


Then on Saturday I got a pretty big mailday- first:

Cj Wilson, c/o angels ST- ~170 days:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/0EB57FC0-775A-457F-8BDC-764188DEB7D7-444-000000EA7C88139C.jpg
http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/0EB57FC0-775A-457F-8BDC-764188DEB7D7-444-000000EA7C88139C.jpg


Then I got a nice piece in the mail from a trader on here, who sent this to me as thanks for getting him Ryan Howard in a 50/50- came out great- thanks! Kolten Wong on a cardinals team photo:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/43D61F65-19D8-4973-B208-3258EBB4D264-444-000000EA833F576B.jpg

Last but not least, I knocked out another one of my philly white whales on Saturday, but it wasn't without difficulty.

I want to express a ridiculous thanks to TPotts, the eagles training camp expert. He didn't have to be so nice to me, but he was. He shared all his knowledge of how to graph at the event, and helped me accomplish the mission.

We had to roll with the punches- the day was a disaster in many ways. The Eagles decided for whatever reason on that day to put everything on lockdown. We were graphing on the sidelines, and I called out to Nnamdi as he was leaving the practice field.

I said "Hey Nnamdi!" And he looked over. I said "This is the only day I can get here, can you please sign?!"

He turned as if he was about to come over, but then shrugged and pointed to the practice field as if to say that practice was still going on. I asked him if he could sign later, but before he could answer, a security guard came up in my face and yelled at me to get out, because it was against the rules to yell at the players for autographs.

TPotts has gone to TC every single day pretty much and this was never a rule. They were literally making it up as they went along. So we were bounced from the morning practice. I tried to apologize, say I wouldn't do it again, but it was no good. He was a real jerk.

So then I figured ok, it's not a big deal- I'll come back in the afternoon and get autograph tickets and try to win the raffle (CBs were signing in the tent). So normally the strategy is to keep entering and leaving training camp and get ticket after ticket until you have so many that you are almost gauranteed a win. I have done this before, and TPotts did it a lot too, never with any problems.

However, again today, they had stuff on lockdown. Me, TPotts, and other graphers that I talked to all got rejected by the girls giving the tickets when they tried to go back through. Ridiculous.

As we were trying to get more tickets, a nice couple in their early 50s told us they could get us some tickets. So they went back to the girls and came back with 4 tickets. We asked them if they wanted them instead of giving them to us and they said not to worry, they don't need them because their son, chad hall, plays for the Eagles. Crazy! They were really nice people.

But, what really infuriates me, is that all 4 tickets that she gave us were winning tickets! The "raffle" is clearly rigged, if the girls giving the tickets out can give 4 winners to the family of a player that walks up. We had a LOT of tickets between us in the end, and we only had 6 winners, 4 of which came from Chad Hall's mom. I refuse to believe that is a coincidence.

I am half-tempted to write a letter to the Eagles describing how horrible my experience was with that security guard, and how the raffle is rigged, which isn't fair to the fans. Anybody think this is a good idea? Maybe threaten to go to the newspapers or something (depending on how much people would actually care if it was rigged)?

Anyways, long story short I got some winning tickets, and we all managed to get in Nnamdi's line. I told him that I was the guy who yelled to him in the morning, and he said he was glad I got lucky with the ticket because otherwise he didn't know how he was going to sign for me, because practice was going on.

He signed 2 SI covers for me- 1 for me and 1 for my brother, Nnamdi is his favorite Eagle. I took the photo of them how they were when i got them signed, but I am going to put blank white labels over the labels with the writing on them to make it look better. Anyways here they are:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/7a8668d2.jpg

Mission was accomplished, but it was like pulling teeth.

TTMcardMaster
08-13-2012, 11:31 PM
Philly guys don't want you posting what you get? Shocking. Any chance you graphed the Giants hotel/BP last month?

Ryanpmeyer
11-19-2012, 07:29 PM
I haven't seen any of your successes lately, what's going on? I was actually standing right in front of you when you got your Howard jersey.....I actually got mine done also. I also I believe handed Sandberg a jersey for you once...Anyway keep up the graphing? Any chance of doing a 50/50 on John Salmons of the Sacramento Kings?

TPotts
11-19-2012, 07:32 PM
This thread came up and came to re-read that story... good lord what a day. hahahaha

cyberer
12-04-2012, 11:19 AM
Whatever F* it- I'm back. I don't get to graph as much as I used to with my new job, but I will still post what I get. I will start by wrapping up a few big successes from the end of the baseball season that I don't think I ever got to show you all.

Tiny Tim

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/c848ce03.jpg

Ryan Braun

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/294b0d8f.jpg

Greinke

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/ed400c93.jpg

Buster Posey

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/951c838f.jpg


I will post some more successes from radio shows in a bit.

Autofreak2842
12-04-2012, 11:50 AM
Sweet stuff! Good to have you back! Your thread was always one of the more enjoyable ones to check out, imo.

lambeauleap87
12-04-2012, 03:06 PM
Glad the Philly dealers are done getting to you...I missed your successes and stories!

awz50
12-04-2012, 06:11 PM
Glad your back! Love looking at the baseball success...Great job on the Ryan Braun

Philly4for4Fan
12-04-2012, 09:32 PM
Great stuff Eric!

DnMcnabb5
12-04-2012, 09:57 PM
Hey eric i PM'ed you about Bryce Brown 8x10... Let me know

cyberer
12-05-2012, 11:26 AM
The braun was a tough get. I went on arrival the first night, he said no off the bus. Waited about an hour for him to go out until a hotel employee told us he had gotten room service and was likely staying in so I left. I got Greinke that night though.

The next night I went back after game 1 and waited. I heard then that he had signed pregame, but I had work and couldn't attend (that's always how it seems to go). So the bus comes back and he gets off, and says to the 5 of us "Sorry guys not tonight." I quickly replied as he was right near me "Please Ryan I couldn't make it today and this is the only time I can make it all week." So he reached back and gave me a quick sig and then went inside.

gladdyontherise
12-05-2012, 12:38 PM
Like the others, glad to see you'll be getting back to posting. This was a thread that I always enjoyed seeing the updates for.

cyberer
12-16-2012, 11:56 AM
Finally got some time to go out graphing!

After some difficulty in determining whether the Lakers arrived Friday or Saturday night, I was not able to figure it out. I decided to just head over on Saturday afternoon and see what was going on. Turns out they got in late Friday night, and Kobe signed a graph off the bus. Oh well, I got him last year- here's the pic of that epic success:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/14ba7217.jpg



I only had 1 hour to graph when I got to the hotel, since I was out with my fiance and she was waiting for me across the street. As such I didn't think I had really any shot at getting anyone.

Well, I must be a lucky grapher, as not 15 minutes after I got there, I realized that they must have been at a practice shootaround on the day before gameday, and the bus returned. Kobe didn't go to the practice because he was "sick" so I didn't have a shot at him, but I got Pau Gasol AND Dwight Howard!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/0B81C291-BE2E-4324-A9A4-82C00926DCA7-5067-00000CDC6047F9E3.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/101ABFD3-8733-4304-9AFA-001A1F470812-5067-00000CDC67511724.jpg


One rather embarrassing note. In the melee trying to get Dwight and Pau, a man walked past me. I thought he looked like Steve Nash, but he looked much older than I remembered- like he legit had wrinkles all over his face. He looked kind of like the 50-something overtanned dad you see playing racket ball at the YMCA. He was past me before I realized that it was, in fact, steve nash. Obviously I need him to finish the SI, so I wish I had asked him.

Oh well! Can't win em all. I'm going to the game tonight, so I'll have another crack at it and the rest of the team.

Philly4for4Fan
12-16-2012, 04:48 PM
I hate when I get email updates to this thread because you make me jealous. These are some fantastic hits. I hope next time we are in a long line I am near you so you can give me advice on graphing hotels. I'm new at allot this and have no clue how to do it. anyways, as usual, congrats and WOW

Ryanpmeyer
12-16-2012, 08:14 PM
Cyberer......do you 50/50?

cyberer
12-17-2012, 12:43 AM
@phillyfan- Sorry I make you jealous (not that sorry haha)- keep at it and the successes will come. If you read early on in my thread, Thaddeus Young was a "good" night for me not too long ago.
@Ryan- I will 50/50 smaller players, but not stars. I would consider taking money to consign stars that I have gotten in the past though.


Now on to some more successes, and Phillyfan might actually get a bit more jealous. I swung back by the hotel for pregame graphing. Crowd was pretty huge, lots of unfamiliar faces who just stumbled by the hotel by accident and decided to film it on their cell phones. Hate it when that happens.

I needed to get Steve NAsh to finish that SI cover that I started with Dwight yesterday. Dwight came out first and was REALLY cool as always. He took his time, talked to the crowd, took photos with the crowd, etc. I got him on the BACK COVER of a dime magazine, where he did a pretty awesome Adidas ad:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/7640D020-AB48-4E58-975D-694E6647B660-73-000000067DE41BC4.jpg


However, just like yesterday, Steve Nash snuck right past us while Dwight was signing! He waved but wouldn't sign. Doh!

Shortly thereafter Pau came out and started signing, after a girl asked him in Spanish (or portuguese, whatever he speaks) to come over and sign. He signed 3 graphs, and I held up my floorboard to him and said "one more same pen?" and he said "sure, one more why not!" and he signed my 2nd floorboard in 2 days:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/BBBBFFB1-09D7-4BCD-AF0D-163EF8545852-73-000000066EB5C3B7.jpg


As Pau was signing Kobe came out. He gave the crowd a warm wave and hello, and even looked like he was going to stop for a second, but in the end he kept moving to the bus. Oh well, got him last year.

We went down to the stadium after that- my fiance and I. We waited in the long line outside the gates waiting for them to open.

Now on to the worst part of the night. I CANT BELIEVE HOW AGGRAVATING THIS IS.

Have any of you been to sixers games this year to graph the road teams? The 2 tunnels, home and road, used to be parallel tunnels in the lower level of the stands. This was perfect, as you could stand across 5-6 rows and 20-30 people could get good graphing spots. This year, they totally revamped it, and the only Road Team tunnel is the tunnel that used to be for VIPs only, off to the side. There is VERY LITTLE space at the guardrail for graphing- like 2-3 people only can fit there, with 2-3 people behind them in a 2nd row reaching in.

I cannot be more angry with this setup. It only rewards those who have floor seats. I managed to get in the 2nd row behind the front row people, but got threatened several times by 60 year old men who felt the need to menace 25 year old kids who could be their grandsons how "I am getting in the way of their pictures when I ask for graphs." Puh-leese. Give me a break, gramps. Blame the sixers and their asinine setup, not me.

So I was in my spot, but someone behind me pointed across the court to the far side under the basket, and told me that MARK TEIXIERA was at the game, and was hanging out under the sixers basket. Sure enough, he was.

This led to the ultimate heartbreak of the night for me. Before doing the lakers this weekend, I finally unpacked all my ROMLBS and other baseball supplies and replaced them with my basketball supplies. If I had the baseballs I could have tried to get him on a baseball! UGHHHHH!

I didn't want to give up my spot in the autographing zone for the lakers, so I sent my fiance over to try for him. Apparently, if I had gone myself I would not have gotten him. He was on the other side of the guard rail down courtside, but she asked him really nicely with her cute girl thing going on and he came over she said and was very nice and signed for her. All I had on my for him was a blank white 4x6 glossy photo paper.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/8C187919-24C7-4C98-AAE7-E8B394891874-73-0000000686B5998A.jpg

It came out really great, but I can't help but kick myself about how awesome it would be if it were a baseball. Oh well. I can either mount this in a frame with a photo or print a photo over it as I did in the past.

So as if the sixers were not jerks enough with the new autograph setup, about 20 minutes before game time, while Pau and Steve Nash were still shooting around, 2 security guards came down like riot police and ordered us all out of our graphing spots or else we would be thrown out.

They would not listen to reason about what the rules used to be- i.e. we stay until the players go in to the locker room. They kicked us all out.

I am pretty audacious in the face of the guards, so I just took a seat a few rows back until they got distracted kicking other people out. Then suddenly Steve Nash was done shooting and ran back to the locker room. I shot up from my seat and got back to the spot just in time, and got him to finish the SI cover!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/3F628325-339E-4443-B9EC-5003EFAC6030-73-0000000675E4594B.jpg


As I was packing up my things, I looked to my left and saw a chinese guy holding up a basketball that he just got signed. There was only one problem: it was MY BASKETBALL. As best I can tell he either stole it from my bag or it fell out during the wild melee getting thrown out. I went over and confronted him about it being my ball. He said something incomprehensible and handed it back to me.

It would be fine, except I was saving that ball for a random encounter someday with a basketball player that I didn't have any items for. Oh well, it's signed by steve nash now:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/D499DAA2-B88B-4BF6-8A32-9813E01372A7-73-0000000667ACE55A.jpg


So as you can see it was a pretty epic day/weekend for me, but it was not without its bittersweet moments. I honestly think the sixers pregame inside is a waste of time from now on- that system is just too horrible to succeed consistently.

Also, the lack of a proper item for Tex hurt a lot. I consciously unpacked all my baseballs friday to go do the lakers, and then sunday I needed even one baseball and I didn't have one. Sigh.

The blank came out great, but it's still a blank 4x6. Bummer.

Still, all in all a positively epic weekend!

awz50
12-17-2012, 03:30 PM
Dude great Job on SI! It looks pretty sick. As Philly Fan said i am jealous!

Marshall658
12-17-2012, 04:37 PM
Awesome stuff, not the biggest basketball fan but even I can appreciate that sick SI.

cyberer
01-07-2013, 10:53 PM
Just booked my flight to Arizona! Can't wait.

Autofreak2842
01-07-2013, 11:19 PM
Just booked my flight to Arizona! Can't wait.

Congrats, Erik! It's awesome down there. I went down there last year for the Sweet 16/Elite 8 and did 1 spring training game. Graphing trips are great fun. I'm going on a couple this year (Iowa/college bball and Philly/college lax). Enjoy yours and good luck on it!

cyberer
01-07-2013, 11:27 PM
Yeah graphing trips are awesome. What are you going to do in philly?

Autofreak2842
01-07-2013, 11:43 PM
Yeah graphing trips are awesome. What are you going to do in philly?

The NCAA lacrosse final 4, during memorial weekend. Also gonna go a few hours to Hagerstown, to watch a friend from HS who plays for the Suns.

Ryanpmeyer
01-07-2013, 11:50 PM
CYBERER.....just curious, you have a ton of nice stuff, do you display it or is it just packed away? If it is displayed.....do you have pics?

cyberer
01-12-2013, 12:02 PM
Hey, sorry it took me so long to get back to this Ryan. I live in a 1 BR apartment in center city. My old 1 BR had floor to ceiling book shelves that lined an entire wall, so that whole wall was my display wall. I had framed graphs floor to ceiling.

Now though this 1 BR is bigger but has almost no storage space. I have a little wooden box with cubby holes big enough for baseball cubes, and it fits about 15 balls. I got it at a yard sale for 3 bucks haha. I have those on display, but otherwise I have all my framed sigs in boxes in our storage closet waiting for the time when I have a "man cave."

So I don't have any really nice photos of a giant display case, but I can show you framed stuff or that baseball box thing. Nothing elaborate.

Honestly, my best day-to-day graphs are in binders to stay out of the light with sleeves and heavy cardboard backing to prevent bending- i.e. my "four aces" SI cover and my kobe SI cover.

cyberer
02-02-2013, 05:42 PM
Finally got out and graphed today. There's a bit of back story here so I'll provide the whole thing (I know y'all love hearing stories).

I was going out to dinner last night in New Jersey and I was in the car running the radio stations, and I settled on Temple University Radio Station, and lo and behold, the radio DJ mentioned that WILL SMITH,

For those that don't know, I've been trying to get Will Smith for years, and I even had a near miss with him at a Sixers game awhile back (story here: http://www.sportscardforum.com/threads/1239451-CyberErik-s-Success-Thread-just-starting-out-feedback-and-help-welcome!?p=11267015&viewfull=1#post11267015)

Anyways I knew when I got home that I had to do the research. I googled "Will Smith Philadelphia" in the past week. No matches. I googled "Will Smith Appearance Philadelphia" in the last week and BOOM- linked me to temple's performing arts center page where Will Smith indeed would be appearing as part of a book tour with "Sista Soulja" ... ok...

So I did some research on google street view and saw that there were 2 entrances to the venue, both were accessible on public streets (i.e. no protected VIP entrance). I knew my chances were good.

I got there 2 hours early, and checked the front door and the back door. The back door was set in an alley, and in the alley was parked a black escalade and the door was guarded by a guy in a trench coat. Yeah, I knew I was in the right spot. I asked the cops and security guard if I could get a graph when he gets here, they essentially told me to f*ck off. However as I waited around I broke the ice with them and they were decent guys, and told me he wasn't in yet.

About a half hour later an escalade pulled in, and I got all ready. However it was just Sista Souljah. A few minutes later a BMW with "WS-1" on the vanity plates pulled in, and it was his parents.

Shortly thereafter, the security guards all went inside and he said to the other guy "I gave it to him... he's inside already." And they went inside the venue, leaving me all alone. I got panicked and thought he came in the front door. I asked a guy nearby if he was in already, and he said he didn't think so.

So my fears were NOT realized though, as the guards came out about 5 minutes later. Just then a gold SUV pulled down the alley way. A woman got out of the passenger side, and Will got out of the other side. He came over and greeted the crowd with a trademark "wassup wassup."

I was the first one in line and asked him for a graph, and he was happy to sign. After that 5-6 people crowded in to get their pictures with him. A group of kids and an adult presented him with a custom made chess board on behalf of their chess club, and he accepted it graciously. He was really cool, as I expected, and hung out outside for a few minutes before going in.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/85c23cfb-2076-4698-8b33-ce164802d22c_zps13424dd4.jpg

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

gojacks
02-02-2013, 05:54 PM
Nice! He is a cool dude!

Autofreak2842
02-03-2013, 12:40 AM
Congrats dude! I know you've been chasing him for awhile and seeing you always miss him was making me feel a bit guilty about getting him on his one time in MN, in 08. Haha Nice work!

JerseyInk
02-03-2013, 08:53 AM
Huge score.

cyberer
02-03-2013, 09:40 AM
Thanks guys, I'm really pumped about this one.

I was always jealous that you got him autofreak so that makes 2 of us.

No worried now, though, and I can now go back to watching fresh prince re re runs and not feel like im missing out.

Rudickulous
02-03-2013, 01:45 PM
Awesome job man. You finally finished chasing your white whale!

gladdyontherise
02-03-2013, 01:51 PM
Nice success, I remember reading the post where you missed him at the 76ers game, big time redemption for you.

cyberer
02-03-2013, 04:51 PM
Thanks guys! Definitely a redemption song.

Welker83
02-03-2013, 05:14 PM
Congrats on the Will smith great to know he is a nice guy.

cyberer
02-11-2013, 12:53 PM
Got out and did some graphing again last night (2 weekends in a row- rare for me these days).

Did the Clippers on arrival. I got Blake Griffin last year, so I was going for Grant Hill and Chris Paul.

The Clippers' security guard remains a jerk, and yelled at us for using blue sharpies. He made us use a black one.

As the players rolled off the bus, Jamal Crawford was the first guy off, so I managed to get him on a floorboard even though I wasn't after him.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/50F184A7-5996-4F06-A6D2-ECB7CD90C3F1-7317-000011C4257B8E9C_zps7c2ffa39.jpg


Shortly thereafter Chris Paul and Grant Hill rolled off, and both ignored us. Doh! I especially thought CP was usually good about signing, but I'm 0/2 with him now.

Finally Blake was the last guy off the bus and as usual he signed 1 per. There were only a few people there. I tried to double dip but he wouldn't do it. For so few people being there, all I got was a scribble, as usual. Sucks, but still awesome.

The extra that I got last year is FS/FT, so let me know. They are both on this SI cover.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/966A2C78-D804-421E-B2CE-53D36F4928F3-7317-000010F85DA4A030_zps05e0788b.jpg

gladdyontherise
02-11-2013, 01:12 PM
Nice Blake! From what I've seen and heard, CP3 has gotten REALLY bad about his signing habits, it's too bad.

cyberer
02-22-2013, 11:27 AM
I have to post this because I'm so freaking excited.

The heat played in Chicago late last night. I had work at 8:30 am this morning, so I told myself "No, you won't go to the hotel at 3:30am for arrival- you have WORK!"

But then I thought to myself "You've worked like a dog all week, treat yourself and you can sleep when you're dead."

So I rolled out to the hotel. They arrived at 3:30 in the morning and only myself and one other guy were there. Ray Allen and Bosch were predictably jerk-ish off the bus. It was literally 10 degrees out with wind-chill. My fingers were freezing (more on that unfortunate circumstance in a moment).

Finally, 2-3 minutes after everyone else came off the bus, Lebron and Wade came off the bus together. Lebron went out of his way not to even look at us if he ran past. As wade ran past I leaned as far over the tape line as I could to block his path, my magazine cover and marker were right in his path. It was therefore easier for him to sign for me than to walk around me. I think that was the key.

He grabbed my marker and gave me a quick signature. UNFORTUNATELY, the deco marker froze in the cold, and so the autograph didn't come out too well. Furthermore the surface was really glossy and I didn't prep it- I never had a prep problem with decos.

I am beyond pumped that I got Wade's auto, but I wish I could have gotten it to come out better.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/9D2B3415-161F-4363-A7C3-D46BCD3DAD64-11776-00001C8671D7DA4C_zpsaec32bc2.jpg

Here is the autograph as it appears in ambient light


And here is the autograph as it appears when I hold it up to a glare.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/E5C04513-2361-4814-B329-33CB9BF12DE6-11776-00001C2407004514_zps137fc56e.jpg

It's a really nice Sig from wade, and everyone I know is really pumped as well, so here's to looking on the bright side.

w3st34
02-22-2013, 11:52 AM
Too legit, I'm a big time Heat hater but I respect Wade. I'd love to get my LeBron autograph verified... truthfully I'm so over the guy I'd probably sell it. Makes me sick to look at lol

cyberer
02-24-2013, 11:12 AM
Put in a full day at the heat hotel yesterday. Results were mixed. I was out for shootaround both coming and going. The bus was late and so we were concerned that they weren't going to shoot around. It finally did come though. It was a tiny crowd only 3 people. Of course, no one signed even for such a small crowd. Jerks. 2 hours in the rain wasted.

Afterwards, my brother who was going with me to the game came into town and we decided, against our better judgment, to try for them at the pregame bus. It was a zoo. 20-25 people easy. No autographers that I recognized. Most were little kids who weren't trying to graph, they weren't even trying to get pictures with the athletes, they were just trying to film the whole thing. But they would be damned if they would let anyone into the front row. Amateurs.

Finally I ended up trading a beautiful Lebron unsigned 8x10 for a spot on the front row of the line with some kid. My brother and I were in good positions. Fortunately, when the first bus pulled out, many people thought that was that, and they left so there were only 10-15 of us.

Bosh came out and ignored us with headphones like he did for the entirety of the trip. Wade came out and looked at us like he was going to come over, then he put his bags in the bus and we thought he was done. Then, to our surprise, he came back over and signed 10-15 graphs. My brother and I both got him- my brother on an 8x10, myself on a floor board.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/D4DF02FE-D286-4286-8E10-5154C70F0CCC-12869-00001DF3ADACD550_zps52d8a0f8.jpg


http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/67251160-D288-49F1-B2BC-0D86725EDB6B-72-0000000144AFCC41_zps03b45fbe.jpg

Personally awesome redemption for me because I got wade on friday and got the marker fiasco. This one is perfect! I will mount it up with a photo and a team logo and it will look great!

Lebron, as he did the whole trip, ran right past without looking up. Still a pretty great weekend!

Philly4for4Fan
02-24-2013, 11:32 AM
Congrats Erik definitely a good weekend to score him three times

gladdyontherise
02-24-2013, 12:19 PM
Awesome D-Wade! That makes it all worth it I'm sure.

Captain
02-24-2013, 12:59 PM
Nice success!

cyberer
02-24-2013, 04:31 PM
Just wanted to show you guys the finished product that I make from these floorboards once they are signed:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/933bb499-232f-43f6-b313-37c48818504a_zps6a66a7bc.jpg

Captain
02-24-2013, 04:50 PM
any chance you are selling any of your autos? Like KD and DWade?

Philly4for4Fan
02-24-2013, 05:04 PM
Do you make the stickers or buy them? I have some floorboards I'd like to do that for

cyberer
02-24-2013, 05:15 PM
I make my own custom. I get PNG images, then send them to my local fed ex office store and they can print them as full-page 8 1/2 x 11 printouts on their adhesive paper. Then I cut them out with a scissors, peel and stick.

You can also buy mini fatheads and do the same thing (for 10 times the price).

@ Captain. I'd sell the first Wade, the one on the magazine (even though it didn't come out the best). I don't think I have any extras of durant I traded my extras last year sometime I think.

Captain
02-24-2013, 05:19 PM
I make my own custom. I get PNG images, then send them to my local fed ex office store and they can print them as full-page 8 1/2 x 11 printouts on their adhesive paper. Then I cut them out with a scissors, peel and stick.

You can also buy mini fatheads and do the same thing.

@ Captain. I'd sell the first Wade, the one on the magazine (even though it didn't come out the best). I don't think I have any extras of durant I traded my extras last year sometime I think.
How much? The Blake only sold for 12.99 on ebay..I was going to bid but I didn't sorry

cyberer
02-24-2013, 05:28 PM
I'd probably ask for 65, and looking at ebay, that seems fair.

I looked at sold listings and tried to find autographs on photos and magazines that didn't come out right or that didn't show up. I found these:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DWYANE-WADE-Signed-Miami-Heat-8x10-Photo-TS-COA-Autographed-2012-Champs-Dwayne-/370629500844?pt=US_Autographs&hash=item564b3d5fac&nma=true&si=0zbUwLGVnYk5SwtpNNAGaBd8PI0%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dwyane-Wade-Signed-16x20-JSA-Signed-Autograph-2008-USA-Basketball-Gold-Medal-/160967193579?pt=US_Autographs&hash=item257a6473eb&nma=true&si=0zbUwLGVnYk5SwtpNNAGaBd8PI0%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

Those all sold for more than 65. If you can find some counterexamples where his autograph on an item like this, although it's not the best, sold for a lot less than I'll think about it

I generally base all my values on ebay "sold" lists. It's the surest bet to assigning value.

Captain
02-24-2013, 05:30 PM
I'd probably ask for 65, and looking at ebay, that seems fair.

I looked at sold listings and tried to find autographs on photos and magazines that didn't come out right or that didn't show up. I found these:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DWYANE-WADE-Signed-Miami-Heat-8x10-Photo-TS-COA-Autographed-2012-Champs-Dwayne-/370629500844?pt=US_Autographs&hash=item564b3d5fac&nma=true&si=0zbUwLGVnYk5SwtpNNAGaBd8PI0%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 (http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?type=3&campid=5335896190&toolid=10001&mpre=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fitm%2FDWYANE-WADE-Signed-Miami-Heat-8x10-Photo-TS-COA-Autographed-2012-Champs-Dwayne-%2F370629500844%3Fpt%3DUS_Autographs%26hash%3Ditem 564b3d5fac%26nma%3Dtrue%26si%3D0zbUwLGVnYk5SwtpNNA GaBd8PI0%25253D%26orig_cvip%3Dtrue%26rt%3Dnc%26_tr ksid%3Dp2047675.l2557)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dwyane-Wade-Signed-16x20-JSA-Signed-Autograph-2008-USA-Basketball-Gold-Medal-/160967193579?pt=US_Autographs&hash=item257a6473eb&nma=true&si=0zbUwLGVnYk5SwtpNNAGaBd8PI0%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 (http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?type=3&campid=5335896190&toolid=10001&mpre=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fitm%2FDwyane-Wade-Signed-16x20-JSA-Signed-Autograph-2008-USA-Basketball-Gold-Medal-%2F160967193579%3Fpt%3DUS_Autographs%26hash%3Ditem 257a6473eb%26nma%3Dtrue%26si%3D0zbUwLGVnYk5SwtpNNA GaBd8PI0%25253D%26orig_cvip%3Dtrue%26rt%3Dnc%26_tr ksid%3Dp2047675.l2557)

Those all sold for more than 65. If you can find some counterexamples where his autograph on an item like this, although it's not the best, sold for a lot less than I'll think about it

I generally base all my values on ebay "sold" lists. It's the surest bet to assigning value.
PMed you

awz50
02-25-2013, 07:59 AM
Amazing D-Wade it looks beautiful the second one. Great job

cyberer
02-26-2013, 12:15 AM
Just want to showcase more of the floorboards. I printed more stickers and mounted them tonight.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/FC258D69-A9D7-4210-B27A-5665CA682BF8-122-0000006131B97DF4_zpsc3f1785f.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/659F610B-8ADC-418B-99EE-13A81D0853DA-122-0000006129B13A86_zpsf43f09be.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/B7932A0B-A365-466D-8547-1B0E613C227A-122-00000061220133A0_zpse5ecb0a2.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/E55007E8-AAD8-4327-A1E2-D1482D811CBC-122-00000061184194A1_zpsc6d2245a.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/1CE83087-44F4-4861-BA72-C42745244C84-122-000000610F1FFE22_zpsf98c9887.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/830C7ECE-0B59-4249-ABA1-7592F681E725-122-0000006106B30B0F_zps401a802a.jpg




More to come later this week as I finish these up! They've been lying around for months now, but my DWade has inspired me!

cyberer
02-26-2013, 12:17 AM
P.S. the last tyson chandler is for sale.

cyberer
02-26-2013, 10:48 PM
More floors: here's the last of them from my collection

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/F07F4AEB-507A-42AB-87E2-58DCE13502C8-122-0000016DFAE79AC2_zps65d366a6.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/1194CAAD-3987-452A-9A24-6E02301ECFC6-122-0000016E01674E0E_zps94b4303d.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/A5D69E4C-EC7A-4C3C-A513-9684916B4909-122-0000016F6F52FA40_zps45be477c.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/FBFD986E-33A9-4300-8DC1-96FE5A2D34D8-122-000001703F4E4600_zpsd81681d1.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/0BA990FE-4F78-49FE-9E8B-2D0F9A320994-122-0000017045C69475_zpsf16b96f1.jpg

cyberer
02-26-2013, 10:48 PM
P.S. the first gasol is for sale

cyberer
03-07-2013, 09:31 AM
Finally got out for a day of graphing again- I really treasure these rare moments these days with my work schedule. It was an up and down day but I finally got my graph as usual.

I graphed the Penguins on arrival (thanks to JTBruds for some tips). I managed to sneak away from work for 45 minutes to catch the bus. It was looking pretty good, with just myself, 3 other guys, and a girl who happened to be staying at the hotel who went out and bought a jersey when she heard they would be staying there. Not a bad crowd.

The bus rolls in, and suddenly 3-4 guys muscle their way through like they own the place. Guys I've never seen before (and I do hotels regularly for other sports). They try to cut in front of us, the guys who have been waiting there for an hour in the front row. So the guys get off the bus. Malkin starts signing and signing a lot. I had a puck for him and I held it out for him.

He started signing the photo UNDERNEATH the puck, but the photo was of crosby. He stopped signing midway through his sig because he realized it wasn't him when he saw the puck. I asked him to sign on the puck and he wouldn't and he kept moving down the line. AND he ruined my crosby picture. UGH.

So now I had to get crosby on the puck, so he was the last one off the bus. I am first in line to get him. As he walks past me, the 3 guys who rolled in before, push up alongside and in front of me and hold out their items for crosby. He starts signing for them. As he's signing I'm trying to get my item in to him, but he won't take the silver to sign my puck, nor will he use the blue seemingly to sign my (ruined by malkin) photo (at that point I would take what I can get).

As he was signing over there, people from the other side started pushing in and he got bum rushed. He shut down signing and moved farther down the line to the door, signing for the last 2 people. I was able to push my way up to him again right as he was going in the door, signing a guy's puck in deco. I put my puck 2 inches away from the other guy's puck and said "can you please sign it in the same marker before you give it back?"

He capped the marker and handed it back to the guy without signing it (Cliff lee did that to me once- it's excruciating).

So that was that. I had to run back to work to take care of some things for a half hour, so I did that, since I was told that last time the team went out to eat 2 hours after arrival, so I had some time to kill. I got my work done and swung back to the hotel.

When I returned, only one guy still remained from the crowd, and he told me that the rest had left because Crosby had JUST come out and signed for everyone, before going to dinner. I JUST MISSED HIM WHILE I WAS AT WORK. UGH!!!!!

I decided I couldn't let myself get bad beat like that, so I hung out for ~90 minutes before Crosby returned. I was the only one there at that point. I very loudly and politely said "Mr. Crosby, I missed out on getting you earlier, could you please sign my puck?"

He was really friendly and replied "Of course." He came over and gave me the full sig, not the S-scribble he was giving everyone else throughout the day. I thanked him for making my night. Here it is- looks beautiful (and unlike the D-Wade graph, the silver didn't mess up this time).

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/B63F0919-F87B-4C77-AC8D-564C6731E7E8-4238-00000A55E5654C32_zpsb9125331.jpg

I'm not a hockey fan, but since the Stanley Cup finals against the flyers and since the olympics crosby is a guy I have come to respect and I have wanted to add him to my collection for 2 years now. So I had to put in a lot of time but it was worth it!

Marshall658
03-07-2013, 03:46 PM
Awesome puck. Great signature. Can't beat getting Crosby.

bishop19
03-08-2013, 01:56 AM
Crosby regularly carries his own black sharpie & won't use your markers, so getting pucks is tough, but i've heard he's been better the past 2 seasons. it's definitely a nice Crosby graph...one of the best IP ones i've ever seen. one thing though...Pens never played the Flyers in the SC Finals. they're in the same Conference so it's not possible but i take it you just meant the SC playoffs since they've played Philly 3x (i believe) in the playoffs since Crosby's been in the league.
congrats, he was out injured when i did them last season at the hotel so i got Malkin but not Crosby. its amazing they sign but most of the rest of the team are a-holes (Letang, Fleury, Orpik, etc...)

cyberer
03-08-2013, 02:02 AM
Thanks for the kudos on the graph. I think that your factual correction is correct, sorry for my slipup (I said that I don't follow hockey haha).

I'm glad you think the graph is as good as I think it is. I don't know what that guy in the ink thread was talking about saying it was bad...

As you said, Letang was a jerk to the guy I was graphing with, but he did sign. I had nothing for him. I was just after Crosby.

cyberer
03-14-2013, 11:55 PM
Went to the sixers event tonight. Overall I had a good time, but I was somewhat disappointed at the turnout, especially for how crappy the team has been.

I hung out extensively with mike philly4for4 and he was awesome. I owe him pretty big time for some stuff he's helped me out with.

We got there early, and right off the bat we heard from a handler that Bynum would not be showing up. GREEEAT. The bum can't even show up for the fans. So the biggest guy on my want list didn't show. Also, Doug Collins didn't show (™™™) and Dr. J (who works for the team) didn't show. Pretty crappy list of players.

I made the best of it. The way it was set up was kind of a crap show. The players were rotating between photo booths and autograph stations. However the times and places they were going were random, so you might wait in line for holliday for a half hour and then he would move and it would be Thad young or ivey or moultree in the seat when you got there. Also, the players came in two shifts, the starters and the backups, pretty much.

I managed to get everyone that was there, coaches and players. Also, I got Adam Aron the CEO as he was standing around talking to the crowd. I was talking to him and commended him for changing the image of the team. He said "Yeah, it all worked really well, except bynum."

I said, "Hey, I work at jefferson hospital, were we the doctors that screwed up his physical?"

He replied, "No, that was main line health system (another local hospital)."

Pretty funny.

The other funny thing that I had happen was when I was in line for Jeremy Pargo (who?!). He was signing my team floorboard, which has been done by everyone in blue. He was running with a black. I asked him to use blue to match everyone else.

He said "you only want me to use blue because you're selling this."

I said, "uh, no I'm not, I just want it all to match and blue shows up better."

He said, "No you're not, you're selling."

He still took the blue and signed it.

Kwame Brown was next to him at the station, and I said as he signed for me "Your boy is giving me ™™™™ over here, do you hear this?"

Kwame looked over at him annoyed and said, "He isn't my boy, I don't even know this guy." Seemed really cool about it and was equally appalled at that reaction. I wanted to say to Pargo "You really think I'm getting rich off your sig?"

Kind of frustrating to get that reaction from a scrub, but what can you do?

The only bittersweet moment for me came right at the end. Mike is a temple fan and loves lavoy allen. Strangely, Lavoy was never in an autograph booth. When we realized he wasn't going to be in an auto booth, we got in his photo booth line to try to get him to sign autos in the photo booth (He was signing for other people). We were getting close to the front of the line at 8:30. The event was advertised as going until 9:00. Suddenly, Lavoy just cuts it off and starts to exit the booth.

I, along with a dozen or so other people, bum rush him for graphs. He signs 3-4 for little kids, then his handler announce he is going to "take a 5 minute break, and can't sign anymore."

As he passes me I say really loudly "Lavoy I need you as the last one to finish this team floorboard piece can you please sign?!"

He signed for me and me alone, and darted off. Mike didn't get him. And the "5 minute break" turned into "All the players are done signing for the night."

What gives- we really can't get Lavoy Freaking Allen's autograph at this event when your best player, your coach, and your hall of famer in the front office can't bother themselves to show up? Horrendous. Still, I enjoyed the night, I got free beer, food, coffee, and a bunch of graphs for a few bucks admission.

Here is my haul:

A 50th anniversary floorboard signed by almost the whole team:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/B564B4D5-8020-4B45-80D0-6B9DB1CB1595-1261-0000048FED266A6A_zpsb4d43140.jpg

Signed by: Aaron McKie (coach), Lavoy Allen, Jrue Holliday, Kwame Brown, Spencer Hawes, Royal Ivey, Charles Jenkins, Arnett Moultrie, Jeremy Pargo, Evan Turner, Damien Wilkins, Thaddeus Young, Nick Young, Dorrell Wright

Names missing to finish the official 2013 roster: Doug Collins (Coach), Andrew Bynum, Jason Richardson

Hopefully I can someday knock off those last 3 names for the "50th anniversay" team piece.

Also, I got a bunch of 4x6 photos signed, which are for sale/trade (I have a bunch of these)

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/DBDD7C88-9B49-40BE-995A-42FF906E37F2-1727-00000494EA177670_zps2b479cfe.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/23C7EDE5-F0FB-4651-AC79-C41068F8FB44-1727-00000494E3EA1249_zpsb8bbd296.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/0E78C22C-B228-4EB2-8F0B-D7061AB22F1E-1727-00000494DBF7CF1F_zps390aa47c.jpg

All in all a fun night, and great meeting up with people from these forums as always!

Rudickulous
03-15-2013, 12:40 AM
Some good stuff. And being from Cleveland, i know about Pargo. He's was actually a really good signer for our team but I never went to him (mostly cause after he scored like 30 against the sixers one game, didnt think the Cavs would cut him and I had time). Pargo was cut due to the Mo Speights trade and was gone...I actually liked him, however I followed him on twitter and from what I saw...he seemed like a tool. Your post makes him seem even more like it. But also understand that there's a lot of people who do floorboards and sell them in Cleveland. They don't even hide the fact, they tell the players it to their face sometimes. Probably why I stick to cards. But the board does look sweet!

Also, is the middle pic above the turner/below the Hawes of Jrue? I may be interested in trading for both Hawes and/or Jrue or both. hit me up.

cyberer
03-16-2013, 12:09 AM
I head out for Arizona on Sunday, and I got a good omen for the trip in the mail today- my first TTM success of the spring.

Bill Hamilton! My favorite prospect- signed a sick chrome card in an even sicker gold metallic marker. Kudos for knowing the right marker to use, Billy.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/03DB8DDD-1AAE-4B37-8520-20AE87400AB4-1727-0000059EA2C8B846_zpsf0188721.jpg

Here's hoping this is the first of many spring successes in the next few days, the rest being in person!

gojacks
03-16-2013, 07:55 PM
Wow I need to send him!

gysot
03-19-2013, 04:48 PM
How's ST going? Hope you're cleaning up. Look forward to reading about your successes!

cyberer
03-21-2013, 01:08 AM
It's going pretty well. Full report will be posted on Friday evening after all my graphing is done. Gitcha popcorn ready. :pop2:

cyberer
03-23-2013, 03:28 AM
I am currently laying in my hotel room, on the last night of my trip. I really cannot believe how well this trip went. Early on, I was overwhelmed by learning a new place for graphing and all these new teams, but I got some great help from these boards and elsewhere, and was able to have, quite frankly, the best week of graphing I've had in my entire life. My collection has probably doubled in value the last 4 days.


Even more remarkably, I did not autograph from morning until night every day. In fact, less than half the time I was here did I actually graph. My fiance and I made it a point to do cultural things around here, and saw the grand canyon on one day, the red cliffs of sedona another day, things like that. So I spent less time graphing and got even more results.


I will post pictures following this post, and give you a day by day breakdown of what I did and who I got, complete with some storytelling (I know some of you like to hear stories from the trenches). I will say again- this was the most fun I've had graphing, pretty much ever.


Before we start, recall that my only 2 main goals in coming down here were to get Kemp and Pujols to sign, 2 of my white whales.


Sunday/Day 0. Starting with a whimper:
We had an uneventful flight and landed in Phoenix at about 2pm. Our hotel is in Tempe, 5 minutes from the Angels ST facility, Tempe Diablo Stadium. So after consulting the schedule we decided to head over to the park, to try our luck with the parking lot after the home game for the Angels, as well as to get the lay of the land for the rest of my trip.


We arrived to a mob scene. About 20 people gathered along the fence where the guys walk to their cars, and about 10 more by the driveway entrance. We waited about an hour, as the guys filtered out after the game. Trumbo began signing over by the fence, but since we were by the driveway, we didn't feel like fighting our way in, and we missed him.


Cameron Maybin drove to the game, and he pulled out from the home team's lot (strangely). He stopped his car and signed. I got him on the sweet spot of a junk ball. However, the crowd of people that bum rushed Maybin's car got really big. Just then, Trout pulled out in his car. However, he saw the huge crowd, and rather than drive through it and maybe sign, a security guard motioned him out another exit, away from us. Shortly thereafter, Albert left through the same exit. A few minutes later Hamilton peeled out in his red Mazzerrati.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/0875BE7D-DAD7-4DDB-9C01-E6CFACB20212-848-000006559835955B_zpsfb5442f6.jpg


So our first day we got no autographs. I had a pretty horrible feeling about the week then. I told my friends I regretted going to AZ, rather than Florida, because the graphing seemed so hard here. We shall see if I felt that way at the end of the week.


Monday/Day 2. No graphing, just photo-graphing at the canyon


Our original plan was to hit a local attraction, and then hit a night game for autographing. However, over lunch we decided instead to devote an entire day to seeing the grand canyon (It's a 4 hour drive from Phoenix to the canyon). It was worth it! We got some great pictures and had a great time, but that's not why you're here to read about my home movies.


Tuesday/Day 3. Angels in the infield.


I hit up Angels morning practice before their road game. I got there at 9:15 for a 10:30 practice. By the time I got there, there were about 20 people there waiting, not too many. Plenty of spots along the fence on the front row. I found a decent spot, and got into position. No sooner do I get into position, then a loudmouthed mother and her husband start bullying me. They say "Yo buddy, if you think you're going to stand there and cut in line in front of the 20 people who have been here since 8:30, then you're crazy! You gotta get to the back of the line!"


I said, "There is no line, I'm not in anybody's way. If they were here since 8:30 then they'd be in a spot."


They weren't having it. Other people joined in, and made me go to the end of the section, 20 yards from the tunnel. I knew that as soon as a player came out a mob scene would ensue, and their "line" would go to hell, so I decided not to push the issue and just waited. Over time the players came out and started practicing.


After practice, Pujols began to walk off. He did his usual trick- he took a wide angle far from the fans, to avoid us. However just as he was about to pass us at this large distance away, some kids called out to him. Sure enough, he came right over to the kids and started signing. It took some reaching over the crowd, but I got him! I couldn't believe it. I heard he only signs at practice like that 3-4 times per spring, and I got him the first pass.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/77CE8E54-C28F-45B2-B4E1-D93DF49B4BA4-848-00000254CC03B4A5_zps59ea01ab.jpg


Afterwards, Hamilton walked off the field. He started doing this crazy thing where he would take an item, walk up and down the line, then give the item back and move somewhere else and take another. He was trying to prevent double dipping. So it's nearly impossible to get him, as he doesn't move in an orderly fashion. Even so, he signed 50-100 graphs that day, and I got him eventually on the SI cover. How's that for a first practice! Albert and Hamilton.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/4F7EA961-1287-4077-8BE7-A10F68E3EE71-848-000003FFB5DA89AA_zps7fdc2bb3.jpg


After that, I went to the Rockies @ Royals game in Surprise AZ. I got there late bc of traffic so I missed pregame graphing. So during the game I set up shop next to the tunnel for tulowitzki after he got lifted from the lineup. However, he still snubbed me as he passed. Oh well, hard to be mad when you get albert and hamilton in a day!


Wednesday/Day3. Dodger Dog.


I had always heard good things about Dodger camp, so my fiance and I decided to hit up morning practice at their facility. She only graphs with me sometimes, but is a major help when she does, as will become apparent as the week's story unfolds. We got there for the 9am opening of the field, and set up shop by the clubhouse entrance.


We waited about an hour before practice started. Players came out then, but none would sign on the way out from practice. That was, of course, until Mark McGwire came out and started signing. He signed a lot of autographs, and my fiance and I were both lucky enough to get him. She got him on an 8x10 for a user on these boards, I got him on SS ROMLB. Awesome.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/1583BB25-8C05-41C4-88EB-950AFAAF30DD-848-000003FEE4A24A10_zps0a572ac8.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/FDDD5C19-BA15-4E59-8105-C2F423EAB881-848-000003FF01592A0B_zpsdc8dcd11.jpg


Sometime during practice Kemp snuck off the field and didn't sign, but I didn't see where he went. I missed him as a result. Doh! The pain didn't last long, though, because Mattingly came out. I got him on the SS ROMLB, my fiance was further down the line out of earshot in the crowd, so she was only able to get him on a blank (it was all she had).

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/9B6D928E-F9DF-48DA-8974-96F00F822756-848-000003FF264F4B2A_zpsac629bd2.jpg
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Shortly thereafter, Kershaw comes off and starts signing. I got in line. He skipped me over. I got in line again. He skipped me again. It seemed like he was only signing for kids and women. Fortunately, I brought a woman with me, and my fiance was able to get him on an 8x10! Unbelievable!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/FBB1C13C-80DA-4CA5-9B10-2D2EC137A228-848-000003FF1772EAC5_zps3f1b97d6.jpg


I also got Capuano, Brandon League, Kenley Jansen, honeycutt during practice.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/B9D664EF-DC73-4766-94A4-3D22DD5DD287-848-000003FEF31479A4_zps1499190a.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/8158FF47-A230-492D-9B19-E349B32839D1-848-000003FEFA41D27C_zpsae505d24.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/6627B508-52A1-41B6-9C6B-6150F7A7B32C-848-000003FF1EE596F5_zps45dad1e7.jpg

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http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/DDE9ECA8-AE1D-4F71-98E9-833C50ED986A-848-000003FF0F92E6B2_zpsc28c126a.jpg




Practice was over at that point, so I ran to the Dodgers @ KC game. The dodgers were uber late for the game, arriving at like 12:45 for a 1:00 game, so no one would sign in the tunnel. I ran down the line to try to catch kemp after stretching. As he was stretching 3 kids chanted in unison "BEAST MODE!" and he turned and waved at them. I knew that was where he would come and sign, so I stood there. Sure enough, he came over and signed. I kept trying to get him but he wouldn't grab my ball.


Finally, he said "Yo man, you see all these kids man? Gotta wait your turn." So I did, but after him saying that I thought I was screwed. However, he did finally take my ball and signed it SS. I am glad he goes out of his way to get kids, but I'm also glad that I got him.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/D804176B-008A-4878-BCA1-6E3015C4BBA6-848-000003FEDCFF1D99_zpsd4e514d0.jpg


After getting my 2 targets, Kemp and Pujols, in my first 2 days of graphing, I decided to leave the game at 1:15pm and quit graphing for the day. I spent the rest of the day with my fiance sightseeing.


Day 4. Worst to First.


This day started off EPICALLY BAD, and wound up being the best day of graphing I have ever had (possibly). We spent the morning sightseeing, and I had planned to go to practice for the Angels at 2pm, and then to Angels @ rangers night game @ 6 pm. So when I got there I saw an empty complex. Turns out, the Angels weren't practicing. I then decided to go to the Rockies practice for THEIR night game, 25 minutes away. I got there and THEY weren't practicing. UGH double fail. As I was looking for practice I came upon a minor league game where Doug Drabek, former major leaguer, was coaching. I got him to sign a junk ball, and he added his cy young inscription. Not too shabby I guess as a consolation prize.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/97D1A042-4BDC-430C-99A7-0621DA749430-848-0000055B453CA111_zpsd6e64583.jpg


So finally I made my way to the night game and watched batting practice. I got hamilton coming off the field after BP. He was doing that same "grab an item and move around" thing, but once again signed 100+ graphs that night. He really is a champion.

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I got in position for trout at the tunnel, only 3 of us there graphing. He came back in from BP to the tunnel, and only signed 1 graph, for the guy next to me. Okay, fine, I'll get him on the way back. About a half hour later, Trout comes back out. We ask him to sign. He says sure. He signs for the first guy in line, then he signs for the 2nd guy in line (the one that got him before), then when he gets to me HE CUTS IT OFF AND STOPS SIGNING. So the guy next to me got him twice and I got him 0 times. What gives?!


I was really mad about this, but the guy that got trout twice knew what he was doing (a dealer, probably), so I decided to follow him, in case he was going for Nolan Ryan (I heard a rumor he would be at the game). The guy set up shop at the Rangers dugout. So far so good. As we were waiting for Nolan Ryan, I saw him call a coach over for a graph. It wasn't nolan so I figured it was a scrub that I didn't need. Turns out it was GREG MADDUX, and by the time I realized it was too late and he wouldn't do it. I missed him because I was so effing stupid! HOW CAN THIS NIGHT GET ANY WORSE?! Just wait, it does!


I was reeling from these failures, so I took a walk up to the concourse above the section where I was waiting for Ryan. About 5 minutes later, I turn around and Nolan Ryan is standing 5 feet in front of me, 1 on 1, with him and his handler. However he looked like he was in pain, limping and leaning on his handler to get down the steps. As a result I felt strange asking him, especially since I heard that when he is at games he lets people down between innings to get signatures. So I decided to let him pass without asking. No sooner does he sit down, than his handler come up to tell the usher and myself "NO AUTOGRAPHS TONIGHT, NOLAN SAYS." NO!!!!!! I didn't ask him because I could get him later, but I can't get him later! FAILURE!


I was dejected at this point. So I just sat by the angels tunnel and watched the game. Fortunately my luck was about to turn around. After the 6th inning, Trout was lifted and came through the tunnel. I asked him to sign since I missed him earlier. He grabbed my ball and signed it. FINALLY!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/4D415316-EAF4-42CA-ADA8-178BB9B6A308-848-0000055B366CEDBF_zps5ee36079.jpg


So at that point my fiance was outside waiting to pick me up. However, I told myself that, not matter what, I would not leave this ballpark without asking Nolan for a graph. The worst he could say is no, right? So I walked over to his section, the lower level behind home plate. Fortunately, right as I got there it was the 7th inning stretch, and the woman in the seat behind Nolan had stood up to stretch her legs and take a walk. I snuck down into her seat, just inches away, and asked Nolan to sign my ball, since I saw him earlier above and didn't want to bother him. He didn't look happy at all, but he grabbed my ball and signed it. AHHHH!!!!! NOLAN M™™™™g RYAN!!!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/E03078DA-788A-4226-AB0D-AC160FE03D72-848-0000055B2DCC236D_zps86cc77f2.jpg


I called this night worst to first, because it started so bad, and ended so epically!


Friday/Day 5. Do you believe in Magic?


My fiance and I had sightseeing plans at 1:00 pm, so we decided on our last full day we would go back to dodger stadium and try to get kemp again for my brother in the morning and then peace out before the game. The place was a zoo because the dodgers had a home game that day. No sooner do we get to the facility and get in our spot by the clubhouse but we hear chatter from kids on their iphones and ushers talking about twitter posts that MAGIC JOHNSON was in the building, because he was part owner. The crowd immediately got energized for the day.


Practice began as usual, and proceeded. No magic johnson. After practice was about halfway done I had all but given up that he would come out, figuring he would just stay for the game. I decided to take a walk over to Tommy Lasorda's table, where he lines fans up and signs for them. As I was walking to the table, I heard a kid cry out "HEY MAGIC!" I turn and look, and MAGIC JOHNSON is standing in the bullpen nearby talking to a reporter. I quickly ran to the guardrail, along with about 100 other people lol. Magic came out to the crowd and waved to us, said just to stay calm he'd sign for all of us. I was about the 10th in line, and I got him on the SI cover of him and kemp! I could have double dipped but decided to let the kids and fans get in. Oh yeah, that guy that got trout twice before me last night, got magic johnson THREE TIMES today- that guy kinda sucks.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/1A401E8E-2BCB-4A48-B07F-0D42FFE01B54-848-000006541B0215B1_zps88352b02.jpg


I went back and met up with my fiance, who was staying in our original spot. I come back to hear from her that she got ANOTHER mcgwire on the sweet spot!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/691531DA-4122-4FBB-83D2-A7DFABF6FC26-848-00000653F6EAC2EF_zpsf50d6bd1.jpg

We were all but ready to leave, but then we realized that the Reds had just arrived for the game against the dodgers. We set up camp on the practice fields by where they come out and waited.


Brandon Phillips came over, and we both got him on ROMLBs (one side panel one sweet spot- my fiance forgot to ask him sweet spot- doh!).

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/7E0D9AC0-E219-4C17-AAFA-06083BDD28CF-848-00000653EE035B3C_zpsef4658d7.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/FD4580CB-AFDE-44AB-8AC4-B23119C327E9-848-00000653E56DD744_zpsb7995a38.jpg




Jay Bruce came next, and we both got him on ROMLBs (he said he was contractually obligated to side panel).


http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/B6107A59-7A06-49FA-96EF-123DAAD1A465-848-00000653FE8CCC75_zps14f0d722.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/281E055E-B403-41EE-A3A3-A1C92CB0106D-848-00000653DDDCDD37_zps13212d2a.jpg


Dusty baker came next, and we both got him, her on a cheap ball, myself on a ROMLB.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/81579645-FC2A-4368-BDE4-AF800260095C-848-00000653D6F62148_zpsd366a58f.jpg


As we were waiting for votto, I realized that I got Dusty baker on my last ROMLB- OMG! Luckily I had printed an 8x10 for votto, so when he came out, I got him on the 8x10, she got him on a cheap ball. It was an amateur mistake to run out of baseballs, but I was lucky I still had a decent item (8x10) for votto.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/75804934-0D62-4D97-B3A2-9A83562DBDD1-848-00000653D00DC3E0_zps58a23da8.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/A294B552-9AD4-4E5F-BF84-00C99E127D57-848-0000065406E9AEE5_zpsf55b9b39.jpg


So we came to Dodger camp in the morning for Kemp, wound up getting MAGIC JOHNSON, and the ENTIRE REDS TEAM pretty much.


I am not trying to brag with this post, but I really can't believe how well this week went. I knocked out my 2 main superstar wants, and then added hall of famers, superstars, and many others on top of that! I feel as though we came, we saw and we conquered, and I got to spend over half my time sightseeing and seeing the area, so the amount of time I put in was reasonable. I had a great time, and hope you all enjoyed reading this! Let the comments begin!


Final List:

Magic Johnson
Albert Pujols
Matt Kemp
Nolan Ryan
Trout
Kershaw
McGwire x3
Mattingly x2
Votto x2
Phillips x2
Bruce x2
Dusty Baker x2
Brandon League x2
Kenley Jansen
Josh Hamilton x2
Chris Capuano
Cameron Maybin
Honeycutt
and others...

gysot
03-23-2013, 01:56 PM
All I can say is wow!

Captain
03-23-2013, 02:19 PM
nice success, I am hoping to get Kemp this season.

Philly4for4Fan
03-23-2013, 05:03 PM
I need to buy you a house. This stuff does not belong in boxes

gladdyontherise
03-23-2013, 05:06 PM
Awesome job! You killed it.

jtbruds9
03-23-2013, 08:59 PM
Very nice successes.

Rudickulous
03-24-2013, 03:11 AM
Congrats on all the Spring Training Successes man, you literally killed it.

P.S., may be rude to ask, but if you don't have a destination for all those McGwire balls, PM me plz. Was a HUGE fan of McGwire since i was a child and desperately need an auto ball. Will try and give you a good offer.

cyberer
03-24-2013, 11:22 AM
Not rude at all- PM sent.

I wish I had a house to display this stuff. At least for the baseballs I have a small cube display in my room that the balls will go into, the rest not so much.

Thanks for the comments!

mrfloridadude1
03-24-2013, 12:25 PM
Always love your annual spring posts, easily one of the top threads on scf!

dscards
03-24-2013, 04:18 PM
If that Brandon Phillips SP is available, PM me. I've got a buddy who would love it.

Boozler79
03-25-2013, 10:32 AM
Nice haul Erik. Glad you finally got your Kemp sig.

Did you ask Kemp to SS or did he do it on his own? I see him SP all the time. Also, did you ask Trout for a SS and he still SP anyway?

cyberer
03-25-2013, 08:14 PM
Thanks for all the comments. It really was, between the sightseeing and the baseball, one of the best trips I've ever had.

Kemp surprisingly was SSing without being asked. Even more surprising given that he yelled at me.

Trout only signed for me as he left the game and the tunnel was so far below that I had to lean in with all my 6'6" frame to even get it from him, so I wasn't able to ask it happened so fast. From what I've told it's rare that he sps. Either way I'm beyond stoked to get him.

I got trout ttm when he was a great signer 2 years ago on a 4x6 photo, but this item means more to me given it's ip.

mrfloridadude1
03-26-2013, 05:50 PM
Went back and looked at the Trout 4x6, would you ever be willing to trade that? Send me a pm!

cyberer
03-27-2013, 10:54 PM
I finally got my dozen baseball cubes in the mail, so I finally displayed all my recent successes in my bedroom. Here it is:

Top row:

Sidney Crosby Puck
Hanley Ramirez Ball (left-most)
Andrew McCutchen
Ivan Rodriguez
Nomar Garciaparra
Jason Heyward
(next row)
Harper
Albert Pujols
Mike Trout
(next row)
David Wright
Josh Hamilton
David Price
(on the floor to the left in a pile)
Sandberg
Thome
Papelbon
Utley
Rollins
Roy Halladay
(off to the left- willy aybar actual homerun ball that he hit and signed)

(off to the right in a pile)
Big Papi
Chipper Jones
Don Mattingly

(in front in a row)
McGwire
Holliday
Jay Bruce
Eric Hosmer
Evan Longoria
Gerrit Cole
Dusty Baker






http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/CAB071E2-10E9-4C57-A8E3-6650158ED330-1547-000003E0CFCD0618_zps9e086f53.jpg

SLNoble13
03-27-2013, 11:09 PM
Thats a really nice collection of signed MLB balls

Congrats

Ryanpmeyer
03-27-2013, 11:11 PM
Very Nice! Just wanted to know if you had a Sale/Trade list?

cyberer
03-30-2013, 07:07 PM
I do have a sale list, but not many baseballs on it.

cyberer
04-01-2013, 05:15 PM
Not exactly a graphing success, but I swung into my local card shop when I was home in Scranton for Easter and picked up some stuff off of his bargain rack. I got the following cards for 5 dollars total:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/E7E63BA5-1DC2-4CDA-8C39-3A224BB860E8-1444-0000039ED11BF79F_zpsf57c77d1.jpg

In total I got:

Vintage cards of Chuck Schilling, Carl Yastremski, Whitey Herzog, Larry Bowa, Joe Torre, a strikeout leader card of nolan ryan, a gameused jersey rookie card of ryan matthews, a jersey/auto card of Andre Brown of the giants, and a college auto card serially #d of Jerome McDougle (for the Eagles collection- what a bust he was!).

mrfloridadude1
04-01-2013, 05:52 PM
Nice Yaz!

Philly4for4Fan
04-01-2013, 10:20 PM
You see who the Sixers cut yesterday? Your boy Pargo

cyberer
04-01-2013, 10:51 PM
Couldn't happen to a nicer guy!

cyberer
04-05-2013, 11:25 PM
Went to the Carlton event today. It was much better run than the Dawkins one. If you guys will recall, the Dawkins one the line was ~500 people long, and they only gave out about ~100 graphs. Today they cut the line off at 75, so that there were not 400 angry people in line with no graphs.

I got there at 4:15, just in time to watch the home opener. The line for Carlton was right in the sports bar, so I was able to have 2 dollar beers and chill watching the game. Too bad Horst sucks, Phillies lose. At least I was #3 in line.

At about 5:30 Carlton arrived to the VIP section, and signed and took pictures. We didn't have VIP tickets so we were all in the normal line. About halfway through the VIP session, the girl running the event came over and told us that we cannot get our pictures with Carlton, but that he would not be personalizing, as he was just trying to sign as many autographs as fast as he could. GREAT NEWS! No personalizing!

So finally it is my turn in line, I hand him my baseball. I had been scribbling my inkpen for about 10 minutes to make sure the ink was flowing. However the handler wouldn't let him take my pen. He handed him a pen. Since I was #3 in line, I was the first person getting a baseball signed. So sure enough he started signing my ball AND NO INK CAME OUT. I thought I was going to get a crappy sig- I was so mad, especially because I had prepared my pen.

Steve laughed and said "You might as well give me a pen that works at least!"

I said, "Here, how about this one."

He took it, and signed, taking very special care to retrace his original line with the bad pen so that I ended up with a great item. I asked him for the Hall of Fame inscription and he very graciously added it. Can't believe how good the ball came out, given how badly it could have gone down.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/33985A54-F209-45E5-81EF-67A96DE5C182-1053-0000015AAB58E3BC_zps63e3d1f8.jpg


The buddy I was with got his photo signed. As he was signing it Carlton got a really wi™™™™l look on his face and was saying "Those were the days- look at those ripped sleeves- we only had 1 uniform! Now guys have 14 pairs of shoes." Nice to hear him muse about baseball history.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/2D752691-B937-48B0-ABE9-38EFC204B86E-1053-0000015ACD98A7F0_zpse46cbf39.jpg

mrfloridadude1
04-05-2013, 11:35 PM
Love it as usual, keep it up man!

Marshall658
04-05-2013, 11:57 PM
Awesome Carlton ball. Couldn't have come out nicer.

pstavrop21
04-08-2013, 10:31 PM
hey where do you guys get ur floorboards? thanks

Autofreak2842
04-08-2013, 10:44 PM
hey where do you guys get ur floorboards? thanks

This is the third thread you've asked this question on. I've told you twice, in both my own IP thread and in a PAC-12 tourney thread you brought back from the dead. Do you not believe me or something? Menards or Home Depot has them for cheap. I get my from Menards personally.

cyberer
04-10-2013, 11:23 PM
Just saw this. i think I got mine from lowes but home depot has them too. 12x12 vinyl floorboard with adhesive backing and hardwood appearance. He is right.

gysot
04-12-2013, 08:13 AM
Hey Erik

Your mailbox is full.

cyberer
04-12-2013, 08:27 AM
fixed

cyberer
05-02-2013, 11:59 PM
After my crazy March, where I got pretty much every autograph that I ever dreamed of in Arizona, I needed a break. Sure, I went to the Steve Carlton freebie on opening day, but by and large I took April off.

However, today a buddy of mine gave me a tip too juicy not to get out and graph. Mike Tyson's one man show was in town, at a venue that I know well- the academy of music. I know the stage entrance and it is accessible.

So we rolled out. As usual, the security guards gave us no end to bullcrap about how we are wasting our time and he won't sign, etc. One guard, though, was cool and told us that if we just waited and didn't hassle anyone or bum rush him, we had a good shot.

We were a bit worried that he would not sign, because inside he was offering a 500 dollar package where you get a pre-signed glove and a meet and greet and a VIP ticket to the show. We thought that given the price tag, he'd only want to spend time with people who paid that price to go to charity.

We waited about an hour until his car pulled up. He got out, he is obviously unmistakeable and impossible to miss.

I was closest to him, and I called him over. He signed my photo. I had a boxing glove- I asked him if he could sign gloves, he said no. Bummer.

He kept going up and down the line, signing signing signing. There were only 4 of us there, and 2 people who randomly stumbled onto it who happened to walk by. He signed my second photo, and then passed over my glove again. Other people had gloves but he wouldn't do them. Bummer. He kept racking- we ran out of items before he stopped signing. I wish I had more photos.

The whole time he was being really weird though. Nice to us, for sure, but weird. He has those terrifying, glazed over killer eyes, and he intensely stared at you as he signed the items. He was talking to us a bit. A guy who was with me met him previously, and he was like "OH YEAH?! WHERE?!" in a strange tone of voice.

After he was done signing, he went up and down the line shaking all of our hands, thanking us for coming tonight, and giving us that creepy leering stare that he has.

I don't mean to say he was mean to us- on the contrary he was really nice, just a bit strange, to be sure. Here are the photos- I wish he did the boxing gloves but still epic success!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/EBB8CD72-EBAD-4F67-B6C4-7E3A1FB8EE74-10114-00000F93A2608F28_zps1e9ff3dd.jpg

bishop19
05-03-2013, 12:45 AM
I met him last yr in AC. Didn't know he didn't do gloves & tried 3x to get the glove signed throughout the day. He never turned me down, but his personal security guard get telling me he won't sign & to stop asking or I'll piss him off. Once I put the glove away & asked for a picture with, he was the nicest guy chatting w/me while the security guy took my photo. My buddy who is a serious boxing collector & has met him numerous times walks up w/his nephew & a friend. All had flats (programs & 8x10) & he signed them no problem. My buddy then told me once he left, he never does gloves. I said thanks for telling me before he left, I had an 8x10 in my bag, would've tried that instead if my friend or his security just said he wouldn't sign gloves...™™™™™™™s! Congrats, I'll get his graph eventually!

gladdyontherise
05-03-2013, 12:53 AM
He was in Michigan a few weeks back and racked as well, it was a bum rush though, he'd only sign specific gloves. Whichever company he's involved with is the only gloves he'll sign apparently, he was a pretty funny guy (and likes to do recreational activities on the balcony of his hotel room).

Photos turned out good!

Rudickulous
05-04-2013, 02:23 AM
Maybe out of left field here but of course the guy is going to be strange...he's a boxing great. He goes his entire career getting punched and beaten, of course there's going to be a couple of screws loose. That being said, it's awesome to hear that Tyson is a nice guy and funny as well. It's always good to hear about how nice people are and that their ego isnt overshadowing their talent. Congrats dude!

gysot
05-10-2013, 04:58 PM
Hey Erik

FYI: I put our trade in the manager, but your mailbox was full so I doubt you got it. I'll get the stuff out as soon as you confirm it. Thanks again!

cyberer
05-17-2013, 11:27 PM
Went to the Phestival yesterday. Judging by some of the posts from philly friends that I've seen, my success may seem modest by comparison, but here goes anyway. <br />
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My major needs were pretty small...

gladdyontherise
05-17-2013, 11:35 PM
Awesome stuff, and your stories are always great. Good thing you got Delmon Young now, he's a tough one (and incredibly unfriendly).

cyberer
05-17-2013, 11:43 PM
Awesome stuff, and your stories are always great. Good thing you got Delmon Young now, he's a tough one (and incredibly unfriendly).

Thanks for the comment and thanks for noticing! I try to put a lot of effort into my stories, because I have so much fun doing it, and I want to share that with others, especially those who can't get out and graph in person.

I agree- Delmon barely looked up when I was talking to him at the booth.

djauwerda
05-18-2013, 09:25 AM
Nice pick ups. Utley is having a nice year.

Red33Sox
05-18-2013, 02:38 PM
Good stuff. Thanks for sharing!

cyberer
05-20-2013, 12:20 AM
Put in a lot of time for the reds yesterday. Results were mixed.

I had already obtained most of the team in spring training- Votto, Bruce, Phillips, Dusty, etc. But notably I did not get Chapman. Also, I went for Chapman when he was still in AAA, twice, and got snubbed by him. So I'm 0/3 lifetime trying for aroldis chapman.

The team as a whole were pretty terrible. In the morning I did manage to get Mesoraco on a batting practice ball:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/FED9A250-B096-49AC-88E6-E74ADFC58782-2026-000002E47E2627BD_zpsb8432fd4.jpg

The reds HOF broadcaster

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/33F8F9B6-5F79-4171-B014-B9C5FBE180CD-2026-000002E483B477FC_zps2f8a31c5.jpg

Dusty Baker

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/faf1dee9-2504-40aa-ae01-3a1f528e243c_zps8d589797.jpg


And Jay Bruce on an 8x10

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/4f3d7a1f-0bda-4cf2-87bd-372eef37d405_zpsec4e761c.jpg

Votto snubbed, Phillips said on the field, and the rest snubbed us.

Latos especially was a huge jerk. He verbally abused us as he was passing, but did say he would sign on the field. We pressed him on where and when he would sign- he said 5 minutes before the game he would sign on the top step of the dugout. Yeah, right, buddy.

Inside the stadium, I managed to get Frazier on an 8x10 over the dugout

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/44EACA27-F9B6-480D-A4FC-36395C34BCDD-2026-000002E4788D080D_zps60ae88e8.jpg

Chapman snubbed us before and during the pregame warmups, so I'm 0/4 on him. Oh well.

The story of the day was Mat Latos though.

If you'll recall he said he would sign on the top step 5 minutes before gametime. So sure enough, he pops up on the top step 5 minutes before. I ran down to the dugout.

I yelled "Matt!" He pretended not to hear. I yelled again and he half turned to see who it was. I then got his attention for real and said:

"Hey, you said you might sign on the field 5 minutes before gametime."

He replied: "I didn't promise crap to you."

I said "Well you said you'd sign."

He repeated: "I didn't promise you anything."

Finally I said "Well you said you might do it, so can you do it?"

He then motioned for the usher to hand him the photo. As he was signing he said "Hang on a minute, usher, I have to help this kid sell on ebay!" He angrily scribbled a graph and handed it back to the usher to give to me.

What a d-bag.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/EF8EB9D2-D1CC-466A-BCD1-E901FB0F0F9D-2026-000002E46C9C2656_zps1b73ce8c.jpg

Eddie_2
05-20-2013, 01:44 AM
I always had a theory that a lot of players check sites like ebay to see if people post their stuff. The internet/social media in general is extremely assessable to players nowadays with smart phones and laptops in the locker rooms. Latos probably thought you were a dealer, and I can bet you, he is probably checking to see if that type of photo comes up on any sites. Some players do that type of thing, because it bothers them. Either way, I think that story is hilarious. At least he signed your photo, but he was probably thinking "damn this dude is persistent!" lol cool post.

bishop19
05-20-2013, 06:59 AM
Personally, if I were you, I would've waited til I got the photo back & said "do you know what the value of this signed pic is on eBay? I then would've ripped it up in front of him & said the same as a pile of garbage...who do you think you are?" Then I would've just walked away. I wouldn't want a piece of ™™™™ like that's auto in my collection. I could understand if it were Jeter or Trout, etc...

Captain
05-20-2013, 07:45 AM
Personally, if I were you, I would've waited til I got the photo back & said "do you know what the value of this signed pic is on eBay? I then would've ripped it up in front of him & said the same as a pile of garbage...who do you think you are?" Then I would've just walked away. I wouldn't want a piece of ™™™™ like that's auto in my collection. I could understand if it were Jeter or Trout, etc...
Haha, that would be hilarious.

phillyboi90
05-20-2013, 09:45 AM
Hey Erik,
I saw your Reds graphing story. Didn't know Latos was such a jerk. Anyways I go to a lot of Phillies games and have always tryed to obtain Phillies graphs but now that I finished everyone I need on the Phillies I was wondering how the other teams are and if you get there when the gates open you have a decent shot of graphing the other team. Thanks for your time, David

gladdyontherise
05-20-2013, 11:22 AM
Sucks that Latos was a jerk. If a player has no plans of signing when they say they will, they shouldn't say anything, I'd always rather be told no than be given the run-around.

dscards
05-20-2013, 02:00 PM
Latos is an incredibly quirky guy. Some collectors rave about his kindness where others say he's the biggest piece of work out there. The last time the Padres were in Minnesota (while he was still with them), I graphed all three games of the series. Two of those days, he refused to acknowledge the fans completely, wouldn't touch a pen. When he was walking into the stadium, he was with a few other players and all of the other players stopped to sign for fans. He stood there waiting for them to finish signing and refused to sign anything while he waited, just stood there with his arms crossed. I'd heard horror stories about him and didn't expect to have a shot at him, so when he walked by inside the stadium the second game of the series, I didn't even bother to get my 8x10 out, just flipped to his page in my card book. It was raining and barely anyone had bothered to stop. To my surprise, he came over and signed away, chatting amicably with fans, telling us stories, showing us his tattoos (and complaining that the baseball laces he got inked on his arm years ago now look like a softball because he's grown). He signed my card and continued down the line. I figured there was no chance he'd sign multiples for me, but I pulled out my 8x10 anyways and asked, telling him he'd already signed for me. He came back to me and signed my 8x10 too. Then the next day of the series, he was back to completely ignoring the fans. He's a tough one, so even though it wasn't a positive experience, at least you got your photo signed.

cyberer
05-25-2013, 02:37 PM
Put in some time this weekend for Wil Myers. He is a grade a jerk off. Thursday night he wouldn't sign before the game, saying that he only signs on the field. I wasn't there inside so I can't attest to whether or not that happened.

The whole time he just walks around like he owns the place, big leaguing people. I've graphed bryce harper in the majors and minors, and even he was a bit more humble than this jerk.

I went after the game, and granted it was pouring rain, but he came out and said "I'll get you guys tomorrow, not signing now."

So ok, that's that. I figure my only shot was to get him inside. It is a freezing day and it's drizzling, so I didn't have high hopes. I go to the game the next day anyway. I wait inside the stadium down the line. He comes over after he's done stretching and signs. However, he only signs 6-7 graphs out of the 20-30 people there waiting for him. As he stopped signing, the next person in line was a little kid with a baseball.

In fact, there were 3-4 little kids down in the dugout corner trying to fight there way in, about 10 feet down from where I got him. He just cut it off, and ignored the kids, and stopped signing.

So I was lucky enough to get him, and so were my brother and my buddy I was with, but for a guy in a minor league park to sign so few, and have such a bad attitude, it's really disheartening. To make matters worse, his graph looks like a scraggly pubic hair.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/3BE57ED3-F984-483D-BE52-DD95BAA48AF2-169-000000075AB23E5F_zps1b16cbc6.jpg


I'm still pumped that I got him, especially since I'm sure his graph will be rare since he's such a jerk.

bronxbomber33
05-27-2013, 12:50 AM
Put in some time this weekend for Wil Myers. He is a grade a jerk off. Thursday night he wouldn't sign before the game, saying that he only signs on the field. I wasn't there inside so I can't attest to whether or not that happened.

The whole time he just walks around like he owns the place, big leaguing people. I've graphed bryce harper in the majors and minors, and even he was a bit more humble than this jerk.

I went after the game, and granted it was pouring rain, but he came out and said "I'll get you guys tomorrow, not signing now."

So ok, that's that. I figure my only shot was to get him inside. It is a freezing day and it's drizzling, so I didn't have high hopes. I go to the game the next day anyway. I wait inside the stadium down the line. He comes over after he's done stretching and signs. However, he only signs 6-7 graphs out of the 20-30 people there waiting for him. As he stopped signing, the next person in line was a little kid with a baseball.

In fact, there were 3-4 little kids down in the dugout corner trying to fight there way in, about 10 feet down from where I got him. He just cut it off, and ignored the kids, and stopped signing.

So I was lucky enough to get him, and so were my brother and my buddy I was with, but for a guy in a minor league park to sign so few, and have such a bad attitude, it's really disheartening. To make matters worse, his graph looks like a scraggly pubic hair.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/3BE57ED3-F984-483D-BE52-DD95BAA48AF2-169-000000075AB23E5F_zps1b16cbc6.jpg


I'm still pumped that I got him, especially since I'm sure his graph will be rare since he's such a jerk.

he just has a routine to what he does, i dont think there is anything wrong with it. I have seen him twice and he does the same thing at away games at least. The first game of the series he will sign for just about everybody before the game, and then for the next few days he just signs a few because for the most part its the same people there getting autographs. I dont think there is anything wrong with it but it does suck if you go and put time in and not get him!!

howiek
05-27-2013, 08:37 PM
He signed for alot of people inside Thursday and everyone is getting the same looking crap autograph from him. I got him on a OMLB and 1 card. The card looks worse.
Look at my blog for pictures

cyberer
05-30-2013, 12:19 AM
Went to the phils game tonight. Got there right around when the gates opened and graphed the sox in BP.

No one signed. Not one player. Pedroia waved to some girls with a big sign with his name on it, then signed for them, and them only.

Papi ignored, Ellsbury ignored, Nava ignored, Jackie Bradley ignored, etc. Horrible.

I decided to try my pregame warmups luck on the phillies side. And sure enough, I was in the perfect spot for Ryan Howard. He came over and signed about a dozen graphs. I got him on my commemorative SI cover from the 08 world series. I don't think that I will ever finish it, but here we go- I started it.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/99E38DEB-84B3-4891-9AA9-E025997797D6-4603-000004EB615BBED7_zpsbd475a21.jpg


So that made it a worthwhile night.

cyberer
06-03-2013, 04:30 PM
Crazy travel weekend, just getting home. Graduations and what not.

I was lucky enough to go to the Rockvale outlets for the Maclin/Demeco event. It was pretty awesome. The lines weren't as long as I was expecting. 100-200 people tops. I was lucky enough to get in near the front of the Maclin line. Got through it in like 10 minutes.

After people got maclin, they were quickly getting in the demeco line. So by the end, Maclin's line was literally empty. I had someone hold my place in the demeco line and kept going through the maclin line. I only brought one 8x10 of him, but I had 2 eagles mini footballs as well. Finally, I even went inside the team store and bought photofile pictures of him and demeco to get signed. All in all, I got through the maclin line 4 times.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/3f48f296-b990-4174-9b80-032395b39beb_zpsd1fd7b30.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/0F76C22C-82DD-44D8-9CF3-0B920A6C2986-689-000000FE9E8109B6_zpsd5a4afca.jpg

Then I got in the Demeco line. I got him in like 15 minutes and got back in line.

As I was hanging out afterwards, I noticed the Demeco line getting shorter and shorter and the Mychal Kendricks line getting longer and longer. Turns out, Kendricks was being a really cool guy, talking with everyone and taking pictures. As a result, everyone was "getting stuck" in his line. So the Demeco line was eventually empty, just like the Maclin line was. I did the same thing, powered through the Demeco line 4 times, and also getting my picture with him.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/F47F6D07-50FB-4A98-8999-E987AD5099D4-689-000000FEA57F9ECB_zps7bc5ac96.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/24FFDB4E-F0BD-4986-A45E-1581D993F47A-689-000000FE92B373ED_zps0c87e410.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/384f0160-bfd2-41bc-83fc-423b8b9552c1_zps02ea6645.jpg

I didn't end up getting kendricks, because as I said his line was really long. I got him last year though and he was last on my priorities list, so I didn't sweat it too much. Here are the eagles miniballs I got done too. Sucks that I ran out of items- I could have easily gotten more done.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/a98ac31f-34f3-43b3-8113-456ef1c3a300_zpsdd4d6f52.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/A06FC7C2-52CB-43FE-9400-09FE4CD60F5B-689-000000FE82AC3EFD_zpsc322c297.jpg



I have almost everyone on the team that I want now, these 2 were the last of the big guys I needed. Awesome to have such an event on my birthday!

cyberer
06-18-2013, 12:52 PM
I had to post this feel-good story. It was one of the better experiences I have had graphing.

I did the nationals hotel last night. I mainly just needed strasburg. I thought without harper the crowd would be smaller- turns out it was huge- like 12-15 people.

Strasburg has told people 100% he won't sign at the hotel. Last year, this year, whatever. Total shut down. Sure enough he didn't even look up off the bus. However every time I've met him I got the vibe he wasn't a bad guy, just didn't like the whole dealer autograph scene that swamped him. I usually think guys that don't sign are jerks, but he seems like maybe an exception. After you read the story, be the judge.

It was late at night at this point, so we figured he would be in for the night with a game again tomorrow. So we were very surprised like 15 minutes later, when he came out. He was with Ian Desmond, Adam Laroche, and Ross Detwiler. Strasburg was also carrying a giant grocery bag with him.

We asked them to sign, Stras said they had something going on right now and couldn't sign, but maybe on the way back. Okay, well, that was better than nothing for sure with him- at least there's a chance, like in Dumb and Dumber haha.

So we watched as they went across the park and disappeared. One of the younger guys there followed them through the park and relayed the story. Turns out, there are a bunch of homeless people that live around that park, and when the players went out for lunch that day the homeless recognized them and asked them for money. Instead of money, they got a huge bag of groceries (the bag that stras was carrying) and gave it to the homeless people. That is where they went off to.

20 minutes later they returned, and Strasburg signed for the entire crowd. I got him on the sweet spot of a ROMLB.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/03D5945F-CBAA-4301-B753-14E1B27F9B70-10473-0000100CD9768F01_zpsb610f368.jpg


It really was a nice showing all the way around for a team of players who I usually think of jerk off divas who never sign. I stand corrected.

awz50
06-18-2013, 12:58 PM
Good Job for Stras and the rest of them.That's probably one of the most amazing things I have heard a ball player do. A true class act on there part.

gysot
06-18-2013, 04:18 PM
Great story...thanks for sharing Erik!

gladdyontherise
06-18-2013, 05:17 PM
Very cool!

and 12-15 is a big crowd? You're lucky, haha.

Rudickulous
06-23-2013, 02:40 AM
It's good to hear that Strasburg and other Nats dont let the fame and glitz go to their head. Kudos on the ROMLB auto, very nice.

Also as a side note, your inbox is full. lmk when you've freed up some space.

cyberer
06-30-2013, 12:04 AM
Fresh off my suspension- sorry for simulating a curseword. I had posted something about the long island medium screwing up my autographing, and matt harvey being a jerk, if memory served.

gladdyontherise
06-30-2013, 09:29 AM
Can we please get a story on Harvey? It's basically your obligation to all of us reading, lol

cyberer
07-09-2013, 11:55 AM
Hey guys, sorry for the long delay. I got my account suspended for putting a curseword in one of my posts, and forgot to post it thereafter. Here is the long-awaited mets story. I fear that the leadup to the story may not equal the humor it actually delivers but here goes anyway.

I was graphing the mets, got there really early. Pretty big crowd. The place is locked down with security like the president or something. We are like "what gives?"

Turns out, the long island medium from TV was staying at the hotel. And she had more security than I've ever seen. Guys with earpieces and radios, cars full of production crews, a huge deal. I call over the hotel accounts manager, a younger girl, and was like "Why does she need security, shouldn't the medium be able to sense and predict any danger?" People seemed to like that.

So when David Wright came out, he was coming over to the crowd, but then he got distracted by the medium lady getting in her car. The two talked for 10 minutes, took pictures together, and then the bus was leaving and Wright said he had no time to sign anymore. So that's why I was mad @ her.

Harvey himself was a jerk, called for a cab then ducked back in pretending to be on his cell phone, and had them bring it right up to the door. Though I will say he racked on the field I was told after that. So I don't want to disparage him too much. I graphed the mets for a few hours and wound up with nothing but a bobby parnell graph. Pretty sad.

So that's the story, sorry if it disappointed.

I promise that I have an epic story to post, later today, about my 4th of july weekend, which was spent mostly graphing.

cyberer
07-09-2013, 05:35 PM
Here is the story from the July 4th weekend that I promised earlier:

As many of you know, Derek Jeter came to Scranton over the weekend to rehab. He’s still there, in fact. I am from Scranton, and by dumb luck happened to be home at my parents’ house for the holiday from Saturday until Tuesday. I couldn’t believe my luck that I would be able to put in a ton of time for Jeter. What followed was some of the most crazy graphing I’ve ever done in my entire life.

Day 1. Saturday

We arrived a full hour before the gates opened, and were like 8th in line for admission. We sweated in the sun before they let us in the stadium. Fortunately the yankee side is in the shade for night games, so there was some relief from the heat. Getting in at 5 sucks, because the players don't come out and stretch until 6:30. Ton of time to wait.

We got front row spots on the fence. I was about halfway between the dugout and the cutoff of the concourse. My brother was 10 people further down the line, and a friend that we brought was 10 people further down the line. So we figured we had our bets hedged with nearly every spot on the fence covered. We agreed to make room to let the others in if he started signing in our spot.

We start to get nervous when it was 6:40 and still no jeter. The ushers told us we had to clear at 6:55 for a 7:00 game. At 6:45 we see the press camera men start snapping like crazy we know he's in there. Some lady hung her jersey over the bannister down in the dugout wall actually in the dugout such that it covered the lineup card- shocked the ushers let her do it. He walked over and signed for her. Amazing how sometimes the most obnoxious ways get the job done.

He came out and started stretching, then 5 minutes later went back into the dugout. We were all crushed. 2 minutes later he came out and started long tossing. The whole time he was jogging and tossing he kept looking over at the guy next to me, who had a "5 rings" 36" x 48" canvas. He even nodded at it once. I knew I was in the clear because he would come to that guy.

He finishes long tossing, and comes over to sign. He starts towards the canvas guy, towards me, when suddenly he makes a left turn closer to the dugout. He enters the crowd 2 people down from me, and starts going the other way.

Now, I've graphed many times in many tough places, and I've never seen anything like what happened. Immediately hundreds of people descended. A mosh pit ensued. It wasn't a crowd, it was a mob of people- a wall of people. You couldn't move more than an inch or two in any direction. People were clubbing arms, climbing on people, stepping on people. Pandemonium. I couldn't maneuver my way further down the line to get him. My brother and friend, being further down the line, missed him as well. He signed 4 autographs inside that night, quite a pathetic showing. He was clearly annoyed by the crowd pushing and shoving.

The next day, the whole pandemonium crowd was on the front page of the paper, copied below. I’m in the picture, for those of you that know me. I won’t say which guy though. The “rows” of people you see in that picture aren’t rows of people, they are people literally standing on other people to get in, all crammed into the front row of seating.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/a0861ea0-edba-4c21-af55-c68a1437aba2_zps429f8a9f.jpg


We graphed postgame. Scranton is actually pretty good outside you have access. We waited for like an hour and a half there. When we arrived there were only like 10 people at the cage. By the end there were over a hundred. Jam packed.

As the game was ending, all of a sudden an escalade pulled up to the street, around the corner from where we were standing. I heard people say OMG it's Jeter's car!
I didn't want to give up my spot though, I figured he'd come out where I was- I had a perfect spot on the fence. Then, previously unknown to me, another set of doors around the corner out of sight opened and people cheered like mad. I ran like hell around the bend. Turns out that the sneaky cops had set up guard rails in the meantime and Jeter was exiting from there instead. I somehow managed to work my way into the front row, through the pandemonium, in line where Jeter was signing.

I had a photo in one hand and a ball in the other. I was watching closely to see if he was running with a sharpie (then I'd use the photo) or switching pens with each item (then I'd use the ball). He was switching. One guy had a photo to the left of me, and another had a photo to the right of me. I held out the ball in between their items. He came by and signed the photo to my right, then, using the same sharpie, scribbled the photo to my left, skipping my ball, then kept moving down the line.
If I had the photo out he probably would have rapid fired all 3 items in a row. He didn't skip any other balls, idk what he was doing. I put the ball in his hand after as he moved past, because I was able to reach, but he wouldn't do it.

At the end of the guardrails where they formed a V shape, people had formed a mob, blocking his exit. The cops tried to get people to disperse. My brother was in that mob, directing traffic, helping the cops. He thought that he might be able to use that help to get prime position when they opened a path and Jeter passed. However, as soon as the cops cleared the guardrails, the 5 cops formed a human shield around him and made a mad dash for the car. He looked REALLY mad at how it played out, because people were hanging all over him. As you will see, this GREATLY changed how the rest of the weekend played out.


Day 2. Sunday

I read online Jeter was DHing 9 innings. I heard from a buddy that DHes usually don't sign on the field, and plus I had a birthday party to attend, so I was not able to go.
I elected to go up to the stadium to scalp my seats instead, since it was a sellout, and since he wouldn't be signing inside.I arrived at 12:10 for a 1:00 game. I was having trouble scalping the tickets after a few minutes, so a voice inside my head said "Erik, go inside and see what's going on," but I had to get to that party at 1:00, so I thought it wasn't fair to my family to be late. So I kept trying to scalp and decided I would leave in a few minutes.

5 minutes after that little voice told me to go in, people start walking past me outside with signed jeter items. I'm like OMG! I ask these kids what happened they said Jeter signed 20-30 sigs inside, while I was like 20-30 yards away outside like a moron scalping my tickets, ignoring my intuition. NO!!!!!

I was REALLY mad about it, like livid, in the parking lot, at how stupid I was. I ultimately gave up selling the tickets, went to the party and had a drink to calm down.
My buddy went down for autographs post game in the parking lot. He went into the spot where Jeter signed the night before, by the guard rails, thinking he had the perfect spot. However, like I said above, Jeter was so mad about how he was treated the first night, he came out to a DIFFERENT spot, a spot where he was protected all around by a fence, and started signing. My friend was in the wrong spot, and by the time he got over the mob had formed. He missed him there. After he was done signing, the car pulled into the stadium fences and he drove out, so people didn’t hang on him at all. He figured out the best way to sign in the park without people getting hurt or putting himself in danger.

Day 3. Monday.
Last chance. I had to leave to come back to Philly after the night game. I had originally read an article saying that he wasn’t playing that day, but fortunately it was a rumor. He was playing shortstop and starting. We got perfect spots on the fence again pregame, being the first ones in line. Jeter didn’t come out until 6:55! For a 7:00 game! Then he complained to people that asked him to sign saying he didn’t have time. Well he didn’t have time because he came out so late intentionally. He almost hit a little girl in a pink hat with a ball off his glove, and didn’t even sign for her. He signed 0 autographs inside. We were pretty defeated and felt like we were done.
Post game:
We went out on the fence, the spot where he was protected and signing the night before. We went out after the 2nd inning and waited waited waited. We had perfect front row spots on the fence. Jeter was lifted after 5 innings, so we became hopeful that he would leave right away. Not so much.

The game ended, and the huge crowd of people leaving saw what was going on on the fence and packed in. Hundreds of people. The fence was surrounded by a sea of people, 8 people deep on every side, pushing in. We were in front, getting the brunt of the push. Fortunately I let the guy behind me slide his item through the fence, and in exchange he braced off of the fence and pushed people back to keep them off of us. I told him I believe in karma haha.

Shortly thereafter, some Scranton team officials and 3 cops came out, locked and secured all the fences, and surveyed the area. We got really excited because why would they do that if he wasn’t going to sign.

Since he had passed over my ball running with a marker the day before, I wasn’t taking any chances. I scrapped the ball idea and rolled out a sports illustrated. My brother, further up the line, had a ball. Jeter came out shortly after.

The pushing behind us was unbelievable. We were being pressed face first into a wrought iron fence like prison bars by hundreds of people. Jeter was being fair about it. He was only signing for people on the front row, not people reaching in and climbing over. The cops were doing their best to keep order, and my buddy behind me kept the people off me too. Jeter started signing for the first people in line, and he just stood there signing for about 45 seconds. My heart sunk. I thought that he wasn’t moving down the line just camping in the corner. The crowd was so dense there was no chance of getting to him if that’s the case.

Seconds later he started moving down the line. My heart sang. He was taking his time, doing every auto on the front row, all the length of the fence. Probably 15-20 graphs. He got my brother’s ball, he got my sports illustrated.

The hardest part was getting OUT of the crowd after we got it. Some fat ladies were pushing in trying to trample people, then when I was just trying to walk past them to get out she yelled at me “YOU’RE HURTING PEOPLE!” Really?! You’ve been trying to take my head off shoving for the last hour. Get real.

My brother and I felt like bank robbers fleeing a scene when we got out. Everyone was looking at us and the others that got him. I can’t express enough how elating it was to get him after the weekend of letdowns that I had before then.

I think Jeter wanted to sign all along on the rehab, got disgusted with the crowd hanging on him and acting like animals, and instead found a relatively controlled environment with cops and fences where he could sign, and he has been signing there every night. Here are the photos!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/jeterball_zps9509abcf.jpg

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/31fcf1ec-c777-4025-a605-2bb102a6f290_zps123f7077.jpg

gysot
07-09-2013, 06:00 PM
Awesome success! Love reading your stories!

gladdyontherise
07-09-2013, 06:32 PM
Awesome to get Jeter. You're right though, he doesn't like shoving. At least in Michigan, when he signs, he tells people to line up and that if people are pushing, he'll shut it down right away, otherwise he'll get everyone (of course this isn't as large of a crowd you had to deal with).

walker066
07-09-2013, 09:57 PM
You always have interesting, long winded successful IP autographs. I hoped one day I'd get Jeter, but will probably never unless I get him at a card show.

I remember the mob scene in 2007 at Red Sox Spring Training when Manny started to sign. The push from about the 7-8 rows of people was so bad I was more off balance than I had my balance. I never got that close which sucked, but oh well I can live with it.

cyberer
07-09-2013, 11:19 PM
thanks guys! this was one of the greatest graphing times I've had in awhile, given the outcome. I'm glad you all enjoy reading- I assume you meant long-winded in a good way, not a bad way!

The crowds can be killer. People rag on dealers, but generally it's the idiots that don't know ™™™ they are doing that push and shove. The dealers usually ahve the good spots up front and don't have to.

walker066
07-09-2013, 11:30 PM
thanks guys! this was one of the greatest graphing times I've had in awhile, given the outcome. I'm glad you all enjoy reading- I assume you meant long-winded in a good way, not a bad way!

The crowds can be killer. People rag on dealers, but generally it's the idiots that don't know ™™™ they are doing that push and shove. The dealers usually ahve the good spots up front and don't have to.

No it's enjoyable to read as I feel like I'm there with you as I read the story. You have some really great successes that I would love to get, but don't really have the time to graph like you do.

cyberer
07-09-2013, 11:32 PM
gotta make time- I'm pretty busy career wise, so I don't get out AS much anymore, but weekends or when anyone big is around, I try to make time. I don't have a family though, so there's that.

mistermatt891
07-10-2013, 01:51 AM
jeters sig is terrible

not even legible

lambeauleap87
07-10-2013, 11:48 AM
thanks guys! this was one of the greatest graphing times I've had in awhile, given the outcome. I'm glad you all enjoy reading- I assume you meant long-winded in a good way, not a bad way!

The crowds can be killer. People rag on dealers, but generally it's the idiots that don't know ™™™ they are doing that push and shove. The dealers usually ahve the good spots up front and don't have to.

Truer statements have rarely been said...it's like when people say "dealers" push kids out of the way. It's usually kids (who have no idea whose autograph they're getting) shoving up against collectors/dealers who were prepared and will actually keep (or value) the signature.

Awesome Jeter haul, though, regardless.

walker066
07-10-2013, 09:04 PM
gotta make time- I'm pretty busy career wise, so I don't get out AS much anymore, but weekends or when anyone big is around, I try to make time. I don't have a family though, so there's that.

I respect that you have to make time, but everyone is different. I like autographs as much as the next guy, but I can't dedicate hours upon hours hoping to get lucky. Some people like that thrill of waiting for hours and some don't. My time when I'm off work is very valuable and I just can't physical spend it waiting around to get lucky. It's awesome that people can, it's just not me.

cyberer
07-10-2013, 09:13 PM
Yep- to each his own- I don't take offense as I hope you didn't. I like waiting around, and the results have been good, but you can only do what you can do.

cyberer
08-04-2013, 11:15 PM
So, I went kinda overboard with the graphing today. 7-8 hours. Exhausting. Worth it? You be the judge.

Before we go any further, I might as well backtrack and relay the experience I had on Wednesday night doing the giants. I was there for about 2 hours. We didn't see lincecum, Cain snubbed one of the guys 1 on 1, Posey didn't stop to sign, but did stop to make a snide remark to all of us (classy guy). Sandoval nearly bowled me over when I tried to block his path with my 8x10 and asked him to sign. Fun times.

The only one who did sign was Pence, who remains a classy guy regardless of the uniform.

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So, yeah, that night sucked. I got Lince and Posey last year anyway, but I wanted Cain and Pablo, so this was an epic failure. Oh wells.

On to today. I set out with all my braves gear (and none of my phillies gear) to do the braves pregame. I got there very early. One of the graphers there happened to mention that 3 blocks away ALL the phillies alumni were staying for the weekend. I couldn't let it go without trying, so even though I just had no phillies gear, just baseballs, I set out to go.

I got there to that spot and got the lay of the land. Schilling had left for the weekend, so had Lidge apparently. Strangely, BJ Upton was staying there as well, because he could not get a room with the team because he didn't get to philly until Saturday and the team hotel was booked. I didn't see bossman though.

Shortly after I arrived at the alumni hotel Schmidt got dropped off in front in a car. He would not stop or even look up when I called out to him. Bummer. He was my mission though from here on out.

About 20 minutes later Schmidt came out again and snuck right into the passenger seat of a car with all his luggage. I figured he had checked out and was gone for the weekend. So I gave up, and headed back to the braves spot.

Turns out, Kimbrel had left while i was gone, and signed a bunch. I got him last year so I didn't sweat it so much. I had a dual photo of Justin and BJ Upton to get done, so I was a bit bummed that I would have to choose one or the other since they weren't at the same place.

Justin comes out and starts walking down the street. Turns out, he was going to meet up with his brother and they would go to the games together. I walked over to Justin and said (I was the only one there by the way) "Mr. Upton, I'm a big fan of you and your brother, could you please sign 1 autograph?"

He didn't look too happy, but he did sign. I asked if he was going to meet up with his brother and he shook his head, somewhat angrily. The doorman had told me that he was, and I do think he was, but he was annoyed.

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Next as I was waiting, Evan Gattis comes out. Both him and McCann are balding white guys who look kind of similar, so I accidentally called Gattis McCann. No matter, he still signed! I didn't have any cards so I had to "waste" a ROMLB on him.

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McCann (the real McCann) came out shortly after and signed.

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Also, Uggla came out with apparently his 4th different girl of the season (According to the doorman who has seen him with a different woman each trip) and signed.

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Kind of a fun surprise, Phils Prospect Cody Asche is living temporarily at that spot, and is a nice guy. I got him on a "junk" ball.

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I had a 12x20 canvas printout of heyward, belonging to my brother, to get done. Heyward comes out, I'm the only one there. I call to him, he ignores. I call again, he turns, looks, shakes his head. Then gets in his chauffered car and leaves.

He has been good at times throughout his career, but it looks like those days might be past. Straight up jerk today.

So I left that spot and went back to the alumni spot to check things out. I was just ready to leave that spot when MIKE SCHMIDT returned to the spot from a round of golf. It was 5:00 at this point, 4 hours into my day. I knew I had to wait it out.

We waited there for 2-3 more hours, and Schmidt didn't come back out. Either he didn't go to the game tonight, or they snuck him out some other way. Carlton and Bunning wouldn't do it. A bunch of the 2nd tier alumni did it, but I didn't need any of them.

One happy surprise, Brad Lidge came back with his family, and told us he would sign on the way out. Sure enough, he came out and racked for us. I had never gotten Mr. Lidge before, so this was pretty cool. I got him on a card, and on the sweet spot of a ROMLB with an 08 WSC inscription. Sweet stuff!

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I set the bar pretty high for myself these days, so it sucks not getting Schmidt. Still, I guess you always have someone that you're trying to get, and he might be it for me.

Marshall658
08-05-2013, 12:03 AM
Shame that so many guys were jerks. Glad to see Lidge is still a class act though. Legit one of the nicest players I've had the pleasure of meeting.

cyberer
08-19-2013, 01:27 AM
Did the dodgers on thursday night. Results were mixed.

They arrived and no one signed off the bus, surprise surprise. But they were on west coast time so we knew they would all be going out. Sure enough most of the team did. Kemp though did not, and I need him to finish a bunch of multiple items (we will get to that in a moment). I still did manage to get kemp on a baseball in spring training, so I'm not that upset about it. I need kemp to finish this SI already signed by magic johnson in spring training

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As we waited, Kershaw came out and gave his usual D-bag routine. He did stop and take pictures with us though, which was pretty cool.

All the relief pitchers rolled out together, and I got Kenley Jansen and Carlos Marmol

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McGwire went out and said he would sign on the way back. Being the gentleman that he is (not being sarcastic), he returned drunk and signed for all of us. Got him sweet spot ROMLB

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Ethier returned from a bar shortly thereafter. He had refused us earlier, and said that nothing had changed. I asked him nicely if he could please sign to help me finish a multiple item that I was trying to get done. So he grudgingly came over and signed for me and the others. I got him on a piece that I had already gotten done by kershaw in spring training:

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Now for the bad news of the evening. Puig. Puig didn't come out all night, so we thought he was a lost cause. Then around 9:15 he goes out to dinner. His translators push us out of the way and say we have a 3 game series to get him and he isn't signing now.

One of the graphers didn't take no for an answer, followed him to the restaurant he went to, followed him INTO the restaurant, and got him to finally sign at the bar just so he would leave. Seems a bit excessive. I don't believe in doing that, but I guess I have to accept maybe I won't get as many autos for being a decent guy about it. Still, people can collect however they see fit to do so.

So about an hour later, 2 guys leave to go wait outside the restaurant. They said that they would walk with him the whole way back and try to wear him down so he would sign by the time he got back. Again, I didn't feel comfortable staking the guy out.

Turns out, he left the restaurant, signed for the 2 guys waiting, then went to ANOTHER club, with 5 girls he had picked up in the restaurant. So he wasn't coming back to the hotel. This was around 10:30.

I decided with some of the others to wait him out until he returned. By that time the numbers had dwindled. Only 2-3 people left. I knew he would do it when he returned, he's not going to turn down that few people.

I waited. And waited. And waited. For 2 hours. At one point, Pauly D from Jersey Shore arrived off of a tour bus. He is a notorious jerk though and would not sign.

Finally, at 12:30, I left. I gave up. I couldn't take it anymore and admitted defeat. The bars in philly close at 2, so I figured he could be out literally all night by that point. There obviously was no curfew. I also had work at 8:30 the next morning.

It just sucks that if I had already waited so long- I was pot committed- and if waited longer I would have gotten it, but I had to call it quits. Oh well.

The McGwire ball and the Jansen photo are for sale.

lizard-jd
08-19-2013, 08:33 AM
McGwire was always a great signer during ST with the Cards. I think I got him on every SI cover I ever printed up, plus pics & balls. It was like the dude would walk over to where I was standing every time - LOL! I actually started walking away & letting others in my spots toward the end of ST in 2011... And you are correct, he was always very pleasant!

cyberer
09-29-2013, 03:37 PM
Went to the xfinity live event today, and I could not have been more disappointed. More to follow.

I got there at 10:30, wound up being pretty close to the front of the line at the event. So far so good. It was pretty organized and a nice crowd, not too big not too small. The guys came out and took their seats.

Then I saw the promotional item.

It was a 12x18 "poster" printed out on black computer paper cardstock. Cheap as can be, no player images, no team logos, nothing.

The ticket to the event was a nice item- it had pictures of all 4 guys and the xfinity logo. Since it wasn't an "outside" item I asked if I could get the ticket signed- they rudely told me no way, it's the poster or nothing. I said that's not really a "poster." But it was no good.

So I was first in line for the actual autographs. I went in and got Touchette, Lidge (with inscription) and World B Free- a little annoyed that world B pretty much signed over lidge.

I saved the entire left half of the thing for westbrook. He was actually in a good mood, by his standards, a young girl next to his booth was wearing his villanova jersey and high fiving him. He was being friendly.

Being the first in line, I decided to try my luck with him.

Me: "Hey Brian. I saved the whole left side of the poster for you."
Brian: "Cool."
Me: "I got here at 10 am today because I was pumped to meet you."
Brian: "I really appreciate that."
Me: (put my jersey down on the table) Do you have a quick moment to sign my jersey? It would mean a lot to me.
Brian: I'm sorry man, they won't let me.
Me: Are you sure?
Brian: Yeah they won't let me.

At that point the handlers shooed me out of the line and that was that.

He did give me a BEAUTIFUL large signature.

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All in all I guess it was okay for a free event, I got a free TShirt and all the graphs, and got home in time for the early NFL games, but it was a bit disappointing.

I am thinking about cutting out westbrook's signature- if you can imagine a rectangle bordered by the 2 comcast logos, the edge of the "we live for sport" letters, you'd have a pretty nice rectangle that you can mount up in a bigger item. Thoughts?

dscards
09-29-2013, 04:01 PM
As much as 'no outside items' suck, especially ones with a lame promo item like that to be signed, I really like how that photo looks signed. Personally, I wouldn't consider cutting it, either framing it as it is, or trying to add a few more Philadelphia players to it.

cyberer
10-03-2013, 09:04 PM
I went through with the cutting tonight- just wanted to share the final, framed up items for you guys. Thanks for all the input!http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/4A36751F-C17C-475F-BDF7-D509C3CC7025-8311-00000A9390196083_zps90a41128.jpg

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djauwerda
10-04-2013, 12:14 PM
Those turned out cool!

cyberer
10-04-2013, 04:17 PM
Thanks man! Good to see you back

cyberer
10-20-2013, 12:15 PM
I went to the Thurman Thomas signing at Mohegan- it was actually awesome.

They gave out wristbands at 1:00 pm, I got there at 12:40, and was 20th in line, so the crowd wasn't so bad. I got my wristband and then went off to do my own thing in the casino- I did the NFL pickem pool, used my free slot play, had lunch, so the wait wasn't so bad.

I met up with some scranton graphers that I know there. We all had outside items, and were hopeful he would sign them. I have very good friends in buffalo who have met him multiple times that say he's a great guy, so I was hopeful.

We got to the front of the line, and his agent was being a dick and they made us leave all bags, purses, etc behind the line when we went up, so no one had outside items.

Luckily, the 8x10 promo photos they gave out were awesome. I got one with a HOF inscription.

Interestingly, the line was very short (~100 people), so we just bided our time and waited until the end. As soon as he signed the last auto, we blew past the agent and went right up to the table with him there. We asked if he could do more items- he said yeah.

He proceeded to sign all the outside items- mini helmets, jerseys, my football. Also, we got him to sign around 10 more promo photos, so we all got a couple.

So all in all I got 3 photos and a football done, 2 of them have HOF inscription.

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indyreds
10-29-2013, 09:23 PM
Funny to see your initial post back in 2010 with a just starting out to 117 pages of successes! Wonderful collection and thanks for sharing it with the rest of us! Congrats on the multiple of Thurman Thomas as well.

cyberer
10-30-2013, 12:10 AM
Funny to see your initial post back in 2010 with a just starting out to 117 pages of successes! Wonderful collection and thanks for sharing it with the rest of us! Congrats on the multiple of Thurman Thomas as well.

Thanks man! It's been quite an experience growing and getting better as a grapher. When I look at days when I was pumped to get a Thadeus Young graph on a pocket schedule, then look at my Jeter SI cover, hard to believe I'm the same grapher haha. But the evolution is all documented in these pages throughout the years.

Since I got married in sept I've had little to no graphing time- hopefully this isn't a permanent situation. I hope to keep the good times rolling, and I've always appreciated the readership, commentary and support of the forum- it's been great homies!

cyberer
10-30-2013, 09:57 PM
Put in a few hours doing the heat yesterday and today, and came away with 0 graphs. Lebron almost stopped one of the times- he stopped said hi and looked at us, but kept going. Oh well.

lizard-jd
10-31-2013, 08:34 AM
Thanks man! It's been quite an experience growing and getting better as a grapher. When I look at days when I was pumped to get a Thadeus Young graph on a pocket schedule, then look at my Jeter SI cover, hard to believe I'm the same grapher haha. But the evolution is all documented in these pages throughout the years.

Since I got married in sept I've had little to no graphing time- hopefully this isn't a permanent situation. I hope to keep the good times rolling, and I've always appreciated the readership, commentary and support of the forum- it's been great homies!

Ha, ha, ha - Dude, get ready. Take it from a longtime married guy, that's not the only change marriage will bring you...

cyberer
11-08-2013, 09:45 PM
Got a little time to go graphing today, though it was by no means expected. The cavs are in town. A buddy of mine wanted me to go to shootaround this morning. However, I had work. However, my boss was on vacation, so no one would have known if I skipped work and went graphing.

I decided, though, to make the right decision. I didn't graph and instead went to work at 9am and got crap done. It felt good to choose work over my graphing addiction- I made the right call.

So it got to be 11 am and my buddy texted me frantically. He said- DUDE Kyrie said that he would sign at 12:30 pm after shoot around. Wow- what good luck.

I took my lunch break, and jumped in a cab and went over. By then there were over a dozen people there- word spread quickly.

Kyrie gets off the bus, and starts signing. He gets through about half the group, then shuts it down without a word. I don't know why he did that. He was signing really quickly and frantically.

I was lucky to get him. However, he signed over the mailing label on the DIME magazine. Oh well, still came out great and I was pumped to get him for the first time!

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(Covered my mailing address with the icon)


Shortly after I got Kyrie, Bynum the big jerk gets off the bus. I hold up my Sixers 50th anniversary floorboard. It has every single player on that team except for Bynum and Richardson. I yell "HEY ANDREW- YOURE THE LAST GUY I NEED TO FINISH THIS ITEM!"



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He sees it, nods, and takes a step towards me and pauses. Then he thought better of it, and kept running inside without another word. IDK if the crowd made him stop (i.e. he'd have to sign them all), or if he never wanted to stop to begin with, but he clearly looked at it. Oh well.

Still a successful day. It felt great that I did not sacrifice my work today and still got the sig that I wanted over my lunchbreak. Good karma rewarded.

cyberer
11-13-2013, 10:42 PM
My wife and I went to the Dr. J book signing in Exton tonight. It was a great experience overall.

They set it up very nicely. Instead of waiting in a huge line, they made it so every wristband was numbered so you got to hang out around the store browsing books and/or in the starbucks cafe in the store rather than wait in a line the whole time. It was a really nice setup and made the time go quickly. My wife and I were ~115th in line, so we waited quite a bit of time but it wasn't so bad.

The rules were pretty strict. They would not even let you hand him the book- they had to open it to the right page and hand it to him. BE WARNED if you go to a book signing- the cover of the book is made from a rubbery-feeling material that SCUFFS WITH FINGERPRINTS. The idiot store employee had lotion on his hands and really messed up the cover of my book. I threw a stink and they exchanged it right before I got up to the front. It's not a great material for a cover so be very careful. Even non-lotion prints will smudge it up irreparably.

On the website they said no photos in line, but they actually had a store employee who took your camera when you went up and snapped pictures the entire time, so I got some great shots.

Dr. J was shaking hands with everyone that came up. I'm 6'6" and his hands were HUGE- twice the size of mine. My wife was awestruck and literally afraid to shake his giant hands lol. It was pretty crazy. Heres the pic of me shaking hands.

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After he shook my hand and signed my book he was like "Man, how tall are you? 6'8"?"

And I said, "Close- I'm like 6'7. How tall are you?"

He said, "Ahh, about 6'6"."

I said, "Somehow, I think you'd still take me 1 on 1." He and all the employees around him laughed. It was a pretty nice moment to have in line. He was being nice to the whole crowd.

Here are the graphs my wife and I got.

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LakersMC
11-14-2013, 11:37 AM
Sounds like a great success. I heard a lot of stories about Dr. J, so I was not sure how friendly he was IP. And I was surprised you got a pic like that. I thought they were going to be pretty strict. I guess my expectations were low. You did quite well!

cyberer
11-17-2013, 02:04 PM
Got out and graphed last night. Did the redskins. It was a pretty dismal night- UNTIL I GOT A NICE SURPRISE.

No one signed off the bus, no surprises. We waited to see if we would get lucky and see anyone.

I only had items for the big guys, so as I waited a bunch of small guys came out. I didn't have anything for them, so I tore out an NFL Sunday Ticket advertisement from my RG III SI, and had them all sign it. Photo here:

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Following players are on it:

Barry Cofield
Evan Royster
Jordan Reed
Darrel Young
ADam Gettis
Jerome Murphy

And one that I can't ID. #25 maybe?


No big names came out as we waited, but unexpectedly, Future HOF Safety and Fox Broadcaster JOHN LYNCH came out as we were waiting. I didn't have anything for him but got him on a blank and got a picture with. He could not have been nicer, true to his reputation.

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So that was a pretty awesome surprise that made the night worth it.

Finally, the bad thing of the night happened. RG III came out for dinner. With him was his sister, a generally objectionable human being from what we could tell.

There were 3 of us there. We asked him if he would do it. He kept saying naw, naw I can't. His sister was having a lot of fun getting in our way, making fun of us and putting her hands in front of his face to shield him. She was having a great time making things difficult for us. Classy lady.

Then he went into a nearby sandwich shop nextdoor, and got his meal to go. As he was sitting in the sandwich shop window, someone tried to snap a photo of RG III in the window and himself outside the window so they were next to each other. The sister held up the menu from the restaurant in RG IIIs face blocking the photo. Again, classy lady.

Finally, he comes back out and walks back towards us. We asked him again. Told him there are only 3 of us, he can personalize. Naw man, Naw. We tell him, it'll take you 5 seconds, and you'll make the night of 3 people and make us all happy. Naw, Naw, man. All the while his sister is jumping up between us and him, again having a great time blocking us and laughing. And that was that.

I know that you can't judge people based on autographing, and I'm sure that some people have positive RG III experiences, but to me last night he seemed like a total punk, and nothing like the intelligent, down to earth individual the media has made him out to be.

Moreover, his sister really aggravates me. I understand how RGIII himself can be an arrogant dude. He's talented and is accomplishing things. But his sister? Get over yourself. You are just some fat chick with an athletic brother.

My other Philly guys had similar experiences with him in the past, so I'm not believing the "nice guy" narrative.

Anyways, that's my rant. It still was a great night because of John Lynch.

When I got home, I decided to make the lynch item better. I printed an adhesive 8x10 photo of John Lynch on adhesive label paper, then cut it out of the paper, in effect making a sticker. Then, I stuck the sticker onto the blank, making it look like a signed photo. Here is the final product:

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JerseyInk
11-21-2013, 01:25 PM
RG3 is tired of being the show pig. Huge change from his rookie year. He's not much better during private signings. He wasn't a jerk but no longer personable. This is the first time hearing about his sister and her antics.

cyberer
11-21-2013, 07:55 PM
RG3 is tired of being the show pig. Huge change from his rookie year. He's not much better during private signings. He wasn't a jerk but no longer personable. This is the first time hearing about his sister and her antics.

I am just bummed that the media and his endorsements portray him as such a nice, down-to-earth guy, and that wasn't my experience at all.


Anyways on to happier times- I went to the Michael Carter-Williams signing tonight at Modell's in South Philly. I didn't have a ride today so transportation was a bit of an issue with my wife taking the car. I ended up taking the Broad St line to Oregon then cabbing across oregon to 24th to the Modell's. Then, I took a bus north up 22nd st up to Walnut then walked home. Not ideal, but at least I got there.

I worked like a madman all afternoon at my job, and somehow moved mountains to get out of work at 4:15. I ended up getting to the signing by 4:40. They said they were giving out the tickets to the first 100 fans at 5:30. I had no idea what to expect about how early or late I was.

Turns out, I was early. I was #12 in line. I went in and bought my item- they had replica basketballs on sale for 15 bucks. They had the darker, softer rubber ones for 30, but I didn't want to pay that.

The signing started at 6:00 on the dot, and moved quickly. I was out by 6:05. I debated staying afterwards to try to get back in the line at the end, but I wanted to find my bus and get home.

My one complaint was that they only had 2 black sharpies and a red (™™™) sharpie at the table. Luckily, the guy in front of me had a gold paint pen, and said I could borrow it.

MCW was nice enough, but quiet. He barely was talking to people beyond saying you're welcome when people thanked him.

Anyways, I'm glad I managed to get him- hopefully the breakout is legit. If it is, he will likely become VERY hard to get with his Steiner contract in place.

I saw Eddie there from these boards, and another grapher that I often see with him (I forget his name- doh!). Good to see those guys. Next up, Foles!

Here is a pic:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/7FFE4F84-64AB-4F61-9599-8BFE1C259DC7-18611-00000BC95F52E8C4_zps930002af.jpg

Philly4for4Fan
11-21-2013, 09:07 PM
Not bad for $15

groundhog
11-23-2013, 11:01 AM
To bad about your experience with Griffin. His sister needs get her ego in check.
Nice John Lynch autograph. He seems like a classy guy.

cyberer
11-23-2013, 12:52 PM
Yeah- lynch was a real class act. Took his time, took a bunch of photos. He would have signed whatever I had, but I only had the blank. Wish I brought my football. Oh well.

Can't wait for the Nick Foles signing on tues.

cyberer
11-26-2013, 08:58 PM
Before I get to the signing that I went to tonight, I got in my first TTM in many months. I sent to Phillies Prospect Roman Quinn around the time of the draft, and yesterday it came back 2/2

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/A7E80609-E960-47CF-806D-5E88319EFF71-22849-00000DFADEB7C696_zps0c9c6020.jpg


Also, a buddy of mine that lives in NE philly has for awhile owed me a Ben Revere auto from when he met him last year. I finally met up with him at the Foles signing and got it. Nice graph on a SS

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/837D9F33-4246-41B7-A27E-8795A9B17EB1-22849-00000DFAE3ABA7B7_zps884488c8.jpg


Finally, on to the Foles signing. I had a great time at the Carter-Williams signing, Modell's runs a good show. However, I was disappointed that Foles would not let us buy items to get signed. However, when it all was said and done, I had a BETTER time at the Foles signing than the MCW.

I got there at 4:15, and was 30th in line out of 100 tickets. I waited for awhile in the cold, as the line got longer. It easily passed 100 around 5:30, but then they called the first 50 to wait inside, so I don't know how many in total lined up.

As we were waiting, Nick Foles walks into the store, without any agent, handler or security- just alone. The handlers of the event and the security there DIDNT RECOGNIZE HIM!

I was like "Hey whats up?"

He was like "How's it goin? Where am I supposed to go?"

The lady next to me and I point him in the right direction and there he went. He was just a normal guy, and clearly new to the whole thing, and a bit uncomfortable with the fame. That was a good thing though as he came off very humble and likeable. Awesome.

When I got up there, he asked me my name. I told him ERI-K! because people often misspell it ERIC. I then asked him if he could inscribe it as "TD Record" and put the date. He was a bit confused by the request. Again, he seemed new to this culture. I explained myself again, and he agreed. The modell's handler wasn't happy, but he wrote TD record.

Then he says, "but I don't even know the date!"

I had looked it up in advance, so I said "11-3-13." He was impressed that I knew it in advance, and he did it.

All in all, he was really nice the whole way through. Like I said, just a nice, normal guy. Also, I can't speak highly enough about the Modell's signings- they are organized, efficient and not stressful. Just get there early and be in the top 100 and there are zero issues.

After the signing, a few dealers got in their car and chased foles down I95 to a hotel in old city where his girlfriend lives. Behavior like that disgusts me, and is a good reason why Foles won't be a nice normal guy much longer and instead jaded with the hobby.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/DCCC12AA-BBE4-4DC3-A788-612CD2D4E63E-22849-00000DFADA61CD9C_zpsb48e2ef1.jpg

harley2001
12-08-2013, 03:16 PM
Great job on the Dr. J & the Foles!!

FlutieFlakes
12-09-2013, 05:32 PM
You are just some fat chick with an athletic brother.

we should become best friends

groundhog
12-20-2013, 10:19 PM
Just wondering, how do you get autos at radio shows. Some of your earlier posts have successes from radios. If you have any tips, that would be great. Thanks.

cyberer
01-05-2014, 01:48 AM
Just wondering, how do you get autos at radio shows. Some of your earlier posts have successes from radios. If you have any tips, that would be great. Thanks.

For the radios, it's usually pretty easy. Guys usually sign during commercial breaks. They are ones that take place on location at restaurants. I have never graphed at the radio station itself.

Time to update my thread with my latest graphing.

I went for the Saints today. Ended up sitting around all day and seeing nobody come or go, pretty awful waste of time. When it came time for the bus, I had higher hopes. Everyone has to be on the bus, right?

So when I get to the bus, there is a nice velvet rope set up for us to stand. We are in prime position, just feet from the bus. And then security comes out, and for no reason kicks us out. Why have ropes and barriers if you aren't allowed to stand at them? We had to stand 25 feet back for no reason.

Needless to say, we didn't get anyone while standing 25 feet back. Terrible. When we saw brees, we all said screw it and ran back up to the velvet rope. We called out to him, he did not come over, instead he went to put his bags on the bus. In the meantime security bum rushed us and made a human shield between us and him and yelled at us to get out.

Brees finishes putting in his bag and walks behind the security and slips between them and says "Relax guys, I'll take care of these guys." He comes through their human shield and signs for all of us. Security (especially the one jerk that seemed to love kicking us out) looked SO mad that he was doing it. Really, Drew is a heck of a guy.

Here's the ball:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/5EB3C045-6D37-4326-B4B2-CA4BA8815285-2471-000001726646D45A_zpsfa76cbcf.jpg

dhuxos
01-05-2014, 02:00 AM
nice. that looks pretty awesome

cyberer
01-05-2014, 02:08 AM
I should add, that this graph is a redemption from a big snafu I made years ago.

5 years ago, I happened to be staying at Harrah's in atlantic city for a weekend with friends the same day as the maxwell award banquet where brees was being honored. I had just started graphing at that point, and I was walking through the lobby by the ballroom and just happened to see a bunch of guys in full out saints mardis gras brees gear. They said they were waiting for Brees to sign. I laughed and kept walking. I kick myself to this day for not staying and getting his graph, so I am very happy to get it finally and get off the shnide.

RealBrianD
01-05-2014, 02:26 AM
NICE!!!!
Good job bro!! That's super dope!!
excellent auto, glad u redeemed yourself!

Rudickulous
01-05-2014, 03:15 AM
Really awesome success man. Congrats

cyberer
01-06-2014, 05:01 PM
Thanks guys- I can't believe I actually got him after all the miscues and jerk security BS. Great way to start the new graphing year.

cyberer
01-08-2014, 10:34 PM
One thing I forgot to mention. I was out of the country recently, and at the airport on the way back, IN ANOTHER COUNTRY mind you, I am in line to board the plane. I turn around to see who is behind me in line, and look who it was? Crazy!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/MeandRyanHoward_zps74c9000b.jpg?t=1389238138

Philly4for4Fan
01-08-2014, 11:02 PM
You're the only dude I know who towers over Ryan Howard

cyberer
01-12-2014, 12:28 PM
You're the only dude I know who towers over Ryan Howard


haha you're right. he's like 3 of me though width wise. He's like a tree.

cyberer
01-14-2014, 11:24 AM
Over the last week, I took the time to re-read my thread from start to finish. There were some great moments, and I want to thank you all for sharing them with me.

I hope 2014 can top 2013, though I don't see how.

Then again, I said that about 2012, so here's hoping.

awz50
01-14-2014, 12:18 PM
Thank you for sharing your great moments with us! I love reading your thread.

shortstop2025
01-14-2014, 11:29 PM
I just read through this entire thread. This is absolutely fantastic, thanks a lot for sharing! I loved the 2013 Spring Training stories. It made me imagine myself actually getting all of those guys that you got. I'm going to Florida for Spring Break so I'm going to try to stop by the Yankees stadium probably since that's near our hotel. We'll see if I can have some of your luck!

cyberer
01-18-2014, 12:59 AM
Thanks guys- I'm so glad you enjoy reading.

@shortstop- that's impressive that you read the whole thing as well. It took me awhile to go back through it. I appreciate it though and hope I can keep the stories rolling.

Let's try that now...

I took a half day off from work and put in a ton of time for the Heat the last few days. They are a bad signing team. We all know that.

This trip, it went to a whole other level. They were the worst signing team in any sport I've ever seen.

Scrub coaches were turning people down. Scrub players were turning people down 1 on 1 on the street walking out.

Over the course of the trip, we saw Lebron James EIGHT times. Yes, eight. He didn't pick up a pen once. One time, he even pulled his hoodie hood so tight that you could only see his eyes, and ran past at full speed.

Actually, over the eight times we saw players, NO ONE SIGNED. Not one player, not one scrub.

Eric Spoelstra said he would sign before the game, and then didn't. I called him out on it, but it didn't work. He ran past.

I just want to stress how horrible they were, especially since I put so much time in. So many snubs.

Finally, the last possible player that we saw picked up a pen. Dwyane Wade signed before the game. It was his birthday, apparently.

I got him on a floorboard. Too bad it smeared when he put the marker down back on the autograph when it was still wet. It wasn't a bad smear, but still a few visible smears in the sig.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/8E357D0B-9462-415E-91B5-1F8E7883B8E1-9600-0000058528092AF6_zps2307febc.jpg

If you haven't seen my designs in the past, I am going to mount it up like I did with the Wade that I got last year:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/933bb499-232f-43f6-b313-37c48818504a_zps6a66a7bc.jpg

The new wade is for sale, if anyone is interested.

RealBrianD
01-18-2014, 02:10 AM
How much you want for it? I'm not a Heatles or Wade fan, but I don't have any floor board/court square autographs in my collection and I love the look of them...btw, I wouldn't think the "Hollywood as Hell" Heat would be good signers. Look how cocky they are in any situation. Ray Allen is a classy dude, but you can tell he's arrogant too...sucks that more guys aren't accommodating unless they get paid for it...I've had minimal NBA success (Stackhouse, Dele, and Joe Dumars outside the Palace in like 97 was my only success ever).

cyberer
01-18-2014, 01:48 PM
PM me and we can talk. I'd probably try to cut you a deal on it. The only issue is shipping- because it's a pretty huge piece- 12"x12".

cyberer
01-21-2014, 07:41 PM
Just booked my tickets to spring training! I'll be in Clearwater area from Feb 28-Mar 3rd!

awz50
01-21-2014, 08:29 PM
Just booked my tickets to spring training! I'll be in Clearwater area from Feb 28-Mar 3rd!

Man you better have some awesome recaps for us!

cyberer
01-21-2014, 09:07 PM
Man you better have some awesome recaps for us!

It might be tough to live up to my own reputation- only going to games 3 days in a row (Saturday, Sunday, Monday).

akoch
01-21-2014, 10:00 PM
Interested in the D-wade as well. Nice stuff, btw!

cyberer
01-22-2014, 10:26 AM
I PMed you Akoch.

Also, I started a thread trading/selling my duplicates. Everyone feel free to browse.

http://www.sportscardforum.com/threads/2052562-CyberErik-FT-thread-Many-of-my-duplicate-PC-autographs-FT-FS?p=13202528#post13202528

cyberer
02-02-2014, 01:38 AM
Over the years, I know that people on these boards have marveled at my good luck with graphing. I've often laughed about this. I don't usually consider myself "lucky." However, after today, I might have to admit, that yeah, I'm pretty lucky.

As a quick preface to this story, I went to Baltimore today. I had dinner plans at 7:00 pm in downtown baltimore, and I had to visit my brother in the suburbs of baltimore before that around noon. None of these plans involved graphing.

On the way to baltimore, I stopped in the Philly suburbs to pick up a set of baseballs I had bought at Walmart. So, for purposes of beginning the story, just know that I am in baltimore, not to graph, with a bunch of baseballs in the trunk.

My brother and I got lunch. As we were eating, we talked about going to Oriole fanfest. I told him that I didn't know when it was, but that I would buy us tickets. After lunch, I left him, and drove downtown to the inner harbor around 4. My plans were at 7.

As my wife was driving the car and I was riding shotgun, I got on my phone and started browsing. I went online to buy tickets for fanfest for my brother and I. I get to the Orioles website, and see that fanfest is TODAY, from 11am-6pm, and only TWO BLOCKS from where we were driving. Of all the days to be in Baltimore, and in all the times to have 2 hours to kill before my plans at 7, it all worked out purposely. Luck, as I said, might have been on my side.

So my wife parks the car at a nearby mall and lets me walk to the convention center for the fanfest.

I get in there at 4:45, the event ends at 6. I bought an admission ticket for 12 dollars, but all the auto tickets were sold out. I figure maybe it's like the Phillies fest, where you can get in line for cash at the end, so I pay the fee and get in.

I browse the auto booths. I see Palmer signing in one booth, Machado in another, and Wieters in yet another. I ask the ushers at the lines about the cash donations. They said absolutely not, no ticket = no graph.

I desperately tried buying tickets to get in the lines. No one had any extras. Not like the Phils fest at all with people buying and selling all over. In the wild melee trying to get tickets, I got a former oriole or broadcaster, I forget his name honestly- could use some help on ID'ing this one.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/9CF2DA1D-D31D-42E4-9EEE-A17BFF465FC3-19480-00000B2C03EE38AE_zpsea3822a5.jpg

After striking out all over trying to buy tickets to the line, I walked over to the wieters line and began asking the people in line if they had any extras. None of them did. The usher kept watching me do this, and at first she was annoyed by me asking all the people.

Over the next 20 minutes, she seemed like she began to feel bad for me.

Finally, she said, "If you can find a previously scanned and used ticket on the ground, and hand it to me, I'll just say it wouldn't scan and no one will be the wiser."

I was amazed. An usher was really, for no reason other than kindness, giving me a free graph that I desperately wanted at that moment. I said a quick prayer to thank her for her random act of kindness.

So, I was now in the Wieters line! I waited for the better part of an hour. I got him at 6:55.

And, since I had all those baseballs in the trunk, I had a perfect premium item to get him on. SS ROMLB!

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/D67DBA8C-10D1-49CE-AB01-1816041BEB29-19480-00000B2BF5F4F484_zps5324877e.jpg


In the line with him was Orioles prospect Urrutia. I got 2 auto cards of him.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/3779F3B5-E139-4303-85BF-E7ED2A0C312A-19480-00000B2BFFC83FD4_zpsddcf8ccb.jpg

Also in the line were 2 scrub-ish players/coaches- bigbie and de la cruz

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I got out at 6:15 and got to my 7:00 dinner plans on time.

So to recap: I happened to be in exactly the right place, in the right time, on the right day, with 2 hours to kill, with baseballs in my trunk by sheer coincidence, AND had a random act of kindness allow me to get in line.

The luck was on my side today.

RealBrianD
02-02-2014, 02:07 AM
Nicely played my man. I ALWAYS have atleast one baseball in my car for exactly this reason. Living in St Louis, I just never know who I may potentially run into. I was at the New Balance store before and in walks Brett Hull, by himself, just shoe shopping. I had nothing to get signed, so I quickly walked over to the Boston Market n asked for a sheet of computer paper and jogged back to the New Balance store. I must have not bothered him to much, cuz he signed my paper WITH a HOF inscription. Walking out the door, happy as could be, I see Matt Holliday getting into his car from the Boston Market THAT I WAS JUST IN! Apparently he was in there when I was, eating lunch, and I didn't even notice him. I was to preoccupied on Brett Hull...From that day on, I've always kept a baseball and pen in my glovebox, just in case.

cyberer
03-04-2014, 12:22 AM
At last, I can deliver to you, the SCF community, my yearly spring training in person wrapup thread.

I will start by saying that this year was not my best. I mentioned above that I was only there from Friday to Monday, so I had only a few chances. Also, I was going to be spending most of my time in Lakeland, after Miguel Cabrera. This obviously limited my chances to get some graphs on a wider scale. This might have been a mistake, because as you will read about here, Lakeland is where autographs go to die.

I ended up doing OKAY overall in 3 days. I got 4 very good caliber players. However based on the last 3 years I have set forth as the standard, and also given the amount of time I put in to get those 4 graphs like pulling teeth, it was a letdown. In general, ST was tougher this year. Stadiums are being replaced and renovated to be less friendly, parking lot access is restricted. Overall, I think ST will be identical to the regular season within the next few years.

So hopefully, despite the relatively meager successes in the graphs themselves, you can enjoy reading the stories.

Day 1- Got to Tigers complex at 9am to get the lay of the land. They were playing the Astros that day. Got some valuable intel that Miggy signs outside in the parking lot once or twice a week, generally speaking. I was further encouraged that he hadn't signed in about 4 days, so it seemed promising that he would sign during my tenure in FL.

They said he didn't sign inside, but I had good seats on the tunnel in right field, so decided to try anyway. What followed was my worst inside graphing experience ever, I think.

Omar Vizquel is the 1B coach of the Tigers. He was in camp, and signing quite a bit. Up until noon, you are allowed to stand in the front row and get graphs. After 12, you have to leave the section if you don't have seats there. Around 11:50, Vizquel starts signing down the line. He shuts it down 2 people short of me in line, but says he will do "more later."

Meantime, ushers come down at noon and kick people out. I have 3rd row seats in the section so I just move up to my seats 2 rows behind and stay in the section. Sure enough, about 20 min later Vizquel returns and keeps signing. I call out to him and say "Mr. Vizquel, you said earlier you might sign for me when you said more later." He nodded and said yes and motioned for me to come down from the 3rd row to the 1st row to hand him the ball.

As I did so, I was physically blocked by the usher. He said I absolutely could not take 1 step closer. I calmly tell him that Omar is calling me down there. He said "I don't work for Omar Vizquel, I work for the Tigers and they say you can't." A woman in the section was yelling at the usher too about his being ridiculous.

Finally, I just sidestep the usher and hand Vizquel the ball. He signed it on the sweet spot while the usher yells and goes and gets backup and tells his superiors that "This guy is giving us trouble." And they are going to get the cops. Luckily cooler heads prevailed and no cops actually came, but it was ridiculous. The graph smudged a bit in the wild melee...

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/46DED3AF-BF4D-4375-A819-69FC25F2D438-40545-00001953670F0015_zps368c226e.jpg

The ushers harassed me if I took one step out of my seat towards graphing the rest of the day. Fortunately, it didn't matter, because NO ONE SIGNS ON THE TIGERS. EVER. Not after warmups, not during BP, not when they get lifted from the lineup. Never. I'm guessing the team in general has a policy to not be friendly to graphers or fans.

So I'm not bitter much, as you can tell. The rest of that day passed uneventfully inside. No one stopped, as I said above. I went outside and waited in the parking lot. Miggy left through the back gate, bypassing the waiting graphers. No one else stopped in the parking lot, despite everyone asking the cars that passed by to stop.

The day wasn't a total loss after that though, as I acted on a nice tip from the graphers on the ground and ran into Al kaline in the parking lot as he came out. He has the reputation of an old kermudgen, he says things like "not you guys again!" or "why me!" when you ask him to graph.

Sure enough, he sighed heavily when I asked him en route to his car. I smiled and said "Mr. Kaline, I've never gotten you before- unlike most of the people here- and I will never ask you for a graph again and bother you. And I'm really tall so you'll remember me if I ask." He actually laughed at that. Apparently he never laughs, so it's a cool moment. Ball came out pretty good.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/CF91B35F-1D4A-46E6-AE40-6F0FE0C33B80-40545-000019536BC0C91F_zps53ccf7df.jpg

So that wrapped up day 1.

Day 2- Tigers were playing an away game that day. BUT- I got a hot tip that Miggy wasn't in the lineup and that meant that he would do a short practice inside, open to the public, and then drive out at noon because he had the day off.

I get there at 10am, and find out that they are closing that practice to the public that day, something they have never done before. No reasons were given. Even the public restrooms were closed. The team bus was there, but no one signed getting on, except Vizquel who I already had. Again, the team and camp's hatred of graphers became apparently.

I had no choice but to camp the parking lot and wait for him. It actually shaped up quite well for him to stop. Small crowd (10 people), and the back gate that he took the day before was locked and no one was attending it, so he had to come out.

As we were waiting, Verlander came by on foot. Snubbed everyone rudely. Then he sped off in his Lambo. He sucks.

Miggy came out around noon, slowed down for a moment around our small crowd, but sped off. Perfect spot, perfect situation. No dice. Depressing.

I decided to haul butt to Dunedin for Yankees @ Blue Jays. Jeter didn't travel, but Ellsbury and Beltran did. I got there in the 4th inning. The autograph well in left field was not too crowded, I was able to get into the 2nd row. In the 5th inning, shortly after my arrival, Beltran got lifted from lineup. He came down to the well and started signing right in front of me. As is always the case with yankees, the graphing immediately turned into 50 jerks clubbing elbows and pushing in from behind smushing everyone up into the fence. Beltran signed for me and 5 others. I held out 2 photos to him, but he would only do one. As I was trying to GET OUT of the mess to let someone else into my spot, people kept shoving me in and yelling about how people are acting like animals, when they themselves were the animals. Beltran clearly got disgusted and stopped signing.

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Came out pretty good. Ellsbury was his typical rosey self, turning down a bunch of little kids in the autograph well on the way out of the lineup.

Went over to the Blue Jays well while their guys got lifted. Encarnacion, Bautista, Reyes, Lawrie and others got lifted and walked past us but wouldn't stop. After the game I camped the parking lot a bit. Those same cast of Blue Jays characters drove past us without stopping. Along the way I heard rumors that after Jeter got left behind from the road game, he had a security guard form an orderly line of 70 people, and he went up the line and did 1 per. Cool stuff. Luckily I already have him, so I wasn't too upset about that. Looks like he will be gettable this year though.

That ended day 2.

Day 3- Last chance at Miggy. Cardinals @ Tigers.

I wanted to go to Dunedin early to get Baustista on the way out. Similar to Miggy on day before, he wasn't playing, so he would do a small workout and then leave early. Sure enough, he did stop on the way out and sign. I had already decided to go straight to Lakeland though, so I missed out on him. Sigh.

I got to Lakeland when the gates opened. The Cardinals didn't send anyone good. No Craig, no Holliday, no Waino, no pitchers in general. Bummer. I got in the park and watched cardinals BP. Then I noticed that, although he wasn't starting, Oscar Tavares was there! He was DEFINITELY on my want list. So at least I had someone to chase.

As he came to the dugout I called out to him. He heard me and half looked up, but kept walking. I was the only one asking him. He then went to the outfield to do agility drills for a half hour, he didn't take BP as he is still hurt. I called out to him again after. He didn't come over.

By this time the Cardinals had left the field and the Tigers were out. As was the case previously, none of them signed pregame. No surprises at this point.

I had perfect 2nd row seats right on the tunnel where Miggy and co. have to go when they get lifted from lineup. Moreover I was directly behind 5 little kids in Miggy jerseys. When he got lifted, they called out to him. He slowed down, smiled at them, waved, took a half step as if to sign, then kept walking. Classy guy. The rest of the team didn't sign either as they were lifted, and the ushers were as usual threatening and strongarming people. Really, autographing hell.

So I decided to give up the ghost inside and go graphing in the parking lot. The back gate where Miggy sneaks out was unlocked, so while the masses were gathered at the main gate, the "pro" graphers I had been following got in their cars and left. I suspected that they had gone around to the back gate, so I got in my car and drove there. Sure enough, it was like a pro auto party there. I was among my own people for the most part, people who "get it," rather than a bunch of freaking amateurs.

Sure enough, all the players came out the back way, to avoid the crowd. There were only ~10 of us at the back gate.

Victor Martinez, the worst signer on the team except Verlander, sped past us early on. Then Porcello, then Avila, then a few others.

Funny anecdote- the one grapher had a 1st base that he was getting signed by the whole starting lineup. A car pulled over and his buddy says to him "That's porcello bro- you need him!"

Turns out, it was a scrub #75 named Vorhagen- minor league depth guy. Ruined the base. Can't remove a graph from a prepped base either. The guy was livid, and we were all giving him crap about every scrub that stopped after that "Gotta get him on your base man!"

Finally, some no name Tigers guy stops in the mouth of the gate and starts signing. Suddenly, Miggy's car pulls up right behind him, and is trapped behind, stopped right near us. We approach the car, thinking Miggy might actually sign, since he is stopped there with nowhere to go.

Instead, he just had his driver lean on the horn until the scrub drove off and stopped signing. Miggy then sped away. Again, he's a classy classy guy. I was on the verge of slamming the pavement at this point.

The last regular player in the lineup inside still was Torii Hunter. About 5 minutes later he pulled out. I have to say, he did make me feel better. He was cool as hell, signing everything we had, talking to us if we talked to him. Cool guy. Ball came out good.

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Back inside, it was the 8th inning. I decided to leave the parking lot behind and run back to the stadium to try to get Oscar Taveras as he was leaving. The ushers on the visiting side were much nicer, as he let me right down to the dugout to try. The game ended and Taveras was packing his bag up in the dugout. I called out to him again. He ignored me. He climbed the steps to leave the dugout. I called out again. He ignored me. Again, I'm the only one asking him. He ran to the tunnel and exited.

And that, my friends, was the end of my graphing. However, the whole weekend was like pulling teeth. I didn't have much FUN. Normally in camps I have so much fun, guys are signing all over and it's a question of who I was going to get. Lakeland was really the most miserable place. The team doesn't sign, and the setup is bad, and the people are jerks.

I need Miggy for my PC, so I might go back someday, but I would NEVER EVER EVER go back otherwise.

I got 4 all-star or HOF type players in 3 days, which all-told is pretty good, I guess. But for me, my past successes have me set up to be disappointed, as I expect a lot from myself. For me, getting 4 sigs in 3 days putting in 5 hours a day or more, is not really acceptable. And it's not like scrubs or middling regular players were signing and I was turning them down and only going for stars. Those 4 were really the only 4 guys who signed period. It was a particularly awful weekend for whatever reason.

For me, putting in 6 hours in a day and having to chase Oscar Taveras around getting big leagued by him when it should have been an easy graph was just the icing on the cake to a weekend of frustration and an example of how the whole weekend was.

Hopefully, you guys can still read and enjoy this thread despite the somewhat disappointing results. I think I am being a bit TOO negative solely because I didn't get Miggy- Kaline was a completely unexpected and major major win. I just hate not getting the one guy who I wanted and put in a ton of time for.

RealBrianD
03-04-2014, 12:58 AM
Wow that's terrible bro! But I think as far as the Tigers are concerned, they sign ttm for charity ONLY. So they may restrict the stars from signing IP so it forces people to donate the money for sigs so it goes to charity and not PC or eBay whatever the case may be. If you happen to have any duplicate baseballs, let me know who and I may be interested in buying some if you wanna make some money selling duplicates.

coolbly16
03-04-2014, 01:00 AM
Damn what a story, didnt realize the tigers were so bad. Guess I wont bother with them when they come here for their exhibition game.

Rudickulous
03-04-2014, 02:15 AM
The Tigers are a pretty awful signing team in general. I remember that it was pouring rain and a few of us with some ponchos and umbrellas stayed in the rain and see if they would sign at the Indians stadium. The rain eventually died down, but with only 2 people there, myself included, the only person to stop and sign was Don Kelly. Bad Graphing Team.

cyberer
03-06-2014, 11:36 AM
2 days later after my return, and I am trying not to be negative. I got 4 good/HOF type players, had a trip to florida complete with beach/hot tub and lots of seafood and craft beers.

Let's get the positive comments/vibe back to the thread. I mean I got one of the best baseball players of all time to sign a ball and I made it sound like I went for 3 days and only got Andy Dirks to sign.

mberger718
03-06-2014, 02:10 PM
Thanks for the interesting read. I share a lot of your frustration. Things were much better years ago and it only gets worse as the staduims get more security and higher fences. The players don't want to be bothered with the fans who buy the tickets and jerseys that allow teams to pay their salaries. I remember the days where you could go to a game or workout and literally get 20 different guys on each team, including the stars. Now there are days where absolutely nobody signs. At least with having some former players as managers or coaches now, you at least have a shot at getting some of them (like you did with Vizquel). Lakeland use to be great before the renovations. I think that Bradenton remains the best for autographs, even though that has changed some.

A few teams do have signing events (almost all teams used to but only a few do now). They are usually for spring training season ticket holders, but for the most part some people put theirs up on ebay or stubhub. The Orioles give 2 tickets to a team signing event for each spring training season ticket you buy, the Cardinals, Marlins, and Blue Jays also have events for spring training season ticket holders. For the Blue Jays, I think it is a barbeque and players are not obligated to sign (but usually do). All of the players don't necessarily show up for these events, sometimes it's just a handful of players. The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce also has a welcome back BBQ for the Tigers and many players show up, but they specifically state "no autographs", so I haven't been to that one.

I heard that Arizona is much better, since all of the stadiums are close to each other and most of the teams share stadiums so you can hit 2 teams in one shot. I always want to try that but it's hard to leave Florida since I'm already here and don't have to deal with flights, rental cars, or hotels.

gladdyontherise
03-06-2014, 05:46 PM
"Never. I'm guessing the team in general has a policy to not be friendly to graphers or fans."

Funny you mention that....I've heard from someone I trust they have signs (in the clubhouse in Detroit) to not sign Autographs for fans. They are a brutal signing team, most these guys have exclusive signing contracts with DC sports, and it generally ruins them. Since Miggy started charging $200+, he's become incredibly tough to get. He used to be pretty easy.

Torii Hunter is the man, though. One of the only guys who hasn't been ruined by becoming a Tiger. Which I knew you were doing the Tigers, would've told you not to waste your time. They've been terrible in Lakeland all spring.

cyberer
03-06-2014, 09:26 PM
That might have helped, sadly.

All in all, I do regret it. I got Omar Vizquel and Kaline on day 1, so if I spent my time elsewhere thereafter, I'm sure I would have done better than just getting Torii Hunter in 2 days. I was just shocked that ANY team could be that bad.

Again, trying to stay positive, though :(

walker066
03-07-2014, 07:33 AM
Always enjoy your stories. It's a shame that you were unable to get Miggy, but majority of people are probably jealous of most of your hauls. Try later on down the road and maybe the chance will happen again.

It's also interesting that ST has become not auto friendly across the board. I've always talked about going back for autos, the sun, and a nice vacation but my main objective is autos. Between the dealers, the people who have multiple items, and the people who push, it's discouraging to even invest in the time.

cyberer
04-08-2014, 05:56 PM
Actually got out to graph for the first time this month- did the Brewers. No one did it off the bus.

Waited around for a long while, a whole group of players went out as a team. Braun said maybe on the way back. Garza, though, was his typical kind self, cursing us out and telling us to get the F out and go home with our families.

We waited again for awhile, ended up putting a lot of time in. The group of players returned drunk, Braun stopped and signed, sweet spotted my ball.

Garza, who was waiting around while braun signed, was in a better mood from the liquid diet that he had for dinner, a bit sloshed, and said "fine I'll sign a few," as he was waiting around. As such I got him on the sweet spot of another ball.

Garza is nearly impossible so I'll take that anyday. Photos below:

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biggsy2323
04-08-2014, 07:53 PM
Good stuff

cyberer
04-15-2014, 12:15 AM
Got out to do some graphing this weekend. Quite a bit actually. Did the Marlins and the Braves.

Marlins were pretty uneventful. Stanton snubbed, he's getting really tough. Luckily I've been fortunate enough to have him 3 times already.

Ozuna was pretty good about it. He started signing and did about 5-6. The hotel secretary for the team all of a sudden started yelling "make a line guys! no pushing!" so I was next in line, but took a step back. 2 dealers immediately took my spot and shoved binders of cards in his face. He signed both binders, then shut it down right as he got to my ball. Thanks for nothing, lady.

During the course of the day, I filled out a team ball pretty nicely. It is for sale/trade if anyone likes it. In total I got the following on it:

Marmol, Eovaldi, McGehee, Reed Johnson, Tom Koehler, Derek Dietrich, Kevin Slowey, and the marlins 2 HOF broadcasters, van horn and ramirez, with inscriptions. Ball came out pretty nice.

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Certified%20Packpulled%20Autos/7C24788F-D819-4009-963C-A5EE9D38E5C1_zpsgg8mdd3q.jpg

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One of my main targets was Yelich. He was nice enough about it. He sweet spotted for everyone there, then side paneled my ball. When I asked him to sweet spot it he said sorry man, can't. IDK what that was all about. Still a good graph to get, kid's a stud.

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Then a nice, unexpected surprise. Tony Perez is an assistant to the marlins GM. He had just had a signing in the philly burbs that day, so he was there in town with the team. He came out and signed for everyone, got a nice sig on the sweet spot from the hall of famer.

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Then Sunday I did the Braves. This one wasn't so good. No one went out, really, so we didn't see anyone. Upton snubbed us on the way out and way in.

The only player we did see who was nice about it was Gattis. Except he was as drunk as I've ever seen another human being be. He was slurring his words as he signed for us. Said his autograph was worthless so we should all sell it. He reminded us that he hit the longest HR in the history of the city of Philly slash THE WORLD. He was going on and on, he took drunken selfies with us making hilarious faces. Pretty... interesting.

But he was the only graph I got:

http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n551/cyberer37/Certified%20Packpulled%20Autos/01FEDA3D-6BBF-4B5A-8082-B5ECB1E0EED5_zpsf9mx0nhf.jpg

All in all not a bad weekend of graphing, I guess.

awz50
04-15-2014, 11:03 PM
Wow that's an amazing Perez!

cyberer
04-17-2014, 09:37 AM
@awz50 & biggsy

Thanks guys! I was definitely happy to add some of these pieces to my collection.

CYmarlins
04-17-2014, 04:35 PM
pm sent!!! I would love to get a crack at the team ball. Huge Marlins fan here!!! Crazy how I dont have any of those autos you listed. Missed them all in Spring Traning.

LMk thanks!!!