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arfmax
01-01-2012, 03:22 PM
Today I got former Chicago Bears defensive end, and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Dan Hampton, 3 cards signed (one for another SCF board member as a 50/50) for free at a radio show in Northfield, IL.

Photo of the three signed Hampton cards in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/dhampton01jan2012.jpg

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arfmax
01-04-2012, 01:23 AM
Today I got current Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland, 2 cards signed for free, at an appearance in Libertyville, IL.

Photo of the signed cards in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/dbolland03jan2012.jpg

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arfmax
01-12-2012, 10:31 PM
Today, I went to one of the stops, in Libertyville, IL, on the Chicago Cubs Caravan, and got quite a few autographs for a small charitable donation to a local little league. I got 2 autos on trading cards for new Cubs manager Dale Sveum, 2 autos on trading cards for former Cub and broadcaster Keith Moreland (yes, a needed 1987 Topps auto!), 1 auto on a generic Wrigley Field trading card for Cubs prospect Jeff Beliveau, 2 autos on trading cards from Cubs pitcher James Russell, 5 autos on tradng cards from Cubs starting pitcher Randy Wells, and 2 autos on 8x10's of Cubs 2nd baseman Darwin Barney.
Other attendees at the event were coaches Rudy Jarmillo and Lester Strode.

Photo of the 2 Sveum autos:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/dsveum12jan2012.jpg
Photo of 1 Moreland auto (the other is a dual card with Fergie Jenkins on it, that a friend took to the Cubs Convention to complete):
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/kmoreland12jan2012.jpg
Photo of Beliveau auto:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/jbeliveau12jan2012.jpg
Photo of Russell autos:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/jrussell12jan2012.jpg
Photo of 3 of the Wells autos:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/rwells12jan2012.jpg
Photo of the Barney autos:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/dbarney12jan2012.jpg

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arfmax
01-29-2012, 05:13 PM
Yesterday I got former Chicago Bears linebacker and Super Bowl XX champion Otis Wilson, 2 cards signed for free at an appearance in Arlington Heights, IL.

Photo of the two signed Wilson cards in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/owilson28jan2012.jpg

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arfmax
02-12-2012, 10:31 PM
OK, well this isn't exactly a Chicago suburbs post, but I went to the Milwaukee Admirals AHL Game today, and they were doing a tribute to wrestling, with Paul "Mr. Wonderful" Orndorff, Paul Bearer, Molly Holly, and Mick Foley. I was able to get two cards signed of Orndorff, 2 of Bearer, 1 card and 1 8x10 of Foley, and I didn't have anything for Holly, but she signed a black and white photo of all four of them that they were handing out.

Photo of the two signed Orndorff cards in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/porndorff12feb2012.jpg

Photo of the two signed Paul Bearer cards in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/pbearer12feb2012.jpg

Photo of the one signed Foley card in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/mfoley12feb2012.jpg

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Mattsecre
02-14-2012, 12:22 AM
Yesterday I got Steve McMichael and Dan Hampton from Chicago Bears. I also got Brent Seabrook and Viktor Stalberg from Chicago Black Hawks. They were all at the Chicago Auto Show.

arfmax
02-27-2012, 11:55 PM
Today I got current Chicago Blackhawks young defenseman Nick Leddy, 4 cards signed, for free, at an appearance in Melrose Park, IL, and also former Chicago Blackhawks player and current broadcaster Troy Murray, 1 card signed for free at the same appearance.

Photo of 3 of the signed Leddy cards in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/nleddy27feb2012.jpg

Photo of the signed Murray card in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/tmurray27feb2012.jpg

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Mattsecre
03-05-2012, 03:59 AM
Yesterday I got an autograph from Rey Mysterio and Billy "The Exterminator" at the Rosemont World of Wheels Car Show.

arfmax
03-10-2012, 01:20 AM
Today I got former Chicago Bulls center, 3-time World Champion, and current radio broadcaster for the Bulls, Bill Wennington, 6 cards signed for free, at an appearance in Crystal Lake, IL.

Photo of 3 of the signed Wennington cards in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/bwennington09mar2012.jpg

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arfmax
03-11-2012, 07:13 PM
Today I got former Olympic figure skating Gold Medalist, Dancing With the Stars Champion, and children's book author Kristi Yamaguchi, signatures on her new book and one card signed, for the cost of the book (proceeds of the book sale go to charity), at a book tour stop in Wilmette, IL.

Photo of the signed Yamaguchi card in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/kyamaguchi11mar2012.jpg

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arfmax
03-13-2012, 10:53 PM
Today I got former New Jersey Net, former member of the World Champion Boston Celtics, and current Chicago Bulls forward and member of the Bulls Bench Mob, the White Mamba himself, Brian Scalabrine, 3 cards and 1 8x10 signed for free, at an appearance in Highland Park, IL.

Photo of the 3 of the signed Scalabrine cards in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/bscalabrine13mar2012.jpg

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lambeauleap87
03-14-2012, 01:03 AM
Woah, that's awesome! Any chance you'd trade one?

arfmax
03-24-2012, 12:29 AM
Today I got former Golden State Warrior and current Chicago Bulls guard and member of the Bulls Bench Mob, CJ Watson, 2 cards and 2 8x10's signed for free, at an appearance in Chicago, IL. Watson has been a star for the Bulls with Derrick Rose out with injuries this year.

Photo of 1 of the signed Watson 8x10's the 3 in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/cjwatson23mar2012.jpg


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arfmax
03-24-2012, 12:33 AM
Today, after Watson, I got former University of Illinois guard, and former Hornets, Supersonics, Nets, Heat, Timberwolves, Bulls, and Bucks guard, and one-time professional boxer, Kendall Gill, currently a basketball broadcaster and analyst on TV, 6 cards signed for free, at an appearance in Des Plaines, IL.

Photo of all 6 signed Gill cards in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/kgill23mar2012.jpg

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arfmax
04-03-2012, 09:57 PM
Yesterday I got 3-time NBA Champion, former Chicago Bulls guard, and current agent of Derrick Rose, BJ Armstrong, 6 cards signed for free, at an appearance in Des Plaines, IL.

Photo of 3 of the signed Armstrong cards in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/bjarmstrong02apr2012.jpg

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arfmax
04-08-2012, 12:30 AM
Today I got former Chicago Cub and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Ferguson Jenkins, 7 cards and 1 8x10 signed for free, at Meijer's Play Ball appearance in Rolling Meadows, IL.

Photo of 3 of the signed Fergie cards in photobucket, including one that completes my Keith Moreland/Jerguson Jenkins dual-signed Cubs leaders card:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/fjenkins07apr2012.jpg

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arfmax
04-14-2012, 04:55 PM
Yesterday I got Chicago Bears legendary quarterback and Super Bowl XX Champion Jim McMahon, 1 8x10 and 1 card signed, for free, at an appearance in Chicago, IL. McMahon personalizes everything.

Also, at the same event, I got current Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould, 1 8x10 signed, for free.

Photo of the signed McMahon 8x10 in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/jmcmahon13apr2012.jpg

Photo of the signed Gould 8x10 in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/rgould13apr2012.jpg

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sublime420
04-14-2012, 05:18 PM
Wow man, great stuff.

arfmax
04-14-2012, 06:07 PM
ty

arfmax
04-21-2012, 07:24 PM
Yesterday I got legendary Chicago White Sox slugger, and future Hall of Famer, Frank Thomas, 4 cards signed, for free, at two separate events promoting his "Big Hurt Beer", in Evergreen Park and Burbank, IL.

Photo of three of the signed Thomas cards in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/fthomas20apr2012.jpg

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arfmax
04-28-2012, 12:56 AM
Today I got two of the current Chicago Bulls 'Bench Mob', Taj Gibson, 1 trading card and 1 5x7, and rookie Jimmy Butler, 2 8x10's signed for free, at an appearance in Schaumburg, IL.

Photo of one of the signed Butler 8x10's in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/jbutler27apr2012.jpg

Photo of the signed Gibson card in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/tgibson27apr2012.jpg

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cyberer
04-28-2012, 05:48 PM
hey sorry to hijack but this is a chicago question- does soriano ever sign for the cubs?

arfmax
04-28-2012, 10:29 PM
Cyberer-I have never seen him at an appearance, and I don't graph at the ballpark, so I don't know how he is there, sorry.

arfmax
04-28-2012, 10:31 PM
Today I attended the NBA Fan Jam at Walmart, and got autographs from Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love, 4 cards signed for free, and later in the day, Chicago Bulls legend Horace Grant, 4 cards, 2 8x10's, and one mini ball signed, for free, in Niles, IL. A great event, and a rare opportunity in the Chicagoland area for both players.

Photo of 3 of the signed Love cards in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/klove28apr2012.jpg

Photo of 3 of the signed Grant cards in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/hgrant28apr2012.jpg

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cyberer
04-28-2012, 11:26 PM
wow thats a pretty sick event. Too bad about Derrick Rose.

arfmax
04-29-2012, 12:56 AM
It's a 2-day event, tomorrow is going to be pretty cool, Nick Anderson, Kemba Walker, and Kyrie Irving!

arfmax
04-29-2012, 11:07 PM
Today I attended Day 2 of the NBA Fan Jam at Walmart, and got autographs from former Orlando Magic sharpshooter Nick Anderson, 2 cards and 1 8x10 signed for free, as well as current Charlotte Bobcats rookie and former UConn star Kemba Walker, 1 8x10 signed for free, and later in the day, current Cleveland Cavaliers rookie, and likely NBA Rookie of the Year, Kyrie Irving, 1 8x10 and 1 mini ball signed, for free, in Niles, IL. A great event, and a rare opportunity in the Chicagoland area for any of these players.

Photo of 2 of the signed Anderson cards in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/nanderson29apr2012.jpg

Photo of the signed Walker 8x10 in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/kwalker29apr2012.jpg

Photo of the signed Irving 8x10 in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/kirving29apr2012.jpg

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arfmax
05-13-2012, 12:03 AM
Today I got current Chicago White Sox 2nd baseman Gordon Beckham, 5 cards signed for free, at an appearance in Bolingbrook, IL.

Photo of 3 of the signed Beckham cards in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/gbeckham12may2012.jpg

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cyberer
05-13-2012, 12:04 AM
thats really cool, esp for free- too bad beckham hasnt lived up to the hype yet...

arfmax
05-13-2012, 02:13 AM
agreed. He is an outstanding fielder, but not sure where he is going to land on the hitting spectrum.

arfmax
06-02-2012, 06:08 PM
Yesterday I got legendary Chicago White Sox slugger, and future Hall of Famer, Frank Thomas, 2 cards and 1 8x10 signed, for a $5 charitable donation, at a store promoting his "Big Hurt Beer", in Highland Park, IL. I also bought two 12 packs of the beer, which he signed the outside cardboard on each. I don't drink, so this probably wasn't the best investment!

Photo of two of the signed Thomas cards in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/fthomas01jun2012.jpg

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arfmax
06-10-2012, 01:14 AM
Today, I got current Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings, 8 cards signed for free, at an appearance in Kenosha, WI.

Photo of 3 of the signed Jennings cards in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/bjennings09jun2012.jpg

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arfmax
06-16-2012, 06:07 PM
Today, I got former Chicago White Sox slugger Bill Melton, 2 cards signed for free, at an appearance in Morton Grove, IL.

Photo of the 2 signed Melton cards in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/bmelton16jun2012.jpg

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arfmax
06-21-2012, 11:00 PM
Today, I got current Chicago White Sox leadoff hitter and center fielder, Alejandro De Aza, 8 cards signed for free, at an appearance in Mount Prospect, IL.

Photo of 3 of the signed De Aza cards in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/adeaza21jun2012.jpg

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arfmax
06-24-2012, 12:31 AM
Today, I waited in a long line to get wrestling Hall of Famer, The Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels, 3 cards and 1 8x10 signed, for free, at an appearance in Gurnee, IL. They cut the line off at about 400 people, an hour before the appearance was supposed to start. He was incredibly friendly, and seemed to enjoy chatting with the fans.

Photo of the 8x10 and 2 of the cards in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/smichaels23jun2012.jpg

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arfmax
06-24-2012, 10:20 PM
Today, I got multiple autographs at the Chicago Bears Day at Arlington Racetrack in Arlington Heights, for the cost of admission to the racetrack.

First, I got Jarrett Payton, son of Walter Payton, who was promoting his new beer. I got one 8x10 and a card signed:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/jpayton24jun2012.jpg

Then, I got James "Big Cat" Williams, 2 cards signed:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/jwilliams24jun2012.jpg

Then, I got Super Bowl XX Champion Shaun Gayle, 2 cards signed:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/sgayle24jun2012.jpg

Finally, I got current Chicago Bears linebacker Nick Roach, 2 8x10's signed:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/nroach24jun2012.jpg

I also got a generic Bears logo 8x10 signed by former Super Bowl XX Champion Chicago Bear Tom Thayer, and also in attendance was Super Bowl XX Champion Chicago Bear Steve "Mongo" McMichael, who I have gotten so many times, I have absolutely nothing left for him to sign!

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samsdad
06-25-2012, 12:56 AM
Man there are alot of appearances there. How do you hear of them all? I use google alerrs but i dont see anything like this. Of course you are in Chicago , a great city, but wow

Nowitzki41Lam14
06-25-2012, 01:08 AM
Ur lucky with Brandon Jennings.
I was at a game in China and I was 3 meters away. He looked multiple times and never came over to sign.

arfmax
06-25-2012, 01:32 PM
samsdad-I check signingshotline.com, and a chicago-based autograph site, but also browse team websites for appearances, or look for store grand opening events, etc.

nowitzki41lam14-Yes. He seems to do a bunch of appearances for the Bucks, locally in the Milwaukee-area, but this is the closest I have seen him to Chicago. He was blase, not friendly, but not unfriendly.

mrveggieman
06-25-2012, 02:59 PM
Sweet Brandon Jennings. I wanted to get him IP when he plays the hawks but the first time I went he didn't come out to sign and I didn't get a chance to go to the game last season.

tboculosis
06-26-2012, 01:45 PM
Sweet job getting HBK. I missed him big time last year when he was brought in for Autorama. And yeah, Jennings is mostly a jerk outside of the ocassional signing appearances that he makes in WI. Kudos for racking up on him though. I was lucky enough to just get 1 signature from him last season.

arfmax
06-26-2012, 02:38 PM
ty.

I'm open to trading an IP Brandon Jennings auto if anyone has any autographed 1987 Topps baseball cards that I need. Let me know!

Chicagodave
06-27-2012, 02:33 PM
https://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs066/1102372752417/img/2705.jpg

arfmax
06-27-2012, 03:51 PM
Chicagodave-Nice find, I didn't know about that one yet. That Binny's location has had John Scott (Blackhawks), Frank Thomas, Denis Savard, and more! I don't think I have anyting left for Peanut, however, so I will offer it up for a 50/50.

arfmax
06-30-2012, 10:22 PM
Today, I got current Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, 5 cards and 1 Draft Bobblehead signed for free, at an appearance in Algonquin, IL.

Photo of 2 of the signed Noah cards in photobucket (I love the first card):
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/jnoah30jun2012.jpg

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Mattsecre
07-01-2012, 03:42 AM
Great success. Noah is an awesome signer.

at350zguyy
07-01-2012, 11:41 PM
i was at the thing for noah too. was nice that he actually signed as much stuff as you had.

arfmax
07-02-2012, 03:21 PM
He's always been good about signing more than one thing in the past. I just did one thing for myself and my wife, and the kids did two cards each. I had a ton more cards, but figured wait until another signing. He's a fun guy

arfmax
07-02-2012, 10:34 PM
Today, I got former Montreal Expo, Chicago Cubs, and Boston Red Sox slugger, and member of the Hall of Fame, Andre Dawson, 2 books signed, for the cost of the books, at an appearance at Sam's Club in Vernon Hills, IL. Since it was a book signing, he wouldn't sign anything else, although I tried with a card or a ball.

Photo of the signed book in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/adawson02jul2012.jpg

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arfmax
07-09-2012, 12:54 AM
Today, I got three former Chicago Blackhawks, and all members of the Hockey Hall of Fame, at the same appearance in Cicero, IL:
Denis Savard, signed two cards for free
Tony Esposito signed four cards for free
Stan Mikita signed three 8x10's and one card for free.

Pic of the Savard signed cards:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/dsavard08jul2012.jpg

Pic of 2 of the Esposito signed cards:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/tesposito08jul2012.jpg

Pic of 2 of the Mikita signed 8x10's, including the one that he wrote HOF on:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/smikita08jul2012.jpg

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arfmax
07-14-2012, 01:39 AM
Today I got former Milwaukee Brewers pitcher, AL MVP, AL Cy Young Award winner, and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Rollie Fingers, 8 cards signed, 1 authentic major league baseball, and 1 candid photo that I found of him from when I saw him in Philadelphia at the All-Star Game Fan Forum thing, way back when I was in college, all for free, at an appearance in Kenosha, WI.

Photo of 3 of the signed Fingers cards:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/rfingers13jul2012.jpg

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arfmax
07-15-2012, 06:11 PM
Yesterday, I attended the Schaumburg Boomers vs. Normal Cornbelters minor league baseball game (independent league), and got autographs from former San Diego Padres pitcher Brian Lawrence (Cornbelters pitching coach), 3 cards signed, former Atlanta Braves farmhand Tyler Stovall (Cornbelters pitcher), 2 cards signed, and former Chicago White Sox slugger Carlos May (Boomers 1st base coach), 2 cards signed.

Photo of the 3 Lawrence signed cards:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/blawrence14jul2012.jpg

Photo of the 2 Stovall signed cards:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/tstovall14jul2012.jpg

Photo of the 2 May signed cards:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/cmay14jul2012.jpg

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arfmax
07-22-2012, 01:53 AM
Today I got future Hall of Famer, Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas, who signed two cans of his beer, and one card, for free, at an appearance promoting his beer at the Summer Celebration festival in the town that I live in, Vernon Hills, IL.

Photo of the signed card:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/fthomas21jul2012.jpg

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arfmax
07-29-2012, 12:29 AM
Today I attended the Joliet Slammers vs. Windy City Thunderbolts minor league baseball game (independent league), and got autographs from former Chicago White Sox pitcher Ehren Wassermann (Thunderbolts pitching coach), 1 card signed, former Montreal Expos and Seattle Mariners pitcher Matt Wagner (Thunderbolts 1st base coach), 2 cards signed, former Baltimore Orioles farmhand Jake Renshaw (Slammers pitcher), 1 card signed, former Minnesota Twins farmhand Erik Lis (Slammers player), 1 card signed,
former Colorado Rockies farmhand David Christensen (Slammers player), 2 cards signed, and former Angels farmhand Brandon Decker (Thunderbolts player), 1 card signed.

Photo of the Decker autographed card:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/bdecker28jul2012.jpg

Photo of the Wassermann autographed card:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/ewassermann28jul2012.jpg

Photo of the 2 Wagner signed cards:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/mwagner28jul2012.jpg

Photo of the 2 Christensen signed cards:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/dchristensen28jul2012.jpg

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arfmax
07-29-2012, 07:13 PM
Today, I got 2 sets of autographs at the Chicago White Sox Day at Arlington Racetrack in Arlington Heights, for the cost of admission to the racetrack. I will post the 2nd person later.

I got former Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees slugger, and 1983 AL Rookie of the Year, Ron Kittle, 7 cards signed and 3 black and white 5x7 photos signed.

Photo of 3 of the signed Kittle cards:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/rkittle29jul2012.jpg

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arfmax
07-30-2012, 10:04 PM
Today, I got 2 sets of autographs at the Chicago White Sox Day at Arlington Racetrack in Arlington Heights, for the cost of admission to the racetrack. The first posting is before this.

I got former Negro League and Chicago White Sox legend, and the only ball player to appear professionally in seven different decades, Minnie Minoso, one authentic MLB baseball, 2 cards (he signed the Allen & Ginter upside down for some reason), 2 black and white 5x7 photos signed, and 1 8x10, inscribed with Cuban Comet, which he was leery about signing, questioning if I was with a business when I requested him to put the Cuban Comet. He refused to sign a 2001 Topps American Pie card, something about his agent told him not to sign them, he wasn't very easy to understand, the man is 86 and English is not his native language.

Photo of the Minoso haul:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/mminoso29jul2012.jpg

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Chicagodave
08-07-2012, 07:00 PM
Lance Briggs and Earl Bennett will be at saver's Thrift stores : This is from the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago face book page

Chicago Bears Fans...now is your chance to meet seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker, Lance Briggs, and wide receiver, Earl Bennett, at one of the new Savers Thrift Stores! Scheduled appearances take place Sunday, August 19: St. Charles, Lance Briggs--11AM-12:30PM; Orland Park, Earl Bennett--11AM-12:20PM; Arlington Heights, Lance Briggs--2PM-3:30PM; Carol Stream, Earl Bennett--2PM-3:30PM. Show your support for Savers, the Chicago Bears, and the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago!

arfmax
08-11-2012, 10:41 PM
Today I got 9-Time UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes, 2 cards signed (he personalized both), for free, at a grand opening of a store in Arlington Heights, IL.

Photo of both of the signed Hughes cards:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/mhughes11aug2012.jpg

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arfmax
08-18-2012, 12:29 AM
Today I got 2 autographs on trading cards from former Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman, and 3-time Stanley Cup winner, Steve Smith, at a hockey camp in Vernon Hills, IL.

Photo of the signed cards in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/ssmith17aug2012.jpg

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arfmax
08-18-2012, 11:25 PM
Today, my family and I drove to Delavan, WI, for a free signing with what was planned to be three current Milwaukee Brewers. Unfortunately, one of the Brewers cancelled, Yovani Gallardo, due to a personal matter, however, I was thrilled to get the other two.
First was Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Shaun Marcum, and I was able to get 8 cards signed, and 2 11x14 photos that they were handing out, signed for free.
Photo of the Marcum auto'd cards:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/smarcum18aug2012.jpg

Then, we were able to do extremely well with current Milwaukee Brewers 2nd baseman and 2011 All-Star, Rickie Weeks, 9 cards signed and a ball signed on the sweet spot with 2011 All-Star inscription, for free.

Photo of the Weeks cards and ball:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/rweeks18aug2012.jpg

Well-organized, not that many people out (went through the line twice, and probably could have gone again if desired), and it started 20 minutes early. Can't beat that!

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arfmax
08-19-2012, 09:57 PM
Capped off a nice weekend of free signings with current Chicago Bears linebacker, and 7-consecutive Pro Bowl selection, Lance Briggs. I got three cards and 1 8x10 signed for free, at a grand opening in Arlington Heights, IL.

Photo of the signed 8x10 and cards:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/lbriggs19aug2012.jpg

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TPotts
08-19-2012, 09:59 PM
Awesome Briggs'. I always liked him!

arfmax
09-02-2012, 05:44 PM
Yesterday, I got current Anaheim Ducks right winger and Team USA silver medalist in the Vancouver Olympic Games, Bobby Ryan, 8 cards signed, for free, at an appearance in Downers Grove, IL.

Photo of the signed cards in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/bryan01sep2012.jpg

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arfmax
09-11-2012, 11:10 PM
Stretching the bounds of 'Chicago burbs' a bit, but today I went to the Al McGuire Center at Marquette University to attend the Dwyane Wade book signing. Wade would only sign the books, no personalization, no inscription, and no other items. I bought two books, and he signed both. He was incredibly fast, but he shook hands, and looked up and said hi when he signed.

Photo of the signed book in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/dwade11sep2012.jpg

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arfmax
09-14-2012, 01:16 AM
Today I got an autograph from 3-time Nascar Sprint Cup Series winner Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 car, at an appearance at Offic Depot, one of his sponsors, in Arlington Heights, IL. I had Stewart sign a 1:24 Scale Stock Car, which he signed on the windshield, for free.

Photo of Stewart at the event (sideways, sorry):
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/tstewartactionphoto13sep2012.jpg

Photo of the Stewart auto:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/tstewart13sep2012.jpg

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arfmax
09-18-2012, 11:35 PM
Today, I got autographs from current Chicago Bears tight end Matt Spaeth, and current Chicago Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett, at a joint appearance at a cellular store in Vernon Hills, IL.
I got 2 8x10's and 2 cards signed by Spaeth, and 6 cards signed by Bennett, for free.

Photo of the signed Spaeth items:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/mspaeth18sep2012_zps2e5cf125.jpg

Photo of the signed Bennett cards:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/ebennett18sep2012_zpsdfc12a43.jpg

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arfmax
09-26-2012, 01:30 AM
Today I got autographs from Chicago Bears rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, 7 cards signed, for free, at a TV show taping in Vernon Hills, IL.

Photo of the signed cards:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/ajeffery25sep2012.jpg

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arfmax
10-05-2012, 01:57 AM
Today I got autographs from former Chicago Bear, San Francisco 49er, and Dallas Cowboys linebacker and special teamer Jim Schwantz. Schwantz won Super Bowl XXX with the Cowboys, was selected to a Pro Bowl, and is a current Chicago Bears pre and post-game broadcaster, as well as the mayor of a local suburb! He signed all 13 cards that I brought, for free, at an event at a library in Vernon Hills, IL, where he also showed his Super Bowl ring, replica Super Bowl trophy, authentic Super Bowl football, game used jersey, game-used helmets, and 2 signed photos from Steve Young and Reggie White, and told stories of his career.

Photo of the signed cards:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/jschwantz04oct2012.jpg

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arfmax
10-08-2012, 10:41 PM
Today I got autographs from current Chicago Bears long snapper, Patrick Mannelly, 3 8x10's signed, for free, at an appearance in Libertyville, IL.
Currently, Mannelly is the longest tenured player on the Bears roster with 15 seasons played, and on September 27, 2010, Mannelly broke Steve McMichael's Chicago Bears record for most games played as a Bear, with 192.

Photo of the signed photos:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/pmannelly08oct2012.jpg

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BPensyl125
10-08-2012, 11:45 PM
Also, one of the few players from Duke in the NFL. Good job.

arfmax
10-17-2012, 01:12 AM
Today I got autographs from Chicago Bears rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, 1 card signed and 2 8x10's signed, for free, at a TV show taping in Vernon Hills, IL.

Photo of the signed card and 8x10's (the Bears one he inscribed Go Bears, and the South Carolina one he inscribed Go Gamecocks:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/ajeffery16oct2012.jpg

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arfmax
10-25-2012, 11:55 PM
Today I got autographs from former Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, and Pittsburgh Penguins center Eddie Olczyk, who was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame on October 15, 2012. I got autographs on two 8x10's, including one inscribed 2012 US Hockey HOF, for free, at an appearance at a sports bar in Vernon Hills, IL.

Photo of the 2 8x10's in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/eolczyk25oct2012.jpg

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arfmax
10-28-2012, 01:28 AM
Today I got autographs from current Chicago Bear and former Oakland Raiders and Louisville Cardinals running back Michael Bush, 8 cards signed for free, at an appearance in Frankfort, IL.

Photo of the signed cards:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/mbush27oct2012.jpg

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arfmax
10-29-2012, 11:23 PM
Today I got autographs from current Chicago Bears cornerback DJ Moore, 4 cards signed for free, at an appearance in Wheeling, IL.

Photo of the signed cards:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/djmoore29oct2012.jpg

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arfmax
10-31-2012, 12:49 AM
Today I was thrilled to get autographs of former Carolina Panthers and current Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers, 2 cards and 2 8x10's signed, for free, at an appearance in Libertyville, IL. I haven't seen him do a free signing appearance since signing with the Bears, and he is one of the biggest names on the team, so it was nice to get him. He was appearing for the Chicago Bears coat drive, where you can donate new or gently used winter coats.

Pics of the autograph photos and cards in photobucket:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/jpeppers30oct2012.jpg

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Jaded
10-31-2012, 01:23 AM
Nice Peppers, I thought he was only doing one per?

arfmax
10-31-2012, 12:17 PM
Jaded-brought the wife and kids

walker066
11-03-2012, 12:16 AM
I'm so jealous of your Bears autos. I'm a huge fan, but live in Delaware so my only chance is autograph shows which get costly.

arfmax
11-14-2012, 12:30 AM
Today I got an autograph from Chicago Bears starting center and captain Roberto Garza, 1 8x10 signed, for free, at a TV show taping in Vernon Hills, IL.

Photo of the signed 8x10:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/rgarza13nov2012.jpg

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arfmax
11-16-2012, 11:50 PM
Today I got autographs from former Chicago Bears wide receiver, and current sports talk radio host Tom Waddle, 6 cards signed for free, at an appearance in McHenry, IL.

Photo of the signed cards:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/twaddle16nov2012.jpg

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arfmax
11-17-2012, 06:32 PM
Today I got an autograph from former Chicago Bears defensive end, and part of the Super Bowl XX Champion team, Mike Hartenstine, for free, at an appearance at the Sports Collectibles Convention in Rosemont, IL.

Photo of the signed card:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/mhartenstine17nov2012.jpg

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arfmax
11-28-2012, 01:14 AM
Today I went to two different places for autographs. First, I got autographs from Chicago Bears rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, 4 cards signed, for free, at an appearance in Algonquin, IL.

Photo of the signed Jeffery cards:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/ajeffery27nov2012.jpg

Then, I got an autograph from Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte, 1 8x10 signed, for free, at a TV show taping in Vernon Hills, IL.

Photo of the signed Conte 8x10:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/cconte27nov2012.jpg

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arfmax
11-30-2012, 11:23 PM
Today, I got autographs from 2 current Chicago Bears, tight end Matt Spaeth, 2 8x10's and 1 card signed, and defensive tackle Stephen Paea, 5 cards signed, all for free, at an appearance in Antioch, IL.

Photo of the signed Spaeth card:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/mspaeth30nov2012.jpg

Photo of the signed Paea cards:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/spaea30nov2012.jpg

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arfmax
12-11-2012, 10:46 PM
Today I went to a trifecta of football signings.

First, I went to an appearance by Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte, and got 6 cards signed, for free, at an appearance in Chicago, IL.
Photo of the signed cards (including 2 Inception cards I have been trying to get signed for awhile):
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/mforte11dec2012.jpg

Then, I drove near Milwaukee, and went to an appearance by Green Bay Packers linebacker AJ Hawk, and got 4 cards signed, for free, at an appearance in Brookfield, WI.
Photo of the signed cards:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/ajhawk11dec2012.jpg

Finally, I went to an appearance by Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith, and got 1 8x10 and 1 5x7 signed, for free, at an appearance in Glendale, WI.
Photo of the signed photos:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/edietrichsmith11dec2012.jpg

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lambeauleap87
12-11-2012, 11:15 PM
Crazy haul today! Those Fortes look great...love the EDS too!

bigticket401
12-11-2012, 11:43 PM
Omg those Forte's are ill love that inception set

arfmax
12-12-2012, 11:42 AM
thanks!

arfmax
12-15-2012, 10:21 PM
Today I got autographs from former Chicago Blackhawk Jeremy Roenick at the last stop of his week-long Illinois book tour. If you bought the book, he would sign a few additional pieces of memorabilia for free, so I got two cards and a puck signed, along with his new book "J.R.", at Costco in Schaumburg, IL.

Photo of signed cards and puck:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc381/arfmax/jroenick15dec2012.jpg

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