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    CyberErik's Success Thread- just starting out, feedback and help welcome!

    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
    Last edited by cyberer; 01-26-2011 at 04:04 AM.

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    Glad your back! Love looking at the baseball success...Great job on the Ryan Braun
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  4. #1033
    Hey eric i PM'ed you about Bryce Brown 8x10... Let me know

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    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.

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    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.
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    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:





    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!






    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.

  8. #1037
    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

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    @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:




    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:




    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.



    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!




    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:




    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!

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    Dude great Job on SI! It looks pretty sick. As Philly Fan said i am jealous!
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