Thursday, June 28, 2012

Favorite Player: Lee Janzen

Lee Janzen is the one golfer in my Favorite Player binder. He lives in Lakeland, Florida, which is where I spent about 20 years of my life. While I was working as a cashier at a grocery store, his mother came through my line, and we got to talking about the current golf tournament going on, which at that time, Tiger Woods was winning. She got so mad about me mentioning Tigers name, and even cursed, I believe. It was cool getting to meet her, and I wished her son best of luck, but if I ever see her again, I will never mention Woods again.

LEE JANZEN CARDS I HAVE:
2002 Upper Deck
2003 Upper Deck Collared Classics
2012 SP Authentic Sign of the Times certified autograph

Favorite Player: Jordan Hicks

Jordan Hicks is a Type 1 diabetic, and is a recent addition to my Favorite Player binder.

JORDAN HICKS CARDS I HAVE:
2018 Bowman
2018 Bowman Chrome
2018 Topps Chrome
2018 Topps Heritage
2019 Topps

Favorite Player: Gary Glover

Gary Glover is from DeLand, Florida, and is good friends with my buddy Jim, who is a big Cardinals collector and has been to some card events with me. Eventually, I'm going to send these to Gary to get signed, and hopefully pick up some more of his cards.

GARY GLOVER CARDS I HAVE:
2000 Skybox
2002 Topps Total
2003 Topps
2003 Topps Gold
2005 Topps Total

Favorite Player: Logan Gilbert

Logan Gilbert is a new addition to the Favorite Player binder, so I don't have many cards of him. He helped Stetson University to the Regional Finals of the 2018 College World Series.

LOGAN GILBERT CARDS I HAVE:
2018 Panini Contenders

Favorite Player: Brent Gates

Brent Gates is from Grand Rapids, Michigan. I was born in Grand Rapids, and lived there for the first 8 years of my life, so I collect cards of guys that are from there. Not pictured with my cards is an autographed 1993 Topps card of Brent, which I have filed with my Quinton McCracken cards. You can click the link to see the picture of it with the McCracken cards. Tough thing about having 2 favorite players on the same card.

BRENT GATES CARDS I HAVE:
1992 Score
1992 Topps
1992 Topps Gold Winners
1993 Topps (ttm auto)
1993 Topps Gold
1994 Collector's Choice
1994 Fleer
1994 Select
1995 Leaf
1995 Score

Favorite Player: Lenny Dinardo

Lenny Dinardo is a former Stetson Hatter, who I’ve met in the minors before I ever knew about DeLand, FL and Stetson U.  Pictures with his cards is an uncut sheet of cards from Stetson. Lenny is pictured on the top right.

LENNY DINARDO CARDS I HAVE:
2002 Topps
2002 Topps Total
2002 Upper Deck USA Baseball certified autograph
2007 Topps
2008 Upper Deck

Favorite Player: Brian Buchanan

I’ve got to see Brian Buchanan play many times over the course of his career. I saw him in Tampa when he was a minor leaguer, and got his ‘95 Topps card autographed, and I saw him as a Twin in 2001, and got his 2001 Topps card signed. I sold most of my autographs at one point, and have lost those cards, but I’ve built up my Buchanan collection.

BRIAN BUCHANAN CARDS I HAVE:
1994 Signature Rookies certified autograph
1995 Fleer Excell
1995 Topps
1998 Bowman
1998 Topps
2002 Upper Deck 40-Man
2003 Upper Deck 40-Man

Monday, June 11, 2012

Favorite Player Collection: Mike Alstott

Mike Alstott was a beast when he played. He was a powerful fullback and when teamed with the speedy Warrick Dunn, the Tampa Bay Bucs had 2 threats in the running game.
I went to an awesome Monday night game in Tampa when they played the Rams in 2000. My youth pastor got us club seats, and we sat near Mike’s mother. The Bucs won a tight game 38-35 which featured a 4th down conversion in the closing minutes, and a John Lynch interception to seal the game. After the game, I got Mike’s autograph on his 1998 Bowman’s Best card, as well as a cereal box of Mike Alstott’s A-Train Express. I can’t find the cereal box, but I do still have the card.

MIKE ALSTOTT CARDS I HAVE
1996 Score
1998 Bowman’s Best (autographed)
2000 Upper Deck
2001 Upper Deck Legends Past Patterns game-used jersey