Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Favorite Player:Carl Everett

Carl was ostracized for some of his personal views, but I admire him for speaking them and I was lucky enough to get his autograph when he was with Washington, and he seemed nice enough to me.

Carl Everett Cards I Have
1991 Bowman
1991 Score
1991 Topps
1993 Team Stadium Club
1993 Topps Traded
1994 Collector's Choice
1994 Pinnacle
1994 Select
1994 Sportflix
1994 Topps Gold
1995 Fleer
1996 Donruss
1996 Pinnacle
1996 Topps
1996 Upper Deck
1997 Score
1997 Score Reserve
1998 Pacific Gold Crown
1998 Pinnacle
1998 Topps
2000 Stadium Club Chrome Refractor
2000 Topps
2001 Topps
2001 Topps Opening Day
2001 Upper Deck Vintade Tead Lineups
2002 Topps
2002 Topps Traded
2002 Topps Traded Gold
2002 Upper Deck
2002 Upper Deck Victory
2003 Topps
2003 Upper Deck
2003 Upper Deck Vintage 
2004 Donruss Throwback Threads
2004 Topps
2004 Topps Chrome Traded
2004 Topps Cracker Jack
2005 Donruss Champions game-used bat
2005 Topps
2006 Topps

Favorite Player:Aubrey Huff

Aubrey was always nice to fans when he was with the Rays. I also admire him for speaking his beliefs knowing that he would be ridiculed like he has been since he retired.

Aubrey Huff Cards that I Have
1999 Bowman Chrome
1999 Team Best autographs
2000 Bowman
2000 Topps
2001 Fleer Futures
2001 Fleer Futures Black
2001 Fleer Platinum
2001 Fleer Triple Crown
2001 Pacific Gold Crown
2001 SP Authentic
2001 SP Top Prospects
2001 Topps (with Scott Seabol & Joe Crede)
2001 Topps Heritage
2001 Upper Deck
2001 Upper Deck Minor League
2002 Bowman
2002 Bowman Freshman Fiber jersey
2002 Bowman Heritage
2002 Donruss Best of Fan Club Spotlight
2002 Donruss Fan Club
2002 Leaf Rookies and Stars
2002 Topps
2002 Topps Home Team Advantage
2002 Topps Chrome
2002 Topps Total
2003 Bowman
2003 Donruss
2003 Donruss Champions
2003 Donruss Diamond Kings
2003 Donruss Elite
2003 Donruss Team Heroes
2003 Fleer Box Score
2003 Fleer Patchworks
2003 Fleer Platinum Unsung Heroes
2003 Fleer Splendid Splinters
2003 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia
2003 Topps
2003 Topps 205
2003 Topps Chrome
2003 Topps Heritage
2003 Topps Opening Day
2003 Topps Total
2003 Upper Deck
2003 Upper Deck 40-Man
2003 Upper Deck First Pitch
2003 Upper Deck Game Face
2004 Bazooka Sticker
2004 Bowman
2004 Bowman Heritage
2004 Donruss
2004 Donruss Classics
2004 Donruss Diamond Kings
2004 Finest
2004 Fleer Platinum
2004 Fleer Platinum Unsung Heroes
2004 Studio Stars
2004 Topps
2004 Topps Chrome
2004 Topps Chrome Refractor
2004 Topps Cracker Jack
2004 Topps Heritage
2004 Topps Opening Day
2004 Topps Pristine
2004 Upper Deck
2004 Upper Deck Diamond Collection
2004 Upper Deck Power Up
2004 Upper Deck Sweet Spot
2004 Upper Deck Vintage
2005 Rays Schedule
2005 Bazooka mini
2005 Bazooka Sticker
2005 Bowman Gold
2005 DAV
2005 Donruss
2005 Donruss Classics Timeless Tributes
2005 Donruss Diamond Kings
2005 Donruss Leather & Lumber
2005 Fleer Platinum
2005 Leaf
2005 Playoff Prestige Xtra Bases
2005 Playoff Prestige Prestigious Pros
2005 Studio
2005 Topps
2005 Topps 1st Edition
2005 Topps Cracker Jack
2005 Topps Total
2005 Topps Turkey Red
2005 Upper Deck
2005 Upper Deck Team Leaders
2005 Upper Deck Artifacts
2005 Upper Deck Rookie Premiers
2005 Upper Deck Sweet Spot
2005 Zenith Red Hot
2006 Allen & Ginter
2006 Allen & Ginter Dick Perez Collection
2006 Bowman
2006 Fleer Tradition
2006 Topps (Rays)
2006 Topps (Astros)
2006 Topps Opening Day
2006 Topps (Rays team set)
2006 Ultra
2006 Upper Deck First Pitch Star Attractions
2007 Bowman
2007 Bowman Heritage Rainbow
2007 Topps
2007 Upper Deck
2008 Bowman Chrome Blue Refractor
2008 Topps
2009 Topps
2009 Topps Ticket to Stardome
2009 Upper Deck Series 1
2009 Upper Deck Series 2
2010 Topps
2011 Allen & Ginter
2011 Topps
2012 Topps
2013 Topps Green Sparkle

Favorite Player: Cecil Fielder

I remember Cecil being one of the best players on my favorite team when I first started following baseball. I hated to see him go to the Yankees, but at least it allowed him to get a ring.

Cecil Fielder Cards that I Have 
1986 Donruss
1986 Topps
1987 Topps
1988 Donruss
1988 Topps
1989 Donruss
1989 Fleer
1989 Score
1990 Bowman
1990 Donruss Best
1990 Score Traded
1990 Topps Traded
1990 Upper Deck
1991 Bowman
1991 Bowman Silver Slugger
1991 Donruss Diamond King
1991 Donruss MVP
1991 Donruss (base)
1991 Donruss Grand Slammer
1991 Donruss Highlights
1991 Fleer (base)
1991 Fleer Super Star Special
1991 Leaf Previews
1991 Leaf (base)
1991 O-Pee-Chee Premier
1991 Score (base)
1991 Score All-Star
1991 Score Master Blaster
1991 Score Highlights
1991 Score Super Star
1991 Stadium Club Charter Member
1991 Stadium Club Members Only (with Jose Canseco)
1991 Topps All-Star
1991 Topps (base)
1991 Topps Highlight custom
1991 Topps Cracker Jack
1991 Ultra
1991 Ultra Great Performances
1991 Upper Deck 'Fielder's Feat'
1991 Upper Deck (base)
1991 Upper Deck Final All-Star
1991 Upper Deck Silver Slugger
1991 US Playing Cards King of Spades
1992 Donruss All-Star
1992 Donruss (base)
1992 Donruss Cracker Jack
1992 Fleer (base)
1992 Fleer League Leader
1992 Fleer Super Star Special
1992 Fleer The Performers (7-11/Citgo giveway)
1992 Leaf
1992 Pinnacle
1992 Post
1992 Score (base)
1992 Score All-Star
1992 Score '90's Impact Player
1992 Score Superstar
1992 Stadium Club
1992 Stadium Club Members Choice
1992 Topps All-Star
1992 Topps (base, autographed ttm)
1992 Topps Gold (base)
1992 Topps Gold Winners (base)
1992 Triple Play
1992 Upper Deck Checklist
1992 Upper Deck (base)
1992 Upper Deck Diamond Skills
1992 Upper Deck All-Star Fanfest All-Star Heroes)
1992 US Playing Cards King of Clubs
1992 US Playing Cards Ace of Hearts
1993 Cardtoons
1993 Donruss
1993 Fleer (base)
1993 Fleer League Leaders
1993 Fleer Round Trippers
1993 Fleer Fruit of the Loom
1993 Fleer Flair
1993 Hostess
1993 Leaf
1993 Pinnacle Cooperstown Card
1993 Post
1993 Score
1993 Select
1993 Stadium Club
1993 Studio
1993 Topps
1993 Topps Gold
1993 Topps Black Gold
1993 Ultra HR King
1993 Upper Deck (base)
1993 Upper Deck Award Winners
1993 Upper Deck Motown Mashers
1993 Upper Deck On Deck
1993 Upper Deck Iooss Collection insert
1994 Collector's Choice (base)
1994 Collector's Choice Checklist
1994 Collector's Choice Checklist Silver Signature
1994 Donruss
1994 Donruss Special Edition
1994 Fleer
1994 Leaf
1994 Pinnacle
1994 Topps
1994 Topps Black Gold
1994 Triple Play
1994 Triple Play League Leaders
1994 Ultra
1994 Upper Deck (base)
1994 Upper Deck Home Field Advantage
1995 Collector's Choice SE
1995 Collector's Choice SE Silver Signature
1995 Score
1995 SP Championship Series (base)
1995 SP Championship Series Major League Pro-Files
1995 Stadium Club Members Only
1995 Topps
1996 Fleer Encore
1996 Leaf
1996 Pinnalce Denny's Hologram
1996 Score Star Struck
1996 Studio
1996 Topps
1996 Upper Deck
1997 Leaf
1997 Stadium Club Matrix
1997 Topps
1998 Topps
1998 Upper Deck
1999 Topps custom
2005 Topps Pristine Legends Valuable Performance bat relic
2018 Topps Longball Legends

Favorite Player: Joe Espada

Joe Espada is a University of Mobile alum, attending there about 2 or 3 years before my first year there. I believe he attended with JC Romero, who was also there shortly before me.

Joe Espada Cards that I Have
2000 Topps Chrome
2001 Upper Deck

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Favorite Player: Tim Tebow

Like him or not, Tim Tebow is a draw for whatever he is doing. I personally like him, and feel that he has been banished from the NFL because of his outspoken faith. I hope he can make it to the Major Leagues and be successful.

2010 Donruss Rated Rookie (fb)
2010 Panini Gridiron Gear Tebow/Bradford/Claussen jersey (fb)
2019 Bowman Chrome (bb)

Monday, July 2, 2012

Favorite Player: Kalian Sams

Kalian Sams is a part of the Dutch National Team.

2013 Brandt Tucson Padres

Favorite Player: Adam Roller

Adam Roller went to Lakeland High School a few years before I went there. He has a few cards out there, and I might be able to get all of them.

2002 Bowman
2002 Bowman Chrome Refractor certified autograph
2002 Topps

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Favorite Player: Kevin Nicholson

Kevin Nicholson went to Stetson University, and that is why I collect him.

1998 Bowman
2000 Bowman Chrome
2001 Team Best certified autograph
2001 Upper Deck

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.

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.

2018 Bowman
2018 Bowman Chrome
2018 Topps
2018 Topps Archives
2018 Topps Chrome
2018 Topps Fire
2018 Topps Gallery
2018 Topps Gallery Wood Border
2018 Topps Heritage
2018 Topps Holiday
2019 Donruss Majestic Materials jersey
2019 Topps
2019 Topps Significant Statistics
2019 Topps Fire
2020 Donruss
2020 Donruss Holo Orange
2020 Panini Chronicles Classics Autograph (certified autograph)
2020 Topps
2020 Topps Heritage
2020 Topps Stickers Flame Throwers
2021 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.

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.

2018 Bowman Draft
2018 Bowman's Best Best of 2018 Autograph
2018 Panini Contenders
2019 Bowman Chrome Purple Shimmer Refractor
2020 Bowman
2020 Bowman Top 100
2020 Bowman Chrome
2019 Bowman Platinum Autograph
2020 Prism Warming in the Pen
2020 Topps Pro Debut
2021 Bowman
2021 Bowman Chrome
2021 Topps Update
2021 Topps Archives
2022 Topps
2022 Topps Chrome
2022 Topps Opening Day

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.

1992 Score
1992 Topps
1992 Topps Gold Winners
1993 Topps (ttm auto)
1993 Topps Traded
1993 Topps Gold
1994 Collector's Choice
1994 Finest All-Star
1994 Fleer
1994 Select
1994 Stadium Club
1994 Triple Play
1994 Ultra
1994 Ultra 2nd Year Standouts
1994 Upper Deck Fun Pack
1994 Upper Deck Fun Pack Foldouts
1995 Leaf
1995 Score
1995 Stadium Club

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.  Pictured with his cards is an uncut sheet of cards from Stetson. Lenny is pictured on the top right.

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.

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.

1996 Finest
1996 Score
1996 Topps
1998 Bowman’s Best (autographed)
2000 Upper Deck
2001 Upper Deck Legends Past Patterns game-used jersey X2

Monday, March 12, 2012

Favorite Player: Derek Fisher

I don't know if this counts as player collection or just a card/moment. While visiting my mom in Corpus Christi, my wife took me and our 7-month-old son Kyler to an Astros game in 2017. We went on my birthday, June 14, and I was excited to see a potential playoff team in the Astros, hopefully see alot of runs being scored, check a new ballpark off of my list, and enjoy Kyler's first Major League game. While looking online shortly before the game, I saw that Derek Fisher would be making his MLB debut, and I anticipated maybe seeing his first career hit. We got seats in the Crawford Boxes, and Kyler stayed awake for most of the game that we saw. The only 2 things I regret is letting go of the HR ball in batting practice so a whiny kid could have it, and forgetting my phone in the car before the game.
During the game, Fisher flew out to left in the 2nd, and walked in the 4th. In the 6th, he led off with a HR to left for his first career hit. It was maybe a section to the left and one row ahead of where we were sitting. I saw an MLB official escort the guy who caught it away so it could be authenticated and given to Fisher. The Astros batted around that inning, and Fisher also singled, getting his first 2 career hits in the same inning. A great game.
So I am trying to collect Derek's 2017 Topps Update Rookie Debut card (#194).

Favorite Player: Gregg Olson

Gregg Olson was one of the first nationally-recognized players to come out of Auburn University when I was growing up. He was drafted a year before Frank Thomas and shortly after Bo Jackson. Gregg won the 1989 AL Rookie of the Year award, and put in several good seasons as a closer.

1989 Donruss Best
1989 Score Rookie/Traded
1989 Topps  (Rediscover Topps Gold)
1989 Topps Traded
1990 Bowman
1990 Bowman Painting Sweepstakes Insert
1990 Donruss
1990 Fleer
1990 Score
1990 Topps
1991 Donruss
1991 Fleer
1991 Score
1991 Studio
1991 Topps
1991 Ultra
1991 Upper Deck Team Checklist
1991 Upper Deck
1992 Leaf
1992 Pinnacle
1992 Score
1992 Score No-Hitter
1992 Score '90's Impact Player
1992 Score Superstar
1992 Stadium Club
1992 Topps
1992 Topps Gold Winners
1992 Ultra
1992 Upper Deck
1993 Flair
1993 Fleer
1993 Leaf
1993 Topps
1994 Collector's Choice
1994 Donruss Gold
1994 Fleer
1994 Pinnacle
1994 Score
1994 Stadium Club
1994 Topps Traded
1996 Topps custom
1999 Skybox Premium
1999 Stadium Club
1999 Topps
2000 Fleer Tradition
2001 Topps custom

Favorite Player: Ben Zobrist

When I used to go to a ton of Rays games, Ben Zobrist was always kind enough to stay after the game and sign autographs for everyone. I've got his autograph a ton, as you can see from the cards.

2006 Topps
2006 Topps Gold (ip auto)
2006 Topps '52 (ip auto)
2007 Topps (ip suto)
2007 Topps Chrome Refractor
2007 Topps Co-Signers
2007 Topps Heritage
2007 Topps Team Set
2008 Topps
2008 Topps Heritage (ip auto)
2009 Topps
2009 Topps All-Star
2009 Upper Deck (ip auto)
2010 Allen & Ginter
2010 Bowman
2010 Bowman Chrome
2010 Topps (ip auto)
2010 Topps Retro Logo (ip auto)
2010 Topps 206
2010 Topps Attax
2010 Topps Heritage
2010 Topps Opening Day Blue
2010 Topps Team Set (ip auto)
2011 Allen & Ginter (ip auto)
2011 Allen & Ginter Code
2011 Topps (ip auto)
2011 Topps Diamond (ip auto)
2011 Topps Gold (ip auto)
2011 Topps Opening Day (ip auto)
2011 Topps Team Set (ip auto)
2012 Allen & Ginter mini
2012 Bowman
2012 Topps
2012 Topps Gold
2012 Topps Archives
2012 Topps Chrome Refractor
2012 Topps Opening Day
2013 Bowman
2013 Bowman Chrome
2013 Panini Hometown Heroes
2013 Topps Update All-Star
2013 Topps ‘72 insert 
2013 Topps Wal-Mart Blue
2013 Topps Team Set
2013 Topps Gypsy Queen
2013 Topps Heritage
2013 Topps Opening Day
2014 Allen & Ginter
2014 Donruss
2014 Topps Team Set
2014 Topps Heritage
2014 Topps Tier 1 bat
2015 Topps
2015 Topps Gypsy Queen
2015 Topps Heritage
2015 Topps Update
2017 Bowman
2017 Topps Heritage World Series Highlights
2018 Topps
2019 Topps

Favorite Player: Jose Yepez

In 2003 when Jose Yepez was with the Dunedin Blue Jays, I got his game-used cracked bat. I got him to sign it either later in the year, or in 2004. He is a phantom ballplayer (someone who was called up to the Majors, but never played in a game). He was called up to the Mariners on June 29, 2011, but was sent back down on July 6, without appearing in a game.

2010 Bowman Chrome Green X-Fractor

Favorite Player: Metta World Peace

I am a big fan of CBS's Big Brother. Recently, Big Brother Celebrity Edition USA came on, and I loved watching Metta World Peace on the show. He was a little crazy, and didn't care about what anyone else thought. I decided to get a game-used jersey card of him, and if I can find the basketball card that I think I may have of his, I will add it to my collection.

2004-2005 Bowman Chrome
2007-2008 Upper Deck Sweet Shot Sweet Stitches Memorabilia jersey

Favorite Player: Bob Wolcott

When I was 15, I was pretty big into baseball. I had created my own type of 'simulation-style baseball', where I took 12 teams, made up an 11 game schedule, basically hit a marble with a pencil (wherever it landed determined the result of the play), and recorded the results. I thought Bob Wolcott was going to be a star then, and he showed it in my league, going 3-0 in 3 games started, and finishing 3rd in the Cy Young race. I have collected Bob Wolcott ever since.

1992 Stadium Club Dome
1993 Topps custom
1996 Finest Refractor
1996 Leaf Signature Series certified autograph
1996 Pacific
1996 Pinnacle
1996 Select
1996 Sportflics
1996 Topps
1996 Topps Team Set
1996 Topps Lazer Stadium Stars
1996 Upper Deck
1997 Collector's Choice
1997 Topps (autographed, purchased on eBay)
1997 Upper Deck Pepsi
1998 Pacific Paramount
1998 Topps custom

Favorite Player: Eddie Williams

Eddie Williams is a Type 1 Diabetic. I hope to add an autographed card to his collection someday.

1988 Donruss
1988 Fleer
1988 Topps
1989 Topps Traded
1991 Fleer
1991 Score
1995 Score
1995 Topps
1995 Topps Spectra Light/Cyberstats
1995 Upper Deck
1996 Ultra

Favorite Player: Greg Whiteman

Greg Whiteman was the ace of the 1996 Lakeland Tigers staff. He got traded to them from the Phillies, and soon was out of baseball. I got Greg to sign 2 programs for me while he was with Lakeland (he is on the bottom row, last player on the right).

Pack Filler he autographed
1994 Signature Rookies certified autograph
1996 Bowman

Favorite Player: Luke Weaver

Luke Weaver grew up in DeLand, Florida, which is where I currently live.

2014 Panini Prizm Perrenial Draft Picks Draft Class
2015 Bowman Draft Dividends
2015 Bowman's Best certified autograph
2015 Panini USA jersey
2016 Bowman Platinum
2017 Allen & Ginter mini A & G back
2017 Bowman Chrome Bowman's Top 100
2017 Bowman Platinum Rookie Radar
2017 Stadium Club
2017 Topps
2017 Topps Bunt
2017 Topps Chrome
2017 Topps Chrome '87
2017 Topps Gypsy Queen
2017 Topps Holiday
2017 Topps Opening Day
2018 Bowman Chrome Birthdays
2018 Topps
2018 Topps Archives
2018 Topps Big League
2018 Topps Chrome Pink Refractor
2018 Topps Heritage
2019 Topps
2019 Topps Update
2020 Topps
2020 Topps Heritage
2021 Topps
2022 Topps

Favorite Player: Doug Waechter

Doug Waechter was a nice guy whom I got to see pitch a few times for the Rays in the mid '00's. Shortly after he got called up to the Rays, I had a relative of his come through my line while I was a cashier at Publix. We talked about his career, and I told her I was happy to see him get called up to the Majors, and that I had seen him play in AA Orlando.  I later met Doug again in 2012 at the Rays fan fest and he signed the cards of his that I had at the time.

2003 Bowman (ip auto)
2003 Bowman Chrome Refractor
2003 Topps (ip auto)
2003 Topps Gold
2003 Topps Total
2003 Topps Total Silver
2004 Bazooka
2004 Donruss
2004 Topps Total
2005 DAV Limited Edition
2005 Topps (ip auto)
2005 Topps 1st Edition
2006 Topps (ip auto)
2006 Topps Team Set
2006 Upper Deck Gold

Favorite Player: Pat Venditte

I was watching the Lakeland Tigers play the Tampa Yankees at Joker Marchant Stadium on August 7, 2009, and the Yankees had called a reliever into the game, and he pitched righty, and I thought nothing of it. He came back into the game, and I didn't notice any new player being announced, but then all of the sudden, he started pitching lefty. I grabbed my program, and sure enough, it was the same pitcher! After the game, I got him to sign my ticket stub, and he was great, allowing some kids to touch and hold his 6-finger glove. In 2010, my brother-in-law JT and I went down to Tampa to see a game, and I got Pat's Tampa Yankees issue card, and he signed it before the game, but didn't pitch. It was nice to see Pat get called up to the Majors with the Athletics, and hopefully we will get to see him pitch in the Majors again in 2018.

2010 Grandstand (ip auto)
2015 Bowman's Best Best of 2015 Autographs
2015 Topps
2015 Topps Heritage
2016 Topps Heritage
2021 Topps custom

Favorite Player: Rick Vanden Hurk

Rick Vanden Hurk pitched for the Netherlands in the 2009 and 2017 WBC. I was lucky enough to get to meet him in 2008 when he was pitching for the Carolina Mudcats. He was nice enough to sign his 2007 Bowman Chrome rookie and 2007 Topps rookie while talking about our Dutch heritage.

2007 Bowman Chrome (ip auto)
2007 Bowman Heritage Rainbow
2007 Topps (ip auto)
2007 Upper Deck Star Rookie (ttm auto)
2008 Topps Gold
2008 Upper Deck (ttm auto)
2008 Upper Deck First Edition
2009 Topps WBC

Favorite Player: William Van Landingham

I remember in 1994 how everyone made a big deal about William Van Landingham having the largest name in the Majors, and also how he was a good pitcher. His 1994 Fleer Flair card was on the back cover of Beckett, and everyone wanted that card. Van Landingham put up some good numbers while he was in the Majors, but his '94 Flair rookie can now be had for a dime or so.

1994 Flair
1994 Topps Traded (ttm auto)
1994 Upper Deck
1995 Collector's Choice SE
1995 Finest (ttm auto)
1995 Leaf
1995 Pinnacle Museum Collection (ttm auto)
1995 Upper Deck
1996 Collector's Choice Silver Signature
1996 Leaf Signature Series Extended certified auto)
1997 Score
1997 SP (ttm auto)
1997 Upper Deck