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