Monday, August 29, 2016

Corey Seager Signing

I came across a Corey Seager signing hosted by Honabach and Sons as well as the OC Dugout, and being held at Frank and Son's Collectible show.  When I first came across this signing, I purchased both an autograph ticket for a baseball as well as an inscription.
 Corey was scheduled to appear approximately from 6-7:30, but the time was not set since he was coming after the Dodgers Cubs game earlier in the day.  He started signing at 6:15, and I didn't have to wait too long before it was my turn.
Corey was real friendly, and took pictures with everyone who asked and conversed pretty well with them as well.  Since I still had a couple of the 2016 Petco Park All-Star balls left over from my lack of success during All-Star week, I decided to have Corey sign one of these and to put the 1st All-Star game inscription.  I told him that I'm actually a Padres fan but did not boo him during the homerun derby, like many of the fans did.  He seemed to get a kick out of that.  He signed the ball, shook my hand, thanked me for making the drive up, and I was on my way.
Overall, the signing was well organized.  I wasn't really excited that we were told MLB would be authenticating everything at no cost, but then upon arrival we were told MLB would actually NOT be authenticating after all, and that we would need to pay for the PSA in the presence authentication.  So after I got the ball signed, I had to line up in a long PSA line for their "RookieGraph" authentication, which took almost as long to get done as the autograph itself.  In fact, as I was leaving the line for PSA was easily over an hour, which is ridiculous.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Greg Maddux

This autograph deserves a post of its own.  Through an event at my wife's work, I was able to attend a taping of a live Greg Maddux interview.  This was something available only to employees of the company as well as their guests, so I feel fortunate to have been able to attend.  Here is a photo of how close I got to the action, where I sat on a small sofa with my wife. 

After the interview wrapped up, the host let everyone know they had to rush Greg out of there since he was scheduled to be up in Dana Point shortly.  Therefore, he left without signing anything for people.  Autographs were of course not guaranteed by any means, but it was still a bit of a bummer.  Luckily, my wife was able to track him down after the taping and asked him to sign a ball.  He stopped and signed for her, and even more amazingly, inscribed HOF 14 after she asked for that as well.  He even gave his full signature, which is a rare thing.  So I ended up with a full Greg Maddux HOF 14 ball.  This is a truly epic piece for my collection.  We are talking one of the elite pitchers of all time, on the short list of MLB greats. 
I have to say it looks pretty awesome sitting in my HOF/MLB greats case, right smack down in the middle for everyone to see.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Star Trek Five Captains Rare Lithograph

I'm going to do something for the first time on this blog, and promote something a family member of mine is selling.  It is still an autographed item, so I thought it would be a cool thing to show on this blog.  What is being a sold is a very rare lithograph of the five captains of Star Trek.  It was signed by all five actors who portrayed the characters, and only ran in a limited edition of 300.  The artist is Jerry Vanderstelt.  

 William Shatner (Kirk)

Patrick Stewart (Picard)
Avery Brooks (Sisko)

Kate Mulgrew (Janeway)

Scott Bakula (Archer)

For those who are seriously interested in buying it, know that it is fully authenticated and purchased at a Star Trek convention.  Here is the link to the listing; Star Trek Litho

For the rest of you, it is still a pretty cool thing to marvel at, especially for those into Star Trek or the collectible industry in general.  Thanks for reading.