Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rod Carew Signing at Stadium Nissan 9-13-14

I decided to check out the Rod Carew signing at Stadium Nissan last Saturday. Rod was scheduled to sign from 10am til noon. I love going to Stadium Nissan signings since the events are always organized.

My goal today was to get something different signed. I've gotten Carew's autograph in the past on an HOF ball so I wanted to have him sign a 2014 All Star Baseball under the logo with possibly the 1st pitch inscription since he threw out the first pitch. Rod also threw out the first pitch in 2010 back when Anaheim hosted the All Star Game but he had his best years as a player representing the Minnesota Twins so I decided to get the 2014 All Star ball signed instead.

Rod was cordial as usual and he signed my 2014 All Star ball under the logo. Sadly he wasn't signing any bats today as usual and no inscriptions which was a bit shocking since he used to at least inscribe HOF before at previous signings. I couldn't complain though since it's not everyday you get to have a HOFer sign for free.

I want to give a shout out to my friend Roman for taking the photos above for me. Thanks again Roman.

I want to thank the staff of Stadium Nissan for hosting another well organized autograph signing. I hope they host more signings next year.

Signed Baseball Garage Sale

Here is a list of signed baseballs below along with the price that are part of my signed baseball garage sale. You can email me at dhp226@nyu.edu or message me via kik at lowdownrow if you want to see photos of the items.

Shipping for each baseball is $5. For multiple baseballs ordered I can offer discounted shipping. I accept cash for in person local pickups from graphers in Southern California. Otherwise I accept Paypal from out of state buyers. Paypal payments can be made to dhp226@nyu.edu. Please make sure you send the payments as a gift so I don't get charged any paypal fees.

All baseballs are signed on the sweetspot in blue pen on Rawlings Official Major League baseballs unless stated otherwise. Some of the bargain bin $5 dollar baseballs are ROMLBs from batting practice. 

5 Dollar Baseballs
1) Sweet Lou Johnson Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
2) Rudy Law Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
3) Jamey Carroll Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
4) Darren Dreifort Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
5) Josh Lindblom Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
6) Bobby Grich Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
7) Arte Moreno Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
8) Clyde Wright batting practice ROMLB with no Hitter inscription signed on the sweetspot
9) Ron Jackson Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
10) Jerome Williams Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
11) Mark Gubicza Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
12) Jake Westbrook signed ROMLB under the MLB logo
13) 2011 Indians Team Ball: Manny Acta, Jon Nunnally, Tim Tolman, Justin Germano, Vinnie Pestano, Josh Tomlin, Adam Everett batting practice ball (Acta is signed in black sharpie and the rest are in blue bic pen)
14) 2011 Indians Team Batting Practice Ball: Chad Durbin, Justin Germano, Jeanmar Gomez, Josh Tomlin, Lou Marson, Jack Hannahan, Michael Brantley
15) 2012 Nationals Team Batting Practice Ball: Collin Balester, Alex Cora, Danny Espinosa, Jerry Hairston, Roger Bernadina , Bo Porter
16) Ernesto Frieri batting practice side panel baseball
17) John Ely Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
18) Addison Reed batting practice ROMLB Signed on the Sweetspot
19) Sam Fuld Battice Practice ROMLB on the Sweetspot
20) Mike Scioscia signed in black pen has slight toning
21) Derrel Thomas ROMLB signed on the SS
22) Dan Gladden signed in black pen personalized to David
23) Brendan Harris signed in black pen with Angles COA

10 Dollar Baseballs
1) Juan Pierre side panel baseball
2) Eric Young Dodgers 50th Baseball signed under the logo batting practice baseball
3) Manny Mota Dodgers 50th Anniversary Batting Practice Baseball signed under the logo
4) Lucas Giolito with 16th pick inscription batting practice ball
5) Jay Johnstone
6) Jonathan Broxton
7) Howie Kendrick signed in black pen
8) Maicer Izturis
9) Hank Conger
10) Kyle Drabek
11) Miguel Batista
12) Edinson Volquez
13) Matt Hobgood with draft pick inscription
14) Matt Capps
15) Brandon League
16) Kevin Millwood
17) Scott Downs with Angels COA

15 Dollar Baseballs
1) Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells Angels 50th Anniversary BP Baseball signed under the logo
2) Nick Swisher side panel baseball
3) Miguel Tejada ROMLB under mlb logo
4) Carl Crawford side panel ROMLB
5) Don Sutton with HOF inscription Batting Practice Baseball signed on the Sweetspot
6) 2011 Twins Team Ball: Ron Gardenhire, Delmon Young, Scott Diamond,  Luke Hughes, Trevor Plouffe, Rene Tosoni , Dan Gladden
7) 2012 Rangers Team Ball: Ron Washington, Colby Lewis, CJ Wilson, Matt Treanor, Mark Lowe, Gary Pettis
8) Mickey Hatcher
9) Alfredo Griffin
10) Dioner Navarro with All Star inscription
11) Casey Blake
12) Mike Napoli signed in black pen
13) Juan Rivera
14) Bobby Grich
15) Gary Disarcina
16) Chuck Finley signed in black pen MLB Authenticated
17) Tim Salmon Angels 50th Anniversary Batting Practice Ball
18) Bob Lee with 1965 All Star inscription
19) Mark Langston
20) Tyler Chatwood
21) Jordan Walden
22) Ricky Romero
23) Brady Anderson
24) Trevor Cahill
25) Brian Fuentes
26) LaTroy Hawkins with Angels COA
27) Erisbel Arruebarruena side panel

20 Dollar Baseballs

1) Claude Osteen
2) Chad Billingsley
3) James Loney
4) Peter Bourjos
5) Vernon Wells
6) Frank Tanana
7) Don Baylor
8) Orlando Cepeda on Pacbell Opening Day Baseball signed on the Sweetspot MLB Authenticated
9) Troy Percival
10) Chili Davis
11) Chris Chambliss
12) Adam Kennedy
13) CJ Wilson
14) Neftali Feliz
15) Andrew Bailey
16) Yonder Alonso
17) Dustin Ackley
18) Ervin Santana with Angels COA
19) Carlos Quentin
20) Chase Headley
21) Justin Morneau (MLB Authenticated) has small areas of toning
22) Steve Finley

25 Dollar Baseballs
1) Mark Trumbo
2) Terry Pendleton
3)Al Leiter
4) Bret Saberhagen
5) Harold Baines
6) Shin Soo Choo black pen
7) Max Fried with #7 overall pick inscription

9) Jason Giambi
10) Darryl Strawberry
11) Joakim Soria 2008 All Star Ball slight spotting
12) Corey Hart 2008 All Star Baseball 
13) Kenley Jansen 

30 Dollar Baseballs
1) Mike Moustakas
2) Nolan Arenado
3) Shin Soo Choo
4) Jurickson Profar Side Panel
5) Francisco Rodriguez
6) Starling Marte
7) James Worthy
8) Matt Moore 
9) Patrick Corbin

35 Dollar Baseballs
1) Josh Hamilton 2012 All Star Ball signed under the logo
2) Brandon Phillips
3) Torii Hunter 2010 All Star Baseball signed under the logo

40 Dollar Baseballs
1) Wade Boggs with HOF inscription
2) Don Sutton on HOF Ball under the logo
3) Magic Johnson signed in black pen under Dodgers Logo Ball

75 Dollar Baseballs
1) Nolan Ryan 2010 WS baseball with 2010 AL Champs inscription Ryan Authentication

Monday, September 8, 2014

Athletes vs Cancer 2nd Annual Celebrity Flag Football Hosted by Matt Barnes and Snoop Dogg

This was my second year attending the Athletes vs Cancer Celebrity Flag Football Game hosted by Matt Barnes and Snoop Dogg. The venue was different this year and the game was held at Granada Hills Charter High School with the kickoff starting at 6:30pm.

The change in venue didn't help when it came to graphing since security was tighter than ever before for this event. Just like a lot of other charity events there were a lot of no shows such as Kevin Durant, Monta Ellis, Nick Young, Brandon Jennings, Chris Brown and Nate Robinson.

The first autograph opportunity was from Chris Paul. We waited for Chris at the player parking lot. It was me and three other graphers. As Chris was about to sign for us security intervened and said no autographs since Chris was with his family. Chris didn't even get a chance to tell us no.

What was weird was that Chris walked towards us and gave each of us a handshake. I guess that was his way for feeling bad he couldn't sign.

We also got denied by Blake Griffin and Deandre Jordan who were escorted by security. 
Chuck Liddell, Terrell Owens, and Danny Trejo walked by but I had nothing for them.

The first autograph of the day was from Shawne Merriman who signed a mini helmet for me.

He was surprised to see that I had a Chargers mini helmet for him. I guess he didn't expect people to know that he was going to be at the event.

The next autograph was from Baron Davis who signed a photo for me. I love how he purposely signed the basketball pictured in the photo when there was plenty of room above the basketball. He's not the nicest guy you will meet in person. I guess he's still bitter how his career turned out.

This photo below pretty much sums up the day of how bad it was. Basically Chris and Blake weren't signing on the field either.

Chris left early and at the end of the game Blake and Deandre were mobbed by the fans so security escorted them out of the field.

My favorite autograph of the day was from Snoop who signed a photo for me. He was also mobbed as well but luckily I came away with an autograph today.