Sunday, May 22, 2016

Featured autograph - Sparky Lyle

I picked up a certified autograph of the 1977 American League Cy Young Award winner to add a 'wrinkle' to my award winners collection - Lyle was the New York Yankees relief ace during a time when closers got into a lot of games and pitched in multiple innings to choke off rallies and close out games.

Friday, May 20, 2016

2007 Upper Deck Masterpieces Tim Lincecum

It's not worth anymore than about $0.50, but this is probably my favorite Lincecum card - I like the seemingly fancy canvas card stock that gives these cards a different, textured feel.

With Lincecum's Angels deal official, it's going to be fun following him on his comeback - the signing doesn't seem like big money deal for the Angels and it may payoff if Lincecum can mimic some of the performances that made him a great pitcher in San Francisco.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Featured autograph - A.J. Achter

Maybe it's not so great for a big league team like the Angels to call up and use assorted rank-and-file guys because of injuries - however it gives me a moment to go through my mental Rolodex to see whether or not I have a player's autograph to add to my all-time Angels autograph collection.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Featured autograph - Jhoulys Chacin

Chacin has bounced around a little after being cut by the Colorado Rockies a few years ago - I remember something about conditioning issues preventing Chacin from sticking with the Rockies as he was pretty terrible (1-7, 5.40 ERA] in 2014.

After being picked up from the Atlanta Braves, Chacin made his Angels debut last Sunday - getting a no-decision in a game where he pitched 7 innings, allowed 2 runs and struck out 4 batters.

It's hard to expect much out of Chacin, but perhaps he can string along some solid starts and provide innings - for a Halo starting rotation that has been dinged by injuries and ineffectiveness.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Featured autographs - junk auto sluggers

I picked up Durazo and Willingham certified autograph cards even though these are basically junk autos - while strictly rank-and-file types, both guys were relatively productive MLB hitters with pop.

I may have seen both players as ‘harder to get’ autographs in-person / TTM when they were active - so there is a little 'ownage' after the fact, even if these guys are pretty much obscured by history.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Featured autographs - obscure Angels

Picking up these autographs gives me a reason to go dumpster diving where I can fill random holes in my Angels all-time autograph collection - O’Brien or Olivares' Angels careers weren't particularly memorable though I'd guess I was vaguely aware of their existence when they were on the team in the late 1990s.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Featured autograph - Dickie Thon

I probably first read about Thon when he was featured in Sports Illustrated back in 1990 - I generally know of him as a player who might have been a star shortstop for years to come if he hadn't gotten beaned during a game in 1983.

Though Thon bounced back to enjoy a solid playing career - the beaning derailed his ascent and literally changed his perspective as a professional ballplayer.

I got Thon's certified autograph [$4] to add to my all-time Angels autograph collection - at SCN, there isn't much to go on with zero successes reported out of 23 requests.

Presumably Thon isn’t really a tough autograph, just a retired player who might not typically be accessible because he lives in Puerto Rico - and may not be focused in coaching or doing something stateside.