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August autographs (part 3): entertainment

Time to finish up my August autograph collection additions before it’s time to show you the September ones. We’ve already gone through my football and baseball ones, so that just leaves entertainment.

This is going to be a short post, since there’s only one.

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This signed photo of Lindsey Morgan as Raven Reyes from The 100 was a bargain purchase from one of my Facebook groups. While I don’t have plans to try to put together a large collection from The 100, I couldn’t pass up the chance for a signed photo of one of the best characters on the show.

September’s autograph roundup will be coming in a couple more weeks, and it should be shorter than this month’s since I haven’t been sending out quite as many letters.

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August autographs (part 2): baseball

I’m running a bit behind my original plans, but let’s continue to take a look at the autographs I added to my collection in August.

The first six were obtained by writing to the player, in care of their team if they are still active or via a home address obtained from SportsCollectors.Net if they are retired. The final two were purchases.

Austin-DeCarrAustin DeCarr is a New York Yankees prospect who’s had his career delayed by Tommy John surgery. He spent his 23-year-old season with the Class-A Charleston River Dogs, where he pitched 36 innings out of the bullpen. DeCarr struck out 39 while walking 25, which is probably not quite what the Yankees were hoping for from their 2014 third round draft pick.

Kevin-ElsterKevin Elster was one of my favorite New York Mets players in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was an amazing defensive shortstop who could hit the occasional home run, but he didn’t always have the best batting average (we cared about that back then.)

Gosuke-KatohGosuke Katoh is another New York Yankees prospect who is running out of time to make an impression. Katoh was named a post-season all-star by Baseball America in his debut season back in 2013, but he’s not been able to match that level of performance as he moved up the ladder. Katoh spent his age-23 season with the Double-A Trenton Thunder, where he posted a 229 / .327 / .335 slash line in 118 games. He was 11-17 in stolen base attempts and played games at every infield position as well as left field.

Jordan-FoleyJordan Foley is another Yankees prospect who spent the year with the Double-A Trenton Thunder. Foley pitched 66.1 innings in his age-25 season, making 35 relief appearances and two starts. He struck out 67 while walking 35.

Pat-NeshekPat Neshek is the foremost autograph collector among active Major League Baseball players, and one of the few who genuinely seems to enjoy signing autographs, even after 12 big league seasons. Neshek has pitched 22 innings in 27 games, striking out 14 while walking three out of the Philadelphia Phillies’ bullpen this year.

Carson-FulmerCarson Fulmer made eight starts for the Chicago White Sox this year before getting pulled from the rotation and demoted to the minor leagues for his 8.07 ERA. In Triple-A, he was only slightly better – he posted a 5.32 ERA in 25 appearances (14 in relief) for the Charlotte Knights. I still love the signed card for the awesome throwback uniform Fulmer is rockin.’

Seth-LugoSeth Lugo is a New York Mets pitcher who’s been hurt by his versatility this season. While he’d probably prefer to start, first-year manager Mickey Callaway has preferred to use Lugo out of the bullpen. In 51 appearances and 98 innings, Lugo is 3-4 with a 2.74 ERA. I was able to purchase this card for 99 cents plus shipping on eBay, even though it was one of the two guaranteed autographs out of a product that goes for $50 or more for a box.

PJ-ConlonP.J. Conlon earned some notoriety for his Irish-American ancestry when he made his Major League debut earlier this season, but he struggled in his three appearances with the Mets and spent most of the year in the minor leagues. Conlon was even briefly part of the Dodgers’ organization, thanks to a move that exposed him to waivers when the Mets needed to open a 40-man roster spot. They were able to reclaim him in June. This purchase cost me $2.75 plus shipping.

I’ll be back later with Part 3, including my entertainment autographs.

August Autographs Part 1: Football 

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August autographs (part 1): NY Football Giants

I started working on my New York football Giants autograph collection this summer, and it shows as the majority of signed cards I got back last month are from former NFL players.

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Don Herrmann is a New Jersey native who had nine seasons in the NFL from 1969-1977, playing for the New York Giants and New Orleans Saints.

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Larry Heater played in the NFL for three seasons between 1980 and 1983, all with the New York Giants.

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Randy Dean spent three seasons in the NFL as a backup quarterback for the New York Giants between 1977 and 1979. Dean was also a member of the United States handball team in the 1976 Summer Olympics.

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Jerry Hillebrand was spent nine seasons in the NFL for the New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, and the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1962-1970. In 1962, he was selected in the first round of the NFL draft by the Giants. The Denver Broncos also picked him in the second round of the AFL draft.

 

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Lou Slaby spent three seasons in the NFL between 1963 and 1966, playing for the New York Giants and the Detroit Lions. Slaby was named to the 1964 UPI All Rookie team in 1964.

Of course, I also got some baseball autographs too, which I’ll show off tomorrow.

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Doctor Who is my favorite show currently airing on television.

Former showrunner Steven Moffat said it best:

Heroes are important. Heroes tell us who we want to be but when they made this particular hero they didn’t give him a gun, they gave him a screwdriver to fix things. They didn’t give him a tank or a warship or an X-Wing, they gave him a call box from which you can call for help and they didn’t give him a superpower or a heat-ray, they gave him an extra heart. And that’s extraordinary. There will never come a time when we don’t need a hero like the Doctor.

Matt Smith was my first Doctor – 2010’s “A Christmas Carol” was my introduction to the series. Christopher Eccleston taught me who the Doctor was and who he wanted to be when I started watching the 21st century incarnation of the series. Peter Capaldi may have been the best at capturing the Doctor’s alieness.

But David Tennant was my Doctor… the one who made me love the show. And I’m so excited to have the chance to see him in person this fall, even if it means spending more than I should for a few seconds of his time to sign an autograph.

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Florida Supercon autographs

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Florida Supercon was earlier this month and my friends made sure I got autographs from the Star Trek and Star Wars guests who were attending even though I couldn’t be there myself.

William Shatner gets me a little bit closer to the Classic Trek collection I will never complete. Of those who are still with us, I just need George Takei… but I don’t have DeForest Kelley or Leonard Nimoy.

Gates McFadden leaves me with just three to go to complete the Next Generation bridge crew… I just need Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes and Wil Wheaton to finish that set. (We’re going to ignore season two, unless I have a chance to see Diana Muldaur somewhere.)

Nana Visitor gets me about halfway there with the Deep Space Nine cast, something I’m a little bit sad about since that’s my favorite Star Trek incarnation. I have Avery Brooks, Visitor, Michael Dorn, Terry Farrell and Armin Shimerman. I’m missing Rene Auberjonois, Colm Meaney, Alexander Siddig, Cirroc Lofton, Aron Eisenberg and Nicole de Boer.

Hugh Spight is not a famous face, but he played a role in my favorite Star Wars film, portraying one of the Gammorean guards in service of Jabba the Hutt. This is an unusual photo I hadn’t seen before.

We’ll have to see if I can return the favor when New York Comic Con comes around.

Do you collect autographs? Are you working on any particular collection themes?

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Borough Con 2018

Yesterday I went to Borough Con, a second-year comic and anime convention being held at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. After a successful first year at St. John’s University, the show organizers hoped to transition to the new space and unfortunately, the crowds did not exactly follow.

There were a couple of dozen people waiting to get in when the doors opened a little bit before 10 a.m., and it took just a few moments to wander the show floor since the majority of the vendors and artists were still setting up. So, panel time… I went to “You are not the father,” a Maury-style examination of familial relationships in Dragon Ball, Naruto and Yugi-Oh… which ended up being a fun way to start the day.

I got to listen to Jim Starlin, Ron Marz and Fabian Nicieza talk about creating some of comics’ best villains Thanos, Parallax and Deadpool (yes, Deadpool started out as a villain until he got crazy popular.) That was fascinating, but it pivoted onto a topic that is sadly always relevant – what happens when you change a character in a way that pisses off some fans. At least when Hal Jordan became Parallax, it was before social media was around to amplify negative reactions to the degree it does today.

Then it was time for the one panel that I’d been planning to attend — Whoprov NYC: The New Adventures. Whoprov NYC is exactly what it sounds like – a Doctor Who-inspired impov group based in New York. And despite the group members outnumbering the audience, they put on an amazing show with two original “episodes.”  One was built around bubble tea, garlic and linoleum. The other featured Weeping Angels and alien chickens. Steven Moffat and Chris Chibnall might not have much to worry about, but they were good fun in the spirit the sillier classic Doctor Who serials.

I went to one more panel before lunch, “Life as a Professional Cosplayer,” just because I was curious about how people managed to turn their hobby into a profession. This was the only panel that pretty much filled the room, which seemed like it could accommodate around 20 or 30 people comfortably.

The panel turnouts should have been a clue, but I was surprised how empty the show floor still was after I’d had lunch. I bought art prints from Jim Starlin and Mark McKenna, found a polybag to add to my Star Wars Lego collection, and looked at what everyone else had to offer.

By looking through the tables I discovered just how far out of the anime scene I’ve gotten… I think KonoSuba was the newest show I’d watched, and that’s from almost two years ago at this point.

I hung around for the media guests’ panel in the afternoon, which again was lightly attended. According to the BoroughCon program, the lineup was originally planned to feature Hale Appleman (Elliot on The Magicians), Isaiah Mustafa (Luke Garroway on the recently-cancelled Shadowhunters), and Jamie Chung (Blink on The Gifted.) As it turned out, only Chung made it to the convention. She was joined by Daniel Newman (Daniel in The Walking Dead.)

The panel was planned as a Q&A, but Chung and Newman ended up having a conversation with each other for most of it. And they were awesome. Chung told us about buying comics when she was a kid. She picked based on the cover, then put them away in plastic unread because she didn’t want to mess them up. Since this was the Death of Superman overproduction era, it’s probably pretty safe to open them up to read now.

Chung saw my Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 t-shirt with Groot on it and told us about going for the part of Mantis in the movie. She didn’t get it, but she said she’s ok with that because she’s friends with Pom (Klementieff). I ended up with a unique inscription on my Blink photo when I got Chung’s autograph after the panel.

It ended up being a fun day… I got to see panels I wouldn’t have been able to go to at a larger convention and talk to guests in a way I wouldn’t have if there’d been a bigger crowd. It was a very nice change of pace from New York Comic Con, but I’d have to guess it will be tough to get vendors, artists and guests to come back next year based on the small crowd numbers.

Did you do anything fun this weekend?

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A few new autographs…

I’m loving the New York Mets’ start this season (9-1 is the best in franchise history), but I haven’t been having a ton of luck with baseball autographs lately. I went 0-for-5 with the requests I mailed out to spring training camps and just got a return to sender from Dusty Baker last week.

I started working on my non-baseball autograph collections more this year, and I’ve gotten four new photos to add to my albums this week.

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First up is a signed photo of two of the members of the cantina band from the original Star Wars film. Speedy Turtle Autograph Service ran private signings with Kim Falkinburg and Jibralta Merrill, two ILM staff members who were drafted to play band members and my dual-signed photo arrived on Monday. Continue reading “A few new autographs…”