My friend Bart is the last person I know who’s sticking pretty firmly with 20th Century technology. He has no interest in using computers or owning a mobile phone, and he’s still using a 35mm film camera to take photos.
Bart recently sent me prints of some of the photos he took during the baseball season. They’re kinda neat, so I’m sharing some of them here.
The Cuban National Team played a number of games against opponents from the Can-Am League this season. I can’t remember if Bart saw them when they were playing the New Jersey Jackals or the Sussex County Miners, and he didn’t remember who the players are in the photos, but they are still pretty cool.
This weekend, JP Sports and Rock Solid Promotions held their White Plains National sports card show, featuring a selection of autograph guests that included former MLB and NFL stars as well as a few pro wrestlers and actors. There was really someone for just about everyone.
I was talking to my friend Bart on Friday and he mentioned that he was looking forward to the autograph show. Now I hardly ever get to see Bart or do things with him these days, so when he asked if I wanted to go with him, i was quick to agree since it lined up with a rare Saturday day off.
Four members of the New York Mets Hall of Fame are scheduled to sign autographs at MAB Celebrity Services’ “That ’90s Show” on Sunday, October 26th. The weekend event, which begins on Saturday, October 25th, will be held at the Hilton Hasbrouck Heights-Meadowlands.
The former Mets stars are Jerry Koosman (autographs are $39), Cleon Jones ($20), Bud Harrelson ($20) and Ed Kranepool ($18). Fans desiring autographs from all of the ex-Mets players can purchase a super ticket for $69.
The main focus will be a mini-reunion of 1994 New York Rangers hockey players on Saturday, along with a scheduled appearance by Hulk Hogan and several other pro wrestlers. Sunday’s slate of guests includes the ex-Mets as well as a couple of baseball Hall of Famers: Jim Palmer and Rollie Fingers.
Thanks to its unique and colorful design, the 1972 Topps baseball card set is my favorite from that decade. I’m slowly making progress towards completing the New York Mets team set – here are some semi-recent acquisitions:
Mike Piazza will be the headline guest on Saturday, January 21st, with autographs starting at $149. A limited number of autograph tickets for bats and jerseys will be sold $249. Inscriptions and personalizations are an additional $50. While those prices are likely going to prove too high for my budget, I don’t expect to see a significantly better deal anytime soon. When Piazza goes on the Hall of Fame ballot for 2013, expect his autograph prices to get even higher.
JP Sports is also bringing in original Mets catcher Choo Choo Coleman, for what is billed as his first autograph show appearance ever on January 21st. Autographs will be $25.
Not to be outdone, MAB Celebrity Services is planning a 50 Years of Amazin’ Baseball autograph show at the Cesar’s Club at Citi Field on Sunday, January 22nd.
Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Tom Seaver headline a lineup that also includes Coleman, Dwight Gooden, Keith Hernandez, Ron Swoboda, Cleon Jones and Ed Kranepool, as well as special guests Al Kaline and Luis Aparcio.