Month: November 2016

NASA Astronaut James C. Adamson

NASA Astronaut James C. Adamson

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More space! Chris Ferguson responded first, and then both Tom Akers and James C. Adamson came on back to back days. As a youth, Adamson received the Eagle Scout award from the Boy Scouts of America. As an astronaut, he logged 13 days, 22 hours, 21 minutes in space. This is another beautiful signature on one of my custom made photocards.

Prior to joining NASA, Adamson attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. He also holds a Masters of Science in Aerospace Engineering, pilot training, paratrooper training, Arctic water and mountain survival, and nuclear weapons training. He also attended the US Army Command and General Staff College and the US Naval Test Pilot School.

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NASA Astronaut Tom Akers

NASA Astronaut Tom Akers

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As I mentioned earlier, I have loved space since I was a kid. The brave men and women exploring the great unknown are the modern day mariners searching out brave new worlds. On November 10, 2016, I mailed several different astronauts to grow my NASA autograph collection. The mail on November 19, 2016 brought a signed photocard of Colonel Thomas Akers, USAF (retired). It appears that he used a sharpie style pen, and  in fact, he signed it right where I wanted.

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Chicago Reds Manager Bryan Price

Chicago Reds Manager Bryan Price

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Bryan Price is the current manager of the Cincinnati Reds Baseball Club. Prior to coaching and managing in the big leagues, he was a pitcher that played in the minors. He pitched for both the California Angels and Seattle Mariners systems. He made it as far as AAA baseball, playing for the Calgary Cannons in the Pacific Coast League.

Just before the end of the season, I mailed the card to Coach Price in care of the Reds’ Baseball Office. He signed the card for me and returned it in just a couple of weeks. It’s a nice solid signature in black sharpie on the card. I think it really pops.

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Joyce DiDonato

Joyce DiDonato

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Signed 4x6 of Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato received TTM 11/16/2016
Signed 4×6 of Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato received TTM 11/16/2016

Joyce DiDonato is an American mezzo-soprano opera singer. She has won multiple Grammy Awards, namely the 2016 Best Classical Solo Vocal Album and the 2012 Best Classical Vocal Solo. She has sang numerous operatic roles, including the world premiere roles as Grace Kelly in Michael Daugherty’s Jackie O, Meg in Mark Adamo’s Little Women, Maslova in Tod Machover’s Resurrection, and Sycorax in Jeremy Sams’ The Enchanted Island.

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Jean Peterson Signed Baseball Card

Jean Peterson Signed Baseball Card

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Jean Peterson’s Baseball Career

Betty Jean Peterson was born on November 21, 1933 in Wyanet, Illinois.

Her father, two sisters, and brother played many hours of softball. She has credited these hours of play as to developing her skills. In 1952, she tried out for the Rockford Peaches of the All American Girl’s Professional Baseball Team. She won a contract in that first spring training. Manager Bill Allington suggested she return to Wyanet to gain more experience during her first road trip. She followed this advice, and played games for her regional team. This allowed her to hone her skills, rather than setting on the bench during Rockford games.

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Former SCOTUS Justice Stevens

Former SCOTUS Justice Stevens

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John Paul Stevens is a retired Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on April 20, 1920, and grew up a Chicago Cubs fan. Justice Stevens attended the famed 1932 World Series game where Babe Ruth called his shot at Wrigley. One of his interns has reported that the scorecard from that fateful Wrigley day hung in his office at the Supreme Court building.

Being both a retired Associate Supreme Court Justice /and/ a lifelong Cubs fan, Justice Stevens had to be on a custom baseball card. Note the stack of Supreme Court reporters that make up the border. I was attempting to have a legal/government take on the old 1987 Topps baseball set, and think I did well.

I sent to Justice Stevens the morning of Game 2 of the World Series, and received the signed card back on 11-7-2016. This is my first custom that is actually baseball card sized.

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Jim Zapp 2010 Allen and Ginter

Jim Zapp 2010 Allen and Ginter

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I loved the concept of sending the 2010 Allen and Ginter set for autographs. There is plenty of edged space around the player photos for a solid signature on many spaces. Out of the cards I mailed out from the 2010 set (only about 2 packs worth because I learned about them late), the Jim Zapp is one of the very few that came back. He signed with in a beautiful black ink, and included one of his own cards in the return envelope.

Mr. Zapp has since passed away, having slipped from this mortal coil on September 30, 2016.

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Dave’s Custom Cuts Cecil G. Foster

Dave’s Custom Cuts Cecil G. Foster

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Index card signed by Cecil G. Foster - 23rd Jet Ace
The Donor Card – an index card signed by Cecil G. Foster – 23rd Jet Ace

I got a stack of signed index cards from an acquaintance, which are cool, but boring. I also fear people losing the ability to read cursive, and not being able to determine whose autograph is whose. Hence why I decided to start doing cut customs for some of my autographs. The first one out of the pile was a card signed by Cecil G. Foster – the 23rd jet ace of the Korean War.  Capt. Foster flew missions through MiG Alley in an F-86E Sabre during Korea, where he scored nine kills against Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15s. He also flew missions in Vietnam, eventually obtaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  Foster was awarded two Silver Stars and three Distinguished Flying Crosses.

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Bob Baffert Signed Photo

Bob Baffert Signed Photo

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Growing up in Kentucky, the first Saturday in May was a special time of year. That was the one time of the year that all the eyes of sports points towards the city of Louisville. They miss the AAA Baseball Team and a successful collegiate sports program, and look towards the Sport of Kings. The granddaddy of American Horse Races is of course, the Kentucky Derby. Louisville has embraced the Derby as its Super Bowl and Mardi Gras wrapped up in a two week festival. Louisvillians meanwhile pretty much hate the hassle that is the Derby. Of this jewel of a horse race, Bob Baffert is a Hall of Fame trainer.

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