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  • Birthday 05/03/1946

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  1. detroittigerfan

    JUNE, 2018 JUNE SUCCESSES

    If there was any doubt about attendance at a Tiger Wednesday game instead of Tiger Friday, that question was answered with a huge crowd, biggest in several years. Of course, having a big name like Cecil Fielder was significant, plus handing out bobbleheads always draws a crowd. We will see what the other Tigers draw in the upcoming four Tiger Wednesdays. Cecil had not been around West Michigan at all, and I think he only had limited appearances in Michigan. Also, the vacation season has not yet started, which results in a larger crowd. Cecil signed autos for the season ticket holders in the Pepsi Club first, then the Caps handed out numbers up to 400. But the Caps did not guarantee that you would get an auto even if you had a number; in their defense, they did what they promised: 1) 1000 bobbles to be handed out, and 2) Cecil will sign from 6PM - 8PM (or was it 7:45pm). I do not know if Cecil signed all 400, but I heard that he did sign up to 8PM. I know that many people also did not get a bobble either. The problem was simple: supply and demand. The demand for Cecil and his bobble was huge, and there was no way the Caps could satisfy everyone. The only way you would be guaranteed an auto and bobble is if you had a season or partial season ticket (and paid big bucks to get them), or you got into the regular line very very early; not sure exactly when that is, but I know at 4PM there already were a lot of people in the north side line. I got Cecil to sign for me in the Pepsi Club, plus I got a ticket with a low number for another auto at 6PM. However, I gave it away to a friend who drove all the way from Saginaw, got into the line outside the ballpark early (sometime long before 6PM), and still did not get either a bobble or a number to get an auto. Coming up, the Caps have Dave Rozema (July 11), Willie Horton (July 25), Placido Polanco (Aug. 15) and Mickey Stanley (Aug. 22). Rozema and Stanley are both "local boys" who I think will still be popular, even though they have been available here a lot. Horton will be popular because he was a '68 Tiger and has not been around West Michigan that much. Polanco has hardly been available at all in Michigan, and never here, so we will have to see how well he draws; it could be significant since the Caps are handing out his bobblehead. Anyone else have a different observation?
  2. detroittigerfan

    JUNE, 2018 JUNE SUCCESSES

    Yes, the net does make it a lot tougher. But I got Granderson by the Blue Jays dugout, Monroe by the Fox desk, and the other three by the Tiger dugout.
  3. detroittigerfan

    JUNE, 2018 JUNE SUCCESSES

    Happy to get these autos at the Tiger game on Saturday: Niko Goodrum, Ramon Satiago, and Dixon Machado, all on cards. Especially excited to get Niko, since he is one of the few living Tigers I do not have. But more excited to get Craig Monroe by the Fox booth; Craig signed my "Detroit Tigers" book by Bill Anderson. But the highlight was having Curtis Granderson sign a photo I took at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown; the photo was of the uniform that he wore on 9/9/2007 when he stole his 20th base, making him one of only three players in Major League history to hit at least 20 homers, doubles, triples, and steal 20 or more bases in one season (after Frank Schulte and Willie Mays). Later that month Jimmy Rollins also completed this feat, making the "20-20-20-20 Club" a very exclusive group.
  4. detroittigerfan

    MAY, 2018 SUCCESSES

    Not sure that the "Successes" thread is still alive, but I thought I would try it again. Really excited to get HOFer ALAN TRAMMELL on my 18 x 26 Detroit Tiger Hall of Fame poster today. Tram's signature joins the autos of Jim Bunning, Hal Newhauser, George Kell, Sparky Anderson, Larry Doby, Rick Ferrell, Ernie Harwell, Eddie Mathews (all deceased) on the poster, along with Jack Morris and Al Kaline. That's 11 Tiger HOF autographs, with 8 deceased. Ferrell technically did not play in the majors as a Tiger, but he was in the Tiger farm system and then spent many years as a Tiger Executive. He was pictured on the photo as a catcher. Now I need to add Tram to two baseballs and an 11 x 14"photo of Tiger Stadium, already signed by the same Tigers as listed above. Tram was at 5/3 Ball Park, home of the WhiteCaps, arriving on Monday. Not sure how long he will be there this week.
  5. detroittigerfan

    Upcoming signings

    Just heard about another event on Thursday, May 10. It's a roast of 31 game winner Denny McLain, with author Eli Zaret as MC and fellow Tiger teammates Jon Warden and Tommy Matchick serving as the roasters. Sounds like a blast! Here are the details: Denny McLain Roast Thurs. 530—9pm (Open Bar) Eli Zaret MC 1968 Champion Tigers John Warden & Tommy Matchick Are Roasters..... Polish American Hall 2975 E Maple Rd Troy, MI 48083 Cost: $50 Warden himself is probably worth the $50. He is hysterical! I am sure he will remind the audience that he and Denny together went 35 -7 that year! Trivia: Did you know that Warden is the only reliever in major league history to win the first three games in which he pitched? When he got victory # 3 the Tigers had played only 8 games and at that time McLain was still looking for his first win! Warden won only one game the rest of his career!
  6. detroittigerfan

    Upcoming signings

    New Sportscard and Collectibles Show at the Causeway Hotel in Lansing (6820 S. Cedar St.) on Sat., May 12. Show is from 9AM - 3PM. Denny McLain is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of his 31 win season, and is signing all day. Call Bob Linman at 517-881-5151 with any questions.
  7. detroittigerfan

    Tiger Autos Wanted

    I just added Arcenio Leon to my inventory of all players who played for the Tigers So I now have autographs of all living Tigers (plus many deceased) except these eleven Tigers, six of which I played for the Tigers previously plus these five from this years team. Fritz Fisher Dan Gonzales Julio Gonzalez Fernando Hernandez Art James Mike Marshall Current Tigers: Leongs Martin Niko Goodrum Mike Fiers Francisco Liriano Ryan Carpenter Incidentally, if you are also trying to collect every tiger, Arcenio Leon may be very difficult to get in the future. The 31 year old pitcher is from Venezuela, and is currently playing in Mexico; good chance he will never again appear in the major leagues, after making his short MLB debut with the the Tigers in 2017. I got my Leon-signed card off ebay from a seller from Venezuela to whom I offered $3; he still has a few left. I have four large books of autographed Tiger cards (both alive and deceased Tigers) that I can trade you for any of the above 11 missing Tigers, including a number of deceased Tigers as well as Tigers who were World Champs. Please PM me if you can help me out and I in turn will help you out!
  8. detroittigerfan

    Upcoming signings

    Don't miss this show with three Tiger signers, including a member of the '68 team, '84 team, and another Tiger at his first signing ever. Promoter Bill Welch did an outstanding job with his first show last year, and this one promises to be even better. Bill had an incredible turnout of dealers and collectors, and I expect more of the same this year. 2nd Annual Muskegon Area Sports Card and Memorabilia Show April 7, at the VFW Hall, 5209 Grand Haven Road, Norton Shores, MI Show time: 9AM - 3 PM, with door prizes every hour Signers: 1) Jon Warden, from 11 - 1: $10, with a $5 inscription 2) Roger Mason from 12 - 2: $10, with a $5 inscription 3) Larry Foster: Free Signing TBA Contact: Bill Welch, 231-750-3043. 6 foot tables are only $30 DON'T MISS IT! SEE YOU THERE.
  9. detroittigerfan

    Upcoming signings

    Don't forget the great show this week Sat., March 3, at West Side Christian (see above for more details). I am selling a number of autos of Morris, Trammell, and Sparky, at great prices. See you there.
  10. detroittigerfan

    Upcoming signings

    In ten days one of my favorite shows will be making its 27th Annual appearance. It's the West Side Christian School Sports Card and Collectibles show, located at 955 Westend NW in Grand Rapids. The date is Saturday, March 3, and our friend Vern told me that like every year, all the 40+ tables (30+ dealers) are sold. The show runs from 9AM - 3PM. Signing at the show will be '60's Tiger Jake Wood, who is one of the first blacks to play with the team (Ozzie Virgil Sr. and HOFer Larry Doby preceded him), starting in 1961, and the first to be a consistent starter. Jake is signing from 11AM - 1PM for $15 per auto ($10 for a card). Here are the career stats of the 80 year old Wood: http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/W/Pwoodj107.htm EVERY dollar collected at the show will be used by the school to help the kids at West Side Christian. So be generous! I will have two tables at the show, and am selling primarily autos from the Tigers' four championship years: 1935, 1945, 1968, and 1984, including a lot of HOF items and many items from my PC that were not available previously. Two examples: 1968 near mint yearbook signed by 37 Tigers, and a 1984 yearbook signed by EVERY player and coach from that 1984 team (51 autos) with 5 HOFers; both are pre-certified! Also a lot of signed photos. Plus I will have seven huge binders full of autographed cards, primarily Tigers, with 2 of the binders full of $2 signed cards. Hope to see you there!
  11. detroittigerfan

    FEBRUARY 2018 SUCCESSES

    Really excited about this past week: 1) Al Kaline signed a 1988 Dominos card and a yellow HOF plaque card for me. There are two different Kaline Domino cards from that set, and also two different error cards (Dobson card with photo of Jon Warden and "McAuliff". With the addition of the Kaline card, I now have the complete set, with 31 cards, signed by everyone who was alive when the set was issued. 2) I won an auction of some premium items: -1968 Tiger yearbook in mint condition signed by 37 Tigers including Kaline on the cover. Includes Cash and Sparma on BB cards, plus index cards of Smith and Moses -1984 Tigers yearbook in excellent condition signed by 51 Tigers including every player and coach from that year including Kaline, Kell, Lopez, Lowry, and Bergman -1984 Tigers yearbook in mint condition signed by 50 Tigers including every player plus every coach (except Consolo) from that year including the above names -"The Roar of '84 (Free Press) program signed by every '84 Tiger and coach except Lowry, Mason, and Willis. The 62 autos include multiples of many players -"The Magic Season" (Detroit News) program of the '84 season signed by 51 Tigers, including every player and every coach (except Consolo) from that year. -World Series "84 program signed by every player on that WS team plus every coach except Consolo All the above have been "Pre-Certified by PSA/! I have decided to sell the first three items (two '84 yearbooks and one '68 yearbook) since I have similiar items in my PC. They will be available at the West Side Christian School Show in Grand Rapids on March 3.
  12. detroittigerfan

    Upcoming signings

    Just found this listing for this Sat., Dec. 23. I don't think Denny has been in Lansing in a long time: “DENNY MCLAIN SHOW”‬‪ ‘MERIDIAN MALL’‬‪ 1982 Grand River Ave‬‪ Okemos, Michigan ‬‪ MERIDIAN MALL‬ ‪ SATURDAY 12/23–‬ ‪DENNY SIGNS 930-3PM‬
  13. detroittigerfan

    Upcoming signings

    Just found out that Denny McLain will NOT be at the Lee High School show on Sat., Nov. 18. However, he will be there on Sunday, Nov 19, starting at 10AM and signing until at least Noon and probably later. Tom Matchick will be signing on Sat. from 11AM - 3PM, and Mickey Stanley will be signing on Sunday from Noon - 2PM.
  14. detroittigerfan

    Upcoming signings

    I plan to have two tables at the Lee High School show listed above. I also plan to show rare vintage footage (including audio) of those '68 Tigers that I just got. Stop by my table, and among other things you will see the post-game celebration after they won the AL pennant; watch Denny, Stanley, and Matchick spray the champagne, especially Denny as he has trouble opening up his bottle! See Kell interview all the players. See actual footage of the first game of the '68 season as well as four other '68 games! And watch Denny win his 24th game in his final appearance in 1969, which helped him win his second consecutive CY Award: Mayo comes to the mound to take him out in the 8th inning; did Denny talk him out of it? Plus much MUCH more! All the proceeds go to help the baseball and softball program at Lee High School, one of the poorer districts in the area. So be generous!
  15. detroittigerfan

    Upcoming signings

    ONE '84 WORLD CHAMP TIGER AND 3 PLAYERS FROM THE '68 TEAM ARE COMING TO WEST MICHIGAN IN NOV. THE FIRST IS JOHN GRUBB OF THE 1984 TIGERS, WHO WILL BE SPREADING THE INK AT THE SPORTS CARD SHOW IN ALLENDALE, MI ON SAT., NOV. 4. HIS FEE IS $15 FOR THE AUTO AND $5 PER INSCRIPTION. SHOW IS FROM 9AM - 4PM (FREE ADMISSION) AND IS LOCATED AT SPRING VALLEY CHURCH, 5947 LAKE MICHIGAN DR., ALLENDALE. GRUBB IS SIGNING FROM 12:45 -2:45. THREE '68 PLAYERS WILL BE MAKING THEIR APPEARANCE AT THE 12TH ANNUAL STUBBY OVERMIRE FIELD AND SPORTCARD SHOW AND LIVE AUCTION AT LEE HIGH SCHOOL AT 1335 LEE ST. SW IN WYOMING ON NOV. 18 - 19. TOM MATCHICK IS SIGNING ON SAT., NOV. 18, FROM 11AM - 3PM); FEE IS $10 PLUS $5 PER INSCRIPTION. MICKEY STANLEY IS SIGNING ON SUNDAY FROM NOON - 2PM ($7 PER AUTO), WHILE 31 GAME WINNER, TWO-TIME CY YOUNG AWARD WINNER, AND MVP RECIPIENT DENNY MCLAIN ($10 EACH) IS AGAIN SUPPORTING THE KIDS AT LEE HIGH SCHOOL; DENNY WILL BE SIGNING ON BOTH DAYS, FROM NOON - 3PM ON SAT. AND 10AM - NOON ON SUNDAY. TY TOLD ME THAT HE HAS SOME INCREDIBLE ITEMS FOR SALE AT THE AUCTION, WHICH BEGINS AT 4:30 ON SAT. FREE FOOD WILL BE OFFERED AT THE AUCTION!
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