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Steve McMichael, '86 Bears Super Bowl DT today IP at a back clinic opening 10 minutes from my house. My son and I got there towards the end of the event, there was no line and we chatted with Steve for about 10 minutes. Notification of the signing popped up last minute, so I just grabbed all my cards of him that I could find. I picked a couple out when we got there but he told me to put them all down and he signed everything, plus 2 of the photo cards the clinic had, personalized to my kids. As we were wrapping up, he said hold on and pulled an '86 vintage Super Bowl commemorative McDonald's game card out of his pocket, signed it and gave it to us. A very, very nice guy.

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That Rice is awesome!

This evening IP - the Blackhawks' (and Michigan Tech Huskie) John Scott and Ice Crew Molly and Marisa at another Bud Light Hockey Night event.

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JASON DONALD on a 2011 Topps card. Thank you, Los Gatos! Donald, of course, was the Indian who broke up Armando Galarraga's "Perfect Game" with a 2 out, 9th inning infield "hit." You could argue that Jim Joyce, the umpire, lost the "Perfect Game" for Armando, but it was Donald's hustle that made the play as close as was it was, even though he was clearly out.

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Recently I posted about the sports bar at one of my hotels closing and its memorabilia getting auctioned for charity. Today I was able to go through some additional stuff and bought the following autographed 8x10 photos for $1 a piece to charity. Most are inscribed "To Champions" and some have a little surface damage (autos are fine), but for some HOFers and some deceased, you can't beat that price.

* George Kell, Tigers

* Enos Slaughter, Cardinals

* Harmon Killebrew, Twins

* Catfish Hunter (Yankees era, but it's an oversized ad for Red Man without team affiliation)

* Jack Clark, Yankees

* Sid Fernandez, Mets

* Maurice Richard, Canadiens

* Manny Fernandez, Dolphins

* Helen Gurley Brown, legendary Cosmo editor

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Los Gatos, you got all that for $9? What a steal!

If you ever want to get rid of an inscription (or any other marks), I have a product called PEC-12 that works within seconds to eliminate sharpie markings on most photos.

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Yeah, I'd say it's my biggest collecting steal to date. I may have really stumbled upon something with this Catfish ad. I just did some searching online and found no other autographed versions. The unsigned ad is for sale on eBay for $90 and another site for $115. Mine looks to be in great shape and the auto is bolder in person than the pic below. My only fear is if they glued or taped the photo to the matting, but I'll probably leave it intact for now. The Catfish is the only one that doesn't have the Champions inscription.

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Recently I posted about the sports bar at one of my hotels closing and its memorabilia getting auctioned for charity. Today I was able to go through some additional stuff and bought the following autographed 8x10 photos for $1 a piece to charity. Most are inscribed "To Champions" and some have a little surface damage (autos are fine), but for some HOFers and some deceased, you can't beat that price.

* George Kell, Tigers

* Enos Slaughter, Cardinals

* Harmon Killebrew, Twins

* Catfish Hunter (Yankees era, but it's an oversized ad for Red Man without team affiliation)

* Jack Clark, Yankees

* Sid Fernandez, Mets

* Maurice Richard, Canadiens

* Manny Fernandez, Dolphins

* Helen Gurley Brown, legendary Cosmo editor

A Rocket Richard signed 8x10 for a $1??? Are you freaking kidding me? I would love to see a scan if you have one.

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A Rocket Richard signed 8x10 for a $1??? Are you freaking kidding me? I would love to see a scan if you have one.

Here's the Richard. A couple small spots of paper damage at the top of the photo, but overall it's nice and the auto is good.

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I made it to 2 free signings today for a couple of current Bears WR's.

Johnny Knox (x5) at a car dealership and Earl Bennett (x1) at a store opening.

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RON NECCIAI signed a unique Upper Deck BAT card for me, plus a Pirates logo card; he briefly played for the Pirates in 1952.

He is better known in baseball lore as the pitcher who once struck out 27 batters in a 9 inning game. Previously he signed a boxscore of that minor league game for me.

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CARL "OISK" ERSKINE signed 2 of 2 cards for me TTM, both Upper Deck "BAT" cards. What was unique is that he wrote (at my request) "World Series K Record, 14 vs. Yankees, 10/2/53" on both cards.

Erskine set the record for strikeouts in one World Series game, pitching on only one day of rest. The current record is held by Bob Gibson, who struck out 18 Tigers in Game 1 of the '68 WS.

He even thanked me for sending him a detailed description on that WS game in 1953!

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Matt Forte, Bears RB, this evening at a free Walgreens signing. Hands-down the longest line I've ever been through, outside in rain and 45 degrees to boot. I got there 90 minutes early and was approximately 50 people behind the tentative cutoff of 350 people. There were 100-150 people behind me and they did a hard cut after that, sending people home. Fortunately he was cranking (1 per) so I made it through but I doubt everyone behind me did.

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Got 5 autos today TTM from a person that probably signs very few autographs, even though he holds the major league career records for batting, fielding, and slugging percentage: CHUCK LINDSTROM.

His Hall of Fame father, Freddie Lindstrom, is better known. But Chuck played in one major league game (1958), and got a walk and triple in his two plate appearances. And he also was error-free as a catcher in that game. So he ended his major league career with a batting average of 1.000, fielding average of 1.000, and a slugging percentage of 3.00. Since he accomplished the career slugging average of 3.000, there have been three other major leaguers who tripled in their only official plate appearance.

There are a number of players who ended their career with a 1.000 batting average and 1.000 fielding percentage. Plus every player who hit a homer in his first at bat would temporarily have a 4.000 career slugging percentage.

Lindberg signed two sheets of his career stats, two sheets of the boxscore of his only game, plus he send me a photo of him catching.

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Denis Savard, Blackhawks HOFer, free signing this evening at a Bud Light Hockey Night event. Super nice guy. 2 cards, 2 photos personalized to my kids (including a smiley face!).

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A HOFer came in today's mail: JERRY COLEMAN, who is in the Broadcaster's Wing of Cooperstown. He signed two BAT cards with the HOF '05 inscription.

However, Coleman also had a good baseball career. In nine seasons as a Yankee, he played on eight pennant winners, and also played in six World Series. He also was the MVP of the 1950 World Series, where he batted in two game-winning runs.

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Mikel Leshoure yesterday evening IP at an AT&T store. Very, very nice guy and a rare opportunity to meet a current Detroit player here in-season. He got a kick out of seeing all the different cards of him that I brought - first time he had seen some of them but he remembered when the photos were taken.

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Jerry Azumah, former Bears CB, IP tonight at a casino free signing. My 3 cards + 2 of their photos personalized to my kids.

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2 free signings tonight. Roberto Garza, current Bears C, was at a Verizon store and signed my SI cover and 8x10, plus the nice Photo File 8x10 they gave away. Then it was off to a casino event for Keith Van Horne, former Bears OT and Super Bowl champion, who kindly signed all of my cards.

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Thanks Bob. Stalberg's on my radar if I can get away and all the way out there in time. Also there's a John Scott event in the evening in my neighborhood so I'm hoping for a double tomorrow.

This evening I met Kellen Davis, Bears TE and former MSU Spartan at a radio broadcast.

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2 free Blackhawks signings today/tonight: Viktor Stalberg @ Meijer and John Scott @ a beverage store where I also got another Ice Girl auto on the group photo I've posted before.

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