Survey Says…
November 16th, 2011 by slangon

I know I’m a little behind the times on this, but I’d been meaning to do it for a while now. Getting that Craig Swan autograph in the mail a few days ago just reminded me of it. In case you missed it, a week or 2 ago, Nachos Grande posted a questionnaire for all […]

R.I.P. to The Octopus
March 20th, 2011 by slangon

Former St. Louis Cardinals shortstop and 1944 N.L. Most Valuable Player Marty “The Octopus” Marion passed away last Tuesday, March 15.┬áMarion played for the Cardinals from 1940-50, managed the Cardinals in ’51 and was a player-manager for the St. Louis Browns in ’52 and ’53. He also managed the White Sox from 1954-56. Aside from […]

A TTM Success That Proves Once and For All That I’m an Idiot
February 4th, 2011 by slangon

Back in May of last year, when Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts unfortunately passed away, I wrote a short little post lamenting his passing. In it, I showed a custom card I had made of him and related a story about how I had sent him a copy to be signed, which he sent […]

A TTM That Time Forgot (Almost)
January 7th, 2011 by slangon

The last couple of days, pretty much since the calendar changed over to 2011 in fact, I’ve been thinking more and more about TTM autograph requests. I sent my first request sometime in September of 2009, and kind of went on a bit of a tear with it for a few months. Coincidentally (or maybe […]

The State of the Blog, 2011
January 3rd, 2011 by slangon

2010 is a deader. The Christmas decorations are down. 2011 has begun. Last year, I spent some time writing a post about how I wanted to focus my collecting habits a bit, and surprisingly, I think it actually helped quite a bit. I say surprisingly because usually I’m not one who’s good with resolutions and […]

On The Ninth Day of Christmas…
December 22nd, 2010 by slangon

… my collection gave to me Nine signed customs, Eight crusty skippers, Seven Keith Hernandezes, Six Deckle Edges, Five David Wrights, Four New York Giants, Three 58’s, Two vintage pugs, And a Red from Cincinnati!

We Wish You Well, Sparky
November 3rd, 2010 by slangon

I just read that one time Major Leaguer and Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson has been placed in hospice care in California due to complications resulting from dementia. That seems like a cruel fate for anyone, but especially someone who spent so many years using his mind to steer his team to victory. I […]

A TTM Success… from Space.
May 21st, 2010 by slangon

2010 SlangKo Award Winners Bill “The Spaceman” Lee You remember when I used to get TTM autographs all the time? Yeah, me neither. I did get this Bill Lee card back signed, however. It only took 3 months. I say that in a snarky, condescending way, but in reality 3 months is probably nothing in […]

Geez. Not a Good Week for Baseball
May 6th, 2010 by slangon

First Ernie Harwell, Now Robin Roberts. 2010 SlangKo Award Winners Robin Roberts Unlike the Ernie Harwell card which I whipped up upon hearing of his death, I had done this Robin Roberts card a while back. I had actually sent it out to get signed by him, but he sent it back with a letter […]

A Custom for Ernie
May 5th, 2010 by slangon

2010 SlangKo Award Winners Ernie Harwell As most of you probably know by now, longtime Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell passed away yesterday after a prolonged battle with cancer. I was not fortunate enough to ever hear Ernie call a game, but sometimes the figure in the booth becomes bigger than the game he’s calling. I […]