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  • It was a muggy night of graphing in Durham on Friday but a very successful evening. It was also a very weird evening. The game went 14 innings and Rays' infielder Jake Elmore came on to pitch the top of the 14th in a tie game. Nick Franklin won the game with a base hit in the bottom of the inning and Elmore picked up the victory.

    Here are the results:

    J.P. Arencibia 4/21
    Corey Brown 3/3
    Scott Diamond 2/10
    Jake Elmore 3/4
    Dylan Floro 10/10
    Nick Franklin 4/19
    Bradin Hagens 4/4
    Hak-Ju Lee 4/20
    Jhan Marinez 2/2
    Mikie Mahtook 1/1
    Matt Moore 1/4
    Richie Shaffer 11/30
    Blake Snell 1/1
    Everett Teaford 2/2
    Kirby Yates 2/2

    That legendary grapher in Durham came over to the Durham side and wanted to argue about what door certain players were exiting from. Good grief Charlie Brown! LOL


    • At tonight's Brevard @ Clearwater game. Black Sharpie

      Clint Coulter: 8 x 10 blowup of his 2015 Florida State League Top Prospects card
      sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


      • It was doubleheader action tonight. First pregame at the Hickory Crawdads and Greensboro Grasshoppers at NewBridge Bank Park in beautiful downtown Greensboro.


        Dillon Tate 6/6

        Greensboro (All of these were on a Greensboro team set which just came out Thursday and all were 1/1). I really like the Greensboro team set this year. It is basically the 1974 Topps card design which is a "Heritage look".

        Ryan Aper
        Felix Castillo
        Mason Davis
        Michael Mader
        John Norwood
        Jeremy Powell
        Arturo Rodriguez
        Brian Schales
        Zach Sullivan
        Justin Twine

        After that, it was on the road to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park for some post game graphing. This was not one of my better nights as the Bulls are really limiting now including Richie Shaffer.

        J. P. Arencibia 2/17
        Andrew Bellatti 1/1
        Scott Diamond 2/8
        Jake Elmore 1/3
        Hak-Ju Lee 4/16
        Matt Moore 1/3
        C.J. Riefenhauser 1/1
        Richie Shaffer 3/20
        Blake Snell 1/1
        Kirby Yates 1/1

        I did not see Enny Romero, Jose Dominquez, Mikie Mahtook, or Kyle Snyder

        The legendary grapher was there but he was busy hammering Columbus and did not have time for the Durham side. Perhaps that is why I did not have a great night because I was needing direction and focus. LOL


        • At tonight's Daytona Tortugas @ Clearwater Phillies game. All Black Sharpie.

          Keury Mella: Three action pics from the 2015 XM Futures game

          Tony Fossas: Three Red Sox action pics

          Nick Travieso: 8 x 10 blowup of his 2015 FSL Top Prospects card

          Amir Garrett: Three action pics from the 2015 XM Futures Game.
          sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


          • It was the last Friday night home game of the season for the Durham Bulls. The cross state Charlotte Knights were in town and they are just awful. I wonder why I even continue to graph them because they are just a miserable team.

            Here are the results:


            Nick Franklin 5/15
            Hak-Ju Lee 5/12
            Mikie Mahtook 1/3 I got him pre-game and I tried to double dip post game. Mahtook was not amused and very abruptly said "I signed for you before the game" and gave me the death stare. I do not think that I will be asking for any more autographs from him this season because he is obviously tired of me. I understand.
            Richie Shaffer 10/17
            Kyle Snyder 8/14 (6 for sigman101)


            Jason Coats 3/3
            Tyler Colvin 1/1
            Chris Curley 2/2
            Matt Davidson 2/3
            Richard Dotson 3/6
            Kyle Drabek 1/1
            Junior Guerra 1/1
            Erik Johnson 1/4
            Ryan Newman 1/1
            Joel Skinner 4/4
            Daniel Webb 2/2


            • Chris Leroux 3/3 c/o Lehigh Valley IronPigs; 13 days. Signed two action pics from the 2015 Pan American Games and an action pic from the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Black Sharpie, inscribed his uni number on the WBC pic.
              sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


              • The minor league season is coming to a close and I always find myself feeling a little bummed this time of the year. I have always loved baseball and hot weather. I am a "passive" football fan but really love hockey but not to the extent of my passion for baseball. Hockey is just something that I enjoy until pitchers and catchers report. Hopefully with all of the young talent in Buffalo this season, the Sabres will at least be competitive. I traveled to NewBridge Bank Park for some Tuesday evening graphing yesterday. Here are the results.

                Mike Bibbo 1/1 (athletic trainer in team set)
                James Buckelew 1/1
                Rony Cabrera 1/1
                Jorgan Cavanerio 1/1
                Jose Ceballos 1/1
                Kyle Fischer 1/1
                Enderson Franco 1/1
                Trevor Ging 1/1 (strength and conditioning coach for team set)
                Guilford the Grasshopper 1/1 (mascot for team set)
                Tyler Kolek 1/1
                Luis Quinones 1/4 (1 for eracer24)--I am having to take it easy on him. I think that I have worn him out and I can tell that he does not want to sign for me but he does not want to say no because I have given him a lot of cards and photos this summer.
                Kevin Randel 1/1
                Austen Smith 1/1
                K. J. Woods 1/1


                • Tonight it was baseball action across the state in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina where the Durham Bulls played their final 2015 road series in Charlotte. This game featured both benches emptying in the eighth inning over a couple of hit batsmen but no punches were thrown.

                  Here are the results:

                  Matt Davidson 1/1
                  Scott Diamond 2/7
                  Jose Dominquez 1/1
                  Jake Elmore 1/1
                  Ernesto Frieri 9/12
                  Drew Garcia 1/1
                  Onelki Garcia 1/3
                  Micah Johnson 1/4
                  Brad Penny 1/2 This is the first time that I have gotten him this season.
                  Kyle Snyder 6/6
                  Neftali Soto 4/4

                  I really hope that Charlotte gets some new talent next season. Those guys are brutal and I just hate graphing that team.

                  I am hopefully closing out the season on Monday with the Norfolk Tides at Durham Bulls which is a 1:05 PM game.


                  • At the Dunedin Blue [email protected] Clearwater Threshers FSL game tonight. All black Sharpie.

                    Vince Horsman: Two posed headshot pics from when he was with the Orioles.

                    Dickie Joe Thon: Three action pics from the 2015 Pan American Games (he played for Puerto Rico). Said he's hoping to play for Puerto Rico in the Premier 12 this fall.
                    sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!


                    • Baseball season is four months away but the season for FanFest's and caravans is underway. This weekend the annual RedsFest was held at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati. This is a two day autograph affair. Crowds appeared to be light so good numbers.

                      Here is Thursday night on the street.

                      Anthony DeSclafani 4/4
                      Jon Moscot 1/1
                      Ivan DeJesus, Jr. 1/1
                      Robert Stephenson 1/10
                      Tyler Mahle 1/1
                      Taylor Sparks 2/4
                      Amir Garrett 4/4
                      Carlos Contreras 4/4
                      Sal Romano 3/3
                      Eric Davis 1/1

                      Got turned down by Billy Hamilton and just missed Jumbo Diaz. Saw Alex Blandino, Cody Reed, and Phil Ervin in a downtown bar but did not ask!

                      First Day of RedsFest

                      Alex Blandino 2/16 (an OMLB on the SS)
                      Jeff Brantley 2/8
                      Tom Browning 1/8
                      Ramon Cabrera 1/1 (OMLB on the SS)
                      Leo Cardenas 1/1 (His new autographed book)
                      Clay Carroll 2/2
                      Phil Ervin 1/8
                      Tyler Holt 1/1 (OMLB on the SS)
                      Raisel Iglesias 1/1
                      Tracy Jones 1/8 (OMLB on the SS)
                      Michael Lorenzen 1/8 (Nabbed him on his Topps Fragments of the Farm jersey card)
                      Tyler Mahle 1/1
                      Jon Moscot 2/2
                      Ron Oester 1/8
                      Joe Oliver 1/8
                      Lou Piniella 1/1 (Got him on a multi-signed poster)
                      Cody Reed 1/1 (OMLB)
                      Yorman Rodriguez 3/3
                      Kyle Skipworth 1/1 (OMLB)
                      Mario Soto 1/2
                      Taylor Sparks 2/2
                      Nick Travieso 4/4
                      Jesse Winker 3/3

                      Second Day of RedsFest

                      Alex Blandino 8/16
                      Jeff Brantley 1/1
                      Tom Browning 4/8
                      Jay Bruce 1/1 (got him on a jersey)
                      Zack Cozart 2/4
                      Phil Ervin 4/16
                      Doug Flynn 1/2
                      George Foster 1/1 (with multiple inscriptions)
                      Tommy Helms 1/1
                      Raisel Iglesias 3/3
                      Lou Piniella 1/1 (a multi-signed mini-helmet)
                      Joey Votto 1/1
                      Scott Williamson 1/1


                      • My last IP of the 2015 calendar year took place yesterday. My wife and I braved flash flood warnings all the way to Spartanburg, SC where I nabbed the former Red Gookie Dawkins on an OMLB on the sweet spot in blue ink.


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