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  • #46
    IP failure:

    SF Giants @ Rockies, 4/9 and 4/11. No one, not a single ballplayer came over to sign!!! That's the first (and second!) time I've ever been shut out at Coors Field on the visitors' side. What a disappointment. Hopefully this Thursday's Skysox/Tucson Padres game will be much better!!!

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    • #47
      Last night I went to my first of many ABQ Isotopes games and got the following autographs:
      John Valentin
      Jerry Sands
      Scott Van Slyke
      Alex Castellanos
      Matt Angle
      John Ely
      Francisco Felix
      And actor Bryan Cranston was there so I got his auto too.

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      • #48
        Originally posted by Rockhound View Post
        Last night I went to my first of many ABQ Isotopes games and got the following autographs:
        John Valentin
        Jerry Sands
        Scott Van Slyke
        Alex Castellanos
        Matt Angle
        John Ely
        Francisco Felix
        And actor Bryan Cranston was there so I got his auto too.
        Dude, I'm jealous of your Bryan Cranston auto! Breaking Bad is my second favorite TV show right now (after The Walking Dead).

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        • #49
          At the Brevard @ Clearwater FSL game today...

          Mark Dewey: 8 x 10 blowups of his Topps Stadium Club ’92, Topps ’95, Mother’s ‘96 cards. B;ack Shrpie. Added Biblical references.
          sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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          • #50
            At the Daytona @ Clearwater FSL game today.

            Brian Harper: 8 x 10 blowups of his Topps '85, Donruss Triple Play '92 and Fleer Flair '93 cards. Black Sharpiewith Biblical references.

            Got to park late, couldn't get Chris Truby...will try next time I go.
            sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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            • #51
              A fairly good night of graphing post game in Durham and concentrated on the Bulls who are just horrid this year thus far.

              Nabbed Chris Archer, Bryan Augenstein, Tim Beckham, Alex Cobb, Dane de la Rosa, Matt Mangini, Ryan Reid, Rumolo Sanchez, and Alex Torres on a 16 X 20 photograph that was taken of the entire team lined up on the first base line prior to the opening night of the season on Thursday, April 2, 2012. All of these autographs were obtained in blue paint pen. Also nabbed Brandon Guyer on a card for a member on another board. Hopefully back tonight for autograph night post game!!!

              Suprisingly Beckham was very cordial. What is going on with him? I have gotten him several times since he turned pro and he has always been a class jerk. I tried to get Jeff Branson who is a coach for the Indians but the coaching staff came out and got into a van signing for no one.

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              • #52
                Another decent night of graphing post game in Durham and once again concentrated on the Bulls who lost their 12th straight game tonight.

                Nabbed Marquis Fleming, Kyle Hudson, Jhonny Nunez, Shawn O'Malley, Will Rhymes, Jeff Salazar, Matt Torra, and Stephen Vogt on a 16 X 20 photograph that was taken of the entire team lined up on the first base line prior to the opening night of the season on Thursday, April 2, 2012. All of these autographs were obtained in blue paint pen. I acquired Brandon Guyer autograph on a "Play Ball" program in blue Sharpie. Acquired Alex Torres on a 2011 Topps baseball card in blue Sharpie. Acquired Dave Myers on a 2010 Durham Bulls baseball card in blue Sharpie.

                Indianapolis was giving some people fits and once again, I was trying to nab Jeff Branson but was unsuccessful.

                On an absolutely unrelated note, I saw Reid Brignac's smoking hot Playmate tonight. She was Miss July 2002 and she is definitely easy on the eyes. Obviously she must not be very easy on his eyes because he is in Durham because of offensive problems.
                Last edited by icee82; 04-28-2012, 09:38 PM.

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                • #53
                  4/28/2012
                  Charlotte Knights @ Syracuse Chiefs

                  Charlotte Knights

                  Jordan Danks
                  Dan Johnson
                  Brian Omogrosso



                  Syracuse Chiefs

                  Corey Brown
                  Jason Michaels

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                  • #54
                    A strong night of graphing at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Acquired the autograph of Andrew Brackman on an official Major League baseball on the sweet spot in blue ink. He also signed a 2011 Topps Heritage baseball card in blue Sharpie. Acquired the autograph of Jeff Francis on an official Major League baseball on the sweet spot in blue ink. Acquired the autograph of Denis Phipps on an official Major League baseball on the sweet spot in blue ink and a pair of 2011 Carolina Mudcat’ baseball cards in blue Sharpie. Acquired the autograph of Scott Carroll on a 2008 Just Minors baseball card in blue Sharpie. Acquired the autograph of Mike Constanzo on a pair of 2011 Carolina Mudcat’ baseball cards. Acquired the autograph of Josh Judy on a 2011 Topps Bowman baseball card in blue Sharpie. Acquired the autograph of Corky Miller on a 2003 Upper Deck baseball card in blue Sharpie. Acquired the autograph of Felix Perez on a 2011 Topps Pro Debut and on a pair of 2011 Carolina Mudcat’ baseball cards in blue Sharpie. Acquired the autograph of Netfali Soto on a 2008 TriStar Projections baseball card in blue Sharpie. Acquired the autograph of Brett Tomko on a 1999 Fleer Tradition baseball card and a 1998 Leaf 50th Anniversary baseball card in blue Sharpie. All of these autographs were obtained outside of the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina after the Louisville Bats and Durham Bulls’ International League game.

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                    • #55
                      At today's Dunedin @ Clearwater game today.

                      Michael Crouse: Three 8 x10 action shots from the 2011 IBAF World Cup, the 2011 Pan Am Games and a pic from the pre-World Cup Series played in Durham.

                      Mike Redmond: 8 x 10 blowups of his Victory '01, Topps Heritage '09 and Topps Update '09 cards.

                      All signed with a black Sharpie.
                      sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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                      • #56
                        It was a quality night at Durham last night. I nabbed Hideki Matsui on an OMLB on the side panel in blue ink.

                        Alex Torres 1/1
                        Brandon Gomes 1/1
                        Craig Albernaz 1/1

                        Got turned down by Reid Brignac and Juan Miranda

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                        • #57
                          5/20/12
                          Trenton Thunder @ New Hampshire Fisher Cats

                          David Adams
                          Abraham Almonte
                          Ryan Pope
                          Dan Brewer
                          Ryan Flannery
                          Kevin Mahoney
                          Kelvin Perez


                          All signed in a 2011 Yankees Prospect Guide.

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                          • #58
                            5/20/2012
                            Trenton Thunder @ New Hampshire Fisher Cats

                            Shane Brown

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                            • #59
                              Another decent night of graphing at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

                              Hideki Matsui 1/1
                              Craig Albernaz 1/1
                              Reid Brignac 1/2
                              Alex Torres 1/1
                              Jose Lobaton 3/3

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                              • #60
                                Does anyone here graph the South Atlantic League? I'm looking for help with the Savannah team. If so, let me know.
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