Spring Training 2017 – 3/19/17-3/25/17

There really is nothing better than flying out on a snowy March Boston day, and landing in 85 degree sunny weather in Fort Myers Florida.  It’s that time of year for the annual Sox a Signatures Fort Myers trip, and I loaded up 2 bags full of cards, 8×10’s, baseballs, game used gear, more 8×10’s, and then I threw in some clothes for me too (not much room for those).

I landed on Sunday at about 1, checked into the hotel, and I was immediately off to Jet Blue Park for the  Continue reading


Lowell Spinners Yard Sale – 11/13/16

Pretty sure this is the last yard sale i’ll be hitting up this offseason (except for Christmas at Fenway!).  Not even sure if Greenville or Salem have one, but I don’t think I’ll be flying down for them anyways.  I decided to make sure I was early for the Lowell Spinners yard sale, and I was actually surprised that I was the first person there.  The staff was still setting everything up, and I was very excited to get first crack at some of the bins of items they were dragging out.  First it was off to the racks of game used jerseys, where I picked out a couple Josh Pennington #50’s and a CJ Chatham #21.  Turns out that the site I was looking at for numbers was wrong though, and Pennington never wore #50, so not exactly sure what I’m going to do with those!  Then i tore through 4 or 5 bins of game used pants just to see if I could find some familiar names (they all have last names written in the waistband).  I was able to pull pairs worn by CJ Chatham, Bryce Brentz, and Jake Romanski.  Not sure what the market is for game used pants, but I’ll see if I can get them all signed next year and hope for the best.  Next I picked through the game used locker room name tags, and was able to pull a bunch of players I’m hoping stick around the system, and hopefully I can get them all signed in Spring Training.  Next to the locker tags were the name plates just like the Sea Dogs Yard Sale had.  Picked out some specific players there and again, still not sure what I’m going to do with them (please comment if you have any ideas!).  I also picked up a dozen Lowell Spinners baseballs signed by Red Sox top 10 prospect Josh Ockimey, planning on using those in some upcoming giveaways as well.  Lastly I headed into the team store, and picked up a couple hats and a Tate Matheny game used bat that I’ll bring to Fort Myers as well in hopes of getting it signed.  The one thing I was disappointed in is the Spinners take the time to pull almost all of the items for the highly regarded prospects (Groome, Chatham, Dalbec, etc), so you’re never going to find an amazing bargain, but there’s plenty for the lower ranked guys.  All in all, I picked up a lot of great items to get signed next season, so look for those being added to the store when I get back from Spring Training!

Paw Sox/Sea Dogs End of Season Game Used – 9/5/16

What a day.  Drove about 350 miles, spent a lot of money, and came home with a TON of autographed game used gear!  This was by far our most successful day with game used gear, and we’re still processing all the new stuff we brought in.  It was an early morning start in Pawtucket, where we picked up gear from Brian Johnson, Kyle Martin, Jantzen Witte, Chandler Shepherd, Justin Haley, and Ryan LaMarre.  Ryan was the only first timer, and we’re really hoping he comes back to AAA next year.  After that, Continue reading