Like last year, I again was splitting my evening: half Dad, half Phillies Collector. It's a tricky line to walk, trying to fill out a few projects while keeping it fun for a 4-year old. Luckily the Phillies helped me out by filling my ticket allotment with the likes of Durbin/Bastardo, Kratz/Frandsen, Valdez/Samuel - which I did not mind skipping if necessary. My "big guys" were Cole Hamels and Ryne Sandberg. Here are a few things I came away with...
|Side panel - 2009 WS Team ball|
Sometimes, as a collector, you can get caught up in getting, or needing an autograph because of a certain implied value that comes with it. It is always fun to me to meet one of baseball's immortals, and the experience with Sandberg is really much more valuable than the autograph. For me, as Dad, it was an opportunity to relay that Ryno was "one of the best baseball players ever.."
|Ryne Sandberg - single signed ball|
|2009 World Series lithograph|
We zipped through this booth, and I added Bastardo to my 2009 World Series lithograph. Although, I really wanted either Utley or Charlie Manuel to sign it, I'll take any at this point. Bastardo brings me up to nine on this...
|Chad Durbin card|
I loaded up on CD back in March at the Chamber of Commerce event (so, it figures I would get this booth). One of the things I have worked on over the years was getting 2008 photo cards signed. I had seven or eight, but didn't have Durbin yet. Now I have eight or nine signed...