Summer of 1984 I was 15. My step-father and I attended an All Time All Star Game at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis.
After the game we waited outside to see if I could get some autographs. We weren’t waiting long when the door opened and out walked Joe DiMaggio. I had a four inch binder full of baseball cards and the photocopied flyer for a baseball card show. I used the binder as a hard surface for him to write on. I asked DiMaggio if I could have his autograph and handed him the binder. As he took the binder he handed me his uniform to hold while he signed. He commented how heavy the binder was. He talked with us for a couple minutes and then went on. I still can’t believe I was holding Joltin’ Joe’s pinstripes.
Before the night was over I had added Hank Aaron, Whitey Ford, Jim Piersall, Enos Slaughter, Moose Skowron, Tony Oliva, Carl Erskine and Minnie Minoso.
I’ve pulled a few autos this year, including a really nice Rafael Devers that books at about $80-$100 on Beckett but this worthless collection of signatures is priceless.
This piece was damaged in a flood in 2008. The mud stains are from that flood.
Thanks to Nick Diunte for confirming the Aaron and Minoso autographs.
Recently I came across the One Million Cubs Cards Project on Twitter and I have decided to attempt to collect one million Dodgers cards. I will collect cards from the Brooklyn and Los Angeles eras including previous names used in Brooklyn: Superbas, Grooms, Robins… I will also include cards of minor league players in the Dodgers organization.
Along with chasing 1,000,000 total cards I want to collect as many unique Dodgers cards as I can. There are 116,981 (as of 5/5/2018) unique cards counting all franchise names.
On Twitter at @SouthIndyCards
I am keeping track of this collection on the Trading Card Data Base. Click on Collection from my profile page to see what is included so far.
Last update: 5/19/2018
Current total: 5,462
Total Unique: 2184 of 116,981 total cards. Includes Los Angeles and Brooklyn Dodgers, Brooklyn Grooms, Brooklyn Robins and Brooklyn Superbas. (About 1800 cards are still being entered into the data base.)
Oldest card(s): 1953 Bowman #12 Carl Erskine
Favorite card: 1959 Topps Carl Erskine #217
I am seeking bulk team and individual card trades. I have cards ranging from the 1980’s through 2018 to trade.
Dodgers cards added
4/11/2018 Start of project
Added in April 2018: 3346
Added in May 2018: 1,895
Total added: 4,864
1000 Dodgers cards 4/18/2018
5000 Dodgers cards 5/16/2018
10,000 Dodgers cards