Sunday, January 25, 2015

Eddie Guardado's Stars and Strikes Bowling Event: 1/25/15

Former All-Star pitcher Eddie Guardado held his fourth annual Stars and Strikes bowling event on Sunday, January 25th. The event is usually one of the best offseason graphing opportunities for So-Cal graphers, but unfortunately it has been hectic and packed with autograph seekers the past couple of years thanks to blogs like my own. This years guest list included Jered Weaver, Torii Hunter, Garrett Anderson, Josh Hamilton, Troy Percival, and others. Unfortunately Hunter and Anderson were no-shows, and guys like Michael Young, Ian Kinsler, and Adrian Beltre were too buy with their team's Fan Fests to attend.

One of the biggest shocks of 2015 happened right before I got to the event. Apparently Jered Weaver stopped and signed about twenty autographs on his way in to the event. Weaver is a notoriously tough autograph to get and I didn't truly believe it until my friend Alex showed me his 2012 Heritage card that he got done for his set. I wasn't too disappointed since I have a nice collection of Weaver's, but it was still surprising to hear about.

Throughout the night I was able to get cards signed by Scott Erickson, Gary Matthews Jr., Brett Tomko, and Eddie Guardado.


It may sound quirky but I was happy to finally get Matthews' autograph. I watched him play in an Angels uniform for years ad for whatever reason he was always a tough auto to get during his playing days. My friend David was extremely excited to see him since he was finally able to get his game used bat signed. You can check that out on his blog here.

After the event Josh Hamilton came over to sign autographs. No matter what his stats are, I'll always have respect for Josh and the way he treats the fans. I didn't come prepared with any photos or commemorative baseballs so I settled for the standard ROMLB sweet spot. 

Josh Hamilton autographed baseball
Finally I was able to get the before mentioned Scott Erickson on a baseball. My friend Mike and I turned out to be the last people waiting for Erickson to come out and he couldn't have been nicer. We talked for about five minutes and he ended up putting both "No-Hitter 4/27/94" and "91 WS Champs".

Scott Erickson autographed baseball
While I did miss out on getting Weaver it was still nice to see some friends and get some graphs. I was also able to strike a deal with my friend for one of his extra Dodgers Fan-Fest autograph vouchers, which I'll be attending next weekend. Thanks for reading! 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Cal State Fullerton Alumni Game: 1/24/15

On Saturday, January 24th, I attended Cal State Fullerton's annual baseball alumni game. There were actually two alumni games scheduled on Saturday, but I decided to go with Fullerton's game over UCLA's. I still don't know the reason why I chose Fullerton, but something made me change my mind at the last second since I had been planning on going to UCLA all week.

Once I got to Fullerton I was able to catch up with a friend of mine, Michael Lorenzen. Lorenzen was the first round pick of the Cincinnati Reds in 2013 and was a mid-season All-Star at Double-A Pensacola this past season. He has been extremely friendly since his college days and always goes out of his way to come over and say hello, even at Reds Spring Training last season. This time I brought some Reds cards along for him to sign and, as usual, he knocked out all six for me. He inscribed a bible verse on three of the six including my favorite verse on one.


By the way, I finally figured out the art of scanning cards. Ironically it took me just minutes to do something that I had been trying to figure out for years. It definitely will make posting cards a lot easier for me in the future.

I was also able to get some cards signed by Astros prospect J.D. Davis and big-leaguers Justin Turner and Reed Johnson.


The rest of the event was a bit of a dissapointment. I was hoping for Phil Nevin, Tim Wallach, or even Rickey Romero to show up, but none of them did. Kurt Suzuki was in Minnesota for Twins Fest, so he wasn't able to show up either. Luckily Royals rookie Christian Colon showed up to the game for the first time in a couple of years. I got Colon on a few cards last month but this time I came prepared with a 2014 Postseason baseball. Colon gave me a great signature and inscribed it "2014 Wild Card Winning Run!" for the run he scored off of Salvador Perez's walk-off hit to win the WC game for Kansas City.

Christian Colon autographed baseball
The ball came out great and it was nice seeing some friends and finally watching some baseball again. I'll likely attend UCLA's game next year, but then again I typically say that after every year, so I guess only time will tell. Thanks for reading!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

NFLPA Collegiate Bowl: 1/17/15

I decided to attend the fourth annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Carson, California on January 17th. I attended the same event back in 2013, but missed last year's game due to other plans. The game features some of the lower end NFL Draft prospects and college seniors who get a chance to play in front of NFL scouts from each and every team. Unfortunately, it didn't feature any top level NCAA talents, so I set my focus on the coaches, which included several NFL HOF'ers and Super Bowl Champs.

Little did I know when I arrived at the game that this would turn out to be one of the most surprising graphing experiences that I've ever had. After a quick stop at Frank and Sons to pick up some supplies, I met up with my friend Scotty and decided to wait for some coaches to come in. I believe that we got there too late to catch any of the coaches, but here is where the surprises started. Out of the corner of my eye I spotted a few members of the US National Soccer team. While I'm not a huge soccer fan, I do watch the National team play whenever I can, and I was able to pick out some of the players. One of them was Jermaine Jones, who I had sign a baseball.

Jermaine Jones autographed baseball
Surprisingly Jones said that this wasn't the first baseball he had signed. I guess other graphers had ran into him unexpectedly before too. Either way I found it very cool to get one of my favorite soccer stars.

A few minutes later I spotted the captain of the US team, Clint Dempsey. I also had him sign a ROMLB that I had brought along.

Clint Dempsey autographed baseball
The signature on the baseball came out a bit rough, but Dempsey was extremely nice and took the time to talk to everyone. I was in total disbelief at the entire situation, but I had to remember that there was still a football game to graph.

While inside I was told that Panini had a booth set up for NFL rookies to sign autographs at. There had been rumors that Odell Beckham Jr. and Teddy Bridgewater would be at the game, since Panini had flown them out to Los Angeles for the week, however the only big name who signed was Tampa Bay running back Mike Evans. Evans had a great rookie season and I wish that I had bought a Bucs mini helmet for him to sign, but I had to settle for the 5x7 cards Panini was giving out for free.

Mike Evans autographed 5x7 card
The game was moving slowly so I decided to get up and see if I could spot any NFL players that might have been watching. While standing around looking at my phone, I spotted another unexpected guest, US goalie Hope Solo. I didn't have anything on me for Hope to sign, so I decided to get a photo with her.


At that point, I had met three star soccer players compared to one NFL rookie. I found it ironic that I had better luck with the soccer players than the football players at a football game. However I wasn't complaining, as I knocked two people off of my autograph "bucket list", so-to-speak.

After the game I decided to wait around in hopes of catching some coaches. The first person who I saw come out was UCLA Bruins QB Brett Hundley. Personally I think that Hundley will be a better pro-QB than either Jameis Winston or Marcus Marriota, but I didn't want to take a risk by dropping an NFL football on him, so I got a photo with him insetad.


Finally, I was able to cap off my day by getting HOF'ers Jackie Slater and Andre Reed to sign a card each, both of which turned out great.

Slater and Reed autographed cards
Unfortunately I did miss out on head coach Mike Holmgren, and I never saw Darrell Green or Jon Kitna, who were both supposed to be coaching, but those would have just been icing on the cake for what was otherwise a great day. I'm looking forward to another great year of graphing in 2015, and what I have in store over the next month or so will surely blow you away. Thanks for reading!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Teemu Selanne Night: 1/11/15

For years Teemu Selanne has been my hockey idol both on the ice and off of it. On Sunday, January 11, 2015, I finally had the chance to honor him and his amazing career. The Anaheim Ducks held "Teemu Selanne Night" at the Honda Center prior to their game against the Winnipeg Jets, the name of the team (But not the same team) that we won R.O.Y. with in 1992-93. 

A day prior to the actual game, I made my way down to the Honda Center team store in hopes of getting some limited edition Selanne stuff. Unfortunately all of the things I wanted were not being sold until game day, but I was able to pick up a foam "8". I also picked up my ticket which, despite it saying Price: $20.00, cost a lot more than $20.

Foam "8" and Teemu Night ticket
The ticket itself is a pretty cool souvenir and not printed on some cheap paper like most others. I ended up going out of my way to make sure that it didn't get bent throughout the game.

The Ducks had made it very clear that fans would want to be IN their seats by 4:15 by sending out notification after notification all week. I ended up sitting down at exactly 4:17 and surprisingly the ceremony started a couple of minutes later. It was an absolutely amazing ceremony and was 1,000,000 times better than what I had expected. The Ducks even gave out clip-on blinking lights to everyone before the game, so it was quite a scene when the 18,000 people had the blinking lights going throughout the entire hour and a half (Officially the longest retirement ceremony ever recorded) period.



Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get any clear shots of the banner raising, as there was a giant spotlight on both Teemu and the banner, so I "borrowed" this one from the Ducks Twitter.


Pretty much everything was Teemu'd out. Even the bags at the team store had the slogan "For8ver" on them. My favorite thing was the "8" shaped pretzels. When I went to go get one I was told that most of them had sold out, but that there was on left, but it was rock solid. I ended up having an argument with one of the workers who jumped in and told me that I didn't want the pretzel (Spoiler alert: I did want it). The original person helping me offered to give me it for free even though I offered to pay, which upset the other woman who insisted on throwing it away instead of giving it to me or even taking my $5 for it. The result:

The "uneatable" pretzel
Another spoiler alert, I was able to eat it without a problem despite it being "uneatable".

I was also able to pick up some things at the team store that I was looking for the day before. I got a commemorative game puck and a voucher for one of the Teemu bobbleheads that apparently got delayed while being shipped from overseas.

For8ver Teemu puck and voucher
On the way out we were handed free mini-Teemu banners. Apparently this was a giveaway that was announced a while ago, but I had no idea until my friend Eddie texted me about it in the middle of the game. It was a pretty awesome surprise, however.

Free Teemu banner
The back has all of his career stats and his Ducks' franchise record which includes, but is not limited to, games played, goals, assists, points, power-play goals, game winning goals, playoff games played, playoff points, and more. Not bad. I appreciate all of you who read through this entire post despite it not including one autograph. However, if you've been reading this blog for over a year then you've seen me get plenty of Teemu Selanne autographs in person. In fact, I think my total is up to around 30. So in a way, this is autograph related.

Oh yeah, the Ducks came back from down 2 goals in the final period to win 5-4 in a 6 round shootout. They are now tied with Nashville for the best record in hockey. But no big deal. Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Year In Review

The year 2014 has nearly come and gone, and to say it was a total blur would be an understatement. It was just a couple of weeks ago that I was looking back at the time that I met baseball legends Bob Gibson and Lou Brock, and it took me several minutes to finally realize that it had been over a year since that day had occurred. None the less, 2014 has been a monumental year for me in many ways. From a collector's point of view, it has been amazing watching my collection grow immensley, especially over the past several months. From a writer's point of view, I'm almost embarrassed looking back at some of my posts from 2012, when I first started this blog. I then have to remind myself that I was much younger when I wrote my first ever blog post, and many things have changed since that time

I decided to skip all of the drama of a "Biggest jerks" list and/or a "Nicest Guys" list for the first time this year. I'm really not in the mood to write six to eight paragraphs explaining why each player is deserving of being on either list. Also, everybody has their own opinion about which athletes are nice and which are, let's just say, not so nice. The odds are that nothing I would've said would have changed your mind, so why bother? To be blunt, I've heard more players curse and deny me than I can count, so to single out a few wouldn't make much of a difference.

With that being said, I will, however, expand my favorite autographs list from my top ten to my top fifteen. After all this is an autograph blog, and I think a majority of my readers would rather see pictures of autographs rather than read about my personal encounters. So without further ado, my top fifteen autographs of 2014:

15. Ryan Kesler

Ryan Kesler autographed jersey
While Ryan Kesler may not be one of the biggest names that I got to signed in 2014, he is certainly one of my favorites. Here's why: I have become hockey crazy over the past few years. It has quickly gone from a sport that I would watch on the side to my favorite sport to watch, by far. So to land an autograph of Kesler, one of the team's best players, on one of the Ducks' brand new road jerseys was big for me. Also, Kesler his full signature without paying for it, so to have one on a Ducks jersey is definitely a big deal.

14. Jose Abreu

Jose Abreu autographed baseball
It's not hard to tell why Jose Abreu made his debut on my list in his first season of Major League Baseball. Abreu hit for a .317 average with a whopping 36 home runs and 107 RBI while appearing in his first All-Star Game and winning the AL Rookie of the Year award. After missing out on the Abreu action at Spring Training, I was lucky enough to get him during the regular season when the White Sox came to Anaheim. I have very high hopes for him, and that is why he cracks my top fifteen.

13. Bob Miller

Bob Miller autographed puck
Bob Miller is one of my most recent, and favorite, in person autographs of 2014. Miller is essentially the Vin Scully of hockey, except for the fact that he is much more obliging when it comes to autographs than Vin. Also, it doesn't hurt that both pucks came out beautifully with "HOF 2000".

12. Harmon Killebrew


Harmon Killebrew autographed baseball
I had an opportunity to meet Harmon Killebrew back at All-Star Fan Fest in 2010, but instead chose to meet Rollie Fingers. Of course that was well before I got serious about collecting, and I had no idea at the time that Killerbrew would pass away not long after. But like any grapher would, I look back at that day and wish I had taken the opportunity to meet him. With that said, I had the chance to buy this beautiful Killebrew baseball for an unbeatable price earlier this year, and I wasn't going to let it slip through my fingers this time.

11. Ralph Kiner

Ralph Kiner autographed baseball
Unlike Killebrew, I never had an opportunity to meet on of baseball's longest living Hall of Famers. About a week after his passing I was able to find this 'beaut and picked it up off Ebay for a great deal. The ball is graded a 9 by PSA but the signature is a perfect 10. My only complaint is that the seams of the baseball aren't centered (Why Rawlings, why?) but I'm still very happy to own it. So happy, in fact, that it cracked my top fifteen list.

10. Ryan Getzlaf

Ryan Getzlaf autographed puck
This is the third and final hockey item on this list, so for all of you non-hockey lovers, I promise that it's over. It happens to come from 2x Gold medalist, 2007 Stanley Cup champion, and Ducks' captain Ryan Getzlaf. Getzlaf is one of my favorite players in hockey and likely a future HOFer. He is also someone who I have many autographs of, however, inscriptions are hard to come by when it comes in Getzy. I've only seen a handful online and had never asked for any in person, so I decided to pay at one of his only autograph signings ever in So-Cal. The puck turned out beautiful and much better than those I've seen signed at practice, so it's an easy pick for #10.

9. Rod Carew

Rod Carew autographed baseball
I was able to get this Rod Carew autographed baseball before a Twins vs. Angels game in June. Ironically, I was able to get Hall of Fame member Paul Molitor just moments later, which is still one of the best days of graphing that I've ever had. Not only was I excited to land two HOFers in one day, but I was also excited to get my first ever Carew baseball with "HOF 91" inscribed. Of course it didn't come at any of the five autographs signings that I've attended, but rather outside of Angel Stadium hours before the gates even opened. Go figure.

8. Ryne Sandberg

Ryne Sandberg autographed baseball
"Ryne, not Ryan" I had to remind myself when writing this. Anyways, Sandberg is one of the greatest defensive players in baseball history, which is one of the main reasons he was inducted in to the Hall of Fame in 2005. I had been waiting a good year and a half for the Phillies to come to Anaheim after Sandberg was named the manager of the Phils, and I was more than pleased when I was able to get my Gold Glove baseball signed before the final game of a 2 game series. To top things off, Ryno inscribed "9x G.G.'s" without me even asking. That's a true class act and someone who takes pride in their illustrious career.

7. Emmitt Smith

Emmitt Smith autographed 11x14
One of the few things that I wished I would've done differently in 2014 is add more football autographs. I had many great opportunities throughout the year, but passed over most of them to get baseball autographs instead. That's never more apparent than now, as Smith is the only football autograph on my top fifteen list. Luckily it's a pretty darn good autograph to get, and I'll be sending it off to the frame shop shortly. But hopefully 2015 will be a better year for my football collection.

6. Don Sutton

Don Sutton autographed baseball
There are many reasons why Don Sutton cracked the list for best autographs of 2014. First of all, he is one of the best pitchers in baseball history, and his 324 wins backs that up. Second of all, he is one of the nicest guys I've met, and he would have likely cracked my "Nicest Guys of 2014" list had I made one. Regardless, this HOF ball came out absolutely great with two inscriptions and is one of my favorite balls in my collection.

5. Robinson Cano

Robinson Cano autographed jersey
It would probably be unfair for me to write a recap of 2014 and leave out arguably my biggest free IP success of the season, this Robinson Cano autographed jersey. I was able to score Cano at Mariners camp this Spring Training, and what makes it even more special is that my friend Kyle and I, who had made the trip to Arizona together, were the only two people around when Cano signed for us. It would be my first of five autographs from Cano this year after getting zero in previous years, and looking back I realized that I forgot to post this 2011 HR Derby baseball that I got back from a signing in Seattle.

Robinson Cano autographed baseball
I was utterly shocked when I saw that I had never posted it, and considering it's one of my favorites (mainly because I was at the Derby in 2011) from 2014, I figured there would be no better time to post it than now. Also, I did not want to take up two spots for the same guy.

4. David Eckstein

David Eckstein autographed baseball
While Cano was probably my biggest free IP success of 2014, my favorite was David Eckstein, and since this is a list of my favorite autographs of 2014, it wasn't hard for me to put the X-Factor at number three. Everybody has their childhood hero, and for me it was no other than Eckstein. I've only had a few chances to get his autograph in the past, so you could imagine how happy I was when I was able to get him on a 2006 World Series ball that I had been carrying around for nearly two years.

3. Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin autographed shoes
Needless to say that Blake Griffin is my favorite player in the NBA. It's not often that I get basketball autographs, but when OC Dugout announced that they'd have Blake in for an autograph signing, I knew I had to go. Had I just gotten a boring old photo or a basketball signed by him, it likely wouldn't rank this high, but these Nike Hyperdunks are a thing of beauty and an item that you don't see signed everyday. I'm very happy with the way they turned out and happy to add a rare NBA autograph to my collection.

2. Mike Trout

Mike Trout autographed bat
Now here is where we get to the really good stuff, 2014 AL MVP and the best player in baseball, Mike Trout, autographed Old Hickory game model bat. It's a lot to take in, but once it sinks in it's clear why this is my second favorite autograph of 2014. I've been telling myself for a while that I wouldn't pay for Trout's autograph until he won his first MVP, so that I could be one of the first people to have an MVP inscribed item. After two years of waiting, the time finally came and I couldn't be any more pleased with the final result.

1. Barry Bonds

Barry Bonds autographed jersey
Barry Bonds autographed bat
It was a complete toss-up between number's one and two, but what ultimately made me choose Bonds over Trout was the sheer fact that I was able to meet Bonds and watch him sign my items. Had I been there to see trout sign my bat, it likely would've been #1 on my list. I know I'm going to hear people say that I shouldn't put him as #1 because he cheated, but there's no argument that Bonds was one of the greatest players in the modern day era, and there may not have been a player more dominant in the history of the game than Bonds was. So let everyone say what they want to say, but ultimately Barry Bonds was my favorite autograph(s) of 2014.

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In review, my favorite free IP autograph was of David Eckstein, my favorite purchased item was my Mike Trout Old Hickory bat, and my favorite autograph of the entire year was from Barry Bonds. I tried organizing the list by taking three things in to consideration:

1. The value of the item signed.
2. How the autographed turned out (legibility, how the pen worked, etc.).
3. How much I like the player.

I think I did a fairly good job of organizing it 1-15, but please comment if you think that one item should be ranked higher or lower. I always enjoy hearing other collector's opinions. As for my goals to 2014, here they were:

1. Add at least ten more baseball Hall of Fame members to my collection
Success! (11/10) Paul Molitor, Harmon Killebrew, Ralph Kiner, Orlando Cepeda, Pat Gillick, Tony LaRussa, Rod Carew, Ryne Sandberg, Jim Palmer, Don Sutton, and Carlton Fisk.

2. Add 5 MVP winners AND 5 CY Young Winners to my collection 
Success! 
MVP's: (12/5) Rod Carew, Ryne Sandberg, Orlando Cepeda, Don Newcombe, Kirk Gibson, Joey Votto, Ryan Braun, Orel Hershiser, Josh Hamilton, Jimmy Rollins, and Barry Bonds, Mike Trout.
Cy Young (5/5): Orel Hershiser, Jim Palmer, Clayton Kershaw, Bret Saberhagen, and Don Newcombe. 


3. Get at least four jerseys signed by star players and/or Hall of Fame members
Success! (6/4) Robinson Cano, Ryan Kesler, Matt Williams, Josh Hamilton, Barry Bonds, and Sidney Crosby

A huge thanks to everyone who has read this blog over the years. 2015 will be my third full year of writing and I hope that I've done a decent job of keeping you all entertained over that stretch of time. As always, a big thanks to Mike Lee, Benson, Lori, Daniel, Scotty, Scott Sr, David A, Amber, Joe Chon, Jeremy, Moe, Robert, Jacob H, Victor, Josh (Dodgerbobble), George, Greg, Franz, Mical, Tyler, Spencer, Larry, Josh L, Clint, Jose, Eddie, Marc, and Anthony, and an extra special thanks to Alex and Rob G, Ryan, Kyle, David P, and Matt Crocker. Thanks for reading and happy New Year! 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

End Of The Year Pick-Ups

Over the past month or so I've had the opportunity to add quite a few nice items to my collection. Between my Birthday and Christmas, I've had a few extra dollars to spend and put them to good use.

One of the first items I bought after my birthday was this Carlton Fisk signed baseball with "HOF 2000" and Steiner authentication. I was able to get the ball through Steiner's Black Friday sale and after using an old gift card with some leftover bucks, my total came out to a whopping $4.79.

Carlton Fisk autographed baseball
Another baseball that I was able to pick-up is signed by former NBA legend and current LA Dodgers' owner Ervin "Magic" Johnson. I've always wanted to add a Magic ball to my collection and got lucky when one of my friends recently held a private autograph signing with him. I gave him a couple of baseballs to get signed and got them back a few weeks ago.

Ervin "Magic" Johnson autographed baseball
I was also able to purchase this Sidney Crosby 2014 Canada jersey. Crosby is undoubtedly the best player in hockey right now and one of my favorite players. He was the captain of Canada's Olympic team in 2014 that won Gold and is a two time league MVP and a Stanley Cup champion. Needless to say that this is the centerpiece of my Team Canada collection.

Sidney Crosby autographed jersey
Continuing with the hockey theme, I was able to get this 2003 NHL Draft puck signed by Corey Perry. It is inscribed "28th Pick" as well as "61", which I found very cool since that was the number Perry wore when he was drafted and first called-up. Much like Crosby, Perry was a 2014 Gold medalist, a former league MVP, and a Stanley Cup champion.

Corey Perry autographed puck
The final, and best, autograph I picked-up is from 2014 AL MVP Mike Trout. As an Angel fan, I have the opportunity to watch Trout play almost every day, which makes me appreciate his game even that much more. I have gotten Trout's autograph in person numerous times, but have always wanted an Old Hickory game model bat signed. Instead of paying $120 for the bat and lugging it around the stadium for months, I decided to send in to his most recent signing and get one signed with "14 ASG MVP" and "14 AL MVP", as well as MLB Authentication.

Mike Trout autographed bat
The bat is one of my favorite pieces in my collection and will go nicely next to my Barry Bonds game model bat that I got signed a few months ago. Don't be surprised if you see both of them make a re-appearance in my best of 2014 list coming soon. Thanks for reading!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Jim Fox and Bob Miller: 14/19/14

Former LA Kings player Jim Fox and Hall of Fame announcer Bob Miller were scheduled to sign autographs at US Bank in Downtown Los Angeles. The signing was in the middle of the day on a Friday, which was kind of an awkward time to host an event. Lucky for me I had an early day from school which allowed me to make the trip to LA.

I got to the bank a little over an hour before the signing was supposed to start. To my surprise there were only eight people ahead of me, so I was able to grab a spot near the very front of the line. Both Miller and Fox showed up early but, of course, the staff made them wait until exactly 2:30 to start signing. Miller and Fox were extremely nice and took a couple of minutes to talk to everyone. As it turns out, my cousin played on the same line as Fox during his time with the Kings, so we all spent a good amount of time talking about him. I didn't come prepared with any items for Fox to sign, but luckily my friend Larry had an extra bobblehead that he sold to me.

Jim Fox autographed bobblehead
I came much more prepared for Miller, however, and got two pucks signed both with "HOF 2000".

Bob Miller autographed puck #1
Bob Miller autographed puck #2
I also got this nice 8x10 signed with "2 Time Stanley Cup Champs" as well as a photo with both of them.

Bob Miller autographed 8x10
Bob Miller, Jim Fox, and I
Overall it was a great event, and one of my favorite signings that I've attended all year. I was able to get some easy autographs and, oh yeah, some free pizza too which didn't hurt the cause. This will likely be my last post until my 2014 recap, so until then, thanks for reading and Happy Holidays!