Saturday, November 30, 2013

Matt Leinart Signing at USC: 11/30/13

USC legend and former Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart was scheduled to sign autographs prior to Saturday's game at the legendary Los Angeles Coliseum. The signing was part of the Nissan Heisman House tour, which travels to different universities across America every weekend. Even after a long day of graphing on Friday, I was still too tempted to pass up the opportunity of getting one of the best QB's in recent NCAA history.

After a 40+ minute venture of trying to find a parking spot, I finally made my way over to the Heisman House, where I met up with my friend Spencer. We were informed that the autograph line for Leinart would not form until 2:30, so to kill some time Spencer and I grabbed a quick bite to eat. When we returned we noticed a small group of people forming around, but not in, the autograph line. Spencer and I both figured this was the start of the Leinart line, and indeed we were right, so we both grabbed our places in the line about 15 people back.

Leinart showed up about ten minutes late and immediately sat down for a quick, but entertaining interview with ESPN anchor Neil Everett. Afterwards, they set up a table in the middle of the stage and Leinart began signing autographs. The rule was one item per person, but Leinart was signing anything you put in front of him. In the end I was able to get a total of four items signed, including a USC mini-helmet with "04 Heisman".



Overall it was another great event, and while I may of made the mistake of not attending the Blake Griffin signing, I don't regret it a bit. A big thank you to Spencer who helped me out immensely today. Thanks for reading!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Dodgers Holiday Mall Tour: 11/29/13

The Dodgers Holiday Mall Tour made it's second stop of the year on Friday, as former All-Star's Steve Garvey and Steve Sax were scheduled to sign autographs in Woodland Hills. While Garvey was undoubtedly the better player of the two, I think it's fair to say that most of the graphers, including myself, were at the event more for Sax, who rarely makes appearances in Southern California anymore.

After dealing with some Black Friday traffic, I arrived at the mall around 10:00. Steve Garvey was scheduled to sign in one hour, while Sax was scheduled to sign later in the day. The line for Garvey wasn't very long, and by the time I got in it, I was about 50 people back. Like always, Garvey showed up on time and began signing right away. It took me about 30 minutes to get to the front of the line, and I was eventually able to get my Dodger Stadium 50th Anniversary ball signed by the former MVP.

After grabbing some lunch, I hopped back in line with my friend Scotty for Steve Sax. After a long wait, Sax showed up and, like Garvey, began signing immediately. I was roughly 20th in line and was able to get another 50th Anniversary ball by Sax, as well as an 8x10 that I picked up from my friend Daniel.


Since the line wasn't ridiculously long, I decided to go back around for a second time and get a ROMLB signed.

I was very surprised to say the least at how different the final signature looked from the other two. I'm used to player's signatures looking different at times, and I do realize that the signature was rushed since I was towards the back of the line, but I've never seen two signatures look so drastically different. Either way, it's "unique" to say the least.

A big thanks to Steve Sax, Steve Garvey, and the Dodgers for coming out and putting on another great event. A quick shout out to Scotty, Scott Sr., Daniel, Franz, Larry, and Daniel G., who were all at the event. Thanks for reading!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Dodgers Holiday Mall Tour: 11/16/13

The Dodgers Holiday Mall Tour kicked off for the second straight year on Saturday afternoon, with former Dodgers' Steve Yeager and Maury Wills scheduled to sign at the Westfield Culver City mall. Last year, the Mall Tour was a "blessing" to So-Cal graphers, giving us a chance to graph baseball in the offseason, so I was looking forward to the first stop of this year's tour.

I decided against arriving to the signings early and instead showed up at the mall around noon. Yeager had already begun signing, but as expected he had blown through the small line and was sitting alone at the autograph table. Since there was no line, I decided to get my two 1985 Topps cards that I brought along.

While getting Yeager was a nice bonus, my main goal for the day was Maury Wills, who was scheduled to sign from 2-4. I had brought along three items for Maury to sign, and figured that I'd be able to get all three items signed easily, especially since he showed up about fifteen minutes early. However, since Wills was signing everything and taking photos, the line began to move at a snail's pace. After about 40 minutes of waiting, I was finally able to get up to Maury and handed him my 11x14 photo first to get signed.

When I asked Maury to put "586 Career Steals" he asked me if I'd like "104 Steals 1962" on it as well, which I of course said yes to.

I also got some help getting my Gold Glove baseball signed, which he inscribed "LA Dodgers" and "2x G.G. '61 '62". 

I decided to hop back in line to get my third and final item signed. Unfortunately, the second go-around took even longer than the first, and it took nearly an hour and a half just to get back up to Maury. Luckily, the wait was well worth it, as I got my Rawlings Big Stick bat signed with "NL MVP 62", "7x All-Star" and the famous saying "Go! Go! Go! Maury Go!".

Overall it was another great event, and I look forward to attending a few more of the Mall Tour events in the weeks ahead. A big shout-out to George, Willie, Larry, Scotty, Scott Sr., Amber, Daniel, Mike, and everybody else that helped make the time fly.

A quick side note- Dr. Alex Corbin Liu will be hosting yet another appearance at his Optometry Office, this time with Rock-n-Roll great Rudy Sarzo on November 23rd. Additional details are on the flyer below.

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Dale Murphy Signing at the OC Dugout: 10/7/13

Braves legend and former NL MVP winner Dale Murphy made an appearance at the OC Dugout on Thursday, November 7th. The event was one of the rare paid signings that I've attended, but since Murphy rarely makes appearances in Southern California I decided to cough up the money.

With the signing scheduled to start at 5:00, I arrived a few minutes early and picked up my tickets for the event before hopping in line. To my surprise there were only about six or seven people in front of me, but from what I heard a majority of the people showed up later in the night. Murphy arrived a few minutes late but apologized on his way in, saying that "the traffic is worse here than it is in Utah", which got a few laughs. I decided to get a bat and a ROMLB signed, both with "NL MVP 82, 83" on them. Murphy was very personable and signed both items beautifully, and also took a photo with me (as seen above).

Overall it was another great event put on by the OC Dugout. I've stated this before, but I love attending paid signings, and I hope to attend a few more in the future. A big thanks to the OC Dugout and Dale Murphy for the great event.

P.S.- Lakers' guard Xavier Henry will be signing autographs next Saturday, November 16th at Harry's Dugout. While I won't be attending the event, I highly encourage any Laker fans to make it out. Prices and more info are on the flyer below.

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