Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Lots of New Trade Bait!!!


I just got finished updating my "Trade Bait" page and added over 20 new signed ROMLB's that are for trade/sale! Those baseball's include a Jason Giambi signed 2004 All-Star baseball (pictured above), a Dave Winfield signed baseball, a Don Baylor signed baseball with "1979 AL MVP" inscription, and many more! Make sure to check them out and either comment below, or email me at MatthewCourville24@gmail.com (please comment below if you emailed me as I do not check my inbox daily!). You can also PM me on facebook at MC's Autographs if you are not a fan of emailing. Thanks!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Anaheim Ducks Graphing Update


I've been fortunate enough to make it out to Anaheim to graph the Anaheim Ducks a couple of times already in the 2013-14 NHL season. Here are some of my successes so far:


Cards (top-left to bottom-right):
Cam Fowler 3/3
Devante Smith-Pelly 5/5 (gave 2 away)
Luca Sbisa 3/3
Nick Bonino 2/2
Teemu Selanne 1/1
Andrew Cogliano 4/4 (gave 2 away)
Jonas Hiller 2/2
Ryan Getzlaf 1/1
Jakob Silfverberg 1/1
Kyle Plamieri 1/1
Matt Beleskey 1/1
Bryan Allen 1/1
Daniel Winnik 1/1
Saku Koivu 1/1
Dwayne Roloson 1/1


Autograph Pucks:
Nick Bonino
Kyle Palmieri
Mathieu Perreault
Viktor Fasth
Cam Fowler
Sami Vatanen
Hampus Lindholm
Jonas Hiller


NHL Game Pucks:
Ryan Getzlaf
Corey Perry
Jakob Silfverberg
Corey Perry (20th Anniversary puck)
Cam Fowler (20th Anniversary puck)

Finally, I was able to get the "Finnish Flash" Teemu Selanne to sign my authentic throwback Winnipeg Jets jersey. This is Teemu's last season in the NHL, so I'm probably going to invest serious money into getting premier items signed by him before his retirement. For now, though, I have my Jets jersey to proudly display.


My plan for now is to maintain updates similar to this one for every two or three times I get a chance to graph the Ducks, so I hope you all enjoy. Also, if any graphers outside of California are interested in getting an autograph from Perry, Getzlaf, or any other Duck excluding Selanne, please contact me. I'd be willing to help anyone out for small fee. Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Marshall Faulk Signing: 10/13/2013


Thanks to a last minute tip, I got word that Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk would be signing autographs in the San Diego area on Saturday afternoon, along with San Diego Chargers' Manti Te'o and Larry English. The signing was part of the ESPN Monday Night Football tour, which travels across America bringing out former and current NFL players to sign autograph and meet fans prior to the big game. Even though I received word of the signing at the last minute, I was still able to make time and head down to San Diego.

I arrived at the event about an hour before Faulk was scheduled to begin signing, and to my surprise there were only about 60 people in line. It's always surprising to me whenever there's a low turn-out at a free signing, but I guess the long drive and rumors of no outside items kept a majority of the LA graphers away. To receive an autograph, you had to obtain an autograph voucher by test driving a GMC vehicle on spot. Luckily, the test drive was only a few minutes, and I was able to get in line quickly.

As expected, Faulk showed up at 12:30 and began signing. There was a strict one autograph per-person policy, but to my relief, they were allowing Faulk to sign outside items. Marshall blew through the line very quickly and before I knew it, I had gotten my Official NFL football signed by the legendary running back.


I also had a second voucher, so I decided to get one of the stock photos signed by Faulk as well. Surprisingly, the photos were very nice quality and had no advertisement on them either.


I wouldn't say Marshall was overly talkative, but it's hard to complain since he ended up signing outside items, which is apparently rare of him to do.

The next signer was Chargers' rookie Monte Te'o, who was also rumored to be not signing outside items. After seeing Faulk sign them, I figured there would be no reason for Te'o not to, however we were told a few minutes prior to the signing that he would indeed only be signing the stock photos. That was a bit of a disappointment, but luckily Te'o made up for it by being very friendly and taking photographs with everyone.


As you can see, unlike the photos provided for Faulk, these 8x10's had a GMC logo on the bottom right corner, which made them less than ideal for autographs.

The final signer on the day was former first round pick, Larry English. Originally, I had planned to skip English and get an early start home, however, I had an extra Chargers mini-helmet that I was unable to get Te'o on, so I decided to stick around for another 30 minutes or so and wait for English. There were only about 20 fans left in line for English, so he had no problem taking his time and chatting with each fan.


I was also able to get a pair of stock photos signed by English, which do not have an advertisement logo on them, as well as a photo with him.


I really hope that Larry can avoid the injuries that have plagued him so far and live up to his one-time high potential.

Overall, the day could not of gone smoother. I always enjoy signings down in the San Diego area, as they are always more kicked back and attract a lot less people than signings do in the Los Angeles area. A big thanks to GMC and ESPN Monday Night Football for putting on a great event, as well as Marshall Faulk, Manti Te'o, and Larry English for signing. Finally, a shout of to Paul, Daniel, Robin, and all of the other graphers who showed up to the event. As always, thanks for reading!

Friday, October 11, 2013

GT Sports Marketing Show in San Francisco: 10/4-10/6


GT Sports Marketing held it's annual San Francisco show this past weekend, and for the first time,  I decided to make the long trip up to the Bay-area to catch some current and former football legends. 

Day One (10/4/13):

After an early morning flight, I finally made it up to San Francisco and drove over to my hotel to unpack. Since I had some time to kill before the show, I wandered outside and took some photos before grabbing a bite to eat at IN-N-Out.


I took a ton of "touristy" photos, probably enough to bore you to death, but since this is an autograph site, I'll try to keep them as minimal as possible.

Here's a photo that semi-revolves around the autograph that I got:


That's the Cow Palace, where the show was being held at. The arena was built in 1941 and was originally used for processing soldiers in World War II, so it basically looks like an old military hangar with a few buildings that were added on the side. I didn't take any photos of the inside, but trust me when I say that it's vintage 1970's.

Friday was by far the weakest day for autographs. The people scheduled to sign that night were Colt McCoy, who was doing a private signing only, Sebastian Janikowski, Darren McFadden, Vince Young, and Steve Young (whose time seemed to change every other minute). I was really only interested in Janikowski and McFadden, but unfortunately, McFadden was a late scratch due to "injury treatment", so I was left with just Janikowski. Luckily, he showed up and I was able to get my Raiders mini-helmet sign by Jano.



When I got up to Janikowski, I told him the honest truth that he is the only kicker I will ever pay to get an autograph of. He seemed to get a "kick" out of that and thanked me for my support. A good way to end the night.

Day 2 (10/5/13):

The second day was by far the best day, as a majority of the current and former athletes were signing on Saturday, as apposed to Friday night or Sunday afternoon. With that said, I'll jump straight into the action, as the first autograph I was able to get came from "Mean" Joe Greene, who signed an Official NFL Football and a Hall of Fame mini-helmet, both with his "HOF 87" inscription.


PSA was also in attendance all weekend, certifying autos for $10 on spot. I decided to get both the Greene's, as well as a few others, certified right away.



The next autograph I got came from current 49ers running back, Kendall Hunter. As a big 49ers fan, I believe Hunter will turn out to be a great running back in the NFL, so I was glad to have him sign my 49ers mini-helmet.



After Hunter, I was able to get another current Niner, and my favorite defensive player in the NFL, NaVorro Bowman, who also signed a 49ers mini helmet for me.


The final two guys on the day were by far the biggest two autographs for me, as 49ers' all-time leading rusher Frank Gore and wide-receiver Michael Crabtree both made an appearance at the same time. Crabtree and Gore were the two main reasons I made the trip up to San Fran, as they very rarely sign from what I've heard, so I was stoked to get both of their autos. First off, I was able to get Crabtree on a 16x20 Photofile photo, which looks much better in person than it does in the photo below.


Then I hopped in Gore's line and was able to get another 16x20 Photofile photo, as well as a 49ers mini-helmet signed.


Since Gore was the final signer on Saturday, I got my items PSA'd and made my way to the exit, wrapping up the second day in San Fran.

Day 3 (10/6/13):

I had a very simple plan for my third and final day in San Francisco. That plan was to get the autos I needed and make my way back to So-Cal. Luckily for me, all of the signers that I needed happened to be scheduled within the first hour, so all went as planned.

The first two autographs I received came from Hall of Famer's Fred Biletnikoff and Marcus Allen. I had them both sign a 16x20 photo featuring all three Raiders Super Bowl MVP's (Allen, Biletnikoff, and Jim Plunkett). I got Plunkett on the photo the previous day, but decided to wait until now to show the finished piece, which features all three players.


It's always nice when you can get a project completed in a matter of days.

Since Biletnikoff was fairly cheap and came with a free inscription, I decided to go back around in his line and get a mini-helmet signed by the legendary wide-receiver. Biletnikoff was also kind enough to add "Super Bowl XI MVP" as well.


The fourth and final guy I got on Sunday was "Mr. Raider" himself, Tim Brown. I decided to go against the "norm" with Brown and get him on a Notre Dame mini-helmet instead of a Raiders one. Why? a. because with no logo on the helmet, there is a ton of space to sign, and b. I already got too many Raiders helmets signed for a 49ers fan like myself. In the end, I think I made a good choice.


On my way out, I also decided to pick up this Gregor Blanco photo that I found at one of the tables. The photo came from Blanco's perfect game saving catch last season, and coincidentally has the inscription "Perfect Game Saving Catch 6-13-12" which is what ultimately sold me. The photo was only $15 and inclued a Tristar hologram, so I considered it a pretty solid pick-up.

  
That concluded my very successful weekend in San Francisco. Since Los Angeles doesn't have a football team (yet), I'm always thrilled whenever I get to graph any current and/or former NFL players, as it's a rarity besides the few former Raiders players who tend to make appearances every other weekend. 

Since I neglected to post my final recap of the Oakland A's game that I attended a couple of weeks back, I just wanted to let everybody know that I should be pretty busy this offseason with hockey, basketball, and signings around the area. One thing I love about So-Cal is that there's never a lack of autographs to obtain. A big thanks to everyone who stuck through this long post, and as always, thanks for reading.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Steve Garvey AM570 Signing: 10/2/13


Dodger legend and former National League MVP Steve Garvey made an appearance at a liquor store in Whittier to promote the Dodgers' radio flag-ship station AM570. I found the timing and location of the signing to be quite odd, as it was on a Wednesday afternoon at a random liquor store in a not-so great part of Whittier.

Due to school, I arrived at the signing only a few minutes before Garvey was scheduled to leave. I expected a majority of the line to be gone since Garvey had been signing for over an hour already, also, I expected most people to be at work due to the signing being on a weekday. Unfortunately, I was wrong. There were a good 75 people in line, most of which had already gotten an autograph and were going back for seconds. I knew I didn't have a chance at waiting from the end of the line, so thankfully once of my friends offered me a spot towards the middle where his girlfriend was standing. When I finally got up to the front, Garvey was as nice as could be. He asked how my day was going, then took my baseball and signed it. Mr. Garvey also added the inscription "1981 WS Champs" at my request, which will go along nicely with my other ROMLB with has the "74 NL MVP" inscription.

 

As I write this post, I'm currently on a flight up to San Francisco for the GT Sports Marketing show this weekend. If anybody else will be up there for the weekend, make sure to contact me and say hello if you see me around the show. Thanks for reading!