Saturday, August 16, 2014

IP Under Armour Baseball Factory High School All-American All-Star Game at Wrigley Field 8/16/14

Chicago, IL-- The Under Armour Game was great! I got everybody there including some parents of the players (including Roger Clemens) and I got some Bowmans signed. I didn't write much about last years post because I was so upset after the game because it was so challenging to get the baseball cards because they were stolen and I had to get them from a security guard. It was long and annoying last year but this year was better. It was cool as a night game I liked it better. I snuck in early because I pretended to be be with the Cubs little league and I got most of my cards signed before the gates opened including the Rocket Man him self. Here is my 128 signed cards cards I got signed:

Daily Total: 128 Cards Signed

 Luken Baker 2012 Panini USA Baseball 15u
 Luken Baker 1952 Topps Junior Home Run Derby custom baseball card
 Luken Baker 1986 Topps 2012 Team USA Custom Baseball Card

Luken Baker was one of the first ones that I got when I snuck in early and like in the Home Run Derby in Minnesota he also dropped some bombs hitting the Toyota sign and winning the Under Armour Home-Run Derby. He was nice and I hear scouts like him better as a pitcher so well see I don't know why anybody wouldn't want him as a hitter he is a beast. 

 Seth Beer 1952 Topps Perfect Game custom baseball card
 Seth Beer 1986 Topps 2013 Team USA custom baseball card

Seth Beer is only a Junior but he seemed as one of the most mature hitters there. He signed my two cards when he was with his dad who was there. I hope he comes back next year for the game he seemed really good. 

 Chris Betts 1986 Topps 2012 USA National Team custom baseball card
 Chris Betts 1960 Topps USA custom baseball card

Chris was a great hitting catcher hitting a double which I think could have been a triple if he wasn't a Catcher. I had ordered some actual cards of him but they didn't come in time. Thanks Chris and good luck. 

Hunter Bowling 1960 fleer High school PAL Palm Beach County custom baseball card
Hunter Bowling 1940 Play Ball Baseball Factory custom baseball card

Hunter Bowling was one of the first ones that I got and he had a nice autograph and took his time on them and they came out well. He is really tall and he was easy to recognize. Thanks Hunter. 

Beau Burrows 1940 Play Ball Basebal Factory custom baseball card
Beau Burrows 1971 Topps Area Code Texas Rangers custom baseball card

When I saw Beau pitch I wondered if he was a gymnast because he has the wildest delivery as you can see in the Area Code card. His delivery reminded me kind of like Tim Lincecum. He was very nice when signing too.

Dazmon Cameron 1955 Bowman Under Armour Baseball factory all america custom baseball card.
Daz Cameron 1970 Topps Under Armour Baseball Factory all america custom baseball card

Daz is the son of Mike Cameron long time MLB outfielder. Daz had a great game but didn't play much and was interviewed at the same time as his father on MLB Network. I saw Daz last year so he is a returning player. Hi is projected to be the #1 or #2 overall pick next years draft. Thanks Dazmon!

Mike Cameron 1996 Upper Deck Collectors Choice Chicago White Sox baseball card
Mike Cameron 2010 Topps Milwaukee Brewers baseball card
Mike Cameron Upper Deck Star Rookies RC Chicago White Sox baseball card

Mike Cameron's son was playing so he came to watch him play and I got him on the field after the game and he was wearing a pink shirt. He looked to be in great shape and he looked like he could still be playing if he wanted to. Thanks Mike good addition.

 Sean Casey 1998 Bowman RC Cleveland Indians baseball card
Sean Casey 1998 Bowman Chrome RC Cleveland Indians baseball card
Sean Casey 2001 Topps Stadium Club Cincninnati Reds baseball card
Sean Casey 1999 Fleer Skybox Thunder Cincinnati Reds Baseball Card
Sean Casey 1998 Circa Thunder Traded Cincinnati Reds Cleveland Indians
Sean Casey 1998 Fleer Vintage '63 Cincinnati Reds Baseball card

Sean Casey is really the Mayor he talked to me for 10 minutes during the home run derby and talked about every one of my cards and was showing them to Ripken and the other coaches. He was a blast to get he was so nice. I loved watching him on the game on TV and on MLB Network other days. Thanks Sean.

Kody Clemens 1952 Topps Perfect Game custom baseball card
Kody Clemens 1961 Fleer Perfect Game custom baseball card

All of Roger's kids names start with a K so Kody was playing this year in the stands were Kacy who played in 2011 and Koby who played MiLB were there and I did not see Kory but he might have been there. Kody hit some laser shots to the outfield and looked very good as a player. He does not pitch like his father.

Roger Clemens 1995 Score Gold Rush Limited Edition Boston Red Sox baseball card

Roger was happy to sign but did it secretively and he looked ripped still. He was sitting with his wife Debbie who was famous for also taking HGH for a swimsuit photo shoot. He started turning people down after I got him so I am glad I did this is a huge addition to my collection.  

Justin Cohen 2014 Bowman Under Armour Baseball Factory All-America baseball card
Justin Cohen 1955 Bowman High School Riverview HS custom baseball card
Justin Cohen 1959 Topps Travel Florida Burn Orange custom baseball card

Justin Cohen was really nice and funny he was one of the coolest guys that I got he really liked my customs and said he had never seen the Florida Burn Orange 1959 Topps before and he made some good defensive played and showed his strong arm behind the plate throwing out runners. Thanks Justin and good luck!

Wyatt Cross 1959 Topps Perfect Game custom baseball card
Wyatt Cross 1968 Topps Travel Marucci custom baseball card

Wyatt was easlily the best true catcher he had a strong arm and great defense behind the plate. When I got him he was walking away then a bunch of people swarmed over and I got him and he thought my customs were cool and was in game mode. Thanks Wyatt!

Devin Davis 1952 Topps Perfect Game custom baseball card
Devin Davis 1986 Topps 2014 United States Baseball Team American Flag custom baseball card
Devin Davis 2014 Bowman Under Armour Baseball Factory All-America Baseball card

Devin Davis was in the Junior Home-Run derby at the MLB All-star game and in the Home-Run Derby at the Under Armour game and hit some shots but didn't win eithier time Luken Baker got the sweep. Devin was a really big guy and I hope the Cubs draft him. 

Kyle Dean 2012 Panini Team USA 15u National Team baseball card
2013 Panini Champions Team USA 15u National Team Baseball card
Kyle Dean 1986 Topps USA 2012 United States National Baseball Team custom baseball card
Kyle Dean 1960 Topps Team USA Custom baseball card
Kyle Dean 2012 Panini Team USA 15u National Team baseball card

Kyle Dean was a little harder to get, a coach asked me who I was waiting for so I told him and he brought Dean over and he signed my cards. Kyle was a big part of Team USA and I was glad to get these cards signed.

Gray Fenter 1971 Topps High School West Memphis Blue Devils custom baseball card
Gray Fenter 1952 Topps Perfect Game custom baseball card
Gray Fenter 1952 Topps Perfect Game custom baseball card
Gray Fenter 2014 Bowman Under Armour Baseball Factory All-America baseball card
Gray Fenter 1952 Topps Perfect Game custom baseball card

The reason I have three of the 1952 is because I printed one and when my dad sorted them he lost the first one so I printed another and I didn't give it enough time to dry so it scuffed so I printed another and when I brought it down the first one was found so I have three. Gray has a thick southern accent and when I asked him what he thought of being a Under Armour All-American and he said "its better than I deserve.'' I hope he does well in the future. Thanks Gray and good luck. 

Mitchell Hansen 1961 Fleer Power All-American custom baseball card
Mitchell Hansen 1952 Topps Perfect Game Custom Baseball card
Mitchell Hansen 2014 Bowman Under Armour Baseball Factory All-America baseball card

Mitchell is one of the most promising players in this game. If I had to predict one player who would make the Majors it would be Mitchell he just acted and seemed like he belonged here and I was glad to get him on a Bowman as well. Thanks Mitchell and good luck.

Charlie Hayes 1995 Upper Deck Electric Diamond Colorado Rockies Baseball Card
Charlie Hays 1995 Pinnacle Colorado Rockies Baseball Card
Charlie Hayes 1995 Upper Deck Collectors Choice Silver Signature Colorado Rockies Baseball Card

Charlie was the very first autograph I got when I walked in. My dad recognized him and he didn't speak the whole time but I thanked him and then I moved on to getting more autographs. His son Ke'Bryan played in the game and later signed my cards. Thanks Charlie!

Ke'Bryan Hayes 1971 Topps Area Code Texas Rangers Custom Baseball Card
Ke'Bryan Hayes 1952 Topps Perfect Game custom baseball card

Ke'Bryan is the son of Charlie Hayes and is a highly rated prospect in High School.I really like the photo on the 1952 card it makes it look authentic. He also has a very good signature and took his time signing them. Thanks Ke'Bryan and good luck.

Wes Helms 2002 Topps Heritage Atlanta Braves baseball card
Wes Helms 1997 Bowman RC Atlanta Braves
Wes Helms was easliy the hardest guy to get. I couldnt get him at all last year and I got him after the game and he came over and signed my two cards. I would have handed him more but there were alot of people and I didn't have much arm room. Thanks Wes!
Starling Heredia 1961 Fleer DPL Dominican Prospect League custom baseball card
Straling Heredia 1940 Play Ball Baseball Factory Dominican Flag custom baseball card
Starling Heredia 2014 Bowman Under Armour Baseball Factory All-America Baseball card

Starling Heredia was hilarious! Somebody from the DPL was there and I kept calling him over and he would look at me and smile and wave then keep walking then the DPL executive called him over and he signed my Bowman and walked off then I showed him the others and he signed them in a little kid handwriting. Thanks Starling! Oh and by the way he is younger than me (so he says) he is 15 years old, making him the biggest 15 year old I have ever seen.

Juan Hillman 1959 Topps High School Olympia HS custom baseball card
Juan Hillman 1952 Topps Perfect Game custom baseball card

Juan Hillman was one of the first guys that I got when I snuck in. He recognized me from my Instagram account and said that I chose his 'ugly' picture for the 1952 Topps. I just liked his dreds and thought they looked different so I like them. Thanks Juan and good luck.







Bryan Hoeing 1955 Bowman High School Travel Indiana Bulls custom Baseball card
Bryan Hoeing 1940 Play Ball Baseball Factory custom baseball card

Bryan Hoeing was also one of the first that I got. I know I said that about a lot of guys but its true, when I got in I got a ton of guys including him. I thought he had a very nice signature and he took his time signing it. Thanks Bryan and good luck in the Draft.

Justin Hooper 2012 Gypsy Queen 2014 Area Code Oakland Athletics custom baseball card
Justin Hooper 1952 Topps Perfect Game custom baseball card

Justin Hooper was just a big guy. He is 6'7" but I wouldn't believe if he was actually taller or if he is done growing. Justin is a very hard throwing pitcher reaching the high 90's in velocity and was a dominating presence on the mound. Thanks Justin and good luck.

Ryan Johnson 1952 Topps Perfect Game custom baseball card
Ryan Johnson 1960 Fleer Area Code Texas Rangers custom baseball card

Ryan is a returning player to the Under Armour game as he played last year. I got to get Ryan's autograph this year and last year just like Daz Cameron and he was just a really big guy. Bigger than I remember last year. He has a cool autograph that stays consistent from last year. Thanks Ryan and good luck.

Alonzo Jones Jr. 1952 Topps Perfect Game custom Baseball card
Alonzo Jones Jr 1955 Bowman East Cobb custom baseball card

Alonzo was nice I got him when he was out stretching. I saw his dad and I am just taking a wild guess here but I think his name is Alonzo Jones Sr.? Just guessing. Alonzo made some good and poor plays in the field but looked like he knew he needed to be there while playing. Thank Alonzo!

Cole McKay 1952 Topps Perfect Game Custom Baseball card
Cole McKay 1960 Topps 2014 Area Code Texas Rangers custom baseball card

Cole looked really good at the game. I recognized him easily as he looks just like his Perfect Game photo.  am not sure how his last name is pronounced as I have heard it different ways I think it is how its spelled but I don't know. Thanks Cole and good luck.

Anthony Molina 1952 Topps Perfect Game custom baseball card
Anthony Molina 2012 Gypsy Queen Elite Squad Travel custom baseball card

Anthony Molina was only a Junior so hopefully he will be back at the game next year. He tattooed the Under Armour Logo into his neck, I think that's kind of the reason he is at the game. He was easy to recognize as he looks just like his cards. Thanks Anthony and good luck this year and next year.

Kyle Molnar 1955 Topps High School Aliso Niguel HS custom baseball card
Kyle Molnar 2014 Bowman Under Armour Baseball Factory All-America baseball card
Kyle Molnar 1952 Topps Perfect Game custom baseball card

Kyle Molnar was also a very early signing for me. I love these Bowmans so I am glad to get one when ever I can. He is a projected 1st round draft pick in 2015. He was very nice when signing and has a plus autograph. Thanks Kyle and good luck.

Ryan Mountcastle 2014 Bowman Under Armour Baseball Factory All-America baseball card
Ryan Mountcastle 1955 Bowman 2013 Area Code Washington Nationals custom baseball card
Ryan Mountcastle 1952 Topps Perfect Game custom baseball card

Ryan was the MVP of the game so that means he played well. He got some hits and RBI's and was easy to recognize as he is a splitting image of his cards. I also got a Bowman so this was a success. Thanks Ryan and good luck.

Kyler Murray 1960 Fleer High School Allen HS Eagles custom baseball card
Kyler Murray 1960 Topps High School Allen HS Eagles custom baseball cards

Kyler Murray is the first player to be selected to the Under Armour All-America Baseball and Football game and is a Texas High School Quarter Back so he is a god in as High School football is like a religion in Texas. I honestly think if he Wanted he could be a 1st round draft pick in 2015 for baseball and have a over slot signing bonus or wait a couple years in college to be a NFL Quarter Back. We'll see what happens with Kyler but I wish him all the best. Thanks for taking a two hour flight after football practice to come play in a baseball game.

Josh Naylor 1986 O-Pee-Chee 2013 Canadian National Team custom baseball card
Josh Naylor 2012 Gyspy Queen Power All-American Canada custom baseball card

Josh Naylor is one of my favorite players from the game I would compare him to Prince Fielder a big stong power hitting first baseman. I had ordered some actual cards of him but they never came in time so I'll send to him when he is drafted next year. If you notice the spot on the top of the Gypsy Queen where it is discolored it is sweat he was soaked with sweat. Thanks Josh and good luck.

Mike Nikorak 1961 Fleer High School Stroudsburg HS custom baseball card
Mike Nikorak 1952 Topps Perfect Game custom baseball card

I just thought Mike had a very nice autograph and was also one of the first ones when I got in to the stadium I realize I am saying that for alot of guys but its true when I got in I got 60 cards in the first five minutes. He put his number on the cards in a cool way. Thanks Mike and good luck.

Demi Orimoloye 1986 O-Pee-Chee 2013 Canadian National Team custom baseball card
Demi Orimoloye 1952 Topps Perfect Game custom baseball card

Demi was really strong and mature for his age it seemed like he was well polished as a baseball player. A Canadian national player like Josh Naylor. I got Demi when he was out in uniform stretching before the game. Thanks Demi and good luck. 

Rollie Pino 1992 Fleer Pro Cards St. Catharines Blue Jays team set baseball card

Rolando Pino coached last year and helped speaking to the Dominican players. He grew a beard since the last time he was at Wrigley. Thanks Rolando.

Nick Plummer 1974 Topps Chicago Cubs custom baseball card
Nick Plummer Gypsy Queen 2014 Area Code Chicago White Sox custom baseball card

Nick signed for me before he hit in the Home-Run Derby and I love getting a Cubs card signed even though he is not even drafted yet. It would be cool if he isn't drafted by the Cubs that would make this card unique or if he is drafted by the Cubs I would be one step ahead of the game. Thanks Nick.

Cal Raleigh 2014 Bowman Under Armour Baseball Factory All-America baseball card
Cal Raleigh 1955 Bowman High School Smoky Mountain HS custom baseball card
Cal Raleigh 1940 Play Ball Baseball Factory custom baseball card

Cal Raleigh is the most baby-faced player in the game but I have to remember he is still in High School and I got a Bowman and he has a really nice signature too. Cal was a good hitter hitting a double it was kind of an error but smart base running. Thanks Cal and good luck.

Franklin Reyes 1962 Fleer Dominican Prospect League custom baseball card
Franklin Reyes 1940 Play Ball Baseball Factory Dominican Flag Custom baseball card
Franklin Reyes 2014 Bowman Under Armour Baseball Factory All-America basball card

Franklin Reyes along with Starling Heredia has a little kid signature but it is really cool you can read it unlike others. His brother Franmil Reyes is a Minor Leaguer in the Padres organization. Franklin was very strongly built and is available to sign in 2015. Thanks Franklin!

Austin Riley 2014 Bowman Under Armour Baseball Factory All-America baseball card
Austin Riley 1952 Topps Perfect Game Custom baseball card
Austin Riley 1970 Topps High School DeSoto Central HS custom baseball card

Austin Riley signed my three cards including a Bowman. I like his signature and I think the 1970 was one of my coolest cards made. Thanks Austin!

Bill Ripken 1988 Fleer Baltimore Orioles Baseball card
Billy Ripkin 1993 Fleer Baltimore Orioles baseball card
Billy Ripken 1993 Donruss Leaf Baltimore Orioles Baseball card
Bill Ripken 1991 Score Baltimore Orioles Baseball card
Billy Ripken 1992 Donruss Leaf Baltimore Orioles Baseball card
Bill Ripken 1998 Pacific Detroit Tigers baseball card

Bill Ripken is the three year raining champion of the Under Armour game. He was talking to me with Sean Casey about my customs and was hilarious during the MLB Network Broadcast going back and forth with Sean Casey. Thanks Bill.

Brendan Rodgers Gypsy Queen High School Lake Mary HS custom baseball card
Brandan Rodgers 1952 Topps Perfect Game custom baseball card

Brendan Rodgers is currently the #1 High School prospect in the 2015 Draft. He has a very cool signature in the 1952 card. He signed for me before the game while stretching and playing catch in uniform and liked my card. Thanks Brendan lets see if you could go #1.

Ashe Russell 1952 Topps Perfect Game Custom baseball card
Ashe Russell 1970 Topps High School Cathedral HS custom baseball card

I believe he was the closest player to Wrigley Field being from Indiana. With his long curly blond hair and height he was easy to recognize and happy to sign. He is a projected 1st round draft pick. Thanks Ashe and good luck.

Cole Sands 2013 Panini USA Baseball Champions 15u National Team baseball card
Cole Sands 2012 Panini USA Baseball 15u National Team Baseball card
Cole Sands 2013 Panini USA Baseball Champions 15u National Team baseball card Blue 109/299
Cole Sands 2012 Gypsy Queen High School North Florida Christian HS Custom baseball card
Cole Sands 1952 Topps Perfect Game custom baseball card
Cole signing for me before the game

Yes, Cole is the younger brother of Carson Sands; 2013 Under Armour All-American Alumni and Cubs Draft Pick. Carson looks like his brother and is a USA Alum like his brother and looks a lot like his brother so he was easy to recognize. He wasn't a bad hitter either when he took BP. I found this picture of him signing for me on Twitter so I added it in to the post. Thanks Cole.

Sati Santa Cruz 1970 Topps High School Sahuarita HS custom baseball card
Sati Santa Cruz 1955 Bowman High School Sahuarita HS custom baseball card
Sati Santa Cruz 2014 Bowman Under Armour Baseball Factory All-America baseball card

Sati recognized me immediately from Instagram when I called him over to sign before the game. He told me he would pitch in the 6th inning which he did and was a wild pitcher he threw hard but not accurately but he got the outs he needed and scared a lot of batters he faced. Thanks Sati and good luck.

Nicholas Shumpert 1960 Topps Area Code Chicago White Sox custom baseball card
Nicholas Shumpert 1952 Topps Perfect Game custom baseball card

Nicholas Shumpert is the son of Terry Shumpert former MLB infielder. When I got his autograph I asked him if his father was there and he pointed him out and I later got him to sign as well. Nicholas has a rough game in the field but looked like an impressive ball player. Terry isn't the only MLB bloodlines as Mookie Betts is related to him. Thanks Nicholas and good luck.

Terry Shumpert 1995 Topps Kansas City Royals baseball card
Terry Shumpert 1995 Fleer Kansas City Royals baseball card
Terry Shumpert 1995 Score Kansas City Royals baseball card

Terry looked to be in great shape for a guy hasn't played in the Major Leagues in 10 years he looked like he does in these cards, he hasn't aged a day. Terry was talking to Charlie Hayes about Mookie Betts who is in his family. He also added in a bible verse to the cards. Thanks Terry.

Matt 6:33, But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.


Logan (LT) "Anthony" Tolbert 1952 Topps Perfect Game custom baseball card
Logan (LT) "Anthony" Tolbert 1960 Fleer Perfect Game custom baseball card

I have to be honest I did not know what to call him on the cards so I just went with the full name I saw on Baseball Factory and Perfect Game. He went by LT Tolbert during the game and was kind of hard to get to sign but he did. Thanks Tolbert!

Kyle Tucker 1940 Play Ball Baseball Factory custom baseball card
Kyle Tucker 2012 Panini USA Baseball 15u National Team baseball card
Kyle Tucker 1962 Fleer High School Custom baseball card
Kyle Tucker 2013 Panini USA Baseball Champions 15u National Team baseball card Red 130/499

When everybody else got in and getting autographs was chaotic I called Kyle over and climbed on the dugout and handed him my four cards he went down in the dugout and signed them and it threw it up to me and it was a nice pain free score. Thanks Kyle and good luck.

Corey Zangari 1955 Bowman High School Carl Albert HS custom Baseball card
Corey Zangari 2014 Bowman Under Armour Baseball Factory All-America baseball card
Corey Zangari 1940 Play Ball Baseball Factory custom baseball card

Corey was one of the first I got and put his full name on the Bowman and initialed the customs which is his usual signature he does so I got lucky that he full named the Bowman. He was also the starting pitcher for the game and did well after loading the bases. Thanks Corey and good luck.

That's the recap for the 2014 Under Armour Baseball Factory All-American game all the players were great signers and I hope to continue to be great signers in the future as they are the future of the MLB and will be top Draft picks, International Free Agents, and pro baseball players. Thanks guys you are the best.

2 comments:

  1. Awesome success! So jealous that SD and Chic are where all the action is! Just a question how do you make all those sweet customs? Thinking about getting in on the action.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks man shoot me an email and I'll try to explain it the best I can. Good luck.

      Delete