Monday, May 14, 2018

MISL 40th Reunion Event?

I was scrolling through my Facebook feed the other day when a post from the Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame caught my eye.

If it's too small to read easily, a group is trying to get together a 40th anniversary reunion for the MISL this December/January in Las Vegas.  Not sure yet if I'll be able to go, but I'm hopeful depending on price. I know among the shares and reposts of it on various groups, at least a few former players expressed interest in it (including Mark Kerlin; I have a few cards I need him to sign).  It may be my best/only chance at getting some guys like Kerlin, Brian Quinn, Carl Valentine, Kai Haaskivi, and Juli Veee. Maybe even knock out some of those multi-player cards.

I sent to the email address on it to ask about mailing in autograph items in the event that I can't make it. Haven't heard anything back yet.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Still here!

I haven't posted in about three months, mostly since I don't have a whole lot to report on the sets or even soccer 'graphing as a whole. The lack of a MASL team here means no Sidekicks Alumni event and the only MLS guy I need doesn't travel with his team (Carl Valentine on Vancouver's staff).

Hopefully that will change soon.  I've been talking to another collector, Brian in Kansas City, who has a bunch of stuff I need up for trade.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Indoor Soccer at the National?

If you ever read my main sports autograph blog, you may know I attend the National Sports Collectors Convention almost every time it's in my home city of Cleveland. When it was first there in 1997, I was 13 years old and went for a single day.  In 2001, age 17, I had the VIP pass.  Ditto on 2004 at age 20. I missed the shows in 2007 and 2009 because the travel would have been too much, but then made my triumphant return in 2014.

This indoor project really began about a year after that last trip, mailing my first gigantic batch of requests out in September 2015.  So I haven't really had a major reason to go looking for MISL memorabilia at the show until now.

I know back when CheapWax4U was around I probably could have found some boxes of indoor cards there-- I mean I once found AFL cards there for chrissake, and I don't mean the 1960s American Football League or the currently-barely-alive Arena Football League, I mean AUSTRALIAN FREAKING FOOTBALL. 1995 Select, I believe, as they still had the Brisbane Bears, Fitzroy Lions, and Footscray Bulldogs.

I could probably also find boxes of 1992 Score Serie A from Italy because I bought an entire case of it on eBay a few years back for like $45 (2/3 of which was for shipping), and probably some 1991 and 1992 Pro Set English Premier League boxes, plus some of the newer Panini stuff. And I'm sure I could find boxes or complete sets of the Pacific sets somewhere among some junk wax dealer. But have any readers ever seen any indoor autographs, regional sets, or non-card memorabilia at a National?

Cleveland, of course, has hosted six times in the show's history. Chicago has had eleven dating back to 1983, eight of which are post-2000 and a ninth coming next year. Baltimore has had two. In fact of the twenty shows from 2001 to 2020, only the three Atlantic City shows and one Anaheim show were in a non-MISL city. While indoor soccer is certainly a smaller group of collectors than the four major sports, you can find nearly anything at the National, so I'd think and hope that maybe there would be something there.

The all-time top two scorers and fourth-winningest goalie in indoor soccer history live close by. Why not get them as autograph guests? Are people really that much more interested in Jim Stillwagon, Joe Charbonneau, Kevin Mack, and Rick Waits? I did email Tristar about it, with an offer to get them contact info; we'll see if I hear anything back.

Anyways, what are the chances I'll be able to fill some needs on my Autographed Set Want List at the show?  I know I'll find some baseball ones I need, possibly some hockey and football, but anything indoor? I'm going to have a very busy week there, as I'm planning on trying to hit at least ten baseball games before, during, and after the National (Birmingham, Lexington, and Charleston on the way up; Toledo, Columbus, Lake County, Cleveland, and Akron while we're there; Fort Wayne, Cedar Rapids, and Des Moines on the way back), plus looking around at all the tables for good deals, but a table with indoor soccer will attract my attention VERY quickly.

And the earlier I find it, the better: I might skip Sunday (the show's last day), and once in a while a local dealer might have some other items they didn't bring but can grab easily. That's what happened in 2014 when someone found out I'm a Cory Snyder collector, and had a game-used bat that he said he would bring the next day. He did, and it's now mine.

So if you've had any experiences (either good or bad) with indoor soccer collecting at the National, leave me a comment.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

New Year, New List, New Price

You may have noticed the PayPal links to buy my autograph list have been taken down.

That's because starting here in 2018, all the info is FREE!

I just got to thinking that it's not worth it to charge even a few bucks for something that I do for free and quickly and unfortunately can't always guarantee the accuracy of. Getting a few to buy copies early on was nice, but getting the info out to help the hobby is its own reward. And it's not like there's a huge market of buyers out there for the list. Indoor soccer collectors are a much smaller group than many other sports.

So, it's free from here on!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Well that answers my question...

Back on August 16 I said...

"I also have in my notes that I mailed to Mark Frederickson on May 16 (second attempt, this one being via his home address), but yet I'm finding an envelope with his address on it, making me wonder if I actually tried him or not. I may have to see if I still have the cards or not-- that will be my best evidence."

Better evidence: Getting five cards back signed from him on November 24.

I also made a small trade with Ray in Baltimore a few weeks back-- picked up some 1992-93 Pacific sigs from him. I haven't officially started on that one, but I figure I'll trade for as many as I possibly can from other collectors. I don't have any unsigned ones, even.

Meanwhile, I haven't heard many/any rumblings on the Sidekicks for the 2018-19 season. The worst news in all of this is that they were very quietly removed from the Inactive Teams list on the MASL website.

Do any other MASL teams ever have alumni games the way the Sidekicks used to? I'd be interested in autographs from some players who might show up for games in Baltimore, St. Louis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, San Diego, and Tacoma. Maybe a few others like Harrisburg or Syracuse.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Let's trade!

Have I really not posted a trade list yet?  Geez...

Here's what I have that I'd trade. Condition varies and I can offer up scans of any. Looking for anything I'm missing for my sets!

1987-88Pacific2Krys Sobieski
1987-88Pacific2Krys Sobiesk (Error)
1987-88Pacific3Victor Moreland
1987-88Pacific4Willie Molano
1987-88Pacific4Willie Molino (Error)
1987-88Pacific5Kevin Smith
1987-88Pacific6Wes McLeod
1987-88Pacific7Eddie Radwanski
1987-88Pacific8Mark Karpun
1987-88Pacific10Mike Powers
1987-88Pacific11Doc Lawson
1987-88Pacific15Bernie James
1987-88Pacific18Ralph Black
1987-88Pacific19Bill Crook
1987-88Pacific20Peter Ward
1987-88Pacific21Gary Heale
1987-88Pacific22Godfrey Ingram
1987-88Pacific26Kevin Kewley
1987-88Pacific30Al Smith
1987-88Pacific33Marcio Leite
1987-88Pacific49Slobo Ilijevski
1987-88Pacific51Redmond Lane
1987-88Pacific52Tim Schulz
1987-88Pacific56Fernando Clavijo
1987-88Pacific63George Katakalidis
1987-88Pacific71Charley Greene
1987-88Pacific72Dale Mitchell
1987-88Pacific73Jim Schwab
1987-88Pacific79Chico Moreira
1987-88Pacific81Teddy Krafft
1987-88Pacific83Alan Willey
1987-88Pacific91Hector Marinaro
1987-88Pacific93Chico Borja
1987-88Pacific104Richard Chinapoo
1988-89Pacific5Branko Segota
1988-89Pacific6Fernando Clavijo
1988-89Pacific17Gus Mokalis
1988-89Pacific19Zoran Karic
1988-89Pacific24Branko Segota
1988-89Pacific37Homer Screws
1988-89Pacific41Alan Mayer
1988-89Pacific53David Doyle
1988-89Pacific55Scott Manning
1988-89Pacific64Rusty Troy
1988-89Pacific76Jean Willrich
1988-89Pacific77Terry Nicholl
1988-89Pacific78Victor Moreland
1988-89Pacific80Chico Borja
1988-89Pacific81Kevin Kewley
1988-89Pacific96Hector Marinaro
1988-89Pacific98Gordon Jago
1988-89Pacific101Mike Powers
1988-89Pacific102Doc Lawson
1988-89Pacific104Willie Molano
1988-89Pacific108Krys Sobieski
1989-90Pacific11Rene Ortiz
1989-90Pacific12Zoran Karic
1989-90Pacific25Doc Lawson
1989-90Pacific36Scott Manning
1989-90Pacific46Victor Moreland
1989-90Pacific58Dale Mitchell
1989-90Pacific84Fernando Clavijo
1989-90Pacific88Diego Mandagaran
1989-90Pacific90Thomas Strunk
1990-91Pacific11Branko Segota
1990-91Pacific13Mark Mettrick
1990-91Pacific19Bruce Savage
1990-91Pacific25Tom Soehn
1990-91Pacific33Chico Borja
1990-91Pacific35Daryl Doran
1990-91Pacific43David Brcic
1990-91Pacific50Billy Powers
1990-91Pacific54Doc Lawson
1990-91Pacific55Rod Scott
1990-91Pacific65Hector Marinaro
1990-91Pacific79Ted Eck
1990-91Pacific80David Doyle
1990-91Pacific100Freddie Thompson
1990-91Pacific108Victor Moreland
1990-91Pacific127Terry Woodberry
1990-91Pacific128Mike Powers
1990-91Pacific132Otto Orf
1990-91Pacific146John Hamel
1990-91Pacific151Doug Neely
1990-91Pacific162Victor Moreland
1990-91Pacific163Marty Templin
1990-91Pacific164Gino D'Ippolito
1990-91Pacific165Kelly Mock
1990-91Pacific167Herb Silva
1990-91Pacific168Brian Hall
1990-91Pacific169Esse Baharmast
1990-91Pacific176Dallas Sidekicks All-Stars
1990-91Pacific181Victor Moreland
1990-91Pacific186Doc Lawson
1990-91Pacific187Fernando Clavijo
1990-91Pacific211Billy Phillips
1991-92Pacific5Branko Segota
1991-92Pacific11Alex Golovnia
1991-92Pacific14Jacques Ladouceur
1991-92Pacific15Glenn Carbonara
1991-92Pacific17Savva Biller
1991-92Pacific25Willie Molano
1991-92Pacific29Walter Schmetzer
1991-92Pacific31Nikola Ristic
1991-92Pacific34Dick McCormick
1991-92Pacific36Todd Strobeck
1991-92Pacific44Brad Smith
1991-92Pacific48Victor Moreland
1991-92Pacific49Jimmy McGeough
1991-92Pacific50Vincent Beck
1991-92Pacific51Tom Soehn
1991-92Pacific55Roy Turner
1991-92Pacific61Rusty Troy
1991-92Pacific71Scott Manning
1991-92Pacific72Hank Henry
1991-92Pacific74Dominic Feltham
1991-92Pacific80Terry Woodberry
1991-92Pacific81Doc Lawson
1991-92Pacific82Bruno Ferretti
1991-92Pacific85Mike Uremovich
1991-92Pacific88Mike Powers
1991-92Pacific90Lynn Venable
1991-92Pacific91Krys Sobieski
1991-92Pacific92Gordon Jago
1991-92Pacific93Roderick Scott
1991-92Pacific100Doug Neely
1991-92Pacific103Jim Schwab
1991-92Pacific104David Doyle
1991-92Pacific106Doug McLagan
1991-92Pacific108Mike Dowler
1991-92Pacific109Chris Duke
1991-92Pacific110Tony Glavin
1991-92Pacific117Daryl Doran
1991-92Pacific120Fernando Clavijo
1991-92Pacific127David Eise
1991-92Pacific134Zoran Karic
1991-92Pacific135Hector Marinaro
1991-92Pacific146Bernie James
1991-92Pacific149Joe Koziol
1991-92Pacific150Otto Orf
1991-92Pacific159Borja & Clavijo
1991-92Pacific Inserts4Daryl Doran

My want list is...

1987-88 Pacific: 12, 27, 29, 36, 38, 40, 48, 57, 59, 61, 74 (black name), 75 (both versions), 77 (both versions), 88, 96, 107, 108, 110

1988-89 Pacific: 2, 3, 8, 12, 25, 26, 33, 36, 40, 46, 48, 49, 60, 61, 62, 65, 66, 68, 69, 70, 75, 86, 87, 91, 92, 95, 97, 100

1989-90 Pacific: 2, 6, 9, 17, 26, 33, 34 (error signed by Stanisic and Manning), 34 (corrected version), 47, 52, 66, 67 (error "Kevin" signed by both Hundelt brothers), 67 (corrected version with "Chris"), 71, 76, 87, 100, 103, 108

1990-91 Pacific: 1, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 18, 28, 29, 30, 31, 34, 37, 39, 47, 48, 53, 58, 59, 74, 75, 76, 78, 84, 87, 88, 98, 102, 104, 111, 114, 115, 126, 133, 135, 144, 145, 147, 150, 156, 158, 159, 161, 166, 172, 173, 174, 175, 177, 178, 179, 180, 183, 189, 192, 196, 199, 201, 202, 204, 205, 207, 213, 216, 217

1991-92 Pacific: 2 (Hirmez), 2 (Claudio De Oliveira), 3 (Preki), 8 (Preki), 9 (Gabarra), 20, 21, 24, 37, 40, 41, 42, 47, 56, 57, 68, 69, 78, 79, 83, 84, 87, 95, 97, 98, 99, 107, 113, 118, 125, 126, 128, 132, 137, 140, 153, 154, 155, 156, 158, 160

1991-92 Soccer Shots: ALL

1992-93 Pacific: ALL

There also are a bunch I wouldn't mind trading for from some Dallas Sidekicks team sets (1986-87 and 1987-88 Coca-Cola; 1988-89 Fox 33/KOJO 94) and any Cleveland Force or Crunch team sets. Always looking for all sorts of Crunch and Force memorabilia really, not just signed stuff.

Got any you want? Got stuff for trade? Leave me a comment and we'll see what we can do!