Pitcher Billy Pierce gone at age 88

Posted August 3rd, 2015 by Tom Owens and filed in Billy Pierce, www.sportscollectors.net

Even in the 1950s, the hurler didn't embrace "Billy' in his autograph.

Even in the 1950s, the hurler didn’t embrace “Billy’ in his autograph.

Babe Ruth may have hit 714, but Bill “Billy” Pierce signed just as many.

The former hurler, a major leaguer from 1945-64, died last week at age 88. The ever-impressive www.sportscollectors.net credited Pierce for signing 95 percent of requests, a coincidental 714. His 95 percent success rate would have been higher, but his final replies were logged for May. Plus, a few collectors seemed to realize that the senior signing machine might not crank out autographs forever.

Here’s what Mr. Pierce shared with “Baseball By The Letters” in 2010.

The autograph challenge Reggie Jackson issues

Posted July 30th, 2015 by Tom Owens and filed in Reggie Jackson

Reggie greets his public in 2008. By Rubenstein (Reggie Jackson) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Reggie greets his public in 2008. By Rubenstein (Reggie Jackson) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Guilt by association?

Some collectors have despaired after the headlines of Reggie Jackson confronting a supposed autograph hound/possible dealer.

The odds are stacking against real fans, honest collectors and sincere researchers.

Our only hope?

Stand out.

Don’t look or sound like them, whether it’s in-person or in the letter you send.

There may be more at stake than your own success.

Wax Pack Book author goes down swinging versus Carlton Fisk

Posted July 27th, 2015 by Tom Owens and filed in Brad Balukjian, Uncategorized

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Brad gave his all in seeking a moment with Fisk for his book, even presenting the Hall of Famer with HIS autograph!

No called third strike. Brad Balukjian went down swinging.

However, was it really strike three?

The author gave a Hall of Fame effort trying to get a conversation from Carlton Fisk. That’s an effort any collector or letter-writing researcher can find inspiration from.

Mr. Fisk, give Mr. Wax Pack a chance!

This adventure keeps getting epic-er and epic-er.