Wednesday, September 7, 2016

September 7, 2016 "Friends of Ray Peters"..... Bill Ferrell and Al Yates, Bill McNulty and Garry Jestadt

Bill Ferrell  
Mr Peters got in touch with the son of Bill Ferrell, who passed away in 2005. They were teammates in Jacksonville and Portland in 1970. Bill pitched from 1965 to 1970 after being picked in the 1965 Draft by the Minnesota Twins.

Al Yates
Ray also got in touch with the son of Al Yates, who passed away in 2007. Al  played regularly in the Mets and Red Sox organizations from 1964 to 1970 because of his good bat. He was traded by the Red Sox to the Brewers and he made his major league debut in 1971 against the Yankees.


Bill McNulty
was signed by the Kansas City Athletics as a free agent in 1965 and made his major league debut
with the A's in 1969. A good power hitter, he hit 237 home runs in the minor leagues with 55 coming in 1974 with the Sacramento Solons and their short left field fence.

Mr McNulty's SABR bio is here.....SABR Bio


Garry Jestadt
played infield for the Chicago Cubs , Montreal Expos and San Diego Padres from 1969 to 1972. He then went to Japan to play for a few years.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

August 30, 2016  Keith Erickson

I originally sent to Keith Erickson, former UCLA, Bulls, Lakers and Suns basketball player back in 2014 but since wrote it off as a failure after not getting a return. I then got a letter last month from Mr Erickson apologizing for losing my customs after showing them to his wife. He said to make up another set for him and he would sign whatever I needed.

Monday, July 4, 2016

One Year Later......More Friends of Ray Peters....Fred Stanley, Bill Edgerton, Bob Richmond, Joe Jabar and Steve Saradnik.

Well, I haven't posted anything new for almost a year now as I have not had time to sit down and type. This July 4th weekend gives me time to add to the blog. So here is the latest installment of "The Friends of Ray Peters". Ray Peters was a pitcher for the Seattle Pilots and Milwaukee Brewers and I, along with Keith from NYC have been making baseball cards for Ray's former teammates and opponents. We make the cards, send them out and have the former players sign a few for our own collections.

Fred Stanley
played on the 1969 Seattle Pilots as well as the Indians, Padres and Yankees. He was originally drafted by the Houston Astros. The 1969 Astros Rookies is also signed by Roric Harrison.

Bill Edgerton
was originally signed by the Mets, spent a few months with the Cleveland Indians but made his debut with the Kansas City Athletics in 1966. He also pitched on the 1969 Seattle Pilots before finishing his career in the Dodgers and Brewers organizations in 1971.

Bob Richmond
never pitched in the Major Leagues. He was originally signed by the Philadelphia Phillies, then played in the Washington Senators organization until he was selected by the Seattle Pilots in the 1969 Expansion Draft. 

In a  note enclosed by Mr Richmond along with my returned cards, he asked if I had any images of him as a Phillie, I told him I didn't but could make one up using Photoshop. So here it is.....I used the two Pilots images and changed them to Phillies uniforms.

Joe Jabar and Steve Saradnik
were teammates with Mr Peters with the Newark Co-Pilots in the NY-Penn League in 1969. For both players, it would be their only year in Pro Ball. Ray emailed me a photo he got from Joe Jabar to make the cards of his former teammates...

And Finally
a few Ray Peters cards......and two with teammates

Ray said after he was drafted by the Mets in 1968, he was brought to Shea to work out during the All Star break. So here's a Met card.....

and he finished his career in the Phillies organization, so......

The image used in the first card was from a Seattle newspaper and the other two need no explanation


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Cards for Collectors 1956 Football and 1950s Baseball

Been a while since I posted anything new........

Mike from Michigan wanted to complete some football and baseball sets from the 1950s for players who did not cards in those particular sets

1956 New York Football Giants
including assistant coaches Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry

1956 Detroit Lions

1956 Green Bay Packers

 1956 San Francisco 49ers

1954 Cleveland Indians

1954 New York Giants

1954 New York Yankees

Jim from Massachusetts wanted to fill in his 1950s Red Sox team sets....

1956 Red Sox 

1955 Red Sox



Saturday, July 18, 2015

July 18, 2015 "Friends of Ray Peters" Roric Harrison and Bill Leinheiser

Ray Peters was a pitcher in the Seattle Pilots and Milwaukee Brewers organization and pitched for the Brewers in 1970. He has been getting in touch with former teammates and opponents. With the help of Keith from NYC, I have been making cards for those teammates, most of whom didn't have cards or had very few.

Roric Harrison
and Ray Peters played together in 1969 with the Seattle Pilots team in the Arizona Instructional League and the again in 1970 with the Portland Beavers in the PCL. He was also the last A.L. pitcher to hit a home run in a game before the DH went into effect in 1972.

  Ray told me that Mr Harrison is proud of the fact that he was one the field after Hank Aaron hit #715, he is #24 in the image on the back of the 1973 card.

Bill Leinheiser  
pitched with Ray with the Evansville Triplets in 1971. Mr Leinheiser also pitched for the 1969 NCAA College World Series Champion Arizona State Sun Devils. In 1971, Mr Leinheiser pitched well  for the Milwukee Brewers against the Atlanta Braves in an exhibition game. 

According to the LaCrosse Tribune from August 10, 1971,

"The attractions were the Atlanta Braves, County Stadium tenants from 1953-65, and the brilliant Henry Aaron, who hit 398 of his 623 major league home runs in a Milwaukee Braves uniform. But for the second straight year in this exhibition, the upstart Milwaukee Brewers took a 1-0 victory. Johnny Briggs gave the Brewers all the offense they needed with an opposite-field home run in the first inning, then turned things over to a minor league battery. Bill Leinheiser, a skinny 23- y e a r-old right-hander who couldn’t even start for his college team, kept the heavy-hitting Braves off balance with an exploding curve ball"


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

April 8, 2015 MORE HOCKEY.........Gerry Cheevers and Don McKenney

Made some custom cards of former Bruins Gerry Cheevers and Don McKenney to be signed at Doug Keating's Massachusetts show a few weeks back. Doug will be having Marcel Dionne, Wilbur Wood, Tommy Harper and Steve Lyons at his April 19th cards show. I recommend Doug for taking care of your items at his signings.

Gerry Cheevers

Don McKenney

Monday, February 23, 2015

February 23, 2015 1954 Topps Hockey Customs

1954 was the the year Topps started making hockey cards. It was a 60 card set featuring 15 players from the four American teams.

Mike from Michigan asked me to make 15 cards of each of the two Canadian teams, Canadiens and Maple Leafs to complete his set.

He then wanted six more cards of the Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings....