Thursday, January 1, 2015

January 1, 2015 Happy New Year.....Red Sox Customs

Happy New Year !!!!

Jim from Massachusetts
once again wanted some Red Sox customs, the first of which was Ted Williams depicted in different card sets.

then he wanted a 1954 Red Sox team set to go with the Agganis, Williams and Piersall I made for him last month He also wanted a team card

Sunday, November 30, 2014

November 30, 2014 My Favorite Met....after Seaver and Harrelson

Finally found a color picture of my favorite Met after Tom Seaver and Bud Harrelson, which begged for a card

Saturday, November 29, 2014

November 29, 2014 Cards For Collectors....1964 Hockey, 1967 Hockey and 1952 Topps Red Sox

Been a while since the last post but here are some cards I made recently for collectors.....

Keith from NYC
wanted some hockey cards made.Since the 1967 Topps set was made up of the six teams before expansion, he wanted cards made of the six  new Expansion Teams, the Oakland Seals, LA Kings, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, St Louis Blues and the Minnesota North Stars. Also made were the All Star cards and team photos....

He also wanted some 1964 Topps Tall Boys hockey made....

Jim from Massachusetts
collects Red Sox and wanted some 1952s made to fill out his 1952 Red Sox Team Set

I did not realize how hard it was to find a Hal Bevan autograph to put on the front....he's a toughie.

He also wanted some Ted Williams and Sibbi Sisti cards made in different designs

Jim from Upstate NY
wanted some 1953s and 1955s made up

Rick from Florida
wanted some tobacco and caramel cards

Friday, October 10, 2014

October 10, 2014 More "Friends of Ray Peters"

In another installment of the "Friends of Ray Peters", we have a former Seattle Pilot, a former Brewer and Astro and a minor league teammate of Nolan Ryan.

Dick Bates
was a teammate of Ray Peters in Jacksonville and Portland in 1970. Mr Bates pitched in one game for the Seattle Pilots in April 1969 and gave up six base runners in under 2 innings. He was originally signed by the Kansas City Athletics in 1964 and pitched in the Washington Senators organization from 1964 to 1968 when he was selected by the Seattle Pilots in the 1968 Expansion Draft.

Wilbur Howard
was Mr Peters' teammate with the 1969 Clinton Co-Pilots and 1970 Portland Beavers. He was drafed in the 19th Round by the Seattle Pilots in 1969 Baseball Draft. He spent 1973 with the Brewers but spent the rest of his career with the Houston Astros. According to Mr Peters..."Hasn't change a lick. Exactly the same guy from 45 years.  Goin' fishin' every day.  Doesn't use the computer."

John Glass
and Mr Peters both pitched in Jacksonville in 1970 but were never teammates as Ray was gone by the time Mr Glass joined the team  He was originally signed by the New York Mets in 1966 and was a teammate of Nolan Ryans' in 1967 at Winter Haven in A ball. Mr Glass was selected by the Montreal Expos from the Mets in the Expansion Draft.

According to Ray, Mr Glass....

"Sold sporting goods and now is a fishing guide.  He used to bring it at 97+.  However, he had more than a few even stronger arms ahead of him with the Mets!?  Got buried in AAA.  Then rotator cuff surgery ended his career.  He did room with Nolan.  He said Yogi emphasized having control and throwing low and away except for him and Ryan.  He told those two: I don't know how you two skinny kids from Texas can do it, but just keep firing those BB's!  

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

August 22, 2014 Nate Colbert

Got my Nate Colbert's back in the mail today after a private signing that was held by Philip Rogich. Thanks.

Nate Colbert
was the San Diego Padres' first baseman from the beginning in 1969. He had one of the greatest batting days ever on August 1, 1972, when he hit 5 homers and drove in 13 runs in a doubleheader, breaking Stan Musial's record of 11 RBIs.

The custom 1971 Greatest Moments is the first one I've gotten back since I started making them.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pat Locanto Phillies Minor Leaguer 1968-1973

Pat Locanto
never played in the major leagues but he played in the Phillies minor league system for 5 years and was also picked by the Kansas City Royals in the 1969 Rule 5 Draft. That spring, Topps even took some pictures of him in a Royals uniform which was the topic on

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" This is Patrick Locanto who is the professional ball player (Philadelphia, Kansas City) you gentleman were trying to identify in the Topps Baseball Card from 1970. It has fascinated me because for all these years since those pictures were taken (KC Spring Training, 1970) I had never seen them until now!! FYI, I was in my dentist office when he googled my name a couple months ago that they popped up with the dialogue from I have to thank all of you for the consideration.

Amazin_69 had a pretty accurate recap of my career which is pretty impressive since I played so long ago. I was drafted out of Western Michigan University as a senior in 1968. Philadelphia 21st round. Played in the Minor A Northwest League shortened league that summer made the Allstar Team. Went to spring training the following year and made the AA Eastern League Team for Reading, Pa. again making the All Star Team. Two really exceptional years for a middle infielder. The winter in 1969 I was the number 1 draft choice for the KC Royals in the Rule 5 draft put on their big league roster. This is where my career trouble begins because of the Army Reserves (Vietnam) I didn't get out of the active duty requirement until three weeks into spring training with KC. Tried hard to impress people, hurt my arm and didn't tell anyone. Rule 5 works that you are required to remain on the big league roster for the whole year. If the team that drafts you sends you to the minor leagues then the original team can choose to repurchase you. KC purchased me for $25K and Philadelphia was able to repurchase me for half price or $12.5K. I was then returned to Philadelphia when spring training was completed and I had my leg broken on a player sliding into me braking up a double play in the 2nd game of the season at Reading, Pa. I like to say, very unfortunately, I went from the Big Leagues, Triple AAA, Double AA, and out of baseball in one month. Sad, but true, even though I continued to try to recover for the next couple years with healing, flexibility issues.

I didn't get released, I actually decided to retire from the Phillies in 1973 while having leg issues at Spartenburg, SC. I then commenced with the rest of my life since I had a college degree. I have been married for 45 year, two children, one grandchild. Being originally from Detroit and growing up in the auto industry I ended up in purchasing, sales, management, and a director for automotive manufacturing companies. Move to California in 1978 where I currently preside.

I would welcome the opportunity to get the Topps pictures but not sure how to go about it. If anyone reads this post maybe they can help me locate them or purchase them from someone.

Thanks for listening.

Patrick Locanto

Mr Locanto sent me his address and I made some cards for him and had him sign a few. Even though he never made the major leagues, my motto is "If they took your picture, you deserve a card"