Michael Cooper @ Gardens Casino – Hawaiian Gardens, CA

March 5, 2013 – The Gardens Casino in Hawaiian Gardens hosted an autograph signing with Michael Cooper and a couple Laker Girls.  This event was advertised by ESPN 710 just a few days prior so not many fans were there to show support.  I got to the event just thirty minutes prior to the scheduled start time and there were less than twenty people in line.

Michael had arrived over an hour late due to traffic and said a few words before the signing started.  As the signing was underway, the people of ESPN advised us that Michael would only sign two items per person but if time permits we would be able to get back in line.  Since Michael arrived late, you would figure that he would sign the duration that he was scheduled for.  This was not the case.  The casino security had cut the line so that the signing would end on time.  Luckily for me I was so close to the front of the line that I was able to get back in line to get additional items signed.  When I got to Michael the second time, I got the same photos signed for a friend of mine that could not attend the signing at the last minute.  He was supposed to go the the signing with me but he needed to attend to a family matter.  I told him that I would try to get his items done for him.

Below are the photos that I got signed for myself.  I was not able to get the same inscriptions for my friend because I did not want Michael to call me out as a dealer.

Michael Cooper with

Michael Cooper with “LA Lakers Champs 80, 82, 85, 87-88” inscription

Michael Cooper with

Michael Cooper with “We Got This” inscription. Too bad AC Green personalizes everything or else I would have him sign this when he does a signing.

Davis Drewiske, Colin Fraser, & Jake Muzzin @ Staples – Long Beach, CA

February 26, 2013 – Members of the Los Angeles Kings came out to Staples in Long Beach to meet with fans and sign a few autographs.  The three that appeared are Davis Drewiske, Colin Fraser, & Jake Muzzin.  Originally, the Kings Goaltender Jonathan Quick was scheduled to be at this appearance but was replaced just an hour before the event by Davis Drewiske.  Most of the fans that were in line were there just to meet Jonathan Quick.  When they heard the news, some of them just left.  We were told by the Kings Ice Crew that Jonathan was going to therapy instead.

For this signing I was planning on getting some photos autographed but since Drewiske was added at the last minute, I was not prepared.  I was able to get Fraser on two 1114 photos and Muzzin on one 1114 photo.  We were told as we walked through the doors that the each player would sign two items for the fans.  I’m so used to having the talent just sign one item and me sneaking in the second.  But don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about them allowing the two items each.  I just wish that all signings were like this.

Jake Muzzin

Colin Fraser

Colin Fraser - Ducks Suck

Colin Fraser with “Ducks Suck” inscription

Marcel Dionne & Daryl Evans @ Kings Pregame Fan Fest

January 19, 2013 – To celebrate the return of hockey after a long “Lock Out” and the season opener, the Los Angeles Kings had hosted a Gregame Fan Fest outside the Staples Center on Chick Hearn Ct.  Of the festivities, there were plenty booths set up for the fans to enjoy.  The Stanley Cup was present for fans to take photos with if you were there early enough.  There was also a booth sponsored by Toyota and the Kings Alumni Association which had Marcel Dionne & Daryl Evans signing autographs for those who wanted one.

I was able to get Marcel Dionne to sign two photos and Kings jersey with a little help from a friend.  I was also able to get Daryl Evans to sign a photo for me as well.  I was surprised that not that many fans were in line to meet Marcel being that he is a Hall of Famer.

Tommy Lasorda @ Skechers Factory Store – Fullerton, CA

Tommy Lasorda @ Skechers Factory Store - Fullerton, CA

January 17, 2013 –  Fans of all ages came out to meet Legendary Dodger Manager Tommy Lasorda at the Skechers Factory  Store in Fullerton.  Tommy was scheduled to help promote a line Skechers shoes that are casual and comfortable.  Since this event was not well advertised, when I arrived there were maybe twenty-five people in line.  The guidelines for the event was that you would need to make a purchase in the store that day to receive two autographs from Tommy.  Many of the people in line just purchased a bag of candy from the store, which is not bad considering you would get two autographs for under five dollars.  I decided to purchase some socks since they have them for a good price.

As time came near for Tommy to arrive, the line has doubled since my arrival.  When Tommy arrived, the fans in line cheered in joy while others that were near me in line booed.  I don’t understand why they would want to be there if they are just going to boo a person just because they represent a team that they don’t like.  It really sucks that they would have the nerve to do that.

When the signing was well on it’s way, fans came out happy with their items but there were few that were disappointed in the way that their items came out.  Tommy was nice enough to add “HOF 97” without hesitation until from what I heard is that a lady disputed that she had two wristbands and that she should then receive four autographs.  From that point on, Tommy was not doing inscriptions.  I also noticed that since the store was not cutting off the wristbands of marking them off, some of the people that got their items signed would cut back in line towards the front.  With the line being recycled by some, it made the line seem like it was not shrinking.  This made the store employees react to cater to the customers that did not receive and autograph since the signing was only for and hour and a half.  At that point, there were maybe seven people in front of me and they decided to change the two autographs per person policy down to one autograph per person.  I was planning on getting two photos signed but since they changed the policy, I decided to get the photo of Tommy with Jaime Jarrin completed so that I can frame it and hang it on my wall.


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Los Angeles Kings “Meet the Players” 2013

Los Angeles Kings

January 12, 2013 – With the NHL “Lock Out” coming to an end, the Los Angeles Kings came out to meet their beloved fans.  This event is reserved for the “Season Ticket Holders”.  I am unfortunately not a season ticket holder because I know that I would not be able to go to all the games.  I was able to get tickets to this event by reaching out to a few season ticket holders to see if they were going.  I was lucky enough to score two tickets so I decided to invite my friend Larry.

When I got to the Staples Center, there was a huge line of Kings fans eagerly waiting to enter the building.  As the time came near for the doors to open, the line looked as if it could wrap around the entire Staples Center.  When we finally made way through security, we were handed maps to inform us of where the players will be signing autographs and where the lines begin.  Larry and I headed to the line that Jonathan Quick was in since he was the main one that he wanted to get an autograph from.  There were many people in the line for Jonathan Quick that from the time the signing started to when we were able to get our autographs, two hours had passed.

I had Jonathan sign my Kings away jersey.  With this jersey, I hope to get the entire Stanley Cup team.  After Jonathan, Davis Drewiske, Matt Greene, and Kevin Westgarth signed my jersey as well.  Larry and I tried to make it to another line to get more autographs but they all have been closed due to the time remaining till the events end.


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New Items on the Trading Post 12/2/2012 (Baseball)

To view the trading post item, please click on the photo. 

Howie Kendrick 810 Photo
By:  LBSwag3

“Sweet” Lou Johnson Baseball
By:  Brightside1983

James Loney Baseball
 By:  LBSwag3

James Loney Baseball (UpperDeck)
 By:  LBSwag3

Brandon League Photo
By:  Brightside1983 

Andre Eithier Mini Bat
By:  LBSwag3

Andre Eithier Baseball
By:  LBSwag3

Andruw Jones 57 Photos
By:  LBSwag3

Andre Eithier & James Loney Mini Helmet
By:  LBSwag3

Upcoming Appearance: Mauricio Cienfuegos @ ESPN Zone at L.A. Live

Mauricio Cienfuegos
Thursday, November 29, 2012
7:30-8:30pm

ESPN Zone L.A. Live
1011 S. Figueroa St,
Los Angeles, CA 90015

New Items on the Trading Post

A few more items have been posted to the Community Trading Post thanks to Big Ed 1975 & Brightside1983.  Please check out the new posts and make them an offer if they have something that you are looking for.  If you have something that you are willing to trade, please feel free to post a new thread for others to see what you have available.  (Please no commercial postings.)

Arianny Celeste & Brittney Palmer

 Jay Johnstone
 

Jonathan Quick
 

Luc Robitaille
 

Mike Trout
 

Ryan Mathews
 

Tommy Lasorda
 

Lane Kiffin, Monte Kiffin, & Coach “O”
 

2012 Dodgers Holiday Mall Tour @ Westfield Century City, West Covina, & Valencia

The Dodgers are coming to a mall near you during the holiday season! Stop by for autographs and photos, play games and win prizes! Get your holiday shopping done with Dodgers 2013 Mini Plans – starting at just $11 a game.

Friday, November 30, 2012 @ Westfield Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Tommy Lasorda
Friday, November 30, 2012
12-2pm

Steve Yeager
Friday, November 30, 2012
2-4pm

Justin Sellers
Friday, November 30, 2012
4-6pm

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Saturday, December 8, 2012 @ Westfield West Covina
112 PlazaDr.
West Covina, CA 91790

Kenny Landreaux
Saturday, December 8, 2012
2-6pm

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Saturday, December 15, 2012 @ Westfield Valencia
24201 West Valencia Blvd.
Valencia, CA 91355

Nick Punto
Saturday, December 15, 2012
12-2pm

15th Annual John Force Racing Holiday Car Show

On Sunday, December 2, 2012 from 10am-4pm, John Force Racing will hold it’s 15th Annual Holiday Car Show benefiting the California Highway Patrol’s “CHiP’s For Kids” Toy Drive at the John Force RaceStation in Yorba Linda, CA.  Admission to the event is a $10+ unwrapped toy.  The John Force Race Station is located at 22722 Old Canal Rd. Yorba Linda, CA 92887.  At the event, race fans can meet and get autographs from the John Force Racing Family.

John Force
15x NHRA Funny Car Champion

Robert Hight

Jack Beckman

Mike Neff

Courtney Force

Brittany Force

Ashley Force Hood


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