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Fort Wayne Tincaps

1988 Topps – Rocky Gale

So many cards to post and so little time to do it. I made this card back in May, and still have not gotten around to posting it. It is the last of my ’88 Topps cards for the Fort Wayne Tincaps. I made these cards for the backs of my 2011 csd Custom cards. (more…)

2011 csd All Star Glossy – Jake Blackwood

Jake is yet another player that had a great game when I saw him play, and then went on to make the Midwest League All Star game. He came up just short of the cycle, and led Fort Wayne to the victory in game one of a doubleheader. He really had a great game, but could not back it up in the nightcap. (more…)

2011 csd All Star Glossy – Matt Jackson

As I have said on this blog a couple of times I went to a doubleheader in South Bend to watch one player for the Tincaps when Matt Jackson had the great start. Matt really dealt the game I saw him pitch, and apparently he kept it going throughout the first half to earn his All Star selection. (more…)

1988 Topps – Matt Jackson

Matt pitched game two of a doubleheader that I saw earlier this season. He was not the pitcher that I was looking forward to seeing, but he had the better game of the two by far. As with Adam Dominick he warmed up right in front of me giving me a great view to get a couple of pictures from. (more…)

1988 Topps – Adam Dominick

It has been a few weeks since I had a Minor League Monday segment on this site. Today seems like a good day to bring it back. I would like to post some of these cards that have just been sitting in a folder since April. Let’s see how many I can get through. (more…)

2011 csd Custom – Matt Branham

One of the players on the Tincaps when I saw them that was high on their prospect list was Matt Branham. Guessing who will make it big at this stage is hard to due. A few players come along who scream future star, but others you just have to wait on. Matt may be one of those who we have to wait on. (more…)

2011 csd Custom – Emmanuel Quiles

Emmanuel is the backup catcher in Fort Wayne for the Tincaps. I was able to watch him a bit during both games at the Cove earlier this season. I don’t normally put the backup position players in this set. That is really true for the Midwest League. When it comes to catchers though the rules change a bit. (more…)

1988 Topps – Matt Branham

When going to see the Tincaps play in South Bend I knew that there were a few good Padres prospects on that team. The two big named outfielders were not playing. One of the pitchers though was throwing in game one. That was Matt Branham. Out of the two pitchers to go that day Matt had the worse day, but he is still thought highly off in their organization. (more…)

1988 Topps – Emmanuel Quiles

Emmanuel will probably never make the Major Leagues. He has been knocking around the minors, and has not moved above the single A level. In the true spirit of this blog though if he caught a game I will make a card of him. This card was made so that I had something to put on the back of my 2011 custom card. I used the ’88 Topps design for all of the Tincap players. It was my newest design at the time so I made it work. It also has the Tincap colors on it. (more…)

2011 csd Custom – Jake Blackwood

Jake is a fine young player that had a great game when his team came into town. That does not guarantee future success, but it does put him on my radar. Before a team comes into South Bend I look up the prospects for the organization to see who I should watch for. Jake was not on any of those lists for Fort Wayne. In fact not one position player in the top 30 in the organization is currently on their roster. In warmups though I thought Jake looked like a ballplayer. (more…)

1988 Topps – Jake Blackwood

Jake had a monster game in a losing effort against the Silverhawks in game one of a doubleheader. He started off with a home run, and added a double and a triple before it was all over. He did well in his only three trips to the plate, and I was left to wonder if he could have hit for the cycle if the full nine innings were played. (more…)

2009 Highlights – Simon Castro Gem


Jon Alia


Jason Hagerty


Jon Galvez

On the opposite end of the spectrum is Jon Galvez. He was a hot Padre prospect in 2008 who is still playing in low A ball. I would have to guess that Jon may be near the end of his time in the organization. (more…)

Rymer Liriano

Rymer is one of the hot young outfielders in the Padre organization. His coach in Fort Wayne calls him a young Sammy Sosa. He even has the right number to be a Sosa clone. (more…)

Nick Schumaker


Nate Freiman – MWL All Star


Nate Freiman


Allen Dykstra – Famous Lineage

Here is the lineage card for Allen. While he is only the nephew of Lenny he is still related to the former outfielder. I was able to see him play last season so he gets his own lineage card. (more…)

Allen Dykstra

Allen is the nephew of Lenny. I was able to see him play last season when he was a member of the Fort Wayne Tincaps. He seemed liked a capable player that was ready to break out. In April I was in Fort Wayne when he took a pitch off of his wrist that left the stitch marks of the ball on his arm. He stayed in the game though, and the fans loved him for it. (more…)

Danny Payne

Danny is an all-star left fielder for the Fort Wayne Tincaps. He had a Lenny Dykstra look about him during the game that I saw him play. He was dirty before the game even started. (more…)

Jaff Decker

Jaff is one of the top prospects in the Padres organization. (more…)

Simon Castro

Simon is one of the top players in the Padres organization. He had a great season last year even pitching a no-hitter. Later in the set I have a card commemorating his great playoff game against the Silverhawks. (more…)