Saturday, May 14, 2011

Player Appearance: Bill Russell

Former Dodgers Shortstop Bill Russell made an appearance today at the new Sports Authority in Sherman Oaks. He was scheduled to sign autographs from 12:00 to 1:00. I got there at 9:30, and there were about ten people already in line.

The staff at Sports Authority were very helpful. They passed out plenty of promotional items while we waited for Mr. Russell, including folding chairs with carrying cases, which made the wait much more comfortable.

12 o'clock finally rolled around and Mr. Russell showed up on time. The line moved very quickly. I noticed people were getting multiple items signed, so I figured I'd give it a try too. I decided to go with two pictures. Both pics had the record setting infield of Russell, Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes and Ron Cey. I already have individual autographs of all four players and decided it's time to get the group together. I've already reserved Steve Garvey's autograph at an appearance next week, so I know I'm half way there.

Mr. Russell was very nice, asking me where I wanted the autograph and even taking a picture with me. I wanted to thank Bill Russell and Sports Authority in Sherman Oaks for everything today. It was good seeing Alejandro and Mike and chatting with everyone else in line.


  1. Sweet items!

    Those are going to look great when they're finished.

  2. Very Nice. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    Wow you got a unocal portrait signed very cool. I have that one as well as the whole set. There is another set of portraits where they had indiviual players on them too. Gosh I remember riding my bicycle over to unocal every week to get the complete set of both when I was just a kid. I have both sets in sheet protectors and they look brand new. One of my favorite Dodgers Items I have.

    What is the other picture you had singed I have never seen that before? Thanks again for sharing your experience.

  3. Great stuff dude!!

  4. Greg - Thanks! When are you coming to the next player appearance?

    Bruce - Thanks! The Unocal pic was something I've wanted to get signed for a while. I bought the other picture today. I thought it was a little different from the usual picture you see of Garvey,Cey, Russell,Lopes.

    Wicked - Thanks bro!

  5. Thinking of Carroll maybe, and I'd love to go to the Sands one, but I don't really want to spend the cash haha.

  6. Greg - I think $30 for Sands is a bit much. I'll be at the Carroll appearance though. Do you have any Carroll Dodgers cards?

  7. Fun time today. Another smooth signing. The Jamey Carroll signing should be fun too.

  8. Mike - great time today. Looking forward to Carroll appearance . Let me know if you find a Carroll Dodger card.

  9. Nah, no Carroll cards. Sorry. I don't think I have any of him on any team.