The Magic Number (Black lights and baseballs)

It has taken me a week or so to put this entry together, but i’m very happy with how it all turned out. Last year I published “Now you see it, now you don’t“, so this is basically the second installment of that. Because of the preparation that goes into it, this is one of my favorite entries to put together. I spent more time preparing to write this entry than I did actually writing it.

I called this entry the “The Magic Number” because of the invisible number on each ball. I also thought it was neat because “The Magic Number” is a baseball term.

I snagged 73 baseballs in 2013, and I gave 9 of those away. Out of the remaining 64 baseballs, 30 of them had invisible ink on them. I photographed each ball and provided a link to the game it was from. I arranged the pictures in chronological order from the beginning of the 2013 season:

4/1/13 @ Target Field – Tigers vs. Twins – Lifetime #45

45

45

4/1/13 @ Target Field – Tigers vs. Twins – Lifetime #46

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46

4/1/13 @ Target Field – Tigers vs. Twins – Lifetime #49

49

49

4/1/13 @ Target Field – Tigers vs. Twins – Lifetime #50

50

50

4/2/13 @ Miller Park – Rockies vs. Brewers – Lifetime #52

52

52

4/3/13 @ Miller Park – Rockies vs. Brewers – Lifetime #54

54

54

4/3/13 @ Miller Park – Rockies vs. Brewers – Lifetime #55

55

55

4/3/13 @ Miller Park – Rockies vs. Brewers – Lifetime #56

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56

4/3/13 @ Miller Park – Rockies vs. Brewers – Lifetime #57

57

57

4/16/13 @ Target Field – Angels vs. Twins – Lifetime #58

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58

4/16/13 @ Target Field – Angels vs. Twins – Lifetime #59

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59

5/29/13 @ Target Field – Brewers vs. Twins – Lifetime #64

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64

5/29/13 @ Target Field – Brewers vs. Twins – Lifetime #65

65

65

6/28/13 @ Target Field – Royals vs. Twins – Lifetime #66

66

66

6/28/13 @ Target Field – Royals vs. Twins – Lifetime #70

70

70

6/29/13 @ Target Field – Royals vs. Twins – Lifetime #71

71

71

6/29/13 @ Target Field – Royals vs. Twins – Lifetime #72

72

72

8/3/13 @ Target Field – Astros vs. Twins – Lifetime #82

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82

8/15/13 @ Miller Park – Reds vs. Brewers – Lifetime #84

84

84

9/11/13 @ Target Field – A’s vs. Twins – Lifetime #94

94

94

9/11/13 @ Target Field – A’s vs. Twins – Lifetime #97

97

97

9/11/13 @ Target Field – A’s vs. Twins – Lifetime #98

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98

9/11/13 @ Target Field – A’s vs. Twins – Lifetime #99

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9/11/13 @ Target Field – A’s vs. Twins – Lifetime #100

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100

9/11/13 @ Target Field – A’s vs. Twins – Lifetime #102

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102

9/27/13 @ Target Field – Indians vs. Twins – Lifetime #105

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105

9/27/13 @ Target Field – Indians vs. Twins – Lifetime #111

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111

9/27/13 @ Target Field – Indians vs. Twins – Lifetime #112

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112

9/28/13 @ Target Field – Indians vs. Twins – Lifetime #116

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9/28/13 @ Target Field – Indians vs. Twins – Lifetime #117

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117

This year when I went to TwinsFest I wanted to get a ball signed. Since I thought most of mine were to dirty, I stopped at Target to buy one. It doesn’t count in my collection, but it does have invisible ink on it.

sano

Baseball signed by Miguel Sano.

That was all 30 (31 if you count the last ball) of them! I’m glad I could capture all these images on camera.

2 Comments

I need to do this. I’ve checked some, but never taken photos of it.

To check all the balls from 2013 and then photograph them took me almost 3 hours. Uploading the photos and linking to the appropriate entries took another hour or so. Best of luck to you if you decide to do it! I want to see pictures!
-Paul

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