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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

TTM Success - Gil Coan

When I went to Columbia to visit my brother a couple weeks ago, he had to work one of the mornings I was there, so I was able to take some time and hang out at the antique shop.  I've been going there for years, but this time was different.  Conrad let me go into the back room where he had all of his boxes of cards stored.  I should have taken some pictures back there, because it was boxes and boxes of vintage cards.  He allowed me to buy a couple unsorted boxes in addition to a stack of cards from 1952 to 1959 that I wanted to use for TTMs.  I spend a good bit of money, but I ended up with a ton of cards.  When I got home, I sent out 25+ TTM requests in the span of two days.

One of those TTM requests was to former player, Gil Coan.  He was the first to come back out of the batch of 50s guys I sent to.  This 1953 Topps card turned out great.  I really liked the scoreboard in the background of this card.  Not only did Coan sign the card, he also signed my note "Sincere Best Wishes, Gil Coan".  I thought that was a really nice touch.

Coan (b. 1922) is a fellow North Carolinian (born in Monroe, but spent a lot of time in Brevard) who played in the majors from 1946 to 1956 for the Senators, Orioles, White Sox and Giants.  He had 731 career hits, 39 home runs and a .254 batting average.  He finished 23rd in the 1951 AL MVP voting when he had 163 hits, 9 home runs and a .303 batting average.

Coan is notable because he was traded to the Orioles for Roy Sievers, another great TTM signer.  Sievers was a St. Louis Brown, but never played on the Orioles.  He was traded before they played an official game.

I mailed to Coan on April 18 and got the card back on April 23, for a 5-day TAT.  Stay tuned for a ton of 1950s guys.  A bunch came in over the last few days, so I plan on getting some posting done to catch up!

TTM Success - Rick Wise

I got a TTM success on April 21 from former pitcher, Rick Wise.  I had been sitting on one of his cards to send out for quite a while (the 1975 Topps below), but was holding out until I found some more.  Then, when I looked through my vintage box, I was excited to see that I had him on the above 1968 Topps.  I wanted to make sure I had a few good successes on 1968 for my Topps Autograph Project, so I put this card aside as well.
Wise signs for a $5 per card fee, but has stated that he splits the money up among his grandkids, which I think is a cool idea.  The above 1975 Topps card was from my good friend, Max, so I was happy to see it come back signed.
Recently, when I was visiting my brother, Adam in Columbia, I stopped by the antique shop there and picked up a bunch of Topps cards ranging from 1976 to 1983.  In those boxes were a ton of guys I planned to send TTM to, including the above (left) 1982 Topps.  The 1980 (above right) came from my local card shop.  So, these Wise cards came from several different places.

Wise (b. 1945) played in the majors from 1964, 1966 to 1982 for the Phillies, Cardinals, Red Sox, Indians and Padres.  He had a career record of 188-181 with an ERA of 3.69 and 1,647 strike outs.  He was an All Star twice (1971 and 1973).  1975 was his best season when he went 19-12 with an ERA of 3.95 and 141 strike outs.  He finished 8th in the AL Cy Young voting that season, the only time he received votes for the award.  Wise appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot in 1988, but did not receive any votes.

I mailed to Wise on April 12 and got the cards back on April 21, for a 9-day TAT.

Monday, May 2, 2016

TTM Success - Buddy Bradford

I got a nice TTM success on a couple cards that I got from my buddy, Max, recently.  They were a couple cards from former outfielder, Buddy Bradford.  I got Bradford on this 1975 Topps and the below 1975 SSPC.  Bradford has a really nice signature, which translated well to both of these cards.
Bradford (b. 1944) played in the majors from 1966 to 1976 for the White Sox, Indians, Reds and Cardinals.  He had 363 hits, 52 home runs and a .226 average.

I mailed to him on April 12 and got the cards back on April 21, for a 9-day TAT,

Sunday, May 1, 2016

TTM Success - Ron Hodges

I received a TTM success on April 19 from former Met, Ron Hodges.  I got him back pretty quickly, as well (6 days).  I learned that, when I posted the success on my Instagram, he is related to one of the guys I trade with a lot.  That was pretty cool.
I was able to get Hodges on cards from 1978, 1979 and 1985 Topps.  It's funny, but 1985 Topps is only 3 cards behind 1987 as far as most cards that I hae gotten signed from a single set.  Not bad!

Hodges (b.1949) played in the majors from 1973 to 1984 for the Mets.  He had 342 hits, 19 home runs and a .240 batting average.

I mailed to Hodges on April 13 and got the cards back on  April 19 for a 6-day TAT.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

TTM Success - Bobby Richardson

I got a TTM success from a guy I should have sent a ball to back when I was sending out baseballs.  Bobby Richardson has a really nice signature as you can see.  I was able to get him on a 1964 Topps for the Topps Autograph Project and, luckily, I found another card of his that I was able to send out.
This is a 1997-98 Fleer Million Dollar Moments card that I was able to get signed as well.  Richardson's signature looks really great on this card, maybe even better than the 1964.

Richardson (b. 1935) played in the majors from 1955 to 1966 for the Yankees.  He had 1,432 hits, 34 home runs and a .266 career average.  He was an All Star 7 times and a Gold Glove winner 5 times.  His best season was 1962 when he finished second in the AL MVP voting after collecting 209 hits, 8 home runs and a .302 batting average.  He was also the only player to win a World Series MVP Award (1960) for a losing team.

I mailed to Richardson on March 11 and got the cards back on April 18 for a 38-day TAT.

Friday, April 29, 2016

TTM Success - John Donaldson

One of the coolest TTM successes I have gotten so far since I started this project was from a really unexpected source.  I mailed to John Donaldson for a couple reasons.  I had this 1968 Topps in my vintage Topps box, and I saw that Donaldson signed TTM, so I wanted to add a better signed 1968 to the Topps Autograph Project.  My other 1968 was the really bad Ken Holtzman auto, so I'm really glad I was able to get Donaldson on this one.  Another reason I wanted to get Donaldson was because he lives in Charlotte.  I always enjoy getting fellow North Carolinians TTM.

I noticed when I was looking him up, that Donaldson was a former Seattle Pilot.  I thought it would be cool as a bit of a "sub project" to get some autos of players playing for defunct teams.  I already had a couple St. Louis Browns, a few Expos, some Philadelphia and Kansas City A's, you get the point.  I didn't have any Pilots.  The problem was, though, I was set to send to Donaldson, but didn't have his 1970 Topps.  I figured I would try someone else, but I mentioned in my request letter that I had the 68 but really would have rather found the 1970 to send to him.  That's why I was really excited when I opened my envelope...
Donaldson had read my note and included this 1970 Topps showing him as a Seattle Pilot.  That was so nice of him to include the card.  It is in amazing shape, and looks awesome signed.  I was blown away by Mr. Donaldson's generosity.  I like this 1970 a lot more than the ones I have gotten so far.  I ended up picking up a few of the other Pilots who sign TTM, so I will be trying to add a few more as time goes on.

Donaldson (b.1943) played in the majors from 1966 to 1970 and 1974 for the Kansas City and Oakland A's and Seattle Pilots.  He had 292 hits, 4 home runs and a .238 lifetime batting average.

I mailed to Mr. Donaldson on April 11 and got the cards back on April 16 for a 5-day TAT.  This was another really quick TTM success, which I think was mainly due to him living in NC.

TTM Success - Barry Foote

I received a nice TTM success on April 14 from former catcher, Barry Foote.  I got him on this nice 1975 Topps that I got from my buddy, Max.  It turned out really nice, I think.  I have done a really good job getting the 1975s that Max sent signed.
I also got Foote on these 1979 and 1980 Topps.  He answered my questions as well, most notably when I asked who was the best pitcher he ever caught.  He said:

Caught several HOF pitchers.  All were great!  Carlton, Sutter, Gossage and others!!

Foote (b. 1952) played in the majors from 1973 to 1982 for the Expos, Phillies, Cubs and Yankees.  He had 489 hits, 57 home runs and a career average of .230.

I mailed to Foote on April 9 and got the cards back on April 14 for a 5-day TAT, one of the fastest that I have gotten.