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Monday, June 27, 2016

Set Complete - 2016 Topps

It's that time of year, again!  I have completed the 2016 Topps flagship set.  This year's set was a really nice one, with great photography.  I got my requisite three jumbo boxes and was able to collate the set this past week.  I had a case hit in one of my boxes that I will post soon, a Topps laser booklet with a patch and auto of Miguel Sano.

Completing this set was pretty easy.  Now I need to focus on tying up some loose ends with a few other sets.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

TTM Succes - Charlie Silvera

I am officially caught up with my TTM posts!  I still have a bunch of cards that have been sent out into the world that have yet to return, but my TTM stack "to be blogged" is now caught up.  What better way to catch up than to have a success from a 1950s-era player!  Here is a nice 1952 Topps signed by Charlie Silvera.  I was really excited about this TTM because he actually played in the World Series that my grandmother attended (1949). I hoped that Silvera would put the 1949 WS Champs inscription, but he didn't.  That's ok, though, the signature still looks nice!
Here is the 1954 Topps card that I was able to get signed.  It turned out great, as well.  I got all three of these cards from the Columbia antique shop.  I still have a couple cards that I am waiting on that I got from there, but overall, my buying trip back in April was a huge success.
I spent a good bit on all of these 1950s cards, but have had great success in getting them signed.  I'm really glad I took the plunge and tried some of these out.

Silvera (b. 1924) played in the majors from 1948 to 1957 for the Yankees and Cubs.  He had 136 hits, 1 home run and an average of .282.  He appeared in one game of the 1949 World Series, which the Yankees won.  He did not appear in the game that my grandma went to (we pretty much narrowed it down to Game 3).

I mailed to Silvera on April 18 and got the cards back on June 18, for a 61-day TAT.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

TTM Success - Bob Owchinko

The stack of TTM successes is winding down.  There is a light at the end of the tunnel.  I have had a great time talking about all of these players from the past and pursuing their autographs, but now that the baseball season is in full swing and new products continually are hitting the shelves, I have had a tough time sending new ones out.  I have this success, and one more sitting here that need to be posted, then I will be caught up on TTMs.
I was able to get five signed cards back from Bob Owchinko recently.  I did pretty well, getting a five-year run of cards signed: 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1983.  His signature turned out pretty nice on all of them.

Owchinko (b. 1955) played in the majors from 1976 to 1984 and 1986 for the Padres, Indians, A's, Pirates, Reds and Expos.  He had a career record of 37-60 with an ERA of 4.28 and 490 strike outs.

I mailed to Owchinko on April 20 and got the cards back on June 16 for a 57-day TAT.

Friday, June 24, 2016

TTM Success - Mo Vaughn

Here is a pretty huge TTM success that I got not too long ago.  I really wasn't expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised when these two cards finally came in.  First is this 1996 Fleer E-XL.  The card got somewhat damaged in transit, with the blue matting separating from the card a bit, but when it is placed in my album, you won't be able to tell.
Also, here is the 2002 Topps that I got signed.  I actually sent this card off before I decided to do my Topps Autograph Project, but it will fit in nicely with the plan.  Additionally, I had completely forgotten that Vaughn wore uniform number 42 long before it was retired all across baseball.

Vaughn (b.1967) played in the majors from 1991 to 2000, 2002 and 2003 for the Red Sox, Angels and Mets.  He had 1,620 hits, 328 home runs and a .293 batting average.  He was the 1995 AL MVP.  He was also an All Star three times.  Vaughn appeared on the 2009 Hall of Fame ballot and received 1.1% of the vote.  Vaughn might have had a good shot at the Hall, had he played more seasons.  Otherwise, he will likely still be remembered as a force, albeit a brief one.

I mailed to Vaughn on March 4 and got the cards back on June 10, for a 98-day TAT.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

TTM Success - Doug Jones

I got back one of the best TTM successes in a while when I received 7 signed cards from former pitcher, Doug Jones.  When I started doing TTMs and was looking for guys to send to, I saw that Jones signed.  So, I had to get a copy of this 1991 Score Dream Team to send along with whatever else I could find.  I actually bought two of these and sent one to my good friend, Andrew.  I am so glad I got this back because it looks awesome signed.
Here are the other cards I got signed by Jones.  The 1993 Flair turned out great.  Those cards really are some nice offerings from the mid-90s.  They look even better signed.  I was able to add a couple cards of Jones as an Oriole, so that was nice as well.  The top left card is an extra that he threw in and has a religious testimonial on the back.  He inscribed each card with "PTL" which means "Praise the Lord".  I thought this was a nice touch.

Jones (b. 1957) played in the majors from 1982 and 1986 to 2000 for the Brewers, Indians, Astros, Phillies, Orioles, Cubs and A's.  He had a career record of 69-79 with an ERA of 3.30 and 909 strike outs.  He also had 303 saves in his career.  Jones was an All Star five times and finished as high as 14th in the MVP voting (NL, 1992).  He appeared on the 2006 Hall of Fame ballot and received 0.4% of the vote.

I mailed to Jones on March 11 and got the cards back on June 9, for a 90-day TAT.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

TTM Success - Pete Richert

I got a few vintage cards signed TTM recently with this success from Pete Richert.  A former Oriole, I also was able to get him on a card showing him as a Washington Senator.  This 1966 Topps came out of my vintage box (I think) and turned out really nice.
Here is the 1968 Topps that I was able to get signed.  The ones I have gotten from this set have turned out pretty good, except for the Ken Holtzman that I got.  This Richert auto looks like it could have been printed on the card.  It blends in flawlessly with the sky as the backdrop.
Finally, here is one of the two 1971 Topps that I was able to get signed by Richert.  So, I have a couple new Orioles cards for the project, so that is nice.

Richert (b. 1939) played in the majors from 1962 to 1974 for the Dodgers, Senators, Orioles, Cardinals and Phillies.  He had a career record of 80-73 with an ERA of 3.19 and 925 strike outs.  He was an All Star twice (1965 and 1966) and finished as high as 25th in the AL MVP voting (1965).  He won the World Series with the Orioles in 1970.

I mailed to Richert on March 12 and got the cards back on June 6, for an 86-day TAT.

Monday, June 20, 2016

TTM Success - Garth Iorg

I got a TTM success from the other Iorg brother, Garth, recently.  I added 1985, 1986 and 1987 Topps and a 1988 Donruss.  I mailed to him on April 12 and got the cards on June 6 for a 55-day TAT.

Iorg (b. 1954) played in the majors from 1978 and 1980 to 1987 for the Blue Jays.  He had 633 hits, 20 home runs and a .258 average.