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Tuesday, June 27, 2017
I was glad to get this return from Cameron Maybin via the Angels. I regretted, however, that I sent too soon because I found a great card of him after I had already gotten these back, I might try him at Spring Training, then, to get that card signed (2016 Topps). Still, I added a 2008 to the binder, and now this set isn't the rarest in the album.
Maybin (b. 1987) has played in the majors since 2007 for the Tigers, Marlins, Padres, Braves and Angels. He currently has 765 hits, 52 home runs and a .259 batting average in his career.
I mailed to Maybin on June 12 and got the cards back on June 22 for a 10-day TAT.
Monday, June 26, 2017
Rooker (b. 1942) played in the majors from 1968 to 1980 for the Tigers, Royals and Pirates. He had a career record of 103-109 with 976 strike outs and a 3.46 ERA. He won the World Series with the Pirates in 1979.
I mailed to Rooker on June 12 and got the cards back on June 19, for a 7-day TAT.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Cameron (b. 1969) never made the majors, and spent 13 seasons in the minors and independent ball. He spent two years in the Orioles system, between Frederick and Bowie. He retired from baseball with 972 hits, 167 home runs and a .269 batting average.
I mailed to Cameron on May 24 and got the cards back on June 19, for a 26-day TAT.
Brayden is a great guy, but he is also realistic. He lives in Texas, and isn't sure when he will be able to see Moncada again, so I was feeling like I might not be able to get this awesome card signed. Thankfully, Brayden sent me a jolt to remind me, and I set about my mission to get Moncada on this card.
Cameron and I watched along the 1 hour and 45 minute drive to Durham that the sky was getting darker and darker. Finally, as we got to the stadium, it began to rain. We waited by the visiting dugout, then it started pouring. We moved from our spot to one beneath the roof and waited for the rain to subside. When it got to a point where I didn't feel like the rain would be an issue, I went back to my post by the visiting dugout. Luckily, due to the rain, the other graphers had moved out, and I had a prime position to be able to get Moncada, should the game be played, and should he choose to sign.
Then the power went out at the stadium. We waited and waited, as other graphers finally came and stood nearby. I looked across the field and saw that the Bulls had already filled their dugout. One of the graphers (a rare lady-grapher) was kind enough to tell me she would hold my spot by the dugout if I went to try to get a few Bulls. I walked over and tried for a few minutes, but none of the players were coming over, so I went back to my spot. I summoned Cameron over (he had continued to stay under the shelter) and recruited the poor guy to try to get a few Bulls for me while I tried to get Moncada. Cameron tried valiantly, but he was unable to get any Bulls autos. I'll have to 50/50 those cards with Dilan or Dugan.
Finally, Moncada came out and I was the first person he signed for. I had two cards, but he was one per. I was ok with that, because the one he signed was my Orange. It looks awesome! I thank Brayden for reminding me that I would have a shot at Moncada, and believing in me that I could get the job done. I tried to get a card signed for him, but since Moncada is one per, I was unable to.
We ended up leaving the game early, since the Bulls were up 10-0 on the Knights, and the game had been delayed at the start. We ran into more rain as we were driving home, so this proved to be a wise move. The Bulls ended up routing the Knights, 17-3.
Friday, June 23, 2017
Hudler (b. 1960) played in the majors from 1984 to 1986, 1988 to 1992 and 1994 to 1998 for the Yankees, Orioles, Expos, Cardinals, Angels and Phillies. He had 461 hits, 56 home runs and a .261 batting average.
I mailed to Hudler on May 30 and got the cards back on June 16, for a 17-day TAT.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
I raided my 1972 set for the card on the left and the 1976 on the right came out of my box from Columbia. They both look pretty cool, I think.
Thank you so much for getting these cards signed for me, Max! I really appreciate it!
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Minor (b. 1974) played in the majors from 1998 to 2001 for the Orioles and Expos. He had 56 hits, 5 home runs and a .177 batting average.
I mailed to Minor via the Delmarva Shorebirds on May 10 and got the cards back on June 15 for a 36-day TAT.