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Sunday, April 23, 2017

TTM Success - Mark Thompson

I continue to whittle my "to be blogged" stack of TTM successes down.  I have actually slowed down on sending out requests since the season has started.  Still, I have a lot more to post, and a lot more still out in the world, waiting to be sent back.

I got a few nice cards signed by Mark Thompson recently.  The above 1997 Pacific was a card that I had floating around in my random card box for a long time.  I finally was able to take it and transfer it to the autograph album with this success.
The 1997 Fleer Ultra came from one of the boxes that Mom found for me, and the 1995 Topps came out of the hobby box that I bought to push my set along.

Thompson (b. 1971) played in the majors from 1994 to 2000 for the Rockies and Cardinals.  He had a record of 18-24 with an ERA of 5.74 and 198 strike outs.

I mailed to Thompson on November 15 and got the cards back on April 3, for a 139-day TAT.

TTM Success - Kevin Orie

I was able to add some nice 1990s cards to my autograph album with this success from Kevin Orie.  I had waited a while to send to Orie, and built a nice cache of cards up to send out.  I was most excited about this 1997 UD SP Great Futures card, and it didn't disappoint.
I was also able to get him on a 1995 Topps, and the above 1997 Select.  I don't think I will be working on the rest of the guys on the 1995 Topps, but that always remains a possibility.
I capped off the success with a couple other nice horizontal cards.  I liked the 1997 Pinnacle XPress card.

Orie (b. 1972) played in the majors from 1997 to 1999 and 2002 for the Cubs and Marlins.  He had 253 hits, 22 home runs and a .249 batting average.

I mailed to Orie on January 24 and got the cards back on April 3, for a 69-day TAT.

Friday, April 21, 2017

TTM Success - Larry Miggins

I added another 1953 Bowman Color to my autograph album with this success from Larry Miggins.  The card was purchased from Ebay.  I sent to Miggins on March 14 and got the card back on April 3, for a 20-day TAT.

Miggins (b. 1925) played in the majors in 1948 and 1952 for the Cardinals.  He had 22 hits, 2 home runs and a .227 batting average.  He was selected off of waivers from the Cardinals by the Cubs on April 17, 1948, only to be selected off of waivers by the Cardinals from the Cubs on April 23, 1948.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

TTM Success - Adam Kennedy

Here is a really cool TTM success that was populated almost solely from the "boxes in the back" of the card shop.  There are two Topps cards that were mine, but the rest of the cards were ones I wasn't around to see when they first came out.

The above 2000 Topps Finest was the one I was most excited about seeing come back.  It turned out really nice, and scanned pretty well.
this 2000 UD SP Minors is pretty cool.  They had a bunch of these cards in the back, and I found a few good ones of some TTM guys, so I'm hoping a few more of them come in.
Kennedy's Sharpie looks like it was about to die, but I still got a few other nice cards signed.  I even was able to add a few ticks to the Topps Autograph Project, as well with the 2005 and 2007 Topps.  Those two sets are pretty low in the rankings in the project, at 8 cards for 2005 and 4 for 2007.

Kennedy (b. 1976) played in the majors from 1999 to 2012 for the Cardinals, Angels, A's, Nationals, Mariners, and Dodgers.  He had 1,488 hits, 80 home runs and a .272 batting average.  He was the 2002 ALCS MVP and won the World Series with the Angels in 2002.

I mailed to Kennedy on March 20 and got the cards back on April 3, for a 14-day TAT.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

TTM Success - Wally Westlake

This was a pretty awesome TTM success that I was really excited to get to post tonight.  I have been waiting patiently for a while, and I have finally come to it in my queue of TTMs to be posted.  I picked up two much needed vintage cards for the album in these Wally Westlake cards.  The above is only my second 1951 Topps Red Back autograph.  It turned out great, and Westlake has a great signature for his age.
This is my second signed 1949 Bowman, the other was the Bobby Brown auto.  This one really pops with the red background.  It was a decently cheap card when I picked it up, so I was happy to be able to get it out and get it signed.  Westlake also answered my questions, one of which was "Who was your favorite player when you were growing up?"  His response?  Babe Ruth.
Westlake really surprised me, not only by signing the letter I sent, but also for sending along two signed and inscribed photos.  They're real photos, not cheap prints, or post cards.  I thought it was a really awesome gesture.
Westlake (b. 1920) made his major-league debut on April 15, 1947.  Let that sink in for just a second.  His major league debut was 70 years ago, at the age of 26.  He is now 96, and is still signing autographs for fans.  He played in the majors from 1947 to 1956 for the Pirates, Cardinals, Reds, Indians, Orioles and Phillies.  He had 848 hits, 127 home runs and a .272 batting average.  He was an All Star in 1951 and appeared in the 1954 World Series.  His Indians lost to the New York Giants in a 4-game sweep.

His time with the Orioles was brief, he appeared in 8 games for the O's after being traded from Cleveland and before being moved again to the Phillies.

I mailed to Westlake on March 14 and got the cards back on April 3, for a 20-day TAT.

TTM Success - Gary Sutherland

Here is a TTM success from Gary Sutherland on some 60s and 70s Topps cards.  The above 1968 Topps was one of the cards that I raided from my vintage box.  The autograph turned out really nice on this card, I think.
I added these cards from 1975, 1976 (above) and 1977 (below) via some boxes from the Columbia antique shop and the February card show.  I have a bunch of mid-70s cards signed, with 1975 in the lead with 29.  I have 21 signed 1976 Topps and 23 signed 1977 Topps.
Sutherland (b. 1944) played in the majors from 1966 to 1978 for the Phillies, Expos, Astros, Tigers, Brewers, Padres and Cardinals.  He had 754 hits, 24 home runs and a .243 batting average.

I mailed to Sutherland on March 23 and got the cards back on April 1, for a 9-day TAT.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

TTM Success - Paul Reuschel

Here is a TTM success from Paul Reuschel that I had come in a couple weeks ago.  I only had a few cards of him, and went ahead and sent them out.  This 1979 Topps turned out really nice, I think.
I also got both of these 1977 Topps signed.  I had alreasdy received a TTM success from Rick Reuschel, but I may send the Big League Brothers card out to try to get him to sign.  I'll think about it.

Reuschel (b. 1947) played in the majors from 1975 to 1979 for the Cubs and Indians.  He had a career record of 16-16 with an ERA of 4.51 and 188 strike outs.

I mailed to Reuschel on March 6 and got the cards back on April 1, for a 26-day TAT.