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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Three New Hall of Famers Elected Today

Today's Hall of Fame announcement added three new Hall of Famers to the Hall roster and also three new baseballs will be added to my Hall of Fame cabinet.  Well, they'll be moved from one side of the cabinet to another, but they will move.

I got the above Ivan Rodriguez baseball last year from my friend, Sam.  We worked out a deal and I landed this ball, which he had signed in person.  The ball is a Texas League ball, but that is fine with me.

Rodriguez (b. 1971) played in the majors from 1991 to 2011 for the Rangers, Marlins, Tigers, Yankees, Astros and Nationals.  He had 2,844 hits, 311 home runs and a .296 batting average,  He was a 14-time All Star, 13-time Gold Glove Award Winner and a 7-time silver slugger.  He was the 1999 AL MVP, 2003 NLCS MVP and won the World Series with the Marlins in 2003.

Rodriguez was elected to the Hall of Fame today when he was named on 76% of the ballot, his first year of eligibility.  That's right, Pudge is a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
I picked up this Jeff Bagwell baseball from an auction at Collect Auctions a couple years ago, in anticipation that he would get the call. It took some time, but he finally got in this year.

Bagwell (b. 1968) played in the majors from 1991 to 2005 for the Astros.  He had 2,314 hits, 449 home runs and a .297 batting average.  He was the 1991 NL Rookie of the Year and the 1994 NL MVP.  He received MVP votes in 10 of the 15 seasons in which he played.  He was an All Star 4 times, Silver Slugger 3 times and a Gold Glove Award winner once.  He was elected to the Hall today when he received 86.2% of the vote.  This was his 7th time on the ballot.
I met Tim Raines at the National this past summer and got him on this baseball.  Much like Bagwell, I picked up the ball in anticipation of "when" not "if" Raines would be elected.  I even told Raines when I met him that I looked forward to today to hear his name called.  This is something that has been a long time coming and well deserved.

Raines (b. 1959) played in the majors from 1979 to 1999, 2001 and 2002 for the Expos, White Sox, Yankees, A's, Orioles and Marlins.  He had 2,605 hits, 170 home runs and a .294 batting average.  He was the 1986 NL batting champ.  He was a 7-time All Star and a Silver Slugger (1986).  Raines led the NL in stolen bases four times and retired with 808, 5th all-time.  He won the World Series in 1996 with the Yankees.

Raines was named on 86.0% of the ballots today, finally ending his quest to make it into the Hall.  This was his 10th and final year of eligibility.

Adding Rodrigues, Bagwell and Raines pushes my Hall of Fame total up to 132.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

TTM Success - Dave LaRoche

Here is a pretty nice TTM success on a few late 70s and early 80s cards from Dave LaRoche.  I was really happy to get this 1983 Topps Super Veteran card back signed.  Unfortunately, LaRoche's signature isn't awesome like Harmon Killebrew's, but the card is still cool.
The signature shows up better on this 1976 Topps, I think.  This set is always a bit underrated, but one i have quite a few cards from.  I've managed to get several signed, and this one will be the latest example in my album.
Here are Topps cards from 1979 and 1982, which both turned out nicely, I think.  The 1982 is a pretty nice card that might look the best out of all of the ones I sent.

LaRoche (b. 1948) played in the majors from 1970 to 1983 for the Angels, Twins, Cubs, Indians, Angels and Yankees.  He had a career record of 65-58 with an ERA of 3.53 and 819 strike outs.  He also recorded 126 saves in his career.  LaRoche was an All Star in 1976 and 1977 and finished 25th in the 1978 AL MVP voting.  LaRoche is the father of former MLB players, Adam and Andy LaRoche.

I mailed to LaRoche on November 15 and got the cards back on December 22, for a 37-day TAT.

Monday, January 16, 2017

TTM Success - Gary Lucas

I received a TTM success from former pitcher Gary Lucas on a couple 80s cards.  They both turned out great, and I also got an additional 1987 Topps that I sent along.  The 1981 Fleer looks pretty nice.  That wasn't the best set in the world, but the card lends itself to a nice auto.

Lucas (b. 1954) played in the majors from 1980 to 1987 for the Padres, Expos and Angels.  He had a career record of 29-44 with 410 strike outs and an ERA of 3.01.

I mailed to Lucas on February 22 and got the cards back on December 16, for a 298-day TAT.  This is the longest wait I've had so far.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

TTM Success - Dave Dracecky

I was unable to post the last couple of days since I was out of town, but I'm back and need to get some stuff posted.  I'm way behind on TTM posts, Christmas stuff, trades and some recent pickups.  That means I am going to be really busy for a while playing catch-up, but I guess it is better than struggling to find something to write about.

With that being said, here is a nice TTM success that I got from former pitcher, Dave Dravecky.  I was able to get a bunch of his Topps cards signed, and they all turned out great.
I got a nice run of his Topps cards signed, from 1985 to 1990.  If I had his 1984, I would have sent it, too so it would have been 1983 to 1990.  They all look awesome and Dravecky has a really great signature.
Dravecky (b. 1956) played in the majors from 1982 to 1989 for the Padres and Giants.  He had a career record of 64-57 with a 3.13 ERA and 558 strike outs.  He was an All Star in 1983.  His career ended in 1989 when his arm snapped while throwing a pitch.  He had recently undergone cancer surgery and had just returned to the majors.  After his arm broke, another tumor was discovered and his career was ended.  In 1991, less than two years after his retirement, his pitching arm was amputated.  Dravecky now does motivational speaking and has written several books about his ordeal.

I mailed to Dravecky on November 12 and got the cards back on December 12 for a 30-day TAT.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Christmas Gift From Adam G.

I received a surprise Christmas gift from a kid on Instagram that I have followed for quite a while. His name is Adam, and he is a huge Orioles fan from Florida.  I believe he "graphs" the Orioles at Spring Training, but I'm not 100% sure.  Anyway, he sent me this nice DJ Stewart IP auto on a 2015 Bowman.  This will look nice in my auto album, I think.  Stewart is a former First Round pick of the Orioles, but has struggled since he was drafted.  I'm hoping he can turn it around and not become another Billy Rowell.

Thank you so much for the card, Adam!  I really appreciate it!

TTM Success - Mike Christopher

I don't know where I got this 1992 Bowman, but when I saw it, I wanted to add it to the autograph album.  Thankfully, Mike Christopher signs TTM, so I was able to add it to the "to be mailed" pile.
While I was waiting to mail to him, I found this other card of his, a 1992 Stadium Club.  Both cards turned out great, I think.

Christopher (b. 1963) played in the majors from 1991 to 1993, 1995 and 1996 for the Dodgers, Indians and Tigers.  He had a career record of 5-1 with an ERA of 4.90 with 76 strike outs.

I mailed to Christopher on December 3 and got the cards back on December 14, for an 11-day TAT.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Vintage Instagram Deal With Jet

My buddy, Jet, was strapped for cash recently, so he made me a proposal for a deal involving some nice vintage cards and a sweet 8x10 signed photo.  One of the vintage cards was on my Top 10 Wishlist, so after hearing the price he was looking for, I jumped on the deal.

The above Orlando Cepeda RC is in decent shape, but by no means mint.  That's ok, though, because this card will be well taken care of, and Jet knew it was going to a good home.  This is the first item I have been able to knock off of my Top Ten Wishlist, so that was nice.
Jet also had this Bob Feller signed 8x10.  Although I tend to shy away from 8x10s, I love Feller, and figured at the price in which Jet was selling at, I went ahead and added it to the deal.  I wish this was a "high leg kick" auto, but this photo is still really nice.  I like the old Indians uniform, and also love the sepia photo.

Thanks so much for the deal, Jet!  I really appreciate it.