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Monday, May 30, 2016

TTM Success - Johnny Grubb

I received a nice TTM success recently from former big leaguer, Johnny Grubb.  I was able to get some really ncie cards signed, starting with this 1975 Topps that I got from my good friend, Max.  As of today, I have been able to get 13 of the 75s that Max gave me signed.  Thirteen different ones, that is. I have doubled up on a few and sent them along to Max, since he was nice enough to provide me with the cards, and since he does some nice 50/50s for me as well.
I was also able to put some of the cards I got from my mom to good use.  These all came out of the 1980s boxes that she got for me,  They all look great.  Of these years, here are the totals I have so far as of today: 1985 - 19; 1986 - 15; 1987 - 19 and 1988 - 8.  I noticed that 1985 has finally caught up with 1987 as far as most from one single Topps year that I have been able to get signed.

Grubb also inscribed the 1985 and 1987 Topps with '84 Champs.  They all turned out great.

Grubb (b. 1948) played in the majors from 1972 to 1987 for the Padres, Indians, Rangers and Tigers.  He had 1,153 hits, 99 home runs and a .278 batting average.  He finished 6th in the NL Rookie of the Year voting in 1973 and was an All Star in 1974.  He won the World Series in 1984 with the Tigers.

I mailed to Grubb on April 12 and got the cards back on May 4, for an 18-day TAT.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

TTM Success - Ed Bradley

I don't collect football cards at all, but I thought it would be cool to try another football guy recently, but this time, it was one a little closer to home.  Well, a lot closer to home.  I thought it would be cool to try to get a couple cards signed from Ed Bradley, since I went to school with his daughter since the third grade.

Bradley (b. 1950) played in the NFL from 1972 to 1978 for the Steelers, Seahawks and 49ers.  He was a part of the Super Bowl IX and X champion Steelers.

I got Bradley's address from his daughter, Jennifer, who I have known since the third grade, and graduated with.  Class of 1998!!  I mailed to Bradley on April 20 and got the signed cards back on May 4, for a 14-day TAT.  I also got a nice note from Mr. Bradley, which was a nice touch!

Thanks for the help with the TTM request, Jennifer!

Friday, May 27, 2016

TTM Success - Wayne Terwilliger

I got some more cards signed that had been picked up from the Columbia antique shop.  I got this awesome 1952 Topps, and the signature turned out great.  All of the 1952s that I got have all turned out really well.  I'm glad, since I paid a premium to pick them up!
 This 1955 also turned out nicely.  The real signature is the one across his shoulder.
He also included this signed post card from when he was a coach with the Twins.  This was a nice addition from Mr. Terwilliger.

Wayne Terwilliger (b. 1925) played in the majors from 1949 to 1951, 1953 to 1956 and 1959-60 for the Cubs, Dodgers, Senators, Giants and A's.  He had 501 hits, 22 home runs and a .240 batting average.  He played so long ago, four of the five teams he played for are in new cities!  I thought that was interesting.

I mailed to Terwilliger on April 23 and got the cards back on May 3, for a 10-day TAT.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Amazing TTM Success - Frank Thomas

I have found a TTM signer who might be as prolific as the late Virgil Trucks.  I sent the above baseball card and $5.00 to Frank Thomas (no, the other one) and got it back signed.  The signed 1956 Topps wasn't the end of the process, however, because Mr. Thomas also included the below card of his own (also signed) and a lengthy note.
Mr. Thomas's note discussed some of his career accomplishments and explained that he had some photos for sale for a nominal fee that would also come signed.  Since Mr. Thomas took the time to write me the full letter, I wrote him back thanking him for signing my card and expressing interest in his order form for the signed photos.

He sent me another lengthy letter back, along with his photo order form, so I decided to buy several of the photos he offered.  I made the purchase because he uses the money to support a children's charity, and also because he was so nice to write me full length letters and signed my items.
 I was very pleased with how the photos turned out.  I ordered smaller copies of a few, like the Mets one shown above.
I also wanted some 8x10s for my wall, so I ordered the above Cubs photo and the below Astros photo so I can frame them and put them beside some of the other 8x10s that I have.
Mr. Thomas was really awesome to sign all of this stuff for me.  His letters are also really cool.  His handwriting is a little tough to decipher at points, but the general context is there.  I did, in my last letter to him (when ordering the photos), thank him for everything he has done.  I told him that it reminded me of the great Mr. Trucks, and I explained that Mr. Trucks and I had corresponded quite a bit before his passing.  In the letter that accompanied the photos, Mr. Thomas wrote this about Mr. Trucks:

Virgil Trucks was a great friend of mine.  After my playing days were over, he got me involved in going on cruises.  If he couldn't make the one he was supposed to be on, he would call me and ask me to pitch in for him.  One great man.  Yes, he was like me, William, in answering his mail, which a lot of players didn't do.

Frank Thomas (b. 1929) played in the majors from 1951 to 1966 for the Pirates, Reds, Cubs, Braves, Mets, Phillies and Astros.  He had 1,671 hits, 286 home runs and a .266 batting average.  He finished 4th in the 1958 NL MVP voting and was a 3-time All Star.  He never played in the playoffs or World Series and oddly enough, even with his career accomplishments, didn't appear on the Hall of Fame ballot.

I originally mailed to Mr. Thomas on April 18 and got the cards back on May 2, for a 14-day TAT.  I sent off for the photos on May 20 and got those back today (May 26) for a 6-day TAT.

Mr. Thomas is also offering signed 8x10s that I still intend to purchase.  One of which shows all of his baseball cards and the other shows him and three other Braves players who made history on June 18, 1961.  He, along with Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron and Joe Adcock hit 4 home runs in succession against the Reds.  A pretty huge feat in the annals of baseball history.  I want to spend the $20 on that one real soon.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

TTM Success - Matt Mieske

I was able to add some 1990s cards via TTM when I got these back from Matt Mieske.  This 1995 Topps was the first that I was able to add from that set.  This is a really nice one, with it being horizontal, and the cloudy sky in the background.  It really turned out great.
Here are some other 90s staples that I was able to get signed.  Clockwise from top left are: 1991 Bowman RC, 1995 Collectors Choice SE (I always loved this set), 1994 Donruss and 1995 Stadium Club.

Mieske (b. 1968) played in the majors from 1993 to 2000 for the Brewers, Cubs, Mariners, Astros and Diamondbacks.  He had 406 hits, 56 home runs and a .262 batting average.

I mailed to Mieske on April 21 and got the cards back on May 2, for an 11-day TAT.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Ebay Pickup - 2016 Bowman Trey Mancini Auto

I picked up my first Trey Mancini auto off of Ebay a couple weeks ago.  I knew I wanted one once 2016 Bowman came out.  Mancini was the Orioles minor league player of the year last year after hitting .341 between High A Frederick and AA Bowie.  He helped Bowie win the Eastern League Championship last season.  He started the season in AA this year as well, but was moved up to AAA Norfolk after 17 games.  He is currently batting .241 with 3 home runs at Norfolk.  Keep in mind, Harbor Park is tough on hitters, so Mancini's lower average should not set off any alarms.

I was also able to save on shipping on this card as well, since the seller I bought it from lives in the same town as me, and frequents the same LCS.  That worked out great!

TTM Success - Rick Waits

Here are some nice 1980s cards that I got back TTM from former pitcher, Rick Waits.  I was able to add a few more tick marks beside 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1986 Topps.  They all turned out really nice, I think!
Waits (b. 1952) played in the majors from 1973 and 1975 to 1985 for the Rangers, Indians and Brewers.  He had a record of 79-92 with an ERA of 4.25 and 659 strike outs.

I mailed to Waits on April 18 and got the cards back on May 2 for a 14-day TAT.