Friday, February 16, 2018

TTM Success - Randy Niemann

It took me two shots, but I was able to get a TTM success from Randy Niemann.  This 1983 Topps is really cool, with the pillbox cap of the Pirates.  I like the old Pirate uniforms, and this is a great example of them.
I also got Niemann on an 80 Topps in an awesome Astros uniform.  He is also in the 1987 set, so this was another card to knock off of the list.

Niemann (b. 1955) played in the majors from 1979, 1980 and 1982 to 1987 for the Astros, Pirates, White Sox, Mets and Twins.  He had a career record of 7-8 with 102 strike outs and an ERA of 4.64.

I mailed to Niemann on January 8 and got the cards back on January 31, for a 23-day TAT.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

TTM Success - Frank Viola

I've been getting some bigger names in through TTMs lately, mainly as I keep trying to add to my 1987 set.  This time around, I received a success from Frank Viola.

One of the cards I got back was this nice 1983 Topps rookie card.  I had forgotten that I had his rookie in my 83 box, but found it and sent it along.
This 1984 Topps also looks nice.  I almost passed on sending this one, but figured, why not, so I sent it.
This was a great TTM success, as it knocked off three cards from the 1987 set.  I am working on some ideas for the 1987 checklists, but at the moment, I have been sending them to some TTM guys, and I figured that Viola would be good one one of them.

Since he is pictured on the 1987 Twins Leaders card, I was able to knock that one out as well.

Viola (b. 1960) played in the majors from 1982 to 1996 for the Twins, Mets, Red Sox, Reds and Blue Jays.  He had a career record of 176-150 with 1,844 strike outs and an ERA of 3.73.  He was the 1988 AL Cy Young Award winner when he went 24-7 with a 2.64 ERA and had 193 strike outs.  He finished 10th in the AL MVP voting that season.  He also won 20 games for the Mets in 1990 when he went 20-12 and finished 3rd in the NL Cy Young voting.  He was an All Star three times (1988, 1990 and 1991) and won the World Series with the Twins in 1987.  He was the World Series MVP that year when he went 2-1 with a 3.72 ERA and had 16 strike outs.

He appeared on the 2002 Hall of Fame ballot, but only received 0.4% of the vote.

I mailed to Viola on January 22 and got the cards back on January 31, for a 9-day TAT.  I paid his fee of $5/card.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

TTM Success - Bill Bene

My TTM stack is getting bigger, and I am way behind on posting again, but that is a good problem to have.  I've sent out a ton of TTMs lately, and have gotten some really good ones back.  I've also gotten some back from some players who may not be household names.  This success from Bill Bene is one of those examples.

I liked how this 1989 Topps looked, and it turned out really nicely with his signature.

Bene (b. 1967) was drafted in the first round (5th overall) by the Dodgers in the 1988 amateur draft out of Cal State LA.  He never made the majors, but played in the minors from 1988 to 1995 and 1997 in the Dodgers, Reds and Angels systems.  He did get as far as AAA.  Across 9 minor league and independent league seasons, he had a career record of 18-34 with 502 strike outs and a 5.45 ERA.

I mailed to Bene on January 16 and got the card back on January 30, for a 14-day TAT.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

TTM Success - Royce Lewis

I added a few signed cards from 2017 Bowman Draft with this TTM success from Royce Lewis.  I was really excited to get the above Bowman Defining Moments card back from him, as it turned out really great.
He personalized each of the cards, but that was fine with me.  I was able to add a Bowman Chrome and Bowman paper to the album.

Lewis (b. 1999) was drafted #1 overall last year in the Amateur Draft by the Twins out of a California high school.  He played at two levels in the Twins' system (rookie level and single A) last season.  He had 57 hits, 4 home runs and a .279 batting average.

I mailed to Lewis on January 12 and got the cards back on January 29, for a 17-day TAT.

Monday, February 12, 2018

TTM Success - Jay Howell

This TTM success from Jay Howell helped me get another 1987 Topps for the set.  I also got this awesome 1992 Topps taken care of, which looks great.  I like the horizontal cards, of course, and this one really looks good with the blue Sharpie.
The 1987 looks pretty good, as do the 1988 and 1991 that I got signed.

Howell (b. 1955) played in the majors from 1980 to 1994 for the Reds, Cubs, Yankees, A's, Dodgers, Braves and Rangers.  He had a career record of 58-53 with 155 saves, 666 strike outs and an ERA of 3.34.  He was an All Star in 1985, 1987 and 1989.  He won the World Series with the Dodgers in 1988.

I mailed to Howell on January 22 and got the cards back on January 29, for a 7-day TAT.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

TTM Success - Steve Lubratich

I only had one kind of card for Steve Lubratich, but he signed two of them for me.  I found his 1984 Topps in a box of cards I got from the Columbia antique shop last year and finally got around to sending them out not too long ago.

The cards turned out really nice.  I kept the second card in my extras stack in case I needed an auto to send to someone for trade, especially if that someone was into older Topps autos.  If not, I can always include it as a gift for a future trade.

Lubratich (b. 1955) played in the majors in 1981 and 1983 for the Angels.  He had 37 hits, no home runs and a .209 batting average.  I mailed to him on January 6 and got the cards back on January 29, for a 13-day TAT.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

TTM Success - Bill Dawley

Here is one of the many TTM successes I received lately that was mainly driven by my need for signed cards in the 1987 Topps set.  I was able to cross Bill Dawley off of the list, and the card turned out really well.
I also sent him a 1984 Topps, 1985 Topps and a 1988 Topps.  They all turned out pretty nice, as well.
He signs a bunch of cards for folks, so I also added two Donruss cards; a 1986 and a 1987.

Dawley (b. 1958) played in the majors from 1983 to 1989 for the Astros, White Sox, Cardinals, Phillies and A's.  He had a career record of 27-30 with 292 strike outs and an ERA of 3.42.  He was an All Star in 1983.

I mailed to Dawley on January 18 and got the cards back on January 29, for an 11-day TAT.