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Thursday, March 30, 2017

TTM Success - Eddie Watt

I was able to take a card that had been in my Orioles box forever and add it to the autograph album.  This 1974 Topps Eddie Watt had been in my Orioles box for as long as I can remember; probably since I put the box together back on 2005.
I had gotten the 1972 recently, as part of the blogger Secret Santa.  It actually is a 1972 O Pee Chee, which I didn't think was around back then.  I also had the above 1975 that came in one of my first trades with my friend, Max.
Here is the back of the 1972 O Pee Chee, so you can see what makes it different.  The text is in English and French, and the back is a different color that 1972 Topps.

Watt (b. 1941) played in the majors from 1966 to 1975 for the Orioles, Phillies and Cubs.  He had a career record of 38-36 with 462 strike outs, a 2.91 ERA and 80 saves.  He was part of the 1966 World Series Champion Orioles, but did not appear in that World Series.  He did appear in the 1970 World Series for the O's where he went 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA.  They won in spite of that appearance.

I mailed to Watt on February 27 (while I was watching the Oscars) and got the cards back on March 7, for an 8-day TAT.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

TTM Success - Joe Cunningham

It has taken me four hours to post this TTM success.  Why?  Well, my laptop up and died on me.  When I say it died, it died.  Everything on there is gone.  All of my pictures, videos, documents, everything.  No, I didn't back anything up.  Lots of what I had is posted on here or on my Facebook, but there are a few things that I know are gone.  That really sucks.  I kept the old laptop with the hope that someday, someone will come along who can pull the stuff off of the damaged hard drive.  Until then, I'll be getting used to a new laptop and looking into an external hard drive.

So, here is a TTM success from Joe Cunningham on some nice vintage.  The above 1960 Topps turned out really nice, I think.
I like the 1959 Topps, as well.  Cunningham also provided the custom "1969 Topps".  That was really nice of him.

Cunningham (b. 1931) played in the majors from 1954 and 1956-1966 for the Cardinals, White Sox and Senators.  He had 980 hits, 64 home runs and a .291 batting average.  He was an All Star in 1959 for the Cardinals, a season where he batted .345 and finished 13th in the NL MVP voting.

I mailed to Cunningham on November 21 and got the cards back on March 7, for a 106-day TAT.

Instagram Trade With Wrigleywarrior

 I completed a trade on Instagram recently that landed me some nice Orioles parallels that I didn't have in my collection.  This 2016 Topps Chrome Zach Britton pink refractor is pretty cool.  I'd like to try to get it signed at some point.  These aren't numbered, but still a nice parallel.
I also got a Frank Robinson Gypsy Queen mini (unnumbered) and a 2005 Topps retired Brady Anderson.  This gold parallel from 2005 Topps Retired was also included.  It is numbered 313/500.

I am slowly catching up on my posts, but I still have a ton of cards that need to be scanned and posted.  Bear with me; I will be trying to mix in some more non-TTM posts over the coming days.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Christmas Gift From Nate

March is almost over and with that, I am at a point where I can say that I am posting my last Christmas gift from 2016.  I apologize for the delay, but TTMs are backlogged, and other cards that aren't TTMs are backlogged further than that.

I got this 2015 Topps Tier One Chris Davis relic from my buddy, Nate, who I have been chatting with for a few months, now.  He is a really nice guy from Pennsylvania who I met when he sent me a random DM about a box break that he was hosting.  I rarely buy into box breaks, but I decided to join, then he and I hit it off.

Nate surprised me with this nice Davis card for the PC.  I wasn't expecting him to spend any money on me, but when he did, it was much appreciated.  The card is numbered 186/399.

Thanks so much for the Christmas gift, Nate!

TTM Success - Clay Dalrymple

I was able to add another vintage Oriole to the binder with this success from Clay Dalrymple.  The 1971 Orioles card was actually a toss-in after a search through my Orioles box just before I sent off to him.  I was set on three cards to send, and since Dalrymple charges for his signature, I was going to hold at that amount.  Thankfully, I found this Orioles card and included it for an additional $5.
These two cards were in my vintage box.  I found them after I decided that I wanted to mail to Dalrymple.  The 1964 is a really nice card.  Not that the 66 isn't but there is something about a 1964 Topps that I really like.
The card that started me on trying to get Dalrymple was this 1961 Topps that I picked up back in January from the Columbia antique shop.  It is one of the last ones that was sent out and received, and turned out really nice.

Dalrymple (b. 1936) played in the majors from 1960 to 1971 for the Phillies and Orioles.  He had 710 hits, 55 home runs and a .233 batting average.  He appeared in 2 World Series games in the Orioles loss to the Mets in 1969, collecting 2 hits in  2 at bats, for a 1.000 batting average.

I mailed to Dalrymple on February 18 and got the cards back on March 6, for a 16-day TAT.  He charges $5/card.

TTM Success - Don Robinson

I added a nice run of Topps cards and interesting uniforms with this TTM success from Don Robinson.  The above 1979 Topps card showing a pinstriped Pirates uniform and pillbox hat might be the best card of the bunch.  Those are really cool uniforms.  I like the bright yellow ones better, but these are pretty good.
Here is another 1987 Topps for the binder, and another pillbox hat.  I don't know if I would wear one of these hats in public, but they still are pretty cool.
Wow, there are three more cards with that Pirates hat.  Now we have three of the yellow uniforms.  The 1981 Topps takes the yellow to a whole new level.  The 1986 looks really nice with the black and white border.  THen you have a 1992 Topps with a basic Giants jersey.  It turns it into an SAT question; which of these does not belong?

Robinson (b. 1957) played in the majors from 1978 to 1992 for the Pirates, Giants, Angels and Phillies.  He had a career record of 109-106 with 1,251 strike outs and a 3.79 ERA.  He was a three-time Silver Slugger Award winner (1982, 1989 and 1990) and finished third in the 1978 NL Rookie of the Year Award voting.  He also finished 8th in the 1978 NL Cy Young Award voting.  In his career, he had 146 hits, 13 home runs and a .231 batting average, not bad as a pitcher.  He also won the World Series with the Pirates in 1979.  He appeared in the 1989 World Series with the Giants, but lost to the A's and was batted around in his only start.

I mailed to Robinson on February 15 and got the cards back on March 4, for a 17-day TAT.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Facebook Deal With Zach W.

Before I get too deep into this post, I have to acknowledge the amazing Wofford jersey on the above Brandon Waring card.  I should have known it sooner, but there it is, a Wofford jersey on a legit baseball card.  Take it in.  Admire it.  You don't see it often, but there it is.  I didn't go to school at Wofford, in case anyone wasn't sure.  My younger brother did.  When the Orioles traded for Waring, I was pretty excited to have a Wofford alumni in the organization.  I would actually meet Waring a few times and I introduced myself to him, saying that my brother was a senior at Wofford when Waring was a freshman.  Waring actually remembered Adam, which was the best part.  He, then, signed a baseball for him.  I believe Adam still has it, but I know it is faded to crap because I didn't know not to use a China ball at the time.  I keep looking to see if Waring signs TTM, so I can replace the ball, but I haven't seen that he does, yet.  I keep holding out hope.

So, when my friend, Zach messaged me recently about wanting to sell off some of his O's collection to raise money for some family things that had come up, I really was hesitant to part with any money.  He had some nice Chris Davis relics that I thought would look great in the collection, but when he started showing me some of the IP autos that he had picked up, especially the Waring, I jumped on the deal.
Zach had several Davis relics that he used to keep sweetening the deal.  This 2013 Topps Five Star jumbo relic is only numbered 10/15.  I had one already, but another wouldn't hurt, and at least Zach knows it is in a good home.
This 2015 Topps Triple Threads three color patch card was pretty sweet.  It is numbered 6/9.  This was the original card Zach showed me, I think, and the deal built from there.
I found one of these Panini Classics at the National a couple years ago, but adding this one didn't hurt.  I believe this was a throw in to the deal.  Zach will correct me, I'm sure.
Finally, Zach offered me a multitude of former Oriole prospects to choose from.  I had met Dustin Yount when he was a player/coach for the Chattanooga Lookouts a while back, but got him on a (you guessed it) China ball.  That ball is in a cabinet somewhere probably fading into nothingness.
I keep checking to see if Yount is signing TTM because I have the above Bowman's Best, but now I can let that rest since I have this one.  It is a really cool card, though.  I think I will keep the other with my O's stuff and not worry about getting him TTM anymore.
I had to pick up Zach's Reimolds that he offered.  They had to come here and be with the rest of my Nolan collection.  I did get a third Nolan auto out of the deal, but I sent it to my friend, Max, since he asked me politely if I would part with a Nolan for him.  Max has heard me talk about Nolan so much, he wanted to add him to his collection.
The last former O's "prospect" in the bunch was Jeff Fiorentino.  Fun fact, Fiorentino's nickname was Screech.  Apparently it was because he looked like the Saved by the Bell character and was in no way given the name by his grandfather because he sounded like a screech owl.  Or so I'm told.  Maybe people wouldn't sound like that if their brother would quit antagonizing them on the way to church.  Just saying.

Anyway, I really enjoyed the deal with Zach.  I actually have decided to jump into the "graphing" game.  I constructed a graphing book to take with me to Wood Ducks games this season.  I am way late to the game, but I have enjoyed adding different cards to my album so much, I thought I would continue to parlay that into a new venture.  We will see how it goes.