Tuesday, August 11, 2020

TTM Success - Jim Slaton


Another 1987 Topps came off of the list when I got this Jim Slaton signed via a private signing on SCN.

Slaton (b. 1950) played in the majors from 1971 to 1986 for the Brewers, Tigers and Angels.  He had a career record of 151-158 with 1,191 strike outs and a 4.03 ERA.  He was an All Star in 1977.

I mailed to the signing on April 28 and got the card back on June 1, for a 34-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $11.00.

TTM Success - Jackie Moore

I moved a couple cards out of my 80s boxes when I got these two cards signed by Jackie Moore.  I always heard Kevin Kennedy talk on XM about how great a bench coach Moore was for him, so it was nice to put a face (and signature) with the name.  Kennedy hasn't been on XM in years, but when he was on, I always enjoyed listening to him.

The above 1986 Topps signed by Moore turned out really well.  This set looks really nice when signed.

This 1985 Topps also looks nice.  I also sent Moore a 1973 Topps Whitey Herzog card (Moore is shown as a coach on the card).  Moore signed it, then I sent it on to Herzog and Chuck Estrada to complete the card.  It'll get posted on here eventually.

Moore (b. 1939) played in the majors in 1965 for the Tigers.  He had 5 hits, no home runs and a 0.94 batting average.  As a manager, he managed the A's from 1984 to 1986.  His career won/loss record was 163-190 (.462 win %).

I mailed to Moore on May 14 and got the cards back on June 1, for an 18-day TAT.

Monday, August 10, 2020

TTM Success - Sam McDowell

Here are a few really cool cards that I got back signed from Sam McDowell.  The above 1973 Topps Boyhood Photos of the Stars turned out really well, I thought.  I had one of these signed by Jim Palmer, and I was glad to be able to get this one done by McDowell.
I also had McDowell sign his 1965 and 1974 Topps cards.  I like the 65 set, and getting them signed is getting fewer and farther in between.  I'm glad to add them when I can.

McDowell (b. 1942) played in the majors from 1961 to 1975 for the Indians, Giants, Yankees and Pirates.  He had a career record of 141-134 with 2,453 strike outs and a 3.17 ERA.  He led the league in strike outs in 1965, 1966 and 1968 through 1970.  He had over 300 strike outs twice in his career, and was a 20-game winner in 1970.  That season, he finished 3rd in the AL Cy Young race.  He was a 6-time All Star (1965, 1966 and 1968 through 1971) and finished a career best 16th in the AL MVP race (1970).

McDowell appeared on the 1981 Hall of Fame ballot, but didn't receive any votes.

I mailed to McDowell on May 11 and got the cards back signed on June 1, for a 21-day TAT.  I paid McDowell's fee of $5/card.

More Signed Franks From Max

I went ahead and picked up a few more signed Franks out of Max's stash that he has built up.  The cards that I got this time around were the above 1994 Upper Deck Home Field Advantage, the 1996 Topps Gallery below and the 2007 Topps Trading Places.

I also picked up a few extras, so I could spread around some love.  I hope the folks I sent them off to enjoy them as much as I do!  Thanks, as always, Max.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

TTM Success - Harold Baines


When I saw that Harold Baines was signing recently, I had the perfect card in mind to send to him.  That above 1981 Topps rookie card wasn't it.  I wanted to send his 1992 Donruss Diamond Kings, but I couldn't find it among my many boxes of cards.  So, I went with the suitable alternate and sent an extra 81 Topps rookie that I had found (while I was looking for the DK).

Baines usually charges $5/card, but I took a shot and sent this one out without the fee, and he still signed it.  I think folks are now getting their cards back unsigned if they send without the fee, so if I mail to him again, I'll be sure to include cash.

I mailed to Baines on May 20 and got the card back signed on June 1, for a 12-day TAT.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

TTM Success - Austin DeCarr


I was able to finally get another card out of my 2013 Perfect Game box when I got this one signed by Austin DeCarr.  I was disappointed to later find out that I missed sending him some 2014 Bowmans to sign as well.

DeCarr (b. 1995) was a third round pick in the 2014 MLB amateur draft by the Yankees.  He pitched in the Yankees system in 2014 and from 2016 to 2018, reaching as high as Single A Charleston.

He had a minor league record of 7-4 with 131 strike outs and a 4.57 ERA.

I mailed to DeCarr on May 21 and got the card back signed on May 30, for a 9-day TAT.

TTM Success - Matt Den Dekker


I hate the new blogger interface.  Just so you all know.  It took me 15 minutes to load these scans of these cards I got back signed by Matt Den Dekker.  Now, I don't even feel like writing about them.  The interface is way too slow, and it is very counter intuitive vs how it used to run.  The pictures load backwards from what you select.  The above 2011 Topps Heritage was the one I clicked on to load first, but it loaded second below the scan of the two cards below.  I tried to move them around, then the page froze.  Plus, the photos load way too large; you have to re-size them, then you have to tell it each time that you want the photos centered on the page.  It shouldn't be that hard.  Glad I wasn't in a hurry or anything.  Thanks for fixing something that wasn't broken, Google.

Anyway, I got three cards back from Matt Den Dekker, and they turned out really well.

Den Dekker (b. 1987) played in the majors from 2013 to 2018 for the Mets, Nationals and Tigers.  He had 82 hits, 7 home runs and a .223 batting average.

I mailed to Den Dekker on May 12 and got the cards back on May 30, for an 18-day TAT.