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Saturday, December 10, 2016

TTM Success - Albert Hall

Albert Hall was another one of those players that I knew did TTM, but for some reason just kind of hung out in my box for a long time before I finally sent to him.  I'm glad I finally did, if not for anything else, but to move the cards and make room for another player.

The cards I had for Hall were pretty nice ones.  The above 1985 Topps looks really nice, especially if you are a fan of the color blue.  It is ok, I think, but not my favorite color by any means.  All of the blue, however, really does make this look like a nice card.  I'm sure it was unintentional on Hall's part when he signed it in blue, but it really adds to it.
Here are the two other cards that I sent, a 1988 and 1989 Topps.  They also turned out great, I think.

Hall (b. 1958) played in the majors from 1981 to 1989 for the Braves and Pirates.  He had 202 hits, 5 home runs and a .251 batting average.

I mailed to Hall on November 15 and got the cards back on November 25, for a 10-day TAT.

TTM Success - Ross Grimsley

Before I left on my trip, I scanned a bunch of the TTM successes that I had received, so I could have them available to post about while I was gone.  I planned it out to have enough for each day, and I missed it by two.  Now, I'm even further behind on posting with the 13 new successes that were waiting on me when I got home.  Oops.

Oh well!  Here is a success from former pitcher, Ross Grimsley.  I sent him four cards on November 7 and got two of them back signed on November 25, for an 18-day TAT.
Of all of the cards I sent Grimsley, I really wanted to get this one back.  I don't think this card reaches the heights of Oscar Gamble, but it still is quite an example of the hairstyles that were rampant in the late 70s and early 80s.  I was also happy that he sent back the 75 Topps (at the top of the post), since that came out of a stack from one of my first deals with my good friend, Max.

Grimsley (b. 1950) played in the majors from 1971 to 1980 and 1982 for the Reds, Orioles, Expos and Indians.  He had a career record of 124-99 with an ERA of 3.81 and 750 strike outs.  He was a 20-game winner for the Expos in 1978.  That season, he made his only All Star team, and his only appearance on the Cy Young Award ballot (7th).  H appeared on the 1988 Hall of Fame ballot, but did not receive any votes.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

TTM Success - Mickey Weston

I received a nice TTM success from a former Oriole in Mickey Weston, recently.  He added a bible verse to each card, and included his own card, as well.  I don't remember Weston's playing days as an Oriole, but it was still nice to receive the cards back signed.
Weston (b. 1961) played in the majors from 1989 to 1993 for the Orioles, Blue Jays, Phillies and Mets.  He had a career record of 1-2 with 19 strike outs and a 7.15 ERA.

I mailed to Weston on November 1 and got the cards back on November 25, for a 24-day TAT.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

TTM Success - Pat Watkins

I've said it before that doing TTM requests has really helped me expand what I look for when I look through a box of cards.  Gone are the days when I would look for just "name" players and toss all of the non-stars in a box, just to be packaged up as gift packs to give to kids (or Goodwill).  Now, I am able to take some of those cards, and request some autos, and maybe learn a little more about some of those forgotten players.

I was going through a box that Mom had gotten me, and found a few 1995 Upper Deck Minors cards.  I was happy to see a couple old Winston-Salem Spirits cards in the stack.  The Spirits were the Carolina League (A) team of the Cubs when I was a kid, then became associated with the Reds.  I went to a couple Spirits games with my grandpa, and also my mom would take us as well.  I don't remember whether or not if we saw Pat Watkins play, but odds are that we did.

I was really happy with how this card turned out.  I can't really tell, but it doesn't appear that the photo was taken in Winston at Ernie Shore Field, but I could be wrong.  I mailed to Watkins on November 9 and got the card back on November 23, for a 14-day TAT.

Watkins (b. 1972) is a North Carolina native, which is pretty cool.  He also went to ECU, which is right down the road from where I live now.  He played in the majors from 1997 to 1999 for the Reds and Rockies.  He had 46 hits, 2 home runs and a .236 batting average.  He was a former first round pick (#32) in the 1993 amateur draft by the Reds.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

TTM Success - Kevin Tapani

I was able to put some mid-90s cards to use by sending a few to former pitcher, Kevin Tapani.  The above 1995 Topps came out of a box I busted for the set.  This is the cyber stats parallel, and it looks like I'm going to need to be pre-treating these cards a bit before I mail any more off.  The signature bubbled up quite a bit.  I thought it looked better in person, but the scan really shows how bad it bubbled.
There two turned out better, even though the 1999 Topps on the right bubbled some as well.  The problem with those mid-to-late 90s Topps is that they are way too glossy.  A bunch of collectors know this the hard way when they get a bunch of these stuck together and they become impossible to separate.
This 1998 Upper deck turned out nice.  I don't have very many of these, just a few that I got in a box from my mom.  It's a pretty nice card, though, and will look good in the binder.

Tapani (b. 1964) played in the majors from 1989 to 2001 for the Mets, Twins, Dodgers, White Sox and Cubs.  He had a career record of 143-125 with 1,482 strike outs and an ERA of 4.35.  He finished 7th in the 1991 AL Cy Young voting, his only time he received votes.  He also finished 5th in the 1990 AL Rookie of the Year voting.  He won the World Series with the Twins in 1991.

I mailed to Tapani on November 9 and got the cards back on November 22, for a 13-day TAT.

Monday, December 5, 2016

TTM Success - Bob Lillis

For whatever reason, I have been getting several Houston Colt .45 players back all at the same time, lately.  It hasn't been by design, just mere coincidence, really.  However, since I really love the old .45s jersey, I am perfectly ok with getting a bunch of their cards in.

This 1963 Topps Bob Lillis card was languishing in my vintage box, so I figured that when I saw that he was signing TTM, I would give it a shot.
Because I only had the one card, I bought this one off of sportlots so I would have an additional card to send.  Both of them turned out really great, so definitely no complaints!

Lillis (b. 1930) played in the majors from 1958 to 1967 for the Dodgers, Cardinals and Colt .45s/Astros.  He had 549 hits, 3 home runs and a .236 batting average.  He didn't appear in the 1959 World Series with the Dodgers.

I mailed to Lillis on November 11 and got the cards back on November 21, for a 10-day TAT.

Bud Selig Elected to the Hall of Fame

Just like that, I am able to say that I now have 129 Hall of Famer's autographs on baseballs.  I learned today while sitting at the Sports Book in the Westgate Hotel that former commissioner, Bud Selig, was elected to the Hall of Fame.  He will join Braves executive John Schuerholz and any players named on the BBWAA ballot January 18th.

Selig (b. 1934) was the 10th commissioner of baseball, and also the former owner of the Brewers.  He was part of a contingent that moved the Seattle Pilots to Milwaukee before the 1970 season.

I'm happy to be able to add another Hall of Famer this easily, since I have had this ball for some time now.  I sent a China ball to Selig back in 2010 or 2011 and he replaced it with this signed OMLB ball.  I can now move it over to my HOF collection!