Sunday, March 29, 2020

TTM Success - Hal Breeden

I waited a while to send these, for some reason, but I finally pulled the trigger and got these two cards signed TTM by Hal Breeden.  I think I waited because I thought maybe I had some more of his cards, but I never found them.  I was just happy to add a 1975 Topps to the album, since it has been a while since I got one signed.
I also got this 1973 Topps signed out of the lot I got from Conrad in South Carolina.  A while ago, I didn't have many signed 73s, but now I have a bunch, and I have Conrad to thank.

Breeden (b. 1944) played in the majors from 1971 to 1975 for the Cubs and Expos.  He had 148 hits, 21 home runs and a .243 batting average.

I mailed to Breeden on January 20 and got the cards back on February 6, for a 17-day TAT.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

TTM Success - Austin Hedges

My TTM returns have come to a grinding halt as we all battle the Corona Virus.  That does help me get caught up on my backlog of TTMs that are sitting here waiting to be blogged, but I really would like it if more were coming in.

I was pleasantly surprised when this TTM success came back from Austin Hedges.  The above 2018 Topps turned out really well.  I love the action shot on a horizontal card.
I was also happy to get this 2019 Topps in.  Hedges has a pretty fat autograph, or the marker he used was a king size, but the cards are still signed and will still make it into my album.

Hedges (b. 1992) has played in the majors since 2015 for the Padres.  He was a 2dn round pick by the Padres in the 2011 June Amateur Draft.  He has 234 hits, 46 home runs and a .201 batting average.

I mailed to Hedges on February 6, 2019 via Padres Spring Training, and got the cards back signed on February 6, 2020, for a 365-day TAT.

Friday, March 27, 2020

TTM Success - Dermal Brown

I was able to get some cool prospects cards signed when I got this TTM success from Dermal Brown.  I had found the above 1999 Upper Deck SP Minors in a box at my LCS.  It turned out really well, and will look cool in my album.
I also found the above 1998 SP Minors (above, left) at the LCS and the above 1999 Topps (above, right) was one of mine.

Brown (b. 1978) is also known as Dee Brown.  He played in the majors from 1998 to 2004 and 2007 for the Royals and A's.  He had 190 hits, 14 home runs and a .233 batting average.

I mailed to Brown on January 6 and got the cards back on February 6, for a 31-day TAT.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

TTM Success - Bob Bolin

I'm not the biggest fan of the Topps buyback cards, only because they're perfectly good vintage cards that I could possibly use in sets, but Topps insists on stamping them.  Yeah, I don't want that in a completed set, so I had a couple buybacks that I wanted to put to use.  I sent this 1966 Topps Bob Bolin buyback out for TTM, along with a plain 66 that I already owned, and got both signed by Bolin in blue ink pen.
Bolin (b. 1939) played in the majors from 1961 to 1973 for the Giants, Brewers and Red Sox.  He had a career record of 88-75 with 1,175 strike outs and a 3.40 ERA.

I mailed to Bolin on January 2 and got the cards back on February 6, for a 35-day TAT.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

TTM Success - Glen Cook

I took a card out of my box and got it signed with this TTM success from Glen Cook.  He signed my 86 Topps with a blue Sharpie, and it turned out well.

Cook (b. 1959) played in the majors in 1985 for the Rangers.  He went 2-3 with 19 strike outs and a 9.45ERA.

I mailed to Cook on January 27 and got my card back signed on February 4, for an 8-day TAT.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

TTM Success - Dave Von Ohlen

I was bored one day, and I checked a few guys I needed for my 87 set to see if I could find a way to get some cards signed.  One of them, Dave Von Ohlen, had signed through some private signings with a registered user on SCN, but he hadn't done so in a few years.  I reached out to the guy, and it turns out that he works with Von Ohlen and organized signings on occasion.  Since I reached out, the guy offered to get the two cards I needed done for a fee of $10.00 a card.  I got both cards back; one of them was the 87 Topps A's leaders card that was subsequently sent out to a Carney Lansford signing.

Von Ohlen (b. 1958) played in the majors from 1983 to 1987 for the Cardinals, Indians and A's.  He had a career record of 7-7 with 59 strike outs and a 3.33 ERA.

I mailed to the signing on January 3 and got the cards back on February 4, for a 32-day TAT.

Monday, March 23, 2020

TTM Success - Taylor Ward

I was able to get some cards out of my prospects box and get them signed recently with this TTM success from Taylor Ward.  I have slowed down on getting 2017 Pro Debut signed, but I have also whittled the bulk stack of those cards down, so it is nice to pull a few more away.
Ward also signed these 4 cards; a 2014 Panini USA (top right), a 2015 Panini Stars & Stripes (top left), a 2019 Bowman (bottom left) and a 2019 Heritage Minors (bottom right).

Ward (b. 1993) has played in the majors for the Angels since 2018.  He has 32 hits, 7 home runs and a .181 batting average.

He was a first round pick (26th overall) by the Angels in the 2015 June Amateur Draft.

I mailed to Ward on January 6 and got the cards back on February 4, for a 29-day TAT.