Thursday, December 5, 2019

TTM Success - Steve Mura

Most of the time, my goal in my TTM quest is to remove cards from my series of 5,000-count boxes and transfer them to my autograph album.  Extra cards that don't get sent out are then distributed to folks on Instagram so that they, too, can send TTMs.  This helps me slowly reduce the amount of cards in my boxes, and make room for new sets.

I was able to clear out several Steve Mura cards, since I had a ton.  He signs most of what you send him, so I took advantage and sent out 5 cards.  I even made my way down to the depths of my stack of boxes and pulled this 1983 Donruss out to send to him.  It turned out to be a nice card to send.
I also sent an assortment of Topps cards (1980, 81, 82 and 86) which all look good.

Mura (b. 1955) played in the majors from 1978 to 1983 and 1985 for the Padres, Cardinals, White Sox and A's.  He had a career record of 30-39 with 360 strike outs and a 4.00 ERA.

I mailed to Mura on October 24 and got the cards back on November 1, for an 8-day TAT.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

TTM Success - Damion Easley

So, this one definitely took a while.  I had forgotten about all of the cool cards that I sent TTM to Damion Easley, so when this one finally made its way back to me, I was really excited to see the cards that fell out of the envelope.

I actually robbed this 1994 Pinnacle from a set my mom had started to put together back in 1994.  She gave me the album at one point, and I saw this Easley in there when I was just about to send to him.  I'm actually glad I pulled from the set, because this card looks spectacular, and will be a really cool addition to my autograph album.  Thanks Mom!
I also got a Pacific Crown Royale signed (top, crown shaped card) which looks pretty cool.  The 1993 Flair beneath it also is very sharp.
I love the old 1994 Finest design (left).  It turned out great.  I also added a 1998 Topps because I love the dirt shot of the card.  Those are some nice shots on cards, when you get a good portion of the card taken up by the dirt.  Those have always been some of my favorites.

Easley (b. 1969) played in the majors from 1992 to 2008 for the Angels, Tigers, Devil Rays, Marlins, Diamondbacks and Mets.  He had 1,386 hits, 163 home runs and a .253 batting average.  He was an All Star in 1998, and was also a Silver Slugger Award winner that season.

I mailed to Easley on February 13, 2017 and got the cards back on October 31, 2019, for a 990-day TAT.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

TTM Success - Matt Whiteside

I held these Matt Whiteside cards in my TTM box for a long time before I finally mailed to him, then they took a long time to come back.  They finally did, and I have some cool min-90s stuff in my album.

The above 1995 Fleer turned out well.  As always, this set looks awesome signed.  I need to find some more to send out.
I also got 1995 Topps and 1995 Donruss cards sent out.  They look decent.  His signature is pretty wild.

Whiteside (b. 1967) played in the majors from 1992 to 2001 and 2005 for the Rangers, Phillies, Padres, Braves and Blue Jays.  He had a career record of 18-15 with 259 strike outs and a 5.23 ERA.

I mailed to Whiteside on May 22 and got the cards back on October 31, for a 162-day TAT.

From Stefan - Signed 1987 Topps Russ Morman

I got a message on Instagram a couple weeks ago from my buddy, Stefan.  He had bought a 1987 Topps set for cheap and was working on getting autos of guys that he knew I needed for my set.  His words were "I like to see sets completed."  So, he bought the set and got to work on it in order to help me out.  That really meant a lot to me.

Morman (b. 1962) played in the majors in 1986, from 1988 to 1991 and from 1994 to 1997 for the White Sox, Royals and Marlins.  He had 117 hits, 10 home runs and a .249 batting average.

Thanks so much for working to help me out, Stefan!  This card puts me at 539/792 or 68.1% of the set.

Monday, December 2, 2019

TTM Success - Bob Hansen

I was able to use one of the few 1975 Topps cards that I have left for another TTM success.  I had gotten a bunch of 75s a while ago from my buddy, Max, and used some of them for a secret Santa around the blogs.  While I enjoy giving folks gifts, I was really disappointed because I never got a thank you for those cards.  I should have saved them and used more of them for TTMs.  That's what happens sometimes when you do something nice for someone; it goes unappreciated.

Anyway, I was able to get this card back signed from Bob Hansen.  I had actually sent him two cards, but he only sent this one back.

Hansen (b. 1948) played in the majors in 1974 and 1976 for the Brewers.  He had 36 hits, 2 home runs and a .242 batting average.

I mailed to Hansen on October 23 and got the card back on October 31, for an 8-day TAT.

TTM Success - Fernando Vina

I added some cool cards from the early 2000s with this TTM success from Fernando Vina.  I had sent to him before, but those cards never came back.  I saw that he was signing, so I tried again, and these were the ones that he returned signed (he kept a 2002 Topps Chrome that I had sent).
It was nice to get two 2003 Topps back from the partial set that I raided; they both turned out really well.

Vina (b. 1969) played in the majors from 1993 to 2004 for the Mariners, Mets, Brewers, Cardinals and Tigers.  He had 1,196 hits, 40 home runs and a .282 batting average.  He was an All Star in 1998 and a two-time Gold Glove Award winner (2001, 2002).

I mailed to Vina on October 14 and got the cards back on October 31, for a 17-day TAT.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

TTM Success - Bobby Allison

I took a couple days off from posting due to being out of town for Thanksgiving.  I'm back now, and as always, I have a ton of TTMs to show off.

I found this 2008 Donruss Legends Bobby Allison at my LCS a few weeks ago, and sent it off to see if I could get it back signed.  The card came back, along with a facsimile autoed post card.

Allison (b. 1937) began his NASCAR Cup career at the 1961 Daytona 500 and raced until 1988.  He won 84 Cup races, including the 1978, 1982 and 1988 Daytona 500.  He was the 1983 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Champion in 1983.  Allison was elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011.

I mailed to Allison on October 19 and got the card back on October 31, for a 12-day TAT.