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Thursday, December 14, 2017
I had only one of these 1996 Fleer Update McDowells that had him in an Orioles uniform. I had hoped to get it signed at Orioles Fan Fest, but I missed out.
McDowell (b. 1960) played in the majors from 1985 to 1996 for the Mets, Phillies, Dodgers, Rangers and Orioles. He had a career record of 70-70 with a 3.30 ERA and 524 strike outs. He won the World Series with the Mets in 1986.
I mailed to McDowell at Orioles Spring Training on February 20 and got the cards back on December 9, for a 296-day TAT. McDowell will be starting his second season as Orioles pitching coach when the 2018 season starts. Let's hope his pitching staff does a much better job then, because they were terrible in 2017.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Lujack (b. 1925) played professionally from 1948 to 1951 for the Bears. A quarterback, he threw for 6,295 yards and 41 touchdowns in his career. He was the fourth overall pick in the 1946 draft out of Notre Dame. He was the 1947 Heisman Trophy winner, three-time National Champion with Notre Dame (1943, 1946 and 1947) and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
I mailed to Lujack on November 10 and got the cards back on December 9, for a 29-day TAT.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Bako (b. 1972) played in the majors from 1998 to 2009 for the Tigers, Astros, Marlins, Braves, Brewers, Cubs, Dodgers, Royals, Orioles, Reds and Phillies. He had 508 hits, 24 home runs and a .231 batting average.
I mailed to Bako on February 2 and got the cards back on December 1, for a 302-day TAT.
Monday, December 11, 2017
Loretta (b. 1971) played in the majors from 1995 to 2009 for the Brewers, Astros, Padres, Red Sox and Dodgers. He had 1,713 hits, 76 home runs and a .295 batting average. He was an All Star in 2004 and 2006. He finished 9th in the NL MVP voting in 2006 and won the Silver Slugger Award that season.
I mailed to Loretta on October 20 and got the cards back on November 30, for a 41-day TAT.
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Morris (b. 1955) played in the majors from 1977 to 1994 for the Tigers, Twins, Blue Jays and Indians. He had a career record of 254-186 with 2,478 strike outs and a 3.90 ERA. Morris won 20 or more games three times in his career. His best finish for the Cy Young Award was 3rd, which he achieved twice (1981 and 1983). His best finish in the MVP voting was 13th (1991 and 1992). He won the World Series in 1984 with the Tigers, 1991 with the Twins and 1992 with the Blue Jays. He was also on the 1993 Blue Jays which won the World Series, but he did not pitch in those playoffs. He was the 1991 World Series MVP.
Morris appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot for 15 years from 2000 to 2014 and reached as high as 67.7% of the vote.
I haven't added very many Hall of Fame baseballs to the collection this year. With the selection og Morris to the Hall, he becomes my 134th Hall of Famer in my collection.
I picked up this ball on Black Friday in 2013 as a purchase of Historic Autographs Ball of Fame II. I loved that product and now the value has shot up a little bit for me! You can read about the hit here.
Kingery (b. 1961) played in the majors from 1986 to 1992 and 1994 to 1996 for the Royals, Mariners, Giants, A's, Rockies and Pirates. He had 546 hits, 30 home runs and a .268 batting average.
I mailed to Kingery on September 2 and got the cards back on November 27, for an 86-day TAT.
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Larsen (b. 1929) played in the majors from 1953 to 1965 and 1967 for the Browns, Orioles, Yankees, A's (Kansas City), White Sox, Giants, Colt .45s, Astros and Cubs. He had a career record of 81-91 with 849 strike outs and a 3.78 ERA. He won the World Series with the Yankees in 1956 and 1958. His perfect game in the 1956 World Series also earned him the MVP Award of that series.
Larsen appeared on a surprising 15 Hall of Fame ballots between 1974 and 1988. He received a high of 12.3% of the vote (1979).
I mailed to Larsen on November 14 and got the cards back on November 27, for a 13-day TAT. I sent $5/card to cover his fee.