Saturday, October 21, 2017

Birthday Gift From Michael

I got a package in the mail a few days ago from my buddy, Michael.  He had just sent me a package that had a bunch of IP autos that he picked up for me, but this time around, he sent me my birthday package.

In it was a signed locker nameplate of David Lough, a signed 8x10 of Mychal Givens, a signed post card of Joe Orsulak, a coupld IP autos, and a Jeremy Hazelbaker auto from 2017 Stadium Club.  The IP signed cards were Buck Showalter on a 2011 Heritage and a 2017 Topps Mariners team card signed by Andrew Albers.

Thank you so much for the birthday package, Michael!  I really appreciate it!

TTM Success - Cecil Cooper

I had gotten Cecil Cooper's autograph while at the National in Chicago two years ago.  I got a ball signed by him, and Max took care of a 1987 Topps.  Still, I had a ton of Cooper's cards, so I figured I would drop a few in the mail, as well.

This 1976 Topps turned out really nice.  He personalized everything, which is fine by me.
I also added a 1984 and 1988 Topps.  Both of those are nice cards.  If you want to read my bio that I wrote on him two years ago, the link is here.

Friday, October 20, 2017

TTM Success - Phil Bradley

I added another former Oriole to my autograph collection with this TTM success from Phil Bradley.  He had a bunch of cards to choose from, so I wanted to make sure that I had several Orioles cards represented.  This 1990 Donruss turned out really nice, even though Bradley used a ballpoint pen.  The signature really shows up in the scan.  I was worried that it wouldn't show up.
He had quite a few Topps cards to choose from, so I selected a 1987, of course, and also 1989 and 1990.  The 1990 Bowman (bottom left) also was a nice choice.
One card manufacturer that seems to always be passed over for me is Upper Deck.  Their early 90s stuff especially just doesn't pop for me.  That being said, I wanted to send off this 1990 Upper Deck mainly because it came out of a team set of Orioles cards that I picked up way back in 1990.  The clamshell hanger case that the set originally came in has long since deteriorated, so the cards just reside in my Orioles box.  I wanted to make sure that one of them found it's way into my autograph album, and now one has!

Bradley (b. 1959) played in the majors from 1983 to 1990 for the Mariners, Phillies, Orioles and White Sox.  He had 1,058 hits, 78 home runs and a .286 batting average.  He appeared in the AL MVP voting in 1985, when he finished 16th and made his only All Star appearance.  He batted .300 or better in 3 seasons.

I mailed to Bradley on September 26 and got the cards back on October 13, for a 17-day TAT.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

TTM Success - Bruce Look

I am rarely able to add 1969 Topps cards to my album, mainly because I am still working on the set.  I know I say every year that I will complete the set, but sadly, I am still plugging along with it.  One of these days I will finish it, and will be able to move on to other sets, but who knows when that will be.

So, that being said, here is a TTM success I received from Bruce Look.  I think this card was extra out of a batch of cards I had picked up for my set.  This means that I had this on my list, but forgot to cross it off when I got one, making me have to re-purchase the card.  I hate when I do that, but it was cool because it gave me a card to send out for TTM.

Look (b. 1943) played for the Twins in 1968, his only season in the majors.  He had 29 hits, no home runs and a .246 batting average.

I mailed to Look on May 11 and got the card back on October 13, for a 155-day TAT.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

TTM Success - Dave Rader

Here are some cards from the 1970s that turned out really nice, in this success from Dave Rader.  The above 1976 Topps is a really cool card, with him showing off the bat.
I liked the 1977 Topps on the right, since it is an obvious airbrush card.  Some of those are historically bad, but this one it pretty decent.  The 1974 Topps on the left turned out really nice, as well.

Rader (b. 1948) played in the majors from 1971 to 1980 for the Giants, Cardinals, Cubs, Phillies and Red Sox.  He was a first round pick (18th overall) by the Giants in the 1967 June amateur draft out of high school.  He had 619 hits, 30 home runs and a .257 batting average.  He finished second in the 1972 NL Rookie of the Year voting to Jon Matlack.  He is not related to former player and manager, Doug Rader.

I mailed to Rader on September 2 and got the cards back on October 10, for a 38-day TAT.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

TTM Success - Joe Sambito

Here is a TTM success that shows off one of the most outrageous uniforms of all time, the 1970s Astros uniform.  This 1979 Topps of Joe Sambito really shows off the colorful Astros jersey.  You would think their hats would be equally as outrageous (something like the Pirates pillbox caps of that era come to mind), but their hats are pretty low key compared to the jerseys.
These later 80s cards show Sambito in less flashy uniforms.  Still, they are nice cards, and Sambito has a really nice signature.

Sambito (b. 1952) played in the majors from 1976 to 1982 and 1984 to 1987 for the Astros, Mets and Red Sox.  He had a career record of 37-38 with an ERA of 3.03 and 489 strike outs.  He was an All Star in 1979, the only season in which he received NL MVP votes (he finished 21st).  He received votes for the Cy Young Award in 1980, where he finished 5th (NL).

I mailed to Sambito on September 28 and got the cards back on October 6, for an 8-day TAT.

Monday, October 16, 2017

TTM Success - Eli Whiteside

I always enjoy obtaining an autograph of a former Oriole, no matter how obscure the player.  I had a couple Eli Whiteside cards in my box, so I figured I would take a shot at sending to him via the Giants this season.  Luckily, I got two of the three cards back that I sent, and they turned out really nicely.  I love the above 2003 Topps Chrome.  This is a really pretty set, and the card looks great in person.
I had two of these 2012 Topps of Whiteside, so I went ahead and sent them both.  He kept one of the cards, which is fine.

Whiteside (b. 1979) played in the majors in 2005, 2009 to 2012 and 2014 for the Orioles, Giants and Cubs.  He had 108 hits, 10 home runs and a .210 batting average.  He was on the Giants teams that won the World Series in 2010 and 2012, but he did not appear in those post seasons.  He is now the bullpen catcher for the Giants.

I mailed to Whiteside via the Giants Spring Training on February 23 and got the cards back on October 5, for a 224-day TAT.