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Tuesday, May 3, 2016
One of those TTM requests was to former player, Gil Coan. He was the first to come back out of the batch of 50s guys I sent to. This 1953 Topps card turned out great. I really liked the scoreboard in the background of this card. Not only did Coan sign the card, he also signed my note "Sincere Best Wishes, Gil Coan". I thought that was a really nice touch.
Coan (b. 1922) is a fellow North Carolinian (born in Monroe, but spent a lot of time in Brevard) who played in the majors from 1946 to 1956 for the Senators, Orioles, White Sox and Giants. He had 731 career hits, 39 home runs and a .254 batting average. He finished 23rd in the 1951 AL MVP voting when he had 163 hits, 9 home runs and a .303 batting average.
Coan is notable because he was traded to the Orioles for Roy Sievers, another great TTM signer. Sievers was a St. Louis Brown, but never played on the Orioles. He was traded before they played an official game.
I mailed to Coan on April 18 and got the card back on April 23, for a 5-day TAT. Stay tuned for a ton of 1950s guys. A bunch came in over the last few days, so I plan on getting some posting done to catch up!
Wise (b. 1945) played in the majors from 1964, 1966 to 1982 for the Phillies, Cardinals, Red Sox, Indians and Padres. He had a career record of 188-181 with an ERA of 3.69 and 1,647 strike outs. He was an All Star twice (1971 and 1973). 1975 was his best season when he went 19-12 with an ERA of 3.95 and 141 strike outs. He finished 8th in the AL Cy Young voting that season, the only time he received votes for the award. Wise appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot in 1988, but did not receive any votes.
I mailed to Wise on April 12 and got the cards back on April 21, for a 9-day TAT.
Monday, May 2, 2016
I mailed to him on April 12 and got the cards back on April 21, for a 9-day TAT,
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Hodges (b.1949) played in the majors from 1973 to 1984 for the Mets. He had 342 hits, 19 home runs and a .240 batting average.
I mailed to Hodges on April 13 and got the cards back on April 19 for a 6-day TAT.
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Richardson (b. 1935) played in the majors from 1955 to 1966 for the Yankees. He had 1,432 hits, 34 home runs and a .266 career average. He was an All Star 7 times and a Gold Glove winner 5 times. His best season was 1962 when he finished second in the AL MVP voting after collecting 209 hits, 8 home runs and a .302 batting average. He was also the only player to win a World Series MVP Award (1960) for a losing team.
I mailed to Richardson on March 11 and got the cards back on April 18 for a 38-day TAT.
Friday, April 29, 2016
I noticed when I was looking him up, that Donaldson was a former Seattle Pilot. I thought it would be cool as a bit of a "sub project" to get some autos of players playing for defunct teams. I already had a couple St. Louis Browns, a few Expos, some Philadelphia and Kansas City A's, you get the point. I didn't have any Pilots. The problem was, though, I was set to send to Donaldson, but didn't have his 1970 Topps. I figured I would try someone else, but I mentioned in my request letter that I had the 68 but really would have rather found the 1970 to send to him. That's why I was really excited when I opened my envelope...
Donaldson (b.1943) played in the majors from 1966 to 1970 and 1974 for the Kansas City and Oakland A's and Seattle Pilots. He had 292 hits, 4 home runs and a .238 lifetime batting average.
I mailed to Mr. Donaldson on April 11 and got the cards back on April 16 for a 5-day TAT. This was another really quick TTM success, which I think was mainly due to him living in NC.
Caught several HOF pitchers. All were great! Carlton, Sutter, Gossage and others!!
Foote (b. 1952) played in the majors from 1973 to 1982 for the Expos, Phillies, Cubs and Yankees. He had 489 hits, 57 home runs and a career average of .230.
I mailed to Foote on April 9 and got the cards back on April 14 for a 5-day TAT, one of the fastest that I have gotten.