Monday, October 22, 2018

TTM Success - Bruce Sutter

The final card I got back in the private signing on SCN that took so long was Bruce Sutter.  The whole reason I signed up for the thing was because I would be able to knock off some big names at fairly reasonable prices.  This is why I love the feature on SCN.  This was actually one of the first private signings I had signed up for, and I learned a lot about the process.  I wasn't aware at the time how to set up a trade for the signings (which is how they are tracked, and feedback is issued).  I believe my inability to set up the trade for this was one of the main reasons why it was delayed as long as it was.  He had no recourse against him.  Thankfully, the cards ended up coming in, and I actually had used the guy one other time between then and now.  That signing worked out fast, and that card (which was being done for a friend) came back quickly.  I have signed up for another big name signing through this guy, this time with tracking, so we shall see if there is any improvement.

Sutter (b. 1953) played in the majors from 1976 to 1986 and 1988 for the Cubs, Cardinals and Braves.  He had a career record of 68-71 with a 2.83 ERA and 861 strike outs.  He finished his career with 300 saves.  He was a six-time All Star (1977 to 1981 and 1984) and finished a career-best 5th in the 1982 NL MVP voting.  He was the 1979 NL Cy Young Award winner.  He is often credited with developing the split finger fastball.  He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2006, his 13th ballot (76.9%).  He won the World Series with the Cardinals in 1982.

I sent to the private signing on March 3 and got the card back on August 29, for a 179-day TAT.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

TTM Success - Vince Coleman

The third of four guys I signed up for, for this private signing, was Vince Coleman.  According to the guy running the signing, Coleman was the reason for the holdup.  Let's not worry about how I asked the guy to just refund me for Coleman and send my cards back; he waited and waited, not returning emails, until Coleman finally signed.  Of course, I picked up a Coleman from a reader of this blog in the meantime, you know, because I was expecting the refund from this signing.  Anyway, I have an extra Coleman, if anyone else is looking for one for their sets or collections.

Coleman (b. 1961) played in the majors from 1985 to 1997 for the Cardinals, Mets, Royals, Mariners, Reds and Tigers.  He had 1,425 hits, 28 home runs and a .264 batting average.  He was the 1985 NL Rookie of the Year, and led the NL in stolen bases six years in a row.  His 752 stolen bases rank 6th all-time.  His best MVP finish was 11th in 1985 and he was an All Star twice (1988 and 1989).  He appeared on the 2003 Hall of Fame ballot, but received only 0.6% of the vote.

I sent to the signing on March 3 and got the card back on August 29, for a 179-day TAT.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

TTM Success - Jack Clark

The second of the four players I got from my much delayed private signing was Jack Clark.  I needed him for the 87 set, and in the end the card turned out really well.

Clark (b. 1955) played in the majors from 1975 to 1992 for the Giants, Cardinals, Yankees, Padres and Red Sox.  He had 1,826 hits, 340 home runs and a .267 batting average.  He was a 4-time All Star (1978, 1979, 1985 and 1987) and finished a career-best 3rd in the NL MVP voting.  Clark appeared on the 1998 Hall of Fame ballot, but only received 1.8% of the vote.

Toward the end of his playing career, Clark tried his hand at drag racing.  He ran a Top Fuel team in 1991; a car that was driven by the late, great, Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen.  McEwen would win the final national event of his career in Clark's dragster.  In 1992, Clark took over driving, but didn't fare too well.  He wound up filing for bankruptcy and sold off his race team.

I sent to the private signing the same time as Ozzie Smith (March 3) and got the card back on August 29, for a 179-day TAT.

Friday, October 19, 2018

TTM Success - Ozzie Smith

This was probably my worst experience with a private signing since I started using them earlier this year, but the cards I sent off finally came back.  Supposedly, the guy who ran this signing is one of the best, but I never felt like I was a "valued" customer.  I answered the private signing when I saw that I could get Ozzie Smith at a reasonable rate.  Since he was on these two cards, I figured I would try to go ahead and get these done at $35 a pop.
Smith is also on the 1987 Topps Cardinals Team Leaders card, but I'm not overly concerned about adding him to that one at the moment.  I'm just glad these came back.  The signing was for four players, actually, and I spent a good amount of money for it, but several emails and a long wait finally paid off.

Smith (b. 1954) played in the majors from 1978 to 1991 for the Padres and Cardinals.  He had 2.460 hits, 28 home runs and a .262 batting average.  He was a 15-time All Star (1981 to 1992 and 1994 to 1996) and a 13-time Gold Glove Award winner (1980 to 1992).  His best MVP finish was 2nd in 1987.  He won the World Series with the Cardinals in 1982 and was the 1985 NLCS MVP.

Smith was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2002 (first ballot) when he was named on 91.7% of the ballot.

I sent to the private signing on March 3 and got the cards back on August 29, for a 179-day TAT.  The cards were supposed to come back at the end of March.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

TTM Success - Chris Iannetta

I added some nice cards to the album with this success from Rockies catcher, Chris Iannetta.  I had seen on Instagram that he was signing, and sent a few cards out.
Iannetta (b. 1983) has played in the majors since 2006 for the Rockies, Angels, Mariners and Diamondbacks.  He has 788 hits, 135 home runs and a .230 batting average.

I mailed to Iannetta on July 26 via the Rockies and got the cards back on August 27, for a 32-day TAT.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

TTM Success - Darrin Fletcher

I waited a while, but finally got these cards in from Darrin Fletcher.  I liked this 1990 Score because of the inverted border.  I doubt this was an "error" card, but it is still cool.
I had a bunch of cards of Fletcher, and they all looked really cool after signing.  I thought the 1999 Pacific turned out really well, and it was a kind of card that I had very few of.
Finally, this 1996 Fleer Metal also turned out well.  I really love these cards, and they look so cool when signed.

Fletcher (b. 1966) played in the majors from 1989 to 2002 for the Dodgers, Phillies, Expos and Blue Jays.  He had 1,048 hits, 124 home runs and a .269 batting average.  He was an All Star in 1994.

I mailed to Fletcher on March 6, 2017, and got the cards back on August 18, 2018, for a 530-day TAT.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

TTM Success - Darryl Strawberry

I crossed a big name off of my 1987 Topps checklist with this private signing success from Darryl Strawberry.  A friend of mine tried to get Strawberry for me last year, but he missed out.  I went ahead and answered the private signing so I could get the cards off of the list.
His signature isn't the greatest, but they still count toward my set.  I'm glad to have these done.

Strawberry (b. 1962) played in the majors from 1983 to 1999 for the Mets, Dodgers, Giants and Yankees.  He had 1,401 hits, 335 home runs and a .259 batting average.  He was the NL Rookie of the Year in 1983.  He finished 2nd in the 1988 NL MVP voting (behind Kirk Gibson) and was an 8-time All Star (1984 to 1991).  He won the World Series with the Mets in 1986 and with the Yankees in 1996 and 1999.  He appeared on the 2005 Hall of Fame ballot and received 1.5% of the vote.

I mailed to the private signing on July 21 and got the cards back on August 10, for a 20-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $30/card.