Friday, April 20, 2018

TTM Success - Dave Gumpert

I'm trying to climb back into the land of the living over the last few days.  I'm feeling a little better, but still not out of the woods.  So, I hope this weekend can be spent getting back to normal health, and maybe get some cards cleaned up and put away.

I did start a new autograph album, my 8th, which is pretty cool.  I can probably fill it pretty fast with all of the TTMs I have laying around that need to be posted.  This one from Dave Gumpert won't fill too many spots in the pages, but its a start.
I got Gumpert on a 1984 and a 1987 Topps.  I ended up with an extra 87 Topps, so I sent it along to my buddy, Max.

Gumpert (b. 1958) played in the majors in 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986 and 1987 for the Tigers, Cubs and Royals.  He had a career record of 3-2 with 76 strike outs and a 4.31 ERA.

I mailed to Gumpert on March 5 and got the cards back on March 16, for an 11-dat TAT.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Hall of Fame Signed Baseball - Trevor Hoffman

Surprisingly, I haven't been very active in adding to my Hall of Fame signed baseball collection lately.  I added a few new guys by default in January when the Hall of Fame election results were announced.  Other than that, I haven't sought out anyone, and definitely haven't purchased any.

When my good friend, Max, came along and asked me if I would be interested in making a deal with him for some baseballs, I listened.  I sent him a few signed balls and in return, I landed three big names, one of which is Hall of Famer, Trevor Hoffman.

Hoffman (b. 1967) played in the majors from 1993 to 2010 for the Marlins, Padres and Brewers.  He had a career record of 61-75 with an ERA of 2.87 and 1,133 strike outs.  His 601 career saves are second all-time (Mariano Rivera is first).  He was a 7-time All Star.  His best finish in the Cy Young voting was second (1998 and 2006).  He was elected to the Hall of Fame in January (his third ballot) when he received 79.9% of the vote.

Hoffman is now my 138th Hall of Famer on a baseball.  Thanks for the deal, Max!

Some New Signed 1987 Topps For The Set

Recently, I added a ton of 1987 Topps to my collection.  The above Larry Parrish was a purchase from PastPros from their leftovers  from the recent signing in Montreal.  My good friend, Jacob, tried to get Parrish for me, but he wasn't able to.
These three came from blog reader, Ray.  He saw that I was working on the set and was kind enough to send along these three that I needed.
I took some 50/50s for a guy named John on Instagram, and he sent these three that I needed.

Finally, my amazing friend, Gerard, sent me these 8 cards for my set.  The Dwight Evans was the biggest surprise.  I was planning on getting two vouchers for him at this year's National, but now I only will need one!

Thank you so much for the cards, guys!  I now have 223 signed 1987 Topps out of the 792 card set.  I'm a lot farther along than I thought I would be, so I feel like I am doing really well with it!

Thank You Ebay Bucks

I had a notification that my Ebay Bucks were available, so I took a look around on Ebay to see if I could find something to buy.  I found this 1987 Topps signed by Earl Weaver, and after verifying the signature with a friend of mine who has built the signed 87 set, I picked the card up.

I only paid $6.65 shipped after using my Ebay Bucks coupon.  Not bad at all for a card of someone who I couldn't get to sign anymore.

The deceased players will be tough, but after looking at some of the prices of some of them, they won't be too difficult.

Graphing The Wood Ducks vs A Stacked Dash Squad

Whatever bubonic plague I was suffering from on Monday wasn't going to keep me from my goal of graphing the Winston-Salem Dash when they came to town.  This is the team that I was most looking forward to seeing this season, mostly because of their manager.  Future Hall of Famer, Omar Vizquel was named the manager of the Dash during the off-season, and I had to make sure that I got him on a baseball.

Because I was pushing for the ball, I couldn't present my book for him to sign as well, but luckily, CHris made sure he signed my two best cards.  I found both of these cards at the Chantilly show, and was so glad they turned out well.  I had bought a pack of Steadtler pens for the Bowman Hi Tex, but they didn't get here in time.  The blue Sharpie worked just fine, and I was really happy Chris thought to make sure those were the two he signed.
An unexpected highlight of the night was that White Sox prospect, Gavin Sheets, wasn't in the lineup.  So, while the game was going on, he had to wait by the fence to come onto the field.  While he was waiting, I chatted with him for a bit about his being in Winston.  He actually attended Wake Forest University, so it was a bit of a homecoming for him.  Sheets was really nice, and friendly.  He came back by at the end of the game and signed for us.
I had gotten Dylan Cease before, when I was at Andrew's last season.  He was with South Bend, and was traded.  He signed 2 per for us.  I really was glad to get a 2013 Perfect Game card out of my box.  I'll be sitting on a ton of those for a while, I think.
Micker Adolfo doesn't have much of a signature, but I was able to get him taken care of.  I also used up another card from my 2017 Carolina League Top Prospects set.
I finished off all of the Michael Matuellas that I had, which was nice.
I also took some custom cards in a 50/50, and they turned out great.  This Ledarious Clark might be my favorite of the bunch.
I got a good many of the customs done, but the other guy ended up with more (the guys who don't sign duplicates like Taveras).  I'll have a few to work on for a while.

In this series, I missed out on Dane Dunning and Blake Rutherford.  I wanted to catch a second game, but due to being sick, I decided I would stay home, get better and try again another time.

In all, I got Omar Vizquel x 2, Gavin Sheets x 5, Micker Adolfo x 4, TiQuan Forbes x 3, Luis Basabe x 4, Dylan Cease x 4, Michael Matuella x 7, Spike Owen x 2, Jonathan Hernandez x 2, Christian Torres x 2, Ledarious Clark x 2, Josh Altmann x 2, CD Pelham x 3, Anderson Tejeda x 3, Leody Taveras x 1 and Ricky Valencia x 2.
And I got a Gold Glove Award ROMLB signed by Vizquel.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Graphing the Wood Ducks Home Opener and More

Much like the Orioles season, my graphing season has gotten off to a rocky start.  Unlike the Orioles season, however, I expect my graphing to improve.  I was all gung-ho on the season starting, then winter decided that it wanted to stick around, and in turn, I have gotten really sick.  I have already bypassed two games due to illness, and it has set me back a little bit on taking care of some 50/50s, and getting some stuff for myself signed.

I have gotten a lot of stuff done, though, and I am fairly happy with the results so far.  The above 2017 Bowman Holiday Edition Ugly Christmas Sweater parallel might be one of the coolest cards I have gotten so far.
I caught the Wood Ducks home opener last Thursday (April 12) against Myrtle Beach, with my son and my brother.  Myrtle Beach didn't have many guys with available cards that I could find in my boxes, so this was primarily a means to knock out some of my Wood Ducks cards before some scheduled 50/50s came in.  I knocked out a lot of my Hickory team sets, and finished the Elite die cut Lemoine I had sitting since last year.
I did really well with Leody Taveras and Jake Lemoine.  Anything else I get signed by them wil be either 50/50s or for trades because I knocked them out early.
I had found quite a few guys at the Chantilly show, like the 2015 Bowman green refractor of Michael Matuella.  The card looks really sharp.  I have gotten everything signed by Matuella that I had built up over the off-season.  I have learned that getting pitchers to sign is tough because they don't always come out of the bullpen onto the field before the game.  I can foresee that I will end up with extra Jake Lemoine cards by the end of the season, so I may hand off quite a few cards to kids at games.
I had to buy Walker Weickel's cards off of Sportlots; I also had to bust two sets to get James Jones's cards that you see above.  I found out that he was the former outfielder, so I searched my boxes for his stuff, to no avail.  Luckily, my friend, Gerard, sent me some others for 50/50s, so I can replace the ones I removed from the sets.
After the 4 games I have been to, Spike Owen already seems like he doesn't really like signing.  I have gotten him on the cards that I especially wanted, so I doubt I will bother him much more throughout the season.
This Stars and Stripes Lemoine turned out really nicely, except the scan doesn't show the auto very well.
I kept missing Blaine Prescott during the earlier games I went to, but I finally got him on Saturday.
I completely missed Chuck LeBlanc in my Bowman box.  Mainly because I was looking for Chuck and not Charles LeBlanc.  He's a strict two-per, so I need a few more trips to the park to finish him off.
I found the green Beras and Tejeda at the Chantilly show.  It appears that was the theme of this series of graphing; green parallels.
Finally, I only was able to get two Pelicans on cards.  I tried to get Alex Lange, but he wouldn't sign.  I found two of the Bryan Hudson and the one DJ Wilson at the Chantilly show in dime boxes.  I was glad to at least get those done.

In all, during the Myrtle Beach Series, I got: Spike Owen x 8, Michael Matuella x 8, Jake Lemoine x 9, Alex Kowalczyk x 1, Leody Taveras x 8, Chuck LeBlanc x 4, Brendon Davis x 3, Jairo Beras x 2, Anderson Tejeda x 8, Blaine Prescott x 3, Carlos Maldonado x 1, Ricky Valencia x 2, Preston Scott x 1, Walker Weickel x 4, Christian Torres x 1, Steve Mintz x 3, Emerson Martinez x 1, James Jones x 2, Kenny Hook x 2, Jonathan Hernandez x 3, Jairo Beras x 2, Bryan Hudson x 2 and DJ Wilson x 1.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

TTM Success - Jeff Newman

As I continue to fall behind in posts, due to the graphing season, and now being sick, I am going to try to get some posts done and scheduled before I give out and have to go to bed.

This TTM success from Jeff Newman was prety cool in that I liked the catchers gear shown on the 1978 Topps above.  The old chect protector just looks cool on that card for some reason.
Newman looks a little like a younger version of my Uncle Joe in the top left 1979 Topps.  Another two catchers gear cards highlight the success with the 1980 and 1985 Topps.

Newman (b. 1948) played in the majors from 1976 to 1984 for the A's and Red Sox.  He had 475 hits, 63 home runs and a .224 batting average.  He was an All Star in 1979.  He managed the A's for 10 games in 1986, to a record of 2-10.

I mailed to Newman on March 3 and got the cards back on March 15, for a 12-day TAT.