Sunday, January 24, 2021

A Few Autos For My 87 Set

A fellow autograph collector who is also working on the 1987 Topps set put a bunch of his extras on Facebook for sale, and I grabbed a few to cross off of my checklist.  The ones I got were of some guys who seem to be fairly tough to get.

I was hoping I could get Jerry Narron from my friend, Gerard, since Narron was supposed to coach with the Red Sox this past season.  Since no fans were allowed at games, Gerard wasn't able to get my card signed.  So, I went ahead and got Narron this way; he won't be with the Red Sox in 2021.
I was going to try Randy O'Neal TTM, but went ahead and bought the card.  I have a TTM out to Pat Sheridan, and if it ever comes back, I'll have some trade bait.  I had hoped Alan Ashby would pop up on a private signing, but one hasn't, so he is now off of the list, as well.

I have 661 cards signed out of 792, or 83% complete with my set.  I've been working hard on it, and have a really awesome album to show for it.  I've got a few more cards out, but getting the autographs for the set is getting more difficult.  I still believe I can get this set done, but there are going to be a few folks who are near impossible.  We'll have to see how it goes.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

TTM Success - Vinny Rottino

Here are a couple mid-2000s cards that I got back signed from Vinny Rottino.  I recently took in a bunch of 2007 Topps Chrome and this was in that lot.  I have always liked the 2007 design, and he Chrome looks great, as well; especially the different color refractors.
I also got this 2005 Topps Update signed by Rottino.  It also turned out well.  I had busted a box of there back in 2005 and have been slowly sending some off for signatures here and there.

Rottino (b. 1980) played in the majors from 2006 to 2008 and 2011 to 2012 for the Brewers, Marlins, Mets and Indians.  He had 16 hits, 3 home runs and a .165 batting average.

I mailed to Rottino on October 6 and got the cards back on November 9, for a 34-day TAT.

TTM Success - Danny Mendick

I got two really awesome cards back TTM from Danny Mendick.  The above 2020 Topps Fire card looks awesome, even though the signature blends right in.  I like getting these signed, and this one will look awesome in my album.
Speaking of cards I like getting signed, the Topps Silver Pack mojo cards always look great when signed.  I love this one, and it turned out really well.  His signature shows up better on this than it did with the Topps Fire, but I was super excited to get both back, anyway.

Mendick (b. 1993) has played in the majors since 2019 for the White Sox.  He has 38 hits, 5 home runs and a .260 batting average.

I mailed to Mendick on October 5 and got the cards back on November 9, for a 35-day TAT.

TTM Success - Seth Johnson

I got a couple nice cards back from Seth Johnson.  Johnson signed two recent cards; a 2020 Topps Pro Debut and a 2019 Bowman Draft.
Johnson (b. 1998) is from Concord, NC, and went to school at Campbell University in Buies Creek; where the Buies Creek Astros used to play before moving to Fayetteville and becoming the Woodpeckers.  He was a first round pick (40th over all) by the Rays in the 2019 June Amateur Draft out of Campbell.

In 2019, Johnson played at Rookie Level GCL Rays and Princeton Rays.  He went 0-1 with a 2.12 ERA and 16 strike outs.

I mailed to Johnson on August 5 and got the cards back on November 9, for a 96-day TAT.  He also included a signed note.

TTM Success - Cory Wade

I got a couple cards signed TTM by Cory Wade that turned out pretty well.  I have a decent amount of 2009 Goudey, and it is always nice to be able to get one or two of them signed.  They look nice when signed, as does this one.
I also got this 2008 Topps Update signed by Wade.  I opened a good bit of 08 Update, so I have a good-sized stash of that, as well.

Wade (b. 1983) played in the majors in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012 for the Dodgers and Yankees.  He had a career record of 11-6 with 137 strike outs and a 3.65 ERA.

I mailed to Wade on April 10 and got the cards back on November 7, for a 211-day TAT.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Another TTM Success From Dave Duncan

I wasn't going to send to Dave Duncan again, but when I saw that he was in the 1991 Crown Orioles set, I figured I would go ahead and get that card signed.  I, then, found the below 1972 and 1973 Topps cards, so I sent them all out TTM.
All three cards turned out great, and I am glad that I went ahead and got them taken care of.

I mailed to Duncan on October 28 and got the cards back on November 6, for a 9-day TAT.

TTM Success - Mike Holtz

I was able to move a 1998 Topps out of my box when I got this card back signed TTM from Mike Holtz.  I have a ton of 1998 Topps, and moving some out of my box is always nice.  They're nice looking cards, but look too similar to 1999 and 2000 Topps.  The foil names and the super gloss also make it hard to leaf through them really quickly, so it can be an annoying trip through my box when I am looking for something specific.

Holtz (b. 1972) played in the majors from 1996 to 2002 and 2006 for the Angels, A's, Padres and Red Sox.  He had a record of 16-20 with 223 strike outs and a 4.76 ERA.

I mailed to Holtz on October 22 and got the card back on November 6, for a 15-day TAT.