Saturday, June 15, 2019

TTM Success - Don Carman

I got a bunch of cards back signed from former pitcher, Don Carman with this TTM success.  I sent off a run of Topps cards, the 1990 Donruss, and this 1987 Fleer.  I wasn't sure if he would sign them all, but ended up throwing this Fleer in at the last minute.
I got Carman's Topps cards from 1986 to 1990 signed, and they turned out well.

Carman (b. 1959) played in the majors from 1983 to 1992 for the Phillies, Reds and Rangers.  He had a career record of 53-54 with 598 strike outs and a 4.11 ERA.

I mailed to Carman on January 8, 2018, and got the cards back on April 12, 2019, for a 459-day TAT.

Friday, June 14, 2019

TTM Success - David Eckstein

I was really excited to get this TTM success from David Eckstein.  I had found this 2005 Bowman Heritage at a card show, and thought it would look great when signed.  I was right!
I also added a couple nice Topps cards, a 2006 and a 2010.  Both turned out well.

Eckstein (b. 1975) played in the majors from 2001 to 2010 for the Angels, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Diamondbacks and Padres.  He had 1,414 hits, 35 home runs and a .280 batting average.  He was an All Star twice (2005 and 2006) and finished a career-best 11th in the AL MVP voting in 2002.  He won the World Series with the Angels in 2002 and Cardinals in 2006 (he was the World Series MVP that season).

Eckstein appeared on the 2016 Hall of Fame ballot and received 0.5% of the vote.

I mailed to Eckstein on March 22 via the Pirates and got the cards back on April 12, for a 21-day TAT.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

TTM Success - Lloyd Allen

TTMs have slowed down substantially as the season has gone along, but I still have a ton to scan and post.  This one came back from Lloyd Allen a while back.  I had the above 1975 SSPC for a long time.  It came in one of my first ever trades with my good friend, Max.  I was glad to finally get it sent out and then returned signed.
I waited to send the SSPC out until I had more of Allen's cards.  I pulled these two from the vintage that I got from Conrad, and got around to mailing them.  All of the cards look really nice.

Allen (b. 1950) played in the majors from 1969 to 1975 for the Angels, Rangers and White Sox.  He had a career record of 8-25 with 194 strike outs and a 4.68 ERA.

I mailed to Allen on January 14 and got the cards back on April 12, for an 88-day TAT.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

June 2, 2019, Graphing in Baltimore

Since Ticketmaster screwed up Orioles Fan Fest in January, I was able to get a free signing with Brooks Robinson and a free ticket to an Orioles game.  The choice ended up being the Sunday, June 2, 2019, game against the Giants.  My friend, Ryan, chose the same game, so we made a trip out of it.

I have Brooks on so much stuff, from baseballs to pool balls, cards, etc.; I had a hard time deciding what to have him sign this go-round.  I settled on the above 1963 Topps that was given to me by my good friend, Kyle.  Kyle was one of the very first people that I traded with on Instagram.  He might have been the third person I traded with on there; I was scammed by a kid named Joe and made a successful deal with my friend, James.

I met up with Kyle and his friend, Jordan, at the National a couple years ago when it was in Atlantic City.  While there, Kyle gave me the 1963 Brooks.  It is a sharp card.  The surface is immaculate, and I really wanted to have it graded by PSA.  You know, for fun, just to see what it would grade.  PSA took the card, and gave it back a couple days later and said that the card had been trimmed.  There was a notch on the side of the card that I hadn't seen before, and it couldn't be graded.  Still, the card meant a lot to me, so that is why I decided to have Brooks sign it.  Screw PSA, the card is priceless now.  I will always remember it as the card that Kyle gave me (I have sent him a snapchat photo of the signed card, and he approves), and it will always have a place in my album.
Here's Brooks signing for Chris.  He was amazing, as always.  He always has time to talk, and make you feel like he has been your buddy for years.
Chris got a blue foil Topps Fire card signed.  I had picked the card up at the Chantilly show with Ryan last year, and held onto it.  Chris liked it, so I let him choose it to be signed.  He has his own album of autographs, and I know he is proud to have this one added to his collection.
Not only were we able to see Brooks, but we were also able to see Boog Powell out in front of Boog's BBQ.  I went ahead and got my 1991 Crown Orioles card signed by Boog, so it would be over and done with.
I also had my 1962 Topps rookie that Mom gave me signed.  Much like Kyle's 63 that he had given me, I wanted the card Mom gave me in my album, instead of buried in a box under my bed.  It looks great signed, and it also has meaning, so it has a rightful place in my album.
I wanted to also get the above relic card signed by Boog.  He signed the relic piece, which I thought was odd, but still cool.

The card underneath the relic card is the only auto we were able to get while standing outside the stadium before the game.  The autograph is of Orioles manager, Brandon Hyde.  Since he doesn't have any cards yet, I figured the Camden Yards backdrop was nice.

June 2019 Graphing of Hartford Yard Goats at Bowie Baysox

I had plans the weekend of June 1 to meet up with my friend, Ryan, and hit a Bowie Baysox game while on the way to Baltimore for a Sunday game against the Giants.  It all worked out so we were able to see Bowie on Saturday, stay the night there, and head to Baltimore in the morning.

I had been to Bowie once before, back in 2010 when Brian Roberts was there on a rehab assignment; ad he was the only player that I had sign for me.  I got him on a really nice bat.

This time around, I was fully prepped with card books, and ended up doing pretty well.  We only had cards for one Hartford player, Colton Welker, so we were fully concentrated on the Baysox as they came onto the field.  You can only get one team at a time in Bowie.
I had this Kennie Steenstra 1994 UD Minors card for years, and I was finally able to get it out of the box and into my album.  He was the first auto we got while we were there, and he was really nice.
I enjoyed seeing Ryan McKenna, again.  Initially, he didn't stop, and the old man next to me had some choice words to say about him, but I reminded the guy that McKenna had to stretch, and could always come back on his way to the dugout.  I was right, and McKenna couldn't have been nicer.  I was glad to see the guy have to eat his words a bit.

Rylan Bannon was one of the pieces in the Manny Machado deal, and he now has a few Orioles cards.  They turned out really well, as did the McKennas.
Carlos Perez did only one-per.  I had two cards of him in my book, and had I known he would only do one, I would have put the other in Chris's book.  Cumberland was one per, as well, but I was able to slip Chris a card while he was signing for Ryan.  I really wanted the South Atlantic League All Star card signed, and Chris helped with that.

We only got one Welker signed.  Chris went over to the opposing team's side after the game, and was able to get a 2019 Pro Debut signed.  We tried to wait outside for him, but he disappeared.  A lot of the players told us he was inside and about to come out, then all of a sudden we got "he left a long time ago..."  Oh well, we tried.  I'll just send the rest of what I had to my friend in Connecticut to see if he can 50/50.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

A Bunch of 87 Topps From Gerard

My good friend, Gerard, hooked me up with a bunch of signed 1987 Topps for my set.  I was disappointed in myself when I got them, because there were three that I already had, but hadn't removed them from my needs list.  That one is on me.

I could have sworn that my friend, Max, had already gotten me Frank DiPino, but I didn't have it in my album, so there is one in there now!
I did, however, have Max Venable, Steve Farr and Chris Chambliss.  The Venable and Farr cards that Gerard sent turned out to be upgrades.  The ones i had were signed in black, and the ones he sent were blue.  Also, my Farr was signed with a dying Sharpie, and this one looks so much better, so it worked out.  The extra Chambliss will be flipped somewhere else to make someone as happy as Gerard has made me.  He has a small repayment already in the mail that he should receive in a few days.  He doesn't know it is coming (what the surprise is, at least), but it will look really cool in his collection.

Thanks for the help, Gerard!

Monday, June 10, 2019

May 2019 Graphing of Salem Red Sox at Down East Wood Ducks

While I was at my parents' the weekend of May 25, my Pro Debut boxes came in.  I got into the boxes after my trip to Hickory, but was able to use some of the cards for when the Wood Ducks were back in town against the Salem Red Sox.
I got Anderson Tejeda, Leody Taveras and JP Martinez on the Pro Debut cards, and they turned out really well.  The cards need to be prepped, as usual, but they look great when signed.
While I was in Hickory, I picked up this season's team set.  I got it after pregame autos there, so I didn't have time to prep and put the cards in the books, so these Wood Ducks were the first cards from the set that I could get done.
Salem doesn't have too many players on their roster who have cards, so I did what I could.  Chris and I got a ton of Bryan Mata cards signed, which was nice.
I was also able to get this 2015 NY-Penn League card of Victor Acosta signed.  I have had it for a couple years, so I was glad to get it out of my box.
I found out Marcus Wilson was on the Salem Roster the day we were heading out there, so I scrambled through my 2014 Bowmans and found one of his cards.  I was disappointed that I didn't have his 2013 Perfect Game card, though.