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Saturday, December 10, 2016
The cards I had for Hall were pretty nice ones. The above 1985 Topps looks really nice, especially if you are a fan of the color blue. It is ok, I think, but not my favorite color by any means. All of the blue, however, really does make this look like a nice card. I'm sure it was unintentional on Hall's part when he signed it in blue, but it really adds to it.
Hall (b. 1958) played in the majors from 1981 to 1989 for the Braves and Pirates. He had 202 hits, 5 home runs and a .251 batting average.
I mailed to Hall on November 15 and got the cards back on November 25, for a 10-day TAT.
Oh well! Here is a success from former pitcher, Ross Grimsley. I sent him four cards on November 7 and got two of them back signed on November 25, for an 18-day TAT.
Grimsley (b. 1950) played in the majors from 1971 to 1980 and 1982 for the Reds, Orioles, Expos and Indians. He had a career record of 124-99 with an ERA of 3.81 and 750 strike outs. He was a 20-game winner for the Expos in 1978. That season, he made his only All Star team, and his only appearance on the Cy Young Award ballot (7th). H appeared on the 1988 Hall of Fame ballot, but did not receive any votes.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
I mailed to Weston on November 1 and got the cards back on November 25, for a 24-day TAT.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
I was going through a box that Mom had gotten me, and found a few 1995 Upper Deck Minors cards. I was happy to see a couple old Winston-Salem Spirits cards in the stack. The Spirits were the Carolina League (A) team of the Cubs when I was a kid, then became associated with the Reds. I went to a couple Spirits games with my grandpa, and also my mom would take us as well. I don't remember whether or not if we saw Pat Watkins play, but odds are that we did.
I was really happy with how this card turned out. I can't really tell, but it doesn't appear that the photo was taken in Winston at Ernie Shore Field, but I could be wrong. I mailed to Watkins on November 9 and got the card back on November 23, for a 14-day TAT.
Watkins (b. 1972) is a North Carolina native, which is pretty cool. He also went to ECU, which is right down the road from where I live now. He played in the majors from 1997 to 1999 for the Reds and Rockies. He had 46 hits, 2 home runs and a .236 batting average. He was a former first round pick (#32) in the 1993 amateur draft by the Reds.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Tapani (b. 1964) played in the majors from 1989 to 2001 for the Mets, Twins, Dodgers, White Sox and Cubs. He had a career record of 143-125 with 1,482 strike outs and an ERA of 4.35. He finished 7th in the 1991 AL Cy Young voting, his only time he received votes. He also finished 5th in the 1990 AL Rookie of the Year voting. He won the World Series with the Twins in 1991.
I mailed to Tapani on November 9 and got the cards back on November 22, for a 13-day TAT.
Monday, December 5, 2016
This 1963 Topps Bob Lillis card was languishing in my vintage box, so I figured that when I saw that he was signing TTM, I would give it a shot.
Lillis (b. 1930) played in the majors from 1958 to 1967 for the Dodgers, Cardinals and Colt .45s/Astros. He had 549 hits, 3 home runs and a .236 batting average. He didn't appear in the 1959 World Series with the Dodgers.
I mailed to Lillis on November 11 and got the cards back on November 21, for a 10-day TAT.
Selig (b. 1934) was the 10th commissioner of baseball, and also the former owner of the Brewers. He was part of a contingent that moved the Seattle Pilots to Milwaukee before the 1970 season.
I'm happy to be able to add another Hall of Famer this easily, since I have had this ball for some time now. I sent a China ball to Selig back in 2010 or 2011 and he replaced it with this signed OMLB ball. I can now move it over to my HOF collection!