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Saturday, June 15, 2019
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
Thanks for the help, Gerard!