Wednesday, December 12, 2018

TTM Success - Jim Nettles

I added another Nettles to my autograph collection with this TTM success from Jim Nettles.  I had already gotten his brother Graig for my 1987 set through a private signing a few months ago.
Jim Nettles (b. 1947) played in the majors from 1970 to 1972, 1974, 1979 and 1981 for the Twins, Tigers, Royals and A's.  He had 129 hits, 16 home runs and a .220 batting average.

I mailed to Nettles on October 1 and got the cards back on October 25, for a 24-day TAT.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

A Trade With Stefan

I did my first Instagram trade in a while with a kid that I hadn't talked to in some time, my friend, Stefan.  He and I used to talk all the time, then the both of us got busy, and sort of drifted apart.  He was looking to trade for some 2017 Topps HM, and I had three cards that he needed.
In return, Sefan sent me the two 1987 Topps that he had that I needed from my list.  I was lucky that he had these, otherwise, I wouldn't have had any idea what to trade for.

Thanks for the deal, Stefan!

TTM Success - Tim Burke

I answered a private signing on SCN for former Expo Tim Burke.  The card turned out great, and it crossed another card off of my list.

Burke (b. 1959) played in the majors from 1985 to 1992 for the Expos, Mets and Yankees.  He had a career record of 49-33 with 444 strike outs and a 2.72 ERA.  He was an All Star in 1989.

I mailed to the private signing on October 2 and got the card back on October 23, for a 21-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $22.

Monday, December 10, 2018

TTM Success - Ted Kubiak

Using some of the cards I got from Conrad when I was in Columbia, I was able to get some nice autographs TTM from Ted Kubiak.  The above 1972 Topps looks really cool, even though he signed across his face.
I also got the above 1973 and 1977 Topps cards signed.  Both of these show some awesome 70s uniforms.

Kubiak (b. 1942) played in the majors from 1967 to 1976 for the A's (KC and Oakland), Brewers, Cardinals, Rangers and Padres.  He had 565 hits, 13 home runs and a .231 batting average.  He won the World Series in 1972 and 1973 with the A's.

I mailed to Kubiak on October 3 and got the cards back on October 22, for a 19-day TAT.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Hall of Fame Signed Baseball - Harold Baines

All I had to do today to add a new baseball to my Hall of Fame collection was tune into MLB Network and watch the results of the Today's Era Committee vote.  I was surprised to see that both Harold Baines and Lee Smith were elected by the committee to be enshrined in Cooperstown.  I'm really excited to see that Baines made it.  He had a very long career, and some of his numbers were hurt when he was traded away from the White Sox into a part-time role with the Orioles late in his career.  Otherwise, he might have made 3,000 hits, which would have had him enshrined a lot earlier.

Baines becomes my 142nd Hall of Famer on a baseball.

Baines (b. 1959) played in the majors from 1980 to 2001 for the White Sox, Rangers, A's, Orioles and Indians.  He had 2,866 hits, 384 home runs and a .289 batting average.  He was a former #1 overall pick in the amateur draft (1977) out of high school.  He becomes the third #1 overall pick to make the Hall of Fame behind Ken Griffey, Jr., and Chipper Jones.  He was an All Star six times (1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991 and 1999) and finished a career-best 9th in the AL MVP voting (1985).  He was also a Silver Slugger Award winner in 1989.

Baines did not receive much support on the Hall of Fame ballot by the BBWAA.  He only appeared on 5 ballots, and received a maximum of 6.1% of the vote (2010).  In his defense, he appeared on some bloated ballots back then, and finally can say that he is a Hall of Famer.

In the all-time rankings, he ranks 46th in hits, 65th in home runs and 20th in games played.  He holds a 38.7 career WAR, if that stat means something to you.

Baines spent 7 seasons in Baltimore where he had 638 hits, 107 home runs and a .301 average.  My money is on him being inducted as a member of the White Sox, however.  I'll have to continue to wait for a new Oriole to be inducted.

TTM Success - Sherman Corbett

This was a simple TTM request from Sherman Corbett.  I only had the one 1989 Topps to send, and it came back signed with a nice signature.

Corbett (b. 1962) played in the majors from 1988 to 1990 for the Angels.  He had a career record of 2-1 with 33 strike outs and a 4.50 ERA.

I mailed to Corbett on September 19 and got the card back on October 22, for a 33-day TAT.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

A Surprise in the Mail From My Friend, Jacob

My good friend, Jacob, told me while I was in Vegas, that he had sent a surprise to me that would be here when I got home.  When I got in and checked the mail, there was an envelope from him, and inside was this signed 1987 Topps Tim Raines.  There was also the below Dennis Leonard, which we had made a deal on, but the Raines caught me totally by surprise.
Jacob and I made a trade for this Dennis Leonard, which I still need to ship my part of the deal.  I plan on sending it with Jacob's Christmas gift, if the dang thing ever gets here.

Jacob is a great dude.  I wish I could get up to where he lives and go to Expos Fest with him.  I'd need to renew my passport.

Thanks for the cards, Jacob.  Those and the letter really mean a lot to me!