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Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Monday, May 30, 2016
I now have Davis patches from 2014 to 2016 Museum Collection and I plan on adding some more, if I can get them as reasonable prices.
Grubb also inscribed the 1985 and 1987 Topps with '84 Champs. They all turned out great.
Grubb (b. 1948) played in the majors from 1972 to 1987 for the Padres, Indians, Rangers and Tigers. He had 1,153 hits, 99 home runs and a .278 batting average. He finished 6th in the NL Rookie of the Year voting in 1973 and was an All Star in 1974. He won the World Series in 1984 with the Tigers.
I mailed to Grubb on April 12 and got the cards back on May 4, for an 18-day TAT.
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Bradley (b. 1950) played in the NFL from 1972 to 1978 for the Steelers, Seahawks and 49ers. He was a part of the Super Bowl IX and X champion Steelers.
I got Bradley's address from his daughter, Jennifer, who I have known since the third grade, and graduated with. Class of 1998!! I mailed to Bradley on April 20 and got the signed cards back on May 4, for a 14-day TAT. I also got a nice note from Mr. Bradley, which was a nice touch!
Thanks for the help with the TTM request, Jennifer!
Friday, May 27, 2016
Wayne Terwilliger (b. 1925) played in the majors from 1949 to 1951, 1953 to 1956 and 1959-60 for the Cubs, Dodgers, Senators, Giants and A's. He had 501 hits, 22 home runs and a .240 batting average. He played so long ago, four of the five teams he played for are in new cities! I thought that was interesting.
I mailed to Terwilliger on April 23 and got the cards back on May 3, for a 10-day TAT.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
He sent me another lengthy letter back, along with his photo order form, so I decided to buy several of the photos he offered. I made the purchase because he uses the money to support a children's charity, and also because he was so nice to write me full length letters and signed my items.
Virgil Trucks was a great friend of mine. After my playing days were over, he got me involved in going on cruises. If he couldn't make the one he was supposed to be on, he would call me and ask me to pitch in for him. One great man. Yes, he was like me, William, in answering his mail, which a lot of players didn't do.
Frank Thomas (b. 1929) played in the majors from 1951 to 1966 for the Pirates, Reds, Cubs, Braves, Mets, Phillies and Astros. He had 1,671 hits, 286 home runs and a .266 batting average. He finished 4th in the 1958 NL MVP voting and was a 3-time All Star. He never played in the playoffs or World Series and oddly enough, even with his career accomplishments, didn't appear on the Hall of Fame ballot.
I originally mailed to Mr. Thomas on April 18 and got the cards back on May 2, for a 14-day TAT. I sent off for the photos on May 20 and got those back today (May 26) for a 6-day TAT.
Mr. Thomas is also offering signed 8x10s that I still intend to purchase. One of which shows all of his baseball cards and the other shows him and three other Braves players who made history on June 18, 1961. He, along with Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron and Joe Adcock hit 4 home runs in succession against the Reds. A pretty huge feat in the annals of baseball history. I want to spend the $20 on that one real soon.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Mieske (b. 1968) played in the majors from 1993 to 2000 for the Brewers, Cubs, Mariners, Astros and Diamondbacks. He had 406 hits, 56 home runs and a .262 batting average.
I mailed to Mieske on April 21 and got the cards back on May 2, for an 11-day TAT.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
I was also able to save on shipping on this card as well, since the seller I bought it from lives in the same town as me, and frequents the same LCS. That worked out great!
I mailed to Waits on April 18 and got the cards back on May 2 for a 14-day TAT.
Monday, May 23, 2016
Grieve (b. 1948) played in the majors from 1970 and 1972 to 1979 for the Senators, Rangers, Mets and Cardinals. He had 474 hits, 65 home runs and a .249 batting average. After his playing career was over, Grieve was the general manager of the Rangers from 1984 to 1994. He has also done color commentary for the Rangers since 1995.
I mailed to Grieve on April 20 and got the cards back on May 2, for a 12-day TAT.
Sunday, May 22, 2016
A few weeks later, a box came from Billy and inside it was this signed baseball. I have been needing a Rick Dempsey baseball for some time now, and didn't have to do a whole lot to get it, apparently. Billy also included a card that he wanted me to send out TTM (Paul Noce), so I need to get on that, once I find a couple more of his cards.
Dempsey (b. 1949) played in the majors from 1969 to 1992 for the Twins, Yankees, Orioles, Indians, Dodgers and Brewers. He had 1,093 hits, 96 home runs and a ,233 batting average. He won the World Series with the Orioles in 1983 and the Dodgers in 1988. He was the 1983 World Series MVP. He is also one of the rare 4-decade players, having played in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Dempsey appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot in 1998 and received 0.2% of the vote.
Hemus (b. 1923) played in the majors from 1949 to 1959 for the Cardinals, and Phillies. He had 736 hits, 51 home runs and an average of .273. He finished 31st in the NL MVP voting in 1952, the only time he received votes for the award. Hemus also appeared on the 1966 Hall of Fame ballot and received 0.3% of the vote.
I mailed to him on April 18 and got the cards back on May 2 for a 14-day TAT.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
This one is numbered 2/10 and didn't cost me a whole lot. I got in on an auction and was able to snag it a lot cheaper than any Buy it Now that I have seen. Davis has been hitting a few home runs lately, and is known to get hot and go on a tear. I'm hoping he hits another 40+ homers this year and continues the hitting he has done from 2013 and 2015.
Nicosia (b. 1955) played in the majors from 1978 to 1985 for the Pirates, Giants, Expos and Blue Jays. He collected 233 hits, 11 home runs and an average of .248. He won the World Series in 1979 with the Pirates.
I mailed to Nicosia on April 20 and got the card back on May 2, for a 12-day TAT.
Friday, May 20, 2016
Greengrass (b. 1927) played in the majors from 1952 to 1956 for the Reds and Phillies. He had 482 hits, 69 home runs and a .269 batting average. He answered my questions as well when I asked him who the toughest pitcher he faced (Koufax) and that if there was anything about his career that he would go back and change (he would have learned to steal bases more).
I mailed to Greengrass on April 18 and got the cards back on May 2, for a 14-day TAT.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Reese (b. 1973) played in the majors from 1997 to 2004 for the Reds, Pirates and Red Sox. Reese was also a member of the Colorado Rockies for a day when he was traded from the Reds to the Rockies then from the Rockies to the Red Sox. Two days after that, he was granted free agency, then signed with the Pirates. He had 704 hits, 44 home runs and an average of .248. He was a Gold Glove Award winner in 1999 and 2000 while with the Reds. He won a World Series in 2004 with the Red Sox.
I mailed to Reese on March 28 and got the cards back on May 2, for a 35-day TAT.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Castino (b. 1954) played in the majors from 1979 to 1984 for the Twins. He had 646 hits, 41 home runs and a .278 batting average. He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1979.
I mailed to Castino on April 21 and got the cards back on May 2, for an 11-day TAT.
I had this extra 2009 Topps Koji Uehara card in my Orioles box and had recently seen my buddy Max get a quick return from Koji after sending to him at Spring Training. Unfortunately, Koji only is signing one card per request now, but that didn't bother me. I have already gotten Koji TTM on a baseball. I just was able to use this as a chance to add a cool card from a year I was having issues obtaining anyway.
Koji (b. 1975) has played in the majors since 2009 for the Orioles, Rangers and Red Sox. He was signed out of Japan by the O's before the 2009 season and was then traded to the Rangers in 2011 for Tommy Hunter and Chris Davis. As much as I loved Koji, I am so very glad that the O's now have Crush. It is a little funny to go back and read my reaction to the trade. Here is a link to that post. Pretty funny to see me thinking about Chris Davis being the Orioles top first base prospect...
Up to today, Koji has a career record of 19-20 with an ERA of 2.48 with 86 saved and 476 strike outs. He was the World Series MVP in 2013 for the Red Sox. He won't make the Hall of Fame, but could very well come back to Baltimore in the future as part of the Orioles Alumni or something. I feel like he is still really popular in Baltimore.
I mailed to Koji via Fenway Park on April 20 and got the card back on May 2, for a 12-day TAT.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
I hadn't bought off of COMC in a while, and I haven't sent a shipment in for sale in a while either. My sales have significantly decreased on there, so I think it is about time I added some more inventory from some of the stuff I have been taking to card shows that isn't moving like I would have liked.
COMC is a great tool, but you have to work to keep your inventory updated and your prices right. I still enjoy it, and have done well in finding nice parallels, like the cards shown above.
I picked up the card from the Columbia antique shop, but it was the only Boyer I could find.
Boyer (b. 1927) played in the majors from 1949 to 1952 and 1955 for the Cardinals and A's. He had a career record of 20-23 with an ERA of 4.73 and 198 strike outs. He is the brother of the late Clete and Ken Boyer.
Monday, May 16, 2016
Tanana (b. 1953) played in the majors from 1973 to 1993 for the Angels, Red Sox, Rangers, Tigers, Mets and Yankees. He had a career record of 240-236 with an ERA of 3.66 and 2,773 strike outs. He finished as high as third in the AL Cy Young voting (1976) and was an All Star three times (1976, 1977 and 1978). He appeared on the 1999 Hall of Fame ballot, but did not receive a vote.
I mailed to Tanana on April 23 and got the cards back on May 2 for a 9-day TAT.
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Regardless of how Stewart is doing, I really appreciate Dugan thinking of me and hooking me up with this card. Dugan is a great guy and I'm happy that we have been able to meet up at shows.
Gogolewski (b. 1947) played in the majors from 1970 to 1975 for the Senators, Rangers, Indians and White Sox. He had a record of 15-24 with a 4.02 ERA and 301 strike outs.
I mailed to Gogolewski on April 23 and got the cards back on April 30 for a 7-day TAT.
I have now added a few of these team cards with manager's signatures to my project. They're a good way to get some managers who otherwise wouldn't have any cards, or they have cards in older sets that carry more of a premium.
I bought an assortment of 1970s cards from the Columbia antique shop and was able to use some of them in my TTM requests. I bought them in bulk, so I got a great deal!
McKeon (b. 1930) managed from 1973 to 1975 with the Royals, twice for the A's between 1977 and 1978, for the Padres from 1988 to 1990, for the Reds from 1997 to 2000 and the Marlins from 2003 to 2005 and part of 2011. He is best known for guiding the Marlins to the World Series Championship over the Yankees in 2003.
He had a career record of 1,051-990 for a winning percentage of .515. I mailed to him on April 20 and got the cards back on April 30 for a 10-day TAT.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
I was amazed at Zach's generosity when I got this card. It didn't take a nice card for me to know he was a great guy, though. He has gone out of his way to be a friend, which I definitely appreciate.
Thank you so much for the card, Zach! I really appreciate it, but more importantly, thank you for the friendship!
Oldis (b.1928) played in the majors from 1953 to 1955 and 1960 to 1963 for the Senators, Pirates and Phillies. He had 56 hits, 1 home run and .237 batting average. Oldis appeared in two games during the 1960 World Series, but didn't register a plate appearance. No matter, the Pirates won that Series and Mr. Oldis has a ring to show for it.
I mailed to him on April 18 and got the cards back on April 30 for a 12-day TAT.
Friday, May 13, 2016
DeMaestri (b. 1928) played in the majors from 1951 to 1961 for the White Sox, Browns, A's (both Philadelphia and KC) and Yankees. He had 813 hits, 49 home runs and an average of .236. He made the AL All Star team in 1957.
I mailed to DeMaestri on April 18 and got the cards back on April 29, for an 11-day TAT.