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Thursday, June 30, 2016
Frazier (b. 1954) played in the majors from 1978 to 1987 for the Cardinals, Yankees, Indians, Cubs and Twins. He had a record of 35-43 with an ERA of 4.20 and 449 strike outs. He won the World Series in 1987 with the Twins.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Thank you so much for the package, Nick! I enjoyed all of the cards. I'll have to keep an eye out for some nice Phillies stuff for you.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
One of the cards that he got signed for me that I liked the most was the above 2013 Bowman Sterling Henry Urrutia. The card is numbered 9/25 and turned out great when signed. Dilan really did a good job getting that one for me.
Thank you so much for the work that you put in, Dilan! I really appreciate all of the autos.
Monday, June 27, 2016
Completing this set was pretty easy. Now I need to focus on tying up some loose ends with a few other sets.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Silvera (b. 1924) played in the majors from 1948 to 1957 for the Yankees and Cubs. He had 136 hits, 1 home run and an average of .282. He appeared in one game of the 1949 World Series, which the Yankees won. He did not appear in the game that my grandma went to (we pretty much narrowed it down to Game 3).
I mailed to Silvera on April 18 and got the cards back on June 18, for a 61-day TAT.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Owchinko (b. 1955) played in the majors from 1976 to 1984 and 1986 for the Padres, Indians, A's, Pirates, Reds and Expos. He had a career record of 37-60 with an ERA of 4.28 and 490 strike outs.
I mailed to Owchinko on April 20 and got the cards back on June 16 for a 57-day TAT.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Vaughn (b.1967) played in the majors from 1991 to 2000, 2002 and 2003 for the Red Sox, Angels and Mets. He had 1,620 hits, 328 home runs and a .293 batting average. He was the 1995 AL MVP. He was also an All Star three times. Vaughn appeared on the 2009 Hall of Fame ballot and received 1.1% of the vote. Vaughn might have had a good shot at the Hall, had he played more seasons. Otherwise, he will likely still be remembered as a force, albeit a brief one.
I mailed to Vaughn on March 4 and got the cards back on June 10, for a 98-day TAT.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Jones (b. 1957) played in the majors from 1982 and 1986 to 2000 for the Brewers, Indians, Astros, Phillies, Orioles, Cubs and A's. He had a career record of 69-79 with an ERA of 3.30 and 909 strike outs. He also had 303 saves in his career. Jones was an All Star five times and finished as high as 14th in the MVP voting (NL, 1992). He appeared on the 2006 Hall of Fame ballot and received 0.4% of the vote.
I mailed to Jones on March 11 and got the cards back on June 9, for a 90-day TAT.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Richert (b. 1939) played in the majors from 1962 to 1974 for the Dodgers, Senators, Orioles, Cardinals and Phillies. He had a career record of 80-73 with an ERA of 3.19 and 925 strike outs. He was an All Star twice (1965 and 1966) and finished as high as 25th in the AL MVP voting (1965). He won the World Series with the Orioles in 1970.
I mailed to Richert on March 12 and got the cards back on June 6, for an 86-day TAT.
Monday, June 20, 2016
Iorg (b. 1954) played in the majors from 1978 and 1980 to 1987 for the Blue Jays. He had 633 hits, 20 home runs and a .258 average.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Owens (b. 1969) played in the majors from 1993 to 1996 for the Rockies. He had 75 hits, 11 home runs and an average of .232. His inscription was really nice as well, "1993 1st year, it was so cool".
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Groat (b. 1930) played in the majors from 1952 and 1955 to 1967 for the Pirates, Cardinals, Phillies and Giants. He had 2,138 hits, 39 home runs and a .286 batting average. He was the NL batting champ in 1960, which he parlayed into the NL MVP award. He also was a 5-time All Star and finished second for the 1963 MVP award (losing to Sandy Koufax). He won the World Series with the Pirates in 1960 and the Cardinals in 1964. My question is, how is Groat not in the Hall of Fame, but Bill Mazeroski is? Groat only received as high as 1.8% ov the vote for the Hall, yet Mazeroski is. I guess it is the dramatic home run in the 1960 World Series that Mazeroski is known for. I just think that Groat should have gotten a lot more than 1.8% of the vote.
I mailed to Groat on May 21 and got the cards back on June 3, for a 13-day TAT.
Friday, June 17, 2016
Manning (b. 1954) played in the majors from 1975 to 1987 for the Indians and Brewers. He had 1,349 hits, 56 home runs and a .257 batting average. He was a Gold Glove award winner in 1976.
I mailed to Manning on April 30 and got the cards back on May 31, for a 31-day TAT.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
This graded 1974 Brooks Robinson is pretty cool. It is a nice grade for a year of Topps that struggles with centering on cards. Since Tim made me a really good deal on it, I figured I would go ahead and pick it up. I have a few graded Brooks Robinson cards now, so this will go with those in my box.
Thanks so much for the deal, Tim! I really appreciate it.
Friend (b. 1930) played in the majors from 1951 to 1966 for the Pirates, Yankees and Mets. He had a career record of 197-230 with an ERA of 3.58 and 1,734 strike outs. In 1958, he finished 3rd in the NL Cy Young Voting and 6th in the NL MVP voting after going 22-14 with an ERA of 3.68. He was the NL ERA leader in 1955 and was a 3-time All Star. He was a member of the 1960 World Series champion Pirates.
I mailed to Friend on May 21 and got the cards back on May 28, for a 7-day TAT.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Here is another 1953 Topps that I was able to get signed. I sent this off to Turk Lown, along with his $20 fee for a signature. Normally, I would have let that fee scare me away from trying to get a card signed, but when I saw that he donates all of the money to cystic fibrosis research, I felt like I was doing a good thing. I mailed to Lown on May 2 and got the card back on May 21, for a 19-day TAT.
Lown (b. 1924) played in the majors from 1951 to 1954 and 1956 to 1962 for the Cubs, Reds and White Sox. He had a career record of 55-61 with an ERA of 4.12 and 574 strike outs. He also led the league in saves in 1959. That 1959 season, Lown pitched in three World Series games against the Dodgers (3.1 IP) and didn't allow a run. The White Sox lost that World Series.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Samuel (b. 1960) played in the majors from 1983 to 1998 for the Phillies, Mets, Dodgers, Royals, Reds, Tigers and Blue Jays. He had 1,578 hits, 161 home runs and a .259 batting average. He was a three-time All Star and finished as high as 13th in the NL MVP voting (1987). Samuel appeared on the 2004 Hall of Fame ballot and received 0.4% of the vote.
Samuel also managed 51 games for the Orioles in 2010 where he went 17-34. He was replaced by Buck Showalter, who has managed the Orioles since.
I mailed to Samuel on April 20 and got the cards back on May 20, for a 30-day TAT. I sent the cards to Citizens Bank Park.
Monday, June 13, 2016
Zuvella (b. 1958) played in the majors from 1982 to 1989 and 1991 for the Braves, Yankees, Indians and Royals. He had 109 hits, 2 home runs and a .222 batting average.
I mailed to him on April 9 and got the card back on May 19, for a 40-day TAT.
Sunday, June 12, 2016
Segui (b. 1937) played in the majors from 1962 to 1975 and 1977 for the A's (KC and Oakland), Washington Senators, Pilots, Cardinals, Red Sox and Mariners. He had a career record of 92-111 with an ERA of 3.81 and 1,298 strike outs. Segui was on the 1972 A's that went on to win the World Series, but he was traded to St. Louis as part of a conditional deal.
I mailed to Segui on May 2 and got the card back on May 16, for a 14-day TAT.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Tyson (b. 1950) grew up in nearby Rocky Mount, NC. He played in the majors from 1972 to 1981 for the Cardinals and Cubs. He had 714 hits, 27 home runs and a .241 batting average.
I mailed to Tyson on April 20 and got the cards back on May 16 for a 26-day TAT.
Friday, June 10, 2016
This 1953 Topps card was really beat up, but I was happy to be able to re-use it for TTM purposes. It turned out fine, and will look good in my binder.
Cerv (b. 1925) played in the majors from 1951 to 1962 for the Yankees, A's, Angels and Colt .45s. He had 694 hits, 105 home runs and an average of .276. His best season was in 1958 when he hit 38 home runs for the KC A's and finished 4th in the AL MVP voting. That was also the only season in which he was an All Star. He won the World Series with the Yankees in 1956. He was also on several other World Series winning teams, but 1956 was the only season where he actually appeared in the Fall Classic.