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Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Taubensee (b. 1968) played in the majors from 1991 to 2001 for the Indians, Astros and Reds. He had 784 hits, 94 home runs and a .273 batting average.
I mailed to Taubensee on November 8 and got the cards back on November 19, for an 11-day TAT.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
I sent four cards to Kevin Elster on November 9 and got the cards back on November 19, for a 10-day TAT.
Elster (b. 1964) played in the majors from 1986 to 1992, 1994 to 1998 and 2000 for the Mets, Yankees, Phillies, Rangers, Pirates and Dodgers. He had 648 hits, 88 home runs and a .228 batting average. He won the World Series with the Mets in 1986.
Monday, November 28, 2016
I didn't have very many extra 1973s at all, so I made sure to get this one signed. It also is a nice representation of the manager cards from that set. Quilici signed it in ballpoint pen and inscribed with his uniform numbers 7/11.
Who was the pitcher that you loved to face?
None of them! Haha!
What would you say was the proudest moment of your career?
When my Mom and Dad in the park when I was playing 2nd base.
Pretty simple and to the point, but I always love getting a response from the players. I save all of the notes that they send back.
Quilici (b. 1939) played in the majors from 1965 and 1967 to 1970 for the Twins. He had 146 hits, 5 home runs and a .214 batting average. He went on to manage the Twins from 1972 to 1975, finishing with a record of 280-287 (.494 winning percentage).
I mailed to Quilici on November 12 and got the cards back on November 19, for a 7-day TAT.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Saturday, November 26, 2016
I love this 1964 Topps because of the Colt .45s jersey. I might have to find one of those jerseys at some point. They look really cool.
I mailed to Warwick on November 11 and got the cards back on November 18, for a 7-day TAT.
Warwick (b. 1937) played in the majors from 1961 to 1966 for the Dodgers, Cardinals, Colt .45s, Orioles and Cubs. He had 363 hits, 31 home runs and a .248 batting average. He won the World Series in 1964 with the Cardinals.
Friday, November 25, 2016
I mailed these cards to Terry Adams on November 9 and got the cards back on November 18, for a 9-day TAT.
Adams (b. 1973) played in the majors from 1995 to 2005 for the Cubs, Dodgers, Phillies, Blue Jays and Red Sox. He had a record of 51-62 with 691 strike outs and an ERA of 4.17. He was a part of the 2004 World Series Champion Red Sox, but did not appear in the playoffs.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
DeCinces (b. 1950) played in the majors from 1973 to 1987 for the Orioles, Angels and Cardinals. He had 1,505 hits, 237 home runs and a .259 batting average. He finished as high as 3rd in the AL MVP voting (1982, his first season with the Angels) and was an All Star in 1983. He appeared on the 1993 Hall of Fame ballot and received 0.5% of the vote.
I mailed the cards to DeCinces on November 7 and got the cards back on November 17, for a 10-day TAT. He signs for a fee, and I felt like $10.00 for 7 cards was not bad at all.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
I mailed to Kennedy on November 9 and got the card back on November 17, for a \n 8-day TAT.
Kennedy (b. 1941) played in the majors from 1962 to 1967 and 1969 to 1974 for the Senators, Dodgers, Yankees, Pilots, Brewers and Red Sox. He had 475 hits, 32 home runs and a .225 batting average. He won the World Series in 1965 with the Dodgers. Kennedy appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot in 1980, but did not receive any votes.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Balboni (b. 1957) played in the majors from 1981 to 1990 and 1993 for the Yankees, Royals, Mariners and Rangers. He had 714 hits, 181 home runs and a .229 batting average. He finished as high as 19th for the AL MVP (twice, 1984 and 1985). He won the World Series in 1985 with the Royals.
Monday, November 21, 2016
I mailed 4 cards to Pat Kelly on November 3. One of the cards came back, but it wasn't signed. I got these two, which were ones I didn't send, but they are a 1998 Score (above) and the 1992 O Pee Chee (below). I had a few of the Scores available to send, but I opted to send other cards ahead of them. Oh well!
I mailed to him on November 3rd and got the cards back on November 15, for a 12-day TAT.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
I found the above 1994 Pinnacle Museum Collection at my LCS and since I knew I was going to send to Darwin, I picked it up. It was the first card of his that I pulled when I started getting my request together. The card came back looking great. Even if it was the only card I got back, it would have been worth it.
Darwin (b. 1955) played in the majors from 1978 to 1998 for the Rangers, Brewers, Astros, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Pirates, White Sox and Giants. He had a career record of 171-182 with 1,942 strike outs and an ERA of 3.84. He played in the majors for 21 seasons and never appeared in a playoff game and also never appeared on any Cy Young or MVP ballots. He did appear on the 2004 Hall of Fame ballot, but did not receive any votes.
I mailed to Darwin on November 7 and got the cards back on November 15, for an 8-day TAT.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Harrison (b. 1930) played in the majors in 1955 and 1956 for the Orioles. He only appeared in two games total in his time in the Majors, pitching to an ERA of 12.27. He didn't pick up a win or loss, leaving him with a 0-0 record. Also, he only pitched in 3.2 innings.
Harrison was signed by the New York Giants prior to the 1949 season, then was picked up by the St. Louis Browns via the minor league draft in 1950. He remained in the Browns/Orioles system until he received his call-up to the Majors. His minor league stats are incomplete, as most older players like that are known to be. His baseball-reference page shows that he also spent a season in Cleveland's system. From the stats that hey have, Harrison had a mnor league record of 66-85. His ERA stats are incomplete.
I'm glad I sent off this card for a TTM autograph. Otherwise, I would have never known that this former Oriole ever made it to the big club. Now, I have his autograph and can put it with the rest of my former Orioles.
Friday, November 18, 2016
Henn (b. 1981) played in the majors from 2005 to 2009 and 2013 for the Yankees, Padres, Twins, Orioles and Mets. He had a career record of 2-10 with an ERA of 7.42 and 63 strike outs. I had completely forgotten that he made it to the Majors with the O's; I thought he was a more recent minor league pickup.
I mailed the two cards to Henn on November 2 and got the cards back on November 14, for a 12-day TAT.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
This is the first chrome card I have gotten back since I have been using one of Chris's school erasers to rub up a card. Unfortunately for me, the jury is still out on whether or not I did a good job, because the sharpie used for this card looks like it was just about dead. Not complaining at all, I can still see the auto, and the card is cool, so I will continue to wait and see what other chromes I sent out look like when they come back.
This is a 1997 Bowman's Best that I got signed by former Cub prospect, Pat Cline. I mailed to Cline on November 7 and the card came back on November 14, for a 7-day TAT.
Cline (b. 1974) never broke into the majors. He was a 6th round pick in the 1993 amateur draft and bounced around the Cubs, Brewers and Reds systems. He reached AAA with the Cubs and Brewers systems before calling it a career in 2000 at the age of 25.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Allensworth (b. 1972) was a first round draft pick (1993, 34th pick) by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He played in the majors from 1996 to 1999 for the Pirates, Royals and Mets. He had 268 hits, 15 home runs and a .260 career average.
I mailed to Allensworth on November 1 and got the cards back on November 12, for an 11-day TAT.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Bumbry (b. 1947) played in the majors from 1972 to 1985 for the Orioles and Padres. He had 1,422 hits, 54 home runs and a .281 career average. He was the 1973 AL Rookie of the Year. He was an All Star in 1980 and finished 13th in the AL MVP voting (his only time on the ballot). Bumbry won the World Series with the O's in 1983 and appeared on the 1991 Hall of Fame ballot, but did not receive any votes.
I mailed to Bumbry on May 2 and got the cards back on November 12, for a 194-day TAT.
Monday, November 14, 2016
Buford (b. 1937) played in the majors from 1963 to 1972 for the White Sox and Orioles. He had 1,203 hits, 93 home runs and a career average of .264. He was an All Star in 1971 and finished as high as 15th in the AL MVP voting (1968). He won the World Series with the O's in 1970.
I mailed to Buford on November 5 and got the cards back on November 12 for a 7-day TAT. I sent along $5.00 to cover his signing fee.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
DiPino (b. 1956) played in the majors from 1981 to 1990 and 1992-93 for the Brewers, Astros, Cubs, Cardinals and Royals. He had a career record of 35-38 with 515 strike outs and an ERA of 3.83.
I mailed the cards out on October 25 and got them back on November 10 for a 16-day TAT.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
The above 1995 Score Gold Rush didn't scan all that great, but it was a card that I was most excited to see come back. It looks great, in person.
Bream (b. 1960) played in the majors from 1983 to 1994 for the Dodgers, Pirates, Braves and Astros. He had 819 hits, 90 home runs and a career average of .264. He is best known for beating Barry Bonds's throw in Game 7 of the 1992 NLCS that put the Braves over the Pirates. I just watched the Youtube video of the slide, and it was a great play!
I mailed to Bream on November 1 and got the cards back on November 10, for a 9-day TAT. He charges $1.00 per card and includes a bible verse on each card. He also has a really nice signature.
Friday, November 11, 2016
The above 1994 Pinnacle might be my favorite of the bunch, and I believe it either came from one of the boxes Mom got me, or it may even be from my original childhood collection. I don't remember, but regardless, it is a great shot. Horizontal cards always look best when signed, and this one does as well. The action shot helps also!
Bell (b. 1965) played in the majors from 1986 to 2003 for the Indians, Pirates, Royals, Diamondbacks and Mets. He had 1,963 hits, 195 home runs and a .265 batting average. He was a two-time All Star, was a Silver Slugger Award winner and Gold Glove Award winner. He finished as high as 12th in the NL MVP voting (1991) and won the World Series with the Diamondbacks in 2001. He appeared on the 2009 Hall of Fame ballot and received 0.4% of the vote.
I mailed to Bell on October 24 and got the cards back yesterday for a 17-day TAT.