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Saturday, April 30, 2016
Richardson (b. 1935) played in the majors from 1955 to 1966 for the Yankees. He had 1,432 hits, 34 home runs and a .266 career average. He was an All Star 7 times and a Gold Glove winner 5 times. His best season was 1962 when he finished second in the AL MVP voting after collecting 209 hits, 8 home runs and a .302 batting average. He was also the only player to win a World Series MVP Award (1960) for a losing team.
I mailed to Richardson on March 11 and got the cards back on April 18 for a 38-day TAT.
Friday, April 29, 2016
I noticed when I was looking him up, that Donaldson was a former Seattle Pilot. I thought it would be cool as a bit of a "sub project" to get some autos of players playing for defunct teams. I already had a couple St. Louis Browns, a few Expos, some Philadelphia and Kansas City A's, you get the point. I didn't have any Pilots. The problem was, though, I was set to send to Donaldson, but didn't have his 1970 Topps. I figured I would try someone else, but I mentioned in my request letter that I had the 68 but really would have rather found the 1970 to send to him. That's why I was really excited when I opened my envelope...
Donaldson (b.1943) played in the majors from 1966 to 1970 and 1974 for the Kansas City and Oakland A's and Seattle Pilots. He had 292 hits, 4 home runs and a .238 lifetime batting average.
I mailed to Mr. Donaldson on April 11 and got the cards back on April 16 for a 5-day TAT. This was another really quick TTM success, which I think was mainly due to him living in NC.
Caught several HOF pitchers. All were great! Carlton, Sutter, Gossage and others!!
Foote (b. 1952) played in the majors from 1973 to 1982 for the Expos, Phillies, Cubs and Yankees. He had 489 hits, 57 home runs and a career average of .230.
I mailed to Foote on April 9 and got the cards back on April 14 for a 5-day TAT, one of the fastest that I have gotten.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
The above 1974 Topps turned out really nice, I think. I don't have too many 1974s that I have been able to get signed, so that was one of the big reasons I chose that one.
Speier (b. 1950) played in the majors from 1971 to 1989 for the Giants, Expos, Cardinals, Twins and Cubs. He had 1,759 hits, 112 home runs and a career batting average of .246. He was a three-time All Star and finished 28th in the NL MVP voting in 1972. Speier appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot in 1995 and received 0.2% of the vote.
I mailed to Speier on March 21 and got the cards back on April 14 for a 24-day TAT.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
I sent the cards to Cameron on March 28 and got them back on April 11 for a 14-day TAT.
Frey (b. 1931) managed the Royals in 1980 and 1981 and the Cubs in 1984, 85 and 86. He took the Royals to the World Series in 1980, losing to the Phillies. Frey took the Cubs to the NLCS in 1984 where they lost in 5 games, 3-2 (back when the NLCS was a best of 5 series).
Frey was the NL Manager of the Year in 1984.
I mailed to Frey on March 28 and got the cards back on April 11 for a 14-day TAT.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Kittle (b. 1958) played in the majors from 1982 to 1991 for the White Sox, Yankees, Indians and Orioles. He had 648 hits, 176 home runs and a .239 batting average. He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1983.
One of these days, I will complete a rainbow. That dang platinum 1/1 will be what holds me back, but I will catch one and run with it. Watch and see.
In the meantime, I'll enjoy some of these other parallels, like the acetate that I got. I think I have seen one other of these so far. I still have yet to pull one from a pack. They are some of the best looking inserts/parallels that I have seen.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Soderholm (b. 1948) played in the majors from 1971 to 1975 and 1977 to 1980 for the Twins, White Sox, Rangers and Yankees. He had 764 hits, 102 home runs and a .264 batting average.
I was always a fan of 2001 and 2003 Topps. Those color borders were really bold and stood out. The only drawback to them was the over-glossing that causes the cards to stick together. Thankfully, Topps has gotten away from that.
Cordova (b. 1969) played in the majors from 1995 to 2003 for the Twins, Blue Jays, Indians and Orioles. In his career, he had 938 hits, 122 home runs and an average of .274. He was the 1995 AL rookie of the year.
I mailed to Cordova on March 28 and got the cards back on April 8 for an 11-day TAT. This success really helped knock out some years on my Topps Autograph Project. With everything I have to date, the only years I lack are 1961, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2008, 2009, 2015 and 2016. This project really is coming along!
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Kingman (b. 1948) played in the majors from 1971 to 1986 for the Giants, Mets, Padres, Angels, Yankees, Cubs and A's. He played for four teams in the 1977 season alone (Mets, Padres, Angels and Yankees). He had 1,575 hits, 442 home runs and an average of .236 in his career. Kingman was a three-time All Star who led the league in homers twice (48 in 1979 with the Cubs and 37 with the Mets in 1982). He was a high strike out guy, leading the league three times and finishing with 1,816 in his career. Kingman finished the highest he would ever finish in the MVP voting when he finished 11th in 1979.
I got these cards back from Tom Hausman on March 29 after sending to him on March 19. Hausman's signature turned out really nice on these 1979 and 1980 Topps cards. Hausman (b. 1953) played in the majors from 1975-76 and 1978 to 1982 for the Brewers, Mets and Braves.
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Simmons (b. 1929) played in the majors from 1947 to 1950 and 1952 to 1967 for the Phillies, Cardinals, Cubs and Angels. He had a career record of 193-183 with an ERA of 3.54 ERA and 1,697 strike outs. He won the World Series with the Cardinals in 1964. He was an All Star 3 times and finished his highest in the NL MVP voting at 16th in 1950 when he went 17-8 with a 3.40 ERA and 146 strike outs.
I mailed to Simmons on March 28 and got the card back on April 7 for a 10-day TAT.
Friday, April 22, 2016
I mailed them out on March 28, and got the cards back on April 5, which was an 8-day TAT.
Addis was one of six Cubs sent to the Pirates in 1953 in exchange for Joe Garagiola, George Metkovich, Howie Pollett and Ralph Kiner.
Vukovich (b. 1956) played in the majors from 1980 to 1985 for the Phillies and Indians. He had 430 hits, 27 home runs and a lifetime average of .268.
Following the 1985 season, Vukovich's contract was purchased by the Seibu Lions in Japan, where he would play in 1986 and 1987. He played for Toledo in Detroit's minor league system in 1988 before calling it a career.
The card is a 1957 Topps that I got cheap at the last card show that I attended. I figured that I could add him to my Topps Autograph Project, even though I got him on a ball a couple years ago.
Valentinetti (b. 1928) pitched in the majors in 1954, then from 1956 to 1959 for the White Sox, Cubs, Indians, Tigers and Senators. He had a career record of 13-14 with an ERA of 4.73 and 94 strike outs.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
This time around, the only inscription I got was #17, but it fits nicely on both of the cards I sent. The above 1956 Topps really looks nice.
Erskine also wrote me a note on the letter that I sent, and signed it as well. Here is his response:
Thanks for writing and for the $5.00 donation to Special Olympics.
Carl Erskine #17
'48 Dodgers '59
Erskine (b. 1926) played his entire career for the Brooklyn and L. A. Dodgers. He went 122-78 with an ERA of 4.00 with 981 strike outs. He finished 9th in the 1953 NL MVP voting after going 20-6 with an ERA of 3.54 and 187 strike outs. He was an All Star in 1954. He won the World Series with the Dodgers in 1955. The Dodgers also won the World Series in 1959, but Erskine didn't appear in that Series, having thrown his last game on June 14 of that season. Erskine also threw two no hitters in his career.
I mailed to him on March 24 and got the cards back on April 4, for an 11-day TAT.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
The card turned out great, but I was also pleased to received responses to the questions that I asked him as well.
Did you enjoy your time in Baltimore?
Really enjoyed the whole experience.
Who was your favorite teammate?
Tony Muser and Brooks Robinson
What is your most prominent memory from your playing days?
Playing in the 1971 World Series. My first major league home run.
Mr. Shopay then signed my letter!
Shopay (b. 1945) played in the majors in 1967, 69, 71, 72, 75, 76 and 77. He had 62 hits, 3 home runs and a .201 batting average.
I mailed to him on March 25 and got the card back on April 4. I'm really glad I took advantage of that sale on Ebay!
The above 1979 Topps Cardinals Prospects card turned out nice. I think I can get the other two guys as well, sine they both sign TTM. That might add some frequent flyer miles to the card.
The same cannot be said for the father/son card from 1985 Topps. It would have been nice to get the elder Kennedy on that one, but sadly, he passed away in 2005. Still, the card looks nice.
Kennedy (b. 1956) played in the majors from 1978 to 1991 for the Cardinals, Padres, Orioles and Giants. He had 1,313 hits, 113 home runs and a career average of .264. Kennedy was a 4-time All Star, a Silver Slugger in 1983 and finished 10th in the MVP voting in 1983, his highest voting total.
I mailed to Kennedy on March 18 and got the cards back signed on April 4 for a 17-day TAT.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
The 1958 Topps was pretty rough, but it was the only card of him as a player that I owned. It still looks nice signed. It also helps me out down the road when I choose to branch this project out to former Orioles.
Gardner (b. 1927) played in the majors from 1954 to 1963 for the Giants, Orioles, Senators, Twins, Yankees and Red Sox. He had 841 hits, 41 home runs and a lifetime average of .237. He finished 12th in the AL MVP voting in 1957, his only time showing up in the voting. Gardner won the World Series with the Yankees in 1961.
Gardner served as manager of the Twins from 1981 to 1985 and the Royals in 1987. He had a career record of 330-417. His Royals were in second place in the AL West before his tenure ended as manager after 126 games.
When choosing what to send Hoyt, I had to go with this 1984 Topps All Star card, since it was sitting in the top cubby hole of my desk for years. I have no idea where it came from, but there it sat. For a long time. Now, it will finally reside in my TTM album, after being sent out into the world and coming back with a signature. I finally put it to use.
Monday, April 18, 2016
Well, for a ridiculously low price, I bought the ball, and got the set of cards. What happened afterward turned out to be pretty awesome. We got to talking, and it turned out that the guy sending me this stuff was someone who had been following me with his personal account since about when I first started trading on Instagram.
Zach had been wanting to approach me for a while about a deal, but he didn't really have a lot he wanted to offer. I'm glad he finally did, because it turned out that he is a really friendly guy. We have hit it off pretty fast, and have had a lot of discussions about baseball, and life in general. He's a really good guy, and I'm happy that he messaged me about those 1990 Score. I'm going to put the set up with the rest of my completed sets, and not touch it. The ball came from the 1994 World Series that wasn't played, so I will put it with my other logo and specialty baseballs.
Thank you so much for the deal, Zach! I really appreciate it, and I'm happy that I could make a new friend!
This 1954 Topps turned out really nice. I have seen a couple of them come back so far, and they all look great.
Face (b. 1928) played in the majors from 1953 and 1955 to 1969 for the Pirates, Tigers and Expos. He had a career record of 104-95 with an ERA of 3.48 and 877 strike outs. An early closer, Face also had 191 saves in his career, leading the league 3 times. He was a member of the 1960 World Series Champion Pirates. His best season was 1959 when he finished 18-1 with an ERA of 2.70 and 10 saves. He was named an All Star that season, the first of three times he made the Midsummer Classic squad for the NL. He also finished his highest in the NL MVP voting, at 7th place. At that time, the Cy Young Award was awarded to only one pitcher, won by the ALs Early Wynn. Had the award been separate at that time, Face would have made a strong case to win, his most stiff competition being Sam Jones who had a 21-15 record with a 2.83 ERA.
I mailed to Face on March 28 and got the cards back on April 4 for a 7-day TAT.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Fitz Gerald (b. 1924) played in the majors from 1948 to 1959 for the Pirates, Senators and Indians. He had 542 hits, 19 home runs and a career average of .260.
I mailed to Fitz Gerald on March 28 and got the cards back on April 4 for a 7-day TAT. He even answered my questions by saying he enjoyed watching Buster Posey the most out of today's players and Brooks Robinson was the greatest player he ever saw play.
Not only does it have him in an Expos hat, it is an airbrushed Expos hat. Look closely and you'll be able to tell that the logo is painted, instead of on the photo.
Knowles was an All Star in 1969 and a member of three World Series teams, the 1972-74 Oakland A's. He didn't make an appearance in the 72 or 74 Series, but appeared in all 7 games in 1973. He pitched 6.1 innings, allowed only 4 hits, one unearned run before earning two saves.
I mailed to Knowles on March 28 and got my cards back on April 4, for a 7-day TAT.
Saturday, April 16, 2016
I was really excited about this 1952 Topps, since it showed Garver as a St. Louis Brown. I think this card looks great, and turned out really nice when he signed it. It looks better in person.
Thanks for the book order - hope you enjoy it.
Virgil was one of my best friends. He was a great guy. We stayed in touch - by phone - to the end.
I liked being a Brownie - very much! Veeck was super to play for - I loved it. Satchel Paige was a very good friend. Eddie Gaedel was the greatest promotion ever. Still talking about him 65 years later. Talked to Satchel's oldest daughter last week. She is a teacher - very bright!
Sorry I can't write - used to be good - but I'm 90.
Garver (b. 1925) played in the majors from 1948 to 1961 for the Browns, Tigers, A's (Kansas City) and Angels. He had a career record of 129 - 157 with an ERA of 3.73 and 881 strike outs. He won 20 games for the Browns in 1951 and finished 2nd in the AL MVP voting. He was also named an All Star that season, and was the starting pitcher that year.
His 2nd place finish in the 1951 AL MVP voting was the highest he would finish. He amassed 157 voting points, but that was not enough to overcome the 184.0 points of MVP winner, Yogi Berra.
I mailed to Garver on March 23 and got the cards and note back on April 2, for a 10-day TAT. The signed book came in on April 5.