Sunday, November 19, 2017

TTM Success - Al Kaline

Lately, I have been working to add some really big cards and names to my autograph album.  It has been a slow process, since a lot of them charge money, but I have been able to get a few.  This success from Hall of Famer, Al Kaline is one of the bigger TTM successes that I have been able to get.

The above 1960 Topps has been in my collection for a long time.  I can't remember how or when I got it, but it was in my vintage box of stars for several years.  Probably back when I first got back into collecting, really.  I don't think I will get to the 1960 set anytime soon, so I went ahead and worked on getting this one signed.
A long, long time ago, I bought a 1963 Topps Kaline as a gift for my friend, Max (not the one in Chicago, the other Max), and thought to myself that the 1963 may be Kaline's best card.  When I decided I wanted to send to him TTM, I went on Ebay and picked a 1963 up so I could send it as well.

Both cards came back looking great, and I am happy that I sent them off.

Kaline (b. 1934) played in the majors from 1953 to 1974 for the Tigers.  He had 3,007 hits, 399 home runs and a .297 batting average.  He was an 18-time All Star and 10-time Gold Glove Award winner.  He never won an MVP award, but his best finish was 2nd, which he accomplished twice (1955 and 1963).  He was the 1955 AL Batting  Champion and won the World Series in 1968.

Kaline was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1980, his first time on the ballot.  He garnered 88.3% of the vote.

I mailed to Kaline on November 3 and got the cards back on November 13, for a 10-day TAT.  I paid his fee of $10/card.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

TTM Success - Charley Trippi

I was bored one day and thought I would look up some older football players who sign TTM.  I wanted to add some old Topps and Bowman football cards to my album, since I thought those old cards looked really cool.

I bought 8 cards featuring 6 players and sent them all out a couple weeks ago.  The first one to come back was Pro Football Hall of Famer, Charley Trippi.  This is a 1950 Bowman, and shows him as a Chicago Cardinal.  That's right, at one point, there were two teams in Chicago.  I don't really follow football, so I had no idea that the Cardinals were in Chicago.  I did remember when they were in St. Louis and moved to Arizona.

Trippi (b. 1922) will be 95 on December 14.  He played professionally from 1947 to 1955, all for the Chicago Cardinals.  In his career, he had 3,506 rushing yards, 23 rushing touchdowns, 1,321 receiving yards and 11 receiving touchdowns.  He won the NFL Championship with the Cardinals in 1947.  He played as a halfback, defensive back and also a quarterback.  His quarterback record over two seasons (1951 and 1952) was 5-12-0.  He was a 2-time Pro Bowler (1952 and 1953) and First Team All Pro in 1948.

He played all over the field, as well.  Not only as a halfback and quarterback,  but he also returned punts and kickoffs.  He returned punts and kicks in his career to a total of 864 yards, and had two return touchdowns (both in 1948).

Trippi attended the University of Georgia from 1942 to 1946, where he led the Bulldogs to a Rose Bowl Championship in 1943.  He was also that game's MVP.  He missed the 1944 season while serving in the military in World War II.  He was the first overall pick in the 1945 NFL draft.  When he retired from the NFL, he had compiled the most total yards of offense by any player in NFL history.

He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1959 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968.  From what I could find, he is the oldest living member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the 15th oldest living former player, according to the website oldestlivingprofootball.com.  I'm not sure how often they update their page.  It was weird, baseball has an ongoing list that is updated regularly on Wikipedia, but football doesn't have one.

I mailed to Trippi on November 7 and got my card back on November 13, for a 6-day TAT.

For my first of the vintage football cards to come back, I sure hit on a winner!

Friday, November 17, 2017

TTM Success - Gene Garber

I was able to add a bunch of cards to my autograph album with this TTM success from Gene Garber.  I had a ton of his cards to choose from, and ended up sending seven his way.  The above 1983 Topps Super Veterans card turned out really nice.  These are cool cards, and look good when signed.
I had a couple of Garber's 1970s cards, and they look pretty good.  I forgot that I had found his 1974 Topps, so when I saw it in his pile, I made sure to send it.
I also sent along several of his 1980s cards.  The beard on the 1981 Topps is nice, and the old Atlanta Braves hat/logo look really cool in that card, as well.

Garber (b. 1947) played in the majors from 1969 to 1970 and 1972 to 1988 for the Pirates, Royals, Phillies and Braves.  He had a career record of 96-113 with 940 strike outs, 218 saves and an ERA of 3.34.  He finished 7th in the 1982 NL Cy Young Award voting and also finished 19th in the 1982 NL MVP Award voting.

I mailed to Garber on September 1 and got the cards back on November 10, for a 70-day TAT.

Several Months Worth of Chris Davis Pickups

My "to be blogged" stack consists of a lot more than just TTM successes.  I figured it was a good time to try to knock it down a bit, so to speak.  If I really knocked the stack down, I'd be in trouble, since I would have a huge mess to straighten up.

I have toned down my PC pickups recently, and it is a direct correlation to how the Orioles, and also Chris Davis performed this season.  Davis is still my guy, but since he had a pretty crappy year, other things took precedent.

Of all of the Davis cards that I had picked up that hadn't been blogged, the above 2017 Topps Chrome red parallel may be my favorite.  It is numbered 3/5 and looks so awesome in person.
This reverse negative from 2017 Chrome looks really cool, too.  I like this concept and wonder if a photo editing program can reverse the reverse negative.  Has anyone tried it?
This 2017 Topps Museum Collection quad patch card is a very close second to the red chrome parallel.  I got this card pretty cheaply, which is one benefit to Davis having a down year.
Finally, I picked up my third Chris Davis Sketches Swatches card from 2017 Diamond Kings.  I really like these, which is why I now have three of them.

I'll probably start adding to the PC again soon, maybe after Christmas, so keep a look out!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

TTM Success - Bob Lee

Recently I picked up these 1960s cards of Bob Lee at a card show here in town.  I wanted to add some more 1960s cards to the album, and his looked pretty nice.  Each year I picked out was one that I needed more of in the autograph album, like the above 1967 Topps.
I also needed more 1964 and I definitely needed more 1965 in there, so this TTM success worked out really well for me.
The best part of the TTM success, though, was this hand written note from Lee on the back of the note that I sent him.  I believe he had a stroke recently, and you can tell from his handwriting that signing his name, and writing the note was laborious for him.  It meant a lot to me that he took the time to write the note (and to sign my cards), when it was tough for him to do so.  There are major leaguers playing today who won't be bothered by signing stuff for fans, and here is this guy who probably has to struggle just to hold a pen signing whatever is sent to him.  I sincerely appreciated Mr. Lee doing this for me, and the note will be put away with all of the other player notes I have received.

Lee (b. 1937) played in the majors from 1964 to 1968 for the Angels, Dodgers and Reds.  He had a career record of 25-23 with 315 strike outs and an ERA of 2.71.  He also had 64 career saves.  He was an All Star in 1965.

I mailed to Lee on October 28 and got the cards back on November 10, for a 13-day TAT.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

TTM Success - Tom Matchick

I picked up a few 1973 and 1974 Topps for TTMs the last time I was in Columbia.  The antique shop is now closed, so I had to meet Conrad at his storage building, but I was still able to come away with some nice stuff.

One of the cards I picked up was this 1973 Topps of Tom Matchick.  I saw that he was an Oriole, and that he signed TTM, so I figured I would give it a shot.  It took a while, but the card finally came in.

Matchick (b. 1943) played in the majors from 1967 to 1972 for the Tigers, Red Sox, Royals, Brewers and Orioles.  He had 178 hits, 4 home runs and a .215 batting average.  He won the World Series with the Tigers in 1968.

Matchick's time as an Oriole was brief.  He was acquired from the Brewers in a trade in October of 1971 for Mike Ferraro and a minor leaguer.  He played only 3 games with the Orioles in 1972, then was traded to the Yankees in April 1973 for Frank Baker.

I mailed to Matchick on May 8 and got the card back on November 10, for a 186-day TAT.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

TTM Success - John Goryl

Man, check out that 1959 Topps.  That one really stands out.  I picked up the card last month at the card show here in town for the specific purpose of sending TTM to John Goryl.  I got the card back and it looks great!
I also had picked up this 1964 Topps, and it looks really nice, as well.  Those cards really do well when getting signed, I feel.

Goryl (b. 1933) played in the majors from 1957 to 1959 and 1962 to 1964 for the Cubs and Twins.  He had 134 hits, 16 home runs and a .225 batting average.  He also managed the Twins in 1980 and 1981 to a record of 34-38 (.466 win %).

I mailed to Goryl on October 28 and got the cards back on November 8, for an 11-day TAT.

Monday, November 13, 2017

TTM Success - Denny Lemaster

Here is another TTM success that I was able to get on some nice vintage cards from former pitcher, Denny Lemaster.  The above 1963 Topps turned out really nice.  I like the old Milwaukee Braves hat.  The clouds in the background really look like the way the weather was here today, cold, cloudy and rainy.  Ugh.  It does make for a cool backdrop, though.
I liked the 1971 Topps on the left due to the old Astros jersey.  The 1972 on the right is cool, as well.

Lemaster (b. 1939) played in the majors from 1962 to 1972 for the Braves (Milwaukee and Atlanta), Astros and Expos.  He had a career record of 90-105 with 1,305 strike outs and an ERA of 3.58.  He was an All Star in 1967 while with the Braves.

I mailed to Lemaster on October 16 and got the cards back on November 6, for a 21-day TAT.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

TTM Success - Hal Naragon

I went to a card show here in Greenville a few weeks ago and picked up some nice vintage cards to send TTM.  The first one to come back was this success from Hal Naragon.  I grabbed a few cards of his really cheaply at the show; mostly cards I didn't have many of in my album.

I really like 1962 Topps, and would like to build that set sometime soon.  I have way too many other sets in the works at the moment, or I would already have started this one.
1955 Bowman is actually a set I could get started pretty quickly.  I already have Mickey Mantle and a few other Hall of Famers, so that one would be a good one to complete, as well.  I have picked up a good many from the 1955 Bowman set and have gotten them signed.  I haven't counted my Bowmans like I do my Topps, but I imagine I have at least 10 cards from 1955 Bowman signed.
I remember a time when I only had 2 signed cards out of 1961 Topps (above left).  Now, I have 11.  Naragon also sent one of his own cards, a custom in the 1968 design (above right).  I like when players include their own stuff, but it is sure not expected.
Finally, Naragon sent a nice note on an index card, and signed that as well.  He went above and beyond with this TTM request.  He seems like such a nice guy.

Naragon (b. 1928) played in the majors in 1951 and from 1954 to 1962 for the Indians, Senators and Twins.  He had 262 hits, 6 home runs and a .266 batting average.  He appeared in one game during the 1954 World Series, an Indians loss to the Giants, but he did not receive a plate appearance.

I mailed to Naragon on October 28 and got the cards back on November 6, for a 9-day TAT.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

TTM Success - Joe Nossek

I have had a nice wave of vintage cards come in TTM lately.  One of which was this 1967 Topps from former player, Joe Nossek.  The card turned out really nice, even though Nossek's signature was really small.  Like many other players, he didn't want to sign across his face.

Nossek (b. 1940) played in the majors from 1964 to 1967 and 1969 to 1970 for the Twins, A's (KC and Oakland) and Cardinals.  He had 132 hits, 3 home runs and a .228 batting average.

I mailed to Nossek on October 18 and got the card back on November 2, for a 14-day TAT.

Friday, November 10, 2017

TTM Success - Vida Blue

One of the players who had been in my "To Be TTMed" box the longest might have been Vida Blue.  I found out early on that he charged for his signature, so I put the cards of his that I was considering sending into my "charges a fee" slot and kind of forgot about them.  When I started thinning out that part of my box, I made sure to get the Blue cards sent out once and for all.

The above 1975 Topps came out of one of my first deals with my good friend, Max.  I had to make sure that this one was one of the cards I sent.
Also, in between the time Blue's cards were put into the TTM box and when I mailed them out, I had decided to try to get as many signed 1987 Topps as I could.  So, that made the decision really easy as to what the second card I would send would be.

Blue (b. 1949) played in the majors from 1969 to 1983 and 1985 to 1986 for the A's, Giants and Royals.  He had a career record of 209-161 with 2,175 strike outs and a 3.27 ERA.  He was the Cy Young and AL MVP Award winner in 1971 when he went 24-8 with a 1.82 ERA for the Oakland A's.  He also had Cy Young Award votes in 1973, 1975, 1976 and 1978; and MVP Award votes in 1973, 1976 and 1978.  He was an All Star in 1971, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980 and 1981.  He won the World Series with the A's in 1972, 1973 and 1974.

Blue appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot only four times between 1992 and 1995 and only received at most, 8.7% of the vote.  A stronger look at Blue's candidacy should be taken, as he has very good career stats.  One would think that he would have had some higher vote totals.

I mailed to Blue on October 4 and got the cards back on October 31, for a 27-day TAT.  I paid his fee of $10/card.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

TTM Success - Tim Teufel

Here is a nice TTM success from a guy who I had in my box for quite a while.  Tim Teufel is in a lot of card sets from the late 80s and early 90s, so I had a lot of cards to choose from.  I liked this 1991 Score that I got out of a repack box and added it to my request.
I had a Topps run from 4 years that went along in the TTM request.  The cards range from 1987 to 1990, and all turned out nicely.
Teufel also included one of his own religious testimonial cards with the TTM request.  This card has a nice shot of him on it, and a nice passage on the back.

Teufel (b. 1958) played in the majors from 1983 to 1993 for the Twins, Mets and Padres.  He had 789 hits, 86 home runs and a .254 batting average.  He finished 4th in the 1984 AL Rookie of the Year voting and won the World Series with the Mets in 1986.

I mailed to Teufel on June 12 and got the cards back on October 30, for a 140-day TAT.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

TTM Success - Adam Greenberg

The biggest enjoyment I get out of sending off TTM requests and then blogging the successes is the ability to tell the story of the player who's autograph I have obtained.  Sometimes they are players with long and distinguished careers, and others could be guys who only had a cup of coffee at the Majors.  They all have a story, and the story of Adam Greenberg might be one of the more unique.

His stat line reads as such: Greenberg (b. 1981) played in the majors in 2005 and 2012 for the Cubs and Marlins.  He had 0 hits, 0 home runs and a .000 batting average.  He won no major awards and did not appear in a World Series.

That is the template of which I use for writing about the subjects of my TTM successes.  Go back and read my TTM posts, and you will see that is pretty much how my entries are laid out.  Greenberg, however, warrants a little more than just a glance at his stats.  With the zeroes across the board, one would wonder what makes this guy stand out from any of the other guys I have sent out to.  Well, in 2005, while playing for the Cubs, Greenberg made his major league debut.  In his very first plate appearance, Greenberg was hit in the head with the very first pitch that he saw and suffered a compound skull fracture.

He was diagnosed with a mild concussion and said that just bending over to tie his shoes caused excruciating headaches for hours.  He would go on to play in the minors up until 2012, when Cubs fans started an online petition to get Greenberg his first official at bat in the Majors.  The Miami Marlins signed Greenberg to a one-day contract to play in their October 2 game at home against the Mets.  He entered the game as a pinch hitter in the 6th inning and walked to the plate to Aerosmith's "Dream On."  His salary for the day was $2,623 and was donated to an organization which researches brain trauma in athletes.  Greenberg struck out on three straight pitches from knuckleballer, R. A. Dickey.  Greenberg announced his retirement from baseball in February of 2014.

I mailed to Greenberg on May 13 and got the card back on October 30, for a 170-day TAT.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

TTM Success - Bret Saberhagen

I had a chance to get an autograph from Bret Saberhagen a few years ago as part of the VIP free signing at the National in 2015, but I got in late and missed out.  Luckily, I learned that Saberhagen signs TTM for a small fee to the Make a Difference Foundation.

For $5/card, I got some nice cards signed.  The aboce 1990 Bowman promo card was a really good one to send off.  It turned out great, and I am glad I sent it.
I also sent off two 1985 cards of Saberhagen (top left - Fleer amd top right Topps) that turned out great.  The card on the bottom right is a 1990 Starline Coca Cola.  I'm pretty sure I got it out of a repack box; that is the only explanation I can come up with as to where it came from.  The 2013 Topps Postseason Heroes card on the bottom left was a cool insert to add to my album.
Finally, with the success from Saberhagen, I added my 100th 1987 Topps to my binder.  That means I was able to get at least 100 cards out of my 5,000-count (and then some) box of 87s.

Saberhagen (b. 1964) played in the majors from 1984 to 1995, 1997 to 1999 and 2001 for the Royals, Mets, Rockies and Red Sox.  He had a career recrd of 167-117 with 1,715 strike outs and a 3.34 ERA.  He was a 2-time AL Cy Young Award winner (1985 and 1989) and finished third in the NL Cy Young voting in 1994.  His best MVP finish was 8th in the AL voting in 1989.  He was also a 3-time All Star (1987, 1990 and 1994).  He also took home the Gold Glove Award in 1988.  He won 20 or more games twice (1985 and 1989) and was the AL ERA leader in 1989 with a 2.16 ERA.  He won the World Series with the Royals in 1985.

I mailed to Saberhagen on September 19 and got the cards back on October 28, for a 39-day TAT.  I paid his fee of $5/card with a check to the Make a Difference Foundation.

Monday, November 6, 2017

TTM Success - Omar Daal

I had some help with a friend from Instagram named Chance to get this card signed TTM from former Oriole, Omar Daal.  Chance has the "Harvey" book that lists addresses for former players.  I use a couple of the forum sites for TTMs, and have had lots of successes, but sometimes I need to send Chance a message or two for guys who's addresses may be missing or confusing.  Daal wasn't listed on any of the forum sites, but since I had this random 2004 Topps in my O's box, I asked him if he knew of an address.  He did, and I got the card signed!

Daal (b. 1972) played in the majors from 1993 to 2003 for the Dodgers, Expos, Blue Jays, Diamondbacks, Phillies and Orioles.  He had a career record of 68-78 with 806 strike outs and a 4.55 ERA.  His time in Baltimore (2003) was forgettable, with a record of 4-11 with a 6.34 ERA.  That was during the dark ages of Orioles baseball, for sure.

I mailed to Daal on October 18 and got the card back on October 27, for a 9-day TAT.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

TTM Success - Tito Fuentes

I still have quite a few TTM requests out from last year.  It is always fun getting one of them in, which was the case a few days ago when I got this TTM success from Tito Fuentes.

One of the cards I sen was this 1975 SSPC that I got from my good friend, Max.  This was in a huge lot of vintage cards that he sent me during one of our earliest deals.
The 1975 Topps on the left also came out of that deal.  The 1977 came out of some that I got from Columbia, I think.  Fuentes signed the cards with an old Sharpie, it seems.  I can't really complain, though, he could have chosen not to sign them at all.

Fuentes (b. 1944) played in the majors from 1965 to 1967 and 1969 to 1978 for the Giants, Padres, Tigers and A's.  He had 1,491 hits, 45 home runs and a .268 batting average.  He finished 3rd in the 1966 NL Rookie of the Year voting.  His best and only finish in the NL MVP voting was 20th in 1973.

I mailed to Fuentes on November 16, 2016, and got the cards back on October 27, 2017, for a 345-day TAT.  I paid his fee of $5/card.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

TTM Success - Jimmie Schaffer

Here is another card that I received TTM.  I picked up this 1963 Topps Jimmie Schaffer from my LCS (I think), and the signature turned out really nice.  The card is a bit beat up, but that's ok.

Schaffer (b. 1936) played in the majors from 1961 to 1968 for the Cardinals, Cubs, White Sox, Mets, Phillies and Reds.  He had 128 hits, 11 home runs and a .223 batting average.

I mailed to Schaffer on October 16 and got the card back on October 26, for a 10-day TAT.

Friday, November 3, 2017

TTM Success - Wilbur Howard

This was a very colorful TTM success coming from former Astro, Wilbur Howard.  I have had his cards for a long time, but have never sent TTM to him until recently.  This 1976 Topps might be one of the best examples of the old rainbow Astros uniforms.  It even shows the commemorative patch for the late Don Wilson (#40 patch on Howard's sleeve).
Here are two more cards that I got back, both showing off that amazing Astros jersey.  Howard has some really nice cards and all three that I sent came back looking great.

Howard (b. 1949) played in the majors from 1973 to 1978 for the Brewers and Astros.  He had 267 hits, 6 home runs and a .250 batting average.

I mailed to Howard on October 9 and got the cards back on October 26, for a 17-day TAT.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

TTM Success - Don Newcombe

I was watching the opening game of the NLCS and saw that Don Newcombe threw out the first pitch.  I got to thinking about it, and checked to see if he signed TTM.  I saw that he signed at $20.00/card, so I made sure to pick up this nice 1954 Bowman.

Newcombe is one of my favorite former players to listen to when he is being interviewed.  He is a huge part of baseball history, and adding his autograph to my album is great.  This is a really nice card, and looks great signed.

Newcombe (b. 1926) played in the majors from 1949 to 1951 and 1954 to 1960 for the Dodgers (Brooklyn and LA), Reds and Indians.  He had a career record of 149-90 with 1,129 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.56.  He was the NL Rookie of the Year in 1949 and the NL MVP in 1956.  Also, that season, he was the first ever Cy Young Award winner with a 27-7 record and 3.06 ERA.

He was a 4-time All Star (1949, 1950, 1951 and 1955) and won the World Series with the Dodgers in 1955.  Newcombe appeared on the NL MVP ballot 5 times.  He was a 20-game winner three times in his career.

I mailed to Newcombe on October 14 and got the card back on October 24, for a 10-day TAT.  I paid his fee of $20.00/card.  The $20.00 was actually a birthday gift from my grandma, so essentially, she got me this auto!  Thanks, Grandma!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

TTM Success - Lee Stange

I recently went to my LCS and looked through their vintage box for a few guys to send TTM.  I was able to add a couple nice cards with this success from Lee Stange.  I don't have many 1966 Topps in the album, and I like this one showing the Indians uniform of those times.  I typed Reds, then looked at the team name on the card.  That C on the hat tricked me.
I also added this 1970 Topps.  This might be one of the worst Topps designs, with the drab gray border and all, but I like the set.  It was a nice set to build and has many Seattle Pilots  in it, which has been a fun subject to send out for TTM.  That doesn't have much to do with Stange, but still, a moment of merit for a much maligned set.

Stange (b. 1936) played in the majors from 1961 to 1970 for the Twins, Indians, Red Sox and White Sox.  He had a career record of 62-61 with a 3.56 ERA and 718 strike outs.  He once won 20 games in the minors while playing for the nearby Wilson Tobs.

I mailed to Stange on October 16 and got the cards back on October 23, for a 7-day TAT.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

TTM Success - Xavier Hernandez

This was a nice change in TTM pace with this success from Xavier Hernandez.  I definitely don't mind getting 1987s in, but I got some cool 1990s cards in with this success.  The above 1995 Fleer was a really cool card to get signed.  Again, like I have said so many times, this is such a freaky set.  It's like the printing machine went nuts and Fleer just stuck with whatever came out.  I love the card, though, and it was an easy pick to send along.
As nuts as 1995 Fleer is, 1996 Fleer is basic and straightforward.  The matte finish lends to a nice auto, so I had to send this one along as well.
In the end, I sent two Fleer, two Donruss and two Topps to get signed.  They all look great, I think.  I'm glad I tossed the 1991 Donruss in, as I had a ton of them when I was growing up, and not enough represented in my album.

Hernandez (b. 1965) played in the majors from 1989 to 1998 for the Blue Jays, Astros, Yankees, Reds and Rangers.  He had a career record of 40-35, 562 strike outs and an ERA of 3.90.

I mailed to Hernandez on September 28 and got the cards back on October 23, for a 25-day TAT.

Monday, October 30, 2017

TTM Success - Jerry Reuss

Here is another TTM success from a player who charged fees that I finally got around to mailing to recently.  This one was nice, because I added yet another 1987 Topps to my autograph collection.  I love this card because Jerry Reuss looks like Gary Busey in this card.  I think so, at least.
I also liked this 1989 Topps because I remember this card from my very early days of collecting.  I will always have a special place in my heart for 1989 Topps, and would have pursued that set of signed cards, but my huge lot of 1987 Topps trumped that.

Reuss (b. 1949) played in the majors from 1969 to 1990 for the Cardinals, Astros, Pirates, Dodgers, Reds, Angels, White Sox and Brewers.  He had a career record of 220-191 with 1,907 strike outs and a 3.64 ERA.  He was an All Star in 1975 and 1980.  His best finish in the Cy Young Award voting was 2nd in 1980, the same season he had his best finish for MVP voting (20th), while with the Dodgers.  He won the World Series in 1981 as a Dodger.  Reuss appeared on the 1996 Hall of Fame ballot, but only received 0.4% of the vote.

I mailed to Reuss on Octiber 16 and got the cards back on October 23, for a 7-day TAT.  I paid his fee of $13/card.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

TTM Success - Dave Parker, again

I had gotten Dave Parker TTM way back in 2010 or 2011 on a ball.  Recently, I decided I would try to get as many 1987 Topps as I could, so I figured I would send these two cards off and try him again.  Since Parker has Parkinson's Disease, I wanted to get these out while he was still signing.  Rumor has it, he won't be signing for much longer.
Parker (b. 1951) played in the majors from 1973 to 1991 for the Pirates, Reds, A's, Brewers, Angels and Blue Jays.  He had 2,712 hits, 339 home runs and a .290 batting average.  The 1978 NL MVP was also a 2-time batting champ (1977 and 1978).  He finished in the top 10 in the MVP voting 6 times and was an All Star 7 times (1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986 and 1990).  Parker was also a Gold Glove Award winner in 1977, 1978 and 1979 and a Silver Slugger Award winner in 1985, 1986 and 1990.  Parker won the World Series with the Pirates in 1979 and the A's in 1989.

For some crazy reason, Dave Parker is not in the Hall of Fame.  Jim Rice is in with similar awards and similar stats.  Parker lasted 15 years on the ballot, the then maximum that anyone could remain on the ballot.  He only received at most 24.5% of the vote.  His last chance was in 2011, and he only received 15.3% of the vote that year, well short of the required 75%.  Now, Parker's only chance at the Hall is via the Veterans committee.  He will be eligible this December for the Veterans Committee vote, but with other popular players such as Alan Trammell, Jack Morris and Lou Whitaker on that ballot, it doesn't look like Parker will make it this time, either.

I mailed to Parker on October 26 and got the cards back on October 23 for a 7-day TAT.  I paid his fee of $20/card.

TTM Success - Pete Ladd

This was a really nice TTM success, and one where I really couldn't decide on which cards to send.  I wanted to make sure I sent this 1986 Topps Traded, because one of the things I tend to look for in a card to send is hairstyles of the times.  That and awesome poses, or amazing uniforms.  Since Pete Ladd looked a lot like Weird Al in this shot, I had to send this one off.
Conrad from the Columbia antique shop gave me a partial set of 1980 Topps, so I have been reluctant to drop any of those cards off of the requests.  I'm not the biggest fan of having players sign cards with other folks on them; mainly because I don't want to lose one that has already been signed, and I don't want OCD to take over when there is only one signature on the card.  Still, I wanted one of Conrad's cards to go on the journey.
Again, here is a cool hairstyle and uniform on this 1984 Fleer.  I also wanted to make sure I used one of the cards from my FLeer box, especially since I don't have a whole lot of mid-80s Fleer anyway.
I also added some Topps cards, as usual.  I had to add a 1987, of course.  I also liked the 84, 85 and 86 that I sent along.  I almost dropped the 86, since I sent the Topps Traded, but I wanted them both, side by side, in my album.  Luckily, Ladd signed everything.

Ladd (b. 1956) played in the majors in 1979 and from 1982 to 1986 for the Astros, Brewers and Mariners.  He had a career record of 17-23 with an ERA of 4.14 and 209 strike outs.

I mailed to Ladd on October 9 and got the cards back on October 21, for a 12-day TAT.