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Sunday, November 19, 2017
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.
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
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
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.
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.
I'll probably start adding to the PC again soon, maybe after Christmas, so keep a look out!
Thursday, November 16, 2017
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.