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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
This is a Hits Memorabilia card from 2016 that has a pretty sweet patch. I saw some of their cards on Ebay recently (and I think this card was one of them), and wasn't sure what to make of them. Anthony included a note with the card saying he probably would never buy this product on his own, but since he saw the Davis patch, he got it for me. I've got to say, it is a pretty quality card. The patch is great, and the card looks professionally made. I visited their website, www.hitsmemorabilia.com and checked it out. It looks pretty decent. Maybe they are a new, up and coming card company? I'm not sure, but they aren't licensed by MLB or the MLBPA. Still, I really like the card, and appreciate Anthony picking it up for me.
Thank you so much for the Christmas gift, Anthony!
So, I sent the two cards out at the beginning of August, only to find out that they were lost by USPS. I didn't realize they were lost until January, so I went on Ebay and bought two more and sent those out. Thankfully, the second package got to the Reimold house safely, and Nolan sent me this one back signed in silver Sharpie. Now, this card can be placed among all of my other TTM and IP autos.
Nolan isn't signed for this season, yet, but I believe he will be soon. He has a huge family, so he has a lot of commitments going on right now, anyway, but I'm sure he feels great and wants to continue his career. It is unfortunate that his Orioles career is likely over for now, but you never know, he could be back at some point. He is very popular in the Orioles organization, so maybe some day he will be a coach for them, if that is a path he wants to take. My hope is that is a long way away and that he gets a deal to play in the majors for 2017.
Normally, for my TTM successes, I post a player's career stats, and for Nolan I will, but I fully expect the stats to be incomplete, as I believe he has several more years left in the tank. Go get em, Nolan!!
Reimold (b. 1983) has played in the majors since 2009 for the Orioles, Blue Jays and Diamondbacks. He has 339 hits, 56 home runs and a .246 batting average. His career was derailed when he broke a bone in his neck while diving into the stands to catch a ball in 2012. I've met Nolan on several occasions and he has always been awesome to me. Although, I probably creeped him out pretty badly by inviting him to dinner with my friend, Ryan and I when the Bowie Baysox were in Richmond playing the Flying Squirrels. I couldn't help it, I was pretty star struck and figured it would be a nice gesture. Ryan told me later that it probably came off as a bit creepy, and I have felt embarrassed ever since. We laugh about it now, though. I meant what I said, I would buy him dinner sometime.
I met Nolan's wife, Jenny, through this blog because of a Bowie Baysox bobble head that I had picked up. I traded it to Jenny for a pair of batting gloves that Nolan had been wearing during the final game of the 2011 season, when the Curse of Andino struck the Red Sox. Ever since, I have corresponded with Jenny. She has hooked my son and I up with some amazing stuff, and I am forever grateful for her generosity. I hope Jenny knows how much I appreciate everything, even though I tell her thank you every chance that I get.
I sent the second package to Jenny on January 25 and got the card back on February 2, for an 8-day TAT.
Thanks again, Nolan and Jenny!
Monday, February 27, 2017
Usually, I will start on a player when I find an interesting card at the card shop on in one of my boxes. Ruffin came about when I was sorting my extra 1995 Topps for my set.
Ruffin (b.1971) played in the majors from 1993 to 1996, 2000 and 2001 for the Reds, Diamondbacks and Marlins. He had a career record of 10-6 with an ERA of 4.13 and 163 strike outs.
I mailed to Ruffin on January 24 and got the cards back on February 2, for a 9-day TAT.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Vineyard (b. 1941) played for the Orioles in 1964. He had a record of 2-5 with a 4.17 ERA and 50 strike outs.
I mailed to Vineyard on January 11 and got the card back on January 31, for a 20-day TAT.
Dawg Day Cards." He hooked me up with some really cool Orioles rarities. In the box were O Pee Chee cards ranging as far back as 1970. That was really cool! The above Cal Ripken was one of a few that I didn't have in my collection.
Thank you so much for the Christmas care package, Angus!
Thank you so much for the Christmas care package, Angus!
McMichael (b. 1966) played in the majors from 1993 to 2000 for the Braves, Mets, Dodgers and A's. He had a career record of 31-29 with an ERA of 3.25 and 459 strike outs. He finished second in the 1993 NL Rookie of the Year voting (to Mike Piazza). He won the World Series in 1995 with the Braves.
I mailed to McMichael on November 22 and got the cards back on January 29, for a 68-day TAT.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
The above 1982 Fleer isn't the greatest of cards, but it will still be a nice fit in my album. I have a couple of cards signed from that set, and they turn out as nice as can be expected.
Singleton (b. 1947) played in the majors from 1970 to 1984 for the Mets, Expos and Orioles. He had 2,029 hits, 246 home runs and a .282 batting average. He was an All Star three times and finished as high as 2nd in the AL MVP voting (1979). He would receive MVP votes in 7 of his 15 seasons. Singleton won the World Series with the Orioles in 1983.
I mailed to Singleton on January 11 and got the cards back on January 29, for an 18-day TAT.
I'm really not the biggest fan of how Topps does their buybacks. I don't care for the foil stamps on the cards. I see the point that some folks need them to be pointed out to them, but if I were building a set, I wouldn't include a buyback with a stamp. I also don't include them among my Topps Autograph Project. Still, they're pretty cool, and they give me ideas of guys to look up at times. All of that being said, this 2015 buyback of a 1961 Topps turned out really nice, I think.
Spangler (b.1933) played in the majors from 1959 to 1971 for the Braves (Milwaukee), Colt .45s/Astros, Angels and Cubs. He had 594 hits, 21 home runs and a .262 batting average. He was the 8th pick in the premium phase of the 1961 Expansion Draft (picked up by the Colt .45s).
I mailed to Spangler on January 17 and got the cards back on January 29, for a 12-day TAT.
Friday, February 24, 2017
Lieber (b.1970) played in the majors from 1994 to 2002 and 204 to 2008 for the Pirates, Cubs, Yankees and Phillies. He had a career record of 131-124 with 1,553 strike outs and an ERA of 4.27. He had his best season in 2001 when he was 20-6 with a 3.80 ERA for the Cubs. That season, he finished 4th inthe Cy Young voting and received his only All Star nod.
I mailed to Lieber on January 11 and got the cards back on January 28, for a 17-day TAT.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Pearson (b. 1934) played in the majors from 1958 to 1966 for the Senators, Orioles and Angels. He had 831 hits, 28 home runs and a .270 batting average. He was the 1958 AL Rookie of the Year and was an All Star in 1963. That season, he appeared on his only MVP ballot, finishing 14th. He was obtained by the Orioles in 1959 in a trade when the Orioles sent Lenny Green to the Senators. He was the fourth overall pick in the 1960 premium expansion draft for the newly created Angels.
I mailed to Pearson on January 16 and got the cards back on January 27, for an 11-day TAT.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Thanks so much for the packages, Dugan!
Timlin (b. 1966) played in the majors from 1991 to 2008 for the Blue Jays, Mariners, Orioles, Cardinals, Phillies and Red Sox. He had a career record of 75-73 with 872 strike outs and an ERA of 3.63. He also had 141 career saves. Timlin won the World Series twice with the Blue Jays (1992 and 1993) and twice with the Red Sox (2004 and 2007).
I mailed to Timlin on January 11 and got the cards back signed on January 27, for a 16-day TAT.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Garcia (b. 1967) played in the majors from 1990 to 1999 for the Pirates, Blue Jays, Angels and Padres. He had 580 hits, 33 home runs and a .266 batting average. He was an All Star in 1994 while with the Pirates.
I mailed to Garcia on November 7 and got the cards back on January 26, for an 80-day TAT.
Monday, February 20, 2017
Luckily, I got it for a LOT less than that. I also got it for exactly what I had left in my wallet, which worked out nicely. I had a great time at the show, Chris came with me and actually helped me this time. He didn't get too bored, and actually picked up a few things for himself. One of which was a really sweet Matt Cain patch card for an absolute steal. He may have done better than I did!
Bolling (b. 1931) played in the majors from 1954 and 1956 to 1966 for the Tigers and Braves (Milwaukee and Atlanta). He had 1,415 hits, 106 home runs and a .254 batting average. He was an All Star in 1961 and 1962 and won the Gold Glove Award in 1958. He finished his highest in the MVP voting in 1958 when he finished 16th in the AL voting.
I mailed to Bolling on January 17 and got the cards back on January 26, for a 9-day TAT.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
I bought those because at the time, I had only one signed 1961 Topps. So, I figured I would beef up that portion of my ledger, and some of the cards I picked up really looked great. The first of the cards to come back was this success from Ray Rippelmeyer. The above 1961 Topps is his rookie card, and I really enjoyed how his uniform looked on this card. It looks almost like an early 50s Topps in that he appears to be a painting, as opposed to a photo.
Rippelmeyer (b. 1933) played in the majors for 18 games in 1962 for the Senators. He had a record of 1-2 with 17 strike outs and a 5.49 ERA. While his card from 1961 lists him as being on the Reds, he never made the majors with them. He was picked up by the Senators in November 1961 in the Rule V Draft.
I mailed to Rippelmeyer on January 16 and got the cards back on January 25, for a 9-day TAT.
Raines (b. 1979) played in the majors in 2001, 2003 and 2004 for the Orioles. He had 34 hits, no home runs and a .213 batting average. He became part of the second father/son tandem to play for the same team when his father, Tim, Sr. played for the Orioles on October 4, 2001.
I mailed to Raines on January 4 and got the card back on January 23, for a 19-day TAT.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
I like Panini National Treasures. I now have several Chris Davis laundry tag cards, and am always on the lookout for more. Panini really does well with relic and patch cards. It doesn't make too much of a difference to me that the O's logo isn't on the card. This fits more into a player collection, anyway.
I plan on finding some more nice Davis patch cards, so the PC will keep growing. I feel like I have a pretty decent Davis collection.
He also included these two 2016 Topps Update Matt Wieters cards. Funny how his appearance changed so dramatically between the two cards (spoiler alert, that isn't Wieters in the top card).
So, thank you so much, as always, Max! I loved the package!
Nieves (b. 1971) played in the majors from 1992 to 1998 for the Braves, Padres, Tigers and Reds. He had 284 hits, 63 home runs and a .231 batting average.
I mailed to Nieves on October 25 ad got the cards back on January 23, for a 90-day TAT.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Ross (b. 1947) played in the majors from 1968 to 1977 for the Cubs, Padres and Angels. He had a career record of 25-47 with 378 strike outs and an ERA of 3.92.
I mailed to Ross on November 18 and got the cards back on January 21, for a 64-day TAT.