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Friday, March 31, 2017
I got to the park just after 10:00AM and they allowed us in just after 1:00. It was still raining pretty hard when I got in the park (see the pools of water in the above photo?). I was starving, so I went ahead and got lunch while I waited for the rain to stop and head to my seat.
So, there you have it, my first real attempt at "graphing" a team. It wasn't a failure by any stretch. I had a blast. The weather sucked pre and post-game, but it was beautiful during the game. I had a nice long chat with the guy beside me, and laughed a lot at the drunk folks behind me heckling the players from both sides.
I plan on "graphing" a lot more, especially since Kinston finally has a team again. I think by next season, I will have this whole thing worked out to a science, much like my TTMs. In the meantime, I will enjoy my ONE Schoop auto.
Vitiello (b. 1970) played in the majors from 1995 to 2000 and 2003 for the Royals, Padres and Expos. He had 172 hits, 26 home runs and a .248 batting average. He was a first round pick (7th overall) in the 1991 Amateur Draft by the Royals.
I mailed to Vitiello on February 21 and got the cards back on March 7, for a 14-day TAT.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Helms (b. 1941) was bown in Charlotte, NC and is the uncle of Wes Helms, another TTM success that I have had. He played in the majors from 1964 to 1977 for the Reds, Astros, Pirates and Red Sox. He had 1,342 hits, 34 home runs and a .269 batting average. He was the NL Rookie of the Year in 1966, was an All Star twice (1967 and 1968), won the Gold Glow Award twice (1970 and 1971) and finished 25th in the 1968 NL MVP Award voting. He appeared in the 1970 World Series in a loss to the Orioles and also appeared on the 1983 Hall of Fame ballot where he received 0.3% of the vote.
Helms managed the Reds in 1988 and 1989 to a won-loss record of 28-36.
I mailed to Helms on February 21 and got the cards back on March 7, for a 14-day TAT.
Watt (b. 1941) played in the majors from 1966 to 1975 for the Orioles, Phillies and Cubs. He had a career record of 38-36 with 462 strike outs, a 2.91 ERA and 80 saves. He was part of the 1966 World Series Champion Orioles, but did not appear in that World Series. He did appear in the 1970 World Series for the O's where he went 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA. They won in spite of that appearance.
I mailed to Watt on February 27 (while I was watching the Oscars) and got the cards back on March 7, for an 8-day TAT.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
So, here is a TTM success from Joe Cunningham on some nice vintage. The above 1960 Topps turned out really nice, I think.
Cunningham (b. 1931) played in the majors from 1954 and 1956-1966 for the Cardinals, White Sox and Senators. He had 980 hits, 64 home runs and a .291 batting average. He was an All Star in 1959 for the Cardinals, a season where he batted .345 and finished 13th in the NL MVP voting.
I mailed to Cunningham on November 21 and got the cards back on March 7, for a 106-day TAT.
I am slowly catching up on my posts, but I still have a ton of cards that need to be scanned and posted. Bear with me; I will be trying to mix in some more non-TTM posts over the coming days.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
I got this 2015 Topps Tier One Chris Davis relic from my buddy, Nate, who I have been chatting with for a few months, now. He is a really nice guy from Pennsylvania who I met when he sent me a random DM about a box break that he was hosting. I rarely buy into box breaks, but I decided to join, then he and I hit it off.
Nate surprised me with this nice Davis card for the PC. I wasn't expecting him to spend any money on me, but when he did, it was much appreciated. The card is numbered 186/399.
Thanks so much for the Christmas gift, Nate!
Dalrymple (b. 1936) played in the majors from 1960 to 1971 for the Phillies and Orioles. He had 710 hits, 55 home runs and a .233 batting average. He appeared in 2 World Series games in the Orioles loss to the Mets in 1969, collecting 2 hits in 2 at bats, for a 1.000 batting average.
I mailed to Dalrymple on February 18 and got the cards back on March 6, for a 16-day TAT. He charges $5/card.
Robinson (b. 1957) played in the majors from 1978 to 1992 for the Pirates, Giants, Angels and Phillies. He had a career record of 109-106 with 1,251 strike outs and a 3.79 ERA. He was a three-time Silver Slugger Award winner (1982, 1989 and 1990) and finished third in the 1978 NL Rookie of the Year Award voting. He also finished 8th in the 1978 NL Cy Young Award voting. In his career, he had 146 hits, 13 home runs and a .231 batting average, not bad as a pitcher. He also won the World Series with the Pirates in 1979. He appeared in the 1989 World Series with the Giants, but lost to the A's and was batted around in his only start.
I mailed to Robinson on February 15 and got the cards back on March 4, for a 17-day TAT.
Monday, March 27, 2017
So, when my friend, Zach messaged me recently about wanting to sell off some of his O's collection to raise money for some family things that had come up, I really was hesitant to part with any money. He had some nice Chris Davis relics that I thought would look great in the collection, but when he started showing me some of the IP autos that he had picked up, especially the Waring, I jumped on the deal.
Anyway, I really enjoyed the deal with Zach. I actually have decided to jump into the "graphing" game. I constructed a graphing book to take with me to Wood Ducks games this season. I am way late to the game, but I have enjoyed adding different cards to my album so much, I thought I would continue to parlay that into a new venture. We will see how it goes.
I loved Allen & Ginter when it first came out in 2006, so having a card from that set represented in the album was a must.
Bonderman (b. 1982) played in the majors from 2003 to 2010 and 2013 for the Tigers and Mariners. He had a career record of 69-81 with an ERA of 4.91 and 961 strike outs. He went 14-8 with the Tigers in 2006 en route to a World Series loss to the Cardinals. In his lone World Series start, he pitched 5.1 innings with 2 earned runs and 4 walks.
I mailed to Bonderman on February 23 and got the cards back on March 4, for a 9-day TAT.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Kirby (b. 1964) played in the majors from 1991 to 1998 for the Indiens, Dodgers and Mets. He had 302 hits, 14 home runs and a .252 batting average. He had one at bat with the Indians in their losing effort in the 1995 World Series, but failed to get a hit. Kirby has been the Orioles first base coach since 2011.
I mailed to Kirby on February 20 at Orioles Spring Training and got the cards back on March 4, for a 12-day TAT.
Koosman (b. 1942) played in the majors from 1967 to 1985 for the Mets, Twins, White Sox and Phillies. He had a career record of 222-209 with 2,556 strike outs and an ERA of 3.36. A 20-game winner in 1976 and 1979, Koosman would come up short for the Cy Young Award in both of those seasons. He finished second in 1976 to Randy Jones and 6th in 1979. He was an All Star twice (1968 and 1969) and finished second in the 1968 NL Rookie of the Year Award voting. He finished second to Johnny Bench. Not a bad guy to finish second to. Koosman won the World Series with the Mets in 1969. Koosman pitched in two World Series (1969 and 1973) and owns a record of 3-0 with a 2,39 ERA across those series.
I mailed to Koosman on February 22 and got the cards back on March 3, for a 9-day TAT. I also included a check for $20.
Cuddyer (b. 1979) played in the majors from 2001 to 2015 for the Twins, Rockies and Mets. He had 1,522 hits, 197 home runs and a .277 batting average. He was the NL Batting Champion in 2013 when he batted .330 with the Rockies. That season he had his best finish in the MVP voting at 20th. He was an All Star in 2011 and 2013, and won the Silver Slugger award in 2013. He appeared in 7 playoff series with the Twins, but didn't reach a World Series until 2015 with the Mets (his final season) where he lost to the Royals.
I mailed to Cuddyer on October 13 and got the card back on March 2, for a 140-day TAT.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Landrith was the second player chosen in the 1961 expansion draft, which filled the rosters of the Houston Colt .45s and the New York Mets. With Eddie Bressoud being chosen with the first pick by the Colt .45s, Landrith would be chosen by the Mets. This essentially makes Landrith the first Met.
I mailed to Landrith on February 13 and got the cards back on February 28, for a 15-day TAT.
O'Donoghue (b. 1969) played for the Orioles in 1993. He appeared in 11 games for the O's that season working toward an 0-1 record, 16 strike outs and a 4.58 ERA.
I mailed to O'Donoghue on February 8 and got the cards back on February 28 for a 20-day TAT.
Jackson (b. 1926) played in the majors from 1950 to 1959 for the Cubs, Dodgers (Brooklyn and LA) and Indians. He had 835 hits, 103 home runs and a .261 batting average. He was an All Star in 1954 and 1955 for the Cubs.
I mailed to Jackson on February 13 and got the card back on February 28, for a 15-day TAT.
Friday, March 24, 2017
Fanzone (b. 1941) played in the majors from 1970 to 1974 for the Red Sox and Cubs. He had 132 hits, 20 home runs and a .224 batting average.
I mailed to Fanzone on February 13 and got the cards back on February 28, for a 15-day TAT.