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Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
One of the highlights of being able to see Bowling Green (the Single A team for the Tampa Bay Rays) was that I could finally meet Jonah Heim. Heim was a former Orioles farmhand who was dealt to Tampa last year for Steve Pearce.
I had a really great time at both ball parks. I now have been to 4 MLB parks (Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Detroit and St. Louis), and countless MiLB parks (I will update my map soon). I also had fun with Andrew, and hope I can get him down my way to graph the Wood Ducks sometime soon.
Monday, May 22, 2017
I absolutely love the acetate parallels. I hope Topps keeps them coming in future sets, but I still have no idea what packs they are pulled from. I have opened countless packs and boxes of Topps since they started doing the acetate parallels, and still have yet to pull one.
I hope to have some more mail when I get home. I have one nice Chris Davis that I picked up before I left town, and it should be there when I get home.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
I think the trade worked out really well. It took a while to get here, because USPS delayed the package for about a week, but everything ended up getting in safely.
As you can see, I am finally caught up on TTMs, for the moment, at least. I have some other pickups that I want to get in, so there will finally be a little variety in my posts.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Congratulations, buddy, you earned it!
I love 1997 Fleer Metal. I have seen some really cool designs with this set, and I have gotten a few of them signed. The card looks a lot better in person, however.
Fassero (b. 1963) played in the majors from 1991 to 2006 for the Expos, Mariners, Rangers, Red Sox, Cubs, Cardinals, Rockies, Diamondbacks and Giants. He had a career record of 121-124 with an ERA of 4.11 and 1,643 strike outs. He finished 9th in the 1996 NL Cy Young Award voting, his only appearance on the ballot.
I mailed to Fassero via the Louisville Bats on May 2 and got the cards back on May 15, for a 13-day TAT.
Friday, May 19, 2017
Goltz (b. 1949) played in the majors from 1972 to 1983 for the Twins, Dodgers and Angels. He had a career record of 113-109 with 1,105 strike outs and an ERA of 3.69. He was a 20-game winner in 1977 and finished 6th in the AL Cy Young Award voting. He won the World Series with the Dodgers in 1981.
I mailed to Goltz on April 24 and got the cards back on May 15 for a 21-day TAT.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Nathan (b. 1974) played in the majors from 1999 to 2000, 2002 to 2009 and 2011 to 2016 for the Giants, Twins, Rangers, Tigers and Cubs. He has a career record of 64-34 with an ERA of 2.87 and 976 strike outs. His 377 saves rank 8th all-time. He was an All Star 6 times (2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013) and finished 4th in the 2004 AL Cy Young voting (his best finish). He also has finished 12th on the AL MVP voting (also 2004). He is currently in the Nationals' system with the Syracuse Chiefs.
I mailed to Nathan on May 3 via the Syracuse Chiefs and got the cards back on May 13, for a 10-day TAT.
I also want to take a moment and change the subject away from baseball. I am a huge Pearl Jam fan, so today's news of the passing of Chris Cornell cuts me really deeply. I have listened to Call me a Dog from his acoustic album called Songbook (originally recorded with Temple of the Dog as a tribute to the passing of his close friend, Andrew Wood) at least 5 times already this morning. You never know what someone is going through, so please, take the time to tell those close to you what they mean to you. They may be gone tomorrow. #RIPChrisCornell
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Nied (b. 1968) played in the majors from 1992 to 1996 for the Braves and Rockies. He had a career record of 17-18 with 146 strike outs and an ERA of 5.06.
I mailed to Nied on May 2 and got the cards back on May 13, for an 11-day TAT.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
I mailed to Walling on May 2 and got the cards back on May 13, for an 11-day TAT.
Morgan (b. 1930) played in the majors from 1959 to 1961 and 1964 for the Braves (Milwaukee), A's (Kansas City), Phillies, Indians and Cardinals. He had 36 hits, 2 home runs and a .193 batting average.
He managed in the majors from 1988 to 1991 for the Red Sox. His career managerial record was 301-262 (.535 winning %).
I mailed to Morgan on May 4 and got the cards back on May 12, for an 8-day TAT.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Blake (b. 1973) played in the majors from 1999 to 2011 for the Blue Jays, Twins, Orioles, Indians and Dodgers. He had 1,186 hits, 167 home runs and .264 batting average. His time with the Orioles lasted 6 games during the 2001 season when he was a waiver claim from the Twins. After that season, he was placed on waivers and the Twins picked him up again.
I mailed to Blake on February 20 and got the cards back on May 12, for an 81-day TAT.
Carig (b. 1930) played in the majors from 1955 to 1966 for the Dodgers (Brooklyn and LA), he was an Original Met, and played for the Cardinals, Reds and Phillies. He had a career record of 74-98 with 803 strike outs and an ERA of 3.83.
Craig was a graduate of NC State University and was born in Durham, NC. He managed in the majors for the Padres in 1978 and 1979, then the Giants from 1985 to 1992. He led the Giants to the NL Pennant in 1989 and to the infamous earthquake World Series that season.
I mailed to Craig on May 3 and got the cards back on May 12, for a 9-day TAT.
Sunday, May 14, 2017
We spoke with Tucker inside the stadium as well, and he posed for a photo. I printed out the photo today and he signed it this afternoon for Chris.
I am not too sure when I will be graphing the Wood Ducks next. I am taking some 50/50s now for a few friends, especially my good friend, Gerard. He has a package on the way containing a few guys that he needs, and he will be returning the favor by getting me some Pawtucket Red Sox.
Stay tuned next week for what is going to hopefully be my next graphing recap, of the Bowling Green Hot Rods.