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Tuesday, June 27, 2017
I was glad to get this return from Cameron Maybin via the Angels. I regretted, however, that I sent too soon because I found a great card of him after I had already gotten these back, I might try him at Spring Training, then, to get that card signed (2016 Topps). Still, I added a 2008 to the binder, and now this set isn't the rarest in the album.
Maybin (b. 1987) has played in the majors since 2007 for the Tigers, Marlins, Padres, Braves and Angels. He currently has 765 hits, 52 home runs and a .259 batting average in his career.
I mailed to Maybin on June 12 and got the cards back on June 22 for a 10-day TAT.
Monday, June 26, 2017
Rooker (b. 1942) played in the majors from 1968 to 1980 for the Tigers, Royals and Pirates. He had a career record of 103-109 with 976 strike outs and a 3.46 ERA. He won the World Series with the Pirates in 1979.
I mailed to Rooker on June 12 and got the cards back on June 19, for a 7-day TAT.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Cameron (b. 1969) never made the majors, and spent 13 seasons in the minors and independent ball. He spent two years in the Orioles system, between Frederick and Bowie. He retired from baseball with 972 hits, 167 home runs and a .269 batting average.
I mailed to Cameron on May 24 and got the cards back on June 19, for a 26-day TAT.
Brayden is a great guy, but he is also realistic. He lives in Texas, and isn't sure when he will be able to see Moncada again, so I was feeling like I might not be able to get this awesome card signed. Thankfully, Brayden sent me a jolt to remind me, and I set about my mission to get Moncada on this card.
Cameron and I watched along the 1 hour and 45 minute drive to Durham that the sky was getting darker and darker. Finally, as we got to the stadium, it began to rain. We waited by the visiting dugout, then it started pouring. We moved from our spot to one beneath the roof and waited for the rain to subside. When it got to a point where I didn't feel like the rain would be an issue, I went back to my post by the visiting dugout. Luckily, due to the rain, the other graphers had moved out, and I had a prime position to be able to get Moncada, should the game be played, and should he choose to sign.
Then the power went out at the stadium. We waited and waited, as other graphers finally came and stood nearby. I looked across the field and saw that the Bulls had already filled their dugout. One of the graphers (a rare lady-grapher) was kind enough to tell me she would hold my spot by the dugout if I went to try to get a few Bulls. I walked over and tried for a few minutes, but none of the players were coming over, so I went back to my spot. I summoned Cameron over (he had continued to stay under the shelter) and recruited the poor guy to try to get a few Bulls for me while I tried to get Moncada. Cameron tried valiantly, but he was unable to get any Bulls autos. I'll have to 50/50 those cards with Dilan or Dugan.
Finally, Moncada came out and I was the first person he signed for. I had two cards, but he was one per. I was ok with that, because the one he signed was my Orange. It looks awesome! I thank Brayden for reminding me that I would have a shot at Moncada, and believing in me that I could get the job done. I tried to get a card signed for him, but since Moncada is one per, I was unable to.
We ended up leaving the game early, since the Bulls were up 10-0 on the Knights, and the game had been delayed at the start. We ran into more rain as we were driving home, so this proved to be a wise move. The Bulls ended up routing the Knights, 17-3.
Friday, June 23, 2017
Hudler (b. 1960) played in the majors from 1984 to 1986, 1988 to 1992 and 1994 to 1998 for the Yankees, Orioles, Expos, Cardinals, Angels and Phillies. He had 461 hits, 56 home runs and a .261 batting average.
I mailed to Hudler on May 30 and got the cards back on June 16, for a 17-day TAT.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
I raided my 1972 set for the card on the left and the 1976 on the right came out of my box from Columbia. They both look pretty cool, I think.
Thank you so much for getting these cards signed for me, Max! I really appreciate it!
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Minor (b. 1974) played in the majors from 1998 to 2001 for the Orioles and Expos. He had 56 hits, 5 home runs and a .177 batting average.
I mailed to Minor via the Delmarva Shorebirds on May 10 and got the cards back on June 15 for a 36-day TAT.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Huson (b. 1964) played in the majors from 1988 to 1993 and 1995 to 2000 for the Expos, Rangers, Orioles, Brewers, Mariners, Angels and Cubs. He had 439 hits, 8 home runs and a .234 batting average.
I mailed to Huson on May 30 and got the cards back on June 12, for a 13-day TAT.
Monday, June 19, 2017
Jeanette Goldstein played Private J. Vasquez in the movie Aliens. I have been a fan of the movie since we got it on Fox Home Video way back a long time ago (probably 1986 or 1987). Mom was in some movie club, and I remember a bunch of Fox movies coming in all at once. Or so it seemed. Anyway, I always enjoyed the Vasquez character, especially her exchange with Bill Paxton's Hudson "Hey Vasquez, have you ever been mistaken for a man?" "No, have you?" She has a bunch of great scenes in the movie. When Paxton passed away earlier this year (#RIPBillPaxton), I thought I should really push to get Goldstein's autograph. I used the website fanmail.biz for her address, and sent the request via her talent agency.
The card itself was something else I had to get done especially for this TTM request. I had met a comic book artist a few years ago at Comic Book day at the local comic shop. His name is Chris McJunkin, and I friended him on Facebook soon after meeting at the shop. Turns out, he and I have a couple mutual friends, which is nice, but I contacted him to see if he had done any art of Vasquez and if I could purchase a couple that were baseball card sized. He had not done anything with Vasquez on it, so I had to commission him as an artist to create the card for me. I had no problem doing so, as I am a firm believer in artists getting paid for their work. He ended up hooking me up with extras (I commissioned him on a second work along with this one that is not yet able to be discussed... stay tuned), and I sent a copy of the card to Goldstein for her to keep as well (and she did).
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I mailed to Goldstein via her talent agency on April 11 and got the card back today, for a 69-day TAT.
You can see Goldstein in action in Aliens, of course, and also in Titanic, Terminator 2 - Judgment Day and Near Dark.3>
Sunday, June 18, 2017
In all, here is how I did: I got Howard Johnson x 12, Josh Morgan x 24, Chuck Moorman x 1, Tyler Sanchez x 1, Jeffrey Springs x 1, Jeremy Moore x 10, Jairo Beras x 4, Brett Martin x 1, Emerson Martinez x 1, Jonathan Hernandex x 1, Justin Steele x 8, Ryan Kellogg x 7, Tyler Alamo x 2 and Eloy Jimenez x 6. I also got Matt Lipka x 4, but those are pending Gerard's approval of what goes and what stays. So, I ended up with 79 signed baseball cards.
I gave away a bunch of my extra Josh Morgan cards to some kids who were standing there wanting autographs, so they could at least come away with something. I traded for a 2017 Pro Debut with Colin and his dad, then they gave me a handful of blank ones that I could get Morgan to sign myself. I was glad to get those, because Pro Debut has been tough to find.
I am now taking a few nights off from graphing, and searching boxes. This past week has been exhausting with all of the 50/50s I have been working on.
Schourek (b. 1969) played in the majors from 1991 to 2001 for the Mets, Reds, Astros, Red Sox and Pirates. He had a career record of 66-77 with 813 strike outs and an ERA of 4.59. He had his best season in 1995 with the Reds, where he went 18-7 with a 3.22 ERA. He finished second in the NL Cy Young Award voting that season, and also was 20th in the NL MVP voting.
I mailed to Schourek on May 9 and got the cards back on June 10, for a 32-day TAT.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
I mailed to Unser on May 10 and got the cards back on June 10, for a 31-day TAT.
Friday, June 16, 2017
I mailed via the Babe Ruth Museum and got two 1995 Topps cards back signed. This was one I was really excited about, and am happy to see it come back. Ruth-Stevens was adopted by Babe Ruth in 1929.
Ruth-Stevens celebrated her 100th birthday on July 7, 2016.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Goodwin (b. 1968) played in the majors from 1991 to 2004 for the Dodgers, Royals, Rangers, Rockies, Giants and Cubs. He had 1,029 hits, 24 home runs and a .268 batting average.
I mailed to Goodwin on May 30 and got the cards back on June 8, for a 9-day TAT.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Lee (b. 1953) played in the majors from 1978 to 1981 for the Padres and Pirates. He had a career record of 7-8 with 63 strike outs and a 3.64 ERA.
I mailed to Lee on May 30 and got the card back on June 8, for a 9-day TAT.
Monday, June 12, 2017
The sad part is, this 1971 Lerrin LaGrow rookie card was beautiful when I sent it out. Still, I am grateful I got something back at all. I know it was USPS that wrecked the cards, but I don't intend to change my ways in how I do my TTMs.
LaGrow (b. 1948) played in the majors from 1970 and 1972 to 1980 for the Tigers, Cardinals, White Sox, Dodgers and Phillies. He had a career record of 34-55 with 375 strike outs and a 4,11 ERA.
I mailed to LaGrow on May 8 and got the cards back on June 3, for a 26-day TAT.
Sunday, June 11, 2017
This success from Jody Davis was nice because I was able to use the above 1989 Bowman. Back when I got into collecting cards, I hated these Bowmans because they didn't fit my album pages. Now, I kind of like them because they look pretty cool when signed. I have quite a few 1989 Bowman in one of my boxes, and have pulled a few to send TTM. Sometimes they make the cut, sometimes they don't, and they end up in TTM starter packs.
Davis (b. 1956) played in the majors from 1981 to 1990 for the Cubs and Braves. He had 877 hits, 127 home runs and a .245 batting average. He was an All Star in 1984 and 1986. His best finish in the NL MVP voting was 10th in 1984. He won the Gold Glove Award in 1986, as well.
I mailed to Davis on May 17 and got the cards back on June 3, for a 17-day TAT. I mailed to him via the Louisville Bats.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
The cards are rather pedestrian, but I thought it was still something really cool, and it tied back into my trip. THe above 1993 Triple Play turned out really nice. I remember opening up a bunch of packs of 1992 and 1993 Triple Play; this was one of the first products I was able to afford a full box of, back in the day.
Fleming (b. 1969) played in the majors from 1991 to 1995 for the Mariners and Royals. He had a career record of 38-32 with 303 strike outs and a 4.67 ERA.
I mailed to Fleming on May 24 and got the cards back on June 2, for a 9-day TAT.
Friday, June 9, 2017
Tracy (b. 1955) played in the majors in 1980 and 1981 for the Cubs. He had 46 hits, 3 home runs and a .249 batting average.
Tracy was Davey Johnson's successor in LA and managed the Dodgers from 2001 to 2005 to a record of 427-383 (.527%). He, then, managed the Pirates from 2006 to 2007 to a record of 135-189 (.417). He most recently managed the Rockies from 2009 to 2012. Their record was 294-308 in his tenure, a .488 winning percentage. His career managerial record is 856-880 (.493%) with a playoff record of 2-6.
I mailed to Tracy on May 17 and got the cards back on June 1, for a 15-day TAT.