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Monday, July 31, 2017
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Griffey (b. 1969) played in the majors from 1989 to 2010 for the Mariners, Reds and White Sox. He finished his career with 2,781 hits, 630 home runs and a .284 batting average. He was the 1997 AL MVP. He led the AL in home runs in 1994, 1997, 1998 and 1999. Griffey hit 40 or more home runs in 7 seasons. He was a 13-time All Star, 10-time Gold Glove Award winner and a 7-time Silver Slugger Award winner.
Griffey was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2016 when he fell 3 votes shy of being the first unanimous selection (440 of 443 ballots cast or 99.3%). He is now my 133rd Hall of Famer in my collection.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Suppan (b. 1975) played in the majors from 1995 to 2010 and 2012 for the Red Sox, Diamondbacks, Royals, Pirates, Cardinals, Brewers and Padres. He had a career record of 140-146 with 1,390 strike outs and an ERA of 4.70. He won the World Series with the Cardinals in 2006.
I mailed to Suppan on May 4 and got the cards back on July 20, for a 77-day TAT.
Baerga (b. 1968) played in the majors from 1990 to 1999 and 2002 to 2005 for the Indians, Mets, Padres, Red Sox, Diamondbacks and Nationals. He had 1,583 hits, 134 home runs and a .291 batting average. He was an All Star three times (1992, 1993 and 1995) and was a Silver Slugger Award winner in 1993 and 1994. His best finish for MVP (AL) was in 1993 when he finished 10th. He appeared on the 2011 Hall of Fame ballot, but didn't receive any votes.
I mailed to Baerga on May 30 and got the cards back on July 20, for a 51-day TAT.
Monday, July 24, 2017
The above 2004 SP Prospects turned out really nice. It scanned really well, also. I powdered this one, and it helped out, as the signature looks about perfect.
Treanor (b. 1976) played in the majors from 2004 to 2012 for the Marlins, Tigers, Rangers, Royals, and Dodgers. He had 281 his, 18 home runs and a .221 batting average.
Misty May Treanor (b. 1977) won the Gold Medal for beach volleyball during the 2004 Olympic Summer Games without losing a set. Teamed with Kerri Walsh, Treanor won the Gold in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, as well.
I mailed to the Treanors on May 8, and got the cards back on July 18, for a 71-day TAT.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
I was able to get two Max George cards signed. We couldn't get him inside the stadium as he was one of the last players to come out on the field and the coach had run Chris and I off (apparently, the players can't sign by the dugout...?). We ended up getting George at the team bus.
Chris got two baseballs during the trip, and kept telling me how much fun he was having. I'm glad, because I'll miss him while I am on my trip.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Nevin (b. 1971) played in the majors from 1995 to 2006 for the Astros, Tigers, Angels, Padres, Rangers, Cubs and Twins. He had 1,131 hits, 208 home runs and a .270 batting average. His best season was in 2001 for the Padres when he hit 41 home runs and made his only appearance as an All Star.
I mailed to Nevin on June 12 and got the cards back on July 15, for a 33-day TAT.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
I made a few COMC and Ebay purchases so I would have some "different" cards for this series, and I also raided my Orioles PC boxes for some players who were on the Keys. Finally, I picked up a couple team sets to round things out so I could get autos of some guys that I may not have been able to, otherwise.
This 2017 Bowman Chrome orange refractor of Josh Morgan was an Ebay purchase, and turned out really nicely. The card is numbered 6/25.
The above Jeremy Moore was a COMC pickup. He even asked about it, "Why is this one orange?" I explained to him that it was a factory set parallel. This card is numbered 60/190.
So, We all had a great time at the games, and my nephew has put together a graphing book that he can take with him to Winston-Salem Dash games. I hope he sticks with it, because he seemed to really enjoy himself, and the stack of autos he is taking home with him.
I'd like to thank my friend, Neil, for the tickets to each game, as well. The seats were great and we had an awesome time.