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Saturday, March 25, 2017

TTM Success - Hobie Landrith

I had grabbed quite a few 1955 Bowman cards at the Raleigh card show back in February, with the intention of adding a bunch of them to the album through TTMs.  Hobie Landrith is a player that I had considered sending to in the past, but I held off because he charged a fee.  Once I picked up the '55, I knew it was time to come off of the money and send his cards out.
I picked up the 1957 Topps at the show, as well.  Then, when I got home, I checked my vintage box and saw that I had the 1963 and the below 1960.  Since he charged $5 per card, I went ahead with the four so I could send a check for $20.00.  To me, it is worth it, since I can add some nice vintage cards to the album, and one of them being an Oriole card adds a bonus to it.
Landrith (b. 1930) played in the majors from 1950 to 1963 for the Reds, Cubs, Cardinals, Giants, Mets, Orioles and Senators.  He had 450 hits, 34 home runs and a .233 batting average.

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.

TTM Success - John O'Donoghue

I added a really cool TTM success with this one from former Oriole, John O'Donoghue.  I had gotten his dad TTM a while back, and saw that the younger O'Donoghue was signing as well.
The biggest plus of this success, though, was being able to complete this 1994 Topps Coming Attractions with Mike Oquist.  I have completed a couple cards like this, and it is always fun to do a couple of them.

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.

TTM Success - Randy Jackson

It may not be a samurai sword, but I can now add Randy Jackson's autograph to my album.  Oh, that's a different Randy Jackson.  Anyway, I added another 1957 Topps to the album with this success from a former Brooklyn Dodger.

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

TTM Success - Carmen Fanzone

The first thing I have to say is that this guy must have a really cool name for his man cave at home.  Fanzone's Fan Zone?  Something like that?  This success from Carmen Fanzone was a pretty cool one.  I found both of these cards at my LCS in the vintage box and saw that he signed TTM.  When I got my return from him, he had sent it in his own postage paid envelope.  Inside among the signed cards was my self addressed stamped envelope!  He paid his own postage and sent mine back unused!  He also included a little note thanking me for my interest in his career.

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.

TTM Success - Ned Yost

I got a nice TTM back from the manager of the Royals recently.  Ned Yost actually signed three of this 1985 Topps, even though I only sent two.  The card looks really cool; I like how the uniform matches up with the borders on the card.  Yost's choice of a blue Sharpie helps compliment the card, I think.

Yost (b. 1954) played in the majors from 1980 to 1985 for the Brewers, Rangers and Expos.  He had 128 hits, 16 home runs and a .212 batting average.

Yost has managed in the majors from 2003 to 2008 with the Brewers and 2010 to present with the Royals.  He has posted 7 seasons of .500 or better in his managerial career with a career won-loss record of 1,006-1,052 (.489).  With the Royals, he won the AL pennant twice (2014 and 2015) and won the 2016 World Series.

I mailed to Yost on February 20 at Royals Spring Training and got the cards back on February 27, for a 7-day TAT.  I have already given one of the extra 1985 Topps to a friend of mine, and plan on doing something with the other one soon.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

TTM Success - Zane Smith

There are a lot of things I like about guys who sign huge lots of cards.  One of them is that I get a nice variety in my return, and aother is that when I finally get around to posting the cards, my 'to be blogged' stack goes down more.

This TTM success from Zane Smith was a long time in the making.  I kept meaning to send to him, but other stuff kept getting put in front of his cards.  By the time I did send to him, I had a huge stack of cards to choose from because I kept pulling every card of hims that I saw.

This 1995 Collector's Choice SE is probably my favorite of the bunch.  The blue borders are really nice, and paired with the Pirates yellow, the card is pretty sharp.
Here is the requisite assortment of Topps cards.  The bottom right is actually a 1995 Topps Rookies and Traded that I pulled out of a $1.00 pack I found at the Raleigh card show right before I mailed to Smith.  I had to add in the 1987, of course, and I included the 1992 and 1993 because I don't have many versions of those in the album compared to other Topps sets.  The 1995 beat out Smith's rookie card from 1986 since I had a bunch of that set signed already by other players.
Finally, here are two horizontal Smiths from 1991 and 1993 Stadium Club to round out the success.  When you want a nice signed card, Stadium Club is always a great choice.  Both of these turned out great.  Smith has a really nice signature, and these two really showcase it.

Smith (b. 1960) played in the majors from 1984 to 1996 for the Braves, Expos, Pirates and Red Sox.  He had a career record of 100-115 with 1,011 strike outs and an ERA of 3.74.

I mailed to Smith on February 20 and got the cards back on February 27, for a 7-day TAT.

TTM Success - Doug Bird

Here is a TTM success from former pitcher, Doug Bird.  I was able to get him to sign this 1977 Topps that is pretty off-center, as you can see at the top of the card.  Still, it was nice to add another '77 to the album.
Speaking of adding Topps sets to the album, I got two different 1981s with this success.  The Cubs card is a 1981 Topps Traded, and the Yankee card is his normal card from that year.

Bird (b. 1950) played in the majors from 1973 to 1983 for the Royals, Phillies, Yankees, Cubs and Red Sox.  He had a career record of 73-60 with an ERA of 3.99 and 680 strike outs.  He reached three consecutive ALCS with the Royals from 1976 to 1978.  The Royals were beaten by the Yankees in each series.  Over the six games he pitched in those three ALCS, he had a 2.35 ERA and a 1-1 record.

I mailed to Bird on January 24 and got the cards back on February 27, for a 34-day TAT.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

TTM Success - John Wasdin

I added some cards with this TTM success that I don't really recall opening, mainly because they came out when I was out of collecting.  Luckily, there are a few boxes of cards at the shop that have a bunch of various cards and sets from that time period.  I have searched those boxes a bunch of times, and have come away with a bunch of potential TTM subjects that I think will look cool in my album.

The above 1994 UD Minors John Wasdin was the highlight of this TTM success.  The card is just really cool-looking, and pops nicely in the scan.
This 1996 Score Certified really could have been the highlight of the TTM success, but not even baby powdering this card could help the signature stay better.  The card is made of a pretty slick foil, and looks a lot better in person.
These two are pretty basic cards.  I got the 1996 Fleer out of my box break with my son, Chris.  The 1996 Topps was floating around some of my boxes.  I have very few 1996 Topps, so any one of them that I can get back signed, I have been sending out.  I need to find some more, but at the moment, I don't have many options.
Finally, I really liked the look of this 1996 Donruss.  This was the year when I got out of cards for a while, and I have very little 1996 anything.  I don't think I opened any 1996 Donruss, so adding this to the album will be really nice.

Wasdin (b. 1972) played in the majors from 1995 to 2001 and 2003 to 2007 for the A's, Red Sox, Rockies, Orioles, Rangers and Pirates.  He had a career record of 39-39 with an ERA of 5.28 and 527 strike outs.  He signed as the Orioles as Minor League Pitching Coordinator this offseason, taking over for Rick Peterson who left the organization.

I mailed to Wasdin at Orioles Spring Training on February 9 and got the cards back on February 27, for an 18-day TAT.

TTM Success - Jerry Kindall

Here is another card that I picked up at the Raleigh card show in February that ended up being mailed out for a signature.  This is a 1958 Topps card of former Cub, Jerry Kindall.  I actually had bought two of them in order to have an even amount of cards to buy from the vendor at the show.  Kindall signed the second one as well, and it was sent along to my good friend, Max.

Kindall (b. 1935) played in the majors from 1956 to 1958 and 1960 to 1965 for the Cubs, Indians and Twins.  He had 439 hits, 44 home runs and a .213 batting average.

I mailed to Kindall on February 13 and got the cards back on February 27, for a 14-day TAT.

TTM Success - Brian Matusz

I got some really cool cards signed by former Oriole, Brian Matusz.  The cards have been well-traveled, first being shipped to Max in Chicago for when Matusz was briefly a Cub, then back here once he left the Cubs.  I had several that I would have really enjoyed seeing signed, but the above 2011 Topps Cognac parallel was the one that I really wanted to get back.  I love this card.  It scanned so well, also.
This 2014 Topps red hot foil parallel also looks really nice.  I almost didn't send it, since I was sending the '11 cognac, but I figured why not.  I like how these recent Topps foil cards look when signed.  There will probably be some more sent out sometime soon.
I got a few Topps base cards signed, as well.  I don't have very many signed 2011 or 2013 Topps yet, so those were easy decisions to send.
Finally, here is Matusz's last O's card, a 2016 Topps.  His time in Baltimore wasn't as good as any O's fan would have hoped.  He did do great against David Ortiz on multiple occasions, but in the end, he will be remembered as a bust #1 draft pick.

Matusz (b. 1987) has played in the majors from 2009 to 2016 for the Orioles and Cubs.  He was signed to a minor league contract by the Diamondbacks this winter.  He has a career record of 27-41 with a 4.92 ERA and 462 strike outs.  He was the 4th overall pick in the 2008 Amateur Draft by the Orioles and was projected to be a top of the rotation starter.  He never lived up to that potential, many times getting in his own way mentally.  He was one of those Orioles pitchers that may have benefited from a change of scenery, but got blown up in his only game with the Cubs.  He pitched 3 innings and allowed six earned runs for them last season.

I mailed to Matusz at Diamondbacks Spring Training on February 14 and got the cards back on February 25, for an 11-day TAT.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

TTM Success - Jerry Don Gleaton

Jerry Don Gleaton is one of those players who's cards always popped up whenever I opened packs way back when I first got into collecting.  We, as collectors, all have those players who we all remember seeing in packs.  Gleaton, Jerry Reuss, Oil Can Boyd, etc.  They all seemed to pop up.  I was able to take some of those Gleaton cards and add them to the album recently with this TTM success.

The above 1992 Topps turned out the best of all, I think.  A nice action shot on a horizontal card, I really like this one.
I obviously had plenty of cards to choose from when I mailed to Gleaton, but had to narrow it down to just a few.  I kept it to Topps for this request, and since I couldn't find his 1987 Topps for whatever reason, that made it so that another year was sent.  Had I had an 87, I probably would have removed the 1985 from consideration, I guess.  The color is off on that one, for some reason, leaving Gleaton's face red.
Finally, here is the 1989 that I sent.  I liked this one, too, with all of the blue on the card.  1989 is one of my favorite Topps sets, and I really need to pull more cards out of my box to send off.

Gleaton (b. 1957) actually shares a birthday with me.  I found that out JUST NOW!  He played in the majors from 1979 to 1982, 1984, 1985 and 1987 to 1992 for the Rangers, Mariners, White Sox, Royals, Tigers and Pirates.  He had a career record of 15-23 with an ERA of 4.25 and 265 strike outs. Gleaton was drafted in the second round of the 1976 Amateur Draft, but did not sign.  He would later be drafted in the first round (17th pick) of the 1979 Amateur Draft by the Rangers, with whom he would sign and begin his career.

I mailed to Gleaton on February 13 and got the cards back on February 25, for a 12-day TAT.

TTM Success From The Spaceman

I added two really cool cards when I got this return from Bill "Spaceman" Lee.  I have actually already discussed him three times on this blog (here, here and here).  There isn't much more I can add about him, other than he is always an interesting interview.  I was hoping he would answer some of the questions I sent, but he just returned the cards signed.

I think this 1977 Topps is a nice one, since it shows him in a Red Sox jersey.
This 1981 is really nice, as well.  That set is slowly moving up the ranks as one I have a bunch of signed cards from.  I doubt it will unseat 1987, but you never know.  Lee's stats are recited in this post, in case you were interested again.

I mailed to Lee on January 5 and got the cards back on February 25, for a 51-day TAT.

Monday, March 20, 2017

TTM Success - Howie Judson

I have been adding more and more vintage cards to the autograph album; so much so, I have had to buy a few more 8-pocket pages in order to fit the cards.  This one is another 1955 Bowman, this time signed by Howie Judson.

Judson (b. 1926) played in the majors from 1948 to 1954 for the White Sox and Reds/Redlegs.  Yes he played for the Reds in 1954 where they were referred to Redlegs due to the McCarthyism of the time.  Pretty interesting subtle piece of history.  The back of the Bowman card confirms this.
He had a career record of 17-37 with 204 strike outs and an ERA of 4.29.

I mailed to Judson on February 13 and got the card back on February 25, for a 12-day TAT.

TTM Success - Gene Richards

I added some early 1980s cards to my autograph album with these cards from former Padre, Gene Richards.  These cards are really cool because of the old Padres brown and yellow uniforms.  Also, Richards's hair is pretty awesome.
Those are some pretty bad uniforms, but that's the way it was back then, I guess.  Still, the cards turned out great, which I am happy about.

Richards (b. 1953) played in the majors from 1977 to 1984 for the Padres and Giants.  He had 1,028 hits, 26 home runs and a .290 batting average.  He received MVP votes only once, in 1980 when he finished 22nd.  He was the first pick in the 1975 amateur draft (January).

I mailed to Richards on January 12 and got the cards back on February 25, for a 44-day TAT.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

TTM Success - Floyd Rayford

I added another Oriole to my list of TTM successes with this return from former catcher, Floyd Rayford.  I had a lot of his cards to choose from, which was nice.  The above 1988 Score is a good one, which pops nicely on my scan.
I got a nice Topps run signed, from 1985 to 1988, which is pretty cool.  Usually, when I put the cards in the envelope, I'm just picking ones that look cool, or Topps years that I want to boost in my count, but in this case, it ended up being the four consecutive years.  Of the four, though, I liked the 1988 the best.  I like the old chest protector.

Rayford (b. 1957) played in the majors in 1980 and 1982 to 1987 for the Orioles and Cardinals.  He was in the right places at the wrong times, having been on the Orioles in 1982 when the Cardinals won the World Series, and on the Cardinals in 1983 when the Orioles won the World Series.  He had 255 hits, 38 home runs and a .244 batting average.

I mailed to Rayford on February 6 and got the cards back on February 24, for an 18-day TAT.

Instagram Deal With Dalton

I got a message from my buddy Dalton not too long ago saying that he was in a bind for money, and would be willing to sell me the above Andrew McCutchen relic/auto for a good price.  The price was so good, I can't remember what it was.  Oh well.  The card is pretty nice, I think.  I had one other McCutchen auto, and this one is the better of the two.
Dalton felt bad that he is always hitting me up for money, so he threw these relics/autos in the package.  I was really surprised to see the Killebrew in the package, as he is a huge Twins fan.  I have some other friends who PC Killebrew, so I anticipate some offers on that one.
This 2013 Bowman Inception Jake Marisnick auto is a pretty nice card as well.  I don't know much about the player, but the design of the card is really nice.
Finally, I got a laugh when Dalton included this IP auto of Dallas Mavericks player, Dwight Powell.  I do not follow basketball at all.  I just thought it was cool that kids are getting the wood floor samples from Home Depot and using them for autograph pieces.  Pretty ingenious.  It's a pretty big hunk of wood, too.

So, thanks for the deal, Dalton.  I like all of the stuff.

TTM Success - Gary DiSarcina

Whenever I got back to my parents' house, Mom usually has boxes of cards that she has found while cleaning that date back to when I collected as a kid.  Recently, she handed me a pack of 1992 Donruss The Rookies and inside was this Gary DiSarcina (among other cards, of course).  I checked each of the cards to see if any of the players signed TTM, and here we are.  I always liked Donruss, and thought it was cool when they did the different color sets like Rookies or Update.
I got this 1993 Topps back as well.  DiSarcina kept the 1996 Flair that I sent.  I don't blame him, those are really nice cards.

DiSarcina (b. 1967) played in the majors from 1989 to 2000 for the Angels.  He had 966 hits, 28 home runs and a .258 batting average.  He was an All Star in 1995 where he also received his only MVP votes (19th).  He appeared on the 2006 Hall of Fame ballot, but did not receive any votes.

I mailed to DiSarcina on February 9 at Red Sox Spring Training and got the cards back on February 24, for a 15-day TAT.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

TTM Success - Matt Stairs

I waited a long time to send to Matt Stairs.  His cards were in my TTM box for a long time until I finally was able to send to Phillies Spring Training.  I'm glad I finally was able to, though, because the cards I sent turned out great.  This 1993 Donruss was a really cool card to send, I think.  I don't have very many 1993 Donruss as it is, so adding this one to the album will be nice.
I got some nice Topps cards back, and a 2008 Upper Deck First Edition.  The 2006 Topps looks really cool.  The 2008 is also nice, and one of only four that I have signed.
Finally, here is a nice 1998 Score.  I had to send this along, since it is a horizontal card.  You can never go wrong with a TTM signature on a horizontal card.

Stairs (b. 1968) played in the majors from 1992, 1993 and 1995 to 2011 for the Expos, Red Sox, A's, Cubs, Brewers, Pirates, Royals, Rangers, Tigers, Blue Jays, Phillies, Padres and Nationals.  It may have been quicker to just type the teams he DIDN'T play for.  He had 1,366 hits, 265 home runs and a .262 batting average.

Stairs finished 17th in the 1999 AL MVP voting, his only time receiving votes.  He won the World Series in 2008 with the Phillies and now is on their coaching staff.  He appeared on the 2017 Hall of Fame ballot, but did not receive any votes.

I mailed to Stairs on February 9 and got the cards back on February 24, for a 15-day TAT.

Some (Not So) Recent Chris Davis Pickups

I have gotten quite a few Chris Davis cards recently in trades and Ebay, but I have been so busy trying to catch up on TTM posts.  All of these have been logged on my Davis spreadsheet, so it is pretty up to date, as far as I know.

Here is another 2015 Bowman red parallel numbered to 5.  I now have two of them, out of the 5.  This one is numbered 2/5.  I have a saved search on Ebay for Chris Davis Red and Chris Davis numbered to 5, so I'm hoping to see some more pop up.
I picked up this 2016 Topps Heritage High Number relic of Davis from my friend, Blaine.  He wanted a Manny Machado RC for it, and I had several, so we made a quick and easy deal for it.
I picked this up from Ebay.  This is one of the 2017 Topps Rediscover Topps buybacks, but for some reason they bought back a 2016 Topps and slapped their Rediscover Topps stamp on it.  Kind of weird.  I got it for $0.99 on EBay, and it will work as a "rainbow" card, I guess.
Speaking of rainbows, here are two 2017 Topps parallels of Davis that I picked up once Series 1 came out.  The black parallel is numbered 56/66, and the purple is not numbered.
Finally, here is the 2017 Topps Vault blank back 1/1 that I picked up recently.  I got it for less than $15, and it came in the magnetic case, along with the certificate.  I thought the blank backs were kind of dumb, really, but since I have Chris Davis 1/1 saved as an Ebay search, it popped up.  Actually, the Heritage 1/1 blank back showed up as well, and I picked it up recently, too.  It is on the way, and will be shown in a (much) later post.

TTM Success - Danny Tartabull

This TTM success may have had some of the coolest cards come back that I have sent out so far.  I had a ton of Danny Tartabull's cards, and had a really tough time narrowing down the last few cards I selected.  This first couple of cards I added to the envelope were no-brainers, like this 1997 Pacific Prisms.  This is just a cool card.  It has a little clear plastic window at the bottom with Tartabull's face, and an overall cool looking design.  I had a couple cards of guys from this set that I had sent out, and Tartabull is the first one to have come back.  I'm really glad it did, because this is going to look so cool in my album.  There are a couple other Pacific sets I've seen that I really want to score some TTMs with, but I need to find some of guys who are signing.
This is a 1997 Flair Showcase.  Unlike the Pacific above, I have a couple of these signed already.  They all turn out great, even though the scan doesn't do the beauty of the card any justice.  In person, it looks awesome.
This 1994 Stadium Club had potential to be a really cool success, but the auto is a bit smeared.  I don't let that bother me all that much.  The card itself has a really cool photo, and I always liked this design.  That is also a lot of grass on this card.  I think it frames the photo nicely.  I wouldn't be opposed to a card set having a "grass" border, much like 1962 and 87 Topps have the wood borders.
Finally, here is an oddball Classic card I found at my LCS along with the Flair Showcase and Pacific Prism.  This card's yellow border really scans well.  This is a 1987 Classic.  The back only has Tartabull's high school stats from 1980 for some reason.

Tartabull (b. 1962) played in the majors from 1984 to 1997 for the Mariners, Royals, Yankees, A's, White Sox and Phillies.  He had 1,366 hits, 262 home runs and a .273 batting average.  He was an All Star in 1991 with the Royals, and had his best finish in the AL MVP voting (12th) that season.

I mailed to Tartabull on November 18 and got the cards back on February 24, for a 98-day TAT.