Sunday, December 16, 2018

TTM Success - Tommy Herr

I have his autograph; it was among the first that I ever pulled from a pack.  However, I needed to get Tommy Herr's autograph via TTM so that I could, you guessed it, add it to my 1987 set.  Herr signs multiples, so I added several other Topps issues to the request, and came away very happy.

The above 1990 Topps looked really nice, once it was signed.
I also asked him to sign the 1984 and 1988 to go along with the 87.

Herr (b. 1956) played in the majors from 1979 to 1991 for the Cardinals, Twins, PhilliesMets and Giants.  He had 1,450 hits, 28 home runs and a .271 batting average.  He was an All Star in 1985, the same season he had his best MVP finish (5th).  He won the World Series with the Cardinals in 1982.

I mailed to Herr on October 22 and got the cards back on October 30, for an 8-day TAT.

TTM Success - Neil Allen

Another private signing on SCN landed me this card for my 1987 set.  This Neil Allen card turned out really nicely.  As of the TTMs that came in yesterday, I am at 361 total cards for my set.  I'm really knocking them out.  I know it'll slow down sometime soon, but I really hope to be over 400 in the coming months.

Allen (b. 1958) played in the majors from 1979 to 1989 for the Mets, Cardinals, Yankees, White Sox and Indians.  He had a career record of 58-70 with 611 strike outs and a 3.88 ERA.

I mailed to the private signing on October 3 and got the card back on October 29, for a 26-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $29.00.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

TTM Success - Lee Lacy

I needed Lee Lacy for my 1987 set, so I finally got around to sending to him via PastPros.  I had a bunch of other cards that I wanted to send, so I went ahead and sent them all.  This 1975 Topps came out of one of the first deals I made with Max a while ago.
I really liked the colors on his 1976 Topps, and also that his 1988 was an Orioles cards, so that's why I sent those along as well.

Lacy (b. 1948) played in the majors from 1972 to 1987 for the Dodgers, Braves, Pirates and Orioles.  He had 1,303 hits, 91 home runs and a .286 batting average.  He won the 1979 World Series with the Pirates.

I mailed to Lacy on October 22 and got the cards back on October 29, for a 7-day TAT.  I paid $5/card.

Friday, December 14, 2018

TTM Success - Bernie Carbo

I added some 70s cards with this TTM success from Bernie Carbo.  I had to wait a while for the cards to come in, but when they finally did, they looked pretty great.
The cards I sent were 1972, 1973 and 1974 Topps.  I don't have many 1974s left over to send out for TTMs, so I may have to find some in the future.

Carbo (b. 1947) played in the majors from 1969 to 1980 for the Reds, Cardinals, Red Sox, Brewers, Indians and Pirates.  He had 722 hits, 96 home runs and a .264 batting average.

I mailed to Carbo on September 10 and got the cards back on October 29, for a 49-day TAT.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Another TTM Success From Ron Kittle

When I sent a TTM request to Ron Kittle back in April of 2016, I wasn't working on the 1987 Topps set.  So, I had to send to him again.  I got my 1987 Topps signed, and also another card that I wanted to add to my album.
I had to dig for this 1991 Fleer, but I was able to get Kittle on an Orioles card.  I hadn't seen another Orioles Kittle, so this one it pretty cool.  I am also one of the rare people who like the 1991 Fleer set.  I love the color, and also the lettering and black lines.  To me, it is just a sharp set.  Some folks don't care for the yellow.

I sent to Kittle on October 10 and got the cards back on October 27, for a 17-day TAT.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

TTM Success - Jim Nettles

I added another Nettles to my autograph collection with this TTM success from Jim Nettles.  I had already gotten his brother Graig for my 1987 set through a private signing a few months ago.
Jim Nettles (b. 1947) played in the majors from 1970 to 1972, 1974, 1979 and 1981 for the Twins, Tigers, Royals and A's.  He had 129 hits, 16 home runs and a .220 batting average.

I mailed to Nettles on October 1 and got the cards back on October 25, for a 24-day TAT.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

A Trade With Stefan

I did my first Instagram trade in a while with a kid that I hadn't talked to in some time, my friend, Stefan.  He and I used to talk all the time, then the both of us got busy, and sort of drifted apart.  He was looking to trade for some 2017 Topps HM, and I had three cards that he needed.
In return, Sefan sent me the two 1987 Topps that he had that I needed from my list.  I was lucky that he had these, otherwise, I wouldn't have had any idea what to trade for.

Thanks for the deal, Stefan!

TTM Success - Tim Burke

I answered a private signing on SCN for former Expo Tim Burke.  The card turned out great, and it crossed another card off of my list.

Burke (b. 1959) played in the majors from 1985 to 1992 for the Expos, Mets and Yankees.  He had a career record of 49-33 with 444 strike outs and a 2.72 ERA.  He was an All Star in 1989.

I mailed to the private signing on October 2 and got the card back on October 23, for a 21-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $22.

Monday, December 10, 2018

TTM Success - Ted Kubiak

Using some of the cards I got from Conrad when I was in Columbia, I was able to get some nice autographs TTM from Ted Kubiak.  The above 1972 Topps looks really cool, even though he signed across his face.
I also got the above 1973 and 1977 Topps cards signed.  Both of these show some awesome 70s uniforms.

Kubiak (b. 1942) played in the majors from 1967 to 1976 for the A's (KC and Oakland), Brewers, Cardinals, Rangers and Padres.  He had 565 hits, 13 home runs and a .231 batting average.  He won the World Series in 1972 and 1973 with the A's.

I mailed to Kubiak on October 3 and got the cards back on October 22, for a 19-day TAT.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Hall of Fame Signed Baseball - Harold Baines

All I had to do today to add a new baseball to my Hall of Fame collection was tune into MLB Network and watch the results of the Today's Era Committee vote.  I was surprised to see that both Harold Baines and Lee Smith were elected by the committee to be enshrined in Cooperstown.  I'm really excited to see that Baines made it.  He had a very long career, and some of his numbers were hurt when he was traded away from the White Sox into a part-time role with the Orioles late in his career.  Otherwise, he might have made 3,000 hits, which would have had him enshrined a lot earlier.

Baines becomes my 142nd Hall of Famer on a baseball.

Baines (b. 1959) played in the majors from 1980 to 2001 for the White Sox, Rangers, A's, Orioles and Indians.  He had 2,866 hits, 384 home runs and a .289 batting average.  He was a former #1 overall pick in the amateur draft (1977) out of high school.  He becomes the third #1 overall pick to make the Hall of Fame behind Ken Griffey, Jr., and Chipper Jones.  He was an All Star six times (1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991 and 1999) and finished a career-best 9th in the AL MVP voting (1985).  He was also a Silver Slugger Award winner in 1989.

Baines did not receive much support on the Hall of Fame ballot by the BBWAA.  He only appeared on 5 ballots, and received a maximum of 6.1% of the vote (2010).  In his defense, he appeared on some bloated ballots back then, and finally can say that he is a Hall of Famer.

In the all-time rankings, he ranks 46th in hits, 65th in home runs and 20th in games played.  He holds a 38.7 career WAR, if that stat means something to you.

Baines spent 7 seasons in Baltimore where he had 638 hits, 107 home runs and a .301 average.  My money is on him being inducted as a member of the White Sox, however.  I'll have to continue to wait for a new Oriole to be inducted.

TTM Success - Sherman Corbett

This was a simple TTM request from Sherman Corbett.  I only had the one 1989 Topps to send, and it came back signed with a nice signature.

Corbett (b. 1962) played in the majors from 1988 to 1990 for the Angels.  He had a career record of 2-1 with 33 strike outs and a 4.50 ERA.

I mailed to Corbett on September 19 and got the card back on October 22, for a 33-day TAT.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

A Surprise in the Mail From My Friend, Jacob

My good friend, Jacob, told me while I was in Vegas, that he had sent a surprise to me that would be here when I got home.  When I got in and checked the mail, there was an envelope from him, and inside was this signed 1987 Topps Tim Raines.  There was also the below Dennis Leonard, which we had made a deal on, but the Raines caught me totally by surprise.
Jacob and I made a trade for this Dennis Leonard, which I still need to ship my part of the deal.  I plan on sending it with Jacob's Christmas gift, if the dang thing ever gets here.

Jacob is a great dude.  I wish I could get up to where he lives and go to Expos Fest with him.  I'd need to renew my passport.

Thanks for the cards, Jacob.  Those and the letter really mean a lot to me!

TTM Success - Von Joshua

When I got my bulk box of 1973 Topps from Conrad, I went through it to see who all signed TTM.  I, then, tried to find other cards of those guys so I could have extras to send out.  That's how I found this 1978 Topps to go with my 1973 Joshua when I mailed TTM to him.  The 1978 is reall sharp, and his signature in blue Sharpie really blends well with this card.
The 1973 looks just as good.  I thought I had more cards of his, but I guess I didn't.  Still, the two I got back turned out really well.

Joshua (b. 1948) played in the majors from 1969 to 1971, 1973 to 1977 and 1979 to 1980 for the Dodgers, Giants, Brewers and Padres.  He had 610 hits, 30 home runs and a .273 batting average.

I mailed to Joshua on October 3 and got the cards back on October 22, for a 19-day TAT.

TTM Success - Bryan Oelkers

I added another card to my 1987 set with this TTM success from Bryan Oelkers.  I also sent along this 1987 Donruss, since it was easy to find.
The 87 turned out well, as usual.  His Sharpie looks like it is dying, but the signature still turned out ok.

Oeklers (b. 1961) played in the majors in 1983 with the Twins and 1986 with the Indians.  He had a 3-8 record with 46 strike outs and a 6.01 ERA.

I mailed to Oelkers on October 1 and got the cards back on October 19, for an 18-day TAT.

Friday, December 7, 2018

TTM Success - Walt Terrell

I added a bunch of 1980s cards, including a 1987 for the set, with this TTM success from Walt Terrell.
I had a ton of his cards, and he signed everything I sent.  I also had a 1989 Topps Traded, and a 1991, to go with the rest of the 80s stuff.

Terrell (b. 1958) played in the majors from 1982 to 1992 for the Mets, Tigers, Padres, Yankees and Pirates.  He had a career record of 111-124 with 929 strike outs and a 4.22 ERA.

I mailed to Terrell on March 3 and got the cards back on October 18, for a 229-day TAT.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

TTM Success - Gary Matthews Jr.

I was really excited when this TTM success from Gary Matthews, Jr. came in because I wasn't sure that it would.  I had to ask a friend for his Harvey book, because Matthews's address wasn't shown anywhere.  The address he hoked me up with worked, and I got a few really cool cards to show for it.

The above 2007 Turkey Red Chrome was my favorite of the bunch.  I prepped the card before I mailed, and that really made it pop.  Matthews has a nice auto that shows up really well on this card.
The Ticket To Stardom (left) card will be a first for my autograph album.  It looks really nice.  That wasn't the greatest of all sets, but it also wasn't terrible either.  I also don't have many cards from that set left over, so this may end up being the only one that gets signed for my album.

Matthews (b. 1974) played in the majors from 1999 to 2010 for the Padres, Cubs, Pirates, Mets, Orioles, Rangers and Angels.  He had 1,056 hits, 108 home runs and a .257 batting average.  He was an All Star in 2006, a season where he also finished 30th in the AL MVP voting.  For some reason, the Angels signed him to a 5-year, $50 million contract after the 2006 season, and Matthews didn't really live up to it.  At that time, the Angels must have had money to burn.  Nothing against Matthews, but that contract was crazy from the beginning.

I mailed to Matthews on February 5 and got the cards back on October 18, for a 255-day TAT.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

TTM Success - Ed Kranepool

I got some really cool cards in from this TTM success from Ed Kranepool.  I definitely wanted this 1964 Topps with Casey Stengel signed, and it looks really nice.
I also got two different 1972 Topps signed, along with a 1973 and a 1976.  His signature is really nice, and looks good on all of these cards.

Kranepool (b. 1944) played in the majors from 1962 to 1979 for the Mets.  He had 1,418 hits, 118 home runs and a .261 batting average.  He was an All Star in 1965 and won the World Series with the Mets in 1969.  He appeared on the 1985 Hall of Fame ballot, but did not receive any votes.

I mailed to Kranepool on October 3 and got the cards back on October 13, for a 10-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $20.00 ($5/card).

Jackson Comes Through With Ensberg

Morgan Ensberg wouldn't sign for me this season when Buies Creek came to Kinston, so I had to rely on my friend, Jackson, to try to get me some cards signed.  I had bought 8 nice Ensbergs, and hoped to get them all done, but I missed out.
Jackson got these two done right at the end of the season, so I was at least able to add two to my album.  I'll have to try the rest of the cards next season.

Thanks for getting these signed for me, Jackson!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

An Autograph From Ryan

My friend Ryan went to a Richmond game toward the end of the season and tried to get a few more cards signed for me.  They were playing Bowie, but the only autograph he was able to come away with for me was Ryan Mountcastle on this 2016 Bowman.  The card looks really nice.

Thanks for getting it signed for me, Ryan!  I can't wait to go back next season!

Friday, November 30, 2018

TTM Success - Kevin Plawecki

I added a few recent cards to my autograph album that came out of my prospects box.  I always enjoy making some room in that box, and getting these Kevin Plawecki cards signed helped in that regard.
The 2015 Bowman shimmer mini really turned out well, as did the other cards that I sent.

Plawecki (b. 1991) has played in the majors for the Mets since 2015.  He has 153 hits, 14 home runs and a .218 batting average.

I mailed to Plawecki on March 31 and got the cards back on October 9, for a 192-day TAT.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

TTM Success - Ron Robinson

Another SCN private signing yielded me another 1987 Topps for my set, this time from Ron Robinson.  The card turned out really well.

Robinson (b. 1962) played in the majors from 1984 to 1992 for the Reds and Brewers.  He had a career record of 48-39 with 473 strike outs and a 3.63 ERA.

I mailed to the private signing on September 8 and got the card back on October 6, for a 28-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $15.00.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

TTM Success - Craig Reynolds

This private signing of Craig Reynolds took a while to come in due to a mistake from the organizer of the event.  He sent me a 1987 Topps Craig Reynolds back, but it was unsigned.  I messaged him, and he finally got a signed one to me when he sent with another signing I signed up for later on.  I'm glad it finally came in, so I could cross it off of my list.

Reynolds (b. 1952) played in the majors from 1975 to 1989 for the Pirates, Mariners and Astros.  He had 1,142 hits, 42 home runs and a .256 batting average.  He was an All Star in 1978 and 1979.  He led the NL in triples in 1981 with 12.

I mailed to the private signing on June 2 and got the card back on October 6, for a 126-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $15.00.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Another TTM Success From Steve Balboni

When I sent to Steve Balboni a while back, I neglected to send a 1987 Topps.  I wasn't working on the set at the time, so that's why one wasn't sent.  I rectified that issue recently, and got this back.

I mailed to Balboni on September 8 and got the card back on October 5, for a 27-day TAT.

As of the card I got in yesterday (a super huge private signing), I have 350 cards from the set with several out pending from 50/50s, consignments and TTMs.  I could be well over 400 in a month or so.

Monday, November 26, 2018

TTM Success - Carney Lansford

Another private signing landed me another tough auto for my 1987 set with this success from Carney Lansford.  The auto turned out really well, but I completely missed that he was on the A's team card, so I'll have to send that (which is already signed by LaRussa) if another signing comes down the line.

Lansford (b. 1957) played in the majors from 1978 to 1992 for the Angels, Red Sox and A's.  He had 2,074 hits, 151 home runs and a .290 batting average.  He was the AL batting champion in 1981 with a .336 average, a season where he had his best MVP finish (6th) and was a Silver Slugger.  He was an All Star in 1988 and he won the World Series with the A's in 1989. 

I mailed to the private signing on September 5 and got the card back on October 5, for a 30-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $9.00.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

TTM Success - Cliff Speck

More cards are being knocked off of my 1987 checklist.  This time it was Cliff Speck who was crossed off.
I also had his 1987 Donruss that I got signed.  Both cards look good with his signature.

Speck (b. 1956) played in the majors in 1986 for the Braves.  He had a 2-1 record with 21 strike outs and a 4.13 ERA.

I mailed to Speck on September 19 and got the cards back on October 1, for a 12-day TAT.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

TTM Success - Walt Weiss

This 1991 Topps was a card that I really wanted to add to my autograph album, and I finally was able to when I saw that there was a private signing for Walt Weiss on SCN.

The 1991 Topps set has some of my favorite photography that Topps has ever offered.  The set is still very underrated, and can be had very cheaply, even with the Chipper Jones RC in there.

Weiss (b. 1963) played in the majors from 1987 to 2000 for the A's, Marlins, Rockies and Braves.  He had 1,207 hits, 25 home runs and a .258 batting average.  He was the 1988 AL Rookie of the Year.  He won the 1989 World Series with the A's.

Weiss managed the Rockies from 2013 to 2016 and compiled a 283-365 record (.437%).

I mailed to the private signing on September 18 and got the card back on October 1, for a 13-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $20.00.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Another TTM Success From Billy Gardner

When I was looking to get some 1958 Hires Root Beer cards signed, I really wanted to get an Oriole, and luckily, Billy Gardner was one of the Orioles in the set.  I had gotten him TTM back in April 2016, so I figured enough time had passed for me to ask again.

The card turned out really well, so I now have one of an Oriole for the collection.  It's too bad that Brooks Robinson isn't in the set, or I would have definitely gone for him.  Still, Gardner is a nice addition, and the card is really cool.

I mailed the card on September 8 and got the card back on October 1, for a 23-day TAT.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

TTM Success - Matt Moore

This was a nice TTM success from Matt Moore in that I was able to use this 2009 Bowman Chrome that had been floating around my boxes since I had gotten the card.  I do have a bunch of old Bowman from back then, and it is a bit tough to get them signed these days.
I also added a 2014 Topps to the album with this one.  I still dob't have very many of these signed, so it was good to add one.

Moore (b. 1989) has played in the majors since 2011 for the Rays, Giants and Rangers.  He has a career record of 54-56 with 797 strike outs and a 4.56 ERA.  He was an All Star in 2013 and also finished 9th in the AL Cy Young voting that season.

I mailed to Moore on December 4, 2017, and got the cards back on September 29, 2018, for a 299-day TAT.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

TTM Success - Bartolo Colon

I was really excited to get this TTM back from Big Sexy, himself, Bartolo Colon.  I think is has been great for baseball to see how well Colon has done the last few seasons at his age.  He says he wants to continue pitching, and I hope someone signs him.  I believe I pulled this blue refractor out of a pack.  It's either that, or I got it out of a dine box at the National.

Colon (b. 1973) has played in the majors from 1997 to 2009 and 2011 to 2018 for the Indians, Expos, White Sox, Angels, Red Sox, Yankees, A's, Mets, Braves, Twins and Rangers.  He has a career record of 247-188 with 2,535 strike outs and a 4.12 ERA.  He was the 2005 AL Cy Young Award winner and was a four-time All Star and finished a career-best 23rd in the AL MVP voting (2005).  He won 20 or more games twice in his career (2002 and 2005).

I mailed to Colon via the Rangers on August 20 and got the card back on September 29, for a 40-day TAT.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

TTM Success - Lonnie Smith

I used PastPros again and knocked another name off of my 1987 checklist.  I also went ahead and added this 1995 Score, which shows Lonnie Smith as an Oriole.  I always loved the 1995 Score set, and would have built it, if my base cards I had hadn't all been stuck together.  Oh well, this one survived, and is now safe in my album.
Here is the 1987 Topps that I needed, which turned out well.

Smith (b. 1955) played in the majors from 1978 to 1994 for the Phillies, Cardinals, Royals, Braves, Pirates and Orioles.  He had 1,488 hits, 98 home runs and a .288 bating average.  He was an All Star in 1982.  His best finish in the MVP voting was also 1982 (NL), when he finished second to Dale Murphy.  He won the World Series with the Phillies in 1980, with the Cardinals in 1982 and with the Royals in 1985.

I mailed to Smith on September 20 and got the cards back on September 28, for an 8-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $5/card plus the $2 PastPros fee.

Monday, November 19, 2018

TTM Success - Joe Borowski

This TTM success from Joe Borowski was nice because it got me a few signed cards from the mid-2000s.  These are years where I don't have a lot of extra base, so some of these guys are hard to come by.  The above 2005 Topps turned out really well, I think.
These are actually two different 2008 Topps.  The top one is the shorter printed gold foil and the bottom is the more common silver foil.
Finally, here is a 2007 Upper Deck.  I remember busting a box of this way back when, and really enjoying this set.

Borowski (b. 1971) played in the majors from 1995 to 1998 and 2001 to 2008 for the Orioles, Braves, Yankees, Cubs, Devil Rays, Marlins and Indians.  He had a career record of 22-34 with 372 strike outs and a 4.18 ERA.  He led the league in saves in 2007 with 45.  He also had a 5.07 ERA that season, so he must have had quite a few clunkers as well.

I mailed to Borowski on September 10 and got the cards back on September 28, for an 18-day TAT.