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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Leyland (b. 1944) managed in the majors from 1986 to 1999 and 2006 to 2013 for the Pirates, Marlins, Rockies and Tigers. His career record is 1,769-1,728 (.506 winning %). He won the NL Pennant in 1997 with the Marlins, and went on to win the World Series that season. He also won the AL Pennant in 2006 and 2012 with the Tigers. He was the NL Manager of the Year in 1990 and 1992 and the AL Manager of the Year in 2006.
I mailed to Leyland on January 20 and got the card back on February 3, for a 14-day TAT.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Ritz (b. 1965) played in the majors from 1989 to 1992 and 1994 to 1998 for the Tigers and Rockies. He had a career record of 45-56 with 462 strike outs and a 5.35 ERA.
I mailed to Ritz on August 7 and got the cards back on February 2, for a 179-day TAT.
Monday, February 26, 2018
Dawson (b. 1954) played in the majors from 1976 to 1996 for the Expos, Cubs, Red Sox and Marlins. He had 2,774 hits, 438 home runs and a .279 batting average. He was the 1977 NL Rookie of the Year and the 1989 NL MVP. He was an 8-time Gold Glove Award winner (1980-1985, 1987 and 1988) and an 8-time All Star (1981-1983 and 1987-1991). He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2010 (his 9th ballot) when he received 77.9% of the vote.
I mailed to Dawson on January 2 and got the cards back on February 2, for a 31-day TAT.
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Smithson (b. 1955) played in the majors from 1982 to 1989 for the Rangers, Twins and Red Sox. He had a career record of 76-86 with 731 strike outs and a 4.58 ERA.
He did not appear in the post season in 1987 when the Twins won the World Series.
I mailed to Smithson on January 22 and got the cards back on February 1, for a 10-day TAT.
Thanks for the autos, Gerard! Have fun at Spring Training.
Saturday, February 24, 2018
The above 1987 Fleer is a nice card. I like the blue background. I've got a few other TTM requests outstanding that came from that box, so there should be a few others coming in here and there.
Bailes (b. 1961) played in the majors from 1986 to 1992 and 1997 to 1998 for the Indians, Angels and Rangers. He had a career record of 39-44 with 351 strike outs and a 4.95 ERA.
I mailed to Bailes on January 20 and got the cards back on February 1, for a 12-day TAT.
Friday, February 23, 2018
He managed the Phillies from 1985 to 1987 to a record of 190-194. He had a winning season with the Phillies in 1986 when they went 86-75 and finished 2nd in the NL East, 21.5 games behind the eventual World Series Champion Mets.
I mailed to Felske on January 22 and got the cards back on February 1, for a 10-day TAT.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Coste (b. 1973) played in the majors from 2006 to 2009 for the Phillies and Astros. He had 219 hits, 23 home runs and a .272 batting average. He won the World Series in 2008 with the Phillies.
I mailed to Coste on January 22 and got the cards back February 1, for a 10-day TAT.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
I mailed these cards off to Brown on January 22 and got the cards back on January 31, for a 9-day TAT.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
I had an amazing time at the Mad Monster Party, and plan to attend if they come back to Charlotte. The lines were short for all of the actors (and wrestler) that I wanted to meet. The prices for autos are set by the artists, and they were in line with what I spent at the Walker Stalker last year.
I can't put into words how excited I was to meet these guys, especially Goldstein. The photos Chris and I got signed are already framed and ready to be put on our walls.
Monday, February 19, 2018
The back of the card is the collage of photos shown above. I'm actually on the card twice, which is really cool. I think Mark Joyce of MJ Printing & Graphics did a great job on this. He had designed Dad's t-shirts for years.
Sunday, February 18, 2018
One of the ones I had done for the set is this one that I got back from the commissioner at the time, Peter Ueberroth. I figured it would make sense to include this one in the actual set that I am working on, because of his being the commissioner.
Ueberroth (b. 1937) was the MLB commissioner from 1984 to 1989. He was responsible for persuading the Cubs to install lights at Wrigley Field and initiated MLB's investigation into Pete Rose and gambling.
He was also the commissioner in charge when the MLB owners were found guilty of collusion in suppressing player contracts. Many blame the 1994-1995 players' strike on this.
I mailed to Ueberroth on January 22 and got the card back on January 31, for a 9-day TAT.
Friday, February 16, 2018
Niemann (b. 1955) played in the majors from 1979, 1980 and 1982 to 1987 for the Astros, Pirates, White Sox, Mets and Twins. He had a career record of 7-8 with 102 strike outs and an ERA of 4.64.
I mailed to Niemann on January 8 and got the cards back on January 31, for a 23-day TAT.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
One of the cards I got back was this nice 1983 Topps rookie card. I had forgotten that I had his rookie in my 83 box, but found it and sent it along.
Since he is pictured on the 1987 Twins Leaders card, I was able to knock that one out as well.
Viola (b. 1960) played in the majors from 1982 to 1996 for the Twins, Mets, Red Sox, Reds and Blue Jays. He had a career record of 176-150 with 1,844 strike outs and an ERA of 3.73. He was the 1988 AL Cy Young Award winner when he went 24-7 with a 2.64 ERA and had 193 strike outs. He finished 10th in the AL MVP voting that season. He also won 20 games for the Mets in 1990 when he went 20-12 and finished 3rd in the NL Cy Young voting. He was an All Star three times (1988, 1990 and 1991) and won the World Series with the Twins in 1987. He was the World Series MVP that year when he went 2-1 with a 3.72 ERA and had 16 strike outs.
He appeared on the 2002 Hall of Fame ballot, but only received 0.4% of the vote.
I mailed to Viola on January 22 and got the cards back on January 31, for a 9-day TAT. I paid his fee of $5/card.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
I liked how this 1989 Topps looked, and it turned out really nicely with his signature.
Bene (b. 1967) was drafted in the first round (5th overall) by the Dodgers in the 1988 amateur draft out of Cal State LA. He never made the majors, but played in the minors from 1988 to 1995 and 1997 in the Dodgers, Reds and Angels systems. He did get as far as AAA. Across 9 minor league and independent league seasons, he had a career record of 18-34 with 502 strike outs and a 5.45 ERA.
I mailed to Bene on January 16 and got the card back on January 30, for a 14-day TAT.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Lewis (b. 1999) was drafted #1 overall last year in the Amateur Draft by the Twins out of a California high school. He played at two levels in the Twins' system (rookie level and single A) last season. He had 57 hits, 4 home runs and a .279 batting average.
I mailed to Lewis on January 12 and got the cards back on January 29, for a 17-day TAT.
Monday, February 12, 2018
Howell (b. 1955) played in the majors from 1980 to 1994 for the Reds, Cubs, Yankees, A's, Dodgers, Braves and Rangers. He had a career record of 58-53 with 155 saves, 666 strike outs and an ERA of 3.34. He was an All Star in 1985, 1987 and 1989. He won the World Series with the Dodgers in 1988.
I mailed to Howell on January 22 and got the cards back on January 29, for a 7-day TAT.
Sunday, February 11, 2018
The cards turned out really nice. I kept the second card in my extras stack in case I needed an auto to send to someone for trade, especially if that someone was into older Topps autos. If not, I can always include it as a gift for a future trade.
Lubratich (b. 1955) played in the majors in 1981 and 1983 for the Angels. He had 37 hits, no home runs and a .209 batting average. I mailed to him on January 6 and got the cards back on January 29, for a 13-day TAT.
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Dawley (b. 1958) played in the majors from 1983 to 1989 for the Astros, White Sox, Cardinals, Phillies and A's. He had a career record of 27-30 with 292 strike outs and an ERA of 3.42. He was an All Star in 1983.
I mailed to Dawley on January 18 and got the cards back on January 29, for an 11-day TAT.