Monday, July 22, 2019

TTM Success - Dave Ford

I added another card from my 1991 Orioles Crown set when I got this TTM success back from Dave Ford.  I feel like I have already gotten my $5.00 worth out of the set, so that is always good.  I don't think I will pursue getting the whole thing done, but it is nice when I see someone who signs, and I can add an extra card to the envelope.
I also sent off a 1982 Fleer and a 1981 Topps.  Both look nice, now that they are signed.

Ford (b. 1956) played in the majors from 1978 to 1981 for the Orioles.  He had a career record of 5-6 with a 4.02 ERA and 46 strike outs.

I mailed to Ford on June 18 and got the cards back on June 24, for a 6-day TAT.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

TTM Success - Sam Hentges

I had a couple cards left over from last year that I wasn't able to get signed in person by Sam Hentges, so I sent to him TTM.  I was happy that the cards came back signed, and they look really good!

This 2014 Bowman Chrome Black Shimmer refractor is not numbered, but it still is really cool.  I pulled it out of a pack, and was glad to see that Hentges signs.  Otherwise, it would be in a box, somewhere.
I also was able to get my 2018 Carolina League Top Prospects set card signed.

Hentges (b. 1996) was a 4th round draft pick by the Indians in the 2014 Amateur Draft.  So far, he has compiled a record of 13-28 with 394 strike outs and a 4.29 ERA.  This season, he is with AA Akron, and doesn't look to be faring all that well.  He has a record of 1-9 with a 5.21 ERA.  Hopefully, the Indians keep working with him.  When we met him last season, he was really nice.

I mailed to Hentges via Akron on April 16 and got the cards back on June 24, for a 69-day TAT.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

TTM Success - Greg Brock

It took a while, but I finally got my TTM success back from Greg Brock.  I had sent three cards to him, one being my 1987 Topps, and in the wait in between, I got a signed Topps from someone else.
The one is in black Sharpie and this one is in blue, so I will upgrade the one I have in my album, and use the other one to help someone else making the set.

Brock (b. 1957) played in the majors from 1982 to 1991 for the Dodgers and Brewers.  He had 794 hits, 110 home runs and a .248 batting average.

I mailed to Brock on November 17, 2018, and got the cards back on June 22, 2019, for a 217-day TAT.

Friday, July 19, 2019

TTM Success - George Lombard

I got another TTM success back from the batch I sent to Spring Training, this one being from Dodgers camp.  I had some nice late 90s, early 2000s cards of Lombard that I sent off, but he ended up keeping two of the better cards that I sent.
The ones I got back turned out well, so I can't complain.  I just wish I had gotten the other two cards back, because they would have looked cool.

Lombard (b. 1975) is exactly 5 years older than I am.  It isn't often that I find a player with whom I share a birthday, but it is cool that Lombard and I do.  He played in the majors from 1998 to 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2006 for the Braves, Tigers, Devil Rays and Nationals.  He had 77 hits, 8 home runs and a .220 batting average.

I mailed to Lombard via Dodgers Spring Training on February 5 and got the cards back on June 22, for a 137-day TAT.

TTM Success - Bret "The Hitman" Hart

Sometimes, I get TTM success from folks other than baseball players.  This one, in particular, I was really excited about, because it was from one of my favorite wrestlers growing up.  I saw the Bret Hart was signing TTM, so I picked up these cards out of a quarter box at a card show in January.  I, then, researched how I could send to Canada, and get the return mail back.  It took buying Canadian stamps online and having them sent to me (thanks, Google), and I was all ready to get them mailed out.
I'm really happy with the cards I sent, and how they turned out.  The card at the top of the page is a bit rougher, but I remembered that set from when I was a kid, and wanted it in my album.

Hart (b. 1957) is a member of the legendary Hart Family of wrestling.  Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the Harts have been a fixture in Canadian wrestling for decades.  Patriarch, Stu Hart, ran Stampede Wrestling in Canada and showcased his sons (most notably, Bret and Owen), along with his sons-in-law, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart and The British Bulldog, the Hart Family was a fixture in wrestling in the 80s ad 90s.

Bret made his wrestling debut in 1978 and retired in 2000.  His retirement was due to a concussion he received when he was mule-kicked in the head by Bill Goldberg in a WCW match.  In all, he was a World Champion (WCW and WWE) 9 times, and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame twice (individually in 2006 and as a member of the Hart Foundation in 2019).

I mailed to Hart on March 25 and got the cards back on June 15, for an 82-day TAT.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

July 2019 Graphing Recap of Hillcats at Wood Ducks

Running low on Wood Ducks card, I was glad that I got my 2019 Carolina League All Star and Top Prospects sets in from my friend, Michael.  Additionally, I was able to add Noah Bremer back to my autograph album, since he was activated from the DL recently.

The coolest thing about his card in this year's team set is that I actually own the jersey that he is wearing on the card.  Also, my dog is on the jersey, so my dog now has a baseball card.  When I asked Noah to sign this, I told him about the jersey, and he remembered me getting it that night, which was cool.
My friend John, in Texas, sent me some Frisco team set cards that I was able to get done by Jairo Beras.  Tim Brennan was called up from Hickory, so I got his card done; Diosbel Arias has an All Star card, and Bubba Thompson took care of his Top Prospects card.
I was able to get Yanio Perez on his team set card, as well.  Of the Wood Ducks left on this team (and not out injured), that leaves me with JP Martinez to get for my set.  The rest are waiting on returns from the DL, and the stack I sent out to John.
I had a few Hillcats that I needed to get, especially this relic card from 2019 Pro Debut of Will Benson.  Benson was one per, but he was really nice.  I had him sign this card first, and it looks awesome.
I also got these done, a 2019 Midwest League All Star card, 2017 Bowman Chrome and a 2017 Heritage Minors.
Oscar Gonzalez was in the Carolina League All Star set, and the Top Prospects set, so those got done.  Tyler Freeman was really tough but I did come away with these two cards, so I was happy with the results.
Justin Garza was really nice, so I got the die cut Elite Extra Edition and a Stars and Stripes completed.
Finally, I hit Juan Hillman for quite a few cards, but the only ones I needed were the Elite Extra Edition and Carolina League All Star.

TTM Success - Bob Knepper

Another private signing got me this Bob Knepper card signed for my 1987 Topps set.  I have slowed down a bit on getting these, only because there haven't been as many TTMs coming in, and definitely not many private signings that I need are popping up.

Knepper (b. 1954) played in the majors from 1976 to 1990 for the Giants and Astros.  He had a career record of 146-155 with 1,473 strike outs and a 3.68 ERA.  He was an All Star in 1981 and 1988.  He appeared on the 1996 Hall of Fame ballot, but received no votes.

I mailed to the private signing on May 20 and got the card back on June 13, for a 24-day TAT.  I paid a $20.00 fee.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

TTM Success - Pete Incaviglia

Another private signing on SCN brought me another signed card for my 1987 set.  This Pete Incaviglia card may have been able to get signed, had I gone to a Sugar Land Skeeters game this season, but I didn't have the chance to see them when they were in High Point.

Incaviglia (b. 1964) played in the majors from 1986 to 1994 and 1996 to 1998 for the Rangers, Tigers, Astros, Phillies, Orioles and Yankees.  He had 1,043 hits, 206 home runs and a .246 batting average.

I mailed to the private signing on May 20 and got the card back on June 13, for a 24-day TAT.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

TTM Success - Jim Gantner

I saw that Jim Gantner was going to be available through a private signing on SCN, and from what I understand, he is tough to get.  So, I made sure to sign up for the event, and get my 1987 Topps card out of the way.  His signature looks amazing on the card, and I am happy that I got it taken care of.

Gantner (b. 1953) played in the majors from 1976 to 1992 for the Brewers.  He had 1,696 hits, 47 home runs and a .274 batting average.

I mailed to the private signing on May 20 and got the card back on June 13, for a 24-day TAT.  I paid a $7.00 fee.

Monday, July 15, 2019

TTM Success - Tom Egan

Here is another TTM success that includes a 1972 and 1973 Topps.  I feel like there have been a ton of these lately, and that is probably true.  I got the two boxes at the same time, and sorted them by players who sign.  Then, I sent off a bunch, and waited for the results.

This time around, I received signed cards from Tom Egan.  He signed in blue Sharpie, and the cards look great.
Egan (b. 1946) played in the majors from 1965 to 1972 and 1974 to 1975 for the Angels and White Sox.  He had 196 hits, 22 home runs and a .200 batting average.

I mailed to Egan on February 4 and got the cards back on June 13, for a 129-day TAT.

TTM Success - Sam Khalifa

Another 1987 Topps was crossed off of the list when I received this TTM success from Sanny Khalifa.  He personalized the cards, but that doesn't really bother me all that much.  The signature still looks nice.
I also added this 1986 Topps.  86 is always a ince set, and I still have a ton of them, so getting them signed is always a plus.

Khalifa (b. 1963) played in the majors from 1985 to 1987 for the Pirates.  He had 107 hits, 2 home runs and a .219 batting average.

I mailed to Khalifa on January 7 and got the cards back on June 10, for a 154-day TAT.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

TTM Success - Dyar Miller

I got a former Oriole's autograph when I received this TTM success from Dyar Miller.  I wanted to get one of my 1991 Crown Orioles cards signed, and also sent some others.
Miller also included one of his own cards, which was nice.  Along with the card, he included a full-page note thanking me for being a fan.  I really love it when players do that!

Miller (b. 1946) played in the majors from 1975 to 1981 for the Orioles, Angels, Blue Jays and Mets.  He had a career record of 23-17 with 235 strike outs and a 3.23 ERA.

I mailed to Miller on May 23 and got the cards back on June 3, for an 11-day TAT.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Graphing Recap of Somerset Patriots at High Point Rockers

Before Chris went off to camp for a week, he and I decided to take a mini-day trip across the state and catch a game at the new High Point Rockers stadium.  The Rockers are a new independent league team that has taken residence in High Point, just outside of Winston-Salem and Greensboro.

We saw them take on the Somerset Patriots, and I spent a good amount of time a few days prior by looking for cards of guys who we would see.  I did pretty well, and Chris even helped me search my Orioles boxes for the above 2015 Topps Update Chrome sparkle Jimmy Paredes.  I knew I had the card, and when I saw he was on the roster, that was the one card that I wanted to get signed.
 Between my box of older prospect cards and a trip to the new LCS in town (the one I have been going to for the last 10 years has been bought out and closed), I got a good many card signed at the game.

You have to pick a side at their stadium and go for one team at a time, so I made sure I hit Somerset first so I could get the Paredes done.

Luckily, I got most of the Somerset guys I needed, save for two, so I was hoping I would knock off the final two, then head to the Rockers side and grab some as well.  I saw that this idea wasn't going to work, but Chris spoke up and said he would go over to the Rockers side and try to get whatever he could done.  I didn't have his book along with us, so I had to hand him the individual players and tell him the numbers to remember.
Chris got all but one of the Rockers players taken care of, and that was because the guy wouldn't stop.  I got one of the players that I needed (Ryan Kussmaul) and the other player didn't stop for me, so he and I missed one guy each.  That isn't too bad.

The only problem I saw with the independent teams was that neither team had an updated roster posted that I was able to find online.  There were a few pitchers who were listed on each roster that I wanted to get, but they weren't there.  I don't know if there is a better way for me to figure out the rosters, but that would be nice.

Chris gets back from camp today; the week without him has been no fun, so he needs to get home.

Friday, July 12, 2019

TTM Success - Mike Hedlund

I added a couple more early 70s cards to my album with this TTM success from Mike Hedlund.  He personalized both cards, a 1972 Topps and a 1973 Topps.  The cards turned out really well!
Hedlund (b. 1946) played in the majors in 1965 and from 1968 to 1972 for the Indians and Royals.  He had a career record of 25-24 with 211 strike outs and a 3.56 ERA.

I mailed to Hedlund on May 22 and got the cards back on May 31, for a 9-day TAT.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

TTM Success - Pete O'Brien

I got some cards signed in the TTM success from Pete O'Brien that I had gotten from Goodwill.  My mom had told me that there were a bunch of boxes of cards at a Goodwill near her house, but she didn't have time to pick them up.  Since I was in town, I figured I would go by there and see what they had.  They ended up having several late 80s/early 90s traded and update sets.  I bought most of what they had, and some of the cards have already been used for graphing.  I had found several Pete O'Brien cards while I was looking for something else, so I pulled them and used them for this TTM request.
O'Brien (b. 1958) played in the majors from 1982 to 1993 for the Rangers, Indians and Mariners.  He had 1,421 hits, 169 home runs and a .261 batting average.  He finished 17th in the 1986 AL MVP voting.

I mailed to O'Brien on March 13 and got the cards back on May 29, for a 77-day TAT.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

TTM Success - Bill Sharp

Some more 70s cards were added to my autograph album with this success from Bill Sharp.  The above 1975 Topps came from a long-ago package from my amazing friend, Max.  I'm really looking forward to hanging out with him at the National.
Sharp (b. 1950) played in the majors from 1973 to 1976 for the White Sox and Brewers.  He had 281 hits, 9 home runs and a .255 batting average.

I mailed to Sharp on May 9 and got the cards back on May 28, for a 19-day TAT.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

July 4, 2019, Graphing Recap of Keys at Mudcats

Chris and I found ourselves at Five County Stadium on July 4 to see the Mudcats take on the Keys.  It rained most of the time we were there, and eventually, the game was called.  We did, however, manage to get a few autographs, which was nice.  The rain did affect two of my cards, but the rest turned out ok.

The highlight, as has been usual this season with the Keys, was a long conversation we had with Ryan Ripken.  He is just a good dude.  I really enjoy talking with him, and this time around was no different.  We talked about the weather, of course, and some other baseball-related topics, as he waited on word about whether or not the game would be played.  He even gave Chris and I a heads up that the game would be called, so we could beat the traffic.
I had recently picked up some Delmarva team sets, so those gave me some cards to get signed.  The two Will Robertson cards got wet, and the signatures suffered.  He tried to sign them again for me later, but they couldn't be helped.  I told him that it was not a big deal, as I don't sell my cards, and I would have the story of the rain to go along with them.
Finally, I was able to get a few more DL Hall cards signed.  He is always really nice, and has been accommodating to Chris and I.

As the season is winding down, my stash of cards is getting smaller and smaller, which I like.  I'm hoping I don't have much left over when the season is done.

Another TTM Success From Eddie Robinson

Eddie Robinson is 98 years old, and still is signing through the mail.  I have gotten him several times, but this time around, I wanted to add another 1951 Topps Red Back to my autograph album.  There are only a handful of players left who appear in the Red and Blue Back sets, so I wanted to get them while I could.

I paid a fee of $10.00 when I mailed this card off on March 5.  The card came back signed on May 28, for an 84-day TAT.

Monday, July 8, 2019

TTM Success - Tony Perez

When I saw that there was a private signing with Hall of Famer Tony Perez, I wanted to make sure that I got this 1978 Topps signed.  The card, to me, is iconic.  The Hall of Fame player, at the end of his career with an unfamiliar team; this is one of those cards that I feel speaks volumes.

I sent the card off for the private signing on March 5 and got the card back on May 28, for an 84-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $30.00.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

July 2019 Graphing of Dash at Wood Ducks

The Wood Ducks came back into town at the beginning of the month for a quick 3-game series against the Dash before they headed out on the road again.  I went to all three games and did pretty well with getting stuff signed.

I'm running low on Wood Ducks, which is fine with me, since I don't want to be stuck with a bunch of stuff at the end of the season, and I can concentrate on the opposing teams.  That being said, the Woodies team sets came out, so I picked up a bunch of them, and worked on getting what I could signed.

Also, a couple pitchers from higher up are in town on rehab assignments, so I was able to get some of their stuff done, as well.  Take the above 2017 Wood Ducks team card of Scott Williams, for example.  I have had this card for a while, and finally got mine, Chris's and Gerard's done.
I also picked up some cards of Collin Wiles, and he signed them all.  Chris got one each of all of these, as well.  He also got a 2013 Bowman mini, and so did Gerard.
I liked these High Desert team cards, and the seller on Ebay had this Jairo Beras along with the Wiles, so I picked them both up.
The Wood Ducks team set is already almost complete.  There are several guys who have been moved up, so I will have to send them on up to Frisco.
Alone with sets for Chris and I, I also worked on sets for my friends John, Ethan and Gerard.
I feel like I did pretty well in getting them going.  I wish I could go ahead and knock Yanio and JP off of the list, but those two are tough, as usual.
I did get everyone that is with the team who is in the set, other than Yanio and JP.  I feel like I did a pretty good job for the folks I am helping.
I didn't have a whole lot for the Dash, and was able to knock it all out pretty quickly in the first game.  My friend, Jackson, gave me some stuff to do for him and I got those done in the next two games.
The Wood Ducks will be back this week when Lynchburg is in town.  Too bad Nolan Jones just got called up to Akron.  I was hoping to add him on some more cards.