Saturday, May 25, 2019

TTM Success - Roberto Hernandez

I got a bunch of 90s and 2000s cards signed when I received this TTM success from former pitcher, Roberto Hernandez.

Flair always looks good when signed, so I was glad this one got done.
I always enjoy seeing 2003 Topps get signed. I wish I had more of them.

Hernandez (b. 1964) played in the majors from 1991 to 2007 for the White Sox, Giants, Devil Rays, Royals, Braves, Phillies, Mets, Pirates, Indians and Dodgers.  He had a career record of 67-71 with 945 strike outs and an ERA of 3.45.

He was an All Star in 1996 and 1999.

I mailed to Hernandez on March 23 and got the cards back on April 2, for a 10-day TAT.

Friday, May 24, 2019

TTM Success - Tito Landrum

I took part in another private signing on SCN in order to get this card signed TTM by Tito Landrum.  He has a really nice signature, and the card turned out well.

Landrum (b. 1954) played in the majors from 1980 to 1988 for the Cardinals, Orioles and Dodgers.  He had 248 hits, 13 home runs and a .249 batting average.  He won the World Series with the Orioles in 1983.

I mailed to the private signing on March 4 and got the card back on April 1, for a 28-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $8.00.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

TTM Success - Wallace Johnson

Another 1987 Topps was removed from my checklist when I received this card back TTM from Wallace Johnson.

Johnson (b. 1956) played in the majors from 1981 to 1984 and 1986 to 1990 for the Expos and Giants.  He had 145 hits, 5 home runs and a .255 batting average.

I mailed to Johnson on February 27 and got the card back signed on April 1, for a 33-day TAT.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Another TTM Success From AJ Hinch

I found some really nice cards of Astros manager, AJ Hinch, so I figured I would send to him again.  The above 1998 Upper Deck SP Future Watch is a really nice card that looks even better in person.
Hinch signed the back of the 2004 Topps Tek, but the card still looks nice.  I prepped the front, but the signature still came out nicely.  Also, the 1998 Donruss Signature Series card turned out really well.  I didn't have any of those in my album, so this is a nice one to be adding.

I mailed to Hinch via Astros Spring Training on February 5 and got the cards back on April 1, for a 55-day TAT.

May 2019 Graphing of Dash at Wood Ducks

The Winston-Salem Dash came to Grainger Stadium in Kinston for the first time this season this past weekend.  Last year, they were stacked with players who had cards.  This season, Nick Madrigal remains on the roster, with a couple other players who have something they can sign.  Madrigal limits to 2 per, but he stopped for us before and after each game, with the exception of the first game of the series (he was late coming onto the field due to giving an interview).
I had a bunch of Madrigal cards that I had hoarded over the winter, and got each one signed.  The Bowmans Best at the bottom right was given to me by my friend, Ben.
I really like Panini Contenders, and they turn out really well when signed.  I prepped both of the cards, just to be safe, and they turned out nice.
John Ely is one of the Dash coaches.  I used to have a ton of his cards, but I gave most of them away years ago to a friend who was a Dodger fan.  I ended up ordering some more Ely cards off of COMC, but their shipping is so slow, I missed getting them signed this series.
I got a few random cards signed that I had found.  The George Timke is a leftover from last season, after having been given to me by my friend, Kolby.

With all of the 2017 Bowman that I opened, I'm surprised that the chrome refractor on the top right is the only Jameson Fisher that I had.
I got more of my Spokane Indians set cards signed with some new players on the Wood Ducks roster.  I also saw that I had missed a Kenny Holmberg card from that set, so I got it taken care of.
Joe Kuzia is really nice.  He stopped and talked to Chris a few times during the series, but we got our Hickory cards signed.
Sam Huff was also called up to the Wood Ducks, after mashing 15 home runs for Hickory in the first month of the season.
Leody stopped for us during this series, so I whittled down my total of his cards to, I think, 8 cards remaining.  I would like to finish them all off, but in the end, it doesn't really matter.  I have what I want done, and if the rest don't get signed, that's ok, too.
Finally, our friend, Scott, will be leaving the Wood Ducks soon.  Chris and I met him as we walked in the stadium for the first ever Wood Ducks practice, back in 2017.  He has stopped and talked to us every time we have seen him at the games.  He is about to leave to go into the Army, so when he told me, and gave me this signed photo, he and I got a bit emotional.  I wish him the best, and I know we will keep in touch!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

TTM Success - Gary Gaetti

Another private signing came along for someone I needed for my 1987 set, so I sent off this Gary Gaetti and got it back signed.

Gaetti (b. 1958) played in the majors from 1981 to 2000 for the Twins, Angels, Royals, Cardinals, Cubs and Red Sox.  He had 2,280 hits, 360 home runs and a .255 batting average.  He won the World Series with the Twins in 1987.  He was a two-time All Star (1988 and 1989) and a four-time Gold Glove Award winner.  His best MVP finish was 10th, which he accomplished twice (1987 and 1995).

I mailed to the signing on February 21 and got the card back on April 1, for a 39-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $12.00.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

TTM Success - Dick Hughes

I got a couple vintage cards into my autograph album when this TTM success came back from Dick Hughes.  I won't be able to complete this 1967 Topps Rookie Stars card, since Jim Cosman has passed away, but it is still a cool card.
I also got this 1968 Topps signed, and it turned out ok.  Hughes used a ballpoint pen to sign, and it showed up well on the scan.

Hughes (b. 1938) played in the majors from 1966 to 1968 for the Cardinals.  He had a career record of 20-9 with 230 strike outs and a 2.79 ERA.  He was second in the 1967 NL Rookie of the Year Award voting (to Tom Seaver) and finished 17th in the NL MVP voting that season.  He won the World Series with the Cardinals in 1967.

I mailed to Hughes on March 23 and got the cards back on April 1, for a 9-day TAT.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

TTM Success - Jose DeLeon

I crossed another card off of my 1987 set checklist when I went through PastPros to get this card signed by former pitcher, Jose DeLeon.  He signed the card vertically, but that's ok.

DeLeon (b. 1960) played in the majors from 1983 to 1995 for the Pirates, White Sox, Cardinals, Phillies, and Expos.  He had a career record of 86-119 with 1,594 strike outs and a 3.76 ERA.

I mailed to DeLeon on February 27 via PastPros and got the card back signed on March 29, for a 30-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $12.00.

TTM Success - Larry Lintz

These cards from the mid-70s have been signed TTM by Larry Lintz.  I liked how the above 1975 Topps turned out since the faux auto matches the one he laid on the card.  Sometimes they don't quite match, but in this case, they did.
This 1976 Topps also looks really cool.  Lintz doesn't look too happy to be having his picture taken, but it is a nice card.

Lintz (b. 1949) played in the majors from 1973 to 1978 for the Expos, Cardinals, A's and Indians.  He had 140 hits, no home runs and a .227 batting average.

I mailed to Lintz on March 12 and got the cards back on March 28, for a 16-day TAT.

Friday, May 17, 2019

TTM Success - JC Martin

I added some more vintage cards to the album with this TTM success from JC Martin.  This 1962 Topps turned out ok, considering that there are a lot of dark spots on the card, and they kind of obscure the autograph.
These two, a 1966 and a 1973 Topps, both turned out really well.

Martin (b. 1936) played in the majors from 1959 to 1972 for the White Sox, Mets and Cubs.  He had 487 hits, 32 home runs and a .222 batting average.  He won the World Series with the 1969 Mets.

I mailed to Martin on March 18 and got the cards back on March 28, for a 10-day TAT.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

TTM Success - Ted Kazanski

When I looked for older players who signed TTM, I saw that Ted Kazanski signed, and that he had some nice cards in 1954 and 1955 Topps.  I went ahead and bought the 54 and 55 to add to my album (and also a 1957 Topps).  I didn't pay a whole lot, which was great.  I feel like the 1954 Topps (above) came out the best of the three cards.
They all turned out really well, though.  Adding more 1955 Topps to my album was my ultimate goal, and I was really glad to add this one.
This 1957 Topps also looks really nice.

Kazanski (b. 1934) played in the majors from 1953 to 1958 for the Phillies.  He had 288 hits, 14 home runs and a .217 batting average.

I mailed to Kazanski on March 5 and got the cards back on March 28, for a 23-day TAT.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

TTM Success - Nathan Eovaldi

I got a few nice recent cards back signed from Red Sox pitcher, Nathan Eovaldi recently.  The above 2011 Topps Heritage Minors turned out really nice, I think.  Eovaldi has a nice signature, and he personalized both cards.
Eovaldi (b. 1990) has played in the majors from 2011 to 2016 and 2018 to 2019 for the Dodgers, Marlins, Yankees, Rays and Red Sox.  He has a career record of 44-53 with 656 strike outs and a 4.21 ERA.  He won the World Series with the Red Sox in 2018.

I mailed to Eovaldi on February 7 via Red Sox Spring Training and got the cards back on March 28, for a 49-day TAT.  He kept my 2017 Topps.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

TTM Success - Paul Molitor

I tried to get him when he was the manager of the Twins, but that TTM request came back unsigned.  I tried again recently, this time sending $20 with the card, and I am happy to say that I was able to cross Paul Molitor off of my 1987 Topps checklist.

I mailed to Molitor on February 23 and got the card back signed on March 28, for a 33-day TAT.  This card was well worth the $20 fee.

Monday, May 13, 2019

TTM Success - Dick Such

I added this 1971 Topps card to my autograph album when it came back signed from Dick Such.  I'm going to take the high road here and move straight to his stats.

Such (b. 1944) is from Sanford, NC and played in the majors in 1970 for the Senators.  He had a record of 1-5 with 41 strike outs and a 7.56 ERA.

I mailed to Such on March 23 and got the card back signed on March 27, for a 4-day TAT.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

TTM Success - Gordie Richardson

I added this nice 1966 Topps to my autograph album when I got it back signed by Gordie Richardson.  He signed it in ballpoint pen, and it seems like the pen is about to give out.

Richardson (b. 1938) played in the majors from 1964 to 1966 for the Cardinals and Mets.  He had a career record of 6-6 with an ERA of 4.04 and 86 strike outs.  He won the World Series with the Cardinals in 1964.

I mailed to Richardson on March 5 and got the card back on March 25, for a 20-day TAT.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

May 2019 Graphing of the Pelicans at Wood Ducks

The Wood Ducks returned from a long road trip for a brief three-game series at home this past week against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.  This was the last time that the Pelicans would come to Kinston this season, so I was eager to finish off what I had of them.  I had recently gotten my boxes of Bowman in, and pulled the above atomic refractor of Miguel Amaya.  The card is numbered 65/150, and looks really great signed.
I got all of the Aramis Ademan and Miguel Amaya that I had signed.  Ademan has such a nice signature, and it looks great on some 2019 Bowman.
I was glad to finally find some Steve Lerud cards.  I found them the day after the Pelicans left the last time, and got them into my book.  I also saw that Jake Stinnett was on the Pelicans roster for a rehab assignment, but realized that I had sent all of my Stinnett cards on to Max in Chicago.  Luckily, I had missed one, so I was able to get this 2014 Prizm signed.
There was a huge Rangers contingent on-hand during this series, so I was able to get a few rover cards signed.  I missed Dwayne Murphy last season because I had forgotten to put him in my book.  This year, I had him in there from Day One, and was able to get this 1979 Topps done, and also the A's Leaders card form 1986 Topps, below.
In addition to Murphy, Kenny Holmberg and Rick Strickland were on hand.  They had been here late last month, so I was able to Fins Holmberg's 2008 Bowman in my box, and I had found the above 1988 Cape Cod League card of Strickland on Ebay.  He was impressed that I had found the card and remarked that the card was "several pounds ago".  He also joked about how tight his pants were in the photo on the card.
I got a chrome 2019 Bowman done of JP Martinez, and this custom card of Bubba Thompson that my friend, John, sent me.

The Wood Ducks are on the road again, and will return home next weekend.

Some More 87s For The Set

I added two more signed 1987 Topps to the set recently with a deal I made with a couple friends.  The above Keith Hernandez was obtained from my friend, Stefan, who has hooked me up with quite a few autos in the past.  I paid him $20 for this card, and it looks really nice.
I had gotten an email from my friend, Rich, who was looking for an unsigned Len Matuszek 87,  I found two right next to each other in my box, so I sent them both.  I'm glad I did, because Rich was nice enough to get one signed for me.

Thanks for the deals, guys!  I wouldn't be this far along with the set if it weren't for all of the help I have received along the way.

Friday, May 10, 2019

TTM Success - Stan Williams

I added some cool vintage cards to my autograph album with this TTM success from Stan Williams.  The above card is a 1963 Post.  I don't remember where I found the card, but I imagine it was at a card show.
Williams has some really neat handwriting.  I thought the cards looked really nice with his signature.

Williams (b. 1936) and I share a birthday, which I just found out.  He played in the majors from 1958 to 1965 and 1967 to 1972 for the Dodgers, Yankees, Indians, Twins, Cardinals and Red Sox.  He had a career record of 109-94 with 1,305 strike outs and a 3.48 ERA.  He was an All Star twice in 1960.  He won the World Series with the Dodgers in 1959.

I mailed to Williams on March 18 and got the cards back on March 25, for a 7-day TAT.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

TTM Success - Gary Pettis

Another 1987 Topps came off of the list when I got this TTM success back from Gary Pettis.  I had also sent him a 1986 Topps, a 1990 Topps and a 1990 Topps Traded.
He signed the cards in a thin black pen, but they still look pretty nice.  The 1986 is a bit tough to see, but it scanned pretty decently.

Pettis (b. 1958) played in the majors from 1982 to 1992 for the Angels, Tigers, Rangers and Padres.  He had 855 hits, 21 home runs and a .236 batting average.  He was a Gold Gove Award winner in 1985, 1986 and 1988 to 1990.

I mailed to Pettis on February 6 via Astros Spring Training and got the cards back on March 23, for a 45-day TAT.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

TTM Success - Jim Wohlford

Jim Wohlford's cards sat in my TTM box for a long, long time before I finally got around to sending to him.  When I did, I was able to cross a card off of my 1987 list, and also add a few other nice ones to the album, as well.
Along with the 87, I sent Topps cards from 1977 and 1978 and also a 1984 Fleer.  They all look great, which is nice.

Wohlford (b. 1951) played in the majors from 1972 to 1986 for the Royals, Brewers, Giants and Expos.  He had 793 hits, 21 home runs and a .260 batting average.

I mailed to Wohlford on February 27 and got the cards back on March 23, for a 24-day TAT.

Monday, May 6, 2019

TTM SUccess - Jim Bolger

I added a couple more 50s cards to my autograph album with this success from Jim Bolger.  I wanted another 1955 Topps represented, so I picked this one up.  It turned out nicely with Bolger's signature.
I also liked this 1959 Topps, and thought the green card would pop pretty well in the album.  I'm really glad that I completed both of these sets, and am now adding some of them to the autograph album.

Bolger (b. 1932) played in the majors from 1950 to 1951, 1954 to 1955 and 1957 to 1959 for the Reds, Cubs, Indians and Phillies.  He had 140 hits, 6 home runs and a .229 batting average.

I mailed to Bolger on March 5 and got the cards back on March 21, for a 16-day TAT.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Some 87 Topps For The Set

While I was away on my trip, I got a few packages in from some friends who are trying to help me with my 1987 Topps set.  Max has been the biggest contributor, and he sent me this Bud Black signed 87.  I have a TTM request out to Black from last year, but it is looking like it isn't going to come back, so having Max help knock this off of the list is very helpful.
I also accepted a 50/50 from a guy near Norfolk named Connor, and in return he got this Juan Nieves signed for me.  Nieves has a pretty simple auto, but it will cross a card off of the list anyway.

Thanks for the help, guys!  I always appreciate it.