Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Another TTM Success From Jack McKeon

We frequent the same restaurant, so it seems, so it was natural that I should try to get a few more cards signed by Jack McKeon.  I haven't run into him while I eat at the O'Charley's in Burlington, NC, but I have seen his signed photo on the wall.  I wonder if he enjoys the Louisiana Sirloin as much as I do.
I mailed to McKeon on January 7 and got the cards back on January 14, for a 7-day TAT.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

TTM Success - Eddie Leon

These cards got wet (for some reason), but I quickly got them in a couple Card Saver thin top loaders, and they turned out just fine.  I used to hate Card Savers, but they really have proven beneficial lately.  They are the top loaders of choice when I am mailing cards to private signings, and they came in clutch with these cards, since they got wet.  They kept them from curving too badly.
I was happy to get the 1975 Topps (top of page), even though it has that hideous color combination, and also he 1973 Topps (above).

Leon (b. 1946) played in the majors from 1968 to 1975 for the Indians, White Sox and Yankees.  He had 440 hits, 24 home runs and a 236 batting average.

I mailed to Leon on January 2 and got the cards back signed on January 14, for a 12-day TAT.

Hall of Fame Signed Baseball - Mike Mussina

It took long enough, but I am happy to say that Mike Mussina is now a Hall of Famer.  He was one of my favorite players when I was growing up, and he is now going to the Hall.  I'm so happy.  It took 6 ballots, but Mussina squeaked in with 76.7% of the vote.

Mussina (b. 1958) played in the majors from 1991 to 2008 for the Orioles and Yankees.  He has a career record of 270-153 with 2,813 strike outs and an ERA of 3.68.  He never won a Cy Young award, but finished in the top 5 of the voting 6 times.  He won 20 games only once, in his final season.  He also never won a World Series.  That doesn't matter, he was an Ace and one of the best pitchers of his generation.  I believe he will go in as an Oriole; the Yankees have enough Hall of Famers.

Moose becomes my 143rd Hall of Famer on a baseball.

Monday, January 21, 2019

TTM Success - Daniel Schlereth

While checking out recent TTM successes on SCN, I saw that Daniel Schlereth was signing TTM.  I was about to go through some boxes from the late 2000s, and ended up finding a few of his cards.  It was nice to get a few of them out of those boxes, as cards from the late 00s to early 10s are tough to get signed for me, for some reason.
The cards turned out well, and I was really happy to put them to some use.

Schlereth (b. 1986) played in the majors from 2009 to 2012 for the Diamondbacks and Tigers.  He had a career record of 5-6 with 91 strike outs and a 4.35 ERA.

I mailed to Schlereth on January 2 and got the cards back on January 12, for a 10-day TAT.

TTM Success - Lenny Moore

I've been through my boxes a bunch of times over the last month or so.  During one of those times through them, I found this 2008 Donruss Legends Lenny Moore and checked to see if he signed TTM.  He does, so I sent it off and here it is.

Moore (b. 1933) played pro football from 1956 to 1967 for the Baltimore Colts.  He rushed for a career 5,174 yards with 63 touchdowns and had 6,039 receiving yards with 48 touchdowns.  He won the NFL championship in 1958 and 1959 and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1975.

Before the NFL, Moore played for three seasons at Penn State.

I mailed to Moore on January 3 and got the card back signed on January 12, for a 9-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $5.00.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Part Two Of My Recent Trade With Rocco

I say trade, but it was really a deal with Rocco from Instagram.  I bought two cards from him, then I trade for three others.  I bought the previously posted Eric Show, and also the above Gene Michael, since both of those guys are now deceased, and will be tough to acquire.  The cards below, I traded for some IP autos I got last season from a few Winston-Salem Dash players.
I intend to upgrade, then trade the above John Cangelosi; I had sent a few of my own cards to Max for some IP graphing he is doing, and had completely forgotten that I had made the trade for this one.  That's ok, because Max will get his signed in blue, which I prefer.

I also took a lot of time this weekend and removed all of my signed 1987 Topps cards from my autograph albums, and moved them into their own dedicated album.  I realized that the album is too small, so I need to get a proper baseball card album (cheap me using a regular 2" 3-ring binder).  I'm glad to finally have that task wrapped up, because it sure was cumbersome.

Thanks for the deal, Rocco!

Another Trade WIth Rocco For The 87 Set

I made another deal with a guy named Rocco on Instagram; his dad is breaking up his signed 1987 Topps set, and I have been taking pieces of it via sale and trade lately.  The autos appear to be 100% legit, as I have compared the ones I've picked up with certified autos online.  This has really helped me get some of the tougher autos already.  The above Eric Show was one that I knew would be tough, as he had been dead since 1994.

Show (b. 1956 - d. 1994) played in the majors from 1981 to 1991 for the Padres and A's.  He had a career record of 101-89 with 971 strike outs and a 3.66 ERA.  Show was found dead in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center at the age of 37.

I bought this card off of Rocco, and included it in a trade for some IP autos that I had gotten.  I'll show the other cards in my next post; I wanted to do a singular post for Show.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

TTM Success - Bruce Benedict

It took two attempts, but I finally got a TTM success from Bruce Benedict.  I needed him on my 1987 Topps, and I had a ton of his other cards, so after waiting two years (and seeing recent successes), I sent again.  This time around, I got my cards back, and they turned out well.

I'm not the biggest fan of Topps Big, but I needed to fill some spots in an 8-card page, so sending this one was ok for me.  It has taken some damage, due to how it was stored in my TTM box, but it is signed, looks good, and will take it's place in my album.
I also got an 89, 86 and also an 87 Topps done.  I am about to break down the albums I have for signed cards and make one dedicated to my 1987 set.  It should make it so it is easier for me to verify which cards I have, and ensure that I have the correct ones crossed off of my list.

Benedict (b. 1955) played in the majors from 1978 to 1989 for the Braves.  He had 696 hits, 18 home runs and a .242 batting average.  He was a two-time All Star (1981 and 1983).

I mailed to Benedict on January 2 and got the cards back on January 11, for a 9-day TAT.

Friday, January 18, 2019

TTM Success - Ed Wojna

I am fairly caught up on posting my TTM successes (even though I got 5 in today).  This one came last week, and I was really happy with it.  I was able to get a card signed that came out of Mom's attic box of minor league cards.  I had this Ed Wojna card sitting in my TTM box for a while.
I also got a 1986 Topps, 1986 Donruss and also a 1987 Topps for my set.
The best part of the TTM success was this long hand-written note from Mr. Wojna, himself.  He provided his testimony, and I am very appreciative of him taking the time to write all of this out.

Wojna (b. 1960) played in the majors from 1985 to 1987 and 1989 for the Padres and Indians.  He had a career record of 4-10 with 60 strike outs and a 4.62 ERA.

I mailed to Wojna on January 2 and got the cards and letter back on January 11, for a 9-day TAT.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Another TTM Success From Dusty Baker

I guess he was catching up on his mail, but I finally got these cards back from Dusty Baker long after I sent them to the Nationals ballpark, and after I had sent a second request to a different address.  I had seen that after he was dismissed from the Nationals, Baker was signing elsewhere, but these came in early this month.  I was glad to get them back and add them to the album.
At the time that I sent them, I had very few 1973 Topps.  Since then, I got some bulk cards and have boosted my numbers from that set.  I still have very few 1974s, so I may be seeking some bulk of those next.

I mailed to Baker via the Nationals ballpark on April 3, 2017, and got the cards back on January 4, 2019, for a 641-day TAT.  This was my first success for 2019.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

TTM Success - Mike Greenwell

I added a really tough auto to my 1987 set through another private signing on SCN.  My friend, Jacob, told me about the signing with Mike Greenwell, which I had somehow missed seeing.  Thankfully, I got in the signing in time, and got this card back.  It turned out really well.

Greenwell (b. 1963) played in the majors from 1985 to 1996 for the Red Sox.  He had 1,400 hits, 130 home runs and a .303 batting average.  He was a two-time All Star (1988 and 1989) and won the Silver Slugger Award in 1988.  His best (and only) finish in the AL MVP voting was 2nd in 1988 (to Jose Canseco).

I mailed to Greenwell on December 1 and got the card back on December 26, for a 25-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $15.00 for the autograph.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

A Stack of Autos From Michael

We haven't talked like we used to, but I still hear from my friend, Michael here and there.  I got a package in the mail from him back in December that had some autos that he said he would get for me, highlighted by the above 1987 Topps Pat Tabler for my set.
I think we got the Lincoln Henzman together at the Wood Ducks, but I could be wrong.  I needed the above 1986 Rich Dauer, which is a nice card.
I had a few Brian Gonzalez cards left over from back when I got him when he was with Frederick.  Michael hooked me up with these to finish me off with him.
Finally, he got me the 1986 Topps League Leaders Mini Harold Baines and a nice 2015 Bowman Chrome shimmer mini Christian Binford.

Thanks for the cards, Michael!

TTM Success - Paul Assenmacher

Toward the end of 2018, most of what I was sending out for TTM was for private signings that I had read about on SCN.  This was another one, a TTM success from Paul Assenmacher.

Assenmacher (b. 1960) played in the majors from 1986 to 1999 for the Braves, Cubs, Yankees, White Sox and Indians.  He had a record of 61-44 with 807 strike outs and a 3.53 ERA.

I mailed to the private signing on November 28 and got the card back on December 26, for a 28-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $5.00.

Monday, January 14, 2019

TTM Success - Chris Davis

I wonder if Chris Davis's hoffiric season last year prompted him to revive his TTM signing habits.  He used to sign a while back, but stopped.  Now, he has picked up again, and folks all over are benefiting from it.  I couldn't resist, so I sent three cards that I had earmarked for Fan Fest, and they all came back signed.  My son, Chris, even sent some that he is waiting to see come back.

The above 2018 Topps Chrome blue shimmer refractor was a card that I really wanted to get signed, ever since I pulled it from my box.  I am not planning on trying another rainbow with Davis, but these cards are really nice.
I also got the above 2017 Topps Gallery and 2014 Allen & Ginter Pastime's Pastimes signed and they both look great.

Davis (b. 1986) has played in the majors since 2008 for the Rangers and Orioles.  He holds a career batting average of .238 with 1,099 hits and 283 home runs.  Last season was abysmal for him; he batted .168 and had a -2.8 WAR (if that stat is important to you).  My hope is that the new analytically-minded regime in Baltimore can help fix what ails Davis.  Unfortunately for him, they didn't sign him to his contract, so they could be more inclined to release him if he starts off the 2019 season poorly.  It's sunken money anyway, so it will be interesting to see what happens.

That being said, let's not take away from the fact that Davis is human.  He is a husband, father, son, brother, friend, so I truly wish he gets it together.  I know being booed in his own ballpark has to hurt.  My hope is that he can fix his swing and get back to being the productive first baseman that we as Orioles fans grew accustomed to back in 2012 to 2016.

I mailed to Davis on December 11 and got the cards back on December 26, for a 15-day TAT.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

TTM Success - Steve Crawford

I keep adding cards to my signed 1987 set.  I was glad to get Steve Crawford done, and move on to other players.  He sat in my box for a while before I mailed to him, but I finally got my cards out and then back signed.
I also got 1985, 1988 and 1991 Topps cards signed by Crawford.

Crawford (b. 1958) played in the majors from 1980 to 1982, 1984 to 1987 and 1989 to 1991 for the Red Sox and Royals.  He had a record of 30-23 with 320 strike outs and a 4.17 ERA.

I mailed to Crawford on September 19 and got the cards back on December 21, for a 93-day TAT.

TTM Success - Tommy Dean

I added this 1971 Topps to my album with this TTM success from Tommy Dean.  Dean has a really nice signature, and it showed up well with the blue ballpoint pen that he used.

Dean (b. 1945) played in the majors in 1967 and 1969 to 1971 for the Dodgers and Padres.  He had 95 hits, 4 home runs and a .180 batting average.

I mailed to Dean on February 5 and got the card back on December 19, for a 317-day TAT.

TTM Success - Luis Aguayo

Another paid signing brought me another signed card for my 1987 Topps set.  This time, I was able to get Luis Aguayo's autograph, and it turned out well.

Aguayo (b. 1959) played in the majors from 1980 to 1989 for the Phillies, Yankees and Indians.  He had 260 hits, 37 home runs and a .236 batting average.

I mailed to the private signing on November 27 and got the card back signed on December 17, for a 20-day TAT.

I paid a fee of $20/card.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Some 50/50 Autos From Dylan D

My friend, Dylan in Connecticut, offered to take some 50/50s last season and kind of forgot to mail my end back to me.  He thought he mailed the package, but it ended up under some stuff on his desk.  It happens to the best of us.  It worked to my benefit, though, because I had completely forgot that I sent him anything, and he sent back extras because he felt bad.  Thanks, Dylan!  The above Chris Davis signed Orioles team card was one of the extras.
He took Delvin Perez for me, and I sent him every card that I could find.  They all turned out well, and I was glad to move something out of my box that I wouldn't have been able to get signed, myself.
The blue 2017 Topps Heritage Minors was especially nice, I think.
He also saw Aberdeen (I think) and got me some Orioles cards signed.  He also got Chris Kohler for me, although I don't remember which team he was on.
Finally, another of the extras was this 1989 Topps Pat Borders.  It looks like Pat gave Dylan a shaky auto, but I am still glad to be adding it to my album.

Thanks for the cards and the 50/50, Dylan!

TTM Success - Bob Boone

It took a while, but I got a signed 1987 Topps signed TTM from Bob Boone.  I had gotten one from my friend, Michael, and now need to get him the one he gave me back to him.  I told him I would, since he really didn't want to part with his in the first place.

Boone (b. 1947) played in the majors from 1972 to 1990 for the Phillies, Angels and Royals.  He had 1,838 hits, 105 home runs and a .254 batting average.  He was a 4-time All Star (1976, 1978, 1979 and 1983) and a 7-time Gold Glove Award winner (1978, 1979, 1982, 1986 through 1989).  He won the World Series with the Phillies in 1980.

He managed the Royals from 1995 to 1997 and the Reds from 2001 to 2003.  His career managerial record was 371-444 (.455%).

I mailed to Boone on February 20 at Nationals Spring Training and got the card back on December 15, for a 308-day TAT.

TTM Success - Bob Tewksbury

I had a TTM request out to Bob Tewksbury back in 2016 or so, but never got the cards back.  I saw that he was signing, so I tried again, and this time, the cards came back with no problem.  I got this 1986 Topps Traded signed, which turned out really well.
I also got these 1987 Topps done.  If you look closely, the one on the right is actually a buyback that I pulled recently.  I figured that I woud give it a shot and see if I could get both of them signed.  He did, and I am happy.

Tewksbury (b. 1960) played in the majors from 1986 to 1998 for the Yankees, Cubs, Cardinals, Rangers, Padres and Twins.  He had a record of 110-102, 812 strike outs and and ERA of 3.92.  He was an All Star in 1992 and finished third in the NL Cy Young voting that season.

I mailed to Tewksbury on October 22 and got the cards back on December 15, for a 54-day TAT.

Friday, January 11, 2019

2019 Wood Ducks Hot Stove Event

It still pains me that I missed the first Wood Ducks Hot Stove event back in 2017.  Thankfully, I get notifications from the team on a bunch of different platforms now, I should never miss any Wood Ducks news.

This year, the third annual Wood Ducks Hot Stove event brought current Rangers Willie Calhoun, Jose Trevino and Jeffrey Springs to Kinston (and in Springs's case, back to Kinston).  Again, the event was held at King's BBQ, which is a very great BBQ chain in Kinston.  This was my second time going to the event.  Tickets cost $30/person and came with 2 drink (for adults of course) tickets and dinner.  There was also a social hour where you could mingle among fellow fans, Wood Ducks employees and the Rangers personnel.  I brought my son, Chris and my brother, Andy, along and the two of them has as much fun as I did.  I posed for one photo, with Willie Calhoun, who was super nice.
Willie also posed with Chris and definitely won a new fan once Chris realized that Calhoun grew up a Giants fan.
Jose Trevino was really cool, as well.  We had met him last summer in Frisco.  We spent some time last night talking about football and who we thought would win in the playoffs.  Turns out, Trevino is a huge Cowboys fan.
Jeffrey Springs kinda sorta remembered us from 2017, when he was a Wood Duck, but the 30th round pick has gone on to become the second Wood Duck to reach the majors.  He is also a native North Carolinian, hailing from Belmont.  He and I discussed how disappointed we were in the Panthers' season and more specifically how disappointed we were in Cam.
We were introduced to new Wood Ducks manager, Corey Ragsdale, who seems to be a pretty cool guy.  This season, he will be doubling as Woodies manager and also Rangers Minor League Field Coordinator.
There was a roundtable discussion with the players, and I was able to ask a question of them: Now that they have reached the majors, who have they met that they were like "Oh man, I can't believe I met THAT GUY!"  Springs answer was Cole Hamels; Trevino answered Michael Young and Calhoun answered Barry Bonds.  The Rangers announcer, Matt Hicks, also answered my question by telling a story about how he interviewed the great Hall of Famer, Vin Scully.  The stories that were told definitely were a highlight of the night, and I was glad that my question elicited some of the best stories of the night.
Chris made a new friend in Calhoun.  Here they are after the event talking about the Giants and Barry Bonds.  According to Chris, he also talked to Calhoun about how it was having Tim Lincecum (still Chris's favorite player) as a teammate last Spring Training and how Calhoun collects his own baseball cards.  Apparently, Calhoun tries to get one each of his cards and signs them for himself.  For some reason, that cracked me up.  He seems like a really cool, down-to-earth guy.  I talked with him later about how it was meeting Bonds.  It turns out, Calhoun was introduced to his idol by his mentor, former pitcher, Dave Stewart.  Bonds and Calhoun formed a friendship this offseason and have spent a great deal of time working out together.  I may or may not have dropped a few hints to Calhoun by saying, "Man, I really need to find a way to get Barry to sign his 1987 Topps rookie card for me..."  Calhoun laughed and told me that each day he worked out with Bonds, he was bringing handfuls of stuff to be signed, and Bonds graciously signed everything he brought.
I picked up two nice items during the silent auction (well, one during the silent auction, and one after).  This team signed "Christmas in July" bat hadn't been bid on at the end of the show, so I offered to buy it at the minimum bid, and the folks were happy to take my money.
The bat is amazing.  I mean, it is really awesome!  It looks even better in person and I honestly have no idea where I want to display it, but it looks so cool.
It definitely is a high-end custom bat that they had made especially for the Christmas in July event last season.  So, Chris and I have jerseys for the event, and I have the team signed bat.
Of course, I couldn't do the event without doing some graphing.  I took 50/50s for my friends, Max and Gerard, and between Chris, Andy and I, we got everything signed.  The purple chrome Calhoun was pulled from one of those 2018 Bowman Chrome Mega Boxes from Target and is the special atomic refractor that was in those boxes.
I was out of Trevino cards, so I had to order some.  I liked this Frisco card from 2018, so I got that off of Ebay.
I also picked up a few parallels from 2018 Bowman, and a red Team USA card.  The 2018 Bowman Chrome base was my end of the 50/50 from Gerard.
My favorite Trevino was this gold shimmer parallel out of 2018 Bowman.  It is numbered 20/50 and scanned amazingly.  I had purchased a lot of 10 additional Bowmans, but they didn't arrive in time.  My friend, Max, will get those done for me at Spring Training.
I had never heard of Ragsdale before, but when I was informed that he would be the manager, I searched him real quick on EBay.  I saw that he was in 2006 Bowman, so I searched my Bowman box and found that although I had a ton of 2006 Bowman, I had no Ragsdales.  I bought a good many of them off of Ebay.
It turns out, though, that my LCS has boxes of "rookie cards" dating back to the mid-90s, which essentially means, there are boxes there that I had never gone through in the 10 years (that's right, I have been in the Greenville area now 10 years) that I have been going to the shop.  I picked up a handful of Ragsdale's cards just in case the ones I ordered didn't get here in time.  Luckily, those all came and I got them done already.
Finally, I got Jeffrey Springs on my Spokane and 2017 Woodies team set cards, along with a Roughriders card that I picked up.

I had such an amazing time at the event; I can't wait til the season starts.  I think I got my 2019 graphing season started off with a bang.  Now, onto Orioles Fan Fest!