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Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Motley (b. 1960) played in the majors in 1981 and from 1983 to 1987 for the Royals and Braves. He had 324 hits, 44 home runs and a .243 batting average. He won the World Series with the Royals in 1985.
I mailed to the signing on February 4 and got the card back on February 28, for a 24-day TAT. I paid a fee of $8.00.
Holt (b. 1944) played in the majors from 1968 to 1976 for the Twins and A's. He had 428 hits, 19 home runs and a .265 batting average. He won the World Series with the A's in 1974.
I mailed to Holt on January 29, and got the cards back on February 27, for a 29-day TAT.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Junis (b. 1992) was a 29th round pick out of high school by the Royals in the 2011 June Amateur Draft. He has played in the majors since 2017. He has an 18-15 record with 244 strike outs and a 4.35 ERA.
I mailed to Junis on February 6 and got the cards back on February 26, for a 20-day TAT.
Monday, March 18, 2019
Luckily, I have two other guys I know that either are putting the set together, or have already completed it. They both have been helping me look for some of the tougher guys, and when one of them messaged me the other day to tell me that a Seaver popped up on Ebay, I jumped at the chance to go ahead and cross that name off of my list.
The cost was pretty high, but in the end, I would have regretted letting it pass, so I made sure the card would be in my album.
Seaver (b. 1944) played in the majors from 1967 to 1986 for the Mets, Reds, White Sox and Red Sox. He had a career record of 311-205 with 3,640 strike outs and an ERA of 2.86. He won the 1967 NL Rookie of the Year Award and was a three-time NL Cy Young Award Winner (1969, 1973 and 1975). He was a 12-time All Star (1967 to 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1981). His best MVP finish was 2nd in 1969. He won the World Series with the Mets in 1969. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1992 with a then-record 98.8% of the vote. His vote percentage still ranks third all-time.
Garver (b. 1991) has played in the majors since 2017 for the Twins. He has 90 hits, 7 home runs and a .259 batting average. He was drafted in the 9th round of the 2013 June Amateur Draft out of the University of New Mexico.
I mailed to Garver on February 12 and got the cards back on February 26, for a 14-day TAT.
I had some Christmas money that I hadn't spent, so I had a little bit of a budget. I bought mostly stuff for other people, which is usually the case. I did, however, find a few things for myself. Most of what I bought was vintage stuff for TTMs and cirrent prospect stuff for graphing. I did grab a few things for the collection, like the above 1949 Bowman Ralph Kiner.
The Kiner is really rough, but I liked it, and it was part of a bulk vintage deal with one of my favorite vendors. I paid $20 for this card and a stack of lower grad vintage for TTMs.
I had a great time at the show. I was happy with everything I picked up, and I really appreciate Jackson inviting me.
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Teahen (b. 1981) played in the majors from 2005 to 2011 for the Royals, White Sox and Blue Jays. He had 759 hits, 67 home runs and a .264 batting average.
I mailed to him on February 11 and got the cards back on February 26, for a 15-day TAT.
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Pujols (b. 1955) played in the majors from 1977 to 1985 for the Astros, Royals and Rangers. He had 164 hits, 6 home runs and a .193 batting average. He managed the Detroit Tigers in 2002, taking over for Phil Garner after the Tigers got off to an 0-6 start. Pujols didn't fare any better, the Tigers went 55-100 with him at the helm.
According to Wikipedia, Luis Pujols is a cousin of Albert Pujols.
I mailed to Pujols on February 11 and got the cards back on February 25, for a 14-day TAT.
Rodriguez (b. 1992) played his rookie season last year in the Majors for the Giants. He went 6-5 with 99 strike outs and a 3.34 ERA. He was a 6th round pick out of high school by the Twins in the June 2011 Amateur Draft.
I mailed to Rodriguez on February 5 and got the card back on February 25, for a 20-day TAT.
Friday, March 15, 2019
Williams (b. 1965) played in the majors from 1987 to 2003 for the Giants, Indians and Diamondbacks. He had 1,878 hits, 378 home runs and a .268 batting average. He was an All Star five times (1990, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1999). He led the NL in home runs in the strike-shortened 1994 season with 43 homers. He was a four-time gold glover and a four-time silver slugger. His best MVP finish was 2nd (NL), in 1994 (to Jeff Bagwell). He won the World Series in 2001 with the Diamondbacks. Williams appeared on the 2009 Hall of Fame ballot, but only received 1.3% of the vote.
I mailed to Williams on February 15 via A's Spring Training and got the cards back on February 25, for a 10-day TAT.
On a personal note, Williams was a huge name in our house back in the 90s. My older brother, Philip, was a huge Giants fan. He loved Will Clark and Matt Williams. Maybe Philip will send some cards off on his own and get back a few autos. Maybe?
Woodard (b. 1975) played in the majors from 1997 to 2003 for the Brewers, Indians, Rangers and Red Sox. He had a career record of 32-36 with 464 strike outs and a 4.94 ERA.
I mailed to Woodard on February 11 and got the cards back on February 23, for a 12-day TAT.
I mailed to Craig on January 23 and got the card back on February 23, for a 31-day TAT.
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Moore (b. 1954 - d. 1989) played in the majors in 1975 and from 1977 to 1988 for the Cubs, Cardinals, Brewers, Braves and Angels. He had a career record of 43-40 with 416 strike outs and a 3.67 ERA. He was an All Star in 1985 when he saved 31 games for the Angels. That season he finished 7th in the AL Cy Young Award voting and 6th in the AL MVP race.
During the 1986 ALCS, Moore would give up a key home run in Game 5 that would put Boston ahead of the Angels. The Angels would tie the game and go to extras, with Moore still on the mound. He would end up giving up the game winning run on a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning.
Moore was released by the Angels following the 1988 season and signed with the Royals. He only pitched in the Royals minor league system in 1989 before he was released. On July 18, 1989, Moore would get into an argument with his wife. While their three children were in the house, Moore shot his wife three times with a .45 pistol. She and their 17-year old daughter would escape the house, with the daughter transporting her mother to the hospital. Moore's wife would survive the shooting. Meanwhile, in the presence of at least one of his sons, Moore would commit suicide by shooting himself in the head.
This is a terrible and tragic end to a ballplayer. Thankfully, his wife survived.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Bando (b. 1956) played in the majors from 1981 to 1989 for the Indians, Tigers and A's. He had 292 hits, 27 home runs and a .227 batting average.
I mailed to Bando on February 11 and got the cards back on February 22, for an 11-day TAT.
Treinen (b. 1988) has played in the majors since 2014 for the Nationals and A's. He has a record of 20-17 with 332 strike outs and a 2.64 ERA. Last season, he was an All Star while posting a 0.78 ERA and racking up 38 saves. He finished 6th in the AL Cy Young race and 15th in the AL MVP voting.
I mailed to Treinen on February 6 and got the cards back on February 22, for a 16-day TAT.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Siani (b. 1999) was a 4th round pick by the Reds in the 2018 June Amateur Draft. He played in 46 games in the Appalachian League (rookie level) and had 53 hits, 2 home runs and a .288 batting average.
I mailed to Siani on January 14 and got the cards back on February 22, for a 39-day TAT.
Kelleher (b. 1947) played in the majors from 1972 to 1982 for the Cardinals, Astros, Cubs, Tigers and Angels. He had 230 hits, 0 home runs and a .213 batting average.
I mailed to Kelleher on February 5, 2018, and got the cards back on February 20, 2019, for a 380-day TAT.
Perconte (b. 1954) played in the majors from 1980 to 1986 for the Dodgers, Indians, Mariners and White Sox. He had 389 hits, 2 home runs and a .270 batting average.
I mailed to Perconte on February 11 and got the cards back on February 19, for an 8-day TAT.
Monday, March 11, 2019
Parker (b. 1985) has played in the majors from 2012 to 2014 and 2015 to present for the Cubs, Mariners, Yankees and Angels. He signed as a free agent with the Twins in January of this year. He has a career record of 8-7 with 256 strike outs and a 3.29 ERA.
I mailed to Parker via Twins Spring Training on February 6 and got the card back on February 19, for a 13-day TAT.
Trivino (b. 1991) made his Major League debut last season. He went 8-3 with 82 strike outs and a 2.92 ERA. He was an 11th round pick by the A's in the 2013 June Amateur Draft out of Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.
I mailed to Trivino on February 7 and got the card back on February 19, for a 12-day TAT.
Sunday, March 10, 2019
Black (b. 1990) has played in the majors since last season. He went 2-2 with a 6.17 ERA and 33 strike outs. He was a 7th round pick in the 2011 June Amateur Draft by the Giants out of the University of Pittsburgh.
I mailed to Black on February 6 and got the card back on February 19, for a 13-day TAT.
Pivetta (b. 1993) has played in the majors since 2017. He has a 15-24 record with 328 strike outs and a 5.33 ERA. He was a 4th round pick by the Nationals in the 2013 June Amateur Draft out of New Mexico Junior College.
I mailed to Pivetta on February 7 and got the card back on February 16, for a 9-day TAT. I actually sent him 4 autos for his collection.
Greisinger (b. 1975) played in the majors in 1998, 2002, 2004 and 2005 for the Tigers, Twins and Braves. He had a career record of 10-16 with 118 strike outs and a 5.51 ERA.
I mailed to Greisinger on January 2 and got the cards back on February 15, for a 44-day TAT.
Blass (b. 1942) played in the majors in 1964 and from 1966 to 1974 for the Pirates. He had a record of 103-76 with 896 strike outs and a 3.63 ERA. He finished second in the 1972 NL Cy Young voting (to Steve Carlton) and was an All Star that same season. That year, he finished 18th in the NL MVP voting. He won the World Series with the Pirates in 1971. Blass appeared on the 1980 Hall of Fame ballot and received 0.5% of the vote.
I mailed to Blass on January 29 and got the cards back on February 14, for a 16-day TAT.
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Thanks for taking the 50/50, Andrew!