Wednesday, March 20, 2019

TTM Success - Darryl Motley

I crossed another 1987 Topps off of my list when I took part in another private signing on SCN.  This Darryl Motley card turned out pretty well, and the price was right.

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.

TTM Success - Jim Holt

Some more older Topps cards came back TTM signed by Jim Holt.  The cards turned out well.
All I could find of Holt in my boxes were these two cards, but they were plenty for me to send.  He has a pretty nice signature.

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

TTM Success - Jakob Junis

I have been really happy with my returns from Spring Training this year.  Last year, I didn't get near as many returns.  This year, I am well over half of what I sent out, and I still have a week to go.  There are a few guys who I would love to get back, but the ones I have gotten back have been some nice ones.
Jakob Junis signed two card for me, a 2018 and 2019 Topps.  Both turned out well.

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

Signed 87 Set Pickup - Tom Seaver

This was going to be a tough card to get, far before Tom Seaver announced that he would be retiring from public life due to a recent diagnosis of dementia.  He had already largely given up signing, and I knew my best hope of adding him to my collection was going to be through the secondary market.

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.

TTM Success - Mitch Garver

Another nice Spring Training TTM success came in, this one being from Twins catcher, Mitch Garver.  I really liked the 2019 Topps, and made sure that card was one that I sent.
He also signed this 2018 Topps, which turned out well.

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.

March 16, 2019, Raleigh Card Show Recap

I hadn't been to a card show since last year's National, and I really wasn't planning on going to the Raleigh show this past weekend.  I received a message from my friend, Jackson, who wanted to go, and he asked me if I would go with him to the show.  I figured it would be nice to spend time with him, so I decided to go ahead and attend.

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.
This blue wave Riley Pint auto was part of the last deal I made.  The guy had a ton of nice Bowman parallels and autos.  I got a decent stack from him for $50.
I picked up a bunch of current and former Wood Ducks autos, as well.  I got this Eric Jenkins as part of a 2/$5.00 or 5/$10.00 deal.
Kyle Cody is a case of "buy low" at this point.  He has been out with arm injuries, but when he was on the Wood Ducks, he was pretty much "lights out".  I'm hoping he can bounce back and also spend a little more time in Kinston before he moves up (for selfish reasons, of course).
 I loved this green shimmer Cody auto, and this was the card that started that bulk $50 deal.  Jackson found it for me, and I made sure to take it home.
 This Jairo Beras auto was a steal.  He is a really cool guy, and even if he doesn't make the Show, I will hold onto this, since we met him several times.
I guess I have a small bit of a PC for guys that I have met, so adding this Jose Trevino made sense.  He was an awesome guy, even though he wasn't a Wood Duck.
This Ryan Ripken auto was a throw in on the bulk deal, and I was glad to grab it.  I was also glad I have finally learned not to wear Orioles gear to a show.  I got hosed back in the day when Ripken was first drafted, since I had an Orioles shirt on.
Finally, my big ticket item was this graded 10/10 Leody Taveras auto.  I paid $50 for it, and I think it will only go up.  I expect to see him again in Kinston this summer, but probably for not very long.

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

TTM Success - Mark Teahen

I was really glad to get a bunch of these late 2000s cards signed TTM from Mark Teahen.  I have a ton of this kind of stuff, and would love to get more of it signed, but players from that time-frame don't sign a lot of TTM.  This 2007 Turkey Red is definitely one of the types of cards that I really wanted in my autograph album.  It turned out really well with Teahen's signature.
I also added a 2005 Upper Deck, 2008 Piece of History and a 2007 Finest.  They al turned out well, I think.  Piece of History was an interesting set that I opened quite a bit of when I was at the old card shop.

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

TTM Success - Luis Pujols

I was finally able to get a few team set cards completed by Luis Pujols via TTM.  I has this 2015 NY-Penn League All Star card for a while, since I had tried to get some of the Ironbirds as they came up through Frederick.  I had hoped that I would get a chance to get Pujols, but he has since left the Orioles organization.
Pujos also signed these cards for me.  The card on the left is the second Charleston Charlies card that I picked up.  I thought the uniform looked cool.

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.

TTM Success - Dereck Rodriguez

Another Spring Training TTM success came in recently; this one from Giants pitcher, Dereck Rodriguez.  I liked how this card came out, and I have encouraged Chris to send a couple of his own cards to Rodriguez, as well.  He has yet to do so, but I think he will once the season starts.

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

TTM Success - Matt Williams

This was a TTM request that I had high hopes for, and I ended up with a nice success.  The autographs from Matt Williams didn't turn out like I had hoped, but the cards are still signed, and they have moved from being buried in my TTM box to my autograph album.  I can't complain a whole lot about that.  This 1996 Pinnacle Essence of the Game is an acetate card, and it looks a lot better in person.  I had prepped the card, but I think Williams used an old Sharpie on it.
This 1994 Fleer Ultra Homerun King card also looks a lot better in person.  I had this card floating around several piles of cards in my office/card room.  It seemed to be jumping out at me every time that I looked through cards, so I finally put it aside in my TTM box and ended up including it with my TTM request.  I am actually really happy to see this one make its way into my autograph album.

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?

TTM Success - Steve Woodard

Here are some nice late 90s cards that I was able to get signed by Steve Woodard.  The above 1999 Topps turned out really well.  I liked the horizontal card and the shot of the dirt of the pitcher's mound.
Here are the other cards that I got signed.  I liked the 1998 Bowmans that I found at my LCS.  The rest came out of random card boxes that I have laying around.

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.

Another TTM Success From Roger Craig

I had gotten Tony LaRussa on this 1990 Score "Lights Out Candlestick" card commemorating the earthquake during the 1989 World Series and thought it would be cool to add in the opposing manager.  So, I sent off to Roger Craig and paid his $5.00 fee.  I'm really glad I sent it off.  I doubt I will add any other signatures to the card, but you never know.

I mailed to Craig on January 23 and got the card back on February 23, for a 31-day TAT.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Huge 87 Set Pickup - Donnie Moore

When I took on this 1987 set, I knew there were going to be some really tough guys to get.  Donnie Moore is one who I really thought I would have a hard time, because he died in 1989, only two years after the set came out.

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

TTM Success - Chris Bando

I finished this Indians Leaders card for my 1987 Topps set by sending off to Chris Bando via PastPros.  I had a couple of the unsigned cards out to a friend of mine in Arizona for signature, bur I held back the one I had already gotten signed by Jack Aker.  I sent it off to Phil Niekro and got it back pretty fast (sent on January 28 and got the card back on February 2, for a 5-day TAT) and included a $20.00 fee.
I also knocked out Bando's base card, so this was a really successful TTM submission.

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.

TTM Success - Blake Treinen

Another Spring Training TTM came in, this one from Oakland A's pitcher, Blake Treinen.  The cards came out looking great.
I got a lot more 2019 Topps cards right off the bat than I did last year with 2018.  I have already had better success this year than last, so I'm pretty happy.

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

TTM Success - Mike Siani

I added another prospect's autograph to my collection with this TTM success from Mike Siani.  I saw that he was signing when 2018 Bowman Draft came in, so I sent the two cards that I had.  They came back looking really nice.
This one was really cool.  I saw that Jonathan India was signing prior to Spring Training, but I didn't get this card out to him in time.  I may see if he is signing during the season and try to complete this dual.

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.

TTM Success - Mick Kelleher

It took me a while, but I finally got these Mick Kelleher cards out of my box and into the mail.  I had them in my "to be TTMed" box since I first started the box.  I don't know why I let them sit there for so long, but I finally sent the cards out and got some nice TTM returns.
I do know the stack started with the 1981 Topps at the top of this post, and grew until I pulled the 1980 Topps (bottom right) out of my partial set.  All of the cards turned out well.

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.

TTM Success - Jack Perconte

I had only one kind of Topps card to send to Jack Perconte, so I was looking for something different to send along with it, and came across this 1983 TCMA Charleston Charlies card.  My mom got me a Charlies shirt a while back, and I thought it would be cool to add one of their cards to my autograph album.  I found another card of a player I sent later when I found this one, so in the end, I have two Charlies cards.
This 1986 Topps turned out nicely as well.  Perconte has a nice autograph.

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

TTM Success - Blake Parker

Here is another in the wave of Spring Training TTM returns that I got back.  This one was from Blake Parker on a 2019 Topps.

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.

TTM Success - Lou Trivino

Another Spring Training success came recently, this time from A's pitcher, Lou Trivino.  The card turned out really well, and Trivino has a nice signature.

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

TTM Success - Ray Black

I got another Spring Training TTM back pretty quickly after I mailed it from Giants pitcher, Ray Black.  I had sent a wave of 2019 Topps out in the hopes of adding a couple to my Topps ledger.  I ended up getting quite a few back, which is a lot better than I did last Spring Training.

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.

TTM Success - Nick Pivetta

My first Spring Training TTM success from this year and also my first signed 2019 Topps came in from Nick Pivetta.  I sent him a couple signed cards for his collection, and got my 2019 Topps taken care of.

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.

TTM Success - Seth Greisinger

Here are some cards that I found at my LCS a while back that I finally got around to mailing for signatures.  I had a 1999 Topps Seth Greisinger in a bulk box of Topps stuff that I had, and sent two cards that came out of a box at my LCS.  The above 1998 UD SP Minors was one of the LCS cards.
The 1999 Stadium Club card was the other one from my LCS and it turned out really well.  Of course, the 1999 Topps looks nice as well.

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.

TTM Success - Steve Blass

I started with one card, then bumped it up to four after a visit to Sportlots and ended up with a nice TTM success from Steve Blass.  I wanted a few more older cards to go along with the one 1973 Topps that I had, and picked this 1974 up (too bad it is miscut).
I also picked up a 1965 and 1970 to go with the '73.  They all turned out really well.

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

Some RedsFest 50/50s

It took him a while to send them back, but I got some nice 50/50s in the mail from a kid in Illinois who went to RedsFest.  He contacted me a while back about taking some stuff for this upcoming season, then we got to talking about RedsFest.  I had a ton of Buddy Bell stuff, so it was easy to get him a package together.
I was all excited because I would knock Bell off of my 87 list, except I realized that I picked him up at the National last year.  Oh well, I'll replace that one with this one, since it looks so nice.
I had a bunch of these Father/Son cards, both from 1985 (top) and 1976 (bottom).  I won't be able to get Gus on these cards, but still, it was nice to get some of them signed.
I actually received a TTM success from Sal Romano recently that had the 2018 Update in it (left), but I'll give that one to Chris for his album.
I had a bunch of Cody Reed cards that I had sat aside for when I saw Louisville play at Norfolk, so those were also easy to find and add to the mailer.
I was really glad to get all of these signed, and Andrew, the kid who did the 50/50 for me, got a bunch done for himself also.  He was upset that he forgot to mail the cards back, but it's all good.  Those things happen.

Thanks for taking the 50/50, Andrew!