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Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
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.
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
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Thanks for the cards, Michael!
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Thanks for the cards and the 50/50, Dylan!
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.
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
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.
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!