Thursday, November 14, 2019

TTM Success - Andy Hassler

I had Andy Hassler's cards in my box for a long time, and recently, I finally got around to mailing to him.  I sent him 5 cards, and they all turned out well!
Hassler (b. 1951) played in the majors in 1971 and from 1973 to 1985 for the Angels, Royals, Red Sox, Mets, Pirates and Cardinals.  He had a record of 44-71 with 630 strike outs and a 3.83 ERA.

I mailed to Hassler on October 2 and got the cards back on October 19, for a 17-day TAT.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

TTM Success - Rick Asadoorian

I found this 2000 Topps Gold Label of Rick Asadoorian at my LCS and saw that he signed TTM.  I bought the card, took it home, prepped it, and sent it on its way.  It came back signed (and I guess I didn't prep it enough) with an inscription.  In all, the card look good, even though the signature bubbled some.

Asadoorian (b. 1980) was a first round pick (1999, 17th) by the Red Sox out of a Massachusetts high school.  He played in the minors for 9 seasons in the Red Sox, Rangers and Reds systems.  He also played 4 years of independent ball before hanging up his spikes at the end of the 2011 season.

I mailed to Asadoorian on October 7 and got the card back on October 18, for an 11-day TAT.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

TTM Success - Mark Wagner

I added some more 80s (and a 70s) cards to my autograph album with this TTM success from Mark Wagner.  I really like the 1981 Topps, and it turned out great.
I also added 1979, 1980 and 1985 Topps to the album.

Wagner (b. 1954) played in the majors from 1976 to 1984 for the Tigers, Rangers and A's.  He had 205 hits, 3 home runs and a .243 batting average.

I mailed to Wagner on September 24 and got the cards back on October 18, for a 24-day TAT.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Corey Ragsdale Promoted to Rangers MLB Field Coordinator

I just learned a couple minutes ago that Corey Ragsdale would not be returning as the Wood Ducks manager for the 2020 season.  While I am really sad to hear this, I am super excited because he has been promoted to the Rangers MLB staff as their MLB field coordinator.

I knew something like this was coming.  All Rags did this season was impress me on how he managed the Wood Ducks and also continued his other job as Rangers Minor League Field Coordinator.

The Minor League Field Coordinator is the person who determines where each minor league player is assigned, who moves up (or down), etc.  He also made sure my beard was up to par this season.

At the final regular season home game, Rags hugged Chris and I and thanked us for coming out this season.  I told him that it was my first season as a season ticket holder, and he was probably the biggest reason why I would be renewing my package.

I had also ran into him outside the stadium a few games before where, during the game, he had been ejected.  He went so far as seemingly apologizing to Chris and I for being ejected.  Rags is just a great guy.  I really hope that we can run into him in the future, as he may be one of my most favorite people I have come across in all of the MiLB games that I have gone to.  I can easily say that Chris and I love Rags.

I'll also miss saying this before every game, "Go get em, Rags!"

TTM Success - Jeremy Sowers

In my efforts to add some more recent cards to my autograph album, I saw that Jeremy Sowers was signing TTM.  I was able to get some late 2000s cards done, like the above 2007 Topps CoSigners.  I don't think I had any signed cards from this set in my album, so it provided a little something different.
I also got a 2006 Topps Rookie 52 and a 2009 O Pee Chee signed.  He kept two of the cards that I sent.

Sowers (b. 1983) played in the majors from 2006 to 2009 for the Indians.  He was a 1st round pick (6th overall) in the 2004 June Amateur Draft.  He had a career record of 18-30 with 174 strike outs and a 5.18 ERA.

I mailed to Sowers on September 30 and got the cards back on October 16, for a 16-day TAT.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

TTM Success - Rafael Santana

Here is another autograph that I got from the recent private signings that I saw on SCN.  I assume there was some kind of Mets alumni event, because the guys I got recently were all Mets.  This success came from Rafael Santana, and when I saw his name pop up, I had to check his list of cards to see if he was even in the set.  I admit, I had never heard of him.

Santana (b. 1958) played in the majors from 1983 to 1988 and 1990 for the Cardinals, Mets, Yankees and Indians.  He had 497 hits, 13 home runs and a .246 batting average.  He won the World Series with the Mets in 1986.

I mailed to the signing on September 19 and got the card back on October 15, for a 26-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $29.00.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

TTM Success - Sid Fernandez

Another of the recent private signings was for former pitcher, Sid Fernandez.  I had needed him for quite a while, and finally got his 87 Topps done.  I actually have an old Sports Illustrated that I need him on, too, but I had to wait to send that.

Fernandez (b. 1962) played in the majors from 1983 to 1997 for the Dodgers, Mets, Orioles, Phillies and Astros.  He had a career record of 114-96 with 1,743 strike outs and a 3.36 ERA.  He was a two-time All Star (1986 and 1987) and his best Cy Young Award finish was 7th (1986, NL).  He won the World Series with the Mets in 1986.  He appeared on the 2003 Hall of Fame ballot, but only received 0.4% of the vote.

I mailed to the signing on September 19 and got the card back on October 15, for a 26-day TAT.  I paid a $29.00 fee (which is why I didn't send the Sports Illustrated).

TTM Success - Dave Magadan

I knocked off several 1987 Topps recently when I took part in a few private signings on SCN.  There were a bunch back to back to back, so I had to expand the budget a bit, but I was able to get a couple tough guys off of my checklist and into my binder.

I had sent TTM to Dave Magadan in the season, since he is a hitting coach somewhere.  I never did get those cards back, so I went ahead and sent to the signing and am happy with the card.

Magadan (b. 1962) played in the majors from 1986 to 2001 for the Mets, Marlins, Mariners, Astros, Cubs, A's and Padres.  He had 1,197 hits, 42 home runs and a .288 batting average.  He finished 22nd in the 1990 NL MVP voting.  He was a part of the World Series Champion New York Mets, but did not appear in the post season that year.

I mailed to the private signing on September 19 and got the card back on October 15, for a 26-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $29.00.

Friday, November 8, 2019

TTM Success - Shane Rawley

I had Shane Rawley cards in my TTM box since 2016.  It just took me forever to decide to pay his PastPros fee and send the cards off.  I finally got around to it, and sent three cards.  The above 1988 Tops All Star looks great.  I like the design, and it scanned really well.
I also sent off a 1983 Fleer, and of course, I got the 1987 Topps that I needed for my set.

Rawley (b. 1955) played in the majors from 1978 to 1989 for the Mariners, Yankees, Phillies and Twins.  He had a career record of 111-118 with 991 strike outs and a 4.02 ERA.  He was an All Star in 1987.

I mailed to Rawley on September 28 and got the cards back on October 15, for a 17-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $9.00/card (including PastPros fees).

Thursday, November 7, 2019

TTM Success - Terry Harper

I added a couple more hockey cards to my autograph album with this TTM success from Terry Harper.  Harper has a really nice, clean signature, and it shows up well on the cards that I had.
These vintage hockey cards are really cool, and I probably will go back through the box that Max gave me so I can sent off some more cards.

Harper (b. 1940) played in the NHL from 1962 to 1981 for the Canadiens, Kings, Red Wings, Blues and Rockies (no, not the baseball team; there was a hockey team called the Colorado Rockies).  He scored 35 goals, with 221 assists, for a total of 256 points.  He was a 5-time Stanley Cup winner (64-65, 65-66, 67-68, 68-69, 70-71) with the Canadiens.

I mailed to Harper on August 22 and got the cards back on October 12, for a 51-day TAT.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

TTM Success - Nate Schierholtz

I got a different card back than what I sent, but I did get a TTM success from Nate Schierholtz recently.  He also signed the card with a dead Sharpie, but it is still signed.  I was more disappointed in the signature itself than my card being switched out, but I do like the photo on this 2014 Topps.  The card I sent was a 2014 Topps red foil parallel, so I at least got a similar card back.  Still, the red foil would have looked a lot better; even with the dead Sharpie.

Schierholtz (b. 1984) played in the majors from 2007 to 2014 for the Giants, Phillies, Cubs and Nationals.  He had 529 hits, 52 home runs and a .253 batting average.  He won the World Series in 2010 with the Giants.

I mailed to Schierholtz on September 20 and got the card back on October 12, for a 12-day TAT.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

TTM Success - Michael Aubrey

I was able to move some late 2000s cards out of my boxes with this TTM success from Michael Aubrey.  These are cards that I have had floating around in my boxes for over 10 years, and I was kind of getting tired of seeing them.  When I saw that Aubrey was signing, I was glad to get a few of these moving, and they all turned out great.  I don't have very many signed 2008 Bowman (above), but Aubrey did a great job matching the facsimile auto that is on the card.
I also got a 2008 Topps Update and a 2008 Stadium Club First Day Issue signed.

Aubrey (b. 1982) played in the majors from 2008 to 2009 for the Indians and Orioles.  He had 35 hits, 6 home runs and a .259 batting average.  He was the 11th overall pick by the Indians in the 2003 June Amateur Draft.

I mailed to Aubrey on September 30 and got the cards back on October 12, for a 12-day TAT.

Monday, November 4, 2019

TTM Success - Ted Power

I have held onto my Ted Power cards for a long time because one of the guys from Instagram had told me he would get them signed for me, and then never came through.  I finally got tired of seeing his name on my needs list, so I went ahead and sent the cards to him, myself.  They finally came back signed, and I can now cross him off of my list for my 87 set.
I also got Power on an 87 Fleer and an 89 Topps.

Power (b. 1955) played in the majors from 1981 to 1993 for the Dodgers, Reds, Royals, Tigers, Cardinals, Pirates, Indians and Mariners.  He had a career record of 68-69 with 701 strike outs and a 4.00 ERA.

I mailed to Power on October 1 and got the cards back on October 12, for an 11-day TAT.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

TTM Success - Dave Tomlin

 Here are some late 70s-early 80s cards that I added to my album with this TTM success from Dave Tomlin.
Tomlin signed the cards vertically, which is a different touch, but they still look nice.  The cards  had him sign were Topps from 1978, 1979 and 1980.

Tomlin (b. 1949) played in the majors from 1972 to 1980, 1982 to 1983 and 1985 to 1986 for the Reds, Padres, Expos and Pirates.  He had a record of 25-12 with 278 strike outs and a 3.82 ERA.

I mailed to Tomlin on October 4 and got the cards back on October 12, for an 8-day TAT.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

TTM Success - Ty Cline

I haven't added very many 60s cards to my autograph album lately, as I have been focusing on my 87 set, and getting some other years represented (namely 80s and late 00s stuff).  Still, the occasional 1960s card will come in, as did this 1965 of Ty Cline.

I love the 1965 set.  It is a really great set that I likely will take up building sooner than later.

Cline (b. 1939) played in the majors from 1960 to 1971 for the Indians, Braves (Milwaukee and Atlanta), Cubs, Giants, Expos and Reds.  He had 437 hits, 6 home runs and a .238 batting average.

I mailed to Cline on October 3 and got the card back on October 11, for an 8-day TAT.

Friday, November 1, 2019

TTM Success - Bob Montgomery

The box Max sold me at the National wasn't just vintage hockey cards.  There were also some baseball cards in there.  Most of the baseball cards were from 1973 and 1974, and since I didn't have many 74s, the box came in handy.  I did find this Bob Montgomery, and when paired with the 1972 and 1973 Topps (below) cards that I got in my lot from Conrad, I was ready to send TTM to him.
Montgomery (b. 1944) played in the majors from 1970 to 1979 for the Red Sox.  He had 306 hits, 23 home runs and a .258 batting average.

I mailed to Montgomery on October 4 and got the cards back on October 11, for a 7-day TAT.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

TTM Success - Greg Louganis

My mom gave me a bag of oddball card packs that she found at Goodwill a while back.  In the bag were several packs of US Olympic Hall of Fame cards.  I had seen that Greg Louganis signed TTM, and since I pulled one of his cards from one of the packs, I decided to send to him.

I waited a bit, though, because I knew he was in 2007 Allen & Ginter, as well, so once I got around to looking through my boxes, I found his 07 Ginter and sent the two cards out.
Louganis (b. 1960) is widely considered one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) divers of all time.  He won Gold in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics.  The events he won Gold in were (for both olympics) 3m Springboard and 10m platform.  He also won Silver in the 1976 Olympic Games 10m platform event.

In Seoul in 1988, Louganis hit his head on a board while performing a dive in a preliminary round and suffered a concussion.  He would come back from that injury and score the Gold, anyway.

Louganis attended the University of Miami, but transferred to UC-Irvine and graduated in 1983 with a major in theatre and a minor in dance.  He probably transferred out of Miami because their football team isn't all that great.

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

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

TTM Success - Rob Mackowiak

I saw a lot of posts on Instagram showing that Rob Mackowiak was signing TTM, so I jumped on board and send a few cards out, myself.  This is what actually prompted me to spend much of the MLB playoffs by going through my card boxes.  I went through a bunch of years of cards and pulled a ton of guys who are signing, so I should have enough subjects to send to for quite a long time.
I sent some pretty nice Mackowiak cards, like the 2007 Topps at the top of the page, or the above 2007 Upper Deck, 2006 Topps or 2008 Topps Update.

Mackowiak (b. 1976) played in the majors from 2001 to 2008 for the Pirates, White Sox, Padres and Nationals.  He had 603 hits, 64 home runs and a .259 batting average.

I mailed to Mackowiak on September 30 and got the cards back on October 11, for an 11-day TAT.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

TTM Success - Neil Walker

I got some really cool horizontal cards in from this TTM success from Neil Walker.  The above 2016 Topps Update looks really awesome.  It is a little hard to see his signature, but still, it is a really nice card.
This 2010 Topps also looks great.  Walker had some nice cards, and I think I sent some good ones out for this TTM request.

Walker (b. 1985) has played in the majors since 2009 for the Pirates, Mets, Brewers, Yankees and Marlins.  He has 1,215 hits, 149 home runs and a .267 batting average.  He was a Silver Slugger Award winner in 2014. 

I mailed to Walker via Marlins Spring Training on February 20 and got the cards back on October 11, for a 233-day TAT.

Monday, October 28, 2019

TTM Success - Steve Kealey

I added two more signed cards to my album that came out of the lot of cards I bought a while back from my friend Conrad.  I have been chipping away at the 72 and 73 Topps cards that I got from him, and have gotten a good many of them signed.

Steve Kealey is the latest former player who has signed TTM for me.  He signed both cards in blue ink pen.
Kealey (b. 1947) played in the majors from 1968 to 1973 for the Angels and White Sox.  He had a career record of 8-5 with 126 strike outs and a 4.28 ERA.

I mailed to Kealey on September 26 and got the cards back on October 10, for a 14-day TAT.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Some 50/50s From Cal

I sent some cards to my buddy, Cal, a while back so he could graph the Lond Island Ducks and Scranton-Wilkes Barre Railriders.    Cal wasn't able to get much done, as he didn't get to as many games as he had hoped, but he still got a few cards done for me, like the above die cut Edgardo Alfonzo from 1005 Upper Deck SP.
He also got a 2006 Topps Alfonzo and a 2007 Fleer Delwyn Young.

Thanks for getting these cards done for me, Cal!  I'll be sending you some more next season.

TTM Success - Jack Cust

It took a long time, but I was able to add a couple signed cards of former Oriole, Jack Cust, to my collection.  I didn't have many cards of Cust as an Oriole, but I did have two 2004 Upper Deck Vintage, so I sent both of them.
I also had this 2009 Upper Deck that he signed.  His Sharpie looks like it is starting to dry up, but I'm happy to have the signed cards nonetheless.

Cust (b. 1979) played in the majors from 2001 to 2004 and 2006 to 2011 for the Diamondbacks, Rockies, Orioles, A's and Mariners.  He had 510 hits, 105 home runs and a .242 batting average.

I mailed to Cust on October 26, 2017, and got the cards back on October 8, 2019, for a 712-day TAT.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

TTM Success - Luis Gomez

Here are some more cards that I got signed TTM.  This time, they came from Luis Gomez.  I sent him a 1980 Topps (above), a 1979 Topps and 1981 Topps (both below).  The cards look nice, and the signatures are pretty sharp.
Gomez (b. 1951) played in the majors from 1974 to 1981 for the Twins, Blue Jays and Braves.  He had 263 hits, no home runs and a .210 batting average.

I mailed to Gomez on October 1 and got the cards back on October 8, for a 7-day TAT.

Some More Signed Cards From Jackson

My friend, Jackson, sent me another envelope the other day with a couple more autos.  He had gotten hold of my 1987 Topps needs list and found two guys that he had who I needed.

I really wanted to cross Ron Davis off of my list, and I had the opportunity a couple years ago at the National, but I had brought cards for the wrong Ron Davis.  I ended up picking an extra up from someone in line, but it wasn't an 87.  Jackson came through, though, and now he is off of the list.
I also needed Alvaro Espinoza, and was set to send to him TTM, but he signed through PastPros for a fee, so this evened out.

These cards put me at 529/792, or 67% of the set completed.  That's not too bad at all, I think, and I have a bunch more on the way!

Friday, October 25, 2019

TTM Success - Chris Volstad

I have been working on finding some guys who sign TTM from the mid-to-late 2000s, so I can move some of those cards out of my boxes.  I found a handful of guys, and sent out a ton of cards.  I was glad to get these cards back from former pitcher, Chris Volstad.

The above 2008 Topps Heritage rookie card looks pretty great.  I love the 1959 Topps design, and this one looks good.  The only thing that could make it better would have been a higher quality Sharpie.
Volstad also signed these four cards: 2005 Topps Update, 2008 Topps Update, 2009 Allen & Ginter and a 2009 O Pee Chee.

Volstad (b. 1986) played in the majors from 2008 to 2013, 2015 and 2017 to 2018 for the Marlins, Cubs, Rockies, Pirates and White Sox.  He had a career record of 37-58 with 481 strike outs and a 5.00 ERA.

I mailed to Volstad on September 30 and got the cards back on October 8, for an 8-day TAT.

With these five cards being added to my album, I have now filled 11 albums with autographed baseball cards.  Not too bad, since I started the albums in 2016.  Additionally, that does not include my signed 1987 Topps album.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

TTM Success - Lance Niekro

I have been working non-stop lately to repopulate my TTM box, and I feel like I have found a ton of guys that I can send cards to.  One of them was former Giant, Lance Niekro.  I got three cards signed, and they all were sets that I don't have many cards of.

The above 2006 Upper Deck looks really cool.  I don't have much at all from this set, and I am glad that I sent this one in.
I found the above 2001 Bowman Heritage at my LCS.  The period of 1997 to 2003 holds a ton of stuff that I never opened.  I was out of the collecting game, and missed out on some gems.  The card looks awesome, and I was super excited to find it at the shop.

Of course, I had to get a Topps base card in there, and 2006 Topps is one set that I have very little of, as far as bulk cards are concerned.  I had a box of them that turned over and fell out of my truck in my move, and the cards ended up in the gutter just after a rainstorm.  Needless to say, most of the cards were ruined.

Niekro (b. 1979) is the son of the late Joe Niekro and the nephew of Hall of Famer, Phil Niekro.  He played in the majors from 2003 and 2005 to 2007 for the Giants.  He had 123 hits, 17 home runs and a .246 batting average.

I mailed to Niekro on September 30 and got the cards back on October 8, for an 8-day TAT.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

TTM Success - Brooke Kieschnick

I have a little bag of failed TTMs that sits beside my desk.  I check it periodically to see if a new address pops up for one of the failures, and have been able to thin the pile down here and there.  One of the players who sat in that bag for almost 3 years was Brooks Kieschnick.  I had some really awesome cards to send him, and originally sent three out in 2016.  They were RTS, so they sat and waited.

Recently, I checked on some of the envelopes, and saw that Kieschnick was signing at a new address, this time for a fee of $10.00/card.  Since the third card wasn't anything special, I sent the other two, along with a $20, and hopes the cards would come back signed this time.

The cards did come back, and I believe they might be some of the coolest cards that I have ever gotten returned.  The above Star Date 2000 from EX 2000 looks amazing.  I was so happy that this one came back signed, and turned out well.  I had prepped it beforehand, and I'm happy I did.  This card just looks awesome.
The other card I sent was a 1996 Pinnacle Aficionado.  This has to be one of my all-time favorite sets.  The cards are tough to find, and feature a nice wood-grain nameplate, and the player's face in a stippling design.  When I took art classes way back when, that was my favorite form of artistic media.  I always enjoyed stippling via pen and ink, but it was so time consuming.

Kieschnick (b. 1972) played in the majors from 1996 to 1997, 2000 to 2001 and from 2003 to 2004 for the Cubs, Reds, Rockies and Brewers.  He had 76 hits, 16 home runs and a .248 batting average.

I mailed to Kieschnick on September 30 and got the cards back on October 8, for an 8-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $10.00/card.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

TTM Success - Rick Luecken

I had these Rick Luecken cards in one of my boxes for a long time.  I liked his name, because it reminded me of a Pearl Jam song, and I also really liked the green border for the above 1990 Topps.  I finally got around to sending his cards to him, and got them back signed.
The above 1990 Bowman also turned out well.  I have come to enjoy seeing how well these scan.  they might be pretty plain cards, but they turn out looking pretty sharp when signed.

Luecken (b. 1960) played in the majors from 1989 to 1990 for the Royals, Braves and Blue Jays.  He had a career record of 3-5 with 51 strike outs and a 5.10 ERA.


I mailed to Luecken on September 23 and got the cards back on October 8, for a 15-day TAT.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Some More Autos From Jackson T.

I got another package in today from my friend, Jackson T., who formerly lived in Arizona, but is now back in Chicago.  He had gotten a box of cards off of me last year and tried to get as many cards as he could signed for me.

He sent another batch back today.  The above 2000 Rich Aurilia turned out really well.  I don't have very many cards from 2000 signed, so this one will look good in my album.
He helped me get some random stuff out of my boxes, like the 1990 Bowman Mike Remlinger.  I had a ton of those 90 Bowmans, and it was really rewarding to let some of them go, and clear out some room for other cards.  Same goes with the 1989 Topps Jim Eppard.
Best of all, though, Jackson knocked three more cards off of my 1987 set.  The Ed Lynch was really tough, since Jackson lost the card I sent him, sent me a signed 1987 Topps Tiffany, then I had to raid my completed set to find another Lynch in time for him to get it signed.  He was able to, and the card is now in my album.

Joe Price and Mike Moore are fairly tough, as well, but Jackson got them taken care of.  He also sent me a signed Tom Hume, but I had already gotten him; he also sent me a signed 1987 Topps Giants Leaders card signed by Jim Gott, but he apparently isn't on the card.  It is Jim Barr, and I have a card out to him to be signed right now.

Thanks so much for the autos, Jackson!