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Monday, July 22, 2019
Ford (b. 1956) played in the majors from 1978 to 1981 for the Orioles. He had a career record of 5-6 with a 4.02 ERA and 46 strike outs.
I mailed to Ford on June 18 and got the cards back on June 24, for a 6-day TAT.
Sunday, July 21, 2019
This 2014 Bowman Chrome Black Shimmer refractor is not numbered, but it still is really cool. I pulled it out of a pack, and was glad to see that Hentges signs. Otherwise, it would be in a box, somewhere.
Hentges (b. 1996) was a 4th round draft pick by the Indians in the 2014 Amateur Draft. So far, he has compiled a record of 13-28 with 394 strike outs and a 4.29 ERA. This season, he is with AA Akron, and doesn't look to be faring all that well. He has a record of 1-9 with a 5.21 ERA. Hopefully, the Indians keep working with him. When we met him last season, he was really nice.
I mailed to Hentges via Akron on April 16 and got the cards back on June 24, for a 69-day TAT.
Saturday, July 20, 2019
Brock (b. 1957) played in the majors from 1982 to 1991 for the Dodgers and Brewers. He had 794 hits, 110 home runs and a .248 batting average.
I mailed to Brock on November 17, 2018, and got the cards back on June 22, 2019, for a 217-day TAT.
Friday, July 19, 2019
Lombard (b. 1975) is exactly 5 years older than I am. It isn't often that I find a player with whom I share a birthday, but it is cool that Lombard and I do. He played in the majors from 1998 to 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2006 for the Braves, Tigers, Devil Rays and Nationals. He had 77 hits, 8 home runs and a .220 batting average.
I mailed to Lombard via Dodgers Spring Training on February 5 and got the cards back on June 22, for a 137-day TAT.
Hart (b. 1957) is a member of the legendary Hart Family of wrestling. Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the Harts have been a fixture in Canadian wrestling for decades. Patriarch, Stu Hart, ran Stampede Wrestling in Canada and showcased his sons (most notably, Bret and Owen), along with his sons-in-law, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart and The British Bulldog, the Hart Family was a fixture in wrestling in the 80s ad 90s.
Bret made his wrestling debut in 1978 and retired in 2000. His retirement was due to a concussion he received when he was mule-kicked in the head by Bill Goldberg in a WCW match. In all, he was a World Champion (WCW and WWE) 9 times, and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame twice (individually in 2006 and as a member of the Hart Foundation in 2019).
I mailed to Hart on March 25 and got the cards back on June 15, for an 82-day TAT.
Thursday, July 18, 2019
The coolest thing about his card in this year's team set is that I actually own the jersey that he is wearing on the card. Also, my dog is on the jersey, so my dog now has a baseball card. When I asked Noah to sign this, I told him about the jersey, and he remembered me getting it that night, which was cool.
Knepper (b. 1954) played in the majors from 1976 to 1990 for the Giants and Astros. He had a career record of 146-155 with 1,473 strike outs and a 3.68 ERA. He was an All Star in 1981 and 1988. He appeared on the 1996 Hall of Fame ballot, but received no votes.
I mailed to the private signing on May 20 and got the card back on June 13, for a 24-day TAT. I paid a $20.00 fee.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Incaviglia (b. 1964) played in the majors from 1986 to 1994 and 1996 to 1998 for the Rangers, Tigers, Astros, Phillies, Orioles and Yankees. He had 1,043 hits, 206 home runs and a .246 batting average.
I mailed to the private signing on May 20 and got the card back on June 13, for a 24-day TAT.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Gantner (b. 1953) played in the majors from 1976 to 1992 for the Brewers. He had 1,696 hits, 47 home runs and a .274 batting average.
I mailed to the private signing on May 20 and got the card back on June 13, for a 24-day TAT. I paid a $7.00 fee.
Monday, July 15, 2019
This time around, I received signed cards from Tom Egan. He signed in blue Sharpie, and the cards look great.
I mailed to Egan on February 4 and got the cards back on June 13, for a 129-day TAT.
Khalifa (b. 1963) played in the majors from 1985 to 1987 for the Pirates. He had 107 hits, 2 home runs and a .219 batting average.
I mailed to Khalifa on January 7 and got the cards back on June 10, for a 154-day TAT.
Sunday, July 14, 2019
Miller (b. 1946) played in the majors from 1975 to 1981 for the Orioles, Angels, Blue Jays and Mets. He had a career record of 23-17 with 235 strike outs and a 3.23 ERA.
I mailed to Miller on May 23 and got the cards back on June 3, for an 11-day TAT.
Saturday, July 13, 2019
We saw them take on the Somerset Patriots, and I spent a good amount of time a few days prior by looking for cards of guys who we would see. I did pretty well, and Chris even helped me search my Orioles boxes for the above 2015 Topps Update Chrome sparkle Jimmy Paredes. I knew I had the card, and when I saw he was on the roster, that was the one card that I wanted to get signed.
You have to pick a side at their stadium and go for one team at a time, so I made sure I hit Somerset first so I could get the Paredes done.
Luckily, I got most of the Somerset guys I needed, save for two, so I was hoping I would knock off the final two, then head to the Rockers side and grab some as well. I saw that this idea wasn't going to work, but Chris spoke up and said he would go over to the Rockers side and try to get whatever he could done. I didn't have his book along with us, so I had to hand him the individual players and tell him the numbers to remember.
The only problem I saw with the independent teams was that neither team had an updated roster posted that I was able to find online. There were a few pitchers who were listed on each roster that I wanted to get, but they weren't there. I don't know if there is a better way for me to figure out the rosters, but that would be nice.
Chris gets back from camp today; the week without him has been no fun, so he needs to get home.
Friday, July 12, 2019
I mailed to Hedlund on May 22 and got the cards back on May 31, for a 9-day TAT.
Thursday, July 11, 2019
I mailed to O'Brien on March 13 and got the cards back on May 29, for a 77-day TAT.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
I mailed to Sharp on May 9 and got the cards back on May 28, for a 19-day TAT.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
The highlight, as has been usual this season with the Keys, was a long conversation we had with Ryan Ripken. He is just a good dude. I really enjoy talking with him, and this time around was no different. We talked about the weather, of course, and some other baseball-related topics, as he waited on word about whether or not the game would be played. He even gave Chris and I a heads up that the game would be called, so we could beat the traffic.
As the season is winding down, my stash of cards is getting smaller and smaller, which I like. I'm hoping I don't have much left over when the season is done.
I paid a fee of $10.00 when I mailed this card off on March 5. The card came back signed on May 28, for an 84-day TAT.
Monday, July 8, 2019
I sent the card off for the private signing on March 5 and got the card back on May 28, for an 84-day TAT. I paid a fee of $30.00.
Sunday, July 7, 2019
I'm running low on Wood Ducks, which is fine with me, since I don't want to be stuck with a bunch of stuff at the end of the season, and I can concentrate on the opposing teams. That being said, the Woodies team sets came out, so I picked up a bunch of them, and worked on getting what I could signed.
Also, a couple pitchers from higher up are in town on rehab assignments, so I was able to get some of their stuff done, as well. Take the above 2017 Wood Ducks team card of Scott Williams, for example. I have had this card for a while, and finally got mine, Chris's and Gerard's done.