Sunday, February 17, 2019

Ebay Pickup - Some Tougher Autos For The 87 Set

BBC Exchange had a bunch of signed 1987 Topps cards for sale in their Ebay store at great prices, so I picked a few out of the list and added them to my set.  I picked some of the seemingly tougher ones and went with those.  I started out by looking for a signed Tom Seaver, but his signed 87s have been near impossible to find.  So, I grabbed a few other guys that I hadn't seen and crossed them off of my list.

I had been holding out hope that Andres Galarraga would do a signing sometime soon, but it always seemed like I missed out.  I think he has done Expos Fest a few times, but at the price that BBC Exchange had this card at, I went ahead and got it.
I really need John McNamara on a Red Sox Team Leaders card (and Seaver too).  I just received a signed 84 Topps from McWilliams after waiting for over 2 years, so I grabbed this one so I wuldn't have to wait again.

Tommy John had been signing, but I learned that his ex wife was taking the money sent to her address and signing his cards herself.  Mickey Tettleton seems to be a tough get, so I went ahead and bought this one.  I have something else I want to get him on anyway, so if he pops up on a private signing, I'll do that card instead and will already have the 87 out of the way.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

TTM Success - Lee Stevens

I added some late 90s/early 2000s cards to my autograph album with this success from Lee Stevens.  I had a lot of cards to choose from, so I picked one from what is probably my favorite Upper Deck set (2002), and some Topps issues.
I selected his 1998, 2000 and 1999 Topps cards (yes I know they're not in order).  I thought they looked cool with the silver card in between the two gold ones.

Stevens (b. 1967) played in the majors from 1990 to 1992 and 1996 to 2002 for the Angels, Rangers, Expos and Indians.  He had 847 hits, 144 home runs and a .254 batting average.

I mailed to Stevens on January 14 and got the cards back on January 22, for an 8-day TAT.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Christmas Gift From Cal

Continuing my effort to catch up on posts, here is what my good friend, Cal, sent me for Christmas.  He really surprised me by sending a huge stack of cards, including some really nice relics and autos.  The above Panini Spectrum Chris Davis is something I hadn't seen before, and looks really cool in my collection.
This Diamond Kings Chance Sisco dual relic auto was really cool as well.
As was this Austin Hays jumbo relic auto.  Cal really hooked me up, to which I am grateful.

Thanks so much, Cal!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Christmas Gift From Anthony

As I got more TTM successes in after the holidays, I fell behind again in getting some Christmas gifts posted.  I want to try to get them all posted on here, but a few have already been put up or away, so I don't know if posts will happen.  I have thanked everyone that has sent something, which was the most important part.

I got a nice gift in from my good friend, Anthony, who had told me ahead of time that his package would be delayed, since he was off at college.  We haven't been able to talk as much as we used to, since he is busy with school and having joined a fraternity.  Still, Anthony is a a close friend, and an amazing guy.
The graded Yusniel Diaz was really sweet, and so was this Chance Sisco crazy patch card that he found!

Thanks so much, Anthony!  Sorry it took me so long to get these posted, but here they are!

TTM Success - Larry McWilliams

When I sent this card off, I wasn't working on my 1987 Topps set, so I was a little disappointed that I sent this 1984 Topps.  It took me so long to get it in, I went ahead and bought a signed 87 recently.

McWilliams (b. 1954) played in the majors from 1978 to 1990 for the Braves, Pirates, Cardinals, Phillies and Royals.  He had a career record of 78-90 with 940 strike outs and a 3.99 ERA.  He finished 5th in the 1983 NL Cy Young Award voting, the only time he received votes.

I mailed to McWilliams on March 5, 2016, and the card came back on January 22, 2019 for a 1,053-day TAT.  This is why I went ahead and bought a signed 1987 Topps instead of sending to him again.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

TTM Success - Don Demeter

I once again raided my vintage Topps box for some cards to send TTM and came up with this 1963 Topps Don Demeter.  It was a little rough, but it will look cool in my album.

Demeter (b. 1935) played in the majors in 1956 and from 1958 to 1967 for the Dodgers (Brooklyn and LA), Phillies, Tigers, Red Sox and Indians.  He had 912 hits, 163 home runs and a .265 batting average.  He finished a career-best 12th in the 1962 NL MVP voting.  He won the World Series in 1959 with the Dodgers.

I mailed to Demeter on January 2 and got the card back on January 19, for a 17-day TAT.  This was the first TTM I sent out for 2019.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Another TTM Success From Del Unser

I mistakenly sent to Del Unser again, having not realized that I sent to him back in June of 2017.  It was ok, though, because he signed these cards, and I had plenty to send.
I only doubled up on one card that I sent back then, a 1976 Topps.  Otherwise, I did pretty well in accidentally sending these out.  They all turned out well, and I'm happy I made this mistake.

I mailed to Unser on January 10, and got the cards back on January 19, for a 9-day TAT.

Monday, February 11, 2019

TTM Success - Art Mahaffey

This was a really cool TTM success.  Yeah, I'm happy I got this 1964 Topps card signed by Art Mahaffey, but it is the back of the card that was really intriguing.
I had gotten this card in a stack of vintage that was sent to me for Christmas by my friend, Gerard.  I didn't think much of the card at the time, other than that I was wondering if Mahaffey signed.  When I saw that he did, and I turned the card over for some reason, I discovered that a past owner of the card had written his name on the back.  From the looks of the handwriting, I believe this card once belonged to a kid.  Mike Fricks might have been maybe 10-11, or so, but he put his name on this card that is about to be secured in my autograph album.  I have no idea who the kid was, but I think that is kind of cool, to be honest.  Lots of folks would shy away from a card like this, since someone wrote on it.  Even I, a few years ago, might have bypassed it for a better version.  Now, though, I am really glad I was able to get it signed, and put it away.  Somewhere, I hope Mike Fricks knows that his once proud possession is tucked away safely, and it taken care of.

Mahaffey (b. 1938) played in the majors from 1960 to 1966 for the Phillies and Cardinals.  He had a record of 59-64 with 639 strike outs and a 4.17 ERA.  He was a three-time All Star and finished 26th in the 1962 N MVP voting.

I mailed to Mahaffey on January 2 and got the card back on January 19, for a 17-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $5.00.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

TTM Success - Wes Chamberlain

When I got my TTM success back from Wes Chamberlain, I saw this 1991 Topps  that he marked up as can be seen above.  I actually thought it was really cool, so the card will also go into my autograph album.  I was told that Louir Meadows was pictured on the card.
I also got these cards signed.  His signature is really cool, and takes up a lot of the card.

Chamberlain (b. 1966) played in the majors from 1990 to 1995 for the Phillies and Red Sox.  He had 322 hits, 43 home runs and a .255 batting average.

I mailed to Chamberlain on Jannuary 10, and got the cards back on January 19, for a 9-day TAT.

TTM Success - Drew Henson

While I was at the LCS recently, I found some boxes of rookie cards from the early 2000s that I searched in order to find some guys who signed TTM.  One of those was former Yankee, Drew Henson.  I found several nice cards, and they turned out really well when I got them signed.
I liked the 2002 Bowman.  It was the thicker version, but the card was damaged when it got back to me.  Probably from when the envelope was processed at USPS.

Henson (b. 1980) played in the majors in 2002 and 2003 for the Yankees.  He had 1 hit, no home runs and a .111 batting average.

He was also a quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys in 2002 and also the Lions in 2008.  He played in 9 games (1 start) and threw for 98 yards and one touchdown.

I mailed to Henson on January 7 and got the cards back on January 19, for a 12-day TAT.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

TTM Success - Corbin Burnes

I was happy when I saw that former Mudcat, Corbin Burnes, was signing TTM, because I still had a ton of his cards here.  I was especially happy to get this 2017 Carolina League Top Prospects card signed.  I doubt I will complete the set, but it is nice to get another from it signed.
I also was able to get my 2017 Mudcats team set card signed, along with a few 2018 cards.  He has already been called up to the Brewers, so I figure it might get a little tougher to get Burnes from here on out.

Burnes (b. 1994) made it to the Brewers last season and went 7-0 with a 2.61 ERA and 35 strike outs.  He was a 4th round pick in the 2016 Amateur Draft.

I mailed to Burnes on January 5 and got the cards back on January 19, for a 14-day TAT.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Another TTM Success From Cliff Johnson

I had gotten him once before, but when I sent to Cliff Johnson a while back, my 1987 Topps came back unsigned.  I finally got around to sending to him again, and this time around, I got my 87 done.

I also sent this 1979 Topps, which I thought looked cool.
The 87 turned out well, I think.

I paid a fee of $5.00/card.  I mailed to Johnson on January 2, and got the cards back on January 18, for a 16-day TAT.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Mourning a Legend

I received the text message from my friend Michael that Frank Robinson had passed away right as I was getting on a conference call for work.  I didn't have much time to process the information while I was discussing work stuff, but it still hit me pretty hard.  I knew Frank wasn't doing well, but conflicting reports a few days ago at least gave me some optimism that he was better off than what I had initially feared.  Sadly, he succumbed to bone cancer today at the age of 83.

Frank was the last of the Orioles Hall of Famers that I hadn't "met".  I use quotations there, because I still count being shoulder bumped by Earl Weaver meeting him.

I was lucky enough that my good friend, Ryan, was working on an Orioles Hall of Fame project, and needed Frank on a baseball.  He paid for me to go to the signing at this past year's National, and I would be able to meet Frank in exchange for getting Ryan's ball signed.  I'm so glad I was able to take advantage of that opportunity.
For whatever reason, Frank is such an underappreciated baseball legend.  His 586 home runs were 4th all-time when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982 (alongside his good friend, Hank Aaron), and continue to be ranked 10th all-time.  He was a World Series winner in 1966 and 1970 with the Orioles.  He is the only player to win the MVP Award in both the AL and NL.  He was the Triple Crown winner in 1966.  He is part of one of the worst trades in MLB history, and he also turned the Orioles organization into a perennial contender.  He was the first African American manager in MLB.  Yet, when legends of baseball are discussed, Frank's name hardly ever comes up.  I'm not sure why, but that needs to change.
His number 20 is retired by the Orioles, and he has a statue in Camden Yards (and also in Cincinnati).  He was the 81st Hall of Famer on a baseball in my collection, thanks to my good friend, Drew.
This is the image I always want to remember Frank by.  Here he is at the 2018 National after having signed Ryan's baseball.  The autograph vouchers never come with photo-ops; you have to pay for those separately.  Still, I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask, right?  Well, the look Frank is giving me is right after I asked if he would pose for a photo.  A stone cold gaze, and then he dropped Ryan's ball on the table.  I was about to apologize profusely, when Frank grinned, and said "sure, come on."  The photo at the top of this post is the result.  He even shook my hand after and smiled.  I read later on that Frank had a sharp and biting sense of humor, and it was on full display here.

Furthermore, while I was waiting to have the ball signed, I saw Frank's wife sitting next to him looking bored.  All of the fans would greet Frank, tell him how great he was, how they were big fans, but no one would speak to her.  So, I said hello to her and asked her if she was having a good day.  It looked like it took her by surprise, but she thanked me for asking her.  She asked me my name, where I was from.  She told me her name, and what she did.  That she was enjoying the show.  She was such a super nice lady.  I can't help but think of her, and hope that she can find comfort and peace in this difficult time.  Her husband is no longer suffering from the bone cancer that took him so quickly.  He is definitely loved, and will be missed by the countless fans he won over the years.  I'm so happy that I got the opportunity to meet him (and her), and I will always remember him fondly.

Rest in peace, Frank, you truly are one of the all-time greats.

Thanks Ryan for buying the voucher that allowed me to meet him, and thanks Michael for the great photos.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

TTM Success - Jerry Terrell

These cards came back signed from Jerry Terrell recently, and I was pretty pleased with the results.  I was able to get a 1975 Topps signed (above).  He signed the cards with a ballpoint pen, but the signature still turned out well.
I also got a 1979 and a 1980 Topps signed by Terrell.  He inscribed each card with a bible verse, which was a nice touch.

Terrell (b. 1946) played in the majors from 1973 to 1980 for the Twins and Royals.  He had 412 hits, 4 home runs and a .253 batting average.

I mailed to Terrell on January 9 and got the cards back on January 18, for a 9-day TAT.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Sox and Cubs Fest Autos From Max

I can always count on my good friend, Max, to take some cards off of my hands and turn them into signed cards for my autograph album.  This year, I got a nice return from both Cubs and Sox Fests, and the autographs are really great.

I was excited about the above Zack Collins that I had pulled out of a pack a month or so ago.  It had gotten damaged in transit to Max, but you can't tell from the scan.
He hooked me up with some nice Will Venable cards, especially the above 2013 emerald parallel.  You can't see the auto too well from the scan, but it is there.
Getting these two Venables was nice, too, because they had hung out in my Bowman box for quite a long time.
These Randy Hundley cards turned out well.  He has a funky signature, and you can definitely see that on the 1973 Topps that he signed (right).
Here are a couple horizontal cards that look really nice.
Max got me a whole bunch of cards signed.  I have no more Ed Farmer in my bulk boxes, which is nice.  I always enjoy moving stuff out of those boxes and either into my album or as trade bait.
We were able to fix my issue of not having a Daryl Boston for my 1987 set.  I forgot to send him one last year, and this year, we made sure one got done.
 He also got these Bostons signed, and they all look nice.
I was upset that I bought a Bowman Hi Tek Nicky Delmonico at the National last year, and misplaced it.  It would have looked nice when signed.  Still, I got some nice stuff back, and the 2010 Ryan Sweeney turned out really well (top left).
Here are a few more of the cards Max got done for me.  The 1976 Traded (bottom left) was a nice addition to the album.
Finally, I have a signed Pete LaCock card for my album.  This 1978 Topps is really nice, and I'm gad Max hooked me up with it.

Thanks so much, as always, Max.  I hope you were able to get some good stuff for yourself, also.  I can't wait til the next signing takes place and we can put some more of my bulk cards to use.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Signed 1987 Topps Dave LaPoint From Jacob

My good friend, Jacob, sent me this signed 1987 Topps Dave LaPoint in exchange (I think) for a few Expos cards that he needed.  I have been so slow to ship him stuff, but I'm waiting on the last few names for Expos Fest to be announced.  Once they are, Jacob is set to get a decent package of cards.

LaPoint (b. 1959) played in the majors from 1980 to 1991 for the Brewers, Cardinals, Giants, Tigers, Padres, White Sox, Pirates, Yankees and Phillies.  He had a career record of 80-86 with 802 strike outs and a 4.02 ERA.  He won the World Series with the Cardinals in 1982.

Thanks for the card, Jacob!

TTM Success - Adam Lind

There aren't many signed 2009 Topps cards in my autograph album, but I added one more with this TTM success from Adam Lind.  The card was out for a while, but it finally came back in, and looks great.

Lind (b. 1983) played in the majors from 2006 to 2017 for the Blue Jays, Brewers, Mariners and Nationals.  He had 1,247 hits, 200 home runs and a .272 batting average.  He was a Silver Slugger Award winner in 2009.  That was the only season where he received MVP votes; he finished 15th in the voting that season.

I mailed to Lind on February 22, 2018, and got the card back on January 18, 2019, for a 330-day TAT.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

TTM Success - Dirk Nowitzki

I'm not an NBA fan by any means, but a while back, I ordered something off of Ebay, and the seller added a bunch of basketball cards as filler to my package.  One of those cards was this Dirk Nowitzki, and I had seen some folks get him TTM.  So, I sent it off and waited for it to come back.  It finally did, but the signature wasn't too great.  It's there and all, but it would have been nice if it were better.  Oh well.

Nowitzki (b. 1978) has played in the NBA since 1998 for the Dallas Mavericks.  He is a 13-time ALl Star and won the NBA championship in the 2010-2011 season.  He has scored a total of 31,275 points in his career and was the NBA MVP in the 2006-2007 season.  I don't know a whole lot about basketball, but I imagine he will be a Hall of Famer at some point, for sure.

I mailed to Nowitzki on September 29 and got the card back signed on January 19, for an 111-day TAT.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

TTM Success - Daulton Varsho

I saw that a good number of folks were getting cards signed from 2018 Heritage Minors and 2018 Bowman, so I wrote down a couple names of guys that I had seen successes of, and put together a couple TTM requests.  One of the ones that came back was this really cool success from Daulton Varsho.  I was especially happy about this 2018 Heritage Minors Deckle Edge card.  He inscribed it to me, and signed in black Sharpie.  No, that's not a real autograph below it in blue.
I also got his 2018 Heritage Minors base and 2017 Bowman Draft signed.

Varsho (b. 1996) was drafted by the Diamondbacks in the second round of the 2017 Amateur Draft out of the University of Wisconsin.

So far, he has 153 hits, 19 home runs and a .301 batting average along two minor league seasons.

I mailed to Varsho on January 5 and got the cards back on January 18, for a 13-day TAT.

Friday, February 1, 2019

TTM Success - Al Santorini

A couple more cards that I picked up from Conrad in Columbia came back signed in this TTM success from Al Santorini.  His signature is really nice, and fits well on the above 1972 Topps.
Santorini (b. 1948) played in the majors from 1968 to 1973 for the Braves, Padres and Cardinals.  He had a record of 17-38 with 268 strike outs and a 4.29 ERA.

I mailed to Santorini on January 2 and got the cards back on January 17, for a 15-day TAT.