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Thursday, October 31, 2019
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.
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
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
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
Steve Kealey is the latest former player who has signed TTM for me. He signed both cards in blue ink pen.
I mailed to Kealey on September 26 and got the cards back on October 10, for a 14-day TAT.
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Thanks for getting these cards done for me, Cal! I'll be sending you some more next season.
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
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.
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.
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
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 (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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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!
Pena (b. 1959) played in the majors from 1981 to 1992 and 1994 to 1996 for the Dodgers, Mets, Braves, Pirates, Red Sox and Marlins. He had a career record of 56-52 with 839 strike outs and a 3.11 ERA. He was the NL ERA leader in 1984 (2.48) and won the World Series with the Dodgers in 1981 and 1988, and the Braves in 1995.
I mailed to the signing on September 14 and got the card back signed on October 5, for a 21-day TAT.
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Still, a few of the cards got done, and turned out well.
Thanks for taking the 50/50s, Vince!
Schwall (b. 1936) played in the majors from 1961 to 1967 for the Red Sox, Pirates and Braves. He had a career record of 49-48 with 408 strike outs and a 3.72 ERA. He was the 1961 AL Rookie of the Year. That season, he was also an All Star and he finished 14th in the MVP voting.
I mailed to Schwall on September 26 and got the card back on October 5, for a 9-day TAT.
Saturday, October 19, 2019
If I weren't working on the 1987 Topps set, I would have probably gona after the 1981 set, but I had a billion 87s, and it was only natural to choose and go for that one, instead.
Verhoeven (b. 1952) played in the majors in 1976, 77, 80 and 81 for the Angels, White Sox and Twins.
He had a career record of 3-8 with a 3.79 ERA and 90 strike outs.
I mailed to Verhoeven on September 24 and got the cards back on October 4, for a 10-day TAT.
The first baseball was an absolute steal that my good friend, Cal, offered me. His reasoning was that he wanted the baseball to go to a true Orioles fan, and didn't want me to pass it up. Fair enough. Cal had actually shown me the ball a while back, and I helped him identify some of the signatures on the ball.
It is a Baltimore Orioles team signed baseball from what appears to be 1994. I would have already been interested in the ball, if it only contained some Orioles players, but whomever got this ball signed (Cal got it from his neighbor who collected when he was a kid) had it signed by Hall of Fame broadcaster, Chuck Thompson.
Thompson was to the Orioles what Ernie Harwell was to the Tigers; Jack Buck was to the Cardinals; Vin Scully was to the Dodgers; you get my point. I missed out on a good deal on a Thompson single-signed baseball a couple years ago, and regretted it. When Cal told me Thompson was on this ball, and at the price he offered, I jumped all over it.
Thompson (b. 1921 - d. 2005) began his broadcasting career in 1939, in Reading, PA. His career was interrupted by a stint in the Army in World War II, where he fought at the Battle of the Bulge. He resumed his career in 1945. Beginning in 1946, he called all home games for both of the Philadelphia baseball teams (A's and Phillies). In 1949, Thompson was hired to broadcast games for the International League Orioles (the O's were not yet a MLB franchise) and the Baltimore Colts.
When the St. Louis Browns moved to Baltimore in 1954, Thompson was unable to broadcast Orioles games because their broadcasting rights were owned by a rival corporation. The company hired Ernie Harwell to broadcast the games, but wanted Thompson to be a part of the broadcast, so he ended up working alongside Harwell beginning in 1955.
From 1957 to 1961, Thompson called Washington Senators games with Bob Wolff. Thompson would return to the Orioles, and broadcast their games from 1962 to 1987. During his time with the Orioles, he would call games for two World Series Champions, five AL pennants, six AL East titles and only one losing season.
Thompson would come out of retirement in 1991, to call games part-time for the Orioles, but would retire for good in 2000.
Thompson received the Ford C. Frick Award (which makes him a Hall of Fame broadcaster) in 1993.
Thompson passed away in 2005 after suffering a stroke.
Other players/personnel on the baseball include: Peter Angelos, Elrod Hendricks, Rafael Palmeiro, Harold Baines, Lonnie Smith, Arthur Rhodes, Mark Eichhorn, Mark Williamson, Chris Hoiles, Alan Mills, and Leo Gomez.
Thompson becomes my 147th Hall of Famer on a baseball. Thank you so much for the deal, Cal!
Friday, October 18, 2019
Whitmore (b. 1968) played in the majors from 1993 to 1995 for the Marlins. He had 67 hits, 5 home runs and a .203 batting average.
I mailed to Whitmore on September 23 and got the cards back on October 4, for an 11-day TAT.
Thursday, October 17, 2019
The cards came out well, especially the 91 Crown.
Mitchell (b. 1949) played in the majors from 1975 to 1980 for the Orioles, A's, Mariners and Brewers. He had a career record of 32-39 with 277 strike outs and a 4.45 ERA.
I mailed to Mitchell on September 20 and got the cards back on October 3, for a 13-day TAT.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Powell has a nice signature, and it showed up well on the two cards that I sent.
I mailed to Powell on September 13 and got the cards back signed on October 3, for a 20-day TAT.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Heise (b. 1947) played in the majors from 1967 to 1977 for the Mets, Giants, Brewers, Cardinals, Angels, Red Sox and Royals. He had 283 hits, 1 home run and a .247 batting average.
I mailed to Heise on September 23 and got the cards back on October 3, for a 10-day TAT.
Monday, October 14, 2019
The card turned out pretty sharp. I especially liked it because it was a Red Wing. I may or may not have heard of the hockey team from Detroit once or twice.
Jeffrey (b. 1940) played from 1961 to 1969 for the Red Wings, Maple Leafs and Rangers. He had 39 goals, 62 assists and 101 points. He won the Stanley Cup in 1967 with the Rangers.
I mailed to Jeffrey on September 17 and got the card back on October 3, 2019, for a 16-day TAT.
I had ordered a book of Canada-to-US stamps online, and bought some US-to-Canada stamps at my local post office. Those have helped me expand my TTM requests a bit. I hope the 5 people who read this blog have enjoyed the small change of pace.
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Hopefully, Keegan will be able to take some more 50/50s next season, as some good players should be moving up to Richmond.
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Sabourin (b. 1943) played from 1967 to 1977 for the St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs, California Golden Seals and the Cleveland Barons. He had 169 goals, 188 assists and 357 points.
I mailed to Sabourin on August 22 and got the card back signed on October 3, for a 42-day TAT.
Friday, October 11, 2019
Finally, I got a message from PastPros that Dickie had never received my 87 Topps, and would sign and send me one of his own. THEN they message me again saying he didn't have any 87s, but he would send me something else. I got this 1984 Fleer All Star card. In the email, PastPros told me to re-send an 87, and Thon would sign that for me, as well. So, I did, and got that signed card back in about a week.
Thon (b. 1958) played in the majors from 1979 to 1993 for the Angels, Astros, Padres, Phillies, Rangers and Brewers. He had 1,176 hits, 71 home runs and a .264 batting average. He was an All Star in 1983. He was a Silver Slugger and finished 7th in the NL MVP voting that season, as well.
I originally sent to Thon on November 6, 2018, and got the 84 Fleer back on September 30, for a 328-day TAT. I sent the second 87 Topps on September 28, and got the signed card back on October 5, for a 7-day TAT.
Thursday, October 10, 2019
I mailed to August on September 23 and got the cards back on September 30, for a 7-day TAT.