Thursday, October 22, 2020

Another 87 Team Leaders Card Complete Via TTM

My quest to complete the signed 1987 Topps set has been a tough task.  Originally, I was ok with just getting ink on every card; not necessarily getting every single autograph possible.  It sounds like a cop-out, but some of the team leaders cards are going to be near impossible to finish.  I've talked with Mike Valic, a guy who actually has completed the set, and the team leaders cards represent the toughest of the tough projects to take on inside the set itself.  For example, the White Sox leaders card has the deceased Eddie Brinkman; Reds has Bo Diaz, Red Sox has John McNamara and Tom Seaver.  All of those, I'll have to find with signatures of the deceased folks, and also probably will have to find a way to ass the living guys on the cards (I have a Red Sox one with Rich Gedman; Reds with Pete Rose, etc).

However, I have been able to complete a few of the team leaders cards, and the Mariners version was just completed with two different TTM successes in the last few months, Phil Regan and Bob Kearney.  I had already gotten Matt Young on the card a few years ago, then when Regan was signing recently, I sent off to him.  Kearney was last, and now the card is complete.  It feels good to get these done and put away in the album for good.

TTM Success - Rymer Liriano

A private signing with Rymer Liriano came up and I probably would have skipped on by it, except for the fact that I had this really nice green parallel from 2015 Topps Chrome.  I kept seeing it when I would go through my boxes, so I decided to go ahead and get it signed.  I had a 2015 Topps base of Liriano right behind the chrome in my box, so I sent that out, too.

Both cards look great, and will be added to my autograph album.  I haven't gotten a signed 2015 Topps back in a bit, so getting this one done was nice.

Liriano (b. 1991) played in the majors in 2014 and 2017 for the Padres and Mets.  He had 33 hits, 2 home runs and a .220 batting average.

I mailed to the signing on July 1 and got the cards back on August 6, for a 36-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $10/card.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Some Great Signed Cards From Jackson

My friend Jackson, in Arizona, took a 50/50 for me and also sold me a signed card.  The card he sold was the 2004 Cracker Jack Dotrelle Willis shown above.  I really like the Cracker Jack set, and have contemplated picking up a box.  The cards look great when signed.  Jackson did a private signing with Willis, which I missed.  Thankfully, he had some extras, and I picked this beauty up.
Jackson also sees Will Morris and Harvey Monte locally over there, so he got some cards out of my boxes and had them signed for me.  We split the Morris cards, and since I had only one Monte, he gave me that one.

I was afraid that I wouldn't have any Monte, but I had the single card in my "rookies" box, so it was good to get that one out.

Thanks so much for taking the cards and selling me the Willis, Jackson!

Another TTM Success From Doc Gooden

I pulled this gold parallel numbered to 50 out of the silver packs that came with my 2020 Topps Jumbo Boxes.  Right when I pulled it, I saw an announcement for a private signing with Doc Gooden, so I went ahead and signed up for the signing.

The card turned out awesome; I'm glad I went ahead and sent the card in.  I think this one was one of the very first ones I did through the private signings page on Facebook.

I mailed the card on July 6 and got the card back on August 4, for a 29-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $20.00.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

TTM Success - Rick Miller

I moved some 70s and 80s cards out of my boxes when I got this TTM success from Rick Miller.  The above 1975 Topps looks great, and I really wish I had more bulk 75s to send out.  I had sent a ton of 75s out as a Christmas gift to a fellow blogger, and never got a thank you.  I regret sending those out, now, because I could use them for TTMs.

I also got a 1980, 1981 and 1985 Topps signed by Miller.  All of them look great.

Miller (b. 1948) played in the majors from 1971 to 1985 for the Red Sox and Angels.  He had 1,046 hits, 28 home runs and a .269 batting average.  He was a Gold Glove Award winner in 1978.

I mailed to Miller on January 30 and got the cards back on August 3, for a 186-day TAT.

TTM Success - TJ Sikkema

I got some cards signed by TJ Sikkema that I would have liked to get signed in person this season, but there was no graphing to be had, at all.  So, I have been stuck sending out TTMs to damn near everyone that I can.  I have sent out more TTMs this year than in any year in the past, and there are still 2 and a half months to go.

I got a 2020 Pro Debut and a 2019 Bowman Draft signed, and they both look awesome.

Sikkema (b. 1998) was a first round (38th overall) draft pick by the Yankees in the 2019 June Amateur Draft out of the University of Missouri.

He pitched in 4 games at Low A Staten Island last season and went 0-0 with 13 strike outs and a 0.84 ERA.

I mailed to Sikkema on June 29 and got the cards back on August 3, for a 35-day TAT.

Monday, October 19, 2020

TTM Success - Karson Bowen

I added some autographs on a couple 2020 Stars and Stripes when I got this TTM success back from Karson Bowen.

Bowen (b. 2004) has played on Team USA 15U (2018 and 2019) and the 12U team (2016).  He played 8 games in 2019 and had a .381 average with a homer, and 4 games in 2018 with a .400 average and no homers.

I mailed to Bowen on July 14 and got the cards back on August 3, for a 20-day TAT.

TTM Success - Jose Tabata

I got some cards from the 2010s out of my boxes with this TTM success from Jose Tabata.  The above 2012 Topps turned out really well.  I like the scoreboard backdrop behind Tabata, and how it matches up with the Pirates colors on the card.

Tabata also signed a 2010 Topps Update and a 2013 Topps for me.  His Sharpie of choice was a light blue, but I think it still looks good on the cards.

Tabata (b. 1988) played in the majors from 2010 to 2015 for the Pirates.  He had 438 hits, 17 home runs and a .275 batting average.

I mailed to Tabata on July 21 and got the cards back on August 3, for a 13-day TAT.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

TTM Success - Greg Jones

I added another prospect's autograph to my collection with this TTM success from Rays prospect, Greg Jones.  I was able to get him on a 2019 Bowman Draft and a 2020 Pro Debut.  Both cards look great.

Jones (b. 1998) was born in Cary, NC and was a first round draft pick (22nd overall) by the Rays in the 2019 June Amateur Draft out of UNC-Wilmington.  He had previously been drafted by the Orioles in the 2017 draft (17th round).  So far, he has 64 hits, 1 home runs and a .335 batting average at Low A Hudson Valley.

I mailed to Jones on July 20 and got the cards back on August 1, for a 12-day TAT.

Another TTM Success From Dave Fleming

I had gotten Dave Fleming TTM a few years ago, but I found a bunch more of his cards in various boxes, so I sent to him again.  The cards are spectacular or anything, just random stuff that I had and wanted to move into my albums.

This was pretty much a card dump; get some stuff out of the way so I could clear room in the boxes for other stuff.

I mailed to Fleming on July 20 and got the cards back on August 1, for a 12-day TAT.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

TTM Success - Carlos Delgado

I couldn't pass up a private signing with former slugger, Carlos Delgado, and when it came time to send in, I couldn't settle on just one card.  So, I spent the money and sent two that had been buried in my boxes for years.

The above card is a 2004 Upper Deck SPX, which turned out great.  I really like this card, and am glad I sent it off.

The next card is a 2005 Fleer Showcase Showtime card that is numbered 29/99.  It also looks great, now that it is signed.

Delgado (b. 1972) played in the majors from 1993 to 2009 for the Blue Jays, Marlins and Mets.  He had 2,038 hits, 473 home runs and a .280 batting average.  He was a two-time All Star (2000 and 2003) and his best MVP finish was second (AL, to Alex Rodriguez) in 2003.  He was a three-time Silver Slugger Award winner (1999, 2000 and 2003).  He appeared on the 2015 Hall of Fame ballot and received an underwhelming 3.8%, which forced him off of the ballot.  I could have sworn that he would spend a good amount of time on the HOF ballot, and even have a much higher percentage, over time.  He stands to get some support via the veterans committee.

I mailed to the signing on June 4 and got the cards back on July 31, for a 57-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $40/card for this one.

TTM Success - Charlie Moore

Here's another 1987 Topps that I got signed through a private signing on SCN.  This card, signed by Charlie Moore, turned out nicely, and gets another name off of my list.

Moore (b. 1953) played in the majors from 1973 to 1987 for the Brewers and Blue Jays.  He had 1,052 hits, 36 home runs and a .261 batting average.

I mailed to the signing on June 30 and got the card back on July 31, for a 31-day TAT.

Friday, October 16, 2020

TTM Success - Tom O'Malley

Here are a couple cards I got back signed from a private signing with former Oriole,  Tom O'Malley.  I went ahead with a 1991 Crown Orioles card, but of course the real reason I sent to the signing was to get O'Malley's 1987  Topps card signed.

Both cards turned out great and they can now be added to the albums and taken off of my list.

O'Malley (b. 1960) played in the majors from 1982 to 1990 for the Giants, White Sox, Orioles, Rangers, Expos and Mets.  He had 310 hits, 13 home runs and a .256 batting average.

I mailed to the private signing on July 7 and got the cards back on July 31, for a 24-day TAT.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

TTM Success - Kyle Phillips

I added a 2010 Topps to my autograph album with this TTM success from Kyle Phillips.  He signed the card in red Sharpie, which you don't see a whole lot.  It'll probably fade after a while, but right now, it looks "different" and I suppose that's cool.

Phillips (b. 1984) played in the majors in 2009 and 2011 for the Blue Jays and Padres.  He had 18 hits, 2 home runs and a .191 batting average.

I mailed to Phillips on July 23 and got the card back on July 31, for an 8-day TAT.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

TTM Success - Gene Tenace

These was a lot of sweating prior to and during this TTM request that I sent to Gene Tenace.  It started with finding a needle in a haystack by seeing this Yogi Berra signed 1987 Topps Astros leaders card at the Cleveland National a couple years ago.  I picked it up for $20 and put it in my 87 album.  When I saw a Hal Lanier signing finally come up, I sent it off to him.  Lanier is spotty lately with TTM returns, so I wanted the assurance of locking in with a paid signing and getting my card done that way.  It is still risky, of course, because things can happen and cards can get wrecked when sending through the mail.  The card came back from the Lanier signing, and I was ready to send it off to Denis Menke, who I have gotten TTM from before.  I believe the guy who ran the Lanier signing told Menke the card was coming, and it got back to me signed really fast (9 days).  Finally, I turned it around and sent to Gene Tenace, who signs through PastPros.  This awesome card is now complete and has its place in my 87 album.

I also sent off this 1973 Topps buyback that I had pulled several years ago.  It also turned out well, but definitely takes a back seat to the Astros Leaders card.

Tenace (b. 1946) played in the majors from 1969 to 1983 for the A's, Padres, Cardinals and Pirates.  He had 1,060 hits, 201 home runs and a .241 batting average.  He was an All Star in 1975 and his best MVP finish was 18th (1975 and 1976, AL).  He won the World Series four times (1972-1974 - Oakland and 1982 - St Louis); he was the 1972 World Series MVP.

Tenace managedthe Blue Jays for 33 games in 1991 and amassed a 19-14 record (.576%)

Tenace appeared on the 1989 Hall of Fame ballot, but received only 0.2% of the vote.  I mailed to Tenace on July 23 and got the cards back on July 31, for an 8-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $15/card plus PastPros handling fees.  I paid $20 for the card; $15 for the Lanier signing, and Menke was free.  So, I put over $50 into the card to get it completed, and I'm certain it is worth far more than that.  I'm just happy to have it completed.

TTM Success - Matt DeSalvo

Here ae a few cards that I got out of my rookies box and into my album.  The cards were signed TTM by Matt DeSalvo and turned out really well.  The above 2007 Topps Rooke 52 looks cool when signed.

I also got a 2007 Bowman and 2007 Bowman Chrome signed that had been in my box since 2007.  It really is nice getting stuff out that has sat for that long and have them signed.

DeSalvo (b. 1980) played in the majors in 2007 and 2008 for the Yankees and Braves.  He had a 1-3 record with 12 strike outs and a 7.89 ERA.

I mailed to DeSalvo on July 20 and got the cards back on July 30, for a 10-day TAT.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

TTM Success - Glenn Davis

Another private signing came along that helped me with my 1987 Topps set.  This time, I got an autograph from Glenn Davis.  Orioles fans know Davis well.  He was part of one of the worst trades in MLB history, where the Orioles got Davis and the Astros got Pete Harnisch, Steve Finley and Curt Schilling.  Davis would vastly underperform for the Orioles, and the three players that the Astros got did pretty well.

Davis (b. 1961) played in the majors from 1094 to 1993 for the Astros and Orioles.  He had 965 hits, 190 home runs and a .259 batting average.  He was a 2-time All Star (1986 and 1989) and finished second in the 1986 NL MVP voting.  

I mailed to the signing on July 6 and got the card back on July 30, for a 24-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $20.00.

Monday, October 12, 2020

TTM Success - Russ Davis

Here are some nice 90s cards that I was able to get signed TTM by Russ Davis.  Ok, some 90s and one 2000.  Anyway, the above 1995 Collectors Choice SE turned out pretty great, I think.
I had a ton of Davis cards, and had to narrow it down to just 4 to send to him, so I went with cards and sets that were underrepresented in my albums.  Not bad choices, I think.

Davis (b. 1969) played in the majors from 1994 to 2001 for the Yankees, Mariners and Giants.  He had 508 hits, 84 home runs and a .257 batting average.

I mailed to Davis on July 20 and got the cards back on July 30, for a 10-day TAT.

Another TTM Success From Mookie Wilson

Another private signing came along where I had a card that I thought would really look great when signed.  I had seen this 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen Walk-Off Winners card in one of my boxes, and was smart enough to pull it and put it aside, in case a signing came along.  One did, and I was able to find the card right away and send it off.  That can't be said a lot of times when signings come up.

I mailed to the private signing on June 4 and got the card back on July 30, for a 56-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $12.00.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Birthday Gift From Tomie - 1963 Fleer Brooks Robinson

My friend and coworker, Tomie, surprised me at my birthday party with this awesome 1963 Fleer Brooks Robinson.  It was made that much better to learn that Tomie had gotten his card from our mutual friend, Neil.  Since this came out of Neil's personal collection of 1963 Fleer, it means even more.  Neil's first memories of baseball cards were of his dad selling 63 Fleer to convenience stores back then, since his dad was a supplier to those stores.  So, that set and this card have a special connection with him, and that isn't lost on me.

Both Tomie and Neil know how much I love Brooks, and adding this card to my collection is really special!  Thanks to the both of you!

TTM Success - Matt Gorski

I was able to get some recent prospect cards signed with this TTM success from Pirates prospect, Matt Gorski.

He signed the above 2019 Bowman Draft and the below 2020 Pro Debut for me in blue, and they look nice.

Gorski (b. 1997) was a second round pick in the 2019 June Amateur Draft by the Pirates out of Indiana University - Bloomington.  He has only played in Low A ball (West Virginia Black Bears) so far and has 32 hits, 3 home runs and a .223 batting average.

I mailed to Gorski on July 21 and got the cards back on July 28, for a 7-day TAT.

TTM Success - Mike Aldrete

I didn't do a very good job of consulting my needs list for my 1987 Topps set when I signed up for this private signing for Mike Aldrete.  I didn't realize until after I had gotten the card back, that I already had Aldrete in my set.  Oh well, now I have some trade bait for others who are building the set.

Aldrete (b. 1961) played in the majors from 1986 to 1991 and 1993 to 1996 for the Giants, Expos, Padres, Indians, A's, Angels and Yankees.  He had 565 hits, 41 home runs and a .263 batting average.  He won the World Series with the Yankees in 1996.

I mailed to the private signing on July 6 and got the card back on July 27, for a 21-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $20.00.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Birthday Gift From Andrew

My birthday was back in September, but with all of the TTMs I have backlogged, I have drawn out posting my stuff that I got for my birthday.  My good friend, Andrew, sent me some really great cards that I wanted to show off.  The above 2011 Topps Black Diamond Wrapper Redemption Virgil Trucks auto is just a beauty.  I had one of these, already, but Andrew knew how much I loved these, and picked this one up.  I still am looking for the canary numbered to 10, but have yet to find one.  I'll take as many of these as I can get, though.
Andrew found a few Orioles cards that I needed, which can be tough.  I haven't been able to find much in the way of recent cards, so these come in handy.
He also got me some cards of a couple former Wood Ducks in the Sam Huff and Sherten Apostel seen on the bottom row of this scan.

Thank you so much for the birthday gift, Andrew!

TTM Success - Jack Leiter

I got a couple 2020 USA Stars and Stripes cards back signed with this TTM success from Jack Leiter.  Both cards turned out great, and helped me put a couple cards from this year in my album.

Leiter (b. 2000) pitched for Vanderbilt for the brief 2020 season.  He went 2-0 with 22 strike outs and a 1.72 ERA over 4 games.  He looks to be one of the top picks in the 2021 draft.

I mailed to Leiter on June 4 and got the cards back on Juy 27, for a 53-day TAT.

He is the son of former Major Leaguer, Al Leiter.

TTM Success - Phil Regan

I had sent to him once before, when he was the pitching coach of the Mets, but those cards never came back.  Finally, I used my Harvey book, and got two cards signed by former pitcher, Phil Regan.

The other card will be shown later, as it was a 1987 Topps Mariners leaders card.  The above 1972 Topps card turned out really nicely, though.

Regan (b. 1937) played in the majors from 1960 to 1972 for the Tigers, Dodgers, Cubs and White Sox.  He had a career record of 96-81 with 743 strike outs and a 3.84 ERA.  He was an All Star in 1966 when he went 14-1 with a 1.62 ERA and 21 saves over 65 games.  His best MVP finish was was that season, when he finished 7th in the NL MVP race.

Regan managed the Orioles in 1995 to a 71-73 record (.493win %).

I mailed to Regan on July 17 and got the cards back signed on July 25, for an 8-day TAT.

Friday, October 9, 2020

TTM Success - Don Werner

A couple 80s cards were taken from my boxes and added to my album when I got a TTM success back from Don Werner.

I actually had pulled these cards a while back, because Werner used to be a coach with the Orioles, and I had hoped that I would have been able to get him then, but I never got the chance.

Werner (b. 1953) played in the majors from 1975 to 1978 and 1980 to 1982 for the Reds and Rangers.  He had 49 hits, 2 home runs and a .176 batting average.

I mailed to Werner on July 16 and got the cards back on July 25, for a 9-day TAT.

TTM Success - Garrett Whitlock


 This might be one of my more disappointing TTM successes.  I had some nice cards of Garrett Whitlock, and the cards I got back had some pretty bad autos on them.  The aboce 2019 Heirtage Minors blue parallel is numbered 68/99 and it looks like his pen was on its deathbed.

The 2018 South Atlantic League Top Prospects card has a signature that you can barely see.  The 2019 Bowman Holiday has the impression of a pen on it, but no ink.  I may send these back at some point, but as of now, they'll just sit in my album.

Whitlock (b. 1996) was an 18th round pick by the Yankees in the 2017 June Amateur Draft out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  He has a record of 12-8 with 201 strike outs and a 2.41 ERA while rising up to the AA level.

I mailed to Whitlock on January 6 and got the cards back kind of signed on July 24, for a 200-day TAT.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

TTM Success - Damon Jones

Here ae some more 2020 cards that I got signed via TTM.  This time, they were cards signed by Phillies prospect, Damon Jones.  The above 2020 Pro Debut came from the boxes that I picked up from my supplier, Taylor.

I hung out with my buddy, Dugan, at a card show in July, and he pointed out to me that Jones signed TTM.  So, as he and I were going through boxes, I pulled a couple of Jones's 2020 Bowmans.  I was able to get the green parallel, and got that signed along with a 2020 Bowman base.

Jones (b. 1994) was an 18th round pick by the Phillies in the 2017 June Amateur Draft out of Washington State University.  He has reached as high as AAA.  Overall, Jones has a 17-14 record with 313 strike outs and a 3.34 ERA.

I mailed to Jones on July 7 and got the cards back on July 23, for a 16-day TAT.

Surprise TTM - Johnny Giavotella

My buddy, Gerard, sent off for another surprise TTM for me recently, and the results were three signed 2013 Topps Johnny Giavotella.  Giavotella's marker kind of died while he was signing; this was the best of the three cards.

Giavotella (b. 1987) played in the majors from 2011 to 2017 for the Royals, Angels and Orioles.  He had 318 hits, 14 home runs and a .255 batting average.

Thank you, as always, Gerard, for the surprise TTM.