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Friday, July 10, 2020
McGlinchy (b. 1977) played in the majors from 1999 to 2000 for the Braves. He had a career record of 7-3 with 76 strike outs and a 2.75 ERA. He finished 6th in the 1999 NL Rookie of the Year voting.
I mailed to McGlinchy on April 23 and got the card back signed on May 14, for a 21-day TAT.
Thursday, July 9, 2020
I mailed to Tartabull on March 9 and got the cards back on May 12, for a 64-day TAT. I paid a fee of $10/card.
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
It took me a while to find this card in my collection, but when I did, it went out for signature. It came back not too long after, along with a signed ad for one of Jordan's stand-up shows. That one was addresses directly to my wife, so that one went into her autograph collection.
Jordan (b. 1955) has acted since 1986, and aside from being known from the movie and shows notd above, he also has appeared on Will and Grace, American Horror Story and The Cool Kids, among a wide range of other shows and movies.
I mailed to Jordan on April 30 and got the card back on May 12, for a 12-day TAT.
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Murphy (b. 1945) played in the majors 1968 to 1979 for the Angels, Royals, Cardinals, Brewers, Red Sox and Blue Jays. He had a career record of 68-101 with 621 strike outs and a 3.78 ERA. He finished in 30th place in the 1974 AL MVP race. That season, he pitched in 70 games to the tune of a 1.90 ERA.
I mailed to Murphy on April 30 and got the cards back on May 11, for an 11-day TAT.
Monday, July 6, 2020
I had picked up some of Raines's cards because I thought I would see him while he was coaching Aberdeen. I never got there, and he isn't coaching there anymore.
I mailed to Raines on April 27 and got the cards back on May 11, for a 14-day TAT.
Sunday, July 5, 2020
First off, the above 1989 Bowman turned out really well. I actually like this design, and have a lot of the cards, but the odd sizing of the cards lends to them getting destroyed in my boxes, and I also have to get specialty album pages to hold them. Still, when one can come back signed, they tend to look great, as has this Ballard.
Ballard (b. 1963) played in the majors from 1987 to 1991 and 1993 to 1994 for the Orioles and Pirates. He had a career record of 41-53 with 244 strike outs and a 4.71 ERA. He went 18-8 with a 3.43 ERA during the Orioles 1989 "Why Not" campaign. This earned him a 6th place finish in the AL Cy Young voting. It's funny, Topps had Ballard as an AL All Star on the 1990 Topps, but baseball-reference doesn't give him credit as an All Star. I did a quick check, and it seems that Ballard wasn't ever an All Star; maybe Topps was just recognizing that he had a good year in 1989.
I mailed to Ballard on March 9 and got the cards back on May 11, for a 63-day TAT.
I was disappointed, too, because I figured that if I sent via the HOF, I had a good shot of getting a legit signature back. However, that wasn't the case, and I have a couple of novelty cards in my album.
I mailed to the Hall of Fame on April 23 and got these cards back on May 11, for an 18-day TAT.
Saturday, July 4, 2020
Bowden (b. 1986) played in the majors from 2008 to 2013 for the Red Sox and Cubs. He had a career record of 3-5 with 100 strike outs and a 4.51 ERA.
I mailed to Bowden on April 29 and got the cards back on May 9, for a 10-day TAT.
I mailed to Jackson on April 27 and got the cards back on May 9, for a 12-day TAT.
Friday, July 3, 2020
Robinson will be 100 in December and is the last living member of the 1948 World Series Champion Indians. I have gotten him TTM several times, and he is a really super guy. I even bought a signed copy of his book.
I mailed to Robinson on April 27 and got the card back on May 9, for a 12-day TAT. I paid his fee of $10/card.
Last season Civale went 3-4 with 46 strike outs and a 2.34 ERA. This was in 10 games (10 starts).
I mailed to Civale on February 10 and got the cards back on May 9, fr an 89-day TAT.
Thursday, July 2, 2020
This TTM success from Ed Crosby dipped into those 70s cards, and the above 1976 Topps is a really nice one to get back. 1976 was a good, but simple, design, and I have enjoyed adding those to my albums.
Crosby (b. 1949) played in the majors in 1970 and from 1972 to 1976 for the Cardinals, Reds and Indians. He had 149 hits, no home runs and a .220 batting average. He is the father of former major leaguer, Bobby Crosby.
I mailed to Crosby on April 27 and got the cards back on May 8, for an 11-day TAT.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
I mailed to Elarton on April 27 and got the cards back on May 8, for an 11-day TAT.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Combs (b. 1899 - d. 1976) played in the majors from 1924 to 1935 for the Yankees. He had 1,866 hits, 58 home runs and a .325 batting average. He led the league in triples in 1927, 1928 and 1930. He batted .300 or better in 8 seasons, 4 of which he batted .340 or better. He won the World Series with the Yankees in 1927, 1928 and 1932. In his World Series appearances, he batted .350 (4 series, includes a 1926 loss to the Cardinals) with 1 home run. His best MVP finish was 6th, in 1928.
Combs was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1970 via the Veterans Committee. He had appeared on 15 Hall of Fame ballots between 1937 and 1962, but didn't received more than 16% of the vote. His career WAR, if anyone cares, 43.9; he had 7 seasons of 4.0 WAR or better, which is pretty good, even though I still don't understand the stat. Regardless, for a veteran of 9 full and 3 partial seasons, Combs has some really good stats.
Earle Combs is my 148th Hall of Famer on a baseball.
Fun fact, of all of my baseball player autographs in my collection, Combs is my first to have played on the legendary 1927 Yankees.
We mailed to Swagger on April 22 and got the cards back on May 8, for a 16-day TAT.
Monday, June 29, 2020
Thanks so much for the autos, Gerard! These put me at 587 of 792 (74% of the set). I've come a long way and still have a ways to go!
Blanchard (b. 1954) began wrestling professionally 1975. He wrestled for his father's Southwest Championship Wrestling before joining Jim Crockett Promotions' Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling in 1984. He is most widely known as a member of the Four Horsemen stable of wrestlers alongside Ric Flair, Arn Anderson and Ole Anderson (and other iterations of the Horsemen after Ole Anderson was forced out of the group). Blanchard held titles such as NWA National Heavyweight Champion, NWA US Heavyweight Champion, NWA World Tag Team Champion and WWF World Tag Team Champion. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as a member of the Four Horsemen in 2012.
I mailed to Blanchard on April 18 and got the card back on May 8, for a 20-day TAT.
Sunday, June 28, 2020
It turned out that the promoter ended up with some extra signed 1987s anyway and posted as such. I inquired about them, and he made me a great offer, so I went ahead and picked the card up. He added the above 1982 Donruss Diamond King for just a little more, and I went ahead and picked that up, too.
Hendrick appeared on the 1994 Hall of Fame ballot, but received no votes.
I think the above 1995 Upper Deck Minors came out of a box that my wife got me years ago. The card turned out really well.
Luke (b. 1971) played in the majors in 1996, 1998 and 1999 for the Yankees, Dodgers, Indians and Angels. He had 65 hits, 15 home runs and a .242 batting average.
I mailed to Luke on April 11 and got the cards back on May 8, for a 27-day TAT.
The King is a WWE Hall of Famer and wrestling legend. For the last 20+ years, he has done commentary on WWE programming, but before that, he was a Memphis wrestling legend. Lawler wrestled in numerous promotions (usually local wrestling groups) and has held more recognized titles than any wrestler in history, even though he has never held a title while with WWE.
Lawler (b. 1949) has wrestled professionally since 1970. He suffered a heart attack on air during WWE programming in 2012 and later had a stroke (in 2018). He has continued to wrestle and provide commentary periodically since then.
I mailed to Lawler on April 18 and got the card back on May 7, for a 19-day TAT.
Saturday, June 27, 2020
She had told me that my Christmas gift for 2020, 2021 ans 2022 had come in, and she couldn't wait until December to give it to me, so she went ahead and hooked me up while I was in town. I was surprised that she found a baseball with at least 4 Hall of Famers that I needed (and another Hall of Famer that I already had, but was happy to add again).
One of the Hall of Famers on the baseball is Frank "Home Run" Baker. His signature is at the top of one of the side panels on the baseball. From what I was able to gather, this baseball was signed at a Yankees legends or old timers day. The ball is a very old baseball; it looks like it is a Spalding official baseball.
There are also a bunch of other former Yankees on the ball, and as time allows, I will tackle each one in a separate post. I can't thank Mom enough for the ball, and the ability to cross off some of these tough players from my list. So, thank you, Mom! Here we go with the first player profile:
Frank "Home Run" Baker (b. 1886 - d. 1963) played in the majors from 1908 to 1914, 1916 to 1919 and 1921 to 1922 for the Philadelphia A's and New York Yankees. He had 1,838 hits, 96 home runs and a .307 batting average. His best MVP finish was 3rd, in 1914. He led the league in home runs, hence the nickname, from 1911 to 1914. This was during the deadball era, so his home run totals were 11, 10, 12 and 9 in those years, respectively. He also led the league in RBIs 1912 and 1913;and in triples in 1909.
Baker won the World Series with the A's in 1910, 1911 and 1913. He appeared on 15 Hall of Fame ballots, before being elected in 1955 via the Veterans Committee.
Baker managed the Easton Farmers of the Eastern Shore League and is credited with discovering Jimmie Foxx. He was fired as manager upon selling Foxx to the A's because the Farmers believed that Baker didn't get enough money for Foxx.
Baker is my 147th Hall of Famer on a baseball.
This 996 Pinnacle Aficionado Global Reach insert is a really cool card, and I wanted to try to get one in my autograph album. Garcia signs through PastPros, so once I figured that all out, it was pretty easy to get this card signed.
Garcia (b. 1975) played in the majors from 1995 to 2004 for the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Tigers, Orioles, Indians, Yankees and Mets. He had 352 hits, 66 home runs and a .241 batting average.
I mailed to Garcia via PastPros on April 8 and got the card back signed on May 7, for a 29-day TAT.
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Brackman (b. 1985) was a former first round pick by the Yankees in the 2007 June Amateor Draft. The former NC State University star played in the majors in 2011 for the Yankees. His MLB career consisted of 3 games with no earned runs, no strike outs and no wins or losses to speak of.
I mailed to Brackman on April 25 and got the cards back on May 7, for a 12-day TAT.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Bradley (b. 1947) played in the majors from 1969 to 1975 for the Angels, White Sox and Giants. He had a career record of 55-61 with 691 strike outs and a 3.72 ERA.
I mailed to Bradley on April 27 and got the cards back on May 7, for a 10-day TAT.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
I mailed to Lewis on April 27 and got the cards back on May 7, for a 10-day TAT.
Monday, June 22, 2020
I had that card in my card show box for a long time, but no one ever was interested in it. Who knew? So, I pulled it from the box and got it signed instead.
Freese (b. 1983) has played in the majors since 2009 for the Cardinals, Angels, Pirates and Dodgers. He has 1,041 hits, 113 home runs and a .277 batting average. He was an All Star in 2012 and won the World Series with the Cardinals in 2011. He was the 2011 NLCS and World Series MVP.
I mailed to Freese on April 28 and got the cards back on May 7, for a 9-day TAT.
Sunday, June 21, 2020
I bought an auto of his because I figured getting my ttm back was a long shot, but it finally came in.
Rasmussen (b. 1959) played in the majors from 1983 to 1993 for the Padres, Yankees, Reds, Cubs and Royals. He had a record of 91-77 with 835 strike outs and a 4.15 ERA.
I mailed to Rasmussen on March 21, 2018, and got the card back on May 7, 2020, for a 778-day TAT.
Saturday, June 20, 2020
I came across David Holmberg in my box, and found out that he was signing. I sent him two cards, and I was surprised to see that he included the above 2012 Topps Heritage Minors with my cards. That was really awesome of him.
Holmberg (b. 1991) played in the majors from 2013 to 2015 and 2017 for the Diamondbacks, Reds and White Sox. He had a career record of 5-10 with 66 strike outs and a 5.49 ERA.
I mailed to Holmberg on April 27 and got the cards back on May 7, for a 10-day TAT.
Friday, June 19, 2020
Dozier (b. 1987) has played in the majors since 2012 for the Twins, Dodgers and Nationals. He has 1,053 hits, 192 home runs and a .245 batting average. He was an All Star in 2015, and his best finish in the MVP voting was 11th in 2017 (AL), the same season he won his only Gold Glove Award. He won the World Series with the Nationals in 2019.
I mailed to Dozier on January 2 and got the card back on May 6, for a 125-day TAT.