Friday, July 10, 2020

TTM Success - Kevin McGlinchy

I added a cool 1998 Bowman Chrome card to my autograph album when this card came back signed TTM from Kevin McGlinchy.

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

Another TTM Success From Danny Tartabull

I had gotten Danny Tartabull in the past, but when I did, I didn't get him on an 87 Topps for my set.  So, I waited around for quite a while, and finally sent to him again.  When I did, I also included this 1992 Upper Deck Royals checklist.  This card looks really cool, and I was glad I sent it along and paid Tartabull's fee.
Of course, I sent the 98 along, and it turned out great.  I don't know what took me so long, but I'm glad the card is crossed off of my list and in my 87 album.

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

TTM Success - Leslie Jordan

All it took for me to send this card out for a TTM signature was my wife's devoted following of Leslie Jordan's Instagram account (@thelesliejordan).  He posts videos daily, and she goes nuts whenever he posts.  I knew Jordan from seeing him in Jason Goes To Hell - The Final Friday, on the TV show, Reba, or as a voice actor on American Dad.

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

TTM Success - Tom Murphy

I took a couple more cards out of the lot that I got off of Conrad and added them to my autograph album.  This success from Tom Murphy really turned out nicely.  The above 1972 Topps looks especially sharp.
This 1973 Topps also looks great; the blue Sharpie blending well with the blue in Murphy's KC jersey.

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

Another TTM Success From Tim Raines, Jr.

With all of the time I've had on my hands lately from the COVID crap, I have been cleaning out some card boxes and been more aggressive in sending out TTM requests.  Some of the players, I have sent to in the past, but I still had some decent cards remaining, so I have gone to the well again for some more autographs.  Tim Raines, Jr. is one of those players.

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 had also picked up these various Bowmans.  They all turned out really well when signed.

I mailed to Raines on April 27 and got the cards back on May 11, for a 14-day TAT.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

TTM Success - Jeff Ballard

When I add signed cards to my albums, I especially like adding "different" cards.  This TTM success from former Oriole, Jeff Ballard, sure had some different cards included.

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.
I also have a bunch of Topps Big cards from 1989 and 1990.  I'm not certain of the years, but there are a ton of them in my bulk boxes.  I rarely am able to get them signed, but when I do, they look pretty nice.  This 1990 Topps Big really looks good.  It'll help me fill out the larger card page at the front of my current album.
I was sending all of this other stuff, so I went ahead and sent along my 1991 Crown Orioles card of Ballard.  Again, I am not going for the set by any means, but I'm happy to pull a few of these from the box and get them signed when I am able.
Finally, here are the three other cards I sent.  Someone a while back sent me a team set (or close to one) of the 1988 Rochester Red Wings.  At one time, they were the AAA affiliate of the Orioles.  I have gotten a few of the cards signed, and they look really cool in my album.  I finished the request up with a 1989 Score and a 1990 Topps All Star.

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.

TTM Success - Mike Schmidt's Ghost Signer

I was excited when these came in after mailing to the Hall of Fame, but after further review, and seeking opinions from some friends, I received a TTM "success" from someone other than Mike Schmidt.

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 just hate that I ended up wasting some sharp 87s, and will have to pay to meet Schmidt in order to insure that I will get legitimate autos for my set.  Oh well, it was worth a shot (and 2 stamps, 2 cards and about 15 minutes of my time).

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

TTM Success - Michael Bowden

Here are some nice cards that I got back signed in a TTM success from former pitcher, Michael Bowden.  The above 2009 Goudey turned out real sharp.  I like the cards like this, Heritage, Chicle; stuff with bold colors.  They tend to do well when signed and scanned for the blog.
I also got a 2009 UD SP Authentic and a 2010 Topps signed.  They both look great.

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.

Another TTM Success From Grant Jackson

I got another card from the 1991 Orioles Crown set signed by sending another TTM request to Grant Jackson.  He signs quickly, and I had a couple other cards that I hadn't yet gotten signed.
I found these two Topps cards (1973 and 1974) and sent them along to get signed.  The last time I sent to him, I had gotten cards from 1972, 1976, 1981 and 1982 signed.  He has a really nice signature, and all of the cards I have sent him look really nice.

I mailed to Jackson on April 27 and got the cards back on May 9, for a 12-day TAT.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Yet Another TTM Success From Eddie Robinson

I decided to send to Eddie Robinson again so I could get my 1991 Crown Orioles card signed by him while I still had the chance.  He is 99, but still signing, which is cool.

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.

TTM Success - Aaron Civale

I didn't get many signed cards back from Spring Training, but some did come in like this TTM success from Indians pitcher, Aaron Civale.  I sent off a 2020 Topps (above) and a 2019 Heritage (below) and they look great.
Civale (b. 1995) made his Major League debut last season with the Indians.  He was an Indians 3rd round pick in the 2016 June Amateur Draft out of Northeastern University.

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

TTM Success - Ed Crosby

I can't tell you which era of cards I have gotten signed more, but if I had to guess, it might be the 70s.  I have a lot of bulk boxes of 70s stuff, and have been getting those cards signed since 2016.  I like seeing the retro uniforms, the cool hairstyles and the Topps designs of those years. 

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.
1973 Topps is also a simple design, and Topps was trying a lot harder for action shots, as opposed to portraits and staged shots.  I like the 73 set, even though the photography looks like I shot it with a basic film camera.  Hey, they have come a long way.

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

TTM Success - Scott Elarton

I had Scott Elarton's cards in my box for a long time before I finally made myself send the cards out.  They all turned out well, and I was glad to add them to my album.
Elarton (b. 1976) played in the majors from 1998 to 2001 and 2003 to 2008 for the Astros, Rockies, Indians and Royals.  He had a career record of 56-61 with 698 strike outs and a 5.29 ERA.

I mailed to Elarton on April 27 and got the cards back on May 8, for an 11-day TAT.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Mom's HOF Ball Part 2 - Earle Combs

The next Hall of Famer on the baseball Mom gave me is Earle Combs.

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.

TTM Success - Jack Swagger

Chris had a hand in sending this TTM off, but he and I benefited from a return from former WWE superstar, Jack Swagger.  Chris had 4 cards of Swagger, and we split them when they came back signed.  These were the two he gave me from the return.
Swagger (real name, Jake Hager; b. 1982) has wrestled professionally since 2006.  He is a former WWE World Champion and ECW Champion.  He left WWE in 2017 to pursue a career in mixed martial arts, where he is now 2-0.  He signed with AEW in 2019.

We mailed to Swagger on April 22 and got the cards back on May 8, for a 16-day TAT.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Gerard With Some More 87s For The Set

My good friend, Gerard, traded for some more 1987 Topps autographs to continue to help me along with my set.  He knocked off 4 names from my checklist.  He also included a fifth card, but I had just gotten a TTM return (Jeff Calhoun) of the same card.  So, he has given me permission to use that as trade bait for other 87s.
The Glenn Wilson card is kind of odd.  He had signed it in ink pen, then went back over that signature with a blue Sharpie.  I had just missed a private signing with Wilson, so I may have to wait  a bit if I want to replace that one at some point.

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!

TTM Success - Tully Blanchard

I added another signed wrestling card to my collection with this TTM success from Tully Blanchard.  I remember watching Blanchard on Friday nights at my cousin Lynn's house when I was little.  She would come and pick me up and have me stay the weekend with her.  I always enjoyed watching Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling at her house.  That was where I learned about wrestling legends Magnum TA, Blanchard, and the great Ric Flair.

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

Facebook Pickup - George Hendrick Signed Cards

Not too long ago, I joined a Facebook group for private signings, and I have knocked off quite a few cards for my 1987 Topps set.  There was a signing offered for George Hendrick, but initially I passed on it because the price was too high.

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 (b. 1949) played in the majors from 1971 to 1988 for the A's, Indians, Padres, Cardinals, Pirates and Angels.  He had 1,980 hits, 267 home runs and a .278 batting average.  He was an All Star four times (1974, 1975, 1980 and 1983) and a silver slugger twice (1980 and 1983).  His best MVP finish was 8th (1980, NL).  He won the World Series with the A's in 1972 and the Cardinals in 1982.

Hendrick appeared on the 1994 Hall of Fame ballot, but received no votes.

TTM Success - Matt Luke

I was able to pull some obscure cards out of my boxes and get them signed with this TTM success from Matt Luke.

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.
The above 1996 Bowman came out of a box that I got while visiting my friend, Andrew a few years ago.  This one also 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.

TTM Success - Jerry The King Lawler

Chris and I went through his box of wrestling cards so he could send a few things out.  He had several duplicates, so we sent them out to see what we could get back and split the autos.  One of those subjects was Jerry "The King" Lawler.

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

Mom Knocks A Bunch of Hall of Famers off of the List Part 1 - Frank Home Run Baker

My mom has been working hard on crossing some tough names off of my Hall of Famer list.  She found this Yankees legends signed baseball and handed it to me this past week while I was vacationing back home.  I had taken the vacation as a mental health break, and ended up riding around with my mom while she ran errands, like old times.

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.

TTM Success - Karim Garcia

I had seen Karim Garcia's name pop up in a list of recent successes on SCN, but I couldn't remember the significance of why I had been keeping an eye out for his name.  Then, on a pass through my boxes, I saw this card and remembered that was why I wanted to try to get Garcia TTM.

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

TTM Success - Andrew Brackman

I got a few more cards out of my old rookies box when I got these three cards signed by Andrew Brackman.
I had busted quite a few packs of Tristar Prospects Plus and Donruss Elite Extra Edition back when I was helping at the local card shop. I'm glad I was able to put some of those cards to use.

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

TTM Success - Tom Bradley

I added more cool 70s cards to my album with this TTM success from Tom Bradley. The above 1976 Topps turned out really well.
He also signed a 1972 and 1973 Topps for me.

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

TTM Success - Richie Lewis

I had Richie Lewis's cards in my box for a long time. So long that, I had waited too long to send and saw that he hadn't been signing, so I took the cards out and gave up on sending them. I saw recently that he had been signing again, so I pulled the cards and sent them out. I'm glad I did, because they are finally signed and in my album.
Lewis (b. 1966) played in the majors from 1992 to 1998 for the Orioles, Marlins, Tigers, A's and aReds. He had a career record of 14-15 with 244 strike outs and a 4.88 ERA.

I mailed to Lewis on April 27 and got the cards back on May 7, for a 10-day TAT.

Monday, June 22, 2020

TTM Success - David Freese

Sometimes, the reason I send out a TTM request, it is because I really want a certain card in my autograph album. When I saw that David Freese was signing, one particular card came to mind that I wanted to send. The above 2015 Topps is part of the dumbest short print idea I've ever seen, the "sparkle" short prints. If you look closely at the ball, it has a sparkle on it. Yeah, those parallels were hard as crap to identify, and I imagine a bunch of them are sitting in bulk boxes at shows, never to see the light of day again. Did I say that I hated that idea?

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.
I also added Freese's 2009 Bowman and 2009 Ginter to the request and both of those came out nicely, as well.

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

TTM Success - Dennis Rasmussen

I had gotten his card for my set at a past National, but I finally got a return from Dennis Rasmussen on my 1987 Topps.

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

TTM Success - David Holmberg

I have been working diligently on trying to keep myself busy while there has been no (good) baseball news to speak of.  I have gone through all of my card boxes three or four times, and have a ton of TTM requests out, and even more to write and send.

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.
He signed my 2013 Bowman Chrome that I sent, along with a 2014 Topps.

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

TTM Success - Brian Dozier

I sent out a ton of TTM requests this winter while I was bored and waiting for Spring Training to start.  Several of them came in, but a bunch are still hanging out there in Limbo.  One of the autographs that surprised me when it came in was this signed 2016 Topps from Brian Dozier.  The card turned out really well.

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.