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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.
Thursday, June 18, 2020
I had gotten Ike Delock TTM before, on some old Topps and Bowmans. I mailed to Delock on April 27 and got the card back on May 5, for an 8-day TAT.
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Esasky (b. 1960) played in the majors from 1983 to 1990 for the Reds, Red Sox and Braves. He had 677 hits, 122 home runs and a .250 batting average. He finished 18th in the 1989 AL MVP voting.
I mailed to the signing on March 25 and got the card back on May 4, for a 40-day TAT. I paid a fee of $25.00.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Starling (b. 1992) was a first round (5th overall) pick by the Royals in the 2011 June Amateur Draft. He made his Major League debut last season. He had 40 hits, 4 home runs and a .215 batting average.
I mailed to Starling on April 27 and got the cards back on May 4, for a 7-day TAT. He was my first success from the Harvey book.
Monday, June 15, 2020
Chisenhall (b. 1988) was a first round pick by the Indians out of Pitt Community College here in Winterville (applause!!) in the 2008 June Amateur Draft. He was the 29th overall pick that year. He played in the majors from 2011 to 2018 for the Indians. He played last season for the Pirates AAA team, the Indianapolis Indians. His Major League totals include 578 hits, 64 home runs and a .268 batting average.
I mailed to Chisenhall on April 10 and got the cards back on May 4, for a 24-day TAT.
Sunday, June 14, 2020
He's almost 95 years old, but still signing strong. I paid his fee of $5, which goes to help charity.
I met Shantz a few years ago at the National, and he was nice as can be.
I mailed to Shantz on April 25 and got the card back on May 4, for a 9-day TAT.
Saturday, June 13, 2020
I really like the 2015 Pro Debut (above) look, but didn't open many of those boxes. Getting on of the few cards I have signed is an added bonus.
Phillips (b. 1990) was a 2nd round pick by the Padres in the 2012 June Amateur Draft (he had previously been selected by the Mariners in the 49th round of the 2009 June Amateur Draft, but didn't sign).
He played 6 seasons of pro ball between 2012 and 2017; 3 seasons in the minors (Eugene, Lake Elsinore and Fort Wayne) and 3 seasons in independent ball (Evansville).
At the conclusion of his career, he had 442 hits, 46 home runs and a .284 batting average.
I mailed to Phillips on April 10 and got the cards back on May 1, for a 21-day TAT.
Friday, June 12, 2020
That being said, I really enjoyed the 1995 Score set, and wanted to get a few of those cards in my autograph album. When I saw that Jerry Brown signed TTM, I pulled the above 1995 Score, and went through my boxes for other cards to send along with it. I had a bunch of Browne's stuff, so I sent 5 cards out to be signed.
Browne (b. 1966) played in the majors from 1986 to 1995 for the Rangers, Indians, A's and Marlins. He had 866 hits, 23 home runs and a .271 batting average.
I mailed to Browne on April 21 and got the cards back on May 1, for a 10-day TAT.
Thursday, June 11, 2020
I mailed to Abbott on April 11 and got the cards back on May 1, for a 20-day TAT.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Hermanson (b. 1972) played in the majors from 1995 to 2006 for the Padres, Expos, Cardinals, Red Sox, Giants and White Sox. He had a career record of 73-78 with 874 strike outs and a 4.21 ERA. He won the World Series in 2005 with the White Sox.
I mailed to Hermanson on April 21 and got the cards back on April 30, for a 9-day TAT.
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Closter (b. 1943) played in the majors in 1966 and 1971 to 1973 for the Seators, Yankees and Braves. He had a career record of 2-2 with 26 strike outs and a 6.62 ERA.
I mailed to Closter on April 16 and got the card back on April 30, for a 14-day TAT.
Monday, June 8, 2020
I had sent to Kennedy several years ago, but wasn't focusing on this set. I sent him some Orioles cards, instead, and missed the opportunity to get this one done. He has been hit or miss signing TTM, or I would have sent this (and the 1987 Topps Padres leaders card) a while ago.
Thanks so much for getting this to me, Gerard!
On June 8, 1961, I made baseball history when I hit the 4th home run in succession in one inning by these 4 Milwaukee Braves players. First time this feat has ever been done in Major League Baseball. Frank Thomas The Original One.
I just realized that today is the anniversary of the feat, which occurred 59-years ago today. Funny how that worked out. The four players are: Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock and Frank Thomas.
Enclosed is the collectable picture that you ordered. The kids where the money goes, I thank you for them. I've enclosed my card with my address and phone number so when you get the picture, call me and let me know you received it. If I don't answer, just leave your name and phone number and I will call you back, ok?
The Original One
I did call Thomas, and he picked up. It was just a brief conversation letting him know the photo came, and that I liked it. It was very quick and to the point. Still, he is a really nice guy.
I wrote to Thomas on April 20 and got the cards back on April 30, for a 10-day TAT. I paid his fee of $5/card and also $20 for the photo.
Sunday, June 7, 2020
Chris had gone through his box of wrestling cards and found a Terry Funk card. He asked me to check and see if Funk signed TTM. He did, and I decided that I wanted to send something for myself. I knew I was going to include a 1987 Topps checklist, since I wanted to get one of those signed by him and into my 87 album. I also had seen the above "steel chair" card in Chris's box, which he told me that I could have. So, I included it in the TTM request to Funk (I also put in Chris's original card, which Funk signed and went in Chris's album).
I got the steel chair card back that Funk drew a self portrait on. It looks really awesome, and I was really amazed that he took the time to draw on my card. It will look awesome in my album.
Funk (b. 1944) began wrestling in 1965 and has wrestled all over the globe in many national wrestling promotions, most notably, WWE, WCW and ECW. In the latter part of his career, Funk became known for more of a hardcore style of wrestling (the use of weapons, etc, which makes the steel chair card really cool).
Funk won the NWA Heavyweight Championship in 1975 by defeating Jack Brisco and later lost the title to Harley Race. He wrestled in WWF in the mid-80s, appearing with his brother Dory Funk, Jr. as a tag team at Wrestlemaina 2.
Funk fought in a "King of the Death Match" tournament in Japan in 1995, losing in the finals to an "up and coming" hardcore wrestler named Cactus Jack (more people know him as Mick Foley, or Mankind).
Funk has held numerous wrestling titles and has been inducted into many wrestling halls of fame, including the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009 along with his brother, Dory, Jr.
In 1989, Funk appeared as a bouncer in the movie, Roadhouse, alongside Patrick Swayze. He also choreographed the street fight scene between Rocky and Tommy Gunn in Rocky V.
I mailed to Funk on April 18 and got the cards back on April 29, for an 11-day TAT.
I had gotten Barbaro Garbey at a Danville Braves game a while back, and was happy to see this one was a Topps Buyback 86 Topps. So, it is pretty cool, and was something I definitely didn't have. The John Mosts is a Topps Tiffany (super glossy version of the original set).
Thanks for the deal, Brandon. I know you'll be back in the hobby sometime in the future.