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.