Saturday, May 25, 2019

TTM Success - Roberto Hernandez

I got a bunch of 90s and 2000s cards signed when I received this TTM success from former pitcher, Roberto Hernandez.

Flair always looks good when signed, so I was glad this one got done.
I always enjoy seeing 2003 Topps get signed. I wish I had more of them.

Hernandez (b. 1964) played in the majors from 1991 to 2007 for the White Sox, Giants, Devil Rays, Royals, Braves, Phillies, Mets, Pirates, Indians and Dodgers.  He had a career record of 67-71 with 945 strike outs and an ERA of 3.45.

He was an All Star in 1996 and 1999.

I mailed to Hernandez on March 23 and got the cards back on April 2, for a 10-day TAT.

Friday, May 24, 2019

TTM Success - Tito Landrum

I took part in another private signing on SCN in order to get this card signed TTM by Tito Landrum.  He has a really nice signature, and the card turned out well.

Landrum (b. 1954) played in the majors from 1980 to 1988 for the Cardinals, Orioles and Dodgers.  He had 248 hits, 13 home runs and a .249 batting average.  He won the World Series with the Orioles in 1983.

I mailed to the private signing on March 4 and got the card back on April 1, for a 28-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $8.00.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

TTM Success - Wallace Johnson

Another 1987 Topps was removed from my checklist when I received this card back TTM from Wallace Johnson.

Johnson (b. 1956) played in the majors from 1981 to 1984 and 1986 to 1990 for the Expos and Giants.  He had 145 hits, 5 home runs and a .255 batting average.

I mailed to Johnson on February 27 and got the card back signed on April 1, for a 33-day TAT.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Another TTM Success From AJ Hinch

I found some really nice cards of Astros manager, AJ Hinch, so I figured I would send to him again.  The above 1998 Upper Deck SP Future Watch is a really nice card that looks even better in person.
Hinch signed the back of the 2004 Topps Tek, but the card still looks nice.  I prepped the front, but the signature still came out nicely.  Also, the 1998 Donruss Signature Series card turned out really well.  I didn't have any of those in my album, so this is a nice one to be adding.

I mailed to Hinch via Astros Spring Training on February 5 and got the cards back on April 1, for a 55-day TAT.

May 2019 Graphing of Dash at Wood Ducks

The Winston-Salem Dash came to Grainger Stadium in Kinston for the first time this season this past weekend.  Last year, they were stacked with players who had cards.  This season, Nick Madrigal remains on the roster, with a couple other players who have something they can sign.  Madrigal limits to 2 per, but he stopped for us before and after each game, with the exception of the first game of the series (he was late coming onto the field due to giving an interview).
I had a bunch of Madrigal cards that I had hoarded over the winter, and got each one signed.  The Bowmans Best at the bottom right was given to me by my friend, Ben.
I really like Panini Contenders, and they turn out really well when signed.  I prepped both of the cards, just to be safe, and they turned out nice.
John Ely is one of the Dash coaches.  I used to have a ton of his cards, but I gave most of them away years ago to a friend who was a Dodger fan.  I ended up ordering some more Ely cards off of COMC, but their shipping is so slow, I missed getting them signed this series.
I got a few random cards signed that I had found.  The George Timke is a leftover from last season, after having been given to me by my friend, Kolby.

With all of the 2017 Bowman that I opened, I'm surprised that the chrome refractor on the top right is the only Jameson Fisher that I had.
I got more of my Spokane Indians set cards signed with some new players on the Wood Ducks roster.  I also saw that I had missed a Kenny Holmberg card from that set, so I got it taken care of.
Joe Kuzia is really nice.  He stopped and talked to Chris a few times during the series, but we got our Hickory cards signed.
Sam Huff was also called up to the Wood Ducks, after mashing 15 home runs for Hickory in the first month of the season.
Leody stopped for us during this series, so I whittled down my total of his cards to, I think, 8 cards remaining.  I would like to finish them all off, but in the end, it doesn't really matter.  I have what I want done, and if the rest don't get signed, that's ok, too.
Finally, our friend, Scott, will be leaving the Wood Ducks soon.  Chris and I met him as we walked in the stadium for the first ever Wood Ducks practice, back in 2017.  He has stopped and talked to us every time we have seen him at the games.  He is about to leave to go into the Army, so when he told me, and gave me this signed photo, he and I got a bit emotional.  I wish him the best, and I know we will keep in touch!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

TTM Success - Gary Gaetti

Another private signing came along for someone I needed for my 1987 set, so I sent off this Gary Gaetti and got it back signed.

Gaetti (b. 1958) played in the majors from 1981 to 2000 for the Twins, Angels, Royals, Cardinals, Cubs and Red Sox.  He had 2,280 hits, 360 home runs and a .255 batting average.  He won the World Series with the Twins in 1987.  He was a two-time All Star (1988 and 1989) and a four-time Gold Glove Award winner.  His best MVP finish was 10th, which he accomplished twice (1987 and 1995).

I mailed to the signing on February 21 and got the card back on April 1, for a 39-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $12.00.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

TTM Success - Dick Hughes

I got a couple vintage cards into my autograph album when this TTM success came back from Dick Hughes.  I won't be able to complete this 1967 Topps Rookie Stars card, since Jim Cosman has passed away, but it is still a cool card.
I also got this 1968 Topps signed, and it turned out ok.  Hughes used a ballpoint pen to sign, and it showed up well on the scan.

Hughes (b. 1938) played in the majors from 1966 to 1968 for the Cardinals.  He had a career record of 20-9 with 230 strike outs and a 2.79 ERA.  He was second in the 1967 NL Rookie of the Year Award voting (to Tom Seaver) and finished 17th in the NL MVP voting that season.  He won the World Series with the Cardinals in 1967.

I mailed to Hughes on March 23 and got the cards back on April 1, for a 9-day TAT.