Thursday, November 14, 2019

TTM Success - Andy Hassler

I had Andy Hassler's cards in my box for a long time, and recently, I finally got around to mailing to him.  I sent him 5 cards, and they all turned out well!
Hassler (b. 1951) played in the majors in 1971 and from 1973 to 1985 for the Angels, Royals, Red Sox, Mets, Pirates and Cardinals.  He had a record of 44-71 with 630 strike outs and a 3.83 ERA.

I mailed to Hassler on October 2 and got the cards back on October 19, for a 17-day TAT.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

TTM Success - Rick Asadoorian

I found this 2000 Topps Gold Label of Rick Asadoorian at my LCS and saw that he signed TTM.  I bought the card, took it home, prepped it, and sent it on its way.  It came back signed (and I guess I didn't prep it enough) with an inscription.  In all, the card look good, even though the signature bubbled some.

Asadoorian (b. 1980) was a first round pick (1999, 17th) by the Red Sox out of a Massachusetts high school.  He played in the minors for 9 seasons in the Red Sox, Rangers and Reds systems.  He also played 4 years of independent ball before hanging up his spikes at the end of the 2011 season.

I mailed to Asadoorian on October 7 and got the card back on October 18, for an 11-day TAT.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

TTM Success - Mark Wagner

I added some more 80s (and a 70s) cards to my autograph album with this TTM success from Mark Wagner.  I really like the 1981 Topps, and it turned out great.
I also added 1979, 1980 and 1985 Topps to the album.

Wagner (b. 1954) played in the majors from 1976 to 1984 for the Tigers, Rangers and A's.  He had 205 hits, 3 home runs and a .243 batting average.

I mailed to Wagner on September 24 and got the cards back on October 18, for a 24-day TAT.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Corey Ragsdale Promoted to Rangers MLB Field Coordinator

I just learned a couple minutes ago that Corey Ragsdale would not be returning as the Wood Ducks manager for the 2020 season.  While I am really sad to hear this, I am super excited because he has been promoted to the Rangers MLB staff as their MLB field coordinator.

I knew something like this was coming.  All Rags did this season was impress me on how he managed the Wood Ducks and also continued his other job as Rangers Minor League Field Coordinator.

The Minor League Field Coordinator is the person who determines where each minor league player is assigned, who moves up (or down), etc.  He also made sure my beard was up to par this season.

At the final regular season home game, Rags hugged Chris and I and thanked us for coming out this season.  I told him that it was my first season as a season ticket holder, and he was probably the biggest reason why I would be renewing my package.

I had also ran into him outside the stadium a few games before where, during the game, he had been ejected.  He went so far as seemingly apologizing to Chris and I for being ejected.  Rags is just a great guy.  I really hope that we can run into him in the future, as he may be one of my most favorite people I have come across in all of the MiLB games that I have gone to.  I can easily say that Chris and I love Rags.

I'll also miss saying this before every game, "Go get em, Rags!"

TTM Success - Jeremy Sowers

In my efforts to add some more recent cards to my autograph album, I saw that Jeremy Sowers was signing TTM.  I was able to get some late 2000s cards done, like the above 2007 Topps CoSigners.  I don't think I had any signed cards from this set in my album, so it provided a little something different.
I also got a 2006 Topps Rookie 52 and a 2009 O Pee Chee signed.  He kept two of the cards that I sent.

Sowers (b. 1983) played in the majors from 2006 to 2009 for the Indians.  He was a 1st round pick (6th overall) in the 2004 June Amateur Draft.  He had a career record of 18-30 with 174 strike outs and a 5.18 ERA.

I mailed to Sowers on September 30 and got the cards back on October 16, for a 16-day TAT.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

TTM Success - Rafael Santana

Here is another autograph that I got from the recent private signings that I saw on SCN.  I assume there was some kind of Mets alumni event, because the guys I got recently were all Mets.  This success came from Rafael Santana, and when I saw his name pop up, I had to check his list of cards to see if he was even in the set.  I admit, I had never heard of him.

Santana (b. 1958) played in the majors from 1983 to 1988 and 1990 for the Cardinals, Mets, Yankees and Indians.  He had 497 hits, 13 home runs and a .246 batting average.  He won the World Series with the Mets in 1986.

I mailed to the signing on September 19 and got the card back on October 15, for a 26-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $29.00.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

TTM Success - Sid Fernandez

Another of the recent private signings was for former pitcher, Sid Fernandez.  I had needed him for quite a while, and finally got his 87 Topps done.  I actually have an old Sports Illustrated that I need him on, too, but I had to wait to send that.

Fernandez (b. 1962) played in the majors from 1983 to 1997 for the Dodgers, Mets, Orioles, Phillies and Astros.  He had a career record of 114-96 with 1,743 strike outs and a 3.36 ERA.  He was a two-time All Star (1986 and 1987) and his best Cy Young Award finish was 7th (1986, NL).  He won the World Series with the Mets in 1986.  He appeared on the 2003 Hall of Fame ballot, but only received 0.4% of the vote.

I mailed to the signing on September 19 and got the card back on October 15, for a 26-day TAT.  I paid a $29.00 fee (which is why I didn't send the Sports Illustrated).