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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

TTM Success - Bill Greason

There is an assortment of generic cards that I keep handy in order to send to folks who normally don't have cards.  In the case of Bill Greason, I had this cool Topps Stadium Club ad card that would have looked cool, had Greason signed the front.  Still, he did sign my card, and his autograph has been added to my album.
I also had sent Greason a 2010 Topps Cardinals team card.  He signed the back of this one as well.  I'll keep trying with guys like this, but some signatures on the fronts of the cards would have been nice.  I'm honestly just happy with a response.  TTMs got pretty dry this summer, and any return was welcome.  Things have picked up lately, but the goal is to catch up on posts before the year is out.  We'll see if I can reach that goal.

Greason (b. 1924) played in the Negro Leagues in 1948 for the Birmingham Black Barons and in the Majors in 1954 for the Cardinals.  He had a career record of 3-3 (including his Negro League stats) with 36 strike outs and a 5.15 ERA.

I mailed to Greason on May 10 and got the cards back signed on May 25, for a 15-day TAT.  He also signed my note.

TTM Success - Jake Petricka

Here are some nice cards that I got signed TTM from Jake Petricka.  The above 2010 Topps Pro Debut turned out really well.  I remember when Topps started doing Pro Debut that year; I bought a box of each series.  I had hoped I would go to games and get some signed, and I didn't really end up doing that until 6 years later.  If I knew then what I know now, I'd have graphed more back then.
I also got a 2014 Topps and a 2014 Topps Gold signed by Petricka.

Petricka (b. 1988) has played in the majors since 2013 (with the exception of missing 2020 during COVID) for the White Sox, Blue Jays, Brewers and Angels.  He has a record of 10-13 with 183 strike outs and a 4.24 ERA.

I mailed to Petricka on April 6 and got the cards back on May 22, for a 46-day TAT.

Monday, October 18, 2021

TTM Success - Anthony Aliotti

Getting some 2014 Bowman out of my box is always a good thing, since a lot of what I have left is stuff of guys who are no longer playing.  Adding these two signed cards from Anthony Aliotti that he signed TTM was really nice.  the cards turned out great.
Aliotti (b. 1987) was a 15th round pick by the A's in the 2009 June Amateur Draft out of Saint Mary's College (CA).  He played in the A's system from 2009 to 2015, reaching AAA.  He had 821 hits, 15 home runs and a .282 batting average.

I mailed to Aliotti on May 6 and got the cards back on May 22, for a 16-day TAT.

Another TTM Success From Maury Wills

For a while, there was a stack of Maury Wills cards, all together, in one of my boxes.  I had gotten the cards together because Wills was one of the free signers at the 2015 National Card Show.  I ended up getting him to sign a baseball, but in the event they called wild cards on Wills, I wanted to be ready.  They never did call wild cards, and these baseball cards were dumped into a box when I got home.
Recently, I came across the cards, and pulled them so I could send TTM to Wills.  I had kept from sending them when I got my 1987 Topps signed, just in case he bypassed one card for another and leaving the possibility he wouldn't sign my 87.  So, I sent that one solo in 2018 and sent these off this year.  All of the cards came back looking great, and I am glad to add them to my album.

I mailed to Wills on May 10 and got the cards back on May 22, for a 12-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $5.00/card.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

TTM Success - Erik Plantenberg

When I got my boxes from the LCS when it closed, there were a bunch of old Carolina League All Star team sets and some Kinston Indians team sets.  I had pulled the 1994 Donruss shown below, and when I saw Erik Plantenberg was in the Carolina League All Star set, I was excited to finally get around to sending to him TTM.
The cards turned out great, and I was really glad to add the cards to my album.

Plantenberg (b. 1968) played in the majors from 1993 to 1994 and 1997 for the Mariners and Phillies.  He had a record of 0-0 with 16 strike outs and a 4.4 ERA.

I mailed to Plantenberg on May 10 and got the cards back on May 22, for a 12-day TAT.

TTM Success - Chad Curtis

More mid-90s junk was era cards have been removed from my boxes and transferred to my autograph album with this TTM success from Chad Curtis.  He signed my 1996 Pinnacle, which came from a wax box that I busted way back when I was in Illinois for Andrew's graduation (seems like a long time ago, now).
I also got a 1995 Collectors Choice SE and a 1995 Leaf signed.  I busted a lot of 1995 Leaf while searching for Statistical Standouts inserts, and still find the loose cards among stuff here at the house.

Curtis (b. 1968) played in the majors from 1992 to 2001 for the Angels, Tigers, Dodgers, Indians, Yankees and Rangers.  He had 1,061 hits, 101 home runs and a .264 batting average.  He won the World Series 1998 and 1999 with the Yankees.

I mailed to Curtis on May 10 and got the cards back on May 22, for a 12-day TAT.  He signed 3 of 5, keeping 2 of the other cards.

TTM Success - Ernie McAnally

Here are some more early 70s cards that were signed TTM, this time by Ernie McAnally.  The above 1972 Topps is a really sharp card, and his signature is really nice.
This 1973 Topps is a bit off-c entered, but his signature also turned out really well on it.

McAnally (b. 1946) played in the majors from 1971 to 1974 for the Expos.  He had a career record of 30-49 with 351 strike outs and a 4.03 ERA.

I mailed to McAnally on April 26 and got the cards back on May 21, for a 25-day TAT.