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Thursday, March 31, 2016
Doerr (b. 1918) played in the majors from 1937 to 1944 and 1946 to 1951 for the Boston Red Sox. He had 2,042 hits, 223 home runs and a lifetime .288 batting average in an era when second basemen were not known to have pop in their bat.
Doerr was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1986 by the Veterans Committee. I probably won't send to Doerr any more, since I have gotten him a few times now. However, if any of you are even considering sending TTM to get autographs, I highly recommend trying Doerr. He was the first ever TTM success I got, thanks to a suggestion from my buddy, Drew. You can read about it, here.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
I picked up both of these cards on Ebay and mailed the out on March 15. I got them back with a 9-day TAT.
Sievers (b. 1926) played in the majors from 1949 to 1965 for the Browns, Senators, White Sox and Phillies. He had 1,703 hits, 318 home runs and a lifetime average of .267. He led the AL in home runs in 1957 with 42 and also led with 114 RBI. Not your prototypical home run hitter (by today's mold, at least), he never struck out more than 88 times in a season. He finished third in the 1957 AL MVP voting (behind Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams) and was the 1949 AL Rookie of the Year.
Sievers appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot in 1971 and 1972, but only received a maximum of 1.8% of the vote (1971). This is my second success from Sievers. I received a signed ball from him on August 24, 2011. You can see that post here.
Schueler (b. 1946) played in the majors from 1972 to 1979 for the Braves, Phillies, Twins and White Sox. He had a career record of 40-48 with an ERA of 4.08 and 563 strike outs.
I received this signed card from Schueler 11 days after I mailed it on March 12. This was the first 1974 Topps that I have gotten signed for my Topps Autograph Project.
Monday, March 28, 2016
He managed the Cubs in 1982 and 1983, a stint maybe most memorable for a April 29, 1983 tirade that included a lot of F bombs that was recorded by Chicago beat writers. I thought about posting a Youtube link, but I don't think it is for the faint of heart, or ear, but if you type in Lee Elia Rant, you'll end up in the right place. He also managed the Phillies in 1987 and 1988.
Elia was also a bench coach for the Orioles in 2008 under manager Dave Trembley.
I only had the two Donruss cards of Elia, but I got both of them back in a 21-day TAT.
Hook (b. 1936) played in the majors from 1957 to 1964 for the Reds and Mets. He had a career record of 29-62 with an ERA of 5.23 and 394 strike outs. Hook was a member of the inaugural Mets team (1962) that went 40-120 (ouch). Hook, himself went 8-19 for that hapless club. Those Mets were so bad, they didnt win more than three games in a row all season, and they only had the one three-game winning streak.
Altobelli (b. 1932) played in the majors in 1955, 1957 and 1961 for the Indians and Twins. He would go on to manage the Giants from 1977 to 1979; the Orioles from 1983 to 1985 and the Cubs in 1991. His career managerial record is 225-239 for a .485 winning percentage.
Sunday, March 27, 2016
The autos came out great on his cards, with the 1985 looking the best, I think.
Porter (b. 1955) played in the majors from 1981 to 1985 for the Brewers. He had a career record of 13-13 with a 4.14 ERA and 136 strike outs.
I'm really enjoying seeing all of these different versions of Topps come back in. They all look cool, signed, and I'm having a lot of fun with this project. I've gotten so many returns lately, it has been tough keeping up with the blog posts. I'm definitely not complaining, though. It seems like every day, now, I am getting stuff in the mail. I'm really happy about that!
Nolan (b. 1951) played in the majors from 1972, 1975 and 1977 to 1985 for the Mets, Braves, Reds and Orioles. He had 382 hits, 27 home runs and a career average of .263.
Nolan won the World Series in 1983 with the Orioles. I mailed to him on March 12 and got him back on March 21 for a 9-day TAT. As it stands (even with successes I haven't posted yet), I have 2 signed 1979 Topps; 1 signed 1983; 5 signed 1984 and 7 signed 1985. 1987 is still leading, though, with 12.
Saturday, March 26, 2016
His signature looks really cool, too, almost like a star. I had a ton of Thurmond cards, and it was tough to choose which to send, especially since I had a couple of him as an Oriole, but in the end, the '84 Tiffany won out. I figured, since it was unique to my collection, I should hold onto it in the auto album, instead of relegate it to a dime or nickel box. I think it turned out great.
Thurmond (b. 1956) played in the majors from 1983 to 1990 for the Padres, Tigers, Orioles and Giants. He had a career record of 40-46 with an ERA of 3.69 and 320 strike outs.
I believe this is his rookie card, if I am not mistaken, so that makes it an even better choice for TTM. Since it is a parallel, I don't count it toward my Topps Autograph Project.
Friday, March 25, 2016
Baxes (b. 1930) played in the majors in 1956 and 1958 for the Kansas City A's. I really like the old A's logo on the card. That is something I really like about these vintage cards. You get to see the old logos and uniforms of teams; some of them aren't even in existence anymore.
Baxes 73 hits, one home run and a .217 batting average in his career. This is the second signed 1958 Topps card that I have.
I used to really dislike the buyback cards, and the dumb stamp that Topps puts on them, but now that I am doing this TTM stuff, they really come in handy. I was glad I had another of his cards, as well, because he has a really cool signature.
Hutton (b. 1946) played in the majors from 1966, 1969 and 1972 to 1981 for the Dodgers, Phillies, Blue Jays and Expos. He had 410 hits, 22 home runs and a lifetime average of .248.
I got both of the cards I sent back, signed, with a 17-day TAT. I now have (I'm not counting doubles) 4 signed 1975 Topps cards.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Trachsel (b. 1970) played in the majors from 1993 to 2008 for the Cubs, Devil Rays, Blue Jays, Mets and Orioles. He had a career record of 143-159 with an ERA of 4.39 and 1,591 strike outs. He was 4th in the NL Rookie of the Year voting in 1994 and was an All Star in 1996.
On September 8, 1998, in the bottom of the 4th inning with two outs, Trachsel became the answer to a trivia question. He gave up a home run to Mark McGwire that would break Roger Maris's single season home run record.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Smith (b. 1930) played in the majors from 1955 to 1964 for the Orioles, A's (Kansas City), Pirates, Colt .45s and Reds. He had 715 hits, 58 home runs and a .267 batting average. Smith won the World Series in 1960 with the Pirates.
I'm glad I did this. Everything that has come back so far (and there have been a bunch from this batch) has come back looking awesome. I like how Qualters signed this along the line of his back. The thin blue pen he used also made his auto really stand out.
Qualters (b. 1935) played in the majors in 1953, 1957 and 1958 for the Phillies and White Sox. He had a record of 0-0 after pitching in only 34 games in his career. His career ERA was 5.64 with 20 strike outs. According to his Wikipedia page, Qualters was signed by the Phillies out of high school as a "bonus baby" for $40,000.00. This means that since he was signed to such a large bonus, he had to remain on the Phillies roster, even at the young age of 18, with no professional baseball experience. Some other notable bonus babies are Brooks Robinson, Al Kaline and Sandy Koufax. Qualters also has the distinction of being the only pitcher to appear on four different Topps baseball cards without ever recording a single win or loss.
I mailed to Qualters on March 11 and got this 1958 Topps (my first) back signed on March 18, for a 7-day TAT.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
The cards I got signed all contribute to my Topps autograph project, save for two. I just thought they would look cool.
The above 1984 Topps has Tudor in a Red Sox uniform and is the 5th signed 1984 Topps that I have. His signature looks really good on this card, I think.
Tudor (b. 1954) played in the majors from 1979 to 1990 with the Red Sox, Pirates, Cardinals and Dodgers. He had a career record of 117-72 with a 3.12 ERA and 988 strikeouts. He won 21 games in 1985 with 10 shutouts and an ERA of 1.93, but finished second in the Cy Young voting that year to Doc Gooden (he also finished 8th in the NV MVP voting). Tudor won the World Series in 1988 with the Dodgers.
Monday, March 21, 2016
Gant (b, 1965) played in the majors from 1987 to 1993 and 1995 to 2003 for the Braves, Reds, Cardinals, Phillies, Angels, Rockies, A's and Padres. He had 1,651 hits, 321 home runs and a career average of .256. He finished as high as 5th in the NL MVP voting (1993) and was a 2-time All Star.
I mailed to Gant on 3/7 and got all 7 of the cards I sent back signed on March 17 for a 10-day TAT.
Sunday, March 20, 2016
I have sent off a ton of TTMs over the last month, and I intend on continuing this for the foreseeable future. I have enjoyed the repurposing of old cards, and seeing them come back to me signed after being sent out into the world.
That being said, after receiving a succession of Topps cards signed from some players a few weeks ago, I started thinking about how cool would it be if I could get at least one signed card from every year of Topps. With that in mind, I went to Ebay and picked up a couple 52s, a 51 Red Back, a 51 Blue Back, and a 1955 to add to what I planned on sending out.
I kicked off the project by going into my personal vintage collection and finding the above 1953 Topps Mike Sandlock that I picked up a couple years ago after getting his signature on a baseball TTM.
The significance of Sandlock doesn't stop at the fact that I had gotten him TTM before, or because I had a 53 Topps of him sitting here available to be sent. His main significance is that he is 100 years old and is still signing TTM. To me, that is amazing. At this moment in time, he is the oldest living former MLB player. That is a really cool accomplishment. As you can see, his signature is really nice, and looks cool on the 53 Topps.
Sandlock (b. 1915) played in the majors from 1942, 1944-46 and 1953 for the Boston Braves, Brooklyn Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates. As you can see, two of those teams have relocated since his playing days. When Sandlock was born, Woodrow Wilson was president, the Red Sox had just won the World Series and Ted Williams hadn't even been born yet.
In his career, Sandlock had 107 hits, 2 home runs and a .240 batting average. I mailed to Sandlock on March 11, 2016 and got the card back signed on March 19, 2016, for an 8-day TAT.
For my signed Topps project, this is my first signed 1953 Topps card. I am missing signed cards from 1951 RB, 1951 BB, 1952, 1954-57, 1961, 1962, 1964-69, 1973, 1974, 1977-79, 1982, 1983, 1994-97, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2015 and 2016.
My goal is to obtain the signed cards by either TTM or IP autos. I have accepted a bunch of IP autos from friends like Max, who I send cards to and they get signed. I plan on not buying any signed cards, if I can help it. 1951 will be tough, but I think I can get one or two from some of the few living players who remain in those sets via TTM. I have a couple pending that I am really excited about. I intend to put the signed cards, in order, in either an album or some kind of display. For years that I have multiples of, I plan on picking the one that I feel looks the best, or has the best story, player, etc to represent that year. Right now, I have 11 different signed 1987 Topps, the leader among years I have gotten signed. I plan on playing a little game of this in my head as well in seeing which year I have the most of when I finish this project.
I also would be interested in seeing other folks' attempts at this same project. I would like to see which cards that others choose to represent what years, and what years they end up with the most signed cards. I think that would be a lot of fun, and would make for some interesting blogs!
I was really excited to get these cards back, because I loved the old Pirates uniforms shown on the cards. This 1984 Topps turned out great, I think.
Ray (b. 1957) played in the majors from 1981 to 1990 for the Pirates and Angels. He had 1,502 hits, 53 home runs and a career average of .290. He had a really respectable career, when you look back on it. He finished second in the 1982 NL Rookie of the Year voting, 6 overall points less than winner, Steve Sax. Ray was an All Star when with the Angels in 1988.
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Key (b. 1961) played in the majors from 1984 to 1998 for the Blue Jays, Yankees and Orioles. I didn't realize, but he only played two seasons with the Orioles. It felt like longer. I remember that 1997 O's team he was on was really good, except for some bullpen blunders in the ALCS that year. I had some other personal stuff going on that October, so I don't remember a lot from those playoffs. I do remember them being a really good team, and the pitching rotation of Mussina, Erickson and Key could stack up against pretty much anyone.
Key had a career record of 186-117 with a 3.51 ERA and 1,538 strike outs. He finished as high as 2nd in the AL Cy Young voting twice (1987 and 1994) and was a 4-time All Star. He also finished 6th in the AL MVP voting in 1994 when he went 17-4 for the Yankees. Key won the World Series in 1992 with the Blue Jays and in 1996 with the Yankees.
I mailed to him on 3/7 and got my card back signed on 3/17 for a 10-day TAT. He is someone that I likely will send to again after a while. I love the signature, and the card looks great.
Friday, March 18, 2016
The first success I will show off from yesterday was Mark Whiten. I only sent him one card, since I saw that he signed one-per. I had a lot of his stuff to choose from, so I went with this 1994 Score Gold Rush that I found in a cigar box full of 1990s cards that my mom gave me for Christmas a few years ago. Essentially, it was her collection that she had given me, since she had stored the cards she pulled in some of the old tin cigar boxes that she rescued from my dad's race shop. The cigar boxes had belonged to my great-grandfather, so getting a couple of those were gifts unto themselves.
The Gold Rush card looks really nice, signed. The scan didn't pick the signature up too well, but Whiten inscribed it to me. I mailed to him on 3/5 and got the card back yesterday (3/17) for a 12-day TAT.
Whiten (b. 1966) played in the majors from 1990 to 2000 for the Blue Jays, Indians, Cardinals, Red Sox, Phillies, Braves, Mariners and Indians. He had 804 hits, 105 home runs (4 of which came in one game, alone, as depicted on the card he signed) and a lifetime average of .259.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
The signature looks great. The cards I sent were a 1994 Score Season Highlights card showing his historic home run in the 1993 Series, a 1989 Topps and this 1993 Flair. I imagine that Carter has seen a ton of the 94 Score, so he chose this one to sign instead. It is definitely a good decision, because the card looks great.
Carter (b. 1960) played in the majors from 1983 to 1998 for the Indians, Padres, Blue Jays, Orioles and Giants. He had a very successful career where he had 2,184 hits, 396 home runs and a .259 lifetime batting average. He finished as high as 3rd in the AL MVP voting (1992), he received MVP votes in 8 seasons, was a 5-time All Star and 2-time Silver Slugger.
Carter won the World Series in 1992 and 1993 with the Blue Jays.
I sent to him on March 4 and got my card back signed with a $5.00 fee (one signature per $5.00 request) and a 11-day TAT.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Doyle has a really cool signature, as you can see above. This 1976 Topps came out of the cards that Max sent me a while back, and was the first 1976 that I have been able to get signed. I think the card looks really good, even though it got creased just a bit in the mail.
Doyle (b. 1944) played in the majors from 1970 to 1977 for the Phillies, Angels and Red Sox. He had 823 hits, 16 home runs and .250 lifetime batting average. He finished 23rd in the 1975 AL MVP voting.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Buckner (b. 1949) played in the majors from 1969 to 1990 for the Dodgers, Cubs, Red Sox, Angels and Royals. He had 2,715 hits, 174 home runs and a career average of .289. He went to the World Series in 1974 with the Dodgers and 1986 with the Red Sox, but failed to win a championship. He will likely be forever known as the guy who let a ball hit by Mookie Wilson pass through his legs during the 1986 World Series that helped continue the "Curse of the Bambino."
Buckner had a really long career where he finished as high as 10th in the MVP voting (1981 and 1982) and was a one-time All Star (1981). He only appeared on one Hall of Fame ballot (1996) and only mustered 2.1 % of the vote.
Monday, March 14, 2016
I have Jericho's (the wrestler, not the cat) auto on a book and a baseball, courtesy of my friend, Mike. I had to add this card to my collection, once I saw it.
I feel like I got a great deal from c_breaks, so if you are on Instagram, please give him a follow.
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Ziegler (b. 1979) has played in the majors from 2008 to 2015 for the A's and Diamondbacks. He has a career record of 30-21 with a 2.47 career ERA. He has been one of the better relievers in the game today. He also saved 30 games for the Diamondbacks last season after transitioning to be their closer.
Ziegler is one of the more prolific TTM signers that currently plays in the MLB. I sent to him at Spring Training on February 22 and git the cards back signed on Friday (3/11). This was a 18-day TAT.