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Wednesday, May 31, 2017
This Classic Best is the card that I really wanted to see signed, but the scan didn't turn out all too well. This is very similar to Chrome, except that the card is a lot thinner. I powdered it, and the signature turned out really well.
Valdes (b. 1971) played in the majors from 1995 to 1998, 2000 and 2001 for the Marlins, Expos, Astros and Braves. He had a career record of 12-15 with 135 strike outs and a 4.95 ERA. He was a first round pick by the Marlins in 1993 (27th overall).
I mailed to Valdes via the St. Lucie Mets on May 8 and got the cards back on May 22, for a 14-day TAT.
Drabek (b. 1962) played in the majors from 1986 to 1998 for the Yankees, Pirates, Astros, White Sox and Orioles. He had a career record of 155-134 with 1,594 strike outs and a 3.73 ERA. He was the 1990 NL Cy Young Award winner. He also finished 8th in the NL MVP voting that year. He also was an All Star in 1994.
I mailed to Drabek on May 12 and got the cards back on May 22, for a 10-day TAT.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Brohamer (b. 1950) played in the majors from 1972 to 1980 for the Indians, White Sox and Red Sox. He had 613 hits, 30 home runs and a .245 batting average.
I mailed to Brohamer on May 8 and got the cards back on May 19, for an 11-day TAT.
Kern (b. 1949) played in the majors from 1974 to 1986 for the Indians, Rangers, Reds, White Sox, Phillies and Brewers. He had a career record of 53-57 with an ERA of 3.32 and 651 strike outs. He was an All Star three times (1977, 1978 and 1979). His best finish in the AL Cy Young Award voting was 4th in 1979 when he went 13-5 with 29 saves and a 1.57 ERA. He also finished 11th in the AL MVP voting that season, his only time appearing on the MVP ballot. He was also the 1979 AL Rolaids Relief Award winner.
I mailed to Kern on Febuart 21 and got the cards back on May 19, for an 87-day TAT.
Monday, May 29, 2017
I had an idea it was coming, especially since Nolan wasn't picked up by any MLB organization this past offseason. He was playing with the Long Island Ducks in the Independent League, and finally decided to call it a career. His wife, Jenny, posted a really nice Facebook post saying that he's not completely done, but it taking some time off to be with his family for the summer and then weigh his options.
I'll always be a huge Nolan Reimold fan. Every time I met him, he was super nice to me. I hope that I am able to keep in touch with him in the future. My ultimate hope, if his playing days are truly over, is that he remains in the O's system coaching one of the minor league teams. I'm not sure if he wants to get into coaching, but I think he would be really good at it.
He got a lot of crap from some of the so-called Orioles fans. Those folks seem to forget how Nolan gave it his all on the field, and even broke his neck diving for a foul ball for the team. He was a fun player to watch, and I will definitely miss seeing him play.
At one point, Nolan read this blog. If he still does, I would hope he sees this and knows that there are true Oriole fans out there who will always look back on his career fondly and will remember his contributions to the team.
Enjoy your time with your family, Nolan, you have earned it. I hope I can see you again, someday!
I was happy to get this return from Jim Barr, though, because I had a few of his cards sitting in my box for a while. I polished off the request with a couple from Columbia, mainly the above 1973 Topps.
Barr (b. 1948) played in the majors from 1971 to 1980, 1982 and 1983 for the Giants and Angels. He had a career record of 101-112 with 741 strike outs and a 3.56 ERA. I saw while looking him up, he was drafted 6 times between 1966 and 1970 in different phases of the draft. He must have been a really sought after prospect.
I mailed to Barr on May 10 and got the cards back on May 19, for a 9-day TAT.
I had bought this 1992 Donruss Elite Howard Johnson off of EBay for around $8.00. I have the Cal Ripken auto from that set, but I saw the Johnson and figured that would be a cool card to get signed. He usually signs only one or two cards, but this time around, he signed all 4 cards I had on my page. The other three were part of a 50/50 for my friend, Gerard. I will post the cards I get to keep from the 50/50, once I complete all of the cards he sent, and we decide on who keeps what. This card is numbered 9,136/10,000. That is pretty high numbering these days, but back then, everyone was excited that it was serial numbered.
I hope I can get to the Wood Ducks again during their next homestand, but it is only a three-game series against Wilmington, June 4-6. I'm not sure if I can get to those games or not. The Wood Ducks then will go on the road and won't be home until June 15,
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Schmidt (b. 1957) played in the majors from 1981 to 1992 for the Rangers, White Sox, Orioles, Expos and Mariners. He had a career record of 54-55 with an ERA of 3.88 and 479 strike outs.
I mailed to Schmidt on February 6 and got the cards back on May 18, for a 101-day TAT.
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Nolan is currently playing independent ball with the Long Island Ducks. I really hope he can make his way back to the majors. He's a great guy with an amazing family, and I only want to see him succeed.
Lyle (b. 1944) played in the majors from 1967 to 1982 for the Red Sox, Yankees, Rangers, Phillies and White Sox. He had a career record of 99-76 with 873 strike outs and an ERA of 2.88. He was a 3-time All Star (1973, 1976 and 1977) and was the 1977 AL Cy Young Award Winner. He finished third in the 1972 AL MVP voting and won the World Series in 1977 with the Yankees. He appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot between 1988 and 1991 but only received a peak of 13.1% of the vote.
I mailed to Lyle on May 9 and got the cards back on May 18, for a 9-day TAT.
Friday, May 26, 2017
Thanks so much for the autos, Dugan. I am currently working on a Hickory Crawdads team set via the Wood Ducks for him, so I'll be able to repay him soon.
Green (b. 1960) played in the majors from 1981 to 1985 and 1987 for the Cardinals and Giants. He had 374 hits, 31 home runs and a .268 batting average. He won the World Series with the Cardinals in 1982.
I mailed to Green on May 4 and got the cards back on May 17 for a 13-day TAT.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Matlack (b. 1950) played in the majors from 1971 to 1983 for the Mets and Rangers. He had a career record of 125-126 with 1,516 strike outs and an ERA of 3.18. He was the NL Rookie of the Year in 1972. He was also a three-time All Star between 1974 and 1976. He appeared in the 1973 World Series while with the Mets and pitched to a record of 1-2 with a 2.16 ERA in the Mets' loss to the A's.
I mailed to Matlack on May 10 and got the cards back on May 17, for a 7-day TAT.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
I mailed to Kemp on May 8 and got the cards back on May 17, for a 9-day TAT.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
One of the highlights of being able to see Bowling Green (the Single A team for the Tampa Bay Rays) was that I could finally meet Jonah Heim. Heim was a former Orioles farmhand who was dealt to Tampa last year for Steve Pearce.
I had a really great time at both ball parks. I now have been to 4 MLB parks (Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Detroit and St. Louis), and countless MiLB parks (I will update my map soon). I also had fun with Andrew, and hope I can get him down my way to graph the Wood Ducks sometime soon.