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Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Hernandez (b. 1965) played in the majors from 1989 to 1998 for the Blue Jays, Astros, Yankees, Reds and Rangers. He had a career record of 40-35, 562 strike outs and an ERA of 3.90.
I mailed to Hernandez on September 28 and got the cards back on October 23, for a 25-day TAT.
Monday, October 30, 2017
Reuss (b. 1949) played in the majors from 1969 to 1990 for the Cardinals, Astros, Pirates, Dodgers, Reds, Angels, White Sox and Brewers. He had a career record of 220-191 with 1,907 strike outs and a 3.64 ERA. He was an All Star in 1975 and 1980. His best finish in the Cy Young Award voting was 2nd in 1980, the same season he had his best finish for MVP voting (20th), while with the Dodgers. He won the World Series in 1981 as a Dodger. Reuss appeared on the 1996 Hall of Fame ballot, but only received 0.4% of the vote.
I mailed to Reuss on Octiber 16 and got the cards back on October 23, for a 7-day TAT. I paid his fee of $13/card.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
For some crazy reason, Dave Parker is not in the Hall of Fame. Jim Rice is in with similar awards and similar stats. Parker lasted 15 years on the ballot, the then maximum that anyone could remain on the ballot. He only received at most 24.5% of the vote. His last chance was in 2011, and he only received 15.3% of the vote that year, well short of the required 75%. Now, Parker's only chance at the Hall is via the Veterans committee. He will be eligible this December for the Veterans Committee vote, but with other popular players such as Alan Trammell, Jack Morris and Lou Whitaker on that ballot, it doesn't look like Parker will make it this time, either.
I mailed to Parker on October 26 and got the cards back on October 23 for a 7-day TAT. I paid his fee of $20/card.
Ladd (b. 1956) played in the majors in 1979 and from 1982 to 1986 for the Astros, Brewers and Mariners. He had a career record of 17-23 with an ERA of 4.14 and 209 strike outs.
I mailed to Ladd on October 9 and got the cards back on October 21, for a 12-day TAT.
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Trillo (b. 1950) played in the majors from 1973 to 1989 for the A's, Cubs, Phillies, Indians, Expos, Giants and Reds. He had 1,562 hits, 61 home runs and a .263 batting average. He was an All Star 4 times (1977, 1981, 1982, 1983) and won the Gold Glove Award 3 times (1979, 1981 and 1982). He also won the Silver Slugger Award in 1980 and 1981.
Trillo was the 1980 NLCS MVP and helped the Phillies win the 1980 World Series.
I mailed to Trillo on February 6 and got the cards back on October 20, for a 256-day TAT.
Friday, October 27, 2017
DiStefano (b. 1962) played in the majors in 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989 and 1992 for the Pirates and Astros. He had 82 hits, 7 home runs and a .228 batting average.
I mailed to DiStefano on October 4 and got the cards back on October 20, for a 16-day TAT.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
I had a multitude of Gibby's cards to choose from, and the above 2005 Studio was a card I wanted to get into my album for a long time. I'm glad Gibbons was the first out of that set that I was able to add. I love the background of the card, a shot of the Baltimore skyline as seen from the Inner Harbor.
Gibbons (b. 1977) played in the majors from 2001 to 2007 and 2011 to 2012 for the Orioles and Dodgers. He had 759 hits, 127 home runs and a .260 batting average. He was obtained by the Orioles when picked during the 2000 Rule V Draft. He was a member of the O's during the "dark ages" of the organization, when they were right in the middle of a 14-year losing streak. I remember him fondly. He was also shown on a TV in the movie, "Wedding Crashers" hitting a home run (when Owen Wilson's character is depressed and avoiding Vince Vaughn). Gibbons is now a coach in the Dodgers system.
I mailed to Gibbons on May 10 via the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and got the cards back on October 20, for a 163-day TAT.
I said all season long that they should, especially since this was their first season. What better way to cap it all off than to issue a set commemorating the championship season?
I love the design, a take on the 1982 Topps design, but with a wood bordered background. I enjoyed thumbing through the set and seeing the familiar faces from this season. I'm sure that many of them won't be back, but I'll still find a way to get them signed.
I bought 4 sets initially, one for me to work on getting signed next season, one to put in an album to keep a running series of Wood Ducks sets, and two so that Chris could do the same.
I hope they come out with sets every year. I like the idea of keeping up with an album of each season. I may also expand it to include Wood Ducks featured in Minor League Heritage and Pro Debut. I only have two cards to add, then, with Yanio Perez showing up in Heritage, and the Wood Ducks mascot, Dewd, showing up on the disc inserts.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Clancy (b. 1955) played in the majors from 1977 to 1991 for the Blue Jays, Astros and Braves. He had a career record of 140-167 with 1,422 strike outs and an ERA of 4.23. He was an All Star for the Blue Jays in 1982. He was a member of the inaugural Blue Jays team of 1977. He pitched 3 games for the Braves in the 1991 World Series, picking up a win, but the Braves ultimately lost to the Twins.
I mailed to Clancy on September 20 and got the cards back on October 17, for a 27-day TAT.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Thornton (b. 1949) played in the majors from 1973 to 1979 and 1981 to 1987 for the Cubs, Expos and Indians. He had 1,342 hits, 253 home runs and a .254 batting average. He was an All Star twice (1982 and 1984) and won the Silver Slugger Award in 1984. He received MVP votes three times in his career. His best finish was 19th following the 1984 season for the Indians.
I mailed to Thornton on September 16 and got the cards back on October 16, for a 30-day TAT.
Monday, October 23, 2017
Hammond (b. 1966) played in the majors from 1990 to 1998 and 2002 to 2006 for the Reds, Marlins, Red Sox, Braves, Yankees, A's and Padres. He had a career record of 66-62 with an ERA of 4.14 and 712 strike outs.
I mailed to Hammond on October 4 and got the cards back on October 16, for a 12-day TAT.
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Rusch (b. 1974) played in the majors from 1997 to 2006 and 2008 to 2009 for the Royals, Mets, Brewers, Cubs, Padres and Rockies. He had a career record of 67-99 with 1,088 strike outs and an ERA of 5.04.
I mailed to Rusch on September 2 and got the cards back on October 16, for a 44-day TAT.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
In it was a signed locker nameplate of David Lough, a signed 8x10 of Mychal Givens, a signed post card of Joe Orsulak, a coupld IP autos, and a Jeremy Hazelbaker auto from 2017 Stadium Club. The IP signed cards were Buck Showalter on a 2011 Heritage and a 2017 Topps Mariners team card signed by Andrew Albers.
Thank you so much for the birthday package, Michael! I really appreciate it!
This 1976 Topps turned out really nice. He personalized everything, which is fine by me.
Friday, October 20, 2017
Bradley (b. 1959) played in the majors from 1983 to 1990 for the Mariners, Phillies, Orioles and White Sox. He had 1,058 hits, 78 home runs and a .286 batting average. He appeared in the AL MVP voting in 1985, when he finished 16th and made his only All Star appearance. He batted .300 or better in 3 seasons.
I mailed to Bradley on September 26 and got the cards back on October 13, for a 17-day TAT.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
So, that being said, here is a TTM success I received from Bruce Look. I think this card was extra out of a batch of cards I had picked up for my set. This means that I had this on my list, but forgot to cross it off when I got one, making me have to re-purchase the card. I hate when I do that, but it was cool because it gave me a card to send out for TTM.
Look (b. 1943) played for the Twins in 1968, his only season in the majors. He had 29 hits, no home runs and a .246 batting average.
I mailed to Look on May 11 and got the card back on October 13, for a 155-day TAT.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Rader (b. 1948) played in the majors from 1971 to 1980 for the Giants, Cardinals, Cubs, Phillies and Red Sox. He was a first round pick (18th overall) by the Giants in the 1967 June amateur draft out of high school. He had 619 hits, 30 home runs and a .257 batting average. He finished second in the 1972 NL Rookie of the Year voting to Jon Matlack. He is not related to former player and manager, Doug Rader.
I mailed to Rader on September 2 and got the cards back on October 10, for a 38-day TAT.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Sambito (b. 1952) played in the majors from 1976 to 1982 and 1984 to 1987 for the Astros, Mets and Red Sox. He had a career record of 37-38 with an ERA of 3.03 and 489 strike outs. He was an All Star in 1979, the only season in which he received NL MVP votes (he finished 21st). He received votes for the Cy Young Award in 1980, where he finished 5th (NL).
I mailed to Sambito on September 28 and got the cards back on October 6, for an 8-day TAT.
Monday, October 16, 2017
Whiteside (b. 1979) played in the majors in 2005, 2009 to 2012 and 2014 for the Orioles, Giants and Cubs. He had 108 hits, 10 home runs and a .210 batting average. He was on the Giants teams that won the World Series in 2010 and 2012, but he did not appear in those post seasons. He is now the bullpen catcher for the Giants.
I mailed to Whiteside via the Giants Spring Training on February 23 and got the cards back on October 5, for a 224-day TAT.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Cey (b. 1948) played in the majors from 1971 to 1987 for the Dodgers, Cubs and A's. He had 1,868 hits, 316 home runs and a .261 batting average. He was an All Star six seasons in a row from 1974 to 1979 and finished as high as 8th for the NL MVP Award (1977). He won the World Series with the Dodgers in 1981.
Cey appeared on the 1993 Hall of Fame ballot, but received only 1.9% of the vote.
I mailed to Cey on September 25 and got the cards back on October 5, for a 10-day TAT.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Bordi (b. 1959) played in the majors from 1980 to 1988 for the A's, Mariners, Cubs, Yankees and Orioles. He had a career record of 20-20 with a 4.34 ERA and 247 strike outs.
I mailed to Bordi on September 19 and got the cards back on October 5, for a 16-day TAT.
Friday, October 13, 2017
Herzog (b. 1931) played in the majors from 1956 to 1963 for the Senators, A's (Kansas City), Orioles and Tigers. He had 414 hits, 25 home runs and a .257 batting average.
Herzog managed in the majors from 1973 to 1990 for the Rangers, Angels, Royals and Cardinals. He had a career record of 1,281 - 1,125 (.532%). He won the NL pennant three times with the Cardinals (1982, 1985 and 1987) and won the World Series in 1982.
He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2010 by the Veterans Committee.
I mailed to Herzog on September 25 and got the cards back on October 2, for a 7-day TAT.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
This 1991 O Pee Chee turned out really nice, and I don't believe I have any in my autograph albums. I think this came out of a repack box that I got recently, so it may have been a late addition to my "to be TTMed" box.
Reardon (b. 1955) played in the majors from 1979 to 1994 for the Mets, Expos, Twins, Red Sox, Braves, Reds and Yankees. He had record of 73-77 with 877 strike outs and 3.16 ERA. He had 367 saves in his career, leading the NL in 1985 with 41 while with the Expos. He was an All Star in 1985, 1986, 1988 and 1991. His best finish for the Cy Young Award was 5th (NL) in 1985 and for MVP was 11th (AL) in 1987. He finished 6th in the 1980 NL Rookie of the Year Award voting. Reardon won the World Series with the Twins in 1987. His 367 saves rank 10th all-time.
I mailed to Reardon on August 29 and got the cards back on September 29, for a 31-day TAT.