Friday, October 6, 2017

TTM Success - Jim Rice

I decided to push a little bit harder with the 1987 set, mostly because I have two boxes of them, and need to find something to do with all of these extra cards.  I spent the money on finally adding Jim Rice to my list of TTM successes.
I already have Rice's autograph on a ball for my HOF collection, but I figured at $10/card, it wasn't a bad idea to add him to my autograph album as well.  Also, I will forever remember searching the two boxes with my son Chris for just one card, the above All Star version.  We finally found this one in the last row of the second box.  Full disclosure, though, I went into my boxes a couple weeks later and found one almost immediately.

Rice (b. 1953) played in the majors from 1974 to 1989 for the Red Sox.  He had 2,452 hits, 382 home runs and a .298 batting average.  He led the league in home runs in 1977 (39), 1978 (46) and 1983 (39).  He led the league in RBI in 1978 (139) and 1983 (126).  He had over 30 home runs 4 seasons and over 100 RBI in 8 seasons.  He batted over .300 in 7 seasons.  Rice was the AL MVP in 1978.  He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2009, his 15th and final year of eligibility and received 76.4% of the vote.

I mailed to Rice on September 16 and got the cards back on September 25, for a 9-day TAT.  He charges a fee of $10/card, and will only accept cash.

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