Tuesday, November 7, 2017

TTM Success - Bret Saberhagen

I had a chance to get an autograph from Bret Saberhagen a few years ago as part of the VIP free signing at the National in 2015, but I got in late and missed out.  Luckily, I learned that Saberhagen signs TTM for a small fee to the Make a Difference Foundation.

For $5/card, I got some nice cards signed.  The aboce 1990 Bowman promo card was a really good one to send off.  It turned out great, and I am glad I sent it.
I also sent off two 1985 cards of Saberhagen (top left - Fleer amd top right Topps) that turned out great.  The card on the bottom right is a 1990 Starline Coca Cola.  I'm pretty sure I got it out of a repack box; that is the only explanation I can come up with as to where it came from.  The 2013 Topps Postseason Heroes card on the bottom left was a cool insert to add to my album.
Finally, with the success from Saberhagen, I added my 100th 1987 Topps to my binder.  That means I was able to get at least 100 cards out of my 5,000-count (and then some) box of 87s.

Saberhagen (b. 1964) played in the majors from 1984 to 1995, 1997 to 1999 and 2001 for the Royals, Mets, Rockies and Red Sox.  He had a career recrd of 167-117 with 1,715 strike outs and a 3.34 ERA.  He was a 2-time AL Cy Young Award winner (1985 and 1989) and finished third in the NL Cy Young voting in 1994.  His best MVP finish was 8th in the AL voting in 1989.  He was also a 3-time All Star (1987, 1990 and 1994).  He also took home the Gold Glove Award in 1988.  He won 20 or more games twice (1985 and 1989) and was the AL ERA leader in 1989 with a 2.16 ERA.  He won the World Series with the Royals in 1985.

I mailed to Saberhagen on September 19 and got the cards back on October 28, for a 39-day TAT.  I paid his fee of $5/card with a check to the Make a Difference Foundation.

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