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Saturday, March 31, 2018
The card turned out pretty well, even though the foil doesn't scan all that well.
Duffy (b. 1988) has played in the majors since 2011 for the Royals. He has a career record of 45-44 with 675 strike outs and a 3.77 ERA. He won the World Series with the Royals in 2015. He got roughed up in his first outing of 2018, going 4 innings and allowing 5 runs. Let's hope 2018 gets better for him as the season progresses.
I mailed to Duffy on February 22 and got the cards back on March 5 for an 11-day TAT.
Here is a success from former catcher, Damian Miller that helped me add some 2000s cards to my binder. The above 2006 Topps is from a set that I just don't have too many extras from. I had a decent sized box of them, but when I was moving, the box turned over, and fell out of the truck into the street. Of course, it was raining, and a lot of the cards were ruined. I was pretty disappointed. At some point, I will buy a hobby box or two of these and restock.
Miller (b. 1969) played in the majors from 1997 to 2007 for the Twins, Diamondbacks, Cubs, A's and Brewers. He had 834 hits, 87 home runs and a .262 batting average. He was an All Star in 2002 and won the World Series with the DIamondbacks in 2001.
I mailed to Miller on February 5 and got the cards back on March 5, for a 28-day TAT.
Friday, March 30, 2018
Kimm (b. 1951) played in the majors in 1976, 1977, 1979 and 1980 for the Tigers, Cubs and White Sox. He had 104 hits, 1 home run and a .237 batting average.
He was the third of three managers of the Cubs in 2002, leading them to a record of 33-45 (.423%) across 78 games. Don Baylor started the season at the helm of the Cubs; Rene Lachemann managed them for a game, and then Kimm finished out the season.
I mailed to Kimm on February 5 and got the cards back on March 3, for a 26-day TAT.
Waldrop (b. 1991) played in the majors in 2015 and 2016 for the Reds. He had 5 hits, no home runs and a .217 batting average. He was granted Free Agency in November 2017, and has yet to sign anywhere.
I mailed to Waldrop on February 15 and got the cards back on March 2, for a 15-day TAT.
Nye (b. 1973) played in the majors in 1997 and 1998 for the Phillies. He had a career record of 0-2 with a 9.69 ERA and 10 strike outs.
I mailed to Nye on February 5 and got the cards back on March 1, for a 24-day TAT.
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Day (b. 1947) played in the majors from 1969 to 1974 for the Cardinals, Cubs and Expos. He had 295 hits, 8 home runs and a .256 batting average.
I mailed to Day on February 5 and got the cards back on March 1, for a 24-day TAT.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
I sent two cards, the 87, and the above 1988 Topps. This 1988 is actually a pretty sharp card. It turned out really nice, and I am glad it was the other card I sent.
Belliard (b. 1961) played in the majors from 1982 to 1998 for the Pirates and Braves. He had 508 hits, 2 home runs and a .221 batting average. He won the 1995 World Series with the Braves.
I mailed to Belliard on February 15 and got the cards back on February 26 for an 11-day TAT.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
One of the cards that I added was a set that hasn't been represented in my album, yet. The above 1986 Donruss The Rookies Bobby Witt is a nice card. I had the entire set at one point, but I am not really sure what I did with it. It is probably in a drawer somewhere, but it has been years since I have seen it.
I actually forgot to send a card of his I got from COMC, a 1997 Topps. I don't know how they all got separated, but they did. Oh well. I'm done bothering him for now.
I mailed to Witt on February 15 and got the cards back on February 26, for an 11-day TAT.
Monday, March 26, 2018
Strom (b. 1948) played in the majors from 1972 to 1973 and 1975 to 1977 for the Mets, Indians and Padres. He had a career record of 22-39 with 278 strike outs and a 3.95 ERA.
He was the pitching coach for the Astros when they won the World Series last year.
I mailed to Strom on February 10 and got the card back on February 26, for a 16-day TAT.
Sunday, March 25, 2018
I'm glad I did. This card is awesome. 1991 Topps is a very under-appreciated set. There are several cards with great photography, and I have two of them in my album, now (the Wade Boggs being the other). The card looks awesome signed, I think.
Clemens (b. 1962) played in the majors from 1984 to 2007 for the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees and Astros. He holds a career record of 354-184 with 4,672 strike outs and a 3.12 ERA. He won the Cy Young Award seven times (1986, 1987, 1991, 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2004) and was the AL MVP in 1986. During the 1986 season, he went 24-4 with a 2.48 ERA and 238 strike outs. He won 20 or more games in 6 seasons; he struck out more than 250 batters 5 times).
He was on 11 All Star teams and won the World Series in 1999 and 2000 while with the Yankees.
Clemens ranks among the all-time leaders in wins (9th), games started (7th), strike outs (3rd), WAR (8th, if you care about that stat) and WAR for Pitchers (3rd). From my 25+ years of watching baseball, I can honestly say that Clemens was the greatest pitcher that I ever saw pitch.
Clemens has been eligible for the Hall of Fame since 2013 (6 ballots) but has not received more than 57.3% of the vote. Anyone that has followed baseball knows that Clemens making the Hall is a long shot at best due to his connection to steroids. Clemens has not tested positive for performance enhancing drugs, and has denied taking them. However, he has been linked countless times, and has been investigated by Congress. The congressional investigation did not lead to any indictment, but for many folks, this has been enough to hold him out of the Hall.
My own personal opinion, since this IS my blog, is that Clemens should be in the Hall of Fame. Who should and shouldn't be in the Hall is another discussion for another day, but Clemens was probably the greatest pitcher of his generation. Whether he did or did not do steroids, he was amazing. He sold tickets to games. He sold a ton of merchandise. Kids had his posters on their walls. He was the best. He probably could strike out some major leaguers today, even at 55 years old. Clemens was great.
I mailed to Clemens on January 20 and got the cards back on February 26, for a 37-day TAT. I included a check to his foundation for $100.00 ($25/card). He charges $100.00 for baseballs, in case anyone was wondering.
Kerfeld (b. 1963) played in the majors from 1985 to 1987 and 1990 for the Astros and Braves. He had a career record of 18-9 with 155 strike outs and a 4.20 ERA. He finished 4th in the 1986 NL Rookie of the Year voting.
I mailed to Kerfeld on February 12 and got the cards back on February 24, for a 12-day TAT.
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Searcy (b. 1964) played in the majors from 1988 to 1992 for the Tigers and Phillies. He had a career record of 6-13 with 140 strike outs and a 5.68 ERA.
I mailed to Searcy on January 16 and got the cards back on February 23, for a 38-day TAT.
Hurdle (b. 1957) played in the majors from 1977 to 1983 and 1985 to 1987 for the Royals, Reds, Mets and Cardinals. He had 360 hits, 32 home runs and a .259 batting average. He was a first round (9th overall) draft pick in the 1975 June Amateur Dradft by the Royals.
He would go on to manage the Rockies from 2002 to 2009 and the Pirates since 2011. He led the Rockies to the World Series in 2007. He was the NL Manager of the Year in 2013. His career managerial record stands at 1,118-1,174 (.488%).
I mailed to Hurdle on February 10 and got the cards back on February 23, for a 13-day TAT.
Friday, March 23, 2018
Joyner (b. 1962) played in the majors from 1986 to 2001 for the Angels, Royals, Padres and Braves. He had 2,060 hits, 204 home runs and a .289 batting average. He finished second in the 1986 AL Rookie of the Year voting (behind Jose Canseco) and was an All Star that season. He also finished 8th in the AL MVP voting that year. He appeared on the 2007 Hall of Fame ballot, but did not receive any votes.
I mailed to the private signing for Joyner on February 12 and got the card back on February 23, for an 11-day TAT. I paid the fee of $15.00 for the signing.
Thursday, March 22, 2018
I liked this 2001 Fleer Tradition. The card came out really well, even though they kind of ripped off 1955 and 1956 Topps with the design.
Fordyce (b. 1970) played in the majors from 1995 to 2004 for the Mets, Reds, White Sox, Orioles and Devil Rays. He had 467 hits, 41 home runs and a .258 batting average.
I mailed to Fordyce on February 5 and got the cards back on February 20, for a 15-day TAT.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
So, I did get some awesome cards signed by Sandberg, though. The above multi-exposure 1994 Topps was one that I had to include in the TTM request. The funny thing about Sandberg, though, is that I had very little to choose from, for his cards. I guess the ones I used to have went out to the numerous Cubs fans that I have come across over the years. I'm not even sure I have sent Max any, I think they went out to other Cubs fans before he came along. So, I went on COMC and picked out a few Sandberg cards that I thought would look cool in my album, and settled on the 1994 and the two 1991s below (and of course an 87).
Sandberg (b. 1959) played in the majors from 1981 to 1994 and 1996 to 1997 for the Phillies and Cubs. He had 2,386 hits, 282 home runs and a .285 batting average. He was the NL MVP in 1984 and was an All Star from 1984 to 1993. Not really known as a power hitter, Sandberg hit 40 home runs in 1990. He was a Gold Glove Award winner from 1983 to 1991, and a Silver Slugger in 1984, 1985 and 1988 to 1992.
Sandberg was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2005 (his third ballot) when he was named on 76.2% of the ballot.
I mailed to Sandberg on February 7 and got the cards back on February 20, for a 13-day TAT. I sent a check for $20.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Papi (b. 1951) played in the majors in 1974 and 1977 to 1981 for the Cardinals, Expos, Red Sox and Tigers. He had 114 hits, 7 home runs and a .218 batting average.
I mailed to Papi on February 5 and got the cards back on February 20, for a 15-day TAT.
Monday, March 19, 2018
Yost had a rough off-season. He fell out of a deer stand and broke his pelvis, and almost died. Luckily, he has made a full recovery and has returned to the field.
I mailed to Yost on February 10 and got the cards back on February 20, for a 10-day TAT.
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Downing (b. 1941) played in the majors from 1961 to 1977 for the Yankees, A's, Brewers and Dodgers. He had a career record of 123-107 with 1,639 strike outs and a 3.22 ERA. He was a 20-game winner in 1971 with the Dodgers when he went 20-9. That season, he finished 3rd in the NL Cy Young Award voting and 10th in the NL MVP voting.
He didn't perform all that well in the three World Series in which he appeared. He went 0-3 with a 6.06 ERA.
Downing is probably most well known as the answer to a trivia question; he gave up Hank Aaron's 715th home run on April 8, 1974.
I mailed to Downing on February 2 and got the card back on February 17, for a 15-day TAT.
Quantrill (b. 1995) was a first round draft pick (8th overall) by the Padres in 2016. He has played as high as AA for the Padres. In his minor league career, Quantrill has a record of 7-15 with a 4.12 ERA and 156 strike outs. This is across 34 games started. He still has a lot of room for improvement. So far during this year's Spring Training, he is 1-0 with a 12.00 ERA. My best bet would be that he starts the season at High A again, and moves up to AA shortly thereafter, but he could very well begin the season at AA. Cal is the son of former Major Leaguer, Paul Quantrill.
I mailed to Quantrill on February 10 and got the card back on February 17, for a 7-day TAT.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Hanna (b. 1954) played in the majors from 1975 to 1982 for the Braves and A's. He had a career record of 17-25 with 253 strike outs and a 4.61 ERA.
I mailed to Hanna on January 25 and got the cards back on February 16, for a 22-day TAT.
Brunansky (b. 1960) played in the majors from 1981 to 1994 for the Angels, Twins, Cardinals, Red Sox and Brewers. He had 1,543 hits 271 home runs and a .245 batting average. He was an All Star in 1985 and won the World Series with the Twins in 1987.
Thanks for the deal!
Friday, March 16, 2018
The only drawback to the success was that this card, the one I really wanted to see come back, was damaged in transit. It is hard to see from the scan, but the bottom left corner took a major hit. It will be forever protected in my binder from here on out, but I hate that it got damaged in the first place. I have been lucky that my hundreds of cards come back safely, so I can't complain too much.
Pall (b. 1962) played in the majors from 1988 to 1994 and 1996 to 1998 for the White Sox, Phillies, Yankees, Cubs and Marlins. He had a career record of 24-23 with 278 strike outs and a 3.63 ERA.
I mailed to Pall on January 8 and got the cards back on February 15, for a 38-day TAT.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
The above 1997 Fleer Ultra turned out really nicely, even though the Sharpie Reed used wasn't all that great. I like the shot on the card. I do enjoy cards showing catcher's gear for some reason, and this one is pretty good.
Reed (b. 1962) played in the majors from 1984 to 2000 for the Twins, Expos, Reds, Giants, Rockies and Cubs. He had 774 hits, 61 home runs and a .250 batting average.
I mailed to Reed on February 1 and got the cards back on February 15, for a 14-day TAT.
As I was about to post this entry, I realized that I HAD already gotten Reed TTM before. Back in September 2017. Oops. I didn't get him on an 87 then so I got it right this time.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
The card is a 2016 Topps black parallel, and turned out really nice with the signature in blue Sharpie. Thanks for sending the card back, Michael. You'll get something in return, I assure you!
Guetterman (b. 1958) played in the majors in 1984, from 1986 to 1993, 1995 and 1996 for the Mariners, Yankees, Mets and Cardinals. He had a career record of 38-36 with 287 strike outs and a 4.33 ERA.
I mailed to Guetterman on February 5 and got the cards back on February 15, for a 10-day TAT.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
The above 1999 Bowmans Best turned out really nice, but the scan doesn't really show how cool the card looks.
Belisle (b. 1980) has played in the majors since 2003 (he missed 2004) for the Reds, Rockies, Cardinals, Nationals and Twins. He has a career record of 51-57 with a 4.19 ERA and 686 strike outs. He signed as a free agent with the Indians on February 25, 2018.
I mailed to Belisle on June 12, 2017, and got the cards back on February 15, for a 248-day TAT.