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Friday, August 31, 2018
Kendall (b. 1949) is the father of former catcher, Jason Kendall. He played in the majors from 1969 to 1980 for the Padres, Indians and Red Sox. He had 603 hits, 31 home runs and a .234 batting average.
I mailed to Kendall on May 24 and got the cards back on June 5, for a 12-day TAT.
Hernandez (b. 1975) played in the majors from 1996 to 2012 for the Marlins, Giants, Expos, Nationals, Diamondbacks, Twins, Rockies, Mets, Braves and Brewers. He had a career record of 178-177 with 1,976 strike outs and a 4.44 ERA. He was an All Star in 2004 and 2005 and was the runner-up in the 1997 NL Rookie of the Year voting (Scott Rolen won that year). He won the World Series in 1997 with the Marlins, picking up MVP honors in both the NLCS and World Series.
Thursday, August 30, 2018
I mailed to Larsen on May 29 and got the card back on June 5, for a 7-day TAT.
I was getting low on Keys stuff, since I saw them at Wood Ducks already, then another game at Mudcats. Still, I was able to get some cool stuff signed, and into my album. The above Guilder Rodriguez turned out really well. It was a card from my amazing friend, Max, and he told me to keep it in exchange for one of Rodriguez's Topps base cards from 2015. Max is the best.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Stewart passed away earlier this year after years of trouble with the law and addiction. I had hoped that he would turn himself around, and maybe show up to Orioles Fan Fest at some point, but that was never to be.
I found this card on Ebay for a decent price. I had intended to use a $10 off coupon for Ebay that I was handed at the National, but the coupon didn't work. I guess the theme of this post is - disappointment.
Stewart (b. 1954 - d. 2018) played in the majors from 1978 to 1987 for the Orioles, Red Sox and Indians. He had a career record of 59-48 with 586 strike outs and a 3.59 ERA. He won the World Series in 1983 with the Orioles. He was born in Asheville and called NC home.
Edwards (b. 1938) played in the majors from 1961 to 1974 for the Reds, Cardinals and Astros. He had 1,106 hits, 81 home runs and a .242 batting average. He was a three-time All Star (1963 through 1965) and a two-time Gold Glove Award winner. He finished 36th in the 1969 NL MVP voting. He appeared on the 1980 Hall of Fame ballot, but did not receive any votes.
I mailed to Edwards on May 29 and got the cards back on June 5, for a 7-day TAT. He also included the below signed photos, which was a really nice touch.
The above Stars and Stripes Justni Garza was part of a 50/50 for Gerard. I didn't have any of these, so it was nice to add one to the album.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Edwards (b. 1954) played in the majors from 1978 to 1982 for the Twins and Padres. He had 152 hits, 14 home runs and a .238 batting average.
I mailed to Edwards on May 10 and got the cards back on June 4, for a 25-day TAT.
I got the card for around $115, and was pretty happy with it. I have seen them go for a lot more, but this one was fine for me.
I have knocked a couple items off of the wishlist, and it is getting more difficult to find things to add to it, as I don't really know what I am looking for (aside from signed 1987s at the moment). I may abandon the top ten wishlist next year. I haven't decided.
Monday, August 27, 2018
Browning (b. 1960) played in the majors from 1984 to 1995 for the Reds and Royals. He had a career record of 123-90 with 1,000 strike outs and a 3.94 ERA. He won 20 games in 1985, the season in which he also finished second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting (to Vince Coleman) and 6th in the NL Cy Young Voting (Dwight Gooden). He was an All Star in 1991 and won the World Series with the Reds in 1990. He appeared on the 2001 Hall of Fame ballot and received 0.2% of the vote.
Valdivielso (b. 1934) played in the majors from 1955 to 1956 and 1959 to 1961 for the Senators and Twins. He had 213 hits, 9 home runs and a .219 batting average.
I mailed to Valdivielso on May 25 and got the card back on June 4, for a 10-day TAT. He signed the card for a $5 donation.
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Abbott (b. 1969) played in the majors from 1993 to 2001 for the A's, Marlins, Rockies, Mets and Braves. He had 523 hits, 62 home runs and a .256 batting average. He won the World Series with the Marlins in 1997.
I mailed to Abbott for the second time after a RTS on May 25, and got the cards back on June 4, for a 10-day TAT.
Griffey (b. 1950) played in the majors from 1973 to 1991 for the Reds, Yankees, Braves and Mariners. He had 2,143 hits, 152 home runs and a .296 batting average. He was a three-time All Star (1976, 1977 and 1980). His best MVP finish was 8th in 1976 (NL). He won the World Series in 1975 and 1976.
He appeared on the 1997 Hall of Fame ballot and received 4.7% of the vote.
Saturday, August 25, 2018
He managed the Twins from 1981 to 2001 to a record of 1,140-1,244 (.478%). He won the World Series with the Twins in 1987 and 1991. He was the AL Manager of the Year in 1991.
I mailed to Kelly on May 25 and got the cards back on June 4, for a 10-day TAT.
Friday, August 24, 2018
Nettles (b. 1944) played in the majors from 1967 to 1988 for the Twins, Indians, Yankees, Padres, Braves and Expos. He had 2,225 hits, 390 home runs and a .248 batting average. He was a six-time All Star (1975, 1977 through 1980 and 1985). He won the World Series with the Yankees in 1977 and 1978 and was the ALCS MVP in 1981. His best MVP finish was 5th in 1977 (AL).
Nettles appeared on four Hall of Fame ballots (1994 through 1997) but only received at most 8.3% of the vote.
I mailed to the private signing on May 3 and got the cards back on June 2, for a 30-day TAT. I paid a fee of $15/card.
Evans (b. 1951) played in the majors from 1972 to 1991 for the Red Sox and Orioles. He had 2,446 hits, 385 home runs and a .272 batting average. He was a three-time All Star (1978, 1981 and 1987) and an eight-time Gold Glove Award winner (1975, 1978, 1979, 1981 to 1985). His best finish in the AL MVP voting was third in 1981.
Surprisingly, Evans only appeared on three Hall of Fame ballots between 1997 and 1999. He only received a maximum of 10.4% of the vote in those three years. He may not be a Hall of Famer, but surely, he should have received more of a look.
Thursday, August 23, 2018
I was torn between Reggie, Dave Winfield and Rickey Henderson. Winfield has one card in the set, while Rickey has three. I figured I ought to wait a bit on Rickey, especially since Don Mattingly is on a card with him. Maybe I can get Mattingly first TTM, then get Rickey in person so I don't have to mail an already signed card TTM.
I was really happy to meet Reggie, and knock these two tough cards off of my checklist. I'm acually pretty excited at who the next huge names to fall off of the checklist will be.
Berry (b. 1941) played in the majors from 1962 to 1975 for the White Sox, Angels, Brewers and Indians. He had 1,053 hits, 58 home runs and a .255 batting average. He was an All Star in 1967 and won the Gold Glove Award in 1970 and 1972. He appeared on the 1981 Hall of Fame ballot, but received no votes.
I mailed to Berry on May 24 and got the cards back on June 2, for a 9-day TAT.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
He messaged me recently looking for guys who would be at the AAA All Star Game. I sent him a bunch of cards, and like always, Max sent me a bunch back signed.
We were both disappointed that some of the bigger names elected not to go to the game, but Max still came away with some really nice stuff.
Thanks so much, Max. You're one of my favorite people, and I know that even though we don't talk every day, we are still here for each other.
Reynolds (b. 1959) played in the majors from 1983 to 1990 for the Dodgers and Pirates. He had 605 hits, 35 home runs and a .267 batting average.
I mailed to the private signing on April 24 and got the card back on June 1, for a 38-day TAT. I paid a fee of $10.00.
Rijo (b. 1965) played in the majors from 1984 to 1995 and 2001 to 2002 for the A's and Reds. He had a record of 116-91 with 1,606 strike outs and a 3.24 ERA. He led the league in strike outs in 1993 (NL) with 227. He won the World Series with the Reds in 1990. His best finish in the Cy Young Award race was 4th in 1991. He was an All Star in 1994 and finished 19th in the 1990 NL MVP voting. He was the MVP of the aforementioned 1990 World Series when he went 2-0 with a 0.59 ERA. He appeared on two Hall of Fame ballots (2001 and 2008) but only received a high of 0.2% of the vote.