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Sunday, September 30, 2018
Moreland (b. 1954) played in the majors from 1978 to 1989 for the Phillies, Cubs, Padres, Tigers and Orioles. He had 1,279 hits, 121 home runs and a .279 batting average. He finished in 17th place in the 1985 NL MVP voting. He won the World Series with the Phillies in 1980.
I sent to the private signing on June 12 and got the card back on June 30.
Anderson (b. 1987) has played in the majors since 2014 for the Diamondbacks and Brewers. He has a career record of 45-36 with 597 strikeouts and a 3.89 ERA. His Brewers are about to make the post season for the first time in several years.
I mailed to Anderson on May 24 via the Brewers and got the card back on June 29, for a 36-day TAT.
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Palmer (b. 1945) played in the majors from 1965 to 1967 and 1969 to 1984 for the Orioles. He is the greatest pitcher in the history of the Orioles. He has a career record of 268-152 with an ERA of 2.86 and 2,212 strike outs. He is a three-time Cy Young Award winner (1973, 1975 and 1976) and a six-time All Star. He finished second in the AL MVP Award voting in 1973 (Reggie Jackson was the winner). He won 20 or more games eight times. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1990 when he was named on 92.6% of the ballots cast (his first time on the ballot). He is the only Oriole to have been on all three Orioles World Series Championship teams.
I mailed to Palmer on June 4 and got the cards back on June 30, for a 26-day TAT. I paid $10/card.
Puhl (b. 1956) played in the majors from 1977 to 1991 for the Astros and Royals. He had 1,361 hits, 62 home runs and a .280 batting average. He was an All Star in 1988.
I mailed to the private signing on June 2 and got the card back on June 23, for a 21-day TAT. I paid a fee of $10.00.
Friday, September 28, 2018
Trevino (b. 1957) played in the majors from 1978 to 1990 for the Mets, Reds, Braves, Giants, Dodgers and Astros. He had 604 hits, 23 home runs and a .249 batting average.
I mailed to the private signing on June 2, and got the card back on June 23, for a 21-day TAT.
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Gonzalez (b. 1967) played in the majors from 1990 to 2008 for the Astros, Cubs, Tigers, Diamondbacks, Dodgers and Marlins. He had 2,591 hits, 354 home runs and a .283 batting average. He was a 5-time All Star (1999, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005) and finished a career-best 3rd in the 2001 NL MVP voting. He won the World Series with the Diamondbacks in 2001.
I mailed to Gonzalez on March 1, 2016 and got the cards back on June 21, 2018, for an 842-day TAT.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
I mailed to him on May 5 and got the cards back on Jue 21, for a 47-day TAT.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Guillen (b. 1964) played in the majors from 1985 to 2000 for the White Sox, Orioles, Braves and Rays. He had 1,764 hits, 28 home runs and a .264 batting average. He was the 1985 AL Rookie of the Year and was a 3-time All Star (1988, 1990. 1991). He won a Gold Glove in 1990. His best (and only) MVP finish was 17th in 1990.
He went on to manage the White Sox from 2004 to 2011 and the Marlins in 2012. His overall managerial record is 747-710 (.513 win %). He won the World Series with the White Sox in 2005. He was the AL Manager of the Year in 2005.
Guillen appeared on the 2006 Hall of Fame ballot, but received only 1.0% of the vote.
I sent off for the private signing on May 29 and got the card back on June 19, for a 21-day TAT. I paid a fee of $25.00.
Monday, September 24, 2018
Matthews (b. 1950) played in the majors from 1972 to 1987 for the Giants, Braves, Phillies, Cubs and Mariners. He had 2,011 hits, 234 home runs and a .281 batting average. He was the 1973 NL Rookie of the Year, was an All Star in 1975 and finished a career best 5th in the MVP (NL) voting in 1984.
I mailed for the private signing on May 29 and got the card back on June 19 for a 21-day TAT. I paid a fee of $15.00.
Sunday, September 23, 2018
I decided to start the 1955 Bowman set so that I would have plenty of cards to look for while at the show. With my 1969 Topps set winding down, I figured it would be good to go ahead and get rolling on 1955 Bowman and 1972 Topps. With those two, I also have 1967 Topps and 1995 Topps going. I plan on wiping out the last few 1995 Topps the next time I sit down to make a Sportlots purchase.
The 1955 Bowman set will be fun. I have most of the big names already taken care of. The umpires will be tricky, but that will be a large part of the challenge.
Here's to hoping I can get this one done soon, and not break the bank.
Saturday, September 22, 2018
So, I was able to get my Jaycob Brugman and several of my Ruben Tejada cards signed.
The Topps Tejadas will go toward my Topps Autograph Project, of course. The two chrome were just nice to liberate from my box.
Nate had a ton of 72s that he cut me an awesome deal on, and I can't thank him enough. I am well on my way with this set, and I hope it doesn't take me as long as 1969 did.
Friday, September 21, 2018
The card looks amazing anf is numbered 74/99.
Sisco hasn't had the best of years, so here's hoping he can bounce back and do better next season. I think he was a bit rushed.
Thanks so much for the card, Noah! I love it!
Thursday, September 20, 2018
The card is numbered 43/200 and has been sitting in my boxes for 10 years now. I'm glad to get it signed and into my binder. Thanks John!
Roberts (b. 1972) played in the majors from 1999 to 2008 for the Indians, Dodgers, Red Sox, Padres and Giants. He had 721 hits, 23 home runs and a .266 batting average. He won the World Series with the Red Sox in 2004.
Roberts managed the Padres for one game in 2015, then became the Dodgers manager in 2016. He led the team to the World Series last year, losing to the Astros. He holds a career managerial record of 280-198 and won the NL Manager of the Year Award last season.
I mailed to Roberts on February 10 at Spring Training and got the cards back on June 18, for a 128-day TAT.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
I mailed to Arroyo on May 23 and got the cards back on June 16, for a 24-day TAT.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Thanks so much, Ben! I can't wait to graph the Wood Ducks with you next season!
Mader was a third round pick by the Marlins in the 2014 June Amateur Draft out of Junior College.
I mailed to Mader on April 11 and got the cards back on June 15, for a 65-day TAT.
Monday, September 17, 2018
Maxwell (b. 1927) played in the majors from 1950 to 1952 and 1954 to 1964 for the Red Sox, Orioles, Tigers and White Sox. He had 856 hits, 148 home runs and a .264 batting average. He was a two-time All Star (1956 and 1957) and finished a career-best 18th in the 1957 AL MVP voting.
I mailed to Maxwell on June 4 and got the card back on June 14, for a 10-day TAT.
Speake (b. 1930) played in the majors in 1955 and 1957 to 1959 for the Cubs and Giants. He had 170 hits, 31 home runs and a .223 batting average. He was actually acquired by the Giants from the Cubs in exchange for Giants legend, Bobby Thomson.
I mailed to Speake on June 4 and got the card back on June 14, for a 10-day TAT.
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Not to worry. We were housebound with the hurricane that came through beginning on Thursday night, and I began sorting the cards yesterday. My son, Chris, was allowed to pick the entertainment on Netflix, and we watched Sharknado 2 through 4 yesterday. I'm not sure I'll be allowing him to choose the movies from here on out. The same child who said those movies were funnier than the Naked Gun movies. Something is wrong with him.
Anyway, yeah, I completed my 2018 Topps set, and can now finally go through the Series 2 duplicates and prep them for spring training TTMs and graphing.
Also, I was able to put 2 sets together, so if anyone is interested in the second set, it is available. Shipping on those set boxes is a bit high, so keep that in mind.
Thanks so much for these three cards, Rich. I appreciate the help, and I appreciate that you read my posts!
Saturday, September 15, 2018
I originally received a return from Skinner, on a ball, back in May 2012.
I mailed to Skinner on June 4 and got the cards back on June 14, for a 10-day TAT.
Charboneau (b. 1955) played in the majors from 1980 to 1982 for the Indians. He had 172 hits, 29 home runs and a .266 batting average. He was the AL Rookie of the year in 1980.
Friday, September 14, 2018
Ryan (b. 1947) played in the majors in 1966 and from 1968 to 1993 for the Mets, Angels, Astros and Rangers. His seven no hitters are a record. His 5,714 career strike outs are a record. His 383 strike outs in a single season (1973) are a record.
He had a career record of 324-292 with 5,714 strike outs and a 3.19 ERA. He won 20 or more games twice in his career (1973 and 1974) and led the league in ERA twice (1981 and 1987). He won the World Series in 1969 with the Mets. He was an 8-time All Star (1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1985 and 1989) and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999 (first ballot) when he was named on 98.8% of the ballot. At the time, that was the second highest percentage (to Tom Seaver) and is now third, since Ken Griffey, Jr. has the highest.
Ryan never won a Cy Young Award. He finished second in 1973.
I mailed to Ryan on March 30 and got the card back on June 11, for a 72-day TAT.
I received a random message from Heather a month or so ago on Facebook asking for my address. She explained that she has a family friend who played baseball, and told him all about my blog. She had him sign a baseball for me, and sent it out this way.
It turns out, her family friend is Larry McCall, a former New York Yankee. The ball is amazing, and was a really nice surprise gift from some really awesome people.
McCall (b. 1952) played in the majors from 1977 to 1979 for the Yankees and Rangers. He has a career record of 2-2 with a 5.04 ERA and 10 strike outs. McCall was originally signed by the Orioles as an amateur free agent back in 1971. He was a member of the 1975 Asheville Orioles with also had a young 21-year old infielder named Eddie Murray.
McCall was a member of the 1977 and 1978 World Series Champion Yankees.
Thank you so much for the awesome baseball, Heather! I really appreciate it!
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Carlton (b. 1944) played in the majors from 1965 to 1988 for the Cardinals, Phillies, Giants, White Sox, Indians and Twins. He had a 329-244 record, 4,136 strike outs and a 3.22 ERA. He won 20 or more games six times in his career. He won the Cy Young Award four times (1972, 1977, 1980 and 1982). His best MVP finish was 5th (3 times). He won the World Series with the Cardinals in 1967 and the Phillies in 1980. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1994 when he was names on 95.6% of the ballot (first ballot).
I mailed to Carlton on April 25 and got the card back on June 11, for a 47-day TAT. I paid a fee of $35/card.
I added this awesome 1952 Topps Yogi Berra to the collection while at the show. I kind of have a Berra PC going, even though he played for the evil Yankees. I have wanted this card for a long time, and got a good deal on it. I need to sit down and see what all Berras I have in the collection, but I'm pretty sure I have a bunch of good ones. He was an awesome player, and I have no shame in admitting he is one of my favorites.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
I had this 1975 Topps in my box, still, so it was the one I decided to get signed. I believe this one came from my good friend, Max.
Jones (b. 1950) played in the majors from 1973 to 1982 for the Padres and Mets. He had a career record of 100-123 with 735 strike outs and a 3.42 ERA. He was the 1976 NL Cy Young Award winner when he went 22-14 with a 2.74 ERA. That season, he started 40 games, and threw 25 complete games. Needless to say, he never reached those heights again. He was an All Star in 1975 and 1976. He won 20 or more games one other time in his career in 1975 and finished second in the ML Cy Young Award voting that season. In both 1975 and 1976, he finished 10th in the NL MVP voting.
Jones appeared on the 1988 Hall of Fame ballot, but received no votes.
Ward (b. 1953) played in the majors from 1979 to 1990 for the Twins, Rangers, Yankees and Tigers. He had 1,236 hits, 130 hits and a .276 batting average. Ward was a two-time All Star (1983 and 1985) and his best MVP finish was 32nd (AL, 1982).
I mailed to Ward on March 7 and got the cards back on June 11, for a 96-day TAT.
Jefferies (b. 1967) played in the majors from 1987 to 2000 for the Mets, Royals, Cardinals, Phillies, Angels and Tigers. He had 1,593 hits, 126 home runs and a .289 career batting average. He was an All Star in 1993 and 1994 and his best finish in the MVP voting was 11th in 1993. Oddly enough, he received Rookie of the Year votes in both 1988 and 1989, finishing 6th in 1988 and 3rd in 1989. The weirdest thing about that is, he only appeared in 29 games in 1988. In those 29 games, he had 35 hits and a .321 batting average. He appeared on the 2006 Hall of Fame ballot, but received only 0.4% of the vote.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Jones (b. 1943) played in the majors from 1964 to 1972 for the Red Sox, Tigers and Rangers. He had 548 hits, 41 home runs and a .235 batting average. He lost the 1967 World Series with the Red Sox, but it wasn't his fault offensively. He hit .389 (7 for 18) across 6 games.
I mailed to Jones on May 23 and got the cards back on June 11, for a 19-day TAT.
Monday, September 10, 2018
The card looks really nice, and was signed with a thin black pen.
Essegian (b. 1931) played in the majors from 1958 to 1963 for the Phillies, Cardinals, Dodgers, Orioles, A's (KC) and Indians. He had 260 hits, 47 home runs and a .255 batting average. He was a member of the 1959 World Series Champion Dodgers.
His time with the Orioles consisted of one game, in 1961. He would then be traded to the KC A's for Dick Hall and Dick Williams.
I mailed to Essegian on June 4 and got the card back signed on June 11, for a 7-day TAT. I guess I raided my vintage box for this, but I definitely can't remember.
During the final series against the Winston-Salem Dash, Chris and I hit every game. We got a ton of cards signed, and almost finished up with everything we had. I was especially happy to knock out a bunch of Omar Vizquel cards that I have had for as long as I have been collecting. However, I was most excited about the newest Vizquel in my collection, the above 2018 Bowman Chome National Exclusive. This will look awesome in my binder, and turned out really well.
With that being the last series of the season, I recently counted up how many games I had attended, and how many autographs Chris and I obtained. By my rough potato math, I counted that I attended 45 baseball games this summer. That includes 39 MiLB (31 Wood Ducks), 2 MLB, 1 independent, 1 exhibition, 1 All Star and 1 college games. We amassed 2,055 autographs on cards (plus a couple photos, some balls and a Rafael Palmeiro bat) between the January 9 Hot Stove Event, Orioles Fan Fest and all of the aforementioned games. This doesn't include the autographs I got at the National.