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Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Vince is a great guy, and I was able to have dinner with he and his parents at this past year's National. I'm hoping I can get up his way next season and do some graphing with him.
Morris (b. 1961) played in the majors from 1986 to 1992 for the Cardinals, Phillies and Angels. He had 145 hits, 8 home runs and a .236 batting average.
Thank you so much for the gift, Vince!
I mailed to Petty on November 15 and got the cards back on November 23, for an 8-day TAT.
Monday, December 30, 2019
Ontiveros (b. 1961) played in the majors from 1985 to 1990, 1993 to 1995 and 2000 for the A's, Phillies, Mariners and Red Sox. He had a career record of 34-31 with 382 strike outs and a 3.67 ERA. He won the AL ERA title in 1994. He was an All Star in 1995.
Myers (b. 1962) played in the majors from 1985 to 1998 for the Mets, Reds, Padres, Cubs, Orioles and Blue Jays. He had a career record of 44-63 with 884 strike outs and a 3.19 ERA. His 347 career saves are 12th all-time. He won the World Series in 1990 with the Reds, and was a member of the 1986 Mets, but did not appear in the playoffs with them. Myers was a 4-time All Star (1990, 1994, 1995 and 1997) and his best Cy Young Award finish was 4th (1997, AL). That season, he also scored his best finish in the MVP voting, 4th.
Sunday, December 29, 2019
I definitely needed Darrell Porter for my set, so when I saw this one pop up on Ebay, it made sense to go ahead and grab it.
Porter (b. 1952 - d. 2002) played in the majors from 1971 to 1987 for the Brewers, Royals, Cardinals and Rangers. He had 1,369 hits, 188 home runs and a .247 batting average. He was an All Star in 1974, 1978, 1979 and 1980. His best finish in the MVP race was 9th (1979). He appeared on the 1993 Hall of Fame ballot, but received no votes.
Porter was the 1982 NLCS and World Series MVP.
On August 5, 2002, Porter was found dead outside his vehicle after it had veered off the road and became lodged onto a tree stump. The exact details of the events leading up to his death remain unsolved, but an autopsy revealed that he died as a result of cocaine abuse. He had a history of substance abuse, having attended rehab in 1980.
Friday, December 27, 2019
The good thing is, I can sell the Johnson I got at the National, and turn it in to a ball that I do need, and I can keep the one Mom gave me in my HOF collection.
She also picked up this 1972 Topps Frank Baker. It is hard to see (even in person), but the Baker card is signed. I checked out SCN, and Baker doesn't sign much at all. His last success was 2017, and he has only signed 38% of the time. So, Mom did pretty well in getting this card.
Baker (b. 1946) played in the majors in 1970, 71, 73 and 74 for the Yankees and Orioles. He had 55 hits, 1 home run and a .191 batting average.
Baker is from Meridian, Mississippi, a town that Chris and I visited several years ago. This is the town where I was able to meet up with Don McNair and hold his dad's 1930 World Series ring. It is a really small world.
Thanks so much, Mom! I always love to see what you're able to find!
Thursday, December 26, 2019
My good friend, Max, has helped me so much with this set. He has hooked me up with some tough-to-find cards, and this Gwynn is definitely one of them. Gwynn passed away not too long ago (2014), but that was well before I was trying to get this set signed.
Thanks so much for the card, Max!
Sanchez (b. 1967) played in the majors from 1991 to 2005 for the Cubs, Yankees, Giants, Royals, Braves, Red Sox, Mets, Mariners and Devil Rays. He had 1,317 hits, 15 home runs and a .272 batting average.
I mailed to Sanchez on May 22 and got the cards back on November 19, for a 181-day TAT.
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Stauffer (b. 1982) played in the majors from 2005 to 2007 and 2009 to 2015 for the Padres, Twins and Mers. He had a career record of 33-34 with 449 strike outs and a 3.97 ERA.
I mailed to Stauffer on October 14 and got the card back on November 23, for a 40-day TAT.
Monday, December 23, 2019
Ventura (b. 1951) was the 38th governor of the State of Minnesota. Before that, he was a professional wrestler and actor.
He wrestled from 1974 to 1994 and also was a popular manager and commentator. He appeared in popular movies like Predator and The Running Man. He surprised the nation when he won the election to become Governor of Minnesota in 1999 and he served until 2003.
I mailed to Ventura on November 4 and got the card back on November 18, for a 14-day TAT.
Sunday, December 22, 2019
Garlits (b. 1932) is considered the father of drag racing. His countless innovations have helped the sport to evolve to what it is today. He was able to engineer a rear-engined dragster which is now commonplace. It had been attempted prior, but he was able to engineer the design and immediately made it competitive. He was the NHRA Top Fuel World Champion in 1975, 1985 and 1986. He was the first driver to surpass the 170, 180, 200, 240, 250 and 270mph barriers.
I actually met Garlits in 1992, and he was super nice. He signed his biography for me.
I mailed to Garlits on November 4 and got the card back on November 16, for a 12-day TAT. I paid a $10 fee.
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Angelini (b. 1988) was a 10th round pick by the Yankees in the 2007 June Amateur Draft. He never made it out of the minors.
He played 6 seasons in the Yankees system, reaching AAA. He had 351 hits, 21 home runs and a .225 batting average.
I mailed to Angelini on October 14 and got the card back on November 14, for a 31-day TAT.
Friday, December 20, 2019
I actually had a site that I used to go sample for work that was next to where Yarborough lived in South Carolina. I would see him riding around on his golf cart, but I never got the chance to talk with him. That might be good, though, because I would probably still be there.
Yarborough (b. 1939) first raced in NASCAR's Cup series in 1957 at the Southern 500 in Darlington, SC. His last race was the 1988 Atlanta Journal 500. In between those two races, spanning 32 seasons, Yarborough would win 83 races and three Cup championships (1976, 1977 and 1978). He was the 1968, 1977, 1983 and 1984 Daytona 500 winner. He was elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2012.
I mailed to Yarborough on November 4 and got the cards back on November 14, for a 10-day TAT.
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Bell (b. 1959) played in the majors in 1981 and from 1983 to 1993 for the Blue Jays and White Sox. He had 1,702 hits, 265 home runs and a .278 batting average. He was an All Star three times (1987, 1990 and 1991). He received MVP votes in 6 seasons, culminating with a win in 1987 (AL). He was also a three-time Silver Slugger Award winner. He appeared on the 1999 Hall of Fame ballot, but received only 1.2% of the vote.
I mailed to the signing on October 15 and got the cards back on November 12, for a 28-day TAT. I paid a fee of $20/card.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Montague (b. 1948) was an umpire for the National League in 1974 and 1978 to 1999 and both leagues from 1999 to 2009. His 4,369 total games were 8th all-time at the time of his retirement. He worked 6 World Series (1986, 1991, 1997, 2000, 2004 and 2007); the last four of which, he was the crew chief. Only Bill Klem and Bill Summers crew chiefed World Series as much as Montague did.
Montague's father played in the majors in 1928 and 1930 to 1932.
I mailed to Montague on October 28 and got the cards back on November 12, for a 15-day TAT.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Storen (b. 1987) played in the majors from 2010 to 2017 for the Nationals, Blue Jays, Mariners and Reds. He had a career record of 29-18 with 417 strike outs and a 3.45 ERA.
I mailed to Storen on October 21 and got the cards back on November 12, for a 22-day TAT.
Monday, December 16, 2019
Kendall (b. 1996) was a 1st round pick (23rd overall) by the Dodgers in the 2017 June Amateur Draft. He played college ball at Vanderbilt. He has played 3 seasons of Minor League ball, advancing as high as High A (Rancho Cucamonga). SO far, he has 212 hits, 34 home runs and a .223 batting average.
I mailed to Kendall on September 26 and got the cards back on November 12, for a 47-day TAT.
Sunday, December 15, 2019
I mailed to Bluma on October 25 and got the cards back on November 8, for a 14-day TAT.
Palmeiro (b. 1969) played in the majors from 1995 to 2007 for the Angels, Cardinals and Astros. He had 640 hits, 12 home runs and a .274 batting average. He won the World Series 2002 with the Angels.
I thought I saw that Palmeiro was cousins with Rafael Palmeiro, but now I can't find anything to back that up. I'm pretty sure they are cousins.
I mailed to him on October 14 and got the cards back on November 8, for a 25-day TAT.
Saturday, December 14, 2019
The above 2008 Goudey doesn't come from one of my favorite set, but it really turned out well. The colors on the card are sharp, and will look really nice in my album.
Church (b. 1978) played in the majors from 2004 to 2010 for the Expos, Nationals, Mets, Braves, Pirates and Diamondbacks. He had 500 hits, 56 home runs and a .264 batting average.
I mailed to Church on September 30, and got the cards back on November 8, for a 39-day TAT.
Vachon (b. 1945) played professionally from 1966 to 1982 for the Montreal Canadiens, LA Kings, some hockey team from Detroit that I have never heard of, ever... and the Boston Bruins. As a goalie, he had a record of 353 wins and 293 losses. He won the Stanley Cup in 67-68 and 68-69 with the Canadiens. He was a two-time All Star and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2016.
I mailed to Vachon on August 22 and got the cards back on November 8, for a 78-day TAT.
Friday, December 13, 2019
I mailed to Christenson on October 19 and got the cards back on November 7, for a 19-day TAT.
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Lamont (b. 1946) played in the majors from 1970 to 1972 and 1974 to 1975 for the Tigers. He had 37 hits, 4 home runs and a .233 batting average.
He the White Sox from 1992 to 1995 and the Pirates from 1997 to 2000. His overall managerial record was 553-562 (.496%)/ He was the 1993 AL Manager of the Year.
I mailed to Lamont on May 9 and got the cards back on November 17, for an 182-day TAT.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Scott (b. 1955) played in the majors from 1979 to 1991 for the Mets and Astros. He had a career record of 124-108 with 1,469 strike outs and a 3.54 ERA. He was the 1986 NL Cy Young Award winner. He led the league in ERA in 1986 (2.22) and won 20 games in 1989. He was a 3-time All Star (1986, 1987 and 1989). His best finish in the NL MVP voting was 10th in 1986.
Scott appeared on the 1997 Hall of Fame ballot, but received only 0.4% of the vote.
I mailed to the signing on October 15 and got the card back on November 7, for a 23-day TAT.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
I mailed to the signing on October 21 and got the card back on November 7, for a 17-day TAT. I paid a fee of $14.00.
Monday, December 9, 2019
Wright (b. 1958) played in the majors from 1982 to 1986 for the Rangers and Expos. He had 529 hits, 42 home runs and a .245 batting average. He finished 24th in the 1983 AL MVP voting.
I mailed to Wright on October 28, and got the cards back on November 5, for an 8-day TAT.
Sunday, December 8, 2019
Brye (b. 1949) played in the majors from 1970 to 1978 for the Twins, Brewers and Pirates. He had 515 hits, 30 home runs and a .258 batting average.
I mailed to Brye on October 8 and got the cards back on November 5, for a 28-day TAT.
He has a really nice signature. I thought that the above 1983 Topps looked the best out of the whole bunch, though. It must be all of the blue on the card.
I mailed to Bonnell on October 28 and got the cards back on November 4, for a 7-day TAT.
Saturday, December 7, 2019
The card came out well, with the black Sharpie fitting nicely with his uniform.
Ungs (b. 1979) was a 12th round pick in 2001 by the Marlins out of the University of Northern Iowa. He didn't make it to the majors, having spent 10 seasons in the minors, and some various other leagues. His career record across MiLB was 71-56 with a 3.64 ERA and 769 strike outs. Fairly decent numbers. Had he come along maybe 10 years later, he might have cracked the Marlins MLB squad.
I mailed to Ungs on January 2 and got the card back on November 2, for a 304-day TAT.