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Friday, August 30, 2019
This Tristen Lutz was in a box at the National for $2.00. It turned out really well, and I was happy to get it signed.
Nelson (b. 1960) played in the majors from 1981 to 1993 for the Yankees, Mariners, White Sox, A's, Angels and Rangers. He had a career record of 53-64 with 655 strike outs and a 4.13 ERA. He won the World Series in 1989 with the A's.
I mailed to Nelson on March 26 and got the cards back on August 5, for a 132-day TAT.
Thursday, August 29, 2019
To date, he has 209 hits, 49 home runs and a .226 batting average.
I mailed to Davidson on July 24 and got the cards back on August 3, for a 10-day TAT.
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
So, here is the oldest series that I graphed and haven't posted.
I must have done pretty well during this series; I was able to get JP Martinez on my team set card. He has been the toughest person to get to sign anything this season. I try to not take it personally, but sometimes, you wonder if it's you. Oh well, I haven't tried to ask him much lately, as he has just ignored me, so I'll just keep chatting with Bubba Thompson and Noah Bremer. Those guys are super nice, and I'll leave it at that.
I also got to work on my All Star cards that Michael sent me. Most of the guys in that set got sent up to AA right after the All Star game, but I'll keep trying to get them signed.
Monday, August 26, 2019
I sent off 4 cards to Chris Turner, and they all turned out really well when they came back in. The above 1994 Score Gold Rush looks much better in person that the scan.
Turner (b. 1969) played in the majors from 1993 to 2000 for the Angels, Royals, Indians and Yankees. He had 90 hits, 4 home runs and a .237 batting average.
I mailed to Turner on June 18 and got the cards back on August 3, for a 46-day TAT.
Sunday, August 25, 2019
Smith (b. 1963) played in the majors from 1989 to 1996 for the Cubs, Angels, Orioles and Braves. He had 497 hits, 46 home runs and a .275 batting average. He won the World Series with the Braves in 1995.
This concludes the free signers for this year's National. I now have a backlog of cards from graphing, and also some more TTMs. I plan on knocking those stacks down soon.
This 1994 Bowman turned out really well. I didn't have many 94 Bowmans left in my collection, as a ton of them were ruined because they all had stuck together over the years. Still, this one survived, and looks great signed.
Hamelin (b. 1967) is from Elizabeth, NJ, which I did not know until just now, or I would have asked him about it. That is where my dad's side of the family comes from. He played in the majors from 1993 to 1998 for the Royals, Tigers and Brewers. He had 313 hits, 67 home runs and a .246 batting average.
He was the 1994 AL Rookie of the Year in a field that included Manny Ramirez and Jim Edmonds. This was the strike-shortened season, and stats were curtailed, but Hamelin's 24 homers and .282 average beat out those other two future stars.
Saturday, August 24, 2019
For whatever reason, I left out the 1987 Topps, so I was able to finally cross it off of my set checklist.
The card is finally complete and will go back in its place in my album.
Lefebvre (b. 1942) played in the majors from 1965 to 1972 for the Dodgers. He had 756 hits, 74 home runs and a .251 batting average. He was the 1965 NL Rookie of the Year and an All Star in 1966. His best career finish in the NL MVP voting was 18th in 1966. He won the World Series with the Dodgers in 1965.
Lefebvre managed the Mariners from 1989 to 1991; the Cubs from 1992 to 1993 and the Brewers for part of 1999. His career managerial record is 233-253 (.485%).
Thursday, August 22, 2019
I happened to have two wild cards on me, and luckily, they were taking them for Dionne because he signed so fast. So, I got both of the cards done, and I was able to get rid of some wild cards.
He was the winner of the Lester B. Pearson Award (now known as the Ted Lindsay Award) which goes to the most outstanding player, as selected by the NHLPA in the 78/79 and 79/80 seasons. He also won the Art Ross Trophy, which is awarded to the top poinl-scorer for the season, in 1979/80.
His 731 goals rank 5th all-time; his 1,040 assists rank 11th all-time; and his 1,771 points rank 6th all-time. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992.
Are the Red Wings any good?
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Peters (b. 1937) played in the majors from 1959 to 1972 for the White Sox and Red Sox. He had a career record of 124-103 with an ERA of 3.25 and 1,420 strike outs. He was the 1963 Rookie of the Year, and an All Star in 1064 and 1967. He won 20 games in 1964, as well, which landed him 7th in the AL MVP voting. He was the AL ERA leader in 1963 (2.33) and 1966 (1.98).
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Jim said he thought he could remember him, but since I couldn't remember his last name, there wasn't much help. I just remember him as Dave, and a super nice guy.
Perry was very talkative, and interacted with everyone. I thought he was really cool to meet. The line took a while, but to me, it was worth it.
Perry (b. 1935) played in the majors from 1959 to 1975 for the Indians, Twins, Tigers and A's. He had a career record of 215-174 with 1,576 strike outs and a 3.45 ERA. He was the 1970 AL Cy Young Award winner, when he went 24-12 with a 3.04 ERA. He finished second in the 1959 AL Rookie of the Year voting (to Bob Allison). He was an All Star 3 times (1961, 1970 and 1971). His best finish in the AL MVP voting was 9th, which he did twice (1969 and 1970). He won 20 or more games twice (1969 and 1970). Perry appeared on only two Hall of Fame ballots when eligible (1981 and 1983), but could only get a peak of 1.9% of the vote.
Monday, August 19, 2019
I had help in getting these cards signed. Michael went through the line while I was waiting for Jim Perry, and my friend, Vince, went back through with some of my Wild Cards.
Sunday, August 18, 2019
I picked up 18 1955 Bowmans for that set. The biggest card was the above Gil Hodges for $10.00. I also upgraded my Ralph Kiner.
I probably won't add much to the sets until next year's National, but you never know. I might get an itch this offseason and pick up some more and cross some more numbers off.
My needs lists are all updated, in case anyone was wondering.
Saturday, August 17, 2019
I had thought Tom Paciorek signed TTM, but when I checked, it had been so long since a success, I put his card back in my box. When I saw this one for $2-$3, I went ahead and picked it up.
I had sent to Bill Russell TTM last year, but that one hasn't come back, either. I doubt it will, but you never know. At a price of $2-$3, I went ahead and crossed it off of the list.
The Greg Pryor actually was at another boot, not out for sale. The dealer had picked up some stuff from someone else, and the card was on top of his stack behind him. I spotted the wood border right away, and checked my Google Docs list. I needed it, so I asked the guy if he would sell it. I think he ended up taking $5 for it.
I had seen that Harold Reynolds didn't sign much TTM, so I bought the card. Once he saw it, Max expressed his disappointment, as he sees Reynolds all of the time. I might see if Max can help me upgrade anyway, as this card is a bit smudged. I think I paid $4 for it.
Finally, I had sent to Dennis Rasmussen a while back, but haven't gotten any return, so I went ahead with picking this one up.
Since the dealer(s) wanted between $2 and $5 for most of these, I figured I would go ahead and cross them off of my list and if the pending TTMs did come in later, I had enough trade buddies who would be interested. It seemed like a win-win for me.
All of this being said, (including a free signer who hasn't been posted yet) I picked up 16 signed 1987 Topps for my set while I was at the National. This put me at 500 cards, plus another came in TTM since I have been back, and my amazing friend, Gerard, picked up another that I needed. So, 502/792 is pretty great, since I unofficially started this set when I started sending cards TTM in 2016.
I didn't have to wait very long in Snyder's line, and was able to cash in a wild card voucher to get him on the 89 Fleer.
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Smith (b. 1955 - d. 2008) played in the majors from 1980 to 1992 for the Astros and Cubs. He had a career record of 53-53 with a 2.67 ERA and 548 strike outs. He was an All Star in 1986 and 1992. His best MVP finish was 17th, in 1986.
Smith passed away of a heart attack in 2008 at the age of 53.
Since I had two vouchers, I figured I would let my good friend, Anthony, go through the line with me. Anthony wouldn't have paid to meet Rickey himself, since he is a broke college student. I figured he would enjoy the meeting, and as you can see from the photo above, he did.