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Sunday, May 31, 2020
I sent along a 1981 Topps (above) and a 1979 Topps (below). He used some weird colored marker; I guess you could say that is purple.
Scott (b. 1953) played in the majors from 1975 to 1982 for the Royals, Expos, A's, Cubs and Yankees. He had 504 hits, 3 home runs and a .236 batting average. He led the NL in triples in 1980 with 13; that year he also had 63 stolen based. He finished 22nd in the 1980 NL MVP race.
I mailed to Scott on April 8 and got the cards back on April 25, for a 17-day TAT. I paid a fee through PastPros of $17/card. Had I known that the signatures wouldn't look all that great, I probably would have put it off even longer. Oh well.
Saturday, May 30, 2020
Rose (b. 1947) played in the majors in 1971, 1972 and 1974. He had a career record of 1-4 with 40 strike outs and a 4.14 ERA.
I mailed to Rose on March 9 and got the card back on April 24, for a 46-day TAT.
Friday, May 29, 2020
Casey (b. 1974) played in the majors from 1997 to 2008 for the Indians, Reds, Pirates, Tigers and Red Sox. He had 1,531 hits, 130 home runs and a .302 batting average. He was a three-time All Star (1999, 2001 and 2004). He appeared in the 2006 World Series while with Detroit and batted .529 with 2 home runs over 5 games, even though the Tigers lost to the Cardinals.
I mailed to Casey on April 10 and got the cards back on April 23, for a 13-day TAT.
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Monteleone (b. 1963) played in the majors from 1987 to 1996 for the Mariners, Angels, Yankees, Giants and Angels. He had a career record of 24-17 with 212 strike outs and a 3.87 ERA.
I mailed to Monteleone on April 14 and got the cards back on April 21, for a 7-day TAT.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
The 1999 Stadium Club (above) turned out really well, and was a card that I had found at my LCS a while back.
Nagy (b. 1967) played in the majors from 1990 to 2003 for the Indians and Padres. He had a record of 129-105 with 1,242 strike outs and a 4.51 ERA. His best finish in the AL Cy Young race was 4th (1996). He was also a three-time All Star (1992, 1996 and 1999).
I mailed to Nagy on October 15 and got the cards back on April 17, for a 185-day TAT.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Stubbs (b. 1984) played in the majors from 2009 to 2017 for the Reds, Indians, Rockies, Rangers, Braves, Orioles and Giants. He had 687 hits, 92 home runs and a .242 batting average.
I mailed to Stubbs on April 8 and got the cards back on April 16, for an 8-day TAT.
Monday, May 25, 2020
The card is numbered 69/500; I imagine that is from whatever signing this came from. It was JSA authenticated, and it now in my album.
Bonds (b. 1964) played in the majors from 1986 to 2007 for the Pirates and Giants. He has 2,935 hits, 762 home runs and a .298 batting average.
He is the all-tome home run leader with 762, the all-time walks leader with 2,558 and the all-time intentional walks leader with 688. He won 7 NL MVP awards (1990, 1992, 1993, and 2001 to 2004). He was a 14-time All Star (1990 1992 to 1998, 2000 to 2004 and 2007). He has the record for most home runs in a season with 73, hit in 2001. Neither before, nor after, did he hit more than 49.
Bonds only appeared in one World Series, a 2002 loss to the Angels. In those 7 games, he hit 4 home runs and had a .471 batting average.
He is the face of the Steroid Era in baseball and this will most likely keep him out of the Hall of Fame. In my opinion, he was a Hall of Famer before he took steroids, and being one of the most well-known baseball players of all-time should punch his ticket, since the Hall is supposed to tell the story of the game, but that isn't for me to decide. The all-time hits leader isn't in, either. If Bonds (and Clemens) get in, then I believe Pete Rose, Shoeless Joe and Buck Weaver should be in, too.
Still, though, I am very excited to have been able to add this card to my set.
Scherman (b. 1944) played in the majors from 1969 to 1976 for the Tigers, Astros and Expos. He had a career record of 33-26 with 297 strike outs and a 3.66 ERA.
I mailed to Scherman on April 8 and got the cards back on April 15, for a 7-day TAT.
Camacho (b. 1955) played in the majors from 1980 to 1981 and 1983 to 1990 for the A's, Pirates, Indians, Astros, Giants and Cardinals. He had a career record of 10-20 with 159 strike outs and a 4.21 ERA.
I mailed to the private signing on February 24 and got the card back on April 13, for a 49-day TAT. I paid a fee of $20.00.
Friday, May 22, 2020
I mailed to Reynolds on April 1 and got the cards back on April 9, for an 8-day TAT.
Thursday, May 21, 2020
I had seen that folks were getting his autograph TTM, but I didn't have any Jeopardy! cards, so I figured a 1987 checklist would do just fine. I even put in my note about not having any Jeopardy! related items, and that led to the cool inscriptions that Trebek wrote for me. The above card says "With the best wishes of a Ted Williams fan."
I've watched Jeopardy! for years, and was glad to see that Trebek is signing TTM. He has had health challenges lately, following his diagnosis of Stage IV pancreatic cancer.
Trebek (b. 1940) has hosted numerous TV and Game Shows since 1963. He is most notably known as the host of Jeopardy! since 1984.
I mailed to Trebek on March 7 and got the cards back on April 6, for a 30-day TAT.
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
I mailed to Bell on March 9 ad got the cards back on April 4, for a 26-day TAT.
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
I have a ton of 1987 Topps checklists, and I have stated before, but I plan on adding signed checklists of folks who were active (in the loosest of terms) in the year 1987. For that reason, I will paint a bit of a picture of why I sent to White, and how he fits into my project.
Imagine if you will, it is the summer of 1987 and five brothers ranging in age from 11 to 4 are staying up late on a Friday night. Ok, well, maybe the 4-year old is already in bed; he didn't really get to stay up late until a few years later. Anyway, FOUR brothers staying up late, watching late-night HBO or popping a tape in the VCR, while Mom and Dad are asleep. Yep, time for a good horror movie! One of the staples of those nights was Friday the 13th The Final Chapter (Part IV, if you're scoring at home). Yes, we all know that there were 8 sequels after the final chapter, but come on. Jason is hard to keep down. My older brother was born on a Friday the 13th, so he was a huge fan of the series, and Part IV was the first one we owned on VHS. Adding the autograph of the guy who played Jason in this movie fits right in to my project. See? It does make sense.
Anyway, Part IV is one of the better films of the series and stars folks you have actually heard of like Corey Feldman and Crispin Glover (pre-Back to the Future). I've probably seen this one more than any of the others in the series (with Part 6 a very close second). When I saw that Ted White signed TTM, I jumped all over sending to him.
White (b. 1926) has been an active actor and stuntman from 1949 to 2020. Formerly a football player for the University of Oklahoma, White began acting in 1949 in the film Sands of Iwo Jima. He worked as a stunt double for John Wayne in several films.
White sells autographed photos on his website, and I probably should pick up one of his signed Jason photos to put with my auto of Kane Hodder (who also played Jason). At 94 years old, White still makes the horror-con circuit.
I'm really glad I sent the card to White to sign, as it turned out really well. Recently, I got a couple other checklist back signed from other folks, so you'll have to stay tuned to see who they are of.
I mailed to White on March 17 and got the card back on April 3, for a 17-day TAT.
Monday, May 18, 2020
Palmer (b. 1957) played in the majors from 1978 to 1980, 1982 and 1984 to 1989 for the Expos, Braves, Phillies and Tigers.
He had a career record of 64-59 with 748 strike outs and a 3.78 ERA.
I mailed to Palmer on September 28 and got the cards back on April 2, for a 187-day TAT.
Sunday, May 17, 2020
I tried sending to Ray Searage via Spring Training a couple years ago, but the cards were never returned. Now, I don't think he is coaching with anyone, but if he isn't, I'm sure someone will pick him up. He worked wonders as the Pirates pitching coach.
Thanks so much for picking up these cards for me!
Saturday, May 16, 2020
I forgot how sharp 2009 Upper Deck Goudey cards looked, and the above one turned out nicely.
Antonelli (b. 1985) played in the majors in 2008 for the Padres. He had 11 hits, 1 home run and a .193 batting average.
I mailed to Antonelli on March 16 and got the cards back on April 2, for a 17-day TAT.
Friday, May 15, 2020
Collins (b. 1952) played in the majors from 1975 to 1990 for the Angels, Mariners, Reds, Yankees, Blue Jays, A's, Tigers and Cardinals. He had 1,335 hits, 32 home runs and a .272 batting average. He finished 27th in the 1979 NL MVP race.
I mailed to the signing on March 4 and got the card back on March 30, for a 26-day TAT. I paid a fee of $10.00.
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Little (b. 1959) played in the majors from 1982 to 1986 for the Expos, White Sox and Yankees. He had 226 hits, 3 home runs and a .245 batting average. I just noticed that he attended Louisburg College in Louisburg, NC. In my regular line of work, Louisburg College was a client of ours, which is pretty cool.
I mailed to Little on March 16 and got the cards back on March 23, for a 7-day TAT.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
The above 1973 Topps is a really sharp card, and turned out well when signed.
Colborn (b. 1946) played in the majors from 1969 to 1978 for the Cubs, Royals, Brewers and Mariners. He had a career record of 83-88 with 688 strike outs and a 3.80 ERA. He won 20 games in 1973 when he went 20-12. t hat season, he pitched 22 complete games with 4 shutouts. He was an All Star that season, and finished 6th in the Cy Young Award voting.
I mailed to Colborn on March 9 and got the cards back on March 23, for a 14-day TAT.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Thorpe (b. 1995) made his Major League debut last season with the Twins. He went 3-2 with 31 strike outs and a 6.18 ERA.
I mailed to Thorpe on February 8 via Twins Spring Training and got the cards back on March 23, for a 44-day TAT.
Monday, May 11, 2020
Prior (b. 1980) was a first round draft pick (43rd overall) by the Yankees in the 1998 June Amateur Draft, but didn't sign. He was, again, a first round pick (2nd overall) during the 2001 June Amateur Draft, this time by the Cubs. He played in the majors 2002 to 2006 for the Cubs, amassing a 42-29 record with 757 strike outs and a 3.51 ERA. Never quite realizing his phenom potential, Prior showed flashes of brilliance (he went 18-6 with a 2.43 ERA in 2003 and finished 3rd in the Cy Young Voting, 9th in the MVP voting, and was an All Star), but was beset by injuries.
I mailed to Prior on February 5, 2019, and got the cards back on March 23, 2020, for a 412-day TAT. I sent the cards to Dodgers Spring Training camp.
Sunday, May 10, 2020
The above 1996 Pinnacle came out of a box that I got when I visited Andrew for his graduation several years ago. I have been able to get some of the cards that I got on that trip signed, which is really nice.
Lockhart (b. 1964) played in the majors from 1994 to 2003 for the Padres, Royals and Braves. He had 591 hits, 44 home runs and a .262 batting average.
I mailed to Lockhart on January 14, 2019 and got the cards back on March 21, 2020, for a 432-day TAT.
Saturday, May 9, 2020
That's not to be said,though, that I won't pull off a trade here and there. Recently, a guy on Instagram named Al approached me about trading our extra prospect autos from IP graphing. I keep a box of extra autos just for this reason, and with the cards that I had built up, I made a pretty sweet deal.
Al was super generous with his cards, and I didn't know he would be at the start. I wasn't paying a whole lot of attention to the deal until he sent me some photos of cards he was making available. The 2017 Topps Heritage Minors Gavin Lux is the card that got my attention, and ultimately what persuaded me to strike a deal.
I had a couple unsigned versions of the card, but I had no way of seeing Lux in person in order to get one signed. I know he is a really well thought of prospect, so I was hoping I would have a chance to get him at some point.
I was very happy with my deal with Al. He and I agreed to do some 50/50s together, if the season can ever get going.
Friday, May 8, 2020
He managed the Orioles from 2005 to 2007. His overall managerial record was 122-164 (.427 win %). Those were some pretty bad Orioles teams. Perlozzo even lobbied for his longtime best friend, Leo Mazzone, to come on board as the Orioles pitching coach. The Orioles pitchers were pretty brutal during that time, and Mazzone was ineffective as pitching coach. I just remember all of the hype, and then poof, Mazzone was gone. I knew it wasn't going to end well when Mazzone showed up at Spring Training with a new Orioles logo tattoo on his arm.
I mailed to Perlozzo on March 9 and got the cards back on March 20, for an 11-day TAT.
Thursday, May 7, 2020
He signed the card with a silver Sharpie, and it shows up a lot better in person.
Smith (b. 1995) made his Major League debut last season with the Dodgers. He had 43 hits, 15 home runs and a .253 batting average. He was a 1st Round (32nd overall) pick by the Dodgers in the 2016 June Amateur Draft out of the University of Louisville.
I mailed to Smith via the Oklahoma City Dodgers on May 22, 2019 and got the card back on March 20, 2020, for a 303-day TAT. I sent three cards, and he signed one.
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
I mailed to Gonzalez on January 6 and got the cards back on March 17, for a 71-day TAT.