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Friday, July 31, 2020
Thursday, July 30, 2020
I mailed to Cowley on May 11 and got the cards back on May 23, for a 12-day TAT. I paid a fee of $5/card.
Millan (b. 1943) played in the majors from 1966 to 1977 for the Braves and Mets. He had 1,617 hits, 22 home runs and a .279 batting average. He was an All Star 3 times (1969, 1970 and 1971) and a Gold Glove Award winner twice (1969 and 1972). His best (and only) finish in the MVP voting was 16th in 1973 (NL).
I mailed to Millan on May 5 and got the cards back on May 23, for an 18-day TAT.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Overbay (b. 1977) played in the majors from 2001 to 2014 for the Diamondbacks, Brewers, Blue Jays, Pirates, Braves and Yankees. He had 1,355 hits, 151 home runs and a .266 batting average.
I mailed to Overbay on May 6 and got the card back on May 23, for a 17-day TAT.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
He managed the Cubs from 1974 to 1976 and the A's in 1979. He had a 229-326 record (.413 win %) and finished no higher than 4th place in the standings.
I mailed to Marshall on May 12 and got the cards back on May 22, for a 10-day TAT.
Monday, July 27, 2020
Mitterwald (b. 1945) played in the majors in 1966 and from 1968 to 1977 for the Tins and Cubs. He had 623 hits, 76 home runs and a .236 batting average.
I mailed to Mitterwald on May 13 and got the cards back on May 21, for an 8-day TAT.
I mailed to DeMars on May 13 and got the cards back on May 21, for an 8-day TAT.
Sunday, July 26, 2020
Garcia (b. 1953) played in the majors from 1976 to 1985 for the Orioles, Astros and Phillies. He had 351 hits, 12 home runs and a .239 batting average.
I mailed to Garcia on May 11 and got the cards back on May 21, for a 10-day TAT.
Saturday, July 25, 2020
I'm not the biggest fan of 2015 Bowman. In my opinion, the crds are really hard to read when you are leafing through them due to the foil letters and vertical type. I usually have to flip them over and go through them by looking at the backs, but maybe that's just me. If a card is hard to read quickly, they fall out of favor with me really quickly. That being said, I like getting them signed, because that removes them from my box, and I have less and less cards to look through.
I mailed to Chism on May 11 and got the cards back on May 21, for a 10-day TAT.
Friday, July 24, 2020
Woodard (b.1960) played in the majors from 1985 to 1988 for the Giants and White Sox. He had 50 hits, 1 home run and a .222 batting average.
I picked up a couple more 87s after the three I just posted, so look for a few more to be shared next week!
All cards turned out well, and I was really glad I had mailed to him.
It's funny that he got a 1955 Bowman card and it lists him as an Oriole. He only played 4 games for the Orioles, and was purchased by the Tigers on May 9 of that season.
I mailed to Maxwell on May 12 and got the cards back on May 21, for a 9-day TAT. I paid his fee of $5.00/card.
I just looked, and it turns out that I got Maxwell TTM in 2018, as well.
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Nunez (b. 1963) played in the majors from 1982 to 1994 for the Mariners, Mets, Tigers, Brewers, Rangers and A's. He had a career record of 28-36 with 508 strike outs and a 4.19 ERA.
I used my 2020 Harvey Address Book to be able to send to Rogers, and it worked. Rogers has a nice signature.
I mailed to Rogers on April 29 and got the cards back on May 21, for a 22-day TAT.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Bobby Bonilla has no need to raise money by doing signings. He hasn't signed TTM in about 5 years, and who knows if he will again. So, with my little bit of money, I went ahead and picked up a signed 1987 Topps, so I could go ahead and cross it off of my list.
Bonilla (b. 1963) played in the majors from 1986 to 2001 for the White Sox, Pirates, Mets, Orioles, Marlins, Dodgers, Braves and Cardinals. He had 2,010 hits, 287 home runs and a .279 batting average. He won the World Series with the Marlins in 1997, and was a 6-time All Star (1988 to 1991, 1993 and 1995). His best MVP finish was 2nd in 1990 (NL, to teammate, Barry Bonds).
Bonilla appeared on the 2007 Hall of Fame ballot, but received only 0.4% of the vote.
I mailed to Wolf on April 22 and got the cards back on May 19, for a 27-day TAT.
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
I went through all of my boxes of cards and pulled every Thomas that I could get my hands on. I came away with 75 cards, and Max was really happy with the results. The cards were expedited to him, and he took them to a signing that he was attending. Max ended up hooking me up with some of the cards I searched for, so I could add them to my album.
The best part is that a few of them actually came from my mom's collection that she had given me in an old tin cigar box. The cigar box had a bunch of 90s cards, and Thomas was in there quite a bit. The above 1995 Collectors Choice What's The Call card was my favorite one out of the whole bunch. If I only had one card to choose from to take back, it would have been this one. I was really glad to get it signed.
I'm really happy with how all of the cards came out, but I'm even happier that Max thought of me when he needed to get some Thomas cards fast. He went above and beyond in hooking me up, and I always appreciate how we have our deals set up. Thank you so much for thinking of me, Max!
I was happy to see Jeff Hearron's name pop up, so I quickly got a card out to him. It came back signed in red, but looks really cool.
Hearron (b. 1961) played in the majors in 1985 and 1986. He collected 6 hits with no home runs, to the tune of a .200 batting average. Although he only played 16 games in the majors, he still has a baseball card, and it was an integral autograph to add to my set.
I mailed to Hearron on May 2 and got the cards back on May 18, for a 16-day TAT.
Monday, July 20, 2020
I mailed to Richardson on May 6 and got the card back on May 16, for a 10-day TAT.
I mailed to Cullen on May 2 and got the card back on May 16, for a 14-day TAT.
Sunday, July 19, 2020
Ruffing (b. 1905 - d. 1986) played in the majors from 1924 to 1942 and 1946 to 1947 for the Red Sox, Yankees and White Sox. He had a career record of 273-225 with 1,987 strike outs and a 3.80 ERA. He was a 6-time All Star (1934 and 1938 to 1942) and had a career-best MVP finish at 4th place in 1938.
Ruffing's career got off to a rough start between 1925 and 1929, losing between 13 and 25 games each of those seasons. He led the league in losses in 1928 and 1929 with 25 and 22, respectively. He turned the corner in 1930 when the Red Sox traded him for Cedric Durst; at the time, Ruffing was 0-3, but he would go 15-5 with the Yankees. After the trade, Ruffing would average almost 17 wins a season for the next 13 seasons. He won 20 games or more in four straight seasons (1936 to 1939) . Ruffing won the World Series with the Yankees in 1932, 1936 to 1939 and 1941 ( 6 championships).
When Ruffing was traded from the Red Sox to the Yankees, then-Yankees manager, Bob Shawkey, a former pitcher, was convinced he could get better results out of Ruffing by changing his pitch delivery. The changes worked, and the trade of Durst for Ruffing is considered one of the most lopsided trades in MLB history.
Red Ruffing was elected to the Hall of Fame in a run-off election in 1967, his final year of eligibility on the ballot.
Ruffing is my 150th Hall of Fame signature on a baseball.
Anyway, I got a few cards signed TTM from Tom Griffin. I like the action shot on the 1973 Topps above. They aren't the polished shots that you see today, but really, the shots aren't bad. There's something to like about the wide angles, and early attempts at the action photography on a card.
1975 Topps is a really cool set, and was one of my favorite ones that I put together. The Yount and Brett rookie cards are popular, but really, the design it what does it. It is delightfully freaky; nnot super trippy and scary like 1995 Fleer (which I also enjoy). Griffin signed over top of the faux signatures on the 75 and the 1982 beside it. I think that kind of takes away from the auto. I wouldn't mind if Topps never did the facsilime autos ever again.
Griffin (b. 1948) played in the majors from 1969 to 1982 for the Astros, Padres, Angels, Giants and Pirates. He had a career record of 77-94 with 1,054 strike outs and a 4.07 ERA.
I mailed to Griffin on May 7 and got the cards back on May 15, for an 8-day TAT.
Friday, July 17, 2020
I saw Art Schallock on the list, and pulled his card from my 1991 Orioles Crown set. It looks like this was the only card of him, but I have been wrong before.
Schallock (b. 1924) played in the majors from 1951 to 1955 for the Yankees and Orioles. He had a career record of 6-7 with 77 strike outs and a 4.03 ERA. He won the World Series in 1953 with the Yankees.
I mailed to Schallock on May 6 and got the card back on May 15, for a 9-day TAT.
Thursday, July 16, 2020
I had a ton of Dye cards, but had to narrow it down to the three that I ended up sending in. I really liked the above 2007 Allen & Ginter, and it turned out great.
Finally, the 2005 Fleer (I think it was Fleer Tradition) also looks really sharp.
Dye (b. 1974) played in the majors from 1996 to 2009 for the Braves, Royals, A's and White Sox. He had 1,779 hits, 325 home runs and a .274 batting average. He finished 6th in the 1996 N Rookie of the Year voting. He was a 2-time All Star (2000 and 2006), Gold Glove Award winner (2000) and Silver Slugger (2006). He hit 44 home runs during the 2006 season, and finished 5th in the AL MVP voting. Dye won the World Series with the White Sox in 2005 and was the MVP of that series.
He appeared on the 2015 Hall of Fame ballot, but received no votes.
I mailed to Dye on April 25 and got the cards back on May 15, for a 20-day TAT.
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
I mailed to Morales on April 30 and got the cards back on May 14, for a 14-day TAT.
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
I finally mailed to Odom again, and the cards turned out great. I think, if he comes back anytime soon, I will get Johnny Bench on the above card. I think it would be cool with both players autographs on the card.
I mailed to Odom on May 4 and got the cards back on May 14, for a 10-day TAT. I paid Odom's fee of $5/card.
Also, a note on blog comments - I can't reply directly to comments, so if you have specific questions, like how to do TTM or where I get addresses, please just email me. My email address is listed on the side of the blog. If you have commented a specific question, I'm not being rude, I just haven't been able to reply directly.
Monday, July 13, 2020
House (b. 1947) played in the majors from 1971 to 1978 for the Braves, Red Sox and Mariners. He had a career record of 29-23 with 261 strike outs and a 3.79 ERA.
I mailed to House on May 8 and got the cards back on May 14, for an 8-day TAT.