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Sunday, July 5, 2020
TTM Success - Jeff Ballard
First off, the above 1989 Bowman turned out really well. I actually like this design, and have a lot of the cards, but the odd sizing of the cards lends to them getting destroyed in my boxes, and I also have to get specialty album pages to hold them. Still, when one can come back signed, they tend to look great, as has this Ballard.
Ballard (b. 1963) played in the majors from 1987 to 1991 and 1993 to 1994 for the Orioles and Pirates. He had a career record of 41-53 with 244 strike outs and a 4.71 ERA. He went 18-8 with a 3.43 ERA during the Orioles 1989 "Why Not" campaign. This earned him a 6th place finish in the AL Cy Young voting. It's funny, Topps had Ballard as an AL All Star on the 1990 Topps, but baseball-reference doesn't give him credit as an All Star. I did a quick check, and it seems that Ballard wasn't ever an All Star; maybe Topps was just recognizing that he had a good year in 1989.
I mailed to Ballard on March 9 and got the cards back on May 11, for a 63-day TAT.