While I despise talking about politics, I was so super excited to get this TTM success back from former senator and presidential candidate, Bob Dole. I was trying to figure out a way to get rid of some of the many cards in my boxes like the above 2007 Topps Allen & Ginter Washington Monument card. I thought that the 10 or so of those cards might work well if I tried to get some former politicians on them. Dole was the first one that I tried, and it was a success! The card looks really cool, and unlike a lot of other politicians, it definitely isn't signed in autopen. He definitely used a Sharpie to sign it, as can be seen in the above scan.
I also used this as an opportunity to add another signed checklist to my 1987 Topps set. Those get tough to get signed, as a lot of the people I've sent to haven't understood why I was asking them to sign. I explain it in my letters, but still have gotten many back unsigned. Still, when I do get one back, I get excited and happy to add another prominent figure to my set.
Dole (b. 1923) represented the State of Kansas in the US House of Representatives from 1961 to 1969 and in the US Senate from 1969 to 1996. He was the Republican nominee for President in the 1996 election. He was also his party's Vice Presidential nominee in the 1976 election.
Dole attended the University of Kansas before serving in World War II. While at Kansas, he played for the basketball, track and football teams.
I mailed to Dole on May 18 and got the cards back signed on June 5, for an 18-day TAT.