Monday, October 5, 2020

TTM Success - Andruw Jones

When I take part in a private signing, they don't always have to be someone in the 1987 Topps set.  Sometimes, if I see one at a decent price and/or if I have a nice card I want done, I'll send in for the signing.  When I saw one come up for Andruw Jones, I decided that I would spend the money to get this 2003 Topps 205 done.  The card looks amazing.  It may be one of the best TTM signed cards that I have gotten back, and I have gotten some really good ones.  Jones has a great signature, and on this card, it looks amazing.

Jones (b. 1977) played in the majors from 1996 to 2002 for the Braves, Dodgers, Rangers, White Sox and Yankees.  He had 1,933 hits, 434 home runs and a .254 batting average.  He was a 5-time All Star (2000, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006) and a 10-time Gold Glove Award winner (1998-2007).  He led the NL in home runs in 2005 with 51 and his best MVP finish was 2nd, that season, behind Albert Pujols.

Jones has appeared on the last 3 Hall of Fame ballots (2018-2020) with this year's vote total (19.4%) being the highest he has received.  I'm sure his vote totals will increase in the coming years, but in the end, I doubt he is a Hall of Famer.  His drop off after his age-30 season was remarkable.  It really is a shame, too.  He was on pace for Hall of Fame numbers, for sure.

I mailed to the signing on May 30 and got the card back on July 17, for a 48-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $24.99 for the signing.

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