Wednesday, May 12, 2021

TTM Success - Troy Tulowitzki

Two attempts is what it took for me to get a TTM success back from Troy Tulowitzki.  Who knows where the first one that I sent ended up, but I was able to get some really nice cards signed.

I really like the Perspectives inserts that came in 2015 Topps.  I was glad that I was able to find this one in my boxes and get it back signed.
I also had Tulowitzki sign a 2016 Topps Chrome x-fractor and a 2010 Allen & Ginter sketches card.

Tulowitzki (b. 1984) played in the majors from 2006 to 2017 and 2019 for the Rockies, Blue Jays and Yankees.  He had 1,391 hits, 225 home runs and a .290 bating average.  He was an All Star 5 times (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015).  He won the Gold Glove Award and Silver Slugger Award in 2010 and 2011.  His best MVP finish was 5th (2009 and 2010).

I mailed to Tulowitzki on January 11 and got the cards back on January 27, for a 16-day TAT.  I mailed to the University of Texas.

TTM Success - Patrick Kivlehan

These Patrick Kivlehan cards remained in my boxes for a long time because I had known someone who claimed to be friends with him and may be able to get them signed for me.  That never panned out, so I took matters in my own hands and sent them TTM.  The cards came back, and the cards are now in my album.
I was able to get a 2015 Topps Pro Debut and a 2013 Bowman signed by Kivlehan.  Both look great.

Kivlehan (b. 1989) played in the majors from 2016 to 2018 for the Padres, Reds and Diamondbacks.  He had 44 hits, 10 home runs and a .208 batting average.

I mailed to Kivlehan on January 11 and got the cards back on January 26, for a 15-day TAT.

TTM Success - Dax Fulton

I was able to get some nice cards from 2020 Bowman Draft signed when I got this TTM success back from Marlins prospect, Dax Fulton.  
Both of the cards look great; now I need to find a way to get Max Meyer to sign this dual card.

Fulton (b. 2001) was a 2nd round pick by the Marlins in the 2020 June Amateur Draft out of high school.  He started this season with Jupiter, the Marlins Low A affiliate.

I mailed to Fulton on January 4 and got the cards back on January 26, for a 22-day TAT.

Monday, May 10, 2021

TTM Success - Guy Sularz

Here is a 1983 Topps that I was able to get signed TTM from Guy Sularz.

Sularz (b. 1955) played in the majors from 1980 to 1983 for the Giants.  He had 45 hits, 1 home run and a .218 batting average.

I mailed to Sularz on December 18 and got the card back on January 26, for a 39-day TAT.

TTM Success - Robby Thompson

Robby Thompson is a fariyl tough autograph to get, these days, so when I saw him pop up on a private signing, I jumped on board and got my 1987 Topps signed.  I had tried to send to him in the past, but have had no luck.

Thompson (b. 1962) played in the majors from 1986 to 1996 for the Giants.  He had 1,187 hits, 119 home runs and a .257 batting average.  He finished second in the 1986 NL Rookie of the Year voting (second to Todd Worrell), was an All Star in 1988 and 1993 and won the Gold Glove Award in 1993.  His best best MVP finish was 15th in 1993.

I mailed to the signing on November 20 and got the card back signed on January 26, for a 67-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $15.00.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

TTM Success - Christian Binford

Here are more cards that I was able to get signed TTM that normally would have been taking up space in my prospects box.  I believe I had actually moved these to the Box of Shame, as Christian Binford had been with Bowie, I think.  I'm pretty sure I was set to graph him, but missed him.  Thankfully, I was able to get some of his cards signed anyway.  The above 2015 Topps Pro Debut really turned out great.
I was really glad to get these two 2014 Bowmans signed, as I had a bunch of them at one time when 14 Bowman first came out.  I got a lot of cards from that set signed, then they kind of plateaued as guys either dropped out of the minors, or made the majors and got tougher to graph.

Binford (b. 1992) was a 30th round pick by the Royals out of high school in the 2011 June Amateur Draft.  He played in the minors in the Royals, Orioles and Tigers systems from 2012 to 2018.  He had a 38-56 record with 645 strike outs and a 4.32 ERA.

I mailed to Binford on December 17 and got the cards back on January 25, for a 39-day TAT.

TTM Success - Ron Oester

Another 1987 Topps was taken off of my list when I got this one back from a private signing with Ron Oester.  The card turned out really well, and I was glad to get it taken care of.

Oester (b. 1956) played in the majors from 1978 to 1990 for the Reds.  He had 1,118 hits, 42 home runs and a .265 batting average.  He won the World Series with the Reds in 1990.

I mailed to the signing on November 30 and got the card back on January 25, for a 56-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $13.00.

TTM Success - Eric Gunderson

Some cards were removed from my junk wax box when I got this TTM success from Eric Gunderson.  With the boxes and boxes of this stuff that I have, it is hard to get them organized and sorted so I can send to players from this era.  So, I take what I can get, and removing some Gunderson cards helped.
I got cards from 1992 FLeer (top), 1990 Score Rookies and Traded (left), 1991 Score (middle) and 1991 Upper deck signed.

Gunderson (b. 1966) played in the majors from 1990 to 1992 and 1994 to 2000 for the Giants, Mariners, Mets, Red Sox, Rangers and Blue Jays.  He had a record of 8-11 with 137 strike outs and a 4.95 ERA.

I mailed to Gunderson on November 17 and got the cards back on January 25, for a 69-day TAT.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

TTM Success - Brad Kilby

Here are a few nice cards that came back signed TTM from Brad Kilby.  I like all of the green on the above 2010 Topps.  The 2010 Topps design wasn't the best, but I do like the colors, and was happy to get on of the cards out of my box.  I think I ended up with more 2010 Topps than any other year from that decade, except for maybe 2013.  Nowadays, it is hard to find base cards anywhere.
I also got Kilby to sign a 2010 Topps Heritage, and a 2010 Allen & Ginter.  The Heritage design that year looks great, as 1961 Topps was a very good looking set.

Kilby (b. 1983) played in the majors from 2009 to 2010 for the A's.  He had a record of 1-0 with 28 strike outs and a 1.07 ERA.

I mailed to Kilby on November 12 and got the cards back on January 25, for a 74-day TAT.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Hairston Brothers Signing With Jackson

When friends of mine message me and ask me to find all the cards I can find of a player, I actually really enjoy it.  It helps me move cards out of my boxes and almost always ensures that I will get a few back signed.  They aren't always free, but st least at some reduced rates.

My friend, Jackson, messaged me asking if I had any Scott Hairstons that I could send him, and I was able to find him quite a few.  After the initial package was sent, I found this 2013 Topps Update pink parallel in one of my plastic bins.  I was able to get the card to him before the signing, and got it back into my collection afterward.
I had no problem participating in Jackson's signing, so I went ahead and paid $20 to get the pink parallel and 3 other cards back, a 2012 Topps, 2013 Topps and 2013 Topps Update.

Hairston (b. 1980) played in the majors from 2004 to 2014 for the Diamondbacks, Padres, A's, Mets, Cubs and Nationals.  He had 589 hits, 106 home runs and a .242 batting average.
Jackson also had a signing going on for Jerry Hairston, and I missed the cutoff date to send anything in.  Jackson had leftovers, so I picked up two of the extra cards he ended up with.  The above card is a 2002 Topps 206 and the below card is a 2004 Bowman Heritage.
Hairston (b. 1976) played in the majors from 1998 to 2013 for the Orioles, Cubs, Rangers, Reds, Yankees, Padres, Nationals, Brewers and Dodgers.  He had 1,126 hits, 70 home runs and a .257 batting average.  He won the World Series with the Yankees in 2009.

The Hairstons are sons of former Major Leaguer, Jerry Hairston, Sr., and grandsons of former Major Leaguer, and Negro Leaguer, Sam Hairston.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

A Third TTM Success From Jim Gentile

In 2011 and 2016, I received TTM successes from Jim Gentile.  I went to the well again, this time for this 1991 Crown Orioles card.  I'm glad I sent it, as it turned out well.  I'm enjoying getting some of these older Orioles from this set, and it gives me something to send when I don't have much else of them.

I mailed to Gentile on November 17 and got the card back on January 25, for a 69-day TAT.

TTM Success - Sean Coyle

Sean Coyle is another of those players who's name I saw in my boxes bunches of times.  I finally got around to looking for an address for him and sent some of the cards off.  They came back signed not too long later, and I'm glad to get them into my album.

I like the design of 2015 Pro Debut.  I didn't open much of it, but now, Pro Debut is pretty much a staple around here.  They look cool when signed, like the one above.
Here are some Bowmans that I got Coyle to sign.  They are 2011 Chrome, 2011 base and 2014 base.

Coyle (b. 1992) was a 3rd round pick by the Red Sox in the 2010 June Amateur Draft out of high school.  He played in the minors in the Red Sox, Angels and Orioles systems from 2010 to 2017, reaching AAA.  He had 490 hits, 70 home runs and a .234 batting average.

I mailed to Coyle on October 16 and got the cards back on January 25, for a 101-day TAT.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

TTM Success - Ben Rortvedt

Ben Rortvedt was one of those guys whos cards I kept seeing in my boxes, so I finally found an address and sent to him TTM.  I was happily surprised that I got a success, even though he used a dying marker on my cards.
Rortvedt (b. 1997) was a 2nd round pick by the Twins in the 2016 June Amateur Draft out of high school.  He made his major league debut this season with the Twins (on April 30) and has 1 hit in 8 at bats.  Currently, he is batting .125.

I mailed to Rortvedt on January 4 and got the cards back on January 25, for a 21-day TAT.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

TTM Success - Jacob Goebbert

Here are two more nice cards I was able to get signed TTM.  These are signed by Jacob Goebbert.  The above 2011 Bowman Platinum x fractor is a really cool card, and it turned out well when it was signed.  I can't remember where I found it, but I was glad to get it signed.
I also got this 2011 Bowman Chrome signed.  Goebbert has a really cool signature, and he inscribed Bible verses.

Goebbert (b. 1987) played in the majors in 2014 for the Padres.  He had 22 hits, 1 home run and a .218 batting average.

I mailed to Goebbert on January 11 and got the cards back on January 25, for a 14-day TAT.

TTM Success - Forrest Wall

Here are a couple more Bowman cards that I was able to get out of my prospects box and into my album.  The above 2016 Bowman Chrome of Forrest Wall came out really well when I got it signed by him TTM. I like the 2016 design, and they look really good when signed.
I also got this 2014 Bowman Chrome signed.  This has been my favorite Bowman set for a while, but I do enjoy the 2016s like I said above.

Wall (b. 1995) was a first round (35th overall) draft pick by the Rockies out of high school in the 2014 June Amateur Draft.  He has played in the minors from 2014 to 2019 in the Rockies and Blue Jays systems, reaching AAA.  He has 559 hits, 40 home runs and a .274 battng average.

I mailed to Wall on January 4 and got the cards back on January 25, for a 21-day TAT.

Monday, May 3, 2021

TTM Success - Zake Spruill

This 2008 Tristar Prospects Plus card was in my prospects box since I pulled it from a pack when it originally came out.  I found an address for him and was able to get the card signed TTM.

The card turned out well, even with the ballpoint pen that Spruill used.  I was really glad to get it signed.

Spruill (b. 1989) played in the majors from 2013 to 2014 for the Diamondbacks.  He had a record of 1-3 with 23 strike outs and a 4.24 ERA.

I mailed to Spruill on January 16 and got the card back signed on January 25, for a 9-day TAT.

TTM Success - Dan Dement

A couple more older Bowman cards were removed from my boxes recently when I sent them off TTM to Dan Dement.  The cards came back signed in black Sharpie, and look really nice.
Both of the cards came from 2007 Bowman; one was a base and the other was a chrome.

Dement (b. 1978) was an undrafted free agent signed by the Devil Rays in 2000.  He played in the minors from 2000 to 2007 in the Devil Rays and Nationals systems, reaching AAA.  He had 802 hits, 77 home runs and a .268 batting average.

I mailed to Dement on January 16 and got the cards back on January 25, for a 9-day TAT.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

TTM Success - Willie Upshaw

Antother 1987 Topps team leaders card came off the list recently, when I took part in a private signing with Willie Upshaw.  I was able to finish this card that I had already gotten signed by George Bell.  Lots of folks thought that was Fred McGriff on the card, but it is definitely Upshaw, and now the card is complete.
Of course, I had to get Upshaw on his base card, as well, and it turned out great.

Upshaw (b. 1957) played in the majors in 1978 and from 1980 to 1988 for the Blue Jays and Indians.  He had 1,103 hits, 123 home runs and a .262 batting average.  His best MVP finish was 11th, in 1983.

I mailed to the signing on December 15 and got the cards back on January 23, for a 39-day TAT.  I forgot what I paid.

TTM Success - Jack Howell

Another 1987 Topps came off of my list when I received this TTM success from Jack Howell.
I had also sent along this 1990 Topps, and it turned out well.

Howell (b. 1961) played in the majors from 1985 to 1991 and 1996 to 1999 for the Angels, Padres and Astros.  He had 632 hits 108 home runs and a .239 batting average. 

I mailed to Howell on February 25, 2019, and got the cards back on January 23, 2021, for a 698-day TAT.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

TTM Success - Bill Spiers

Here are a bunch of Bill Spiers cards that I was able to get signed TTM after waiting quite a while for them to come in. 

I really like this 1990 Score. I used to have a bunch of these, but I don't have nearly as many years anymore.

Spiers also signed a 1993 Flair, 1993 Fleer, 2000 Topps and a 2001 Topps.

Spiers (b. 1966) played in the majors from 1989 to 2001 for the Brewers, Mets and Astros.  He had 922 hits, 37 home runs and a .271 batting average. 

I mailed to Spiers on October 8, 2019 and got the cards back on January 23, 2021, for a 473-day TAT.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Another TTM Success From Bartolo Colon

I was really excited to see a private signing pop up for Bartolo Colon.  I wanted to get him on his Topps Now card where he hit his first home run, but that card is at some ridiculous prices right now.  I had forgotten that the moment had been captured on this card, as well, from 2016 Topps Update.

So, I sent it off to the signing and also requested the "Big Sexy" inscription.  It cost me a bit, but the card turned out great and looks amazing in my album.

I mailed to the signing on December 18 and got the card back on January 23, for a 36-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $50.00, which included the inscription.  I believe the auto itself was $35 and the inscription was an additional $15.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

TTM Success - Ron Tingley

It has been some time since I have gotten a 1992 Donruss into my autograph album, but I did, with this TTM success from Ron Tingley.  I had so many 1992 Donruss, because I was busting packs trying to get the Cal Ripken Elite Autograph.  I finally found one of those at the National a few years ago.  Left behind was a ton of 1992 Donruss base that I had no idea what to do with.  Many of those have gone, but a few remain in my boxes.  It is a nice, simple design, and looks nice when signed.
I also got a 1989 Topps signed.  These, too, are prevalent in my boxes, since 1989 Topps is one of the most over-produced sets out there.  Still, that is a nice design, and still one of my favorites.

Tingley (b. 1959) played in the majors in 1982 and from 1988 to 1995 for the Padres, Indians, Angels, Marlins, White Sox and Tigers.  He had 110 hits, 10 home runs and a .195 batting average.

I mailed to Tingley on December 2 and got the cards back on January 23, for a 52-day TAT.

TTM Success - Robert Dugger

Here are a couple nice cards from 2020 Topps that I was able to get signed TTM from Robert Dugger.  He used the biggest point marker imaginable, but the cards came out looking pretty cool.
Dugger (b. 1995) has played in the majors since 2019 for the Marlins and Mariners.  He has a career record of 0-4 with 29 strike outs and a 7.09 ERA.

I mailed to Dugger on October 29 and got the cards back on January 23, for an 86-day TAT.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

TTM Success - Bryce Jarvis

Here are a couple nice cards that came out of 2020 Bowman Draft that I got signed by Bryce Jarvis TTM.  The above chrome 20 in 20 turned out really well.  I was glad to be able to add one of these to my album.
This 2020 Bowman Draft base also turned out well.  The base cards need to be prepped, but they look really nice.

Jarvis (b. 1997) was a first round (18th overall) pick by the Diamondbacks out of Duke University in the 2020 June Amateur Draft.  He begins his pro career this season; in a few days, actually.

I mailed to Jarvis on January 2 and got the cards back on January 23, for a 21-day TAT.

TTM Success - Tyler Norrick

I got a 2006 Bowman out of my box when I sent this one off to Tyler Norrick TTM.  It came back signed in black Sharpie and looks pretty nice.

Norrick (b. 1983) was a 6th round pick by the Cardinals out of Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the 2006 June Amateur Draft.  He played in the Cardinals system from 2006 to 2010, reaching AAA.  He had a record of 23-18 with 368 strike outs and a 4.10 ERA.

I mailed to Norrick on January 11 and got the card back signed on January 23, for a 12-day TAT.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

TTM Success - Mike Papi

I was happy to get a couple Bowman cards out of my box and into my album with this TTM success from Mike Papi.  I have a ton of 2014 Bowman, and I really enjoy the design.  These were some of the first cards that I got signed IP, and they have a special place for me.
This 2015 Bowman Draft Dividends turned out nicely, also.  These kinds of cards just kind of stick in my card box, and I am glad that I can move a few, now that most of the guys in the set have either moved to the majors, or ae no longer playing.

Papi (b. 1992) was a first round (38th overall) draft pick by the Indians out of the University of Virginia.  He played in the Indians system from 2014 to 2019 and reached AAA.  He had 401 hits, 41 home runs and a .235 batting average.

I mailed to Papi on November 18 and got the cards back on January 22, for a 34-day TAT.

TTM Success - Samuel Dutton

I was able to get a 2019 Panini Stars & Stripes out of my prospects box and into my album with this TTM success from Samuel Dutton.  The card turned out well.

Dutton (b. 2003) will be 18 in May and played on the Team USA 15U team in 2018.  He pitched 8.1 innings and had 9 strike outs, a 0.00 ERA and had a won/loss record of 2-0.

I mailed to Dutton on November 18 and got the card back on January 22, for a 34-day TAT.

Monday, April 26, 2021

TTM Success - Frank Schwindel

There aren't too many 2020 Topps Update in my autograph album yet, so when I can add one, it is a nice day.  This return from Frank Schwindel turned out pretty nicely.
I also got a 2015 Bowman signed, and it looks nice, also.  This wasn't my favorite design, and the foil lettering really makes it tough to read the names as you sort through the cards.

Schwindel (b. 1992) played in the majors in 2019 for the Royals.  He appeared in 6 games that season and had 1 hit, no home runs and a .067 batting average.

I mailed to Schwindel on January 4 and got the cards back on January 22, for an 18-day TAT.