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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Another TTM Success From Matt Andriese

This 2015 Bowman blue parallel pushed me to send to Matt Andriese again, this time at Spring Training.  The card came back looking great, and I was happy to add it to my album.
This 2013 Topps Heritage Minors card also turned out nicely.  I didn't have very many of these to start with, so I was happy to be able to add one to the autograph album.

Andriese (b. 1989) has played in the majors since 2015 for the Rays, Diamondbacks, Angels and Red Sox.  He has a record of 28-37 with 462 strike outs and a 4.68 ERA.

I mailed to Andriese via Red Sox Spring Training on February 11 and got the cards back on March 11, for a 28-day TAT.

Monday, July 26, 2021

TTM Success - Blake Taylor

Here is another 2021 Topps that I was able to get signed via Spring Training, this one being of Blake Taylor.  The card looks great, although Taylor's signature isn't much.

Taylor (b. 1995) has played in the majors since 2020 for the Astros.  He has a 4-3 record with 41 strike outs and a 2.89 ERA.

I mailed to Taylor via Astros Spring Training on February 16 and got the card back on March 11, for a 23-day TAT.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

TTM Success - Tom Candiotti

Another 1987 Topps came off of my checklist when I sent this one to a private signing for Tom Candiotti.  The card came back looking great, and I was glad to cross Candiotti off of the list.

Candiotti (b. 1957) played in the majors from 1983 to 1984 and 1986 to 1999 for the Brewers, Indians, Blue Jays, Dodgers and A's.  He had a career record of 151-164 with 1,735 strike outs and a 3.73 ERA.  He appeared on the 2005 Hall of Fame ballot, but received only 0.4% of the vote.

I mailed to the signing on January 25 and got the card back on March 10, for a 44-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $12.00.

TTM Success - Shane Opitz

This 2011 Panini Playoff Contenders card that I got signed TTM by Shane Opitz looks a lot better in person.  The card has qualities of an atomic refractor, but the scan didn't really pick that up.  It looks great in person, though.

Opitz (b. 1992) was an 11th round pick by the Blue Jays in the 2009 June Amateur Draft out of Heritage High School in Colorado.  He played in the minors from 2010 to 2018 in the Blue Jays and Brewers systems, reaching AAA.

He had 491 hits, 12 home runs and a .254 batting average.  I mailed to Opitz on January 25 and got the card back on March 10, for a 44-day TAT.

Friday, July 23, 2021

TTM SUccess - Reid Gorecki

Topps had a pretty nice product come out in 2010, National Chicle, which ended up being a one-off set, but it has yielded some nicely signed cards when I have been able to send some TTM.  This one I got back from Reid Gorecki is pretty nice, in my opinion.
I was also able to get a 2010 Topps signed, and this also turned out well.

Gorecki (b. 1980) played in the majors in 2009 for the Braves.  He had 5 hits, no homers and a .200 batting average.

I mailed to Gorecki on January 23 and got the cards back on March 9, for a 45-day TAT.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

TTM Success - Jimmy Yacabonis

This 2019 Norfolk Tides card of Jimmy Yacabonis was something I picked up at a Norfolk game a while back since I didn't have any cards of his.  I missed getting his signature while I was there, so I waited, and saw that he signed TTM.  I finally got the card signed, which was nice, but it came well after he left the Orioles organization.
I was also able to get this 2019 Topps signed.  I always enjoy this set, so I was glad to add another to my album.

Yacabonis (b. 1992) played in the majors in 2017 to 2020 for the Orioles and Mariners.  He had a career record of 3-5 with 75 strike outs and a 5.71 ERA.  I just now realized that he was born in Elizabeth, NJ, which is where my dad's entire side of the family came from.

I mailed to Yacabonis on February 25 via Mariners Spring Training and got the cards back on March 9, for a 12-day TAT.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

TTM Success - Camden Maron

This 2012 Bowman Chrome blue refractor is a really nice card.  I was so glad when I found that Camden Maron signed TTM, and even happier when this card came back to me signed.  It really looks sharp.

Maron (b. 1991) was a 31st round pick by the Mets in the 2009 June Amateur Draft out of Hicksville High School in Hicksville, NY.  He played in the minors from 2009 to 2017 in the Mets, Reds, Rangers and Marlins systems.  Reaching AA, he had 511 hits, 21 home runs and a .280 batting average.

I mailed to Maron on March 2 and got the card back on March 9, for a 7-day TAT.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

TTM Success - Luke Hudson

This 2002 Upper Deck Luke Hudson turned out really well when I got it back signed TTM.  I really like this design, and was happy to get this signed.

Hudson (b. 1977) played in the majors in 2002 and from 2004 to 2007 for the Reds and Royals.  He had a career record of 17-18 with 162 strike outs and a 5.11 ERA.

I mailed to Hudson on October 27 and got the card back on March 8, for a 132-day TAT.

TTM Success - Bo Hart

This 2004 Topps Bo Hart was liberated from a complete (almost) set that was being tossed out at my former LCS.  I couldn't let them just throw the cards away, so I was glad to take one of them off of their hands.  I pulled some cards out of the box of guys who signed, and this Hart was one of them.

Hart (b. 1976) played in the majors in 2003 and 2004 for the Cardinals.  He had 84 hits, 4 home runs and a .272 batting average.

I mailed to Hart on December 18 and got the card back on March 8, for an 80-day TAT.

Monday, July 19, 2021

TTM Success - Simeon Woods-Richardson

Simeon Woods-Richardson doesn't have much of an autograph, but that didn't keep me from sending two cards to him TTM and being excited when they came back.  The above 2020 Topps Heritage Minors looks great, as all of them tend to do.
The 2018 Bowman Draft looks pretty nice, also.  I just wish there was more to his signature than what is shown here.

Woods-Richardson (b. 2000) was a 2nd round pick by the Mets in the 2018 June Amateur Draft out of Kempner High School in Sugar Land, Texas.  He has pitched in the Mets and Blue Jays systems since 2018 (missing 2020).  He has reached AA ball so far.  He has a record of 9-14 with 219 strike outs and a 4.09 ERA.

I mailed to Woods-Richardson on January 19 and got the cards back on March 8, for a 48-day TAT.

TTM Success - Casey Opitz

This 2020 Panini Stars ad Stripes card came back signed TTM from Casey Opitz earlier this year.  The card looks much better than the scan, but the foil just doesn't translate well to my scanner.

Opitz (b. 1998) was an 8th round pick in the July 2021 Amateur Draft by the Cubs out of the University of Arkansas.  

I mailed to Opitz on January 25 and got the card back on March 8, for a 42-day TAT.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

TTM Success - Tanner Houck

A couple nice Tanner Houck cards got signed TTM when I sent these out a while back.  This 2017 Bowman Chrome refractor looks pretty great.  This was a nice year for Bowman and the refractors really look nice when signed. 
I also got a 2018 Carolina League Top Prospects card signed.  I doubt I'll finish the set, but it was nice to move one of them.

Houck (b. 1996) has played in the majors for the Red Sox since 2020.  He has a 3-2 record with 36 strike outs and a 1.78 ERA.

I mailed to Houck on January 4 and got the cards back on March 5, for a 60-day TAT.

July 13-18, 2021 Graphing of Delmarva Shorebirds at Down East Wood Ducks

This just-completed series with the Delmarva Shorebirds might have been one where I was limited the most with what I could get signed.  Most of the Delmarva guys I had stuff for either moved up to Aberdeen or they were on the IL.  Plus, I had a lapse in my planning and missed that Dave Anderson had a ton of cards.  That ended up helping, because I was able to spread out looking for Anderson stuff over several of the games, and still got a good bit of stuff signed.

The biggest highlight was that I was finally able to get a Luisangel Acuna signed for myself.  Everything else that I have gotten has been for other people, and this custom that was part of a 50/50 from Instagram afforded me the opportunity to add one to my album.  Yes, Acuna is related to Ronald Acuna, Jr.  He is Ronald's little brother, and has really come on strong with the bat recently.
I got a good many of the customs done, which was nice.  A few were of guys I haven't gotten yet, and I am also happy to add another Cody Freeman to the album.
There's no problem with another Thomas Saggese in the album.  Hudson Haskin was the only Shorebird that I had cards of, other than the below Ryne Ogren Delmarva team card below.  I was bummed that Carter Baumler and Anthony Servideo were on the IL.
I had actually missed this Ogren in my box, but thankfully the 6-game series helped me be able to get everything done.
It also helped me have time to look through a ton of boxes in order to pull every Dave Anderson card I could find.  I'm sure that a few of these sets are very under-represented in my autograph album.
I was able to get Anderson's full run of Topps cards signed.  I wasn't going to go for the 87, since it was already crossed off in my set, but upon further review, I upgraded from black to blue with this one.  So, I now have an Anderson (in black) available for trade.
Anderson was really nice.  You can get him talking, and he is very interactive with fans.  I enjoyed that I was able to talk with him as much as I did.
Finally, my keen eye noticed the little league team in line ahead of me on Thursday.  I was looking at the names on the backs of the shirts, because each kid had a nickname, and noticed that the coach was listed as Mike Devereaux.  I saw the coach and knew he looked familiar, because of all the time I spent studying the 90s Orioles lineups when I was a kid.  So, I walked up to their coach and asked "Mike Devereaux, the former Oriole?"  He said, "Yes, I am!", so I thanked him for all of the years as an Oriole and how I was a big fan of the team.
Devereaux was very awesome and posed for a photo.  He also signed a pocket schedule, since, of course, all of my Devereaux cards were at home.  It was a really good series, even though I didn't get as much signed as I maybe could have.

A Whole Bunch of Autos From Gerard

My good friend, Gerard, hooked me up with a ton of autos in a recent package.  He knocked 5 cards off of my 1987 set, including this Charlie Leibrandt.  I joined a private signing with Leibrandt a while back and the promoter lost my cards, so I got screwed on that.  I
I'll never use those folks again.
He also knocked off Alfredo Griffin, who for some reason I have missed on several private signings.  I sent TTM to Ray Fontenot, but never got anything back, and also Curt Wilkerson and Domingo Ramos.
Gerard also saw Mickey Tettleton at a recent Cape Cod League game.  He knew in advance, so I was able to send him some cards.  They all turned out great.  This 1994 Upper Deck really looks good.  That really might be an underrated set, in my opinion.  The cards tend to look really sharp when signed.
These Tettletons also turned out great.  I especially like the 1993 Topps Finest.  Those cards really look amazing when signed, especially in person.
I rarely get the opportunity to get any 2001 Heritage signed, as I don't have many, but this one of Tom Goodwin really looks good.  I love Heritage and this one really will look cool in my album.
Gerard also got me a few other Goodwins signed; just a few randoms that I found in my boxes.
He also got me Max Rajcic from the Cape League on a coupld Stars and Stripes.
My green parallels turned out really great.  I was super happy he was able to get Triston Casas for me, since I missed him.  The Feltman also looks awesome.
Finally, Gerard finished off a bunch of cards I had sent him for Portland.  I was glad to be able to get him a few Hudson Potts cards once he got with the Red Sox.  Along with all of these other guys.

Thanks so much for the cards, Gerard!

Saturday, July 17, 2021

TTM Success - Andrew Abbott

These Panini American Pride cards look really great.  I hate that this TTM success that I got back from Andrew Abbott had such a bad marker used, but the card is still signed and will still go into my album.  I prepped the card, but I think it was just a dying marker that he used.

Abbott (b. 1999) was a 2nd round pick by the Reds in the 2021 July Amateur Draft out of the University of Virginia.  He probably will start his pro career at Low A ball, since he was a college pitcher, but that is, of course, up to the Reds.

I mailed to Abbott on January 20 and got the card back signed, along with a note on March 5, for a 44-day TAT.

Friday, July 16, 2021

TTM Success - David Huff

Here are some nice cards that I got signed TTM from David Huff.  They had been hanging around in my boxes for a long time, and finally got out and put into my albums.  I really liked the 2009 Topps Heritage.  The card turned out really well, and the design is a classic.
Huff also signed a 2006 Bowman gold parallel, 2010 Topps and a 2010 Topps Heritage.

Huff (b. 1984) played in the majors from 2009 to 2016 for the Indians, Yankees, Giants, Dodgers and Angels.  He had a career record of 25-30 with 234 strike outs and a 5.17 ERA.

I mailed to Huff on January 23 and got the cards back on March 5, for a 41-day TAT.

TTM Success - Joe Palumbo

Former Wood Duck Joe Palumbo signed a few cards for me TTM through Rangers Spring Training.  This 2020 Panini Select was the key to the TTM request, and the card looks awesome.  I really like this design, and the cards look really great in my album.
I also got a 2020 Donruss base and a foil signed; the foil is on the right.

Palumbo (b. 1994) was a 30th round pick by the Rangers in the 2013 June Amateur Draft out of St. John the Baptist High School in New York.  He made his debut for the Rangers in 2019, and also pitched for them in 2020.  He has a record of 0-4 with 26 strike outs and a 9.47 ERA.

I mailed to Palumbo on February 9 and got the cards back on March 4, for a 23-day TAT.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

TTM Success - Kris Bubic

The first 2021 Topps that I was able to get signed was actually this one that came back from Royals Spring Training TTM from Kris Bubic.  I have gotten a few 2021s since, but this definitely was the first.  Bubic has a very slight signature, but it is there, I assure you.

Bubic (b. 1997) was a first round (40th overall) pick by the Royals in the 2018 June Amateur Draft out of Stanford.  He made his MLB debut in 2020 for the Royals and has also pitched this season.  He has a record of 3-10 with 97 strike outs and a 4.89 ERA.

I mailed to Bubic on February 16 and got the card back on March 4, for a 16-day TAT.

TTM Success - Tim Berry

Several cards came out of my Orioles box when I was able to get Tim Berry to sign for me TTM.  I had his stuff put aside for a while, hoping that I would have seen him at some point, but that never happened.  I had seen earlier in the year where someone got him TTM, so I dug a bunch of cards out and sent them along.
All of the cards turned out great.  The 2015 Pro Debut at the top of this post is probably my favorite of the bunch.  He also signed 2014 Bowman, 2014 Pro Debut, 2015 Heritage Minors and 2015 Bowman.

Berry (b. 1991) was a 50th round pick by the Orioles in the 2009 June Amateur Draft out of San Marcos High School in California.  He played in the minors from 2010 to 2018 in the Orioles, Marlins, Padres and Phillies systems.  He did reach AAA, but was unable to make the jump to the majors.  He had a career record of 36-50 with 636 strike outs and a 4.77 ERA.

I mailed to Berry on December 1 and got the cards back on March 2, for a 91-day TAT.

TTM Success - Rosey Grier

This really nice 2001 Topps Archives of Rosey Grier turned up in one of the boxes I got from my former LCS when it closed.  I thought it looked cool, so I looked Grier up and saw that he signs TTM for a fee through his foundation.  I got the card back signed, along with a note thanking me for my donation.  I was really happy with how the card looks.

Grier (b. 1932) celebrates a birthday today, July 14.  He played in the NFL from 1955 to 1966 for the Giants and Rams.  He was a first-team All Pro 8 times and second-team All Pro 6 times.  He was a third round (31st overall) draft pick out of Penn State in 1955.  He was an NFL Champion with the Giants in 1956.

After his football career ended, he would go on to become a bodyguard for Senator Robert Kennedy during Kennedy's 1968 presidential campaign.  He was guarding Ethel Kennedy when Robert was shot.  He subdued the shooter and took control of the gun.  Grier also acted (mostly television) and sang.

I mailed to Grier on February 10 and got the card back on March 2, for a 20-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $30.00.

Monday, July 12, 2021

TTM Success - Chris Hoiles

This 1994 Triple Play Medalists card has kind of become an old friend, as far as signed cards go.  I worked to get the card filled with autographs, and finally finished it when I saw a private signing with Chris Hoiles pop up.

I didn't think it would take long to fill the card, then the Orioles canned Fan Fest... Then COVID happened.  I figured Hoiles would be an easy signature.
So, I waited and finally, a private signing came up.  I sent the medalists card, as well as this 1991 Crown Orioles.  Both look great, and I can finally let that medalists card rest in my album.  Now, I just need to figure out which album I took it out of in the first place.

Hoiles (b. 1965) played in the majors from 1989 to 1998, all for the Orioles.  He had 739 hits, 151 home runs and a .262 batting average.  He finished 16th in the 1993 AL MVP race.

I mailed to the signing on January 2 and got the cards back on March 1, for a 58-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $24.00.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

July 10, 2021, Graphing Recap of Hillcats at Mudcats

A snap decision to take a look at the Lynchburg Hillcats while they were in Zebulon facing the Mudcats led me to almost missing getting several cards signed.  I had a couple guys send me Lynchburg cards to get signed as a 50/50 just in case I saw them, and I had some put aside from 2020 and 2021 Bowman.  I missed the guys I had pulled back in 2018 and 2019 and put aside in a Carolina League graphing box that I had put together.  Thankfully, about 15 minutes before we left for Zebulon, I remembered that I had that stash of cards.  I got them all prepped and into my snap case in time to leave for the game, then loaded them into my books for pre-game.  One of the cards was the above 2018 Bowman Chrome gold refractor of Lenny Torres.
The day actually called for a double header, and I came only armed with Hillcats cards in three books; me; my son, Chris and my friend, Tyler.  We were able to finish up everyone by the start of the second game, which was great, because it was super hot and humid out there.  We ended up leaving halfway though the second game since we were really tired and thirsty (and didn't want to continue to pay $6.00 for bottled soda).
I was worried that I wouldn't be able to finish off some of the cards, since this would be the only time I would see the Hillcats.  Luckily, none of the players limited, and we were able to see all of the ones I had brought cards for.  Daniel Espino was especially nice, signing everything that each of us had, and also carrying on lengthy conversations with each grapher he came into contact with.
I had a whole bunch of different Espino cards, and I was really happy with how they all turned out.
I was worried that I would miss Petey Halpin.  He walked by before the first game and said he would come back.  Turned out, he meant he would come back after the first game.  He did, and signed everything we had.
Finally, we were able to get Josh Wolf, who also was really nice, and talkative.  The whole group of Hillcats that we saw were all super nice and talkative.

We ended up getting: Espino x 21, Christian Cairo x 5, Petey Halipn x 4, Korey Holland x 3, Gabriel Rodriguez x 2, Lenny Torres x 6, Yordys Valdez x 3 and Josh Wolf x 10, or a total of 54 signatures.