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Saturday, September 4, 2021

TTM Success - Mike Matheny

The signature on this 1997 Topps isn't too easy to see, but it is there, and looks good in person.  I made sure to include this card in the TTM request I sent to Mike Matheny via Royals Spring Training this year, because I rarely am able to send them out, and wanted to get this one done because it is a good shot of Matheny.
I also sent these two along; 2001 Topps and 2003 Topps.  Both look great.

Matheny (b. 1970) played in the majors from 1994 to 2006 for the Brewers, Blue Jays, Cardinals and Giants.  He had 925 hits, 67 home runs and a .239 batting average.  He was a 4-time Gold Glove Award winner (2000, 2003, 2004 and 2005).

Matheny managed the Cardinals from 2012 to 2018 and has managed the Royals since 2020.  He holds (as of today) a managerial record of 677-582 (.538 win %).  He won the NL pennant in 2013, where his Cardinals lost to the Red Sox in the World Series.

I mailed to Matheny via Royals Spring Training on February 11 and got the cards back on March 27, for a 44-day TAT.

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