I mailed to Kemp on February 22, 2021, and got the cards back on March 23, 2022, for a 394-day TAT. I had also sent to him this season (before these came back), so hopefully, I get a second return.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Lollar (b. 1956) played in the majors from 1980 to 1986 for the Yankees, Padres, White Sox and Red Sox. He had a record of 47-52 with 600 strike outs and a 4.27 ERA.
I mailed to the signing on February 1 and got the card back on March 23, for a 50-day TAT. I paid a fee of $15.00.
Monday, May 23, 2022
Widell (b. 1997) was a 7th round pick by the Twins in the 2017 June Amateur Draft out of Central Arizona College. He played in the minors (reaching High A) in the Twins and Dodgers organizations in 2017, 2019 and 2021. He had a record of 2-9 with 111 strike outs and a 5.46 ERA in three minor league seasons.
I mailed to Widell on January 12 and got the card back on March 21, for a 68-day TAT.
Sunday, May 22, 2022
With the Wood Ducks out of town this weekend, I decided to head to Bowie and catch a few Orioles prospects that I had missed in the past. I had the above 2021 Bowman Chrome aqua shimmer refractor of Jordan Westburg that I absolutely wanted to get signed. He signed it, even though it is personalized. That doesn't really matter to me, except for one of the guys I was with took one of my Gunnar Henderson cards and said "I'll get him to sign it for you." I told him that Gunnar would ask his name an personalize the card and the guy said "That's ok, I'll tell him my name is William, too..."
So, I let him take my 2020 Topps Heritage Minors Gunnar Henderson, and he proceeded to tell him "Oh, my name is Carl..." Meaning, he personalized the card to Carl. I told Carl, "Hey, it's no big deal, you can keep the card. I have a few other of these, so I'll bring one next time." Carl said, "Oh, no, I don't want it. It's funnier if you have a card in your collection with someone else's name on it." I would have much rather he kept the card, though. To be fair, he's my friend's uncle, and he was fun to talk to about baseball during the game, and he did seemingly have a good time. I just don't think he quite understood how I enjoy getting autographs and put a lot of time in preparing for trips like this. To each their own, I suppose.
I finally was able to move several Adam Hall cards out of my box. My Staedtler seems to be dying; the cards at the top were signed with the dying Staedtler and were in my friend, Alex's book. The ones on the bottom were signed with a new type of marker that I found at Hobby Lobby. The new marker seems to be doing really well and is substantially cheaper than a Staedtler.
I also was able to get a couple cards signed out of my 2019 Delmarva team set. Dean Kremer was rehabbing with the Baysox, but he ignored us. Hudson Haskin also ignored us pre and post-game. We also were ignored by Zach Watson.
Speaking of Watson, I almost missed that he was on the roster. While thrashing on Friday to find some of his cards, I found two Riley Pint cards that I had picked up from a dime box at last year's National. I also had found the 2020 Heritage Minors Michael Toglia card while looking for some 50/50 stuff. So, after the game, Alex and his aunt and uncle left; I stayed behind and was able to get the two Yard Goat guys I had cards of. I got them outside, which was a lot easier than I remember from the last time I was in Bowie.
Personalizations aside, I had a great with with Alex and his family, and I would definitely go with them to another game. Bowie is really easy to graph at, even if you have some guys ignoring you.
In all, I got Adam Hall x 6, Gunnar Henderson x 1 (I'm not counting Carl's card), Jordan Westburg x 1, Kyle Moore x 1, Drew Rom x 1, Joey Oriz x 1, Riley Pint x 2 and Michael Toglia x 1 (14 total autographs).
Thursday, May 19, 2022
I mailed to Veale on February 28 and got the cards back on March 21, for a 21-day TAT. I paid Veale's fee of $5.00/card.
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Milbourne (b. 1951) played in the majors from 1974 to 1984 for the Astros, Mariners, Yankees, Twins, Indians and Phillies. He had 623 hits, 11 home runs and a .254 batting average.
I mailed to Milbourne on February 28 and got the cards back on March 21, for a 21-day TAT. I paid a fee of $5.00/card.
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
In all, I got the following autographs: Today's graphing recap of Hillcats at Wood Ducks: Maximo Acosta x 6, Mitch Bratt x 9, Dylan MacLean x 15, Cam Cauley x 14, Yosy Galan x 4, Ian Moller x 15, Milan Tolentino x 26, Leury Tejada x 12, Guilder Rodriguez x 13, Carson Tucker x 34, Omir Santos x 16, Yordys Valdes x 17, Junior Paniagua x 3, Bradford Webb x 2, Tucker Mitchell x 2, Isaiah Greene x 25, Sharnol Adriana x 2, Teodoro Ortega x 1, Jose Rodriguez x 1 and Jake Fox x 12 (229 total signatures).
A highlight of the series was meeting some fellow graphers who had traveled from the NJ/Philly area, Brian and Joshua. I have talked to both of them for years on Instagram, and Joshua has read my blog for even longer than that. It was really nice putting some faces with the names, and helping the guys have a fun and positive experience graphing at my home stadium.
Monday, May 16, 2022
Thanks for taking the 50/50, Gerard. I hope you had a great trip!
Sunday, May 15, 2022
In all, I got the following autographs: Luisangel Acuna x 3, Joe Corbett x 2, Ben Anderson x 1, Marc Church x 1, Evan Carter x 1, Cody Freeman x 2, Jake Guenther x 4, Cristian Inoa x 1, Josh Smith x 2, John Matthews x 2, Nick Krauth x 2, Triston Polley x 2, Scott Kapers x 2, Thomas Saggese x 2, Spencer Mraz x 1, TK Roby x 4, Mason Englert x 2, Owen White x 6, Kawika Emsley-Pai x 2 and Danny Farquhar x 1 (43 total signatures).
Saturday, May 14, 2022
Freeman (b. 1987) played in the majors from 2016 to 2021 for the Diamondbacks, Mariners, Dodgers, Cubs, Indians and Reds. He had 80 hits, 5 home runs and a .225 batting average.
I mailed to Freeman on February 22 and got the card back on March 19, for a 25-day TAT.
Friday, May 13, 2022
Eisenreich (b. 1959) played in the majors from 1982 to 1984 and 1987 to 1998 for the Twins, Royals, Phillies, Marlins and Dodgers. He had 1,160 hits, 52 home runs and a .290 batting average. He won the World Series with the Marlins in 1997. He appeared on the 2004 Hall of Fame ballot, but received only 0.6% of the vote.
I mailed to Eisenreich on February 10 and got the cards back on March 19, for a 37-day TAT.
Thursday, May 12, 2022
I mailed to O'Rourke on February 9 and got the cards back on March 19, for a 38-day TAT.
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Fossum (b. 1978) played in the majors from 2001 to 2009 for the Red Sox, Diamondbacks, Devil Rays, Tigers and Mets. He had a record of 40-53 with 607 strike outs and a 5.45 ERA.
I mailed to Fossum on February 2 and got the cards back on March 18, for a 44-day TAT.
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Atwater (b. 1966) played pro football from 1989 to 1999 for the Broncos and Jets. He had 24 interceptions for 408 yards in his career. He won the Super Bowl twice with the Broncos (1997 and 1998) and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2020.
I mailed to Atwater on January 26 and got the card back on March 18, for a 51-day TAT.
Monday, May 9, 2022
McClain (b. 1933) played in the majors from 1961 to 1962 for the Senators. He had a record of 8-22 with 82 strike outs and a 4.42 ERA.
I mailed to McClain on December 13 and got the cards back on March 12, for an 89-day TAT.
Sunday, May 8, 2022
Betts (b. 1991) was an 18th round pick by the Red Sox in the 2014 June Amateur Draft out of Duke. He played in the minors (all in the Boston system) from 2014 to 2018, reaching AAA. He had 387 hits, 43 home runs and a .239 batting average.
I mailed to Betts on January 20 and got the cards back on March 12, for a 51-day TAT.
Saturday, May 7, 2022
Jurica (b. 1988) was a 3rd round pick by the Giants in the 2010 June Amateur Draft out of Kansas State. He played in the minors from 2010 to 2013, all in the Giants system, reaching AAA. He had 317 hits, 17 home runs and a .259 batting average.
I mailed to Jurica on February 16 and got the card back on March 12, for a 24-day TAT.