Sunday, July 31, 2022

TTM Success - Will Middlebrooks

My friend, Michael, approached me about a private signing with Will Middlebrooks, so I signed up. I had wanted this 2014 Topps Chrome orange refractor signed for a while, so once I was able to find the card, I sent it off.
I also sent a couple Topps cards (a 2015 and a 2017); both turned out well. 

Middlebrooks (b. 1988) played in the majors from 2012 to 2017 for the Red Sox, Padres, Brewers and Rangers. He had 262 hits, 43 home runs and a .228 batting average. He won the World Series in 2013 with the Red Sox.

I mailed to the signing on April 15 and got the cards back on June 18, for a 64-day TAT.

Saturday, July 30, 2022

TTM Success - Josh Rutledge

Some more early 2010s cards got signed via TTM recently, this time from Josh Rutledge. The above 2012 Heritage Minors turned out nicely. I liked this set when it came out. I inherited a bunch of these cards when the LCS closed, so, I've been able to get a few signed here and there. 
I also sent this 2010 Bowman, which also turned out nicely.

Rutledge (b. 1989) played in the majors from 2012 to 2017 for the  Rockies and Red Sox. He had 284 hits, 20 home runs and a .258 batting average.

I mailed to Rutledge on January 11, 2021, and got the cards back on June 18, 2022, for a 523-day TAT.

Friday, July 29, 2022

TTM Success - Scott Lewis

For some reason, 2009 cards are vastly underrepresented in my autograph album. I believe that is because I offloaded a bunch of that stuff at past shows. In hindsight, I probably should have kept some of it, but at the time, I wasn't getting cards signed. Oh well. I added two 2009 cards to my autograph album with this TTM success from Scott Lewis. He signed this 2009 Topps Crome and a 2009 Allen & Ginter.
Lewis (b. 1983) played in the majors from 2008 to 2009 for the Indians. He had a 4-0 record, 18 strike outs and a 3.49 ERA.

I mailed to Lewis on March 28 and got the cards back on May 31, for a 63-day TAT.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

TTM Success - James Loney

At one point, I had a large stack of James Loney cards put aside because I was going to try him TTM. I also feel like I remember him playing on either a minor league or independent league team that I thought I was going to see. Either way, it didn't happen and those cards got put somewhere else. When I saw a James Loney private signing pop up, with not knowing where those cards were, I raided my rookies box for this nice 2006 Fleer Future Foundations card. I really like this design, and the blue works well with the Sharpie that he signed with.

Loney (b. 1984) played in the majors from 2006 to 2016 for the Dodgers, Red Sox, Rays and Mets. He had 1,425 hits, 108 home runs and a .284 batting average.

I mailed to the signing on April 27 and got the card back on May 28, for a 30-day TAT.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

TTM Success - Ryan Goleski

There was a period of time recently where I sent off a bunch of older Bowman cards to make some room in my boxes. To try to condense the three or four boxes of prospect type cards down so I could have a spot for newer stuff. When I do that, I end up with some cool cards in my autograph album like this 2005 Bowman gold parallel of Ryan Goleski. I got the card back signed TTM, even through the autograph isn't very evident on the scan.

Goleski (b. 1982) was a 24th round pick in the 2003 June Amateur Draft by the Indians out of Eastern Michigan University. He played in the minors from 2003 to 2008, all in the Indians system. He had 664 hits, 102 home runs and a .268 batting average. The highest level he reached was AA.

I mailed to Goleski on March 3 and got the card back on May 26, for an 84-day TAT.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

TTM Success - Tom Dodd

Here are some cool cards I got signed TTM recently. The above 1986 All Star card is one that I found in the boxes from my former LCS (I think). The card turned out nicely and looks good in my album. 
I lucked out and saw that Dodd was also in the 1991 Crown Orioles set, so I got that card signed as well.

Dodd (b. 1958) played I'm 8 games for the Orioles in 1986. He had 3 hits, 1 home run and a .231 batting average.

I mailed to Dodd on May 18 and got the cards back on May 26 for an 8-day TAT. 

Monday, July 25, 2022

TTM Success - Stephen Pryor

Some more early 2010s cards came out of my boxes with this TTM success from Stephen Pryor.  I hav a ton of 2010 Bowman, and getting at least one of them out of my box is a good thing.  Not that there's anything wrong with the set, you just get tired of looking at them every time you go through the box.
I also sent off a 2010 Topps Pro Debut and a 2013 Topps Update.

Pryor (b. 1989) played in the majors from 2012 to 2014 for the Mariners.  He had a record of 3-1 with 35 strike outs and a 2.81 ERA.

I mailed to Pryor on October 27 and got the cards back on May 23, for a 228-day TAT.

Sunday, July 24, 2022

TTM Success - Wes Anderson

When scanned, 2000 Bowman Chrome doesn't look all that impressive. In person, this card looks decent. These cards don't hold up too well over time, mainly because the UV gets kind of fuzzy. Still, I'm happy with this TTM success from Wes Anderson.

Anderson (b. 1979) was a 14th round pick by the Marlins in the 1997 June Amateur Draft out of Pine Bluff High School in Arkansas. He played in the minors from 1998 to 2003 in the Marlins and Red Sox systems. He had a record of 21-24 with 316 strike outs and a 3.16 ERA. He wound up reaching High A.

I mailed to Anderson on February 9 and got the card back on May 23, for a 103-day TAT.

Friday, July 22, 2022

Another TTM Success From Andruw Jones

Another private signing popped up for Andruw Jones recently, so I sent off this Japanese card that my friend, Ryan, had gotten for me a while back.  The card turned out great and is now in my autograph album.

I mailed to the signing on April 26 and got the card back on May 23, for a 27-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $20.00.

Thursday, July 21, 2022

TTM Success - Billy Brewer

Here are some mid-90s junk wax cards that I added to my autograph album via this TTM success from Billy Brewer.  The above 1994 Stadium Club turned out nicely; I had forgotten about this set, but really like it.  The label-maker design was a unique one, to say the least, but it allowed for a full photo on the card, and they tended to look pretty decent.
I also got a 1993 Bowman and a 1994 Fleer Ultra, as well.  Both of these are nice.

Brewer (b. 1968) played in the majors from 1993 to 1999 for the Royals, Yankees, A's and Phillies.  He had a record of 11-11 with 137 strike outs and a 4.79 ERA.

I mailed to Brewer on February 2 and got the cards back on May 20, for a 107-day TAT.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

TTM Success - Kyle Freeland

Here is another 2021 Spring Training TTM success that came in a couple months ago.  This success was from Kyle Freeland on some cards that I had put aside a while ago.  I finally got them signed, and they turned out great.  I love the 2018 Topps Heritage Minors posters insert cards.  I was really happy that Freeland signed this one.
I also got a 2015 Pro Debut, 2015 Pro Debut Grand Entrance and a 2015 Bowman Chrome 89 Bowman insert signed.

Freeland (b. 1993) has played in the majors since 2017 for the Rockies.  He has a record of 44-47 with 579 strike outs and a 4.30 ERA.  He finished 7th in the 2017 NL Rookie of the Year voting and 4th in the 2018 NL Cy Young Award race.

I mailed to Freeland on February 9, 2021, and got the cards back on May 17, 2022, for a 462-day TAT.  The envelope I had was almost destroyed and the cards came in one of those "We Care" envelopes, but all of the cards I had sent were accounted for and undamaged.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

July 2022 Graphing of Fireflies at Wood Ducks

Last week's series between the Fireflies and Wood Ducks showed me that I am getting to be just about ready for the season to come to a conclusion.  While I had a ton of cards to get signed, and an extra pair of hands this week, this was still one of the tougher series I have had.  The series before against the Cannonballers was probably the toughest, but this one tried my patience at times.
Still, we did well graphing.  We got a lot of different cards signed.  I was able to move a bunch of 2021 stuff out of my boxes, and add them to the album.
There were also a good many cards from older sets that I was able to get signed, and there would have been more, had the coaches for the Fireflies not been so tough to get to sign.  Tony Pena, Jr. stopped pre-game once for us during the series.  He would sign different cards, so I was able to get a few taken care of.  Later in the series, however, he would tell a group of us that he would sign outside after the game.  So, for the first time this season, I waited outside.  Pena walked by us and ignored us.  This was Saturday.
To be fair, the graphing crowd on Saturday was the largest that I had seen in Kinston since probably 2018, when Luis Robert was in town.  There was a group of graphers from the Raleigh area, and two teenagers (both named Dylan, oddly enough) who were visiting from Durham.  I talked to the first Dylan for the better part of the game, and helped him get some stuff signed after the game.  He and his friend seemed like nice people, and I think they enjoyed their time in Kinston enough to want to come back during the Fredericksburg series.

Glenn Hubbard would take the long way to the opposing dugout; skipping where we were standing entirely.  Tuesday, after the game, he went down the left field line and signed everything for everyone.  After that, he wouldn't sign for anyone at all the rest of the series.
John Habyan, by far, was the nicest of the coaches.  He stopped for everyone every time he walked by, which was great.  I didn't pull much of his stuff, and a couple of his cards were given to me by a fellow grapher.

The toughest coach was Chris Nelson.  He stopped one time after Tuesday's game, then signed one per for the three of us.  After that, he would completely ignore us, with the exception of answering me one time when I asked "Do you have time to sign" to which he replied "Ummm, Nah." and kept walking.
The pitchers, by far, were the best signers of the week.  Ben Hernandez signed everything we had over the week.  I was glad to get my blue 2021 Heritage Minors parallel signed.  The card is numbered 60/99.  The Panini Elite Extra Edition is a die cut parallel and is numbered 159/999.
I was glad to get Frank Mozzicato to sign the cards that I had.  He was the Royals first round pick last year.
I had some parallels and stuff for the Wood Ducks as well, and this 2021 Panini Elite Extra Edition of Cam Cauley is numbered 479/499.
My friend, Gerard, sent me a bunch of Jose Rodriguez parallels from 2022 Bowman and a Mitch Bratt refractor from 2021 Panini Prizm.  Regardless of the issues with the coaches, I had a good time graphing this week.  In all, I got the following autographs:

Maximo Acosta x 6, Cam Cauley x 22, Ryan Garcia x 9, Dylan MacLean x 2, Ian Moller x 10, Jose Rodriguez x 12, Jesus Azuaje x 1, John Habyan x 8, Glenn Hubbard x 16, Chris Nelson x 5, Ben Hernandez x 23, Carter Jensen x 7, Frank Mozzicato x 8, Shane Panzini x 8, Erick Pena x 21, Mitch Bratt x 1, Ben Kurdna x 7 and Tony Pena Jr x 15 (182 total autographs).

Monday, July 18, 2022

TTM Success - Kyle Dowdy

Here is a Spring Training TTM success from earlier this season from Kyle Dowdy.  I sent these two 2019 Topps Update cards to Red Spring Training, and got them back signed in black ink.
I really enjoyed the 2019 Topps set, for some reason, and I was glad to see these two update cards get signed.  Dowdy never came through Kinston, but it is still really nice getting a Spring Training success (especially since I sent out to many, and didn't get a whole lot of them back).

Dowdy (b. 1993) played in the majors in 2019 for the Rangers.  He went 2-1 with 17 strike outs and a 7.25 ERA.  This season, he is in the Reds system, and has played at AAA with Louisville.  He is currently 1-2 with a 5.27 ERA and 32 strike outs.  I doubt those numbers will get him another shot at the Majors, unless injuries force the Reds hand.

I mailed to Dowdy on March 12 and got the cards back on May 16, for a 58-day TAT.

Sunday, July 17, 2022

TTM Success - Jake Barrett

A few more cards came out of my boxes with this TTM success from Jake Barrett.  Topps Heritage is always a nice choice when getting a card signed, and this 2016 Heritage of Barrett turned out nicely.
I also got a 2014 Bowman out of my box, as well as a 2017 Topps.  These two cards also turned out nicely when Barrett signed them.

Barrett (b. 1991) played in the majors from 2016 to 2019 for the Diamondbacks and Yankees.  He had a record of 2-4 with 92 strike outs and a 4.45 ERA.

I mailed to Barrett on January 11 and got the cards back on May 14, for a 123-day TAT.

Saturday, July 16, 2022

TTM Success - Brandon Eckerle

Here is a random 2012 Pro Debut that I grabbed from my box and tried TTM.  It worked, obviously, because (even though the silver Sharpie is hard to see in the scan) Brandon Eckerle sent it back signed.

Eckerle (b. 1988) was a 32nd round pick by the Tigers in the 2011 June Amateur Draft out of Michigan State.  He played in the Tigers organization only in 2011, then was done, only reaching high A.  He had 69 hits, no home runs and a .330 batting average.  Makes you wonder why he was done after only one season.

I mailed to Eckerle on March 31 and got the card back on May 14, for a 44-day TAT.

Friday, July 15, 2022

TTM Success - John Halama

This 2001 Upper Deck of John Halama was one of those cards that I found in a box that I just had to get autographed once I saw it.  It was among a small stack of 2001 Uper Decks that I had found at a show with my good friend, Ryan, earlier this year.  I didn't realize how much I enjoyed the photography of this set.  I was really glad that I added the stack to a bulk deal that I had made at that show.
Because I had seen that Halama was signing, I found a few of his other cards in my boxes; a 2002, 2003 and 2004 Topps, along with another card from the bulk deal at the show, the below 2000 Upper Deck.
Halama (b. 1972) played in the majors from 1998 to 2006 for the Astros, Mariners, A's, Devil Rays, Red Sox, Nationals and Orioles.  He had a record of 56-48 with 492 strike outs and a 4.65 ERA.

I mailed to Halama on March 16 and got the cards back on May 12, for a 57-day TAT.

Thursday, July 14, 2022

TTM Success - David Walling

This 2001 Bowman Chrome looks rough, but in all actuality, it turned out pretty well in person.  I think the UV got roughed up when the card stuck to another one, but it doesn't really matter to me.  I was able to get this, and three other Bowman cards signed TTM by David Walling.
He signed the 01 Chrome, a 1999 Bowman, 1999 Bowman foil and a 2000 Bowman.  I really enjoy getting some of these cards out of that box and into my album.  I wish a few more of these guys were coaches around the minors and I could get some of them signed that way, as well.

Walling (b. 1978) was a first round (27th overall) pick in the 1999 June Amateur Draft by the Yankees out of the University of Arkansas.  He played in the minors from 1999 to 2002 in the Yankees system, reaching AAA.  He had a record of 24-24 with 283 strike outs and a 4.10 ERA.

I mailed to Walling on March 31 and got the cards back on May 12, for a 42-day TAT.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Graphing Road Trip 2022

Thanks to COVID, it has been a couple years since Chris and I have been able to take a graphing road trip.  We missed the 2020 season when it was canceled, then last season, we just took a week and did Durham.  This year, though, we loaded up the Honda, and drove out west, hitting several ballparks in the process.
We started the trip Friday night after we left the Wood Ducks game, making our way to my parents' farm in Yadkinville.  From there, Saturday morning, we went to see the Rocket City Trash Pandas at the Tennessee Smokies.  We got to the Smokies ballpark early, and tried some graphing outside.  We were able to get a few players from both teams outside, since there is a breezeway from the clubhouse to the building that houses the batting cages.  Jordyn Adams had just been called up to the Trash Pandas, and was really nice when we met him.  Outside, I also got Torii Hunter, Jr. and Bryce Ball.
When we got inside the stadium, we were able to get a couple of the Trash Pandas pitchers, including Sam Bachman on a couple nice cards.
We moved to the Smokies side when the Trash Pandas pitchers went in the clubhouse pregame, and got a few players over there.  We were focusing on the Smokies, since I had a night at Trash Pandas stadium planned later in the week.
I missed getting a couple of the cards signed that I really wanted, like my gold 2019 Pro Debut Cole Roederer, but I had reached out to someone on Instagram who gave me some tips on graphing the Smokies, who also had agreed to take some 50/50s.
I barely remember getting all of these Smokies cards signed, since so much happened since the beginning of the trip, but we did get limited, because the game drug on, and we really needed to get on the road.
So, instead of graphing outside by the clubhouse post-game, we opted instead to go ahead and shave some time off of our ride to our next stop on the trip.
One cool thing about seeing the Smokies was that former Wood Duck CD Pelham is on that team.  He remembered us, and Chris sat by him during the game and caught up.  It was really cool that he remembered us.
The original plan for the trip was to graph in Hickory on Saturday, then go on to the Smokies on Sunday.  Since I had just seen Hickory a couple weeks prior, I skipped them and did Tennessee a day early.  The intention was to get to our destination a day early, to allow more time for either graphing there, or an extra day in another of the cities we had planned to get to.
The problem was, I had mapped out the schedule thinking I would be seeing the Arkansas Travelers on Monday, July 4.  Our new schedule put me in Little Rock a day early.  No big deal; I did a quick glance at the Travelers schedule and saw they were playing Tulsa, so I quickly got some Tulsa cards pulled and prepped.  We got to their ballpark on Sunday, when I realized, this place was dead.  I went to buy my ticket and got the unfortunate news that the Travelers were playing Tulsa... AT Tulsa.  Oops.  So, I booked a hotel in Little Rock, took Chris to dinner, then we finished the latest season of Stranger Things.  It ended up working out.
Now, though, we were back on schedule, with the Springfield Cardinals visiting the Arkansas Travelers on July 4th.  I did get one of my goal cards signed at that game, the above Emerson Hancock relic card from Panini Elite Extra Edition.  Graphing there is a little tough; there is one small area you can stand (with several other graphers) and try to get the attention of players from both teams as they walk toward the dugout.
If a player hits in the cages pregame, you are kind of screwed there, because that player will walk from the cages in center field toward the dugouts.  Too far away to come over and sign.
We got only a few guys pregame, and missed most of the Cardinals guys, but post-game, Chris and I learned that you can stand on the middle level by the stairs that the players come up and call them over.  That worked a lot better for us, and we were able to knock out a bunch of stuff.  Except I missed the two biggest guys on Springfield, Jordan Walker and Masyn Winn.
Good thing, though, we had a second day in Arkansas planned for our return trip home.  Knowing everything I had found out the first game, we were in much better position later in the week to rack some of the guys.
Jordan Walker was one of the guys I got the second time in Arkansas; he was a strict one-per, so I had Chris get a second 2021 Heritage Minors card signed for a friend of mine.
I didn't have a whole lot for Springfield to begin with, but I was happy that my friend had reminded me that Malcom Nunez was on the team and I found his cards pretty quickly.
Even with the limited amount of stuff that I had, I did fairly well.  I was glad to get several 2021 Heritage Minors cards signed.  That has become one of my favorite sets to get signed lately.
For some reason, I only could find two Masyn Winn cards to get signed, but thankfully, I got them both done.  You can't graph outside in Arkansas; we learned that pretty quickly, since the clubhouses exit into a gated lot, so once the game was over, Chris and I were back in the car and on our way to our next stop.
That next stop was the only minor league game on the schedule for Tuesday, July 5, the Las Vegas Aviators at Oklahoma City Dodgers.  I had seen that the Dodgers were the only game on, and they were only 3 hours from our destination city, Wichita, so I worked my schedule around that.
Graphing in Oklahoma City was similar to Durham.  You can get the away team as they arrive at their entrance, but one difference is that the home team exits behind the stadium in a gated lot.  So, thanks to those tips from a fellow grapher, we knew where to stand and get some of the Aviators.  As always, arrival is tough because I am terrible at recognizing faces.  We still did decently, and were even able to get the Dodgers' Marshall Kasowski as he came outside to pick up his Door Dash (and I actually recognized his face).
Inside the park, we picked a side (Oklahoma City) and graphed next to the dugout pre and post-game.  We did really well, considering this was AAA, and also cleaned up on Shea Langeliers, since he was hanging out by the net at home plate (around where we had been stationed) after the game.  He was super nice, and signed everything on the page.
Speaking of not being able to recognize faces, I was able to recognize hair, and it was easy to spot Grant Holmes.  I was glad to finally get him to sign some of my cards that I had in my for for a long time.
Jake Lemoine didn't recognize Chris and I from his Wood Ducks days, but he did stop and sign for us outside pregame.
I was really happy to get all of the cards signed that we did from Shea Langeliers.  He was really nice outside when we met him, and was again nice to Chris when he saw him inside.
I ended up with a few cards unsigned of Langeliers, but I didn't want to push my luck.  I was super sasitfied with what we got done; I don't need to keep a bunch of extras that won't go into my album.
I do use the extras for trades and care packages, but even that is wearing me out lately, so I was ok with limiting what I got done.  We also wanted to get on the road to Wichita, so we could sleep in Wednesday morning, so we didn't do any graphing outside post-game.
Wednesday put us in Wichita, and with a 7PM game, Chris and I slept in, watched a couple episodes of Shameless in the hotel room, then went to the botanical gardens and walked around to get some steps in.  The gardens were really nice, and gave us a little non-baseball activity to do.
Wichita is a brand new stadium, which is really nice.  We tried graphing by the home dugout pre-game, but were told by an usher that we weren't allowed to "bother the players" prior to the game.  Still, we were able to get Andrew Bechtold by the net as he walked out to the bullpen.
Not wanting to get ejected from the ballpark, we tried, instead, to go by the away dugout and see if we could get some of the Amarillo Sod Poodles to sign.  No ushers bothered us there, and we were able to finish off most of the Sod Poodles cards that I had brought.
We had also met a few fellow graphers in the stadium, an old man who was visiting from Tulsa, a woman who routinely graphed the stadium (and gave me a Brandon Pfaadt card, since I didn't have one) and a pair of brothers who knew all of the outside graphing at the stadium.  We were able to stand with those guys outside and clean up, which was nice.
Wichita had their team sets out, so, I bought one each for Chris and I.  That ran my signature numbers up, but it was a nice-looking set, and I was glad to get a chunk of it done.
There are still cards left unsigned from the team set, but we did pretty well with it.  I befriended one of the brothers who was there, and he agreed to take my leftovers and try to get them signed for me.
Kevin Merrill was a little tough; Chris missed him initially, and he was signing one-per, so Chris took this card and was able to get him to sign it outside on the sidewalk.
Here is the Brandon Pfaadt card that I was given by the woman inside.  I could have sworn I had plenty of these 2020 Bowman Draft cards, but there were none in my box.
The main reason Wichita was on the schedule was that Chris picked the team as our destination.  He is a big fan of the Laughing on the Sidelines podcast, and turned me onto the show, as well.  One of the hosts of the show, Derek Alders, is the PA announcer for the Wind Surge.  The second day that we were there, I was able to work it out to where Chris would be able to meet Derek.

We were escorted up to the booth, and were able to meet Derek.  It was really cool to meet him.  He is a comedian and won the "Funniest Person in Wichita" award for 2021 at a comedy show.  He even texted one of the other hosts, Scotty Germann, to let him know we had come all the way from NC to meet the guys.

It was really cool that Derek ended up calling Scotty and telling him our story, Scotty made a point to come out to the game and meet us.
Chris is usually very low key with his emotions (not like me, for sure), but he was very excited that he was able to meet these guys.  The show is very funny, and I haven't missed an episode since Chris introduced me to it when we were on the ferry to Okracoke back in December.  Scotty even gave us (especially Chris) a shout out today on this week's episode, which was really awesome.  If you want to listen to an adult, comedy/sports podcast, give them a listen on Apple whatever and Spotify (I'm an Android user, so I don't know what the Apple listening tool is called).
I'm also a big fan of alternate jerseys, so I was really happy to see the Wind Surge playing Thursday's game as the Wichita Turbo Tubs.  The jerseys are really funky, and I bought one for myself.
One thing that I didn't really do prior to planning this trip was to look ahead at the weather.  We were very lucky throughout the week weather-wise.  We got rained on for a few minutes in Tennessee, and the rest of the trip was HOT.  However, when we got to our final stop on the trip, the Rocket City Trash Pandas (in Madison, Alabama), there was a storm brewing.  The clouds were ominous, and it did rain for a bit, but it afforded us a little extra graphing time pre-game.

The Trash Pandas stadium is set up a lot like the Columbia Fireflies and Fayetteville Woodpeckers.  You can graph by home plate at the railing; both teams come out this way and turn toward their respective dugouts.  If you stand on the home side of the dugout, you can get both teams by reaching across; you can't do the same on the other side, if that makes sense.

Because of the impending weather, the Trash Pandas players were taking their time in the batting cages, which are viewable right as you walk into the stadium.  You are separated by a fence, but you can stand there and watch, and talk to the players.  It was there that I was able to get Kevin Maitan, Dann Bilardello and Jeremiah Jackson.  I was really happy to get Maitan on the above green parallel from 2019 Pro Debut.  This card has been in my box for a while, and I had thought that I would never get it signed.
Maitan signed everything that we had, which was nice.  I had some of his cards for a very long time, and I was really glad to not have to put them back in the box.
We saw Jordyn Adams again, and got him to sign a few more of the cards I brought.
I was also able to finish off what I brought of Sam Bachman and Jose Gomez.  The 2020 Pro Debut insert looked really cool when signed.
Here are a couple more 2021 Topps Heritage Minors cards that I was able to get signed.  There was only one card that got damaged due to the rain drops falling pre-game, an Allan Cerda that kind of jacked up my marker.  Maybe someone would be cool with taking that one in a blind trade (most likely not).
In all, we got the following autographs on our road trip to five different stadiums: 

Bryce Ball x 4, CD Pelham x 4, Andy Weber x 1, Cole Roederer x 9, Chase Strumpf x 10, Cristopher Molina x 1, Sam Bachman x 4, Torii Hunter, Jr. x 1, Luke Murphy x 1, Jordyn Adams x 8, Collin Cowgill x 5, Taylor Featherston x 1, Emerson Hancock x 4, Joe Rizzo x 7, Braden Shipley x 7, Riley Unroe x 5, Nick Dunn x 2, Malcom Nunez x 3, Vince Fernandez x 4, Jake Lemoine x 3, Grant Holmes x 4, Shea Langeliers x 18, Miguel Vargas x 4, Jacob Amaya x 1, Marshall Kasowski x 2, Yadier Alvarez x 2, Blaze Alexander x 5, Bryce Jarvis x 1, Blake Walston x 2, Andy Yerzy x 7, Andrew Bechtold x 5, Steven Cruz x 2, Kody Funderburk x 2, Edouard Julien x 2, Dashawn Kiersey, Jr. x 2, Steven Klimek x 3, Kevin Merrill x 2, Bryan Sammons x 2, Cole Sturgeon x 2, Louie Varland x 2, Matt Wallner x 14, Derek Alders x 2, Scotty Germann x 2, Windy x 2, Ramon Borrego x 2, Leobaldo Cabrera x 2, Blayne Enlow x 2, Chris Williams x 2, Brandon Pfaadt x 1, Jose Leger x 1, Jordan Walker x 2, Justin Toerner x 3, Masyn Winn x 2, Dann Bilardello x 1, Jose Gomez x 3, Jeremiah Jackson x 4, Kevin Maitan x 9, Allan Cerda x 2, Ivan Johnson x 3, Matt McLain x 1 and Mike Siani x 4 (220 total autographs).