Thursday, January 10, 2019

Bill Dailey - 1964 Western Oil Print

Today I received a nice return from Bill Dailey, who signed his 1964 Western Oil print that I sent on New Year's Eve.




It looks like it got a little bent.  I guess the cardboard I included in the envelope wasn't strong enough to prevent it from getting bent.  It's not too bad, and will probably improve by laying flat for a while.

That gives me a perfect return rate for 2018.  I clearly didn't take many risks.

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Happy New Year! 2019 Collecting Goals

Happy New Year!

In looking back at 2018, I didn't set any goals.  And it shows.

I only sent out 49 requests.  48 of them were returned successfully, and the remaining request was just sent out yesterday.

One of the highlights of the year was adding Chuck Knoblauch to my 1991 Twins World Series bobblehead set. 

I completed a few multi-signed cards and received TTM successes from several Hall of Famers including Jim Palmer, Brooks Robinson, Ryne Sandberg and Al Kaline.






At least for a while, I will have less money to spend on autographs.  I have a 1967 Mustang convertible in the shop getting some frame repairs and a new floor, which will consume much of my fun money.

For 2019, I plan to focus on some TTM while minimizing the costs.  I have a lot of cards I can send out including the 1978 Topps set.  I will also focus on a smaller number of select items, such as adding any players I can to my 1991 Twins bobblehead set, Western Oil prints, magazines and perhaps some Gold Glove baseballs.

My only goal for the year will be to hit 100 TTM requests.  I haven't hit that mark since 2015.

I'm currently undecided about going to TwinsFest.  The roster isn't looking very interesting, and I really don't need any more Blyleven, Carew and Oliva autographs.  I'll keep an eye on the list and decide later.

Good luck to you in 2019!

Saturday, December 22, 2018

A Few Returns: Robinson, Sandberg and Becquer

A few days ago I received a return from Brooks Robinson who signed his 2010 Topps Heritage Stadium Seat card for his $5 fee.


And today I received two returns.

Ryne Sandberg signed his 1985 and 1987 Topps for $5 per card.



Julio Becquer signed his 1958 and 1960 Topps.



I have no outstanding request sent out this year, so unless I receive a really old request, this is probably it until next year.

Friday, November 23, 2018

A Couple Paid Signings Returns

I've not sent out any requests for a long time, but I did send out to a few private signings.

Today I received two of those back.

I sent in a 1963 Topps for a Carl Yastrzemski signing.  I've got just a little over half of the 63 set signed, so a long way to go.


I also received three cards back from a Larry Hisle signing, including his 1972 Topps, 1978 Topps and 1978 Topps R.B.I. Leaders.

 


I need to keep my eyes out for a George Foster signing to complete the R.B.I. Leaders card.

I'm also at just over 50% on the 1972 set, and only at about 20% on the 1978 set.  Maybe I'll focus on the easy and free signers of the 1978 set this winter.


Saturday, October 27, 2018

Minneapolis Sports Collectibles Convention

Today I attended the Minneapolis Sports Collectibles Convention at Canterbury Downs in Shakopee, MN.

My main purpose for attending was to get Chuck Knoblauch and Junior Ortiz to sign their bobbleheads from the 1991 World Series set.

As usual, this event was very well-organized.  I met Junior Ortiz first.



Shortly after meeting Junior Ortiz, I met Chuck Knoblauch.  He hasn't been around the Twin Cities much, so I was happy to have the opportunity to get this signed.





After getting these two bobbleheads signed, I need six more to complete the set (minus Puckett).

I still need:


  • Steve Bedrosian
  • Chili Davis
  • Mark Guthrie
  • Shane Mack
  • Paul Sorrento
  • Carl Willis
 Denny McLain was signing at the event and had his own booth selling a variety of items.  I bought a mini helmet that he signed with a bunch of inscriptions.



I also bought a couple signed Metrodome banners including one with Torii Hunter on one side and Ron Gardenhire on the other side, and a second one with Johan Santana on one side, and Juan Rincon on the other.  I need to flatten them out a bit for a few days before hanging them.  I'll take pictures of them then.

I ran into fellow-collector Randy, who I see at many of these events.  It's always nice to run into him.  He ended up being first in line for Knoblauch!  Nice to see you Randy!  Maybe next time we'll have more time to talk.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Two Returns Today

I send so few requests these days that it's rare to get two back on the same day.  But today, I did.

Jim Palmer finished off my 1972 Topps ERA Leaders card, already signed by Wood and Blue.



And I got back a card I sent off to Eduardo Escobar at Twins Spring Training way back in March.  Even though he got traded to the Diamondbacks, he was kind enough to keep track of his mail and respond.


I had previously bought this card signed by him thinking that I wouldn't get this one back.


Tuesday, October 09, 2018

A Four Year Success

I had all but given up on this one.  Nearly four years ago, I sent off this 1965 Topps to Clay Carroll.  The card had already been signed by Phil Niekro.  Carroll is a pretty good TTM signer and I saw a lot of successes recorded on SCN, so I assumed mine had gotten lost or something.

I had even begun looking for another card to start over with, but this showed up in the mail today!