Monday, February 13, 2017

Charlie Maxwell Return

Today I received a nice vintage return from Charlie Maxwell who signed his 1952 Topps and a 1959 Topps Pitchers Beware card.

The 1952 Topps is miscut, but the cards are pretty expensive so I bought one that was relatively affordable.

I'll send the 1959 Topps off to Al Kaline to finish it off this week.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Robin Yount Return

Yesterday I received a Robin Yount autograph that I had sent to Waukesha Sportscards for a signing late last month.

I really like the 2000 Fleer Greats of the Game set and may try to add a few more this year.

I think I'm done with Yount signed cards now.  I have a 2008 Goudey as well as 1976 and 1978 Topps signed by him.

Monday, January 30, 2017

TTM Return - Pumpsie Green

Today I added a 1961 Topps to my set.  Pumpsie Green signed his card for a $5 fee.

This is the first of 10 that I set for my goal this year for 1961 Topps.

TwinsFest 2017 Wrap Up

I ended up catching a cold Saturday so even if I had wanted to, I probably wouldn't have gone back on Sunday.

I won't repost the items I posted during the event, but I'll post the rest of the items.

Friday night, we started off by getting Brian Dozier, who signed my 2016 Allen & Ginter.

After that, we went to Torii Hunter's line where he signed my 2003 Topps Heritage and 2015 Allen & Ginter.

Finally, we went through the line with a group of 1987 Twins players (and a coach).

I had Kent Hrbek sign his 2001 season ticket holder bobblehead.

Tom Kelly signed his 2002 stadium giveaway bobblehead.

Bert Blyleven signed his 2000 Fleer Greats of the Game card.

I had the rest of them sign a Metrodome commemorative ball.

Tim Laudner
Dan Gladden
Gene Larkin

Al Newman
Tony Oliva

Roy Smalley

That was it for Friday night.  Saturday morning we started out in the Mauer/Cuddyer line.  Mauer signed his 2009 Allen & Ginter, which completed that Twins set for me.  Cuddyer signed his 2005 Topps Heritage.

Then we went to the Torii Hunter and Jacque Jones line.  Torii signed a mini helmet, and Jacque Jones signed a Twins magazine for me.  I had expected Matt Lawton to be there as well, and was going to have all three sign it but Lawton was dropped from the schedule about a week before the event.

Next, we saw Miguel Sano and Neil Allen.  Sano signed his 2016 Allen & Ginter and Neil Allen signed a Target Field picture.

Finally, we saw Max Kepler, Corey Koskie, Aaron Slegers and Alex Wimmers.

Kepler signed his 2016 Allen & Ginter.

Koskie signed his 2004 Topps Heritage.

And Sleger and Wimmers signed my Target Field picture.

That was it. I got a decent start on the 2016 Allen & Ginter set, but still have a long way to go.

I was happy to add a Torii Hunter mini helmet to my collection, and the two bobbleheads I got signed helped me meet my goal for the year.

I saw the guys I normally see each year at TwinsFest: Steve, Zane and Randy, and also met Zach while standing in line, who is also an SCN member and whose thread I had posted on a week or two earlier!

I had fun with my nephew.  We had each other to talk to and played a little Trivia Crack while we waited.  We tied 1-1, and quit because our phone batteries were draining.  Luckily we wanted to get all the same players so we never had to split up.

Logistically, everything went well.  We got all the lines we wanted, but didn't risk trying to get to multiple lines per session.  With the sessions being only an hour now, it's pretty tough to get to more than one, especially if you want to get in line for someone you really want in the next session.

Each year it seems harder and harder to get the autographs you want, and this year was the least I've spent in all the years I've gone.  That's too bad both for me, and for the Twins Community Fund that receives the proceeds from the event.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Done For Today

The last line for us started about 15 minutes late,  but we're done.  Kepler signed an Allen & Ginter for me. 

We're done for today and probably for the weekend. I'm not too fired up with the lineup for Sunday so I think I'll sleep in. 

Miguel Sano Signing My Card

Miguel Sano signed my Allen & Ginter.

Waiting for Sano

We got through the Hunter and Jones line quickly and got right back in the same line for Sano and Neil Allen. 

Then we'll get right back in the same line for Max Kepler.

Torii Hunter signing my mini helmet.

We got our numbers for Hunter and Jones

But they don't sign for another hour and 15 minutes. 

Michael Cuddyer signing my card

Joe Mauer signing my card

We got through the Mauer and Cuddyer line in 15 minutes

Now we're waiting for Torii Hunter and Jacque Jones. But they don't sign for almost 3 hours! But there's already a line,  so we're going to wait and not risk missing 

We're about 50th in line for Mauer and Cuddyer.

It's a long walk from our gate to the line,  but we're in great shape. 

First in Line!

Okay,  maybe we got here a little early...

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The Train Ride In

On Our Way To Day Two of TwinsFest

It's relatively warm again this morning.  25 degrees.  It's a bit windy though.  We'll need to stand outside for an hour. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Here's Torii Hunter signing my cards tonight

They let me pay for two,  but I was the last one to be able to get more than one. 

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We made it!

We got through the 87 Twins line with 15 minutes to spare.  We're going to look at the card show a while before heading home. 

Waiting for the 87 Twins

We're about 150th in line!

I got Torii twice

Done with Torii Hunter's line

Now we're in a very long line for members of the 1987 team. 

In line for Dozier

It was the warmest wait to get in that ice ever had.  Still cold,  but not painfully cold.  We're about 50 people back for Dozier.

Got through Dozier's line quickly

Now we're waiting for Torii Hunter. In the Dozier line, they were allowing people to pay for multiple autographs.  I have never seen that before at TwinsFest.

The line for Hunter is not long.  They are handing out numbers to keep your place,  and letting you leave and come back closer to the start time.  Another first.  

It does not seem very crowded at all. 

12th in line

We're a little earlier than planned.  The gates open in just over an hour.  We're 12th in line. 

On our way to the first day of TwinsFest.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Jim Willis - 1954 Topps

One return today.  Jim Willis signed his 1954 Topps for me.  I had asked a question in my letter and it was answered nicely in someone else's writing, but signed just as his card was signed.

So someone is helping him answer his mail and although it appears he may struggle a little to sign (he is almost 90 years old), he is still answering his fan mail.  It's returns like these that really make this hobby fun and I'm grateful that people like Mr. Willis are generous enough to take the time and effort to return my requests.

I'm getting ready for TwinsFest this weekend.  I was disappointed that Matt Lawton isn't on the schedule.  He was listed in the list of players that would be attended, so I bought a bobblehead and some magazines, and then he wasn't on the list for the final schedule.

There is a session on Friday evening that includes nine players and coaches from the 1987 World Series team.  My nephew and I are planning go to that one.

No surprises other than that.  The weather looks lie it should be okay.  Not the usual below-zero wind chills that usually seem to occur over this weekend.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Al Luplow Return

Another return today.  Two in one week!

Al Luplow signed his 1963 and 1964 Topps.   I haven't sent to Mr. Luplow before.  It's nice to add a few players I don't already have.