Saturday, January 20, 2018

Another Return After a Long Wait

After receiving a return from Jack Fisher after over 1000 days earlier this month, today I received another surprise in the mailbox.

Gene Alley signed his 1968 and 1972 Topps after 875 days.  The 1972 Topps is a little smudged, but not too bad.

It's fun to get these back after such a long time and after assuming they're never coming back.

This weekend is TwinsFest but I've decided not to go.  It's a lot of work and pretty exhausting, not to mention it can be expensive depending on how many autographs you get. 

The only autograph I will probably regret not getting is Jim Kaat.  I have a 1964 Western Oil print I"d like to have signed by him.  But it was announced that he's joined the Twins' organization as a special assistant or something, so maybe I'll have more chances coming up.

If you went to TwinsFest, please comment and let me know how it went.  I have missed my annual opportunity to say hi to Steve, Randy and Zane.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Bobby Shantz Return

I actually sent out a request! I wanted to do something other than just cards so I sent a 1953 Sport Life Magazine and 1958 Topps to Bobby Shantz.

He signed them nicely and returned them in just 6 days!

Friday, January 05, 2018

A Return After 1061 Days

I received a huge surprise in the mail today.  I haven't sent out a request since June of last year, so I didn't expect to receive any returns.

I received three cards signed by Jack Fisher after 1061 days.  I sent the request on February 9th, 2015.

Mr. Fisher signed his 1960, 1961 and 1963 Topps.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Craigslist Purchase

This week I happened across an item on Craigslist I couldn't resist.

It's a autographed poster from a charity golf event in 2005.  It's signed mostly by Twins, and I haven't figured out all of the signatures yet, but it includes:

Harmon Killebrew
Bert Blyleven
Tony Oliva
John Sevcik
Hal Naragon
Juan Berenguer
Jerry Kindall
Jim Merritt
Terry Steinbach
Dick Stigman
Frank Quilici
Andy Kosco
Bernie Allen
Jerry Fosnow
Jim Perry
Howie Schultz
Rich Rollins
Jerry Koosman
Roy Sievers
Frank Kostro
Julio Becquer
Rich Reese (I think)
Jim Grant
Sandy Valdespino (smudged)

There are 4 or 5 I haven't yet identified.

There are a lot of 1965 Twins on the poster, and a few ex-players that live in the Twin Cities area.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Jack Morris Enters the Hall of Fame

I was very happy to see Jack Morris voted into the Hall of Fame.  Some argued his stats weren't worthy, with a relatively high ERA and not coming too close to the 300 win automatic criteria.

But being the winningest-pitcher of the 1980's sounds like a dominant player to me.  He also threw 175 complete games, which is unbelievable in today's game.  He played on three World Series championship teams, including his MVP performance with the Twins in 1991.

He joins fellow St. Paul natives Paul Molitor and Dave Winfield in the Hall.

I've been able to get his autograph at several events over the years.  Including once at "Woodbury Days" in 2009 where I joined about a dozen other autograph seekers, and could get whatever I wanted signed.  I was embarrassed to get too much signed, even though it was for me and my two sons.

At that event he signed a Metrodome commemorative ball.

I've gotten his autograph at several TwinsFests, including the one in 2012 where he signed his 1991 World Series set bobblehead.

I think my favorite autograph from Jack Morris was the one I got at the TCSCC show in September of 2014 where he signed a Metrodome seatback for me and added his World Series MVP inscription.

Alan Trammel was also elected to the Hall of Fame.  I've never met him, but he used to sign through the mail for free and I have received a few cards from him over the years including his 1985 Topps card and his 2001 Fleer Greats of the Game.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Max Kepler Ball from FanHQ

I recently ordered a Max Kepler signed ball from Fan HQ and received it this week.  The signature is nice but there's a blue smudge on the panel below the sweet spot.  Not too big a deal, but I expect a little more from Fan HQ.  It's not worth trying to return.

With Rawlings official balls selling for about $20 each these days, I think my days of getting balls signed are limited to the stock I have on hand which includes some older ROMLB, a few Metrodome commemorative balls and some Rawlings Gold Glove balls.

I have not done any autograph requests lately.  I'm just too busy with other things and not interested in spending too much money.

I originally started this hobby to get a lot of the players form the 40's, 50's and 60's.  Unfortunately, there are fewer and fewer of those players around these days, and I have many of their autographs already.  I think my collecting hobby will be largely limited to the Twins moving forward.

I'll still work on my 1958 and 1965 sets, buying authenticated cards a I can.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Bat Display Case Finally Up

I bought a bat display case several weeks ago and finally got around to hanging it yesterday.

It holds five bats, and I've put my Morneau, Molitor, Mauer, Killebrew and Carew bats in it for now.

I may buy another case just like this one but I'm not sure where I'll be able to hang it.  I had to take down my Mauer signed jersey to make room for this and still need to find another place for that as well.