Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Finally Something to Post

I have been very inactive in the hobby lately so I haven't had anything to post.

Last year, I sent in a couple of cards to a Rusty Staub signing via Atommic Sports.  Unfortunately, Mr. Staub was unable to make the signing and the rescheduled signing just occurred.

I had Mr. Staub sign his 1963 and 1965 Topps.  I"m still very short of my goals for the year, but this gets me a little closer to my 1965 set goal.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Les Straker Bobblehead

Here's a picture of the Les Straker bobblehead I got signed today.  He seemed surprised to see the bobblehead.  I'm guessing he hasn't signed a lot of these.

Well that happened quickly

Even though I was way back in line, I ended up getting to go to the front of the line since I was just getting one item signed.

There was a small card show.  I piked up a Sports Illustrated from 1976 with Reggie Jackson on the cover for $2, as well as a few 1954 Topps for $2 each.  I also picked up a 1987 Topps set for a friend for $5.

20 minutes in, still haven't moved

They claim everyone will get through in an hour, but one - third through the event and the line hasn't moved. 

Waiting in line for Straker

It seems a little chaotic, but it should start soon.  There are over 20 people signing so it will bee interesting to see how this goes.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Couple 1963 Topps From Ebay

It's been very slow for TTM requests for me.  I haven't sent any and I haven't received any.

I did recently purchase a couple 1963 Topps from Ebay including Sam McDowell and Ken Berry on the White Sox team card.

I'm going to a 1987 Twins signing on Saturday to get Les Straker on his 1987 World Series Bobblehead.  After I get that one signed, I just have Don Baylor to get complete the set (Puckett and Niekro passed away before the set was released).

Monday, July 03, 2017

1965 Topps Lou Clinton

I looked at how I'm doing against my goals for the year and noticed I hadn't added a single 1965 Topps to my set yet this year.  My goal was to add five more.

I looked around on Ebay and found a nice Lou Clinton card signed and PSA authenticated.

I have quite a ways to go on my goals.  I'll post an update in a while.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Bill Virdon - 1960 World Series Game #1 Save

Today I received three cards signed by Bill Virdon, including a cool World Series card from the 1961 set commemorating his save in game one of the 1960 World Series.

He also signed his 1964 and 1972 Topps for me.  This is just the first 1972 Topps I've gotten signed this year although my goal is to get 10.  I better get going on this!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Byung-Ho Park Return

A few weeks ago I noticed some returns posted on SCN from Byung-Ho Park so I thought I'd send a couple cards.

I've work casually on the Twins team sets from the Heritage and Allen & Ginter sets.  He was kind enough to sign a couple from last year for me via the Red Wings address.

Unfortunately, Byung-Ho is no longer on the 40 man roster and isn't having a great season in AAA. He's hitting only .223 with just 3 home runs.  Hopefully he can turn things around.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Brooks Robinson - One Last Time

Okay, I just couldn't get over the fact that Mr. Robinson was signing through the mail for reasonable fees so I sent one more.

This time I sent a Gold Glove ball, which is signed on the side panel (as requested) and also included his GG and HOF inscriptions, which I didn't ask for.  What a great surprise!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Jim Rice

It's been quite a while since I posted.  I didn't post at all in May.  I'm not sure if I've gone a whole calendar month without posting to this blog very often.

I started sending out just a handful of requests.  Mainly based on returns I've seen posted on SCN.  One example of that is Jim Rice, who is signing through the mail for $10 per card.

He signed his 1978 Topps and 2000 Fleer Greats of the Game in just 9 days.  I'm happy to add another card to the Greats of the Game set without having to pay show prices.

Neither of these cards help towards my goals for the year.  I really need to get going on those goals!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Brooks Robinson (Again)

When I first sent to Brooks Robinson, I didn't have all the cards I wanted to send but I didn't want to miss out on his signing from home, so I sent what I had at the time (2000 Fleer Greats of the Game).

I bought a 1961 Topps on Ebay for my set, and sent it shortly after it arrived.  I received it back today, along with a signed Hall of Fame postcard tat he was kind enough to include!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Juan Marichal

I received a couple cards back from a Juan Marichal private signing via Tom Orr at Atommic Sports.

I had a 1963 Topps and 2000 Fleer Greats of the Game signed.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Update On My 2017 Collecting Goals

I've made just a little progress on my 2017 goals.  Here's my end of Q1 update:

Goal - Add three signed cards to my 1958 set. - Update - I haven't added any cards to this set yet this year.

Goal - Add 10 signed cards to my 1961 set.  I haven't worked on this very seriously so this will be a bit different this year. - Update - I've added just two so far this year, but I think this one is easily achieved if I take some time to buy some cards to send out.

Goal - Add five signed cards to my 1963 set. - Update - I've added four so far, so this one will be easy.

Goal - Add five signed cards to my 1965 set. - Update - I haven't added any yet, but I do have one out to a private signing that keeps getting delayed.

Goal - Add 10 signed cards to my 1972 set. - Update - I haven't added any to this set yet.  This one might be tough and expensive.

Goal - Add two signed bobbleheads to my collection. -  Update - I cheated a bit on this one since I knew I'd have a good chance to get these done at TwinsFest, which I did.  I got Kent Krbek and Tom Kelly.

That's it, I've got a bit of work to do to reach these goals.  Although I didn't include it in my goals, I've been going after the 2000 Fleer Greats of the Game set this year.  I've added five so far, and hope to get a few more.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Jay Hook Return

Today I received three cards back from Jay Hook that I sent back in March.  He signed a 1960, 1962 and 1963 Topps for me.

This is my fourth 1963 Topps this year.  Just one more to reach my goal.  I need to provide an update on my goals.  Maybe tomorrow.

Friday, March 31, 2017

A TTM Return and a Private Signing Return

Yesterday I had two returns in the mail.

I received a 1972 Topps signed by Carlos May from an Under the Radar Sports private signing.

I also received a TTM 1963 Topps signed by Whitey Herzog who signed for his $10 fee.

I'm about to give up on the other three requests I have out to the Twins spring training, but maybe I"ll be surprised later in the season.  I'm anxious for the season to start, even though I have little hope that the Twins will have a decent season.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Brooks Robinson Return

I noticed on sportscollectors.net that Brooks Robinson was signing from his home address for a small fee so I joined the crowd and sent him a 2000 Fleer Greats of the Game.  He signed it, added his HOF inscription and returned it in just 9 days for a $10 cash gift.

I've added a few cards to this set this the last couple of months and hope to add a few more, even though they weren't part of my goals for the year.

Speaking of which, I'm not doing great on my goals, but I'll update them this weekend.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Bill Mazeroski - Mail In Signing Return

I sent in a couple cards to Tom Orr at Atommic Sports for a Bill Mazeroski signing and received them back today.

I had him sign a 1961 Topps and a 2000 Fleer Greats of the Game.

I sent out just a few requests in the last couple of weeks but hopefully those come back next week sometime.

Monday, March 13, 2017

50% Success Rate With Spring Training Requests

Okay, it's just three returns from my six requests, but I'm still happy to have gotten this far.

Mason Melotakis signed his 2014 Topps Heritage Minors card.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Pitchers Beware!

I received a return from Al Kaline today, who finished off the 1959 Topps Pitchers Beware card that Charlie Maxwell previously signed.

I love these vintage multi-signed cards!

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Another Spring Training Return - Hector Santiago

I received my second spring training return today.  Hector Santiago signed his 2014 and 2015 Topps Heritage.

That makes two of the six requests I sent to Twins' spring training.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Duffy Dyer

Yesterday I received a return from Duffy Dyer that I sent last November.

He was kind enough to sign his 1976 and 1979 Topps, as well as a 1969 Mets Ron Lewis postcard.

I really like these postcards.  I think this is #14 from the set that I have signed.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Another Greats of the Game - Andre Dawson

I decided to start working on the 2000 Fleer Greats of the Game set again and recently sent a card to Andre Dawson, along with a $10 check made out to his Foundation.

He signed and returned it very quickly.

I think I have 39 signed cards of the 107 card set.  Many are impossible as the set contains players that were deceased prior to its release, but I still have many that I can get.  I'd guess about 10 of the set are impossible.  Of course, many will be very expensive to get, so I'm not sure how far I'll go with the set.  I have a couple out to private signings that should come back later this month or in early April.


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Ryan O'Rourke - My First Spring Training Return

I was expecting the return in my mailbox to be from Al Kaline, who I sent a 1959 Topps already signed by Charlie Maxwell.

But instead, it was from Ryan O'Rourke, who signed a 2016 Topps Heritage that I sent to the Twins' Spring Training stadium less than two weeks ago.

Last year I was just 5 for 12 sending to Twin's Spring Training.  This year I just sent 6 requests.

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.