Monday, September 24, 2018

Al Kaline and Vida Blue

Today was a good day at the mailbox!

Vida Blue signed two of his 1972 Topps Leaders cards already signed by Wilbur Wood.

And Al Kaline signed his 1961 Topps All Star card.

Monday, September 17, 2018

John Hetki Return

Today I received a return from John Hetki, who signed my 1953 Topps in three weeks.

I only have a couple outstanding requests so I'll have to try to find some time to send out a few more.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Carl Erskine and George Foster

Today I received a ttm return from Carl Erskine and a George Foster card signed via a mail-in signing.

Mr. Erskine signed his 1952 Bowman, 1954 Red Heart and 1959 Topps for me.

I added George Foster's signature to my 1972 set.

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Kaat, James and Skizas

I returned home from a long weekend to a few returns in my mailbox.

Jim Kaat signed a Gold Glove baseball for me for a donation that goes towards supporting youth baseball.  This joins Brooks Robinson in my Gold Glove baseball collection.  Both players won 16 Gold Glove Awards!

Lou Skizas signed his 1957 and 1959 Topps for me.  He signed the 1957 on the back, probably because the front is pretty dark.

Finally, after four attempts, Cleo James signed his 1972 Topps for my set.  I'm really happy to get this one back.  In the past, I have received my card back with a note to send to the MLBPAA for autographs, despite seeing others getting returns from him.  I took another chance and am glad to add this to my collection.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Roger Erickson

I've been getting more interested lately in getting some more former Twins' autographs on cards. 

I sent a couple cards to Roger Erickson in July and he was kind enough to sign both his 1970 and 1980 Topps for me.

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Barry Latman

Today I received two cards back from Barry Latman, who signed his 1959 and 1960 Topps in a little over two weeks.

I have seven outstanding requests, including a couple private signings that will help add some cards to my 1963, 1965 and 1972 Topps sets.  I've also been sending out a few vintage cards when I can find the time.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Wilbur Wood - Mail-In Signing Return

Today I received three cards I sent in to a signing with Wilbur Wood.  Mr. Wood is a good signer through the mail, but personalizes.  I don't normally mind my cards being personalized, but he apparently also  personalized multi-signed cards.  I had two cards I wanted signed by all three players so I opted to pay for his signature.

He signed the 1972 Topps cards of A.L ERA Leaders and A.L. Pitching Leaders from the 1971 season.  I hope to be able to get all three players to sign both of these cards.  I'll probably send them off to Vida Blue next.

I also had his 1978 Topps signed.

Mr. Wood has five cards from the 1972 set, including his individual card, his Boyhood Photo card, and an "In Action" card.  I know have all five of his cards signed from this set.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Joe Cunningham

Today I received a 1955 Topps signed by Joe Cunningham.  He returned it in about a month.

He also included a signed card of his own, although it smeared a bit.  I've sent to him before, and he's included these signed cards in the past.  It's always a nice surprise to get something extra!

I've purchased a small number of cards on Ebay that I'll be sending out as they arrive.  Hopefully I'll continue to post at least a couple of successes each month.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Bob Friend

I received a great return from Bob Friend today.  He signed his 1952 Bowman, 1952 Topps and 1961 Topps All Star for $15.

He was also kind enough to send along a signed 1991 Topps Archives card.

I already had the 52 Topps signed.  I sent it to him a few years ago and he signed it in black.  I thought I"d give a shot to upgrading it and hoping he'd sign in blue, which he did.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Jim Palmer and the Gum Stain

I was s little disappointed when I opened my return envelope from Jim Palmer.  The 2000 Fleer Greats of the Game looked great, but the 1978 Topps looked like it was signed with a fading pen.

But then I felt it and realized I sent a card with either a gum or wax stain on it.  The pen didn't like that.  My fault.  I'm not sure if I'll send another one or not.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Bobby Shantz - 1960 Topps

I may have every one of Bobby Shantz's cards signed.  Probably not, but a lot of them.  Today I added his 1960 Topps which he signed in just six days!

Monday, August 06, 2018

Rick Manning

I've slowed down on my requests, but I still have a few out, including some cards from the early 50's that I'm anxious to get back.

Today I received a few cards signed by Rick Manning, who signed his 1976, 1978, 1985 and 1987 Topps cards for me in about three weeks.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Cardenas, Escobar and Fairly

Today I received two TTM returns and one purchase.

I sent a 1963 Topps to Leo Cardenas who signed it for his $5 fee.  I had previously sent one to a private signing but I wasn't happy with how his signature turned out.  It didn't match his others.  Perhaps he was tired after signing a lot.  Anyway, this one looks good to me.

Ron Fairly signed his 1971, 1973 and 1978 Topps and also included information about his book.


Finally, I received a 2017 Topps Heritage signed by Eduardo Escobar that I bought from a fellow SCN member.  I bought this prior to the Twins trading him away.  I guess I won't be seeing him at TwinsFest next year.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

A Couple Returns - Groth and Law

I was away for the weekend and returned to a couple of returns in the mailbox.

Vern Law signed his 1956 Topps and added a couple inscriptions.

Johnny Groth signed his 1952 Red Man.  I really like these cards and regret not sending out more a long time ago.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Phil Rizzuto 2000 Fleer Greats of the Game

I always regretted not sending this card to Mr. Rizzuto for my set, and I'm not sure why I didn't.

I came across this authenticated card on Ebay for a reasonable price so I decided to add it to my collection.

I did send a few cards TTM, including his 1951 Bowman and his 1954 Topps.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Bob J. Miller

Today I received another vintage return: Bob J. Miller signed his 1957 and 1958 Topps cards in about two weeks.

There are three Bob Millers that played pro ball. Four is you count the one that played in the late 1800's.  This return is from Bob J. Miller.

Bob G. Miller played around the same time and has also signed a couple cards for me about 10 years ago.

The Bob Miller that played from the late 1950's into the 1970's passed away in 1993.