Friday, July 12, 2019

Bill Bryan

Returns two days in a row! 

Today brought Bill Bryan, who signed his 1963, 1966 and 1968 Topps in 9 days.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Bill Virdon

My returns are becoming semi-regular again.  I'd like to get back to getting at least one return each week.

Today I received a 1959 and 1962 Topps from Bill Virdon in just eight days, including the holiday.

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Dick Schofield Return

In just 10 days, Dick Schofield signed his 1967, 1968, and 1969 Topps for my collection.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Don Demeter

Don Demeter was kind enough to sign his 1959, 1960 and 1966 Topps for my collection.

Monday, July 01, 2019

Hal Smith

It's been very confusing over the years to send cards to Hal Smith, because there are two Hal Smiths that played in the 1950's and 60's.  Making it even more confusing, they were both catchers.

I received a response from Hal W. Smith, who played for many different teams, including the Pirates, A's, Orioles and Reds.

The other Hal Smith, Hal R. Smith, played many years for the Cardinals.  Unfortunately, he passed away in 2014.  He was a generous signer, as is Hal W.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Ike Delock Return

Today I received a 1952 Bowman and 1962 Topps signed by Ike Delock in 8 days.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Another 1952 Topps

I was surprised to discover I didn't have Bob Miller's 1952 Topps signed for my collection, as he's a very generous signer and his card isn't too expensive.

I think I was confused because there were several Bob Millers that played in that era and the others have since passed away.

After discovering my oversight, I sen Mr. Miller his card and he signed it in about 9 days.

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Carter, Hall and Swisher

On Friday, I received three returns.  I was out of town for the weekend, so I'm just getting to them now.

Joe Carter signed his 1985 Topps and 2000 Fleer Greats of the Game for $10.

Former-Twin Tom Hall signed his 1971 and 1973 Topps for me.

Finally, Steve Swisher signed his 1976, 1978 and 1979 Topps.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Mike Mussina Signed Ball

Yesterday I received a ball back from Mike Mussina, who was kind enough to sign the ROMLB I sent him and add his Hall of Fame inscription, as requested.

I included $20 cash with my request.

Mr. Mussina was a good signer during his playing days as well. He signed his 1991 Upper Deck card for me back in 2005 and his 2003 and 2007 Topps Heritage cards back in 2008.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Killebrew and Oliva Signed Postcards

A few weeks ago, I bought a couple old, signed Twins postcards. 

I can't resist a Killebrew autograph for $20 or less, which is what I paid for this one:

I also picked up a Tony Oliva signed postcard, for half of what I paid for the Killebrew:

Both came with copies of a PSA Letter of Authenticity, for whatever that's worth, but they both look pretty legit to me and I got them from a seller I trust.

The same seller had a signed postcard of Bob Allison, but I already have one.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Al Kaline Return

Today I received a return from Al Kaline, who signed his 2010 Topps Heritage Then & Now card that also features Joe Mauer.

I hope to have Joe sign it at a future TwinsFest or other local signing.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Jimmie Schaffer and Russ Snyder

I received a two of returns over the last few days.

Jimmie Schaffer signed his 1968 Topps.

And Russ Snyder signed his 1960 and 1962 Topps.

I have just two more requests outstanding so I'll need to find some time to send out a few more.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Don Shaw - 1972 Topps

Yesterday I received a 1972 Topps signed by Don Shaw.  I included $5 with my request.  I have about 2 or 3 other requests out right now and hope to ramp up my requests this summer.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

1965 All-Star Program

I recently received this program I purchased on Ebay.

The seller had sold one the previous week which went for a bit more than this one, and it was clean, meaning there was no writing on it.

This one is scored, which I think is incredible.  I consider it like a game-used item.  I imagine the fan sitting at the old Met, watching Willie Mays, Harmon Killebrew and Sandy Koufax.  How amazing that must have been!

Both Mays and Killebrew hit home runs, as did McAuliffe from the Tigers.

Another great thing in this program is the advertisement for the Western Oil Twins portraits that could be purchased for 10 cents at the gas station.  I've been collecting these as well.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Gary Gaetti Bobblehead

Today I received my 2007 Gary Gaetti Stadium Give Away (SGA) bobblehead back signed from a Tom Orr private signing.

Other SGA bobbleheads from that year included Joe Mauer (Batting Title), Justin Morneau (MVP) and Michael Cuddyer.  I have all four of these signed now.

Sunday, March 03, 2019

John Ellis Return

I received the only outstanding request I had out over the weekend.

John Ellis signed both his 1972 Topps cards in a thick, black marker.  The marker appeared to start slow on the first card, and then it got smeared a bit on his jersey number.  I'm usually not one to complain when players sign through the mail, but I paid $10 to have these signed, so I'm a little disappointed in how they turned out.

I didn't send any cards to Twins spring training because, well, who are those guys?  I don't have cards for many of them and I prefer to get cards signed of the players in a Twins uniform.  The return rate has been pretty poor the last several years as well, so I've given up trying.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Gary Neibauer - 1972 Topps

Today I received one of my two outstanding requests for this year.

Gary Neibauer signed his 1972 Topps in ballpoint in about 10 days.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Bob Speake Return

Yesterday I received a nice return from Bob Speake, who signed his 1956, 1957 and 1959 Topps for me.

This was my only outstanding request from the last few months so any other returns will be a big surprise.  I need to find some time to send out some of the cards from the 70's that I've got laying around.

I didn't end up going to TwinsFest this year.  Too cold and the roster just wasn't compelling enough to get me to spend the money.

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!