Friday, April 09, 2021

Danny Breeden and Ervin Santana

Today I received one very quick ttm return, as well as a return form a private signing many months in the works.

Danny Breeden signed his 1969 and 1970 Topps in just 11 days.  The 1970 Topps was previously signed by Bernie Carbo.

Last fall, I sent in a few cards to a private signing with Ervin Santana.  I never got a chance to see him at TwinsFest while he was with the Twins so I had a few cards I wanted to get done.  Even though the price was very reasonable, I limited myself to just three cards.  The signing, which took place in the D.R., got postponed due to Covid and other reasons, and I just got the cards back now.  I chose to have him sign his 2015 Topps Heritage, 2016 Allen & Ginter, and 2019 Topps Heritage cards.

Part of the delay was my own fault.  I had used PirateShip to send the cards as well as to provide a return shipping label.  Since the signing was postponed, my return label expired, and I had to work with the promoter to send him another shipping label to get them back to me.  He was very patient with my situation.  I won't do that again though.  Now I use stamps only for return shipping, but use PirateShip to get the items to the promoter.

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Clint Hurdle - Sports Illustrated

I received my third signed magazine of the year today.  My goal is five, but I may send even more.  The postage is a bit spendy.  It's $4.38 to ship it out (with PirateShip discounted labels) and about $6 in stamps for the return shipping and tracking.

Clint Hurdle signed a 1978 Sports Illustrated for $10.  He collects money for a charity, with a $5 minimum requested.  I assumed $5 would be for cards, and magazines and balls would be $10 or so.  I would also add $5 for each inscription if you want them, although his request isn't very specific.

I should probably send him his 1978 Topps rookie card at some point as well.

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Five Returns!

It's bee a while since I've had five returns in a single day.  According to me Informed Delivery, three of these were supposed to be delivered yesterday.

First, Jerry Grote signed a 1971 Sports Illustrated for his $10 fee.

John Hiller signed his 1971 Topps for his $5 fee.

Garth Iorg signed his 1978, 1985, 1987 and 1988 Topps.  I'll try getting Whitaker next, but I think it will cost me $25.

Darold Knowles signed his 1964, 1965, 1976 and 1979 Topps.

And Bill Mazeroski signed his 1971 Topps for $10.  I was surprised to see Mazeroski signing through the mail again.  He signed a 1958 Topps for me back in 2004 and I've gotten several cards signed at private signings since then. 

Monday, April 05, 2021

Q1 2021 Goals Update

It's a few days past the end of the first quarter, so it's time check in on my progress towards my goals for the year.

Goal:  Add 10 cards to my 1965 set.

    Progress: I've added three signed cards from the 65 set so far.  This one shouldn't be a problem.

Goal: Add 25 cards to my 1971 set. 

    Progress: I've already surpassed this one.  I've added 32 cards.  Some were purchases, but many             were ttm.  I'll probably back off this one a bit, especially on the players that charge, but there are             some I want to make sure I get even though it might cost a bit.

Goal:  Add 15 cards to my 1972 set.

    Progress: I've added eight cards to this set so far.  Like the 1965 set, this should be easy but I'll have     to spend a little money to get it done.

Goal: Add 50 cards to my 1978 set.

    Progress: So far I've added 19 cards to this set.  This should be easy to get done, even without                 spending  much money.

Goal: Add 5 signed baseballs to my collection.

    Progress:  I haven't sent or bought any yet.  It's kind of a hassle with the packaging and shipping.  I         also haven't really decided who I want to send to.  With the cost of baseballs so high, I'll only try             those players who are a sure thing to get back.

Goal:  Add 5 signed magazines to my collection.

    Progress: I've added one so far, but have two more on their way back to me that I should get back         this week.  I won't have any trouble meeting this goal.  I really like signed magazines despite the             hassle of packaging and the cost of shipping.

Goal: Send out 200 requests.

    Progress: I've sent 91 requests.  I don't anticipate a problem meeting this goal.

Thursday, April 01, 2021

Glenn Adams and John Verhoeven

I received a couple of returns today from former-Twins players who both returned these in 10 days.

Glenn Adams signed his 1976, 1978, 1979 and 1980 Topps.   He signed the 76 Topps in black, and the rest in blue.

John Verhoeven signed his 1977, 1978 and 1981 Topps.  The 81 got a little smeared.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Mickey's Autographs Purchase

No ttm returns today, but I did receive an order from Mickey's.  I bought a handful of autographed cards that are either tough/impossible to get ttm, or were cheaper than getting ttm.

I received 1971 Topps cards of Wally Bunker, Al Dark, Bob Garibaldi Rick Reichardt and Marv Staehle, as well as a 1972 Topps of Rudy May.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Behney, Burright, Cater, and Pitlock, Plus a Purchase

 I received four returns today.  All of these were part of a batch of requests I sent out eight days ago.

Mel Behney signed his 1972 Topps for me.  Ed Armbrister recently passed away and wasn't a good signer ttm, so this card is now retired.

Larry Burright signed his 1962 and 1963 Topps.

Danny Cater signed his 1971 Topps for his $5 fee.

And Skip Pitlock signed his 1971 and 1975 Topps.

Finally, I bought a 2013 Topps Heritage signed by Liam Hendriks on Ebay and it was delivered today.