Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Another 1969 Met

Today I received a return from Rod Gaspar who signed his Ron Lewis postcard of the 1969 Mets.

I have a few of these but I'm not really planning on trying to get them all.  I think this is my 11th signed card from the set of 31.  At least a four or five are deceased and I'm not sure if it's even possible to complete the set as it may have been printed after some of them died.  Plus, there's Yogi Berra, who doesn't seem to be signing any more, and Nolan Ryan, who I'm happy to pay for, but have other items I'd rather get signed before this one.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Chuck Estrada and Jim Landis

I received two returns today.  One that I just sent out last week, and one I sent in early February.

Chuck Estrada signed his 1963 and 1964 Topps, as well as the 1961 Topps card highlighting the pitching leaders form the previous year, already signed by Pappas and Ditmar.  I haven't decided who to it to next.  Probably Bud Daley.

Jim Landis signed his 1963 Post, and 1963 and 1966 Topps.

I expect a few more returns this week, since I sent out 12 last week.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Warren Spahn Magazine

Yesterday I received a signed Warren Spahn magazine that I bought on Ebay.

There's a slight smear in the "S" in his last name, but not too bad.

Mr. Spahn was in poor health about the time I started TTM collecting, but was a good signer prior to that.  I regret that I was never able to send him a card.

No returns in the mail.  I'm still hoping to get one or two this week.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Dean Chance - 1963 Topps

Today I received a 1963 Topps signed by Dean Chance that I had sent in to an SCN member to have signed at a fund raising even in Michigan.

I also sent 12 requests this morning, so hopefully next week things will pick up.  This week could be pretty slow.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Bobby Wine Return

Today I received a return from Bobby Wine that I sent out last October.

He was kind enough to sign his 1963, 1964 and 1986 Topps. (The 1964 got a little smeared).


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Dick Simpson

Today I received a couple cards signed by Dick Simpson.

He signed his 1964 and 1965 Topps, which was already signed by Jose Cardenal.

The cards took quite a beating on their trip to California and back.  They aren't creased, but they lost a lot of color and appear sort of scuffed up.

Here's what the 1965 Topps looked like before I sent it.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Felix Torres

Yesterday I received a 1963 Topps signed by Felix Torres.  The card got a little bent on its trip to Puerto Rico and back, but not too bad.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Don Schwall

Today I received one return.

Don Schwall signed his 1962 and 1963 Topps for me.

Friday, March 06, 2015

Eli Grba and Barney Schultz

Today brought a couple more 1963 Topps for my set.

Barney Schultz signed his.

And Eli Grba signed his 1961 and 1963 Topps.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Another 1952 Topps

One return today after a a couple days without any.

Joe Presko signed his 1952 Topps for me in a little under two weeks.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

A Pair of Signed Chuck Knoblauch Baseballs

Last week I received an email ad from Steiner Sports selling two signed baseballs for $99.  I get ads like that occasionally, but usually don't find two baseballs from the list of those available that I don't already have or that I want to add to my collection.

This time though, I was surprised to see a couple of balls signed by Chuck Knoblauch.  One has his Rookie of the Year award inscription and the other has a 91 Champs inscription.  I was surprised that Steiner had these inscriptions since they are usually pretty Yankees-focused and these were inscriptions from his time with the Twins.  I bought one of each.

Knoblauch has been in the news occasionally, and not for good reasons.  He seems to have distanced himself from the game so appearances are rare.  He was elected to the Twins Hall of Fame, but he got into some trouble and they ended up canceling the induction ceremony.

I still have his bobblehead from the 19912 World Series set that I'd like to get signed, but I don't know when I'll have that opportunity.