Saturday, October 16, 2021

Rod Carew Private Signing and a Couple TTM Returns

Today I received three cards back from a Tom Orr signing with Rod Carew.  I've been spoiled over the years to be able to get Mr. Carew's autograph at a pretty cheap price at TwinsFest.  He didn't sign bats or jerseys there, but cards, balls and bobbleheads could get signed for as low as $20 when I started collecting, and probably $35 the last time I went to TwinsFest, depending on if he was at a table with someone else.

Due to his health, and not being sure if TwinsFest will ever return to what it was pre-pandemic, I decided to take the opportunity to get a few cards signed that I really wanted.  I paid more than I would have at TwinsFest (probably), but who knows when I'll have the opportunity again.

I had him sign his 1968 Topps, 1970 Topps All Star, and 1971 Topps.





His signature has changed since his health issues began, but it's actually more readable I think.

Here's a 1971 Topps my son got signed prior to his health issues.


I have quite a few of Mr. Carew's signatures.  I think I have a ball, bat, jersey, a couple magazines, several cards, a bobblehead, a John Wheeldon print, a magazine and a 1970 Twins program.  I suppose if I were able to see him at TwinsFest again I should probably get a mini helmet signed.

I also received a couple ttm returns today.

Rene Lachemann signed his 1966, 1968, 1983 and 1985 Topps for me.





And Dave Freisleben signed his 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1978 Topps.





Friday, October 15, 2021

Cleveland, McCatty and Paxton Returns

I haven't sent out many requests lately so I was surprised to get three returns in my mailbox today.  A couple of them were sent two to three months ago.

Reggie Cleveland signed his 1971 Topps already signed by Luis Melendez and his 1973 and 1976 Topps cards for $2 per card.  I sent this request just 10 days ago.




Steve McCatty signed his 1978, 1980, 1983 and 1985 Topps.  The 1985 Topps was signed in blue, the other three in black.  I'm always curious what was going on when things like this happen.  Neither pen appeared to be running out of ink.





And Mike Paxton signed his 1978, 1979 and 1980 Topps as well as the 1980 Topps Indians team card.




Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Ted Bowsfield TTM Return

There was just one piece of mail in the mailbox today and it was an autograph return.  

Ted Bowsfield signed a 1961 Topps Cleveland Indians team card already signed by Dick Stigman and a 1964 Topps.



He was also kind enough to answer a question in my letter and sign that as well.

I really wish I had worked on these team cards earlier and included them with my requests about 15 years ago when I was sending out a lot of cards from the 50's and 60's.  I'm not sure why I didn't.  It's too late now to accumulate very many signatures on them, but I have started sending out some of these with my requests with cards from the 70's and 80's.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

John DeMerit, Bud Zipfel and Camilo Pascual

I received some nice, vintage returns today.

John DeMerit signed his 1962 Topps for me.  A few weeks ago he returned it unsigned but had answered some questions in my letter.  I assumed it was an oversight so I sent it again and explained the situation.

Bud Zipfel signed his 1963 Topps with a $5 fee.  I had return from his years ago where the ballpoint pen was nearly out of ink, and you could barely tell it was signed.  I have wanted to upgrade it but I'm not sure why it took me so long to get to it.

Finally, former-Twin Camilo Pascual signed a baseball for me.  At 87 years old, he has a beautiful signature.  I included $20 and a pen for him to use with my request. 

Monday, October 04, 2021

A Couple Failures and Q3 2021 Goals Update

The mystery surrounding the sase postmarked in Minneapolis came to a disappointing resolution today.  It was the card I sent to Tommy Watkins in care of the Twins at Target Field.  My sase was unsealed, but still contained my 2007 Topps '52, unsigned.  I suppose he or someone who works for him was cleaning up since they are done for the year.  I guess it's nice I at least got my card back.  

I wonder if I'll get my Morneau cards back.  I was hoping he'd be in a good mood after being inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame and sign a few, but nothing yet.

I also received a sad failure from Albie Pearson.  I had sent him a 1964 Topps Stand Up and $5, but I received a note back from his daughter that he is unable to sign due to health reasons.  I received my card, $5 and sase back, as she used her own envelope and stamp to return everything.

It's a few days past the end of the third quarter of the year, so I thought I'd see how I'm doing on my goals for the year.

Goal:  Add 10 cards to my 1965 set.

    Progress: I've added eight signed cards from the 65 set so far this year, exactly the same as last quarter.  I've ordered a couple cards from this set to send out but will have to make it a point to get this one done.

Goal: Add 25 cards to my 1971 set. 

    Progress: I'm at 67 so far, up from 49 cards last quarter.  It's getting harder to get any done that aren't expensive.  

Goal:  Add 15 cards to my 1972 set.

    Progress: I've added 19 cards to this set, up from 15 last quarter.

Goal: Add 50 cards to my 1978 set.

    Progress: So far I've added 57 cards to this set, up from 39 in the second quarter.  So this one is complete.

Goal: Add 5 signed baseballs to my collection.

    Progress:  I am at four.  I have an idea of who I want to send to.  I just need to do it now.

Goal:  Add 5 signed magazines to my collection.

    Progress: I've added four so far, but have one out to a mail-in signing so unless that falls through, this one will be done.

Goal: Send out 200 requests.

    Progress: I've sent out 293, my third-highest total ever, and still have three months to go.  I don't think I will surpass my second-highest total, which was 463, but I've met this goal.

In order to meet my goals, my to-do list is:

- Get two cards signed from the 1965 set

- Get one baseball signed

- Ensure my magazine gets signed, or send out another

This seems pretty easy to get done.

Saturday, October 02, 2021

Bill Butler and Jay Hook TTM Returns

Two of the three sases shown in my Informed Delivery email this morning actually showed up in my mailbox today.  Unfortunately, the one that didn't show up was postmarked in Minneapolis.  It could mean the long shot I took by sending to Justin Morneau paid off (not likely), or that Tommy Watkins, their first base coach, returned my card.

Or, it could be someone else that lives in this general area that I forgot about.  Usually, those returns that don't show up the day they appear in my email will show up in two or three days.

I did receive two nice returns anyway.  Bill Butler signed his 1971 Topps for me for his $5 fee.  He also included a signed index card which I didn't send him, and an unsigned religious pamphlet.

I also received a 1962 and 1964 Topps signed by Jay Hook, who has been a very generous signer over the years.


Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Gerry (Jerry) Janeski - 1971 Topps

I sent in a 1971 Topps for a private signing with Gerry (Jerry) Janeski that occurred at the beginning of the month. 

He's a tough signer and the fee was only $5 for cards, so I took the opportunity to get this high-number card signed for my set.


I have only a couple items out for private signings and not too many ttm requests outstanding.  I'm a bit busy with work lately, but I'll focus on meeting my goals for the year.  I need to get one more baseball signed, and a couple 65 Topps to meet all my goals.

Monday, September 27, 2021

Catching Up

I was out of town for a few days and came home to a handful of ttm returns and one mail-in signing return.  Oh, and I made another Ebay purchase.

I bought another 2000 Fleer Greats of the Game signed by Rocky Colavito from the same seller that I bought from a few weeks ago.  It makes no sense I guess, but the price was too good to pass up.


Wally Bunker signed his 1969, 1970 and 1971 Topps for me.  I had previously bought a signed 1971 Topps of his, but decided to get one ttm as well.




Frank Carpin signed his 1966 Topps for me.


Ron Gardenhire signed his 1983 Topps and 2010 and 2011 Topps Heritage team cards.  He also enclosed a signed 2002 Topps for me,





Jim Marshall signed his 1960 Topps, as well as 1976 and 1980 Topps team cards.




Denny Riddleberger signed his 1972 Topps for his $5 fee.


And Pete Richert signed his 1968, 1970 and 1974 Topps.




Finally, I received a 1991 Twins World Series bobblehead signed by Carl Willis back from a FanHQ signing.  


This leaves four bobbleheads I need to complete the set, not including Kirby Puckett, who passed away prior to this set being released:

  • Steve Bedrosian
  • Mark Guthrie
  • Shane Mack
  • Paul Sorrento

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Juan Marichal and Wilbur Wood

My returns have been slowing down lately.  I still have a few mail-in signings pending, but not as many ttm requests out.

Today I received a return from Juan Marichal, who signed his 1964 Topps for his $10 fee.  I am not working on the 64 set very seriously, but I had this card lying around and it seemed a shame for it to be unsigned.

A while ago I sent a 65 Topps to Wilbur Wood who was kind enough to sign it, but he also personalized it and misspelled my name.  I decided to send to a mail-in signing to get another one done, and I received that back today.