Saturday, January 28, 2023

Dave Duncan TTM Return

The returns are trickling in.  It's not surprising because I haven't really sent that many requests.  I have sent into a handful of private signings, so I'll be getting a few nice returns from those.  My goal of spending less this year isn't going too well so far.

Today I received a very quick (8 days from Minnesota to Arizona and back) return from Dave Duncan, who signed his 1968 Topps and the 1965, 1972 and 1973 Athletics team cards.  The 1968 card is a classic Topps airbrushing card.  The A's moved from Kansas City to Oakland in 1968, so he was probably wearing a Kansas City cap and they had to hide that.

I'm sending out a lot of team cards it seems, but I don't have too many that have more than three signatures.  For some of the older cards, it's just because there aren't many players left from that team.  For the team cards that still have a lot of living players that are good signers, it takes time to send them out to a player, who might take two or three weeks to sign and return it, then it's off to the next player.  I've got a stack of cards ready to send out once a different player signs and returns it.  And some of the cards in that stack are waiting for the same return.  I think I have four cards waiting on a return from Russ Snyder, who will hopefully sign an A's team card and a couple of Orioles team cards.

I also sent the 1972 Topps that Cecil Cooper returned recently off to Carlton Fisk to sign.  I have Fisk alone on another copy of that card and will keep it as-is, but also wanted one with all three signatures.  Fingers-crossed it doesn't get bent, smeared, or lost in the mail.

Even on cards like that, with some value as a raw card and more value with a couple signatures on it, I send in a plain white envelope, with no card holder, no cardboard protection, and no index cards (which I don't think help at all).  I've had more problems in the past with players signing the holder or the signature getting smeared or the card bent while the player tries to return the card into its holder.  At 80-90 years old, cramming a baseball card into a semi-rigid holder probably isn't very easy.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Brock Davis TTM Return

I received a nice surprise today from Brock Davis.  It wasn't in my Informed Delivery email this morning, and the envelope wasn't postmarked.

He signed his 1971 (already signed  Jestadt), 1972 and 1973 Topps as well as the 1972 Cubs team card.  Oddly, he signed all but the 1973 card with just his first name.  He also wrote me a very nice note on my letter.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Matt Lawton Magazine Purchase and Frank Funk TTM Return

Yesterday I received a Matt Lawton-signed magazine I purchased from Mill Creek Sports on eBay.  It was just an impulse buy, but the price was pretty good.

I also received a ttm return from Frank Funk, who signed his 1961 and 1964 Topps, as well as the 1961 and 1963 Indians team cards.

Friday, January 20, 2023

Dennis Ribant TTM Return and Luis Arraez Purchase

My lone ttm return today was from Dennis Ribant, who signed his 1965 and 1966 Topps as well as the 1965 Mets team card.

I also received an eBay purchase of 2022's AL Batting Champ Luis Arraez on a 2020 Topps Heritage Real One autograph card.

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Tim Cullen and Power for Ernie

I received a surprise in the mailbox today, since my Informed Delivery email didn't show a sase, but this return from Tim Cullen was in the mailbox.

Mr. Cullen was kind enough to sign his 1968 and 1972 Topps, as well as the 1971 Senators and 1973 Athletics team cards.

I also received a purchase I made from Tom Orr from one of his eBay auctions.  I previously had Daryl Spencer sign this card, but not either of the other two, so I'm happy to have this one complete.

I currently have two cards in to a Bill White signing with Tom Orr.  I sent a 1961 and 1963 Topps.  After I sent these cards in, I found a 1964 Topps Stand Up that I had bought a while ago in case a signing were to come up, but I forgot I had it!  There was not enough time to send it in, so I am kicking myself.


Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Bumbry, Cooper and Voss

Yesterday I received three returns and just didn't get around to updating my site or this blog.  It looks like I won't have any returns today according to my Informed Delivery email.

Al Bumbry signed his 1975, 1977 and 1983 Topps.  He didn't sign the 1973 Orioles team card I had enclosed.

Cecil Cooper sign his 1972 Topps rookie card already signed by Mike Garman.  I'll send it off to Fisk next.

And Bill Voss signed his 1970 Topps and the 1971 Angels team and 1972 and 1973 Brewers team cards.

Monday, January 16, 2023

Weekend Update

There is no mail today due to MLK Jr. Day, but I had a few requests waiting for me when we returned home after being away for the weekend.

The returns included nine more team cards, six of which were returned with their first signature.  I am getting a lot of team cards signed, but not many have more than two or three autographs on them, so there is a still a long way to go on them.

I also received a couple Exhibit cards back, both of which have stats on the back.  I don't try to hard to collect these but enjoy sending them out when I come across them.  Maybe I should send out a few more.  They fit perfectly in the small SASE, so there is no special work needed, and no additional postage required.

The Duffy Dyer request was sent last June, the longest wait I've had for a while (211 days).

Here they are, in no particular order: