Sunday, August 02, 2020

TTM autographs received: Scott Livingstone

Livingstone was a useful rank-and-file guy who could hit a little bit through the mid 1990s, though I have no recollection of him past his early junk wax era years with the Detroit Tigers - he signed my cards in blue Sharpie in about three weeks, but the pen was dying, so the autographs are didn't quite come out as bold.

Results are likely to vary when sending off cards TTM, but maybe it adds to the charm and quaintness to see something - signed in another color Sharpie besides blue or black or a glossy card signed in ballpoint pen or some other odd pen.

For the most part I want things in blue Sharpie or blue ink - but I'm reminded of going through my friend's book of autograph cards 20 years ago, where he would get stuff back in all sorts of colors and pen types.

Saturday, August 01, 2020

1996 Pinnacle Bob Hamelin #289

I was worried for a little bit I couldn't find this one lousy common because of a little cult notoriety - where this particular card it has been goofed on the web for the past 10 years.

I was digging around and jumped on a listing for the card, spending about $1 to land a copy of this all-time beauty - finally getting the card in-hand, it does feel a little weird, where the surface isn’t that regular 1996 Pinnacle glossy finish that is prone to brick up over the past 25 years.

The stock is a little thinner and for a moment, I wondered if I have a fake card in-hand [seriously?] - doing some research, most sites referencing the card uses ‘foil’ to identify the card.

What I definitely have is a more of a ‘foil’ like card, though I wouldn't remember if 1996 Pinnacle had such a parallel - I wonder if Hamelin has a regular base card which is what I originally wanted in the first place [if it actually existed].

Friday, July 31, 2020

TTM autographs received: Steve Renko

The longtime big league pitcher and one-time Angel signed my cards in about two weeks - the 1971 Topps and 1979 Topps were from a box of loose cards featuring one-time Angels [either pictured as Angels or in another team's uniform] I still need autographs of.

Just to get the TTM machine going, where I may have some mail to look forward to - I dug out cards from the misfit Angels box, to put together and send out some recent requests.

For my Angels all-time autograph collection, I prefer an Angels card, though that might not be the case as I try to go for quantity in tracking down any sort of autograph to count - I worried about not being able to send Renko an Angels card, but I pulled his 1983 Topps from a set I purchased and sent it with the two others.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

TTM autograph received: Roger Repoz

The former big league outfielder and one-time Angel signed my 1968 Topps issue in about a week - this card came from a box of loose cards featuring one-time Angels [either pictured as Angels or in another team's uniform] I still need autographs of.

Just to get the TTM machine going, where I may have some mail to look forward to - I dug out cards from the misfit Angels box, to put together and send out some recent requests.

Repoz was a serviceable player who was just a little above league average as a hitter [105 OPS+] despite a .224 batting average in 9 MLB seasons - though it wasn't in the major leagues, Repoz had a 5-year run as a slugger [122 home runs /.512 slugging] in Japan through the mid 1970s.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

TTM autograph received: Merv Rettenmund

The former big league outfielder and one-time Angel signed my 1979 Topps issue in about a week - this card came from a box of loose cards featuring one-time Angels [either pictured as Angels or in another team's uniform] I still need autographs of.

Just to get the TTM machine going, where I may have some mail to look forward to - I dug out cards from the misfit Angels box, to put together and send out some recent requests.

I'm glad I sent to Rettenmund because he's one more subject counted towards my Angels all-time collection - but he also has nice penmanship and signed my Angels card cleanly.

Monday, July 27, 2020

2020 Topps Now Dr. Anthony Fauci Throws First Pitch #2



"As much as people inappropriately, I think, make me somewhat of a hero — and I'm not a hero, I'm just doing my job — there are people who get really angry at thinking I'm interfering with their life because I'm pushing a public-health agenda."

I haven’t bought a Topps Now card in a while, but decided to get a single copy last minute - as a card collector, this is my passive way of recognizing someone real in these hard times.

Dr. Fauci symbolizes the COVID-19 pandemic and how politicized things have gotten where he has been put through the ringer - where he and his family have gotten their lives threatened because he isn’t willing to be a puppet of the current administration.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Featured autograph - Jason Castro

The former Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins catcher homered in his debut with Angels - despite unimpressive career batting numbers, hopefully he is a guy to kind of provide stability behind the plate.