Tuesday, February 18, 2020

More TTM autographs received in 2020

I got the bug to put together autograph requests through the mail after writing exactly one TTM request in 2019 - to have a purpose I've tried to write to former Angels guys, whose unsigned cards I ended up with, but autographs I don't have in my collection.

It might be a little hard to account for everyone, but I'll make the best I can trying to add more names to my Angels all-time autograph collection - it is nice to get something back that goes into my regional collection, even if it is more autographs of rank-and-file types that played years before I was born.

Pictures of these successes were saved in my scan folder and I decided to use them in a blog post that maybe my last before going on a spring hiatus - not like this place has been is buzzing with traffic, but for the 1-3 dedicated readers I might have, this might be my last post for a while.

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

TTM autographs received: Juan Marichal and Juan Guzman

Marichal signed my two cards in blue Sharpie - I worried I’d have to wait for this one, especially when I enclosed $20, but it only took about a couple of weeks for a successful response.

I’ve had successes trickle in from requests I’ve made in January and maybe TTM is a thing again - maybe getting a Marichal motivates me to try my luck with some of the guys that require a small fee to sign cards [without going through an 'official' middle-man of sorts].

Guzman signed my cards [1997 Fleer pictured] in about two weeks - he had a good debut run back in 1991 and I remember his rookies released the following season meant something for a little bit as he looked like a star in the making.

While his final career tally doesn't look so bad, the former Toronto Blue Jays star never was able to replicate his early successes - due to a number of reasons, the middle of his career was up-and-down as he turned into 'just a guy.'

Monday, February 03, 2020

1987 ProCards Waterloo Indians Lenny Randle #27

I’ve been looking for this card on the down low ever since I saw it on a blog breaking down the Waterloo team set - the particular blog may have been ethered to oblivion so I wouldn’t be able to figure out which it was.

Randle is obviously 'posed' to mimic that time as a player in the 1970s where he blows a ball into foul territory - I know little about Randle except for that ‘feat,’ which sort of made him a cult baseball player for a little bit.

This minor league card probably isn’t as cultish like the one where Keith Comstock makes like he gets hit in the nuts - but it falls under the same silliness theme.