Recent News and Succeses
5/27/20 - It's an all baseball Wednesday starting with Cleveland Indian's third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, success with Miami Hurricane's pitcher Slade Cecconi who is the 31st ranked prospect in the 2020 MLB Draft according to MLB.com, success with USA Baseball and currently uncommitted high school outfielder/1st baseman Ryan Clifford, and finally success with USA Baseball and Arizona State Sun Devil's shortstop Alika Williams who included a nice note. Williams is the 40th ranked prospect in the 2020 MLB Draft. Clifford and Williams are for the 2019 and 2020 Stars and Stripes sets I'm working on.
5/26/20 - Today the postman brings success with Cincinnati Bengal's Pro Bowl tight end and long time announcer Bob Trumpy, success with USA Baseball and Milwaukee Brewer's pitcher Don August, success with USA Baseball and San Diego Padre's draftee Mason Feole, and success with USA Baseball and LSU Tiger's commitment Samuel Dutton for the 2019 Stars and Stripe's set.
5/23/20 - Mail to close out the week from former Texas Ranger's first baseman Pete O'Brien with the dreaded faded sharpie, success with Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Len Matuszek, success with Kansas City Royal's first round pick Bobby Witt Jr. who apparently has started rejecting mail. Looks it may be difficult to get one of those 2020 Bowman's signed. And finally a success with USA Baseball and East Carolina Pirate's first baseman/outfielder/DH Alec Burleson for my 2020 Stars and Stripe's set.
5/22/20 - Mail today from Hall of Fame UCONN Huskies basketball coach Geno Auriemma, success with USA Baseball and Angel's 1st round pick Will Wilson for the 2019 Stars and Stripe's set, and finally I received an autograph card in the mail from 2019 Perfect Game All-American Coby Mayo. I did not send this card out, just received it out of the blue from Mayo. Pretty cool of him.
5/21/20 - Successes today from... former Pittsburh Pirate's pitcher Elroy Face, success with former Toronto Blue Jays reliever Mark Eichhorn, and finally success from USA Baseball and Tennessee Vols commitment Ryan Spikes for the 2019 Stars and Stripe's set.
5/20/20 - Wonderful Wednesday mail... success with Orioles and Astros pitcher Pete Harnisch, success with Astros and Yankees pitcher Xavier Hernandez, success with Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Bob Kipper, and finally success with USA Baseball and DBacks 1st round pick Corbin Carroll for the 2019 Stars and Stripe's set.
5/19/20 - Successes in the mail today from Minnesota Twins first baseman Kent Hrbek, success with New York Yankees second baseman Bobby Richardson, and finally success with USA Baseball's Duke Ekstrom. Also received some autos from a Twitter pal of Ranger's outfielder Curtis Wilkerson, Ranger's reliever Jeff Russell, and Toronto Blue Jay's outfielder Vernon Wells. Thanks to him for the autos, very kind.
5/16/20 - Saturday's mail to close out the week... starting with former Saint's and Redskin's quarterback Billy Kilmer, success with former Red's 1st baseman Sean Casey, success with former MLB umpire Randy Marsh who did not answer my strike zone questions, success with USA Baseball and Texas Tech commitment Nick Gorby, and finally success with USA Baseball and Arizona State Sun Devil's 1st baseman Spencer Torkelson for the 2020 Stars and Stripe's set. Torkelson is expected to be a top five pick in the 2020 MLB draft.
5/15/20 - Vacation day yesterday but back on the board today starting with former Green Bay Packer's head coach Mike Holmgren, success from former 1st round pick of the New York J-E-T-S Blair Thomas, success with former Warriors guard and long time coach Butch Beard, and finally success with USA Baseball and Maryland Terrapin's commitment Jason Savacool for the 2020 Stars and Stripe's set.
5/13/20 - Mail today... a success with former Kansas City Royal's first round pick (5th overall) and current outfielder Bubba Starling, success with former Montreal Expo's outfielder Marquis Grissom who signed a ticket from his 1st MLB home run, success with former Washington Redskin's quarterback Joe Theismann, success with former Portland Trail Blazer and long time coach Lionel Hollins, and finally two likely ghost signed returns from former Angel's second baseman Adam Kennedy as well as USA Baseball and Vanderbilt commitment Pete-Crow Armstrong.
It does not bode well for future fan friendliness when an 18 year old high schooler has a ghost signer. I think I speak for most fans when I say we'd rather not get anything back at all than have our items ghost signed. As for Adam Kennedy, I'd read about the rumors of him using a ghost signer so I specifically put a note on my cards saying to simply return my cards without signing them if this wasn't Kennedy actually signing. It would have literally taken less effort for this ghost signer to just return them than to sign them and return them
5/12/20 - Tuesday's non-Covid mail today... return from former Boston Celtic's legend Bob Cousy, return from former Oklahoma Sooner's head coach Bob Stoops that may well be a ghost signer unfortunately, not certain, success with former Viking's linebacker Scott Studwell, and finally a success with actor Christopher McDonald who probably most famously played Shooter McGavin in Happy Gilmore.
5/11/20 - Four returns for Monday... the first is from former Chicago Bears linebacker Otis Wilson, success with former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Jim Zorn, success with former Milwaukee Brewer's shortstop Dale Sveum, and finally success with USA Baseball and Arizona State Sun Devil's commitment Hunter Haas for the 2020 Stars and Stripes set.
Also wanted to talk about a few folks. Mark from Mark's Signing Bonus fame is now on the Twitter so make sure to follow his account. A heads up on a long time collector, Ross at Ross's Sports Autographs is updating his site once more and he is also on the Twitter. Glad to see it! His site has been around a very long time and well worth the time to check it out. As I'm sure a lot of collectors know, Phil Hughes is pretty big on the Twitter now and has his own YouTube channel called Phil's Pulls which is a pretty good watch actually. He signed for me 15 years ago now. Where does the time go?
5/9/20 - Saturday's mail brings... St. Louis Hawks Hall of Famer Cliff Hagan, Boston Celtics Hall of Famer and 1973 NBA MVP Dave Cowens, Houston Oiler's Luv Ya Blue center Cark Mauck, USA Baseball and Louisville Cardinal's junior Lucas Dunn, and finally USA Baseball and Cal Bear's commitment Joe Brown.
5/8/20 - Into the weekend with a strong mail day... first success is with Philadelphia 76ers 5x All-Star forward Bobby Jones, success with Portland Trailblazers and Boston Celtic's 2x All-Star Jim Paxson, success with long time Buffalo Bills quarterback Joe Ferguson, success with 2019 Perfect Game All-American and Florida Gator's commitment Mac Guscette, and finally a success with USA Baseball and LSU Tiger's outfielder Daniel Cabrera. Cabrera is rated as the 34th prospect in the 2020 MLB draft by MLB.com.
5/7/20 - Today's mail... my first golf success with the Golden Bear Jack Nicklaus, success with former Cincinnati Red's catcher Joe Oliver, success with USA Baseball and Texas A&M commiment pitcher Rawley Hector, and finally Mets and Giants outfielder Kevin Mitchell from a private signing.
5/6/20 - Mail for Wednesday... success with Atlanta Braves pitcher Steve Avery who signed a ticket from his 1st MLB win, a success with Montreal Expos second baseman Delino DeShields who signed a ticket from his MLB debut, success with Expos and Orioles outfielder Ken Singleton, success with USA Baseball and Florida International left hander Logan Allen, and finally success with USA Baseball and Florida State Seminole's commmitment Spencer Butt.
Since I've been back into the autographing bidness I feel like there's so much out there that interests me right now. So many football guys I want to hit as well as the USA Baseball sets and I've been sending out more and more tickets to be signed. If the season had started on time I would be frazled with who to send to next!
5/5/20 -A little bit of everything in the mail today... success with former Indiana Hoosier's Hall of Fame head coach Bobby Knight, success with USA Baseball and Arkansas Razorback's outfielder Heston Kjerstad for my 2020 Stars and Stripes set, success with former Houston Astro's 2x All-Star and coach Denis Menke, success with former Oklahoma Sooner's All-Anerican, Philadelphia Eagles, and Green Bay Packer's Pro Bowl tight end Keith Jackson, and finally a success with former Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Seattle Seahawk's offensive lineman Andy Heck who also answered a couple of questions.
5/4/20 - It's just another manic Monday... success with Texas Longhorn's commitment Lucas Gordon for the 2020 Stars and Stripes set, success with former Cleveland Indians outfielder and Olympic silver medalist Cory Snyder which is my second success with Snyder over the last 20 years, and finally success with former 1st round pick of the Bengals from the Houston Cougars David Klingler. I happened to be classmates with David and his brother Jimmy at THE Stratford High School. Notable alumni include... me, the now retired quarterback Andrew Luck, comedian Bill Hicks, country singer Clint Black, brothers Chris James of the Philadelphia Phillies and Craig James of the New England Patriots, as well as MLB'ers Dean Crow and Chance Sanford.
Dolphin's Hall of Fame coach Don Shula passed away today at the age of 90.
5/2/20 - Strong day today starting with former Philadelphia Phillies 1st round pick Pat Combs, USA Baseball and Vandy commitment Robert Hassell III for the 2020 Stars and Stripes set, USA Baseball and LSU commitment Cale Lansville for the 2019 Stars and Stripes set, former Houston Astros fireballer JR Richard, and finally a private signing return from former New York Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra.
5/1/20 - Starting off the month with four returns... the first is from Kansas City Royals 1st round pick Bobby Witt Jr., then a success with USA Baseball and Oregon State commitment Mick Abel, success with Denver Nuggets Hall of Famer Dan Issel, and finally Texas Rangers outfielder Ruben Sierra from a private signing.
4/30/20 - Three returns today starting with 2019 Perfect Game All-American and Florida Gator's commitment Coby Mayo, success with 2019 Perfect Game All-American and Arizona Wildcat's commitment Chase Davis, and finally one for the 2020 Panini Stars and Stripes set from Sam Houston State Bearcat Colton Cowser.
4/29/20 - Five returns today... success with USA Baseball and Vandy commit Jack Bulger, success with USA Baseball and UCLA commit Tyler Soderstrom, success with USA Baseball and Miami Hurricanes commit Brandon Olivera, success with USA Baseball and Wake Forest commit Joshua Hartle, and finally success with former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland who also answered some questions for me.
4/28/20 - The postman delivers... success with USA Baseball and Baylor Bears shortstop Nick Loftin, success with 2019 Perfect Game All-American and Duke Blue Devils commitment Jordan Walker, and a final success with 2019 Perfect Game All-American and mTCU Horned Frogs commiment Carter Baumler. All three should be drafted within the first few rounds of the 2020 MLB Draft.
4/27/20 - Monday mail... success with Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famer Mel Renfro, success with 2019 Perfect Game All-American and Mississippi State commitment Blaze Jordan, and finally success with USA Baseball's Dylan Lina.
4/25/20 - Success today with Perfect Game All-American and Oklahoma Sooner's commitment Dax Fulton, success with Perfect Game All-American and Arkansas Razorback's commitment Cayden Wallace, success with USA Baseball and Florida Gator's commitment Colby Halter, and success with USA Baseball and Virgina Cavalier's left handed pitcher Andrew Abbott. My final success today is with former Minnesota Twins pitcher Jim Kaat who also answered some questions for me. I recently heard an interview with Kaat on Jeff Baker's podcast TTM Cast. In it he talked about his favorite card (rookie card) and the charity he supports. So I decided to track down his rookie card, got several other cards as well, and send the cards with a donation to support Kaat's cause. Jim Kaat is a 16 time Gold Glove winner and has 283 wins to his resume.
4/24/20 - Success today with Dallas Cowboys defensive end Ed Too Tall Jones. Jones was a three-time All-Pro and won a Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys. It's my second success with Jones over the last 20 years or so. My second success today is with dominant Olympic gold medal diving champion Greg Louganis, very cool.
4/23/20 - Three more returns today... the first is from former Houston Astros pitcher, announcer, and manager Larry Dierker who answered my question about the 2017 Astros cheating scandal. My second success is with USA Baseball and Texas A&M left hander Asa Lacy who is projected to be a top 10 pick in the 2020 draft. My final success today is with Atlanta Braves 2019 first round pick Shea Langeliers.
4/22/20 - The success streak continues today... success with former Los Angeles Rams running back John Cappelletti. Cappelletti was the 1973 Heisman Trophy winner at Penn State and is inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame. My second success is with former Los Angeles Lakers guard Gail Goodrich. Goodrich was a five-time All-Star and was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 1996.
4/21/20 - Three returns today... the first is from former Kentucky Wildcats and Charlotte Hornets guard Tony Delk. Delk was an All-American at Kentucky and the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Basketball Tournament in 1996. My second success is with LSU Tigers and Baltimore Colts quarterback Bert Jones. Jones is known as The Ruston Rifle, he was an All-American at LSU and the Sporting News Player of the Year in 1972. Jones was also the NFL's MVP for 1976. Quite a career for Mr. Jones. My final success is with former Dallas Cowboys special teamer and safety Bill Bates who was an All-Pro in 1984 and won three Super Bowls with the Cowboys.
4/18/20 - Strong day today with four successes.. the first is from former Los Angeles Lakers guard Anthony Peeler, success with former Green Bay Packers safety Mark Murphy, success with former San Diego Chargers linebacker Gary Plummer who also answered a couple of questions, and finally success with USA Baseball player and TCU freshman pitcher Jacob Meador.
4/17/20 - Two successes today... the first is from former Miami Dolphins linebacker John Offerdahl who was a five-time Pro Bowler and NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1986. My second success is with former Dallas Cowboys player and Denver Broncos head coach Dan Reeves. Reeves was a two-time NFL Coach of the Year and took his teams to three Super Bowls. It was my second success with Reeves over the last 20 years.
4/16/20 - One return today from former Saints and Colts head coach Jim Mora who also won two titles with the Stars in the now defunct USFL. Mora is the author of the now epic "Playoffs?" press conference in 2001. Unfortunately he was fired after that season with the Colts and never coached again.
4/15/20 - Three more returns today... the first is from Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens who interestingly has been inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player, a coach, and as an assistant coach on the 1992 Dream Team. The second success is with former Denver Nuggets forward Bill Hanzlik who had a really good career in the NBA. As a Rockets fan my foremost memory of Bill Hanzlik is as the Sampson stopper. Basically if Ralph Sampson were ever playing well against the Denver Nuggets, Doug Moe would put Hanzlik on him. Hanzlik would proceed to rough up Sampson who was 9 inches taller than Hanzlik. Sampson is one of the most talented big men to ever play basketball but Hanzlik got in his head with the roughhousing. My final return is from 1989 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Minnesota Viking's defensive tackle Keith Millard. Millard was a BEAST in the late 80's who unfortunately seems to have been forgotten to history. I asked Millard what player he hated playing against and his answer was no surprise given their battles in back to back playoffs in 1988 and 1989.
4/14/20 - Three successes today... the first success is with former UNLV Runnin Rebels and New York Knicks guard Greg Anthony. Anthony was part of one of the most dominant teams in the history of college basketball at UNLV and then he played for the Knicks... whomp whomp. My second success today is with former 76ers and SuperSonics guard Hersey Hawkins who lit it up in his days at Bradley University. Hawkins was the 1988 AP Player of the Year at Bradley averaging 36.3 points per game but all we could do was read about it in the newspaper because the TV coverage back then was nothing like it is now. My final success is with USA Baseball player and Tennessee Vols commitment Brady House. House is considered one of the top position players in the 2021 draft class.
4/10/20 - Three returns today... the first is from former Texas Ranger Toby Harrah, success with former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Joe Magrane, and finally a success with former Padres and Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky.
4/9/20 - The SASE got shut out yesterday but we're back today with a vengeance... the first success today is with former Brewers and Twins third baseman Paul Molitor who signed a numbered jersey/bat card, the second is with former Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets Hall of Fame head coach Bill Fitch who included an *awesome* note on old Houston Rockets 85-86 Western Conference Champions stationary, and the third is from former Houston Rockets point guard Robert Reid who also included an *awesome* note. As a young kid I was a huge Houston Rockets fan and I have to say these notes I received back are huge highlights in my time collecting autographs. We all have those players and coaches that have a prominent place in our childhood memories and these are that for me. A great day today!
4/7/20 - Two successes today... one from Toronto Blue Jays batting champion and World Series champion John Olerud and one from Perfect Game All-American, USA Baseball LSU Tiger's commitment Dylan Crews.
News is that Al Kaline passed away today at the age of 85. He was a Hall of Fame player and signer. RIP.
4/4/20 - One return today from San Diego Chargers Hall of Famer Dan Fouts. It was my third success with him over the last 20 years. He's not only a Hall of Fame player but also a Hall of Fame signer.
4/2/20 - Three succcesses today... one from Boston Red Sox outfielder Bernie Carbo sporting a great mustache, one from USC Trojans and New England Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest, and finally one from Auburn Tigers pitcher Tanner Burns in a dreaded gold sharpie.
4/1/20 - Unfortunately my internet service went down from noon Monday until Tuesday evening so I'm just getting back to it. Mail for yesterday and today... success with Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame center Dermontti Dawson and a success with former California Angels third baseman Doug DeCinces.
In the tradition of my old site, the first of each month I'll update my most viewed scans for the previous month. These are the most popular autographs on the site for the month of March. First on the list is Hall of Fame San Fransisco Giants pitcher Juan Marichal, second is Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett, next on the list is Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Wade Boggs followed by Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Jim Rice, and finally rounding out the top five is Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame wide receiver James Lofton.
3/28/20 - Two returns today from two players that signed for me almost twenty years ago now... the first is from Hall of Fame Braves pitcher Phil Niekro and the second is from former Houston Oilers defensive end Ray Childress.
I just had several shipments of cards come in so I have a lot of mail that will be going out this next week hopefully, mostly a good mix of football and basketball players and coaches with a little baseball mixed in.
3/27/20 - Three returns in the mail today starting with Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame outfielder Jim Rice, a success with Minnesota Vikings Hall of Fame defensive end and 1971 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Carl Eller, and finally a success with two-time National League Manager of the Year Jack McKeon who won a World Series with the Florida Marlins in 2003.
3/26/20 - Two successes today... the first is from former St. Louis Cardinals catcher and 2012 Ford Frick Award winner Tim McCarver and the second success is with USA Baseball Texas Longhorn's comit Jared Kelley.
3/25/20 - One success today from Cubbies Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg. Funny story, I had just sent a request to Sandberg when I came across this card at the local card shop. The 1985 Topps is a classic design so I knew it would look awesome autographed and sure enough it does. I picked up a Will Clark with this same 1985 Topps design which I've already sent off so hopefully that one comes back soon.
3/24/20 - Some returns today... success with Baltimore Orioles Hall of Famer Mike Mussina, success with Luv Ya Blue Houston Oilers linebacker Robert Brazile known as Dr. Doom, and finally a success with USA Baseball Miami Hurricanes comit Gage Ziehl.
3/23/20 - A couple returns today... a success with Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer Herb Adderley, success with Australian Minnesota Twins pitcher Lewis Thorpe, and a success with Stanford and Minnesota Vikings running back Toby Gerhart who gave a really thoughtful answer to my question about the NFL going to a 17 game schedule.
3/21/20 - It's a Hall of Fame Saturday here at the SASE... success with Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Famer Len Dawson, success with Luv Ya Blue Houston Oiler's Hall of Famer Elvin Bethea who was nice enough to include a signed card of his own, success with Miami Dolphins Hall of Fame center Dwight Stephenson, and success with former Houston Oiler's safety Bubba McDowell.
A word about the Coronavirus, there's been a question in the TTM community about whether people would continue to send requests through the mail considering the highly infectious nature of the virus. After talking to industry insiders and doing a little research on my own, I will continue to send requests. I've quoted statements below from the World Health Organization and the CDC that support the decision to continue sending mail requests.
“The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low.” - World Health Organization
"In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures. Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods.” - Centers for Disease Control
3/20/20 - Rainy day successes... one from Oakland A's Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers, success with former Oilers and Falcons head coach Jerry Glanville, success with former MLB umpire Gary Darling who answered my question about a computer strike zone, and finally a success with USA Baseball and Orange Lutheran High School catcher Karson Bowen.
3/19/20 - Mail today... success with Bills and Browns Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure, success with Buffalo Bills safety Mark Kelso, success with former New York Yankee Bucky Dent, success with former Colt 45's pitcher Bobby Shantz, and finally a success with USA Baseball LSU comit Drew Romo who not only included a card of his own but also included a nice note thanking me for reaching out. It's very cool when a young player goes out of his way to write back and even includes his own card. Best of luck to Mr. Romo, I'll definitely be following his career.
3/18/20 - A couple returns today... success with former Giants Hall of Famer Juan Marichal, success with former Tigers Hall of Famer Al Kaline, sucess with USA Baseball Florida Gators comit Andrew Painter, and a success with USA Baseball UCLA Bruins comit Cody Schrier.
3/17/20 - On the board with five returns today... the first is from ESPN's Adam Schefter, success with former Blue Jays, Indians, and Cardinals outfielder "Hard Hittin" Mark Whiten, success with former Dallas Cowboys tight end David LaFleur, success with Luv Ya Blue Houston Oilers quarterback Dan Pastorini, and finally a success with former Pony Express and Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson. Unfortunately Dickerson kept the 1984 Topps rookie that I sent which really sucks considering his $10 fee per which I included.
3/16/20 - One success today from former Chicago Bears wide receiver Dennis McKinnon.
3/14/2020 - Three successes today... success with former Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier, success with former Orioles first baseman David Segui, and a success with former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher John Tudor. Strangely enough I've had success with all three players in the past, great signers.
My football section is now complete, all links up to date. Glad to have that done!
3/13/2020 - Three more returns today... the first is from former Atlanta Braves pitcher Zane Smith, a success from former Chicago Bears wide receiver Dennis Gentry, and finally a success from former San Diego Chargers wide receiver Charlie Joiner.
3/12/2020 - Some mail today... success with former Cardinals All-Pro defensive back Aeneas Williams, success with former 49'ers kicker Ray Wersching, and success with former Cardinals second baseman Tom Herr who also wrote a link on my SASE. The link is to www.cardinals.com/hof and it allows you to vote for players to be enshrined in the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame. So go vote for Mr. Herr. I also received some autographs from private signings... former Red Sox outfielder Mike Greenwell, former Reds outfielder Eric Davis, former Oakland A's bash brother Jose Canseco, and former Marlins catcher Charles Johnson.
3/11/2020 - Three successes today... one from former Astros and Indians catcher Eddie Taubensee, one from former Expos and Astros second baseman Casey Candaele, and the last is from former San Francisco 49'er Randy Cross.
3/10/2020 - Several succcesses today... the first is from former Heisman Trophy winner Billy Sims, the second is a Spring Training request to Astros third baseman Abraham Toro, success with A's General Manager Billy Beane, success with former Dodgers reliever Alejandro Pena, and finally a success with former Seattle Mariner Phil Bradley.
3/9/2020 - Several more returns today... success from Hall of Fame San Diego Chargers defensive end Fred Dean, success from former Atlanta Braves All-Star Steve Avery, a couple of beautiful autographs from former Montreal Expos outfielder Marquis Grissom, success with former White Sox, A's, and Cardinals Hall of Fame manager Tony LaRussa who signed two of three returning my cool 1972 Topps unsigned (darn), and finally a success with former Mariners and Giants pitcher Bill Swift.
3/7/2020 - An awesome day today with the mail... starting off with Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett, success with Bengals Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz who also answered my Joe Burrow question, a success with former Houston Cougar and Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware, success with former Giants Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells, and finally a couple of beautiful Vince Coleman autographs via private signing.
3/6/2020 - Two successes today and some purchases... the first return is from former Astros pitcher Ken Forsch and the second is from former Green Bay Packers lineman Tony Mandarich. Purchases are with Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame outfielder Jim Rice, Expos and Cubs Hall of Fame outfielder Andre Dawson, Houston Astros Cy Young pitcher Mike Scott, 1990 AL Rookie of the Year Sandy Alomar Jr., San Diego Padres hurler Andy Benes, Cincinnati Reds first baseman Nick Esasky, Philadelphia Phillies All-Star John Kruk, Chicago Cubs All-Star Mark Grace, Milwaukee Brewers All-Star pitcher Teddy Higuera, and finally Toronto Blue Jays All-Star picher Dave Stieb.
3/5/2020 - Four more successes today... the first from former Dodgers outfielder Franklin Stubbs, the second from former Rangers outfielder, General Manager, and still broadcaster I believe Tom Grieve, then a success with former Astros manager Bill Virdon, and finally a success with former Twins and Mets infielder Tim Teufel who included a signed testinonial card of his own which I have scanned.
3/4/2020 - Four more returns today... the first is from former grizzled Montreal Expos closer Jeff Reardon, the second is from former Jays and Braves pitcher Jim Acker, next is from former Braves pitcher Derek Lilliquist who has an interesting signature, and finally a success with former Seattle Seahawks wideout Brian Blades who signed for me once previously way, way back in 2003. Thanks to Mr. Blades for being a great signer!
3/3/2020 - A nice day today with some returns... the first is from Hall of Famer Wade Boggs, then we have a success with former Cubbie second baseman Ryne Sandberg, the third is with former Packers tight end Mark Chmura, and finally a success with former Dodgers and Cubs third baseman Ron Cey.
3/2/2020 - Back on the board with five successes today... the first is with Hall of Famer James Lofton who added the year to all of his autographs which I find peculiar but he also added his own card to the three that I sent which I find super cool! Also success with former Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Carl Hairston and a success with slap hitting Brett Butler. A success with famed hitting coach Walt Hriniak. Hriniak has worked with some of the best hitters in baseball over his tenure including Wade Boggs, Jim Rice, and Frank Thomas, cool success. The final success is with former Dallas Cowboys fullback Daryl Johnston.
I vowed not to send any Spring Training requests this year but I couldn't help myself. I sent to about 25 young proomising players in the majors, probably a year or two late on them to have a reasonable expectation of a return but maybe one or two will be my miracle this year!
2/28/2020 - Success today from former Astros infielder Art Howe. I asked him about how he felt he was portrayed in the movie Moneyball but no answer. It looked like a hatchet job to me but I'd love to hear him discuss it. My second success is with Herm Edwards, formerly of ESPN and the Phiadelphia Eagles. His quote is one of the greats of all-time. My final success is with former slugger Steve Balboni who signed one card and returned two unsigned. I also added a couple autographs from a private signing with Benito Santiago. I really enjoyed watching Santiago play back in the day so it's cool to add his autograph to my collection.
2/27/2020 - Several returns today... the first is from Hall of Famer Don Maynard, the second is from former Cardinals skipper Whitey Herzog, a success from former Cavs forward Larry Nance, and a success with former Denver Broncos safety Dennis Smith. Also received a purchase, former New York Mets third baseman Howard Johnson and also opened some packs of 2020 Topps and caught an autograph of Cleveland Indian Bobby Bradley.
2/25/2020 - Three more successes today... the first is from The Cobra Dave Parker, the second fron former Pirates second baseman Jay Bell, and the third is from former Giants outfielder Candy Maldonado.
2/24/2020 - Four more successes today... the first from Hall of Famer Harry Carson who has an awesone looking autograph, the second from Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau who is not only one of the all-time great NFL defensive coordinators but was also a heck of a player in his day, the third is from former Bengals Pro Bowler Tim Krumrie, and the fourth is from former Jaguars Pro Bowl quarterback Mark Brunell.
2/22/2020 - Three more successes today... one from Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen, the second from The Golden Boy Paul Hornung, and the third from one of my favorite players of the 80's/90's former Atlanta Braves outfielder Ron Gant.
2/21/2020 - Two returns today... one from former Houston Oiler and Hall of Famer Kenny Houston and one from former Chicago Bears Super Bowl Shuffle safety Gary Fencik. Some great looking autographs in these two lots.
2/20/2020 - One return today from Hall of Fame signer and former Cardinals and Braves second baseman Ken Oberkfell. Also added scans for old successes, mostly 50/50's, including Mike Trout, Giancarlo Stanton, Andrew McCutchen, Craig Kimbrel, Lance Lynn, Justin Smoak, Michael Pineda, Brandon Crawford, Kyle Gibson, Mike Moustakas, and Carlos Santana.
2/19/2020 - Three more returns today... one from former NL MVP and two-time World Series champion Dick Groat, one from former Philadelphia Phillie Larry Bowa, and the last from former pitcher Mudcat Grant.
2/18/2020 - I just realized it was President's Day yesterday but we have mail today... a success from former Yankees manager Lou Piniella and a success from former San Francisco 49'ers running back Roger Craig, our third succes with him over the last nearly 20 years.
2/17/2020 - No returns today but wanted to highight a couple of great sites that I've really enjoyed since I started back into the hobby. The first is called Bravestarr Cards, run by Bill who can also be found on Instagram and the Twitter @BravestarrCards. It's a really well put together site. The second site is a blog called Droidtrader's Sports Memorabilia, it displays an impressive list of autographs. If you're looking for sites to put into your regular rotation you won't find any sites better than these.
2/16/2020 - Another update today, haha. Started up the C's in the baseball section, Melky Cabrera through Matt Clement. Also completed the Other page, not a long page by any means but some notable names over there right now. There didn't used to be so many media and other sports cards like there are now. Hope to fill that section up as we go along.
2/16/2020 - Late night update... I picked up an auto at my local card shop, Ray Fosse. Those Topps Archives autographs are sharp. Also picked up a box of 2020 Topps Series One to give away on the message board.
2/15/2020 - Three returns for Saturday... one from former Blue Jays World Series hero Joe Carter, a return from Al Hrabosky otherwise known as the Mad Hungarian, and a return from former Cincinnati Reds reliever Ted Power.
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2/13/2020 - Two returns today... one from Dave Duncan and the second from Tom House. Both men are quite well known for their work as pitching coaches. Mr. House was nice enough to answer my question about analytics so thanks to him for that.
2/10/2020 - Two more TTM succeses today, the first from former Atlanta Braves slugger Bob Horner and the second from former Texas Rangers pitcher, father to a hot prospect someone, Bobby Witt. The kids nowadays will never grasp it but back in the day when cable TV channels weren't quite so plentiful, WTBS was the SuperStation and the Braves were on national tv a lot. During the summer I'd catch a lot of Braves games on the tube and Horner was a fearsome slugger. Thanks to both Bobby Witt and Bob Horner.
2/7/2020 - My first return this year from former slugger Dave Kingman. Mr. Kingman is probably an All-Name First Team member, just a great baseball hame. Honestly could not believe I didn't have his autograph in my collection so he was one of the first folks I sent off to start the year. He signed a 1975 Topps for me. It's a great thing in this day and age that you can pretty much get any card for any player. Makes it fun to think what an autograph will look like on a particular card and shop accordingly.
1/27/2020 - I've decided to put the site back up. It's going to take a bit due to how large it is but I'm on the case. I should have some succeses soon as well. As of today, the message board is up, links page is complete, started posting baseball players... David Aardsma through Antonio Alfonseca. Also updated most viewed scans for the history of the site. The most viewed scan ever is Chien-Ming Wang with over 10,000 views. He has a ton of fans in Asia.