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I have collected baseball cards and autographs over the years. I still have boxes full of cards (as well as newer cards) that are just sitting there. So, I have decided to see how many of them I can get autographed. I use through the mail as my preferred route for this adventure. I also have an account on Zistle for trading purposes (stevienicks77).

I am currently in graduate school, so it may take me until the weekend to respond to trade requests! I can't get done with school soon enough!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Kurt Stillwell

The third TTM I got back in December was from Kurt Stillwell.  This is a great addition to my Royals autograph collection!  At 322 days, I was about ready to write this one off!

Kurt Stillwell
Signed 3/3
Sent c/o Home address
322 days

Monday, January 12, 2015

Nate Schierholtz

The second TTM I got back in the mail in December was a envelope from Nate Schierholtz.  These are a nice addition to my Cubs auto collection!  The Heritage card looks great!

Nate Schierholtz
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o Chicago Cubs
223 days

Sunday, January 11, 2015

It's been awhile...

I know it's been awhile since I last posted.  I know I haven't been able to do any trading on Zistle, nor send out any TTMs.  I started a new position at work on December 1, and I have been doing almost 12 hour days, Monday thru Friday.  That's one way to kill any hobby time!  Then, Christmas came.  I was in Mexico over the holidays!  It was a much needed vacation!  However, at the beginning of 2015, it was back to the grind.  I have a feeling January and February won't leave me much time for sending TTMs or do much trading.  For the time being, I will try to keep up with the TTMs I receive in the mail and post on my blog.  I do have three that I got back in December, but again, I just haven't had time to post until now.

The first one, I got back the week of Christmas.  This one I had written off a long time ago.  It was nice to get this one back!

Bubby Brister
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o Home address
676 days



Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tanner Rahier

Tanner Rahier is a player in the Reds minor league system.  He plays third base and spend the year in Dayton with the Reds Class A team.  I sent this in April, so he must just be getting to his mail.  The Bowman autograph actually looks better on the scan than it does in person.

Tanner Rahier
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o Dayton Dragons
214 days

Monday, December 1, 2014

Joe Oliver

A second attempt at Joe Oliver was successful for me!  I had tried back in 2012, but had a RTS.  I was really excited to get this back; the Fleer card will look great in my catcher collection!

Joe Oliver
Signed 3/3
Sent c/o Home address
39 days

Sunday, November 16, 2014

This week's mail

First of all, I would like to let everyone know that I am super busy with school, work, and life, so if you have tried to propose a trade via Zistle, I will try to look at it over Thanksgiving vacation.  Again, school impedes on my hobby.  

I got a couple of letters back this week.  This first one was from the AFL.  I noticed from some other bloggers that they also received mail back from Tyler Austin this week, as well.  I love how the signature looks on the Bowman Platinum cards.

Tyler Austin
Signed 1/1
Sent c/o Scottsdale Scorpions
33 days
























The other letter I got back this week was a RTS from the Padres.  It was a request I had sent to Jason Marquis back in April 2013.  I had written this one off a while ago.  I guess the good thing about getting my letter back was my SASE!



Thursday, November 6, 2014

Mega trade, part 3: Royals

The final installation of the mega trade is cards from the Royals.  I have thoroughly enjoyed spending a baseball post-season watching some playoff baseball live in person.  I was at Game 6 of the World Series, and it's something I'll never forget.  Everyone should have their favorite team go to the World Series in their lifetime.  Now, the Cubs need to get on it so I can go to Wrigley for a World Series!!!

I was able to add 26 cards to my Royals collection!


A few old George Brett cards


This will probably be the last we see Billy Butler in a Royals uniform.  He was made a free agent by the Royals over the weekend.  I have to give him props, he filled in for Hosmer during the summer and did just fine.  I remember thinking during that time about all the rumors that were going around about Billy being possibly being traded to Seattle during spring training and how I was so glad that didn't happen.  Billy Butler is a lot like Mike Sweeney.  He will always be a Royal.



This is from 2012 Topps; Cards Your Mom Threw Out.  If your Mom threw out this card back in the day, it was very costly for you!


A moose sighting


Probably my favorite Royals player (and the guy that buys everyone drinks at the bar), Eric Hosmer.  I picked up these sweet SPs of Hosmer in the 2012 set.