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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 and The Trading Card Database for trading purposes (stevienicks77).

Friday, February 25, 2011

2010 TTM Stats

I had a 36% success rate for the year 2010. Hopefully, my percentage will go up, someday, with the return of some of the cards I have been waiting on. I have not waited a full year yet on the cards that were sent from 2010, so we'll see what happens.

I have already posted pictures of my 2010 successes. Here are my 2010 failures/still waiting:

Jim Thome c/o Minnesota Twins (I have read on message boards that he signs well, guess just not for me!)
Omar Vizquel c/o Chicago White Sox
Trevor Hoffman c/o Milwaukee Brewers (retired after the 2010 season)
Jim Edmonds c/o Milwaukee Brewers (traded to Cincinnati Reds during 2010 season; retired before 2011 spring training)
Michael Saunders c/o Seattle Mariners
Scott Rolen c/o Cincinnati Reds
Michael Denorfia c/o San Diego Padres
Aubrey Huff c/o San Franciso Giants
Kirk Gibson c/o Arizona Diamonbacks (Sent before he became manager; I have read on the message boards that he does not sign at all. Oops, won't see those cards again!)
Bobby Cox c/o Atlanta Braves (retired after the 2010 season)
Kevin Seitzer c/o Kansas City Royals
Mike Harkey c/o New York Yankees (I have read that he is also a good signer, but haven't seen any mail from him yet!)
Sean Berry c/o Houston Astros (fired during 2010 season)
Mike Gallego c/o Oakland A's
Jamie Quirk c/o Houston Astros
Howard Johnson c/o New York Mets (I have read on the message boards that he is a good signer as well, but just not for me!)
Dave Martinez c/o Tampa Bay Rays
Mike Maddux c/o Texas Rangers

2010 Successes!!!!

Jamie Moyer
signed 2/2
Sent c/o Philadelphia Phillies

Jeremy Guthrie
signed 1/1
Sent c/o Baltimore Orioles

Gary Varsho
signed 2/2
Sent c/o Pittsburgh Pirates

Garret Anderson
signed 1/2
Sent c/o Los Angles Dodgers

Mike Brumley
signed 2/2
Sent c/o Seattle Mariners

Lloyd McClendon
signed 2/2 (they came back bent - not sure if that was on purpose, or USPS fault)
Sent c/o Detroit Tigers

Kerry Wood
signed 1/1
Sent c/o Cleveland Indians (he was traded to the New York Yankees during the season, and I received the card after the season was over)

Scott Fletcher
signed 2/2
Sent c/o Colorado Rockies

Pat Listach
signed 2/2
Sent c/o Washington Nationals

Tim Wakefield
signed 0/1
sent c/o Boston Red Sox
Didn't sign my card, but sent a letter saying thanks for being a fan, but he's too busy to sign all the fan mail. Sent postcard with stamped autograph on it.

TTM autographs 1996-2006

Dante Bichette
? stamped 2/2
Sent c/o Colorado Rockies
(he was unable to stamp the front of the Score Select because it was so glossy, so he did the back of the card)

Chris Widger
signed 1/1
Sent c/o Chicago White Sox

Mike Morgan
signed 2/2
Sent c/o Chicago Cubs

Troy Neel
signed 2/2
Sent c/o Oakland A's

Todd Hollandsworth
signed 1/1
Sent c/o Chicago Cubs

Country Music Stars!!

In-person autographs

The Band Perry
Denim & Diamonds
Kansas City, MO

Kim Riley
(Jeannie C. Riley's daughter)
Cass County Fair, Atlantic, Iowa

Jeannie C. Riley
Cass County Fair, Atlantic, Iowa

Billy Thomas
Member of country group McBride and the Ride
Ak-sar-ben Coliseum, Omaha, NE

TTM autographs 1989-1995

Rick Wilkins
signed 1/1
Sent c/o Chicago Cubs

Jeff Conine
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o Florida Marlins

Dan Pleasac
signed 2/2
Sent c/o Milwaukee Brewers

Doug Jones
signed 2/2
Sent c/o Cleveland Indians

Mark Davis
signed 3/3
Sent c/o Kansas City Royals
(other two cards were 1990 Fleer w/Mitch Williams. I sent them to Mitch Williams to get autographed, and never got them back!)

Walt Weiss
signed 2/2
Sent c/o Oakland A's

Andy Benes
signed 2/2
Sent c/o San Diego Padres

Gary Carter
signed 0/2
sent c/o Los Angels Dodgers
Postcard sent back (can't tell if it's an autograph or stamp) with card stating he wants $20 signing fee to be donated to charity

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Chicago Cubs vs. Iowa Cubs Exhibition Game, 1989

In-person autographs from exhibition game

Mark Grace

Pat Perry

Phil Stephenson (Iowa Cubs)

Butch Garcia (Iowa Cubs)

Jerome Walton (he would go on to become the 1989 ROY)

Darrin Jackson

Mike Harkey

Mike Bielecki

Mitch Williams