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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).

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Yeah mail!!!!

Mail has been getting slower, but I've gotten some back this last week. Andy Benes, one of my favorite players, came this week. The signature is different than the one I got many years ago; its not as nice and crisp now, but that's ok. Bob Boone also came back yesterday, and his signature is awesome!!! Former Royal!!! Finally, Willie Blair; mail from the minors. Thank you!!

Andy Benes
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o Home address
13 days

Bob Boone
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o Washington Nationals
21 days

Willie Blair
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o Fort Wayne Tin Caps
63 days

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Former Cubs!!!

Two Cubs in the mail today. However, one is a return to sender. :( I will attempt to resend to Derrick May at his home address. It was weird that I got a RTS from the St. Louis Cardinals?!?!

Derrick May
Signed 0/2
Sent c/o St. Louis Cardinals
14 days

Doug Dascenzo
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o San Antonio Missions
15 days

Sunday, August 21, 2011

No signature from Mr. Leyland :(

I got two back this last week. One from Chone Figgins up in Seattle. He signed 2 of 3 for me. The Ultra has a little smudge, but it looks great.

Chone Figgins
Signed 2/3
Sent c/o Seattle Mariners
11 days

Jim Leyland sent me my 1988 Topps back, but it was unsigned. :(

Saturday, August 13, 2011

2nd try is a charm!

I tried Dave Dravecky earlier this year, but got a return to sender. That was before I had the address book. Now that I have "the book," I got a success!!! Thanks Dave!!!

Dave Dravecky
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o Home address
18 days

Friday, August 12, 2011

More mail from the minors!

Great looking cards back today from Manager Brian Harper of the Tennessee Smokies - Cubs minor league team!

Brian Harper
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o Tennessee Smokies
44 days

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Former I-Cub in the mail!!!

Today's mail was really special. I got back Phil Stephenson. He played for the Iowa Cubs back in the late-80's. When I was a kid, we'd go to some I-Cub games. He was the first-ever autograph I ever got, in-person at a Chicago Cubs vs. Iowa Cubs exhibition game in 1989. It was through the fence before the gates opened. He was great. Phil is now the head baseball coach at Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, KS.


Phil Stephenson
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o Dodge City Community College
146 days

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Signed card back, but not the one I sent!

This is my first card back from sending to a team in the Atlantic League. Thank you Toby Hall for hooking me up! The most interesting/curious thing about getting this autograph back, was the fact that I sent a 2006 Upper Deck, and I got back a 2003 Upper Deck! I guess I don't mind which one I got; I actually like the photo on the 2003 UD better, but the corners were a little dinged. Who knows if that is from USPS or just a dinged card?

Toby Hall
Signed 1/1 (received back different card than the one I sent)
Sent c/o Camden Riversharks
95 days

Monday, August 1, 2011

Finally some mail!!!

Well, I had been getting mail on a fairly frequent basis, so the lack of mail the last two weeks has been frustrating!! I got one back today, and it was one I worried the signature wouldn't take because of all the gloss (it was still super glossy after I tried to remove it!).

Chris Gomez
Signed 1/1
Sent c/o Home address
69 days