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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).

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Football TTM

My NFL TTM's have come to a stand still. I'm assuming that I won't be getting any of them back from last year that are still out. So, I decided to try them again, and my first one is back. I started collecting football cards in 1987 (Topps). It is probably one of my favorite football cards that I have collected. One of my favorite cards out of that set was John Offerdahl. It is his rookie card with him pictured in the green Dolphins jersey. I wish they would wear those jerseys more often! So, I picked him as my first TTM attempt. Good news is, TTM success! Bad news, he didn't return the 1987 Topps card, but instead, a testimony card. :( I wish he would have kept the 1989 Topps! Oh well!


John Offerdahl
Signed 2/2 (kept one card, sent signed testimony card)
Sent c/o Home address
10 days

Next up, another TTM from spring training back, courtesy of Aaron Harang. I had read that he was a pretty good TTM signer, especially in spring training. I have always like him because he always seemed to pitch his best when playing against the Cubs when he was a Red!!

Aaron Harang
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o Dodgers ST

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

New Projects

Not that I really need any more projects, but I have decided to try and finish the 2011 Topps Update set and 2011 Allen & Ginter set. I have posted my needs to the left on my blog. It didn't turn out as pretty as I wanted, but all the card numbers are listed that I need to complete the sets. I need 120 to complete the Topps set, and 144 to complete Allen & Ginter.

I am willing to trade for these cards. Just let me know what you need! Wish me luck!!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Another ST TTM back!

First up, Dennis Rasmussen. I wanted his autograph because he used to make his residence in Omaha, NE. He also attended and played college baseball at Creighton.

Dennis Rasmussen
Signed 4/4
Sent c/o Home address
14 days

Finally! Another ST request back. I sent out quite a bit of TTM's for ST, and this is only my 4th back. I wanted Mr. Drew's autograph because he's a great guy and he's coming off a big injury, which I can relate to, having my own ankle operated on twice in 2 years! I have lots of respect for players who hurt their ankles!

Stephen Drew
Signed 3/3 (offered for him to keep one of the duplicates, but he sent them all back!)
Sent c/o Diamondbacks ST
19 days

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Great way to end the week!

First up this week, a quick turn around from Lee Stevens. I wanted his autograph because he played his high school baseball in nearby Lawrence, KS.

Lee Stevens
Signed 4/4
Sent c/o Home address
5 days

Next up, another return from spring training. I've liked this guy since I opened a pack of Bowman and got his rookie card. I also think that the 2012 Topps card looks great!

Chris Schwinden
Signed 3/3 (offered for him to keep one, but he sent them all back signed!)
Sent c/o Mets ST
12 days

Finally, I got some sweet cards back from John Axford. I think he's a great player and great closer! I also have another Allen & Ginter to add to my TTM collection (of 2, so far...HA)!

John Axford
Signed 2/3 (offered for him to keep the duplicate A&G, which he did)
Sent c/o Brewers ST
15 days

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

FIrst 2012 Spring Training TTM back!

Many "firsts" back this week!

My first 2012 Spring Training request back, as well as my first Allen & Ginter card autographed, and finally, my first Diamondback autographed card! Thanks Mr. Jackson!!! I offered for him to keep one of the duplicates, but he kindly signed them all!

Edwin Jackson
Signed 3/3 (offered for him to keep one of the duplicates, but he signed them all!)
Sent c/o Nationals ST
11 days

Next up, another 1987 Topps back for my project!!!

Mike Marshall
Signed 3/3
Sent c/o Home address
57 days

Sunday, March 4, 2012

My 1987 Topps project is coming along well!

First mail back was from Rich Amaral. Former Mariner, and that Upper Deck Electric Diamond looks great!

Rich Amaral
Signed 3/3
Sent c/o Home address
31 days

Next, Jim Sundberg. Former Cub and Royal, which are my favorites!!! Jim currently works as Senior Executive Vice President for the Rangers!!

Jim Sundberg
Signed 3/3
Sent c/o Home address
29 days

Last but not least, Ken Schrom. This TTM helped me work towards my goal for my 1987 Topps project and my Boston card project. He also included a "God Bless" on the envelope!

Ken Schrom
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o Home address
16 days