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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).

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Ben Zobrist and Tom Milone

I got another TTM back that I thought was looooonnngg gone, from Ben Zobrist.  I sent this late last season, and got it back yesterday.  He also included a testimony card.

Ben Zobrist
Signed 2/1
Sent c/o Tampa Bay Rays
325 days

Next up, is Tom Milone.  He was traded from the Nationals to the A's as part of the Gio Gonzalez deal.  He's helped the A's become a wild card contender!  The signature is a little bubbly on the Topps card.  I didn't prepare the card well enough!

Tom Milone
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o Oakland A's
70 days

Sunday, July 22, 2012

509 days!!!

Well, I thought this one was long gone.  I wrote it off months ago.  I hated it, too, because Tom Herr was a player I liked, and I had read that he signs TTMs.  No such luck for me...UNTIL yesterday!!  It is my longest TTM return...509 days!!!  Thank you Mr. Herr for the cards!!!

Tom Herr
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o Home address
509 days

Friday, July 20, 2012

Tom Brookens, Bill Schroeder, & Eric Young, Jr.

Three TTMs back this week:

Tom Brookens is currently a coach for the Detroit Tigers.  I had read that he only signs one, so that is all I sent him.  I am starting to appreciate the 1987 Fleer set, again.

Tom Brookens
Signed 1/1
Sent c/o Detroit Tigers
78 days

Next up, Bill Schroeder.  He's currently a broadcaster for the Brewers.  He signed the cards in pen.  It doesn't show up well on the scan.

Bill Schroeder
Signed 4/4
Sent c/o Milwaukee Brewers
65 days

Last, is Eric Young, Jr. of the Rockies.  Another personalized card!

Eric Young, Jr.
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o Colorado Rockies
30 days

Sunday, July 15, 2012

2012 All Star Game...Our Time

I was lucky enough to score tickets to All Star Sunday (Futures Game and Celebrity Softball Game), Monday's Home Run Derby, and Tuesday's All Star Game.  I also got to go to the Fan Fest in downtown KC on Saturday and Monday morning.

On Saturday, at Fan Fest...lots of photo opportunities, which I love.  I thought that MLB was doing us a favor by giving us a card that would let us go to the computer to have all of our photo opportunities/experiences all in one place...WRONG!  You have to buy the photos...$17.99 each.  Debbie Downer.  The Game Saving Catch photo that I am in is awesome!  Lots of free stuff...popcorn, foam fingers (mini), towels, make your own baseball card, water bottles, etc.  The Tiffany's exhibit was awesome.  It was all the awards that were going to be given away in 2012; from AL & NL MVPs to the World Series trophy.  The Hall of Fame exhibit was also neat.  Can't wait to see Ron Santo get inducted!!  Topps had a booth there.  If you brought in 3 wrappers, you could get 1 of 6 Limited Edition All Star cards.  I picked Eric Hosmer, because, in my mind, he's the man!  I was mainly there on Saturday to catch a glimpse of Andre Dawson and get Wil Myers' auto.  We were in line for Frank White's auto, but someone was throwing a fit and wanted to leave and refused to wait in line.  I can't believe going to Fan Fest with a 43 year old would be worse than going with a child, but it was.


Ron Santo's HOF exhibit

Eric Hosmer Topps All Star Game card

Sunday was All Star Sunday at the K.  Best part of the day, Royals prospect Wil Myers having an awesome Futures Game, and Cubs prospect Jae-Hoon Ha hitting a home run!  The celebrity softball game was also fun.  University of Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self got the "boo-birds" from the Mizzou fans in the crowd, and he showed them by hitting a home run!  Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassell, also, was the recipient of the "boo-birds."  American Idol and Blue Springs, MO native David Cook played a mean left field. 

Royals prospect Wil Myers batting.

Cubs prospect Jae-Hoon Ha getting congratulated after his home run.

KU men's basketball coach Bill Self hitting a home run in the Celebrity softball game after getting "booed."

Monday, I went back to fan fest, mainly to wait in line for Tony Gwynn's auto.  While waiting in line, I got to see Bud Selig.  I noticed that many auto seekers were pushing kids out of the way and really taking advantage of them.  This made me sad.  Although I was waiting in line for Tony Gwynn, I was not about to shove a kid out of the way to up my place in line.  Many of the adult auto seekers had 10+ balls, etc. autographed.  I didn't get one auto either day at fan fest.  I was obviously doing something wrong (see Saturday fan fest paragraph).  I hit up the Topps booth, again, and score some free cards (Series 2).  I also took a look at the booths selling cards, and picked up 100 Royals cards for $5.  Here's what some of what I got for five bucks:

 The closest I got to anyone famous at Fan Fest, Bud Selig.

Free Topps Series 2 cards from Topps booth.  The Rod Barajas card is an error (wrong card #).

Monday night at the K was our first tailgate of All Star Week.  Hamburgers, watermelon, spring salad, chips, and Bud Light at my tailgate party of 2.  I was really pulling for Mark Trumbo to win.  He made a good showing and ended up in the second round.  I was not expecting the "boo-birds" that Robinson Cano got.  Although, I thought it was funny that he went 0-10!

 Mark Trumbo participating at the Home Run Derby.

Tuesday was the big day.  Tailgating day #2.  Same menu.  It was almost a tailgating fail, as we could not get the chimney starter to light.  Best parts of the game:  George Brett throwing out the first pitch, nice ovation for Chipper Jones, and Bryan LaHair from the Cubs getting to play.  Not so great parts of the game:  Bryce Harper showing his inexperience by committing a base running error and dropping a ball in the OF.  I also really wanted a LaHair All Star game jersey, but they didn't make any!  They must have made just one and gave it to him.  I couldn't find one at the Royals store, or at the Majestic store at Fan Fest.

Bryan LaHair of the Cubs in the on deck circle.

2nd trade on Zistle

I am totally digging Zistle. I have now completed my second trade.  Through both trades, I have managed to get rid of cards I didn't want, but got cards I wanted in return.  I have almost doubled my Terry Steinbach player collection through these two trades. 

Some other cards I got through the trade were some Royal and Cubs cards that I wanted, as well as an Alex Gordon and Ryne Sandberg to add to my player collections!

Oakland A's cards from Padrographs

Rod over at Padrographs was giving away random cards sorted into team.  I decided to go ahead and bite on the Oakland A's cards because they are one of my favorite teams.  He really wasn't requesting much in return, but I searched his want list and sent him some off of that list, as well as a few others I hope he enjoyed.  Here is some of what I got:

Thanks again Rod!!

Catching up on TTMs

I know its been a while since my last post, but I spent all last week at all the All Star Game/Week festivities!  I will make a separate post on my experiences!  But, while I was out living it up, I got quite a few TTMs back; players must have been signing over the break.

First up, Chase Headley from the Padres.  He's in the middle of trade talk these days.  I had read he was a great signer, and he didn't disappoint.  I just wish I would of had two cards to send instead of one.

Chase Headley
Signed 1/1
Sent c/o San Diego Padres
14 days

Next up, finally a return from Tampa Bay!  Tom Foley used to rock the old Expos uni back in the day.  I sent cards to try to get every inception of uni of the Expos.  I always like the red jersey myself!

Tom Foley
Signed 4/4
Sent c/o Tampa Bay Rays
21 days

A surprise return from Arizona.  I was feeling kinda burned after Alan Trammell returned my TTM unsigned, after I had read he'd been signing.  Thanks to Josh Collmenter for making me not doubt sending anymore mail to Arizona!

Josh Collmenter
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o Arizona Diamondbacks
21 days

Another TTM I sent out and not sure if I would get back or not was from Rick Rodriguez of the Oakland A's.  He's currently their bullpen coach.

Rick Rodriguez
Signed 3/3
Sent c/o Oakland A's
59 days

Last up, Jaime Navarro from Seattle.  He's currently the Mariners bullpen coach.  Love his signature!  He threw a no-hitter back when he was a player.

Jaimie Navarro
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o Seattle Mariners
61 days

Finally, one return from the Colorado Rockies.  It was my request to Chris Iannetta from last year.  He's currently with the Angels, so needless to say, he's not going to sign my TTM that I sent 14 months ago.

Monday, July 2, 2012

First trade completed on Zistle

I have completed my first trade on Zistle!  I got some Terry Steinbach cards that I needed to add to my collection:

1992 Fleer Ultra
1992 Studio
1995 Stadium Club
1989 Donruss All-Star MVP card
1992 Score
2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

The 1989 Donruss All-Star was a duplicate for me, but it was just a throw in, which was great.  The 2004 Topps was also a throw in, and was an awesome surprise!

I got an extra card!!

Lots of returns over the weekend!!  One of them was a great surprise.  I sent a card to Gary Matthews, and got it back, but as bonus, he signed a 1982 Donruss and gave it to me!  I think that is awesome!

Gary Matthews
Signed 2/1
Sent c/o Philadelphia Phillies
39 days

Next up, another former Cub and another 1986 Topps TTM via Keith Moreland.  He's currently doing Cubs radio broadcasts.  I am having a new appreciation for the 1986 Topps set!

Keith Moreland
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o Chicago Cubs
11 days

Mitch Moreland is currently on the disabled list and is signing his TTMs!  I had read that he was signing 2 at a time, however, he only signed one for me, and sent the other back.  That's ok with me because I really wanted his auto!  I wonder how players decided which one to sign when only signing 1 of 2?  I had sent a 2010 Bowman that wasn't signed.

Mitch Moreland
Signed 1/2
Sent c/o Texas Rangers
12 days

Finally, one back from retired NFL star Keith Millard.  I sent 3, and he kept one, my 1987 Topps.

Keith Millard
Signed 2/3 (kept one)
Sent c/o Home address
11 days