Recent News and Succeses
4/2/20 - Three succcesses today... one from Boston Red Sox outfielder Bernie Carbo sporting a great mustache, one from USC Trojans and New England Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest, and finally one from Auburn Tigers pitcher Tanner Burns in a dreaded gold sharpie.
4/1/20 - Unfortunately my internet service went down from noon Monday until Tuesday evening so I'm just getting back to it. Mail for yesterday and today... success with Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame center Dermontti Dawson and a success with former California Angels third baseman Doug DeCinces.
In the tradition of my old site, the first of each month I'll update my most viewed scans for the previous month. These are the most popular autographs on the site for the month of March. First on the list is Hall of Fame San Fransisco Giants pitcher Juan Marichal, second is Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett, next on the list is Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Wade Boggs followed by Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Jim Rice, and finally rounding out the top five is Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame wide receiver James Lofton.
3/28/20 - Two returns today from two players that signed for me almost twenty years ago now... the first is from Hall of Fame Braves pitcher Phil Niekro and the second is from former Houston Oilers defensive end Ray Childress.
I just had several shipments of cards come in so I have a lot of mail that will be going out this next week hopefully, mostly a good mix of football and basketball players and coaches with a little baseball mixed in.
3/27/20 - Three returns in the mail today starting with Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame outfielder Jim Rice, a success with Minnesota Vikings Hall of Fame defensive end and 1971 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Carl Eller, and finally a success with two-time National League Manager of the Year Jack McKeon who won a World Series with the Florida Marlins in 2003.
3/26/20 - Two successes today... the first is from former St. Louis Cardinals catcher and 2012 Ford Frick Award winner Tim McCarver and the second success is with USA Baseball Texas Longhorn's comit Jared Kelley.
3/25/20 - One success today from Cubbies Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg. Funny story, I had just sent a request to Sandberg when I came across this card at the local card shop. The 1985 Topps is a classic design so I knew it would look awesome autographed and sure enough it does. I picked up a Will Clark with this same 1985 Topps design which I've already sent off so hopefully that one comes back soon.
3/24/20 - Some returns today... success with Baltimore Orioles Hall of Famer Mike Mussina, success with Luv Ya Blue Houston Oilers linebacker Robert Brazile known as Dr. Doom, and finally a success with USA Baseball Miami Hurricanes comit Gage Ziehl.
3/23/20 - A couple returns today... a success with Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer Herb Adderley, success with Australian Minnesota Twins pitcher Lewis Thorpe, and a success with Stanford and Minnesota Vikings running back Toby Gerhart who gave a really thoughtful answer to my question about the NFL going to a 17 game schedule.
3/21/20 - It's a Hall of Fame Saturday here at the SASE... success with Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Famer Len Dawson, success with Luv Ya Blue Houston Oiler's Hall of Famer Elvin Bethea who was nice enough to include a signed card of his own, success with Miami Dolphins Hall of Fame center Dwight Stephenson, and success with former Houston Oiler's safety Bubba McDowell.
A word about the Coronavirus, there's been a question in the TTM community about whether people would continue to send requests through the mail considering the highly infectious nature of the virus. After talking to industry insiders and doing a little research on my own, I will continue to send requests. I've quoted statements below from the World Health Organization and the CDC that support the decision to continue sending mail requests.
“The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low.” - World Health Organization
"In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures. Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods.” - Centers for Disease Control
3/20/20 - Rainy day successes... one from Oakland A's Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers, success with former Oilers and Falcons head coach Jerry Glanville, success with former MLB umpire Gary Darling who answered my question about a computer strike zone, and finally a success with USA Baseball and Orange Lutheran High School catcher Karson Bowen.
3/19/20 - Mail today... success with Bills and Browns Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure, success with Buffalo Bills safety Mark Kelso, success with former New York Yankee Bucky Dent, success with former Colt 45's pitcher Bobby Shantz, and finally a success with USA Baseball LSU comit Drew Romo who not only included a card of his own but also included a nice note thanking me for reaching out. It's very cool when a young player goes out of his way to write back and even includes his own card. Best of luck to Mr. Romo, I'll definitely be following his career.
3/18/20 - A couple returns today... success with former Giants Hall of Famer Juan Marichal, success with former Tigers Hall of Famer Al Kaline, sucess with USA Baseball Florida Gators comit Andrew Painter, and a success with USA Baseball UCLA Bruins comit Cody Schrier.
3/17/20 - On the board with five returns today... the first is from ESPN's Adam Schefter, success with former Blue Jays, Indians, and Cardinals outfielder "Hard Hittin" Mark Whiten, success with former Dallas Cowboys tight end David LaFleur, success with Luv Ya Blue Houston Oilers quarterback Dan Pastorini, and finally a success with former Pony Express and Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson. Unfortunately Dickerson kept the 1984 Topps rookie that I sent which really sucks considering his $10 fee per which I included.
3/16/20 - One success today from former Chicago Bears wide receiver Dennis McKinnon.
3/14/2020 - Three successes today... success with former Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier, success with former Orioles first baseman David Segui, and a success with former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher John Tudor. Strangely enough I've had success with all three players in the past, great signers.
My football section is now complete, all links up to date. Glad to have that done!
3/13/2020 - Three more returns today... the first is from former Atlanta Braves pitcher Zane Smith, a success from former Chicago Bears wide receiver Dennis Gentry, and finally a success from former San Diego Chargers wide receiver Charlie Joiner.
3/12/2020 - Some mail today... success with former Cardinals All-Pro defensive back Aeneas Williams, success with former 49'ers kicker Ray Wersching, and success with former Cardinals second baseman Tom Herr who also wrote a link on my SASE. The link is to www.cardinals.com/hof and it allows you to vote for players to be enshrined in the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame. So go vote for Mr. Herr. I also received some autographs from private signings... former Red Sox outfielder Mike Greenwell, former Reds outfielder Eric Davis, former Oakland A's bash brother Jose Canseco, and former Marlins catcher Charles Johnson.
3/11/2020 - Three successes today... one from former Astros and Indians catcher Eddie Taubensee, one from former Expos and Astros second baseman Casey Candaele, and the last is from former San Francisco 49'er Randy Cross.
3/10/2020 - Several succcesses today... the first is from former Heisman Trophy winner Billy Sims, the second is a Spring Training request to Astros third baseman Abraham Toro, success with A's General Manager Billy Beane, success with former Dodgers reliever Alejandro Pena, and finally a success with former Seattle Mariner Phil Bradley.
3/9/2020 - Several more returns today... success from Hall of Fame San Diego Chargers defensive end Fred Dean, success from former Atlanta Braves All-Star Steve Avery, a couple of beautiful autographs from former Montreal Expos outfielder Marquis Grissom, success with former White Sox, A's, and Cardinals Hall of Fame manager Tony LaRussa who signed two of three returning my cool 1972 Topps unsigned (darn), and finally a success with former Mariners and Giants pitcher Bill Swift.
3/7/2020 - An awesome day today with the mail... starting off with Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett, success with Bengals Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz who also answered my Joe Burrow question, a success with former Houston Cougar and Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware, success with former Giants Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells, and finally a couple of beautiful Vince Coleman autographs via private signing.
3/6/2020 - Two successes today and some purchases... the first return is from former Astros pitcher Ken Forsch and the second is from former Green Bay Packers lineman Tony Mandarich. Purchases are with Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame outfielder Jim Rice, Expos and Cubs Hall of Fame outfielder Andre Dawson, Houston Astros Cy Young pitcher Mike Scott, 1990 AL Rookie of the Year Sandy Alomar Jr., San Diego Padres hurler Andy Benes, Cincinnati Reds first baseman Nick Esasky, Philadelphia Phillies All-Star John Kruk, Chicago Cubs All-Star Mark Grace, Milwaukee Brewers All-Star pitcher Teddy Higuera, and finally Toronto Blue Jays All-Star picher Dave Stieb.
3/5/2020 - Four more successes today... the first from former Dodgers outfielder Franklin Stubbs, the second from former Rangers outfielder, General Manager, and still broadcaster I believe Tom Grieve, then a success with former Astros manager Bill Virdon, and finally a success with former Twins and Mets infielder Tim Teufel who included a signed testinonial card of his own which I have scanned.
3/4/2020 - Four more returns today... the first is from former grizzled Montreal Expos closer Jeff Reardon, the second is from former Jays and Braves pitcher Jim Acker, next is from former Braves pitcher Derek Lilliquist who has an interesting signature, and finally a success with former Seattle Seahawks wideout Brian Blades who signed for me once previously way, way back in 2003. Thanks to Mr. Blades for being a great signer!
3/3/2020 - A nice day today with some returns... the first is from Hall of Famer Wade Boggs, then we have a success with former Cubbie second baseman Ryne Sandberg, the third is with former Packers tight end Mark Chmura, and finally a success with former Dodgers and Cubs third baseman Ron Cey.
3/2/2020 - Back on the board with five successes today... the first is with Hall of Famer James Lofton who added the year to all of his autographs which I find peculiar but he also added his own card to the three that I sent which I find super cool! Also success with former Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Carl Hairston and a success with slap hitting Brett Butler. A success with famed hitting coach Walt Hriniak. Hriniak has worked with some of the best hitters in baseball over his tenure including Wade Boggs, Jim Rice, and Frank Thomas, cool success. The final success is with former Dallas Cowboys fullback Daryl Johnston.
I vowed not to send any Spring Training requests this year but I couldn't help myself. I sent to about 25 young proomising players in the majors, probably a year or two late on them to have a reasonable expectation of a return but maybe one or two will be my miracle this year!
2/28/2020 - Success today from former Astros infielder Art Howe. I asked him about how he felt he was portrayed in the movie Moneyball but no answer. It looked like a hatchet job to me but I'd love to hear him discuss it. My second success is with Herm Edwards, formerly of ESPN and the Phiadelphia Eagles. His quote is one of the greats of all-time. My final success is with former slugger Steve Balboni who signed one card and returned two unsigned. I also added a couple autographs from a private signing with Benito Santiago. I really enjoyed watching Santiago play back in the day so it's cool to add his autograph to my collection.
2/27/2020 - Several returns today... the first is from Hall of Famer Don Maynard, the second is from former Cardinals skipper Whitey Herzog, a success from former Cavs forward Larry Nance, and a success with former Denver Broncos safety Dennis Smith. Also received a purchase, former New York Mets third baseman Howard Johnson and also opened some packs of 2020 Topps and caught an autograph of Cleveland Indian Bobby Bradley.
2/25/2020 - Three more successes today... the first is from The Cobra Dave Parker, the second fron former Pirates second baseman Jay Bell, and the third is from former Giants outfielder Candy Maldonado.
2/24/2020 - Four more successes today... the first from Hall of Famer Harry Carson who has an awesone looking autograph, the second from Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau who is not only one of the all-time great NFL defensive coordinators but was also a heck of a player in his day, the third is from former Bengals Pro Bowler Tim Krumrie, and the fourth is from former Jaguars Pro Bowl quarterback Mark Brunell.
2/22/2020 - Three more successes today... one from Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen, the second from The Golden Boy Paul Hornung, and the third from one of my favorite players of the 80's/90's former Atlanta Braves outfielder Ron Gant.
2/21/2020 - Two returns today... one from former Houston Oiler and Hall of Famer Kenny Houston and one from former Chicago Bears Super Bowl Shuffle safety Gary Fencik. Some great looking autographs in these two lots.
2/20/2020 - One return today from Hall of Fame signer and former Cardinals and Braves second baseman Ken Oberkfell. Also added scans for old successes, mostly 50/50's, including Mike Trout, Giancarlo Stanton, Andrew McCutchen, Craig Kimbrel, Lance Lynn, Justin Smoak, Michael Pineda, Brandon Crawford, Kyle Gibson, Mike Moustakas, and Carlos Santana.
2/19/2020 - Three more returns today... one from former NL MVP and two-time World Series champion Dick Groat, one from former Philadelphia Phillie Larry Bowa, and the last from former pitcher Mudcat Grant.
2/18/2020 - I just realized it was President's Day yesterday but we have mail today... a success from former Yankees manager Lou Piniella and a success from former San Francisco 49'ers running back Roger Craig, our third succes with him over the last nearly 20 years.
2/17/2020 - No returns today but wanted to highight a couple of great sites that I've really enjoyed since I started back into the hobby. The first is called Bravestarr Cards, run by Bill who can also be found on Instagram and the Twitter @BravestarrCards. It's a really well put together site. The second site is a blog called Droidtrader's Sports Memorabilia, it displays an impressive list of autographs. If you're looking for sites to put into your regular rotation you won't find any sites better than these.
2/16/2020 - Another update today, haha. Started up the C's in the baseball section, Melky Cabrera through Matt Clement. Also completed the Other page, not a long page by any means but some notable names over there right now. There didn't used to be so many media and other sports cards like there are now. Hope to fill that section up as we go along.
2/16/2020 - Late night update... I picked up an auto at my local card shop, Ray Fosse. Those Topps Archives autographs are sharp. Also picked up a box of 2020 Topps Series One to give away on the message board.
2/15/2020 - Three returns for Saturday... one from former Blue Jays World Series hero Joe Carter, a return from Al Hrabosky otherwise known as the Mad Hungarian, and a return from former Cincinnati Reds reliever Ted Power.
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2/13/2020 - Two returns today... one from Dave Duncan and the second from Tom House. Both men are quite well known for their work as pitching coaches. Mr. House was nice enough to answer my question about analytics so thanks to him for that.
2/10/2020 - Two more TTM succeses today, the first from former Atlanta Braves slugger Bob Horner and the second from former Texas Rangers pitcher, father to a hot prospect someone, Bobby Witt. The kids nowadays will never grasp it but back in the day when cable TV channels weren't quite so plentiful, WTBS was the SuperStation and the Braves were on national tv a lot. During the summer I'd catch a lot of Braves games on the tube and Horner was a fearsome slugger. Thanks to both Bobby Witt and Bob Horner.
2/7/2020 - My first return this year from former slugger Dave Kingman. Mr. Kingman is probably an All-Name First Team member, just a great baseball hame. Honestly could not believe I didn't have his autograph in my collection so he was one of the first folks I sent off to start the year. He signed a 1975 Topps for me. It's a great thing in this day and age that you can pretty much get any card for any player. Makes it fun to think what an autograph will look like on a particular card and shop accordingly.
1/27/2020 - I've decided to put the site back up. It's going to take a bit due to how large it is but I'm on the case. I should have some succeses soon as well. As of today, the message board is up, links page is complete, started posting baseball players... David Aardsma through Antonio Alfonseca. Also updated most viewed scans for the history of the site. The most viewed scan ever is Chien-Ming Wang with over 10,000 views. He has a ton of fans in Asia.