Recent News and Succeses
9/22/20 - Waterlogged mail today in Houston but mail nontheless. A success with Notre Dame and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Raghib "Rocket" Ismail and a private signing return for my 2001 Fleer Greats of the Game set with Milwaukee Brewers Hall of Famer Robin Yount.
9/18/20 - Friday's mail brings Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams 3x All-Pro Shane Conlan, success with Chicago Bears Super Bowl shuffling quarterback Mike Tomczak, and finally a private signing return from Steve Carlton who signed a card for my 2001 Fleer Greats of the Game set and also completed a 1983 Strikeoiut Leaders card already signed by Jack Morris.
9/15/20 - Success today with Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro safety Deron Cherry and an epic private signing return from Montreal Expos Hall of Famer Tim Raines and Oakland A's Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson on a couple of dual stolen base leader cards.
9/12/20 - The mailman brought mail today... success with New York Yankees catcher and 2x World Series Champion Jim Leyritz and success with Notre Dame and New England Patriots defensive back Rod Smith.
9/10/20 - Thursday mail day starts with San Diego Padres prospect Joey Cantillo, success with New England Patriots wide receiver Stanley Morgan, and finally a private signing return with Pirates and Braves starting pitcher Denny Neagle.
9/5/20 - Today the mailman brings USA Baseball and TCU commitment Karson Bowen for the 2020 Stars and Stripes set, success today with UCLA and Los Angeles Lakers forward Jason Kapono, and finally success with Washington center Ted Fritsch who included an extra card and a great note, much thanks to Mr. Fritsch for his kindness.
9/4/20 - Friday's mail brings 4x Super Bowl Champion and San Francisco 49ers Pro Bowl linebacker Keena Turner and a success with Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns quarterback Kelly Holcomb. Love those SP cards from 2003, they look great signed.
9/1/20 - Tuesday's mail starts with Chargers and Chiefs quarterback Mark Vlasic, success with Denver Broncos defensive end Kenny Walker, and finally a second success with USA Baseball pitcher Gage Ziehl for my 2019 Stars and Stripes set.
8/31/20 - The last Monday in August starts with Braves and Indians pitcher Paul Assenmacher, success with Dallas Cowboys linebacker Darrin Smith, and finally success with Idaho Vandals and San Diego Chargers quarterback John Friesz.
8/29/20 - Saturday's mail starts with New York Jets All-Pro cornerback Erik McMillan, success with Saints running back Tony Galbreath, and finally success with New England Patriots All-Pro tight end Marv Cook.
8/28/20 - Friday's mail starts with Notre Dame Fighiting Irish and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Rick Mirer, success with Florida State Seminoles and Miami Dolphins running back Sammie Smith, and finally success with 5x Pro Bowl Atlanta Falcons tackle Mike Kenn.
8/27/20 - Thursday's mail starts with USA Baseball and UCLA Bruins commitment Cody Schrier, success with Packers and Cowboys tackle Alan Veingrad, and finally success with Iron Chef and Chopped judge Alex Guarnaschelli.
8/25/20 - Been a little sick (Not Covid) the last few days but back at it today starting with Washington Bullets and Dallas Mavericks coach Dick Motta, success with Raiders and Cowboys offensvie lineman John Gesek, and finally success with 2x Super Bowl champion New York Giants cornerback Perry Williams. Hurricane headed this way... fantastic.
8/22/20 - Hot and humid Saturday mail starting with USA Baseball and LSU Tigers commitment Steven Milam for the 2020 Stars and Stripes set, success with Miami Marlins prospect Peyton Burdick, and finally success with Cincinnati Bengals running back Eric Ball.
8/20/20 - Thursday's mail starts off with Miami Dolphins wide receiver and announcer Jimmy Cefalo, success with New York Giants All-Pro defensive back Mark Collins, and finally a private signing return with 1984 Rookie of the Year and 1985 Cy Young winner, New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden.
8/19/20 - Wednesday's mail starts with Utah All-American and New Jersey Net's forward Keith Van Horn, success with New England Patriots cornerback Ronnie Lippett, and finally success with Houston Oilers fullback Alonzo Highsmith.
8/17/20 - Mail for Monday starting with Phoenix Suns guard Thunder Dan Majerle, success with Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Houston Oilers running back Allen Pinkett, and finally success with long time San Diego Chargers tight end Rod Bernstine.
8/15/20 - Saturday's mail starts with Florida State and New York Jets wide receiver Laveranues Coles, success with Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets All-Star guard Walter Davis, and finally success with Georgia Tech infielder Luke Waddell for the 2020 Stars and Stripes set.
8/14/20 - Shut out yesterday but back on the board today starting with Philadelphia Phillies manager Nick Leyva who won a World Series with the Blue Jays as a coach, success with Phoenix Cardinals quarterback Tom Tupa who won a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Bucs, and finally success with Florida State and Chicago Bears quarterback Peter Tom Willis.
8/12/20 - The USPS delivered some mail today starting with New York Yankees outfielder and long time fiery manager Lou Piniella for my 2001 Fleer Greats of the Game set, success with long time player, Rangers and Mets manager Bobby Valentine, and finally success with long time Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Mar... I mean... Don Strock.
8/11/20 - Tuesday's mail brings one success and a couple of private signings. The success is from Seattle Seahawks Hall of Famer Walter Jones. New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals infielder Gregg Jefferies and Minnesota Twins third baseman Gary Gaetti from different private signings.
8/10/20 - Monday mail brings New England Patriots 6x Pro Bowl tackle Bruce Armstrong, success with Bengals tight end as well as Jets and Bengals head coach Bruce Coslet, success with Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Gerald Williams, and finally success with Oakland A's pitcher Chris Codiroli.
8/8/20 - Today the mailman brings St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Cris Carpenter, Green Bay Pakers Pro Bowl tight end Paul Coffman, New Orleans Saints tight end Hoby Brenner, and finally a success with Kings and Spurs guard Vinny Del Negro.
8/7/20 - Friday fun day starts with former Houston Astros catcher Robbie Wine, success with New York Jets All-Pro center Joe Fields, success with Arizona Cardinals guard Joe Wolf, and finally success with Houston Oilers Luv Ya Blue tight end Chris Dressel.
8/6/20 - Thursday's mail starts with Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Dave Parker and Boston Red Sox All-Star outfielder Fred Lynn for my 2001 Fleer Greats of the Game set, success with New York Giants safety Steve Freeman, success with New England Patriots wide receiver Greg McMurtry, and finally success with New York Jet All-Pro kicker Pat Leahy, my second success with him over the last 20 years.
8/5/20 - Wednesday's all football mail starts with New Orleans Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert, success with Washington running back Clarence Harmon, success with New England Patriots defensive end Garin Veris, and finally success with Oklahoma Sooners National Title winning head coach Bob Stoops.
8/4/20 - Tuesday's mail starts with Buffalo Bills defensive back James Williams, success with Buffalo Bills linebacker Scott Radecic, success with New York Giants All-Pro kicker Ali Haji-Sheikh, and finally a success with Blue Jays and Yankees pitcher Aaron Small.
8/3/20 - Monday successes start with New England Patriots All-Pro safety Fred Marion, success with Houston Astros reliever Rocky Childress, and finally a return from a private signing with Houston Astros slugging first baseman Glenn Davis.
8/1/20 - Starting off the month of August with Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers knuckleballer Charlie Hough, success with Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres first baseman Steve Garvey, and finally a success with San Francisco Giants prospect Armani Smith.
I updated most viewed scans for July with Royals top prospect Bobby Witt Jr. leading the way followed by Rangers 2x MVP Juan Gonzalez, Red Sox Hall of Famer Jim Rice, Tigers Hall of Famer Jack Morris, and Texas Longhorns legend Brooks Kieschnick.
7/30/20 - Thursday's mail starts with Philadelphia Eagles tight end John Spagnola, success with Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl cornerback Shawn Springs, success with Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers pitcher Danny Patterson, and finally success with San Francisco Giants and Houston Astros pitcher Frank LaCorte.
7/29/20 - Mail today from Cincinnati Reds MVP outfielder George Foster for my 2001 Fleer Greats of the Game set, success with Minnesota Vikings 3x Pro Bowl cornerback Carl Lee, success with Patriots and Cardinals 5x Pro Bowl punter Rich Camarillo, and finally a return from a private signing with Giants and Cardinals All-Star outfielder/first baseman Jack Clark.
7/28/20 - Late Tuesday update today starting with 6x All-Star Oakland A's shortstop Bert Campaneris, success with Orioles third baseman Floyd Rayford, and finally a return from a private signing with New York Mets outfielder Mookie Wilson who signed a card for my 2001 Fleer Greats of the Game set.
7/27/20 - Starting Monday's mail off with Cleveland Indians 2019 2nd round pick Yordys Valdes, success with Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Bill Brooks, and finally success with Chicago Bears fullback Matt Suhey.
7/25/20 - Back on the board today with three returns... the first success is from former Oakland A's third baseman/outfielder Adam Piatt, success with Philadelphia Phillies prospect Damon Jones, and finally success with former Houston Rocket and Cleveland Cavalier Craig Ehlo.
7/23/20 - Successes today start with Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Wade Boggs, private signing return from Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer Tony Perez for my 2001 Fleer Greats of the Game set, and finally a success with Rays prospect Ruben Cardenas.
7/22/20 - Nice mail today starting with probably my favorite return this year from San Diego Chargers Hall of Famer Lance Alworth, success from Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays star Joe Carter for the 2001 Fleer Greats of the Game set, and finally success from Expos and Padres infielder Archi Cianfrocco.
7/21/20 - Very nice mail day today starting with Eagles and Rams Super Bowl winning head coach Dick Vermeil, success with Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, and finally a shocking success from Spring Training from great signer Raisel Iglesias who signed a ticket from his MLB Debut and a ticket from his 1st MLB win. It's only my 2nd success from Spring Training out of about thirty requests, hopefully there will be more that trickle in.
7/20/20 - Starting Monday off with Milwaukee Brewers Hall of Famer Paul Molitor for my rekindled 2001 Fleer Greats of the Game set, success with 2x All-Star California Angels closer Bryan Harvey, success with 2x Pro Bowl Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Carlos Carson, and finally a success with All-Pro Miami Dolphins wide receiver Nat Moore.
I've been slowly putting my full site back up, probably about 40% complete right now as I just finished putting up H through J from Hunter Haas to Wally Joyner. Hopefully I'll have the full site up by the end of the year.
7/18/20 - Mail today brings in All-Pro Denver Broncos wide receiver Steve Watson who has a beautiful autograph, 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl winning kicker Kevin Butler, New York Giants 2x Super Bowl champion punter Sean Landeta, Seattle Mariners second baseman Jack Perconte, and finally success with Mets and Astros third baseman Chris Donnels.
7/17/20 - Back on the board after a shut out yesterday starting with Penn State Nittany Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Kyle Brady, success with Sooners and Dolphins running back Tony Nathan who won a National Championship in 1978 at Oklahoma, success with Chicago Bears punter Maury Buford who was part of the famous, or infamous perhaps, Super Bowl shuffle video made prior to the Bears Super Bowl XX championship, success with Atlanta Braves pitcher Cliff Speck, and finally success with Oakland A's and St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Craig Paquette.
7/15/20 - Today the postman brings 2x Super Bowl winning All-Pro New York Giants linebacker Carl Banks, New York Giants wide receiver Chris Calloway, Green Bay Packers runnign back Samkon Gado who not only has a bad ass football name but also is now a doctor which is amazing, and finally a success with Denver Nuggers guard Bryant Stith who is now an assistant coach at Old Dominion.
7/14/20 - Tuesday's mail starts with long time Buffalo Bills guard Jim Ritcher, success with Colts and Redskins running back Joe Washington, success with Toronto Blue Jays prospect Will Robertson, and fainlly success with MLB Network host Heidi Watney.
7/13/20 - Back at it again today starting with Los Angeles Dodgers 2020 1st round pick Bobby Miller, success with Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Tracy Woodson, success with Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Mark Bruener, and finally success with Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Dewey Selmon.
7/11/20 - Saturday's mail starts off with Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Jim Rice for the 2001 Fleer Greats of the Game set, success with USA Baseball and Oklahoma State commitment Nolan McLean for the 2020 Stars and Stripes set, success with St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Ray Soff, success with Astros and Cardinals reliever Russ Springer, and finally success with Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills wide receiver Justin Armour.
7/10/20 - Friday's mail starts with 2x National College Player of the Year from the University of Texas and 1st round pick of the Chicago Cubs Brooks Kieshnick who signed an MLB Debut ticket for me, success with New York Mets prospect Jake Mangum, success with Texas Longhorn's All-American and Baltimore Colts running back Roosevelt Leaks, and finally a success with 4x Pro Bowl Atlanta Falcons running back William Andrews.
7/8/20 - Mail today from long time Philadelphia Eagle's kicker David Akers, success with Cleveland Indians outfielder and current announcer Rick Manning, and finally success with USA Baseball and Vanderbilt Commodore's pitcher Jack Leiter for the 2019 Stars and Stripes set.
7/7/20 - Two returns today and a private signing... the first success is with Texas Rangers 2x MVP Juan Gonzalez. Long story but I had sent to Gonzalez originally several months ago and didn't seem like I was going to get him back so I sent another one. The day after I received my original request back and now I've received a second request back. So there you go. My second success is with Giants, Reds, and Braves reliever Mike Remlinger who is one of the players that Pat Neshek sort of recruited to sign TTM for a small fee per card. Remlinger signed an MLB Debut Ticket for my collection. My private signing return is with Tigers Hall of Famer Jack Morris. I had Morris sign a dual card with Steve Carlton that I will be sending off to him to finish off. I'm hoping it turns out as well as my Gossage/Fingers dual card.
7/6/20 - Hope everyone had a great July 4th and we're back at it today starting with Hall of Fame golfer Greg Norman, success with Miami Hurricanes and Cincinnati Bengals safety Darryl Williams who won a national title with the Canes in 1991, success with Minnesota Vikings and Indianapolis Colts center Kirk Lowdermilk, and finally success with Kansas City Royals top prospect Bobby Witt Jr. on some of the new Bowman cards. Speculation was that Mr. Witt had stopped signing in the middle of May but there do appear to be some successes with him here and there in the last week or so. It does look like he has slowed down signing quite a bit however.
7/3/20 - Success today with long time New England Patriots linebacker Steve Nelson, success with Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers wide redeiver Karsten Bailey, success with long time reliever Jeff Shaw who won the Rolaids Relief Man Award in 1997 with the Cincinnati Reds, and finally success with USA Baseball and Detroit Tiger's prospect Bryant Packard for the 2019 Stars and Stripes set.
7/2/20 - Success today with New York J-E-T-S linebacker Kyle Clifton who had a remarkably productive career leading the league in tackles three times. Success with "Chilly" Pete Chilcutt who played a big role on the road to the 1995 NBA Championship for the Houston Rockets. Success with 2019 Los Angeles Angels third round draft pick Jack Kochanowicz, success with Vanderbilt commitment Jack O'Dowd who kept my Perfect Game All-American card and replaced it with a duplicate of the Leaf card I included which is slightly disappointing. Finally a success with Houston Astros pitching coach Brent Strom who is one of the game's great signers. Unfortunately my first request to him was sent c/o Spring Training and is likely in the trash so I busted out a second attempt to his home. I asked for a spin rate inscription but no dice apparently.
7/1/20 - Success today with San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres pitcher Mark Grant, success with Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Al Pedrique, success with New York Yankees 1st round pick T.J. Sikkema, success with USA Baseball and Colorado Rockies 1st round pick Drew Romo, success with Green Bay Packers nose tackle Gilbert Brown, and a private signing return with Mets third baseman Howard Johnson hopefully to be finished off by Ryne Sandberg.
I also updated June's Top Five scans with Alfonso Soriano leading the way followed by Hall of Famer Steve Carlton, Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers, Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven, and finally Philadelphia Phillies 1st round pick Mick Abel. The Top Five for 2020 is also changed a bit with Hall of Famers Ryne Sandberg, Juan Marichal, and Wade Boggs still leading the way followed by a new numbers four and five in Royals top prospect Bobby Witt Jr. and the number one overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft in Detroit Tigers pick Spencer Torkelson.
6/30/20 - Success today with former New England Patriots and San Francisco 49'ers tight end Russ Francis, success with former player and current Chicago White Sox announcer Ken Harrelson otherwise known as Hawk, success with USA Baseball and LSU commitment Dylan Crews, and finally success with USA Baseball and Florida Gators commitment Andrew Painter. I'm taking a second round through some of the Stars and Stripes, hopefully get a little better looking graphs on some of these guys.
6/29/20 - Another Monday at the SASE starts with Boston Red Sox pitcher Bill "Spaceman" Lee, success with Detroit Tigers pitcher Steve Searcy, success with Naval officer and Boston Red Sox prospect Noah Song. Success with Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jim Everett who is of course most famous for his Jim Rome scuffle but was actually drafted by the Houston Oilers to replace Warren Moon. Everett held out and was eventually traded to the Rams for a huge load of players and eventual draft picks that helped the Oilers make a long run of mostly disappointing playoff appearances. Finally a success with the godfather of the run n shoot, coach Mouse Davis who also answered my questionnaire. Davis once coached a Houston Gamblers offense that had Jim Kelly throwing passes to the likes of Ricky Sanders, Richard Johnson, Gerald McNeil, and Clarence Verdin. It was a lot of fun to watch. I wish coach Davis had a sharpie!
6/27/20 - Hitting the major sports today starting with Chicago Bears Hall of Famer Mike Ditka. Funny enough I was watching TV a couple of weeks ago when they were showing the 1985 Bears Super Bowl and I decided to send to coach Ditka. I get asked how I decide who to send to and it's really just that random. Success with 3x National College Player of the Year and 4x All-Star Houston Rockets forward/center Ralph Sampson. Success with 4x All-Star and one of the few people that is a member of both the 500 home run club and the 3,000 hit club, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, and Baltimore Orioles outfielder/first baseman Rafael Palmeiro. Of course Palmeiro's career would be a lock for the Hall of Fame if not for his positive test for steroids in 2005. Finally I received a signed postcard of Vern Law in the mail today. As mentioned previously, I had received a letter back from Mr. Law along with my signed cards a while back explaining that his son was ill. I decided to send an additional $20 to Mr. Law and I would hope anyone that does not have him in their collection would consider sending a really good donation with your request.
6/26/20 - Friday's mail starts with Washington National's 2019 first round pick Jackson Rutledge, success with Minnesota Twins 2019 first round pick Matt Wallner, success with Pro Bowl Washington Redskins offensive lineman Jim Lachey, success with San Diego Chargers running back Lionel "Little Train" James (one of my personal favorites), and finally success with long time Buffalo Bills safety Henry Jones who also answered a couple of questions for me.
6/25/20 - Thursday mail day starts with Los Angeles Rams MVP quarterback Roman Gabriel, success with Chicago Bears wide receiver Tom Waddle, success with Redskins, Dolphins, and Texans quarterback Sage Rosenfels, success Atlanta Falcons safety Scott Case, and finally success with Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros All-Star closer Doug Jones who included a card of his own.
6/24/20 - Vacation day yesterday to recharge but back at it today with US Soccer midfielder and ESPN commentator Julie Foudy, success with Washington Redskins Hall of Famer Chris Hanburger, success with 3x Pro Bowl Steelers and Seahawks linebacker Chad Brown, success with Boston Red Sox Cy Young winner Jim Lonborg, and finally success with Yankees catcher Rick Cerone.
6/22/20 - Starting the week off with Chicago White Sox Hall of Famer Harold Baines, success with Braves and Rockies pitcher David Nied who signed a ticket from his MLB Debut, success with USA Baseball and Wake Forest commitment Josh Hartle, and finally success with USA Baseball, Lousivlle Cardinals, and now 1st round pick of the Los Angeles Angels Reid Detmers for the 2020 Stars and Stripes set.
6/20/20 - Success today begin with Montreal Expos long time starting pitcher Bryn Smith, success with Boston Red Sox third baseman Tim Naehring, success with Chicago Cubs outfielder Doug Dascenzo, success with Villanova and Sacramento Kings forward Harold Pressley, and finally success with Indiana Hoosiers and Dallas Mavericks guard Steve Alford. It's my second success with Alford over the last 20 years.
I've been looking at some of the old sets I used to collect and I've decided to pick up where I left off on my 2001 Fleer Greats of the Game Baseball set. It's a great looking set and there are lot of fantastic names in it. I think there are quite a few I can still get signed TTM and with the help of a few private signings, etc.
6/19/20 - Closing out the week today with Hall of Fame pitcher Bert Blyleven, success with Detroit Tigers prospect Brock Deatherage, success with USA Baseball and Blue Jays pitching prospect Parker Caracci for the 2019 Stars and Stripes set, and finally success with former Minnesota Vikings head coach Jerry Burns who seems to be struggling with dementia according to his daughter who wrote back about her father and the fan mail they receive.
6/18/20 - Thursday's mail starts with Boston Celtics Hall of Famer Robert Parish, success with Colorado Rockies prospect Casey Golden, success with Olympic silver medalist and Texas Rangers outfielder Oddibe McDowell, success with Washington Redskins Super Bowl MVP Timmy Smith, and finally success with Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl tackle Lincoln Kennedy.
6/17/20 - Following up yesterday's great day with an excellent day today and it starts off with Pittsburgh Pirates Cy Young pitcher Vern Law who also sent me a note about his signing fees and his son who has Leukemia. I urge everyone to send Mr. Law some requests and donations, it's for a great cause. If anyone needs his address please let me know. Success with Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers on a dual card already signed by Hall of Famer Goose Gossage. These have to be two of my favorite signed cards ever, they came out great. Success with Boston Red Sox pitching prospect Ryan Zeferjahn, success with Perfet Game All-American Robert Moore, and finally success with USC and Seattle Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu who has one of the coolest names ever.
6/16/20 - Tuesday starts off with San Fransisco Giants outfielder Jeffrey Leonard via private signing with one flap down of course, success with Texas Rangers outfielder and 2x MVP Juan Gonzalez, success with USA Baseball and Florida Gators commitment Timmy Manning, success with USA Basaeball and Baltimore Orioles prospect Kyle Brnovich, and finally success with USA Baseball and Arizona Wildcats commitment Mikey Romero for the 2020 Stars and Stripes set.
6/15/20 - Monday's mail starts with 4x Oakland Raiders All-Pro cornerback Terry McDaniel, success with former LSU Tigers and LA Clippers center Stanley Roberts, success with USA Bseball and Lousville Cardinals pitcher Ryan Hawks for the 2019 Stars and Stripes set, success with USA Baseball and UCLA Bruins commitment Max Rajcic, and finally success with USA Baseball outfielder Benjamin Reiland for the 2020 Stars and Stripes set.
6/13/20 - Saturday's mail starts with Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy, success with All-Pro Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman Tom Newberry, success with Oakland A's prospect Tyler Baum, success with Boston Red Sox prospect Chris Murphy, and finally success with USA Baseball and Georgia Bulldogs pitcher Cole Wilcox who was recently drafted in the third round by the San Diego Padres. Wilcox is for my 2020 Stars and Stripes set.
6/12/20 - Mail for Friday starts with former New York Yankees shortstop Bobby Meacham, success with USA Baseball and Michigan Wolverines pitcher Jeff Criswell who was just drafted by the Oakland A's in the 2nd round, success with USA Baseball and North Carolina Tar Heels commitment Matthew Matthijs for the 2020 Stars and Stripes set, and finally success with USA Baseball and St. Louis Cardinals prospect Andre Pallante for the 2019 Stars and Stripes set.
6/11/20 - Thursday's mail starts with Oakland Raiders punter Jeff Gossett, success with Baltimore Orioles prospect Cadyn Grenier, success with Chicago Cubs prospect Keegan Thompson, success with USA Baseball and Dallas Baptist pitcher Burl Carraway, and finally my second success with Baylor shortstop Nick Loftin for the 2020 Stars and Stripes set. Loftin was drafted by the Royals last night with the 32nd pick in the draft so congrats to him!
6/10/20 - Today's mail starts with Chiefs and Bills defensive end Art Still who included a letter regarding his religious beliefs, success with long time Toronto Blue Jays catcher Ernie Whitt, success with USA Baseball, Florida State, and Kansas City Royals pitcher Drew Parrish for the 2019 Stars and Stripes set, success with USA Baseball and Mississippi State second baseman Justin Foscue who is the 32nd rated prospect for the 2020 MLB Draft, and finally success with USA Baseball outfielder Drew Burress for the 2020 Stars and Stripes set.
6/9/20 - Tuesday's mail starting with Luv Ya Blue Houston Oiler's tight end Mike Barber, success with Los Angeles Dodgers 1st round pick Kody Hoese, success with former Kansas City Royals long time third baseman Joe Randa, and finally a success with USA Baseball and TCU Horned Frogs pitcher Riley Cornelio for my 2019 Stars and Stripes set.
6/8/20 - Starting the week off with three returns today... success with New York Jets defensive tackle Marty Lyons, success with 4x All-Pro Los Angeles Rams defensive back LeRoy Irvin, and finally one of my favorite successes with chef Marc Murphy who is a judge on Food Network's show Chopped.
6/6/20 - Four returns today... success with former Washington Redskin's NFL MVP Mark Moseley, success with former Temple Owl and Denver Nuggets 1st round pick Mark Macon, success with former Pistons head coach and ESPN commentator Dick Vitale, and finally a success with USA Baseball player Kai Caranto for the 2020 Stars and Stripes set.
6/5/20 - Three successes today... the first is from Hall of Fame 4x Cy Young winning Philadelphia Philies pitcher Steve Carlton, success with 1976 Olympic gold medalist, 3x NBA champion, and Bullet's and Laker's forward Mitch Kupchak who is currently General Manager of the Charlotte Hornets, and finally my second sucess with USA Baseball and Oregon State commitment Mick Abel who is likely to be a top five pick in the 2020 MLB draft from the sounds of it.
6/4/20 - One success today and a nice one at that with San Francisco Giant's 6x All-Star first baseman Will Clark. It's my third success with Mr. Clark over the last 20 years. Thanks to him for being a great signer.
6/3/20 - Wednesday's mail starts with USA Baseball and Vanderbilt commitment Ethan McElvain as well as USA Baseball and University of San Diego commitment Louis Rodriguez both for my 2020 Stars and Stripes set. Success with Super Bowl winning Philadelphia Eagle's head coach Doug Pederson who also won a Super Bowl as a back up quarterback with the Green Bay Packers. My final success is with a man that has led an amazing life in Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rocky Bleier who won a National Championship with Notre Dame in 1966 and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 16th round of the 1968 draft. During his rookie season with the Steelers he was drafted into the Army and served in Vietnam where he was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. He was told he would never play football again as a result of his injuries in Vietnam. He went on to win four Super Bowl titles as a running back with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
6/2/20 - Tuesday's mail starts with former Yankees second baseman Alfonso Soriano, success with Chicago White Sox Cy Young pitcher Jack McDowell, success with Hall of Fame Yankees reliever Goose Gossage who also answered some questions, and finally Pirates third bseman Bill Madlock via private signing.
6/1/20 - Success today with former Cleveland Indian's 3x All-Star and 1988 Olympic gold medalist Charles Nagy who also answered my questions, success with North Carolina Tar Heel's first baseman Aaron Sabato who is the 41st rated prospect for the 2020 MLB draft according to MLB.com, and finally success with USA Baseball and Vanderbilt pitcher Tyler Brown for my 2020 Stars and Stripe's set. Brown is the 134th rated prospect for the 2020 MLB Draft according to MLB.com.
I also updated May's Top Five most viewed scans. Royal's prospect Bobby Witt Jr. led the way followed by Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight. Top prospect Spencer Torkelson, legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus, and Astros flame thrower J.R. Richard closed out the top five.
5/30/20 - Took a sick day yesterday, I'm getting old. Back on the board today though with an all-baseball Saturday starting with New Mexico State Aggie's All-American shortstop Nick Gonzales who is expected to be a top pick in the 2020 MLB Draft. Success with USA Baseball and Texas Longhorn's commitment Jared Jones who is the 55th rated prospect in the 2020 MLB Draft according to MLB.com. My final success is with Louisville Cardinal's commitment A.J. Vukovich who is the 87th rated prospect in the 2020 MLB Draft according to MLB.com.
5/28/20 - Thursday's successes start with former Philadelphia Eagle's 5x Pro Bowler Harold Jackson who led the league in receiving yards twice and had quite a long career in the NFL. Success with former Miami Dolphin's safety Louis Oliver, love those 89 Pro Set draft pick cards. Now on to baseball with former Houstos Astro's pitcher Floyd Bannister who was the 1st pick in the draft in 1976 out of Arizona State. He probably had his best years with the Mariners but I like the rainbow unis so I got all Astros cards signed. Success with USA Baseball and Auburn Tigers commitment Colton Wombles as well as USA Baseball and Michigan Wolverines commitment Nolan Schubart for the 2020 Stars and Stripe's set.
5/27/20 - It's an all baseball Wednesday starting with Cleveland Indian's third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, success with Miami Hurricane's pitcher Slade Cecconi who is the 31st ranked prospect in the 2020 MLB Draft according to MLB.com, success with USA Baseball and currently uncommitted high school outfielder/1st baseman Ryan Clifford, and finally success with USA Baseball and Arizona State Sun Devil's shortstop Alika Williams who included a nice note. Williams is the 40th ranked prospect in the 2020 MLB Draft. Clifford and Williams are for the 2019 and 2020 Stars and Stripes sets I'm working on.
5/26/20 - Today the postman brings success with Cincinnati Bengal's Pro Bowl tight end and long time announcer Bob Trumpy, success with USA Baseball and Milwaukee Brewer's pitcher Don August, success with USA Baseball and San Diego Padre's draftee Mason Feole, and success with USA Baseball and LSU Tiger's commitment Samuel Dutton for the 2019 Stars and Stripe's set.
5/23/20 - Mail to close out the week from former Texas Ranger's first baseman Pete O'Brien with the dreaded faded sharpie, success with Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Len Matuszek, success with Kansas City Royal's first round pick Bobby Witt Jr. who apparently has started rejecting mail. Looks it may be difficult to get one of those 2020 Bowman's signed. And finally a success with USA Baseball and East Carolina Pirate's first baseman/outfielder/DH Alec Burleson for my 2020 Stars and Stripe's set.
5/22/20 - Mail today from Hall of Fame UCONN Huskies basketball coach Geno Auriemma, success with USA Baseball and Angel's 1st round pick Will Wilson for the 2019 Stars and Stripe's set, and finally I received an autograph card in the mail from 2019 Perfect Game All-American Coby Mayo. I did not send this card out, just received it out of the blue from Mayo. Pretty cool of him.
5/21/20 - Successes today from... former Pittsburh Pirate's pitcher Elroy Face, success with former Toronto Blue Jays reliever Mark Eichhorn, and finally success from USA Baseball and Tennessee Vols commitment Ryan Spikes for the 2019 Stars and Stripe's set.
5/20/20 - Wonderful Wednesday mail... success with Orioles and Astros pitcher Pete Harnisch, success with Astros and Yankees pitcher Xavier Hernandez, success with Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Bob Kipper, and finally success with USA Baseball and DBacks 1st round pick Corbin Carroll for the 2019 Stars and Stripe's set.
5/19/20 - Successes in the mail today from Minnesota Twins first baseman Kent Hrbek, success with New York Yankees second baseman Bobby Richardson, and finally success with USA Baseball's Duke Ekstrom. Also received some autos from a Twitter pal of Ranger's outfielder Curtis Wilkerson, Ranger's reliever Jeff Russell, and Toronto Blue Jay's outfielder Vernon Wells. Thanks to him for the autos, very kind.
5/16/20 - Saturday's mail to close out the week... starting with former Saint's and Redskin's quarterback Billy Kilmer, success with former Red's 1st baseman Sean Casey, success with former MLB umpire Randy Marsh who did not answer my strike zone questions, success with USA Baseball and Texas Tech commitment Nick Gorby, and finally success with USA Baseball and Arizona State Sun Devil's 1st baseman Spencer Torkelson for the 2020 Stars and Stripe's set. Torkelson is expected to be a top five pick in the 2020 MLB draft.
5/15/20 - Vacation day yesterday but back on the board today starting with former Green Bay Packer's head coach Mike Holmgren, success from former 1st round pick of the New York J-E-T-S Blair Thomas, success with former Warriors guard and long time coach Butch Beard, and finally success with USA Baseball and Maryland Terrapin's commitment Jason Savacool for the 2020 Stars and Stripe's set.
5/13/20 - Mail today... a success with former Kansas City Royal's first round pick (5th overall) and current outfielder Bubba Starling, success with former Montreal Expo's outfielder Marquis Grissom who signed a ticket from his 1st MLB home run, success with former Washington Redskin's quarterback Joe Theismann, success with former Portland Trail Blazer and long time coach Lionel Hollins, and finally two likely ghost signed returns from former Angel's second baseman Adam Kennedy as well as USA Baseball and Vanderbilt commitment Pete-Crow Armstrong.
It does not bode well for future fan friendliness when an 18 year old high schooler has a ghost signer. I think I speak for most fans when I say we'd rather not get anything back at all than have our items ghost signed. As for Adam Kennedy, I'd read about the rumors of him using a ghost signer so I specifically put a note on my cards saying to simply return my cards without signing them if this wasn't Kennedy actually signing. It would have literally taken less effort for this ghost signer to just return them than to sign them and return them
5/12/20 - Tuesday's non-Covid mail today... return from former Boston Celtic's legend Bob Cousy, return from former Oklahoma Sooner's head coach Bob Stoops that may well be a ghost signer unfortunately, not certain, success with former Viking's linebacker Scott Studwell, and finally a success with actor Christopher McDonald who probably most famously played Shooter McGavin in Happy Gilmore.
5/11/20 - Four returns for Monday... the first is from former Chicago Bears linebacker Otis Wilson, success with former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Jim Zorn, success with former Milwaukee Brewer's shortstop Dale Sveum, and finally success with USA Baseball and Arizona State Sun Devil's commitment Hunter Haas for the 2020 Stars and Stripes set.
Also wanted to talk about a few folks. Mark from Mark's Signing Bonus fame is now on the Twitter so make sure to follow his account. A heads up on a long time collector, Ross at Ross's Sports Autographs is updating his site once more and he is also on the Twitter. Glad to see it! His site has been around a very long time and well worth the time to check it out. As I'm sure a lot of collectors know, Phil Hughes is pretty big on the Twitter now and has his own YouTube channel called Phil's Pulls which is a pretty good watch actually. He signed for me 15 years ago now. Where does the time go?
5/9/20 - Saturday's mail brings... St. Louis Hawks Hall of Famer Cliff Hagan, Boston Celtics Hall of Famer and 1973 NBA MVP Dave Cowens, Houston Oiler's Luv Ya Blue center Cark Mauck, USA Baseball and Louisville Cardinal's junior Lucas Dunn, and finally USA Baseball and Cal Bear's commitment Joe Brown.
5/8/20 - Into the weekend with a strong mail day... first success is with Philadelphia 76ers 5x All-Star forward Bobby Jones, success with Portland Trailblazers and Boston Celtic's 2x All-Star Jim Paxson, success with long time Buffalo Bills quarterback Joe Ferguson, success with 2019 Perfect Game All-American and Florida Gator's commitment Mac Guscette, and finally a success with USA Baseball and LSU Tiger's outfielder Daniel Cabrera. Cabrera is rated as the 34th prospect in the 2020 MLB draft by MLB.com.
5/7/20 - Today's mail... my first golf success with the Golden Bear Jack Nicklaus, success with former Cincinnati Red's catcher Joe Oliver, success with USA Baseball and Texas A&M commiment pitcher Rawley Hector, and finally Mets and Giants outfielder Kevin Mitchell from a private signing.
5/6/20 - Mail for Wednesday... success with Atlanta Braves pitcher Steve Avery who signed a ticket from his 1st MLB win, a success with Montreal Expos second baseman Delino DeShields who signed a ticket from his MLB debut, success with Expos and Orioles outfielder Ken Singleton, success with USA Baseball and Florida International left hander Logan Allen, and finally success with USA Baseball and Florida State Seminole's commmitment Spencer Butt.
Since I've been back into the autographing bidness I feel like there's so much out there that interests me right now. So many football guys I want to hit as well as the USA Baseball sets and I've been sending out more and more tickets to be signed. If the season had started on time I would be frazled with who to send to next!
5/5/20 -A little bit of everything in the mail today... success with former Indiana Hoosier's Hall of Fame head coach Bobby Knight, success with USA Baseball and Arkansas Razorback's outfielder Heston Kjerstad for my 2020 Stars and Stripes set, success with former Houston Astro's 2x All-Star and coach Denis Menke, success with former Oklahoma Sooner's All-Anerican, Philadelphia Eagles, and Green Bay Packer's Pro Bowl tight end Keith Jackson, and finally a success with former Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Seattle Seahawk's offensive lineman Andy Heck who also answered a couple of questions.
5/4/20 - It's just another manic Monday... success with Texas Longhorn's commitment Lucas Gordon for the 2020 Stars and Stripes set, success with former Cleveland Indians outfielder and Olympic silver medalist Cory Snyder which is my second success with Snyder over the last 20 years, and finally success with former 1st round pick of the Bengals from the Houston Cougars David Klingler. I happened to be classmates with David and his brother Jimmy at THE Stratford High School. Notable alumni include... me, the now retired quarterback Andrew Luck, comedian Bill Hicks, country singer Clint Black, brothers Chris James of the Philadelphia Phillies and Craig James of the New England Patriots, as well as MLB'ers Dean Crow and Chance Sanford.
Dolphin's Hall of Fame coach Don Shula passed away today at the age of 90.
5/2/20 - Strong day today starting with former Philadelphia Phillies 1st round pick Pat Combs, USA Baseball and Vandy commitment Robert Hassell III for the 2020 Stars and Stripes set, USA Baseball and LSU commitment Cale Lansville for the 2019 Stars and Stripes set, former Houston Astros fireballer JR Richard, and finally a private signing return from former New York Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra.
5/1/20 - Starting off the month with four returns... the first is from Kansas City Royals 1st round pick Bobby Witt Jr., then a success with USA Baseball and Oregon State commitment Mick Abel, success with Denver Nuggets Hall of Famer Dan Issel, and finally Texas Rangers outfielder Ruben Sierra from a private signing.
4/30/20 - Three returns today starting with 2019 Perfect Game All-American and Florida Gator's commitment Coby Mayo, success with 2019 Perfect Game All-American and Arizona Wildcat's commitment Chase Davis, and finally one for the 2020 Panini Stars and Stripes set from Sam Houston State Bearcat Colton Cowser.
4/29/20 - Five returns today... success with USA Baseball and Vandy commit Jack Bulger, success with USA Baseball and UCLA commit Tyler Soderstrom, success with USA Baseball and Miami Hurricanes commit Brandon Olivera, success with USA Baseball and Wake Forest commit Joshua Hartle, and finally success with former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland who also answered some questions for me.
4/28/20 - The postman delivers... success with USA Baseball and Baylor Bears shortstop Nick Loftin, success with 2019 Perfect Game All-American and Duke Blue Devils commitment Jordan Walker, and a final success with 2019 Perfect Game All-American and mTCU Horned Frogs commiment Carter Baumler. All three should be drafted within the first few rounds of the 2020 MLB Draft.
4/27/20 - Monday mail... success with Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famer Mel Renfro, success with 2019 Perfect Game All-American and Mississippi State commitment Blaze Jordan, and finally success with USA Baseball's Dylan Lina.
4/25/20 - Success today with Perfect Game All-American and Oklahoma Sooner's commitment Dax Fulton, success with Perfect Game All-American and Arkansas Razorback's commitment Cayden Wallace, success with USA Baseball and Florida Gator's commitment Colby Halter, and success with USA Baseball and Virgina Cavalier's left handed pitcher Andrew Abbott. My final success today is with former Minnesota Twins pitcher Jim Kaat who also answered some questions for me. I recently heard an interview with Kaat on Jeff Baker's podcast TTM Cast. In it he talked about his favorite card (rookie card) and the charity he supports. So I decided to track down his rookie card, got several other cards as well, and send the cards with a donation to support Kaat's cause. Jim Kaat is a 16 time Gold Glove winner and has 283 wins to his resume.
4/24/20 - Success today with Dallas Cowboys defensive end Ed Too Tall Jones. Jones was a three-time All-Pro and won a Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys. It's my second success with Jones over the last 20 years or so. My second success today is with dominant Olympic gold medal diving champion Greg Louganis, very cool.
4/23/20 - Three more returns today... the first is from former Houston Astros pitcher, announcer, and manager Larry Dierker who answered my question about the 2017 Astros cheating scandal. My second success is with USA Baseball and Texas A&M left hander Asa Lacy who is projected to be a top 10 pick in the 2020 draft. My final success today is with Atlanta Braves 2019 first round pick Shea Langeliers.
4/22/20 - The success streak continues today... success with former Los Angeles Rams running back John Cappelletti. Cappelletti was the 1973 Heisman Trophy winner at Penn State and is inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame. My second success is with former Los Angeles Lakers guard Gail Goodrich. Goodrich was a five-time All-Star and was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 1996.
4/21/20 - Three returns today... the first is from former Kentucky Wildcats and Charlotte Hornets guard Tony Delk. Delk was an All-American at Kentucky and the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Basketball Tournament in 1996. My second success is with LSU Tigers and Baltimore Colts quarterback Bert Jones. Jones is known as The Ruston Rifle, he was an All-American at LSU and the Sporting News Player of the Year in 1972. Jones was also the NFL's MVP for 1976. Quite a career for Mr. Jones. My final success is with former Dallas Cowboys special teamer and safety Bill Bates who was an All-Pro in 1984 and won three Super Bowls with the Cowboys.
4/18/20 - Strong day today with four successes.. the first is from former Los Angeles Lakers guard Anthony Peeler, success with former Green Bay Packers safety Mark Murphy, success with former San Diego Chargers linebacker Gary Plummer who also answered a couple of questions, and finally success with USA Baseball player and TCU freshman pitcher Jacob Meador.
4/17/20 - Two successes today... the first is from former Miami Dolphins linebacker John Offerdahl who was a five-time Pro Bowler and NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1986. My second success is with former Dallas Cowboys player and Denver Broncos head coach Dan Reeves. Reeves was a two-time NFL Coach of the Year and took his teams to three Super Bowls. It was my second success with Reeves over the last 20 years.
4/16/20 - One return today from former Saints and Colts head coach Jim Mora who also won two titles with the Stars in the now defunct USFL. Mora is the author of the now epic "Playoffs?" press conference in 2001. Unfortunately he was fired after that season with the Colts and never coached again.
4/15/20 - Three more returns today... the first is from Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens who interestingly has been inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player, a coach, and as an assistant coach on the 1992 Dream Team. The second success is with former Denver Nuggets forward Bill Hanzlik who had a really good career in the NBA. As a Rockets fan my foremost memory of Bill Hanzlik is as the Sampson stopper. Basically if Ralph Sampson were ever playing well against the Denver Nuggets, Doug Moe would put Hanzlik on him. Hanzlik would proceed to rough up Sampson who was 9 inches taller than Hanzlik. Sampson is one of the most talented big men to ever play basketball but Hanzlik got in his head with the roughhousing. My final return is from 1989 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Minnesota Viking's defensive tackle Keith Millard. Millard was a BEAST in the late 80's who unfortunately seems to have been forgotten to history. I asked Millard what player he hated playing against and his answer was no surprise given their battles in back to back playoffs in 1988 and 1989.
4/14/20 - Three successes today... the first success is with former UNLV Runnin Rebels and New York Knicks guard Greg Anthony. Anthony was part of one of the most dominant teams in the history of college basketball at UNLV and then he played for the Knicks... whomp whomp. My second success today is with former 76ers and SuperSonics guard Hersey Hawkins who lit it up in his days at Bradley University. Hawkins was the 1988 AP Player of the Year at Bradley averaging 36.3 points per game but all we could do was read about it in the newspaper because the TV coverage back then was nothing like it is now. My final success is with USA Baseball player and Tennessee Vols commitment Brady House. House is considered one of the top position players in the 2021 draft class.
4/10/20 - Three returns today... the first is from former Texas Ranger Toby Harrah, success with former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Joe Magrane, and finally a success with former Padres and Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky.
4/9/20 - The SASE got shut out yesterday but we're back today with a vengeance... the first success today is with former Brewers and Twins third baseman Paul Molitor who signed a numbered jersey/bat card, the second is with former Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets Hall of Fame head coach Bill Fitch who included an *awesome* note on old Houston Rockets 85-86 Western Conference Champions stationary, and the third is from former Houston Rockets point guard Robert Reid who also included an *awesome* note. As a young kid I was a huge Houston Rockets fan and I have to say these notes I received back are huge highlights in my time collecting autographs. We all have those players and coaches that have a prominent place in our childhood memories and these are that for me. A great day today!
4/7/20 - Two successes today... one from Toronto Blue Jays batting champion and World Series champion John Olerud and one from Perfect Game All-American, USA Baseball LSU Tiger's commitment Dylan Crews.
News is that Al Kaline passed away today at the age of 85. He was a Hall of Fame player and signer. RIP.
4/4/20 - One return today from San Diego Chargers Hall of Famer Dan Fouts. It was my third success with him over the last 20 years. He's not only a Hall of Fame player but also a Hall of Fame signer.
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.