Saturday, May 19, 2012

Weird Stuff Done TTM by HOF'ers

Well, after getting 12 autos in 7 days last week, I have only gotten one all of this week.  I guess the law of averages works with TTM's as well as baseball.  I did get one failure today that I wanted to throw in here: Neil Walker.  Sent a PP.  Fortunately, he sent back my SASE so not all was lost.  Since I haven't posted in a while, I figured I could do this post that I've wanted to do for a here goes nothing:

HOF'ers can be interesting in there TTMing manners.  Over the last year, I've heard of a few, so I wanted to put them here.

Al Kaline, a great player for the Tigers lost a fan a few months back.  Not because of a scandal that emerged, but of his TTM conduct.  Here is PoseyBumgarner's quote from SCF "I sent him a SASE, nice fan letter, $5, and a card. Received card unsigned and $5 cut into three pieces with scissors. So much for my favorite player :("  Poor Mr. PoseyBumgarner (can't you just here the shock in his voice??)...if you take it to the bank, they'll give you a nice new 5 dollar bill if you want to try again.  Or you could just send it back the way it is...

Whitey Ford is notoriously known for his desire for cash in the TTM business(all though he's lately signed a few for free).  I couldn't find the post, but I remember one time, Mr. Ford cashed a dude's check, but never sent an autograph back.  After being questioned and basically fighting via USPS, Mr. Ford sent back a $20 check to this man.  I'd rather have a signed check than $20...don't know about you.  And then in a note, Mr. Ford basically told this poor man to never write him, old ballplayers can be pretty gruff at times.

But, just when you think all generosity and goodness has left the money-grabbing HOF"ers, here's a story of hope and peace for all to enjoy.

Phil Niekro  usually always charges, but I guess goodwill surpassed the dollar signs as a joyous JayHo7284 proclaims the good news: "Sent fee & baseball...returned ball signed & inscribed with HoF year. Even returned my money & my pen! TY!"  

Well, I guess there still is goodness in the world...fortunately for us stingy TTM'ers, there's always the Bobby Doerrs and Jim Bunnings to pad our HOF collections wirh.  So, with that being said, "Happy graphing to all, and to all...uhhh...a good trip to the mail box???"

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

2012 Bowman

I'm going to do something here that I've never done before.  But, considering the overall hatred of Bowman, and my newfound love of it, I thought I could give you a box break summary.  Now, this isn't your normal huge break, just two blasters and ten random hobby packs ( four of which only contained 8 cards...still waiting on topps for that).
First of all, I believe Bowman to be a fairly good deal.  Since topps chrome only contains 4 cards, this basecally puts 8 bowman base at $1.50...considering prices I would say this is fairly good.  Also, for TTM'er, I really enjoy the prospects, considering they will sign more willingly than a proclaimed star.  This being said, I also like the scarcity of insert cards.  It seemed half a pack of topps were insert cards of political figures and animals...I'm buying BASEBALL CARDS here topps, not GOP candidate cards....REALLY?!?!?!  Also, I like the odds of pulling relics, and autos.  Before bowman, I couldn't pulll a hit for anything, but now it seems like every time I buy some, I pull an auto.  Okay, so here's to my pictureless cards:

Blaster #1:
Nothing to talk about except a Matt Lipka Auto.

Blaster #2:
Gold Yu Darvish RC
Chrome Bryce Harper prospect card
Brett Lawrie RC

10 Hobby Packs:
Tyler Anderson Orange parallel Auto # to 250
purple refractor # to 200
Jesus Montero international RC
Yu Darvish RC
Gerrit Cole prospect card
blue parallel card # to 500

So all in all, pretty good I would say...LMK about your breaks.

Nick Ahmed

One of the Braves' top prospects signed 2 of 2...

Monday, May 14, 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Nyjer Morgan

Sorry sir, this signature does not match your I.D. I'm going to have to ask you to try again....I think Mr. Morgan left off a few letters from his name on this sig...still a nice success..

C.J. Cron

One of the top Angels' prospects signed a nice chrome refractor for me...

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Rudy Giuliani

Well, I've been out of town the past few days(hence the overflow of ttm's).  Anyway, I flew into the Phoenix International Airport, and while I was waiting for my ride, who should be waiting for his luggage, but the former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani.  I didn't have much of anything to get signed, so I got him to sign a sheet of notebook paper.  Not the best, but at least he signed it large(half-page), and didn't sign a little tiny signature in the corner.  I also didn't have my camera because I don't have any batteries, so I missed out on that too.  Oh well, still an amazing success and experience! 

Phil Nevin

First time someone's kept one of my cards.  I was afraid of this too...
Isn't that an awesome card!??!?  I guess he thought so too...signed 3 of 4.