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It’s tough to remember this because there always seems to be some intriguing player whose autograph I’d love to add to my collection.
A few years ago I sent letters to Garrett Atkins, Matt Holiday and even then-manager Clint Hurdle. I never heard back from Holiday, but I did receive my cards back from Atkins and Hurdle with a little purple note suggesting that I join their charitable cause. The note also asked me to accept their pre-printed signature in lieu of an authentic one.
When am I going to learn? Earlier this week I received a familiar note from one Todd Helton to whom I either sent to in 2009 or earlier this year. I forget. Same thing … no autograph, some team-issued card and a pre-printed note.
But I do have other requests I sent to them that I still have not received back, namely hot up-and-comer Carlos Gonzalez.
So let this serve as a reminder to all of you the next time you sit down to prepare for TTMs … stay away from Rockies players. Unless, of course, you want the standard letter and team-issued card.
For the record, this Todd Helton is a 2006 Grandstand issue … it shows him WITHOUT his goatee. Awesome. I do appreciate the team-issued cards. They are pretty neat.
Received this autographed Charlie Manuel postcard in the mail today in lieu of the 2010 Topps Heritage card I sent him several months ago. I’ve received four returns from Phillies personnel in recent year and all of them have come back as post cards. Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins were most definitely pre-printed autos; my Chase Utley appears to be real — the Sharpie layer is on top and there is a little streaking in the ink. And now this Charlie Manuel, which by the scan may appear to be a pre-print, but I can tell you first-hand that it is not. You can see the indentation on the cardstock — also my dumbass just smudged the ink after scanning this image. *facepalm*
See the rest of my 2010 TTM request/success list here.
Late last week I received three more TTM successes: author of a 1972 no-hitter and near perfect game, Milt Pappas; 2009 American League Rookie of the Year Andrew Bailey; and 1960 National League Most Valuable Player Dick Groat.
The Pappas card is signed on his 1958 Topps rookie card, which makes for a cool addition to my collection. I do own two of these rookies, so this seemed like a reasonable card to have signed. Very happy to see the return, but the signature is pretty odd when compared to others I have seen. As for the use of ballpoint pen, I actually don’t mind it at all on vintage cards. It gives it an old, authentic feel … even if this one appears to merely be scribbled.
The Bailey signature is the latest in my not-yet-announced Rookie of the Year autograph project. Earlier this month I received Chris Coughlan, the National League ROY, so my 2009 set is complete. Of note, this card, which was returned within eight days, was signed during the week that was he off during Spring Training resting his elbow. Kind of a neat story.
And perhaps the coolest card returned this week is this 1955 Topps Dick Groat. I bought this single at my local card shop from the bargain bin for a buck, and then realized when I got home that I already had this card from a lot I bought on eBay. Days later learned that Groat was a great TTM signer, so I sent it his way with a request to add the MVP inscription. He obliged. Awesome success.
I still have another 40 or so requests out to current and former players. You can see the entire list of requests and success — with pictures — in this original post. I’ll be using that thread for all of my 2010 TTM requests, even after Spring Training ends.
These are the latest of my TTM Successes. With these, I am now 7/41. You can see all of my 2010 TTM sendouts and success HERE. I’ll be sending out another dozen or so requests this week.