Archive for the TTM Success Category

TTM Success — James Loney

Posted in TTM Success with tags , , , , , on August 3, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

Gotta say, TTMing has been good lately — third return in a week, fourth since the all-star break. This is a solid return.

To see my other 2010 TTM Success/Request list, click HERE.

TTM Success — Joe Mauer

Posted in TTM Success with tags , , , , , , on July 29, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

This one is entirely open for interpretation. Insight is welcome.

So I get home this afternoon and lo and behold there is another TTM return envelope sitting here waiting for me, this time with the name “Mauer” written on it. I write the last name of each player I send to on the return envelope because I save them all; it helps me 1) know whose returned my envelope before frantically ripping it open, and 2) keep them organized later. So I knew this was from Joe Mauer. Now what was inside was unexpected — sorta. Mauer is a superstar. Period. When I send to players of his caliber, there is a 2 percent chance I get anything back, and if I do it’ll be a pre-printed postcard … which is what was within and pictured to the right.

BUT … before you click away thinking my success is really a failure, you have to read the back of the card and then pay attention to the blue ink at the very bottom. Whether that is REALLY signed by Joe Mauer is open for interpretation, but this signature — well, partial, anyway — has three things going for it: 1) Most players who are rejecting your auto request would not go through the trouble of personalizing a post card. 2) This was returned within two weeks of the All-Star break, meaning that it’s entirely possibly that Joe actually spent half a day or so returning fan mail. 3) It’s Joe Mauer, whose documented to be a pretty nice guy.

So take from that what you will. Personally it goes down as a partial success. Much like any signature obtained through mail, there is no way of telling for sure who really signed it. But that blue ink is indeed ON TOP of the printed layer and it does say Joe.

You can see my entire through the mail request/success list here.

TTM Success — Charlie Manuel

Posted in TTM Success with tags , , , , on July 27, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

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.

TTM Success: Max Scherzer

Posted in TTM Success with tags , , , , on July 7, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

It doesn’t take much to get me excited in terms of TTM success. The way I figure, anytime I actually get something returned to me, it’s a good day.  I came home today to find a personalized 2008 UD Masterpieces Maz Scherzer auto in the mail. But what makes this even more cool is that I recently moved and the pieces was forwarded to me — and the card survived. No creases! Given the circumstances, I’d say this is an exceptional day.

See the rest of my 2010 TTM Success/Requests here.

A frustrating TTM success — Terry Francona

Posted in TTM Success with tags , , , , , on June 5, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

I don’t think Tito likes me.

For the second time in three years, I sent a through the mail request to Terry Francona asking for his autograph. As a big Red Sox fan, it is only natural that I try to obtain the autograph of the skipper who has lead my favorite team to a pair of World Series titles in the last six years.

The first time I sent him a 2006 Allen & Ginter card that featured him in a Red Sox jacket. A few months later I received an envelope back with TWO autographs … but neither of them were the card I sent. These cards showed him as members of the Cincinatti Reds and Montreal Expos.

I was slightly disappointed, but happy to have even received his signature. So I proudly displayed the Reds card along with my Sox collection because the color scheme was somewhat close.

Fastforward to this Spring Training. I again decided to try Francona, this time sending him a new 2010 Bowman Heritage manager card showing him in BoSox gear. On Friday I was thrilled to see that an envelope had arrived from Yawkey Way bearing the name Francona.

But as I went to open it, I noticed that the envelope seemed a little flimsy. I knew at that moment that I had not received the card I sent. Instead I got this 1989 Topps card featuring him as an Indian.

I now have three Francona autos on cards showing him in three different uniforms. And all I really want is one showing him as a Boston Red Sox. Gah!

For the record, I am sure the cards just got mixed up when Terry was in the middle of his signing sessions. He doesn’t really hate me. Maybe I shall just try again.

Click HERE to see my 2010 TTM success/requests.