Archive for TTM Success

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.

Update on Joe Mauer TTM issue

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , on July 31, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

Got an interesting Tweet today from follower WillCampbell45 who sent along this link regarding Joe Mauer and his Through-The-Mail signing habits. Looks like my Joe Mauer autograph may be real afterall.

See the original piece 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: 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.

TTM Success: Gordon Beckham … and Koji Uehara

Posted in TTM Success with tags , , , , , on April 18, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

Received a very nice surprise yesterday in my mail box, a 2010 Topps Heritage cards signed by Gordon Beckham. I’d kind of gone through a TTM Success drought over the last month, which was to be expected. Unless you send your requests early (as in before players arrive to sprint training) you’re likely to have to wait several months to receive anything back. I sent to Beckham (and many others) after he had already arrived at Spring Training. I am fortunate to have this one so quickly (about 6 weeks). I saw on Twitter than one of my followers also received his request back on Saturday, so there’s hope for all of you who sent to Beckham this spring.

Also, two weeks ago I received this Koji Uehara 2010 Topps Heritage. I forgot to write about it.

Anyway, check out my overall success this 2010 season HERE.

TTM Success: An MVP, a ROY and a No-Hit pitcher

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

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.