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Mark Sanchez TTM Success?

November 29, 2009 2 comments

Date sent: 11/8/09
Date received: 11/27/09

I’m not really sure if this is a success or not. The signature shows some similarities to his certified autograph cards but it’s not exact. I’ve compared mine to all the other ones with pictures on sportscollectors.net and it looks similar with one big difference, it’s not stamped. All the other recent returns have been obvious stamps, as you’ll see in the pictures below. They also all have the personalization in all caps, my name is lower case. I’m thinking since it matches the stamp so closely that it has a chance of being real. You certainly wouldn’t have a stamp made of a fake autograph. What are the odds that Sanchez already has a ghost signer and he/she was out of ink for the stamp?

Let me know what you guys think. I’m curious to see some opinions on this one.

Stamped TTM Returns
My TTM return and a certifed autograph
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Cameron Maybin TTM Success

November 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Date sent: 3/4/09
Date received: 10/30/09

This is another recent TTM return that I had pretty much written off. I sent it way back during spring training. On top of that, Maybin carries a 12% success rate for members of sportscollectors.net.

I’m not sure what made my request stand out but I got it back and I couldn’t be happier.

I’ve followed Maybin ever since he was part of the trade that sent Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to the Tigers. I’d heard that Maybin was the key to the deal for the Marlins. I wondered what made this kid so special so I kept an eye on him. He’s yet to live up to his 5-tool can’t miss potential but he’s still only 22 years old.

Maybin made the team last year out of spring training but the Marlins sent him down to AAA in early May as he was batting .2o2. They brought him back up on September 1st and he remained on the team through the final game. In that time he raised his batting average to .250 and hit three home runs.

Hopefully Maybin will make the Marlins out of spring training again and stick around for the whole season.

Update – 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates TTM Project

Date sent: 4/27/09
Date returned: 6/5/09

Roman Mejias is one of the requests I had out there that I was beginning to wonder if I’d get it back or not. I’m very happy to get this one back.

I’ve also had my George Witt and Don Gross requests out there for about the same amount of time. I don’t really expect to get those back as the reported successes for those two are very low on sportscollectors.net. Hopefully I’ll be able to pick those up in some other fashion.

Roman Mejias played six seasons for the Pirates, never getting more than 276 at-bats in any of those. He went to Houston in 1962 and finally got a chance to play full time. He batted a respectable .286 with 24 home runs and 76 RBI. He was the first Latin American player in Houston franchise history. In 1963 he left to play for Boston and retired after the 1964 season.

I found an incredible stat while researching Mejias’ career. He’s one of 336 major league players to hit 3 home runs in one game. No, that’s not the incredible part. The incredible part is that he did it in 1958 when he only had 5 home runs the entire season. That has to be the lowest amount of home runs in a season for a player that had a 3 home run game.

Update – 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates TTM Project

Date sent: 5/2/09
Date returned: 5/8/09

This is my eighth return out of twelve in my quest to get autographed 1960 Topps cards from all twenty surviving members of the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates team.

This return made me think about some of the posts I’ve seen on the sportscollectors.net bulletin boards from members that send a sharpie with their request. You can see from the picture that Danny Kravitz signed the card in ballpoint pen. It would look much nicer if it were signed in sharpie. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled to get another card back regardless of what it was signed with. It just made me think that I may want to send a sharpie with future requests to see how that works out.

1960 Pittsburgh Pirates TTM Project

April 26, 2009 Leave a comment

My father grew up in Western Pennsylvania and rooted for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He raised me to be a Pirates fan even though we lived in Northern Virginia, within one hour of Baltimore, MD. It’s been tough being a Pirates fan over the last sixteen losing seasons but it will make their resurgence that much sweeter whenever that day comes.

My father always told me stories about the 1960 Pirates team when I was growing up. Most of the stories were about Roberto Clemente but the best stories were about the 1960 World Series and the Pirates’ improbable victory over the New York Yankees.

The name Bill Mazeroski always brought a smile to my father’s face. About 10 years ago I dragged my father to a baseball card show with me, not telling him that Mazeroski was there signing autographs. He wondered what we were standing in line so long for but understood once he could see who was sitting at the table at the end of the line. I think it’s the only time in my life that I saw my father in awe of something or someone. We both got baseballs autographed and my father traded a couple of stories with Mazeroski. Mazeroski couldn’t have been nicer. It was a really special moment to share with my father.

I’ve been sending autograph requests through the mail for a couple months now and I was running out of ideas for new requests. Last weekend it hit me. I’m going to try and get every living member of the 1960 Pirates team on their 1960 Topps cards. I checked success rates on sportscollectors.net and it seems like this is a realistic project. There are only four players with low success rates, the rest are 80% or above. There are three players that didn’t have a 1960 Topps card so I’ll have to find another card for them.

I’m still trying to think of ways to display this but gathering all the cards and sending out the requests is my main focus right now. Once completed, I’ll give this to my father as a gift. His birthday is in June so I’m really hustling to get all the cards and get them in the mail.

I will update my successes as they come in. If anyone has any cool ideas on how to display the cards I’d love to hear them. Leave them in the comments.