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Old 01-22-2014, 08:59 AM   #76 (permalink)
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Finally had some time to send out a few after being unceremoniously dumped by my girlfriend of almost 9 years. Successes started to trickle back in late last week...

1/18/14
-Sid Bream, 5/5 cards (86D, 87D, 88D, 90F, 92UD; with $1-per fee), 5 days
-Phil Niekro, 1/1 card (13A&G, with $15 fee), 9 days

1/21/14
-Ty Hensley, 2/2 cards ('13 Heritage Minors, '13 Heritage Minors black parallel), 8 days
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Old 04-08-2014, 12:11 AM   #77 (permalink)
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Just wanted to let you guys know I'm BACK! I do have a few successes that trickled in through January, February, and March, which I'll post the info for soon. I've spent a good portion of the last few months getting over 100 requests for my 2013 Heritage Minors set ready (which I mailed today), as well as taking some time away from TTMing while I pursued my now-new girlfriend (who by the way is a 'grapher herself...mostly bands, celebs and Syracuse men's basketball).
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Old 04-08-2014, 12:29 AM   #78 (permalink)
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Just wanted to let you guys know I'm BACK! I do have a few successes that trickled in through January, February, and March, which I'll post the info for soon. I've spent a good portion of the last few months getting over 100 requests for my 2013 Heritage Minors set ready (which I mailed today), as well as taking some time away from TTMing while I pursued my now-new girlfriend (who by the way is a 'grapher herself...mostly bands, celebs and Syracuse men's basketball).
Glad to hear your back with some good news! I wish I was able to get some more musician autographs in my collection. In the last couple of weeks I have added 2 to the collection (Slash and Huey Lewis), but there are some bigger names out there that are pretty much impossible or going to cost me a fortune to get
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Old 04-09-2014, 12:03 AM   #79 (permalink)
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Glad to hear your back with some good news! I wish I was able to get some more musician autographs in my collection. In the last couple of weeks I have added 2 to the collection (Slash and Huey Lewis), but there are some bigger names out there that are pretty much impossible or going to cost me a fortune to get
Thanks bud! 'Grats on Slash and Huey Lewis...musicians are a mixed bag, both with TTM and in-person...my new girlfriend always likes to shell out for the M&G packages for "her" bands (let's be real though, she's into Daughtry, 3 Doors Down, NKOtB, etc...she's actually a few years older than I am, so she was already an early teen during the NKOtB craze, while I was in 3rd grade at the time in 1990-1991). As far as celebs go, she and one of our other friends like to get the comedians when they perform over at the comedy club in the big mall we have here in Syracuse. This winter she started getting autos and pics with some of the SU basketball guys, especially her favorites Tyler Ennis and Trevor Cooney, and I have a feeling she's going to be enduring a LOT of Chiefs baseball this season with me.
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Old 04-09-2014, 12:17 AM   #80 (permalink)
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Here are the TTMs that trickled in since mid-January...

late January 2014 TTM
-Byamba, 1/1 card ('13 A&G), c/o USA Sumo, 12 days
-Andre Dawson, 1/1 card ('13 A&G; with $20 donation), c/o Foundation, 18 days
-Fergie Jenkins, 1/1 card, ('13 A&G; with $20 donation), c/o Foundation, 16 days
-Jimmy Means, 2/2 cards ('91 Racing Champions, '95 Maxx), 130 days
-Ed Roebuck, 2/2 cards ('61 Topps, '65 Topps), 55 days

February 2014 TTM:
-Kaleb Cowart, 1/1 card ('11 Heritage Minors), 21 days
-Bucky Dent, 1/1 card ('74 Topps), 35 days
-Ryan Jackson, 1/1 card ('11 Heritage Minors), c/o Memphis Redbirds, 656 days

March 2014 TTM:
-Bob Bafia, 1/1 card ('90 ProCards), 174 days
-Dave Meier, 3/3 cards ('85 Donruss, '85 Fleer, '85 Topps), 102 days
-Jack Roush, 3/3 cards ('90 Maxx, '93 Maxx, '08 something), c/o Roush Fenway Racing, 235 days

...and one for April so far:

4/7/14
-James Hylton, 1/1 card ('93 Wheels), 145 days

As I mentioned yesterday, I've got 108 Heritage Minors guys from the 2013 set that got mailed out Monday, so maybe by the weekend a couple of those will start to filter in.
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Old 04-09-2014, 12:33 AM   #81 (permalink)
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Wow! over 600 days?! Gives us all more hope
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Old 04-15-2014, 09:24 AM   #82 (permalink)
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Got the first two in from my big batch of Heritage Minors requests...

4/14/14
-Bruce Maxwell, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o Stockton, 7 days
-Rafael Montero, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o Las Vegas, 7 days

Montero's envelope was completely unsealed...not quite sure how it made it from Las Vegas to Syracuse without the card falling out or being stolen.
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Old 04-15-2014, 09:14 PM   #83 (permalink)
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Another couple made their way into the mailbox today...

4/15/14
-Mike Freeman, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o Mobile BayBears, 8 days
-Blake Perry, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o South Bend SilverHawks, 8 days

Perry's envelope was unsealed, and the envelope looked like it had been through a mosh pit. When I took it out of our apartment's mail receptacle, the card was standing up vertically, plainly visible, and the bottom right corner was bent pretty badly. If these guys know enough to sign the card and put it in the envelope, sealing it up shouldn't be that difficult of a concept.
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Old 04-16-2014, 08:29 PM   #84 (permalink)
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4/16/14
-Barrett Barnes, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o West Virginia Power, 9 days
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Old 04-17-2014, 08:45 PM   #85 (permalink)
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A hat trick for the set today...

4/17/14
-Rafael DePaula, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o Tampa Yankees, 10 days
-Eric Haase, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o Lake County Captains, 10 days
-Jimmy Nelson, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o Nashville Sounds, 10 days
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Old 04-19-2014, 12:27 PM   #86 (permalink)
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Another three on Friday...

4/18/14
-Dilson Herrera, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o St. Lucie Mets, 11 days
-Brandon Meredith, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o Lancaster JetHawks, 11 days
-Alex Meyer, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o Rochester Red Wings, 11 days
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Old 04-19-2014, 11:44 PM   #87 (permalink)
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Four on Saturday (though one wasn't from the Heritage Minors batch)

4/19/14
-Mauricio Cabrera, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o Lynchburg Hillcats, 12 days
-Michael Choice, 2/2 cards ('11 THM, '13 THM), c/o Texas Rangers, 12 days
-Matt Lipka, 2/2 cards ('11 THM, '13 THM), c/o Mississippi Braves, 12 days
-Bobby Wine, 2/2 cards ('65 Topps, '74 Topps), about 3 or 4 months (don't remember the exact day)

A couple notes:
-The Matt Lipka SASE came back in a USPS envelope that we in the TTM world refer to as a "body bag"...about one-third of the SASE was torn off (including the stamp), but luckily my address was fully there, and somehow the cards didn't fall out before they found it and sealed it up in the body bag envelope.

-Someone (most likely a Rangers staffer) put a paper clip to hold the Michael Choice cards together, so now there's a paper clip mark on both cards. I don't mind though, just glad to have them toward my sets. Beautiful blue sharpie sigs too.

-Was glad to get Bobby Wine back, as the 1974 Topps card is the Danny Ozark manager card with the disembodied heads of the other coaches, and is now signed by all possible coaches (Ozark before his passing, and in the past half-year I added Billy DeMars, Ray Rippelmeyer, and now Wine...after getting Ozark years ago, I didn't think to add the coaches until after Carroll Beringer's death).
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Old 04-23-2014, 02:50 PM   #88 (permalink)
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Extended the streak to seven and eight mail-days in a row on Monday and Tuesday...

4/21/14
-Jose Berrios, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o Ft. Myers Miracle, 14 days
-Mitch Brown, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o Lake County Captains, 14 days
-Matt Davidson, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o Charlotte Knights, 14 days
-Joey Gallo, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o Myrtle Beach Pelicans, 14 days

4/22/14
-Max Kepler, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o Ft. Myers Miracle, 15 days
-Levi Michael, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o Ft. Myers Miracle, 15 days
-Jorge Polanco, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o Ft. Myers Miracle, 15 days
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Well, my streak ended on Wednesday, but a (hopefully) new one started on Thursday...

4/24/14
-Jorge Alfaro, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o Myrtle Beach Pelicans, 17 days
-Eddie Butler, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o Tulsa Drillers, 17 days
-Daniel Corcino, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o Pensacola Blue Wahoos, 17 days
-Garrett Gould, 2/2 cards ('11 THM, '13 THM), c/o Chattanooga Lookouts, 17 days
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Three more on Friday...

4/25/14
-Patrick Kivlehan, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o High Desert Mavericks, 18 days
-Nick Martinez, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o Frisco RoughRiders, 18 days
-Justin Nicolino, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o Jacksonville Suns, 18 days
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:02 AM   #91 (permalink)
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One from Saturday...

4/26/14
-Kevin Plawecki, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o Binghamton Mets, 19 days
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Old 04-28-2014, 10:46 AM   #92 (permalink)
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I enjoy reading your posts. I'm going to send to a lot of these minors guys here soon.

Any suggestions?
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I enjoy reading your posts. I'm going to send to a lot of these minors guys here soon.

Any suggestions?
Thanks! I'd say pretty much just the basics: be polite in your letters (handwritten, but SHORT and to the point...no big essay...maybe a quick mention about something you like in their career), include a SASE, and despite the odds, if you want to take a chance on a tough/non-signer, I say go for it. You're only risking two stamps and a common card. With the minor leaguers, enough of them sign that it makes it worth an occasional risk with a toughie. In this big April batch I mailed out, I wrote to guys like Correa, Baez, and a few other big-namers, knowing full well that I probably wouldn't see the cards again. Good luck, and most importantly, keep it fun!

Minor league team addresses are usually either on the team website, or will pop up if you Google-search the team name. The sooner you send, the better. Don't wait 'til August!
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One for Monday...

4/28/14
-Gioskar Amaya, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o Daytona Cubs, 21 days
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Last few days...

4/29/14
-Corey Black, 2/1 cards ('13 THM, he also included his own '12 EEE), c/o Tennessee Smokies, 22 days

5/1/14
-Deven Marrero, 1/1 card ('13 THM, personalized), c/o Portland Sea Dogs, 24 days
-Tyler Naquin, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o Akron Rubberducks, 24 days
-Kevin Pillar, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o Buffalo Bisons, 24 days

5/2/14
-Matt Andriese, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o Durham Bulls, 25 days
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Thanks man, I just sent you a PM with a few more questions!
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Thanks man, I just sent you a PM with a few more questions!
No prob...just responded!
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Two for Saturday...

5/3/14
-J.R. Graham, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o Mississippi Braves, 26 days
-Mike O'Neill, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o Springfield Cardinals, 26 days
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After three days of being shut out, two on Thursday...

5/8/14
-Jack Baldwin, 1/1 card ('92 Hot Wheels), 290 days
-Cody Buckel, 2/2 cards ('12 THM, '13 THM), c/o Myrtle Beach Pelicans, 31 days
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One on Saturday after being shut out on Friday...

5/10/14
-Zack Jones, 1/1 card ('13 THM), c/o Ft. Myers Miracle, 33 days
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