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Steve2112 04-21-2012 12:24 PM

Steve2112's TTM quasi-adventures
 
I've been doing TTM requests on and off since my sophomore year of high school in 1998. From 1998-2011, I'm 765/1134, for a 67.5% return rate. I just started sending out requests for 2012 in early April, and the first couple have started to trickle in.

4/19/12 - George Riley (early '80s Cubs), 2/2 cards, 6 days (I included $5 to help with his medical bills)

4/20/12 - Dr. Renee Richards (transgendered former tennis player and subject of ESPN documentary), 1/1 signature card, 11 days, c/o office

Homerun 04-21-2012 12:35 PM

What are the best TTM returns you have had so far?

Steve2112 04-21-2012 06:01 PM

[QUOTE=Homerun;2560265]What are the best TTM returns you have had so far?[/QUOTE]

My absolute favorite was getting RUSH (Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart) on an 8x10 via venue during the Time Machine Tour a couple years ago.

Through the years, here have been some of my better ones: Darryl Strawberry, Joe Morgan, Roy Halladay, George Kell, Tony LaRussa, Jeff Bagwell, Vlad Guerrero, CC Sabathia, Barry Zito, Curt Schilling, Mark Teixeira, Mike Mussina, Duke Snider, Dom DiMaggio, Bobby Doerr, Ernie Harwell, Harry Kalas, Curtis Granderson, Don Larsen, Sparky Anderson, Mark Fidrych, Bobby Thomson, Jimmy Key, Mark McGwire, Josh Hamilton, Dustin Ackley, Mike Trout, Jim Bunning, Joe Theismann, Jim McMahon, Ozzie Newsome, Danny Ainge, Brad Daugherty, Robert Parish, Tim Hardaway, Chris Paul, Randy Foye, Luol Deng, Gilbert Arenas, most major college basketball coaches of the late '90s and early 2000s, Mike Modano, Alexei Yashin, Mike Eruzione, Richard Petty, Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, David Pearson, Junior Johnson, Buddy Baker, Bobby Allison, Cale Yarborough, Bonnie Blair, Kerri Strug, Mark Spitz, Bruce Jenner.

In all the years so far, as far as I can remember, the only ones I've ever had to pay fees for were Vida Blue, Felix Mantilla, and Christian Laettner.

Thanks for asking! :)

Steve2112 05-07-2012 09:31 AM

Finally, after almost two weeks of nothing, a few to report (all were 2011 Heritage Minors):

5/4/12:
-Maikel Cleto, 1/1 card, c/o Memphis, 9 days
-Joe Kelly, 1/1 card, c/o Memphis, 9 days
-Shelby Miller, 1/1 card, c/o Memphis, 9 days

5/5/12:
-Kyle Gibson, 1/1 card, c/o Twins Extended ST, 10 days

Steve2112 05-09-2012 09:47 AM

5/8/12:
-Janet Guthrie, 2/1 (racing signature card and brief note), c/o Guthrie Racing, 30 days

Steve2112 05-14-2012 09:14 AM

5/11/12:
-Adam Bailey, 2/2 cards (including Heritage Minors Red Tint relic /99), c/o Lancaster, 16 days

Steve2112 07-30-2012 03:09 PM

5/16/12:
-Troy Gingrich (hitting coach), 1/1 signature card, c/o Syracuse Chiefs, 21 days

6/25/12:
-Morganna Roberts, "The Kissing Bandit", 1/1 signature card, 77 days

7/23/12:
-Joe Altobelli, 1/1 card, 6 days

7/26/12:
-Zack Cox, 1/1 card, c/o Memphis Redbirds, 9 days
-Kiko Garcia, 5/5 cards, 9 days

Steve2112 09-16-2012 09:13 PM

8/3/12:
-Shawn Boskie, 2/1 cards (added religious card), 17 days

8/6/12:
-Taijuan Walker, 1/1 card, c/o Jackson, 117 days

8/25/12:
-Tony Beasley, 1/1 signature card, c/o Syracuse Chiefs, 122 days

9/7/12:
-Pat Combs, 3/3 cards (1 personalized), 52 days

9/15/12:
-Steve Kraly, 1/1 signature card, 4 days (added "1953 W.S.C." inscription on his own)

Steve2112 09-20-2012 09:34 PM

9/17/12:
-Frank "The Original" Thomas, 4/2 items w/ $10 donation (both cards I sent; he also included his own card and a handwritten note), 6 days

9/20/12:
-Jerry Lumpe, 1/1 card, 9 days

Steve2112 09-24-2012 08:52 AM

9/22/12:
-Kevin Mmahat, 2/2 cards, 11 days

Steve2112 11-20-2012 02:24 PM

11/4/12:
-Logan Bawcom, 1/1 card, 2 weeks

11/5/12:
-Cory Spangenberg, 2/2 cards, 2 weeks

-11/17/12:
-Cody Asche, 1/1 card, about 4 weeks

^^^These three were all c/o their Arizona Fall League teams.

Steve2112 12-19-2012 01:19 PM

12/18/12:
-Bryce Brentz, 1/1 card (personalized), 2 months, c/o AzFL team

Steve2112 12-27-2012 12:22 PM

I recently started a project where, over a one-year span, hope to average sending out one TTM request per day for a year (I'll probably do them in periodic batches of 10 or 20, but by December 1, 2013, I will have sent out 365 requests as part of this project). I managed to get the first batch of 20 sent out on the 19th and 20th, so I'm on pace so far. I got my first return yesterday...

12/26/12:
-Bill Stein, 4/4 cards, 7 days

KeithKards 12-27-2012 05:15 PM

I know one person you should try and get, Robert Griffen Jr. RG3's dad.

ToppsCollector1 12-27-2012 06:51 PM

[QUOTE=KeithKards;3898375]I know one person you should try and get, Robert Griffen Jr. RG3's dad.[/QUOTE]

lol I wonder if he really would sign his sons cards

Steve2112 12-28-2012 10:27 AM

[QUOTE=KeithKards;3898375]I know one person you should try and get, Robert Griffen Jr. RG3's dad.[/QUOTE]

Aside from him being a high school basketball player and Army vet, why would I want RG2 to sign?

Steve2112 12-28-2012 10:29 AM

12/27/12
-Mickey Morandini, 3/3 cards, 8 days

Steve2112 12-31-2012 09:43 AM

12/28/12
-Mike Sadek, 1/1 card, 9 days
-Scott Servais, 5/5 cards, 9 days

12/29/12
-Marc Hill, 3/3 cards, 10 days
-Steve Renko, 3/3 cards, 10 days
-Brent Strom, 2/2 cards, 10 days

Steve2112 01-02-2013 03:21 PM

12/31/12
-Bobby Johnson (catcher), 1/1 card, 12 days
-Randy Martz, 3/3 cards, 11 days
-Joe Nolan, 3/3 cards, 11 days
-Bob Sykes, 3/3 cards, 12 days

Steve2112 01-08-2013 04:39 PM

1/5/13
-Wade Boggs, 2/2 cards (with $10 donation), 16 days
-J.D. Smart, 1/1 card (slightly smeared), 116 days
-Ted Power, 3/3 cards, 16 days

1/7/13
-David West, 4/4 cards, c/o Memphis Baseball Academy, 19 days

Steve2112 01-14-2013 12:44 PM

1/11/13
-Elena Delle Donne, 1/1 basketball signature card (personalized), c/o University of Delaware Athletics, 22 days

Her story has been on Sportscenter and Outside the Lines a few times over the last few years. She originally enrolled at UConn, left after just one day, homesick and wanting to be near her family and her blind/deaf/autistic older sister. Burned out on basketball, she took a break and played volleyball for a year before returning to hoops, leading the Blue Hens to the NCAAs and being ranked in the Top 25 for a while.

Steve2112 02-11-2013 09:35 AM

Sent out a big batch of 40 last Monday (2/4), mostly to retired guys, and have a batch of 15 going off to ST this morning (2/11). The first reply from the 40-batch came in on Saturday...

2/9/13
-Chuck Porter (mid-'80s Brewers pitcher), 3/3 cards, 5 days (84T, 85F, 85T)

Steve2112 02-12-2013 09:13 AM

2/11/13
-Adam Melhuse, 2/2 cards, 7 days
-Bobby Molinaro, 4/4 cards, 7 days (even added his own team-set bag to keep the cards safe)
-George Wright, 1/1 card, 7 days (for my '85 Fleer set!)

and an RTS from Dane Iorg

Steve2112 02-14-2013 09:59 AM

2/12/13
-Jerry Reed, 3/3 cards, 8 days

2/13/13
-Bert Roberge, 4/4 cards, 9 days

Steve2112 02-14-2013 11:01 PM

2/14/13
-Jay Howell, 3/4 cards, 10 days
-Mike Lieberthal, 2/2 cards, 10 days
-Jeff Shaw, 5/5 cards, 10 days
-Christian Yelich, 2/2 cards, c/o AzFL team, 118 days


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