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Old 03-22-2013, 02:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2013
Brian Sipe ( /1): 3/6 ->
Ray Guy (1/1): 3/6 -> 3/22
Herman Weaver (1/1): 3/24 -> 3/30
Charlie Sanders ( /1): 3/24 ->
Stan Williams (1/1): 4/30 -> 5/9
Blaine Nye (1/1): 4/30 -> 11/5
Cory Snyder (2/2): 10/19 -> 11/7
Jim Hart (1/1): 10/19 -> 11/1
Jalen Rose ( /1): 10/19 ->
Sid Bream (1/1): 12/31 -> 1/7 With donation.
Allen Bristow (1/2): 12/31 -> 1/11

2014
Jim Kiick ( /1): 1/13 ->
John Fitzgerald (1/1): 1/13 -> 3/17
Robert Parish (2/2): 3/22 -> 7/21
Larry Cole (1/1): 3/22 -> 3/31
John Offerdahl (2/2): 4/21 -> 5/1
Juan Samuel (2/2): 4/21 -> 5/11
Bill Virdon (1/1): 5/30 -> 6/7
Ken Schrom (1/1): 5/30 ->7/3
Kent Hrbek (1/1): 7/9 -> 7/17
Jack Perconte (1/1): 7/9 -> 7/25
Nancy Cartwright ( /3): 7/18 ->
Mary Lou Retton ( /2): 7/31 ->


This is my second foray into the TTM world, the first occurring when I was about 10. Long story short, sent out a few, only got one back, so I stopped. Now, 15 years later, I am doing more research on my targets.

Sent out 2 on March 6th, just got my first one back:



Now my question for the TTM'ers out there, Guy is a big name, but my initial plan was to get both him and Weaver. Should I go for the dual auto, or be safe and keep the Guy auto?
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Find out Weaver's success rating and decide from there. That's what I'd do.
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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According to SCF, he's signed in the past. These are from 2011, though. I say it's worth the shot.

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Old 03-22-2013, 10:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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According to SCF, he's signed in the past. These are from 2011, though. I say it's worth the shot.

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Lol, that's what I do. I have the site bookmarked on my computer as "TTM UNIVERSE" haha.
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah, I've looked there and at The Bench and he's got 100% success rate on both. My worry is on the mail's end (which begs the question why do TTM if you worry about the mail...). But I think I will go through with it. My hesitation probably was due more to just getting the card back and being excited to have it. Thanks for the encouragement!
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Old 03-30-2013, 02:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Update #2:

Just got back my Dual TTM from Herman Weaver today.
Sent 3/24 - Received 3/30



Sent out to Charlie Sanders on 3/24 also. Other card sent out on 3/6 was to Brian Sipe, still no word however. Thanks for the look.
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Awesome card!
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Old 03-30-2013, 02:51 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Awesome!

Really lkke the looks of dual cards autographed
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:03 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Success number three in today:

Stan Williams 1963 Topps

"To Steven, Stan Williams Pitcher (1957-1974)" (You can see the indentations on the years in person.)

Last bit was smudged, but the auto looks ok, for the most part. Really excited to get this one back. I really like the look of the '63 set.



Thanks again for the look.

Quick question for the TTM vets. When do you guys consider a card lost or a failure, not taking into account cards sent back unsigned?
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:29 AM   #10 (permalink)
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You'll get lots of different answers depending on people's experience and patience levels, but I give it about two years before I write it off as likely not coming back...and even then, you'll still get a random one that's several years old once in a while.
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:05 PM   #11 (permalink)
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A few years back before I really started doing ttm as I am now, I had sent out 2 cards to Mark Bellhorn (of the 2004 Red Sox) at an apartment address listed under his name not far from his recent team. I considered it a long shot, since I had my doubts about whether or not he still lived there. Long story short, I got both cards signed, postmarked from a completely different state like 3 years later.

If that had never happened to me (my first ttm essentially), I would say any longer than like a few months would be a write-off. But that having happened, I guess if you never get RTS than you never truly know if it's gone
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Old 11-01-2013, 07:25 PM   #12 (permalink)
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After a decent break, I just sent out 3 more cards (added in OP). After a couple weeks, I just got my first success back from that group, Jim Hart on a 1975 Topps card.



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Old 11-05-2013, 06:38 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Unexpected return today. Sent to Blaine Nye back in May from an old address (wasn't aware that I would be moving a few months later), and, since it wasn't returned in the first couple months after the move, I was not expecting to get the card back. Lo and behold, it was forwarded to the new address today!

1974 Topps Blaine Nye #2



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Old 11-07-2013, 06:43 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Been a good week so far, so why not get a success in today? Third one in a week!

Cory Snyder x2

1988 Topps Stickerback



1988 Topps UK Mini



Just started working on getting all cards of these 2 sets signed. Gonna be a tall order, however, as Cal Ripken is in each, as well as a few others who aren't known to sign TTM. If anyone has an opportunity to get one of the non-TTMer's in person, could you get in touch with me and I can send you the card plus any fees, as well as something on top of that. I will probably update this post with the folks that don't sign sometime soon.

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First success of the new year:

Sid Bream 1985 Topps

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You said Sid takes a donation? I was planning to write him this week.
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Ive seen on SCF its like $1 per card, so its actually pretty good. I plan on sending to him once I get stamps
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Love Sid Bream. Have this to send out to him... One of my favorite moments as a kid watching TBS braves baseball...


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You said Sid takes a donation? I was planning to write him this week.
I sent $2 with my single card, but $1 per card would suffice.

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Love Sid Bream. Have this to send out to him... One of my favorite moments as a kid watching TBS braves baseball...


That would look great signed! What size is the photo?
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I sent $2 with my single card, but $1 per card would suffice.



That would look great signed! What size is the photo?
I'm going to do it in an 8x10
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If I were you, I would have sent 2 to Guy, then keep one and send the dual card to the other guy. Maybe get Guy in a month or 2 later
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1980 Topps Allan Bristow



Sent this along with a 1980 Topps triple tear card with him, Eddie Jordan and Dudley Bradley. Kinda stinks that I only got one of the 2 I sent back... But still happy to get a success!
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Most recent success.

1980 Topps John Fitzgerald

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Apparently, without noticing before this return, my TTM collection is turning into a Cowboys auto collection... and I don't even like the 'Boys. But, with that, here is my most recent return:

1975 Topps Larry Cole

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Apparently, without noticing before this return, my TTM collection is turning into a Cowboys auto collection... and I don't even like the 'Boys. But, with that, here is my most recent return:

1975 Topps Larry Cole


you should get it graded
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