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Old 01-01-2014, 02:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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All right, enough lurking. It's finally time to start my own TTM success thread.



Not much to report so far. Stone lock Pat Neshek and Elliot Johnson are my only two responses to date. I sent to EJ within a week of Atlanta picking him up from Kansas City, so the timing likely helped me there.

Looking back, I probably sent to bigger stars (e.g. Pedroia, Jeter) than I should have. I've since spent a fair bit of time reading the BO and SCF forums, I agree now that it makes more sense to target less popular players. Nevertheless, it's still kind of frustrating to send out all these letters and only get two responses. Particularly for the Blue Jays, thought I would have a much better return rate as they're my hometown team.

I went through all my old early '90's cards at my Mom/Dad's house over Christmas. My plan over the next month is to target retirees who are known to have sign lately, then hit up a big batch of current players for the start of Spring Training.

Pending
Wade Davis, c/o Kansas City Royals, sent Jun-14-2013
Edinson Volquez, c/o San Diego Padres, sent Jun-14-2013
Bartolo Colon, c/o Oakland Athletics, sent Jun-14-2013
Luis Perez, c/o Toronto Blue Jays, sent Jun-14-2013
Casey Janssen, c/o Toronto Blue Jays, sent Jun-21-2013
Brett Lawrie, c/o Toronto Blue Jays, sent Jun-22-2013
Colby Rasmus, c/o Toronto Blue Jays, sent Jun-23-2013
Andy Pettitte, c/o New York Yankees, sent Jul-1-2013
Brian Roberts, c/o Baltimore Orioles, sent Jul-6-2013
A.J. Burnett, c/o Pittsburgh Pirates, sent Jul-6-2013
Derek Jeter, c/o New York Yankees, sent Aug-27-2013
Josh Johnson x2, c/o Toronto Blue Jays, sent Aug-27-2013
Tony Perez, c/o Florida Marlins, sent Dec-18-2013 with $3 donation
Rance Mulliniks x4, c/o home, sent Dec-30-2013
Larry Walker x5, c/o home, sent Dec-30-2013
Brad Arnsberg x3, c/o home, sent Jan-2-2014
John Cangelosi, c/o baseball academy, sent Jan-6-2014
Don Mattingly x3, c/o Los Angeles Dodgers spring training, sent Jan-31-2014
Mike Scioscia x3, c/o Los Angeles Angels spring training, sent Jan-31-2014
Robin Ventura x3, c/o Chicago White Sox spring training, sent Jan-31-2014
Bob McClure, c/o Philadelphia Phillies spring training, sent Jan-31-2014
Jameson Taillon, c/o Pittsburgh Pirates spring training, sent Jan-31-2014
Stryker Trahan, c/o Arizona Diamondbacks spring training, sent Feb-2-2014
C.J. Wilson, c/o Los Angeles Angels spring training, sent Feb-3-2014
Liam Hendriks, c/o Baltimore Orioles spring training, sent Feb-3-2014
Luke Hochevar x2, c/o Kansas City Royals spring training, sent Feb-4-2014
Ian Kennedy x2, c/o Arizona Diamondbacks spring training, sent Feb-4-2014
Rafael Soriano, c/o Washington Nationals spring training, sent Feb-4-2014
Jeff Locke, c/o Pittsburgh Pirates spring training, sent Feb-5-2014
Edward Mujica, c/o Boston Red Sox spring training, sent Feb-5-2014
Justin Masterson, c/o Cleveland Indians spring training, sent Feb-5-2014
Chris Carter, c/o Houston Astros spring training, sent Feb-5-2014
Anthony Rizzo x3, c/o Chicago Cubs spring training, sent Feb-11-2014
Carlos Santana, c/o Cleveland Indians spring training, sent Feb-12-2014
Howie Kendrick x3, c/o Los Angeles Angels spring training, sent Mar-5-2014
Johan Santana x3, c/o Baltimore Orioles spring training, sent Mar-5-2014
Josh Thole x2, c/o Toronto Blue Jays, sent May-16-2014
Chien-Ming Wang, c/o Louisville Bats, sent May-19-2014
J.P. Arencibia x2, c/o Texas Rangers, sent May-19-2014
Sean Doolittle, c/o Oakland A's, sent May-19-2014
Adam Lind x3, c/o Toronto Blue Jays, sent May-26-2014
Taijuan Walker, c/o Seattle Mariners, sent Jun-11-2014
Grant Balfour x2, c/o Tampa Bay Rays, sent Jun-11-2014
Ben Zobrist x2, c/o Tampa Bay Rays, sent Jun-11-2014
Munenori Kawasaki x2, c/o Buffalo Bisons, sent Jun-11-2014
Trevor Rosenthal x3, c/o St. Louis Cardinals, sent Jun-11-2014
Joe Kelly x3, c/o St. Louis Cardinals, sent Jun-11-2014
Koji Uehara x3, c/o Boston Red Sox, sent Jun-11-2014
Bob Melvin, c/o Oakland A's, sent Jun-11-2014
Brandon McCarthy x3, c/o Arizona Diamondbacks, sent Jun-11-2014
Didi Gregorius x5, c/o Arizona Diamondbacks, sent Jun-11-2014
Lyle Overbay, c/o Milwaukee Brewers, sent Jun-11-2014
Matt Davidson, c/o Charlotte Knights, sent Jun-11-2014
Jack Morris x2, c/o Fox Sports North, sent Jun-11-2014
Clayton Kershaw, c/o Los Angels Dodgers, sent Jun-11-2014
Josh Hamilton, c/o Los Angeles Angels, sent Jun-11-2014
Charlie Blackmon, c/o Colorado Rockies, sent Jun-11-2014
Kyle Blanks, c/o Oakland A's, sent Jun-11-2014
Fredi Gonzalez x2, c/o Atlanta Braves, sent Jun-11-2014
Juan Francisco x2, c/o Toronto Blue Jays, sent Jun-15-2014
Anthony Gose x2, c/o Buffalo Bisons, sent Jul-7-2014

Success
Elliott Johnson, c/o Atlanta Braves, sent Aug-27-2013, received Sep-17-2013
Pat Neshek, c/o home address, sent Nov-10-2013, received Dec-17-2013
Art Howe, c/o home, sent Dec-30-2013, received Jan-21-2014
Ernie Whitt x2, c/o home, sent Dec-30-2013, received Jan-24-2014
Jim Leyland 2/4, c/o home, sent Dec-31-2013, received Feb-7-2014
Bucky Dent, c/o home, sent Jan-19-2014, received Feb-10-2014
Dale Sveum, c/o home, sent Jan-12-2014, received Feb-10-2014
Bobby Valentine, c/o Sacred Heart University, sent Jan-31-2014, received Feb-18-2018
John Farrell x2, c/o PO Box in Clearwater, sent Jan-31-2014, received Feb-18-2014
Jamie Moyer x2, c/o home, sent Jan-19-2014, received Feb-24-2014
James Paxton, c/o Seattle Mariners spring training, sent Jan-31-2014, received Feb-24-2014
Quintin Berry, c/o Baltimore Orioles spring training, sent Feb-10-2014, received Feb-24-2014
Jordan Pacheco, c/o Colorado Rockies spring training, sent Feb-6-2014, received Feb-25-2014
Brock Holt, c/o Boston Red Sox spring training, sent Feb-7-2014, received Mar-3-2014
Jim Johnson x2, c/o Oakland A's spring training, sent Feb-4-2014, received Mar-3-2014
Vinnie Pestano, c/o Cleveland Indians spring training, sent Feb-2-2014, received Mar-4-2014
Josh Rutledge x2, c/o Colorado Rockies spring training, sent Feb-13-2014, received Mar-6-2014
Mark Ellis x2, c/o St. Louis Cardinals spring training, sent Feb-6-2014, received Mar-17-2014
Lonnie Chisenhall, c/o Cleveland Indians spring training, sent Feb-8-2014, received Mar-17-2014
Jason Motte, c/o St. Louis Cardinals spring training, sent Feb-3-2014, received Apr-3-2014
J.A. Happ, c/o Toronto Blue Jays, sent Jun-15-2013, received Apr-7-2014
Wade Boggs x3, c/o home, sent Jan-2-2014, received May-6-2014
Nicky Leyva x3, c/o home, sent Jan-9-2014, received May-13-2014
John Gibbons x2, c/o Toronto Blue Jays, sent May-20-2014, received May-30-2014
Dustin Ackley, c/o Seattle Mariners, sent May-19-2014, received May-30-2014
Brad Ziegler, c/o Arizona Diamondbacks, sent May-19-2014, received Jun-5-2014
Buck Showalter, c/o Baltimore Orioles, sent May-19-2014, received Jun-11-2014
Kyle Lotzkar, c/o Texas Rangers spring training, sent Jan-31-2014, received Jun-18-2014
Edwin Jackson x2, c/o Chicago Cubs spring training, sent Feb-3-2014, received Jun-27-2014

Failures
Brandon McCarthy, c/o Arizona Diamondbacks, sent Aug-27-2013, received Jan-28-2014 empty envelope!
Bud Black x2, c/o San Diego Padres spring training, sent Jan-31-2014, received Feb-24-2014 all unsigned!
Jack Morris, c/o Rogers Sportsnet, sent Jan-12-2014, received May-13-2014 returned to sender!
Dustin Pedroia, c/o Boston Red Sox, sent Jul-1-2013, received May-16-2014 pre-printed 4x6, too busy to sign!
David Ortiz x4, c/o Boston Red Sox spring training, sent Feb-14-2014, received Jul-4-2014 pre-printed 4x6, too busy to sign!

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Old 01-01-2014, 02:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome, happy new year.

Jeter doesn't sign at all.
Don't waste your postage with Jeter, he has a contact with Steiner, no way he'll sign a TTM (he did in 1995-1996 though)
Smart choice, send to the players you like that sign..best return rates

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Welcome, happy new year.

Word of advice: Jeter doesn't sign at all. You mentioned that you regret not sending to big name players like Jeter and Pedoria, you shouldn't, they don't sign at all (at least ℅ team)
Don't waste your postage with Jeter, he has a contact with Steiner, no way he'll sign a TTM (he did in 1995-1996 though)
I don't think he's saying he regrets not sending to more, but realizes that he shouldn't have sent to such big name guys.

Good luck, OP, and welcome to blowout!
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I don't think he's saying he regrets not sending to more, but realizes that he shouldn't have sent to such big name guys.

Good luck, OP, and welcome to blowout!
my bad, sorry about that..editing now
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Pending
Andy Pettitte, c/o New York Yankees, sent Jul-1-2013
A.J. Burnett, c/o Pittsburgh Pirates, sent Jul-6-2013
Josh Johnson x2, c/o Toronto Blue Jays, sent Aug-27-2013
I've gotten these three in 2013, Pettitte and Johnson back in February during ST and I got Burnett back in like... May or June.

It seems like you've written to a lot of Blue Jays, the only Jay I tried was Munenori Kawasaki and I didn't get anything back
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I've gotten these three in 2013, Pettitte and Johnson back in February during ST and I got Burnett back in like... May or June.

It seems like you've written to a lot of Blue Jays, the only Jay I tried was Munenori Kawasaki and I didn't get anything back
His interviews are hilarious lol..him and Darvish are BFFs
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Still no TTM returns, but I've sent out to these three guys in the past week:

Brad Arnsberg
Nicky Leyva
John Cangelosi

I've also been busy building a stack of requests to send out next month for Spring Training. So far I've got letters ready to go to:

Bob McClure
Robin Ventura
Mike Scioscia
Bud Black
Kyle Lotzkar
Carlos Santana
Edward Mujica
Anthony Rizzo
Jameson Taillon

One minor success to report this week, I did about a dozen various different NPN's last month, got my first one back yesterday. Panini Hometown Heroes Bernie Williams Homegrown Heroes black parrallel. Nothing spectacular but I'll take it! Nothing more exciting than racing home from work and opening the mailbox to find something there.
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i'm also sending to ed mujica, hope he signs for us!
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Today brought my first success in over a month. Opened the mailbox and quickly noticed the sweet sight of one of my Global Forever stamps!

Art Howe, 1/1 in just three weeks (not bad considering I'm from Canada), c/o home. Hopefully he enjoyed my letter where I bashed Philip Seymour Hoffman's performance in Moneyball.



I sent to these four within the last week:

Jack Morris
Dale Sveum
Bucky Dent
Jamie Moyer

Meanwhile, the stack of ready Spring Training requests grows higher by the day.

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good luck with the list. I'm really interested to see if that Larry Walker works for you.
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Received 2/2 from Team Canada manager and ex-Blue Jay Ernie Whitt last week. Will post pics later on.

In the meantime, here's a strange one. Got a TTM return from Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy yesterday, only I opened up the envelop to find it was empty. What a sick tease!



The envelope didn't appear to be tampered with, so that sort of rules out any sort of postal worker theft.

They could've just forgotten to put the signed card in the envelope. But I think that's somewhat unlikely because both him and his wife each tweeted at me that they loved the personal letter I wrote:



So I'm at a bit of a loss, not sure what could've happened here. He clearly took the time to sign his cards, so it's not like he just kept the card and sent me back the empty envelope. He doesn't seem like that type, either.

Weird! Guess I now have a good story to write them back with this year.
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Very cool story sorry about your card though
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That is strange...

Do you mind me asking what you wrote? I'm not gonna steal it or anything, just curios.
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That is strange...

Do you mind me asking what you wrote? I'm not gonna steal it or anything, just curios.
I usually just go onto their wikipedia pages or Twitter accounts to find common ground, to see if we went to the same university, grew up in the same town, etc. For him, I specifically remember talking about dogs and how my dog, a Labrador Retriever, is better breed of dog than the one he has.

I try and write something funny that will help distinguish my letters from others. Most of the time people will think I'm some sort of lunatic, but occasionally I will stumble upon someone that shares my unique sense of humor.

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Finished sending out my batch of Spring Training autograph requests. I wrote 35 letters in total. Actually, technically I've only sent out 34. I haven't mailed Johan Santana's letter yet since he is still a free agent.



Several coaches sprinkled in. I tried to focus on less popular players who are known to have signed recently, hopefully that helps my success rate.

I just saw this morning that the Orioles released Liam Hendriks to make room for Ubaldo Jiminez. That's upsetting, feels like there's a good chance my request goes unanswered. Hopefully he sent it back already before leaving the team, as I did send it out quite early.

One thing I'm still uncertain on is who actually attends MLB spring training. Is it just guys on the 40-man active roster? If so, my requests to Kyle Lotzkar and Stryker Trahan are probably wasted. Hopefully they're hanging around the big camps right now and my letters end up in their hands.

I think my next batch will be a prospect batch to the Arizona Fall League once the 2014 Topps Heritage Minor set comes out.

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I've had a few successes over the last month, will post pictures sometime this weekend:

Jim Leyland 2/4
Bucky Dent 1/1
Dale Sveum 1/1
Bobby Valentine 1/1
John Farrell 2/2
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I've had a few successes over the last month, will post pictures sometime this weekend:

Jim Leyland 2/4
Bucky Dent 1/1
Dale Sveum 1/1
Bobby Valentine 1/1
John Farrell 2/2






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How long did the Leyland take? And is this the Dent address you used:
Bucky Dent
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How long did the Leyland take? And is this the Dent address you used:
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I mailed out to Leyland on Dec-31-2013, received on Feb-7-2014. But I'm in Canada, so there's probably an extra day or two tacked onto either end. Overall very quick return.

Yes, that's the Dent address I used.
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How do you deal with postage on the return letter, I am also in Canada and have never found a good answer to this.
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How do you deal with postage on the return letter, I am also in Canada and have never found a good answer to this.
I bought a few pages of "USA Global Forever" stamps when I was last in the states. They're good for first-class one-ounce international mail and are immune to rate increases. Each stamp set me back about $1.10 each.

If you're not close to a border crossing, I'm sure you can find them online, or I bet the USPS will even mail you some if you call them.

So yeah, it's not that cheap. You have to pay more to send the letters and to get them back. Whatever, guess it's one of the tradeoffs we have to make for living in a country with free healthcare.
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A few more successes this week.

Jamie Moyer x2, c/o home
James Paxton, c/o Seattle Mariners spring training
Quintin Berry, c/o Baltimore Orioles spring training
Jordan Pacheco, c/o Colorado Rockies spring training

Pacheco came back a bit smudged. I didn't prep the card at all though, lesson learned. We'll see what happens with the rest of my requests, many of them are 2013 Topps Series 1 or 2. Makes me really appreciate the texture of the Heritage series, I'm going to send try and send those out exclusively in the future.

One failure to report. Padres manager Bud Black returned all three of my cards unsigned and didn't even bother to seal my SASE envelope. Thankfully his cards came on the same day as Moyer/Paxton/Berry, otherwise I'd be a bit more upset!



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Today brought:

Brock Holt, c/o Boston Red Sox spring training
Jim Johnson x2, c/o Oakland A's spring training
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Tuesday brought:

Vinnie Pestano, c/o Cleveland Indians spring training
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Successes in the last couple of weeks:

Josh Rutledge x2, c/o Colorado Rockies spring training
Lonnie Chisenhall, c/o Cleveland Indians spring training
Mark Ellis x2, c/o St. Louis Cardinals spring training
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One success today, breaking a mini-draught:

Jason Motte, c/o St. Louis Cardinals spring training
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