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Old 05-08-2014, 02:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Duke Broadway's Chiefs Wall of Fame and TTM success thread

Hello All,

Just a little background on me:

I have been a die hard Kansas City Chiefs fan for years. About 10 years ago I got started on collecting signed mini helmets. It started very slow gradually building to about 14 minis. Then we moved....no finished basement so all my Chief memorabilia sat boxed up for almost the next 8 years.

Finally got motivated to get the basement done. Half of my big family room is theater and KC memorabilia..the other half well the kids own that part...lol. Since my basement has been finished my KC collection has exploded. I have been searching high and low on ebay and craigslist for KC minis and interesting Chief memorabilia.

Interesting Non-Mini Helmet KC Memorabilia:

Pair of seats from arrowhead stadium with the original stanchion from when the stadium was build in 1972.

Framed section of astroturf from Arrowhead stadium when they switched to natural grass in 1994.

Helmet phone.

Dwayne bowe signed receiver glove..made a nice shadow box with some of his cards as the background.

Derrick Thomas signed jersey. It was just a cheap jersey I had when I was a kid. Him and Neil Smith did a signing at a mall close to where I lived. I have it framed and did the background with different football cards of his.

The Mini Helmets, or as I refer to it "My Chiefs Wall of Fame":

I have collected most of these through ebay or fans parting with their own collections. I have the following 33 helmets:

Tony Gonzalez
Trent Green
Larry Johnson
Albert Lewis
Kevin Ross
Will Shields
Willie Roaf
Christian Okoye
Priest Holmes
Neil Smith,
Tamba Hali,
Kimble Anders
Dale Carter/Donnell Bennett
Rich Gannon
Steve Bono
Nick Lowery
Andre Rison
Eddie Kennison
Jared Allen
Marcus Allen
Emmitt Thomas
Vonnie Holliday
Dante Hall
Dexter McCluster
Curtis McClinton
Derrick Thomas/Neil Smith
Brian Waters
Jerrel Wilson
Lloyd Burruss
Andy Reid/Jamaal Charles/Clark Hunt
Warren Moon
Joe Montana/Trent Green/Len Dawson
Derrick Thomas

How did I get here?:

I didnt know what the heck TTM was until just over a month or so ago. I had been searching all over the place for a Deron Cherry signed mini. I was googling and ttm auto came up. I had no idea I could actually write players and actually have a shot at getting an autograph.

So....I became a TTM'er. My first letters of request to sign were to Deron Cherry and Dan Saleaumua. Sadly I have not heard back and I knew it was a long shot. I was reviewing my list of minis and realized I acutally have a lot of guys that are enshrined in the Chiefs Hall of Fame. I set my next sights on writing them.

Who I plan to TTM:

I really only truely follow the NFL and the Husker for college football. I pay attention to what the Royals do bout outside of that I dont follow baseball. My ttm efforts will be about 75% Chiefs with the rest being Husker or other NFL greats. I will be primarily be doing 5x7's or cards if I don't do a mini helmet.
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Old 05-08-2014, 02:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My very first TTM response and success on 4/14/14. Helmet #34 to my Chiefs Wall of Fame.

Fred Arbanas
Member of KC HOF
Played TE for the Texans/Chiefs from 1961-1970
AFL Champ 1962, 66, 69
World/Super Bowl Champ in 1969
Member of Super Bowl I & Super Bowl IV
AFL All-Time Team
6x All-Star
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Another TTM response on 4/21/14. Helmet #35 on the KC Wall of Fame:

Jim Lynch
Member of KC HOF
Played LB for the Chiefs from 1967-77
AFL Champ 1969
World/Super Bowl IV Champ
1x Pro Bowler
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Another TTM response 5/8/14. Helmet #36 to the KC Wall of Fame:

Chris Burford
WR for the Texans/Chiefs from 1960-67
Member of KC HOF
AFL Champ 1962, 67
All AFL 1962
AFL All-Star 1961
Member of Super Bowl I team.

He also thoughtfully answered a couple questions I had regarding his playing days.
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Congrats those look great!!

quick question...what are you using for the return shipping? padded envelope?

Thanks...hope to see more from you!
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Awesome returns those look amazing
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Congrats those look great!!

quick question...what are you using for the return shipping? padded envelope?

Thanks...hope to see more from you!
garpike,

My first one I sent out I sent in a box and included a padded envelope with postage for return shipping. Mr. Arbanas did use my return envelope. He packaged it all back up in the box including my envelope and paid postage back to me.

I don't use boxes anymore. I want to make things as easy as possible for my Chief great. I use 10.5 x 15.25 Scotch Plastic Bubble Mailers. I ship the helmet in its manufacturer case. Shipping is $3.94 via first class for a said bubble mailer filled with helmet in manufacture box, letter, sharpie, and return mailer. Return shipping has been $3.70-$3.76.

I have been scouring ebay for minis. In stored a mini is $25 plus tax. I try to get minis used if I can just to cut costs. I have been averaging pretty close to $15-16 shipped and those are often new helmets. I recently just bought 2 new in box but signed sammie parker minis of a guy for $35 shipped. I flat out told him I didnt care about the parker auto. I was gonna wipe the slate clean to use it on higher priority Chiefs.
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I dont know what the standard practice is in the TTM world. It means a lot to me that they sign for me, cause they are my guys...my team. I send a Thank You card with a nice paragraph or so after I receive my mini back. With Mr. Arbanas I included $6 with the Thank You card. He was doing me the honor of signing for me, and did not want him to be responsible for the return cost to me.
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That is really cool!!

another question...was the Andre Rison already signed when you got it?
I have been trying to score an auto from him for YEARS and have yet to find an address that works.

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That is really cool!!

another question...was the Andre Rison already signed when you got it?
I have been trying to score an auto from him for YEARS and have yet to find an address that works.

I bought the Rison and lone Derrick Thomas helmet from a fan downsizing. He got it at a tristar card show back when Rison was playing with KC.

Out of the big list of minis the only one I got in person was Dexter McCluter at training camp last year. The rest one by one on ebay. I did buy 9 minis from a guy who was selling his fathers sports collection to arrange alternate living arrangements. I mean the amount of sports history..boxing, baseball, football, you name it. The guy could have opened a museum. I bought what minis I didnt have that he had..he had 16 KC minis.

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Got another TTM mini today, 5/10/14. #37 for my Chiefs Wall of Fame:

Johnny Robinson

Saftey for Texans/Chiefs from 1960-72
Member of KC HOF
9x All-Star
3x AFL champ 1962, '66, and '69
Super Bowl IV Championship Team

The accolades goes on and on and on. It is absolutely criminal that he isn't enshrined in canton. This helmet is beautiful! Blown away at all the inscriptions. Its always great to learn more about the all-time greats of your team. Very excited to add an all-time great like Johnny Robinson to my Wall of Fame!
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Hope to get maybe 2 more helmets back this coming week.
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That helmet is amazing!
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That helmet is amazing!
Thanks! I am pretty stoked. Really went out of his way on that one!
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Another TTM mini today 5/12/14. This is helmet #38 for my KC Wall of Fame:

Ed Budde

Guard for the Chiefs from 1963-'76
Member of KC HOF
6x All-AFL All-Star
2x Pro Bowler
AFL Champ '66, '69
SB I team and SB IV championship team

He also answered my questionnaire. I asked him why he chose the AFL vs NFL as he was drafted by both leagues. Fred Arbanas was a college teammate and helped sway him to KC. He said the money to play was the same from both leagues.....$8K for signing and $15k per year for 2 years. Times have changes since 1963!
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Another TTM I got today was my first of a batch of 5x7 I sent out.

Roger Craig

Former Husker/49er/Raider/Viking
4x Pro Bowler
3x Super Bowl Champ

He signed my black and white Husker photo in blue sharpie. My 49er photo was returned unsigned.
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NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I will be subscribing to this thread to check out your progress. I have been getting signed 8x10's for my office wall. I will post a pic later this week of what I have so far........

GL with the rest!
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NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I will be subscribing to this thread to check out your progress. I have been getting signed 8x10's for my office wall. I will post a pic later this week of what I have so far........

GL with the rest!
NICE! I went with 5x7 more to cut some costs, especially since I didn't know what my success rate would be. I thought 4x6 was gonna be a touch to small, tried to split the difference.
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Another nice mail day today 5/13/14. Got a great Chief response and Husker response today!

Coach Dick Vermeil

Signed the 5x7 I sent beautifully in gold. I am also excited cause he responded with "Send it...Coach Vermeil" to my request to send a mini helmet for his consideration. The Chief Wall of Fame grows......

Tom Rathman

He signed the 5x7 and card I sent. Awesome return from a fellow Nebraskan, arguably the best FB in Husker history, and 2x Super Bowl champ.
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Here are my pics I was telling you about



(sorry for the bad 2nd pic)
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Here are my pics I was telling you about



(sorry for the bad 2nd pic)

WOW! That is awesome man! Thanks for sharing! Sure love how the 8x10 look vs 5x7. Got me second guessing myself. Good to find a brother!
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I use to never care about the mail. Since I started trying my luck out at TTM, as soon as I hear the mail man I am running out to see if I got anythining. Today was a great day....3 items.

The first, mini helmet #39 to my Chiefs Wall of Fame:

John Alt

Tackle for the Chiefs from 1984-'96
Member of KC HOF (2002)
2x Pro Bowler.

Mr.Alt signed (3/3) for me. He signed my helmet as previously requests, my card, and also thoughtfully replied to 5 questions I had about his KC career. Awesome!
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The second item I got today. Its not a helmet but another great piece for my Chiefs themed man cave:

Coach Herm Edwards

Coach Edwards signed (2/3) for me. He signed my 5x7 and card. I did not see any evidence of permission to send a mini helmet. I may submit another request at a later date. Great return from one of my favorite coaches and analysts.
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My third and final response:

Dick Butkus

Mr. Butkus signed (3/3) 5x7 for me. I sent a photo for myself, a friend, and my cousin that are huge Bear fans. I asked if he would be willing to personalize it to my cousin and friend. He graciously obliged and personalized mine as well. I made a donation of $15 to the Dick Butkus Foundation. I love this picture!
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beautiful and very impressive collection.
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