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Old 03-06-2015, 02:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Rukastar's NEWER TTM's and IP's: 2015 Edition

I said earlier this week that I was going to make a new thread for 2015 either upon my next success or my return from Arizona, whichever came first. Now today I am happy to announce that I've received 2 of my 5 Spring Training returns, my first of 2015, meaning that I'm putting up that thread now.

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Welcome to my thread, here you'll see info and pictures regarding my 2015 autographing adventures. The following posts will list my ttm successes since I started keeping track in 2013. Thanks for looking and I hope you'll like what you see.
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2013: 63

Active Players:
Danny Hultzen 1/1
Andre Rienzo 1/1
Kevin Gausman 1/1
Ryan Rowland-Smith 1/1
Bryce Brentz 1/1
Yoshinori Tateyama 1/1
Didi Gregorius 1/1
Stephen Strasburg 1/1
Joe Panik 1/1
JR Graham 1/1
Kyle Zimmer 1/1
Oswaldo Arcia 1/1
Zach Lee 1/1
Gioskar Amaya 1/1
AJ Burnett 1/1
Matt Harrison 1/1
Stephen Romero 1/1
Jordan Zimmermann 1/1
Kevin Pillar 1/1
Colby Lewis 1/1
Justin Masterson 1/1
Kyle Crick 1/1
Lucas Giolito 1/1
Mark Appel 1/1
Henry Urrutia 1/1
Jose Ramirez 1/1
Ji-Man Choi 2/1
Matt Davidson 1/1
Hisanori Takahashi 1/1
Luke Jackson 1/1
Justin Nicolino 1/1
Nick Delmonico 1/1
Joc Pederson 1/1
Edwin Escobar 1/1
Marcus Stroman 1/1
Sean Nolin 1/1
Jedd Gyorko 1/1
Koji Uehara 1/1
Chang-Yong Lim 1/1
Cody Asche 1/1
Brandon Workman 1/1
Michael Roth 1/1
Nick Ahmed 1/1
CJ Cron 2/2
Jorge Soler 1/1
Branden Kline 1/1
Cory Spangenberg 1/1
Nolan Fontana 1/1
Andrew Heaney 1/1
Colin Moran 1/1
Mike Trout 1/1
Adam Dunn 1/1
Paul Konerko 1/1

Retired Players:
Bobby Doerr 1/1
Bill Mueller 1/1
Mike Mussina 1/1
Ron Cey 2/2

Other Sports:
Arnold Palmer 1/1 (golf)
Anna Kournikova 1/1 (tennis)
Robin Van Persie 1/2 (premier league football)
Marcelo Saragosa 1/0 (soccer)

Other:
Alexa Vega 1/0 (actress - Spy Kids, Machete Kills)
Richard Ayoade 1/0 (actor - The IT Crowd)
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2014: 129

Active Players:
Aaron Sanchez 1/1
Austin Hedges 1/1
Kris Bryant 2/2
Clayton Kershaw 1/1
Scooter Gennett 1/1
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez 1/1
Randy Choate 2/2
Dalier Hinojosa 1/1
Evan Scribner 1/1
Hector Santiago 1/1
Arnold Leon 1/1
Brad Miller 1/1
Vance Worley 1/1
AJ Griffin 1/1
Danny Salazar 1/1
Liam Hendriks 1/1
Jim Johnson 1/1
Ricky Nolasco 1/1
Michael Wacha 1/1
Steve Delabar 2/2
Dustin Ackley 1/1
Tommy Joseph 1/1
Sean Doolittle 1/1
J.D. Martinez 1/2
Pat Corbin 2/2
David Lough 2/2
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Brock Holt 2/2
Tommy Kahnle 1/1
Yoervis Medina 1/1
JB Shuck 1/1
Jim Adduci 1/1
John McDonald 1/1
Alex "Chi Chi" Gonzalez 1/1
Eddie Butler 1/1
Junichi Tazawa 2/2
Matt Thornton 2/2
Chia-Jen Lo 1/1
Doug Fister 2/2
Tanner Scheppers 1/1
Leonys Martin 1/1
Rafael Montero 1/1
Nick Tepesch 1/1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis 2/2
Jake Elmore 1/4
Patrick Kivlehan 2/2
Rob Refsnyder 1/1
Jason Castro 1/1
Darin Ruf 2/2
Billy Burns 1/1
Shunsuke Watanabe 1/1
Robinson Chirinos 1/2
Ben Zobrist 4/2
Kendry Flores 1/1
Melvin Mercedes 1/1
Avery Romero 1/1
Ken Giles 1/1
Jose Berrios 1/1
Francisco Arcia 1/1
Blake Beavan 1/1
Koyie Hill 1/1
Deven Marrero 1/2
Braden Shipley 1/1
Jason Hursh 1/1
Kevin Plawecki 2/2
Matt Reynolds 1/1
Tanner Roark 1/1
Glynn Davis 2/2
Mike Ohlman 1/1
Mike Yastrzemski 2/2
Joe Colon 1/1
Renato Nunez 1/1
Aaron Nola 2/2
Alex Yarbrough 1/1
Nick Kingham 1/1
Jair Jurrjens 1/1
Christian Binford 1/1
Phillippe Aumont 2/2
Aaron Blair 1/1
Greg Bird 1/1
Stephen Piscotty 2/2
Jose Molina 1/1
Tsuyoshi Wada 1/1
Tomas Telis 1/1
Robbie Ross 1/1
Seth Mejias Brean 1/1
Max Kepler 1/1
Jason Grilli 2/2
Kyle Gibson 1/1
Jon Gray 1/1
Daniel Robertson 1/1
Dalton Pompey 2/2
Breyvic Valera 1/1
John Ryan Murphy 1/1
Grant Balfour 1/1
Brandon Finnegan 1/1
Jacob De Grom 1/1
Pat Neshek 4/2
Todd Frazier 1/1

Retired Players:
Rafael Palmeiro 1/1
Wade Boggs 2/2
Kolbrin Vitek 1/1
Pokey Reese 1/1
Phil Nevin 1/1
Luis Gonzalez 1/1
Matt Stairs 1/1
Aubrey Huff 2/1
Tony La Russa 1/1
Jack McKeon 1/1
Mike Cameron 3/3
Fernando Vina 2/2

Other Sports:
Chicharito 1/1 (premier league football)
Elena Hight 2/0 (snowboarding)
Alex Morgan 1/1 (soccer)
Shaquille O'Neal 1/1 (basketball)
Landon Donovan 1/1 (soccer)
Gary Player 1/1 (golf)

Other:
Guy Fieri 1/1 (food network host and chef)
Nolan North 1/1 (actor, voice actor)
Slash 1/1 (musician)
Jimmy Smits 1/1 - actor
James Earl Jones 1/1 (actor - Star wars)
Amy Allen 1/1 (voice actress - star wars)
Matthew Wood 2/2 (voice actor - star wars)
Orianthi Panagaris 1/0 (musician)
Gabriela Isler 1/1 (super model)
Afrojack 1/0 (edm DJ)
Tom Kane 3/1 (voice actor - Star Wars, Call Of Duty series, etc)
Mel Gibson 1/1 (actor)
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2015: 23

Active Players:

Robert Stephenson 1/1
Aaron Judge 2/2
Chris Davis 1/1
Hunter Dozier 2/2
Kaleb Cowart 1/1
Raisel Iglesias 2/3
Rinku Singh 2/2
Chad Qualls 1/1
Clayton Kershaw 1/1
Evan Gattis 2/2
Tommy Milone 2/2
Eric Jagielo 1/1
Kyle Johnson 1/1
Mitch Moreland 1/1

Other Sports: 1
Jennie Finch 1/1 (softball)

Retired Players: 4
David Segui 2/2
Bill Mueller 2/2
Jamie Moyer 8/8
Luis Gonzalez 2/2

Other: 4
Jackie Chan 1/1
Chef Aaron Sanchez 1/0
Chef Geoffrey Zakarian 1/0
Chef Jet Tila 1/0
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First real post of the new thread, i'm starting out fresh here with two 2015 Spring Training returns I'm VERY happy to report. Got 2/3 from new cuban pitcher and Reds player Raisel Iglesias, plus 2/2 from the INDIAN pitcher (former reality show winner and subject of the 2014 Disney film "Million Dollar Arm" starring Jon Hamm)... Rinku Singh!! I designed some customs (2 of Iglesias) a while back and danmecum on here helped me out and printed off a few and sent them to me. Sorry Dan, Raisel must have liked the card because he kept one! I'm so happy to get the Singh cards back, I've been totally enamored with Indian cultures lately.. and while I was hoping he'd sign one in english and the other in his native language... I'm just happy to get something back!

I ran out of space on here a while back so my pics as they've been lately will from now on be sourced on imgur.

http://i.imgur.com/6wmvPPw.jpg (iglesias)
http://i.imgur.com/MaiKDz0.jpg (Singh)

The Singh on the right is up FS/FT so if anyone wants to make me an offer for the only Indian born and raised baseballer's autograph feel free.
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Awesome ST returns! Good luck in the field!
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a relative is picking up my mail while i've been gone and since i left i've gotten 3 ttms back this week. I could be wrong, but according to the envelopes they should be Kershaw (sent late 2014), Chad Qualls (sent early 2014), and Evan Gattis (?) sent to ST 2014. i can't remember what i sent qualls or gattis but i'm shocked to be getting anything back from astros camp since i didn't send there at all in a while. The Kershaw was a prizm that i requested mvp inscription from so when i get back let's just see what inside these hoping they aren't crap/unsigned!
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finally getting around to this now -

my three returns while i was away WERE Kershaw, Qualls, and Gattis. Neither Gattis or KErshaw gave me any inscription but they came out all right otherwise.

As for today, got a really surprising one back that I think I sent out in either late 2013 or early 2014.... Jackie Chan! this was from when i was cheap and still sending 4x6s, probably around when i sent to mel gibson. i sent a return envelope with no stamps and i'm just all around really shocked it got back to me from Hong Kong after so long in better condition than i'd expect. The top left corner was a little bent but it looks fine. Wish I got it on a bigger photo but it's better than nothing!!

pics later this week for sure.

1/1 Chan - 437 days
2/2 Gattis - 396 days
1/1 Kershaw - 166 days
1/1 Qualls - 338 days
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Nothing new since last time, but I finally got around today of getting some scans in of my favourite ST graphs + my recent ttms for anyone to see. Yes I realize the Shoemaker and maybe one or two others got cropped a little by my scanner but you get the idea lol, I'm not taking them again haha.

http://i.imgur.com/DyUStvM.jpg Robertson, Gennett, Thome, Alou, Hoffman, Rodriguez, Maybin, Samarzdija, LaRoche
http://i.imgur.com/BoeKQHQ.jpg Moss, Loretta, Despaigne, Turner, Rodon, Crawford, Walker/Paxton, Gallo, Seager, Morrison
http://i.imgur.com/Xbme4TY.jpg Chan, Gattis, Kershaw, Qualls
http://i.imgur.com/bpXL9U9.jpg Jackson, Alonso, Choo, Morales, Myers, Shoemaker (sorry!), Maddux, Rodney, Cabrera, Shields
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Got a really unexpected return today, 2/2 430 days from Tommy Milone. I sent it to the A's spring training way back and it came back today postmarked from Ft. Myers! I guess I really shouldn't be writing these things off!

I should be going to one of the Rock Cats opening weekend games against the AA Blue Jays around the 18th or so, and I should also be going up to Portland later in the month for Trenton. pretty excited, Spring Training aside can't wait for baseball to return
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Great stuff!!
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Got back Eric Jagielo today, 1/1 in 242 days. I sent to Tampa in August of last year and wasn't sure if i'd get it back since it seems like he's been signing a ton lately (and back then, I remember he was returning a few sent before mine in under a few weeks). Glad to add this one, it's the 2014 bowman prospects signed and <partially smudged> in blue I think I may have actually spelled his last name wrong, "Gagielo" is how i wrote it on the return so glad this came back. A little coincidental actually, I was just getting some cards I had of him ready for a Trenton game I hope to see in a few weeks Hoping to add him on 14 bowman draft, 14 heritage minors, and 13 bowman draft previously signed by Judge via ttm.
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Sorry for the lack of any updates, I recently started a new job and it is hell on my lifestyle! I'm working part-time third shift for a retailer and if i'm not working every day it's like every other day where I'm sleeping all day the next day anyway. Got just one ttm and one day of Rock Cats in so far... I'm trying to make a ttm project out of my favourite Food Network personalities, namely judges of Chopped & Cutthroat Kitchen since I watch those pretty much every day. No need for cable, just give me Food Network!!! I know some of these people sign if you can get a hold of them and I'd like to set up sort of a chef mural in my new living room

I sent out about 20 emails where I could to a bunch of Food Network people and have gotten three successful email confirmations with one actual return. Coming in like 3 days, is celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez (not to be confused with the Jays pitcher haha). To my disappointment though, I'm pretty sure it's signed by his staff because the inscription looks like a teen girl wrote it, which is just sad. The signature is in gel pen on glossy paper and doesn't match the guy's real sig. It was nice of them to send me a promo picture at $2+ at their own expense but I don't understand why they would go through all that trouble just to send me a completely unconvincing secretarial for a chef most people have never heard of? The only other thing that comes to mind is that he did write it, was in an incredible hurry, grabbed a crappy pen and then some girl wrote the needlessly long not personalized inscription... I've contemplated throwing it out but I don't know what to do with it. It's either a terrible fake or just a really ugly authentic.


Aside from this, I went to yesterday's Rock Cats game versus New Hampshire (AA Toronto). New Hampshire unfortunately doesn't have jack for talent because the Jays decided to start so many good AA level rookies at the Majors.... lol. The main reason why I went is because the Rock Cats and ESPN (based here in Connecticut for those who don't know) were bringing out Rockies legend Vinny Castilla for a free signing. How could I say no?? I had an 04 topps of him from ST i didn't get signed so this was the perfect opportunity, even though I was going on like 24 hours of no sleep without caffeine.

1/1 Vinny Castilla
2/2 David Dahl
2/2 Trevor Story
1/1 Tommy Murphy
1/1 Abel Baker

1/2 Dwight Smith JR
2/2 Jon Berti
1/1 Taylor Cole (also gave me a ball for some reason, nice guy!)
1/1 Danny Barnes
1/2 Melky Mesa
1/1 AJ Jimenez
2/2 KC Hobson
1/1 Matt Newman
2/2 Matt West
1/1 Stubby Clapp
2/2 Casey Lawrence
1/1 Cory Burns
1/1 Jake Fox.

As for comments, Murphy and Story could not be nicer. On the other hand, Dahl is a considerable jerk, and with that said IMHO he is destined for greatness haha. Dahl signed a 14 heritage minors across the team pennant and a 14 bowman-is-back special card that was given to me same day - he initially refused to sign this because "it already had his signature", after five of us explaining to him that sometimes the companies print a fake signature on the card, he was nice enough to sign it anyway but it bubbled something terrible so I'm not sure if i'll give it away, or erase it and try again hoping he doesn't remember me and the card he'll claim he already twice signed?
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Any interest in trading the 14 THM Dahl?
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Sorry for the late reply Clay, I can't say for sure right now I'll trade the Dahl but if he's still around here for the foreseeable future I might be able to get a few extras from him I'd be happy to talk about. He's pretty much 2 per and doesn't sign two different cards altogether (one with fake sig printed on card and one with "ugly" chin apparently) lol
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Anyway, I went up to Portland with my family over the weekend to see the city and see Trenton (AA Yankees) take on the Sea Dogs (AA Red Sox). I didn't bother trying to get any Sea Dogs since they'll be back in New Britain in a few weeks and they really don't have anybody THAT great right now save for maybe Jantzen Witte who's 2015 1st Bowman hasn't even come out yet. So maybe in a few weeks things will either be the same for them or a little bit better.

One team I can't risk waiting on is Trenton, who is completely stacked to the brim right now with prospect power and former MLB-current coaches. Trenton doesn't come to New Britain until AUGUST and when they do it's only for just three days during the middle of the week, which is beyond me. I heard they'd be here now so we planned it out a few months back and made the trip up this weekend.

Overall, I did a lot better than I thought I would:

1/1, 1/1 Aaron Judge
2/3 Eric Jagielo
2/2 Al Pedrique
1/1 Michel Hernandez
1/1 Jake Cave (8x10)
1/1 Luis Severino
2/2 Dante bichette Jr.
1/2 Mason Williams
1/1 Gary Sanchez
1/1 Greg Bird
1/2 Mark Montgomery
1/1 Taylor Dugas

Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Eric Jagielo, Mason Williams, and Mark Montgomery are all 1-per now, which is kind of crazy in respect to this being only AA. Luis Severino will do 2 while Bird will do 3 i've heard. I would have had more Birds and Severinos had a late card order I made showed up in time

Jagielo dropped the first card I handed him and he apologized for it (which I shrugged off since it wasn't damaged) and I waited around for a few moments for him to finish up the rest of the crowd before asking him again if he wouldn't mind signing the 2013 Bowman Draft dual of him and Judge that I had previously gotten signed ttm, which was sweet!

I only missed out on Cito Culver and pitching coach Jose Rosado (former 90's Royal) but Im not worried because I can't imagine they wouldn't be with Trenton come August.
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yeah Judge is an exclusive with a company and has a private signing coming up so maybe that's why he's limiting
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I assume you mean Judge? He wouldn't sign at all coming out of the clubhouse pre game (only on field after warmup), and I imagine the only reason he stopped by the bus is because of the long walk from clubhouse to bus and the fact he was ambushed by like 25+ people who pretty much cornered him haha.
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Sounds good! Wish you could 50/50 Trenton lol
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Got a success today, 1/0 from Iron Chef and Food Network personality Geoffrey Zakarian in almost two weeks. Didn't know this one was coming since his reps didn't send me a reply email like I've received from a few others (who haven't gotten to me physical successes yet). THis is a 4x6 promo paper with a slightly glossy side, and he signed his initials in black sharpie on the back. Good success for my Food Network project!
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Went out to NB today to try to catch some Harrisburg (AA Nats guys) leaving in the lot. A little disappointing since Rendon and Solis weren't there, and Goodwin and Skole like don't sign. Plus the stadium completely shut the lights off at 10pm right when 10+ guys came running out, so pickings were slim so to speak. I had cards of almost everyone, but only came out with:

2/2 Joe Ross (great guy!!)
1/1 Pedro Severino (made a trade for a 2015 bowman at the last minute and of course it wasn't prepped...lol)
1/1 Rick Hague
2/2 Derrick Robinson
1/1 Tony Renda
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Have a lot of photos to share today from my exploits so far this minor league season! Went last night to NB to catch the Sea Dogs and got two photos and a bunch of cards signed from pretty much everyone I needed. Also have a belated ttm to share, got a 1/0 photo in the mail w/ personalization from Food Network host (and culinary ambassador to Thailand) Jet Tila. Not keeping track of the days on that one because I have no idea when I sent the email but the success was over a month in the making. As for last night's haul:

1/1 William Cuevas
1/1 Keury De La Cruz
1/1 Marco Hernandez
2/2 Pat Light (awesome sig and VERY NICE GUY)
1/1 Billy McMillon
3/3 Blake Tekotte
1/1 Kevin Walker
2/2 Joe Thurston (interesting story, his '06 Upper Deck pictures Bobby Scales (?) and not him on the front so he only signs the back since THAT shows him)
1/1 Madison Younginer (a little wavy since I put it in the sleeve before the ink settled)
2/2 Trevor Story (1.085 OPS! guy is killing it right now and so far I'm up to 6 cards from him since I've gotten two at each chance. He probably signs more but I've only had two at each opp. I'm hoping to PC one of all of his cards..)
2/2 Gus Schlosser
1/1 David Dahl (down to one pers now)

From last night to the first game (New Hampshire back in April):

Simon Mercedes 8x10
Jantzen Witte 8x10
Cuevas, De La Cruz, Hernandez, Light x2, McMillon, Tekotte x3, Walker, Thurston x2, Younginer, Story x2
Schlosser x2, Dahl, Tila, Zakarian (chefs ttms)

Ross 2x, Severino, Robinson x2, Renda, Hague - Harrisburg

Jake Cave 8x10 (Trenton)

Bichette x2, Bird, Dugas, Hernandez, Jagielo/Judge dual, Jagielo, Judge x2, Montgomery, Pedrique x2, Severino, Sanchez, Williams - Trenton

Newman, Barnes, Berti x2, Burns, Clapp, Cole, Fox, Hobson, Jimenez, Lawrence x2, Mesa, Smith, West x2

Dahl x2, Story x2, Murphy, Baker, Vinny Castilla
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Old 05-21-2015, 02:52 PM   #22 (permalink)
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happy to finally get a baseball ttm back today and break what has felt like an incredibly long dry spell, since early April at least. I got Luis Gonzalez once last year ttm but what I sent was a glossy 2001 card I didn't really need for any reason and it came back kind of smudgy. I wanted to take the opportunity to send to him again, but this time obviously an '04 Topps because I am crazy and still trying to chase those down. I also sent an '04 UD card too. These came back in ten days and not smudgy at all! Very happy about these, Luis is a legend!!! One of these days if I get around to it I'd love to send him the cover of MLB Triple Play '02 for PS2 I'd add that to my Guitar Hero and Uncharted box cover collection.

Just looking at his stats though, wtf 15 HR/20 SB at age 25, then 57 HR/1 SB at age 33? Legit lol. Love the guy for his great career but I have to call some skepticism over his rampant denials of 'roids. I don't judge steroid era guys but I do find that a little fishy
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Would you be interested in trading the THM Dahl?
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Oh hey sorry I didn't get your post before OUCATS, I would be willing to trade it!

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I went out to New Britain tonight to try to get Josh bell and others for Altoona. I always go out there pretty routinely but it's really not close by, it's about 30 minutes each way. Unfortunately I couldn't make it for the start of the game, and it rained afterwards almost the whole time. Bell only signed for kids coming out, and a bunch just ran by. I only got 3 cards signed from the 20+ I brought with me. I'm really glad to get Tyler Glasnow however, as I had no idea he even traveled with the team.

1/3 Tyler Glasnow
1/1 Adam Frazier
1/1 Keon Broxton

I did get a Gift N'goepe (who I really wanted) but it's a complete mess because of the rain that wrecked the card and ink, so I'm not even counting it lol. I hope he signs ttm!!

Pending on a card order, I might go to NB again this weekend for New Hampshire. I don't really need anything, but it would be nice to snag Joel Pineiro on an '04 Topps card
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Didn't go to NB but eying Akron this weekend.

Did get a ttm in today, 1/1 from Mets minor leaguer Kyle Johnson in 12 days on a 2014 Eastern League AS card. I have two others out in the mail from that set right now, and with still needing two coaches who got repositioned and Dariel Alvarez + Francisco Lindor I only have a few left.
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