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Old 09-28-2010, 10:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,

Jumped into this TTM thing as I was very interested in this facet of the card collecting hobby. I collect on a budget and only one set a year, so I found this to be a great way not to waste the cards I got in the odd packs I buy. I found that the threads of other TTMers on this and other boards were very helpful in orienting me in the what to do and what not to do, so I thought of starting my own thread to help others as well as show off my (small) collection so far!

I only started in August and wanted to send out mostly A&G cards to my favorite players that do sign ttm as it is a beautiful set of cards to get signed. But I wanted to send out to prospects and to those that didn't have an A&G card as well, so I made some customs. Started with an A&G theme but quickly went to another more customized design. When I write a player asking to sign customs, I ask them to sign one and offer to keep the other copy I include if they want to. I'll update this thread as I get them. Here are the few I got back since the beginning of September in order of arrival.

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Ben Zobrist 1/1 + added his own card (26 days)


Dustin Ackley 2/2 customs (32 days)


Joe Nathan 2/2 (39 days)





Max Scherzer 1/3 : bummed that he didn't sign the 2 customs I sent (he kept them) but stoked to get his auto plus he has a start tonight!!! (20 days)


Here was my custom he didn't return...
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Joe Nathan was c/o Twins right? Nice autos
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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good looking stuff!
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yes Nathan was c/o Twins. He does have a beautiful sig.
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Old 09-28-2010, 11:06 PM   #5 (permalink)
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That custom of Dustin Ackley is sweet. Wonder how he reacted since the card's a custom and he probably didn't know.
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Old 09-29-2010, 03:52 AM   #6 (permalink)
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thats awesome! Those are awesome designs! I am going to have to hit up ackley before he stops signing! very cool stuff
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I must admit I was pretty happy to get Ackley on that custom. And he must have known it was a custom as it was on photo stock and not card stock. I'm not even sure I want to put it on card stock as I keep my auto'ed cards in a 9 pocket page. Most of the folks that make customs print them directly on card stock right?
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Old 09-29-2010, 07:40 PM   #8 (permalink)
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the custom idea is awesome, what program do you use to make the cards?
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Old 09-29-2010, 09:35 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I use good old Photoshop for my customs.
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Old 10-13-2010, 05:48 PM   #10 (permalink)
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nice start, congrats
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Old 10-18-2010, 08:28 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Very happy to get Dan Hudson today in 33 days. I also sent customs that he didn't return. I'm hoping this is not the norm (that players prefer signing "official" cards and not customs) as I'm sending out only customs to AFL players this week.

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Got Ryan Dempster back after a wait of only 43 days. He signed 1 of 2 cards sent. Great success from a fellow Canadian!

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Great success from the AFL! Tony Sanchez signed both customs I sent instead of keeping one as offered in only 14 days!

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Nice customs!
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yes - very nice design on your customs. you definitely have a skill there.
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Old 11-08-2010, 09:32 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Rick and sd_navarre: Thanks for your comments on the customs. I make them when I don't have any cards that I'm willing to lose through the TTM hit & miss process. I put some amount of effort into them and it's a real cool thing when they come back signed.

Got Clayton Kershaw in 53 days. He signed 1 of 2 cards sent.

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Really happy to get a Blue Jay today. Apart from the Giants winning it all, the #1 surprise in baseball for me in 2010. He carried me to victory in Fantasy baseball. Jose Bautista signed both customs I sent him in 69 days.

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RTS from Freddie Freeman. Easily explainable as I sent customs to his AFL team a day before he got hurt. Will try again in ST.
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Brandon Belt from AFL in 42 days. He signed both customs I sent. I'm glad to get some of my customs back as I've been worried about players being asked to sign only official items by teams.

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Got Bubba Starling back today. Signed 2 customs in 15 days c/o home. Kinda feel silly to have sent to a high school kid... but a great return nonetheless.

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Got 2 of my customs back yesterday. One to add to the Canadian player PC and the other an impact rookie!

Pineda 2/2 in 21 days c/o Mariners.



Scott Richmond 2/2 in 21 days c/o Las Vegas 51s.


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Wow nice returns! Have you gotten anymore?
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It's been a year since I posted returns and since I was into cards today, I thought of this thread. So here are my returns since the last one. Particularly happy about the Votto and Canadians for my PC!! Hope it helps out some of you.



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Old 05-18-2012, 02:25 PM   #24 (permalink)
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My first my 2012 customs came back this week :

Ryan Lavarnway 2/2 c/o Pawtucket Red Sox in 24 days.


James Paxton (CANADIAN!) 2/2 c/o Jackson Generals in 21 days


Dirk Nowitzki 1/2 c/o Mavs in 21 days
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