Monday, July 25, 2016

2016 Stadium Club

I picked up some 2016 Stadium Club on Saturday at a card show this past Saturday. It's the first Stadium Club that I've picked up this year.

Great photography once again. I love seeing images of older players that I've never seen before.

Fun to see Mays and Cepeda joking around.




Anyone know who's about to collide with Bench?




Ichiro has had an amazing career. I'm going to need to get a bat card of his very soon to add to my 3000 Hit Club Bat Card Collection. 


Great shot. Wish it was of a more iconic player though. 


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Tribute To The Kid

I picked these Tribute to the Kid cards up at a card show yesterday. I thought it would be fitting to show them off today considering Griffey is being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame today.

Griffey and Piazza have always been my favorite players so today is a great day!

KID - 1


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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Cards from YouTubers!

I got two packages in the mail this past week from YouTubers.

I recently sent TTM requests to Frank Tanana and Rick Reuschel. I got the cards back signed by Frank Tanana, but Rick Reuschel sent my cards back unsigned.

The reason I had sent to them is because they are the only two pitchers to give up home runs to both Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds.

I mentioned this on YouTube when I got the cards back unsigned by Reuschel and asked if anyone might have a Reuschel auto to trade. I got a response from squeepa21. He said he had an extra auto he would send my way. When I asked what he'd like in return he said to just pay it forward.

Here is the Rick Reuschel auto he sent.


There were two other cards in the package from squeepa21. He sent this Archie Bradley Prizm auto and... 


...this beautiful blue Prizm Signature Distinctions Paul Goldschmidt auto numbered 10/20.


To say I was shocked would be an understatement. He sent it in a magnetic and a bag and it looks so nice that I couldn't bear to take it out of case. Thank you Phil!

Next up is a package from YouTuber Ricky Russo. He was recently selling some cards on ebay through Evolution Sports Marketing and asked anyone that bought something of his to do a video. Ricky sent something to everybody that did so.

Here are the three cards that he sent me. Thanks Ricky! 




Tuesday, July 19, 2016

TTM Tuesday

Only one TTM this past week, but it's a unique one.

I recently watched a video about how the Baseball Hall of Fame plaques are made. I had never really thought about it before, but it was really interesting.

After a little research I discovered that the sculptor that had been doing the plaques had recently retired and Tom Tsuchiya had taken her place. Check out his web site. He is super talented and has done work for the MLB and the NFL among other things. This year is the first year that Tom is responsible for the plaques.

With Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza, my two all-time favorite players, both being inducted this coming Sunday, I contacted Tom and asked him if I could send him a index card for him to sign. He was really nice and agreed. I sent him index cards for my boys as well.

Tom sent a nice note,signed the cards, and added a little drawing to each card.










Tuesday, July 12, 2016

TTM Tuesday

I'm going to start posting a weekly recap of my TTM (through the mail) autographs on Tuesday. This is my first installment and will feature everything that I've gotten over the last month or so, but haven't yet featured on my blog.

BASEBALL

I was pleasantly surprised to see that Andruw Jones was signing through the mail recently and so I sent him a few cards. I have fond memories of watching Andruw as a young kid on some great Braves teams.


Next up is pitcher Frank Tanana. He signed the 6 cards I sent and even sent one of his own. The 6 that I sent all ave a different Bible verse all from the book of John.








FOOTBALL

I sent two cards to former NFL player and current ESPN radio and tv show host Mike Golic. They were both the same card, so I'll only show one, but he did sign them both.


I sent out a few requests recently to NFL owners and got them both back fairly quickly.

Here is one from Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

Here is one from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

BASKETBALL

Kenny "Sky" Walker signed this 4 x 6 photo for me for him during the 1989 Slam Dunk contest which he won. 


NON-SPORT

I sent four index cards to Mort Walker asking for signatures for my boys and I. He sent back three signed index cards. 

Mort created the Beetle Bailey comic strip which has been around for 65+ years and is still going strong.