Monday, March 4, 2019

February 2019 Update

A fairly light month, as the winter usually is...

Geoff Bodine, c/o home, 3/4, 1 week, returned one unsigned

Bobby Hillin Jr., c/o T-Rex Engineering, 4/4, 1 week

Phil Parsons, c/o home, 2/2, 2 weeks

John Wall, c/o Washington Wizards, 1/1, 2 months, personalized

Landon Cassill, c/o team, 4/4, 3 weeks

FEBRUARY 24 - College Baseball IP
Mike Pelfrey - 8/8
Andy Stankiewicz - 0/6 ("I really can't, I gotta go stretch with the guys")

Matt Williams, c/o Oakland A's, 4/4, 1 week

David Ragan, c/o home, 3/3, 2 weeks
Ross Chastain, c/o team, 3/3, 2 weeks

Monday, February 4, 2019

January 2019, and a lesson learned

My mailing is a little slower right now: I bought a nice size batch of stamps back in December and have been creeping my way through them. So my stamp budget has gone toward buying new guitar pedals.

And with the Sidekicks' alumni game being moved to April, the in-person outings are rare as well.

My lone in-person outing led to me violating my own Rule #1 Of Collecting-- always be prepared.  But I'll get to that in a moment. For now, the usual recap...

January 2
Mickey Stanley, c/o home, 3/3, 4 months

January 5
Al Worthington, c/o home, 4/2, 3 weeks, added two signed photos and an extra signed card, kept my CIC
Harry Gant, c/o home, 4/4, 3 weeks

January 9
BJ Surhoff, c/o home, 4/4, 1 month
Ned Jarrett, c/o home, 3/3, 3 weeks

January 10
Manny Trillo, c/o home, 4/4, 2 years
Lenny Wilkens, c/o home, 3/3, 1 month

January 11
Chris Ford, c/o home, 4/4, 1 month
Bobby Allison, c/o home, 5/3, 3 weeks, added a signed card and a signed photo

January 12
Chase Elliott, c/o home, 3/4, 3 weeks, returned one unsigned
Bill Elliott, c/o home, 3/3, 3 weeks

January 22
Jimmy Britton, c/o home, 1/1, 3 months
Larry Nance, c/o home, 4/4, 1 month
Robert Parish, c/o home, 4/4, 1 month
Bobby Labonte, c/o home, 3/3, 1 month
Hailie Deegan, c/o team, 2/2, 1 month

January 27 - Rangers Winter Caravan in Irving
Adrian Sampson, 2/2 (one for Chris)
Lance Lynn, 2/2, 3/3

January 31
Terry Steinbach, c/o home, 1/1, 5 months, paid $2 fee for his scholarship fund

So. Lance Lynn.

I got my stuff together and Chris came over and we rode over to T-Mobile together. As we get there he mentions that he's in the Archives '72 design. Which is a set I'm working on. Which I forgot he's in.


So, if someone out there has that card signed I'd gladly trade for it. I did fire off a TTM request to him at Rangers Spring Training, but I'm not too hopeful. He hasn't TTMed since 2016, but maybe joining a new team will make him pick up the pen, at least early on. I mailed quickly since I overheard him telling someone that he was heading out to Arizona later that day. Our resident local Cardinals fan says Lynn was never a good signer at the ballpark, so it may be my best chance. Positive note, he's on a three-year contract, so maybe he'll do a Caravan next year too.

Again, Rule #1 Of Collecting-- always be prepared. LFMF.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2018 Finale

The successes came in all the way up until the last day of the year. I opted to skip on the Rangers' Toy Drive this year as the list of players was underwhelming (much like the Rangers as a whole). But I did do some mailing and got some quick responses.

Chris Davis, c/o home, 1/1, 1 week
Maurice Cheeks, c/o team, 3/3, 1 week

Jack Sikma, c/o Sikma Enterprises, 5/5, 1 week

Dick Schofield Sr., c/o home, 2/2, 2 weeks
Ann Meyers-Drysdale, c/o home, 2/2, 2 weeks

Harold Landry, c/o team, 3/3, 8 months
Josh Reddick, c/o team, 1/1, 4 months
Rene Lachemann, c/o home, 4/4, 2 weeks
Chuck Seelbach, c/o home, 3/3, 2 weeks
Paul Westphal, c/o home, 2/2, 2 weeks

Scott Manning, c/o work, 2/2, 3 months
Craig Ehlo, c/o home, 4/4, 2 weeks
Hersey Hawkins, c/o home, 4/4, 2 weeks
Terry Porter, c/o team, 2/3, 2 weeks, returned one unsigned

John Stearns, c/o home, 4/5, 2 weeks, kept one

Tippy Martinez, c/o home, 4/4, 3 weeks
Danny Ferry, c/o home, 4/5, 3 weeks, returned one unsigned
Gail Goodrich, c/o home, 2/2, 3 weeks
Jerry Sloan, c/o home, 5/5, 3 weeks
Cale Yarborough, c/o home, 2/2, 2 weeks, personalized both

Looking back through the numbers, 2018 was my biggest year in the hobby. I ended up getting close to 1500 items signed myself (1476 to be exact), plus picked up another 300-400 in trades, purchases, pack pulls, and gifts. I had my biggest ever single month (270 in August), two-month span (528 in July/August), and three-month span (767 in June/July/August), and a record long streak of daily mail successes (25 delivery days from September 13 to October 12).

Monday, December 10, 2018

A slowdown

I haven't mailed as much lately-- just bought a new guitar (Gretsch G5420T, black with gold hardware) and finally got my band's album released. Check it out, please! I'm the drummer on these, but the guitarist now.

Anyways, now that that's out of the way, I did just buy a bunch of stamps and mailed out three this morning. I likely will write more tonight and tomorrow too. I have a lot of baseball, basketball, and racing that I'm planning on trying.

In the meantime with limited mailing comes limited success, but I did get a few back...

Wayne Cashman, c/o home, 2/2 with $10, 10 weeks
Al Bumbry, c/o home, 5/4, 4 years, added a signed postcard

Mike Walker, c/o home, 4/4, 9 months
Dave Righetti, c/o SF Giants, 2/2, 3 months

Ron Tingley, c/o home, 4/4, 9 months
Nenad Zigante, c/o home, 4/2, 3 months (signed the front and back of both cards)

I did some IP soccer a few months back as well-- that's available over on the Pacific blog.

So far, I've sent to Jimmy Britton to finish my 1972 Braves Rookies card (last one I need for it; it's been out a month but per SCN he has taken anywhere from a week to 8 months to answer), plus Chris Davis for his 2013 Archives card, and Rene Lachemann and Dick Schofield Sr. just because I had a few cards of them.  I plan on getting requests out to B.J. Surhoff, Al Worthington, and Chuck Seelbach soon as well.  Seelbach was actually a history teacher at my high school, though I never had him for any classes. I have enough stamps right now to send out about 150 requests. So I can get a little crazy here if I want to and finish the year off right. I might even send a few music requests. 

I also just bought a new computer, the band has some shows, and I'm trying to sort all of my purchases of the past few years (and stuff I pulled and never got signed) into everything, so I have a lot on my plate. Positive note, baseball and basketball are all sorted. I just need to do football and hockey, plus a little tweaking to soccer, nascar, and other sports and non-sports.

Even if I use them all, I will have sent fewer this year than either of the last two years (330 in 2016, 357 in 2017; I'm at 175 so far, and could get up to maybe 325). However, releasing an album, buying a guitar, and doing the National trip more than make up for the difference.

Friday, November 2, 2018

End of October update

As expected, I got lazy on any potential IP hockey. Haven't been out since getting Radulov.

TTMs are continuing, though much slower...

Jack Hiatt, c/o home, 3/3, 5 weeks

Don Pavletich, c/o home, 3/3, 6 weeks

The Soccer blog has some posts as well-- check those out if it's your thing. Had a big TTM and some nice IP outings.

It was also announced a few weeks ago that the 2022 National will be in Cleveland again.

I'm here to announce there will be a roadtrip involved again for that show... Stay tuned.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The streak ends... begins... and ends again.

Well, it was good while it lasted.

25 mail delivery days in a row with at least one autograph success-- September 13 through October 12 (30 days total minus four Sundays and Columbus Day).

My follow-up streak ended at one in a row as USPS has nothing on my Informed Delivery today.

September 28
Ray Rippelmeyer, c/o home, 3/2, 1 week, wrote a note back
Lee Thomas, c/o home, 2/2, 1 week

September 29
Jerry McNertney, c/o home, 2/2, 3 weeks

October 1
John Castino, c/o home, 5/5, 3 weeks
Jim Rooker, c/o home, 3/3, 3 weeks
Dave Marshall, c/o home, 3/3, 3 weeks

October 2
Don Sutton, c/o home, 1/1, 1 month, $5

October 3
Lee Richard, c/o home, 3/2, 2 weeks, added signed notecard
Ray Culp, c/o home, 1/1, 1 week

October 4
Tony Oliva, c/o Twins Spring Training, 1/2, 8 months, kept one, but gave good signature
Cookie Rojas, c/o home, 3/4, 3 weeks, sent one back unsigned
Ron Swoboda, c/o home, 2/2, 2 weeks, $5 each
Sparky Lyle, c/o home, 1/1, 2 weeks, $5
Rick Kester, c/o home, 2/1, 1 week, wrote note back

October 4 - Stars Opening Night Green Carpet
Alexander Radulov, 1/1

October 5
Brent Strom, c/o home, 3/3, 2 weeks

October 6
Bobby Floyd, c/o home, 3/3, 2 weeks

October 9
Greg McMichael, c/o home, 4/4, 6 months

October 10
Ron Stone, c/o home, 2/2, 3 weeks
John Odom, c/o home, 2/2, 2 weeks, $5 each

October 11
Ken Tatum, c/o home, 2/2, 1 month

October 12
Darrell Waltrip, c/o home, 3/3, 1 year
Buddy Bradford, c/o home, 1/1, 2 weeks

October 15
Mike Cosgrove, c/o home, 3/3, 1 month
Eddie Fisher, c/o home, 2/2, 1 month

I got Radulov finally, but had to skip my potential outing for the Anahim Ducks this past weekend due to rain. Hoping it all finally lets up by this weekend for the Frisco NASL event.

Friday, September 28, 2018

September recap

Nothing like finishing out the month on a hot streak.  USPS says I have two more coming in today (Lee Thomas and Ray Rippelmeyer, I believe), and the last mail delivery day where I got nothing was September 12.

September 18
Dan McGinn, c/o home, 3/3, 1 week
Frank Reberger, c/o home, 3/3, 1 week
Roger Repoz, c/o home, 3/3, 1 week

September 19
Billy Grabarkewitz, c/o home, 3/3, 1 week

September 20
Beto Dos Santos, c/o home, 5/4, 2 weeks
Bobby Pfeil, c/o home, 2/2, 2 weeks
Dick Woodson, c/o home, 3/3, 2 weeks
Paul Doyle, c/o home, 2/2, 2 weeks
Bill Stoneman, c/o home, 3/3, 2 weeks

September 21
David Wright, c/o Las Vegas 51s, 1/1, 3 weeks
Darcy Fast, c/o home, 1/1, 1 week

September 22
Manny Mota, c/o L.A. Dodgers, 3/3, 2 weeks
John Strohmayer, c/o home, 3/3, 2 weeks
Dick Green, c/o home, 3/3, 1 week
Don Buford, c/o home, 3/3, 1 week

September 24
Jussi Jokinen, c/o home, 1/1, 2 and a half years (11x14 photo)
Brian Lee, c/o home, 1/1, 3 weeks, personalized
JC Martin, c/o home, 3/3, 2 weeks

September 25
Jarrod Parker, c/o home, 1/1, 3 weeks
Bill Voss, c/o home, 2/2, 2 weeks

September 26
Ron Cook, c/o home, 1/1, 1 week

September 27
Gary Nolan, c/o home, 3/3, 1 week
Oscar Brown, c/o home, 3/3, 1 week
RTS: Lee Stange, with note from his wife; I mailed September 19 and he died September 21

After hearing that hockey team hotels are no longer the barren wasteland of impossibility that they once were, I may try a few this season for set needs.  Looking at...

THU. OCTOBER 4: Stars Opening Night Green Carpet (Alexander Radulov)
SAT. OCTOBER 13: Anaheim (Ryan Miller)
TUE. OCTOBER 23: Los Angeles (Dion Phaneuf)
THU. OCTOBER 25: Anaheim (if 10/13 fails)
THU. NOVEMBER 8: San Jose (Doug Wilson)
FRI. DECEMBER 7: San Jose (if 11/8 fails)
FRI. JANUARY 4: Washington (Alexander Ovechk-HAHAHAHA sorry, trying to be serious here)
TUE. JANUARY 15: Tampa Bay (Steven Stamkos and Ryan Callahan-- finish two sets at once!)
THU. JANUARY 17: Los Angeles (if 10/23 fails)
TUE. MARCH 5: New York Rangers (Henrik Lundqvist)
FRI. MARCH 15: Vegas (Paul Stastny)
TUE. MARCH 19: Florida (Keith Yandle)
SAT. MARCH 23: Pittsburgh (Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin)

We'll see. I haven't done hockey IP on a serious basis since 2005. In the incredibly unlikely event that I can get them all AND my help comes through in Europe and Canada AND I get my TTMs back successfully, I'll have two completed sets (2007-08 and 2008-09 UD Rookie Class), two cards left on the 2005-06 UD Rookie Class set (Pavel Vorobiev and Mike Richards), and three cards left on the 2006-07 UD Rookie Class set (Alexei Kaigorodov, Yan Stastny, and Kelly Guard). Plus 14 left on Archives, 10 left on Topps Total, and 15 left on Fleer Throwbacks. And several of those guys I know I can get for a small fee (Schultz, Esposito, Dionne, and Mahovlich are all about $10 each).

I also have enough stamps to fire off three more requests. Not sure who will get them yet.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Mid-month update

I finally got around to mailing off a bunch in early September once my stamp order came in.  Slowly they're coming back in...

Tyler Ervin, c/o Texans, 2/2, 2 years

Tom House, c/o home, 3/3, 1 week

Jim Gabarra, c/o home, 3/3, 1 week
Cleo James, c/o home, 1/1, 1 week

Jim Burt, c/o home, 5/5, 1 week

Bill Lee, c/o home, 1/1, 1 week

Tim Cullen, c/o home, 3/3, 1 week

USPS say I have another three coming in today. Based on the postmarks and my list of mailings, my guesses are Dan McGinn, Frank Reberger, and Paul Doyle. Let's see how good my guess is...

Sunday, August 26, 2018

End of baseball 'graphing season

Possibly, at least. I have a couple more I might do, but they're unlikely. Palmeiro comes once more, and there's one more Frisco series. If anything, I'm more likely to consider trying an Oklahoma City game or two.

IP August 19 - Lincoln Saltdogs at Texas Airhogs
Dan Johnson - 3/6, 4/6 (7/9 total)

IP August 25 - Midland Rockhounds at Frisco Roughriders
Richie Martin - 1/2, 1/2
Jonah Heim - 4/4
Skye Bolt - 8/8
Tommy Everidge - 6/6
Kyle Finnegan - 1/1
Logan Shore - 2/8
Juremi Profar - 2/2
Josh Morgan - 8/8
Wei-Chieh Huang - 1/1
Taylor Hearn - 1/1

IP August 26 - California vs. Texas States Play
Luis Alicea - 7/7
Andy Stankiewicz - 3/3
Jerry Manuel - 2/2
Darren Oliver - 4/4
Gerald Laird - 4/4
Tom Gordon - 8/8
Homer Bush - 3/3

Friday, August 17, 2018

Quick update before I forget...

I'm actually going to try to stay on top of things. Sort of.

TTM July 31
John Kruk, c/o Phillies, 2/2, 1 year

TTM August 13
Jose Canseco, c/o home, 2/2, 5 months

IP August 15 - Cleburne Railroaders at Texas AirHogs
Rafael Palmeiro, 1/4, 3/3
Angelo Gumbs, 2/2

I have one more Grand Prairie outing and one more Frisco outing all coming up. I just need one autograph in that time to hit 200 for my third straight month, and four more to hit 700 across June-July-August.

We'll be seeing the Lincoln Saltdogs on Sunday in Grand Prairie (Dan Johnson, Shairon Martis, Dan Reichert, Joe Bircher, Curt Smith, and Brandon Jacobs all have cards), and I'll be headed out to Frisco next weekend for the Midland Rockhounds. Both teams' seasons are done on September 3 unless Frisco can overcome a 4.5 game deficit in the final two weeks.