Daily Archives: March 17, 2009

14 More Autograph TTM Requests Are In The Mail!!!

Another round of letters are going into the mail tomorrow.  I just sealed these up and am ready to get them into the postal stream. 

My mailbox has been quite active lately and I am hoping my luck continues as I try a few of my older, sentimental players as well as a few more current guys.

Here are the guys I am sending to now:  Jim Lonborg, Bernie Williams, Al Downing, Don Baylor, Claudell Washington, Charlie Hough, Rick Reuschel, Glenn Beckert, Mike Mussina, Brett Butler, Marquis Grissom, Mike Cameron, Eric Davis, and Ozzie Guillen.

I’ll be sure to keep you updated as, good or bad, as these start to make their way back home to me.

Wish me luck… 

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1984 Fleer Rickey Henderson

1984 Fleer Rickey Henderson

I don’t really care for the ’84 Fleer design.  It works well with teams that have colors to match the blue pinstripe on the top and bottom of the card, but for The Oakland A’s it’s a bomb.  If Fleer wanted this design to take off and become popular with the collector, they should have made each team’s dominant color be the pin-striping on the card.  Symmetry is one of the main elements of a beautiful baseball card, and the ’84 Fleer design is lacking big time!! 

Wait a minute, Yellow and Blue make Green!!!!  Forget what I just said.  The folks at Fleer are genuises.  It took me 25 years to figure this out.  They had me baffled for a quarter of a century.  It all makes sense now.

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30 Days Later – Update on Florida Marlins TTM requests.

You may recall that 1 month ago I wanted to test one of the more ‘fan-friendly’ teams via through the mail autograph requests.  So I sent 17 packages to my favorite team, the Florida Marlins, in hopes of obtaining some great autographs as well as getting a confirmation that my Marlins are indeed aware of their fans.

I broke this out into 2 parts : Part #1 is the 3 8×10 photos I sent out.  Part #2 is the 14 baseball card requests I sent to the team.

Part #1

I sent three 8×10 photos to players I was able to get pictures of myself with during the Marlins caravan and FanFest events from mid-February.  I sent letters and the photos to Andre Dawson, Jeff Conine, and Dan Uggla.  So far, 2 of the 3 have been returned to me and 1 is still out there somewhere…  The Dawson was returned to me in 23 days and featured a beautiful autograph that only Andre Dawson could provide.  You can see the Dawson picture here.  The Uggla picture was sent back to me in just 7 days and came out great.  I even had the opportunity to thank Mr. Uggla in person for the great gesture.  You can see the Uggla picture here.  What remains out in the mail is my picture of me, my son, and Jeff Conine.  I sent this to Dolphin Stadium because I really did not know if it was safe going to Spring Training even though Mr. Marlin has been in camp quite a bit.  I am still extremely hopeful that Conine signs this for me, it just may take a few more weeks since he probably has not been at Dolphin Stadium that much yet this year.  That will all change in roughly 21 days.

Part #2

14 envelopes became 13 very quickly when I realize that my letter to Matt Treanor went to the wrong team(Thanks Mario & Zach for pointing this out to me).  Lucky for me, the letter was returned to me via the USPS and I shot it over to the Tigers the very next day.  So of the 14 letters I have out to current and former Marlins players, 3 have been sent back to me so far.  You can see the Cody Ross, Anibal Sanchez, and Mike Rabelo scans by clicking on each player’s name.  3/14 is not great, but it is not terrible either.  I have seen on a few websites that John Baker and Gaby Sanchez have been signing so I am hopeful that these make it back to me soon.  The guys I am still waiting on are:  Fredi Gonzalez, Rick VandenHurk(should be back with the team in the next day or so), Alfredo Almezaga,(should have tons of time to sign now that he’s out 4-6 weeks), Ricky Nolasco, Jorge Cantu, Josh Johnson, John Baker, Dallas McPherson, Andrew Miller(very surprised that it’s taken him so long), and Gaby Sanchez.  I am hopeful that more make it back to me as Spring Training wraps up.  If not, I hope that the team transfers all of their mail to Dolphin Stadium.  I know that the ST schedule puts the guys on the road quite a bit, so maybe I have a better shot of getting these back once things settle down and they’re all back home for a few weeks at a time. 

Go Fish!!!!

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‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #15

‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #15

Mark McGwire – 1985 Topps

No man carried the sport of baseball on his back in the last 20 years the way that Mark McGwire did during the summer of 1998.  ‘Big Mac’ had non-sports fans tuning in to watch him play.  Crowds in ballparks all across the country grew larger and larger during his home run chase in hopes of seeing baseball history.  Mark McGwire revolutionized the baseball world in 1998.

McGwire’s debut in the big leagues was epic.  As a member of the Oakland A’s, Mark McGwire was creating baseball history at the young age of 23.  In his rookie season of 1987, ‘Big Mac’ set a rookie record by blasting 49 home runs.  A unanimous choice for the Rookie of the Year award in ’87 , he collected 118 RBI while batting .289 along with his 49 dingers.  He also made the All-star team in his rookie season which would be the 1st of 12 appearances.

Mark McGwire has finished in the Top 25 for the MVP award 10 times over the course of his 16-year career.  His highest finish was second place during his amazing season of 1998.  In ’98, as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, McGwire chased down and then broke Roger Maris’ record of 61 home runs hit in a baseball season.  At the time, it was thought that ‘Big Mac’ put the record out of reach as he crushed 70 that year.  He also contributed 147 RBI, scored 130 runs, and hit .299 that year.  He followed up the 1998 season with another incredible year.  In ’99, he hit .278/65/147 which quickly gave him 135 home runs in 2 very short years.  Had it not been for injuries that quickly took him away from the sport, there is no telling how many more home runs McGwire could have added to the 583 that he retired with.

While with Oakland in the late 80’s, McGwire played in 3 conescutive World Series contests.  From, 1988-90, ‘Big Mac’ was a constant presence in baseball’s postseason.  Ultimtalely, McGwire would go on to win just 1 championship – in 1989.  During that series, he hit .294 while driving in 1 run and scoring 0 times.  However, the incredible pitching of the A’s prevailed and the A’s were World Series champions!!! 

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