Daily Archives: November 9, 2009

5 New TTM Requests Are In The Mail!!!

I’m Back!!!!

Back into the game of TTM autograph collecting that is…

It took some time to get organized, and I still have a ton of shopping to do for the next few rounds of cards I want to send out for autographs this off-season, but these 5 letters along with the 3 TTM/Interview requests I sent out a few days ago have gotten the ball rolling.

I’ve got a pretty exciting list of guys that I want to go after and I will do my best to chronicle this journey as the mail goes out and hopefully autographs come back home.

For this round, we have:  Charles Johnson, Jim Palmer, Bobby Richardson, Roberto Alomar, and Duke Snider!!!


Wish me luck!!!

1982 Topps Jim Palmer

1982 Topps Jim Palmer

 Hmmm…  I wonder if this photo was taken during Spring Training…

What gives it away, you ask??  Let’s see.  Maybe it’s the refreshed look on Palmer’s face.  Or the sunburn.  Or the senior citizens crowding in the background.

Look, I like the 1982 Topps set.  The cards look good for the most part and Topps did a good job of working with the border colors, lettering, and team colors to add nice symmetry to the cards.  But this photo just really stinks.  I know that Jim Palmer was considered to be a sex symbol during his career and even afterwards.  I’m ok with that.  But let his Jockey ads attract that kind of crowd, not his baseball card!! 

We want dirty uniforms.  We want action photos.  We want sweaty guys playing the sport we love.

Palmer 82T

Sometimes being a player collector is tough.  I am thrilled to add this card to my Jim Palmer collection but I don’t see it making my ‘Top 5’ list anytime soon.

1985 Topps #1 Draft Pick – Shawn Abner

1985 Topps #1 Draft Pick – Shawn Abner

Very few players can live up to the expectations of being a #1 draft pick in any sport.  Those that do, quickly become sport royalty.  Those that don’t, typically suffer constant criticism and hardly live up to any of the lofty goals their drafting team had for them.  Now add the part about being drafted by a New York franchise and BOOM!!!  More hype, more media, more craziness.  More, more, and more…

Shane Abner was in this class.  The #1 draft pick of the 1984 baseball draft, Abner remained in the Mets farm system for two years prior to being dealt to the San Diego Padres in an 8-player deal.  Abner never suited up for the Mets, and he finally made his major league debut in 1987, 3 years after being tabbed as the game’s top prospect.

Abner managed to play in 6 big league seasons.  He played for 3 different clubs in that time and never hit the 100 games mark in any of those years.  He is a lifetime .227 hitter and his resume boasts 11 home runs, 191 hits, 71 RBI, and 6 stolen bases.

85T Abner

1 out of 10.  1 points earned for being selected as the #1 pick.