Daily Archives: January 7, 2010

TTM Failure: Duke Snider

I sent a baseball to Duke Snider in the middle of December.  The ball was the result of a Sports Authority gift card that I received through a ‘Secret Santa’ gift exchange at work.

I was eager to add Mr. Snider to my collection of signed balls, and his great TTM reputation gave me a big amount of confidence that the baseball would be returned to me quickly and wonderfully autographed.

Well, 1 week became 2.  And 2 became 3.  And today I got the ball back.  Unfortunately it was in my original mailing envelope with a sticker from the USPS that shows the package was ‘Refused’.

I’m pretty bummed, but a little concerned too.  You see, Duke Snider was supposed to be at a card show recently to sign autographs.  He canceled due to personal reasons and was replaced by Hall of Famer Gary Carter.  Hopefully it is nothing serious and Mr. Snider is able to once again get back to his daily, enjoyable life.

An autograph means nothing to me compared to someone’s healthy and physical abilities to live life.  Keep Mr. Snider in your thoughts!!!


As for the ball, I have a few plans for it.  Stay tuned!!!

Andre Dawson Randomness On The Day Of His Election Into The Baseball Hall Of Fame!!!

I apologize for the style of this post.  If you’ve visited my blog before, you know that I like to be clear and concise with my writing.  Bur right now I don’t know if my fingers can keep up with my head.  So many Dawson-filled thoughts are flying through my head, hopefully I can keep up.

*First off, I need to thank my wife.  She broke the news to me at 2:04PM this afternoon.  At my new job surfing the web is prohibitted.  Luckily cell phones are not so I eagerly answered the phone in mid-ring and got the great news.  She read me the article from MSNBC.com and I really appreciate that she made this a priority in her life today too.  She is also responsible for posting my ‘Tears of Joy’ post that I wrote last night.  I gave her a crash course in publishing a post, and she did great – Thanks Mandy!!

*You bet your ass I wore my Dawson t-shirt to work today!!!

*Upon leaving work tonight I threw on my normal sports radio program and ‘The Hawk’ was live on the air talking about his day.  It was a great segment to hear and being just a few hours into it, you could tell that the whole thing had not sunk in yet with Andre.  He was on his way to the airport to make the trip to NYC for the official press conference. 

*I wonder how much round-trip tickets to the nearest airport to Cooperstown costs in July.  I’m going to have to check into that.  🙂

*I have so many things I still want to collect that honor Andre.  I’m a bit nervous that the renewed life his items will get may negatively affect my collection – what do you think??

*The hat.  Which hat??  This one or that one??  OMG!!!  If I had to guess, I would say Cubs.  If the Expos were still in business it would be a tight race, but the Cubs should have that one locked down.  The Red Sox and Marlins should be thrilled that he played for them, but his plaque won’t feature their logo!!

*After ZERO new releases by any of the major baseball card companies in 2009, hopefully his election will bring some new cards during the 2010 collecting year!!

*I now know how Brad feels!!!!  My wait was  a bit longer and more stressful than his – but to have your favorite player honored in this way is a great feeling!!!

*I didn’t want to jinx anything today but I prepared a little care package for Andre last night and gave my wife clear instructions on if it should be shipped or not.  Obviously it was shipped this afternoon.  The contents – a ‘Congtrats’ card, a baseball with the hopes of an autograph and HOF inscription, and  a heartfelt letter to Andre telling him how much this day means to a fan like me!!

*I wonder if anyone is going to retire Andre’s jersey now?  If the Marlins do it, you better believe that I will be there!!

*I have roughly 40 items featuring Andre Dawson in my ‘Watching’ bucket in Ebay.  I’m interested to see what his HOF election does to these auctions and their prices.

*Hall of Fame postcards – I’ve always wanted to pick up some of those.  July sounds like the perfect time to round them up…

*McFarlane never made a Dawson figurine.  If that changes I may have to get my first one!!!

*People are congratulating me today and it feels good.  My cell phone is ringing a bit more than normal.  And my Inbox had a lot more mail than usual for a Wednesday afternoon.

*Congratulations Andre.  Today is a wonderful day for you, your family and friends, and your fans.  You have been deserving if this honor for several years – the wait is now over but it was worth every minute!!!