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TTM Success: Mark Grace!!!

In the last round of autograph attempts that I put in the mail I threw another envelope full of baseball cards to Mark Grace.

He has signed for me countless other times since I got back into collecting baseball cards and autographs, so I figured why not.

And now just 30 days later, my return envelope has arrived and once again Mark ‘Amazin’ Grace had delivered some great looking autographs for this loyal fan.

Check them out:

I told you that they looked great! 

This time I sent a horizontal card to Gracey.  I wanted to see how he would sign it, and personally of the cards that I have of him, this one from the 2000 Topps set showing him sliding into home plate is one of my favorites.

Mr. Grace – Thanks for the great memories.  And thanks again for the awesome autographs!!!

TTM Success & Interview Failure: Mark Grace

It took almost 2 months, 57 days to be exact, when I saw a very familiar envelope in my mailbox.  It was the envelope I sent to Mark Grace, Bobby Bonilla, and Shawon Dunston when I sent them interview requests along with hefty stacks of cards as a token of appreciation.

So when I grabbed the envelope out of the mailbox, I knew that it was from Mark Grace based on the Post Office’s stamp.  The envelope felt light and I knew quickly that the interview was not inside.

But these three cards were!!!

Mark Grace added his flawless autograph to three cards for me and they look GREAT!!!

And while it would have been incredible to get my interview questions acknowledged, I know that these guys are bombarded all of the time and have little time for themselves.  It was worth a shot and I will do it again at some point in the future.

But for now, I am going to enjoy these three great autographs of one of my favorite Cubs players of all-time!!!

Thank you Mr. Grace!!

Did You Know…

The player with the most hits in the 1990’s was Chicago Cub Mark Grace, with 1,754.


**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’

My take – This stat alone should have kept ‘Gracey’ on the Hall of Fame ballot for more than 1 year.  We still love you ‘Gracey’!!!

****side note.  Is this cad screaming for a signature or what??****

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #10

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #10

1988 Fleer – Card #641 – AKA – ‘The Mark Grace Rookie Card’

Grace 88F

Mark Grace – Grace collected more hits through the 1990’s than any other player and finished his career with 2,445 hits and a .303 batting average.  Grace was a 3-time All-star and 4-time Gold Glove award winner.  In 2001, Grace won the World Series as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Darrin Jackson – Jackson played 12 seasons in the big leagues, but played in more than 100 games in a season just 4 times.  He has 676 career hits alongside a lifetime batting average of .257.  Jackson also has 60 homers, 43 steals, and 317 RBI to his credit.

My Mark Grace Rookie Collection Is Now Complete!!!

With my recent acquisition of this card,  I have finally completed my Mark Grace rookie collection.

I really like the way that this has turned out and may attempt to do this with more of the guys I cheered for from the 1980’s. 

And while I don’t have the desire to collect every Mark Grace card ever made, mainly because of the enormous amount of cards he was featured on during the 1990’s, I do like that I was able to piece together a very nice collection celebrating ‘Gracey’!!!

Here is the entire set. 

Grace Collection

1988 Donruss Mark Grace – ‘Baseball’s Best’

Finally, I have secured the last of the cards of Mark Grace that were issued in 1988. 

This card is from the 1988 Donruss Baseball’s Best subset.  And while I am really happy to complete this little collection that I have been working on for the last few months, I have to say that this card is very far from impressive…

First, I don’t really care for the Day-Glo Orange color used on the card’s border.  The ’88 design is not terrible, but this color change certainly takes the card down a few notches.  And the photo that Donruss chose for this card is just terrible….  I know that the selection of pictures to use of Mark Grace wearing a Chicago Cubs uniform was limited since his time on the team was short at this point, but they could have done so much better than using this picture.

 Anyway.  Here it is, and there it goes.

Grace 88

My Mark Grace Rookie Card Collection

I hold a special place in my memory of living in Chicago for five years and watching Cubs baseball on a daily basis.  And in that place is a spot reserved for Mark Grace.

To put it on a level that everyone can understand, I will make this announcement – ‘I have never seen a player enjoy playing the game as much as I have seen Mark Grace enjoy it!!!’  It’s just that simple.  Now I know that I have not seen every baseball game in the history of the sport.  And there may have been a player or there currently is a player that you’re a fan of that you may put in this class.  I am fine with that.  But for me, I cannot recall watching anyone enjoy the game while on the field in the way that I saw ‘Gracey’ do it.

Grace’s constant smile and fun-side were always on display when suited up for the home team.  While always a professional on the field, Grace did not let his hard working attitude get in the way of knowing that the game was meant to be enjoyed, both by fans and the guys lucky enough to play it for a living.

So I have decided to work on my Mark Grace rookie collection.  I want to round out the set and will go after the few missing pieces that have alluded me so far.  This should be rather easy, and meaningful at the same time, since Grace’s rookie season of 1988 did not include the overwhelming number of inserts and parallel cards found in today’s rookie issues.

Here is where I stand today and I will share with you what I acquire as this small collection takes shape.  Enjoy!!!


Mark Grace TTM Success – YESSSS!!!!

 You may recall that I sent a baseball card to Mark Grace months ago c/o the Arizona Diamondbacks.  The card was returned to me signed beautifully by ‘Gracey’ but it had been damaged in the mail.  Although I was extremely happy with the autograph I didn’t want to ‘feature’ a damaged card in my collection.

So, I tried again.  This time I sent the card to Grace’s home address.  And just 41 days later, this awesome signed card was at my house waiting for me!!!



This was the only 1988 Topps Traded rookie that I owned of Mark Grace, but I have always liked the ’88 design so I am really happy that he signed this for me.  I’ll have to replace the card in my small but meaningful Mark Grace collection, but it is certainly worth it to have finally obtained a great Mark Grace autograph in perfect condition!!!

And just a few days before X-mas makes it that much better!!!  Thanks Gracey!!!

Dave Winfield 1988 Topps

Dave Winfield 1988 Topps

Here is a nice 2-card set from the 1988 Topps issue.  These 2 cards look good next to each other.  The similar colors and fonts being used unite the cards and they display very nicely as a 2 piece set.


Andre Dawson: “I Love You, Man” – TTM Success

Words cannot describe how excited I became when I saw one of my envelopes for an autograph in my mailbox last night.  When I saw that the envelope was stamped in Miami I became even more anxious….

Then I ripped it open and out they came…


My beautiful 1983 Topps and 1988 Topps cards signed by my favorite player from the 1980’s: Andre Dawson.  All of this in just 9 short days too…  Man, this is awesome!!!

But wait, what is this extra card in the envelope??  Hey wait a minute I only sent ‘The Hawk’ 2 cards, but there are 3 in the envelope…  BAM!!!  A 1978(2nd year) Topps card also signed by Andre!!!!  How sweet is this???


I should run out and pick up a few lotto tickets, because I am never this lucky!!!

Thanks Andre, you just made this long-time fan extremely happy!!!!