Tag Archives: Tom Brunansky

Did You Know…

The 1987 Minnesota Twins are the only World Series champions to be outscored in the regular season.  Despite scoring only 786 runs while allowing 806, the Twins finished the 1987 regular season with a record of 85-77, two games ahead of Kansas City in the AL West and then shocked the favored Detroit Tigers in the ALCS and beat St. Louis in seven games for the title.  Their .525 winning percentage is the lowest ever for a World Series champion.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My take 0 I remeber that team very well.  And they were a ton of fun to watch!!!

TTM Success: Tom Brunansky

9 fast days was all it took to get these cards back from Tom Brunansky!  ‘Bruno’ was one of my favorite players on a roster of Twins that captured the hearts of baseball fans in the late 1980’s and into the 90’s.  He also went on to play on some very talented rosters of the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals.

I have to say that Bruno’s signature is one the best I have received so far.  The script is perfect and his name can be made out very clearly.  I am thrilled to add these to my growing autograph collection.

Thanks Bruno!!!

9 More TTM Requests In The Mail…

I’m gearing up for Spring Training.  You know, just working out all the TTM kinks since I took it easy during the offseason…

I put 9 letters in the mail on the way to work this morning.  And I am very serious about adding some bulk and quality to my autograph collection this year.  I have some lofty goals, but I feel that if I put in the effort I will be rewarded.

For this round, I sent to retired players.  A few All-stars, some World Series champions, and all players I enjoyed watching during their careers!!

The guys:  Tom Brunansky, Mike Mussina, John Tudor, Lonnie Smith, Steve Sax, Darren Daulton, Dan Plesac, Gary Gaetti, and member of the 2010 Hall of Fame class, Mr. Whitey Herzog.

Wish me luck.  I am hoping for some quick returns so I can get a head of steam behind me as we head into Spring Training!!!

That Guy #5

This ‘That Guy’ story focuses on a player that I overheard a conversation about when I was a kid.  I was at a baseball card show and overheard 2 dealers talking pretty vividly about Tom Brunansky.  1 dealer was convinced that ‘Bruno’ was a lock to hit 500 home runs and join the Hall of Fame, and the other guy just didn’t see it that way.

Although I have no recollection of what these guys looked like, their vocabulary is what caught my attention and is probably the biggest reason as to why I remember much of the dialogue.

It went a little something like this.  Try to picture this as a conversation between Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci.

Dealer #1 – You know, I’ve been stocking up on cards of Bruno.  I mean, dis guy is smackin’ homers left and right.  If he keeps this up, he’s a future fawkin’ hall of fama.

Dealer #2 – Bruno ain’t makin’ it to da hall.  No way!

Dealer #1 – What the fawk you talkin’ ’bout, ‘dis guy is hittin’ 30 plus a year.  If he gets 500, he’s in.

Dealer #2 – He ain’t neva comin’ close to 500.  No way!

Dealer #1 – He just might.  So I’ve been gettin’ all kinds of his fawkin’ cads.  Rookies, 2nd yeez, 3rd yeez, pretty cheap too.  If he stays on dis pace I would make a killin’ on deez cads.

Dealer #2 – What do you not get?  Bruno ain’t sniffin’ 500.  No way, no how!!!

Let me tell you, this conversation stuck with me for quite some time.  I may not have the wording exactly right, but you get the gist of the conversation.  So, what did I do?  I bought a few Tom Brunansky rookies over the course of the next few months and viola – Bruno has 271 career home runs.  At the time of this conversation, I was around the age of 12.  And you know what, if Bruno did continue on his pace from the few seasons prior to that one 500 could have been a possibility. 

So, now I open it up to you.  Do you have a ‘That Guy’ story that falls into the category of someone you overheard a conversation about and it sparked your interest enough to drop a few dollars in that player’s direction?  If so, please share your ‘That Guy’ with us…

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Tom Brunansky Autograph Through The Mail Success

15 short days was all it took to get these cards back from Tom Brunansky!  ‘Bruno’ was one of my favorite players on a roster of Twins that captured the hearts of baseball fans in the late 1980’s and into the 90’s.

I have to say that Bruno’s signature is one the best I have received so far.  The script is perfect and his name can be made out very clearly.  I am thrilled to add these to my growing autograph collection.

Thanks Bruno!!!

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Ripping Open A Pack Of 1990 Score Cards

I received 1 pack of 1990 Score in the contest I won on the Autographed Cards blog.

Here are the results from the pack: 

Eric Anthony, Eric Yelding, Tim Raines, John Moses, Fred Lynn, Dave Clark, Don August, Greg Litton, Matt Williams, Doug Bair, Nolan Ryan Highlights, Randy Bush, John Franco, Gene Larkin, Tom Brunansky, and BJ Surhoff

Can you believe that this is my 1st Nolan Ryan card since I got back into collecting???  The 1990 Score product is a nice design and the cards have great photos.  Of these, my favorites are Raines, Franco, and Surhoff.

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