I have had better success with the 87 Twins. The 87 Twins I have gotten to date include:
Frank Viola - got in person, does not sign through the mail
Bert Blyleven – charges for autographs, but I got him at Twinsfest for charity donation
Juan Berenguer – included a signed card of his own along with mine
Roy Smalley – also a member of the 79 Twins
Don Baylor – got in person, does not sign through the mail
Les Straker – got during the 20th anniversary celebration of the 87 team, lives in Venezuela
Andy MacPhail – the team’s general manager
Carl Pohlad – the team’s owner
Ralph Houk – a senior advisor to Tom Kelly and also manager of the 61 Yankees
I have not gotten:
Dan Schatzeder – He is known for taking months to sign or not signing at all.
Decease members of the team include:
The 79 Twins are proving harder to get. The 79 Twins I have gotten to date include:
Roy Smalley – was also a member of the 87 Twins
I sent requests to these individuals, but have not heard back. Some of the requests have been out for months.
Paul Hartzell – just got this back, and I had the wrong address
I will be getting around to these individuals:
Mike Bacsik – It was his son that gave up home run 756 to Barry Bonds
Deceased members of the team include:
Calvin Griffith – the team’s owner
Gene Mauch - the team’s manager
Mike Marshall refused to allow a baseball card of him be made that year. I also hear he does not sign autographs.
It has been an enjoyable experience collecting these autographs. Former Twins players seem to be quite nice about signing autographs both in person and through the mail. It is also nice to get something other than bills in the mail.