Monday, December 4, 2017
R. A. Dickey just signed and returned a baseball card I sent to him through mail (TTM). I sent the card eight and half years ago. More precisely it was 3036 days ago.
Why the long wait? Who knows, but I have heard stories of people getting cards back ten even fifteen years after sending them. My longest wait till now had been five years (Mark Salas). I have had multiple cards come back after four years. One cannot know the reason why it took so long. Maybe the card got lost and then found. Maybe the player just decided now he would sign a bunch of cards he had been saving up. No one besides the player can tell us for sure what happened. The lesson to be learn here is never give up on a card you sent because it just might come back when you least expect it.
I know I am appreciative of all my returns no matter how long they take. Thank you Mr. Dickey for taking the time to sign and return my card!
Sunday, October 29, 2017
The second half of 2017 went well, and I now have signed cards from 608 different current and former Minnesota Twins. Hopefully more successes will arrive in November and December but things tend to get slower around the holidays.
Below are my successes via TTM (through the mail) the last four months or so:
Trevor Hildenberger – signed his name this time instead of HDog
Tommy Watkins – sent a signed card of his own
Steve Carlton – $35
Benj Sampson – In a pretty cool first I got a thank you note from his child (I keep all the notes I get). Benj also included an extra signed card of his own.
LaTroy Hawkins – sent back a different card than I had sent
Twins minor leaguers I've gotten the last four months or so:
Mitch Garver – signed before his promotion to the Twins
Aaron Slegers – signed before his promotion to the Twins
Zack Granite – signed before his promotion to the Twins
Tyler Watson – included an extra card of his own
Fernando Romero – choose to return to my card unsigned
A list of in-person signing I went to:
Chris Gimenez at Three Stooges Bar & Grill
Miguel Sano at T-Mobile
Eddie Rosario at Cub Foods
Byron Buxton at Tria Orthopedics
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Halfway through 2017 and I now have signed cards from 592 different Twins players. I am working more on the minor leaguers in hopes that it will pay dividends in the years to come.
There have been only two free in-person signings so far this year. Both were on the same day at Cub Foods stores that were luckily only 10 minutes apart. I got two signed cards from Robbie Grossman and two more signed cards from Hector Santiago.
Below are my successes via TTM (through the mail):
Bob Tewsbuy (2655 days or over 7 years 3 months which is my longest wait for a return)
Bob Tewsbury (1590 days - I had thought the first one had not gotten through)
Minor leaguers I have gotten so far this year:
Tyler Wells – added a card of his own
Trevor Hilgenberger – he was promoted to the Twins after he signed my cards H Dog which does makes his autograph unique
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
I made the decision to take it a bit easier at this year’s Twinsfest which turned out to be a good thing for me. Below are the players and coaches who signed baseball cards for me:
Miguel Sano – 2 cards
Not as long as a list as in past years, but still productive. I needed Boshers and Castro for my collection giving me signed cards from 575 different Twins players. It was also good to get signed cards from Molitor and Sano. We will see what next year brings, but this year’s Twinfest turned out good. I even got a free Twins stocking hat for attending!