This site is dedicated to the great hobby of baseball autograph collecting.
I am an avid baseball memorabilia collector and fan. I collect all types of baseball memorabilia which I began doing quite a few years ago. The Minnesota Twins are my favorite team, but my collection has expanded to all teams, players, and eras of baseball. I've begun a player collection of Doug Mientkiewicz memorabilia with the focus on collecting at least one of every Mientkiewicz card ever manufactured along with a variety of other related memorabilia.
If you have any questions about autographs or anything on this site, feel free to contact me. Suggestions for site improvement are always welcome!
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Another drought in TTMs. Haven't sent to many out this year. However, I was able to meet Helen "Sis" Waddell of the AAGPBL over Labor Day Weekend. She gave me one of her signed Fritsch Series AAGPBL cards. Waddell played from 1949-1951 for the Springfield Sallies, Rockford Peaches, and Battle Creek Belles.
Attended all five days of the All-Star festivities here in Minneapolis. It was a great way to spend a few days. ASG and HR Derby were both cool events to attend and the Futures/Celebrity Softball games were also worth while. Fanfest was where I was able to meet some players and get some autographs as well. I was fortunate enough to meet quite a few HOFers and former Twins. Meeting and speaking with Vera Clemente, Sharon Robinson, Orlando Cepeda, Paul Molitor, Ozzie Smith, Doug Mientkiewicz, Jim Mudcat Grant, and four women from the AAGPBL, Lou Erickson Sauer, Toni Palermo, Jean Havlish, and Jeneane Lesko, were a few highlights of the Fanfest. Lines weren't too bad and MLB was authenticating everything at the autograph stations on the spot. Overall a remarkable experience.
Orlando Cepeda- SSROMLB (2) MLB Auth.
Juan Marichal- SSROMLB HOF 83 inscr. MLB Auth., 8x10 HOF 83 inscr. MLB Auth
Paul Molitor- SSROMLB MLB Auth., 8x10 3319 inscr. MLB Auth.
Gaylord Perry- SSROMLB MLB Auth.
Rollie Fingers- SSROMLB HOF 92 inscr. MLB Auth., 8x10 HOF 92 inscr. MLB Auth.
Ferguson Jenkins- SSROMLB HOF 91 inscr. MLB Auth.
Sharon Robinson- Jackie's Nine, Promises To Keep
Vera Clemente- card MLB Auth., HOF card MLB Auth.
Tony LaRussa- SSROMLB w/ Joe Torre SPROMLB
Doug Mientkiewicz- SSROMLB MLB Auth.
Jim "Mudcat" Grant- SSROMLB cat drawing MLB Auth.
Scott Erickson- SSROMLB 4/27/94 No-Hitter inscr. MLB Auth., card MLB Auth.
Bill Bean- SSROMLB
Fred Lynn- card (2) MLB Auth.
Tim Laudner- card (3) MLB Auth.
Juan Berenguer- card (3) MLB Auth.
Scott Leius- card (3) MLB Auth.
Frank Quilici- card MLB Auth.
Corey Koskie- card (3) MLB Auth.
Al Newman- card (2) MLB Auth.
Lou Erickson Sauer- card (2)
Jean Havlish- card (2)
Toni Palermo- card
With the All-Star Game coming up soon, the Final Vote is upon us. Let's bring Justin Morneau back to Minnesota. He's had an All-Star year so far and deserves the recognition. So far, Morney's hitting .313 with 13 homers, 20 doubles, and 59 RBI. Vote for Justin at mlb.com (link below), via text by sending "N2" to 89269, or by tweeting with #VoteMorneau. Voting ends tomorrow at 3pm CST. The Twitter window is open from 9am-3pm CST. Vote, vote, vote! Follow me and retweet @TBAS7
Not much TTM lately, but a 50/50 back a couple days ago:
Brain Harper (2)
Jeff Francoeur (7)
Getting ready for the All-Star game and festivities. Unfortunately, I can't take any 50/50s for the event, but will post my successes here afterward.
A nice success from Joanne McComb, AAGPBL player. She kindly answered my questions and sent a signed card. Great first AAGPBL return!
A few new pickups: signed cards of Arthur Rhodes, Laynce Nix, Brad Nelson, Corey Hart, Javier Vazquez, Jesse Crain, JA Happ, Chase Headley, and Garret Jones, plus a serial numbered Mientkiewicz card for my PC.
A couple TTMs last week:
Chase Headley 2/2 c/o Spring Training
Garrett Atkins 1/1 c/o home
Also picked up a Jimmy Rollins certified autograph and a Doug Mientkiewicz game-used Hoosier bat.
In addition, The Baseball Autograph Site has nearly 25 "likes" on its facebook page. Once it hits 25, I will begin the Mystery Autograph Contest. Be sure to take a look when you have a chance!
On February 27, I attended the Black Baseball in Minnesota and the Beginning of the Minnesota Twins in Bloomington exhibit, created by Minnesota Twins RBI Program Coordinator Frank White and presented in conjunction with the city of Bloominton. The event was free to the public and featured many special guests including former Twin Julio Becquer and Twins Official Scorer Stew Thornley. It was an extremely interesting event. If you'd like to check out Mr. White's website, please feel free to do so. He will be publishing a book on the history of black baseball in Minnesota.
We're already at 20 likes on Facebook which means 2 autograph giveaway winners have already been chosen. The first received a Brian Dozier 1st Bowman signed card. If you haven't checked it out yet, click on the link to take a look.
In addition, I've received the following in recent trades:
Bonnie Blair signed 4x6 photo (5x USA gold medal speed-skater, Olympian)
Pat Neshek signed 8x10 photo
Red Moore signed 3x5 index card (Negro Leaguer)
Scott Hamilton signed Allen & Ginter's (legendary USA Olympic figure skater)
Mark Spitz signed Allen & Ginter's (one of the greatest swimmers in US history, second only to Michael Phelps in gold medals won in one Olympic Games)
Scott Diamond CERT 2012 Panini Prizm RC RSD
Bert Blyleven GU JSY 2004 Donruss Throwback Threads Century Collection CC-6 #'d 178/250
Joey Chestnut custom cut autograph (competitive eater, most well known as the international hotdog eating champion)
Liam Hendriks signed 2012 Topps blue border RC
Received two great additions to my Mientkiewicz collection today:
A Minnesota Twins game-issued Louisville Slugger bat, signed and JSA authenticated
A pair of game-used Spring Training road pants from his stint with the Yankees, Steiner Authenticated
A few TTM returns recently
Bobby Doerr 3/3 always very willing to sign and a quick turnaround
Dustin Ackley 1/1 (personalized) from last year's ST
Mamie "Peanut" Johnson 1/1 returned a ball beautifully signed and added a few inscriptions. Ms. Johnson was one of three women to play in the Negro Leagues. Easily my favorite TTM success of all time. Thanks very much Ms. Johnson!
Visit my Facebook page to see photos and a more in depth description of Ms. Johnson's career.
The Baseball Autograph Site is now on facebook! Click on the above link or search "The Baseball Autograph Site" using the facebook search bar. After every 10 "likes," up to 100, I will be giving away an autograph to a randomly selected facebook user who has "liked" my page.
Spring Training is just days away. Time to start sending out autograph requests. Good luck!
Received a 50/50 back from another collector who got autographs from Arizona Fall League players. 8x10s of Top 100 prospects Albert Almora, Addison Russell, Kris Bryant, and Byron Buxton.
Attended two days of Twinsfest in its first year at Target Field. I was able to obtain 18 autographed and meet top prospects Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton as well as Mauer, Oliva, Morris, Hrbek, and others. In addition, I picked up 3 bobbleheads and cards for my Mientkiewicz collection. Pictures will be up soon. Here are the totals:
Chris Parmelee 8x10
Miguel Sano 8x12 "Ballplayer Pelotero" movie poster reprint
Chris Herrmann 8x10
Trevor May 8x10
Jack Morris 8x10
Kent Hrbek 8x10 Twins 50th Anniversary/Target Field (already featuring autographs from Tony O, Morris, Carew, Viola, and Morneau)
BJ Hermsen 8x10
Michael Tonkin 8x10
Jared Burton signed rookie card
Mike Pelfry signed 2011 Topps Heritage Chrome
Danny Santana signed 2012 Bowman Chrome
Tony Oliva SSROMLB
Max Kepler SSROMLB (for a 50/50)
Terry Steinbach 3x5 index card
Joe Vavra 3x5 index card
Caleb Thielbar 3x5 index card
Mauer signed Mauer/Morneau double-bobblehead (with Morneau already signed)
Byron Buxton SSROMLB
Another Mientkiewicz 1999 SP Signature Edition autograph as well as a Mientkiewicz 2002 Topps Heritage Chrome refractor /350. Twinsfest starts tomorrow!
Slow in the TTM category lately, but I received Michael Wacha 2/2 c/o team (last season) a few days ago
Twinsfest is coming up, so I'll have successes to report in a few weeks. If you're interested in a 50/50 or consignment, please contact me. There will be former Twins there, and the Fergie Jenkins Foundation and Bob Feller Museum usually brings in some other HOFers/stars. In the past, Robin Yount, Dwight Gooden, JR Richard, Dave Stewart, and others have shown up.
Please check out my Mystery Autograph Contest in the blog section. I've posted rules and will start it up if people are interested. It is open to members only for ease of keeping track of points. There will be prizes as well. Sign up is quick and easy (no spam email either).
Added a low numbered Mientkiewicz card to my PC:
2003 Donruss Leaf Press Proof 60 36/50
I received a few cards back from a minor league 50/50:
Anthony Slama, Phil Nevin, Ryan Perry, Kyle Gibson (2), Oswaldo Arcia (4), Daniel McCutchen, Mark Hendrickson, Drake Britton, Rubby De La Rosa, Alfredo Aceves, Gary DiSarcina, Chris Parmelee, Logan Darnell, Xavier Avery, Nick Blackburn (4), Matt Clement (2), Ross Ohlendorf, Shairon Martis, Drew Butera, Melky Mesa, Liam Hendriks, Aaron Hicks, Clete Thomas, Joe Benson (2), Josh Fields (2), Daisuke Matsuzaka (2), Matt LaPorta, Richard Dotson (1987 Topps for my set), Lars Anderson, Dellin Betances, Jerry Sands, Felix Pie (2), Chase d'Arnaud, Joel Skinner (1987 Topps for my set), Matt Carson, Brett Wallace, Nate Robertson, Scott Coolbaugh, Brad Peacock, Mason Tobin, Jonathan Albaladejo, Michael Taylor
Recently received the following TTM:
Jason Motte 2/2
Wade Boggs 3/3
Bob Boone 3/3
JR Graham 2/2 (personalized)
Also received a Chris Herrmann signed card at the final Twins home game.
In recent trades:
Bob Melvin, Curt Young, Al Kaline, and Jim Bunning signed cards
Ralph Kiner and Phil Niekro signed index cards
Quite a few new items from the past month. TTM successes include:
Nolan Sanburn (personalized)
Josh Parr (2)
Matt Price (2)
Trevor May (2)
Casey Kelly (2)
Phil Bradley (4)
Dustin Pedroia CERT/GU BAT 2009 Topps Tribute TAR-DP1 68/99
Rich Gedman (2)
Oswaldo Arcia (2)
Took a trip to Cedar Rapids. Enjoyed chatting with some of the players and getting autographs. All were very fan friendly. Cedar Rapids Kernels and Quad Cities River Bandits (3 games total):
Tommy Watkins 2 cards
Jose Berrios 2 cards (1 for 50/50), 1 8x10
Hudson Boyd 3 cards (1 for 50/50)
Max Kepler 4 cards (1 for 50/50), 1 8x10
Niko Goodrum 6 cards, 1 8x10
Jake Mauer 1 card
Tim Shibuya 1 card
Madison Boer 2 cards (1 for 50/50)
Travis Harrison 3 cards
Jorge Polanco 3 cards
Tyler Grimes 1 card
Michael Gonzales 2 cards (1 for 50/50)
Adam Brett Walker 1 8x10
Mason Melotakis 1 8x10
Carlos Correa 1 card, 1 8x10
Mark Appel 2 cards, 1 8x10
Joe Bircher 2 cards
Rio Ruiz 2 8x10s
Lance McCullers 1 8x10
Also got John Danks TTM and Bobby Jenks, Brandon Inge, Mike Sweeney (2), and Jesse Crain signed cards in a trade. Pulled a Mike McQuillan Bowman blue border autograph #'d/500 the other day, first pack-pulled auto! From part of a Bowman case break, I received quite a few hits including on-card autographs of Lucas Giolito Patrick Kivlehan #'d /500, and Julio Morban.
A few trades and 50/50s in:
DJ Baxendale, Boone Whiting (2), and Josh Willingham signed cards
Enos Slaughter, Ryan Zimmerman, Dallas Breaden (Perfect Game), Nick Markakis, and Alex Gordon 8x10s
Doug Mientkiewicz SP (synthetic ball)
A few items in from TTM requests last week:
Steve Garvey 4/4 cards (with donation)
Wally Westlake 4/2 index cards (included 2 signed 4x6 photos)
Carl Erskine 2/2 index cards, kindly answered my question on one of them regarding his no-hitters
Bob Motley 2/2 card and postcard
Elroy Face 0/2 2/0 (kept index cards, sent 2 signed postcards instead)
Sorry for the long delay in between updates. Here's what's new:
Twins game 6/20: Eduardo Escobar 5x7, Oswaldo Arcia cards (2), Ryan Pressly 3x5, PJ Walters 3x5, Casey Fien 3x5, Jesse Crain on 2008 team ball
TTM: David Murphy 1/2, Colby Lewis 1/1
50/50's (all cards): Chris Schwinden, Landon Powell, Mike Mason (2 87 Topps), Brian Bogusevic (2), Adron Chambers, Kolten Wong (smudged), JR Towles (2), Brandon Wood (2), Xavier Nady, Adam Moore, Christian Colon (bubbled)
Trades: Willie McCovey signed card
Josh Hamilton signed card
Kubel, Jason CERT 2003 Topps Bowman's Best BB-JK
Tuiasosopo, Matthew CERT/GU BAT 2004 Topps Bowman Sterling RC BS-MT
Hughes, Luke GU JSY 2009 Topps Bowman Sterling WBC BCR-LH 84/199
Hendriks, Liam GU JSY 2009 Topps Bowman Sterling WBC BCR-LHH 63/199
Jackson, Bo GU JSY 2009 UD Goodwin Champions GCM-BJ
Withrow, Chris CERT 2007 Donruss Elite Extra Edition 96 645/700
Mangini, Matt CERT 2007 Topps Bowman Chrome BDPP129
Quentin, Carlos CERT 2007 Topps Co-Signers Solo Sigs SS-CQ
Upton , Justin GU JSY 2009 UD Spectrum SS-JU
Parker, Jarrod CERT 2007 Just Memorabilia JF-32
Barney, Darwin CERT/GU JSY 2007 USA Baseball AJ-8
Britton, Drake CERT 2008 TriStar Projections 218
Inoa, Michael CERT 2008 TriStar Prospects Plus Farmhands FH-MI
Lintz, Seth CERT 2008 Razor Letterman SL-T 5/5
Anderson, Lars CERT 2007 Just Minors Just Stars 26 74/100
A few last TTM requests from Spring Training:
Daniel Hudson 3/3 (all personalized)
Danny Hultzen 1/1 8x10
Alan Trammell 1/1 1987 Topps
From last season AJ Piersynzki 1/2
And a few Mientkiewicz items for my collection:
2002 Flair Power Tools Bats #14 Doug Mientkiewicz MEM
2002 Topps Gold Label Class 2 Platinum #62 Doug Mientkiewicz SER 250
1999 Fleer Mystique #141 D.Mientkiewicz PROS RC RC SER 2999
1999 Bowman #186 Doug Mientkiewicz RC (PSA graded Mint 9)
An Astros win to begin the 2013 baseball season!
Here are some of the last TTM successes:
Jed Lowrie 3/3 Also sent his JL4 Photography business card. I looked his site, and he's got some nice photo samples. Check it out! JL4 Photography
Les Straker 2/2 Nice success from a former Twins pitcher
Brad Ziegler 1/2 (kept 1)
Jedd Gyorko 2/2
Gavin Floyd 3/3
Chris Parmelee 2/2
Kyle Drabek 2/2
Justin Masterson 3/3
Travis Snider 2/2
So far I'm 24/51 this ST which isn't too bad (47%). Hopefully a few more will find their way back still.
Quite a few successes recently:
Jeremy Guthrie 2/3
John McDonald 1/1
Terry Collins 1/1
Tom Wilhelmsen 1/2 (kept custom 3x5)
Stephen Pryor 1/1
Oswaldo Arcia 2/2
Liam Hendriks 3/3
Jon Rauch 4/4
Spring Training TTM successes have been coming in recently:
Chase Headly 2/2
Michael Saunders 1/2
Todd Frazier 1/1 (personalized)
Steve Delabar 1/1
Mark Melancon 1/1 (personalized)
Ryan Lavarnway 2/2 (one personalized)
Finally uploaded all my Twinsfest pics.
Also put the following up in my bucket...
From a 50/50: Scott Cooper, Ken Dayley, Cliff Politte, Dayley 87 Topps (2), Ricky Horton 87 Topps (2)
TTM: Brandon Allen (2)
Trade: Custom cut signatures of Monte Irvin, Mark Fidrych, and Carlton Fisk
Aparicio, Luis CERT 2002 Topps Finest Moments FMA-LA
Longoria, Evan CERT 2009 Topps 206 Piedmont NFA-3
Schmidt, Mike CERT 2002 Topps FInest Moments FMA-MS
And the big addition: My first 1/1 Printing Plate for my Doug Mientkiewicz Project. Traded for the 2006 Topps Update Cyan plate a few weeks ago.
After three days of Twinsfest...
Helped a bunch of people out with 50/50s which I won’t list, but here’s what I was able to get for myself:
Trevor May 8x10
Kyle Gibson 8x10, 2010 Topps Bowman Platinum (x2), 2011 Topps Pro Debut
Alex Meyer 8x10
Michael Tonkin 4x6 (x2), 2012 Snappers team set card
Chris Hermann 4x6, 2009 Topps Bowman blue /399, 2009 Topps Bowman Chrome purple
Kyle Knudson 3x5
Nate Hanson 3x5
Austin Malinowski 3x5
Caleb Theilbar 3x5
Pedro Hernandez 3x5
Miguel Sano 2011 Topps Bowman 100
Ryan Pressly 2011 Topps Bowman Chrome, 2008 Donruss Elite Extra
Alex Burnett 2010 Topps Bowman Chrome purple refractor RC
Brian Dozier 2009 Topps Bowman, 2012 Topps Bowman RC, 2012 Topps Bowman Chrome RC
Joe Benson 2012 Topps Heritage RC
BJ Hermsen 2010 TOpps Pro Debut
Cole Nelson 2010 Donruss Elite Extra (x3)
Aaron Hicks 2011 Topps Bowman Chrome, 2011 Topps Bowman’s Best
Trevor May 2012 Topps, 2012 Topps Heritage Minors, 2011 Topps Heritage Minors
Trevor May 8x10, 2012 Topps Bowman Platinum Top Prospects, 2012 Topps Heritage Minors, 2011 Topps Heritage Minors, 2012 Leaf Rize Draft
Kyle Gibson 8x10, 2011 Tristar Pursuit, 2012 Topps Heritage Minors
Alex Meyer 8x10 (x2)
Caleb Theilbar 3x5
Chris Hermann 3x5
BJ Hermsen 3x5 “2012 Mi POY,” 3x5
Pedro Hernandez 3z5 (x2)
Aaron Hicks 2008 Razor, 2012 Topps Heritage
Miguel Sano SSROMLB
Ryan Doumit 2011 Topps Heritage
Joe Mauer ROMLB (team ball)
Justin Morneau 8x10 (Target Field/Twins 50th Anniv.)
Alex Meyer 8x10
Miguel Sano 8x10, 2012 Topps Bowman’s Best
Nate Hanson 3x5 “Go Gophers!”
Chris Hermann 3x5 (x2)
BJ Hermsen 3x5 (x2)
Pedro Hernandez 3x5 (x2)
Austin Malinowski 3x5 (x2)
Alex Meyer 3x5
Cole Nelson 3x5
Ryan Pressly 3x5 (x2)
Caleb Theilbar 3x5 (x2)
Michael Tonkin 3x5 (x2)
Kyle Gibson 2011 Topps Bowman 100, 2010 Topps Bowman Platinum
Aaron Hicks 2011 Topps Heritage (x3)
Trevor May 2011 Topps, 2012 Topps Bowman Platinum Top Prospects, 2012 Leaf Rize Draft, 2010 Topps Bowman
Trevor Plouffe 2011 Topps
Brian Duensing 2011 Topps Heritage
Brian Dozier 2009 Topps Bowman Chrome purple, 2009 Topps Bowman gold
Casey Fein 3x5
Terry Ryan 3x5
Tony Oliva SSROMLB
Frank Viola 8x10 (Target Field/Twins 50th Anniv.)
A few trades in recently:
Parmelee, Chris CERT 2006 TriStar ProDebut Prospects Plus #20 21/50
Morneau, Justin CERT 2007 UD Goudy Sport Royalty SR-JM
Renna, Bill CERT 2009 Diamond Signatures Philadelphia A's Historical Society
DeMars, Billy CERT 2009 Diamond Signatures Philadelphia A's Historical Society
Cunningham, Joe CERT 2012 Topps Heritage Player Sample ROA-JC
David McCarty (former Twin) signed card
Jose Canseco signed card
Ryne Sandburg, Gary Lucas, John Felske, and Frank Pastore 1987 Topps
Received the following autograph in person from the Twins new coach:
Terry Steinbach (1992 Score All-Star)
Josh Hamilton (3rd week in December) 1/1, 1/1 c/o team (sent during the season)
Olympians Mary Lou Retton, Brittany Viola (daughter of former Twins pitcher Frank Viola), and Mark Spitz.
GU JERSEY 2000 UD Black Diamond USA Authentics 154
GU JERSEY Vintage Sports Cards jumbo Authentic Jersey card display
Happy Holidays to all!
Received a few new items recently which I'll post later.
I'm also taking 50/50s for Twinsfest. My trade page is updated with the 2013 Twinsfest rules. Very standard rules, but just want to lay them out clearly. Email me if you need anything done. Thanks
TTM in the last week:
Al Hrabosky 2/2
Pete Incaviglia 1/1 8x10 with Rafael Palmiero
Happy Thanksgiving to all! Sorry for the month-long gap between posts. Here are my successes from the past 30 days:
Al Bumbry 3/3 c/o home
Bobby Doerr 3/2 c/o home. Have to say again, great guy. I requested a signed HOF postcard if it wasn't too much trouble and Mr. Doerr included on in my SASE.
Joe Benson CERT 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen GQA-JB
Drew Butera signed 2010 Bowman RC
Signed index cards of:
Joe Niekro, Eddie Lopat, Curtis Granderson, Mark Fidrych, Al Worthington, Don Denkinger, Fernando Valenzuela, Zoilo Versalles, Bobby Thompson, Frank Thomas, and Preacher Roe.
A few Mientkiewicz cards and a Mientkiewicz game-used bat with Steiner certification.
Sorry for the long delay between posts. I'm currently working on a new project: 1987 Topps signed set. Still collecting Mientkiewicz, but I'm adding another project to my collection because I like really like the 87 Topps design. There are actually 2012 Topps mini inserts with the 87 Topps design. Here are my successes from the last couple weeks. My bucket has been updated with my new additions.
Steve Garvey 3/3 with donation
Wade Boggs 5/5 with donation
Zach britton 2/2 c/o O's
Chris Volstad 2/2 c/o Spring Training, little longer wait on that one
Jose Lind 4/4 c/o home
Paul Goldschmidt 2011 Topps RC signed
Mientkiewicz 2002 Topps Gold Label 62 (TWINS)
Mientkiewicz 2004 Topps Chrome 128 (TWINS)
1987 Topps: Roenicke, Reuss, Hayes, Royster, Hoffman, Venable, Bailey, McDowell, Cotto, Anderson, Boyd
I'll start a page for my 87 Topps set. Feel free to email me if you have any for trade. Primarily looking for cards signed in blue sharpie, no smears, excellent condition, etc. Will make exceptions for tougher sigs and may trade for those in black sharpie if in excellent condition.
Ron Washington 2/2 c/o Rangers
Morneau, Justin GU BAT 2009 Topps Tribute 81 54/99
1999 Topps Bowman RC refractor 186 15/400(TWINS)
2001 Donruss Fan Club 65 (TWINS)
Billy Beane, Yogi Berra Astros Team Leaders, Mark Gubicza, TR Bryden, Jack Howell, Curt Young, Billy Sample
Ben Revere 3/3 local signing
Ben Revere 2/2 game
At the final home game:
Kyle Waldrop 2/2
Matt Capps 2/2
Alex Burnett 2/2
Jamey Carroll 2/2 (photo and card)
Denard Span 2/2
Darin Mastroianni 1/1 5x7
Casey Fein 1/1 5x7
PJ Walters 1/1 5x7
Ben Revere 1/1 8x10
Jamey Carroll 1/1 8x10
Scott Diamond 1/1/ 8x10
Great trade in today and some new pics posted in my bucket:
2006 Topps Update #13 Doug Mientkiewicz
2002 Topps #105 Doug Mientkiewicz
2002 Topps #698 Doug Mientkiewicz GG
2008 Topps Update #UH248 Doug Mientkiewicz
2003 Upper Deck MVP #115 Doug Mientkiewicz
2006 Upper Deck #290 Doug Mientkiewicz
2006 Upper Deck #641 Doug Mientkiewicz
2007 Upper Deck #843 Doug Mientkiewicz
2 Bert Blyleven IP signed cards
Storen, Drew CERT 2010 Topps Chrome RC #216
Parmelee, Chris CERT 2007 Topps Bowman's Best Prospect BBP56
Griffey, Ken Sr. CERT 2009 UD Ultimate Career Highlight Signatures CH-KG2 #'d/25
Musial, Stan 4-PC GU JSY/BAT 2009 Topps Sterling 4CCR-118 #'d/25
Schmidt, Mike CERT 2005 UD Hall Worthy HW-MS1 #'d/25
A couple items in the mail recently:
Wade Boggs 2/2 c/o home with donation (SSROMLB and card)
Jim Rice 11x14
Jim Zapp IC
Ben Revere A&G RC and 2012 A&G
Chris Parmelee Bowman Chrome and 2012 A&G RC
Jamey Carroll 2011 Topps
Two Mientkiewicz Topps gold #'d cards for my project.
Youkilis, Kevin GU JERSEY 2010 Topps Triple Threads TTR-#105 4/27
Recent TTM success:
Mark Teahan 4/4 c/o team
Got 6 signed Paul Sorrento cards back from a 50/50. Also traded for a Carlos Le signed 2010 A&G, Revere signed 2011 Heritage RC, and Killebrew 1972 Topps.
New Mientkiewicz additions:
2002 Upper Deck Rookie Debut Solid Contact #DM Doug Mientkiewicz MEM
2002 Bowman Heritage #267 Doug Mientkiewicz (signed)
1999 Bowman's Best #156 Doug Mientkiewicz RC (signed)
2002 SPx #31 Doug Mientkiewicz (signed)
2002 Flair #92 Doug Mientkiewicz(signed)
2001 Fleer Authority #11 Doug Mientkiewicz
Nice haul over the weekend. Attended a few games and received the following IP.
From the MLB/Mallards Alumni game:
George Foster 7/7 (6 cards, 1 SSROMLB)
Rob Deer 9/9 (all different cards)
Lee Smith 9/9 (8 different cards, 1 SSROMLB)
Ben Oglivie 3/3 (3 different cards)
Brad Woodall 1/1 4x6
Jason Jacome 1/1 4x6
Bill Schroeder 1/1 (promo 8x10)
Al Toon 1/1 (promo 8x10, personalized)
At the Snappers game:
JD Williams 1/1 (team set card)
Snappy D. Turtle 1/1 (team set card)
Nate Roberts 2/2 (1 team set card, 1 8x10 photo)
Gary Lucas 2/4 (team set card, 87 Topps)
Miguel Sano 1/1 (Bowman Platinum)
Eddie Rosario 1/1 (Topps Bowman Chrome refractor)
AJ Petterson 1/1 (team set card)
Steve Gruver 1/1 (team set card)
Wang-Wei Lin 1/1 (team set card)
Dallas Gallant and Zachary Jones signed ticket
From the Brewers vs. Reds game:
Todd Frazier 1/1 (8x10 photo)
Mike Fiers 1/1 (Bowman RC)
A couple trades:
Mark Trumbo signed 1st Bowman
Logan Forsythe signed Razor
4 unsigned Mientkiewicz cards
Span, Denard CERT/GU BAT 2010 Topps Triple Threads Rising Stars 122 11/99
Revere, Ben CERT 2011 Topps Chrome sepia refractor 175 36/99
Petrocelli, Rico CERT 2006 Fleer Greats of the Game 20
Olsen, Scott CERT 2006 Topps Chrome refractor 343 273/500
Haren, Dan CERT 2006 UD Artifacts Auto-Facts AF-DH 140/800
Rosen, Al CERT 2004 UD Origins Old Judge RO
Young, Michael GU JERSEY 2009 UD Icons IC-MY
Slowey, Kevin GU JERSEY 2010 Topps Piedmont TR-KS
Santana, Johan GU JERSEY 2005 UD Fabric Reflections FR-JS
Revere, Ben GU JERSEY 2012 Topps ProDebut Series 2 USA Futures Game FGR-BR 196/199
Finally, IP from a few signings during the last week of July:
Darin Mastroianni 1/1 8x10
Scott Diamond 1/1 8x10
Ben Revere 1/1 8x10
Trevor Plouffe 1/1 8x10
Brian Duensing 1/1 8x10
Received Jordan Zimmermann and Wade Boggs TTM within the last couple weeks.
Received Ned Yost 2/2 c/o team a while ago
Bud Harrelson 3/3 c/o home One of the nicest retired ballplayers out there, thanks for the return Mr. Harrelson!
Also received signed cards of Melvin Mora, Fernando Rodney, Toby Hall, Curtis Granderson, Claudio Vargas, Cito Culver, Miguel Batista, Jeff Francoeur, Roger Bernadina, Ian Desmond, and signed photos of Dick Williams, Preacher Roe, and Tony Oliva.
In a trade: Aaron Hicks cert #'d/199
Got a nice lot of Mientkiewicz cards including a gu'd in a trade. Also received these gu:
Boggs, Wade GU JERSEY 2005 UD League Leaders LL-WB
Foster, George GU JERSEY 2002 UD SP Legendary Cuts J-GFo
Troy Percival 2/2 c/o home
Justin Masterson 3/3 c/o team-Glad to get these back. All were signed beautifully including an A&G RC and 2008 Topps Red Hot Rookies, both very nice additions.
Received a few nice deals as well as Bobby Bonilla 2/2 TTM and Everett Teaford, Wil Myers signed tickets IP.
Nick Swisher SSROMLB
Mientkiewicz GU BAT/Ortiz BU JSY/Cuddyer GU BAT 2005 Donruss Absolute Memorabilia Team Trios TT-49 9/150
Jason Bay CERT 2005 UD Artifacts Autofacts JB 374/599
Josh Hamilton signed 2010 Topps 206
Pujols/Duncam dual GU JSY 2008 UD Ballpark Collection 180
Matt Harrison CERT 2011 Topps Lineage 52A-MH
Tom Brunansky CERT 2004 Topps Chrome TA-TB
Charlie Manuel 0/1 1/0 c/o Phillies ST
Sent Mr. Manuel a photo which he returned unsigned with a note, but he was kind enough to include a signed postcard.
Received a few signed items from trades the other day:
Jason Bay signed postcard, Dustin Pedroia signed 4x6
From a 50/50 received Gary Gaetti signed cards (x4), Willie Upshaw signed cards (x2), Lew Ford signed card
Nice autograph weekend:
Swarzak 1/1 and Plouffe 1/1 at the Fan HQ signing
Don Aase 2/2 c/o home
Trevor Plouffe, Denard Span, and Jamey Carroll pre-game Sunday
Two separate requests returned today:
Chris Perez 2/2
Chris Perez 2/2
1993 Peninsula Oilers Team Issue #14 Doug Mientkiewicz
1998 New Britain Rock Cats Multi-Ad #19 Doug Mientkiewicz
2005 Donruss Champions Impressions Material #428 D.Mientkiewicz Sox Jsy T5 MEM 1500
2004 Topps Traded #T8 Doug Mientkiewicz
Nathan, Joe CERT 2009 UD Inkredible JN
Willingham, Josh CERT 2008 UD Goudey GG-JW
Kotchman, Casey CERT 2005 Fleer America's National Pastime Signature Swings SS-CK 24/199
Morneau, Justin GU JERSEY 2011 Topps Heritage Clubhouse Collection CCR-JMO
Pafko, Andy GU STADIUM SEAT 2003 Topps Grandstand Glory GG-AP
Recently in a couple trades:
Johnny Podres signed card
Bench, Johnny/Rodriguez, Ivan GU JERSEY 2008 UD Baseball Heroes #185 92/125
Jenks, Bobby GU JERSEY 2007 Topps All Star Game Stitches AS BJ
Ramirez, Hanley CERT 2006 Topps Co-Signers RC #107
Knoblauch, Chuck CERT 2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites FFA-CK
Perkins, Glen CERT 2007 Topps Bowman's Best RC #83
One for the Mientkiewicz collection:
GU JERSEY 2005 Donruss Champions Impressions #243 18/102
Nothing in TTM returns this week, but did receive a Brad Radke signed 8x10 in a trade. Photo has been uploaded to my bucket.
Mail has been slower the past week but did receive these two:
Mike Cameron 2/2 c/o home (cards)
Alexi Ogando 2/2 c/o Rangers ST (card, 4x6)
Also graphed at Target field before the Twins rainy loss on Friday:
Joe Nathan 1/1 (2011 Topps Heritage)
Derek Holland 1/1 (ticket)
A few TTM returns today:
Gary Matthews Sr. 1/1 c/o ST
John Axford 1/1 c/o ST
Doug DeCinces 2/2 c/o home
All from the last few days:
Dick Stigman 1/1 c/o home
Tom Kelly 2/2 c/o home
Roy Sievers 3/3 c/o home
Joe Nathan 2/2 c/o ST
Matt Thornton 2/2 c/o ST
Billy Williams 1/1 c/o ST Mr. Williams signed my 8x10 very nicely in blue sharpie, couldn't be happier with this success from a great Cubs HOFer!
Baseball season is just around the corner (already started for some teams). Just another reminder that I'll be taking 50/50s and consignments for some Twins players, just let me know who you need and hopefully we can work out a deal. Happy April graphing!
Received Brad Radke 2/2 at a free signing today. Mr. Radke was very friendly, conversing with fans, signing, and taking posed photos.
Also have been working on updating my entire site and bucket, so there are new listings in each section.
Randy Wells 2/2 c/o ST
Don Baylor 2/2 c/o ST
In a trade: Mickey Mantle GU 2007 Topps MMR-57
Large lot of game-used including Thome and Luis Gonzalez.
Jamie Moyer 2/2 c/o ST
Brad Johnson 50/50 spot is taken, but there is still an opening for Shiancoe and Radke. (See yesterday's post for details).
There's a 50/50 opportunity available for anyone who checks this site and emails me. Here are the restrictions, please read carefully and let me know if you have questions, thanks:
I can 50/50 the following guys. All 50/50s will be accepted with my regular rules in mind. I'll be getting premium items done first. I can also take consignments on any of them:
Monday 3/26: Brad Johnson (consignments preferred)
Wednesday 3/28: Visanthe Shiancoe (preferably large photos, other premiums or consignment)
Thursday 3/29: Brad Radke (only premium items please or consignment, no cards)
Need Radke in the mail by Mon if you're in the Twin Cities, Fri if you are not. Same deal with Shaincoe. If someone needs Johnson, we can work something out for payment/items. Thanks
Yesterday I received the following TTM successes:
George Sherrill 1/1 c/o ST
Chris Parmelee 2/2 c/o ST (personalized)
Frank Tanana (signed 5, kept a few, and sent an extra Bible card) c/o home
One ST success to report:
Koji Uehara 2/2
All ST signed cards are uploaded to my bucket.
Four nice Spring Training TTM successes today:
Octavio Dotel 2/2
Liam Hendriks 2/2
Colby Lewis 1/1
Chone Figgins 2/2
I'll get these up in photobucket soon. Everything else is updated in my bucket. The 50/50 page is also updated. The others will be updated soon, thanks for your patience.
Received Kent Hrbek 1/1 c/o home today
Also received 3 Anthony Telford cards and 1 Bruce Aven card, all signed, thanks to a 50/50 deal.
My 50/50 page is updated, and I will be posting frequently about 50/50 and consignment opportunities during the season. If you are not a member of my site, please take a moment to sign up since I will be sending emails regarding these opportunities. Thanks
Sorry for a dry spell between posts! It's been almost two months, so there are many successes to report.
Recently picked up these nice certs:
Duensing, Brian CERT 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter AGA-BD
Liriano, Francisco 2006 Topps Finest refractor 155 283/299
Britton, Zach CERT 2011 Topps Chrome RC 216
Podres, Johnny CERT 2008 TriStar Signa Cuts 80/97
Revere, Ben CERT 2011 Topps Bowman Sterling RC 17
Revere, Ben/Hendriks, Liam CERT 2011 Topps Bowman Sterling BSDA-RH 133/225
Revere, Ben CERT 2011 Topps Chrome refractor RC 175 20/499
Upton, BJ/Young, Delmon CERT/GU JERSEY 2007 UD Illustrious IL-UY 28/50
Jimenez, Ubaldo CERT/GU BAT/GU JERSEY 2008 Topps Triple Threads 1#78 49/75
Rasmus, Colby CERT/GU JERSEY 2005 Topps bowman Sterling BSP-CR
These game-used also came in:
Cuddyer, Michael GU JERSEY 2011 Topps All-Star Game AS-24
Delgado, Carlos GU BAT 2009 Topps Sterling 5CCR-26
As well as this Jeter RC:
Jeter, Derek 1993 Topps 98 RC (Graded 9 by Global Authority)
A nice ROMLB in:
Weiters, Matt SSOMLB
TTM successes from ST and a few others:
Matt Capps 2/2
Anthony Slama 2/2
Jameson Taillon 1/1
Juan Pierre 1/2 and 1/2
Pat Neshek 4/4
Mike Leake 1/1 Personalized 1/1 Personalized
Ron Cey 3/3
Virgil Trucks 5/1 great ballplayer and even nice guy, couldn't be more happy with his handwritten response and extra items, thanks Mr. Trucks!
Milt Pappas 2/2
Bob Friend 1/1 and questionnaire
Jeff Bailey 1/1 (printing plate)
Kevin Tapani 7/? sent him quite a few and told him he could keep as many as he wanted
Cards in trades:
Josh Hamilton (2) A&G
Drew Stubbs T206 RC
Glen Perkins (2) A&G
Joe Nathan A&G
Jason Kubel (2) A&G
Delmon Young A&G
Scott Baker A&G
Troy Tulowitzki A&G
Tony LaRussa A&G
Carl Pavano A&G
Brian Duensing (2) A&G
Index cards in trades:
In a trade:
Bob Feller signed 8x10
Received these for my Mientkiewicz project:
GU BAT 2002 Fleer Flaire Power Tools (TWINS)
2005 Donruss Playoff Champions Impressions 243 (TWINS)
CERT 2001 UD SP Authentic Chirography SP-DM 154/250 (TWINS)
3-pc GU JERSEY (with Romero and Mays) 2005 Donruss Prime Patches Team Materials TM-26 12/74 (TWINS)
I also sent Mr. Mientkiewicz a letter and pieces of the dome roof. He kindly signed and returned both pieces, a "1" and "6," signed.
Finally, my Twinsfest haul included hundreds of autographs, some of the highlights being:
Gooden, Doc SSROMLB
Many signed cards from Wimmers, Gutierrez, Herrmann, Dozier, Hicks, Robertson, Doyle, a couple from Dolenc, Nelson, one from Larkin, Revere, Hanson, Peterson, and various signed photos.
Carew for my 50th Anniversary Twins print
Planning for Twinsfest which is coming up next weekend. I've traded for many unsigned Twins cards and am taking 50/50s. I'll post my successes after the event.
I've received these items in trades:
Jenkins, Fergie CERT/GU JERSEY 2005 Donruss Playoff Diamond Kings HOF Heroes HH-10 17/25
Boyd, Dennis CERT 2011 UD Goodwin Champions A-OC Z7DS9
Signed cards of: Brian Duensing, Anthony Swarzak (2), Denard Span (2), Francisco Liriano, Chuck James, and Ryan Mullins
In the past few months I've received the following:
Killebrew, Harmon CERT/GU 2001 Topps American Pie Reprint Timeline Classics 3 (front)
Berra, Yogi CERT 1995 Ballpark Franks Collector's Edge
Carlton, Steve CERT 2010 Historic Autographs Hall of Fame & All-Star Edition 5/15 (PSA Encased)
Torre, Joe CERT 2010 Historic Autographs Hall of Fame & All-Star Edition 5/11 (PSA Encased)
Hrbek, Kent CERT 1999 Fleer Sports Illustrated Autograph Collection
Hughes, Luke CERT 2010 Topps Chrome RC 187
Seaver, Tom CERT 2003 Donruss Elite Passing the Torch PT-7 10/50
Puckett, Kirby GU BAT 2002 UD SweetSpot Classics B-KP
Cordero, Francisco GU JERSEY 2007 Topps All Star Game Stitches ASFC
Griffey, Ken Jr. GU JERSEY 2007 Fleer Ultra Faces of the Game GF-KG
Molitor, Paul GU JERSEY 2007 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic CM-PM
Oswalt, Roy GU JERSEY 2007 Topps All Star Game Stitches ASRO
Young, Dmitri GU JERSEY 2007 Topps All Star Game Stitches ASDY
Tim Lincecum SSROMLB (black)
Joe Sewell SS Bobby Brown ball (PSA/DNA cert)
Jim Thome SP ROMLB
Chili Davis signed cards from a 50/50 (3)
Scott Erickson signed card
Dan Gladden signed card
Jack Morris signed card
Ryne Sandburg signed 8x10
Vintage lot of cards (mostly 1960s and 70s)
Roger Clemens signed 8x10
Also received a few others that I can't remember off the top of my head, but it's been a slow couple months.
A couple TTM successes in the past week:
Cory Luebke 1/1 c/o team (sent around the end of the season)
Paul Konerko 1/2 c/o home (kept the second card I sent)
And a few TTM failures:
Al Kaline 0/1 c/o home (sent back unsigned)
Max Scherzer 0/2 and 0/2 both requests were returned unsigned with a letter saying that Mr. Scherzer had already left for the season (though I sent it with plenty of time toward the end of the season)
In trades received a few signed ICs: Lou Boudreau, Jim Kaat, Mike Mussina, Dave Dravecky
I've recently picked up the following certified and certified-game-used:
Gwynn, Tony CERT 2011 Leaf Best of Baseball Cut Signatures 795/900 (Beckett encased)
Kimbrell, Craig CERT 2011 Topps Chrome RC 195
Noesi, Hector CERT 2011 Topps Chrome refractor RC 218 24/499
Tabata, Jose CERT 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter's AGA-JT
Taillon, Jameson CERT 2011 Tristar Obak A43 3/25
Teheran, Julio CERT 2011 Topps black refractor RC 197 6/100
Howard, Ryan CERT/GU JERSEY 2011 Topps Tribute TADR-RH 9/75
McCutchen, Andrew CERT/GU JERSEY 2011 Topps Marquee Acclaimed Impressions AID-14 42/70
Tabata, Jose CERT/GU JERSEY 2010 Topps Bowman Platinum refractor PAR-JT 100/199
Tabata, Jose CERT/GU JERSEY 2011 Topps Marquee Acclaimed Impressions AID-47 174/200
Tabata, Jose CERT/GU JERSEY 2011 Topps Triple Threads TTUAR-58 22/75
Zimmerman, Ryan CERT/GU JERSEY 2007 UD Exquisite Rookie Signatures ESM-RZ QFPMF 10/85
A couple nice inserts:
Halladay, Roy 2011 Topps Chrome 75 78/225
Ellsbury, Jacoby 2011 Topps Chrome sepia 124 16/99
Cano, Robinson 2011 Topps Chrome black refractor 70 7/100
In the past few weeks I've added the following:
Lot of RCs including: Smoltz, A-rod, Manny Ramirez, Glavine, Randy Johnson, Vlad Guerrero, and many other stars.
Some nice Mientkiewicz signed cards, inserts, and base
Certs of: Boog Powell, Andre Eithier, Madison Bumgarner, Zack Grienke, Hank Bauer, Kent Hrbek, Hanley Ramirez, Carlos Gutierrez, Lenny Dykstra, Glen Perkins, and Maury Wills.
GU'd of Roger Clemens, Jim Thome, and Johan Santana/Curt Schilling (dual)
Signed cards of Shin Soo-Choo (trade), and Nyjer Morgan (TTM)
8x10s of: Doug Mientkiewicz and Rafael Palmiero
Minnesota Twins Limited Edition Jumbo patch
Jeff Manship signed 2010 Target Field Opening Day program
Received a nice lot of Vintage cards in a trade. Also received the following:
Mark Teahen Dick Perez sketch card signed by Perez
Mientkiewicz: 2003 Fleer Hardball #61 (TWINS), 2003 Fleer Hardball Platinum #61 /99 (TWINS), 2005 DOnruss Playoff Impressions Red #428 /250 (RED SOX), 1999 Pacific Trading Cards Invincible #88 (TWINS), 1999 Pacific Trading Cards Crown Royale #82 (TWINS)
TTM: Heath Bell 2/2, Ralph Kiner 1/1 happy to be adding his autograph to my collection, thanks Mr. Kiner
Signed cards of the following in trades:
Ron Karkovice 1993 Topps Gold, 1992 Score
Tim Raines 1993 Leaf
Dave LaPoint 1990 Topps
Jim Leyritz 1996 Score
Gary Gaetti 1990 Donruss
Grady Sizemore 2007 A&G
Unsigned: Doug Mientkiewicz 2006 Topps and 2001 UD SP Authentic 192 (TWINS)
Orlando Hudson 2/2 c/o Padres 2006 Topps Turkey Red and 2006 Topps Heritage
Bud Black 2/4 c/o Padres 1992 Score and 1993 Topps Stadium Club
Nate Roberts 1/1 c/o Twins (minor league affiliate) 2010 Topps 1st Bowman Chrome
An IP at the last game of the season:
Trevor Plouffe 2005 Topps Bowman Chrome refractor, Danny Valencia 2011 A&G, Anthony Swarzak team ball, Luke Hughes 8x10
Haven't updated in a while. Lots of trades and TTMs in recently.
Jason Repko 2000 Topps Bowman RC
Alexi Casilla 2009 Topps Bowman Gold
Brendan Harris 2008 Topps
Ryan Braun GU JERSEY 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter AGR-RJB
Justin Verlander/Jonathan Papelbon CERT 2007 Topps Co-Signers CS-PV
Rod Carew CERT/GU 2004 Donruss Leaf Limited #221 20/50
Taylor Buchholz 2006 UD Future Stars Clear Path to Greatness RC #142 4R6H
Jonathan Papelbon CERT 2006 Topps Bowman #76 150/225 ENCASED
2002 Topps Opening Day 79 (x2) (TWINS)
2003 UD Vintage 201 (x2) (TWINS)
2002 UD Vintage 98 (TWINS)
2002 UD Victory 185 (TWINS)
2001 Topps 105 (TWINS)
2001 UD Evolution 31 (TWINS)
2001 Topps Traded Chrome T76 (TWINS)
1999 FleerSkybox Premium RC 268 (TWINS)
2007 Topps Allen & Ginter minni (YANKEES)
2003 Topps Chrome Gold 395 136/449 (TWINS)
2002 Topps Bowman's Best 16 91/300 (TWINS)
2000 Topps Chrome Refractor 153 (TWINS)
2002 Fleer Tradition 495 (TWINS)
GU BAT 2005 Topps World Champions RSR-DMI (RED SOX)
GU BAT 2007 Topps Heritage Clubhouse Collection CC DM (ROYALS)
From deals: Bobby Doerr signed HOF card, Mike Mason (2) and Jeff Suppan (1) signed cards from 50/50
TTM: Justin Masterson 1/2 1/0 (replaced my A&G RC with a 2010 Topps and kept the A&G), Luis Gonzalez 4/4 c/o Dbacks
IP: Trevor Plouffe signed card and Luke Hughes signed 8x10
Went to a couple games this weekend:
Ben Revere 1/1 Bowman RC
Ben Revere 1/1 Topps RC
Trevor Plouffe 1/1 Bowman RC (unfortunately it bubbled)
Joe Nathan 1/1 2010 A&G
Just missed Slowey for my team ball, Valencia, and Hughes.
Also got a Brian Dozier Bowman 1st card in a trade and Jim Thome wind-up walker (1 for trade).
Went to a Joe Nathan signing and got him on 6 cards. Very happy with the results.
Also pulled a Mike Sweeney 2007 UD gu jersey card out of a $1.59 8-card pack.
Received a Joe Mauer SSOMLB in a recent deal.
Got a few nice items in some deals lately:
Signed cards of Billy Buckner, Jim Edmonds, Sam Fuld, Yovani Gallardo, Josh Hamilton (x2, one a RC), Jair Jurrjens RC, jake Peavy, and James Shields.
Also got Fausto Carmona TTM 1/1 c/o Cleveland
Received approximately 3,000 new cards (mostly base, some inserts, refractors, serial #'d, etc)
Also in deals:
Francisco Rodriguez CERT 2003 Fleer?skybox MLB Hot Prospects Player Graphs P-FR 203/400
Dustan Mohn CERT 2002 UD SP Authentic Prospects Signatures P-DM
Toby Hall CERT 2002 Topps Bowman BA-TH
Eric Gagne GU JERSEY 2006 UD Game Materials ED-EG J6YK
Mike Sweeney GU JERSEY 2007 UD Game Materials UD-MS 3R42
Ichiro PATCH 2003 UD Sweet Spot Patches IS1
Evan Longoria 2008 Topps Stadium Club Yellow Printing Plate RC 1/1
2002 Topps Gold Glove, 2002 Topps, 2003 Topps 205 Polar Bear (with Erstad)
Went to see Ben Revere at the Twins Pro Shop on Thursday and got an SSROMLB signed by him. Very friendly guy.
Kyle Gibson 8x10s (2 different images)
Signed cards of: Ben Zobrist, James Shields, Yorman Bazardo, Rene Rivera, Ben Revere, Trevor Plouffe (2), Matt Brown, Floyd Rayford (2), Tom Neito, Matt Antonelli (3)
Mientkiewicz: 03 Topps OD, 03 UD, 03 UD Vintage, and 04 Topps Gold 61/2004
In the last few days I've received some nice items in trades including:
Unsigned Revere Bowman RC (x3), Revere Bowman Gold RC, Revere 2011 Topps RC (x3), Justin Morneau 2001 Bowman RC, Morneau 2001 Bowman Gold RC, Delmon Young 2011 Topps SP, Brian Duensing 2009 Topps Chrome RC, Duensing 2009 Topps Chrome RC refractor, Duensing 2009 A&G RC, Harmon Killebrew 1982 Topps Kmart, Francisco Liriano 2006 A&G RC, Liriano 2006 Topps Heritage RC, Justin Masterson 2009 Topps Red Hot Rookies RC, Miguel Sano 2011 Topps 100, Sano 2010 Bowman Platinum, Zoilo Versalles 1982 Topps Kmart, Chuck Knoblauch 1992 MJB Holographics Holoprism Rookie of the Year, Manny Ramirez 1999 Pacific Trading Cards Private Stock Preferred 189/399, Michael Cuddyer 1999 Bowman Chrome refractor, Cuddyer 1999 SP Prospects, Cuddyer 2010 A&G mini, Cuddyer 2010 A&G mini A&G back, Denard Span 2010 A&G mini, Span 2010 A&G mini A&G back. Received many other unsigned current Twins cards that are not listed.
Unsigned Mientkiewicz cards, many of which are new, a few duplicates:
2003 Topps Bazooka 145 (TWINS), 2005 Topps Total Silver 484 (METS), 2005 Topps Total 484 (METS), 2003 UD Superstars 129 (TWINS), 1999 Topps Chrome Prospects 435 (TWINS), 2001 Topps Chrome 50 Years T76 (TWINS), 2004 UD 556 (RED SOX), 2005 Topps Opening Day 81 (RED SOX), 2009 Topps 328 (PIRATES), 2000 Topps Finest 184 (TWINS), 2003 Topps Home Field Advantage 588 (TWINS), 2004 UD National Team Alumni 25-Year Anniversary USA-128 (USA), 1999 Topps Home Field Advantage 153 (TWINS), 1999 Topps 153 (TWINS), 2004 Donruss Playoff 120 (RED SOX), 2005 Donruss Playoff Champions 55 (METS), 2001 Topps 105 (TWINS), 2001 Topps Gold 105 427/2002 (TWINS), 2001 UD SweetSpot 102 (TWINS), 2004 Topps Total 601 (TWINS), 2005 Donruss PLayoff Zenith 151 (METS), 2006 UD 641 (ROYALS), 2006 Topps 218 (METS), 2007 Topps Allen & Ginter 241 (YANKEES), 2003 Topps 243 (TWINS), 2003 UD 113 (TWINS), 2004 Donruss Playoff Leaf 32 (RED SOX), 2005 Fleer/Skybox Ultra 46 (RED SOX), 2005 Donruss Playoff Champions Impressions 243 (TWINS), 2000 Fleer/Skybox Tradition 189 (TWINS), 2003 Topps Total 393 (TWINS), 2010 UD Series 1 276 RUYEJ (DODGERS), 2000 Topps Stadium Club 86 (TWINS), 2001 Topps Stadium Club 91
Mientkiewicz signed 07UD card
Delmon Young CERT 2004 Donruss Playoff Leaf Certified #183 11/25
I also have done a little IP graphing:
Danny Valencia 2010 Topps Bowman RC at a signing at Sports Authority (bubbled a little even though I erasered it a few times)
Brian Duensing 8x10 photo at a signing at Best Buy (signs right handed even though he pitches left).
Went to a couple games recently:
Randy Wolf 1/1 custom
Kameron Loe 1/1 custom
John Axford 1/1 custom
Carl Pavano 1/1 2011 Heritage
Jeff Niemann 1/1 4x6 photo
Got Glen Perkins 4/4 at a signing a while ago. He signed 3 cards and my team ball. Now I need just four players, including Mauer, for the ball who are still with the Twins (many of the minor leaguers who played a few games in 2009 have been traded or no longer play ball).
There are a few upcoming Twins signings I will hopefully be attending in the middle of July. Check the Twins site for more details.
Some really nice trades in from the past week.
Steve Carlton CERT/STAMP 2004 Donruss PLayoff Century Collection S-29 35/100
Zach Britton 2011 Topps Bowmans Best BBP22
Lars Anderson 2011 Topps 254 RC
Denard Span 2011 Topps Gyspsy Queen Wall Climbers WC4
Jim Thome 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen Homerun Heroes HH14
Vladimir Guerrero 1994 UD Top Prospect RC
Joe Mauer GU JERSEY 05 UD MLB Artifacts MLB Apparel MLB-JM 117/325
Justin Morneau GU JERSEY 07 UD SPX Winning Materials TVZU WM-MO
Doug Mientkiewicz Project:
2005 Topps Total 484 (METS)
2001 Fleer Skybox Ultra Team Players 230 (TWINS, with Rivas)
2000 Topps Opening Day 70 (TWINS)
2003 Topps Bowman 92 (TWINS)
2003 Topps Bowman Gold 92 (TWINS)
2003 Topps Opening Day 136 (TWINS)
2002 Fleer Skybox PLatinum 131 (TWINS)
2001 Fleer Skybox Ultra 85 (x2) (TWINS)
2003 Topps Heritage 15 (x2) (TWINS)
1999 Pacific Trading Cards Invincible RC 88 (TWINS)
2002 Topps 206 Polar Bear 255 (x2) (TWINS)
2002 Topps Gallery 138 (TWINS)
2000 Topps Stadium Club 86 (TWINS)
2001 Topps Stadium Club 91 (x2) (TWINS)
Some more trades in lately and one TTM:
Carl Pavano 1/1 c/o Twins
Signed items thru trades:
Brian Duensing A&G RC
David Price 2008 Tristar Projections
Tim Lincecum 2007 Topps Turkey Red RC
Ryan Braun 2008 UD SP Authentic
Evan Longoria 2008 Topps Bowman RC
Unsigned items thru trades:
Michael Cuddyer 2007 Topps Chrome refractor 58
Delmon Young 2008 Topps Chrome refractor 51
Stephen Strasburg 2010 Topps Bowman Platinum RC 1
For my Mientkiewicz collection:
2002 UD Solid Contact Rookie Debut SC-DM (TWINS)
1999 Fleer/Skybox Mystique FreshInk 111/500 (TWINS)
1999 Fleer Brilliants RC 161 (TWINS)
2002 UD Diamond Connection Bat Around BA-PTMO (TWINS)
1999 Pacific Trading Cards Revolution RC 80 (TWINS)
Received a few nice items in the mail:
Felix Pie, Aaron Hill, and Kyle Gibson signed cards and Aaron Hill signed 4x6
Hope everyone's month is off to a good start. Mine started well. Just got a few trades in:
Non-Cert Signed cards
Elvis Andrus 2009 Topps A&G RC
Chipper Jones 2000 Fleer Skybox Tradition
Todd Helton 2001 Royal Rookies
Ozzie Smith 1987 Fleer Baseball All-Stars
Vida Blue CERT 2004 Topps Chrome TA-VB uncirculated
John Lackey CERT 2008 UD Baseball Heroes #85 58/65
Nolan Ryan 2007 Topps Triple Threads TTR 60 17/36
2003 UD Major Factors Finite #110 1250/1599 (TWINS)
2005 Donruss Playoff Throwback Threads #97 002/100 (METS)
2001 Donruss Signature Series #22 (TWINS)
1999 CERT UD Signature Edition #DoM
One item for my Mientkiewicz collection:
2005 Donruss Playoff Absolute Memorablia Team Trios TT-49 142/200 (TWINS)
Very slow with the TTMs lately, but have received some trades over the last few weeks including:
Mariaino Rivera 1998 UD SPx 484/4500 insert
AJ Burnett CERT 1999 Team Best
signed Doug Mientkiewicz 2001 Topps Bowman 310 (blue, trade) (TWINS)
Chipper Jones, Zack Grienke, CC Sabathia, Bobby Abreu, and Justin Huber autographed cards.
Pictures are up in my bucket.
Bought a pack of 2011 Opening Day at Target and a 6-card pack of Gypsy Queen just to try it out. Here's what I ended up with:
BASE: Johan Santana (34), Reggie jackson (174), Pablo Sandoval (133)
INSERTS: Aaron Rowand 210 (mini), Tom Seaver GO22 (The Great Ones), Torii Hunter WC1 (Wall Climbers)
Topps Opening Day
BASE: 1, 3, 11, 13, 21, 27, 35, 41, 43, 46, 54, 57, 64, 67, 74, 78, 81, 84, 90, 91, 92, 98, 103, 114, 119, 120, 129, 137, 138, 140, 142, 143, 145, 148, 153, 155, 156, 152, 154, 163, 169, 170, 174, 179, 180, 183, 187, 188, 190, 198, 204, 205, 211, 212, 216, 218, 220
TWINS: Brian Duensing (126), Delmon Young (194)
MASCOTS: M-20, M-10, M-1
RCs: Bogusevic (56), Freeman (70), Jennings (45)
SUPERSTAR CELEBRATIONS: Holliday SC-21, Bruce SC-4, Markakis SC-9
OPENING DAY STARS: A-Rod ODS-3
PRESIDENTIAL FIRST PITCH: Bush PFP-7, Nixon PFP-5
SPOT THE ERROR: Teixeira 1/10, Jimenez 6/10
TOPPSTOWN: Holliday TTOD-6
STADIUM LIGHTS: Alvarez UL-7
NUMBERED: Soto 1270/2011, Billingsly 0090/2011
And TTM I received a Stan Musial signed index card (with lines ont he back) c/o his home address in a couple months. Didn't think he'd actually sign it, but a very nice return.
From the last few weeks:
Tom Glavine RC (1987 Leaf)
Roberto Alomar RC (1988 Leaf)
Doug Mientkiewicz 2006 UD 641 8EVL 131/299 (ROYALS)
Drew Stubbs GU JERSEY 2004 UD SP Prospects USA Baseball National Honors NH-DS
Justin Morneau GU BAT 2003 Topps Future PhenomsRookie Season: 2003 FP-JM
Matt Tolbert CERT 2008 UD Timeline 247 GRF5G 15/99 RC
Danny Valencia CERT 2010 Topps Bowman Sterling 34 RC
Jason Heyward CERT 2010 Topps Bowman Sterling 20 RC
Aroldis Chapman CERT 2010 Topps Bowman Sterling BSP-AC
Alex Wimmers CERT 2010 Topps Bowman Sterling BSP-AW
Scott Aldred CERT 1996 Donruss Leaf
Pat Mahomes CERT 1996 Donruss Leaf
Chris Nale CERT 1996 Donruss Leaf
Jeff Reboulet CERT 1996 Donruss Leaf
Greg Nyers CERT 1996 Donruss Leaf
Erik Bennett CERT 1996 Donruss Leaf
Great mail day for me:
Javier Vazquez, Adam Jones, and Jon Garland from ST and...Not as cool for most people, but great for me!:
Thanks Mr. Mientkiewicz!
Great way to begin the baseball season!
Jeremy Guthrie (TTM) 2/2 one personalized (sent last season, postmarked from Tampa, FL)
two Matt Tolbert autographed RCs, Doug Mientkiewicz signed card, Ryne Sandburg SS with HOF 05 inscr, Drew Storen SS, and some nice baseball cubes
Got an RTS from Robert Alomar's home address
Overall a great start to the season, now I have 10 OMLBs, part of my collection I am looking to expand on.
Got some nice returns yesterday:
Jim Bunning 1/2
Big Mac 1/1 c/o Cardinals ST
Big Mac (again, different card) 1/1 c/o Cardinals ST
Jeremy Hellickson SSOMLB (with Bob Feller Museum holo)
Nick Punto GU JERSEY 2009 Topps Bowman Sterling World Baseball Classic BCR-NP
Brian Duensing 2/2 personalized c/o Twins ST
Two Jhan Martinez cards, as a gift
Kyle Gibson 2/2 c/o ST personalized
Gibson seems like such a nice guy, signs for everyone and have heard great stories from other fans, hope he does well this season!
For my Mientkiewicz Project:
2005 Donruss Playoff Zenith 151 (METS)
2002 Upper Deck Piece of History 31 (TWINS)
2000 Topps Chrome 153 (TWINS)
Bobby Doerr 4/4 c/o home
As always, Mr. Doerr is a great ttm signer. A little over 1 week turnaround.
Received over the last couple of days:
Mark McGwire 1/2 c/o ST
Kyle Gibson 2/2 c/o ST
For my Doug Mientkiewicz collection (unsigned):
2007 UD Series 2 843 3U3LX (YANKEES)
2005 Topps 532 (x2) (Mets)
2004 Donruss Playoff Career Stat Line 120 64/276 (RED SOX)
Great day at the box for trades:
For my Mientkiewicz collection:
another 2001 Topps 105 (TWINS)
2006 UD Fleer T9L2 (ROYALS)
2004 Fleer/Skybox Tradition 231 (TWINS)
2003 Topps 205 Polar Bear 64
Bowman Platinum RCs of Trevor Plouffe and Wilson Ramos
and some great certs!
Dan Uggla CERT/GU 2007 Topps Triple Threads Rising Star 05/99 147
Francisco Liriano CERT/GU 2008 Topps Triple Threads Rising Star 15/50 216
Curtis Granderson CERT/GU 2008 Topps Triple Threads Rising Star 53/99 187
Hanley Ramirez CERT 2007 UD Artifacts Autofacts AF-HR HXU2
Josh Hamilton RC CERT 2007 UD SP Rookie 117 FLRKU
A few days ago, got these:
Johnny Cueto CERT 2009 Topps Allen&Ginter AGA-JOC
Brian Duensing CERT 2010 Topps Allen&Ginter AGA-BD
Curtis Granderson CERT 2009 Topps 206 Piedmont No. 25 24 Dist. VA
Clayton Kershaw 2010 Topps Peak Performance Series 1 PPA-CK
Hank Aaron GU BAT 2005 Donruss Playoff Leaf Limited Lumberjacks LJ-16 35/50
Received in a few deals:
Cal Ripken Jr. 3000 Hit ticket with Certificate of Authenticity
PSA graded Buster Posey and Hoyt Wilhelm certs (paid for them to get graded when PSA announced a special offer), got NMT+ and MINT gradings.
And for my Mientkiewicz collection:
2002 Topps Bowman Chrome gold refractor 32/50 21 (TWINS)
GU BAT 2003 UD Going Deep! GD-DM (TWINS)
Got some nice items lately:
Eric Munson CERT 2000 UDSP Chirography SP Authentic EM
Craig Monroe CERT 2005 Donruss Heroes 119
Brandon Inge CERT 2005 UD SP Collection 35 16/35
Pepper Davis (AAGPLB) 1993 Ted Williams
Anthony Telford 1991 Leaf (inscr "Rev 3:20")
Alex Arias 1994 Pinnacle
Burt Hooton 1976 Topps
Ricky Bones 1992 UD
A few unsigned Mientkiewicz cards:
2000 UD Victory
2003 Topps Opening Day (mini) x2
2002 Donruss Press Proof Leaf
2001 UD Breakout Performers
Some quick ttms returns today both c/o home in one week:
Bobby Shantz "1952 AL MVP" inscription
Vern Law "Cy Young 1960" inscription
Also from a trade a few days ago: Marlon Byrn UDX cert
Got a bunch of trades and some nice items for the new projects I am working on (which are 2010 Commemorative patches and All-Star Game GU patches):
Ernie Banks 2009 Topps Commemorative patch LPR-27
Prince Fielder GU JERSEY 07 Topps All Star Game Stitches AS PF
Brian Fuentes GU JERSEY 07 Topps All Star Game Stitches AS BF
Dave Winfield GU JERSEY 2009 UD Sweet Swatch Memorabilia SS-DW 9Qs9T
Garret Anderson GU JERSEY 2008 Allen&GinterAGR-GA
One for my Mientkiewicz collection: 2009 topps (PIRATES) signed card, inscribed "curse ender!" Nice addition, unique piece and a favor from a graphing friend!
Doug Mientkiewicz (unsigned) pirates photocard
Orlando Cepeda PATCH 2010 Topps Commemorative Patch MCP-21
Got a few trades in in the last few days:
James Taillion 4x6
Andruw Jones gu
Reggie Jackson patch card
Joel/Bob Skinner dual
Doug Mientkiewicz 8x10 certified
and some other items. Check my lists!
Also starting NEW PROJECT! Looking for 2010 Topps Commemorative patches (have a few in my "game used" section) and All-Star Game jerseys from any year (also have a few in my gu section). Please lmk if you can help me out!
Overall, a pretty good day. Also got to shake hands and talk to three HOFers (Yount, Fingers, and Jenkins). In addition to the autographs, I picked up a couple nice items at the various shops spread all over including at Tsyoshi Nishioka card and a Span t-shirt.
Got a bunch of 50/50 items for Twinsfest and some unsigned cards for Twinsfest. A Rochester Red Wings (Twins AAA) 2009 team signed photo and a couple items from a 50/50 with a Cardinals fan were the only signed pieces today.
Got some items to be signed at Twinsfest and three more Mientkiewicz cards (two unsigned base, one Game-used bat card).
I also received a complete set of 33 cards from the 1984 Ralston Purina topps cards (included in cereal boxes). Really nice pristine condition set of older cards.
In the process of completing some trades for Twinsfest, but will be COMPLETELY UPDATING my site and bucket today. Check my bucket for a more organized format and complete listings!
A few nice items in the mail today (including some 50/50s for Twinsfest), a couple signed index cards, some nice unsigned items to get signed at Twinsfest and:
Albert Pujols certified autographed card! Had to give up a lot for this but hopefully it's worth it for later.
In the last two days, nice returns.
Carlos Zambrano/Luis Tiant dual autograph cert (two)
Robin Yount SweetSpot Memorabilia GU jersey
Javy Lopez 3/3
Luis Gonzalez 10/10! (Sent a few different times during the season and he sent them all back at once)
Great last couple days at the box. Some trades were waiting for me when I got back from a few days away from the box.
Got a bunch of cards for my Mientkiewicz collection, but these also came in:
David Sheppard 05 Bowman, 05 Topps
Herb Carneal (deceased Twins HOF announcer) IC (with HOF 96 inscr)
Jeff Weaver 05 Topps
Nick Punto 06 Topps Heritage
Andre Ethier 2010 Topps
Orlando Cabrera 03 Topps Bowman Heritage
Ben Zobrist 2010 Topps
Ray Corbin 76 Topps
Jeff Manship 2009 Topps RC
Troy Tulowitzki 2008 Topps (bubbled)
Andy Kosco 74 Topps
Ed Kranepool 75 Topps
Jim Fergosi 76 Topps
Phil Roof 77 Topps
Pat Neshek signed mini photo
Jim Perry 04 UD Legends Timeless Teams
Doug Mientkiewicz 02 Fleer
Cole Hamels GU JERSEY 07 Topps All Star Game Stitches AS CH
Albert Pujols GU JERSEY 05 UD Origins Baseball "Old Judge" Materials OJ-AP
Pee Wee Reese GU JERSEY 06 Fleer Greats of the Game Dodger Greats LAD-PR C5NB
Luis Aparicio GU BAT 05 Topps Heritage Clubhouse Collection CCR-LA
Doug Mientkiewicz GU JERSEY 04 Donruss Game Day Souvinirs GD-49
Doug Mientkiewicz GU BAT 02 UD Diamond Connection Diamond Collection 427 193/775
Doug Mientkiewicz GU JERSEY 02 UD Diamond Connection Diamond Collection 259 453/775
Justin Huber GU JERSEY 02 Topps Bowman All-Star Futures Draft Picks & Prospects Scouting Report FOF-JH
Miguel Cabrera GU JERSEY 04 Topps All-Star Stitches ASR-MC
Curt Schilling GU JERSEY 02 Fleer Jersey AuthenTix JA-CS RIPPED
Alex Rodriguez GU JERSEY 02 Fleer Jersey AuthenTix JA-AR RIPPED
Alex Rodriguez GU JERSEY 04 Topps Cracker Jack Take Me Out To the Ball Game TB-AR
Alex Rodriguez GU JERSEY 02 UD Time Capsule TC-AR3
Alex Rodriguez GU JERSEY 02 UD Diamond Connection Diamond Collection 243 502/755
Alex Rodriguez GU JERSEY 02 Fleer Box Score Press Clippings
Alex Rodriguez GU JERSEY 03 Fleer/Skybox Flair Diamond Cuts 3 DC-AR
Alex Rodriguez GU JERSEY 03 Donruss Leaf AWAY A-3
Alex Rodriguez GU BAT 02 Fleer Tradition This Day in History...
Alex Rodriguez GU JERSEY 03 UD Honor Roll Dean's List DL-AR1
Ian Kinsler CERT 08 UD Baseball Heroes XT3ZX 175 27/50
Bert Blyleven CERT 05 Donruss Classics Stars of Summer BOS-2 40/50
Bob Feller CERT 03 Donruss Signature Series Legends of the Summer LS-7
Nick Punto CERT 05 UD Pro Sigs Signature Sensations SS-NP
Nick Punto CERT 06 UD Signature Sensations MQ9B SS-NP
Rick Ankiel CERT 00 UD SP Chirography RA
Cliff Lee CERT 05 Donruss Playoff Prime Patches Next Generation NG-9
Matt Garza CERT 07 Topps Season Highlights HA MG
Hoyt Wilhelm CERT 01 Fleer/Skybox Greats of the Game
Joe Blanton CERT 08 Baseball Heroes DGUCL 141 41/150
Jim Palmer CERT 05 Donruss Leather&Lumber Leather Cuts LC-30 106/128
Mark Teixiera CERT 04 UD Etched in Time ET-MT 103/325
Josh/Jeremy Papelbon CERT 07 Topps Bowman Sterlin BSDA-PP 258/275
Joe Mauer/Francisco Liriano 06 Topps Co-Signers Autographs CS-42
Prince Fielder signed photo
Matt Kemp/Casey Blake signed photo
And a Bunch of Doug Mientkiewicz unsigned cards for my collection!
Happy Holidays to everyone!
Got some nice baseball related items for Christmas:
Tony Oliva signed Twins 8x10 (with others pictured which will be a nice items to bring to Twinsfest)
Negro Leagues stamp collection
Torii Hunter SSROLB (signed many years ago with his old signature and uniform #11, looks great for being at least 10 yrs old!)
Recently got in the box:
Bud Harrelson 3/3 (2 cards and 1 3x5 with "1969 Mets")
Matt Williams 3/3
Got some nice stuff recently:
in a deal with Jeff, a CD with MLB photos from a photographer. Very nice!
signed photos of: Wade Davis, Ben Zobrist
2010 A&G Ben Zobrist
Ryan Howard and Albert Pujols GU cards
Alexi Casilla cert RC
George Foster cert GU/auto
Nice past couple of days in trades. Got some Twins #'d and refractors (Thome, Span, Mauer, Casilla, etc)
Also got a Luis Aparicio certified autograph in a trade!
Very good day at the mailbox.
Buster Posey cert.
Jason Bartlett/Ben Zobrist dual cert.
Jim Kaat Cert
and a nice Mientkiewicz card to add to my collection
Hope you all started the month off with some nice graphs!
Looking to expandin my Mientkiewicz collection, I received a 2004 Topps Chrome refractor in a trade (my first refractor :D)
Just went to Justin Morneau's "Winter Warm-up" coat drive/autograph session. Got him on a 16x20 photo (gold), SSOMLB (blue, thanks Mike!), team ball (black), and min-penant (silver, for a consignment). All the graphs look great and were well worth the wait. Got them for free (with a coat donation) and went through the line twice with help. Glad I got him at this signing because he is very difficult to get at Twinsfest and almost anywhere else.
Working on getting some more trades done.
Lately I've updated my site. There are two new pages: Certified Autographs, and the Doug Mientkiewicz Project. The Game Used page has been updated too. Check them out and make offers if you want anything!
Some nice items in the mail today:
Rick Porcello SSOMLB
Jeff Francouer SSOMLB
some free cards including a few 2010 A&Gs, thanks abeabe!
Doug Mientkiewicz T206 GU jersey card
Doug Mientkiewicz cert
Matt Cain signed promotional card
A nice pickup a few days ago:
Doug Mientkiewicz "Last Out" 2004 WS signed 8x10 (steiner certified)
I am currently working on my Mientkiewicz collection, so please email me if you have ANYTHING Mientkiewicz related. Looking for anything but here's a list: base cards, refractors, rookie cards, gu or certified autograph cards, gu items (bats, hats, etc), bobbleheads, TTM or IP autographs, 2004 Red Sox WS memorabilia signed by Doug.
Also in the mail box today:
Gordon Beckham 1/1 c/o Sox (postmarked from Chicago)-very nice return! He signed it in black, perfect sig on his Bowman Chrome RC!
Got a nice load yesterday and today:
Adre Dawson 8x10 (w/ COA)
Al Kaline 8x10
Matt Weiters 8.5X11
Rafael Furcal 8x10
1997 game 7 ws ticket
Jeff Suppan gu from gostormers, thanks Amy!
Josh Reddick and Bob Stanley (3) signed cards from redsox10
Andre Dawson Maury Wills
Happy Halloween everyone!
From a couple days ago, got a few cards from Todd:
Carl Pavano (full sig!)
Also got, in a 50/50 from last week, Tommy John 2/2 8x12 pics. They look great, thanks Matt!
Yesterday got a Pedro Beato autographed Bowman Chrome and portrain card of Joba Chamberlain (not signed)
A couple nice returns from Tony LaRussa- 1/1 and 2/2 both c/o team. one if for trade.
Also got the weirdest failure. I sent Aaron Harang, a typically good TTM signer, a card, got it back unsigned with a Bronson Arroyo computer signed card that said something to the effect of "Due to the amount of mail I receive, I cannot personally answer all the fan requests" (this coming from Arroyo when I sent to Harang). Very interesting.
Good day at the mailbox:
Jamie Moyer 2/2 2/2 2/2 c/o team
Ryan Dempster 1/2 c/o team
Bob McClure 2 and Brayan Pena 1 (from a 50/50)
The other day got:
Chris Davis, Vernon Wells (from Jeff) and Charlie Hough, Rick Anderson, Gary Lucas, and Steve McCatty (from Todd)
In the mail from a trade got a great item:
Dom DiMaggio full sig. autographed 8x10 ("Best Wishes" Dominic Paul 'Dom' DiMaggio")
From the last few days:
Drew Stubbs 1/1 c/o team
Jeremy Guthrie 2/2 c/o team (personalized one and wrote "Go O's" on the other)
Bob Gibson "HOF 81" ONLB, great pickup!
In the mail Friday from Larry:
Jason Kubel cert. card
Alexi Casilla cert. card
At the last Baseball Unplugged (hosted by Michael Cuddyer):
Michael Cuddyer 1/1 card
Trevor Plouffe 1/1 Twins mini helmet signed in gold paint pen
Ben Revere 1/1 ticket from first MLB hit game-inscribed "First ML hit"
Went to Target Field today to watch the Twins-A's game.
Matt Tolbert 1/1 card
Also in the mail yesterday (trades):
Lyle Overbay Sweetspot Signatures card, Willie McCovey All-Star Game patch card, Darryl Strawberry GU jersey card, Terrance Long cert. autographed card, Todd Walker autographed rookie card, Armando Gabino SSOMLB, Matt Antonelli unsigned cards to go out for a signing, Logan Morrison auto'd Bowman RC, and Jeff Clement Team USA GU jersey card.
Received the other day:
Wilson Ramos-3/3 5x7 photos from a 50/50
Brian Snyder, Drew Butera signed cards
Jeff Francouer signed IC
Carlos Zambrano and Orlando Hudson GU jersey cards
One of the best TTM successes ever (in terms of player, item, and turnaround):
Mariano Rivera 1/1 SS ROMLB! c/o Yanks in just over a week
In a trade got a bunch of unsigned cards of Pat Neshek, Jeremy Guthrie, Justin Masterson, Jamie Moyer, and others. I'll be sending them off soon.
Mariano Rivera 1/2 c/o New York Yankees- he signed my Sports Illustrated but sent back the Rookie card unsigned. Really happy about that one!
In a trade with larussa got two nice Topps signed by JJ Hardy and Jason Kubel. They're both signed in blue sharpie, full sigs.
At the Iowa Cubs game I wasn't very successful. Got turned down by a couple guys including Micah Hoffpauir pregame and got delayed so couldn't get to the ballpark in time to get Sandburg. I did manage to get Jeff Gray 1/1 on a custom 4x6. At a local card shop I purchased a Brian Duensing certified autograph. Nice addition to my collection.
In a 50/50, I received an SSOMLB of Rod Carew in blue. It's a great looking sig. I'll get pics up on Photobucket of my new additions soon.
After I got back from vacation, a huge mail load was waiting (from trades):
From a 50/50... signed photos of Jeff Manship, Wilson Ramos, Trevor Plouffe (2), and Luke Hughes
From another 50/50... signed cards from Ron Villone and Kevin Mench (1 each)
Also... signed cards of Dan Gladden and Nelson Cruz (rookie card)
Big thanks to Matt for getting Jose Morales on my team ball (23 sigs now) as a favor.
I also received around 30-40 baseball cards from the 1970's, 80's, and 90's. Some are to send out for autograph requests. All are in near mint condition including: Milt Pappas, Greg Gagne, Reggie Jackson, Carlton Fisk, Brooks Robinson, Jamie Moyer, Tony LaRussa, Ron Cey, Rod Carew, Paul Molitor, and many others.
Went to a free signing Wednesday night:
Tim Laudner (former Twins catcher) signed 3/3 (cards) for me before his live radio broadcast
In a trade, I recieved a HOFer and two All-Stars:
Also, at a free signing on Saturday:
Jesse Crain 3/3 (cards)
Nice sigs after a great performance Friday night.
After not posting for a while due to limited internet access, I have a few TTM successes to report:
Bud Harrelson 2/2 c/o home
Fred Lynn 0/1 1/0 sent a signed notecard, did not sign my card (sent back blank)
Received a fan pack from the Chicago Cubs a few days ago. It included:
Cubs 2010 schedule
oversized Koyie Hill card
Recieved a postcard signed by Kevin Slowey (personalized)
Also got back my 2009 Twins team ball with another signature. Luis Ayala (playing for a minor league team now) signed and I now have 22 sigs on the ball.
At a Harmon Killebrew signing:
1/1 OMLB "HOF 84" inscription
1/1 baseball card
2/0 free Killebrew Rootbeer black and white photos given away at event "HOF 84" insription
Harmon was very friendly, signing multiples and chatting with fans.
Not a lot of TTM autographs lately, but got a Vernon Wells certified card in a trade.
Received in a trade signed cards of:
Also went to try to get autographs at the new Twins stadium on Sunday. It's practically impossible to get the players when they are coming in, visiting and home. My best bet with IP this year is minor league games and signings.
If you have any questions about the set up at Target Field, feel free to ask me.
Over the past few days...
Ron Gardenhire 2/2 c/o Twins ST
Don Baylor 2/2 c/o Rockies ST
Chicago White Sox fan pack which included a sticker, shedules and a bunch of fliers, the usual.
received a fan pack from the Astros today
Hunter Pence photocard
two 2010 Astros skeds
Astros window sticker
Sorry for the long delay, finally some good stuff!
Brian Duensing-1/1 c/o Twins ST
Curtis Granderson-1/1 c/o Yankees ST
Akinori Iwamura-1/1 c/o Pirates
Fan packs from:
Also went to the Twins exhibition game vs. the Cards. It's a great field, really nice view, good seating anywhere. Couldn't get there early, but I will post how the graphing in when I get a chance.
received the following fan packs in the last couple days:
Ney York Yanks (from last season)
Also received Michael Cuddyer 1/1 c/o Minnesota Twins ST (09 schedule)
Last week I received a huge lot of schedules/ fan pack stuff in a trade. Mostly from '05, '06, and '07
Hopefully I'll get some ST requests back. Doesn't seem like a good year for me, though.
This week I got some cards back in two trades:
Also got an RTS from Orlando Cabrera sent c/o Twins at the beginning of last season. It was postmarked August 3 of last year meaning it probably got lost in the mail, finally arrived in August and then I'm not sure what happened, why it was returned hald a year later.
Sent out ST requests yesterday. Also UPDATED my Team address list. Check out the new ST addresses if you need them.
Here's a list of good ST signers:
CC Sabathia- c/o Yankees
Andy Pettite- c/o Yankees
John Lackey- c/o Red Sox
Hedeki Okajima- c/o Red Sox
Ron Gardenhire- c/o Twins
Jeremy Guthrie- c/o O's
Chone Figgins- c/o Mariners
Matt Stairs- c/o Padres
Curtis Granderson- c/o Yankees
Luis Gonzalez- c/o D'backs
Ryan Dempster- c/o Cubs
Steve Balboni- 1/2 c/o home
Also completed a trade a couple days ago. Got a Francisco Liriano cert.
Jim Thome- 1/1 c/o White Sox
jim Thome- 1/1 c/o White Sox
(both sent last season)
Sadly, could not get any more autographs. Guessing people were in line for Morneau since early that morning because there were easily 1000 people or more waiting for him.
Got some other unsigned things including a 2010 Target Field calendar, SCORE magazine (front cover Brett Favre), and lots of schedules (ie Twins 2010, Twins ST 2010, local teams).
Friday, mostly did minor leaguers. Fun to get them because they sign multiples, are free, and many are soon to be stars (ie. Span was in the free line 2 years ago). Unfortunately, it's hard to tell which ones will make it or not, so you take your chances with getting baseballs signed. Successes for Twinfest (Friday):
Denard Span- 1/1 SSOMLB (for 50/50)
David Bromberg- 2/2 3x5s
Trevor Plouffe- 2/2 3x5s
Rene Tosoni- 2/2 3x5s
Toby Gardenhire- 3/3 3x5, 2 cards
Alex Burnett- 2/2 3x5s
Rob Delaney- 2/2 3x5s
Aaron Hicks- 2/2 8x10s (1 for 50/50)
Nate Hanson- 2/2 3x5s
Derek McCallum- 2/2 3x5, card
Mark Dolenc- 1/1 3x5
Ben Revere- 1/1 card
Steve Tolleson- 1/1 card
Joe Benson- 1/1 card
Anthony Slama- 1/1 3x5
Notes: Tried to get Blackburn but he unexpectedly canceled. Waited in line for Thome for 45 minutes and then they cut it off a ways ahead of me.
When in line for Span, met a guy who does drawing of Twins players. They're very realistic. He gave me one of Span. (I'll put it in my photobucket when I post everything else).
Going again Saturday.
Sorry for the late post. Received a trade.
Carlton Fisk index card, signed cards of: Torii Hunter, Brad Radke, Carlos Lee
I will be going to Twinsfest in two weeks and will post my successes.
Got two trades in the mail.
Tony Graffanino and Nate McLouth signed cards from Larry.
A great addition to my collection, I got a Hanley Ramirez RC cert. from raider1088.
Another long wait between updates. Mail is slow...
Wes Helms- 1/1 c/o home (more than a year)
In a trade with phiilysports345: I got autographed cards of Johnny Damon, Bobby Doerr, and Barry Zito
Haven't updated in a while, but two new trades came in this week and last.
Received a New York Yankees World Series special edition newspaper from nym5.
Today I got 30-40 base cards (baseball) from RunClintonRun.
Received a trade from Nolan: Whitey Herzog and Shawon Dunston autographed cards.
I tried going to the Twins moving sale today. I got there at 10:00, right when it opened, and there was a line stretching all the way around the Dome! I decided not to wait in line because all the good stuff would be gone by the time I got through. People were already coming out with GU bats, Dome signs, etc.
Clay Parker- 1/1 c/o home
Casey Kotchman- 0/1 c/o team
Kotchman doesn't seem in the signing mood lately. I sent this more than a year ago and I've sent to him twice.
Received 1/1 from Gene Garber. He was very friendly and wrote about his Major League debut on the extra index card I included.
Got something from sugarcult2:
GU A&G jersey cards of Tom Gorzelanny and Delwyn Young. Really cool, and a signed Rafael Furcal index card.
Received a trade from Larry.
2005 Topps signed Jack Wilson, Vernon Wells, Nate Robertson and Juan Pierre.
Got some items from sugarcult2:
Robert Stock and Jemile Weeks CIC's (custom index cards)
4 Alex Rodriguez "Road to 500" 2007 Topps insert cards. Hoping to get them signed.
Duke Snider- 1/3 c/o home (took longer than usual. He kept 2 of the 3 cards)
Got a Stan Musial photocard postmarked from St. Louis. I think it got forwarded there from Musial's home address. It was a different photocard from the glossy signed one he usually sends, this one was unsigned.
Got three things back from Mr. Moyer. Nice to see the card back from Etheier. I sent it more than a year ago and thought it'd been lost or he decided not to respond.
Jamie Moyer- 2/2 c/o Phillies
Jamie Moyer- 2/2 c/o Phillies
Jamie Moyer- 1/2 c/o Phillies
Andre Ethier- 1/1 (personalized) c/o Dodgers
Received some trades back. One from corwny3, I got Delmon Young and Jason Bartlett. I got a trade from the guy who runs Signatures of Success (check it out in my links). He wanted four cards for a set. I got John Felske, Ray Miller, Jim Pankovits, and Marc Sullivan.
I got Fernando Valenzuela TTM, four seperate trials, and got a success each time. Some people have said it looks like it's "ghost signed" but I've compared the ones I've gotten in the last year and to other collector's autogrpahed Valenzuela stuff and it doesn't appear to be fake.
Fernando Valenzuela- 1/1 c/o home
Fernando Valenzuela- 1/1 c/o home
Fernando Valenzuela- 1/1 c/o home
Fernando Valenzuela- 1/1 c/o home
Hideki Okajima- 1/1 index card c/o Boston Red Sox
Got Adam Miller SSOMLB from hizzle65, nice addition to my collection. Will post link later
Tried twice to upload pictures, not working. I'll try again later.
Jeff Suppan- c/o Brewers
David Segui- 4/5 c/o home
added a new link, check it out
going to the Twins v. Yanks game today. Will post my souvenirs, and photos that I take (can turn into 8x10s). Yanks and Twins pics later today.
Fernando Valenzuela- 1/1 c/o home
Chan Ho Park- 1/2 (he kept the other) c/o Phillies
I went to the last regular season game in the Dome, very exciting, and the Twins went on to play a tiebreaker against Detroit, which they won in 12. Best game I've ever been to. I got some souvenirs, but I'm planning on keeping all of them, except the extras, which I'm working out in a trade with Larry.
Curtis Granderson- 0/1 but included his own card c/o Detroit Tigers
Pete Rose- 0/1 sent a poorly written letter saying he doesn't sign for free, but he'll sign a card for 30 bucks c/o Las Vegas addy
Joe Nathan- 1/1 sked c/o Minnesota Twins
Justin Morneau- 0/1 but sent a signed post card (pretty sure it's real)
Fernando Valenzuela- 1/1 c/o home
Fernando Valenzuela- 1/1 c/o home
Ed Romero- 2/2 c/o home
Tom Brunansky- 2/2 c/o home
Ron Kittle- 3/3 c/o home
Garret Anderson- 1/1 c/o Atlanta Braves
Ryan Church- 1/1 c/o Atlanta Braves
Jimmy Key- 1/2 c/o home
Kyle Davies- 1/1 c/o Kansas City Royals
Also got a trade from Larry: Dusty Baker, Pat Neshek, Jeff Kent, Chan Ho Park, Bobby Jenks, Chone Figgins.
Frank Tanana- 1/1 plus bible card c/o home
from kidk- Joe Mauer 8x10, Mitch Maier cert., Feliz Pie cert., Kevin Slowey, Rich Harden, Dan Uggla, Michael Young, Elvis Andrus
Jim Lonborg- 2/2 c/o home
Tom Underwood- 1/1 c/o home
Mark Eichhorn- 1/1 c/o home
Paul Molitor- FAILURE: sent many different individual letters, he sent them all back unsigned in one SASE. very disappointing.
Kevin Tapani- 9/9 c/o home
Greg Gagne- 2/2 c/o home
Alejandro Pena- 1/1 c/o home
Aaron Harang- 1/1 c/o Cincinnati Reds
Did some IP at Baseball Unplugged, hosted by Michael Cuddyer. He brought Joe Nathan and Matty Guerrier along. They all signed. Here's me haul:
Michael Cuddyer- 2/2 team ball, 8x10
Joe Nathan- 2/2 magazine, 2009 topps chrome
Matt Guerrier- 2/2 2 8x10s
another trade from Larry!
Received: Scott Podsednik, Ryan Zimmerman, Troy Percival, Doug Mientkiewicz, Brian Roberts, Adam Kennedy, Jacque Jones, Gavin Floyd, Hideki Okajima RC, Aaron Hill, Michael Barret
Traded: Nick Blackburn, Alexi Casilla, Mark Prior, Matt Guerrier (signed 8x10), Joe Mauer (8x10), Justin Morneau (8x10), Michael Cuddyer (8x10)
received Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim fan pack
Brendan Harris- 2/2 got one graph for Larry (card) and got Harris on team ball for myself. Turned out it cost, but it was worth it.
TTM has been a little slow lately, but I got a great trade from Larry. Thanks!
Received: Mark Mulder, Mike Piazza, Glen Perkins, Lyle Overbay, Akinora Iwamura, Justin Morneau, Adrian Gonzalez, Edwin Jackson, and Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez.
Traded: Justin Morneau, Pat Neshek, Eric Byrnes, Brad Ausmus, Brendan Harris, Ty Wigginton, Kyle Lohse (ticket), and Jeremy Gurthrie (ticket), Mark Teixeira
Notes: Larry wanted to complete some sets, so great trade for both of us.
Curtis Granderson- 1/1 c/o Detroit TIgers
Tony LaRussa- 1/1 c/o St. Louis Cardinals
received a New York Mets fan pack
(sent a notecard to the New York Mets stadium address "Attn: Fan Pack" in May of 2009 including my first name, and address)
Ron Karkovice- 0/2 c/o Newark Bears
sent a letter back saying he'd sign for $5.00 per item for a charity
Michael Cuddyer- 1/1 c/o Minnesota Twins
Jay Howell- 3/3 c/o Home
Wayne Krenchicki- 2/2 c/o Evansville Otters