If you have not yet checked out http://www.sportscollectors.net I highly suggest using them as a resource for your own TTM adventures. While I have only been on there a short time I have already picked up a number of cards of need through trading and Private Signings that many of the members there host.
Most recently I participated in a “Make it, Take it – 1987 Topps” draft. There were seven members (I think) who each sent in ten of their traders from the set. The host picked first – whomever submitted the card taken was the next pick. A nice incentive for folks to send in cards that are more difficult to acquire.
The ten cards I received back are as follows (in no particular order):
#91 Harold Reynolds (my first pick)
#113 Neil Allen
#284 John Moses
#303 Juan Berenguer
#388 Geno Petralli
#432 Jim Slaton
#628 Bob Walk
#11T Jerry Browne
All of these cards were needed to some degree – Brown replaced the one I received TTM as mine was smeared pretty badly – this one has a little smudge but much better. I just liked the John Moses better than mine and there were no other cards I needed at that time in the draft.
#190 Jim Sundberg
#579 Rick Burleson
Needed the Sundberg and like the Burleson better.
All in all – it was a lot of fun and I think most folks got some nice upgrades to their collections and/or filled some holes.
Now for a little mail over the last week or so. Only one negative to report, I got one of Paul Molitor this fall and tried to send back two more that I was missing – both were returned unsigned. I did see that he is now doing a private signing somewhere and is getting like $60 per so maybe the host asked that he not sign anything – he was always pretty hit or miss though from the looks of it. Will try again in a month or two.
Not 1987 but adds to a couple small projects and I love the goalie pose
Mark Grant – returned both in 13 days
Not baseball but saw that he returns some TTMs and figured I better get a future Hall of Famer in the NBA while I have the opportunity.
Dirk Nowitzki – took 70 days and signed 1/2 – I’ll take it
And my childhood favorite turned around my second request within about a week or so – this time I included $20 though he has yet to cash the check.
Wade Boggs – needed both cards – 2/2 in 11 days
Last but not least I have revamped my progress percentages for the 1987 Topps and Topps Traded sets. They are both included together in the numbers as follows:
- 1987 Topps – Need 360
- 1987 Topps Traded – Need 94
- Deceased – 56
- Checklists – 7
- Failures – 95 (9.96%)
- Pending – 138 (14.47%)
- Successes – 314 (32.94%)
- Purchased/Traded – 186 (19.50%)
So – that means that as of today I have exactly 500 cards I need for the set and have passed over the 50% mark. There are a number of cards coming in from a couple Private Signings and another completed trade and I have filled the outgoing mailbox the last few weeks – getting a bit tougher to cross of some of the names but I think there will be some positive results to show moving forward.
Thanks for checking in!