Slow Mail Monday – But a big Package to Open!

As you may know, or would notice in going through the archives of this documented history of my projects, there have been many starts and stops to my 1987 Topps TTM project.  It has also changed significantly since it’s birth but man has it been a lot of fun.

There have recently been a bunch of guys on twitter who have been actively sending and posting which has led to a renewed drive to get my own envelopes heading out a bit more frequently.

I must admit that I was a little disappointed to only find one return in the mailbox today as I have been pretty busy over the last couple of weeks and have sent out quite a few mailers.  Mondays are typically a big return day here for whatever reason (rarely anything other than recycling in the mail on Tuesdays and Thursdays) so maybe I just had my hopes up a little too high.

Oh well – hopefully that just means that the box will be full moving forward.

Only one return for me today and nothing from the main 1987 set.


Pete Stanicek 2/2 in 76 days – I really shouldn’t be disappointed as it’s always a good feeling to get a mailer back that is a couple months old.  Nice to add to my #2 (1988 Fleer) and #3 (1989 Topps) projects as well.  They look great!


The bigger excitement for the day though came when I hit the Post Office this morning and found a nice fat bubble mailer with an expected chuck of names/numbers to cross of the 1987 project.  A big shout out to @examinebaseball on twitter who reached out to me with some cards he was looking to move – a couple emails and a week later, I had a pile of cards to add to the collection!

exquisite 10004

  • #94 Calvin Schiraldi (replacing my ballpoint pen)
  • #135 Mike Easler (another ballpoint replacement)
  • #164 Sammy Khalifa (you guessed it – another upgrade)
  • #236 Tommy John
  • #265 Darrell Evans
  • #309 Mike Young
  • #319 Greg Swindell
  • #325 Garry Templeton
  • #362 Luis Quinones


exquisite 10005

  • #489 Bill Gullickson
  • #490 Dale Murphy
  • #660 Bob Horner (forgot that I sent him $5 so will probably get this one back at some point – oh well, traders)
  • #736 Steve Bedrosian
  • #738 Jorge Orta
  • #24T David Cone
  • #25T Chuck Crim
  • #26T Storm Davis
  • #34T Terry Francona



exquisite 10006

  • #43T Mickey Hatcher
  • #76T Kevin McReynolds
  • #81T Kevin Mitchell
  • #84T Gene Nelson
  • #85T Graig Nettles
  • #92T Dickie Noles
  • #96T Luis Polonia
  • #129T Matt Williams


All in all a pretty darn good day.  There are a few of these with outstanding requests but many of them are pretty fickle signers.  Should I get extras back then so be it – always nice to have a couple trade pieces.

Some updated stats are as follows:

1987 Topps and Topps Traded

  • Success 358 (37.53%)
  • Purchased/Traded 234 (24.53%)
  • Pending 123 (12.89%)
  • Failure 78 (8.18%)
  • Total Signed autos in hand – 592 which is 62.05% of my need list

Other projects

  • 1988 Fleer – 113 Total Autos
  • 1984 Topps – 49 Autos
  • 1985 Topps – 69 Autos
  • 1989 Topps – 76 Autos
  • 1991 Topps – 25 Autos

Thanks for stopping in – see you next time!

My Favorite Ballplayer – And I paid a few Guys

I am going to break down today’s post into a couple different threads as there has been a few different things happening here.  We spent last weekend in TriCities, Washington at my daughters softball tournament – first and foremost, I can’t tell you how much fun it is to watch my daughter go out there and compete.  She’s twelve and was a first year select player this year – plays on a pretty new team that struggles a bit but she started the year as a sub hitting toward the bottom of the lineup and finished the year as the teams starting shortstop hitting third – I am a proud poppa!

Addy Throw

What a stud – she’s a far better player than her old man ever was – I can promise you that.


Alright – onto the TTM updates.


I have tried and failed with old Kruky a few times over the last couple of years.  Not even sure as to why I tried again as it’s always been a fairly random return but I can only assume I had a card in front of me and gave it a shot.  Was pumped to cross this one off the 1987 Topps list.

123 Kruk

John Kruk 1/1 in 27 days – 1987 Topps #123



exquisite 1

Earnest/Earnie Riles 2/2 via Private Signing on SCN

The price was reasonable so I decided to scratch a couple off the 1987 Topps and 1988 Fleer projects.  Took a little while for the signing to actually happen but the host was great and happy to get these back in and add them to the binder.



exquisite 10001

Joe Carter 3/3 in 10 days – tried him with no money and failed.  At $5 per, I think these are well worth the money.  Not sure why it took me so long to add them to the collection.  One of the first pro games I ever saw at the Metrodome in Minneapolis featured Carter rocking three bombs – these are three beauties and I will likely send him another package of cards here shortly.

Historical Note – Joe Carter was the second player in baseball history to end the World Series with a walkoff homerun.  Bill Mazeroski was the first in 1960.



exquisite 10002

Steve Buechele 2/2 in 72 days – nice when an older submission comes in and looks as good as these do.  A little ink rubbed off on the envelope on the 1989 Topps but overall pretty happy to add these ones to the collection.



exquisite 10003

Lou Whitaker 2/2 in 8 days – like Carter, Lou is another guy whom I tried and failed with no money.  I hesitated a bit to send as it was a little more than I wanted to spend but ended up adding in a little extra and asked for the “Sweet Lou” inscription – I honestly don’t think these could have come out any better and he turned them around in about a week.  Couple beauty additions for sure.


There will be another post coming after today’s mail (hopefully there is a full mailbox of cards!) and a sizable purchase of 1987 Topps and Topps Traded auto pickups.  Stats will be forthcoming as well.

Thanks for the look!



My 1987 Topps & Topps Traded TTM Auto Wantlist

I don’t think I have this really listed anywhere online to share so wanted to get it down here – I will do my best to update this list however I am certain that I will fall behind at times as this will not be my primary list for tracking.  Feel free to reach out with any help you can provide and we may be able to strike a deal!


3 Dwight Evans
5 Dave Righetti
6 Ruben Sierra
11 Indians – Jim Aker
11 Indians – Chris Bando
12 Jeff Sellers
14 Dave Stewart
16 Pat Clements
18 Dick Hauser
20 Gary Carter
21 Mark Davis
28 Rick Dempsy
30 Tim Raines
31 Braves – Rafael Ramirez
34 Jose Rijo
37 Marvell Wynne
41 Bo Diaz
43 Gene Michael
45 Jim Presley
46 Dan Gladden
47 Dennis Powell
48 Wally Backman
51 Mel Hall
52 Keith Atherton
53 Ruppert Jones
56 Brewers – Paul Molitor
60 Tony Pena
61 Bobby Thigpen
63 Fred Toliver
65 Tom Browning
71 Mike Aldrete
76 Rafael Ramirez
80 Wally Joyner
81 Padres – Andy Hawkins
84 Steve Lake
89 Ozzie Guillen
99 Darryl Motley
106 Blue Jays – George Bell
106 Blue Jays – Willie Upshaw
120 Eddie Murray
123 John Kruk
124 Ray Fontenot
131 Pirates – Tony Pena
133 Jose Oquendo
136 Ron Romanick
137 Jerry Willard
138 Roy Lee Jackson
139 Devon White
141 Herm Winningham
142 Rick Sutcliffe
144 Mike Scioscia
148 Dave Collins
151 Mike LaCoss
153 Duane Ward
154 Tom O’Malley
156 Mariners – Phil Regan
160 Julio Franco
162 Mike LaValliere
170 Bo Jackson
171 Chuck Cary
172 Ron Oester
173 Alex Trevino
175 Bob Stanley
181 Cardinals – Mike LaValliere
183 Andy Hawkins
184 Bobby Bonilla
185 Roger McDowell
188 Tony Phillips
194 Kirk McCaskill
195 Mike Pagliarulo
197 Mark Bailey
198 Lee Mazzilli
200 Pete Rose
202 Ricky Wright
204 Sammy Stewart
208 John Shelby
210 Lloyd Moseby
211 John Morris
212 Mike Fitzgerald
213 Randy Myers
215 Mark Langston
218 Sparky Anderson
219 Cecilio Guante
220 Joe Carter
224 Wayne Tolleson
228 Curt Wilkerson
235 Alvin Davis
236 Tommy John
241 Danny Heap
242 Rick Mahler
250 Teddy Higuera
251 Rob Wilfong
256 Royals – George Brett
257 Bob Forsch
258 Steve Yeager
259 Mike Greenwell
261 Ruben Sierra
265 Darrell Evans
267 Howard Johnson
271 Mike Brown
272 Andres Galarraga
273 Gene Nelson
276 Jackie Gutierrez
277 Juan Agosto
281 Reds – Bo Diaz
281 Reds – Pete Rose
281 Reds – Bill Gullickson
282 Jeff Calhoun
285 Dennis Boyd
287 Dave Von Ohlen
288 Tito Landrum
291 Mitch Williams
294 Steve Jeltz
295 Len Dykstra
296 Andres Thomas
298 Larry Herndon
299 Joel Davis
300 Reggie Jackson
301 Luis Aguino
305 John Franco
306 Red Sox – John McNamara
306 Red Sox – Rich Gedman
306 Red Sox – Tom Seaver
309 Mike Young
311 Ricky Henderson
312 Reggie Jackson
315 Maury Wills
317 Clint Hurdle
319 Greg Swindel
320 Barry Bonds
325 Garry Templeton
328 Bob Welch
330 Mike Scott
331 Mets – Darryl Strawberry
331 Mets – Gary Carter
334 Ed Correa
338 Tim Conroy
344 Joe Niekro
349 Storm Davis
350 Keith Hernandez
356 White Sox – Ed Brinkman
356 White Sox – Julio Cruz
360 Pedro Guerrero
362 Luis Quinones
366 Mark McGwire
367 Jeff Lahti
368 John McNamara
373 Jeff Dedmon
375 Ron Guidry
377 John Henry Johnson
378 Rafael Santana
381 Expos – Mike Fitzgerald
382 Rudy Law
383 Ron Davis
385 Orel Hershiser
389 Jeff D Robinson
395 Damaso Garcia
396 Tim Lollar
397 Greg Walker
398 Brad Havens
400 George Brett
406 Yankees – Rickey Henderson
406 Yankees – Don Mattingly
410 Fernando Valenzuela
411 Darnell Coles
412 Eric Davis
416 Tom Nieto
417 Pat Perry
418 Dick Williams
419 Mark Portugal
425 Tom Seaver
431 Dodgers – Alex Trevino
436 Andy Allanson
438 Kelly Downs
445 Dave Lopes
446 Chuck Finley
448 Chris Bosio
450 Kirby Puckett
456 A’s – Carney Lansford
456 A’s – Dave Von Ohlen
456 A’s – Mickey Tettleton
458 Kelly Gruber
459 Dennis Eckersley
460 Darryl Strawberry
463 Tom Candiotti
466 Kal Daniels
468 George Bamberger
472 Bill Doran
474 Jerry Naron
481 Phillies – Von Hayes
483 Dwight Lowry
484 Jim Traber
485 Tony Fernandez
489 Bill Gullickson
490 Dale Murphy
494 Barry Jones
500 Don Mattingly
501 Craig Lefferts
502 Dick Schofield
504 Mickey Hatcher
506 Orioles – Rick Dempsy
506 Orioles – Earl Weaver
508 Scott Bankhead
509 Enos Cabell
510 Tom Henke
512 Dave Magaden
513 Carmen Castillo
515 Willie Hernandez
516 Ted Simmons
517 Mario Soto
518 Gene Mauch
523 Ernie Riles
530 Tony Gwynn
531 Astros – Yogi Berra
531 Astros – Hal Lanier
531 Astros – Gene Tenace
532 Jeff Stone
533 Angel Salazar
535 Tony Armas
536 Terry Mulholland
539 Reid Nichols
545 Buddy Bell
551 Frank Wills
556 Angels – Bob Boone
556 Angels – Mike Witt
559 Lance McCullers
560 Glenn Davis
561 Rey Quinones
562 Bryan Clutterbuck
568 Earl Weaver
570 Sid Fernandez
571 Ozzie Virgil
573 Hal McRae
574 Manny Lee
582 Bruce Berenyi
587 Eric Plunk
590 Vince Coleman
593 Chuck Tanner
595 Keith Hernandez – AS
596 Steve Sax – AS
599 Tony Gwynn – AS
601 Darryl Strawberry – AS
602 Gary Carter – AS
604 Fernando Valenzuela – AS
605 Todd Worrell – AS
607 Tony Bernazard – AS
609 Cal Ripken – AS
611 Kirby Puckett – AS
612 George Bell – AS
615 Teddy Higuera – AS
617 Al Nipper
621 Danny Cox
630 John Candalaria
631 Tigers – Sparky Anderson
631 Tigers – Mike Heath
631 Tigers – Willie Hernandez
633 Jose Uribe
634 Rafael Palmiero
640 Mark Clear
642 Al Pulido
644 John Denny
645 Dwight Evans
648 Barry Larkin
649 Mickey Tettleton
652 Terry Forster
653 Kevin Mitchell
655 Jesse Barfield
656 Rangers – Rickey Wright
657 Tom Waddell
659 Aurelio Lopez
660 Bob Horner
661 Lou Whitaker
663 Cliff Johnson
665 Rod Scurry
668 Juan Bonilla
670 Jose Cruz
677 Bob Grich
678 Carney Lansford
679 Kent Hrbek
681 George Bell
685 Jerry Hairston
686 Doyle Alexander
687 Alan Trammell
689 Darrell Porter
697 Ed Lynch
700 Dave Bergman
704 Jesse Orosco
707 Bob McClure
710 Gary Gaitti
711 Ken Griffey
714 Dan Quisenberry
718 Steve Carlton
722 Bob Knepper
725 George Hendrick
727 Mike Moore
729 Tom Paciorek
731 Dave Concepcion
733 Bill Caudill
734 Bill Madlock
735 Rickey Henderson
736 Steve Bedrosian
738 Jorge Orta
739 Chet Lemon
744 Roy Smalley
746 Bob Ojeda
748 Mike Flanagan
752 Dan Petry
758 Tony Bernazard
759 Joel Youngblood
760 Mike Witt
761 Greg Pryor
765 Kirk Gibson
769 Steve Sax
770 Dave Winfield
772 Harold Baines
775 Joaquin Andujar
778 Jack Morris
784 Cal Ripken
787 Alejandro Pena
2t Scott Bankhead
7t Thad Bosley
13t DeWayne Buice
14t Ellis Burks
15t Ivan Calderon
16t Jeff Calhoun
18t John Cangelosi
19t Steve Carlton
20t Juan Castillo
23t John Christensen
24t David Cone
25t Chuck Crim
26t Storm Davis
28t Rick Dempsey
30t Mike Dunne
31t Dennis Eckersley
33t Brian Fisher
34t Terry Francona
38t Dan Gladden
40t Cecilio Guante
42t Terry Harper
43t Mickey Hatcher
44t Brad Havens
45t Neal Heaton
46t Mike Henneman
47t Donnie Hill
49t Brian Holton
51t Danny Jackson
52t Reggie Jackson
55t Stan Jefferson
58t Mike Kingery
59t Ray Knight
61t Mike LaValierre
64t Tim Leary
66t Steve Lombardozzi
69t Shane Mack
70t Greg Maddux
71t Bill Madlock
72t Joe Magrane
73t Dave Marinez
74t Fred McGriff
75t Mark McLemore
76t Kevin McReynolds
78t Eddie Milner
79t Greg Minton
80t John Mitchell
81t Kevin Mitchell
82t Charlie Moore
83t Jeff Musselman
84t Gene Nelson
85t Graig Nettles
86t Al Newman
87t Reid Nichols
89t Joe Niekro
90t Tom Nieto
91t Matt Nokes
92t Dickie Noles
95t Tony Pena
96t Luis Polonia
97t Randy Ready
99t Gary Redus
101t Rick Rhoden
102t Cal Ripken Sr
103t Wally Ritchie
104t Jeff M Robinson
106t Jerry Royster
107t Mark Salas
111t Kevin Seitzer
112t John Shelby
113t Steve Shields
122t Dave Valle
124t Andy Van Slyke
126t Alan Wiggins
128t Frank Williams
129t Matt Williams
130t Jim Winn

Light Week but a couple PastPros Hits

One of my slower weeks in awhile – sent out three PastPros requests awhile back and all three have now made it in.  Thankfully as the last week only had a couple other returns.  Here they are.


exquisite 10007

STEVE BALBONI 1/1 in 19 days – looks like he’s at one per request these days, fine by me but I have a few more I need to send him.  Started with this one as I had been going through the 1989 Topps Traded box and the pose rules.  Nothing like your favorite “The Thinker” look from the dugout.



exquisite 10013

RANDY KUTCHER 1/2 in 18 days – another one from the 1989 Topps Traded box.



And now a couple PastPros returns


exquisite 10012

JUNIOR ORTIZ 3/3 in about two weeks – scratched three big needs off the list on this pickup and the prices were reasonable.


exquisite 10002

CLAUDELL WASHINGTON 3/3 in about three weeks – not sure about the vertical signature but the crew at PP warned me that his returns were a bit spotty and that it may take awhile but he turned them around pretty quicky.


That’s all for now – sent out a couple more today and will hopefully have a little more time this week to fill the outbox.

Couple Weeks of Mail – COBRA-style

OK – that title makes absolutely no sense from the outside world.  Oh well, there are about three of you actually reading this thing and I’m guessing I could have left the title bar blank and you would have checked it out regardless.  You are all scholars and gentlemen through and through.

Enough blathering and on to the show.  Big mixed bag of stuff here – though I must admit that I need to start sending out more than just baseball – need to get that Hockey and Minnesota Viking collecting rolling a bit more.  Some day when I have more time on my hands.

Here are the cards that have hit the mailbox over the last couple of weeks – one RTS in the form of Jim Acker.  I guess I also tried Clint Hurdle at Spring Training as he was signing a bit and ended up getting the standard 3×5 preprint card as seen below as well.  Those are the two failures.

exquisite 10002


And on with the show, in the (relative) order in which they were received.


exquisite 1

Jerry Reed 3/3 in 9 days – Mariner, sticks his tongue out pitching, sweet stache – all the way around I would call this a great return.  Thank you Mr Reed!



Stu Cliburn 1/3 in 27 days – well this one is probably on me for getting greedy.  Typed a letter instead of writing it and sent three cards instead of the one (1989 Topps) I would have really liked to have.  Live and learn – got one back anyway and Stu has a couple to hand out to kids.

exquisite 10001


Jody Davis 3/3 in 9 days – spent a lot of time as a kid watching these Cub teams on WGN (and of course I was listening to Harry Caray day drink) and Davis was one of my favorites. One of my favorites of the week for sure.


exquisite 10003

Willie Fraser 3/3 in 15 days – all nice autos on set needs.  Devon White has been doing (slowly) some signings so maybe I will send that Fleer in to get them both, maybe.


exquisite 10004

Juan Samuel 3/3 in 14 days – Juan has always been a great signer and continued through this request.  My favorite of the bunch is the ’85 Record Breaker – signature stands out well on the white jersey.


exquisite 10005

Bill Long 3/3 in 15 days – man those White Sox hats with Homer Simpson’s ear on the front sucked.  So bad.  Not many 1987s coming back anymore but got this from the Traded set, one more to scratch off.


exquisite 10006

Clay Parker 3/3 in 12 days – always good to pick up another Mariner!


exquisite 10007

Bill Buckner 2/2 in 11 days – got shut down the first time, sent money the second.  Quick turnaround and didn’t cost much.  Still loses a little bit of luster when you have to send in a check and it gets cashed before you get your cards.  Two iconic sets though.


exquisite 10008

Ken Phelps 1/2 in nine days – nice to get the Mariner card back.  I remember babysitting (yeah, I was a babysitter, so what) and watching the Holman bid for a perfect game when Phelps hit a two out bomb in the bottom of the ninth.  If I recall correctly, he said something like “I didn’t want to be looped for the rest of history as the last out of that perfect game” – plus the Mariners traded him away so I imagine there was a little extra ooomph going in that swing.


exquisite 10009

Dave Parker 3/3 in 11 days – yeah, I paid for these one too through Past Pros but he turned them around in under two weeks and gave me two with his nickname “COBRA” inscribed – really happy with how they came out.


exquisite 10010

Ed Romero 3/3 in 14 days – my second quick return from Mr Romero.


exquisite 10011

David Segui 3/3 in 41 days – happened to see his name as a return somewhere and started digging for a few cards.  It probably took me two hours to find one Mariner card to send but finally did and it turned out awesome.


That is all for now – hopefully more updates to share shortly.

Happy Friday – 368 day return!

Not too much to add on to my post from this morning – hit the mailbox this afternoon and noticed an envelope that I haven’t used in awhile, sure enough, about a year.


exquisite 10001

Dave Schmidt 2/2 in 368 days – I had already picked up the 1987 for that project however it’s always nice to pull the purchased card to add to the trader box and add my own success – will do that as many times as I can.  Add in a beauty from the 1984 Topps set and you have yourself a winner!



exquisite 10002

Mike Maddux 3/3 in 24 days – sent this one in through the Washington Nationals and Mike turned it around pretty quickly.  Over 50 cards in on the 1989 set, over 100 on the 1988 Fleer set and just getting started on the blue beauties from 1987.


Thanks for the look – heading out to enjoy the sunshine at Safeco Field – go Mariners!

Ten Month Wait Returned and More TTMs

Gotta love it when you have long since written off getting something back and you find a stamp you haven’t used in some time in the mailbox – always a lot of questions but fun to tear into.

Not a ton to report here but a few have landed over the last couple of weeks that you may want to review.


exquisite 10003

Art Howe 3/3 in 25 days – I believe this is my second success, maybe third from Howe.  Always great – the 1989 and 1991 are sets you will see a lot of, need to start working more on the 1984 set but have yet to pick up more than the handful of cards I have on hand.  Oh well, I probably have enough here to keep me busy.


exquisite 10006

Frank DiPino 2/2 in 56 days – second success from DiPino.  It’s interesting to see how many of these guys end up playing on both sides of big rivalries – which should tell you that it all means way more to the fans than the players.


exquisite 10005

Bobby Dernier 2/2 in 312 days – another case where I had sent a different request (that was returned to me as not deliverable) and then this came back.  Love the “Gold Glove ’84” inscription!



exquisite 10004

Joe Hesketh 1/1 in 21 days – auto is a bit chunky but what the heck.  It will look good with the rest of the 1989 group.


exquisite 10007

Bob Boone 3/3 in 46 days – the 1985 Topps Father and Son card may be my favorite return from this batch, great looking card!  Nice to add another 1983 Topps to the collection as well – thanks Bob!



exquisite 10002

Bill Wegman – sent 3 and got back 4 plus a religious flyer – all in about a month.  Second return from Bill – thanks!



exquisite 10008

Don Heinkel 1/1 in 21 days – not the greatest looking card or signature but it will fit in the binder.



exquisite 10010

Dave Bergman 1987 Topps #700 – RIP.  A fellow collector sent me a note about this eBay auction as he knew I needed it for my set and, as Dave has passed away, this is not the easiest card to find.  Was able to pick it up for a very decent price.



exquisite 10001

Gary Ward 3/3 in 52 days – love the lambchops on the 1983 Topps card.  Beauty!



exquisite 10009

Eddie Whitson 3/3 in 45 days – pen is a little bit light but, all in all, not to bad.



That is all for today – full mail boxes to you all!


Gotta Love a Full Mailbox – 5 TTMs Today!

An update post was put together and ready this morning but scrapped – I decided to wait for the mail to come in today to complete this weekly edition.  I am quite happy that I did – five successes today (though none for the big 1987 project).  Starting with those five and working backwards – though it shouldn’t matter much as these all came in this week.


exquisite 10005

Juan Gonzalez 2/2 in 10 days – my second success from Juan.  Quick turnaround including his 1990 UD and 1991 Topps cards – love ’em!



exquisite 10007

Paul O’Neill 1/2 in 39 days – he kept the 1991 Topps but signed and sent back the 1989.  Sharp looking card and a very nice addition.



exquisite 10006

Sherman Corbett 1/1 in two weeks – only card I sent.  Sweet specs.



exquisite 10008

Mike Harkey 2/2 in 18 days – sent these two to the New York Yankees.  Great looking signature and returned quickly.



exquisite 10009

Gary Varsho 2/2 in ten days – 1989 Topps card was worn off a bit in the envelope but happy to add both cards.  The 1993 Topps set may be one I start working on a little more now when I have the opportunity, very sharp looking cards.




Bill Schroeder 2/2 in eleven months – I have since purchased a 1987 Topps for my set but always excited to be able to add my own success instead.  The 1984 Topps looks great as well – love that set!  It’s always an added bonus to get a return after nearly a year!



exquisite 1

Juan Berenguer 5/5 in about ten days – through some trials and tribulations I got my five cards signed by Juan.  This is one that I paid for and ordered through PastPros – the transaction wasn’t perfect but the guys over there have been quick to explain, adjust and compensate – overall, I am happy and will use them again.  Plus I finally got my 1987 Topps Traded Twins card signed by “Senor Smoke”!


exquisite 10003

Joel Youngblood 2/2 in two weeks – I had failed twice before to get Mr Youngblood’s 1987 Topps signed.  Saw that he had a few returns and gave it a shot – fantastic!



exquisite 10004

Steve Rosenberg 2/2 in 11 days – 1989 Topps and 1990 UD.  Thanks for the quick turnaround!



exquisite 10001

Scott Bailes 3/3 in twelve days – second success from Scott.  Some beauties added to the collection here – really love the Fleer cards.



exquisite 10002

Greg Gagne 3/3 in 11 days – another guy with whom I have gotten a few successes.  Two different 1989 Topps and a sweet action shot on the 1991 Topps.


That is all for this week but a nice stack here to add to the binders.  Thanks for checking in and hopefully I will have another update for you on Monday!


Mixed Bag – Purchases and More

This post is going to be the odd love child of “fodder” and “mish mash” – kind of a lot of stuff going on here, nothing otherworldly, but some decent pickups and I was able to throw a few more “X’s” down on my 1987 Topps Project.

On to the show.

First – to protect the innocent, I won’t name names here but I was recently referred to a few Facebook TTM groups and through one I found a member who is selling off a ton of his TTM collection on SportsLots.  Made a quick easy purchase from him and am ten closer on the 1987 Topps and Topps Traded Projects.

exquisite 10003

  • All 1987 Topps
    • #79 Juan Nives (former failure)
    • #40 Dave Righetti (picked up one from him – still need one more)
    • #13 Nick Esasky (former failure)
    • #559 Lance McCullers (one recent pending but two failures)
    • #348 Carmelo Martinez
    • #230 Don Baylor (one pending and two former failures)


exquisite 10004

  • All 1987 Topps Traded
    • #114T – John Smiley
    • #110T – Dave Schmidt
    • #119T – Jim Sundberg (one pending about a month or so old)
    • #116T – Mike Stanley (one pending from about two months back)


And now for the stuff that has hit the mailbox –


exquisite 1

Doug Rader 3/3 in nine days – not too much detail here to add.  Similar theme to many of my side project posts in the past – 1984 Topps, 1989 Topps and 1991 Topps.  Thanks for the quick turn around Doug!


exquisite 10001

Al Newman 2/2 in 12 days – I failed with Newman early in my TTM days and was disappointed as he was always a hometown Twins favorite.  Have since picked him up twice, both times through the St Cloud Rox.

Fun fact – Newman played seven positions in the field, all he did not do was pitch and catch.  He was also one of only seven players who were on both the 1987 and 1991 Twins World Series Champion Teams.


exquisite 10002

Terry McGriff 2/2 in about a month – one for the 1988 Fleer project (now over 100 cards received) and one more for 1989 Topps.


exquisite 10005

Paul Runge 1/1 in 12 days – normally don’t send out single card requests anymore but this was the only Runge card I had.  Quick, easy and it looks nice – thanks Paul!


exquisite 10006

Greg Booker 2/2 in 17 days – second successful return from Booker.  Took care of the 1985 and 1989 Topps cards for him.



exquisite 10007

Bruce Benedict 3/3 in a little less than a month – 1985 Topps, 1989 Topps and my relatively new side/side project – 1983 Topps



exquisite 10008

Jeff Kunkel – sent three, got four back (right card is a religious card) in 40 days.  1985, 1989 and 1991 Topps taken care of for Jeff – his second return for me.



That is all for this go ’round.  Hopefully the mailbox is full today so I have more to report to you shortly.  Stats for 1987 Topps and Topps Traded are listed as follows:


  • Deceased 56 (5.87%)
  • Checklists 7 (0.73%)
  • Successes – 345 (36.16%)
  • Purchased/Traded/Private Signings – 212 (22.22%)
  • Pending – 123 (12.89%)
  • Failure – 86 (9.01%)

Total Signatures – 557 (58.39%)

Ryno and the Rest

Not going to dive into the weeds too much with this update – kind of disappointed with how the week has gone as I was really hoping for more.  Oh well, here we are – pickups since the last update are as follows:

exquisite 10001

Bret Saberhagen 3/3 with fee – about two months.

Ok – I am a whiner.  I was quite pleased with this return – took a couple of months but the cards and signatures look great.  Now I am in a better mood.


exquisite 10002

#239 Juan Espino – Private Signing

Another 1987 Topps to cross of the list – fairly reasonable price for a PS and looks nice.


exquisite 10003

Mark Gubicza 3/3 in 11 days

Always a great signer – filled in a few wants from 1985, 1989 and 1991 Topps


exquisite 10004

#252 Denny Martinez – Private Signing

This one looks great so I shouldn’t complain…but…

I had requested this one be inscribed with his nickname “El Presidente” – it was an oversight by the signer and I did get my money for the inscription back – oh well, will just have to get another some day.


exquisite 10005

#688 and #4T – Juan Beniquez – Private Signing

Again, reasonable pricing and the cards look great.  Plus it’s always nice to pick up two from the same player in the set(s) with one submission.


exquisite 10006

John Costello 2/2 in 28 days

I have been pulling out of a box of 1989 Topps which was where this one started out – nice to pick up the 1990 UD along with it.



exquisite 10007

Ryne Sandberg 2/3 in ten days

I finally submitted to Ryno with his modest fee – he signed two and sent back the 1987 unsigned…bah…

Of course I now have to send to him again for the 1987 Project.  Oh well – quick turnaround and well worth it for a player like Sandberg.



exquisite 10008

Zane Smith 3/3 in nine days

Always a quick turnaround and a nice signature – very much appreciated Z (I completely made up that nickname – but I am sure someone called him that at some point).



exquisite 1

Steve Searcy 3/3 18 days

Yep – these are three Steve Searcy autographs – they sure are.



Thanks for tuning in – hopefully more in the mailbox next week.  I also have a few audits and organizational changes I would like to make over the weekend – let’s see if I have any time to do so (my daughter has four softball games tomorrow – these kids are insane!).