The Twelfth TTM Success the Year

The Second response from the Blogger Edition cards.

Night Owl is the Author of Night Owl Cards. He is a Dodger fan, but still a good guy. I think some of his most memorable blog post, to me, have been the following:

Cardboard Appreciation Vote-Off championship Series. Top post of the series: The Finale

Brush with greatness Series. Top post of the series: Craig Biggio


The glimps of the 10 year old Night Owl

I am sure I missed a number of great post worthy of that list. Let me know, which ones you would add.

If you want to print a card of the insomniac, below is the PDF print file.

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Thanks Night Owl.


The Eleventh TTM Success the Year

The first response from the Blogger Edition cards. I have actually had a lot to post lately but no time to do it. It is fitting that the first TTM success is the first custom card created for the set.

Alfredo "Wicked" Ortega is the Author of My Past Time... ... . I Love It!! According to his blog, "He's a lover not a fighter...but he's also a fighter so don't get any ideas." I think some of his most memorable blog post, to me, have been the following:

The Hobby box on the Dashboard photo's while driving back from the Card Shop.

The Attic find, 1 2 and 3.

The Virgil Trucks autos


The Auto Ball Wall

I am sure I missed a number of great post worthy of that list. Let me know, which ones you would add.

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Thanks Brian.


First in person signing, Soccer style.

My son and I had our first in person autograph experience. It was not baseball related, instead it came in the form of the Los Angeles Galaxy. The Los Angeles Galaxy are one of the two Major League Soccer (MLS) teams in Los Angeles, and one of the founding teams of the league.

When we signed up our son for his first Soccer season this year, the Galaxy offered a clinic with 4 of their starters packaged along with a home game. We got the package and saw the Galaxy take on the Union earlier this year. The clinic was yesterday.

Four of the Galaxy's starters took part in the clinic. From left to right in the above photo, they were;
I was not sure what to expect. My son has never really played any soccer yet, and I wasn't sure what the players would be like. Everything was fantastic. My son really surprised me. For a four year old who is unfamiliar with sports or soccer, he was very good at dribbling, and trapping the ball. The players were very warm and open with the kids. They were very patient, and the drills they had the kids doing were very age and skill appropriate.

Leonardo, and Alex Cazumba worked with my son's group. My father in law had lived in Brazil for a while and quickly hit it off with them.

After the clinic, the Pro's sat for a autograph session. They brought some postcard photos to sign, and they also signed my son's soccer ball.

First up was Mr. Birchall. He asked each child's name and spelling so that he could personalize each autograph. The other players all tried to sign their postcards ahead of each child to keep the line moving, but Chris would wait and sign when they got to him.

Next was Josh Saunders.

Josh was followed by Leonardo.

We had a fun interaction with Leonardo. My son was tired and a little confused as to all that was going on with the autograph session. After Leonardo signed his ball and handed my son his autographed photo, my son lingered a little bit. Leonardo started joking with him, pretending my son wasn't satisfied with simply one photo. "You want another one?" he handed my son a second autographed photo. My son took it and just looked at him. "Still not enough? OK, OK here is another one." He gave my son a third photo. He was very good with my son, he then tried to teach my son how to say thank you in Portuguese.

Alex Cazumba rounded out the session.

All in all it was a great experience. It did show me that my son may not be ready to attend any large autograph event. He doesn't have the patience for it, luckily this was a very small and private event. I am not sure how he would do if he had to wait in a huge line with players that he didn't have personal experience with.

I can't say enough about these players. They blew my expectations out of the water. Thanks guys.


Updated Need/Want List

2010 Ginter added, and 2008 Ginter updated.

2003 Upper Deck MVP

18, 49, 64, 80, 118, 140, 151, 162, 165, 189, 200

2003 Upper Deck MVP: "Talk of the Town"

tt1 ,tt3, tt6, tt7, tt8, tt10, tt13, tt14, tt15

2008 Allen & Ginter: Base

15, 20, 40, 72, 124, 131, 211, 235, 282

2008 Allen & Ginter: State


2008 Allen & Ginter: "The World's Greatest Victories"

1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 19

1992 Denny's Grand Slam Set

2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 24

2009 Topps U&H: Base

9, 18, 24, 34, 39, 42, 84, 97, 100, 109, 111, 112, 120, 123, 134, 138, 159, 167, 174, 179, 180, 184, 190, 203, 212, 223, 230, 236, 256, 273, 279, 287, 298, 312, 313, 315, 318, 324

2009 Topps U&H: Propaganda Cards

PP3, PP4, PP5, PP17, PP19, PP25, PP26, PP27

2008 Topps Series 2: Campaign Cards

HCM-1800, HCM-1804, HCM-1808, HCM-1812, HCM-1816, HCM-1820, HCM-1824, HCM-1828, HCM-1832, HCM-1836, HCM-1840, HCM-1844, HCM-1848, HCM-1864, HCM-1876, HCM-1880, HCM-1884, HCM-1892, HCM-1896, HCM-1904, HCM-1908, HCM-1912, HCM-1916, HCM-1920, HCM-1924, HCM-1932, HCM-1936, HCM-1940, HCM-1944, HCM-1956, HCM-1960, HCM-1964, HCM-1968, HCM-1972, HCM-1976, HCM-1980, HCM-1984, HCM-1988, HCM-1992, HCM-1996, HCM-2004, HCM-2008D

2010 Topps Series 1: Million Card Giveaway

TMC-1, TMC-6, TMC-7, TMC-9, TMC-10

2010 Topps Series 1: Peak Performance

PP-1, PP-2, PP-4, PP-6, PP-7, PP-8, PP-9, PP-12, PP-13, PP-15, PP-16, PP-17, PP-23, PP-25, PP-27, PP-28, PP-29, PP-31, PP-32, PP-35, PP-36, PP-38, PP-40, PP-41, PP-43, PP-44, PP-45, PP-48, PP-49

2010 Allen & Ginter: Base

2, 16, 47, 64, 112, 121, 198, 215, 243, 281, 302, 307. 310, 312, 313, 324, 338, 350

2010 Allen & Ginter: This Day in History


2010 Allen & Ginter: Baseball Sketches


Individual Cards

1986 Donruss Rookies Will Clark Rookie
1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie

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My first look at Topps 206

I had seen some cards from this set at A Pack to be Named Later. I really liked the look, so when I saw the retail packs at my local Target, I had to pick up a pack.

Chris Coghlan - 187

Nate McLouth - 3

Justin Verlander - 58

Historic Events - 1st Female Cop (Alice Stebbins Wells) - HE17

Gold Bordered - Jered Weaver - 211

Kevin Millwood - 102

I know it is probably because they are so new, but I really like this set. They would look fantastic signed I think they will replace the 2010 Chicle as my Ginters "wing-man" in my TTM attempts.


Sending Cards 2010 round 5

Here we go again. I got back a TTM success yesterday. It was non-baseball, you can see it here. Here are four more out going. Hopefully all of these attempts will make for a good month down the road.

Ben Sheets

I think this is my first attempt with a horizontal card. There is not a lot of successes posted online about Mr. Sheets, but there are some.

Clay Buccholz

Buccholz is another guy that is hard to get a handle on in terms of TTM success. There are a lot of mixed reviews as to if he signs. There are some claiming no response, others with successes.

Prince Fielder

This one is a shot in the dark. More often than not, Fielder is said to not sign TTM. There are some claimed success but they are older.

Steve Holm

Steve currently plays in for the Giants minor league in Modesto. Holm has a good TTM record. I look forward to his return, if he would be so kind


New unexpected autograph

Yesterday I was in the office of one of our Marketing Directors, and I noticed an autographed baseball off in the corner of his office. Our company often has celebrities and pro athletes stopping by for one reason or another, and all the "goodies" go through marketing. The first week I started I was given a ball with triple signatures from some Boston Red Sox players who has just stopped by.

I asked him who signed his ball, and when they had been in. I usually hide in my office and have no clue who comes or goes. He told me that he had no idea who it was, but that I should have the ball as it would mean more to me than to him. The Director has been in my office numerous times and knows that I am a huge baseball fan.

I happily agreed and thanked him. When I eventually got back to my office I researched the autograph and found that it was Tommy Hanson of the Atlanta Braves. I am still pretty excited at the random stroke of luck, and hope now that we have had this conversation that more autographed baseball items end up coming my way. I noticed in the hall that in addition to the Red Sox trio that came by, there are also memorabilia from Barry Bonds, and Andrew Jones. I don't think that was recent and he didn't have any extra from those meetings, but there is always tomorrow right?

A little information on the Red Sox ball. When I first got this ball, I was not told who had signed it either. After some research online I found out that the signatures are as follows in order of top to bottom;

Alex Cora
Jacoby Ellsbury
Craig Hansen