TTM Batch Contents

Over the past couple of weeks I have revised my approach to sending out TTM requests. Typically one batch consists of 1 book of stamps. This allows for between 5 and 10 requests to be sent. This is dependent on how many cards I send to each player. The batches will be broken down into the following minimum requirements.

2 Oakland Athletics players
2 from any of the following set:
-1981 Fleer
-1987 Fleer
-1988 Topps
1 Pre-1976 player

If there are more stamps available, then requests can be from any category. I selected the year 1976 since that is my birth year.

I have organized my batches in this way because I have been wanting to have more vintage cards signed. Also this help me to maintain my focus within the TTMs.

One of my big-picture goals is to get at least on card signed from every Major League Team including ones that have moved or no longer exist. This is a tough goal when considering some teams have not been around since the early-1950s. The Philadelphia Athletics moved to Kansas City after the 1954 season. The St. Louis Browns moved to Baltimore to become the Orioles after the 1953 season.

However, doing some research I found that there are some players who are still alive and are willing to sign cards and other items through the mail.

In my latest batch that I sent out I wrote to former Kansas City Athletics pitcher Bud Daley who was an All-Star in the 1959 and 1960 seasons. I included 2 cards a 1959 and 1960 Topps for him to sign. (I will post photos when I get these back)

My next batch (and last for 2014) will include 2 players from the 1950s and 1960s. The first is former Kansas City Athletics outfielder Russ Snyder. Here are the 1960 and 1961 Topps cards I will be sending out.

Russ Snyder 1960 and 1961 Topps

Russ Snyder 1960 and 1961 Topps

The second is exciting to me. If successful it will be my first Philadelphia Athletics card signed. The player is former shortstop, Joe DeMaestri. Joe played with the Philadelphia and Kansas City Athletics from 1953-1959. He was an All-Star in 1957. Here are the 1954 Bowman and 1960 Topps cards I will be sending.

Joe DeMaestri 1954 Bowman and 1960 Topps

Joe DeMaestri 1954 Bowman and 1960 Topps

The only reason I am sending a New York Yankees cards is because I am trying to get 1960 Topps cards signed when ever I can. It is one of my favorites of the vintage designs. Joe did also play for the St. Louis Browns in 1952, but I have not yet found a card in the condition I want that I can afford.

These goals will be a challenge, but it is exciting to find players from these organizations that are still around that are willing to sign.

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Athletics Farmhand Boog Powell Suspended for 50 Games

On Wednesday MLB announced that Oakland Athletics prospect Herschel “Boog” Powell was suspended for 50 games for violating MLB’s policy on banned substances.

Powell was recently promoted to the High A Stockton Ports after an amazing first half where he batted .335 with 7 doubles and 17 RBIs in 69 games for the Beloit Snappers. He was selected to the 2014 Midwest League All-Star game where he earned MVP honors.

In just 11 games with the Ports, Powell was tearing up the California League batting .396 and 10 RBIs. He was slated to take over the full-time center field role with the Ports after the recent blockbuster trade that sent Billy McKinney along with Addison Russell and Dan Straily to the Chicago Cubs for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.

“Boog” Powell is not related to former Baltimore Oriole outfielder Boog Powell. However, the former Oriole was a favorite of the young Powell’s father.

 

Showoff Sunday: California League Coaches – North Division

In this edition of Showoff Sunday I will be displaying autographed cards of former Major League Players turned California League Coaches. At this time there are 15 coaches in the California League who have had Major League experience. The range of experience is anywhere from 1 or 2 seasons to more than 10 years.

For this post I will focus on the North Division of the California League which includes the Stockton Ports, Modesto Nuts, San Jose Giants, Visalia Rawhide and the Bakersfield Blaze. I will begin with the coaching staff of the Stockton Ports. Manager Ryan Christenson played with 4 teams including the Oakland Athletics and the Texas Rangers. I have had 12 cards singed by Ryan so far this season.

Ryan Christenson Autographed Cards Pic #1

Ryan Christenson Autographed Cards Pic #1

Ryan Christenson Autographed Cards Pic #2

Ryan Christenson Autographed Cards Pic #2

Ryan Christenson Autographed Cards Pic #3

Ryan Christenson Autographed Cards Pic #3

The pitching coach for the Stockton Ports is John Wasdin. John has MLB experience with 7 different team, but most notably the Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers. To date, I have been able to get 6 cards autographed by John this season.

John Wasdin Autographed Cards Pic #1

John Wasdin Autographed Cards Pic #1

John Wasdin Autographed Cards Pic #2

John Wasdin Autographed Cards Pic #2

Next up is the pitching coach for the Visalia Rawhide, Gil Heredia. Gil came up in the San Francisco Giants organization and played with 3 other teams the Texas Rangers, Montreal Expos and Oakland Athletics. I got 3 cards signed by Gil during Visala’s first series in Stockton (April 10-13, 2014).

Gil Heredia Autographed Cards

Gil Heredia Autographed Cards

The last cards I will feature on this post is the current San Jose Giants manager Lenn Sakata. Lenn is best known for his time with the Baltimore Orioles. He also played for the Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees and the Oakland Athletics. I got these 3 cards signed during the recent series against the Ports in Stockton (May 13-15, 2014).

Lenn Sakata Autographed Cards

Lenn Sakata Autographed Cards

There are a few other coaches in the Northern Division that I have yet to get autographs from this season. Those former players include Dave Burba (San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians), Tom Browning (Cincinnati Reds), Pat Kelly (Toronto Blue Jays) and Robby Hammond (Arizona Diamondbacks).

Next week I will feature the coaches in the California League South Division.

TTM Projects

I believe that when sending out TTMs it is a good idea to have specific projects to work on. This helps to focus your mailings and build your collection they way you want it.

For me I have 3 projects that I am working on. The first and most important is the Oakland Athletics project. This is were I am sending requests to current or former Oakland Athletics. Most of these successes will be posted here.

My other 2 projects are fairly similar. I am trying to get cards from the 1987 Fleer set and the 1988 Topps set signed. Why these sets? Well, these are a couple of the first sets that I collected and completed. Also they are my favorite sets from this era.

As of this posting I have acquired 24 1987 Fleer & Fleer Update and 26 1988 Topps and Topps Traded autographed cards. Most of these cards have been signed TTM, but some have been signed in person.

Even tough I have some projects that I am working on, there are some exceptions. At times I will find some players who sign TTM that I am interested in getting autographs from. Most recently there are 2 who have fallen outside of the projects. Ken Singleton of the Baltimore Orioles and Burt Hooton of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

No (G)love for the Athletics

The 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were announced on Tuesday and neither Yoenis Cespedes or Josh Reddick won the award for their position.

In the past, MLB Managers and Coaches only voted for the award.  This year, Rawlings worked with the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) to create a SABR Defensive Index (SDI) to account for approximately 25 percent of the total vote.

The Baltimore Orioles and the Kansas City Royals were the overall winners as they each had 3 players win a Gold Glove.  It is no surprise that Baltimore had 3 players win the award as they led the league in fewest errors with 54 on the season.

Stay tuned for more awards information as the MLB Awards season kick off in about 10 days.