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Alceste606
11-12-2010, 07:03 PM
I'm primarily going after baseball players from the 30s, 40s, and 50s. All were sent ICs. I like how this medium gives them lots of room to add inscriptions. Here's how I'm doing so far. I'll add successes as they come in.

Yogi Berra: Pending from 10/16/10
Bob Gibson: Pending from 10/16/10 (Probably wasted stamps on this one)
Bob Feller: 11 days. Included $10
Stan Musial: Seven Days
Monte Irvin: 19 Days. Included $10
Phil Caverretta: 10 Days.
Virgil Trucks: Nine days. He added a signed card and stat sheet.
Bobby Doerr: Nine days. He added a signed card.
Whitey Ford: Failure. Sent a note requesting $25.
Tommy Lasorda: Pending from 10/21/10
Carl Erskine: 13 Days. He added a signed card.
Don Newcombe: 14 Days. Sent his own signed IC.
Andy Pafko: Pending from 10/22/10.
Luis Aparicio: Pending from 10/25. Sent C/O the HOF.
Jim Landis: 30 Days.
Roger Craig: Pending from 10/25.
Random Jackson: Six days.
Minnie Minosa: 19 Days. Included $5
Don Zimmer: Ten days.
Jim Rivera: Five days.
Stanley Glenn: Pending from 10/28/10.
Mahlon Duckett: 15 Days.
John "Mule" Miles: Nine Days. Added two more ICs. Included $5.
Buddy Lewis: 11 Days.
Pete Rose: Failure. Returned unsigned. I was about a year too late on this one.
Vin Scully: Pending from 11/1.
Millito Navarro: 12 Days.
Ralph Branca: Pending from 11/1.
Al Rosen: Six days.
Ed Stevens: Seven Days. Added a signed glossy 8X10.
Ed Roebuck: Pending from 11/2.
Danny McDevitt: Pending from 11/5. (Deceased)
Marty Martion: Seven days.
Bobby Shantz: Seven Days.
Duane Pillette: Eight Days.
Bobby Richardson: Pending from 11/8.
Bob Friend: Eight Days.
Joe B Scott: Pending from 11/12.
Billy Pierce: Three Days.
Eddie Yost: 11 Days.
Red Shoendeinst: Pending from 12/1.
Gino Cimoli: Pending from 12/3.
Milt Pappas: Four Days.

Alceste606
11-14-2010, 08:03 PM
Yesterday I received Millito Navarro who is the oldest living pro ball player, and White Sox great Minnie Minosa.

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Oxxon
11-15-2010, 09:59 PM
Great start, congrats

Alceste606
11-16-2010, 10:51 PM
Received Bob Friend and Duane Pillette ICs in the mail today. Friend inscribed the card "1960 WS Champion" and "Pitched that last game against the Giants in the Polo Grounds, Sept 1957." I asked him to inscribe something about pitching the last game against the Giants; I am extremely happy about this one as he was very cool to have done that. I'm sending him a thank you letter.

I'm taking the Pillette IC and sending it to Billy Pierce, asking him to add his sig. I want to have both guys that pitched in the last game for the St Louis Browns. Recognize a theme here?


http://www.flickr.com/photos/56028463@N06/5182980029/

Alceste606
11-21-2010, 04:21 PM
Received my IC card, previously signed by Duane Pillette, from Billy Pierce. These two pitchers each went 11 innings in the last game for the St Louis Browns in 1953. The team moved to Baltimore the following season. I love that old Browns logo.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/56028463@N06/5195523827/

Alceste606
11-27-2010, 04:00 PM
Received Jim Landis back in 31 days who added the cool inscription without being asked. He also answered my question about if the 1959 White Sox could beat the 2005 team by saying that the 59 team would win because they had better pitching and defense.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/56028463@N06/5233688240/

auggie
11-28-2010, 05:29 PM
Very interesting collection.
Great theme as well.

Alceste606
11-29-2010, 09:08 PM
Thanks. I found an old IC I had from Luke Appling from a TTM 20 years ago, and I decided to send more. I like being able to have something from the old players and of teams that don't exist any more.

Alceste606
12-04-2010, 05:04 PM
Received my IC back from "the Walking Man" Eddie Yost today with the inscription "1st Batter." I asked him to add that to the card as he was the first batter ever for the Los Angeles/California/Anaheim Angels of Anaheim. I'm going to send the card to Milt Pappas asking to add his sig since he pitched against Yost in that first AB. It seems Pappas is a good TTMer, so I'm not risking my card too much.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/56028463@N06/5233060601/
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/56028463@N06/5232480340/)

buffalobills
12-04-2010, 08:46 PM
Received my IC back from "the Walking Man" Eddie Yost today with the inscription "1st Batter." I asked him to add that to the card as he was the first batter ever for the Los Angeles/California/Anaheim Angels of Anaheim. I'm going to send the card to Milt Pappas asking to add his sig since he pitched against Yost in that first AB. It seems Pappas is a good TTMer, so I'm not risking my card too much.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/56028463@N06/5232480340/
nice! that would make for a great dual sig.

Alceste606
12-11-2010, 01:20 PM
Received Milt Pappas's signature on my card already signed by Eddie Yost commemorating the Angels first game. Yost was the first hitter and Pappas pitched to him. I sent that card to Ken Aspromonte today for his sig. He looks like an excellent TTMer and he was the second hitter ever for the Angels. Eventually I'll run out of room on the card, run out of living players, or not get it returned to me. I hope the first one happens.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/56028463@N06/5251090369/

auggie
12-12-2010, 04:21 PM
Nice work.
Keep us updated.

Alceste606
12-18-2010, 04:46 PM
Received Curt Simmons and on my Whiz Kids card, and Ken Aspromonte added his name to my card commemorating the Angels first game. That card is starting to show signs of wear from being mailed so much, but I think I'll see if I can get Bobby Cerv to add his name. It seems he is a good signer if you remember to include a picture of Lincoln in your envelope.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/56028463@N06/5272189196/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/56028463@N06/5271573393/

Alceste606
12-20-2010, 08:23 PM
Gino Cimoli signed my card commemorating the last game at Ebbets Field; he scored the final run in the ballpark. His hand writing is very shaky, but it's a nice addition. I actually printed the photo of Ebbets, and the text after I received the card back signed. I felt something needed to be added to it.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/56028463@N06/5278968444/

Alceste606
12-27-2010, 11:02 PM
Received Bobby Richardson today, who added a couple of nice inscriptions, and added a signed baseball card. I also received my first, and likely last, eBay purchase. I was looking for a deadball era player, and Edd Roush worked out well. He played in the Federal League, he played in the 1919 World Series, and he is in the hall of fame. It also helped that he lived until 1988, so I was able to get him for $30. I don't plan on reselling it, so I broke it out of the PSA/DNA case (which was surprisingly easy) and printed on some additions to the blank index card.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/56028463@N06/5298972728/

auggie
12-28-2010, 12:57 PM
Thumbs up!

Alceste606
12-30-2010, 09:01 PM
Bob Cerv added his name to my Angels first game card. I think that will be the last sig I try to get on this one as there are not any more players who are living and are likely TTM signers. I wouldn't mind filling up that little space on the left with Eli Grba, but he's too risky. Maybe he is tired of people teasing him about the shortage of vowels in his last name.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/56028463@N06/5308281102/

auggie
12-31-2010, 07:17 AM
Do you have Albie Pearson?

Alceste606
12-31-2010, 12:13 PM
Do you have Albie Pearson?


No, I overlooked him somehow. Thanks for pointing that out. It seems he'll sign for $5, so I think I'll try it.

Alceste606
01-03-2011, 11:15 PM
Received my signed IC back from Art "Superman" Pennington, and he added a signed card of his own. I included a $6 donation. Sadly, Pennington is one of the few players left from the pre integration era when the Negro Leagues were still on par with the major leagues.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/56028463@N06/5322593840/

Alceste606
01-11-2011, 09:54 PM
Received back Ed Roebuck to add to my collection of Brooklyn Dodgers and Buddy Lewis answered my question. His Senators played the Yankees in a doubleheader on the day Lou Gehrig made his famous speech in 1939; I asked him if he any recollection of that day, and his answer is pretty funny. I think Lewis is the last living player to have participated in that game.

Roebuck
http://www.flickr.com/photos/56028463@N06/5347360043/

Lewis
http://www.flickr.com/photos/56028463@N06/5347361301/

Alceste606
01-24-2011, 08:06 PM
Received back Albie Pearson who added his name to my Angels first game card, and Roy Sievers. Pearson was kind enough to add the inscription "first run" without being asked. I'm running our of space and players who sign TTM, so I'm going to be happy with the five sigs I have.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/56028463@N06/5385505213/

My next project will be to collect sigs from those who played for the Seattle Pilots during their one year of existence. I've identified seven players who appear to be good signers, starting with Rich Rollins.

buffalobills
01-24-2011, 09:42 PM
those look really nice. when do you add the image to the index card before you send it out or after you get some sigs on them? and how do you add the image to the index cards. i would love to add some names or inscriptions to some index card i have.

Alceste606
01-25-2011, 12:56 AM
those look really nice. when do you add the image to the index card before you send it out or after you get some sigs on them? and how do you add the image to the index cards. i would love to add some names or inscriptions to some index card i have.


Thanks. I originally sent blank ICs, but they seemed too plain to me, so I added the text and graphics with the sigs already on them. Now, I have the card printed before I send it out.

I just created a text document in Open Office (I'm sure MS Word would also work,) changed the page size to 3X5, and the margins to 0. I put the text in headers of footers depending on where the sig originally was. For the images, I did a Google image search and inserted them into the
document with a simple "copy image" and "paste."

Then I printed a test card to be sure that it looks OK, and I held it up to the light with the sig, so I can see that it was going to fit. Finally, I just ran it through the printer and hoped for the best. Lucky for me my printer didn't destroy it or the ink didn't run out.

I attached a template you can use that should open up in either MS Office or Open Office. Bon Chance!

buffalobills
01-25-2011, 02:58 AM
thank you so much, that helps alot.

auggie
01-25-2011, 06:53 AM
Nice work

Alceste606
03-10-2011, 09:05 PM
After finding no success at his home or museum, I finally got Yogi Berra care of the Yankees ST. I'm very happy about this one.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/56028463@N06/5516397312/

Alceste606
04-07-2011, 08:58 PM
Received Vin Sully today, perhaps the greatest announcer in the history of baseball. Sent to Dodger ST on 2/14.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/56028463@N06/5599342360/

Alceste606
08-08-2011, 09:15 PM
First success in a long time: Eddie Basinski, who played for the Dodgers and Pirates in the 40s. He also added a cool inscription about being the only second baseman to make an unassisted putout at first on a ground ball.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/56028463@N06/6024074940/in/photostream

Alceste606
09-14-2011, 10:08 PM
Great success today! I received Joe B Scott, who is one of the last remaining Negro League players to have played before the league's decline that came along with integration. He signed my IC and added two cards of his own, including an Allen & Ginter's. Scott was also kind enough to answer my questions about playing in the Negro Leagues during his era . I included $10 for his time. http://www.flickr.com/photos/56028463@N06/6148333869/in/photostream

Ryan4614
11-14-2011, 09:39 PM
Nice work

Alceste606
12-06-2011, 09:45 PM
One of my best successes in a long time: received a letter from Bobby Shantz, one of the last great Philadelphia A's. I asked Shantz about his incredible feat of striking out Whitey Lockman, Jackie Robinson, and Stan Musial consecutively in the 1952 All-Star Game and about his recollections of Connie Mack. He gave great answers to both questions. Considering the historical context, I consider this to be one of the greatest pieces of my baseball collection.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/56028463@N06/6469083935/
Mr Shantz was also kind enough to throw in a signed 4X6 glossy. Now to write that thank you letter.

harley2001
12-08-2011, 10:14 PM
Mr. Shantz will always be one of my all-time favorite signers. He is alway great with the fans. Very nice returns you got!

Alceste606
12-10-2011, 12:01 PM
Mr. Shantz will always be one of my all-time favorite signers. He is alway great with the fans. Very nice returns you got!


Thanks, Harley, and you're right, Bobby Shantz is a great guy, especially for being such a star as he was for the Athletics. I was recently reading that attendance nearly doubled at Shibe Park when Shantz was pitching.

Alceste606
12-13-2011, 09:23 PM
Bobby Brown added his sig to my photo, already signed by Jerry Coleman, of the Yankees after a 1950 World Series game. Dimaggio had just hit a home run to win the game.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/56028463@N06/6508198193/in/photostream

Alceste606
01-05-2012, 11:47 PM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/56028463@N06/6644959239/in/photostream

Bill Virdon signed my pic of him batting in Forbes Field in just five days. Very cool of him.