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Noahkalifungo
06-15-2012, 03:05 AM
Statistics

*Last updated 8/24*
The stuff in parentheses is mostly for my reference

Total
Total sent: 387 (updated through Lowrie)
Pending: 228
Success: 154 (through 8/24 mailday)
Failure: 5 (through Kiner)
Shortest wait: 6 days (Manny Acta, Taylor Guerrieri)
Longest wait: 54 days (Ben Zobrist)
Longest streak: 11 mail days (current: 13)
Most returns (one mailday): 10 (7/19/12 and 8/23/12)
Signed TTM cards: 255 (through 8/24 mailday)
Total Q&A Returns: 28 (8/24)

MiLBers
Total sent: 216 (updated through Lipka)
Pending: 104
Success: 91 (Through 8/24 mailday)
Failure: 2

Active MLBers
Total sent: 132 (Updated through Lowrie)
Pending: 85
Success: 46 (Updated through 8/24 mailday)
Failure: 1

Retired Players
Total sent: 38 (Updated through Irvin)
Pending: 21
Success: 15 (Through 8/24 mailday)
Failure: 2

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Hi guys,
Thought I'd share my successes so far and update as I gain more. I have sent out close to 50 requests in the past few weeks. Please let me know if you know of good prospects and SF Giants to send to!!
Thanks

Kyle Crick 2/2 13 days c/o Greenjackets (before I honed my prepping skills)

http://img259.imageshack.us/img259/9581/kylecrickttm.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/259/kylecrickttm.jpg/)

Adam Duvall 2/2 12 days c/o SJ Giants (also poorly prepped :( )

http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/3650/adamduvall.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/821/adamduvall.jpg/)

Jason Motte 2/2 15 days c/o Cardinals

http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/5871/jasonmottethechamp.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/707/jasonmottethechamp.jpg/)

BigRedMachine
06-15-2012, 10:02 AM
That Motte GQ looks sweet, good job!

Noahkalifungo
06-15-2012, 11:15 PM
That Motte GQ looks sweet, good job!

Thanks!! I love GQ for TTM autos.

Noahkalifungo
06-17-2012, 12:33 AM
Today brought Mike Leake 1/3 c/o Reds in 17 days. My first personalized TTM success!!

http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/7410/mikeleake.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/266/mikeleake.jpg/)

ILLRIMESAYA
06-17-2012, 11:59 AM
Hi! I love those Mottes, I just got my two back about the same time... I like how Crick noticed his sig didn't take on the Bowman chrome and went over it with his sharpie again... I am going to try him while hes still young... may become a time where he no longer signs judiciously- Bri

Noahkalifungo
06-17-2012, 05:39 PM
Hi! I love those Mottes, I just got my two back about the same time... I like how Crick noticed his sig didn't take on the Bowman chrome and went over it with his sharpie again... I am going to try him while hes still young... may become a time where he no longer signs judiciously- Bri

Thanks!! I might send to Crick again with a baby powdered chrome, and yeah I did notice how he went over it a few times haha. I have a huge collection of Crick cards so I hope he makes it to the show!!

Noahkalifungo
06-18-2012, 09:52 PM
Not 1, but 2 successes today!!! The first was great but unfortunately part of that same batch as the Crick and Duvall that were poorly prepped. As with the others, I'm still thrilled that the paper came out well.
Tommy Joseph 2/2 in 17 days:
http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/5871/tommyjoseph.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/444/tommyjoseph.jpg/)

This is definitely one of my better successes so far, just 7 days and personalized, looks great IMO. A very promising young prospect too:
Matt Barnes 2/2 7 days:
http://img823.imageshack.us/img823/5126/mattbarnes.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/823/mattbarnes.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
06-19-2012, 07:38 PM
The streak continues!!! 3 days in a row now. Another 2 successes today!!
Probably the coolest auto I've gotten so far, I think those are seams he drew in the "P"!!!
Pat Neshek 1/1 8 days
http://img542.imageshack.us/img542/9122/patneshek.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/542/patneshek.jpg/)

Also a cool looking auto, and I'm happy with the chrome considering I didn't prep it.
Mikie Mahtook 2/2 19 days
http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/5622/mikiemahtook.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/43/mikiemahtook.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
06-25-2012, 12:22 AM
I got back from a 4 day trip today and found 10, yes 10, TTM returns!!!
http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/8031/mailday.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/832/mailday.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
06-25-2012, 12:23 AM
First I got Brad Ziegler in 11 days c/o Diamondbacks.
http://img607.imageshack.us/img607/725/bradziegler.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/607/bradziegler.jpg/)

Next was Giants prospect Brett Krill in 9 days. I assume he doesn't get too many of these; he even took the time to pencil in his return address!!!
http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/6079/brettkrill.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/528/brettkrill.jpg/)

Also in 9 days from the Greenjackets was catcher Joe Staley. I like his auto, if he makes it big I bet he will drop the middle initial.
http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/999/josephstaley.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/521/josephstaley.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
06-25-2012, 12:23 AM
Here's another: Seth Rosin of the SJ Giants in 11 days. I like the silver sharpie but its a little hard to see in person.
http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/897/sethrosin.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/696/sethrosin.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
06-25-2012, 12:24 AM
Here are some more:
Cory Spangenberg
http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/3803/coryspangenberg.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/217/coryspangenberg.jpg/)

Blake Swihart
http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/8562/blakeswihart.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/844/blakeswihart.jpg/)

Archie Bradley :D
http://img546.imageshack.us/img546/8336/archiebradley.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/546/archiebradley.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
06-25-2012, 12:25 AM
Manny Acta in just 6 days!!
http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/8136/mannyacta.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/705/mannyacta.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
06-25-2012, 12:26 AM
Joe Nathan in just 9 days :D
http://img546.imageshack.us/img546/9952/joenathan.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/546/joenathan.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
06-25-2012, 12:26 AM
And my favorite TTM return so far....


Wade Boggs!!!
http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/6503/wadeboggs.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/689/wadeboggs.jpg/)

bronxbomber33
06-25-2012, 03:59 PM
And my favorite TTM return so far....


Wade Boggs!!!
http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/6503/wadeboggs.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/689/wadeboggs.jpg/)

Did you include a donation?

Noahkalifungo
06-25-2012, 05:18 PM
Did you include a donation?

No donation with the Boggs.

Noahkalifungo
06-25-2012, 08:50 PM
Another day, another TTM success :)
So happy to get this back, he signed my notecard and GU card exactly like I asked.
Bobby Doerr 2/2 in 12 days
http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/3759/bobbydoerr.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/254/bobbydoerr.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
06-25-2012, 08:51 PM
The mail truck came back about 10 minutes later and dropped off a few more things, including another TTM return!!
Glad to see that the chromes are starting to turn out better:
Taylor Guerrieri 2/2 in 6 days
http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/7171/taylorguerrieri.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/38/taylorguerrieri.jpg/)

He also returned my note that I wrote him, with another auto on the back. He seems like a great guy and he is very talented too.
http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/3470/taylorguerrierinote.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/687/taylorguerrierinote.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
07-05-2012, 04:51 AM
Here's the mail from the past 7 days:
http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/5246/ttmreturnsct.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/832/ttmreturnsct.jpg/)


12 returns!!!

Noahkalifungo
07-05-2012, 04:51 AM
First up is Brandon Drury of the Rome Braves.
http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/8901/brandondrury.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/406/brandondrury.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
07-05-2012, 04:52 AM
Next is Nick Delmonico, 3/3
http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/3903/nickdelmonico.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/507/nickdelmonico.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
07-05-2012, 04:52 AM
Loved this return, nice clean autos from 17 year old Luis Heredia:


http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/5250/luisheredia.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/534/luisheredia.jpg/)


I wrote him a note, half English half Spanish, wishing him the best of luck with the season and asking him to sign the cards. He returned the note with an auto on the back and wrote this:
http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/9840/luisheredianote.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/844/luisheredianote.jpg/)


:): I thought that was awesome

Noahkalifungo
07-05-2012, 04:53 AM
Here's Ryan Lavarnway of the Pawtucket Red Sox, having a great season and I actually saw him play in a PawSox game just 2 days ago. I also sent him a 2011 draft RC which he kept.
http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/9053/ryanlavarnway.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/28/ryanlavarnway.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
07-05-2012, 04:54 AM
Mr. Trucks signed my notecard just like I asked and included a card and sticky note of his own.


http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/2829/virgiltrucks.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/844/virgiltrucks.jpg/)
http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/8194/virgiltrucksnote.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/641/virgiltrucksnote.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
07-05-2012, 04:54 AM
Love this one, very cool to get a former Giant and current Giants broadcaster.


http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/2448/duanekuiper.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/716/duanekuiper.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
07-05-2012, 04:55 AM
That will be all for tonight, more tomorrow.

Noahkalifungo
07-05-2012, 04:10 PM
Here come some more!!!

Noahkalifungo
07-05-2012, 04:11 PM
Here are some nice Tigers prospects!!


Dean Green
http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/7381/deangreen.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/189/deangreen.jpg/)


Tyler Collins
http://img546.imageshack.us/img546/1291/tylercollins.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/546/tylercollins.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
07-05-2012, 04:12 PM
CJ Cron c/o Inland Empire 66ers, nice power prospect for the Angels who was drafted in the mid teens of the first round of last year's draft. I sent 2 of the draft prospect cards and he kept one. Thanks bronxbomber33 for the idea to send to him.


http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/1387/cjcron.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/15/cjcron.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
07-05-2012, 04:12 PM
Very nice auto on these, I remember when he threw a complete game shutout against my Giants a few weeks ago.
Matt Harrison:
http://img405.imageshack.us/img405/4430/mattharrison.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/405/mattharrison.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
07-05-2012, 04:13 PM
Here's all star closer Heath Bell, having a rough year but he'll probably turn it around:


http://img585.imageshack.us/img585/8581/heathbell.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/585/heathbell.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
07-05-2012, 04:13 PM
Here's the last one from yesterday's mail. I really like the look of the auto on Heritage and the personalization is awesome!!
Vance Worley:
http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/6764/vanceworley.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/140/vanceworley.jpg/)

ILLRIMESAYA
07-05-2012, 06:59 PM
Those Harrisons are sweeeeeet!!!

Noahkalifungo
07-06-2012, 12:38 PM
Those Harrisons are sweeeeeet!!!
Thanks!!! I was really pumped to see it back so quickly

Noahkalifungo
07-06-2012, 12:39 PM
Guess what, 3 more returns yesterday :):


First is Noah Perio in 17 days, nice looking auto but I don't see how it resembles his name. Nice to get an auto from another Noah and someone who lived in the Bay Area.


http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/8057/noahperio.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/26/noahperio.jpg/)


I resent to Cory Spangenberg of the Lake Elsinore Storm to get his autos on some Heritage ML (I sent out a bunch of Heritage ML). Just 9 days this time!! Likely the Padres' 2B of the future and I really like his auto, very unique and very bold.


http://img577.imageshack.us/img577/6379/coryspangenberg2.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/577/coryspangenberg2.jpg/)


Pumped about this return, had a feeling it would come today after seeing others get theirs back as well. Very talented youngster, I was shocked when the Pirates managed to sign him last year.


http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/4243/joshbell.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/850/joshbell.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
07-06-2012, 07:25 PM
Got another one today, 4 days in a row now. Just took 9 days, I hope he does well as he returns from injury.
Kyle Farnsworth 1/1 c/o Tampa Bay Rays in 9 days


http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/4251/kylefarnsworth.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/94/kylefarnsworth.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
07-10-2012, 01:59 AM
Hopefully this is the start of another streak:
Garin Cecchini in 14 days. Love the personalization!


http://img814.imageshack.us/img814/8041/garincecchini.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/814/garincecchini.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
07-20-2012, 02:02 AM
Hello everyone,
I know I haven updated in a while, but thankfully it's not because I'm on a drought! In fact, I'm on yet another trip but my family has been keeping track of my TTMs. I got 10, yes, 10 returns today. And, I got 7 returns two days ago. The total count for the last six days is 24 returns!!!

rangers311
07-20-2012, 05:58 AM
Very nice auto on these, I remember when he threw a complete game shutout against my Giants a few weeks ago.
Matt Harrison:
http://img405.imageshack.us/img405/4430/mattharrison.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/405/mattharrison.jpg/)
how long did the harrison take?

Noahkalifungo
07-20-2012, 10:16 AM
The Harrisons took about 12 days

Noahkalifungo
07-22-2012, 11:26 AM
8 more returns in the last 2 days!!!!

ILLRIMESAYA
07-23-2012, 11:00 AM
Who are they?

Noahkalifungo
07-23-2012, 04:17 PM
Who are they?

I'm going to open and post them when I get back from my trip. I know I've had 32 returns in the last 8 days though!! I know I got Steve Delabar, Brad Brach, Tom Wilhelmsen, Charlie Blackmon, Jake Hager, Ariel Pena, Steve Garvey, Al Kaline, and a few others.

ILLRIMESAYA
07-23-2012, 09:43 PM
Great! look forward to seeing them :)

Noahkalifungo
07-23-2012, 11:46 PM
Great! look forward to seeing them :)Thanks, me too! Five more successes today by the way

Noahkalifungo
08-02-2012, 11:37 AM
Here's the armada:
http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/5954/photo4jy.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/839/photo4jy.jpg/)


Fifty three (53) returns! This should be epic, so stay tuned and wish me luck!!

Noahkalifungo
08-02-2012, 01:51 PM
Ok, here we go. I'm going to do this chronologically:
7/13---> 3 returns
Jake Hager 2/2 c/o Bowling Green Hot Rods in 16 days
Nice success from the 2011 Rays draft pick. Anyone know what he wrote at the end of his auto besides his jersey number (2)??
http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/3319/jakehager.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/707/jakehager.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-02-2012, 01:51 PM
Tony Cingrani 2/2 c/o Pensacola Blue Wahoos in 17 days
Awesome success from the Reds third round pick in 2011. He has been a BEAST this season, maintaining a 1.15 ERA with high-A Bakersfield through 10 starts before being promoted to AA Pensacola where he has a 2.15 ERA through his first 10 games with them. Averaging well over 9 Ks/9 IP also. I sent him a 2011 Draft paper and chrome, and he swapped the chrome for a pro debut, which is fine with me.
http://img708.imageshack.us/img708/2583/tonycingrani.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/708/tonycingrani.jpg/)

ILLRIMESAYA
08-02-2012, 01:52 PM
Wow amazing! How long of time period did those 53 arrive? I simply can not wait to see who you got there :)

-already love the Hagers and Cingranis

Noahkalifungo
08-02-2012, 01:58 PM
Zach Britton 2/2 c/o Norfolk Tides in 25 days
Glad to get this back just before he got called up to the O's. These cards arrived in the mail the day before he was called up and 3 days before his first MLB start of the year. He has had one nice start since he was called up, but overall hasn't been great. He has a 8.35 ERA so far and gave up 7 runs through 2.2 IP in his last start.


http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/4575/zachbritton.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/19/zachbritton.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-02-2012, 01:59 PM
Wow amazing! How long of time period did those 53 arrive? I simply can not wait to see who you got there :)

-already love the Hagers and Cingranis
Thanks man!! Those 53 were over about 19 days

Noahkalifungo
08-02-2012, 02:17 PM
Ok, 7/14 had 0 returns and 7/15 was a Sunday, so on to 7/16----> 7 returns!!


Ariel Pena 2/2 c/o Arkansas Travelers in 7 days
Another nice prospect success, I really like 2012 Bowman for TTM autos.


http://img843.imageshack.us/img843/4256/arielpena.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/843/arielpena.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-02-2012, 02:18 PM
Carlos Martinez 1/1 c/o Springfield Cardinals in 30 days
Yet another prospect, and one of the Cardinals' best. He's ranked #27 overall according to BA and is having an impressive season.


http://img819.imageshack.us/img819/3761/carlosmartinez.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/819/carlosmartinez.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-02-2012, 02:40 PM
Ok, last prospect of 7/16, the other 4 are big leaguers :)


Starling Marte 4/4 c/o Indianapolis Indians in 20 days
Huge success from the Pirates OF prospect. He got called up 9 days after I got this in the mail, and has 2 HRs so far with the Pirates. I rarely send 3 cards to a player and almost never send 4, but I am glad I did here!! The envelope was bursting!


http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/6764/starlingmarte.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/42/starlingmarte.jpg/)

mrfloridadude1
08-02-2012, 02:50 PM
would you be willing to trade the top left marte?

Noahkalifungo
08-02-2012, 03:37 PM
Koji Uehara 1/2 c/o Rangers in 19 days
Pretty happy with this success from the Rangers reliever. He signed my 2012 topps but sent back the 2011 unsigned.


http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/5152/kojiuehara.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/221/kojiuehara.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-02-2012, 03:38 PM
Jordan Zimmermann 1/2 c/o Nationals in 30 days
Nice looking auto from one of the Nats' best pitchers. He's having a phenomenal season so far, with a 2.28 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. I also sent him a 2012 Bowman, which he kept.


http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/1686/jordanzimmermann.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/822/jordanzimmermann.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-02-2012, 03:39 PM
Tom Wilhelmsen 2/2 c/o Mariners in 7 days
Awesome success from the Mariners' closer. He is really talented, with an upper 90s fastball and a sharp curveball. He closed out the Mariners' combined no-hitter a month or so ago.


http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/4103/tomwilhelmsen.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/256/tomwilhelmsen.jpg/)


I wrote him a nice note and wrote down a few questions, which he answered. Let me know what you guys think about the questions, because I don't need to post them in the future if you aren't interested.


http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/5883/tomwilhelmsenquestions.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/684/tomwilhelmsenquestions.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-02-2012, 03:39 PM
Paul Konerko 2/2 c/o home in just 9 days!!!
I saved the best of 7/16 for last, SOO excited about this return. He has had a fantastic career and incredible season (.323 AVG with 17 HRs). Unfortunately, the bottom of the envelope got wet (it's the bottom of the second column from the left in the picture from page 5) but luckily only the bottom left corners of each of the cards got a tiny bit damaged. Not a big deal for me at all, I'm just sooo excited to get this one back.

http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/1203/paulkonerko.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/7/paulkonerko.jpg/)

ILLRIMESAYA
08-02-2012, 04:01 PM
Again, great signatures as we share the same TTMing interests... my favorite are those Martes- I sent one out to Indy and he was called up right away so that one may be a goner- but I will try again in Pittsburgh or next year spring training

Noahkalifungo
08-02-2012, 04:39 PM
Again, great signatures as we share the same TTMing interests... my favorite are those Martes- I sent one out to Indy and he was called up right away so that one may be a goner- but I will try again in Pittsburgh or next year spring training
Thanks!! I was very pleased with the Martes, a little luck with timing never hurts and I'm so glad he took the time to sign all four. I love reading your thread, those Almoras you got are incredible!!!!!!

Noahkalifungo
08-02-2012, 10:31 PM
On to 7/17!! ---------> 2 returns


Robbie Erlin 3/3 c/o San Antonio Missions in 8 days
Nice success from the Padres prospect who was traded from the Rangers in the Mike Adams trade. Maybe he switched to black sharpie after the blue didn't give on the Topps 100?


http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/131/robbieerlin.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/832/robbieerlin.jpg/)


He also answered my questions:
http://img571.imageshack.us/img571/9956/robbieerlinquestions.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/571/robbieerlinquestions.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-02-2012, 10:32 PM
Kyle Crick 2/2 c/o Augusta Greenjackets in 10 days


HUGE success from my favorite player!!! I re-sent to him with a better prepped chrome and some questions, which he answered. I have a ton invested in this guy (in terms of cards) and I think he's going to be the next Matt Cain.


http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/4613/kylecrick2.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/98/kylecrick2.jpg/)


And the questions:
http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/7754/kylecrickquestions.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/444/kylecrickquestions.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-02-2012, 10:33 PM
Steve Garvey 2/2 c/o home in 11 days


Nice success, I'm almost sure it's legit. He swapped my 2012 golden moments insert for the All-Star card and sent back a note asking for a donation to his charity.


http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/5237/stevegarvey.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/217/stevegarvey.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-02-2012, 10:34 PM
Al Kaline 1/1 c/o home in 8 days with $5 donation


So thrilled with this return, I love the way it looks. The SASE was stamped from Metroplex, MI so maybe his mail was forwarded to him in Detroit.


http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/3919/alkaline.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/163/alkaline.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-02-2012, 11:09 PM
7/19 was a big day!! -->10 returns!!!


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Jeimer Candelario 1/1 c/o Boise Hawks in 12 days


I'm happy about this return from the Cubs prospect, but too bad it didn't come out so well.


http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/4732/jeimercandelario.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/402/jeimercandelario.jpg/)


Daniel Corcino 2/2 c/o Pensacola Blue Wahoos in 12 days


Nice success from the Reds prospect. I kinda wish he'd signed in a different sharpie, but I'm still very pleased.


http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/4526/danielcorcino.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/21/danielcorcino.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-02-2012, 11:09 PM
Matt Szczur 2/2 c/o Daytona Cubs


Great success from one of the Cubs' top prospects, and personalization is always a bonus. He got called up a few days after I got this back after hitting .295 with Daytona.


http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/6669/mattszczur.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/715/mattszczur.jpg/)

ILLRIMESAYA
08-03-2012, 12:52 AM
Very nice Erlins, he seems to be another fantastic signer! Crick also probably ranks among the best promising prospect signers.

Noahkalifungo
08-03-2012, 01:29 AM
Very nice Erlins, he seems to be another fantastic signer! Crick also probably ranks among the best promising prospect signers.
I agree. One of the best things about getting prospect autos TTM is that many of them stop signing when they make it big

Noahkalifungo
08-03-2012, 02:19 AM
Levi Michael 3/3 c/o Fort Myers Miracle in 12 days


Nice success from the Twins prospect. It's ridiculous that Topps mistakingly photoshopped a Rangers uni on him even though he was drafted by the Twins! He has a sick auto, very clean and very smooth.


http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/4316/levimichael.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/696/levimichael.jpg/)


He also answered one of my questions:


http://img337.imageshack.us/img337/4532/levimichaelquestions.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/337/levimichaelquestions.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-03-2012, 03:26 AM
Joe Panik 2/2 c/o San Jose Giants in 52 days


So excited about this return!! I didn't think I'd see it back. He had a slow-ish start this year but is progressing nicely. I've always liked his swing and approach, and I hope to see him holding up the middle infield at AT&T Park soon!


http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/8444/joepanik.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/715/joepanik.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-03-2012, 03:26 AM
Brad Brach 1/1 c/o Padres in 10 days


Nice, quick success from the Padres rookie.


http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/6253/bradbrach.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/17/bradbrach.jpg/)


Steve Delabar 1/1 c/o Mariners in 10 days


I love this guy's story, and it's awesome to get his auto on his RC too.


http://img545.imageshack.us/img545/3741/stevedelabar.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/545/stevedelabar.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-03-2012, 03:27 AM
Heath Bell 3/3 c/o Marlins in 9 days


I re-sent to him to get him to auto a GQ and some other cards in Marlins uni. The 2012 series 1 got kinda beat up but I'm happy with this success.


http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/5/heathbell2.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/213/heathbell2.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-03-2012, 03:28 AM
Doug Fister 1/2 c/o Tigers in 50 days


Awesome success from the Tigers' SP. He's been great since being traded from the Mariners last year. I also sent him a 2011 Topps card in M's uni which he kept.


http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/6658/dougfister.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/12/dougfister.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-03-2012, 03:28 AM
Ryan Dempster 1/1 c/o Cubs in 9 days


Quick success from the now Rangers pitcher. I love the look of his auto on Gypsy Queen.


http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/7310/ryandempster.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/210/ryandempster.jpg/)

ILLRIMESAYA
08-03-2012, 02:12 PM
I think its safe to say your on fire

Noahkalifungo
08-03-2012, 04:23 PM
I think its safe to say your on fire
Thanks!! Many more coming as well

Noahkalifungo
08-03-2012, 05:27 PM
7/20------> 4 returns!


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Edwar Cabrera 2/2 c/o Colorado Springs Sky Sox in 8 days


He was called up a couple of times this year and struggled, but overall has had a good minor league season.


http://img259.imageshack.us/img259/4554/edwarcabrera.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/259/edwarcabrera.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-03-2012, 05:28 PM
Charlie Blackmon 2/2 c/o Colorado Springs Sky Sox in 8 days


Another nice success from another member of the Rockies' AAA affiliate. He played for the Rockies in 2011 for his rookie season, and now he's is tearing it up with the Sky Sox, hitting .331 through 46 games and .485 in his last 10. At this rate he should be up with the Rockies soon.


http://img546.imageshack.us/img546/233/charlieblackmon.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/546/charlieblackmon.jpg/)


And he answered my questions!!!


http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/7265/charlieblackmonquestion.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/684/charlieblackmonquestion.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-03-2012, 05:28 PM
Taylor Whitenton 2/2 c/o St. Lucie Mets in 7 days


Quick return from the Mets prospect. He's having a great season, sporting a 2.19 ERA.


http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/4540/taylorwhitenton.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/189/taylorwhitenton.jpg/)


Surprised by how thoughtful his answers were to my questions:


http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/9995/taylorwhitentonquestion.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/51/taylorwhitentonquestion.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-03-2012, 05:29 PM
Shawn Payne 1/1 c/o Augusta Greenjackets in 13 days


I always love getting Giants prospect returns!! He was drafted in 2011 and debuted for the Greenjackets this year. Through 89 games, he is hitting .316 with 40 SBs. If he keeps it up, he should be in SF soon!!


http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/4898/shawnpayne.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/196/shawnpayne.jpg/)


More questions!!


http://img835.imageshack.us/img835/6788/shawnpaynequestions.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/835/shawnpaynequestions.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-03-2012, 05:29 PM
7/21 kept the streak alive! 4 more returns


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Brad Peacock 2/2 c/o Sacramento River Cats


Awesome success from one of the A's brightest prospects. He came over from the Nats in the Gio Gonzalez trade. I think the Gypsy Queen is one one of the nicest looking cards I've gotten back.


http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/3305/bradpeacock.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/221/bradpeacock.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-03-2012, 05:30 PM
Danny Hultzen 2/2 c/o Tacoma Rainers in 14 days


Pumped about this success from last year's #2 overall draft pick. He was excellent with AA Jackson, maintaining a 1.19 ERA through 13 starts, but has struggled a little since being called up to AAA Tacoma. Either way, he should be at the top of the Mariner's rotation very soon.


http://img703.imageshack.us/img703/9820/dannyhultzen.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/703/dannyhultzen.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-03-2012, 05:30 PM
Nyjer Morgan 3/3 c/o Brewers in 11 days


http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/4651/nyjermorgan.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/14/nyjermorgan.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-03-2012, 05:31 PM
Bobby Doerr 1/1 c/o home 11 days


My second success from Mr. Doerr. I used my quarterly eBay bucks to get this UD Masterpieces blue framed card serial #'d 45/75, and I love the way it looks signed.


http://img801.imageshack.us/img801/7005/bobbydoerr2.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/801/bobbydoerr2.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-03-2012, 06:36 PM
7/23 kept the streak going (7/22 was a Sunday) ---> 5 returns!


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Robby Price 1/2 c/o Charlotte Stone Crabs in 11 days


http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/3388/robbyprice.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/21/robbyprice.jpg/)


Chris Rearick 2/2 c/o Charlotte Stone Crabs in 10 days


http://img803.imageshack.us/img803/313/chrisrearick.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/803/chrisrearick.jpg/)


Brandon Martin 2/2 c/o Princeton Rays in 10 days


http://img826.imageshack.us/img826/4705/brandonmartin.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/826/brandonmartin.jpg/)

ILLRIMESAYA
08-03-2012, 07:12 PM
Those questions are very cool... i meant to say that earlier and it seems like it brings the success to the next level- I may impliment that in the future... sounds like fun- Bri

Noahkalifungo
08-03-2012, 08:25 PM
Those questions are very cool... i meant to say that earlier and it seems like it brings the success to the next level- I may impliment that in the future... sounds like fun- Bri
Thanks!! I thought it would be a fun thing to try for. More coming up!!

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Jon Berti 2/2 c/o Dunedin Blue Jays in 10 days


http://img831.imageshack.us/img831/379/jonberti.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/831/jonberti.jpg/)


And the questions:


http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/5673/jonbertiquestions.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/41/jonbertiquestions.jpg/)










Casey Lawrence 2/2 c/o Dunedin Blue Jays in 10 days


http://img831.imageshack.us/img831/4117/caseylawrence.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/831/caseylawrence.jpg/)


More questions :)


http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/883/caseylawrencequestions.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/62/caseylawrencequestions.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-06-2012, 12:01 AM
Ok, on to 7/24!! ----> 2 returns


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Casey Haerther 2/2 c/o Arkansas Travelers in 12 days


http://img546.imageshack.us/img546/6103/caseyhaerther.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/546/caseyhaerther.jpg/)








Carter Jurica 2/2 c/o San Jose Giants in 43 days


Always nice to get Giants prospects and people that you've seen play :)


http://img600.imageshack.us/img600/4081/carterjurica.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/600/carterjurica.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-06-2012, 12:01 AM
7/25 brought 1 return


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Vinnie Pestano 2/2 c/o Cleveland Indians in 16 days


Awesome success from the Indians reliever. He's having a great season so far. I pulled a red refractor RC #'d 5/5 out of Bowman Draft of him and sold it for $60, so I'm glad to still have something on this guy.


http://img846.imageshack.us/img846/5514/vinniepestano.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/846/vinniepestano.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-06-2012, 12:02 AM
7/26 kept the streak alive at 10 consecutive days with a return!!!


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First I got a failure from Alan Trammel. He sent my card back unsigned in my SASE :(


Next was Tyler Gagnon 2/2 c/o Tri City Dust Devils n 14 days


http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/158/tylergagnon.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/193/tylergagnon.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-06-2012, 12:02 AM
Rymer Liriano 2/2 c/o San Antonio Missions in 13 days


Great return from one of the Padres' top prospects. This was my second time sending to him, the first time I sent c/o Lake Elsinore Storm a few days before he got promoted.


http://img543.imageshack.us/img543/9118/rymerliriano.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/543/rymerliriano.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-06-2012, 12:03 AM
Matt Thornton 2/2 c/o White Sox in 17 days


Another member of the White Sox :D Nice success from the White Sox workhorse.


http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/3372/mattthornton.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/196/mattthornton.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-06-2012, 12:03 AM
7/27 also kept the streak alive at 11 days!!! 4 more returns


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Trevor May 2/2 c/o Reading Phillies in 20 days


Pretty nice success from the Phillies' prospect. I kind of wish he had signed in a bolder sharpie, the thin blue didn't come out so well..


http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/7595/trevormay.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/191/trevormay.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-06-2012, 12:04 AM
Christian Yelich 2/2 c/o Jupiter Hammerheads in 32 days


Awesome success from the Marlins OF prospect, their no. 1 before they got Jacob Turner and easily a top 50. Love the way they came out.


http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/6095/christianyelich.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/256/christianyelich.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-06-2012, 12:04 AM
Time for some HOF action :D


Joe Morgan 1/1 c/o HOF in 38 days


Awesome return from the Reds' 2B HOFer!!! I sent him a notecard because I heard it's harder to get him to sign cards. Glad to get him because he is a tough one usually!


http://img805.imageshack.us/img805/3193/joemorgan.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/805/joemorgan.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-06-2012, 12:06 AM
Will Clark 1/3 c/o Giants in 46 days


HUGE return for me as a Giants fan!! Mr. Clark signed one of the three cards I sent him, and kept the other two.


http://img854.imageshack.us/img854/8506/willclark.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/854/willclark.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-06-2012, 12:06 AM
Unfortunately 7/27 was the last day of the streak, but 7/30 brought 5 more returns!!!


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Jace Peterson 3/3 c/o Fort Wayne Tin Caps in 18 days


First up is this nice success from the Padres prospect. He was drafted last year and is putting up some impressive numbers in the minors so far.


http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/5086/jacepeterson.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/705/jacepeterson.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-06-2012, 12:07 AM
Michael Fulmer 2/2 c/o Savannah Sand Gnats in 23 days


Glad to add another 2011 draftee, he's playing well in the Sally so far. The autos look nice in thin blue and I'm glad the cards don't have facsimiles on them.


http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/9550/michaelfulmer.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/232/michaelfulmer.jpg/)


And some questions!! Love the full sentences and thoughtful answers.


http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/6376/michaelfulmerquestions.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/140/michaelfulmerquestions.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-06-2012, 12:08 AM
Yoshinori Tateyama 1/1 c/o Rangers in 23 days


Great looking success from the Japanese signee. The SASE was stamped from Austin, TX so I think he brought his mail with him to AAA.


http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/2006/yoshinoritateyama.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/402/yoshinoritateyama.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-06-2012, 12:08 AM
Jim Davenport 2/2 c/o home in 20 days


Awesome to get another former Giants great. I also liked getting a '62 Topps auto'd TTM after that design was reused so much last year.


http://img809.imageshack.us/img809/1105/jimdavenport.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/809/jimdavenport.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-06-2012, 12:09 AM
Last one from 7/30...


Wade Boggs 2/2 c/o home in 20 days


Another awesome success from Mr. Boggs (my second). He's been signing like crazy!!


http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/9027/wadeboggs2.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/689/wadeboggs2.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-06-2012, 12:32 AM
8/2 brought 5 more returns!!!


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Austin Hedges 2/2 c/o Fort Wayne Tin Caps in 20 days


http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/2923/austinhedges.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/21/austinhedges.jpg/)


And some more awesome questions!!!


http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/784/austinhedgesquestions.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/690/austinhedgesquestions.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-06-2012, 12:33 AM
Brandon Snyder 1/2 c/o Rangers in 26 days


Great looking success from the Rangers infielder. The A&G looks incredible!! I also sent him a 2011 Topps base RC, which he returned unsigned.


http://img845.imageshack.us/img845/6682/brandonsnyder.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/845/brandonsnyder.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-06-2012, 01:19 AM
John Jaso 3/3 c/o Mariners in 24 days


http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/5521/johnjaso.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/88/johnjaso.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-06-2012, 01:19 AM
Travis Ishikawa 1/1 c/o Brewers in 44 days


Awesome success from the former Giant. He played a role in the historic 2010 season, even hitting an RBI double in the World Series. Always great to get someone in Giants uni.


http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/2865/travisishikawa.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/689/travisishikawa.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-06-2012, 01:20 AM
Scott Feldman 1/1 c/o Rangers in 23 days


Great success from the Rangers SP. He has been used here and there in recent years but Wash just said he's going to be a starter consistently given his recent performance.


http://img823.imageshack.us/img823/5360/scottfeldman.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/823/scottfeldman.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-06-2012, 01:20 AM
Oh, and I forgot about these:


Horace Clarke c/o home


http://img545.imageshack.us/img545/9182/horaceclarke.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/545/horaceclarke.jpg/)




Bill Monbouquette c/o home


http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/6457/billmonbouquette.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/13/billmonbouquette.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-06-2012, 01:21 AM
Phew, that's it!! All caught up, now time to wait for tomorrow's mail!

Rudickulous
08-06-2012, 01:28 AM
In my personal opinion, this is one of the better threads to look at, and I agree that the questions are an amazing touch. Keep up the awesome work!

Noahkalifungo
08-06-2012, 01:35 AM
In my personal opinion, this is one of the better threads to look at, and I agree that the questions are an amazing touch. Keep up the awesome work!
Thanks so much for the compliment, that means a lot to me!!

Noahkalifungo
08-07-2012, 01:49 AM
Here were today's sendouts, somewhere around 60 (first time I've sent out in over 3 weeks):


http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/3239/86sendouts.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/269/86sendouts.jpg/)


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On to the mail!! 4 more returns today, I'm surprised because I haven't sent out in 3 weeks. All 4 are active MLB players and 3 are Rangers!!


Gordon Beckham 1/1 c/o White Sox in 27 days


http://img855.imageshack.us/img855/5337/gordonbeckham.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/855/gordonbeckham.jpg/)


Mike Adams 1/3 c/o Rangers in 27 days


http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/3158/mikeadams.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/837/mikeadams.jpg/)


Mike Napoli 1/2 c/o Rangers in 27 days


http://img31.imageshack.us/img31/3887/mikenapoli.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/31/mikenapoli.jpg/)


Joe Nathan 1/1 c/o Rangers in 40 days (my second success from him)


http://img542.imageshack.us/img542/4118/joenathan2.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/542/joenathan2.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-07-2012, 07:59 PM
Got another success today!!


AJ Pierzynski 1/1 c/o White Sox in 31 days


Nice success from the White Sox catcher, always nice to get a former Giant on a Giants card. I feel like I've been getting tons of White Sox lately!! (Konerko, Thornton, Beckham, Pierzynski, etc).


http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/3369/ajpierzynski.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/684/ajpierzynski.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-09-2012, 01:45 AM
I got my 100th TTM success today!!!


Mike Leake 1/1 c/o Reds in 29 days


My second success from Mr. Leake, he is a great signer. I love how he personalizes them, it's a nice touch.


http://img267.imageshack.us/img267/3905/mikeleake2.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/267/mikeleake2.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-10-2012, 10:45 PM
Got 1 return today. The last week has been slooooooow because I hadn't sent out in three weeks. Tomorrow will be day 5 since my 50+ TTM sendout day, so by Monday (day 7) hopefully the returns will pick back up.


Rafael Ortega 1/2 c/o Modesto Nuts PO Box in 29 days


http://img703.imageshack.us/img703/9913/rafaelortega.jpg


He answered my questions, can anyone help interpret the first answer? Does he sing the anthem or have a side job or what?


http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/1336/rafaelortegaquestions.jpg

size17shoes
08-11-2012, 09:31 AM
congrats

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2012, 04:31 PM
congrats
Thanks!!

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Mail came early today!! 2 awesome MLB returns.


Wei-Yin Chen 1/1 c/o Orioles in 45 days


Sweet success from the Orioles rookie, who's having a pretty solid season so far.


http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/9770/weiyinchen.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/442/weiyinchen.jpg/)


Ben Zobrist 3/2 c/o Rays in 54 days


Great success from the Rays' OF. I'm glad he took the time to sign both of my cards, as many major leaguers have signed only one in my experience.


http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/4780/benzobrist.jpg


He also added a personalized, religious card:


http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/4516/benzobristextra.jpg

Riggs
08-11-2012, 06:43 PM
great stuff

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2012, 11:28 PM
great stuff

Thanks Riggs!! I really like your thread as well

Noahkalifungo
08-14-2012, 02:33 PM
Got two nice, fast returns yesterday, both from that huge 8/6 sendout.


Angelys Nina 2/2 c/o Tulsa Drillers in 7 days


Nice return from the Dominican Rockies prospect, he has a great looking auto and I'm glad that there was no smearing


http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/491/angelysnina.jpg


Brian Johnson 1/1 c/o Lowell Spinners in 7 days


Nice return from the Red Sox first round pick (#31 overall) who has yet to allow a run with the Lowell Spinners. Kind of funny that he did the personalization across his face.


http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/791/brianjohnson.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-14-2012, 08:04 PM
Got some more mail today!! 3 successes and a RTS from Lucas Sims. I have a 4 day mail day streak going now!!


Michael Wacha 1/1 c/o Palm Beach Cardinals in 8 days


Awesome success from the Cardinals first round pick this year (19th overall). He has been lights out so far in his pro debut, he was promoted to Palm Beach after 3 games in the GCL, and has 11 Ks through just 6 IP, with just 1 hit and 1 walk (no runs). I'm excited for this kid's future.


http://img542.imageshack.us/img542/9150/michaelwacha.jpg


And oh by the way, he answered my questions too :) I think he decided to use a ballpoint pen for both the card and the questions, which worked out well for the questions but not so well for the card. I'm very, very happy regardless.


http://img560.imageshack.us/img560/9821/michaelwachaquestions.jpg






Kyle Hudson 1/1 c/o Lehigh Valley IronPigs in 8 days


I'm pumped to get another 2012 Topps RC auto from the base set, I think I probably have 6-7 by now. Pretty good considering I only started TTM after spring training was over. Hudson has gone from the Orioles to the Rays and then to the Phillies since this card was made, he is currently with the Phillies AAA affiliate. Fun fact: in his 4 years of pro ball, he has yet to hit a HR. He's more of a leadoff hitter anyways.


http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/7302/kylehudson.jpg


Rick Reuschel 4/4 c/o home in 8 days


Glad to get these back from "Big Daddy." Nice, quick return, he's a great signer.


http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/5835/rickreuschel.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/266/rickreuschel.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-16-2012, 01:08 AM
4 more returns today!


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Josh Tomlin 1/2 c/o Indians in 9 days


Nice fast return from the Indians starting pitcher. I also sent him a 2012 Topps card, which he kept.


http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/5909/joshtomlin.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/341/joshtomlin.jpg/)


Justin Masterson 2/2 c/o Indians in 37


Another nice return from another Indians starter, always nice to add a Gypsy Queen to my burgeoning TTM collection.


http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/6529/justinmasterson.jpg


Nick Ramirez 1/1 c/o Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in 7 days


Lighting fast return from this Brewers power prospect who was drafted in the 4th round last year out of Cal State Fullerton.


http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/1337/nickramirez.jpg


He also answered my questions:


http://img692.imageshack.us/img692/8062/nickramirezquestions.jpg








Chris Stewart 2/2 c/o Yankees in 9 days


Last but not least, a sweet return from the Yankees catcher who played for the Giants in 2011. Too bad Topps didn't make any cards of him in Giants uni.


http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/8982/chrisstewart.jpg


Another pair of awesome answers to my questions:


http://img703.imageshack.us/img703/1698/chrisstewartquestions.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-16-2012, 07:23 PM
Two more returns today, the streak is now at 6. Anyone reading this thread? haha


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Drew Pomeranz 2/2 c/o Rockies in 10 days


Awesome success from the Indians first round pick (#5 overall) in the 2010 draft. He was sent to Colorado in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade, which is usually a death sentence as a pitcher. Even though his ERA is 5.04 this season, he is leading the Rockies among pitchers with at least 4 starts (he has made 13). I'm very happy with the way these turned out.


http://img835.imageshack.us/img835/5729/drewpomeranz.jpg


Paul Konerko 2/2 c/o home in 8 days


Another nice success from Mr. Konerko, I thought I'd try to catch him while he's injured and I'm glad I did.


http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/5296/paulkonerko2.jpg

Marshall658
08-16-2012, 07:29 PM
Awesome stuff lately. The Ninas came out beautiful and Konerko is a great get. Also love the Pomeranz's, was lucky to get him during ST. Glad to see he's still signing a bit.

Waffle11
08-16-2012, 08:01 PM
I got Pomeranz back today as well. Love the look of his sig.

congrats on all the successes! You're really piling them on!

Noahkalifungo
08-16-2012, 09:49 PM
Awesome stuff lately. The Ninas came out beautiful and Konerko is a great get. Also love the Pomeranz's, was lucky to get him during ST. Glad to see he's still signing a bit.

Thanks!!! I think the Ninas are like the only time where the chrome actually came out better than the paper.


I got Pomeranz back today as well. Love the look of his sig.

congrats on all the successes! You're really piling them on!

Thanks, I like Pomeranz's auto too. Too bad he got traded to the Rockies :(

Rudickulous
08-17-2012, 02:42 AM
Where did you get the Konerko addy from. Been trying for him for a while!

Noahkalifungo
08-17-2012, 12:54 PM
Where did you get the Konerko addy from. Been trying for him for a while!
Pm coming

ILLRIMESAYA
08-17-2012, 01:17 PM
Yeah if you do not mind shooting me a PM on Konerko's addy as well.. I have been trying to get him for a while now too- great successes to boot

Noahkalifungo
08-17-2012, 09:25 PM
Yeah if you do not mind shooting me a PM on Konerko's addy as well.. I have been trying to get him for a while now too- great successes to boot
Pm sent!!

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4 more returns today, streak to 7!


First I got a failure from Ralph Kiner. He returned my card unsigned in my SASE.


Brad Ziegler 1/3 c/o Diamondbacks in 11 days


My second success from Mr. Ziegler, exact same turnaround. I wanted to get him in A's uni since I already have him in D-Backs uni and they are division rivals with my Giants.


http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/7593/bradziegler2.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/402/bradziegler2.jpg/)


Jonathan Griffin 1/1 c/o Visalia Rawhide in 7 days


Very fast return from this 6'7, 250 lb beast who has already swatted close to 20 HRs this season with high A Visalia. He slipped to the 21st round last year but garnered immediate attention both with his size and with his power.


http://img211.imageshack.us/img211/4065/jonathangriffin.jpg


Brandon Dickson 1/1 c/o Memphis Redbirds in 7 days


Another fast return (these last two were both from my 8/10 sendout) and another 202 Topps base RC!!! I guess I have like 8 of these now? Dickson has done nothing but climb in the ranks since he was signed as a free agent in 2006. He has twice been called up to St. Louis but is currently with AAA Memphis where he is putting up solid numbers.


http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/8863/brandondickson.jpg


He also answered my questions:


http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/3269/brandondicksonquestions.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-18-2012, 10:38 PM
Another great mailday, 7 more returns and my mail day success streak is now at 8 days!


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Jose Osuna c/o West Virginia Power in 8 days


Nice success from a good prospect, he hit .331 last year and has added some power this year (15 HRs so far), and he's still only 19 years old. I really like his auto too.


http://img853.imageshack.us/img853/1121/joseosuna.jpg


Nestor Molina 1/1 c/o Birmingham Barons in 12 days


Another good prospect success, he has a nice, compact auto which I like. He was traded to the White Sox from the Blue Jays for Sergio Santos.


http://img688.imageshack.us/img688/8706/nestormolina.jpg


Anthony Fernandez 2/2 c/o Jackson Generals in 8 days


Another nice prospect success with another nice auto. He was promoted from high A High Desert to AA Jackson earlier this year, where he has an impressive 2.69 ERA through 10 starts. Hopefully he will make it to Seattle soon!


http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/2286/anthonyfernandez.jpg


Dan Bennett 1/1 c/o Lakeland Flying Tigers in 8 days


I'm always glad to get Tigers/Tigers prospects, as they are my second favorite team after the Giants. Bennett projects to be a shutdown reliever, he was just promoted to high A Lakeland and hasn't given up a run through 3 appearances.


http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/2602/danbennett.jpg


He answered my questions too!!


http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/5587/danbennettquestions.jpg








Brennan Smith 2/2 c/o West Michigan Whitecaps in 12 days


Another nice Tigers prospect!!


http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/6751/brennansmith.jpg


And the questions:


http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/5720/brennansmithquestions.jpg








Daniel Hudson 2/2 c/o Diamondbacks in 39 days


Awesome success from the D-Backs starter!! Things haven't gone his way this year and he's been injured twice, but I think he has a very bright future.


http://img688.imageshack.us/img688/928/danielhudson.jpg


Eric Young Jr. 2/2 c/o Rockies in 12 days


Another sweet MLB success from the Rockies leadoff hitter. He's been tearing it up of late, and is hitting .325 on the season. I guess "#R2BI" stands for refuse to be ignored?


http://img39.imageshack.us/img39/4271/ericyoungjr.jpg

bronxbomber33
08-18-2012, 11:22 PM
Wow, very nice, you must send out quite a bit!!!

Noahkalifungo
08-18-2012, 11:41 PM
Wow, very nice, you must send out quite a bit!!!
Correct you are haha

yanksbball23
08-19-2012, 12:57 AM
Yes Refused to be ignored is Eric Young Jr.'s Foundation

Noahkalifungo
08-20-2012, 09:48 PM
Yet another great mail day today, 7 more successes and now 9 straight mail days with a success.


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Greg Bird 2/2 c/o GCL Yankees in 10 days


Great, fast return from the Yankees prospect. He was drafted out of HS last year in the 5th round, and has good bat speed and plenty of developing power.


http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/6410/gregbird.jpg


Matt Davidson 2/2 c/o Mobile BayBears in 7 days


An even faster return from another powerful prospect. Davidson was a first rounder in 2009 and has already swatted 22 HRs this year


http://img198.imageshack.us/img198/9950/mattdavidson.jpg


Nick Kingham 2/2 c/o West Virginia Power in 10 days


Very clean auto on these, and yet another 2012 Bowman chrome+paper combo. He had a fantastic year last year (2.15 ERA) but hasn't been quite as good this year with West Virginia. Anyone know what he wrote at the end of his auto besides "31"?


http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/5097/nickkingham.jpg


He also answered my questions, I really appreciated the thoughtful answers


http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/315/nickkinghamquestions.jpg






Tyler Naquin 1/1 c/o Mahoning Valley Scrappers in 14 days


Awesome success from the Indians' first round pick (15th overall) in this year's draft. He has an absolute cannon from the outfield and a bright future in my opinion.


http://img198.imageshack.us/img198/6199/tylernaquin.jpg


He also answered my questions!


http://img405.imageshack.us/img405/6291/tylernaquinquestions.jpg






Josh Satin 1/1 c/o Buffalo Bisons in 12 days


Another 2012 Topps base RC! Very happy with this return.


http://img692.imageshack.us/img692/83/joshsatin.jpg


And the questions...


http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/5347/joshsatinquestions.jpg






Marc Rzepczynski 1/1 c/o Cardinals in 10 days


Great success from the Cardinals reliever who played an important role in the Cardinals crazy playoff run last year. I was definitely not expecting this back so soon, most of his returns are like 30-80 days. Very cool looking auto too, I love how it came out.


http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/8371/marcrzepczynski.jpg


Mike Cameron 2/2 c/o home in 10 days


Another awesome return from the freshly retired MLB outfielder who had 250+ HRs. Also a great looking auto!


http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/8955/mikecameron.jpg

ILLRIMESAYA
08-20-2012, 09:57 PM
Love the Kinghams and the Naquin- I sent out to Kingham this morning and sent the same two cards lol... I guess we do in fact have the same collecting interests- I put Naquin in my "to send" que for next year or for the Indians Fall Instructional League... thanks, Bri

Noahkalifungo
08-21-2012, 07:31 PM
Love the Kinghams and the Naquin- I sent out to Kingham this morning and sent the same two cards lol... I guess we do in fact have the same collecting interests- I put Naquin in my "to send" que for next year or for the Indians Fall Instructional League... thanks, Bri

Thanks!! Do you know if the Fall league is a good time for TTMs for prospects?

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Just two returns today.


Todd Glaesmann 1/1 c/o Charlotte Stone Crabs in 13 days


I think this one just looks awesome. Glaesman was a 3rd rounder in '09 and has been solid so far as a pro, he earned a promotion to high A Charlotte and is hitting .297 through 24 games.


http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/8030/toddglaesmann.jpg


Keith Couch 2/2 c/o Salem Red Sox in 11 days


Another great prospect success from a guy who has had a very strong career so far, moving up a notch each year since being drafted in '10.


http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/2760/keithcouch.jpg


He also answered my questions, kind of an ironic answer to the first one given the team he was drafted by:


http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/2424/keithcouchquestions.jpg

ILLRIMESAYA
08-21-2012, 09:06 PM
I havent tried it yet but I will!

JaredRek
08-22-2012, 02:21 AM
Love all these returns! I will more than likely send to most of those guys.. Haha thanks!

Noahkalifungo
08-22-2012, 09:38 PM
I havent tried it yet but I will!

I think I will too!


Love all these returns! I will more than likely send to most of those guys.. Haha thanks!

Thanks and good luck!!

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Today brought 2 returns. My streak is now at 11 days, tied with my record!


Travis Shaw 1/1 c/o Portland Sea Dogs in 15 days


Great success from the Red Sox prospect. He had a fantastic start with high A Salem (.305 avg with 16 HRs) which earned him a promotion to AA Portland.


http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/9602/travisshaw.jpg


He also answered my questions:


http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/9962/travisshawquestions.jpg






Scott Downs 2/2 c/o Angels in 8 days


Very nice success from the Angels relief pitcher.


http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/9482/scottdowns.jpg

CurseReversed04
08-22-2012, 09:59 PM
Hey would you mind sending me Konerko's address too?

Noahkalifungo
08-23-2012, 08:37 PM
Hey would you mind sending me Konerko's address too?
PM sent

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Big day today! 10 more returns. I'm going to upload them in spurts as I scan them.

8/23 return #1/10:


Adam Warren 1/1 c/o Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in 16 days


Awesome looking success from the Yanks' prospect who has put up great numbers in the minors and may be a part of the big league rotation next year.


http://img809.imageshack.us/img809/140/adamwarren.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-23-2012, 08:44 PM
8/23 return #2/10:


Liam Hendriks 2/2 c/o Rochester Red Wings in 10 days


Great return from the Australian, he has been fantastic at AAA Rochester (2.20 ERA) but has struggled with the Twins. He just got called up again and made a start against the A's yesterday. I assume he signed my cards just before flying to the Twin Cities, because it is stamped from Rochester, NY. Nice to get another 2012 Topps base RC too.


http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/4756/liamhendriks.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-23-2012, 08:48 PM
8/23 return #3/10:


Fred Lewis 2/2 c/o Buffalo Bisons in 17 days


Nice success from the former Giant who has bounced around a lot since leaving SF. He is currently with the Mets AAA team where he is having a very good season.


http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/4273/fredlewis.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-23-2012, 08:51 PM
8/23 return #4/10:


Matt Williams 1/1 c/o Quad Cities River Bandits in 9 days


Very happy with this success from the Cardinals prospect whose second season has been as good as his first. Looks like he started to sign in a faded sharpie and then switched to a better one. I'm glad he did, haha.


http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/4373/mattwilliams.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-23-2012, 08:55 PM
8/23 return #5/10:

Taylor Motter 1/1 c/o Bowling Green Hot Rods PO Box in 9 days


Another 9 day success on a 2012 Pro Debut! I'm very happy with the way this turned out.


http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/3915/taylormotter.jpg


He also gave some great answers to my questions:


http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/1322/taylormotterquestions.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-23-2012, 09:00 PM
8/23 return #6/10:


Chase Headley 3/3 c/o Padres in 17 days


Awesome success from the Padres 3rd baseman, who is having a great year and has somehow mashed 21 HRs even though he plays in PETCO Park.


http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/8264/chaseheadley.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-23-2012, 09:03 PM
8/23 return #7/10:


Michael Fiers 1/1 c/o Brewers in 13 days


My first TTM 2012 Bowman RC I'm pretty sure, and I like the way it came out. Fiers is having a phenomenal rookie season.


http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/6972/michaelfiers.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-23-2012, 09:11 PM
8/23 return #8/10:


JR Graham 2/2 c/o Mississippi Braves PO Box in 13 days


Awesome all around return from a very promising Braves prospect. He was drafted in the 4th round last year and had a sensational season in the short-season Appalachian league. He continued to put up great numbers this year with high A Lynchburg which earned him a promotion to AA Mississippi.


http://img337.imageshack.us/img337/1318/jrgraham.jpg


He also answered my questions:


http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/7956/jrgrahamquestions.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-23-2012, 09:16 PM
8/23 return #9/10:


Jamal Austin 1/1 c/o Clinton LumberKings in 9 days


Great, fast success from the Mariners prospect. He was drafted last year and had a breakout season with short-season Pulaski (.335 avg with 20 SBs) and has had another good year so far with class A Clinton.


http://img407.imageshack.us/img407/11/jamalaustin.jpg


He also answered my questions:


http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/6696/jamalaustinquestions.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-23-2012, 09:21 PM
8/23 return #10/10 (if you're just checking in on this post now, there are 9 other successes from today posted before it!)


Blake Beavan 2/2 c/o Tacoma Rainers in 45 days


Very surprised to get this back from the Mariners' starting pitcher. I sent it to AAA Tacoma right before he got called up and assumed it wouldn't be forwarded to Seattle, but I'm glad it was! Unfortunately I just re-sent to him like 2 days ago, so I'm glad to trade if I get duplicates of these 2011 and 2012 cards.


http://img843.imageshack.us/img843/9403/blakebeavan.jpg

Marshall658
08-24-2012, 12:26 AM
Nice stuff today. I've also gotten TTMs from 9 of those 10 guys this season so I approve haha.

Noahkalifungo
08-24-2012, 03:28 AM
Nice stuff today. I've also gotten TTMs from 9 of those 10 guys this season so I approve haha.
Haha thanks I got the idea for almost all of the pro debuts from your thread!

Noahkalifungo
08-24-2012, 09:17 PM
My streak is at 13 mail days now!!!


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8/24 return #1/7:


Joe Paterson 2/2 c/o Reno Aces in 14 days


Nice success from the D-Backs pitcher. He was in the Giants chain for a while before being claimed in the Rule 5 draft.


http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/4243/joepaterson.jpg


He also answered my questions, by "Conn." he means the Connecticut Defenders, the AA affiliate of the Giants until they moved to Richmond, VA and were renamed the Flying Squirrels (in 2010).


http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/2782/joepatersonquestions.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-24-2012, 09:18 PM
8/24 return #2/7:


Kevin Gausman 1/1 c/o Aberdeen Ironbirds in 17 days


HUUUGE success from the 4th overall pick this year and a top pitching prospect. He is known for his antics and superstitions (he eats powdered donuts in between innings) and seems like a great guy. He should be right next to Dylan Bundy at the top of the Orioles rotation for years to come.


http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/5135/kevingausman.jpg


He also signed and personalized the back of my LOR:


http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/539/kevingausmannotecard.jpg




And he answered my questions:


http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/4301/kevingausmanquestions.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-24-2012, 09:24 PM
8/24 return #3/7:


Jon Rauch 1/1 c/o Mets in 48 days


Awesome return from the tallest player in MLB history at 6'11.


http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/5566/jonrauch.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-24-2012, 09:27 PM
8/24 return #4/7:


Justin De Fratus 1/1 c/o Lehigh Valley Ironpigs in 10 days


Very nice return from the Phillies pitcher who is currently in AAA. Another 2012 Topps base RC too.


http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/469/justindefratus.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-24-2012, 09:46 PM
8/24 return #5/7:


Bobby Valentine 1/1 c/o Red Sox in 18 days:


http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/3932/bobbyvalentine.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-24-2012, 09:46 PM
8/24 return #6/7:


Mark Melancon 1/2 c/o Red Sox in 14 days


Gotta love personalization, an inscription, and Gypsy Queen! Very nice return from the Red Sox reliever who struggled mightily at the start of the season and was sent down, but has been much better since being called up again.


http://img580.imageshack.us/img580/2972/markmelancon.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-24-2012, 09:53 PM
8/24 return #7/7:


Tommy Milone 2/2 c/o A's in 14 days


Last but not least, and awesome return from the A's pitcher who came over in the Gio Gonzalez trade. He's been a horse in his first full season, chewing up innings and earning 10 W's. If you look closely, you'll notice that he wrote #46 on the Nats rookie card (his jersey number with the Nats) and 57 on the A's card (you guessed it, his number with the A's). I think that's pretty cool.


http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/8070/tommilone.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-24-2012, 10:47 PM
If you're just looking at this now, there are 6 other returns from today posted before!!

gladdyontherise
08-25-2012, 11:55 AM
Nice returns! They all turned out well.

Noahkalifungo
08-25-2012, 08:53 PM
Nice returns! They all turned out well.
Thanks!!! Go Tigers :thumb:

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6 more returns today, I'm now on a 14 day streak. I wanted to let you guys know that I've decided to stop posting the Q&A. I have started to personalize most of the questions and I don't really feel right posting the players' answers online for all to see. I will keep posting the cards of course :D:

Noahkalifungo
08-25-2012, 08:59 PM
8/25 return #1/6:


Jabari Blash 2/2 c/o Clinton LumberKings in 19 days


Nice return from the toolsy 2010 draftee.


http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/5028/jabariblash.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-25-2012, 09:08 PM
8/25 return #2/6






Big one here... Here's your clue- he's a Washington National hitter, first name Bryce and last name six letters long....




































































































































Bryce Ortega 1/1 c/o Hasgerstown Suns in 12 days!!!


I hope I didn't give it away with the clues ;) This Bryce is also very talented. He burst on to the scene last year with the Auburn Doubledays and has continued to put up good numbers with class A Hagerstown.


http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/2396/bryceortega.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-25-2012, 09:15 PM
Kevin Pillar 1/1 c/o Dunedin Blue Jays in 11 days

Awesome return from a really promising player. Even though he re-wrote the record books with a 54 game hit streak in college, he was drafted in just the 32nd round and is proving to have been an absolute steal. He hit .347 last year in the Appalachian League, then hit .322 with class A Lansing, and now is hitting .310 with high A Dunedin. He also has 49 SBs this year.

http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/8149/kevinpillar.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-25-2012, 09:22 PM
8/25 return #4/6:


Andrew Carignan 1/1 c/o A's in 19 days


Always nice to get another 2012 Topps base RC and an A from across the Bay!! I hope he gets well soon as he's been on the DL since the start of June, but at least he's using the time to sign for his fans!!


http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/6761/andrewcarignan.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-25-2012, 09:23 PM
8/25 return #5/6:


Derek Holland 1/1 c/o Rangers in 49 days


Gotta love surprises! Honestly I wasn't really expecting this one back. Very nice auto from an amazing pitcher too.


http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/2315/derekholland.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-25-2012, 09:27 PM
8/25 return #6/6


If you're just seeing this post now, the other 5 returns from 8/25 are posted before!


Ryan Roberts 2/2 c/o Rays in 19 days


I kind of took a risk with this one but I'm so glad it paid off!! Another '12 Gypsy Queen, I guess I'm more or less going for the set at this point. I am having a much easier time rooting for "Tat-man" now that he's out of the NL West (Giants!). I love the way these came out.


http://img843.imageshack.us/img843/5452/ryanroberts.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-27-2012, 09:31 PM
Just three returns today. I now have a 15 day mail streak going.


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Ben Zobrist 2/1 c/o Rays in 19 days


My second success from Mr. Zobrist, I'm pumped to get his auto on a Gypsy Queen. He also included a personalized religious card.


http://img812.imageshack.us/img812/1977/benzobrist2.jpg


Ross Detwiler 1/1 c/o Nationals in 21 days


Very nice success from the 6th overall pick in 2007. He has been very solid in the majors so far as a starting pitcher with the Nats.


http://img803.imageshack.us/img803/6476/rossdetwiler.jpg


Josh Collmenter 2/2 c/o D-Backs in 48 days


Great looking auto on these, I saw him pitch this year in Spring Training so it's nice to get his autos TTM. He had a fantastic rookie season last year, baffling hitters with his funky delivery, but has slipped to the bullpen this year.


http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/1419/joshcollmenter.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-28-2012, 11:00 PM
Just one today. I now have a 16 day mail streak!!!


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Lars Anderson 1/1 c/o Colombus Clippers in 8 days


Very fast return from the Oakland native who was traded from the Red Sox to the Indians for a pitcher who has started mixing in knuckleballs with the rest of his repertoire!! I love the way these came out.


http://img607.imageshack.us/img607/7331/larsanderson.jpg

CurseReversed04
08-29-2012, 01:22 AM
love Collmenter's signature

clryan5
08-29-2012, 02:42 AM
Love those Blash returns as I have gotten him nearly every game I've gone to here in Clinton this year. Such a nice guy it's nice to see he takes time for his TTM fans as well!! I'm definitely going to have to read through your whole thread before putting together my Spring Training list! U have some great returns :)

bronxbomber33
08-29-2012, 01:05 PM
The Collmenter cards look great!!

Noahkalifungo
08-30-2012, 08:35 PM
love Collmenter's signature

Me too


Love those Blash returns as I have gotten him nearly every game I've gone to here in Clinton this year. Such a nice guy it's nice to see he takes time for his TTM fans as well!! I'm definitely going to have to read through your whole thread before putting together my Spring Training list! U have some great returns :)

Awesome!! Your IP successes are incredible!


The Collmenter cards look great!!

Thanks!!!

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Here's yesterday's mail, I also got Kyle Waldrop (Reds prospect, not Twins pitcher) bu the auto almost completely rubbed off. I think he used like a felt pen or something.


http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/8023/ryanjones.jpg
http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/9913/justinnicolino.jpg
http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/7402/jettbandy.jpg
http://img846.imageshack.us/img846/3432/clayholmes.jpg
http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/8906/robertstephenson.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-30-2012, 09:08 PM
And today's mail, I'm now at 18 with the streak I believe. It feels like forever since I've had a day without a TTM haha. I'm pumped to get Fernandez on my second try because he's going to be a beast.


http://img826.imageshack.us/img826/1113/josefernandez.jpg
http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/1294/joseconstanza.jpg
http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/8766/kescarter.jpg

djauwerda
08-30-2012, 10:55 PM
Love the prospects returns. Got a few to go out, but may have to wait until Spring Training.

bronxbomber33
08-31-2012, 10:55 AM
Very nice return from Fernandez!!!

Noahkalifungo
09-03-2012, 03:35 AM
Love the prospects returns. Got a few to go out, but may have to wait until Spring Training.

I can't wait for ST, should be great.


Very nice return from Fernandez!!!

Thanks, I was pumped!! He has a great auto too.

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Sorry guys, been busy. Streak still alive though, 8/31 brought it to 19 with four returns and 9/1 brought it to 20 with a whopping 9 returns!!!

Noahkalifungo
09-03-2012, 03:38 AM
8/31 return #1/4:


Jesus Galindo 2/2 c/o Augusta Greenjackets in 90 days


This was one of the first TTMs I sent out. I really wasn't expecting it back so it was a great surprise!! Of course the chrome was unprepped and therefore looks bad. Galindo has fantastic speed on the basepaths and in CF, he has 40 SBs this season and if he can keep hitting, he should keep ascending through the minors quickly.


http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/5439/jesusgalindo.jpg

Noahkalifungo
09-03-2012, 03:40 AM
8/31 return #2/4:


Deven Marrero 1/1 c/o Lowell Spinners in 25 days


Great, personalized success from the Red Sox first round pick this year.


http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/5844/devenmarrero.jpg

Noahkalifungo
09-03-2012, 03:43 AM
8/31 return #3/4:


Travis Mattair 1/1 c/o Bakersfield Blaze PO Box in 11 days


Awesome return from "Moose." He has put up great numbers this year (.270 AVG, 18 HRs, 81 RBI) and should be promoted to AA at least to start next year.


http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/5241/travismattair.jpg

Noahkalifungo
09-03-2012, 03:45 AM
8/31 return #4/4


Keenyn Walker 3/3 c/o Winston-Salem Dash in 18 days


Nice success from the White Sox 2011 first round draftee. He is a great athlete with pure speed and projects to be a leadoff type.


http://img803.imageshack.us/img803/1751/keenynwalker.jpg

Noahkalifungo
09-03-2012, 03:49 AM
On to the 9 returns from 9/1:


9/1 return #1/9:


Jacob Anderson 2/2 c/o Bluefield Blue Jays in 56 days


Great return from the 2011 first round pick out of HS. He has lots of raw talent and will still be 19 until the end of November.


http://img607.imageshack.us/img607/2827/jacobanderson.jpg

Noahkalifungo
09-03-2012, 03:52 AM
9/1 return #2/9:


John Hicks 2/2 c/o High Desert Mavericks in 19 days


I really don't understand how a player can be drafted by the Mariners and Topps thinks he's a D-back. I mean really?!? Hicks was drafted in the 4th round last year and put up great numbers with Clinton, and then continued to do so with High Desert this year.


http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/1698/johnhicks.jpg

Noahkalifungo
09-03-2012, 03:57 AM
9/1 return #3/9:


Chad James 1/1 c/o Jupiter Hammerheads in 18 days


James was a first round pick in 2009 (18th overall) but has been inconsistent in the pros so far. He still has great stuff and could definitely pull it all together and be at the front end of a big league rotation at some point.


http://img267.imageshack.us/img267/8646/chadjames.jpg

Noahkalifungo
09-03-2012, 04:00 AM
9/1 return #4/9:


Kevin Patterson 1/1 c/o Lansing Lugnuts in 16 days


Nice return from the Blue Jays power-hitting 1B prospect who has 19 HRs this year. He crossed out my return address on my SASE and filled in his own! Thought that was kind of funny, I guess he would want the card back if it couldn't be delivered to me.


http://img580.imageshack.us/img580/5817/kevinpatterson.jpg

Noahkalifungo
09-03-2012, 04:04 AM
9/1 return #5/9:


Kolten Wong 1/1 c/o Springfield Cardinals in 7 days


Awesome, fast success from the Cardinals' 1st round pick (22nd overall) in 2011 and an all-around talented player. He can rack up all kinds of offensive stats; SBs, HRs, AVG, 3Bs, and more. He should end up in Busch Stadium sooner rather than later.


http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/5326/koltenwong.jpg

Noahkalifungo
09-03-2012, 04:07 AM
9/1 return #6/9:


Khris Davis 2/2 c/o Nashville Sounds in 7 days


Another fast return from that small-ish 8/25 sendout. Davis has played at three different levels this year in the Brewers' organization and has hit well over .300 in all of them. I think he will be with the big league club next year.


http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/9532/khrisdavis.jpg

Noahkalifungo
09-03-2012, 04:10 AM
9/1 return #7/9:


Josh Rutledge 1/1 c/o Rockies in 7 days


Awesome success from the Rockies SS who has filled in nicely for Tulo. I just wish Topps gave him a RC in series 2 this year.


http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/8766/joshrutledge.jpg

Noahkalifungo
09-03-2012, 04:13 AM
9/1 return #8/9


David Bell 1/1 c/o Louisville Bats in 7 days


Sweet return from the former Giant and current manager of the Louisville Bats, the AAA affiliate of the Reds. Bell was the one charging home during the famous incident where JT Snow whisked away Dusty Baker's son (the bat boy) from the plate just in time during the 2002 postseason. The card looks sweet in person, it's actually a gold refractor and I love the way it turned out.


http://img259.imageshack.us/img259/3348/davidbell.jpg

Noahkalifungo
09-03-2012, 04:16 AM
9/1 return #9/9:


Ryne Sandberg 1/1 c/o home in 11 days with donation


HUGE return from the Cubs' legend. I love everything about this return, I think it just looks outstanding. Easily one of my new favorite TTMs.


http://img545.imageshack.us/img545/9509/rynesandberg.jpg

Noahkalifungo
09-03-2012, 04:16 AM
In case you are just seeing this now, there are tons more returns posted in spurts before this!!

Noahkalifungo
10-15-2012, 02:16 AM
Here are some highlights from the past 40+ days, including some Gypsy Queen and the Giants 2010 and 2011 first round draft picks. I will try to post the rest sometime.


http://imageshack.us/a/img651/4571/ttmbatchgypsy0001.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img163/8103/ttmbatchgypsy0002.jpg

ILLRIMESAYA
10-15-2012, 01:36 PM
Was that Gary Brown TTM, if so when did you receive it and where did you send? thanks :)-Bri

Noahkalifungo
10-15-2012, 02:09 PM
Was that Gary Brown TTM, if so when did you receive it and where did you send? thanks :)-Bri
yes it was TTM, I sent it mid season to the Flying Squirrels and got it back a few weeks ago.

ILLRIMESAYA
10-15-2012, 06:02 PM
niiiice thanks man!

maxzemke24
10-15-2012, 07:40 PM
I sent the same card to him and he signed in the same spot with the same thin sharpie, yours looks better than mine though.

Noahkalifungo
06-17-2013, 01:06 AM
Hey guys! After a long hiatus I am back and have sent out 135+ TTMs in the last week or so!

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Here are some successes from the offseason/Spring Training:

Paul Goldschmidt
Dave Righetti (Giants pitching coach)
CJ Wilson
Josh Hamilton
Graham Godfrey
Jeremy Hellickson
Cory Luebke
Dale Murphy
Brandon Beachy
Scooter Gennett
Brett Pill
Deven Mesoraco
Doug Fister
Taylor Jungmann
Clayton Kershaw
Gavin Cecchini
Sam Deduno
Jason Grilli
Christian Friedrich
Erasmo Ramirez
Graham Godfrey

Noahkalifungo
06-17-2013, 01:08 AM
And the 6 returns so far from my recent sendouts:

Kevin Plawecki c/o Savannah Sand Gnats


Mets' 1st round pick last year. He's tearing it up at A+ Savannah, compiling a .322-6-42 line through 62 games.


http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/7886/zzh6.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/23/zzh6.jpg/)




Richie Shaffer c/o Charlotte Stone Crabs


The Rays' first round pick last year who has been solid in his pro career so far.


http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/9781/txc3.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/837/txc3.jpg/)





Clayton Blackburn c/o San Jose Giants in 3 days


This guy was an absolute beast last year in Augusta (2.54 ERA through 131.1 IP, with an incredible 143:18 K:BB ratio). He has been solid in San Jose this year and will have a chance to continuing climbing through the system and someday into the Giants rotation! Also my fastest ever return by far!


http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/4016/d8or.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/89/d8or.jpg/)












Jose Berrios c/o Cedar Rapids Kernels in 7 days


Awesome return from the Twins' 1st rounder last year! He only just turned 19, and has settled in nicely to the MiLB, with a 3.17 ERA and a K/9 of almost 11.


http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/2445/cjtg.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/138/cjtg.jpg/)




Marcus Stroman c/o team in 8 days


Nice, quick return from the Blue Jays' first round pick (22nd overall) in 2012 and their 5th best prospect entering this season. He would probably be higher on that list but he was suspended 50 games for violating MLB's drug policies.


http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/6131/s0im.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/96/s0im.jpg/)




Bruce Maxwell c/o Beloit Snappers in 8 days


One of the A's first round picks from last year who is currently hitting over .300. Great looking auto!


http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/2627/c7c9.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/822/c7c9.jpg/)

TannerRek
06-17-2013, 04:39 PM
WOW! Just came across this thread today and I am bummed I didn't find it sooner! You have great stuff and I'm definitely going to send to a lot of these guys in hopes that they are still signing.

Noahkalifungo
06-17-2013, 09:39 PM
WOW! Just came across this thread today and I am bummed I didn't find it sooner! You have great stuff and I'm definitely going to send to a lot of these guys in hopes that they are still signing.

Thanks and good luck with your sendouts!

4 returns today!


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Christopher Beck c/o Winston-Salem Dash in 10 days


Starting pitcher for the White Sox' A+ affiliate who has already logged 74 innings witha 3.16 ERA.


http://img827.imageshack.us/img827/6500/6mqa.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/827/6mqa.jpg/)






Travis Witherspoon c/o Arkansas Travelers in 6 days


Angels' toolsy AA center fielder who has struggled a bit this year but played tremendously well for A+ Inland Empire last year.


http://img404.imageshack.us/img404/5664/3w0h.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/404/3w0h.jpg/)








Danny Winkler c/o Modesto Nuts in 7 days


This guy has been an absolute ace this year for Modesto, he is 9-2 with a 2.15 ERA and 98 strikeouts in 83.2 innings. Crazy to see these kinds of numbers, even in the minors. If he keeps it up he should a bright future ahead of him. He also included a very nice note/answers to my questions.


http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/2294/su4w.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/836/su4w.jpg/)






Pierce Johnson c/o Kane County Cougars in 10 days


Great return from the Cubs' first rounder from last year who was rated their #7 prospect entering this season. Since then, he has logged a 3.10 ERA with a 74 strikeouts through 69.2 innings in class A Kane County.


http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/1/qvsr.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/189/qvsr.jpg/)

Marshall658
06-17-2013, 11:16 PM
Awesome stuff. Definitely giving me ideas on some prospects to send out to that I haven't yet.

Noahkalifungo
06-18-2013, 09:30 PM
Awesome stuff. Definitely giving me ideas on some prospects to send out to that I haven't yet.
Thanks for the compliment! Good luck with your sendouts and once again, awesome Puig :D:

Just one return today:

Danny Rosenbaum c/o Syracuse Chiefs in 7 days


Kind of strange to send a misprint card TTM, but I kinda like it! Rosenbaum is a SP for the Nats' AAA affiliate Syracuse, and could be a good internal choice for their rotation if they have injury problems or if a slot opens up.


http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/3622/s6vn.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/43/s6vn.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
06-24-2013, 08:24 PM
Hey everyone, I have 23 new TTMs to post from the last few days! Today alone I got 13. I'll try to post as many as possible later today, so stay tuned!

gojacks
06-24-2013, 09:43 PM
Cool Cant wait!

Noahkalifungo
06-25-2013, 04:21 PM
6/19 brought 5 returns:


Will Lamb c/o Myrtle Beach Pelicans in 9 days


Nice return from the Rangers' 2nd round pick of 2011. He was converted to a reliever this season and has lowered his ERA dramatically each month, posting a 1.50 ERA so far in June.


http://imageshack.us/a/img191/8516/eayo.jpg






Luis Sardinas c/o Myrtle Beach Pelicans in 8 days


Another Pelican! I swear, some of these teams must all sit down and sign their mail together. Sardinas put together some very impressive numbers last year in class A Hickory (.291 with 30 SBs) and has continued to do so this year in A+ Myrtle Beach.


http://imageshack.us/a/img27/9996/n4nr.jpg






Jared Burton c/o Twins in 8 days


Quick return from the Twins' reliever, and my first TTM auto on a 2013 Heritage.


http://imageshack.us/a/img850/8545/iwim.jpg








DJ Baxendale c/o New Britain Rock Cats in 9 days


This former team USA pitcher and 2012 Twins draftee fired his way to a AA promotion with a 7-0 record, 1.10 ERA in A+ Fort Myers.


http://imageshack.us/a/img94/4366/g9pz.jpg








Darin Ruf c/o Lehigh Valley IronPigs in 8 days


Ruf pounded his way to an unbelievable .317 / 38 / 104 line last year, earning himself a September callup.




http://imageshack.us/a/img694/9208/8qut.jpg

Noahkalifungo
06-25-2013, 06:53 PM
6/20 brought 4 more returns (see above for other TTMs posted today):


Chris Heston c/o Fresno Grizzlies in 6 days


Great return from the Giants' pitching prospect. He had a breakout year in 2012 with a 2.24 ERA through 148.2 IP but has struggled a bit this year in the hitter-friendly International League.


http://imageshack.us/a/img835/1052/7qhn.jpg






Adrian Marin c/o Delmarva Shorebirds in 13 days


What a nice auto from the 2012 3rd round pick by the Orioles and their no. 11 overall prospect entering the 2013 season.


http://imageshack.us/a/img15/9269/mxyc.jpg








Mike O'Neill c/o Springfield Cardinals in 10 days


O'Neill was originally drafted all the way back in the 31st round of 2010, but has proven to be an absolute steal for the Cardinals, hitting .312 in 2011, .359 in 2012, and .322
so far in AA this year. If he keeps it up, he should make it to St. Louis before long!


http://imageshack.us/a/img802/4470/tzmo.jpg








Nick Maronde c/o Arkansas Travelers in 6 days


Another lightning fast return. Maronde earned himself a callup last year after dominating as a SP over three minor league levels. He has since been sent to the bullpen, where he has raised both his K/9 as well as his ERA.




http://imageshack.us/a/img843/9545/xh3a.jpg

Noahkalifungo
06-25-2013, 06:58 PM
The lone success from 6/22 (other TTMs posted today are above, more coming soon):


CJ Riefenhauser c/o Montgomery Biscuits in 11 days


This guys has just been lights out this year in AA. He has yet to give up an earned run in June and has whittled his ERA all the way down to 0.52 through 52 IP (Just 3 ER all year!)




http://imageshack.us/a/img194/7875/rd9o.jpg

Noahkalifungo
06-25-2013, 07:13 PM
6/24 return #1/13 (see previous posts for more TTMs posted today)


Cam Seitzer c/o Montgomery Biscuits in 12 days


Nice return from the son of former major leaguer Kevin Seitzer. Cam was fantastic last year and has been solid this year. Fun fact: both Seitzers were drafted in the 11th round!


http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/4482/923h.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/18/923h.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
06-25-2013, 07:16 PM
6/24 return #2/13 (see above for more TTMs posted today)


Anderson Feliz c/o Tampa Yankees in 7 days


Very fast return from Yankees' hot corner prospect.


http://imageshack.us/a/img5/9778/ih62.jpg

Noahkalifungo
06-25-2013, 07:19 PM
6/24 return #3/13 (see previous posts for more TTMs posted today)


Ben Alsup c/o Modesto Nuts in 9 days


Really great looking auto from the former LSU player who has been a solid SP in each of his 3 pro seasons.




http://imageshack.us/a/img833/1835/apwk.jpg

Noahkalifungo
06-25-2013, 07:22 PM
6/24 return #4/13


Eric Stamets c/o Inland Empire 66ers in 12 days


Very nice success from the Angels' SS whose avg has hovered around .300 this year.




http://imageshack.us/a/img834/9059/b4wn.jpg

Noahkalifungo
06-25-2013, 07:26 PM
6/24 return #5/13 (see previous posts for more TTMs posted today)


Hoby Milner c/o Clearwater Threshers in 14 days


He's given up 15 ER in his last 2 starts, but besides that Milner has been a solid SP for the Phils' A+ affiliate. Yet another team USA card signed!




http://imageshack.us/a/img829/2173/2rh2.jpg

Noahkalifungo
06-25-2013, 07:30 PM
6/24 return #6/13 (see previous posts for more TTMs posted today)


Jack Marder c/o Jackson Generals in 13 days


Marder slugged his way to a .360 / 10 / 56 line last year, but has struggled this year, unable to remain above the Mendoza line at AA. I love the personalization; 6/24 brought my first 2 personalized successes of the regular season!


http://imageshack.us/a/img543/4356/zpb5.jpg

Noahkalifungo
06-25-2013, 07:41 PM
6/24 return #7/13 (see previous posts for more TTMs posted today)


James Ramsey c/o Springfield Cardinals in 11 days


Fantastic return from the Cardinals' first round pick (23rd overall) in 2012 out of FSU. He destroyed pitching in the Florida State League to open the 2013 season, earning a promotion to AA Springfield. Very pleasantly surprised to get this one back, and it's always a cool bonus to get a bible inscription.


http://imageshack.us/a/img713/9780/7j5b.jpg

Noahkalifungo
06-25-2013, 07:49 PM
6/24 return #8/13 (see previous posts for more TTMs posted today)


Matthew Murray c/o Lexington Legends in 11 days


Nice return from the Royals' relief prospect. He made his first appearance of the season on May 24 and has posted a 2.54 ERA so far.


http://imageshack.us/a/img600/5632/bb52.jpg

Noahkalifungo
06-25-2013, 07:55 PM
6/24 return #9/13


Michael Snyder c/o Inland Empire 66ers in 9 days


Awesome success from the brother of Brandon Snyder (fringe MLBer currently with AAA Pawtucket Red Sox). Michael was drafted last year out of Florida Southern and debuted with Orem, where he hit .333 through 70 games. This year, he is hitting close to .300 with 12 HRs. He reminds me of CJ Cron, who played for IE last year- both hit around .290 with 20-30 HRs.




http://imageshack.us/a/img11/1179/mnde.jpg

Noahkalifungo
06-25-2013, 07:58 PM
6/24 return #10/13 (see previous posts for more TTMs posted today)


Stephen Pryor c/o Mariners in 16 days


Great return from the dominant Mariners' reliever who tossed 7.1 scoreless innings to open up 2013 before succumbing to injury, from which he has yet to emerge.


http://imageshack.us/a/img195/4660/9vc5.jpg

Noahkalifungo
06-25-2013, 08:10 PM
6/24 return #11/13 (see previous posts for more TTMs posted today)


Travis Jankowski c/o Lake Elsinore Storm in 14 days


Fantastic success from the Padres' first round pick in 2012. This crafty speedster was at the center of Stony Brook's surprise appearance in the 2012 CWS. This year, he has already swiped a whopping 49 SBs, and the season isn't even half over!


http://imageshack.us/a/img580/5994/4429.jpg

gojacks
06-25-2013, 08:16 PM
I was actually at game 3 when they upset LSU to go to the CWS. Sweet success!

Noahkalifungo
06-25-2013, 08:36 PM
I was actually at game 3 when they upset LSU to go to the CWS. Sweet success!
Wow that's sick! Such a cool run they had.

6/24 return #12/13 (see previous posts for more TTMs posted today)


Steven Proscia c/o Jackson Generals in 13 days


Proscia hit .303 and .333 (in 2011 and 2012 respectively) with class A+ High Desert, but has struggled with AA Jackson. He has some solid tools and could turn it around at any moment, however.


http://imageshack.us/a/img607/1545/x4.jpg

Noahkalifungo
06-25-2013, 08:38 PM
6/24 return #13/13 (23 other TTMs from today posted above!!!)


Taijuan Walker c/o Jackson Generals in 14 days


My third Jackson General return of the day and 2nd personalized success!! Such a sick return from one of the best prospects in baseball (Seattle's #1). He's really putting it all together this year in AA, with a 2.46 ERA through 84 IP, with 96 Ks to boot. Still just 20 years old!


http://imageshack.us/a/img713/7020/hfgq.jpg

Noahkalifungo
06-26-2013, 03:42 AM
To cap off the day (see previous posts for 23 other TTMs):

http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/3360/wzah.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/836/wzah.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
06-27-2013, 07:09 PM
I got 4 TTM returns yesterday, which I'll post now, and another 10 today! That makes 27 in the last 4 days!!!


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Casey Stevenson c/o Trenton Thunder in 10 days


Stevenson earned himself a AAA promotion this week, and proceeded to crush 2 HRs in his first game and another yesterday in his third game.


http://imageshack.us/a/img163/7477/xthi.jpg




Hanser Alberto c/o Frisco RoughRiders in 16 days


Great return from the Rangers' Dominican prospect. He thumped a .299 / 8 / 72 line last year over two levels but has staggered a bit this year in AA. As a 20 year old, he has plenty of time to make adjustments.


http://img801.imageshack.us/img801/3962/wcqg.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/801/wcqg.jpg/)




Luke Gregerson c/o Padres PO Box in 14 days


Sweet return from the Padres' reliever. In 2010 he set the record for holds in a season with 40, and he has been excellent this year as well with a 2.67 ERA.


http://imageshack.us/a/img811/8663/4v5u.jpg




Mark Sappington c/o Inland Empire 66ers in 15 days


Great return from the Angels' 5th round pick last year and a solid SP this year at A+ IE. He wrote "Thanks for the love!" on the SASE, which I thought was kind of cool


http://imageshack.us/a/img849/4074/p3ec.jpg

Noahkalifungo
06-27-2013, 10:54 PM
On to today's returns! I will post them in spurts as they upload


6/27 return #1/10


Dilson Herrera c/o WV Power (PO Box) in 12 days


Nice success from the 19 year old Pirates' prospect who has tallied up hits, HRs, and SBs at class A West Virginia. Great looking auto to boot!


http://imageshack.us/a/img819/6365/wz94.jpg

Noahkalifungo
06-27-2013, 11:25 PM
6/27 return #2/10


Jesse Hahn c/o Charlotte Stone Crabs in 10 days


Hahn underwent Tommy John surgery in 2011, and wrote me that pitching feels "better than ever" now. It sure seems like it, as he has compiled a 1.10 ERA through 14 starts!


http://imageshack.us/a/img42/1132/tia5.jpg

Noahkalifungo
06-27-2013, 11:26 PM
6/27 return #3/10


Matthew Summers c/o Fort Myers Miracle in 13 days


I was lucky to get this one back, as Summers was promoted to AA New Britain two days ago. He must have signed this one his way out the door! He was a very good SP through 14 starts with Fort Myers and in his one start so far in New Britain, however it seems that he just came out of the bullpen today so perhaps they're converting him to a reliever.


http://imageshack.us/a/img94/9868/dqm7.jpg

Noahkalifungo
06-28-2013, 11:19 PM
6/27 return #4/10


Brad Miller c/o Tacoma Rainers in 16 days


After being drafted in 2011, Miller hit .415 in Clinton, then .334 last year in High Desert and Jackson. Having hit .350 so far in AAA with 11 HRs this season, Miller seems to be Major League ready and could be a good option for their future SS!


http://imageshack.us/a/img841/710/bhua.jpg

Noahkalifungo
06-28-2013, 11:24 PM
6/27 return #5/10 (catching up on yesterday, then I'll post today's 3 returns)


Brandon Maurer c/o Tacoma Rainers in 12 days


Maurer was sent to AAA after a rough couple of months in the MLB, but seems to have found his rhythm with Tacoma and could make it back to Seattle before the season is over.


http://imageshack.us/a/img441/7139/meqv.jpg

Noahkalifungo
06-28-2013, 11:30 PM
6/27 return #6/10


Chad Carman c/o Lakewood BlueClaws in 14 days


Carman was drafted in 2012 out of OKCU, and had a sizzling start this year in class A Lakewood (.375 avg) before succumbing to injury in mid May. In the questions I asked who he thought was the best catcher in baseball was. His answer: "Me. Anyone who doesn't believe they are the best doesn't deserve to play." Cool answer!!


http://imageshack.us/a/img703/2021/2fuv.jpg

Noahkalifungo
06-28-2013, 11:39 PM
6/27 return #7/10


Christian Bergman c/o Tulsa Drillers in 13 days


Great success from the Rockies' 2010 draftee out of UC Irvine. He has been an innings eater and a ground ball machine this year, crafting a 3.02 ERA through 92.1 IP.


http://imageshack.us/a/img850/9286/razf.jpg

Noahkalifungo
06-28-2013, 11:43 PM
6/27 return #8/10


Danny Salazar c/o Columbus Clippers in 10 days


Salazar struck out 51 over 33.2 IP on his way to a 2.67 ERA in AA Akron to earn himself a promotion to AAA, where he has been solid over 8 starts so far.


http://imageshack.us/a/img10/2254/4zu9.jpg

Noahkalifungo
06-28-2013, 11:49 PM
6/27 return #9/10


Matt Koch c/o Fort Myers Miracle in 10 days


Great return from the Twins' backstop, who has hit .297 so far this year in class A+ Fort Myers.


http://imageshack.us/a/img507/3176/wdh0.jpg

Noahkalifungo
06-28-2013, 11:54 PM
6/27 return #10/10 (the other 9 returns are posted before!)


Michael Bowden c/o Iowa Cubs in 16 days


Awesome, personalized success from the 6 year MLB veteran. He was solid over 14 appearances with the Cubs, yet has been sent down to AAA Iowa where he has been a strikeout machine (20 Ks over 13.2 IP).




http://imageshack.us/a/img801/8844/vsre.jpg

HueCubs
06-29-2013, 12:19 AM
Awesome stuff man! I really enjoy reading this thread.

Noahkalifungo
06-29-2013, 02:06 AM
Awesome stuff man! I really enjoy reading this thread.

Thanks so much!!

Been a crazily sporadic week for returns:
Monday: 13 returns
Tuesday: 0 returns
Wednesday: 4 returns
Thursday: 10 returns
Friday: 3 returns
Anyway, on to today's three returns!!


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Michael Earley c/o Birmingham Barons PO Box in 13 days


Very nice return from the White Sox' OF who has hit near or above .300 in each of his MiLB seasons so far.


http://imageshack.us/a/img16/6036/wgou.jpg






Michael Taylor c/o Potomac Nationals PO Box in 11 days


Great success from the Nats' no. 5 prospect. Beautiful auto as well!


http://imageshack.us/a/img59/5725/m758.jpg






Gregory Polanco c/o Altoona Curve in 11 days


Awesome success from one of the Pirates' best prospects. I sent to him a day before he was promoted to AA Altoona, so I re-sent to the Altoona address and got this back! He smacked 16 HRs last year with a .325 avg and 40 SBs. This year he hit .316 in Bradenton with 6 HRs and 24 SBs to earn a promotion to the Altoona Curve!


http://imageshack.us/a/img407/66/mfhz.jpg

djauwerda
06-29-2013, 09:40 AM
Love the way hose Bowmans are turning out... Congrats.

Noahkalifungo
06-29-2013, 02:17 PM
Love the way hose Bowmans are turning out... Congrats.

Thanks!!

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I still have about 50+ TTMs from October 2012 through Spring Training 2013, I try to start posting them now in spurts. Starting with the Gypsy Queens:


Clayton Kershaw


http://imageshack.us/a/img689/5603/2b4p.jpg




Doug Fister


http://imageshack.us/a/img20/9324/x0ur.jpg




Dustin Ackley


http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/4533/kevp.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/46/kevp.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
06-29-2013, 09:51 PM
6 more returns today!!!


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AJ Kirby-Jones c/o San Antonio Missions in 18 days


Kirby-Jones was dealt from the A's to the Padres after the 2012 ended, part of a lower-end 4 player trade that included Tyson Ross and Andrew Werner. He has been solid so far this year in AA.


http://imageshack.us/a/img839/8131/1s45.jpg






Jose Peraza c/o Rome Braves in 12 days


Peraza entered last season as an 18 year old and had a busy year, splitting his time between the GCL Braves and Danville Braves. In 53 total games, he hit .296 while swiping an impressive 25 bags. He was ranked the Braves' #20 prospect entering this season and is on pace to double his SB count from last year, having already swiped 26.


http://imageshack.us/a/img14/3787/fcll.jpg






Robert Benincasa c/o Hagerstown Suns in 16 days


Great return from the Nats' relief prospect who racked up 10 saves this year with Hagerstown to earn a promotion to A+ Potomac. In his 46.1 IP in the minors so far, Benincasa has punched out an incredible 66 batters!


http://imageshack.us/a/img547/151/ra0d.jpg




Max White c/o Asheville Tourists in 16 days


Awesome return from the Rockies' 2nd round pick last year (73rd overall). He opened his pro career last season at short-season Grand Junction and has moved on to class A Asheville this year.


http://imageshack.us/a/img577/3770/6ogw.jpg






Aaron Brooks c/o NW Arkansas Naturals in 16 days


My third 16 day return of the day! Brooks was drafted by the Royals' in the 9th round of 2011 out of Cal State San Bernardino. He earned himself a AA Texas League promotion after 10 solid starts with A+ Wilmington to open the 2013 season.


http://imageshack.us/a/img547/7817/2n9a.jpg






Stefen Romero c/o Tacoma Rainers in 14 days


Romero had a breakout year in 2012, hitting .352 over two levels and bashing 23 HRs. This year, he shot up to AAA where he has been solid, and could serve as a 4th or 5th OF for the Mariners.


http://imageshack.us/a/img17/5320/4qfx.jpg

Marshall658
06-29-2013, 10:04 PM
You're killing it man. It's always cool to see guys I've gotten IP signing TTM. I'll actually be seeing Peraza out here in Lakewood next month.

Noahkalifungo
06-30-2013, 04:01 PM
You're killing it man. It's always cool to see guys I've gotten IP signing TTM. I'll actually be seeing Peraza out here in Lakewood next month.
Thanks so much, and good luck with your IPs!!

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Why not post some more offseason successes on this fine Sunday?


Jordan Zimmermann


http://imageshack.us/a/img593/7285/bcfj.jpg




Lonnie Chisenhall


http://imageshack.us/a/img600/2945/d1p4.jpg




Jose Valverde


http://imageshack.us/a/img834/6377/4ruo.jpg

Noahkalifungo
06-30-2013, 04:12 PM
Some more Gypsy Queens (others posted above):


Craig Kimbrel


http://imageshack.us/a/img826/4436/45qj.jpg




Devin Mesoraco


http://imageshack.us/a/img837/2245/vyj3.jpg




Cory Luebke


http://imageshack.us/a/img706/6273/me6s.jpg

Noahkalifungo
07-01-2013, 09:43 PM
4 returns today:


Ronald Guzman c/o Hickory Crawdads in 14 days


Awesome success from the 18 year old Rangers prospect. He fits the frame of a MLB first baseman (6'5, 205 lb) and is hitting .309 with 2 HRs through his first 22 games in single A.


http://imageshack.us/a/img546/4648/qi2r.jpg




Rob Scahill c/o Rockies in 17 days


Nice return from the Rockies' reliever. I asked him how he handles pitching in Coors field, and he says he tries to keep the ball down in the zone to limit fly balls.


http://imageshack.us/a/img7/4454/naqs.jpg




Danny Santana c/o New Britain Rock Cats in 16 days


Nice success from the Twins' SS prospect. He is hitting .284 this year in AA and could be a good alternative for the struggling Florimon.


http://imageshack.us/a/img19/248/i1vh.jpg




Matt Wisler c/o San Antonio Missions in 14 days


Really pumped about this success. Still just 20 years old, Wisler earned a promotion to AA this year after crafting a 2.06 ERA through 6 starts at high A (in the hitter-friendly Cal League).


http://imageshack.us/a/img593/2451/k2k5.jpg

Noahkalifungo
07-03-2013, 01:43 AM
Today's lone return:


Kyle Hendricks c/o Tennessee Smokies in 18 days


Awesome return from the Dartmouth product and one of the Rangers' best pitching prospects. Hendricks burst on the scene last year with Myrtle Beach, logging a 2.82 ERA over 130.2 IP. This year with AA Tennessee, he has managed to top last year's performance, going 8-2 with a 2.06 ERA over 96.1 IP.


http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/992/i97w.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/811/i97w.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
07-03-2013, 07:59 PM
Five returns today!


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Chris Resop c/o Sacramento River Cats in 7 days


Nice return from the MLB vet who is currently playing for the A's AAA affiliate.


http://imageshack.us/a/img607/6692/p9b4.jpg




Joe Bircher c/o Quad Cities River Bandits in 20 days


Nice success from the Astros' 10th round pick last year, who is currently rehabbing with the GCL Astros.


http://imageshack.us/a/img832/1527/6h1c.jpg




Lucas Luetge c/o Tacoma Rainers in 9 days


Great looking auto from the M's reliever who has split his 33 appearances this season between AAA and Seattle. Last year, he was the fourth of six pitchers to appear in the Mariners' combined no-hitter.


http://imageshack.us/a/img547/6752/s529.jpg




Paul Blackburn c/o AZL Cubs in 26 days


The envelope was stamped from Boise, so Blackburn's mail must have been forwarded to him once he was promoted from the AZL Cubs. He was a first round pick last year by the Cubs out of High School, and has been stellar in his 18 innings pitched so far this year, striking out 20 on his way to a 1.00 ERA.


http://imageshack.us/a/img703/4633/mjvy.jpg




Cole Gillespie c/o Fresno Grizzlies in 9 days


Last offseason, the Giants traded Conor Gillaspie to the White Sox and acquired Cole Gillespie! He has been very good in AAA this year, hitting .284 with 9 HRs, and could be a 4th or 5th OF for the Giants in the near future.


http://imageshack.us/a/img829/1018/58wv.jpg

Noahkalifungo
07-06-2013, 12:05 AM
Five more returns today:


O'Koyea Dickson c/o Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in 21 days


Dickson was born and raised in San Francisco as a Giants fan with a father who played in the Giants' organization. Who was he drafted by? The Dodgers, of course! These dual loyalties don't seem to be fazing him on the field, however, as Dickson has hit his way to an impressive .283 / 8 / 51 line.


http://imageshack.us/a/img24/9594/0umz.jpg




Tony Renda c/o Hagerstown Suns in 20 days


Awesome, personalized success from a local kid (went to Cal). He's hitting .291 this year with 28 doubles and 15 SBs.


http://imageshack.us/a/img600/6876/88di.jpg




Ji-Man Choi c/o Jackson Generals in 24 days


Sweet success from the Korean prospect. He had a great year in 2012, hitting .298 with 8 HRs, but has struggled a bit in AA.




http://imageshack.us/a/img534/2839/znha.jpg


He also wrote this on the SASE!! Major props to anyone who can translate for me!


http://imageshack.us/a/img4/4189/kg2n.jpg




Rico Noel c/o San Antonio Missions in 22 days


Awesome success from the Padres speedster. He swiped an amazing 90 bags last year and has racked up 37 SBs this year in AA.


http://imageshack.us/a/img832/3071/c64t.jpg




Jamie Callahan c/o Lowell Spinners in 8 days


Just 18 years old, Callahan debuted this year for the Spinners with 5 shutout, 1 hit innings.


http://imageshack.us/a/img521/1949/iq69.jpg

Marshall658
07-06-2013, 12:27 AM
Awesome stuff. Glad you got your Callahan back and I LOVE Dickson's sig. Might need to pick up a few cards to send him. Also, I'm glad and unsurprised to see that Renda signs TTM. I've met him twice this year and he's been great both times.

HueCubs
07-06-2013, 03:06 AM
The Korean translates to "thank you".

Noahkalifungo
07-06-2013, 04:42 AM
Awesome stuff. Glad you got your Callahan back and I LOVE Dickson's sig. Might need to pick up a few cards to send him. Also, I'm glad and unsurprised to see that Renda signs TTM. I've met him twice this year and he's been great both times.

Thanks!!! I love Dickson's sig as well, it reminds me of Pat Neshek's a little bit. I'm glad to see that your Pro Debuts are starting to roll in!!


The Korean translates to "thank you".

That's awesome, thanks so much!!

Noahkalifungo
07-06-2013, 09:59 PM
Just one return today:


Drew Heid c/o Arkansas Travelers in 10 days


Really nice success from the Angels' OF prospect! He was just promoted to AAA Salt-Lake after hitting .276 in AA, so he must have signed his mail just before leaving for hsi promotion.


http://img543.imageshack.us/img543/6275/po6w.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/543/po6w.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
07-08-2013, 09:22 PM
6 returns today to start off the week, including my longest ever return!


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Pedro Alvarez c/o Pirates in 330 days


Shocked to get this back! Great looking auto from the Bucs' All-Star who has already slugged 22 bombs this year.


http://imageshack.us/a/img41/3158/fcb6.jpg




Thomas Coyle c/o Bowling Green Hot Rods in 11 days


Nice return from the toolsy '12 draftee. In his first full season, Coyle has displayed his ability to hit (81 hits so far), some pop (6 HRs), and a whole lot of speed (24 SBs).


http://imageshack.us/a/img194/7131/wmgn.jpg




Paul Sewald c/o Savannah Sand Gnats in 11 days


Great success from the Mets' relief prospect. This year, he has crafted a 2.04 ERA with more than a strikeout per inning and a WHIP below 1.


http://imageshack.us/a/img594/5169/0s5b.jpg




Loek Van Mil c/o Pensacola Blue Wahoos in 11 days


Awesome return from the Dutch giant!!! At a shocking 7'1, Van Mil is the tallest pitcher ever in professional baseball. He is also a regular for the Netherlands national team.


http://imageshack.us/a/img827/592/99jx.jpg




Wade Hinkle c/o Burlington Bees in 21 days


Hinkle had a great pro debut last year with Orem, hitting .338 with 15 HRs, and has been solid this year with Burlington.


http://imageshack.us/a/img838/9998/9lgs.jpg




Chase Whitley c/o Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in 11 days


Nice return from the Yanks' AAA relief prospect.


http://imageshack.us/a/img801/8993/i06n.jpg

Noahkalifungo
07-10-2013, 04:04 AM
Wade Boggs c/o home in 25 days


Another success from the profilic Mr. Boggs! It's great that he takes the time to sign for his fans.


http://imageshack.us/a/img4/7515/h8b2.jpg




Anthony Bass c/o Tucson Padres in 12 days


Nice return from the Padres' hurler. He has split the past three seasons between the big league club and AAA.


http://imageshack.us/a/img547/921/88k9.jpg




Jeffrey "J.B." Wendelken c/o Greenville Drive in 12 days


Wendelken was drafted out of high school last year, and has done a nice job as a relief prospect so far.


http://imageshack.us/a/img20/1088/61s5.jpg

Noahkalifungo
07-10-2013, 08:23 PM
Tanner Peters c/o Stockton Ports in 14 days


Awesome return from the A's SP prospect. Quite a unique background for his pro debut card, I asked him why they chose it and he said it's a real photo taken at his Spring Training complex!!


http://imageshack.us/a/img822/6418/z86x.jpg




RJ Alvarez c/o Inland Empire 66ers in 13 days


Alvarez, wielding a 97 mph heater, has been a beast out of the pen this year in high A. He has compiled a 2.78 ERA over 35.2 innings with an astounding 56 strikeouts.


http://imageshack.us/a/img842/3949/52uk.jpg

Noahkalifungo
07-11-2013, 03:55 AM
Got some more offseason/spring training successes to post!!


Andrew Susac


http://imageshack.us/a/img442/5139/f0lx.jpg




Austin Meadows


http://imageshack.us/a/img43/7945/cynf.jpg




Brandon Beachy


http://imageshack.us/a/img46/8689/hyu5.jpg

Noahkalifungo
07-11-2013, 04:09 AM
Offseason/Spring Training successes (more posted above)


Dale Murphy


http://imageshack.us/a/img692/1812/94u6.jpg




David Robertson


http://imageshack.us/a/img69/491/xphy.jpg




Cory Luebke


http://imageshack.us/a/img43/2446/7tpn.jpg

Noahkalifungo
07-11-2013, 04:11 AM
Offseason/Spring Training Successes


Rookie Davis


http://imageshack.us/a/img259/8814/5ujv.jpg




Scooter Gennett


http://imageshack.us/a/img198/7626/xxw6.jpg




Lucas Sims


http://imageshack.us/a/img196/6535/wzm6.jpg

Noahkalifungo
07-11-2013, 04:14 AM
Offseason/Spring Training successes (others posted earlier):


Jason Grilli


http://imageshack.us/a/img690/3769/agdv.jpg




Josh Hamilton


http://imageshack.us/a/img547/3843/2l1k.jpg


http://imageshack.us/a/img266/2850/sddz.jpg

Noahkalifungo
07-11-2013, 08:24 PM
5 returns today!!!


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Brock Bond c/o San Jose Giants in 6 days


Lightning fast return from the Giants' farmhand. He told me he compares himself to a combination of Pete Rose and Marco Scutaro- which makes sense, because he hit .332 last year in AAA!


http://imageshack.us/a/img543/802/xuye.jpg




Lewis Brinson c/o Hickory Crawdads in 34 days


Glad to see this one back!! Brinson was 18 until May and has smashed 15 bombs this year, but incredibly that only ties him for third in HR total for the Crawdads this year. Brinson's teammate Ryan Rua has hit 28 and Joey Gallo has hit 26, #1 and #2 overall in the minors!!


http://imageshack.us/a/img839/6572/dy5z.jpg




Chase DeJong c/o Bluefield Blue Jays in 10 days


Awesome return from the Blue Jays' second round pick last year (81st overall). DeJong has the frame (6'4 185 lb), stuff (mid-90s fastball, curve and change), and work ethic to become a front-of-the-rotation starter!!


http://imageshack.us/a/img109/2668/k48k.jpg




Randy Choate c/o Cardinals in 17 days


A lefty specialist, Choate has had a busy couple seasons, bouncing from the Marlins to the Dodgers to the Cardinals. He has been effective this year for the Cards, appearing in 31 games and allowing 14 hits to put together a 2.50 ERA.


http://imageshack.us/a/img854/1567/6yky.jpg




Will Clark c/o Giants in 27 days


Fantastic success from a true Giants' legend. It's awesome that Will the Thrill takes the time to sign his fan mail, and I love the way his classic auto looks on the '13 Gypsy Queen design.


http://imageshack.us/a/img441/5715/48hw.jpg

Marshall658
07-11-2013, 09:22 PM
Love the DeJong. Been meaning to send to him for awhile now. Great Brinson, too. I'll be seeing him here in Lakewood tomorrow actually.

Noahkalifungo
07-12-2013, 01:45 AM
Love the DeJong. Been meaning to send to him for awhile now. Great Brinson, too. I'll be seeing him here in Lakewood tomorrow actually.

Thanks!!! You'll have a blast graphing the Crawdads, and I'm sure you'll end up with a great haul. From CJ Edwards to Ryan Rua to Joey Gallo to Lewis Brinson to Ronald Guzman, that team is STACKED!!

Noahkalifungo
07-12-2013, 08:04 PM
4 returns today.


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Tom Koehler c/o New Orleans Zephyrs in 7 days


Very fast return from the Marlins' hurler. He started the year in Miami and notched his first career win against the Giants. However, he was recently sent to AAA, where he has been excellent over 4 starts.


http://imageshack.us/a/img819/899/iomk.jpg




Jorge Bonifacio c/o Wilmington Blue Rocks in 31 days


Awesome success from Emilio Bonifacio's brother!! Jorge has been very impressive this year with A+ Wilmington, hitting .324 in 38 games this year (he missed a month and a half due to injury).


http://imageshack.us/a/img42/811/h35d.jpg




Kyle Kubitza c/o Lynchburg Hillcats in 15 days


Nice return from the Braves' third round selection in 2011. He has had a good year in Lynchburg, compiling a .257 / 8 / 34 line so far.


http://imageshack.us/a/img545/9671/s66u.jpg






Kyle Zimmer c/o Wilmington Blue Rocks in 35 days


My second month-long return from a Wilmington Blue Rock today! I was rooting for Zimmer big time going into the 2012 draft, as he was born in San Francisco and went to USF, where garnered scout attention as a corner infielder before claiming the mound his senior year. He was drafted 5th overall, yet has seen his ERA balloon up to 5.00 this year. He is still allowing less than a hit per inning and has a K/9 of 11, so his future still looks bright to me. (Sorry about the size of the scan, having some tech issues here)


http://imageshack.us/a/img199/7586/usrj.jpg

Noahkalifungo
07-14-2013, 04:00 PM
7/13 return #1/8:


Danry Vasquez c/o West Michigan Whitecaps in 5 days


Crazy fast return from the Tigers' #4 prospect!!! Just 19 this year, Vasquez is settling in nicely to class A West Michigan, hitting .295 so far on the year.


http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/3870/cvbi.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/834/cvbi.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
07-14-2013, 04:07 PM
7/13 return #2/8


Alex Wood c/o Braves in 5 days


Another lightning fast return, this one from the Braves' reliever. He was called up in May and has twirled 22.0 IP with 26 Ks, on his way to a 2.45 ERA.


http://img825.imageshack.us/img825/9196/95v1.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/825/95v1.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
07-14-2013, 04:11 PM
7/13 return #3/8


Austin Wright c/o Reading Fightin Phils in 7 days


Awesome return, I love the inscription+personalization. Wright entered the 2013 season as the Phils' #10 prospect after a magnificent season in Clearwater, but has hit something of a speed bump in AA this year.


http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/133/gcie.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/153/gcie.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
07-14-2013, 04:18 PM
nice danry!


Thanks!!! I was surprised to get it back so quickly.


7/13 return #4/8


Fu-Lin Kuo c/o Tampa Yankees in 12 days


Nice return from the Yankees' Taiwanese prospect. Unfortunately, his 2013 season has been plagued by injury.


http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/4474/47y3.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/59/47y3.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
07-14-2013, 04:23 PM
7/13 return #5/8


Jamie Callahan c/o Red Sox in 12 days


My second Callahan return. I sent this in a panic after I saw successes coming from Fenway. Not a bad auto to have two of, as Callahan is a very promising prospect!!


http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/3052/algb.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/32/algb.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
07-14-2013, 04:34 PM
7/13 return #6/8


Jason Van Skike c/o Winston-Salem Dash in 17 days


Van Skike has had an odd year so far in high A, mostly pitching in long relief but also making 6 starts scattered over the past few months. He has been very good overall, crafting a 2.60 ERA in Winston-Salem so far.


http://img826.imageshack.us/img826/4501/5a29.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/826/5a29.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
07-14-2013, 04:41 PM
7/13 return #7/8


Michael Reed c/o Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in 19 days


Awesome return from the Brewers' CF speedster prospect. A few impressive figures from his year so far: .295 BA, 21 SBs, and most shocking of all: 9 triples!!!


http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/214/ygoi.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/18/ygoi.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
07-14-2013, 05:03 PM
7/13 return #8/8


Zack Cox c/o Jacksonville Suns in 8 days


Last season, the Marlins and Cards swapped Cox for Mujica, and Cox entered this season ranked the #10 Marlins prospect. He must have signed my card on his way out the door, as he was just promoted to AAA!


http://img849.imageshack.us/img849/2702/odh7.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/849/odh7.jpg/)

Marshall658
07-14-2013, 05:37 PM
Love the Vasquez. Just sent to him myself. Awesome stuff as usual.

Noahkalifungo
07-15-2013, 09:59 PM
Love the Vasquez. Just sent to him myself. Awesome stuff as usual.
Thanks! He's a pretty promising player, I hope he pans out someday.

10 returns to start the week.


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7/15 return #1/10


Brandon Kintzler c/o Brewers in 10 days


Great return from the Brewers' reliever! Looks like he started to sign the chrome in silver but then wisely switched to blue.


http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/7664/vmge.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/94/vmge.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
07-15-2013, 10:05 PM
7/15 return #2/10


Cody Martin c/o Mississippi Braves in 34 days


Very surprised to see this back!! He was promoted to the AAA Gwinnett Braves on June 18, so they must have forwarded him his AA mail. Martin was ranked the Braves' #11 prospect entering the season, and has certainly boosted his stock since then. In AA and AAA, he has hurled 96.2 IP and struck out 106, while compiling a 2.73 ERA.


http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/5958/oht0.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/90/oht0.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
07-15-2013, 10:08 PM
7/15 return #3/10


Enny Romero c/o Montgomery Biscuits in 7 days


Awesome return from the Rays' #6 prospect. He too has done some stock-boosting this year, going 8-4 with a 2.93 ERA over 98.1 innings. Yesterday, he appeared in the Futures Game!!


http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/5152/oi5x.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/507/oi5x.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
07-15-2013, 10:12 PM
7/15 return #4/10


Fernando Perez c/o GCL Tigers in 14 days


I really wasn't sure I'd get this back, as I haven't seen anyone send to Perez on any databases, and I wasn't 100% confident in the address I was using. Not only did I get these back, but Perez wrote a very humble, lengthy response to my Spanish note. Overall, a phenomenal success from a great young Dominican prospect!


http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/1672/01zs.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/38/01zs.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
07-15-2013, 10:26 PM
7/15 return #5/10


Jorge Polanco c/o Cedar Rapids Kernels in 9 days


Awesome return from an extremely promising young prospect. This year, he is hitting .304 with 107 hits, including a ridiculous 23 doubles, 9 triples, 4 homers, and 66 RBI. He should be on the fast track to the Twin cities if he can keep it up.


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Noahkalifungo
07-15-2013, 10:31 PM
7/15 return #6/10


Jose Ramirez c/o Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in 28 days


Ramirez earned himself a promotion to AAA S/WB after mowing down 50 AA hitters over 42.1 innings, while crafting a 2.76 ERA as a starter. Glad to see these back!


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Noahkalifungo
07-15-2013, 11:21 PM
7/15 return #7/10


Kellen Moen c/o Wilmington Blue Rocks in 12 days


Nice return from the Royals' 7th round pick in 2011, out of the University of Oregon. Here's a TTM first for me: stuck to my SASE was another SASE of another TTM'er! They must have gotten stuck when Moen was sending them back. I'll be sure to drop it off in the mailbox tomorrow haha.


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Noahkalifungo
07-15-2013, 11:24 PM
7/15 return #8/10


Mark Kotsay c/o Padres in 19 days


Awesome return from the MLB vet!


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Noahkalifungo
07-15-2013, 11:28 PM
7/15 return #9/10


Tim Dillard c/o Nashville Sounds in 12 days


Fantastic return from the Brewers' reliever. He included an extremely nice note+answers to my questions. He could earn a promotion to Miller Park at anytime given his impressive 2.51 ERA on the season in AAA.


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Noahkalifungo
07-15-2013, 11:32 PM
7/15 return #10/10 (see other 9 returns from today posted before!)


William Carmona c/o Lakewood BlueClaws in 14 days


Great return from one of the Phillies' top prospects. He was had an impressive year, hitting .312 / 4 / 37 so far.


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Marshall658
07-16-2013, 12:18 AM
Awesome stuff, just sent to Romero and Polanco as well so maybe those will be coming my way soon. Also, I love the Willie Carmona success. He has really been on fire lately after a lackluster April/May and it's awesome to see him getting some recognition. Also glad to see he signs TTM since he's a great dude in person.

Noahkalifungo
07-16-2013, 07:10 PM
Awesome stuff, just sent to Romero and Polanco as well so maybe those will be coming my way soon. Also, I love the Willie Carmona success. He has really been on fire lately after a lackluster April/May and it's awesome to see him getting some recognition. Also glad to see he signs TTM since he's a great dude in person.

Thanks! I hope you get Polanco and Romero back, they both seem to be good signers. I realized yesterday that Polanco's auto looks a lot like a baseball with seams!! (Intentional I'm sure). Maybe he's the Dominican Pat Neshek haha.

2 returns today:


Maikel Franco c/o Reading Fightin Phils in 8 days


Awesome return from the Phil's #11 prospect entering the season. He has had an insane year so far, compiling a ridiculous .320 / 21 / 67 line in high A and AA.


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Tommy Milone c/o A's in 32 days


Milone came over to the Bay in the Gio Gonzalez trade a couple years back, and has been a very solid starter for them in his first two years in the big leagues. This is my second return from him, I love the way his auto looks on the '13 gypsy queen!


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Marshall658
07-16-2013, 08:01 PM
Awesome Franco. Miss seeing that guy play out here. He's a monster.

Noahkalifungo
07-17-2013, 06:39 PM
Awesome Franco. Miss seeing that guy play out here. He's a monster.

Thanks and yes he is!! Wouldn't be surprised to see him establish himself as an everyday major leaguer.

3 more returns today:


Jose Tabata c/o Pirates in 23 days


Thrilled about this return. I've also wanted to add Tabata to my '12 Gypsy set but have never had any success with him TTM. Awesome auto!!


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Steven Gruver c/o Cedar Rapids Kernels in 14 days


The Twin's 7th round pick in 2011 is having a great season, compiling a 2.45 ERA and raising his K/9 from 5.3 last year to 9.5 this year. Looks like he just earned a promotion to Fort Myers!


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Yeison Asencio c/o San Antonio Missions in 9 days


Asencio is living up to his name as he rapidly ascends through the Padres' farm system (ha). He hit .348 in 2011 and was named the #1 prospect in the AZL, then proceeded to hit .323 last year in low A, and finally he has hit .303 in high A and AA this year. He recently smashed a walkoff single as well!


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Noahkalifungo
07-18-2013, 08:38 PM
8 more today:


Alberto Tirado c/o Bluefield Blue Jays in 8 days


After a great pro debut last year at age 17, Tirado was ranked the Jays' #15 prospect entering the 2013 season. He has been excellent in his 5 games with short season Bluefield, with a 0.98 ERA and 17 strikeouts over 18.1 innings so far.


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Eduardo Rodriguez c/o Bowie Baysox in 10 days


Excellent return from the Orioles #3 prospect!!! He has had a great season, earning a promotion to AA Bowie after crafting a 2.85 ERA over 85.1 innings in high A Frederick. A picture was recently posted on twitter of Rodriguez holding his Superfractor Auto, signaling his presence in 2013 Bowman Chrome!


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Lance McCullers Jr. c/o Quad Cities River Bandits in 13 days


Another great return from a top prospect. McCullers Jr. wields an electric fastball that sits in the 94-96 mph range (wow) but can reach triple digits. He has had a magnificent season, hurling 83.2 innings and punching out 95 on his way to a 3.01 ERA!!


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Luigi Rodriguez c/o Carolina Mudcats in 12 days


Awesome auto from the toolsy Dominican speedster. His 2013 has been riddled with injury, though he has impressed in his 56 games so far.

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Nathan Karns c/o Harrisburg Senators in 12 days


Karns was ranked the Nats' #6 prospect entering this season after a ridiculous year last year in Hagerstown and Potomac. He struck out 148 batters over 116 innings with a glittering 2.17 ERA. He made his big league debut earlier this year, starting three games for the Nationals.


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Brett Gerritse c/o Charleston RiverDogs in 17 days


Nice return from the Yanks' long relief prospect. He has punched out an impressive 65 over 57 innings of work this year.


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Daniel Fields c/o Erie SeaWolves in 17 days


Great return from Daniel Fields, the Tigers' #7 prospect and son of former Tigers' OF Bruce Fields. He can fill up the stat sheet in a number of ways with his many tools, and could make it to Detroit (where he grew up) very soon.


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Harold Martinez c/o Clearwater Threshers in 15 days


Nice return from the versatile 2011 draftee who can play anywhere in the infield.


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Noahkalifungo
07-19-2013, 07:26 PM
5 great returns today:


Kyle Crick c/o San Jose Giants in 14 days


My third return from my favorite player and the far and away #1 Giants prospect. He is seen by most as the next in a long line of homegrown HS pitching talent (Cain, Bumgarner, etc). Thrilled to add this to my supercollection of Crick.


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Mark Bordonaro c/o Clinton LumberKings in 9 days


Nice return from the M's relief prospect who has punched out 17 in 12 innings this year. Nice to add to my burgeoning '13 Pro Debut collection.


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Branden Kline c/o Delmarva Shorebirds in 35 days


Excellent return from the Orioles' #8 prospect in a system full of talent. Kline had a fantastic career at the University of Virginia, leaving his name peppered across the all-time records. He was selected last year in the 2nd round but has only managed 47.2 pro innings so far due to injury.


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Gabriel Guerrero c/o Clinton LumberKings in 8 days


Awesome success from Vlad Guerrero's nephew and one of the M's top prospects. 19 year old Gabriel plays similarly to his uncle (no batting gloves, can tally up a number of different stats) and could find himself in Seattle in the next few years.


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Reese McGuire c/o GCL Pirates


Probably my favorite out of a very good mailday. This 18 year old beast was selected and signed by the Pirates last month in the first round (14th overall) and is destroying the GCL so far, hitting .457 through his first 12 games. McGuire and Austin Meadows represent an incredible haul for the Pirates of first round HS talent. I love how the auto came out on this photo.


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Marshall658
07-19-2013, 07:45 PM
Awesome stuff as usual. Love the McGuire. Gonna have to find something to send him.

stryke3_mb
07-20-2013, 02:06 AM
Nice photoshop on the Kline... Glad to see Crick is still signing. McGuire and Meadows have been awesome TTM so far from the draftees. Congrats!

Noahkalifungo
07-20-2013, 07:17 PM
Awesome stuff as usual. Love the McGuire. Gonna have to find something to send him.

Thanks!! McGuire's a beast, it would be awesome to see him and Meadows make it big. I can't believe he's in the minors and he was only born in 1995!! The Dodgers also have a kid who is 16 and pitching in single A! I just sent to him actually.


Nice photoshop on the Kline... Glad to see Crick is still signing. McGuire and Meadows have been awesome TTM so far from the draftees. Congrats!

Thanks!! Haha yeah it's funny to see the photoshop juxtaposed. I'm so glad that Crick still signs too, he's gonna be a stud at the big league level in a couple years.

4 more returns today!


Mauricio Cabrera c/o Rome Braves in 9 days


Nice return from the Braves' #7 prospect. He's had a strong year in Rome, striking out 81 over 92.1 innings.


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Max Fried c/o Fort Wayne Tin Caps in 15 days


Awesome return from the #7 overall pick in last year's draft!!! He and Giolito were drafted out of Harvard-Westlake in LA. I got something else signed by Fried, but I'll keep it a secret for now :)


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Nick Martinez c/o Myrtle Beach Pelicans in 10 days


Martinez is having a fantastic year in high A Myrtle Beach, compiling a 3.18 ERA over 96.1 innings while punching out 77. He also wrote me a very nice note!


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Ty Blach c/o San Jose Giants PO Box in 8 days


So pumped about this return from the Giants' 5th round pick last year out of Creighton. He is having a phenomenal, breakout season in San Jose, going 10-3 so far with a sparkling 2.63 ERA and 91 Ks over 95.2 innings. The most ridiculous stat of all though is walks- he has given up just 9!! Nine walks in 95.2 innings is simply astounding. There isn't a single MLB pitcher who has had control even near that this year. Sorry for the long blurb, but this kid deserves it with the year he's been having.


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Noahkalifungo
07-23-2013, 05:45 AM
Saw the Giants get annihilated today by Bronson Arroyo and the Reds, 11-0 at AT&T Park. Not a fun game to watch, reminded me of 2012 NLDS Game 1, which I was also at unfortunately haha (that one was 9-0). However, great mailday today: 11 TTMs!!

Adrian Houser c/o Tri-City Valleycats PO Box in 16 days

Great return from the Astros' 2nd round pick in 2011 and a promising young arm. He is pretty early on in his development and therefore hasn't logged too many MiLB innings so far, but he's been impressive so far this year (2.19 ERA over 24.2 innings).



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Andrew Pullin c/o Williamsport Crosscutters PO Box in 19 days

Nice success from the Phils' #19 prospect, and another High School draftee. He is regarded as one of the Phillies' best pure hitters and could be in their top 5 before long.

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CJ Edwards

Really excited about this return from a 48th round pick who raised his stock so dramatically this year that he was a crucial part of the Garza deal. Edwards went 8-2 with an incredible 1.83 ERA and 122 strikeouts over 95.2 innings in class A Hickory. Definitely glad to add this one to the collection.

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DJ LeMahieu c/o Rockies in 17 days

LeMahieu flew through the Cubs' system after being drafted, hitting well over .300 at each stop. He has now settled in to an everyday middle infield role with the Rockies.

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Jake Barrett c/o Mobile BayBears in 14 days

Nice return from the DBacks relief prospect who has risen from the #19 DBack prospect at the start of the season to #13 currently. He has done so by crafting a 1.72 ERA with 40 strikeouts through 36.2 innings, earning himself a AA promotion in June.

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Joe Panik c/o Richmond Flying Squirrels in 11 days

Nice return and great looking auto, this is probably my third return from him. Panik was the Giants' first round selection in 2011, and hit .341 that year in short season, then .297 in 2012 in San Jose, and is now hitting .253 in AA Richmond. He has a beautiful swing, to me it looks like a mix of Andre Ethier and David Ortiz.

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Keon Broxton c/o Mobile BayBears in 17 days

Nice return from the DBacks prospect. He was originally a third round pick and has been solid in the minors. Last year, he hit an impressive 19 bombs.

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Mike Piazza c/o Arkansas Travelers in 12 days

Great return from the other Mike Piazza's relative. He's had a good year in AA, posting a 3.31 over 70.2 innings with 75 strikeouts. The card on the right was sent by him, very nice gesture!!

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Shawon Dunston Jr. c/o Boise Hawks in 12 days

Great return from another MLB bloodline! He is having a fantastic season so far, hitting .328 with short-season Boise. I love the red ink on the green bordered card, some nice complementary colors haha.

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Tim Crabbe c/o Pensacola Blue Wahoos in 17 days

Awesome success from the Reds' starting pitching prospect. He has been effective in his 5 year minor league career and may soon end up in Great American Ballpark!

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Tyler Cloyd c/o Lehigh Valley IronPigs in 28 days

Nice return from the Phils' pitcher who has spilt the last couple seasons between the majors and AAA.

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alowe1034
07-23-2013, 10:42 AM
Nice job! I recently sent out Edwards like a week ago so seeing yours gives me hope, kid has been unreal this year. Cubs should be very happy to get him.

Noahkalifungo
07-23-2013, 04:26 PM
Nice job! I recently sent out Edwards like a week ago so seeing yours gives me hope, kid has been unreal this year. Cubs should be very happy to get him.

Thanks!! Yeah, in my opinion the Cubs did very well in that trade. They basically gave up an inconsistent starter who they can't really afford to keep and in return they get a solid long reliever/starter (Grimm), a good change-of-scenery candidate (Olt), and a really stellar prospect in Edwards. It would be awesome to see the Cubs start to dominate in 3-5 years, the NL Central could become even more fearsome!

Back to the trade though, I think on the flip side the Rangers desperately wanted Garza and he may be the piece they need to go deep into October. They already have tons of good farm talent so they can afford to give up CJ.

alowe1034
07-23-2013, 05:57 PM
Yeah I am glad my Red Sox didn't go too hard for garza, not worth the talent I think.

alowe1034
07-24-2013, 01:12 AM
By the way out of curiosity when did you send out to Edwards?

CubsFan38
07-24-2013, 01:52 PM
It would be awesome to see the Cubs start to dominate in 3-5 years, the NL Central could become even more fearsome!
Agreed.

Noahkalifungo
07-24-2013, 08:06 PM
Yeah I am glad my Red Sox didn't go too hard for garza, not worth the talent I think.

I agree, plus the Rangers need starting pitching way more than the Sox so that's probably why they overpaid.


By the way out of curiosity when did you send out to Edwards?

Sent on 7/6, received on 7/22


Agreed.

Love your avatar haha

Noahkalifungo
07-24-2013, 08:38 PM
Here's yesterday's lone return:

Tom Layne c/o Tucson Padres PO Box in 29 days

Layne was impressive last year in his 16.2 innings with the Padres last year, striking out 25 and allowing just 6 earned runs. He has appeared in 9 games for the Padres this year but is currently with AAA Tucson.

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And on to today's 5 returns:

Conor Gillaspie c/o White Sox in 9 days

Love this return!! The photo I chose was taken after Gillaspie's inside the park home run from 2011 (his first career homer). He had smacked a line drive out in "triple's alley" (out by the 421 ft sign in AT&T Park) and it looked like he was easily gonna make it home, but then he slipped coming around third and it ended up being a close play. Gillaspie was dealt to the Sox in the offseason and has established himself as their everyday third baseman.

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Mikeson Oliberto c/o Staten Island Yankees in 12 days

Nice return from the Yanks' Dominican prospect. He opened the season with Staten Island, but was just promoted to Tampa (where he is debuting today). He must have signed his mail on his way out the door.

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Jesse Winker c/o Dayton Dragons in 47 days

Sweet return from the Reds' first round pick last year. He had an impressive pro debut last year, hitting .338 with 5 bombs in Billings, and has continued to impress this year with Dayton by hitting .273 / 13 / 64

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Ismael Guillon c/o Dayton Dragons in 12 days

Guillon's numbers this year mostly look great- 77.2 innings, 92 strikeouts, and just 69 hits allowed. However, he has walked an unbelievable 75 batters, causing his ERA to balloon to 5.93. If he can figure out his control issues, Guillon could be on the fast track to Cincy.

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Michael Lorenzen c/o Dayton Dragons in 12 days

My third Dayton Dragons return of the day, and it's a nice one- Lorenzen was the Reds' first round pick this year. Although in this picture Lorenzen is batting, he was actually a two way player through college. He has decided to focus on pitching in the minors, and has yet to allow a run through 6 games with Dayton.

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maxzemke24
07-25-2013, 12:30 PM
Guillon and Winkler are both on the fast track to Cincy. I saw them last night in Lansing. Guillon gave up seven runs but was hitting 98

Noahkalifungo
07-25-2013, 10:23 PM
Guillon and Winkler are both on the fast track to Cincy. I saw them last night in Lansing. Guillon gave up seven runs but was hitting 98

Wow I did not realize Guillon could throw that kind of gas. I could see both of them in Cincy within the next 3 years.

6 more returns today!!

Jairo Beras c/o AZL Rangers in 13 days

Sick return from the 17 year old Dominican phenom and one of the Rangers' top young prospects. They lured him into their system with a staggering $6.5 million signing bonus, although Beras had to wait until a few weeks ago to take the field due to a scandal involving his age. I'm excited to track this youngster's progression through the minors; with his raw tools and his frame which he will fill (6'5 already) he could easily develop into an All-Star caliber player. Beras also wrote me a thank you note in Spanglish!

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Lisalverto Bonilla c/o Frisco RoughRiders in 15 days

Bonilla had an eye-opening year in 2012 in the Phillies A+ and AA affiliates, punching out 64 batters over 46.1 innings of work, all while compiling a glittering 1.55 ERA. He was dealt to Texas in the offseason, and had a rough intro to AAA to open the season. He is currently back in AA, where he has been excellent in his first seven games.

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Sean Gilmartin c/o Gwinnett Braves in 20 days

Awesome return from the Braves' #5 prospect. He too had a rough intro to AAA to open the year, and then picked up an injury after 13 starts. He is currently rehabbing with the GCL Braves and once he's healthy he'll have another chance to prove he is worthy of being in the Braves' rotation.

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Jiwan James c/o Clearwater Threshers in 13 days

Really nice return from the Phils' prospect, I love the red ink/red jersey combo. Also glad to add another 2012 Po Debut to the collection.

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Brett Bochy c/o Fresno Grizzlies in 15 days

Yup, you guessed it- SF Giants Manager Bruce Bochy's son! Nepotism may be a non existent factor in Brett's rapid ascent through the minors, as he fired 53.1 innings last year in AA while striking out 69 and compiling a 2.53 ERA. He has been solid this year in AAA and could find himself in the Giants' bullpen in the near future.

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Braden Shipley c/o Hillsboro Hops in 13 days

To cap it off, how about a first round draft pick? Shipley was projected to be a top 10 pick in the 2013 draft but the Diamondbacks were very happy to claim him #15 overall. When I was looking for a photo to print for Braden to sign, I noticed that in some of the pictures he was wearing these glasses but in others he wasn't. He explained to me that he only needs the glasses for night games. It's a pretty intimidating look if you ask me!

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J_A_S_Z
07-25-2013, 10:29 PM
Those are some nice prospect cards!

R. E. Lee
07-26-2013, 01:44 AM
Just read through your whole thread! Great work! I had tons of fun looking through it.

Noahkalifungo
07-27-2013, 04:35 AM
Those are some nice prospect cards!

Thanks!!


Just read through your whole thread! Great work! I had tons of fun looking through it.

Thanks so much! I appreciate it man, glad you enjoyed reading through it. Hopefully I'll have a lot more in the next few weeks!

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5 more returns today! Seems like my maildays have been pretty consistently 5-6 per day for a little while.



Courtney Hawkins c/o Winston-Salem Dash in 21 days

Sweet return the White Sox' #1 prospect! He has tremendous potential but has struggled overall in his first full year. On the one hand, he has hit an impressive 18 HRs and 31 total XBHs with 51 RBI, but on the other hand he has only 18 singles to his 31 XBHs, amounting to an anemic .191 avg. He's still just 18, and I would not at all be surprised to see him raise his BA 50+ points next year.

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Corey Knebel c/o West Michigan Whitecaps in 6 days

Great success from another Team USA regular and the Tigers' first round pick this year (39th overall)! He flew to West Michigan to open the season, and has been lights out as a reliever so far. Over 14 innings, he has punched out 16, racked up 7 saves, and allowed just one earned run (0.64 ERA). With a plus fastball, a sharp curve, and a closer's mentality, Knebel could be one of the first '13 draftees to reach the bigs, perhaps remaining in the closer role.

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William Cuevas c/o Salem Red Sox in 16 days

Sweet auto from the Sox' hurler, almost looks the like crosshairs of a rifle or something haha. He has a good arm and could make it as a starter or reliever.

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Ryan Casteel c/o Modesto Nuts in 6 days

Very fast return from one this year's breakout stars in the minors. Casteel is hitting an unbelievable .285 / 21 / 68 line so far this year in the minors. He hit just 2 HRs in 251 ABs last year!

http://imageshack.us/a/img51/4449/kr78.jpg



Joan Gregorio c/o Augusta Greenjackets in 11 days

Very excited about this return from the Giants' #18 prospect! Until today (he got romped by Savannah), Gregorio had an impressive 3.12 ERA with 73 Ks over 60.2 innings. His last start before today, he struck out 10 over 7 no hit innings of work!

http://imageshack.us/a/img836/9508/zrjk.jpg

J_A_S_Z
07-27-2013, 04:48 PM
Nice Hawkins, those 2013 Debut look great signed I have a few and autos with the cards light colors look good.

Noahkalifungo
07-27-2013, 09:17 PM
Nice Hawkins, those 2013 Debut look great signed I have a few and autos with the cards light colors look good.

Thanks!! Pro Debut is always a great set for TTM.

3 returns today:

Anthony Recker c/o Mets in 24 days

Great return from the Mets' backstop. He was drafted and developed in the A's system, then bounced over to the Cubs' organization briefly before joining the Mets. This year, he has hit an impressive 5 homers in just 88 ABs, and even took the mound in the ninth inning of a blowout game to relieve the bullpen.

http://imageshack.us/a/img13/8640/849g.jpg



Collin Wiles c/o Spokane Indians in 26 days

The Rangers selected Wiles out of high school last year in the first round (53rd overall). He would have gone much higher, but teams weren't sure they could get him to sign due to his commitment to Vanderbilt. Wiles already has a major league plus curve in his repertoire as well as a low 90s fastball that may add a few mph to as he progresses. Glad to see this one back!

http://imageshack.us/a/img850/4697/ta8x.jpg



Julio Urias c/o Great Lakes Loons in 7 days

Last but not least, a quick return from a 16 year old! No, that was not a typo- Urias is currently playing in single A and is just 16 years old. The Dodgers liked this projectable young arm and signed him last year out of Mexico. They were bold enough to send him straight to full season ball in the Midwest League, where he has excelled. Over 37.1 innings, Urias has punched out 43 and posted an impressive 2.65 ERA. He even cracked the midseason top 100 on mlb.com and is now the Dodgers' #4 prospect!

http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/2688/1neh.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/266/1neh.jpg/)

gojacks
07-27-2013, 10:59 PM
I got my Hawkins back today too!

indyreds
07-28-2013, 12:47 AM
How have I missed this thread up till now? Love the returns! Wonderful to see all the Team USA and new Bowman signed up! I might have to look up and mail to some of these guys you have been getting! Have you checked out the custom cards some of the guys do here on the site? I see you are grabbing up some smaller photos and customs might be an easier option.

Noahkalifungo
07-28-2013, 03:50 AM
I got my Hawkins back today too!

Nice!! He seems like a pretty good signer.


How have I missed this thread up till now? Love the returns! Wonderful to see all the Team USA and new Bowman signed up! I might have to look up and mail to some of these guys you have been getting! Have you checked out the custom cards some of the guys do here on the site? I see you are grabbing up some smaller photos and customs might be an easier option.

Thanks!! Yeah I actually have been making some customs, here's a batch I just finished tonight (they have the "Topps Certified Autograph Issue" banner):

http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/4150/kcts.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/441/kcts.jpg/)

And another that I sent out about a week ago:

http://imageshack.us/a/img32/9880/g5hv.jpg


http://imageshack.us/a/img62/4753/i3wf.jpg

indyreds
07-28-2013, 12:27 PM
Nice customs! You follow the minors very well to have selected the players you have.

Noahkalifungo
07-31-2013, 04:41 AM
Nice customs! You follow the minors very well to have selected the players you have.
Thanks!! I'm re-sending to a lot of those guys to get their auto on the custom. Hoping for some successes!

Here's my 7/29 mailday:

Chris McFarland c/o Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in 19 days


Nice success from the Brewers' prospect who was drafted out of HS in 2011. He had a phenomenal first season last year in Helena, hitting .301 with 17 doubles, 6 homers, and 15 steals in just 72 games. He's had trouble adjusting to low A, but is still young and has plenty of time to improve.


http://imageshack.us/a/img853/8029/1hxi.jpg


Mitch Brown c/o AZL Indians in 18 days


Nice success from a young arm drafted out of HS; the Indians' 2nd round pick in 2012 and currently their #10 prospect. He has a chance to develop a solid 4 pitch arsenal, who could lead him to the Indians rotation a few years down the road.


http://imageshack.us/a/img404/5581/5xy8.jpg




Billy McKinney c/o AZL Athletics in 7 days


Awesome, quick return from the A's first round pick in 2013 (24th overall). In a system loaded with talent, he is already the A's #10 prospect and is hitting an impressive .330 through his first 29 games with the AZL club.


http://imageshack.us/a/img266/963/h4y7.jpg




Tyler Glasnow c/o West Virginia Power in 9 days


Glasnow is the Pirates' #7 prospect, but this guy may be the most underrated pitcher in baseball. Glasnow will be just 19 through the rest of the season in single A, and sports an electric fastball (that can touch 96 mph), an impressive curve, and an intimidating mound presence (he is 6'7). Impressive, no? Just wait for the stats this year! Glasnow is 8-2 on the year with a 2.24 ERA through 92.1 innings with 128 strikeouts. He has allowed just 47 hits through 92.1 innings!! Crazy to see this kind of dominance, even at the minor league level.


http://imageshack.us/a/img836/5493/o2mg.jpg

Noahkalifungo
07-31-2013, 04:46 AM
And lastly, today's mailday (7/30). See above for the 4 returns from 7/29!

Chris McGuiness c/o Round Rock Express in 9 days

McGuiness had a breakout year last year in AA, mashing 23 bombs. He earned a big league callup earlier this year, and notched his first 6 MLB hits. In his note to me he mentioned a time when former Ranger Mike Olt fell asleep before a game- and McGuiness and the rest of the team pranked him ruthlessly! Thought that was pretty funny.

http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/6784/vvex.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/138/vvex.jpg/)

djauwerda
07-31-2013, 08:51 AM
Lovin this thread more & more all the time. Great stuff!

Marshall658
07-31-2013, 11:13 AM
Awesome Glasnow success. Not only is he a beast, but he's a really nice guy. Met him a few times this year and he was nothing but class.

Noahkalifungo
07-31-2013, 07:39 PM
Lovin this thread more & more all the time. Great stuff!

Thanks!!


Awesome Glasnow success. Not only is he a beast, but he's a really nice guy. Met him a few times this year and he was nothing but class.

Thanks! Yeah I remember when you posted some of his autos you got IP. He's really talented, I hope he keeps it up!!

6 more returns today!!


Hector Santiago c/o White Sox in 7 days


Very fast return from the White Sox sophomore. He's having a great season, posting a 3.33 ERA and punching out 104 across 100 innings.


http://imageshack.us/a/img35/2315/cr0o.jpg




John Danks c/o White Sox in 35 days


Awesome addition to the GQ set!!! I'm a little surprised to see this back now given that Danks is injured.


http://imageshack.us/a/img801/8296/3dr3.jpg




Josh Parr c/o Hillsboro Hops in 7 days


Nice return from the DBacks farmhand. He's hitting an impressive .310 through his first 12 games in short-season Hillsboro. He also included an interesting religious card!


http://imageshack.us/a/img827/7831/bl88.jpg




Matt Packer c/o Akron Aeros in 7 days


Awesome success from one of AA's breakout stars this year. Packer has gone 10-5 with a 2.52 ERA over 121.2 innings. If he keeps it up, he could be in Cleveland before long!


http://imageshack.us/a/img543/5452/zzin.jpg




Justin Nicolino c/o Jacksonville Suns in 9 days


Glad to get my first custom back!! Nicolino earned a AA promotion this year after maintaining a 2.22 ERA over 18 starts in high A.


http://imageshack.us/a/img13/4636/8c5q.jpg




Tyler Pike c/o Clinton LumberKings in 9 days


Another exciting custom success from the Mariners' #5 prospect! Just 19 years old, Pike is 7-3 this year with a glittering 2.13 ERA over 101 innings.


http://imageshack.us/a/img191/2465/j785.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-01-2013, 11:22 PM
3 returns today!


Kendry Flores c/o Augusta Greenjackets in 12 days


Pretty frustrating here. The SASE came back with that awful staining on it that tells you it got drenched at some point (and so did it's contents). The photo I sent Kendry got wrecked, but luckily he did answer my questions+write me a note which was nice. He is really having a breakout season in the Sally, posting a 2.78 ERA with 109 Ks through 113.1 innings. I may have to re-send to him sometime down the road.








Daniel Corcino c/o Louisville Bats in 10 days


My second success from Corcino, the first time he signed in a very thin, faint sharpie but I'm really happy with how this one ended up. Corcino had a magnificent season last year in Pensacola, but has struggled this year in AAA Louisville.


http://img849.imageshack.us/img849/8387/a59j.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/849/a59j.jpg/)




Dilson Herrera c/o West Virginia Power in 10 days


Awesome return from the Pirates' #11 prospect in a system inundated with talent. My 4th Bowman Red custom as well!


http://imageshack.us/a/img843/1024/8nif.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 02:40 AM
Got one or two success the past few days... More precisely 35 returns!!! Just opened all of them in one sitting, it legit took about an hour. Some very nice stuff, including 5-6 really cool inscriptions!!! I will try to post as many as possible tomorrow. Stay tuned sports fans


http://img812.imageshack.us/img812/2391/w9q8.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/812/w9q8.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 01:34 PM
Alrighty, here goes!

The latest batch: TTM #1/35


CJ Edwards c/o Daytona Cubs in 9 days


Fantastic return (my second) from a guy that is becoming one of my favorite minor league pitchers! CJ has not slowed down on his ridiculous season since being traded to the Cubs; over 9.2 innings, he has allowed just 4 hits and punched out 17!! I love how his auto looks on the Red Custom, just an all around awesome success.


http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/1681/zx01.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/834/zx01.jpg/)

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 02:49 PM
The latest batch: TTM #2/35


Andrew Mitchell c/o Great Falls Voyagers in 8 days


Nice success from another USA alum, and the White Sox' 4th round pick this year (although he was ranked the #40 best draft prospect by MLB). He had two impressive seasons at TCU, and has settled in nicely to pro ball with a 3.38 ERA and 33 strikeouts over 34.2 innings.


http://imageshack.us/a/img18/5229/isxs.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 02:56 PM
The latest batch: TTM #3/35


Brandon Barnes c/o Astros in 18 days


One of my favorite recent returns. As noted in the awesome inscription, Barnes made MLB history last month with a cycle against the Mariners. The last hit (a double) was a soft liner into right that under normal circumstances would be a single, but Barnes exploded around first base and went flying into second base, just ahead of the tag. When the ump confirmed his completion of the cycle, Barnes bowed his head and pumped his fist triumphantly, which is right when this picture was taken!


http://imageshack.us/a/img20/8389/ywh3.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 03:05 PM
The latest batch: TTM #4/35 (See last page for more!)


Brett Krill c/o Richmond Flying Squirrels in 14 days


My second return from Mr. Krill, and a great addition to the Pro Debut set. Krill was a mainstay on the UCLA squad, and was drafted by the Giants' in 2010. After a great 2012 in class A Augusta, Krill double-jumped to AA Richmond. He has responded to this challenge very well, hitting near or over .300 until this month (he has fallen into a slump).


http://imageshack.us/a/img842/4953/0r0d.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 03:11 PM
he latest batch: TTM #5/35


Carson Kelly c/o State College Spikes in 10 days


Awesome return from another USA alum and the Cardinals' 2nd round pick last year (currently their #9 prospect). Kelly is a very well rounded player, and still has plenty of room to develop as he was just 18 until last month.


http://imageshack.us/a/img138/3899/vwif.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 03:20 PM
The latest batch: TTM #6/35


Dane Phillips c/o Fort Wayne TinCaps in 14 days


Sweet return from the Padres' 2nd rounder in 2012. He dominated in class A Fort Wayne, hitting .281 and slugging .433 to earn a promotion to high A Lake Elsinore on August 1st. I got this back stamped from his previous team Fort Wayne on August 8th, so there's a riddle for ya!


http://imageshack.us/a/img849/167/lntr.jpg

clryan5
08-11-2013, 03:29 PM
This is probably my favorite thread to check out these days. You get some amazing returns! I especially love the Brandon Barnes return since he's my favorite player. You are killing it with the minor leaguers! Congrats!!

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 03:33 PM
The latest batch: TTM #7/35


David Carpenter c/o Arkansas Travelers in 14 days


Carpenter was a mainstay in the Angels' bullpen last year, appearing in 28 games. He has been bumped down a couple levels this year, but has found success in AA, tossing 19.1 innings and surrendering just 11 hits for a 2.33 ERA.


http://imageshack.us/a/img855/2497/ox93.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 03:36 PM
The latest batch: TTM #8/35


David Carpenter c/o Braves in 9 days


Sick return from the other David Carpenter, also on a '12 Topps RC! He has been a stellar addition to the Braves' sterling bullpen, hitting 97 mph with ease and notching a ridiculous 1.80 ERA. He has struck out 52 over 45 innings and allowed just 31 hits.


http://imageshack.us/a/img21/3672/im80.jpg

gojacks
08-11-2013, 03:39 PM
Sweet David Carpenter!

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 04:04 PM
This is probably my favorite thread to check out these days. You get some amazing returns! I especially love the Brandon Barnes return since he's my favorite player. You are killing it with the minor leaguers! Congrats!!

Thanks so much!! I was pumped about the Barnes, he seems like a great guy.


Sweet David Carpenter!

Thanks! I think I sent to both within a day of each other haha.

The latest batch: TTM #9/35


Edwin Escobar c/o Richmond Flying Squirrels in 14 days


Very excited to add another top Giants' prospect to the collection! Escobar is a durable lefty with a unique delivery (he told me he'd compare himself to Madison Bumgarner). Even though scouts think he can continue to improve his offspeed pitches, he has been excellent this year, first with the San Jose Giants and then with the AA Richmond Flying Squirrels. Overall this year, he has posted a 2.95 ERA over 109.2 innings with 128 strikeouts. Possibly the most underrated Giants' prospect!


http://imageshack.us/a/img547/4465/k3fm.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 04:06 PM
The latest batch: TTM #10/35


Edwin Diaz c/o Pulaski Mariners in 7 days


Sick return from the 19-year-old Mariners' #14 prospect, who they selected 98th overall in last year's draft our of Puerto Rico. Diaz can already hit 97 mph and will easily be able to add a few ticks to that as he fills his frame. This year, Diaz has been unbelievable, notching a 1.59 ERA over 51 innings, with 62 strikeouts and a ridiculous .188 opponent avg.


http://imageshack.us/a/img20/9083/5mfu.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 04:18 PM
The latest batch: TTM #11/35


Erich Weiss c/o Jamestown Jammers in 13 days


Great return from yet another former Team USA regular, and a 2013 Pirates' draftee. He wrote me that one of his goals this year is to hit over .320, and he seems to be doing well with that so far, finishing August with a .377 avg. Love the personalization+inscription!!


http://imageshack.us/a/img812/3688/xzwy.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 04:24 PM
The latest batch: TTM #12/35 (others posted on previous page!!)


Evan Scribner c/o Sacramento River Cats in 9 days


Another one of my favorite recent returns, the inscription is just so nice. Scribner was a key piece of the division champs' squad last year, appearing in 30 regular season games and posting a 2.55 ERA. This year, he was sent to AAA mid season and has been lights out, punching out 45 over 36.1 innings with a 2.48 ERA. Of all the quirky A's clubhouse traditions, Scribner says the Homerun Tunnel is his favorite!


http://imageshack.us/a/img689/7122/vzva.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 05:33 PM
The latest batch: TTM #13/35


Fernelys Sanchez c/o GCL Braves in 9 days


Beautiful auto from the young Braves' prospect. Sanchez was sidelined with an injury for the months leading to the 2012 MLB draft, so he slipped to the 16th round where the Braves' were happy to claim him. As a young, toolsy, switch-hitting OF, he has a very high ceiling and it will be interesting to see how he does in the minors!


http://imageshack.us/a/img27/331/i2hg.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 05:33 PM
The latest batch: TTM #14/35


Jimmy Nelson c/o Nashville Sounds in 8 days


Fantastic return from the Brewers' #1 prospect. He has a very strong repertoire and is having a very impressive season in AA and AAA, notching a 3.17 ERA with 125 K's over 125 innings. He should be in Miller Park before long!


http://imageshack.us/a/img849/7738/9c2t.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 05:34 PM
The latest batch: TTM #15/35


Joe Kelly c/o Cardinals in 60 days


As a Giants' fan, when I think of Joe Kelly I think of the 2012 NLCS Game 7, when he was on the mound and Hunter Pence hit a banana curve line drive that fooled SS Pete Kozma and allowed 3 runs to score. This year, Kelly has been very good as a starter and as a reliever, posting a 2.98 ERA over 66.1 innings.


http://imageshack.us/a/img834/3210/b8x7.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 05:40 PM
The latest batch: TTM #16/35


Joe Wendle c/o Carolina Mudcats in 6 days


Crazy fast return from one of the Indians' most underrated prospects. Wendle had an impressive pro debut last year in Short-Season, hitting .327. This year, he double jumped to high A Carolina, where he has shown off all kinds of tools: a .300/12/50 line with .522 slugging and even 9 SBs.


http://imageshack.us/a/img547/6130/91u7.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 05:44 PM
The latest batch: TTM #17/35


John Danks c/o White Sox in 367 days


My longest return to date: over a year! This is my second Danks Gypsy Queen auto, so if anyone wants to trade I would be happy to, just let me know.


http://imageshack.us/a/img822/3241/p5dy.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 05:53 PM
The latest batch: TTM #18/35


Jordan John c/o West Michigan Whitecaps in 6 days


Very fast return from the Tigers' 2012 draftee. John has been impressive this year, going 7-4 with a 3.06 ERA over 98.1 innings.


http://imageshack.us/a/img571/7346/jlsu.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 06:08 PM
The latest batch: TTM #19/35


Jose Cisnero c/o Astros in 19 days


Sweet return from the Astros' reliever. I love the inscription, I guess that's my reward for writing the notes in Spanish (it basically translates to "Best Regards"). Cisnero has logged 43.2 innings in the majors this year in his rookie season.


http://imageshack.us/a/img202/6154/ik2v.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 06:16 PM
The latest batch: TTM #20/35 (still 15 more to go!)


Josh Martin c/o Carolina Mudcats in 14 days


Solid return from the Indians' 10th round pick in 2012 out of Samford. Martin, a relief prospect, pitched very well for class A Lake County to open the 2013 season, with a 3.38 ERA and 47 K's in 40 innings. Since being promoted to high A, he has been a bit more inconsistent.


http://imageshack.us/a/img21/7443/8aec.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 06:26 PM
The latest batch: TTM #21/35


Justin Maxwell c/o Astros in 50 days


Awesome return from the new KC Royal. The envelope is stamped from Minneapolis, so my guess is that Maxwell went through his mail during the Royals-Twins series from 7/29-8/1 (I got my card back on 8/3).


http://imageshack.us/a/img838/2047/wne2.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 06:29 PM
The latest batch: TTM #22/35 (others posted earlier!)


Kevan Smith c/o Winston-Salem Dash in 14 days


Awesome return + great addition to the '12 PD set. Smith is having a very good year in high A, posting a .269 / 9 / 60 line so far.


http://imageshack.us/a/img823/7886/rgyv.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 06:39 PM
The latest batch: TTM #23/35


Lenny Linksy c/o Charlotte Stone Crabs in 16 days


Awesome success from the Rays' second rounder in 2011 and a promising relief prospect. He is having a solid year in high A Charlotte, and has nearly doubled his K/9 from last year. Linksy had a ridiculous stretch of four straight appearances this season (7/15, 7/19, 7/23, 7/28) where he pitched a total of 12 innings and took the win in all four (as a reliever)!!


http://imageshack.us/a/img62/411/orzv.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 06:47 PM
The latest batch: TTM #24/35


Luke Jackson c/o Myrtle Beach Pelicans in 30 days


Phenomenal success from the Rangers' #9 prospect in a system overflowing with talent. A former 2010 first round pick, Jackson has put it all together this year, crafting a 2.23 ERA with 114 K's in 109 innings. He was just promoted to AA, so he must have signed these for me on his way out the door. His auto on the BC is massive, the "J" pretty much covers goes top-to-bottom!


http://imageshack.us/a/img841/6079/kuoq.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 07:02 PM
The latest batch: TTM #26/35


Michael Goodnight c/o Mahoning Valley Scrappers in 9 days


Nice return from the Indians' relief prospect. He told me about a hilarious clubhouse prank where they wrapped one of their teammates' clothing in saran wrap and it took him 30 minutes to remove all of it! I'm hoping this guy pads his stock and becomes a closer- I don't there's any better name for a closer than "Goodnight"!!


http://imageshack.us/a/img845/1421/e1yu.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 07:10 PM
The latest batch: TTM #27/35


Patrick Leonard c/o Bowling Green Hot Rods in 14 days


There was a discrepancy of about 11 days between the stamped date on my SASE and the date I received this (usually it's like 2 days difference), which tells me that this got caught at the bottom of the mailman's bag and he didn't notice it until now. I hope that doesn't happen too often...
Anyways, Leonard came to the Rays' system in the Wil Myers trade, and entered the season as their #20 prospect. He has struggled overall since then, but has managed 23 doubles, 8 HRs, and 51 RBI.


http://imageshack.us/a/img577/6705/7kwl.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 07:15 PM
The latest batch: TTM #28/35


Ryan Cavan c/o San Jose Giants in 37 days


Awesome return from the Giants' farmhand. He opened the season with a red hot stint in the AZL, hitting .526 (20-38) and is hitting .325 overall this year.


http://imageshack.us/a/img694/4422/prpp.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 07:19 PM
The latest batch: TTM #29/35


Scott Savastano c/o Tacoma Rainiers in 9 days


Great success from the AAA first baseman. He told me about a cruel yet hilarious prank that the team pulled on Rich Poythress- they packed up all of his stuff in his locker and told him to go see the manager (he thought he was being released)!!!


http://imageshack.us/a/img541/6994/auqg.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 07:26 PM
The latest batch: TTM #30/35


Steven Moya c/o Lakeland Flying Tigers in 12 days


Beautiful auto from the Tigers' #9 prospect. In Lakeland this year, Moya has tallied 15 doubles, 5 triples, and 11 homeruns. Got a pretty cool Spanish note from him about his experience in the DSL (Dominican Summer League): he says he was able to learn about the big leagues from all of the former players that were there watching/coaching!


http://imageshack.us/a/img10/4316/hixx.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 07:36 PM
The latest batch: TTM #31/35


Stryker Trahan c/o Missoula Osprey in 14 days


Second time's a charm! I got a RTS from a wrong address the first time I tried to send to Trahan. This guy isn't just an awesome name- he was the DBacks' first round selection last year and is currently their #9 prospect! He wrote me that his highlight of his pro career was this jaw dropping collision last year (Trahan is the catcher):
Diamondback's Stryker Trahan Collision at Salt River Field - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCBk8TDHzUA)




http://imageshack.us/a/img22/8632/6jwy.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 07:46 PM
The latest batch: TTM #32/35


Tim Shibuya c/o Cedar Rapids Kernels in 8 days


Awesome return from the Twins' hurler, and a great addition to the Pro Debut set. The UCSD product has been dragged down by injury in his pro career, but has split the 2013 season between Elizabethton and Cedar Rapids, posting an impressive 2.25 ERA so far.


http://imageshack.us/a/img13/4018/pthg.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 07:59 PM
The latest batch: TTM #33/35 (others posted earlier!!!)


Ty Ross c/o Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in 9 days


Fantastic return from the LSU backstop and Giants' 2013 draftee. He is already 21 and has a fairly advanced approach, which should allow him to climb through the system pretty quickly.


http://imageshack.us/a/img12/1664/jxz4.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 08:07 PM
The latest batch: TTM #34/35


Walker Weickel c/o Fort Wayne TinCaps in 13 days


The Padres' selected Weickel last year with the 29th overall pick and reeled him into their system with a staggering $2 million signing bonus (the slot value was just $925,000). IMO they are botching his development, as they had him skip short season ball and now he is getting pummeled in low A. He was high school teammates with Reds' 2012 first round pick Jesse Winker, and told me that when Winker batted against him he grounded into a DP! Bragging rights to Weickel haha.


http://imageshack.us/a/img7/1644/z9ae.jpg

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 09:04 PM
The latest batch: TTM #35/35


Renato Nunez c/o Beloit Snappers in 11 days


Great return from the A's #5 prospect. He earned a $2.2 million signing bonus in 2010, and made his full season debut this year as a 18 year old. Nunez has serious power, as shown by his 19 HRs this season and 81 RBI. Unfortunately, he kept the Red Custom I sent him! I guess he liked it haha, I'll take that as a compliment.


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gojacks
08-11-2013, 09:13 PM
Amazing LSU and Astros returns! Also, I got Joe Kelly to sign the same exact card and it also faded a bit.

Noahkalifungo
08-11-2013, 09:36 PM
Amazing LSU and Astros returns! Also, I got Joe Kelly to sign the same exact card and it also faded a bit.

Thanks!!! Yeah I was surprised it faded, most post 2011 Topps cards have been pretty good about not doing that. I may have to re-send to him at some point.

Marshall658
08-12-2013, 05:21 PM
Awesome, awesome stuff.

Noahkalifungo
08-12-2013, 09:27 PM
Awesome, awesome stuff.

Thanks Justin! Had a blast going through all the mail.

6 returns to open the week!


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Cory Spangenberg c/o San Antonio Missions in 12 days


Awesome return from the #10 overall pick in the 2011 draft. He's a great young signer; this is my third success from him over the past couple years and an awesome addition to the Pro Debut set! I'm a little bummed about the faded black sharpie, but when you send to a guy this many times you can't expect all of them to come out well! Spangenberg earned a midseason callup to AA San Antonio, and is hitting .287/5/45 over both levels with 35 SBs. He should make it to Petco Park sooner rather than later!


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Correlle Prime c/o Grand Junction Rockies in 10 days


Awesome return from the Rockies' 2012 HS draftee. He has played all of 2013 so far in short season GJ, where he has played 43 games and is hitting .305/6/32 with 9 steals. At 6'5, he could definitely mature into an all-star caliber first baseman.


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Matt Price c/o Frederick Keys in 11 days


Sick return from the O's relief prospect and their 7th round pick in 2012. As noted in the awesome inscription, he had plenty of success at South Carolina, winning the CWS with the Gamecocks twice. This year, he was pitching very well in low A (2.70 ERA, 21 K's in 20 innings) to earn a high A promotion, where he has struggled so far.


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Lex Rutledge c/o Frederick Keys in 11 days


Another great return from an O's relief prospect, Lex being their 6th round pick in 2012. He played his college years at Samford, where he garnered scout's attention with his electric fastball that he can crank up to 98 mph. He too had a great opening to the season in low A (1.48 ERA, 43.1 innings with 54 strikeouts, just 28 hits allowed) and earned a high A promotion a few weeks ago.


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Justin Grimm c/o Rangers in 23 days


Shocked to get this back, as he was traded to the Cubs just two days after I sent it. They must have forwarded him his mail in AAA, as the SASE was stamped from Des Moines, IA (the Iowa Cubs). Grimm was the most experienced player in the Cubs' haul from the Garza trade.


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Rosell Herrera c/o Asheville Tourists in 14 days


Possibly my favorite return of the day. Rosell may be up there with Tyler Glasnow for the best player without a Bowman card yet. The young Dominican SS is having a sensational year, with an insane .355/16/75 line and 20 SBs. He is slugging .544 and has an OPS of .976!!! I was glad to get a nice response to my Spanish note, one of the things he wrote was "Bendiciones, Gracias por seguirme" (Blessings, thanks for following me). Overall a great success!


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Noahkalifungo
08-13-2013, 07:06 PM
2 returns today, Giants-Dodgers style:


Matt Magill c/o Albuquerque Isotopes in 13 days


Nice return from the Dodgers' #5 prospect. He has basically outgrown the minors; this year in AAA he is 4-0 with a 2.54 ERA and 77 K's in 63.2 innings. He has made 6 big league starts this year, but has struggled, walking 28 in 27.2 innings. If he refines his command, Magill could be yet another addition to the Dodgers' powerful rotation.


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Clayton Blackburn c/o San Jose Giants in 14 days


Sweet return (my second) from the Giants #2 prospect and one of my two PC prospect stashes. I began investing when he was the #13 prospect, and now have about 25 base autos and dozens of different color autos, as well as other random parallels. Maybe I'll post the stash here sometime. In his last 6 starts, Blackie has racked up 40 innings with a glittering 1.35 ERA. In the hitter-friendly Cal league, he is among the league leaders in ERA, innings, strikeouts, WHIP, and a few other stats. Glad to add another custom as well!


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Noahkalifungo
08-14-2013, 08:42 PM
Been a pretty slow week, just one more return today.


Chris Owings c/o Reno Aces in 15 days


Awesome return from the D-Backs #3 prospect. He's a AAA shortstop who was just 21 until Monday, and is having a terrific season. His line with the Aces: .331-12-73 and 16 SBs!! He will likely follow Davidson to the majors fairly soon.


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Noahkalifungo
08-15-2013, 10:08 PM
One more today.


Andrew Clark c/o Trenton Thunder in 14 days


In 2011, Clark had a great year over two levels in the Rangers' system, posting a
.310-14-72 line. The next year, he decided to walk away from baseball and his career seemed to be over, but he signed with the Yankees this year and is now playing for their AA affiliate! Great addition to the PD set.


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97S281_27
08-16-2013, 03:19 PM
Nice returns man, especially digging the Ty Ross return. I'm a big LSU fan and enjoyed watching him while he was at LSU.

Noahkalifungo
08-16-2013, 09:55 PM
Nice returns man, especially digging the Ty Ross return. I'm a big LSU fan and enjoyed watching him while he was at LSU.

Thanks man, I appreciate it! I just sent to Mason Katz today actually! I'm really hoping for a "Geaux Tigers" inscription one of these days haha

Had an awesome mailday after a bit of a slump, got 4 TTMs and 7 more cards from one awesome trade!!


Chris Stratton c/o Augusta Greenjackets in 16 days


Fantastic return from the Giants' first round pick and our #3 prospect (MLB list him as #4 but he's WAY better than Kickham IMO haha). Stratton made his full season this year in class A Augusta and had a pretty solid first half. After the all-star break, he really heated up (2.48 ERA since then). On the year, the Mississippi product is 8-3 with a 3.08 ERA and 117 K's across 120 innings.


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Mike Morin c/o Arkansas Travelers in 14 days


Awesome return from the former Tarheel, current Angel prospect. Morin is having a ridiculous season from the 'pen, appearing in 49 games and striking out 64 batters, while crafting a 1.74 ERA. He was only drafted last year, but could be in Anaheim as soon as next year!


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Zach Bird c/o Ogden Raptors in 15 days


Nice return from the Dodgers' #15 prospect. He was drafted last year out of high school, and has plenty of potential with a plus fastball and a pitcher's frame. He has struggled with his command a bit in pro ball but has plenty of time to adjust. Gotta love the "birds" drawn above and below the auto for style points!!!


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Jamie Moyer c/o home in about 60 days


Great return from a baseball icon of longevity. Not every pitcher can say they pitched when they were 49!


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Very excited that my first TTM/IP auto trade went so well! I'm pumped to add 6 Pro Debuts and 1 Gypsy Queen to my sets, and most of them are IP autos I wouldn't have been able to get TTM. Thanks again Alex! Here's the haul:


Travis Taijeron (trade with Alowe1034- thanks!)


Awesome auto from the Mets' OF slugger prospect. Taijeron received a mid season callup to AA Binghamton, and over both levels has compiled an impressive .277-20-60 line, with 34 doubles to boot!


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Danny Muno (trade with Alowe1034- thanks!)


Another Pro Debut in Cyclones uni haha. Muno won the CWS with Fresno State in '08, then was drafted by the Mets in 2011. He is having a good year in AA, hitting .259-9-66 with 13 SBs.


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Jose Ramirez (trade with Alowe1034- thanks!)


In his US debut in 2011, Ramirez led the Indians' entire organization in hitting with a .325 avg. This year, the 20 yr old is in AA and is hitting .273 with 35 SBs.


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AJ Cole (trade with Alowe1034- thanks!)


Starting to get into the top 100 prospects now! Cole is the #86 overall prospect and the Nats' #4. They drafted him back in 2010, then sent him to the A's in the Gio Gonzalez trade, then got him back in the Mike Morse three way trade this offseason! Cole has an electric fastball that has always kept scouts close to their radar guns, and is having a very impressive 2013 in high A and AA.


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Noah Syndergaard (trade with Alowe1034- thanks!)


Awesome auto from my namesake, and the #13 prospect in baseball (the Mets' #1). The Dickey trade is looking better and better for the Mets; Syndergaard has been lights out since his AA promotion- he is 5-0 with a 1.76 ERA and 54 strikeouts over 46 innings. He was also the starting pitcher for Team USA in the 2013 Futures Game!


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Jameson Taillon (trade with Alowe1034- thanks!)


Another great addition, this one from the #11 prospect in baseball (the Pirates' #1). He has a live fastball that can reach 97 pretty easily, and a curve and change that will have a chance at being plus pitches at the major league level. The one-two punch of Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon could leave the Bucs in playoff contention for years to come!


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James McDonald (trade with Alowe1034- thanks!)


Lastly, a great addition to the Gypsy Queen set. McDonald is among the streakiest pitchers in baseball; last year he was at times the Pirates' ace, and this year he was sent to AAA and has struggled. He has a very nice repertoire and it would be great to see him regain his status as a middle-of-the-rotation pitcher.


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Noahkalifungo
08-17-2013, 10:40 PM
3 more returns today:


Alberto Cabrera c/o Iowa Cubs in 24 days


Awesome return from the Cubs' #20 prospect. He struck out 27 over 21.2 innings last year in the majors (his rookie season) and started 2013 well as a starter in AA but has struggled as a reliever since being called up to AAA.


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John Kuchno c/o West Virginia Power in 17 days


Awesome return from the 2012 draftee and Bucs' starting pitchier prospect. He has been impressive this year in the Sally, going 8-5 with a 4.01 ERA and 112.1 innings pitched.


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Kyle McClellan c/o Frisco RoughRiders in 24 days


Awesome auto from the Rangers' reliever who is currently in AA. He has played 5 seasons in the majors, his best coming in 2010 (2.27 ERA over 75.1 innings).


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Noahkalifungo
08-21-2013, 07:57 PM
2 returns yesterday, both took over 50 days:

Ben Rowen c/o Frisco RoughRiders in 63 days


I was worried that I wasn't going to get this one back because he was promoted to AAA three days after I sent to him, but looks like the Rangers' minor league forwarding system came through! Rowen has played 4 full seasons and has never posted an ERA over 1.98. This year, the submarine hurler has been perhaps the most dominant reliever in the minors (even ahead of CJ Riefenhauser). In AA and AAA, Rowen has surrendered just 4 ER over 59.2 innings (0.60 ERA) with 55 strikeouts and a WHIP of 0.90. He should be ready to join the big league club very soon.


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Jim Leyland c/o Tigers in 54 days


Awesome surprise return from the Tigers' skipper. He is a three-time MOY (manager of the year) who won three straight division titles with the Pirates ('90, '91, '92), and is one of seven managers all-time to win a pennant in both leagues.


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Noahkalifungo
08-21-2013, 08:19 PM
3 returns today:


Jared Burton c/o Twins in 26 days


Great return from one of the Twins' most reliable relievers. With his "splangeup" (splitter-changeup), he has crafted a 2.95 ERA from the 'pen this year.


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Sean Buckley c/o Bakersfield Blaze in 8 days


Very fast return considering Buckley has been on the DL since early April. He is a tall DH who slugged 14 HRs in his pro debut in '11, and 14 more last year with Dayton.


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Felipe Rivero c/o Charlotte Stone Crabs in 8 days


Wow!! I sent Felipe one card and get back three, one certified! Very generous from the Venezuelan LHP and the Rays' #19 prospect. He is having a great season in high A, with a 3.68 ERA over 117.1 innings.


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Noahkalifungo
08-22-2013, 07:15 PM
5 great returns today!


Yadiel Rivera c/o Brevard County Manatees in 8 days


Rivera is one of the best defensive shortstops in the Florida State League, and if he can improve at the plate then he could end up in Miller Park in the next few years.


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Jonathan Sandfort c/o GCL Pirates in 8 days


The Pirates have had a lot of draft success in recent years by nabbing tough HS signers in the 2nd-10th rounds and luring them into pro ball with appealing signing bonuses (Nick Kingham, Tyler Glasnow). Sandfort, a 3rd round pick in 2012, may be the next in line, with an advanced curveball and a good overall feel for pitching. He is just 18 and will likely take at least a few more years before he's big league ready.


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Luis Merejo c/o Danville Braves in 22 days


Awesome return from the Braves' #15 prospect. Last year, he was the youngest player in pro ball at age 17 and finished 3rd in the league with 53 K's in 41 innings. This year, he was put on the 60 day DL in July with an undisclosed injury, and won't pitch again until Spring Training.


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Clint Frazier c/o AZL Indians in 31 days


Sick return from the #5 overall pick in this year's draft and the Indians' #3 prospect (behind Lindor and Bauer). He has annihilated AZL pitching so far and is slugging .535 through 39 games with 11 doubles, 5 triples, and 5 homeruns. I love the twitter handle inscription!


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Kyle Smith c/o Lancaster JetHawks in 6 days


Very fast return from the Astros' end of the Justin Maxwell deal. He was having an excellent year in high A with the Blue Rocks (2.85 ERA, 104.1 innings, 96 strikeouts) before the trade. He three starts with his new team have been a roller coaster: first, he failed to escape the first inning after surrendering 4 hits and 3 walks, then he threw a complete game, 2 hit 0 walk shutout with 9 strikeouts, and then most recently he allowed 5 ER though 5.2 innings. Awesome auto, good choice by Kyle to use silver!!


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Noahkalifungo
08-25-2013, 03:10 PM
Last few days: return #1/11


Cody Hall c/o Richmond Flying Squirrels in 10 days


Awesome return from one of Giants' best relief prospects. Hall is having an insane year, tallying a 4-0 record with a 1.27 ERA over 56.2 innings with 73 strikeouts. He has allowed just 27 hits and 15 walks for an insane 0.74 WHIP. Hope to see him in SF soon!


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Noahkalifungo
08-25-2013, 03:11 PM
Last few days: return #2/11


Edwin Jackson c/o Cubs in 9 days


Awesome return + addition to the GQ set from the MLB starting pitching veteran and 2011 WS Champ.


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Noahkalifungo
08-25-2013, 03:14 PM
Last few days: return #3/11


Greg Holland c/o Royals in 58 days


Awesome success from the most underrated closer in baseball. Holland has racked up 34 saves this year with a glittering 1.44 ERA and 78 K's in 50 innings, while allowing just 31 hits (.176 BAA). I love the look of the blue auto on the '13 heritage.


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Noahkalifungo
08-25-2013, 03:21 PM
Last few days: return #4/11


Keith Hessler c/o Visalia Rawhide in 6 days


Lightning fast return and a great addition to the PD set. Hessler was originally a 28th round pick but made a name for himself with a very impressive first two seasons. This year, he was converted to a starter and his ERA has ballooned in the hitter friendly Cal League. He told me about a hilarious prank where the players freeze another player's clothing into an ice block!


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Noahkalifungo
08-25-2013, 03:27 PM
The last few days: return #5/11


Kyle Hald c/o Palm Beach Cardinals in 7 days


Awesome return from the Belgian-born Hald and another addition to the set. He had a breakout year last year over two levels with a 3.36 ERA and 115 strikeouts in 136.2 innings, but has struggled overall this year in the Flordia State League.


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Noahkalifungo
08-25-2013, 03:31 PM
Last few days: #6/11


Logan Bawcom c/o Tacoma Rainiers in 10 days


Awesome return from the M's reliever they acquired in the Brandon League trade. He had an incredible year last year with a 2.00 ERA and 75 K's in 63 innings. This year, he has been equally impressive in AAA and seems ready for possibly a September callup!


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Noahkalifungo
08-25-2013, 03:35 PM
Last few days: return #7/11


Mark Appel c/o Tri-City Valleycats in 51 days


SICK return from the 2013 #1 overall draft pick. The Stanford grad has conquered two minor league levels so far and will be in Houston likely by next year. Overall, one of my favorite returns this year!


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Noahkalifungo
08-25-2013, 04:12 PM
Last few days: return #8/11


Mason Katz c/o State College Spikes in 8 days


Awesome return from the LSU grad and 2013 Cardinals' draftee. Katz had a phenomenal career at 1B for the Tigers, batting .341 with 33 HRs and 180 RBI in his four years. Awesome inscription as well!!


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Noahkalifungo
08-25-2013, 04:18 PM
Last few days: return #9/11


Sean Nolin c/o New Hampshire Fisher Cats in 23 days


Awesome return from the Jays' #5 prospect. He has an all-around strong repertoire and a very good feel for pitching, which should allow him to settle into a middle of the rotation role in Toronto. He just earned a promotion to AAA, and must have brought his mail with him!


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Noahkalifungo
08-25-2013, 04:31 PM
Last few days: #10/11


Tyler Gonzales c/o GCL Blue Jays in 59 days


Awesome success from the Blue Jays' 1st round pick in 2012. A prep arm from Texas, Gonzales has a live fastball that sits comfortably in the 93-95 range, but he can crank it up to 97 when needed. He also has a wipeout slider that sits in the mid 80s, which scouts say is one of the best sliders of the 2012 draft class. He still needs a few years to develop, but once he's ready he could be a major asset to the Blue Jays' rotation. He even sleeved+toploaded the cards himself, which was a very nice touch!


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Noahkalifungo
08-25-2013, 04:42 PM
Last few days: return #11/11


Zach Borenstein c/o Inland Empire 66ers in 8 days


Sweet return from the Angels' slugger and their #15 prospect: the 2013 California League MVP!! A former 23rd round pick in 2011, he never really got much attention from scouts until this year. His .330/25/89 line places him 1st/2nd/5th in the league. I love the inscription!!


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gojacks
08-26-2013, 06:54 PM
Sweet Mason Katz! Geaux Tigers!

Noahkalifungo
08-26-2013, 09:08 PM
Sweet Mason Katz! Geaux Tigers!

Thanks! Hopefully he can be as good with the Cardinals as he was with LSU!

5 returns today:


JR Graham c/o Mississippi Braves in 26 days


Awesome return from the Braves' #2 prospect. He had a very impressive year in 2012 over two levels (12-2, 2.80 ERA in 148 IP) but has only managed 8 starts this year due to injury. With a fastball that can touch 97, Graham should end up in Atlanta soon!


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Bryson Myles c/o Carolina Mudcats in 25 days


Awesome return and another great Pro Debut addition. Myles is having a very good year in high A, hitting .283/7/49 with 14 SBs.


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Kyle Simon c/o Reading Fightin' Phils in 74 days


Nice return from the Phillies' relief prospect who was acquired from the Orioles in the Jim Thome deal last year.


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Johendi Jiminian c/o Tri-City Dust Devils in 11 days


Awesome return from the young Dominican hurler. Johendi is having a very impressive year in short-season, notching a 3.08 ERA over 73 innings pitched (13 starts).


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Chad Rogers c/o Louisville Bats in 13 days


Very cool return here. Just a couple weeks after being drafted by the Reds in 2010, Rogers was out surfing and was attacked by a shark. He managed to get back on the field for the 2011 season and actually still enjoys surfing! As an homage to this experience, his twitter handle is "@SharkRogers" (hence the inscription) and he even goes shark fishing in the offseason. This year, Mr. Rogers earned a AAA promotion after posting a 2.20 ERA in his 13 starts in AA.


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Noahkalifungo
08-27-2013, 09:20 PM
2 returns today:


Shane Broyles c/o Tri-City Dust Devils in 33 days


Nice return from the Rockies' 2012 draftee. Broyles has been excellent in 11 games in relief for Tri-City this year (5-0, 0.81 ERA over 22.1 innings with 38 strikeouts) but has stuggled in Asheville (a hitter's park).


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Jonathon Crawford c/o Connecticut Tigers in 12 days


Awesome success from the Tigers' first rounder in 2013 and their #2 prospect (behind Castellanos). He has great pure stuff highlighted by a fastball that can touch 98 mph and a sharp breaking ball. Crawford was sent to short-season CT with a strict pitch limit and thrived in his 8 starts, notching a 1.89 ERA with 21 K's in 19 innings.


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Noahkalifungo
08-29-2013, 08:57 PM
3 returns yesterday (sorry for the low brightness!):


Cody Eppley c/o Rochester Red Wings in 62 days


Eppley was originally a top relief prospect, posting an ERA under 3 and a K/9 over 9 in each of his first three seasons. He was very reliable for the Yankees last year, but has not been successful in 2013, and was just released from the Twins' AAA affiliate.


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Ben McMahan c/o Brevard County Manatees in 11 days


Nice return + PD addition from the former Gator and current Brewers prospect. He hit .315/7/25 in his first pro season, and .287/15/68 in his sophomore season. He also has some speed, swiping around 10 bases per season. If he can stay healthy, he could end up in the OF in Miller Park in the next few years.


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Mitch Haniger c/o Brevard County Manatees in 82 days


Awesome return from one of the Brewers' three first round picks in 2012 and their #11 prospect. He's having a great first season, displaying all 5 tools and earning a midseason callup. Well worth the wait!


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Noahkalifungo
08-29-2013, 09:21 PM
4 more TTMs today!!


David Buchanan c/o Lehigh Valley IronPigs in 12 days


Awesome return from the Phillies' SP prospect and a great PD set addition. Buchanan earned a promotion to AAA after pitching well in his 130.2 innings in AA. Since then, he is 4-1 in 5 starts with a 2.16 ERA over 33.1 innings. He has logged at least 6 innings in each of his AAA starts!


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Josh Turley c/o West Michigan Whitecaps in 12 days


Sweet success from the Baylor product and one of the best Tigers' relief prospects. He is having a crazy good year from the 'pen, going 8-3 with a 1.95 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 73.2 innings. Love the personalization!


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Austin Ross c/o Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in 15 days


Nice return from the former 2010 draftee out of LSU. Ross' pro career has been stifled by injury, and his only full season came in 2011. This year, he has found success with the Rattlers, notching a 2.58 ERA in 9 starts with a 2-0 record.


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Ben Guez c/o Toledo Mud Hens in 14 days


Very cool return from the Tigers' AAA OF and Team Israel veteran. He was typically been a hit-for-average kind of guy in the minors, hitting close to .300 with 10+ steals in a typical year. In 2013, however, he has found his power stroke, and has clubbed 17 big flies so far. Hope he makes it to Detroit soon!


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gojacks
08-30-2013, 06:08 PM
Wow! Another LSU success! Nice!

Noahkalifungo
08-30-2013, 09:02 PM
Wow! Another LSU success! Nice!

Haha thanks!! Geaux Tigers, Gausman was called up recently!

3 returns today, all MLB!


Jordy Mercer c/o Pirates in 11 days


Awesome, quick return from the Bucs' rookie SS and hopefully soon-to-be NL Central champ. He is having a very solid rookie season, hitting .275 with 16 doubles and 6 homers in 87 games.


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Neil Walker c/o Pirates in 388 days


WOW! Really wasn't expecting this one back. Really awesome return from the Bucs' 2nd baseman and a crucial piece of their playoff push. His best MLB year came in 2010, when he hit .296 with 29 doubles and 12 homers in 110 games. Glad to add another GQ!!


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Cory Gearrin c/o Braves in 56 days


Nice return from the Braves' submarine reliever. He had a great 2012, notchign a 1.80 ERA over 20 innings with 20 strikeouts. He has been solid this year as well.


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Noahkalifungo
09-03-2013, 09:20 PM
With Sunday and Labor Day, it's been a while!! 4 returns from today to share:




Justin Nicolino c/o Jacksonville Suns in 17 days


Awesome return (my third I believe) from the Marlins' #3 prospect and the #59 overall. He's having another great year, and I'm glad to add his Pro Debut auto to my set.


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Zack Cox c/o Jacksonville Suns in 17 days


Nice return from the former first rounder and another Pro Debut addition!


http://imageshack.us/a/img41/6653/cvss.jpg




Devon Travis c/o Lakeland Flying Tigers in 19 days


Sick return from the former FSU Seminole, current Tigers' #12 prospect. He's having an insane first full season, earning a midseason promotion hitting .351 with 16 HRs, 76 RBI, and 22 SBs over both levels. He also sports a K% of just 12.6!! The inscription/personalization is perhaps my best ever, he seems like an awesome guy.


http://imageshack.us/a/img23/1134/5ozo.jpg




Jorge Soler c/o Cubs ST in 19 days


Sweet return from the #26 prospect in the game! The Cuban native was inked to a nine year contract with the Cubs last year. He has the potential to become the next Puig, but saw his 2013 season cut short with a shin injury, and he is now rehabbing in AZ.


http://imageshack.us/a/img11/7657/cto5.jpg

gojacks
09-03-2013, 10:04 PM
Wow, did u take any of those photos?

Noahkalifungo
09-05-2013, 11:05 PM
Wow, did u take any of those photos?

Thanks! I did not take them, but that would be sick to get players to sign photos taken by the sender!

TTM'ing can be crazy sometimes, I got 0 returns yesterday and a whopping 13 returns today!! Stay tuned, scans coming soon

Noahkalifungo
09-05-2013, 11:09 PM
9/5 TTM #1/13


Alex Meyer c/o New Britain Rock Cats in 82 days


Sick return from the Twins' #1 prospect whose name isn't Miguel Sano or Byron Buxton (#32 overall). Meyer stands at 6'9 and although he missed a few months this year due to injury, he has compiled a 2.99 ERA with 100 K's in 78.1 innings. He should arrive in the Twin Cities some time next year!


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Noahkalifungo
09-05-2013, 11:10 PM
9/5 TTM #2/13


Alex Yarbrough c/o Inland Empire 66ers in 10 days


Excellent return from the Ole Miss alum and Angels' #8 prospect. He had an amazing year, hitting .313 with 32 doubles, 10 triples, 11 homers, 80 RBI, and 14 SBs! Very disappointed about the crease, but this is luckily the first bad USPS situation I've had in a very long time.


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Noahkalifungo
09-05-2013, 11:15 PM
9/5 TTM #3/13


Derek Holland c/o Rangers in 83 days


Sweet return from one of the Rangers' backbones in their rotation. He is having a great year, going 9-7 with a 3.07 ERA over 184.2 innings. I got a '12 gypsy queen signed by him in the exact same place, just below the picture!


http://imageshack.us/a/img716/6050/h9cq.jpg

Noahkalifungo
09-06-2013, 12:02 AM
9/5 TTM #4/13


Gioskar Amaya c/o Kane County Cougars in 86 days


Nice return from the Cubs' #19 prospect. After three great seasons in DSL, AZL, and short-season, Amaya had a solid full season debut this year.




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Noahkalifungo
09-06-2013, 12:07 AM
9/5 TTM #5/13


Grant Buckner c/o Winston-Salem Dash in 19 days


Originally a 2011 draftee out of WVU, Buckner gained some attention his first season, hitting .311 with a .468 slugging pct. This year, his slash line is .254/10/62 in high A, and he should advance to AA next year. Nice PD addition!


http://imageshack.us/a/img545/655/yt6a.jpg

Noahkalifungo
09-06-2013, 12:16 AM
9/5 TTM #6/13


Rio Ruiz c/o Quad Cities River Bandits in 38 days


Awesome return from the Astros' #15 prospect (ie #5 prospect in most other systems). He is having a great first full year, hitting .260 with 12 homers and 63 RBI, as well as 12 steals.


http://imageshack.us/a/img690/778/41hy.jpg

Welker83
09-06-2013, 12:18 AM
Is that Bowman a custom? Nice return on them.

Noahkalifungo
09-06-2013, 12:21 AM
9/5 TTM #7/13


Rob Kaminsky c/o GCL Cardinals in 45 days


Awesome return from the Cardinals' first rounder this year and their #9 prospect. In the GCL, he has displayed impressive fastball velocity and has punched out 28 in 22 innings. I love the picture of him with his Koufax card!


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Noahkalifungo
09-06-2013, 12:32 AM
9/5 TTM #8/13


Sam Selman c/o Wilmington Blue Rocks in 84 days


Awesome success from the Royals' second rounder in 2012. He had a great first full season, and his last two starts landed him atop the BA hot sheet: 13 innings, 19 Ks, 2 hits, 3 BBs, 0 runs.


http://imageshack.us/a/img716/5568/7esu.jpg

Noahkalifungo
09-06-2013, 12:39 AM
Is that Bowman a custom? Nice return on them.

Thanks! And yes, it is a custom! I now have around 6 or 7 of those red customs signed TTM.

9/5 TTM #9/13


Mark Haddow c/o Winston-Salem Dash in 19 days


Awesome return from the UCSB alum and another nice Pro Debut addition. Haddow's best minor league season was his first: he hit .312/12/51 with Great Falls. This year, he has notched career highs in doubles and SBs.


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Noahkalifungo
09-06-2013, 12:45 AM
​9/5 TTM #10/13

Robbie Ross c/o Rangers in 43 days


Awesome return from the Rangers' reliever. He had a magnificent rookie season, going 6-0 with a 2.22 ERA over 65 innings from the 'pen. He hasn't quite matched that performance this year, but has still been a key part of the Rangers' bullpen.


http://imageshack.us/a/img69/1148/bb7c.jpg

Noahkalifungo
09-06-2013, 12:48 AM
9/5 TTM #11/35


Scott Oberg c/o Modesto Nuts in 33 days


Awesome return from the Nuts' closer. He had a great regular season, posting a 1.86 ERA with 60 K's in 53.1 innings and 33 saves. He must be catching up on his mail before the postseason starts!


http://imageshack.us/a/img24/349/o2z5.jpg

Noahkalifungo
09-06-2013, 12:53 AM
9/5 TTM #12/13


Tanner Scheppers c/o Rangers in 89 days


Awesome return from the 2013 All-Star. Scheppers has been stellar from the 'pen, crafting a 2.04 ERA across 61.2 innings. Its really frustrating that the auto bubbled a bit, that has happened to every single 2013 Bowman paper RC I've gotten back, including Pryor and Kelly.


http://imageshack.us/a/img593/5330/tti5.jpg

Noahkalifungo
09-06-2013, 12:57 AM
9/5 TTM #13/13


Zeke DeVoss c/o Daytona Cubs in 9 days


Awesome return from the Cubs' prospect. He's having another solid year, hitting .246/6/51 with 39 steals. Also my third or fourth Pro Debut addition of the day!


http://imageshack.us/a/img854/9608/ejdz.jpg

Noahkalifungo
09-07-2013, 07:43 PM
7 returns yesterday, 6 of them were successes (got an unsigned card from Jesse Biddle). I will post today's successes later on!


Joc Pederson c/o Chattanooga Lookouts in 56 days


Sick return from the Dodgers' #1 prospect and #44 overall. He had a great year in AA, hitting .278 with 24 doubles, 3 triples, 22 HRs, and 31 SBs.


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Tyler Collins c/o Erie SeaWolves in 23 days


Awesome return from the Tigers' #13 prospect. Last year, he hit .290 with 20 SBs, and this year he has shown off his power in AA, pounding 22 HRs with 79 RBI.


http://imageshack.us/a/img14/2982/isfz.jpg




James Allen c/o Bakersfield Blaze in 20 days


Nice return from the Kansas State product and 7th round pick by the Reds in 2011. He has since been converted to a starting pitcher, and has been solid so far. This year, he has logged 144.1 IP and has allowed less than a hit per inning.


http://imageshack.us/a/img580/7524/npdz.jpg




Victor Roache c/o Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in 91 days


Sweet return from one of the Brewers' two back-to-back selections in the 2012 draft, and their #8 prospect. He made his pro debut this year in Wisconsin, hitting .248/22/74 with 6 steals.


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Taylor Jordan c/o Nationals in 10 days


Awesome return from the Nats' rookie. He practically forced himself into the majors this year by going 9-1 with a 1.00 ERA in 15 games in AA.


http://imageshack.us/a/img809/8794/0giv.jpg




Jeremy Guthrie c/o Royals in 10 days


Awesome, personalized success from the MLB veteran. This year, Guthrie is 13-10 for the Royals over 184.2 innings with 2 CGSO's.


http://imageshack.us/a/img822/3267/h3xe.jpg

Noahkalifungo
09-08-2013, 08:49 PM
3 returns yesterday:


Ehire Adrianza c/o Fresno Grizzlies in 11 days


Awesome return from Ozzie Guillen's nephew and a recent callup. Adrianza was believed to be the best defensive shortstop in the Giants' system. He has also proven he can hit- after earning a AAA promotion, he proceeded to hit .310 in 45 games.


http://imageshack.us/a/img541/4880/ieoq.jpg




Avery Romero c/o Batavia Muckdogs in 38 days


Great return from the Marlins' #8 prospect. He recently earned a callup from short-season after hitting .297 with 18 doubles in 56 games. This year he has split his time between 3B and SS, and could end up at either one.


http://imageshack.us/a/img547/9430/i85z.jpg




George Kontos c/o Fresno Grizzlies in 23 days


Sweet return from the Giants' reliever. Kontos was magnificent in 2012 to help win the World Series, crafting a 2.47 ERA over 44 games, with 44 strikeouts across 43.2 innings.


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Noahkalifungo
09-09-2013, 09:14 PM
Anyone still reading this thread? lol

2 returns today:


Nick Franklin c/o Mariners in 77 days


Awesome return from the M's rookie. He was a first round pick in 2009 and shot through the system pretty quickly for a high schooler. This year, he has clubbed 12 HRs with the Mariners.


http://imageshack.us/a/img577/3715/u2o0.jpg




Rich Hill c/o Indians in 75 days


Nice return from the Indians' reliever. He was very reliable last year for the Red Sox but has struggled in 2013.


http://imageshack.us/a/img69/7945/zc6x.jpg

alowe1034
09-09-2013, 09:23 PM
Don't worry I always do lol, I feel the same way I think there's a lot more feedback on blowout than on here. Sweet Franklin, hope mine comes back in the next couple of days!

gojacks
09-09-2013, 09:55 PM
I do as well. I mainly look. That Franklin is sweet! I have multi card I need him to sign. Gonna have to send to him.

lizard-jd
09-09-2013, 10:01 PM
I always enjoy looking at your thread too. I feel the same way about my success thread. The comments I get are normally from the same SCF members. That's why I only update my thread once a week even though I update the TTMM daily. Most of the people who look at my thread is just to get an idea of who to send to next but that's what its all about. I'm always surprised and amused when I get a super star player that rarely does a TTM & not one member makes a comment. However, you can bet your sweet butt that a mess of items will be sent to that star afterward...

Noahkalifungo
09-12-2013, 01:15 AM
Don't worry I always do lol, I feel the same way I think there's a lot more feedback on blowout than on here. Sweet Franklin, hope mine comes back in the next couple of days!

Haha yeah good point, I've noticed that too. Hope you get your Franklin!


I do as well. I mainly look. That Franklin is sweet! I have multi card I need him to sign. Gonna have to send to him.

Thanks man! He seems to be a good Spring Training signer so you'd have a good shot then.


I always enjoy looking at your thread too. I feel the same way about my success thread. The comments I get are normally from the same SCF members. That's why I only update my thread once a week even though I update the TTMM daily. Most of the people who look at my thread is just to get an idea of who to send to next but that's what its all about. I'm always surprised and amused when I get a super star player that rarely does a TTM & not one member makes a comment. However, you can bet your sweet butt that a mess of items will be sent to that star afterward...

Thanks! Haha good point. You get some great returns btw

Ok I will definitely keep posting haha, glad to see people are still reading+commenting.

3 returns today.


Kole Calhoun c/o Salt Lake Bees in 49 days


Awesome return from the Angels' rookie and a great PD set addition. Calhoun smacked .354/12/49 with 10 steals in AAA to earn a big league callup, and has .290/6/23 in his brief stint so far.


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Matt Hague c/o Indianapolis Indians in 90 days


Nice return from the Bucs' first baseman. He made his big league debut last year, but has spent 2013 in AAA. I have to say, I'm getting really tired of the 2013 Bowman RCs bubbling like this.


http://imageshack.us/a/img21/8964/07m5.jpg




Bruce Billings c/o Sacramento River Cats in 56 days


Great success from one of the A's most reliable AAA starters. He has logged 148.1 innings this year with a 13-8 record.


http://imageshack.us/a/img577/188/wws8.jpg

Noahkalifungo
09-12-2013, 09:14 PM
3 more returns today (all over 60 days), and a RTS from Casey Crosby.


Lucas Sims c/o Rome Braves in 63 days


Sick return from the Braves' #1 prospect (#93 overall). Sims had a phenomenal first full season, switching to a starter mid-year. In total, he went 12-4 with a 2.62 ERA and 116.2 innings with 134 strikeouts. Still just 19, this kid has a very bright future!


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Adam Morgan c/o Lehigh Valley IronPigs in 68 days


Sweet return from the Phillies' #6 prospect. He had a great 2012, notching a 3.35 ERA and 169 strikeouts (third in all the minors) in 158.2 innings. This year, he has been solid in AAA but has dealt with some injury issues. He should be in Philly soon!


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Hideki Okajima c/o Sacramento River Cats in 77 days


Sweet return from the longtime NPB/MLB veteran. In 2007, he won the Setup Man of the Year award. This year, he has played for the A's AAA affiliate.


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Marshall658
09-12-2013, 10:17 PM
Awesome Sims'. Big fan of that guy. One of the absolute nicest players I met this season. Legit talked to him for about an hour about all things baseball. Love the Morgan success as well. He's another guy who ranks high on my list of favorite guys I've had the chance to meet.

Noahkalifungo
09-12-2013, 11:56 PM
Awesome Sims'. Big fan of that guy. One of the absolute nicest players I met this season. Legit talked to him for about an hour about all things baseball. Love the Morgan success as well. He's another guy who ranks high on my list of favorite guys I've had the chance to meet.

Thanks! I remember reading about when you met Sims, that's just awesome!

Noahkalifungo
09-16-2013, 09:09 PM
Have a few returns to catch up on. First, here's Saturday:


Aaron Sanchez c/o Dunedin Blue Jays in 68 days


Awesome return from the Blue Jays' #1 prospect (#20 overall). He had an abbreviated season in 2013, but when he was pitching he did very well.


http://imageshack.us/a/img692/4558/8wae.jpg




And today:


Patrick Kivlehan c/o High Desert Mavericks in 20 days


Sick return from one of the Mariners' most intriguing prospects. Kivlehan only played college baseball his season year (2012) at Rutgers, but he managed to win the Triple Crown in the league. This year, Kivlehan continued to hit well, posting a .303/16/90 line with 15 SBs across two levels. Love the inscription!!!


http://imageshack.us/a/img854/1395/wa5e.jpg




Andrew Heaney c/o Jupiter Hammerheads in 67 days


Sweet return from the 9th overall pick in the 2012 draft, and the Marlins' #2 prospect (#48 overall). Heaney had a magnificent 2013, going 9-3 with a 1.60 ERA over 95.1 innings with 89 strikeouts.


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Jake Hager c/o Charlotte Stone Crabs in 20 days


Awesome return from one of the Rays' first round picks in 2011 and their #17 prospect. Glad to add another Pro Debut to the set!


http://imageshack.us/a/img401/8494/isnz.jpg




Miguel Gonzalez c/o Orioles in 20 days


Spectacular return from the O's SP. Gonzalez practically came out of nowhere in 2012 and was a crucial part of their playoff push. He has been equally important this year, going 10-7 with a 3.96 ERA. I LOVE how this looks with the silver sharpie!


http://imageshack.us/a/img713/561/i5cs.jpg

gojacks
09-16-2013, 09:17 PM
Wow! That Gonzalez came out incredible!

Noahkalifungo
09-18-2013, 08:47 PM
Wow! That Gonzalez came out incredible!

Thanks, I'm pretty happy with it!

2 returns today:


Andrew Brown c/o Mets in 75 days


Nice return from the Mets' OF. He has slugged 14 HRs this year, 7 in AAA and 7 in the MLB.


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Zack Weiss c/o Billings Mustangs in 34 days


Nice return from the former Bruin and current Reds' minor leaguer. Weiss won the CWS with UCLA and was drafted this past summer in the 6th round.


http://imageshack.us/a/img194/3923/rxs2.jpg

Noahkalifungo
09-20-2013, 08:41 PM
2 returns today:


Jamey Carroll c/o Twins in 85 days


Nice return+great auto from the longtime MLB veteran.


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Socrates Brito c/o South Bend Silver Hawks in 72 days


Nice return from the DBacks prospect. He had a solid full-season debut in 2013, hitting .264/2/49 with 27 steals.


http://imageshack.us/a/img20/9076/r7zq.jpg

Noahkalifungo
09-22-2013, 04:23 PM
Three Hickory Crawdads in yesterday.


Jorge Alfaro c/o Hickory Crawdads in 75 days


Excellent return from the Rangers' #1 prospect. A catcher from Colombia, Alfaro showcased his power in 2013 with 18 HRs.


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Nick Williams c/o Hickory Crawdads in 71 days


Awesome return from the Rangers' 2nd round pick in 2012 and their #16 prospect. He had a phenomenal 2013, hitting .293/17/60 with 8 SBs in just 95 games. Amazingly, he also hit 12 triples to lead the South Atlantic League.


http://imageshack.us/a/img854/7590/40of.jpg




Nick Urbanus c/o Hickory Crawdads in 51 days


Very nice return from the Rangers' dutch signing and a great '12 Pro Debut addition.


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