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    CyberErik's Success Thread- just starting out, feedback and help welcome!

    Hey, I just started doing this through the mail stuff in August, and have been amazed as others have said both at the successes I have had and also how addictive this can become. I am currently using about a book of stamps (~20) per 2 week period. I am trying to slow down a bit as the cost adds up, but we shall see.

    Anyway here are my attempts to date:

    Steve Garvey
    Bobby Doerr- a whopping 6 autographs (3 for me 3 for my brother) HOF
    Curtis Granderson
    Joey Votto
    Archie Manning
    Lee MacPhail HOF
    Jeremy Hellickson
    Dustin Ackley
    Tedy Bruschi
    Dallas Clark X2
    Jim Fregosi
    Steve Young X2 HOF
    Lawrence Taylor HOF
    Yogi Berra HOF (2nd try he doesn't sign blank index)
    Peyton Manning
    Chuck Bednarik X3 HOF
    Matt Barkley X2
    Bert Campaneris
    Frank Gore
    Brett Favre
    Carl Erskine X3
    Evan Royster X3
    Dirk Nowitzki
    Dick LeBeau X2 HOF
    Yogi Berra again HOF
    Mario Williams
    Gary Payton
    Warren Moon HOF
    Josh Hamilton
    Pat Gillick HOF
    Mike Cameron
    Charlie Manuel
    Chris Pronger
    Ozzie Newsome HOF
    Matt Schaub
    Joe Paterno
    Dan Fouts HOF
    Luis Gonzalez

    Email Success
    David Akers
    Ed Hochuli
    Samuel L Jackson
    Ernie Ells (possible AP)

    Autopen "Success" (AKA Failure)
    Mike Leake
    Roy Halladay
    Robin Yount

    -Sparky Anderson- sent me my SASE containing only a message saying that he couldn't sign due to volume of requests, but to please accept a signed card instead EXCEPT THE LAST PART ABOUT THE SIGNED CARD WAS CROSSED OUT BUT STILL READABLE! Update: RIP
    -Kurt Warner c/o Cardinals RTS (I guess they don't forward)
    -Duke Snider Refused RTS


    Josh Hamilton c/o rangers (Sent in June)
    Starlin Castro (Sent in August)
    Pedro Alvarez (Sent in August)
    Chris Carter 9/15/10
    Chipper Jones 9/1/10
    Yovani Gallardo (Sent in July)
    Charlie Manuel (Sent in August)
    Frank Gore 9/22/10
    Chad Ochocinco 9/22/10
    Adam Wainwright 9/22/10
    Austin Jackson 9/23/10
    Mike Singletary 9/23/10
    John Kruk 9/24/10
    Matt Schaub 9/27/10
    Yogi Berra 9/28/10
    Phil Hughes 9/30/10
    Matt Barkley 10/12/10
    Jim Otto 10/12/10 RESEND (got a note back that he doesn't sign index cards)
    Andre Ethier 10/20/10
    Mark Grace 10/20/20
    Bryce Harper (2 customs to parents addy, 2 customs to AFL addy) 10/21/10
    Tommy Lasorda 10/21/10
    Ben Revere 10/22/10
    Ryan Zimmerman 10/25/10
    Aaron Rodgers 10/25/10
    Josh Hamilton c/o rangers 10/16/10 (my brother's name)
    Percy Harvin 10/29/10
    Wes Welker 10/29/10
    Greg Jennings 10/29/10 (it was a wide receiver type of day I guess)
    Jim Otto take 2 (sent a blank index last time and failed) 11/1
    Matthew Stafford 11/4
    Aeneas Williams 11/4
    Charles Barkley 11/9
    Dirk Nowitzki 11/9
    Wade Boggs 11/10
    I have way too many recent requests to keep this pending list updated, but I promise to list them as they come in.
    Last edited by cyberer; 01-26-2011 at 04:04 AM.

  2. #1021
    I can trade for the Helton card. I have a Tebow IP card. I am willing to let it go for Helton and something else.

  3. #1022
    Thanks for getting back to me so soon! Ok that's fine. Im not really interested in cards right now i have way to many but thanks anyways! :)

  4. #1023
    I like the Hamilton card, Helton card, Yogi Berra card, Paterno card and Barakley card. Willing to trade! Let me know if those are available. Thanks.

  5. #1024
    Hey guys,

    It's been a LONG time since I've posted here. If you PM me I can tell you the reason- suffice it to say some ppl (not on these forums) have been giving me grief regarding posting.

    I've had a really good year of graphing, and that has persisted into the baseball season. I haven't posted all of my recent hotstreaks but suffice it to say they've been epic (again, PM me if you want updates).

    However I will post some recent successes, and give a shout out to a member on here.

    But first, last Thursday I attended my first-ever game @ camden yards- and it so happened to be manny machados MLB debut.

    I graphed the Royals side first, and Moustakas and Hosmer signed. I got hosmer real quick then got into Moustakas's line, but he stopped signing 2 people ahead of me in line. Bummer.

    I went back over the Orioles side as Manny Machado signed a few pregame, but I couldn't get through the crowd fast enough.

    At least I got hosmer, although he did randomly "nick" the seams on my ball with the pen, as well as the ball of my buddy. Guess he didn't want us to sell? I'm going to take a pen eraser to it.

    Then on Saturday I got a pretty big mailday- first:

    Cj Wilson, c/o angels ST- ~170 days:

    Then I got a nice piece in the mail from a trader on here, who sent this to me as thanks for getting him Ryan Howard in a 50/50- came out great- thanks! Kolten Wong on a cardinals team photo:

    Last but not least, I knocked out another one of my philly white whales on Saturday, but it wasn't without difficulty.

    I want to express a ridiculous thanks to TPotts, the eagles training camp expert. He didn't have to be so nice to me, but he was. He shared all his knowledge of how to graph at the event, and helped me accomplish the mission.

    We had to roll with the punches- the day was a disaster in many ways. The Eagles decided for whatever reason on that day to put everything on lockdown. We were graphing on the sidelines, and I called out to Nnamdi as he was leaving the practice field.

    I said "Hey Nnamdi!" And he looked over. I said "This is the only day I can get here, can you please sign?!"

    He turned as if he was about to come over, but then shrugged and pointed to the practice field as if to say that practice was still going on. I asked him if he could sign later, but before he could answer, a security guard came up in my face and yelled at me to get out, because it was against the rules to yell at the players for autographs.

    TPotts has gone to TC every single day pretty much and this was never a rule. They were literally making it up as they went along. So we were bounced from the morning practice. I tried to apologize, say I wouldn't do it again, but it was no good. He was a real jerk.

    So then I figured ok, it's not a big deal- I'll come back in the afternoon and get autograph tickets and try to win the raffle (CBs were signing in the tent). So normally the strategy is to keep entering and leaving training camp and get ticket after ticket until you have so many that you are almost gauranteed a win. I have done this before, and TPotts did it a lot too, never with any problems.

    However, again today, they had stuff on lockdown. Me, TPotts, and other graphers that I talked to all got rejected by the girls giving the tickets when they tried to go back through. Ridiculous.

    As we were trying to get more tickets, a nice couple in their early 50s told us they could get us some tickets. So they went back to the girls and came back with 4 tickets. We asked them if they wanted them instead of giving them to us and they said not to worry, they don't need them because their son, chad hall, plays for the Eagles. Crazy! They were really nice people.

    But, what really infuriates me, is that all 4 tickets that she gave us were winning tickets! The "raffle" is clearly rigged, if the girls giving the tickets out can give 4 winners to the family of a player that walks up. We had a LOT of tickets between us in the end, and we only had 6 winners, 4 of which came from Chad Hall's mom. I refuse to believe that is a coincidence.

    I am half-tempted to write a letter to the Eagles describing how horrible my experience was with that security guard, and how the raffle is rigged, which isn't fair to the fans. Anybody think this is a good idea? Maybe threaten to go to the newspapers or something (depending on how much people would actually care if it was rigged)?

    Anyways, long story short I got some winning tickets, and we all managed to get in Nnamdi's line. I told him that I was the guy who yelled to him in the morning, and he said he was glad I got lucky with the ticket because otherwise he didn't know how he was going to sign for me, because practice was going on.

    He signed 2 SI covers for me- 1 for me and 1 for my brother, Nnamdi is his favorite Eagle. I took the photo of them how they were when i got them signed, but I am going to put blank white labels over the labels with the writing on them to make it look better. Anyways here they are:

    Mission was accomplished, but it was like pulling teeth.

  6. #1025
    Philly guys don't want you posting what you get? Shocking. Any chance you graphed the Giants hotel/BP last month?

  7. #1026
    I haven't seen any of your successes lately, what's going on? I was actually standing right in front of you when you got your Howard jersey.....I actually got mine done also. I also I believe handed Sandberg a jersey for you once...Anyway keep up the graphing? Any chance of doing a 50/50 on John Salmons of the Sacramento Kings?

  8. #1027
    This thread came up and came to re-read that story... good lord what a day. hahahaha

  9. #1028
    Whatever F* it- I'm back. I don't get to graph as much as I used to with my new job, but I will still post what I get. I will start by wrapping up a few big successes from the end of the baseball season that I don't think I ever got to show you all.

    Tiny Tim

    Ryan Braun


    Buster Posey

    I will post some more successes from radio shows in a bit.

  10. #1029
    Sweet stuff! Good to have you back! Your thread was always one of the more enjoyable ones to check out, imo.

  11. #1030
    Glad the Philly dealers are done getting to you...I missed your successes and stories!
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