Thursday, August 30, 2012

August 30, 2012

Got 2 today.....

Dave Morehead

Dave pitched for the Boston Red Sox and Kansas City Royals from 1963-1970. In 1965 Dave pitched a no- hitter against the Cleveland Indians but he had arm problems the last few years of his career.

Hank Foiles

was a catcher who played for seven different teams in his 11 years in the major leagues. He made the National League All Star team in 1957.


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

August 29, 2012 Marvin Barnes and Togo Palazzi

Got back the custom cards I made of ABA Legend Marvin Barnes and 1950s Boston Celtic Togo Palazzi
 ( Isn't that a great name !!!). I made the Palazzi custom for promoter Douglas Keating. He runs a show in Mansfield, Massachusetts and has players signing autographs with a Boston connection and the prices are very reasonable. He will soon be having George Scott on Sept 23 and Wilbur Wood on Oct 8.

This is his web site

I highly recommend Doug...he will take care of your items.

Monday, August 27, 2012

August 27, 2012 Seven Returns Today

 Got back seven in the mail today

Fred Gladding
 Fred Gladding was one of the better relief pitchers of the 1960s with the Detroit Tigers and the Houston Astros. He led the National League in saves in 1969.

Marv Staehle

Marv came up with the Chicago White Sox in 1964 but spent most of the 1960s in the minor leagues. He was a good minor league hitter but didn't hit in the majors..He platooned at second base for the 1970 Montreal Expos.

Lee Stange

Lee pitched in the 1960s with the Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox. After retiring he coached in the minors and majors. Lee signed only three of the the four customs.

John D'Acquisto

John was a starting his first few years with the Giants but finished his career as a relief pitcher. He won 12 games for the 1974 Giants. He included a signed business card.

Bill Hepler

Bill was originally signed by the Washington Senators in 1965 but was drafted by the NY Mets in the Rule 5 Draft. He stayed with the Mets in 1966 and went 3-3 in 37 games. The two Senators photos I used were originally black and white and I colorized them.

Randy Schwartz

Randy played in a few games for the Kansas City Athletics in 1965 and 1966. He spent most of those 2 seasons in the Athletics' minor league system.

Mike Baxes

Mike was a second baseman who played for the Kansas City Athletics in 1956 and 1958 but spent most of his baseball career playing in the Pacific Coast League.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

August 26, 2012 Gogolewski Update

Thanks to sharp eyed Dave Burger aka redsfan1940 on, I now know why Bill Gogolewski didn't sign the other two customs. It wasn't him pictured on the two cards. Dave suggests that it looks like former Reds pitcher John Tsitouris but I can't find anything on the internet regarding Mr Tsitouris ever playing for the Senators organization.......the mystery deepens.Thanks again Dave for the help.

The real Bill Gogolewski.........

The mystery Senator....... If anyone has an idea about who this is, please don't hesitate to email me.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

August 25, 2012 Ten Returns Today !!!!!!

Opened the mailbox today to find 10 TTM returns and NO bills.... it doesn't get better than that....

Archie Moore

Archie played with the Yankees in 1964 and 1965.but played mostly in the Yankees minor league system. He included a very nice note.

Gary Peters

Gary was one of the better pitchers of the 1960s with his low ERAs. Gary also was a pretty good hitter as he had 19 career homers.

Jose Tartabull

Mr Tartabull played with the Athletics and Red Sox from 1962 to 1970. His son is Danny Tartabull, who played for the Yankees.

Bob Garibaldi

Pitched on the SF Giants AAA teams throughout the 1960s but only pitched for the Giants in parts of  4 seasons.

Dave Sells

Dave pitched for the Angels from 1972 to 1975 and had his best season in 1973 when he went 7-2 in 51 games. He finished his career with the Dodgers in 1975.

Ken Sanders

Mr Sanders pitched in the major leagues from 1964 -1976 with 8 different teams, He had his best season in 1971  with the Milwaukee Brewers as he led the majors with 83 appearances and saved 31 games.

Jerry Buchek

Jerry was an infielder for the St Louis Cardinals and the NY Mets from 1961 to 1968.

Herb Plews

Herb played for the Washington Senators from 1956-1959.

Eddie Watt

Eddie Watt pitched 10 years in the major leagues, mostly with the Baltimore Orioles.and was an important member or the Orioles bullpen.

Bill Gogolewski

Pitched for the Senators / Rangers from 1970-1973. Two little known 1973 he gave up the first HR in Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium to John Mayberry and he pitched the last 4 innings of David Clyde's major league debut. He only signed 1 of the 3 customs I sent.

He signed one.....
 Didn't sign these two

Friday, August 24, 2012

August 24, 2012 John Sullivan

John Sullivan

John was a backup catcher in the 1960s with the Detroit Tigers, NY Mets and Philadelphia Phillies. He was later a coach for 15 years in the major leagues.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

August 23, 2012

Today I got three returns from the large mailing I did last Saturday and they were from three of the most reliable signers TTM......

Bobby Shantz

If there was a Hall of Fame for TTM signers, Bobby would be there along with Bobby Doerr and Roy Sievers among others. When I used to go to card shows in Philly years ago, Bobby was one of the most friendliest persons you would want to meet.

Bud Harrelson

I grew up watching Bud Harrelson play shortstop in the 1960s and 70s and he was one of my favorite Mets.along with Cleon Jones. Bud asked for copies of the cards and included his own SASE, which I won't use. He also included an old 1980s Barry Colla postcard.

Ron Hansen

Ron was one of the best shortstops in the 1960s with the Orioles and White Sox. In February 1968 he was traded by the White Sox to the Washington Senators for infielder Tim Cullen, in August 1968 he was traded by the Sebators back to the White Sox for............Tim Cullen. Also in 1968, Ron turned an unassisted triple play

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

August 22, 2012

Only one return today.....

Rich Severson

Rich played with the Kansas City Royals in 1970 and 1971. He was originally in the White Sox organization but was drafted by the Royals in the 1968 minor league draft.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

August 21, 2012 Deacon Jones..........

Deacon Jones

............Sorry, not the Hall of Fame football player and member of The Fearsome Foursome.

Grover "Deacon" Jones was a member of the Chicago White Sox in 1962 and 1963. He was also thew hitting coach for the Houston Astros and San Diego Padres in the 1980s. He was an advance scout for the Baltimore Orioles for 18 years until 2007. He wrote a nice letter and requested copies of the cards.

Monday, August 20, 2012

August 20, 2012

Got three returns today, two from a mailing I did in July. It's always good to receive those that take a little longer to get back.

John Werhas

John played third base for the Dodgers from 1964 -1967. He was an All American in baseball at USC. He also played basketball there and was good enough to get drafted by the Lakers in 1960. All three photos I used for the cards were originally black and white and I colorized them. I should asked him about the black eye in the second photo.

Don Pavletich

Mr Pavletich was a catcher with the Cincinnati Reds from 1957-1968 and finished his career with the Red Sox in 1971.

John Montague

John was originally signed by the Baltimore Orioles after being drafted by them in 1967. As a member of the original Seattle Mariners, he recorded the first save in the team's history on April 9, 1977. John also included an original team issued Montreal Expos postcard.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

August 18, 2012 Five Back Today

Got back five returns from the 10 letters I sent out last Saturday. I also mailed about 30 letters today so next week should be fun.

Roger Repoz

Roger was an outfielder who came up with the Yankees and later played for the Athletics and Angels. In the 1966 Yankees cards, Roger looks a little like a young Mickey Mantle. Roger also requested copies of the cards.

Jack Smith

Mr Smith played with the 1962-63 Dodgers and the 1964 Braves.

Ron Brand

Ron was a catcher with the Pirates, Astros and Expos from 1963-1971. He also asked for copies of the cards.

Amado Samuel

Amado Samuel was a Dominican infielder who played for the Braves and Mets from 1962-1964.

Lee Tate

Lee mostly played in minor leagues mostly with the Phillies, NY Giants and Milwaukee Braves organizations but did make the major leagues with the Cardinals in 1958-1959.

Friday, August 17, 2012

August 17,2012 Ken McBride

Got the first TTM reply from a few letters I sent out last Staurday.

Ken McBride

Ken McBride was one of the better starting pitchers for the Los Angeles Angels in their first three years of existence from 1961 to 1963.and was an American League All Star all three years.

On the Angels' All Stars card, it already had Billy Moran and now has McBride, so I'll have to send it to Albie Pearson with his fee to complete it.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

August 9 2012 Joe Gaines

Joe Gaines

I sent out 4 custom cards to Joe Gaines on July 14th, today I got one of the customs back along with a 1962 and a 1963 Topps card signed by Joe. He kept 3 of the 4 customs.....oh well.  I'm thinking maybe Joe sent my custom cards to someone else by mistake like my Ed Bauta episode a while back.

I Sene These Four

I got these

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

August 8, 2012 Rusty Staub

Rusty Staub

The Rusty Staub autographs are from a private signing held by All Star Cards And Collectibles in Florida. I made the Staub cards for one of the owners because there were no Staub cards in 1972 and 1973 and he collects Mets. Thanks Lou


Thursday, August 2, 2012

August 2,2012 YUCK

Today I got the dreaded empty envelope. Have no idea who the return is from and no postmark on the envelope to at least give me clue who it might be.......Oh well

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

August 1, 2012 A Return....Sort Of

 A First For Me.....

Got a reply from Bill Short, the 1960s pitcher with the Mets, Yankees and many other teams. He wrote a nice note requesting copies of the custom cards and included a SASE. When I was about to scan the cards to put on this blog, I realized he didn't sign any of the cards and sent them back unsigned. I'm hoping that he forgot to sign them before putting them in my SASE. I'll send them back out to him to be signed along with the cards he requested.