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Multiple Through The Mail Successes – Cory Snyder / John Cappelletti

Cory Snyder

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This one I chased after, even though it doesn’t fit into my personal collection profile of All Stars and Hall of Famers.  It doesn’t even matter though because it’s Cory Freaking Snyder.  Anyone from the 80s knows why this autograph is awesome!  Snyder is from the heyday of my childhood collecting.  I still have north of 50 of his cards, and I will probably not get rid of them.  He has long since left the sport and the value of those cards will remain at a constant 50 cents a piece (a full dollar less than I paid for them), but I can’t let them go.  He was my first prospecting card.  After Mark McGwire’s cards went through the roof, I started gobbling up those beautiful orange and blue cards, Shane Mack, John Marzano, and Odibie McDowell.  I couldn’t get enough of them, they were going to be my college education.

In the end though, they all became good players, but not super stars and certainly not Hall of Fame members.  Cory Snyder is a reminder to me, never fall for prospecting, ever!  One out of a thousand prospects turns into a star, an even smaller percentage become superstars and a minuscule amount become Hall of Famers.  Just ask all those Dice-K collectors.  Still, this autograph will be among my favorite in the collection. It will go right up there with Kevin Elster’s when I get that one back.

John Cappelletti

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Before there was Reggie Bush / Darren McFaddon / Adrian Peterson, there was John Cappelletti.  I know you’re all like who? Here is a list of awards won during his senior year (1973) at Penn State, Heisman, Maxwell, Walter Camp, Chic Harley, UPI Player of the Year, and first team All American.  He was the 11th overall pick of the 1974 NFL Draft.  Joe Paterno once said that of all the players he has ever coached, Cappelletti was his favorite.  He was one of the best college players of all time and in 1993 he was inducted into the College football Hall of Fame.

He had a decent NFL career, nothing spectacular.  He played for the Rams and the Chargers, never amassing more than 700 yards in any one season.  His NFL career is not why I went after his autograph, it was his college play.  Growing up in NJ, you hear of all the great PSU players and I always knew about Cappelletti as one of the best running backs in PSU history and that’s saying a lot since for years it was known as Running Back U.

Both of these autographs are special to me since they bring me back to my childhood.  I’m so happy to have gotten a chance to get a through the mail success with either of these guys, and yes if they would have asked for a donation to their charity, I would have done it in a heartbeat!  In fact if either is reading this now, email me using the envelop in the top left corner of my site and tell me your favorite charity to donate to.

Their Autographs

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Their Rookie Cards

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Custom Card Ramblings – TTM / Mini Custom Cut Card

It’s been at least a week since my last update to the blog, but I wanted to have some substance to talk about.  Also work has been a bear and it’s been tough to get some time to myself to do much of IMG_5125[1]anything.  Let’s get down to business.  What the heck have I done since my last post?  First off I decided to play around with a design for my mini cut autograph custom card set.  If you look to the right you can see my interpretation of the 1953 Topps Baseball card.  For reference, below are examples of the front and back of the 1953 set.

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When I imagined the the custom cut card I needed to rotate the original so that it was on it’s side and envision what the Topps designers would do to make a cut auto card.  I kept the red band along the bottom with a yellowed vintage look to the border.  I wanted to keep the name white, position black and the team name yellow.  I was going to keep the logo on the left side, but it would IMG_5126[1]make for an awkward signing location for the athlete.  Now flip it to the back.  I kept the large baseball and large band of red on top.  The rest of the card I made light brown to simulate cardboard.  After adding the name, I had a lot of room in the red band. Add that and the fact that I couldn’t squeeze in “one of one” and “authentic autograph” on the front of the card, it looked nice to place it on the back in yellow so it matches the front.  Then I added the usual text and Topps created picture and viola, it’s done!

With this design I made four cards to send out for TTM requests.  The athletes I went with for this set were:

Cory Snyder – one of my all time favorite players from the 80s. Followed him from college, to the 1984 US Olympic team to his epic first year in the pros. I think I still have a lot of 50 of his team USA rookie cards.

Elroy Face –  Will always love his 1959 season.  Going 18-1 with 10 saves.  Also his first of three back to back to back All Star appearance.

Ron Gant – Great all around player.  From both an offensive and defensive perspective.  Very underrated and a two time All Star.  Definitely looking forward to getting this one back.

Roy Sievers – Rookie of the Year and four time All Star.  Plus a fan favorite for years.

These all went out during the week, so hopefully they come back in about two weeks.  Now for the TTM success I had.  OK so maybe it IMG_5131[1]wasn’t a true TTM.  This card on the right was sent out to Isias at cash4graphs for his Gaylord Perry signing.  For just 10 bucks I got a custom card of mine signed by a Hall of Fame player.  I love how it IMG_5135[1]came out.  The turn around time was excellent.  I have to say overall I would buy from him again.  His upcoming signings include the likes of Hank Aaron among others.  So he is legit and he will also provide proof of signing if needed so thats a win in itself.  Let me know what your opinion is on the new mini design. Oh and as for tomorrow, go Seahawks!