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Through the Mail Success – Jim Bunning

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Got this one back mid last week. What an amazing through the mail success.  I love players like Jim Bunning who is widely considered one of the top 50 pitchers of all time, take the time to sign and send back ttm autograph requests.  His career was legendary, two no hitters, including a perfect game. At the time of his retirement he had the second most strikeouts, currently he sits 17th. He appeared in 9 All Star games, he won 17 or more games in eight of his 17 seasons, a three time strikeout champion, and a World Series champion.

If that’s not enough he then led a life of a politician for his home state of Kentucky for the next 30+ years.  Including being a member of the US House of Representatives from 1987 – 1999, and a US Senator from 1999-2011. What an amazing life he has led.   I had decided to make the card of him as a Tiger for a few reasons. First, it’s where he won his most games and second he won a World Series there.  However it should be noted that most people remember him as a Phillie.  I apologize Phillie fans, for taking him away from you, but I had to make the card of him as a Tiger.

Turnaround time: 14 days

Player’s Baseball Reference Page: Jim Bunning

Player’s Wikipedia page: Jim Bunning

Current Number of Cards in the set: 5

Card Number: VC-JB

Through the Mail Success – Charlie Trippi

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I got this back mid week in the mail.  It’s the second of the new through
the mail mini cards I recently sent out.  It’s so awesome getting these back.  Everytime I go out to the mail box, my mailman seems more excited than I am.  Today when I got back to he said, you got some great ones back.  I will post them later in the week. This is one that is my mini Heritage autographs. I saw that Charlie Trippi was signing and I had to have it.  I do have a cut signature from him, but it’s pretty small, this one is just amazing looking.

He fits under my Hall of Fame or All Star Collection.  He had a 9 year career the spanned 1947 – 1955.  He was a two time Pro Bowler and one time All Pro.  He was the first overall pick in the 1945 draft.  He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1968.  He is 93 years old and is one of the oldest living members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


So how did this TTM break down?

Address sent to:

Charley Trippi
125 Riverhill Court
Athens, GA 30606

Turnaround time: 11 days

Set for: 2015 Bad Wax Heritage Mini Cut Autographs

Running Number of signed cards in set: 1

Remaining cards from the set still out for signature: 3

Picture of Trippi certified autograph:

Charley-Trippi

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.

1953_Topps Paige front1953-Topps-Mickey-Mantle-back

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!