Saturday, August 20, 2016

Carl Hubbell (1903-1988)

I recently picked up this Carl Hubbell autograph on eBay. Nicknamed "The Meal Ticket" and "King Carl", he was an amazing pitcher for the New York Giants (twice voted NL MVP!) and apparently remained on the team's payroll for the rest of his life! 

Hubbell was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1947, making him the earliest inductee in my collection. He passed away in the late 80s, so this is also perhaps the player in my collection who has been passed away for the longest time. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

An Update

I used to do these updates from time to time but I haven't done it in a few years. I thought it would be fun to run through where my collection stands just for my own enjoyment. 

Currently there are 69 living Hall of Famers

My collection includes autographs from 42 Hall of Famers including 13 who have passed on.

I've also experienced 27 unsuccessful returns (including 10 "return to sender") (note: this includes a copied Hank Aaron)

Numerous requests still waiting for a return (I've lost track)

I keep track of my autograph collection in a Google spreadsheet where I note who is still living, information on what they charge, notes about any recent attempts, and whether they charge to sign through the mail. Of late I've been dreaming about taking a trip to Cooperstown someday for induction weekend. I think it would be really cool to be present there, and to try and obtain a few autographs in person. 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Red Schoendienst

If you've been following this blog from the beginning you may remember that I once attempted to get Mr. Schoendienst to sign through the mail, but my envelope was returned with a suspicious looking Return to Sender on the outside. I noticed that Schoendienst has still been signing through the mail - but he'll often return your letter if you have a return address listed. It also helps (apparently) to include a small donation and to write "Donation Enclosed" on your envelope.

Well, I tried those steps a few weeks ago, and got a successful return in the mail! I'm kicking myself for not trying those things sooner. It has been over two years since my last successful autograph through the mail - way back in February of 2014 I got a return from La Russa, another Cardinals manager.

Red Schoendienst was an incredible infielder and then manager for the St. Louis Cardinals. He is 93 and the second oldest living Hall of Famer. I'm really happy to get this signature for my collection. He chose to return my small donation and my personal letter to him, and he chose to sign in blue pen on the lined side of the index card rather than the blank side (but that's just fine in my opinion). 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Dave Winfield

I picked up this autograph a few weeks ago from Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, one of the few Toronto Blue Jays enshrined in the Hall (I now have three of six Jays - Winfield gets added to my Alomar and Gillick signatures already in my collection).

Winfield was an incredible player for many seasons, but I'll remember him as a member of the 1992 World Series champion Toronto Blue Jays.

I picked this blue pen-autographed '83 Donruss oversized card from a local shop. It isn't authenticated, but it was a good price and the signature is clear and looks like it could be legit based on others I've seen online. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Mike Schmidt

I recently made a big trade and ended up adding an Mike Schmidt signature to my collection. Schmidt was an incredible All-Star third baseman and MVP for many years with the Philadelphia Phillies.

This autograph is in blue sharpie on a baseball card. I'm excited to add this one to my collection of Hall of Famers!

Al Kaline

I recently made a big trade and ended up adding an Al Kaline signature to my collection. Kaline, known as "Mr. Tiger", was an incredible All-Star for many years with the Detroit Tigers, and after retiring from the field was a broadcaster for the team for many years.

This autograph is in blue sharpie on an Upper Deck card. I'm excited to add this one to my collection of Hall of Famers!

Andre Dawson

I recently made a big trade and ended up adding an Andre Dawson signature to my collection. Dawson was an incredible All-Star outfielder for many years, and played for the Cubs and Canada's defunct Montreal Expos (bring back the Expos!).

This autograph is in blue sharpie on an old Topps rookie card. I'm excited to add this one to my collection of Hall of Famers!