Wednesday, February 23, 2011

TTM Success - John LeClair

My first ever hockey success....Mr. John LeClair! It was very nice of John to sign my card, and it only took two days. Crazy fast success of the Flyer great!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

TTM Success - Warren Moon

My biggest success today was the great Warren Moon. Mr. Moon sent back both of my cards signed and also sent back my letter. It was an amazing success and one from the Hall of Fame!! I can't thank Mr. Moon enough!

TTM Success - Nyjer Morgan

Another spring training success today was from Nyjer Morgan! I was also very happy about this return and wrote Nyjger a very personal letter about how he was on my fantasy team for two seasons and about other fan stuff. He sent it back very quickly (10 days) and I'm glad to see this one returned. The card at the top is the one I sent, and he signed in blue sharpie and it came out great! Thanks Nyjer!!

TTM Success - Koji Uehara

Today I had a lot of nice success. One of my favorite ones was getting Koji Uehara! The picture at the top is the base card I sent Koji and he signed it in blue sharpie with his number inscribed. I was very happy about this return because I wanted to get Koji really bad at this year's FanFest but he wasn't there, so I figured I would sent to ST and try out my luck with the only Koji card I owned! Glad my gamble worked out! Thank you very much Koji!!

Friday, February 18, 2011

TTM Success - Dirk Nowitzki

Another amazing success...Mr. Dirk Nowitzki! I sent out to Dirk at the beginning of the month and I figure it was worth a shot. I got back my Upper Deck Base card in only 14 days! An amazing success and I'm pretty shocked that a super-star of his status signed so fast. I never really sent to basketball players, I love the sport, but I never really thought they did TTMs (I thought it was baseball only...dumb on my part). But it was super nice of Dirk to reply so quickly.
Thank you so much Dirk!

TTM Success - Robert Parish

I've recently been getting back into the hobby of sending out TTMs. I did only two last year (Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson....1/2 (Got Curtis back)) but this year, I've sent a couple out. One was to Celtic great, Robert Parish. Mr. Parish was nice enough to sign three of my cards and send them back in only ten days!! Amazing success!

Thank you Mr. Parish!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Orioles FanFest

Orioles Fanfest usually tells me that the baseball season is quickly approaching. Can you believe that pitchers and catchers are in almost two weeks? Insane! Fanfest this season was quite different from the past years that the Orioles' held the event, this time around it was a pay for autographs (which a lot of people weren't crazy about) personally, it never really got under my skin and I thought the $15 fee for three or four autographs was pretty darn good considering the Phils charge $25 for two. I told some people this while I was waiting in line, and a lot of people got my point, but there was also a lot of people who were still mad about the fee.

I felt this season there wasn't a lot to do, other than wait in line for autographs and I thought the lines moved a lot slower than last season. I don't mind waiting in the lines, but sometimes I like to switch things up and do other events, and I couldn't really get into anything else. The lines were all over the place, from the promotion giveaways, autographs, family feud, bingo, etc. It was a pretty crazy day. I also got the season ticket passes from a friend, in hopes of maybe getting an extra Mark Reynolds autograph to send him, but I wasn't one of the first 250 in line. The entire thing was a little confusing though because people behind me I saw in the line to get the early autos, so after thinking about it maybe they gave out more when people first enter the first floor of the BCC. Either way, it was confusing.

I did get some nice autographs though...

- Jim Palmer - on a baseball

- Willie Randolph - Topps 2007 (Mets)

- Mark Reynolds - Upper Deck (D-Backs)

- Rick VandenHurk - Topps (Marlins)

- JJ Hardy - O's card

- Jason Berken - Weird little league card

- Bergy - Topps Rookie Card

- Jeremy Accardo - O's card

- Matt Wieters - SI cover

- Dick Hall - O's card

- Ross Grimsley - O's card

One quick note also...I love Nick Markakis, he is one of my favorite Orioles and favorite fantasy players to take, and one of my favorite players in baseball...BUT...he is without a doubt the worst signer I have ever seen from a current player. I was sitting drinking some soda and he walked off the stage (after the fan question session) and about five kids were walking after him asking for autographs and he ran to the exit while joking and laughing. I understand he has been signing at different stations prior to that, and I understand if dealer type people are asking for the autos, but a bunch of kids walking after you asking for autos and dashing for the exit is pretty bad. I mean, he's a big name on the O's but not nationally and it just rubbed me the wrong way. I've seen Howard, Utley, and Cole sign at games daily and sign quite often, but out of all the O's games I've been too (7-11 for the last four years), I never seen him sign other than FanFest. I don't know why I got into that...but I just thought I would share that info and see what other people think.

Fanfest 2011 was a lot of fun and I crashed afterwards sleeping for 11 hours staright. I'm so looking forward to this season with Buck's Birds!!