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Old 12-13-2012, 10:11 PM
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Congrats, Giovanni, not an easy accomplishment - there are some real toughies in there, as you know!
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:21 AM
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wow ....pics please lol
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:53 PM
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Though it is alot of autographs, my collection is kinda boring, as it is mostly signed index cards. My new project is getting all the Topps sets signed from 1957 to 1989. I will definitely post pics of the better autos as I get them.

But the thing I love most of about the challenge of locating all the autographs was how much i learned about so many of the lesser known players. Like the grandson of Danny Lynch who posted on this thread, it was so neat to be able to tell him things about his grandfather that he didnt even know.
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:56 PM
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Though it is alot of autographs, my collection is kinda boring, as it is mostly signed index cards. My new project is getting all the Topps sets signed from 1957 to 1989. I will definitely post pics of the better autos as I get them.

But the thing I love most of about the challenge of locating all the autographs was how much i learned about so many of the lesser known players. Like the grandson of Danny Lynch who posted on this thread, it was so neat to be able to tell him things about his grandfather that he didnt even know.
I would imagine you have a lot of multi-signed items (like from Minor League or ST) but what you said about index cards, that doesn't seem to be the case. Did you TTM a lot of them?
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:57 PM
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Though it is alot of autographs, my collection is kinda boring, as it is mostly signed index cards. My new project is getting all the Topps sets signed from 1957 to 1989. I will definitely post pics of the better autos as I get them.

But the thing I love most of about the challenge of locating all the autographs was how much i learned about so many of the lesser known players. Like the grandson of Danny Lynch who posted on this thread, it was so neat to be able to tell him things about his grandfather that he didnt even know.
Not boring in the least ! the fun is in the journey not the destination and all the stuff you learn along the way.....Great Job !
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Old 12-14-2012, 02:57 PM
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my collection is kinda boring
FALSE!

I have some great memories of nice TTM correspondence I received from some 1940's players. Lesser known guys like Dutch Fehring, Alton Brown, etc. I'll never forget those guys just from the little notes they wrote to me, I can only imagine the stories you have from amassing such a collection. Tremendous accomplishment!
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:33 PM
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Actually I have probably less than 5 multi signed items. At the begin I would only get the players on index cards but at the end it was so hard to find some players such as John Carden, Danny Lynch, Wence Gonzalez, Webbo Clarke, and Enrique Gonzalez, I obtained them on anything I could such as team signed balls or team sheets.

With regards to through the mail, I probably send out 25 letters a week and have been doing so for the last 14 years. Most people hate mail but I love it. Today I got Del Unser, Jose Cardenal, and Dale Murphy on cards and Bruce Froemming on a ball. How can you beat getting a former MVP and possible Hall of Famer for free.

And yes, I do have some great notes and items I received from players over the years. One of my favorite was Joe Szekely. I kept writing him and I would never get a response. One day I get a letter from the family telling me that he had been deceased for 5 years but they included 2 of his checks with his signature.

Amazing when things like that happen.

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Old 12-14-2012, 03:41 PM
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Actually I have probably less than 5 multi signed items. At the begin I would only get the players on index cards but at the end it was so hard to find some players such as John Carden, Danny Lynch, Wence Gonzalez, Webbo Clarke, and Enrique Gonzalez, I obtained them on anything I could such as team signed balls or team sheets.

With regards to through the mail, I probably send out 25 letters a week and have been doing so for the last 14 years. Most people hate mail but I love it. Today I got Del Unser, Jose Cardenal, and Dale Murphy on cards and Bruce Froemming on a ball. How can you beat getting a former MVP and possible Hall of Famer for free.

And yes, I do have some great notes and items I received from players over the years. One of my favorite was Joe Szelsky. I kept writing him and I would never get a response. One day I get a letter from the family telling me that he had been deceased for 5 years but they included 2 of his checks with his signature.

Amazing when things like that happen.
lol akward
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Old 12-14-2012, 04:38 PM
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Hmmm, death doesn't seem to stop Babe Ruth from signing so I find it hard to believe Joe Szelsky couldn't sign for ya
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Old 12-15-2012, 01:26 AM
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Giovanni,

That is a great project and I hope you complete it as is possible. I am sure the debuts each year make it a challenge, especially with so many players not signing index cards and players jumping up to the majors then back to the minors. As one of the others mentioned TTM is really great, especially with some of the responses. I used to do it for baseball players and now I do it for Olympians. The few address lists out there are more focused on medal winners and famous athletes. Think of trying to collect only those who played in the World Series or the All Star Game. Your project would be much, much easier.

I take the same approach with Olympians. I am interested in any and all no matter what they did in the games. Gold medal or 74th in the marathon, track and field or team handball, it does not matter as long as they competed. As such I track down a lot of athletes that are not on Harvey Meiselmans or C.J. Apontes (the creator of the first Olympic address list copied by Harvey) address lists. The responses are great. I get nice notes, pins, postcards, photos, business cards and other items. Some even provide phone numbers and ask me to call them if I need anything else. One Olympian/retired police officer tracked down my unlisted phone number and called me to thank me for writing him.

All of those responses are wonderful, but the attached image of an index card I received from a 1948 athlete blew me away. He has not been asked for his autograph in 64 years! This is not a case where he does not respond to requests; he has not been asked since he competed in London. I could not imagine a baseball player or for that matter basketball, football or hockey player going that long without being asked with all of the collectors in those sports. Just thought I would share.
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