Month: October 2016

NASA Astronaut Chris Ferguson

NASA Astronaut Chris Ferguson

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If there is anything I’ve loved more than sports in my life, it’s the concept of space travel. (Obviously, family comes well before sports or space travel, but it is a solid expression.) I’ve wanted nothing more to get off this rock, and go into the great beyond. The men and women who forged our spaceflight programs are special heroes to me. I desire to collect all of their autographs to slowly grow into a large collection of NASA and cosmonaut memorabilia. The mail on October 27, 2016 brought me a super sweet surprise by way of a signed photocard of NASA astronaut Christopher Ferguson.  It has a stunning black ink autograph from a felt tip style pen. Ferguson signed it right where I wanted him to.

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Cecil Fielder – 1991 2 cards

Cecil Fielder – 1991 2 cards

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This is the last of the three fan letters that started it all. Along with Van Poppel, and R. Alomar, I mailed a 1991 Donruss Highlights Card and a 1991 Score Highlight card to Cecil Fielder when he played for the Tigers. A big bold signature from a big big man.

Mr. Fielder signed both cards with a blue sharpie, and with my now adult eyes, placed the signature in the best possible spot for both. I think these two cards were my favorite when I was a kid, because he hit the long ball. Small ball has always bored me, so I was happy to see someone who could drill it long.

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Roberto Alomar – 1991

Roberto Alomar – 1991

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Around the same time that I sent to Todd Van Poppel, I also mailed a baseball card to Roberto Alomar. At the time, I had no idea he would be in the Hall of Fame when I was an adult. I’m really not sure which I obtained first. If memory serves, and it’s been 26 years or so at this point, I sent to both of them at the same time. I think I sent to Cecil Fielder along the same time as well. This card has an awesome black sharpie signature on it. It is a bold signature, that I would rate at a 9 of 10 for shape. There is a slight defect on the top of the card, from mailing in a plain white envelope.

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Pat Neshek Signed Topps 2013

Pat Neshek Signed Topps 2013

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I go hit and miss on the autograph hobby. Sometimes I’ll not bother to send for an autograph for a year or more, then I will send out 100’s of requests at once. Getting back into the game this year, I was going through old cards and comparing to whom I could find an off-season address. Boom! Pat Neshek not only had an easily to find off-season address, but I had one of his cards.

Even better, Neshek is also an autograph collector, which made me super happy to send to him. I figured if he was a fellow collector, he would sign my card and return it quickly.  I was right! In my mailbox on October 22, 2016, I found this beauty. Neshek has a beautiful signature, and had a super quick turnaround, considering his season just ended.

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Todd Van Poppel Signed RC

Todd Van Poppel Signed RC

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When I was 10 or 11, my family used to subscribe to Tuff Stuff magazine, which one day I realized had a section about players who would sign autographs for people. Remember this was before the internet was commonplace, or in our section of the rural part of Kentucky. I checked that section every month, looking for a player whose card I might have, to send away with a letter. Then, I saw that Todd Van Poppel would sign, and that I happened to have duplicates of his 1st Round Draft Pick Card. I even knew then not to send if I would regret losing something.

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Glen Hobbie Signed Photocard

Glen Hobbie Signed Photocard

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This is a signed Glen Hobbie photocard. Obtained through the mail. Before I knew any better, I just printed a copy of one of his baseball cards to mail to him. This card has a nice signature on it in blue ink. I printed the photo on an index card, and he signed it on the baseball card instead of the index card. I received this card sometime around 2010 by writing to Mr. Hobbie.

He played 8 years in the majors, all but 18 games worth with the Chicago Cubs. He played from 1957 to 1964.

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