On the TTMCast this week we spoke with collector Nick Andrews. Known as Boston Card Hunter on Instagram, Nick just completed collecting a signed 1986 Fleer basketball set in four months and is two months into collecting the 1969 Topps basketball set signed. He needs less than 20 to finish off the 1969 set. He owns both the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (full name) and Wilt Chamberlain cards.
Show contributor Clemente Lisi comes on to talk hockey collectibles and reviews the Stanley Cup finals between Vegas and Florida. He also reviews 2023 Topps Heritage.
The winners of the autographed Jude Druin cards I offered last month were Steve Sanker from Old Bridge New Hersey and Neil Cousin from Franklin Massachusetts.
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On this Wednesday’s TTMCast 1-on-1, the founder and producer of the syndicated TV series The Card Life Brandon Verzal and I look back at the past two seasons of his show. The Card Life will be starting its third season and Brandon and I talk about some of his favorite stories and look ahead to what’s instore for season three.
I went to see the Red Sox vs Cincinnati Reds this week and former Red Sox outfielder Chico Walker was in the team store. I scored a 5 x 7 signed by him and got to take a picture as well.
I got an extra 5 x 7 signed by Walker and I’m giving one away this week. Send you name and mailing address to [email protected] and you’ll be entered to win. Please put “Chico” in the subject line. I’ll announce the win my Saturday June 17 show.
TTM Successes this Week
It was kind of a slow week for returns this week with one baseball, one football and one basketball return.
Several TTM web sites including, SportsCardForum.com and SportsCollectors.net, offer player addresses.
Mecklenburg was a six-time Pro-Bowl linebacker for the Denver Broncos from 1983-1994. He was 310th player taken in the 1983 NFL draft when Denver selected him in the 12th round.
Mecklenburg has been a consistent signer through the mail since his retirement. He signed his 1986 Topps card in about three months, adding a Bible verse.
Miller was the quintessential fourth outfielder during his time in the majors. He played for the Boston Red Sox from 1971-77, for the Angels from 1978-1980 and returned to Boston from 1981-1985. He was part of the trade with the Angels that also involved Rick Burleson and Butch Hobson of the Red Sox and Carney Landsford and Mark Clear of the Angels. He played in 1,482 games and hit .269 during his career. He was a great defensive outfielder and won a Gold Glove in 1978 with the Angels.
He signed his 1985 and 1986 Topps cards in about four months.
Behagen was the 7th player taken in the 1973 NBA draft when we was chosen by the Kasas City-Omaha Kings out of Minnesota. Behagen played for eight NBA teams from 1973-1980 including the Kings,Jazz. Hawks, Rockets, Pacers, Pistons, Knicks and Bullets. He was a First Team NBA All-Rookie in 1974 and scored 3,977 points during his NBA career.
He signed his 1974 Topps card in about six months.
I sent out requests to some big names in baseball last week. Here’s the list that went out on Thursday June 1.
- Rollie Fingers
- Juan Gonzalez
- Steve Garvey
- Steve Carlton
- Rich Gossage
- Paul Molitor
- Fergie Jenkins
- Bert Blyleven
- Carlton Fisk
- Andre Dawson
- Jim Palmer
- Harold Baines
- Wade Boggs
- Orlando Cepeda
- Lee Smith
- Mike Mussina
Watch this column for my successes from these heavy hitters in the coming weeks.