This week on the TTMCast pod, Vice President and Senior Grading Finalizer at CSG Andy Broome joins me to talk about grading a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle and offers an update everything that is happening at CSG.
I also spoke with Head of Sports at Drip Shop Live, Brandon Sugarman. The live, online marketplace of sports cards and products offers auctions, breaks, personal boxes, singles, giveaways and other promotions from your phone or desktop.
Finally, I caught up with hobby veteran Les Wolff who talks about some important issues in our hobby.
Go to: ttmast.com or ttmcast.podbean.com to listen to this week’s show.
Update from Florida
Finn and Kinzley Lampila were all smiles this week as they received the cards and memorabilia that collectors and SC Daily readers donated to help them rebuild their collection which was lost during Hurricane Ian.
We collected over 18,000 cards and lots of memorabilia which totaled over 160 pounds. We shipped the boxes to the kids to their temporary home in Fort Myers, FL this week. Kinsey loved all the shirts and helmets while Finn went right to ripping some wax!
Things are looking up for the kids as they have started school and their home is being rebuilt.
Thanks to everyone who helped and donated.
TTM This Week
TTM Successes this Week
It was a bit slow in the autograph mail department this week. I did get two returns from a former Heisman trophy winner and added a few more 1983 Topps football successes. I sent out another 30 requests this week soi hopefully we will see the mailbox packed with good stuff in the next few weeks.
Most athlete’s mailing addresses are available on several TTM web sites including SportsCardForum.com and SportsCollectors.net.
Sims won the Heisman Trophy in 1978 while he stared at Oklahoma and was selected by the Detroit Lions with the first pick in the 1980 NFL Draft. He played 5 seasons in Detroit from 1980-1984 where he won Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1980, earned All-Pro honors in 1980 and 1981 and made the Pro Bowl in 1980, 81 and 82. He suffered a career ending knee injury in 1984 in a game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Sims is a great singer through the mail. He signed his 1986 Topps card for me and included a second card, mailing them to me in about a month.
Mehl played linebacker for the New York Jets for eight seasons from 1980-87 after earning All-American honor at Penn State. He made the Pro Bowl in 1985. Mehl played in 97 NFL games with the Jets and intercepted 15 passes during his career.
He signed his 1983 and 1986 Topps cards for me in a little more than a month.
Bain played on five NFL teams during his eleven-year NFL career from 1975-1986 including Green Bay, Denver, Los Angles, New England and the Jets. He was selected by the Packers in the second round of the 1975 NFL Draft out of USC. He earned All-Pro honors in 1984 as a member of the Rams. He played in 132 games during his career.
He signed his 1983 Topps card in less than two weeks.
Baschnagel played wide receiver for the Chicago Bears from 1976-1985 after staring at Ohio State. He caught 134 passes for 2,024 yards and nine touch downs during his career in Chicago. He missed the entire 1985 Super Bowl season with a knee injury he sustained during training camp.
He signed his 1983 Topps card in less than two weeks.
Guman played running back and full back for the Los Angeles Rams for nine seasons from 1980-1988 after staring at Penn State. Guman scored 11 rushing touchdowns and four receiving scores during his career. After the Rams drafted Eric Dickerson in 1983 Guman served as primary blocking back for Dickerson.
He signed his 1983 Topps card for me in about two weeks.
Growth was an 8th round selection out of Bowling Green by Miami in the 1979 NFL Draft. He would go on to play Wide Receiver for Houston and New Orleans from 1979-1985. He also played baseball and was a 4th round selection by the Texas Rangers in the 1980 MLB draft and MVP of the Cape Cod League in 1978. He played in 94 NFL games and grabbed five touchdowns during his NFL career.
He signed his 1983 Topps card and returned it to me in about two weeks.
Bannister was the first overall pick of the 1976 MLB draft by the Houston Astros. He would go on to win 134 games in the MLB from 1977-1992 with six teams including Houston, Seattle, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City, California, and Texas. His best season was 1982 with Seattle when he led the AL in strikeouts and made the AL All-Star team.
He signed his 1982 Topps and 1984 Fleer cards for me in less than two weeks.
Dreifort won 48 games a right-handed pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1994-2004. He was selected 2nd overall by the Dodgers in the 1993 MLB draft out of Wichita State. He appeared in his first MLB game on April 7th1994 without playing in a minor league game. He suffered numerous injuries during his professional career, and he never quite lived up to expectations coming out of college. He was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009.
He signed his 1999 Topps card for me in a few weeks.
Here are a few others who are currently signing for free. I have had success with all of them in the past:
- Eric Metalf – Running back Cleveland Browns, Falcons, Chargers, Cardinals, Panthers, Redskins, Packers
- Dick Bosman – Pitcher Washington Senators, Texas Rangers, Oakland A’s, Cleveland Indians
- Tippy Martinez – Pitcher Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins
- Manny Mota – Outfielder Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Dodgers, SF Giants, Montreal Expos
- Bill Stoneman – Pitcher Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs, California Angels
- Bob Griese – Super Bowl champion quarterback Miami Dolphins
- Jim Youngblood – Linebacker Los Angeles Rams, Washington
Have a TTM success story you would like to share with me? Please, send it me at [email protected]. If I use it in my column, I’ll send you a prize.