TTMCast this Week – June 5th show
Jeff Hoferer – Director of Marketing Panini America
On this week’s TTMCast podcast, Panini America Marketing Director Jeff Hoferer joins the show to talk about some of the company’s new and future releases as well as other hobby topics.
Hobby Legend Les Wolff joins us to give his tips on collecting on a budget.
Next week, Brandon Verzal Producer and Creator of The Card Life television show will be on to talk about the launch of the show’s new season. Focused on card collecting and hosted by pitcher/collector Matt Strahm, it airs across the Bally’s Sports Network with new episodes beginning June 15. We also look back the first year of the show and discuss some of the highlights from the first season.
TTM Successes this week
Morgan was drafted in the first round of the 1977 draft out of Tennessee with the 25th pick by the New England Patriots. He was a four-time Pro Bowler and lead the NFL in touchdown catches in 1979. He was a star wide receiver with the Pats from 1977-89 and finished his career with the Indianapolis Colts in 1990 playing there for one year. He compiled over ten thousand receiving yards and 550 receptions during his career. He is a member of the New England Patriots Hall of Fame.
Stanley Morgan is a very reliable signer through the mail. He always personalizes the autographs he signs including this 1984 Topps card he returned in about ten days.
Tony Delk had a much traveled playing career after starring for the Kentucky Wildcats. He was a first-round pick by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1996 draft and also spent time with the Warriors, Kings, Suns, Celtics, Mavericks, Hawks and Pistons from 1996-2008. He scored almost 5,000 points during his playing career. He went on to serve as an assistant coach for Kentucky and New Mexico State after he retired.
He signed his 2003-04 Topps card which featured him as a member of the Boston Celtics for me in three weeks. He included his number in his signature.
Evan Randle played for Baylor in college and went on to have an eight-year professional career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kanas City Chiefs from 1985-92. He was a fierce linebacker tallying 448 tackles and eight sacks during his career. He won NFL “Hit of the Year” award in 1987.
He signed his 1992 GameDay card for me in about a month. I have been working on this set for a few years now and it was nice to finally add a new one to the collection.
Garber served as a relief pitcher for four different teams during his major league career which spanned from 1969 to 1988. He played for the Pirates, Royals, Phillies and Braves. In 1977 he became the first Phillies pitcher to win a post season game in 62 years. In 1978 he help end Pete Rose’s consecutive game hit streak by striking out Rose for the out of the game. He appeared in 931 games which ranked 5th all-time at the time of his retirement in 1988.
Garber is a great signer through the mail. He signed and returned his 1980 Topps card for me in ten days.
Darold Knowles spent 15 seasons in the majors from 1965-1980, mostly as a relief pitcher. He won two World Series rings with the Oakland A’s in the 70’s and became the first pitcher to appear in all seven World Series games as a member of the A’s in 1973. Knowles made the American League All-Star team in 1969 as a member of the Washington Senators.
He signed his 1980 Topps card, the last of his big league career for me with a turnaround time of about two weeks.
A member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Kelley played ten seasons as a linebacker for the New York Giants after being drafted in the 14th round out of Cal Lutheran in 1973.
He signed and returned his 1980 Topps card to me in three weeks.
Colquitt won two Super Bowl rings as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers where he served as punter from 1978 to 1984. He stared at Tennessee and was selected in the third round of the 1978 draft. Punting runs in the family. His brother Jimmy was a punter for Seattle and both his sons Dustin and Britton are currently NFL punters. Both his sons also won Super Bowls, Britton with Denver and Dustin with Kansas City.
Craig is a great TTMer. He signed and returned my 1980 Topps card in less than ten days.
Here’s a few more former athletes who are currently signing for free. I have had success with all of them in the past:
- Tim Krumrie –Cincinnati Bengals’ star defensive lineman
- Rick Cerone – Yankees, Red Sox catcher
- Mickey Stanley –Detroit Tigers outfielder
- Louis Dampier – ABA legend/Basketball Hall of Famer
- Dan Fouts – San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame QB
- Chris Singleton –New England Patriots/Miami Dolphins linebacker
Please note: Most athlete mailing addresses are available on several TTM related web sites including SportsCardForum.com and SportsCollectors.net.
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.