On this past Saturday’s podcast photographer, artist and passionate card collector Donna Muscarella joined me to talk about her passion for everything baseball. In addition, regular show contributor Les Wolff gave his opinion on the value of some cool items sent in by our listeners.
This Wednesday’s TTMCast 1-on-1 with feature and interview with collector Michael Reed from Autographed Rookie Cards will be joining me.
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TTM This Week
TTM collecting is full of thrilling weeks—and some not so thrilling ones. Sometimes you can do everything right but get disappointing results. I only had two returns this week despite sending out more than 40 requests the past few weeks.
Here are my autograph successes this week:
Malone played quarterback for ten seasons from 1980-1989 with the Steelers, Chargers and Jets. He was a first round pick by Pittsburgh out of Arizona State in the 1980 NFL Draft. He passed for over 10,000 yards and threw for sixty touchdowns during his career.
After retiring he went into broadcasting in Pittsburgh and on ESPN.
He signed his 1989 Pro Set cards and 1987 Topps card in about four weeks.
Butler played wide receiver for the Colts and Seahawks from 1980-1988. He was selected in the 4th round of the 1980 draft by the Colts out of USC. His best season was 1981 when he grabbed nine touchdowns. He finished his career with 239 catches for 3,948 yards and 37 touchdowns. Butler went into coaching at the high school and college levels after retiring.
He signed and personalized his 1982 Topps card in about four weeks.
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.
Since it wasn’t a big week for autograph returns, I’ll share my experience with the purchase of a box of 2023 Topps Chrome Updates from Topps.com which arrived this weekend. The box was somehow crushed along the bottom before it was put into the shipping box.
Fortunately, it did not affect the condition of the cards.
Four of my packs contained only three cards which didn’t do much to change my disappointment with Topps’ quality control.
I did get a few rookie cards, pulled a Matt Strahm Refractor and got one signed rookie card.
Hopefully, next week’s report will have more autograph returns to show off.