Category Archives: Through the Mail – TTM

Collecting autographs through the mail (TTM) is a great way to get into the hobby of autograph collecting. Many sports stars and celebrities will sign autograph requests for collectors and hobbyists through the mail.

This category will be dedicated to my success and failures of sending autographs to baseball players past and present through the mail.

TTM Success – August 6, 2009

Got home today from being out of town for a few days and had that mysterious envelope in the mailbox. Always a treat to get a nice successful TTM return. I mark my address for both the send to and return address on the SASE I sent out so if it gets lost it will always (hopefully) come back to me anyway, as there is no sense in sending the player back his own autograph.

Today it was the Texas Rangers star center fielder – Andruw Jones. This is exciting as it marks a successful TTM return from an active major leaguer! It is always nice to see a guy take time out of his busy career and give a little back to the fans. In today’s game it is easy to get caught up in all the BS hoopla regarding rule breakers and steroid users, but in the end these guys are getting paid (handsomely might I add) to play a game – something that anyone of us as a baseball fan would love to do, and something all of us dreamed doing as a kid!

Here is what Andruw Jones threw some ink on for me. Andruw Jones c/o Texas Rangers 2/2 in 15 days:

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2008 Bowman – #91 – Andruw Jones c/o Texas Rangers

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2005 Donruss Classics – #183 – Andruw Jones c/o Texas Rangers

There you have it – another FlippingWax TTM Success – thanks Mr. Jones!

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TTM Success – August 4, 2009

Nice surprise in the mailbox today here at FlippingWax. Out of my most recent TTM attempts I have received back yet a few more signed baseball cards, this time they came from Roberto Alomar. This was an interesting TTM success, as I sent 3 cards to Roberto Alomar, and he signed 2 out of the 3, but returned all 3 – I always offer for the player to keep any cards that appeal to them or if they want to give them to friends or family – who knows maybe his sharpie ran out…

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1991 Topps – #315 – Roberto Alomar TTM Success c/o Home 2/3

I always liked Roberto Alomar as a 2nd baseman growing up, he was no doubt a talented player that bounced around to a few different teams in his 17 year career. He has many impressive stats from his career, but I am most impressed with his 12 consecutive All Star games and 10 gold gloves as a 2nd baseman!

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2001 Topps – #4T – Roberto Alomar TTM Success c/o Home 2/3

And then there was the one he didn’t sign… maybe his Shapie ran out, maybe he is a Topps fan and a hater of Upper Deck – who knows, but I am pleased with 2/3 on this TTM success – thanks Mr. Alomar.

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TTM autographs are a great hobby and the more I get returns the more interested I am in trying harder players or just getting more TTM attempts out there – anyone else get any good returns lately?

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TTM Success – July 28, 2009

Today was a good mail day here at FlippingWax. I recently posted how I sent out a few TTM requests last week and today I got my first successful TTM return.

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That’s right Jimmy Key c/o Home address 2 out of 2 cards signed and with a successful return in 5 days. I was a fan of Jimmy Key when he was with the Yankees for 4 seasons in the mid 90s. Needless to say I am more than happy with the return!

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TTM Going Out Today July 23, 2009 – Part Deux

In an earlier post I discussed the process of obtaining autographs through the mail, or TTM. Here is more of the TTM requests that I sent out today July 23, 2009…

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Lou Piniella c/o Chicago Cubs

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Lenny Dykstra c/o Home

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Johnny Damon c/o NY Yankees

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Joe Torre c/o LA Dodgers

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Jimmy Key c/o Home

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Jennie Finch c/o Finch Windmill

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Andruw Jones c/o Texas Rangers

I will be sure to update with what returns I get and how long it took to receive them.

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TTM Going Out Today July 23, 2009

Well, like I have stated in the past I am going to use some of my collection for some TTM or through the mail autographs. Through the mail autograph collecting is a process in which you send something (in this case a baseball card) to an athlete or a celebrity to be signed and mailed back to you. Be sure to include a self addressed stamped envelope (SASE) for the person you are requesting the TTM autograph to send the autographed materials back to you in.

Remember, this is not a guaranteed thing, so be sure to not send anything of too high value or something that you would be devastated to lose or not receive back. A great source for the addresses of the athletes that you would like to send TTM requests to is Harvey Mieselman’s Ultimate Address List. TTM is a great hobby, the suspense of waiting for your returns is great and it is a nice affordable way to collect sports autographs, to note I do not sell any of the autographs I receive, they are for my personal collection of sports memorabilia.

Here is my TTM attempts that are going out in the mail today 7/23/2009:

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Willie Randolph c/o Milwaukee Brewers

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Steve Sax c/o Home

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Roberto Alomar c/o Home

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Pete Rose c/o Field of Dreams

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Paul O’Neill c/o Home

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Mike Mussina c/o Home

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Mariano Rivera c/o NY Yankees

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Danica Patrick c/o Danica Racing

That is a start of the TTM requests I have going out today, I will add the others in a later posting.

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Mailday – July 21, 2009

With all the different ways to obtain cards now because of this pipeline called the information superhighway, no longer do we as collectors have to head down to the hobby shops to grab a few packs of wax. I go through swings were I look more to do business on eBay as well as some other trading forums to get cards instead of busting the wax myself.

Today was a pretty fun mail day for me, here is what it brought…

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I picked up this lot of 15 1990 Upper Deck – Don Mattingly cards off eBay for about $0.27 each, but after a shipping mishap on the sellers part he refunded me my purchase price as well as a few extra bucks for troubles – great eBayer! So I guess in the end I threw these into my growing Mattingly collection under the freebie column.

Next I was recently checking out a few threads on an autographing forum I am a member of and came across some 2009 Bowman baseball cards that the seller was looking to deal. It was one of those more you buy, more you save things, so I picked up the following for $15 shipped…

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  • 2009 Bowman – #1 – David Wright (5)
  • 2009 Bowman – #7 – Ken Griffy Jr (6)
  • 2009 Bowman – #110 – Joba Chamberlain (6)
  • 2009 Bowman – #2 – Albert Pujols (5)
  • 2009 Bowman – #14 – Ryan Howard (5)
  • 2009 Bowman – #4 – Chase Utley (4)
  • 2009 Bowman – #3 – Alex Rodriguez (6)
  • 2009 Bowman – #80 – Derek Jeter (6)
  • 2009 Bowman – #145 – A.J. Burnett (5)

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  • 2009 Bowman – #71 – Robinson Cano (6)
  • 2009 Bowman – #30 – Torii Hunter (5)
  • 2009 Bowman – #124 – Nick Swisher (5)
  • 2009 Bowman – #32 – Johnny Damon (5)
  • 2009 Bowman – #9 – Chipper Jones (5)
  • 2009 Bowman – #117 – Mark Teixeira (6)
  • 2009 Bowman – #54 – Josh Hamilton (4)
  • 2009 Bowman – #35 – Jorge Posada (6)
  • 2009 Bowman – #10 – Ichiro Suzuki (6)

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  • 2009 Bowman – #38 – Dustin Pedroia (5)
  • 2009 Bowman – #20 – Josh Beckett (6)
  • 2009 Bowman – #172 – Derrek Lee (5)
  • 2009 Bowman – #44 – Ryan Braun (5)
  • 2009 Bowman – #100 – Tim Lincecum (5)
  • 2009 Bowman – #8 – Manny Ramirez (6)
  • 2009 Bowman – #68 – Evan Longoria (6)
  • 2009 Bowman – #28 – C.C. Sabathia (6)
  • 2009 Bowman – #188 – Kevin Youkilis (5)
  • Not Pictured: 2009 Bowman – #69 – Daisuke Matsuzaka (6)

Sure, the Bowman is just some base, but I got a few players I like *cough*Yankees*cough* and a few other guys that are good players even those they don’t get to put on the pinstripes. I got multiples for TTM attempts (yes, I know good luck with the stars), or if anyone reading needs some of these cards to complete a set, or just for their own collections drop me a comment and we will get in touch and I will send them out to you on my dime for reading.

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A 4th of July Card Show

The fourth of July has many activities to offer from cookouts to fireworks, but this past holiday weekend had something different in the cards for me (seriously no pun intended – yuck). I woke up on the 4th this year and decided I would take the opportunity to check out a monthly card show that I haven’t attended before.

The show was down in Dania Beach FL so I figured I’d take a few hours in the morning and drop in and see what they had to offer. I will say I was pleasantly surprised to see more than 5 vendors at the show, and more than a dozen customers shopping around just after it opened when I got there – perhaps the notion of the death of the hobby I got at a show about a month ago might not be so bad after all.

I went to the show carrying a budget of $45, nothing scientific behind that, just so happens that is the cash I had in my wallet when I got to the parking lot. Thing is, I have somewhat of an issue when I get back into something I go all in very quickly, so it is good I didn’t have hundreds of dollars with me, because likely I would have snatched up that Mattingly framed display that I passed on (hopefully it will be there next month) as well as a few other things.

I did indeed buy a few things that caught my eye. I should have walked the show and scoped everything out before I decided to make a purchase, but I just couldn’t resist the urge to thumb through a few hundred baseball cards at the first vendor (I hope he paid extra for that spot for guys like me). There I picked up some various cards and a few specifically for some TTM in the next few weeks. I was in a Yankee kind of mood so it became apparent when I got home that most of what I purchased was Yankee related, but no complaints here.

I will be making some subsequent posts once I have scanned images of what I picked up, but here is a quick rundown from memory:

A lot of Jeter
A good amount of Mattingly
A few Pete Rose (going to TTM)
Jennie Finch (TTM)
Danica Patrick (TTM – yes not related to baseball, but I am a racing fan as well)
Joe Torre
A few other players at random mostly to hit totals to bring the overall price per card down.

On the way out I had $7 left, which really doesn’t do me any good and would likely have been wasted on something else so I decided to take a lap and see what fun I could create with it. I headed back to the first vendor I purchased from and he had a few sealed boxes, I figured it would be fun to do a box break, but most were way over my budget. Low and behold he had a 1992 Upper Deck Baseball sealed box marked $10, needless to say I will be doing a little box break post to see if I can pull a rookie or two out of it like Manny (yuck). If nothing else it will be fun to break the box and use some cards for TTM or maybe I will just list what I don’t want/need here and do a little free mailing to visitors.

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