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t t t Throw the Ball

I met a co-worker for lunch yesterday and decided to bring along some wax for kicks. I know he has a few cards, not a collector like myself, but a sports fan in general and I thought he would enjoy busting some packs.

There we were two grown men at lunch with pack wrappers in front of us on the table thumbing though the cards we pulled. We were calling out hall of famers and just anyone that brought back a memory or two when he pulled this card…

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1992 Fleer – #515 – Mackey Sasser

Sure, you might have never heard of him, but he was smiling and I could tell he was itching to tell me a Mackey Sasser story. I was all ears…

It seems that Mackey Sasser after a collision at the plate with an opposing player developed some type of psychological problem with throwing the ball back to the pitcher in 1990. He would hesitate or double pump the ball and sometimes had to get up and nearly walk the ball back to the mound, this as you can imagine became an issue for his career. To note, he isn’t the only guy that has had some trouble between the ears when it comes to throwing the baseball – you guys remember Steve Sax, Chuck Knoblauch, Steve Blass and even a pitcher turned outfielder Rick Ankiel – yep all of those guys had some issues at one time in their careers with throwing the baseball.

I am happy to see that Mackey bounced back from this issue after his career was over and was/is a coach at a community college, to note after some therapy he can successfully toss some batting practice to the kids with some type of consistency.

Believe I have a plan for this card, I hope to get a few more of my Mackey Sasser cards together and attempt to have him sign them via a TTM autograph attempt. I will certainly report back.

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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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Jeter… No not that guy!

Jeter is a big name in baseball, I mean how can a guy with 10 all star appearances, 4 rings and 3 gold gloves fly under the radar? Not to mention the Yankee captain, Derek Jeter…..

NO NOT THAT JETER.. how about this guy…

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1993 Topps – #800 – Shawn Jeter Coming Attraction

Talk about an unfortunate time to come into the league, Shawn Jeter made his MLB debut in 1992 with the Chicago White Sox, his career was short lived lasting only about 4 months. Batting .111 with 7 K’s in 18 plate appearances certainly didn’t help his short career in the bigs. Did you know that Shawn Jeter’s father, Johnny Jeter also played in the bigs for a few teams including the Chi Sox? His career was a bit longer than his son Shawn’s lasting 6 seasons.

Well, it being a Friday in which the Yankees lead by team captain Derek find themselves atop the AL East, I wanted to take a few minutes to recognize the other Jeter’s of the league… here’s to you Shawn Jeter… here’s to you.

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