Thursday, July 18, 2013

More Mail and a Special Delivery

The mail just keeps coming in as my summer rolls on. I also got something very special and unique, which you can see at the end of this entry.

Current Arizona Diamondback and former Oakland A's pitcher, Brad Ziegler, signed the card I sent.

Former New York Mets first baseman and current Seattle Mariners bullpen catcher, Jason Phillips, signed all of my cards. I mailed them to the care of the Mariners in Seattle and they came back quite quickly.

Current Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter signed my cards from when he was the manager of the Texas Rangers. I mailed these straight to Camden Yards and was not disappointed. If you want to get a better view of any of the autographs, feel free to click on any of the pictures posted on this entry.

The last autograph I got in the mail for this entry is Rob Blake. Blake is a former Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings great who played in six all star games, as well as a Stanley Cup Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist.

Lastly, the unique item I got. I entered a contest from Autograph University for a Phil Jackson signed book. A few days after entering, I received an email from AutographU's founder, Matt Raymond, saying that I was the winner of the contest. Shortly thereafter, the book arrived in the mail. I am now the proud owner of a signed first edition of Phil Jackson's newest book, Eleven Rings. Special thanks to Matt and AutographU for everything and I highly recommend their website for autograph collecting advice.

That's all for now. Best of luck graphing and have a great summer!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Early Summer Mail Successes

I haven't made one of these mail success stories yet, so I figured that now would be a great time to share  my recent mail successes.

One of the most legendary NFL punters ever, Ray Guy, signed a card and a 4x6 photo for me with a few inscriptions. 

Another NFL legend, Bob Lilly, also signed an old card and 4x6 photo for me. He didn't write the Hall of Fame inscription like I asked, but I'll take it. 

Future Hall of Fame hopeful and current ESPN NFL analyst, Jason Taylor signed one of the two cards I sent him. I was shocked to see this come back.

Harry Carson, the last football player in this entry, signed my photo. His website has its own autograph policy, which you can see HERE. It includes his address.

Mark Eichhorn, former Toronto Blue Jay and World Series champion, signed three 1987 Topps cards for me. 

Former MLB All-Star Danny Tartabull, signed two 1987 Topps and a 1989 Upper Deck. 

A former New York Islander who is still a Long Island resident, Alexei Zhitnik, signed my four cards. He has a small smiley face in his signature, which is always a good thing. 

Johan "Moose" Hedberg, now a free agent goalie, signed my card and picture.
The last person for this entry, ESPN analyst and former coach Dick Vitale signed my photo and added a signed contact card of his own. 

 Best of luck graphing! I hope everyone is having a great summer! Thanks for reading!