five times i have tried through the mail for tom lasorda's autograph on a 1978 topps card, not including the attempt by proxy i made by sending some tommy cards to friend cory out west who 'graphs at spring training and at dodger games in san diego. he came close for me once, but close is the difference between rubbery pasta and al dente.
i had gone the ebay route for tommy's 1978 topps card as part of my modest 1978 topps dodger autograph project after the first two ttm attempts went unfulfilled. even so, i didn't stop trying for the real deal. every once in a while, a success would pop up for tommy at sports card forum, and my hopes would be buoyed. so, last saturday when i checked the mail, the los angeles postmark got me a bit excited. not because i expected it to be tommy, but because it was likely a dodger return.
it was tommy!