when i started doing ttm in 2009, i didn't really have a plan other than getting some players from the early days of my collecting to sign some cards. shortly thereafter, i decided to try for all of the 1978 topps dodgers, and then former dodgers in general, along with other players featured in the 1978 topps set. i finally included current dodgers with varying degrees of success. about a year or so ago, i found a post at the lost collector about his topps yankee project in which he was trying to obtain, via ttm, a yankee autographed card from each year that topps had produced cards.
i took stock and realized that i was only a couple years short of doing this with the dodgers, so i decided to finish it off. unfortunately, one of the years i was missing was 1951. both gene hermanski and duke snider, good signers through the mail, had passed away, so i wound up purchasing a preacher roe signed 1951 topps red back online.
my 1952 topps entry, however, cost me just two stamps beyond the cost of the card itself. rocky bridges was kind enough to sign his 1952 topps card for me
i have a couple of 1953 topps cards signed. one is from dick williams (which required his signing fee of $25), and the other is this bobby morgan card
1954 was the other year that i had to purchase a card online. i found a billy herman card and picked it up.
for 1955, i chose don zimmer
i've had a couple of successes with zimmer, and this is the only signed 1955 topps card i have in my collection. same goes for 1956, where the randy jackson card is all by itself
as always, i am appreciative of the players who sign through the mail, and i am glad that there are so many former dodgers who do so. i'll post some of the early los angeles dodgers to have signed for free through the mail in the next post.