not a bad way to perk up a monday - finding a ttm return from a hall of famer in the mailbox. yes, mike schmidt signed and returned my 1978 topps card in about a week!
i had noticed a spate of successes with schmidt recently, so i figured i would try my luck. i sent the card c/o the national baseball hall of fame in cooperstown, and it came back to me postmarked from philly. very very nice.
while schmidt was never my favorite third baseman, i did respect his talent. besides, his was one of the first baseball cards i ever saw, and the very first baseball glove my dad bought for me was a michael jack schmidt model. so what if it was as stiff (and thin) as cardboard?
we all know who my favorite third baseman was, right? he was a contemporary of schmidt's, and he suited up for the team of my youth. he also signs stuff through the mail.
i am afraid that i have taken advantage of ron cey's ttm generosity over the last few years, having sent many cards to him many times. here are a few i have not yet shared on the blog.
three of the penguin's cards from 2004 upper deck legends timeless teams
and a 2001 fleer greats of the game
so there, with the '78 topps schmidt, you have three of my favorite sets to get autographed. i have an '01 fleer gog out to steve garvey as we speak - probably one of the last ttm requests i will ever send out.
here are a few more penguins - a 1987 topps traded card
and a couple of customs that i made to bookend his career - a 1971 topps style card
thanks mike and ron for signing my cards, and for being a big part of my early fandom!