do you remember my modest 1978 topps dodger autograph project? the one i finally completed when i found an ed goodson autographed card online? well, i was admiring the cards in my binder shortly after that final acquisition and noticed that the garvey in the collection was ballpoint rather than sharpie. i do have a sharpie signed copy that i picked up from kit young about 20 years ago, but i was hoping for one signed ttm. so, i packaged up 4 cards, a donation to the garv's charity (youth baseball of palm desert) and waited for the bubble mailer to return.
the check was cashed, but the cards did not arrive and i assumed the package had been lost in the mail. so, a couple months later, i sent a single copy of the 1978 topps card and not too long after that, received a familiar looking pwe. it contained my card, although it was once again signed in ballpoint.
that's ok, because how often do you get a signed card in the mail from your favorite player of all-time? well, more often than you might think, as the very next day, my bubble mailer showed up containing these beauties
a 1978 topps card
2001 fleer greats of the game
cey, wills, craig, erskine, and parker, plus a duke snider card, too! oh, crap. i forgot about tommy lasorda and don sutton.
here's the last of the garveys - a 2012 topps golden moments insert
for the sake of comparison, here is the short printed certified autographed edition of that card that topps put out.
i am left feeling happy and a little relieved. i never take ttm for granted, but i was really looking forward to this return.