i've sent out only a handful of ttm requests this past year, most of which were of players featured in the 1978 topps set. i've had pretty good success with those requests, since they were prompted by recorded successes at sportscardforum. as always, i am thankful for the former players who took the time to respond. here are some of them.
i love this card. it's the last card in the first set that i ever put together. it's got the big lapels and a red jacket underneath the jersey. fantastic.
murphy was also a 1st round pick, taken by the angels in the 1967 secondary draft. he spent 12 years in the majors, and even garnered an mvp vote while pitching for the brewers in 1974.
looking like mr. kotter. pentz was in the pirates' organization when they won it all in 1979, but he wasn't on the major league roster.
in addition to the through the mail successes, i bought a lot of signed cards from the set. here are the cards from that lot
the hulk's and that perhaps bill bonham was an alias for bruce banner.
there were some cards signed with ballpoint pen, like this larry christenson
bob knepper's card is also signed in ballpoint
aside from the bonham, knepper, and rodriguez cards, the other big draw was this one of carl yastrzemski
the signature here doesn't look too far from some older examples i have seen, but it lacks the tell-tale 'y' that circles the 'c' in carl in his more recent autographs. maybe that's just when he signs on a single line, rather than stacked. still, i don't think this is legit. the facsimile auto on his 1975 topps card (which obviously came out before this card was signed) is more like his recent stuff, while this one looks more like his 1967 topps facsimile auto. good thing i only paid a few bucks for the lot.
i'll finish this post with the most recent 1978 topps ttm success i've had. it came from thad bosley
signed cards aren't all that i am thankful for, by the way. happy thanksgiving everybody!