TTM Autographs

In the 1980s I collected autographs through the mail (TTM). Lost most of them in a flood in 2008. Recently began collecting again. This is a list of the TTM Autos I receive.

  1. Carl Erskine on 1991 Topps Archives 1953 #308 Received 5/17/2018
  2. Carl Erskine on 1987 Hygrade All Time Greats #NNO Received 5/17/2018
  3. Carl Erskine on back of envelope with personal message. Received 5/17/2018

Autograph Collection

I collected autographs as a kid. I loved meeting the players if only for a few seconds while they signed. I also requested autographs through the mail in the mid-1980’s. Spent a day at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, FL in the early 80’s and got several autographs including Sandy Koufax.

I have very few autographs left from childhood. None of them are worth anything, but I don’t collect them to make money. I collect them to collect them.

I do not actively seek autographs on stickers attached to the card. If I get one in a pack or as part of a larger trade I will keep it, but generally I find the sticker autos undesirable.

Joel Guzman on 2004 Bowman #BDP139 SN 34/53

Brandon Hamilton on 2007 Tristar Prospects Plus Farm Hands #FH-BH

Wes Hodges on 2005 Upper Deck USA Baseball #WH-GU
Autograph, Game Used Jersey, SN 24/100

Blake Snell on 2018 Gypsy Queen Certified Autograph

The following are on the same sheet of paper. I obtained these signatures outside the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis in 1984 after an All Time All Star game held there.
Joe DiMaggio
Carl Erskine
Hank Aaron
Tony Oliva
Whitey Ford
Minnie Minoso
Jim Piersall
Bill “Moose” Skowron
Enos Slaughter

On a Little League baseball:
Enos Slaughter (sweet spot)
Bill “Moose” Skowron
Carl Erskine
Scott Earl

Joe DiMaggio’s Uniform

Summer of 1984 I was 15. My step-father and I attended an All Time All Star Game at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis.

After the game we waited outside to see if I could get some autographs. We weren’t waiting long when the door opened and out walked Joe DiMaggio. I had a four inch binder full of baseball cards and the photocopied flyer for a baseball card show. I used the binder as a hard surface for him to write on. I asked DiMaggio if I could have his autograph and handed him the binder. As he took the binder he handed me his uniform to hold while he signed. He commented how heavy the binder was. He talked with us for a couple minutes and then went on. I still can’t believe I was holding Joltin’ Joe’s pinstripes.

Before the night was over I had added Hank Aaron, Whitey Ford, Jim Piersall, Enos Slaughter, Moose Skowron, Tony Oliva, Carl Erskine and Minnie Minoso.

I’ve pulled a few autos this year, including a really nice Rafael Devers that books at about $80-$100 on Beckett but this worthless collection of signatures is priceless.

This piece was damaged in a flood in 2008. The mud stains are from that flood.

 

Thanks to Nick Diunte for confirming the Aaron and Minoso autographs.