Saturday, January 21, 2017

Countdown to 2017 Topps #11: Mail Day!

I missed another day in our countdown yesterday. A long day started on Thursday when my daughter telling me she had water coming in to her room. We had been blasted Wednesday with another 8 inches of snow, to go with all the other we have on the ground. I cleaned the roof off last Friday but between all the new snow (and rain)  and freezing temps the past week, we ended up with a bunch of ice buildup on the roof. Somehow water found its way into the attic... So, my day was spent outside trying to clean off all this stuff, moving snow, etc. A stop by work late in the afternoon turned into an hour up on the roof there, as we began having water coming in at a couple of spots. So yes, I'm tired and cranky as hell and missed a post (I usually write these the day before publishing). Had I posted, it was going to be featuring that funky musician, Thad Bosley. 

There is probably nothing more near and dear to the collector's heart (at least within our blogging community) than a mail day. No, this isn't when you get the bills that are due, nor that blasted junk mail- I'm talking about a MAIL DAY, where you get a PWE or bubble mailer filled with cardboard goodness. Now, I don't have one to share today (unfortunately), but I do have a card that shows a player reading some of his fan mail.

Most of you are aware of the concept of TTM. If you're not, that would be through-the-mail, where a collector sends a card(s) and a SASE to a player, requesting an autograph. Proper etiquette calls for the collector to include an extra card, offering it to the player to keep for himself. The practice became popular with publications such as the Sports Collector's Digest, which would publish regular articles dealing with who's signing and what the expected turn-around time was. The explosion of the internet saw with it forums for collectors to share their TTM stories and then websites that sell address lists. 

One player who TTM collectors might want to avoid is seven-time Gold Glove centerfielder Devon White. A quick search of success rate shows that White is not very accessible, with one site showing just a 5% success rate. The consensus among collectors and fans is that the man isn't very friendly, either- which very well may explain lack of successful returns.

Perhaps White was more fan-friendly in his earlier days; my guess is that he wasn't. That apparently didn't stop him from looking like the greatest guy in major league baseball on this card photo. He's just so happy to get all that mail! I'm sure he rushed immediately to his desk, grabbing pen and paper to answer all that fan mail. Or perhaps those envelopes weren't even addressed to him.

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