Wednesday, November 23, 2016

TTM Triumph #34: Bob Meyer

Today's post will be very short and feature a sweet recent return:

Bob Meyer seems to be one of those former athletes that genuinely enjoys getting fan mail/autograph requests, so for those interested, I would definitely recommend doing so.

As always, many thanks to Mr. Meyer, and thank you for taking a moment to look at my page.

Friday, November 18, 2016

1923 Nicolas Sarony & Co. Celebrities And Their Autographs

Today's post features something, which I'm fairly confident in saying, hasn't been shown on any of the other card blogs before. And like my last post, these are from another nearly forgotten folder of scans.

I was completely unfamiliar with this set before I won them from a Sportlots auction a couple of months ago (under $4 for the seven in case anyone was wondering). There isn't a great deal of information regarding this set available via the internet, other than the year they came out, and that they were released in four series' of 25 cards each. I did find however, that they came in two different sizes, one being the standard tobacco card size (which mine are) and a slightly larger squared size which I assume was a premium -- in that you had to send in a certain amount of coupons/packages or a certain amount of the smaller cards to get one of the larger ones.

Since Sarony was a British cigarette manufacturer, it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise to see that the celebrities (and their autographs!) featured in this set are all of the British persuasion.

Since the backs scanned better than I though they would, I have included all of them here for those that would be so inclined to want to read them.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

You received a distress call? We received a distress call!

In the last week or so, I have been trying my darndest to go through an ever increasing amount of photo/scan folders and in the process am finding many forgotten things.

Today's card, which definitely falls into the "forgotten things" category (it's been waiting in a folder since January), is from Rittenhouse's 2013 release Star Trek TOS: Heroes & Villains.

This dual autograph card features signatures of Susan Howard, who in less than a decades time would go on to play her most remembered role as Donna Krebbs on eight seasons of Dallas, and Michael Ansara, who first found fame portraying Cochise in the 1956 television series, Broken Arrow. Mr. Ansara passed away in 2013 after having compiled a very extensive list of credits during an acting career that spanned six decades. He also had the extremely good fortune to be married, at one time, to Barbara Eden -- thus making him the envy of every living man in the world.

I don't know how many of you reading my posts are Star Trek fans, but if there are any out there, I will have a few more related posts that I plan on sprinkling in over the next couple of months.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

TTM Triumph #33: Pat Riley

The successful return featured in this post has got to be one of my biggest yet. Were I to make a list of some sort, it would easily be in the top three.

Being a devout Trail Blazers fan growing up, I certainly didn't have any love for the Lakers, but even from a young age I had a great deal of respect for Pat Riley as a person. In fact, his book "Show Time" was not only the second basketball related book I ever read (after "Breaks of the Game"), but it was the second sports book that I ever read.

A big part of why I have always liked him so much, comes from reading an interview of his when I was around 9 or 10, in which he discussed the Texas Western team that beat his Kentucky team for the NCAA championship in 1966. Even that early in life I was greatly impressed by the reverence in which he spoke of that Miners team and it's players. You just don't see that kind of respect given by a player on the losing side to the team that beat them all that often. And of course, over the years he has continued to discuss that Texas Western team with the highest regard in countless books and documentaries.

Even if there wasn't all that, just getting a successful return back from someone who, as a player, coach, and executive has been able to amass ten championship rings is pretty darn cool. So, many thanks go out to Mr. Riley.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Three horrific autographs

I had originally planned on doing a number of posts featuring horror related collectibles throughout this past month, unfortunately that plan didn't work out so well, the reason being that pretty much everything I would have wanted to talk about is still in boxes from last year's move.

When I moved I left my ginormous display case behind as there was almost no way it would have survived the cross country trip intact. And even though I have gotten a few smaller display cases since moving, I still haven't found anything nearly as big as the one I had, which means a good portion of my stuff remains boxed up, much to my soul's dismay.

I briefly thought about doing a series on Halloween decorations, of which I have much. That would have been a very easy series to do, especially considering all that stuff has been up since the middle of September. The only problem with that idea was that it would have just ended up being me waxing poetic about things that I've had since early childhood, and then quickly devolving into a "they just don't make things like they used to" series of posts. So for the sake of views (or lack thereof) I scrapped that idea pretty quickly.

Even with all that being said, I at least have one thing, or rather two things available for a suitable Halloween post. Said two things being a pair of signed 8x10's that were gotten earlier this year via eBay. Both were purchased from Our Disappearing Planet, which is a UK based save the planet type organization, that has a fairly large list of celebrities that sign stuff for them on regular basis an in attempt to raise funds for the organization.

First up is a fun still from the set of 1974's Madhouse, signed by Linda Hayden, which also features an absolutely wonderful image of the great Vincent Price. There were quite few signed photos of Ms. Hayden available at the time, but this was the one I Had to have. I'm not going to provide any sort of review here, but this movie, which also stars the equally great Peter Cushing, as well as Robert Quarry (Count Yorga), was one that I enjoyed a quite a bit when I first saw it in the early 90's. This was one of those films that was borrowed from on a fairly regular basis in later horror movies of the 80's and 90's.
Next up is a dual signed photo of Shane Briant and Madeline Smith from Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell:
This was the sixth and final installment of Hammer's Frankenstein series, which starred Peter Cushing as Dr. Frankenstein. I fully agree with the people that say this is Hammer's goriest movie, which is why it might be my least favorite of all the Hammer horror pictures, as I have always been of the opinion that you don't need gore to make a good horror film.

Both Shane Briant and Madeline Smith were no strangers to horror movies, which is why even if I'm not a big fan of the film that the still comes from, I still very much wanted this photo.
Hopefully by this time next year, everything will be unpacked and easily accessible, so that I may provide some more appropriate Halloween season related posts for everyone's reading enjoyment.

And remember, the things that go bump in the night can't get you if they're too busy Dancing!

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Friday, October 28, 2016

TTM Triumph #32: Don Kaiser

Since everyone seems to be about all things Cubs as of late, I figured I might as well get in on it too. Although my minor contribution to the craze will only be to show yet another semi-recent successful return:

Mr. Kaiser's major league career only lasted three years, all with Chicago. Due to his phenomenal high school career, which saw him win 49 of his 50 outings -- with seven no-hitters and two perfect games, Don received a $50,000 signing bonus from the Cubs in 1955.

During his rookie campaign he saw limited action, in the form of 18 total innings, all of which were in relief. Don's first start came on June 2, 1956 against the Dodgers, in which he threw a 2-hit shutout. Unfortunately for him, and the Cubs, this would be his best outing in the majors. Just a year and a half after that start first start, his career in the big leagues would be over, finishing with a 6-15 record and an ERA of 4.15.

Many thanks go out to Mr. Kaiser for signing my card.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Would you believe me...

...if I told you that I got this 1969 Topps Dick Dietz from a repack? Well, as far fetched as it sounds, it's completely true. This card came from a recent 100 card Fairfield repack, which just so happened to be my first one purchased in at least the last six months or so.

I had never heard of anyone getting something this old from a repack before, so to say I was surprised, would be a bit of an understatement. It's also pretty amazing that this card is in such great shape considering I've pulled a couple of really well loved cards (one of which, you can see here) from these in the past.

I don't know if this card was supposed to be considered the "hit" or not, but I will consider it as such, especially since a vintage set need (I forgot to mention that I didn't already have this one) is much more important to me, than a sticker autograph of someone that I've probably never even heard of before.

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