Tuesday, August 31, 2010

TTM Success 8/27/10- Yankees' Outfield Prospect

Today I decided to step away form showcasing my Barclays autographs and showcase a TTM I received in the mail the same day I attended The Barclays.

This card is autographed by Yankees prospect, Damon Sublett.  Sublett is currently playing for the Yankees Double-A team, the Trenton Thunder.

Sublett is currently having kind of a rough season for the Thunder batting .198 with two homers and 12 RBIs in 96 at bats.  Before this season, Sublett had three solid seasons in the minors.

I expect to see Sublett back with the Thunder next season but hope to see him show his stuff rather than play like he did this season and I greatly appreciate that he took time to sign this card.

Monday, August 30, 2010

The Barclays Autos Part 2

This is my second post from my trip to The Barclays.  It was a great time and most of the guys could not have been nicer.

The ticket is autographed by Kevin Streelman while the balls are autographed by Brian Davis(left) and David Duval(right).

Streelman finished the event tied for third.  Streelman currently ranks 18th in the Fed Ex Cup rankings. Streelman was a great guy when he signed for me.  I had the ticket signed because I ran out of items but Streelman had a -8 day that day so the ticket was an awesome item to get signed.

Davis currently ranks 49th in the Fed Ex Cup rankings.  Davis has been on the PGA Tour since 1998 and his best showing in a major was at the 2003 Open Championship where he finished tied for sixth.

The Barclays will most likely be Duval's last event of the season because he did not finish in the top hundred in the Fed Ex Cup rankings.  Duval was once one of the best players on tour but in recent years has stumbled. Davis was the PGA Tour money leader in 1998 and won The Open Championship in 2001.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Barclays Autos Part 1

I haven't posted a lot lately but I will be posting a lot more in the future. Recently I have received a few autos in the mail and got many at The Barclays, the first tournament of the PGA Tour Playoffs.

This is the first post of my Barclays autographs.  I had brought five or six items to get signed because you could only bring what you could fit in your pocket.  Later, I would have to buy more items in the gift shop because I ran out of items to get signed.

The ball on the left is autographed by J.B. Holmes while the ball on the right is autographed by Y.E. Yang.

J.B. Holmes is currently in the top 30 in points in the Fed Ex Cup playoffs.  Holmes is a two-time winner of the FBR Open and was a member of the United States Ryder Cup team in 2008.

Y.E. Yang is best known in golf for his win at the PGA Championship over Tiger Woods last year. Yang also won the Honda Classic last year.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

TTM Success 8/23/10- The Future of Pirates Pitching

This is my first TTM I received this week and somehow I always seem to be posting my TTMs a day late.

This card is autographed by Pirates pitching prospect, Zack Von Rosenberg. Von Rosenberg helped his high school team win four straight state championships.  Von Rosenberg was expected to be drafted higher but due to a strong commitment to LSU, he slipped to the sixth round. 

Von Rosenberg is currently in his second season in professional baseball after having a perfect inning last season in the rookie league.  He is now with the State College Spikes, the Pirates A- team.  Von Rosenberg currently has a great ERA of 3.20 but he has hardly received any run support due to that he is 1-6.

Though the Pirates have been a subpar baseball team for awhile I believe he can help the team when he makes it to the bigs and I greatly appreciate that he took the time to sign this card for my collection.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

TTM Success 8/20/10- Thigpen Battling for Backup Spot

This is my third TTM I received this week, which I actually received this in the mail yesterday.  This TTM is of Dolphins QB, Tyler Thigpen.

Thigpen started his career off with the Vikings by being picked up in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft.  Thigpen was released on September, 1 of that year and signed with the Chiefs the day after.  Thigpen would play three years for the Chiefs and started in 11 games in 2008 for the team.  In 2009, Thigpen was traded to the Dolphins for an undisclosed draft pick.

Thigpen is currently battling Chad Pennington for the Dolphins backup spot behind Chad Henne.  Thigpen's career stats include 19 touchdowns, 15 interceptions with 2,732 passing yards and a QB rating of 73.8.  I think Thigpen could greatly help any franchise at QB and hope he gets the number two spot behind Henne. I greatly appreciate Tyler taking time to sign this card for my collection.

Friday, August 20, 2010

TTM Success 8/19/10- Butera Next In Line After Mauer

This is my second TTM I received this week. I actually received this in the mail yesterday and received a different TTM today that I will showcase later this weekend. This TTM is a rookie card from this years' Topps set signed by Twins backup catcher, Drew Butera.

Drew is currently in his rookie season as a member of the Twins. Drew made his debut on April, 9 of this year against the White Sox but would not get his first MLB hit until April, 22 against the Indians. Drew hit his first career home run almost a month later on June, 19 against the Phillies.

I am a huge fan of Drew due to the fact that he is a former prospect with my, New York Mets. Drew was traded to the Twins in the Johan Santana trade. Drew is currently bating .210 this season with two dingers and ten RBIs.  I think Drew can be a star someday if he is with the Twins behind Mauer or with another team and appreciate that he took the time to sign this card for my collection.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Bruschi Not a Fan of Vikings Plea for Favre

The reason I decided to showcase this TTM today is because Tedy Bruschi was one of the few of the members of the ESPN team to be against some Vikings players going to his house to try and get him to come back to the team, Bruschi said he had lost all the respect he had for the Vikings and also said that this saga would have never happened in New England because Belichick knows how to handle it.

This TTM was received less than a week ago.  Bruschi was a member of the Patriots for his whole career which would last from 1996-2008.  Bruschi is a former Pro Bowler and was a winner of the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year, Bruschi suffered a mild stroke and sat out the some of the previous season, the season after he would play like he never left.  In Bruschi's NFL career he had 735 tackles, 30.5 sacks and 12 interceptions.

I think we all agree with what Bruschi said about the Vikings and Favre but maybe not about the Patriots.  I think Bruschi is quite an inspiring man and appreciate that he took time to sign this card for my collection.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Chase Your Dream

This is my third post in honor of the first game at New Meadowlands Stadium, the new home of the New York Giants.  Last night, the Giants played a great game and clinched the first NFL win ever in the history of the stadium with a 31-16 win over the New York Jets, who still share the same home stadium as the Giants.

This autograph I obtained in person the same day I obtained Kehl and Canty.  This autograph is of Giants LB Chase Blackburn. I got Chase to sign his picture in the yearbook on his way to the meeting after practice the same way I obtained Canty.

Blackburn has been with the Giants since 2005 and has started in 17 of his 79 NFL games.  In Blackburn's NFL career he has 190 tackles, 1.5 sacks and two interceptions.

Blackburn had one tackle in last night's game versus the Jets.

Monday, August 16, 2010

TTM Success 8/16/10- Drew To His Heart

As I said in my first post here, I get at least one TTM a week.  This may be my only one for the week but I certainly hope it is not.

I think this autograph I received today is quite cool due to the fact that it is of Drew Henson, a two-sport athlete.

Henson was a starting QB at Michigan in the fall while he played minor league baseball for the Yankees organization in the Summer.

Henson made it to the big leagues with the Yanks in 2002 and 2003 before retiring from baseball and going back to football.

Henson was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2004 NFL Draft in the third round.  Henson would play for three NFL teams in his football career.

Henson is now retired from professional sports.  Henson's MLB baseball stats include one hit and three runs scored.  Henson's NFL stats include 1 touchdown, 1 interception, 98 passing yards with a QB rating of 64.2.

Thank you for signing the card, Drew!

Canty You Dig It?

This is my second post in honor of the first game at New Meadowlands Stadium tonight between the Giants and Jets that will occur in less than an hour.

This autograph I obtained in person the same day I obtained the Kehl, it is autographed by Giants DT Chris Canty.  I got Canty to sign this cover of an issue of last year's Sporting News NFL Preview.  I asked him to sign this on his way to a meeting after practice.

Canty is entering his second year on the Giants after playing 4 seasons with the Cowboys.   Canty started in every game for the Cowboys in 2006, 2007 and 2008 until he signed with the Giants.  Last year, Canty had an injury-plagued season playing in only eight games with four starts.  Canty has had 161 tackles and 10.5 sacks so far in his NFL career.

I would love to get this item signed by the other men in the photo- Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka, Barry Cofield, Rocky Bernard, Jay Alford, Dave Tollefson (cut off in photo) and Fred Robbins who is no longer a Giant.  If I could get everyone expect Robbins that would make a great addition to my autograph collection.

Kehl As Ice

This post as well as others in the next coming days is in honor of the first game at New Meadowlands Stadium that will be played between the Giants and Jets tomorrow.

This is an autograph I obtained in person of Giants LB Bryan Kehl. I am a huge Giants fan and take a drive down to Albany every year to go to training camp and this is where I received it. I actually got this one just a few days ago on August,12 when I went to camp.

Kehl, probably the best signer on the Giants signed for everyone around the fence area in hopes of an autograph. There were probably around 500 people looking for autographs and Kehl signed for each and every one of them. Kehl was one of the few who signed after practice.

Kehl has been with the Giants for the past two years, this being his third as a Giant. Kehl has only started in 3 NFL games but could have a chance this season of getting a starting job. In Kehl's two NFL seasons he has 57 tackles, one sack and one interception.

The card Kehl signed is his rookie card from the 2008 NFL Bowman set. The best thing about the card is that the card is numbered 384/500.

This is the only signed item I got after practice and the only signed card I got on the day. I have a few other items I got signed that will be showcased in the next few days.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Hello All!

Hello All! My name is Steven and I am a long-time autograph collector.  I will be posting autographs I have in my collection that I am a big fan of.  I am an avid TTM collector and at least get one in the mail every week.  Whenever I get one in I will be posting it here.  I personally like to collect on card autographs that I have obtained in-person or through the mail.  I used to collect certified autos and still do when it is a player I don't have an autograph of.  I am a huge Mets, Giants and Nets fan and love to collect autographs of those teams.  I obtain many autos at Atlantic League games where some former major leaguers play as well as at Giants training camp and Mets and Nets games.  I hope you all enjoy my blog and thank all who will eventually read my blog.