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11.04.02 - Two updates in two days.  I'm on a roll.

Three brand new successes today, just like yesterday.  Only this time there was a surprise baseball return in there as well.  We'll start with football:
 
Todd Bouman of the Minnesota Vikings signed two cards for me in nine days.  Todd was a backup quarterback in the Vikings organization since 1997 until last season when he exploded in his first start throwing for 348 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-24 win over the Titans.  Todd became the first Viking to throw three or more touchdowns in his first start.  Todd finished the 2001 season with eight touchdowns, four interceptions and a QB Rating of 98.3.
 
Veteren quartback Rick Mirer also signed two cards for me care of the Oakland Raiders.  Rick as a highly toted prospect coming out of Notre Dame and had a couple of successful seasons with the Seahawks before becoming a backup with the Bears.  He last appeared in a game in 2000 as a member of the San Francisco 49ers.  This season he is a backup in Oakland behind both Rich Gannon and Marques Tuiasosopo.
 
Finally, San Diego Padres relieve Eric Cyr signed one card that I sent to him way back in July.  Eric saw limited action with the Padres this year and was knocked around a bit, but is still expected to have a bright future.  In five games Cyr finished with a 10.50 ERA over 6.0 innings and posting an 0-1 record.
 
I've also added close to 20 links to different trades that I didn't put up before.  If you have never visited the Trade sections of the site you may want to check them out.  Especially baseball.
 
A new poll is up again today and I would like to thank everyone who voted in last week's poll.  I'll be sending out nine new requests tommorow so check back then to see who they are.  Expect a short update at the very least tommorow.

11.03.02 - Weekend Update:  New successes from Saturday.

Hello once again.  It's seems that I'm updating more frequently these days which is good, but at least now I have something to update about.  I received three new football successes on Saturday including two Indianapolis Colts quarterbacks.
 
First off, Colts quarterback Brock Huard signed two cards for me in eight days.  Brock spent three seasons in Seattle before moving to Indianapolis in the offseason.  In his four years in the league Brock has thrown for 667 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions.
 
Cory Sauter also joined the Indianapolis Colts this summer after spending two years with the Detroit Lions and in the NFL Europe.  Cory played college ball for my favorite team, Minnesota and also signed both my cards in eight days.
 
Finally, Cleveland Browns runningback Jamel White signed one of my cards beautifully although he kept my Bowman rookie card of him on the Colts.  Jamel has an increased role in the Browns offense this season.  So far he has started five games while rushing 390 yards and two touchdowns.
 
Updating the different sections of the site is going well.  I've updated the Success Breakdown, but the major change I have to do is with the trades.  Look for the Trades sections of the site to be totally revamped soon.
 
I'm working on 9 new requests which will either go out tommorow or Tuesday.  I'm going to type these letters as well since I received successes from Jake Delhomme, Sauter, and Huard using typed letters.  I'll announce the requests as soon as they are out.  Also, another new poll will go up tommorow (as long as I don't forget again) so I'll update again with that.  Until then, enjoy the football games.

11.01.02 - Two successes to kick off November.

I finally have something new to report from my mailbox and it is the first pair of successes I've seen in a while.
 
Jake Delhomme of the New Orleans Saints signed two cards for me in very short order.  Jake has appeared in one game for the Saints this season, but hasn't thrown a pass since 1999 when he started two games throwing three touchdowns and five interceptions.
 
My second success comes from former Washington Redskins and New Orleans Saints quarterback Heath Shuler.  Heath signed two cards for me care of his real estate business, but unfortuneatly one of the cards came back pretty badly smeared.  I was a big fan of Heath when he entered the league, but unfortuneatly he suffered some injuries and never lived up to his potential.
 
So there's some new material in the Latest Catch spot and I'm working on updating a lot of the sections on the site.  I've still got to get going on some new requests, but everything else is going well.  I may be doing a Weekend Update, but I'm not sure.  Regardless, I'll continue to update different sections of the site so be sure to check back.

10.29.02 -A day late and a buck short.

Adding a new poll completly slipped my mind until about 11 o'clock last night, so I put a new one up today.  Please take a moment to vote.  I haven't gotten any new action in the mailbox lately, but I plan on starting work on some more requests by the weekend.  Let's hope for some returns though during the second half of the week.  Until then, please check out some of the links.  I've added a couple of new ones and if you would like to exchange links please drop me an e-mail and I'll add you as soon as possible.

10.27.02 -Weekend Update:  A little bit of everything.

It's been a while since my last update, so let me catch everyone up.  I received a single signed card this past week from former NBA standout Wayman Tisdale.  Wayman played his best years with the Sacramento Kings, but also spent some time with the Indiana Pacers as well as the Phoenix Suns.  He ended his career with a ppg average of 15.3.
 
I also added two trade cards to the site, Jay Gibbons and Paul Molitor.  The backlog of trade cards that I have to add is pretty big so I've got to try to add a couple in every update.  I also need to revamp the Trade sections of the site because they are way behind.
 
I also sent out 20 new requests on Friday and I typed six of these requests which is something I don't normally do, but it's a heck of a lot faster than writing them all out.  Here are the ten:
 
Todd Bouman
Stacey Mack
Shane Matthews
Bobby Engram
Jake Delhomme
Jamel White
Aaron Brooks
Brock Huard
Cory Sauter
Correll Buckhalter
 
I'll have to see if typing the letters produces any significant changes in my success rate.
 
Remember, today is your last chance to vote in this weeks poll, so I recommend doing that as a new one will go up in my update tommorow.  Be sure to check back then to check out some new scans.
 
By the way, in my last update I mentioned that Steve Young played his entire career with the 49ers.  Thanks to those of you who e-mailed and reminded me that Steve spent two years with the Buccaneers.  I knew it all along.

10.21.02 - A football success from Friday and baseball successes for today.

On Friday I received a single success from 49ers great Steve Young.  Steve spent his entire career in San Francisco and remains one of the highest rated quarterbacks in the NFL.  He signed one card for me after a pretty long wait care of his home address.
 
Although I didn't get anything new on Saturday i did receive two new baseball successes today.  Catcher Einar Diaz of the Cleveland Indians signed one card of me care of the Indians address.  Einar hit .206 in 2002 with 2 homers and 16 RBI.
 
The other success comes from Atlanta Braves reliever Tim Spooneybarger.  Tim signed one card for me which was sent to the Braves back in August.  He had a great year in 2002 going 1-0 with a save to go along with his 2.63 ERA after 51 appearances.
 
I'd like to mention that a new poll is up again since it's Monday so take a moment to vote because this is an important poll which may affect the site and it's content.  So please vot and let your opinion count.  I'm continuing to work on some new requests and I hope to have them out by the end of the week.  I should have some new successes to report before then so come back again real soon.

10.17.02 - A very surprising success.

I received a very surprising success in the mailbox yesterday and it comes from Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Derrick Alexander.  I sent this request back last December when Derrick was a member of the Kansas City Chiefs and it finally made its way back to me.  Derrick joined Minnesota this year after spending four years with the Chiefs.  In his first year with the Vikings, Derrick has caught 11 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown.
 
I've completely updated the Football Waiting Lists and the Football Home Addresses, but I'm still working on some other sections of the site.  I've also added some new links to the site today so try to check them out.  Remember to take a second to vote in the poll and remember to check back in soon.

10.15.02 - When it rains, it pours.

Another record tying day at the mailbox today with five brand new successes.  Including one of my best (if not the best) football SASE returns I've ever received.
 
Terrell Davis signed one card for me pretty quickly care of the Danver Broncos.  Terrell was the MVP of the league in 1998 when he rushed for 2008 yards, but injuries have significantly shortened his career.  It's great to see a star as big as Terrell signing.
 
Next I received former New York Jets head coach and current Dallas Cowboys coordinator Bruce Coslet.  Bruce signed the two cards that I sent to the Cowboys in short order.
 
I also received retired quarterback Bobby Hebert who spent 12 seasons in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons.  Bobby's best year came in 1988 when Bobby threw for 3,156 yards and 20 touchdowns.  Mr. Hebert signed two cards for me from his home.
 
Next, I received my second success from Buffalo Bills wide receiver Eric Moulds.  Eric is one of the Top wide receivers in the NFL, but is often overshadowed by men like Randy Moss.  2002 has been no different for Moulds.  He already has 45 catches for 581 yards and four touchdowns.
 
Finally, I received long time Dolphins head coach, Don Shula.  I ran across Don's home address and I decided to give him a try and it turns out that he signs rather quickly.
 
I finally had something worth updating about, but I still have a lot of work to do.  More requests will be going out at the beginning of next week and I hope to have all the home addresses and waiting lists up to date by the end of the week.  Remember that there is a brand new poll for this week, so please check that out along with all the new successes.

10.14.02 - No weekend action, but new trade scans added.

For the second week in a row there wasn't a Weekend Update due to not receiving a single SASE success.  I took another break from the site this weekend, but I added two new trade cards to the site of Chipper Jones and Jose Rosado.  They take over the Latest Catch spot.
 
I've added a new poll today and this week's is an important one.  If you never vote in one of my polls again I hope that you vote in this week's and next week's.  So please check the poll out.  I'll start working on a new batch of requests this week and I'll report any new through the mail successes as soon as I receive them.

10.10.02 - Some new and some old football successes.

I received two football successes from retired players that I had already received on Tuesday, so I decided to hold off and do my update today.
 
Today I received somewhat of a surprise success from New England Patriots quarterback Damon Huard.  Damon signed two cards for me in a thin blue Sharpie.  Damon had a breakout season in 1999 with the Miami Dolphins when he threw eight touchdowns and only four interceptions.
 
On Tuesday I received repeat successes from Don Beebe and Joe Montana.  Both of these successes took longer than the first ones.  Montana took much longer and I'm almost positive he has a ghost signer as this card was signed very jerky.  You can check out the scans by clicking the link in the Latest Catch spot.

10.07.02 - New successes, new requests, and a new poll.

Some of you may be wondering why I didn't poast a weekend update, but I didn't receive any new successes on either Friday or Saturday so I decided to take the weekend off from the site.  I'm back into the swing of things today so let's get to it, shall we?
 
Two football successes to report today.  The first comes from Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.  Matt spent two years behind Brett Favre in Green Bay before becoming the starter in Seattle last season when he threw seven touchdowns and eight interceptions for a quarterback rating of 70.9.
 
The second success comes from New Orleans Saints wide receiver Jerome Pathon.  Jerome is in his first year with the Saints after spending three years in Indianapolis.  So far this season, Jerome has caught 17 passes for 232 yards.
 
I also worked on some requests over the weekend and managed to send 11 out today:
 
Bruce Coslet
Rick Mirer
Don Shula
Ottis Anderson
Wesley Walls
Bobby Hebert
Jim Miller
Doug Johnson
Heath Shuler
Eric Moulds
 
I've also added a new poll, so be sure to vote and make me happy.  I'll be back shortly with another update and some more successes to report.

10.03.02 - An update for basketball fans.

I got a single signed card back in the mail today and it comes from three time NBA Champion Rick Fox.  Rick has proven to be one of the toughest players in the NBA and has added great depth and outside shooting to the Lakers championship run.  Rick has a 9.9 career average and signed two cards for me care of his home address.
 
I also added two more signed cards that I received in a trade.  I've still got a lot of signed cards to add so look for them periodically.
 
I'm working on updating every part of this site, but I've still got a lot to do.  I'll do another update on Sunday probably so check back to see what's new.

09.30.02 - Five successes ties the record.

Very busy day at the mailbox today.  As a matter of fact the five successes I received tied my record, so let's get to it.
 
Cincinnati pitcher Ryan Dempster signed one card for me care of the Reds.  In 2002 Ryan split time between Florida and Cincy sporting a 10-13 record to go along with his 5.38 ERA.  Ryan certainly has one of the cooler signitures I've seen.
 
Next I finally received a signed card from Chicago Cubs pitching phenom Mark Prior.  Mark signed a single card for me and has had an impressive season in 2002 going 6-6 with a 3.32 ERA.
 
My final baseball success comes from Cardinals rookie So Taguchi.  So signed one card for me and his signiture is rather interesting.  Heading into the playoffs Taguchi is hitting .400 with 2 RBI.
 
I also received two sucesses from retired quarterbacks, Jim McMahon and Jim Everett both players signed two cards for me.
 
Jim McMahon spent time with many teams including the Vikings, Eagles and Cardinals, but had his best years with the Chicago Bears.
 
Jim Everett was considered one of the best quarterbacks in the league during his days with the Los Angeles Rams.  His best season was in 1988 when he threw 31 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.
 
I've taken the time to update all the team addresses on the site as well as the Links section.  The area that I really need to focus on now is the Football section as the Waiting List and SASE Successes sections are both way behind.
 
Since it's Monday I've added a new poll and it asks a pretty good question this week, so please take a second to vote.  That's all for this update, see you all soon.

09.29.02 - Weekend Update:  Successes in every sport.

It's been a busy weekend at the mailbox.  I'll start off with my biggest surprise.  Way back in May I sent a request to Yankees cathcer Chris Widger care of the Columbus Clippers.  Shortly after I mailed my request Chris was called up to the Yankees.  On Saturday I was very shocked to find out that he signed my card.  Chris has been known as a tough signiture to get during his days with the Mariners and Expos.  2002 has been a good year for Chris.  He's hitting .297 with 5 runs batted in.
 
Yesterday I also received two signed cards from former Charlotte Hornets guard Dell Curry.  Dell was one of the best three point shooters in basketball during his career.  He spent most of career in Charlotte, but played in Miami and Cleveland as well.
 
I also received three new successes on Friday.
 
AL Central champion A.J. Pierzynski signed one card for me care of the Twins.  It's been a great year for both the Twins and Pierzynski.  This season A.J. is hitting .300 to go along with his 6 homers and 49 RBI.
 
I also received Buffalo Bills runningback Sammy Morris.  Sammy is part of a very talented Buffalo backfield along with Travis Henry and Shawn Bryson.  In his rookie season in 2000, Sammy rushed for 341 yards and scored five touchdowns.
 
Finally I received a success from former Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam.  Rashaan rushed for over 1,000 yards in his rookie season with the Chicago Bears, but injuries and substance abuse problems forced him out of the league.
 
That's all for this weekend update, but I'll be back tommorow with a new poll so please keep a heads up for that.  See ya.

09.25.02 - Finally, a success to report.

I received my first SASE success of the week yesterday when I received New York Mets closer Armando Benitez.  Armando is one of the best closers in baseball and has had a great season.  His record stands at 1-0 and his ERA is a superb 2.31.  He has 33 saves in 37 opportunities.
 
Unfortuneatly, that's all I can report right now, but I'll be back on Sunday with another Weekend Update.  Until then please vote in the poll and enjoy.

09.23.02 - Very short Monday update.

No new SASE successes to report today, but I finally had my Archie Griffin autograph redemption card returned to me that I sent out about six months ago, so I added him to the site.  Archie won two Heisman Trophies during his playing days with Ohio State.
 
I also added two more cards that I received in a trade and they were Jeff Weaver of the New York Yankees and San Diego outfielder Ron Gant.  You can check all these cards out in the Latest Catch spot.
 
It's Monday and I've added another new poll.  I think I can trust you to vote by now.  I'll be back as soon as I get new successes to report. 

09.22.02 - Weekend Update:  Three brand new successes.

I received three brand new SASE successes over the course of this weekend, and here they are:
 
I received two successes from baseball players that I sent out back in July, Jeremy Fikac of the San Diego Padres, and Yankees pitching prospect Brian Rogers.
 
Jeremy Fikac has appeared in 62 games for the Padres this season and has a 4-6 record to go with his 5.02 ERA.
 
Brian Rogers has split time this season between double-A (Norwich Navigators) and triple-A (Columbus Clippers).  Brian's double-A numbers are impressive, a 7-2 record with an ERA of 2.77, but his numbers have dropped a bit since he joined Columbus, going 6-6 with a 5.68 ERA.
 
Finally, I received another football return from Cleveland Browns wide receiver Dennis Northcutt.  Dennis is primarily used on punt and kick returns, but he does have a 43 yard touchdown reception this season.
 
I finally managed to send out some new football requests.  Here they are:
 
Terrell Davis
Shaun Alexander
Natrone Means
Jim Everett
Kerry Collins
Shawn Bryson
Don Beebe
Jim McMahon
Charles Mann
Justin McCareins
 
Overall, I've still got some major updating to do around the site.  Hopefully these new requests will produce some good returns.  Tommorow I'll be back with a new poll and any new successes.  I've still got a lot of cards that I received in a trade to add, so I've got to put them up on the site sometime as well, so check back soon.

09.18.02 - More new successes to report.

Way back in May I sent a request to Colorado Rockies third baseman Greg Norton.  I finally got the card back today and it is signed perfectly in a black Sharpie.  This year Greg is hitting .213 with 7 homeruns and 33 RBI.  In my opinion, this one was well worth the wait.
 
I also received a success from Dallas Cowboys tight end Mike Lucky.  I also had a success from Mike last year, but I traded that card away.  2001 was a breakout season for Mike when he started in five games catching 13 passes and scoring a touchdown.
 
A nice pair of successes today, so I can't complain.  I've got some more requests to go out on Friday, but until then I'm just going to take it easy and update the site.  Enjoy, guys.

09.16.02 - Two quarterback successes for Monday.

I received an awesome success in the mail today from one of my favorite quarterbacks in the NFL, Danny Wuerffel.  Danny signed one of the two cards that I sent to him care of the Washington Redskins.  Danny won the Heisman Trophy with the University of Florida in 1996 and was selected in the fourth round of the 1997 NFL draft by the New Orleans Saints.  Danny fits nicely into the offense in Washington under his old coach from Florida, Steve Spurrier.
 
I also received a success from Philadelphia's backup quarterback A.J. Feeley.  A.J. joined the league as a fifth round draft pick of the Eagels in 2001 after an interesting college career in Oregon.  He appeared in a single game last year throwing two touchdowns and an interception earning a QB rating of 114.
 
Two great successes to kick off the week.  Remember, because it's Monday I've also added a new poll to the site, so please take a moment to vote and make me happy.  I'm still working on another batch of ten football requests and they'll be going out before too long.  Hopefully, my good luck will continue this week and I wish all of you collectors out there good luck as well.

09.15.02 - Weekend Update:  First football successes.

It seems my first batch of football requests are starting to trickle back to me.  I received my first two football successes of the season on Saturday including one of best football successes, Isaac Bruce.  Isaac signed two cards for me in a very fast nine days.  In week one of this season Bruce had five catches for 60 yards.  I also received Miami Dolphins wide receiver James McKnight who also signed a pair of cards for me.  In the 2001 season James had 55 receptions for 684 yards and three touchdowns.  Let's hope some more cards start coming back.
 
On Friday I received a single success from San Francisco Giants pitching prospect Kurt Ainsworth.  Kurt signed the card that I sent to the Fresno Grizzlies way back in June.  With the Giants this year Kurt has an 1-1 record and an ERA of 1.69 after appearing in three games.
 
I'd like to thank those of you who e-mailed me and corrected me on a mistake that I made in one of my previous updates regarding Xavier McDaniel.  I mentioned that it appeared Xavier McDaniel signed my card twice, but it turns out that he simply wrote his nickname "X Man" under his 'graph.  I wouldn't have known if no one had pointed that out to me, so thank you.
 
A new poll is going to go up tommorow so if you haven't voted in this weeks poll I would recommend doing so.  I'm also working on some new football requests that should be going out soon.  Until then I'll be continuing to update the site so check back soon.

09.10.02 - Pack pulls and more trade cards.

I took a trip down to my local card shop today and picked up two boxes of 2000 Fleer Football in hopes of completing the set and using any extras for autograph requests and in one of the boxes I received a autographed card of Baltimore Ravens starting quarterback Chris Redman.  The card is also Chris' rookie card which makes this success even better.
 
I also picked up a box of Fleer Greats of the Game Basketball cards and pulled an autographed card of Celtics great Bob Cousy.  Also in that I box I pulled an autograph redemption card of Antoine Walker.  I have to mail it in, but as soon as I get it I will put it up on the site.
 
I've also added one new card that I received in my latest trade and all these cards are featured in the Latest Catch spot.  That's all for tonight, check back soon.

09.09.02 - Late night update.

I was going to hold off and have one very big update tommorow, but I figured I'd do a little one tonight and probably update again tommorow when I have more time.
 
I received a single success in the mail today and it was a strande one coming from former NBA standout Xavier McDaniel.  Xavier signed one card for me, but signed it along the side...twice.  Don't ask me why, but as you can clearly see in the scan he signed my card twice.  This is certainly a first for me.
 
I apologize for not adding scans of the new trade cards that I've received, but I've been quite busy.  I promise though if I update tommorow I will add a few of the cards.
 
Since it is Monday I've updated the Weekly Poll so please take a moment to vote and voice your opinion.  Thank you very much and you'll be hearing from me soon.

09.05.02 - New requests and a success, too.

I finally sent out the 20 football requests that I've been promising and here they are:
 
Jesse Palmer
Ron Dixon
Ron Dayne
Tiki Barber
Chris Redman
A.J. Feeley
Matt Hasselbeck
Sammy Morris
Nate Clements
James McKnight
Matthew Hatchette
Michael Wiley
Tim Rattay
Jerome Pathon
Thomas Jones
Mike Lucky
Damon Huard
Danny Wuerffel
Dennis Northcutt
Isaac Bruce
 
I'm sure I'll get some nice returns from these guys.
 
I received another autograph back in the mail today and it comes from Florida Marlins utility player Mike Mordecai.  Mike came over to Florida from the Montreal Expos in the Cliff Floyd trade, who was later dealt to Boston.  With the Marlins in 2002 Mordecai is batting .286 with 5 RBI.
 
I plan on adding more cards that I received in that big trade sometime over the weekend, so look for them to go up soon.
 
That's all for today.  Check back sometime soon to see some new cards.  Have a great weekend.

09.04.02 - More surprising successes.

I received another pair of successes today that I gave up on a while ago.  Jim Eisenreich who spent the best years of his career with the Kansas City Royals, but also played for the Phillies and Marlins as well as some others.  Jim signed two cards for me care of his home address.
 
Second, I received Minnesota Twins star left fielder Jacque Jones.  Jacque signed one card for me and is having a great season hitting .292 with 25 homers and 76 RBI.
 
I've also added the first three cards that I received in the big trade that  I announced yesterday.  You can check all these cards out in the Latest Catch spot.
 
I decided to hold off and mail out my first batch of football requests tommorow (which also happens to be my first day back to school) and it's a good thing I did.  I had letters all set to be mailed to Joe Montgomery, Tim Hasselbeck and JaJuan Dawson only to find out that they've all been released by their respective teams.  Sending them out tommorow gave me the opportunity to replace those players.
 
That's all for today.  Let's hope for some new successes tommorow after a great first day of school.

09.03.02 - Surprise success, new requests, and a big trade.

I received a very nice surprise return from Colorado Rockies pitcher Denny Neagle today which was sent way back in March.  Denny signed a huge contract to pitch with the Rockies, but he may be regreting it now.  His record stands at 7-9 with an ERA of 4.85 which is respectable for someone pitching at Coors.
 
Now onto bigger news, I completed a monster trade recently which involved me receiving autographed cards of the following players:
 
Alfonso Soriano, Pokey Reese, Brian Daubach, Enos Slaughter, Scott Williamson, Jay Buhner, Paul Byrd, Nomar Garciaparra, Chipper Jones, Jeff Weaver, Frank Thomas, Tony Clark, Jose Rosado, Homer Bush, Ron Gant, Todd Dunwoody, Cory Alexander, Reggie Miller, Bob Sura, Theo Ratliff, Brian Blades, Chris Chandler, Danny Kanell, and Stoney Case.
 
I had to give up some good cards to get them though.  Here's what I gave up:
 
Garret Anderson, Bill Glynn, Johnny Klippstein, Darryl Hamilton, Denny Hocking, Billy Johnson, Jorge Julio, Jon Lieber, Morrie Martin, Anastacio Martinez, Jorge Luis Toca, Wil Cordero, Mike Lamb, Denny Neagle, Doug Piatt, Calvin Pickering, Kevin Tapani, Jay Tessmer, Aaron McNeal, Dee Brown, Cazzie Russell, Steve Alford, Eddie Robinson, Jacque Vaughn, Jamie Asher, Kyle Brady, Steve McNair, Tommy Nobis, Sammy Morris, and Hines Ward.
 
So just when the site is just about up to date I'm back in the hole.  That's cool though.  I plan to start adding scans of the new cards starting tommorow.
 
I've almost got my first batch of 20 football requests ready and they'll go out either tommorow or Thurday.
 
I added a new poll yesterday so please vote if you haven't done so already, I appreciate it and I'll see you all soon.

09.02.02 - Labor Day update.

They're isn't any mail today of course, but I was able to add the one success that I got in Saturday's mail.  It comes from Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Randy Wolf.  Randy is part of a strong, young Phillies rotation that also includes Vincente Padilla, Brandon Duckworth, and Brett Myers.  Randy signed one card for me and in 2002 he has record of 10-7 with a suberb ERA of just 3.26.
 
I've added a new poll to the site today so please take a moment to vote and help me out.  I also plan on sending out my first batch of 20 football successes this Wednesday, so I've got those to look forward to.  I realize that this is a rather short update, but I don't have much news to report.  Hopefully I'll have some more news tommorow, but until then enjoy your Labor Day.

08.30.02 - Four new cards.

When I forget to mention something in any of my updates it's usually my failures, so I'll start with them today.  I received two more on Wednesday from Juan Rivera and Ryan Drese.  Almost all of my Columbus Clippers requests are coming back as return to senders,  although I did receive a success from Nate Field using the same address and mailing it at the same time, so I don't know what's going on.  Ryan Drese was optioned to Buffalo and his mail wasn't apparently so it got sent back to me.  This is the second time I got the shaft from the Indians as the same thing happened with Todd Dunwoody.
 
Now on to the good stuff...The successes.  I received only one through the mail success from Chris George.  Chris is a top pitching prospect with the Kansas City Royals who are in desparate need of pitching.  He has appeared in 6 games this year and has a record of 0-4 with an ERA of 5.60.
 
I also received a signed Bret Prinz card in exchange for my Mike Caruso autographed card and I purchased autographed cards of Christian Parker and Steve Sparks.  All these cards can be found in the Latest Catch spot.
 
I've also updated the Baseball Trades section of the site as well as all the Purchases sections.  I'm trying to get the Baseball Waiting List section together and I plan on sending out my first batch of 20 football requests on Monday so look for that.  In the meantime please vote in the poll because the weekend is here and it won't be long before a new one goes up.

08.27.02 - Signed Sports Cards celebrates it's one year anniversary!

On August 27, 2001 Signed Sports Cards was created on a whim with little expectations.  365 days and more than 15,000 hits later Signed Sports Cards celebrates it's one year anniversary.  I've had a great time watching this site evolve from it's humble beginnings to becoming one of the most popular independant autograph collecting websites on the net.  It's been a great first year and I look forward to the next and all the successes that are sure to go along with it.  A big thank you goes out to everyone who ever visited this site, traded with me, and offered their comments and suggestions.  I appreciate them and they do not go unnoticed.
 
Alright, I received a single success today from Yankees minor league prospect Deivi Mendez.  Deivi signed one card for me in just under a month.  He has played for the Greensboro Bats this season where he is hitting .233 with 2 HR's and 11 RBI.
 
Yesterday I received Houston Astros third baseman Geoff Blum.  Geoff has really been quite the savior for the Astros since Morgan Ensberg isn't quite ready for the big league level.  He's batting .279 with 7 homers and 46 runs batted in.
 
Also yesterday I received a success from Damian Jackson of the Tigers.  Damian signed one card for me and he's got a pretty nifty autograph.  Damian's average stands at .260 for the 2002 season.
 
I'm working on updating the Waiting Lists as well as the Baseball SASE Successes section of the site so please bear with me.  I added a new poll yesterday so please take the time to vote.  Thanks once again for taking the time to visit Signed Sports Cards.

08.26.02 - More Tripod troubles.

I haven't updated the site in a while and it's not because I haven't received anything new, but because I've been having a great deal of trouble accessing my Tripod account.  I think Tripod is great, but sometimes dealing with problems is frustrating.
 
Now onto to the good stuff as I've got plenty of successes to get to.  First, Cincinnati Reds phenom Austin Kearns signed two cards for me in under one months time.  He's having a fantastic rookie year hitting .314 with 13 homers and 56 RBI.
 
Next I received Detroit Tigers infielder Shane Halter.  Shane has played all nine positions in his career and is a valuable member of the Tigers.  He signed one card for me and added one of his own in a little over a week.  This year his average is .257 and he's got 9 homers as well as 34 RBI.
 
I had a big day on Saturday with successes from the following:
 
David Bell of the San Francisco Giants signed one card for me very quickly.  He's batting .251 with 17 dingers and 58 runs batted in.
 
Next I received Brian Buchanan.  This is my second success this season with Brian who has split time this year between the Minnesota Twins and San Diego Padres.  He's hitting .310 with the Padres with 3 homers and 4 RBI.
 
Finally, I received Red Sox pitcher John Burkett.  This season John has a record of 10-7 with an ERA of 4.68.  He was gracious enough to sign the card I sent him.
 
I also received a surprise return from Jim Kelly care of his business and if anyone has any doubts that Jim Kelly uses a stamp to sign I encourage you to click this link.  It is by far the worst stamp I have ever seen.  It didn't even show up entirely on my card.  Time to spring for a new inkpad if you ask me.
 
I also got the opportunity to mail out the following 5 requests on Wednesday:
 
Rashaan Salaam
Rick Fox
Wayman Tisdale
Dell Curry
Xavier McDaniel
 
This is my first batch of basketball requests in a long time.
 
I've got one final point to make before I wrap up this update.  If you e-mail me about a trade expect to send your items first.  I've been burned twice this month because I've been too lax, but not anymore.  I'm always open to trades, but if you contact me you've got to send first.
 
Alright, that's all for now I'll be back tommorow with a new poll and another update providing that Tripod isn't all messed up again.

08.19.02 - First successes since moving.

I received my first batch of successes since moving today and there were a few surprises.
 
First, I received veteran Royals catcher Brent Mayne.  Brent signed one card for me in a little over a month.  This year Brent is hitting .247 with 3 homers and 23 RBI.
 
I received a second catcher today and it's from Pittsburgh Pirates backstop Keith Osik.  Keith has done an OK job this year despite playing behind Jason Kendall.  He's hitting .155 with 1 home run and 7 RBI.
 
Finally, I received Detroit Tigers pitcher Adam Pettyjohn.  Adam has been on the DL this year and hasn't appeared in any games.  Despite this he remains a talented prospect.  The card he returned to me is different than the one I sent him.  The one I sent is the same as the Mayne card, but that's OK.
 
Since it's Monday I've added a brand new poll so please take the time and vote.
 
I'm working on a big batch of football requests to go out in the beginning of September as well as a smaller batch of basketball requests that I'll hopefully be able to get out sooner.  That's all for today.  Enjoy and good luck!

08.16.02 - Oh, the humanity.

I'm finally moved into my new home and after a living nightmare yesterday I managed to hook up my computer tonight and update the site.  I have only one of my computers up, the one I do all my updating with, but the computer I do all my scanning with is still packed.  That's OK though because I don't have any new cards to scan right now.
 
Through some miracle I was able to send out 25 requests, my final batch for the baseball season.  It looks like I did it just in time since the MLBPA has set a strike date for August 30.  Here are the final 25:
 
Luis Ugueto
Josh Fogg
Ryan Drese
David Bell
Chris George
So Taguchi
Shane Halter
Mike Lamb
Marlon Byrd
Brian Buchannan
Shea Hillenbrand
A.J. Pierzynski
Einar Diaz
John Burkett
Gary Bennett
Mike Redmond
Placido Polanco
Geoff Blum
Michael Cuddyer
Ryan Dempster
Bill Haselman
Randy Wolf
Tim Spooneybarger
Armando Benitez
Mike Mordecai
 
I don't know if I've gotten any new successes because I haven't got a mailbox set up yet, but I should have one up on Monday.  For some reason I doubt I've gotten anything new though.  Since I'm just getting back online please be patient as it may take me a while to respond to your e-mails.  Thanks to everyone who voted in the poll and I'll see you all again soon.

08.12.02 - The baseball season is almost over.

The baseball season is almost over believe it or not.  As you may or may not know (you probably don't) I will be moving this Thursday, August 15.  Since I'm moving I thought I'd make it a pretty big day by ending my baseball season by sending out as many autograph requests as I can.  My goal is 30 requests, but don't bank on it.  I'll send out as many as I can.  After they go out my focus will turn to football and the upcoming season.
 
I received a single through the mail success in the mail today and it's from another player that I really like, George Lombard.  Lombard started the season with the Atlanta Braves, but was traded to the Detriot Tigers where he's getting a chance to play.  This year he's hitting .262 with 4 home runs and 10 runs batted in.
 
I also received Robert Fick in a trade and it's one of my favorite cards in my collection, so be sure to check it out.
 
I've added a new poll today, since it's Monday and I hope that you will take a moment to vote.  I'll be back soon with new successes, but until then I'll be writing out my last batch of baseball requests of the year.

08.11.02 - A single weekend success.

I only got one success on Saturday, but it's from one of my favorite players on the Atlanta Braves, Mark DeRosa.  Mark has a lot of potential, but is forced to be a backup behind Rafael Furcal.  If I was Bobby Cox I would take Keith Lockhart out of the lineup and put DeRosa at second base at least until Wilson Betemit is ready for the bigs.  He's having a very good 2002 season hitting .302 with 1 homerun and 12 RBI.
 
This puts an end to a pretty good week.  I realize the site needs some updating and I'm working on it today.  I'll be back on Monday with anything new that I receive and a new poll, so please take the time to vote in this weeks poll before it's too late.

08.09.02 - A variety of cards to report.

I received a nice return from Phillies prospect Eric Valent today.  Eric was a very promising young player a few years ago and it was thought that Valent and Pat Burrell could lead the Phillies back into contention.  Although Eric hasn't reached the majors on a full time basis he had a great year with the Red Barons last year.  This year he's batting .243 with 5 home runs and 72 RBI.
 
I also completed a pair of trades in which I received Jacque Jones and one of my favorite runningbacks a few years ago, Rashaan Salaam.  Rashaan won the Heisman Trophy coming out of college, but faced injuries and substance abuse problems in the NFL cutting his career short.
 
That's all I've got today.  You can check those cards out in the Latest Catch spot and please take a moment to vote in the poll.  See you all again soon.

08.07.02 - Two successes from yesterday.

I didn't have enough time to update the site last night, but I got the opportunity now so I'll go over the two successes that I got yesterday.
 
First, I received Rangers outfielder Frank Catalanotto.  Frank signed one card for me and included a nice note thanking me for my support and saying that he is happy to sign my card.  I wish Frank all the best in 2002 and so far he's hitting .259 with 3 homers and 21 RBI.
 
Next I received Yankees prospect Nate Field of the Columbus Clippers.  Field was picked up on waivers from the Kansas City Royals and was added to the 40 man roster.  He has appeared in 5 games this season with the Royals and is 0-2 with an ERA of 9.00.
 
That's all I have to report since I didn't receive any new successes today.  Let's hope for something tommorow.

08.05.02 - First success of August.

First success in a while today and it's also my first success in the month of August.  It comes from Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lieber.
 
Jon had a breakout season in 2001 going 20-6 with an ERA of 3.80.  He was made the ace of the staff for 2002, but hasn't been having as good of a year as he did.  Although his record is just 6-8, his ERA is lower than it was during his 20 win season and stands at 3.70.  Jon was gracious enough to sign all three of the cards that I sent him.
 
I've added a brand new Signed Sports Cards Weekly Poll to the site so be sure to vote.  Those of you who do really give me valuable feedback so please take a moment to add your response.
 
I'm continuing to update the Links section, so if you want to be added drop me a line at signedsportscards@yahoo.com and I'll add your site right away.

08.02.02 - Sorry, no new scans.

I decided not to add any new scans of 8x10's today like I said I would in my last update because they take up a ton of website space and I feel I'm better off just scanning cards for right now.  This may change in the future, but I don't have any plans of adding scans of new 8x10's.
 
The only thing I got in the mail was a Lillian Vernan catalog, so let's hope for something better tommorow.  In the meantime vote in the poll and check out some other sites that are hopefully having some more luck than I am.

08.01.02 - Kicking off August.

Although I didn't receive any new successes to kick off August I have continued to update many different sections of the site.  I've been spending most of my time in the Links section by adding and removing some links.  If you would like to be added to my Links section now would porobably be a good time to e-mail me because I'll be able to add you very quickly.
 
Also, please take a moment to vote in this weeks poll.  The results this week haven't been as strong so far as they have been in other weeks so take a second to vote and you'll make me a happy camper.
 
I'll have some new stuff up tommorow.  I've got to start adding more 8x10's because they're piling up quickly.  Until then vote in the poll, and check out some links.

07.30.02 - Everything updated.

I was going to updating again yesterday since I got three new successes, but once again Tripod was very slow.  I've been working for awhile today, however and I have a big update.
 
As I mentioned, I received three new successes in the mail yesterday.
 
Former big leaguer Kevin Elster signed two cards for me care of his home address.  This is my second success with Kevin who spent time with both the Mets and Yankees, as well as several other teams, during his career.
 
I also received Twins outfielder Bobby Kielty.  Bobby is part of Minnesota's talented outfield consisting of Hunter, Jones, Mohr, Kielty, and Cuddyer.  In 2002 Bobby is batting .328 with 8 homeruns and 35 RBI.
 
Finally, I received veteran outfielder/first baseman Orlando Merced.  Merced had his best years with the Pittsburgh Pirates, but is still performing well for the Astros hitting .312 with 5 homers and 19 runs batted in.
 
I also got the opportunity to send out 12 new requests yesterday.  They were:
 
Brandon Claussen
Nate Field
Christian Parker
Marcus Thames
Juan Rivera
John-Ford Griffin
Deivi Mendez
Brian Rogers
Jason Kinchen
Mitch Jones
Eric Valent
Austin Kearns
 
Onward.  Today I received a single success from Astros top prospect Jason Lane.  Jason his currently playing for the New Orleans Zephyrs, class AAA, and is putting up big numbers with 13 homers and 81 RBI while hitting .272.
 
I've also updated the Success Breakdown section and I've added a brand new poll, so be sure to vote.  I'll be back soon (if Tripod stays up) so be sure to check back soon.

07.28.02 - Tripod troubles equals lack of updates.

Apparently, Tripod has been having some problems this past week because I have only been able to access my account a couple of times since Wednesday and the opportunities that I could work on this site it was horribly slow.  Things seem to be cleared up now so I got the opportunity to post all of the successes I got from Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
 
We might as well start on Thursday where I received four new successes.
 
First, I received a pair of Colorado Rockies.  Rockies second baseman Brent Butler signed one card for me and this is my second success from him this season.  In 2002 Brent is batting .272 with 5 homeruns and 20 RBI.
 
Next I recieved the ace of the Rockies staff, Jason Jennings.  Jason signed one card for me which also features Luke Hudson.  I'll probably send the card out to him if I can find the team that he plays for.  Jennings has moved from the fifth starter to number one with the unfortunate downfall of Mike Hampton.  His numbers are pretty impressive this year.  He has a record of 10-5 and an ERA of 4.76 which is pretty good compared to the other pitchers in Denver.
 
Also on Thursday I received a pair of Orioles.
 
Closer Jorge Julio signed a card for me and this hurler is having a great season for the O's.  He has a record of 4-5 with 19 saves in 24 opportunities.  His ERA is only 2.09 after 46 appearances.  Jorge can become a very dominant closer for Baltimore if he is given time to develop.
 
I also received Baltimore's pitching prospect Josh Towers.  Josh signed one card for me care of the O's triple-A affiliate Rochester Red Wings.  He has made some appearances in the big leagues this season.  So far he has a record of 0-3 with an ERA of 7.90.
 
I received a single success on Friday from New York Mets pitcher Shawn Estes.  Shawn has a very nice signiture and he signed my card in just under a month.  He's having a bit of a disappointing season, but so are the rest of th Mets.  His record is 3-8 with an ERA of 4.75.
 
Saturday was another big day as I received a couple of Angels.  First, reliever Al Levine, who has the coolest sideburns in baseball, signed my card.  This year Levine is 3-2 with an earned run average of 4.00.
 
I also received infielder David Eckstein.  David personalized my card for me and has been a valuable member of the Anaheim club.  He's batting .285 with 5 homers and 51 RBI.
 
Speaking of the Angels, I'm rooting for them in the AL East.  I am so sick of the Mariners and Ichiro.  I hope the Angels can overcome the odds and win their division this year.
 
Finally I received a success from Cubs pitcher Jason Bere.  I've been a fan of Bere since he was brought up with the White Sox and I'm glad he took the time to sign my cards.  In 2002 Jason has a record of 1-9 with an ERA of 5.19.  One of my cards came back a little smeared, but the other came out perfect.
 
You may remember that I mentioned that I was willing to trade or sell an extra Dave Winfield game used bat card that I have.  Winfield is featured as a Yankee on the card.  I'll be excepting offers until Monday when I will make my decision.  The card is a 2002 Fleer Classic Cuts of Winfield and features a piece of a game used bat.  If you are interested you can drop me an e-mail.  Anyone interested in a scan can e-mail me as well.  Remember though I'm only accepting offers until tommorow, so if your interested in him drop me a line.
 
I'll be back tommorow with a new poll, new requests, and any new successes that I have.  If you haven't already please vote in the poll and look through all the new successes I received.

07.24.02 - Lots of news.

I got my first success since the five that I got on Monday and it's courtesy of Orioles backstop Brook Fordyce.  The former White Sox catcher signed one card for me in 8 days.  He had an off year in 2001 and has been reduced to a backup this season behind Geronimo Gil.  He's hitting .218 with 1 homerun and 5 RBI.
 
I also added scans of a pair of Yankees.  I traded my Joe Mays signed card for Shane Spencer and Mike Humphreys.  You can check them out in the Latest Catch spot.
 
I also went to the card store last night and picked up a box of 2002 Bowman and 2002 Fleer.  In the box of Fleer cards I pulled my second Dave Winfield game used bat card.  I really don't want to of the same card, so I'm willing to trade or sell the card.  If you would like to make me an offer for the card you can e-mail me at signedsportscards@yahoo.com.  I'm looking to deal him so don't be shy.
 
The Bowman cards are great for writing to prospects and I'll be sending out some requests to some Yankees propects very shortly.  I also plan on sending out some more baseballs to be signed as well.
 
That's all at this time.  Remember, if you are interested in the Dave Winfield bat card e-mail and I'll see what I can do for you.

07.22.02 - Record setting day.

Today I broke my previous record of four successes in one day by getting five today.  I also received a success on Saturday, so the Latest Catch spot is jammed packed.
 
On Saturday I received Ben Broussard.  Ben joined the Cleveland Indians from the Cincinnati Reds in the Russ Branyan deal.  This year Ben is batting .236 with 3 homers and 6 RBI.
 
Now to the five Monday successes.
 
First, I received a pair of pirates.  Outfielder Chad Hermansen signed one of the cards I sent him and kept the other for himself.  In 2002 Chad is hitting .215 with 7 homers and 15 RBI.
 
The other Pirate success came shortstop Jack Wilson.  Jack has been superb for the Pirates this year with an average of .272 with a pair of homeruns and 31 runs batted in.
 
I also received one minor league success from Braves prospect Ryan Langerhans.  Ryan is playing for Atlanta's double-A affiliate and is batting .242 with 8 dingers and 40 ribbies.
 
Finally, I received a couple of great successes.
 
First, Athletics closer Billy Koch signed one card for me very nicely in just under a month.  Koch has lived up to expectations in 2002 with a record of 6-1 an ERA of 3.09 and 24 saves in 29 opportunities.
 
My final success came as quite a surprise.  Philadelphia Phillies star Jimmy Rollins returned my SASE and two cards, but provided an awesome oversized card that he signed.  Rollins is notorious for be a very difficult through the mail signer and my success is the first I've heard of this year, so I consider myself pretty lucky.  This year Rollins is batting .244 with 7 homers and 34 RBI.
 
An awesome day overall, but it wouldn't be complete without a failure.  The Detroit Tigers returned my request to Jose Macias because he is no longer on the team.  It's my fault really.  Macias is now with the Montreal Expos.
 
I've also added a brand new weekly poll and this one works, I promise.  Please take a moment to vote and take a look at all the new successes.

07.19.02 - Best day of the year?

The successes continue to pour in and I received four new returns today.
 
First I received a signed card from Chicago Cubs workhorse Matt Clement.  Matt signed one card for me in 10 days.  In 2002 Matt has pitched in 19 games and has a record of 8-6 with an ERA of 3.63.
 
Second I received a signed card back from Brewers ace Ben Sheets.  I originally sent this out on April 1 and have since given up on it, but Ben signed my card and the post office returned my SASE with just the 34 cent stamp on it.  That's fine by me!  Sheets has struggled in 2002 pitching in 20 games with an ERA of 3.93 and a record of 4-11.
 
Next, Boston Red Sox pitching prospect Anastacio Martinez signed my card in a short 7 days care of Boston's double-A affiliate Trenton Thunder.  Martinez has had ups and downs with Trenton this year posting a 5.21 ERA and a record of 4-7.
 
My final success is my best.  I received my first signed baseball through the mail from Yankees coach Don Zimmer.  Don signed my ball on this sweet spot in 10 days.  I hope to send out some more baseballs since I had success with this requests.
 
Today's been quite the day if you ask me.  I've also taken the time to update the Links section again for everyone and if you would like to exchange links you can e-mail me at signedsportscards@yahoo.com.
 
That's all for right now.  I'll be back sometime over the weekend with anything else that's new and I'll have a new (working) poll for everyone on Monday.

07.18.02 - Another success, new requests, and various site updates.

My through the mail slump appears to be over because I received my second success in two days and it's from one of my favorite pitchers, Kyle Lohse.  Kyle pitches for the underdog Twins and in 2002 has a record of 8-5 with an ERA of 4.99.  Kyle signed my card perfectly and I'm very pleased to get this one back.
 
I also added the second of four new trade cards to the site.  This one of Atlanta Braves first baseman/outfielder B.J. Surhoff.
 
I also sent out eight new requests today to the following players:
 
George Lombard
Carlos Valderrama
Kevin Elster
Ricardo Aramboles
Damian Jackson
Mark DeRosa
Brook Fordyce
Orlando Merced
 
I've been sending out a bunch of requests this month and I don't know why.  I should be out enjoying the weather.
 
I've also updated a few sections of the site including the FAQ's and Links sections.
 
Finally, I'm happy to report that most people are sending their e-mails to the correct address, signedsportscards@yahoo.com, proving that you guys do read my updates (at least partially).  I really do appreciate it as it makes my life so much easier.

07.17.02 - A success, changes, and corrections.

I finally received a through the mail success today, my first since July 8, ending my slump.  It comes from Indians closer Bob Wickman.  Bob is a very underrated closer who has spent time with the Yankees and Brewers before joining the Indians.  This year Wickman is putting up some nice numbers for the Tribe with an ERA of 4.02 and converting 19 out of 20 save opportunities.
 
I also added another card that I received in a trade.  This card is of current Mets star Joe McEwing.  I'm a big fan of Joe because of his versatility.
 
I would also like to let everyone know that I have opened up an e-mail account which will be used exclusively for this site.  That way I don't have to sift through junk mail to get to the good mail.  Although I can still receive e-mail at the old address I would prefer it to be sent to the new address at signedsportscards@yahoo.com.  It would make my life so much easier.  I'm working on updating all the pages with the new e-mail address.
 
By the way, I realize that this weeks poll is not working.  Just my luck, huh?  Thanks to those of you who let me know, but I knew something was wrong when it didn't have any votes after almost 24 hours.  I'll have a new poll up for everyone shortly.
 
I'm continuing to work on the site, updating it and the like.  I'm also working on some requests that I should get out soon.  Hopefully, today is the end of the terrible week that I had last week and so far this week.

07.15.02 - New poll tonight.

I didn't get any new SASE successes today (surprise, surprise), but I did receive four new cards in a trade which I will add eventually.  I didn't add any tonight because Tripod was extremely slow.
 
Anyway, vote in the new poll and I'll be back tommorow perhaps with some new stuff.  Feel free to e-mail me too, I'm always open to trades, link exchanges and I appreciate any comments about the site.  (Besides, it seems like more people drop me a line if I mention it in one of my updates.)  New stuff coming soon...

07.14.02 - Everything but a SASE success.

I've been quite busy over the weekend after a rather uneventful week.  On Friday I sent out quite a few more requests.  They were:
 
Jason Lane
Ryan Langerhans
Jose Macias
Eric Cyr
Ben Broussard
Steve Kent
Anastacio Martinez
Mark Prior
 
Prior has been a good signer in the first half of the season and I hope I'm not too late in getting quite possibly the next big pitcher in baseball.
 
Next I've added a page to each of the sports sections of the site called 8x10 Photos.  These pages will contain all of the autographed 8x10 photos I receive.  I've added two new 8x10's to the site, Kerry Collins and Jim Edmonds, and I plan on adding more baseball photos shortly.
 
I've also added a baseball trade to the site in which I received Sterling Hitchcock in return for Jeff D'Amico.  You can check out the scans in the Latest Catch spot.
 
I'm continuing to update the site and I'm hoping next week will be significantly better than this one.  Whatever the case may be I'll be back tommorow with a brand new poll, so take a moment to vote in this week's poll before it's too late.

07.09.02 - Brand new requests.

Well, I went out to an empty mailbox today, but I did send out twenty new requests as promised.  They were:
 
Frank Catalanotto
Matt Clement
Brent Mayne
Jorge Julio
Trevor Hoffman
Brian Lawrence
Adam Pettyjohn
Kyle Lohse
Jeremy Fikac
Jack Wilson
Bob Howry
Bobby Kielty
Kip Wells
Al Levine
Jeffrey Hammonds
Brent Butler
David Eckstein
Raul Ibanez
Juan Cruz
Chad Hermansen
 
It took me a while to get all these together so hopefully I'll get some pretty nice returns from them.
 
I've also taken the time to updated a few other sections of the site including the Links section and the Success Breakdown on this page (which was badly needed).  The only thing left is the rather cumbersome task of adding all these guys to the Waiting List.
 
I'll be back shortly with some new material for everyone.  I promise.  Until then please vote in the poll and take the time to look around and visit the new links.  (Or the old ones...)

07.08.02 - New success, poll, and addresses.

I'm back.  I received a single success in the mail today and it comes from Arizona Diamondback and World Series champion Tony Womack.  Tony signed one card for me in ten days.  Up until the break Tony was hitting .256 with 1 home run and 27 RBI's.
 
I also added a scan of a signed 8x10 of Jose Canseco which I received in a trade.  It's very nice and one of my favorite photos.
 
I added a brand new poll today so please take the time to vote.  It won't hurt.
 
I've also gotten around to adding the addresses of Don Zimmer and Jeff George to the site as well.
 
I have a BUNCH of requests going out tommorow and I'll list them all tommorow for everyone.
 
By the way, I would like to voice my complete and utter disliking of the New York Yankees trading my favorite pitcher Ted Lilly to Oakland in part of a three way trade.  I love the addition of Raul Mondesi (since we practically stole him from Toronto), but Lilly was an up and coming star.  Despite no longer being in pinstripes I wish Ted Lilly the best of luck with his new club.
 
I believe that's all I wanted to touch up on today, but I'll be back tommorow with a bunch of requests and anything else that's new.

07.07.02 - 10,000 hits!

First of all I would like to thank everyone who has visited Signed Sports Cards in its eleven months of operation.  SSC has surpassed another milestone now reaching over 10,000 hits.  Thank you so much to everyone.
 
Second, let me apologize for not updating in a while, but I have been very busy during the fourth of July weekend.  I'm back today though, and I hope everyone enjoyed the fourth.  Anyway, I went to another Tri-City ValleyCats game this past Saturday where they lost to division leaders the Oneonta Tigers 4-3 in 16 innings.  I managed to get about eight autographs at this game including Brandan Macchi, batting third and starting in left field, and Sean Kramer who is a very cool, quiet guy who signed for everybody.  It was another great night at the ballpark.
 
I received my only success of the weekend on Friday when I received Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Rob Mackowiak.  In 2001 Rob hit .266 with 4 home runs and 21 RBI's. 
 
I'm going to be sending out a ton of requests very soon and I'll be back tommorow with (at the very least) a brand new poll.  Check back then and take a second to vote in this weeks poll if you haven't already.

07.03.02 - Two new Yankees scans up.

I added two new scans to the site today.  First a SASE success from the Yankees number one pick in 1999, David Walling.  David signed my card care of the Columbus Clippers.  This year he is struggling a bit with a record of 2-7 and an ERA of .454.
 
I also added another signed 8x10 photo this time of former Yankee Jim Leyritz.  Leyritz had two stints with the Yankees playing nine of his eleven total seasons in pinstripes.  You can check both autographs out in the Latest Catch spot.
 
I bought a box of 2002 Fleer baseball yesterday and I'm working on sending out a bunch of requests.  In the last pack of that box I pulled a Carlton Fisk game used jersey card and a Dave Winfield game used bat card.  It was probably the best pack I ever opened in my life.
 
Anyway, I'll be back with any new requests and successes soon.  In the mean time please take a moment to vote in the poll and chack out some of the links in the Links section, too.

07.01.02 - Another surprise success.

I received my second surprise success of the week and it's from another football player, Jeff George.  Jeff was a very good quarterback in the earlier years of his career with the Indianapolis before moving on to the Falcons, Vikings and other teams.  He signed all three of the cards that I sent to him way back in December.
 
My second success comes from Kansas City closer Roberto Hernandez.  Roberto signed one card for me in about three weeks.  He has converted 13 of 15 save opportunities while posting an ERA of 3.00.
 
I've also updated the weekly poll, so take a second to vote.  I would really appreciate it.  Thanks again and I'll be back soon enough.

06.30.02 - Everything you can have in an update.

For starters, I went to my first Tri City ValleyCats game yesterday.  2002 is their inaugural season and they are a class-A affiliate of the Houston Astros and play just 15 minutes from my hometown in Joseph L. Bruno Stadium.  I had a really good time and I am really becoming a big fan of minor league baseball because of the laid back atmosphere and the accessability of the players.  I managed to get a baseball signed by about 10 of the players including my two favorite ValleyCats J.P. Duran and Randy McGarvey Jr.  Although the ValleyCats lost 4-3 last night (blowing a 3 run lead in the seventh) I plan on going next Saturday to see them against the Oneonta Tigers.  It should be a fun time and I encourage everyone to attend at least one minor league game if you have a local team.
 
Next, my weekend successes.  On Friday I received two signed cards from Minnesota's Denny Hocking, although both of them came back pretty smeared.  (I did get a cool Denny Hocking fingerprint on one, though).  So far this season Hocking is batting .233 with 2 homeruns and 19 RBI's.
 
On Saturday I received a very surprising success from Christian Okoye which I sent out way back in November.  Christian, who spent all of his six year career with the Kansas City Chiefs, signed one of the three cards that I sent him.  His best season was in 1989 when he surpassed 1400 yards and scored 12 rushing touchdowns.
 
I also sent out a bunch of new baseball requests on Friday.  They were:
 
Shawn Estes
F.P. Santangelo
Kurt Ainsworth
Billy Koch
Rob Mackowiak
Josh Towers
Morgan Ensberg
Matt Kinney
Keith Osik
Tony Womack
Jason Jennings
 
I resent my F.P. Santangelo request to his new team the Sacramento River Cats and I resent a very nice 2002 Upper Deck Vintage card to Morgan Enberg which also has Tim Redding's picture on it.  If I get it back from Ensberg I'll ship it off to Redding.
 
Ok, I guess that's all for this weekend.  I know that you're all looking forward to Monday.  I'll be back with another update and a new poll (thank goodness).  See you then!

06.27.02 - A late update.

I almost didn't update tonight, but I thought that I better since I have quite a few things to talk about.  This is going to be a longer update, so bear with me.
 
First I received a success from Chris Donnels of the Arizona Diamondbacks.  The former Mets prospect signed one card for me in two weeks.  This season Donnels is hitting .245 with 2 homeruns and 10 RBI's.
 
I also received a failure from F.P. Santangelo who was with the Columbus Clippers, but has since rejoined his old team the Oakland A's and is playing for their Triple-A affiliate Sacramento River Cats.  I plan on resending my request to him their.
 
I also added a signed card of Duke Snider which I received in a trade from Mark.
 
Next, the poll.  I can even begin to describe how much I dislike this poll.  I would not recommend that anyone put a poll made by html-GEAR up on their site because they tend to disappear from your site and fall off the face of the Earth for a little while before reappearing.  I'll have to stick it out until Monday when I'll put up another poll by a different company.
 
Now on to baseball news that I would like to talk about.  The New York Yankees called up outfielder Karim Garcia and it's about time.  Karim has been tearing it up in Columbus for the Yankees hitting .271 with 12 jacks and 49 RBI's in 74 games.  Karim is probably my favorite player in baseball and I feel he could be on any major league roster except for the Yankees.  Hopefully, he'll get a chance to play in a few games during his call up.
 
Finally, Bartolo Colon is a huge pick up for Montreal and if the rumors of giving up just Lee Stevens and two prospects are correct than they got a steal.  Colon is a proven ace who will add a lot to their rotation along with Armas, Ohka, and Yoshii.
 
Alright, that's enough rambling from me, but I told you this was a long update.  I'll have more requests going out tommorow so check back.  Take a minute to vote in the poll, too.  I've been very pleased with the results so far!

06.25.02 - Some basketball stuff.

I received a surprise success today from Danny Ainge.  This is my second success from Danny Ainge, but I had given up on in long ago because this requst took a considerably longer amount of time to get back to me than my first one.  Another thing that is a little strange about this return is that Ainge added a signed index card of his own.  I don't know why he added it, but he didn't add one to my first return.  Oh well, who knows?
 
I also added another 8x10 signed photo that I received in a trade.  This one of NBA superstar Paul Pierce.  The photo is awesome, just like Pierce who let the Boston Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals this year.  You can check him out, as well as Danny Ainge in the Latest Catch spot.
 
I'm working on a pretty big batch of requests that should be able to go out shortly.  Please remember to take a moment and answer the new Signed Sports Cards poll if you haven't done so already and I'll be back with some new material very soon.

06.24.02 - Two successes from California.

A nice pair of successes today from some players out in California.
 
The first from San Francisco Giants outfielder Shawon Dunston.  This former infielder turned outfielder signed two cards from me care of the Giants.  This season Shawon is batting .177 with a home run and 3 RBI's.  He remains a team leader for San Francisco.
 
The other cards came as a surprise.  Trevor Hoffman signed two cards in just over a month care of the Padres.  I had forgotten about this request and it came as a surprise to see Trevor sign.  Sports Illustrated named Trevor the best closer in baseball and it shows with an ERA 1.33 and has converted all 19 of his save opportunities.
 
Also, you may have noticed that I have added a new weekly poll on the home page of Signed Sports Cards.  It will be updated every Monday.  Please take a moment to answer and leave any comments that you might have.  Thanks again and I'll be back soon.

06.23.02 - Weekend success.

I received a single success over the weekend which I added to the site today and it comes from Florida Marlins reliever Braden Looper.  Braden has a pretty neat looking autograph and the card he signed for me looks great.  So far this year Braden has appeared in 34 games for the Marlins with a 0-3 record and an ERA of 4.42.
 
I also sent out a few requests on Friday, although not sa many as I would have liked.  They were:
 
Todd Dunwoody
Mike Jackson
Richie Sexson
Darren Lewis
 
I'll have some more successes going out as soon as I can pick up some more stamps.  That's all for now.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

06.20.02 - Successes for the past two days.

I have quite a few new successes to report today so lets get to it.
 
Yesterday I received a signed card back from Don Zimmer of the New York Yankees and Jose Mesa of the Philadelphia Phillies.  So far this season Jose is 1-4 with an ERA of just 2.14 and 18 saves in 22 opportunities.
 
Today I received a great success from one of my favorite players on the Atlanta Braves, Damian Moss.  Damian is having a great rookie season with the Braves with a 3-2 record and an ERA of just 3.28 in 12 starts.
 
I also completed a great trade with my new best friend Mark.  He sent me an awesome looking Johnny Damon signed 8x10 photo in exchange for my Kip Wells autographed card.  Look for more great 8x10's to go up very soon.
 
I'm still working on my next batch of requests.  I don't know if they will be done tommorow.  I may have to send them out on Monday.  Either way, check back soon for anything new.

06.18.02 - One of my best football successes.

The successes are starting to trickle back to me it seems and I got a great one today.  Steve McNair of the Tennessee Titans signed two cards for me care of his home address which I've added to the site.  McNair had 21 touchdowns in 2001 and only 12 interceptions.  His quarterback rating was an impressive 90.2.
 
I'm continuing to make a few minor changes around Signed Sports Cards, but I should have a few more requests going out by Friday so look for those coming up.

06.16.02 - First success in a while.

For once there's a reason why I haven't updated this weekend until now.  I ran out of available space on my Tripod account so I had to open up a new one.  You may notice a few broken links in the Baseball Pack Pulls section of the site and there may be a few minor changes occuring around Signed Sports Cards in the near future, but nothing major.
 
I've been in a bit of a return slump lately, but I did receive two signed cards back from Minnesota Twins star first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz.  So far in 2002 Doug is batting .266 with 3 homers and 30 runs batted in.  Look for big things in the future from this guy.
 
Just a little reminder, I am always willing to trade any of the cards I have listed on this site.  I am not willing to sell any however.  If you are interested in a trade please drop me an e-mail and we can work something out.
 
That's all for right now.  I'm working on getting the site in order and I'll be back with any new successes.

06.13.02 - 13 requests for the 13th.

I've been in a pretty big slump recently so in order to try and pick things up a little bit I mailed out 13 new requests today, the 13th of June.  They were:
 
Terry Pendleton
Bob Wickman
Adrian Brown
Don Zimmer
Chris Donnels
Roberto Hernandez
Shawon Dunston
Jacque Jones
Phil Nevin
Jon Lieber
Erick Almonte
Steve Young
Joe Montana
 
These are the first batch of requests that I sent out with an additional 3 cent stamp on the SASE's in case they do not get back to me by June 30.
 
Hopefully, I'll have some new successes by the end of the week for everyone.

06.09.02 - The last of my trades added to the site.

I have finished adding all of the trade cards that I had in my backlog today by adding the final four, Kip Wells, Wade Boggs, John Valentin, and Tom Glavine, to the site.  I'm working on updating the Baseball Trades section and I should be done with that very shortly.
 
The only other cards that I have in my backlog are about twenty or so pack pulls that I have to add sooner or later.
 
I've also updated the Sports View section of the site with some baseball news.
 
Remember that I am always open to trades and if you ever want to make me an offer for any of my cards feel free to e-mail me by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.

06.08.02 - Oops!  My mistake.

You know, after looking over my site this evening I realized that in my last update I mentioned that I had two Yankees successes, but I only posted the link to Domingo Jean.  What I forgot to add was the link to the Ramiro Mendoza card that I traded for, so I took the time to add that now.  I apologize for any confusion.
 
I didn't get any knew successes on Saturday, but my hopes are high for Monday.  I should have another update for everyone tommorow so please check back!

06.07.02 - Two new Yankees successes.

I have one success to report from yesterday and it's from long time New York Yankees minor leaguer Domingo Jean.  Just how long has Domingo been in the Yankees system?  He came over in the STEVE SAX trade.  That's a long time ago.  He spent most of his time with Columbus, but has spent a year in the majors in 1993 where he was 1-1 with a 4.46.  He signed one card for me pretty quickly care of the Clippers.
 
I've also taken the time to update all the addresses on the site as well as the Links section.
 
I'll be back sometime this weekend with some cards that I traded for and any new SASE successes.

06.04.02 - Quick little update tonight.

I haven't gotten a chance to update until late tonight, but I do have one success to report.
 
Andy Ashby signed two cards for me care of the Los Angeles Dodgers.  This season Andy has an impressive 2.84 ERA with a 5-4 record.  Andy has a very nice looking signiture and they turned out great on my cards.
 
I also sent out the following five requests today:
 
Braden Looper
Denny Hocking
Jose Mesa
Damian Moss
Steve McNair
 
these are going to be the final requests I send out before adding an additional three cent stamp to my SASE's.
 
I'll have more updates to the site later this week.

06.01.02 - Weekend successes added.

I have a couple of successes to report from yesterday and today.
 
Yesterday I received a signed card by Colorado Rockies rookie second baseman Brent Butler.  Currently, Brent is hitting .355 with three ribbies in 31 at bats.  He has the potential to be a big star in the majors in the near future.
 
Today, I received a single signed card from Houston Astros star Morgan Ensberg.  Morgan signed one card for me very quickly care of the Astros.  This season Morgan is hitting .236 with three home runs and 17 RBI's.
 
Those are all the successes I have, but I should have this site updated more over the weekend (Links, Waiting Lists, etc.) as well as more requests going out on Monday (hopefully).

05.29.02 - Successes from yesterday and a failure from today.

I did not get a chance to update yesterday, but I did get two successful returns.
 
Brett Jodie is currently coming up through the New York Uankees system.  He made several starts for San Diego last season, but only one for the Yankees where he was shelled for six runs in two innings.  He has been progressing nicely through the minors however.  I sent my card to him care of the Norwich Navigators (Double-A), but my SASE was postmarked from Columbus which leads me to assume that he has been moved up to the Clippers (Triple-A).
 
Chris Richard came up through the Cardinals farm system as a first baseman, but is currently being used as a outfielder for the Orioles.  So far this season Chris hasn't been in any games due mainly to the excess of outfielders Baltimore has.
 
I also completed a trade for Livan Hernandez.  You can check out all these cards in the Latest Catch spot.
 
Unfortuneatly, I also have a failure to report from Pat Tabler.  My letter was refused and it took over four months just to get my SASE back.
 
Anyway, I'm updating as much as I can tonight and I plan on updating again very soon.

05.25.02 - Wow!  Quite the day, if you ask me.

My mailbox was overloaded with lots of successes today.  I received four new through the mail successes today, all of which I sent out on the same date.  Check them out:
 
Garrett Anderson - Long time overlooked member of the Anaheim Angels who is having another great season.  He's hitting .286 so far with 7 home runs and 33 RBI's.  I always knew Garrett was a good signer, but I didn't think his response time was so great as well.
 
Brian Buchanan - Powerful outfielder for the Minnesota Twins who came up through the Yankees system is posting nice numbers this season batting .275 with 4 home runs and 12 RBI's.
 
Pat Listach - Played a total of six seasons in the majors.  Five with the Brewers and one with the Astros before retiring.  He is now working as a coach for the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.
 
Glendon Rusch - The former Kansas City Royal and New York Met is now working as a full time starter for the Milwaukee Brewers.  This year he's 3-4 with a 4.79 ERA.
 
I also received a very nice autographed Mike Hampton card in a trade with Will.
 
Finally, I added a new link to the Links section of the site, so be sure to check a few of them out if you get a chance.

05.23.02 - Nice return today.

I got a nice return to day from Colorado Rockies rookie Juan Pierre.  Juan kept one of the cards that I sent him, but put the one he signed in a protective case to, well, protect it!  So far this season the center fielder is batting .296 with 8 RBI's and 17 stolen bases.  Certainly a productive season so far.
 
I've also added two more trade cards to the site:  Ben Petrick, and Travis Fryman.  One a great prospect, one a great veteran.
 
I also sent out the following 12 requests today:
 
Domingo Jean
Chris Widger
F.P. Santangelo
David Walling
Jay Gehrke
Russell Branyan
Jim Eisenreich
Doug Mientkiewicz
Andy Ashby
Trevor Hoffman
Morgan Ensberg
Adam Piatt
 
I hope to get some great returns from these guys.
 
I still plan on updating the address section very shortly and I'll update with anything new I receive.  Good luck to everyone.

05.22.02 - Two new baseball returns.

Hello once again.  I received two new successes today in the mail:
 
Jeff D'Amico has been a solid starting pitcher for the New York Mets this year.  So far this season he is 3-4 with an ERA of 3.38 over 9 starts.  Mr. D'Amico was nice enough to sign all three cards that I sent him.
 
Sidney Ponson is another quality starting pitcher.  He is having a pretty good season with the O's this year.  So far he's 2-3 with an ERA of 4.63 over 9 starts.  Sidney has a very nice signiture and it looks very nice especially on the 2000 Topps Chrome card that I sent him.
 
I plan on adding more addresses to the site very shortly and I've got a bunch of requests to go out as well.  I should have another update for everyone very shortly.

05.20.02 - Some new material.

I haven't been feeling very good these past couple of days (or today for that matter), but I was able to update today with another minor league SASE success and a few cards that I traded for.
 
The SASE success comes from Karim Garcia who has spent time with the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Indians, Reds, and Tigers in his short career.  He is now playing for the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, the Columbus Clippers.  Karim is a player that I like a lot.  He battled back from a serious injury and can be a really valuable player to any team.  I think he could be on any major league roster except the Yankees.
 
I've also added a pair of pitchers that I received in that big trade I've completed:  Scott Elarton and Alex Fernanadez.  You can check out all three cards in the Latest Catch spot.
 
I've also added a new link to Baseball Autographs by Mail so check them out if you have the time.  That's it for me today.  New requests will go out shortly (when I feel a bit better).

05.15.02 - New requests sent and a minor league success.

I forgot to mention this in my Monday update, but I managed to send out eight more requests that day:
 
Glendon Rusch
Bob Boone
Garrett Anderson
Brian Buchannan
Brent Butler
Greg Norton
Scott Erickson
 
My goal is to get out at least five new requests every week.
 
One success today to report and it comes from a promising young prospect of the Baltimore Orioles Napoleon Calzado.  Napoleon is currently playing for their Double-A affiliate the Bowie Bay Sox.
 
OK...I'm done updating for today.  I'll be back soon enough.

05.13.02 - Site updated and new returns.

It's been a while since my last update and I apologize.  I haven't really been overly busy, but I haven't had any new SASE successes and haven't gotten around to posting anymore of the cards I traded for.

Anyway, I'm back with another update today with two new cards:
 
Dick Anderson who was a member of the 1972 undefeated Miami Dolphins signed a card for me care of his home address in just about two weeks.  He also sent along a signed note about the '72 Dolphins and a book on the subject.
 
The other success comes from Aubrey Huff of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.  Honestly, I wasn't really expecting to get this card back because I sent it to the Devil Rays team address despite the fact that Aubrey was sent to their Triple-A affiliate at the start of the season.  Luckily for me however they were able to forward it and I got a nice signiture from this promising star.
 
Finally, I added a lot of home addresses to the site from various players that I have had successes with.  I've also updated the Sports View and Success Breakdown sections.  I should be back pretty soon with some more autographs for everybody.

05.08.02 - New successes again...

Another couple of successes today.  One coming from Philadelphia 76ers star Matt Harpring.  Although the 76ers lost in the first round to the Celtics (who I would like to see go all the way) Matt had a great season and has also spent time with the Cavs and Magic.
 
I also received a return from James Lofton.  Lofton was a talented wide receiver who spent time with the Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Raiders during his career in the NFL.
 
I've still got to update the Success Breakdown section and add quite a few home addresses to the site as well.  I may get a chance to do it tommorow, but no guarantees!

05.07.02 - A success for every sport.

Loads of mail to report from yesterday.  As a matter of fact I didn't get a chance to update yesterday because of all the successes I received.  I got at least one SASE success from every sport on Monday, so let me run them down:
 
Roger Craig - This is my second success with Roger who signed one card for me.  He was a great runningback during the 1980's playing for the Super Bowl champion 49ers.
 
Tommy Nobis - Another great player who spent years playing defense in Atlanta.  He signed my card very quickly care of his home address.
 
Cristian Guzman - An up and coming shortstop for the surprising Minnesota Twins.  Spent some time in the Yankees farm system before going to the Twins.  So far in 2002 he is hitting .227 with eight RBI's.
 
Charlie Ward - Long time New York Knick point guard who spent most of the season as a backup behind Mark Jackson along with Howard Eisley.
 
Just a note, I'm a big Knicks fan, but I'm not surprised by the terrible season they had this year because of the wasted talent that they have.  They have three quality point guards, but had Kurt Thomas as their center for most of the season.  (Granted Marcus Camby was injured, but Kurt cannot compete with some of the other centers in the game today.)
 
Anywho, that's enough from me for now, but I'll be back soon enough with something new...

05.05.02 - Three successes from Saturday.

Quite a few returns in mymailbox yesterday.  I received Billy Johnson who spent 9 years in the majors playing for the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals.  His career average was .271.
 
I also got Johnny Klippstein who spent 18 years in the big leagues acting as a valuable reliever for many teams.
 
Finally, I received a signed card from Mark Quinn who had a very good season in 2001 and will try to repeat that this season.
 
I've still got to do some updating on the site.  Mostly, with the Success Breakdown section and adding home addresses.  Hopefully, I'll have it done by the end of the week and I'll be able to send out some more requests.

05.03.02 - Back again...

I did not receive any new SASE successes today, but I did manage to put up a few more of the cards that I traded for a while back.  By the way, here is the complete trade:
 
Damon Stoudamire, Joe Montana, Andrew DeClercq, Rudi Johnson, Josh Heupel, Rey Meyer, Danny Ainge, B.J. Armstrong, Larry Bird, Mark Price, Kevin Elster, Bernie Williams, Ottis Anderson, Jim McMahon, Randall Cunningham, Steve Grogan, Daryl Johnson, Eddie Murray, and Lenny Wilkens.

for...

Wade Boggs, John Valentin, Matt Clement, Rick Ankiel, Damian Easley, Jay Bell, Chad Curtis, Paul Wilson, Scott Elarton, Travis Fryman, Jason Dickson, Pat Hentgen, Ben Patrick, Alex Fernandez, Tom Glavine, Bill Pulsipher, Kip Wells, Kenny Lofton and Will Clark.
 
I've added quite a few of these cards to the site already and I'll continue to do so.  I'm interested to find out what all of you think of this trade so if you have any comments, drop me an e-mail.
 
That's it for right now.  I'm hoping to get this site updated sometime over the weekend and send some requests out next week as well.  Good luck to you collectors.

05.02.02 - Two through the mail successes today.

Alright, I took a day off yesterday, but I'm back today with a couple of new SASE successes.
 
The first comes from the batch of twenty that I sent out on April first and it's San Fransisco Giants pitcher Russ Ortiz.  Russ has started off well for the Giants this year.  He is 2-1 with an ERA of 2.79 in 6 starts.
 
The other card comes from Morrie Martin who spent ten years in the big leagues from 1949 to 1959.  He pitched for many teams throughout his career including Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Chicago.
 
I apologize for no having anymore trade cards today, but I will have some more tommorow when I have more time to update.  Thank you everybody.  I'll be back tommorow, I promise.

04.30.02 - Four new cards added to the site.

As promised I have another update for everyone tonight.  I received one new through the mail success today from Bill Glynn.  Bill spent five years in the big leagues playing with Cleveland from 1952 through 1954.  He signed one card for me care of his home address in only seven days.
 
I also added three new cards that I picked up in my trade with fellow collector, Casey.  They were Pat Hentgen, Jason Dickson, and Damion Easley.  You can check them all out in the Latest Catch spot and I'll have another update tommorow.

04.29.02 - A major trade to announce (important update).

This has to be one of the bigger and more important updates in the short history of Signed Sports Cards, but it's a good update.  I just completed a 38 card trade with a fellow collector named Casey.  I received 19 new cards and the burden of putting them all up on the site.  So now the backlog of cards includes about twenty that I traded for to go along with the twenty or so pack pulls that I still have to add.  The good news is that I hope to have an update everyday until these cards are all up (which could take a while).  I plan on adding at least three cards to the site each day, (I added the first five cards of the trade today) not including any new SASE successes that I receive in the mail.
 
Speaking of SASE successes I got one today from former Pirate and Brave, Sid Bream.  Sid signed one card for me in ten days and also include a little religious booklet.  Sid has a very cool signiture and a quick response time.  He's certainly worth writing to.
 
That's all until tommorow when I'll have some more trade cards up and possibly some more SASE successes as well.  I'll also announce the complete trade tommorow.  I'll be interested to find out who everyone thinks got the better deal.

04.28.02 - One more success and some requests, too!

I have one SASE success from Saturday to report and it comes from Phillies pitcher Robert Person.  Robert is struggling a bit so far this year.  He's 0-3 with an ERA of 5.23, but in 2001 he set career highs in wins and innings going 15-7 for the Phillies.
 
I also sent out the following requests:
 
Napoleon Calzado
Brett Jodie
Dick Anderson
Tommy Nobis
Roger Craig
and
James Lofton
 
I thought it was time to send out some more football requests seeing how I've had good luck with them so far this year.  Jodie and Calzado were sent to the double-A affiliate of the Yankees and Orioles, respectively.

04.26.02 - One White Sox failure to report.

First of all I would like to apologize for the rather short update last night despite receiving four successes, but I was pretty tired and I just wanted to get the card up for everyone.
 
With that said, I have only one failure to report today after my big day yesterday.  This failure comes from White Sox pitcher Todd Ritchie.  Mac Maroon reported that the Arizona Diamondbacks are not accepting fan mail and it doesn't look like the White Sox are either as this is my second failure with them so far this year.
 
Finally, I didn't get a chance to mail out the requests that I wanted to today, but I will tommorow for sure.  That's all that's going on for now.  More tommorow...

04.25.02 - The end of my slump?

Lots of SASE successes in my mailbox today:
 
Dee Brown - Former Celtics captain and current head coach of the WNBA's Orlando Miracle.
 
Bob Cousy - Retired basketball great. He presonalized one card for me care of his home address.
 
Jorge Luis Toca - Up and coming prospect for the New York Mets signed two cards via the Norfolk Tides.
 
Bobby Valentine - Long time manager of the New York Mets.
 
Hopefully, this will be the end of the through the mail slump I've been in.  I've got some more requests to send out and I'll announce them tommorow for everyone.

04.24.02 - New requests and a couple of pack pulls.

Hello again.  I sent out a few new requests yesterday to some stars from the 1950's.  I got a little sense of nostalgia after looking over Markland's fine website.  They were:
 
Billy Johnson
Morrie Martin
Bill Glynn
Johnny Klippstein
 
I plan on sending out a few more requests very soon, so check back.
 
I must admit that I've been pretty disappointed with the returns I've gotten from the 20 that I sent out on the first of April.  I've added a few more pack pulls to the site however just to keep something fresh in the Latest Catch spot.
 
Angel Berroa played 15 games for the Kansas City Royals last season with an average of .302.  Although he hasn't had any playing time yet this year he is a very promising shortstop.
 
The other prospect is Ronnie Paulino who hasn't reached the big leagues yet, but is well on his way.
 
Remember, more requests are going out soon and I'm sure I'll get some new SASE successes soon so check back.

04.21.02 - A through the mail success and lots of pack pulls.

I received a single success in the mail on Saturday from San Diego Padres infielder D'Angelo Jimenez.  D'Angelo came up through the Yankees system and has really found a home in San Diego.  So far this year he is hitting .282 with a home run and 5 runs batted in.
 
I've added a few more pack pulls to the site.  I have about 30 more pack pulls of various prospects that I have to add to the site so I'm really trying to catch up.  Look for more pack pulls to go up whenever my through the mail luck slows down.

04.19.02 - New baseball requests sent.

Although I didn't receive any new successes in the mail today I did have the opportunity to send out seven new baseball requests:
 
Sid Bream
Bobby Valentine
Jason Bere
Jeff D'Amico
Karim Garcia
Jorge Luis Toca
Sidney Ponson
 
I should be getting some nice returns from some of these guys.
 
I've also taken the time to update the FAQ's section of the site, so head on over there to find out the answers to some common questions.

04.18.02 - Another day, another update.

I received one new success in the mail today from Anaheim Angels pitcher Ramon Ortiz.  Ramon is 1-1 for the Angels this year with an ERA of 3.46.
 
I'll have some more baseball requests going out tommorow.  I'll update then and tell you who they are.  I'll also have any new successes that arrive as well.

04.17.02 - Today and yesterday.

I know I said that I was going to update yesterday, but I decided to hold off and post one big update today.
 
Yesterday I sent out five new basketball requests to make up for the two I received back earlier this week.  They were:
 
Dee Brown
Rony Seikaly
Matt Harpring
Bob Cousy
Wang Zhizhi
 
I'm hoping that it's not too late to send requests to Zhizhi and Harpring, but both the 76ers and Mavericks are headed to the playoffs, so it should reach them.
 
I also received a failure yesterday from Mark Buerle of the Chicago White Sox.  I heard reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks are returning mail to senders and I guess the White Sox are now as well.
 
Since I didn't receive anything new I added a few baseball pack pulls to the site.  You can check them out in the Latest Catch spot.  I'll be back soon with new requests and successes.

04.15.02 - Two surprise basketball successes.

I was expecting to get a few more baseball successes in the mail today, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a couple of basketball requests that I almost forgot about.
 
Andrew DeClercq signed one card for me in a little over two months care of the Orlando Magic.  DeClercq is averaging 2.5 points per game for the Magic this season.  Andrew has also played in Golden State, Boston, and Cleveland.
 
The other success was from Michigan star Cazzie Russell.  Cazzie averaged an amazing 30.8 points per game for the Wolverines during the 1965-66 season and was named the National Player of the Year in 1966.
 
You can check both of these successes out in the Latest Catch spot.  I'll have another update for everyone tommorow, so be sure to check it out.

04.13.02 - Another baseball success.

I received a new success today from Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jason Johnson.  Johnson is 0-2 so far this year, but has an ERA of just 2.77.  Jason signed my card in a very quick five days, so I recommend writing to him if you are interested.
 
I'll have a few more requests going out sometime next week and I plan on taking the time to update the FAQ's section as well, so once again if you have any questions feel free to e-mail them in.  I've updated the Sports View section at the bottom of the page as well.
 
Let's hope my through the mail success continue going into next week.  Come on back to find out!

04.10.02 - First success of the baseball season.

The first success of the batch of twenty that I sent out on April 1 arrived today.  Phillies pitching phenom Brandon Duckworth signed one card for me in nine days care of the Phils.  Brandon is a tremendous young pitcher who has a great future ahead of him with the Phillies.  This is also my first success in April, but hopefully more and more requests will start to come back.
 
I plan on updating the FAQ's section of this site pretty soon so if you have any questions you would like to have answered please e-mail them to me.  Also, remember that there is a very nice contest going on this month where the winner picks the autographed card he or she wins.  To find out more check out the Contest section of this site.

04.09.02 - Eight new baseball requests.

I realize that I haven't been updating Signed Sports Cards as much as you and I both would like.  There are a few reasons why I haven't updated as frequently.  My schedule has gotten a little tighter, but most importantly I haven't been receiving any new successes!  That being said, I sent out eight new baseball requests on Monday to, hopefully, get the ball rolling a bit.  They were:
 
Robert Person
Jose Lima
Juan Pierre
Juan Uribe
Chris Richard
Jason Johnson
Todd Ritchie
Lance Berkman
 
Something new will be in soon I'm sure.  Just bare with me!  In the mean time you can check out some of the links to see if anyone is having more luck than me.

04.05.02 - Slow start.

April is starting off slow, much like March did, but I'm sure some of those twenty requests will start to trickle back to me soon enough.  I'm planning on sending out about 10 more requests on Monday if I get the letters written.  The contest is going well, if you haven't entered yet please take the time to do so.  That's pretty much it for now.  I just wanted to drop by and let everyone know I'm still alive.

04.02.02 - Clarifying the contest.

In order to be entered into the contest this month you must include three things in your e-mail.  The answer to the two questions listed on the Contest section of this site AND the autographed BASEBALL card that you would like to receive if you are chosen as the winner of the contest.  For this month, the only autographed cards I'm giving away are baseball.  Football and basketball autographs are not up for grabs.  If your e-mail does not include these three things you will not be entered into the contest.  To learn about the rest of the rules and how to enter the contest visit the Contest section by clicking the link above.

04.01.02 - New contest and 20 baseball requests.

I promised everyone a good contest for April and I think that this is a pretty good one.  To kick off the new baseball season, I'm offering an autographed baseball card to the winner of this month's contest.  The best part?  You get to pick which autographed card you want.  Any baseball card featured on Signed Sports Cards is up for grabs, so pick a good one.
 
I also promised 20 new baseball requests to start this season off right.  Well, after a lot of writing and quite a few wrist cramps I finished them off and here they are:
 
Marcus Giles
Edgardo Alfonso
Ben Sheets
Russ Ortiz
Jimmy Rollins
Luis Castillo
D'Angelo Jimenez
Mark Buehrle
Mark Quinn
Ramon Ortiz
Adam Dunn
Aubrey Huff
Toby Hall
Robert Fick
Brandon Duckworth
Brent Abernathy
Barry Zito
Cristian Guzman
Eric Milton
and
Albert Pujols
 
Phew...A single failure in my mailbox today from John Havlicek which was a return to sender.  That's it for now.  Hopefully, I'll get some good successes and some entries to my contest.  Good luck!

03.31.02 - The last SASE success of March.

March is said and done tommorow, but I did receive one final SASE success on Saturday from long time DePaul heach coach Rey Meyer.  Rey coached DePaul for over forty years leading them to many NCAA Tournaments and an NIT Championship.  I've added his address to the site.  A great success from a DePaul legend.
 
By the way, Indiana is my pick to win it all this year.  I can't root against them after they knocked off Duke and the Sooners.  They'll be the first number five seed to win it all!  I hope...

03.29.02 - An awesome story.

About six weeks ago I sent an autographed Josh Heupel card that I pulled from a box of 2001 Fleer Focus football cards back to Fleer in hopes of getting it replaced because it was pretty beat up out of the box.  Well, today I received a package back from Fleer containing my original card and a letter apologizing to me because they couldn't replace the card due to the fact that it was out of inventory.  Also inside the package was a differet replacement card that they sent:  A 2001 Fleer Focus Tag Team card of Edgerrin James containing a piece of a game used James jersey.  The replacement card that they sent was worth four times the amount of the card I had in the first place!  Fleer has always been my favorite card company (with Upper Deck close behind), but now I think they are absolutely excellent.  When a company does something like this it just goes to show how much they care about their customers.
 
One success today from retired quarterback Jim McMahon.  Jim spent time on many teams, but played his best years on the Chicago Bears.  He signed one card for me in nine days care of his home address, which I added to the site.
 
The 20 baseball requests I'm sending out on the first are done and all ready to go.  Also, keep in mind that I will be kicking off a new contest on the first that will be very interesting to say the least.  It will be a big day, I promise you.  Big.

03.28.02 - March is coming to a close.

And so is this month's contest, so if you plan on entering you better get cracking.  Remember, a new contest and 20 baseball requests are going out on the first, so be here for that.
 
Unfortuneatly, I didn't get any new successes on my birthday, but I did get one today from potential Chicago Cubs closer Kyle Farnsworth.  My spring training requests are dwindling, so I'm looking forward to the new baseball season.  That's all for this update.  Good luck to everyone.

03.27.02 - Happy birthday to me!

Today I'm celebrating my 17th birthday and I don't really want to update tonight, but I figured that I'd better since I didn't yesterday.  I have one new SASE success to report from Minnesota Twins pitcher Joe Mays.  Mays is a key member of the Minnesota Twins rotation along with Rick Reed and Eric Milton.
 
Also, I received a return to sender from Jim Leyland on the 25th.  I forgot to report it along with the A.J. Burnett and Eric Snow successes, so I'm doing it now.
 
The site should be pretty well updated now.  I'm still planning on sending out 20 requests on April 1st to kick off the baseball season, so I'd better get crackin'!

03.25.02 - Some more successes to report.

I received some more successes in the mail today.  One from Florida Marlins ace pitcher A.J. Burnett.  A.J. is one of my favorite young players and it's nice to see a guy with so much promise still signing for his fans.  I also received a signed card from Philadelphia 76ers guard Eric Snow.  Eric is a very talented player who will have to turn it up a notch after Allen Iverson's injury.  The autograph on his card isn't great due to how dark the card was, but what are you going to do?  A success is a success.

03.22.02 - Two great spring training successes.

As much as I wanted to I didn't have time to update yesterday due to my schedule, but I received two of my best successes over the past two days.  I received a signed card from Montreal Expo Vladimir Guerrero.  Vlad has to be considered one of the best and most consistant outfielders in baseball today.  I also received an autograph from the new Mets second baseman Roberto Alomar.  I was very pleased to find out that Alomar signed.  Both of these successes come from their teams spring training camps.
 
Just as a heads up, I plan on sending out 20 baseball requests on April 1 to kick off the new baseball season.  Also remember that a new contest will be starting on the first and I think that many of you will be excited as to what this contest will have to offer.  It will be something different than any other site out there, so keep that in mind.
 
Also, I'm proud to announce that Signed Sports Cards has had over 5,000 hits since August of 2001, which I think is quite the accomplishment.  Thanks to everyone who has visited this little site.
 
One final note, I finally got around to updating the Sports View section at the bottom of this page, so check that out, too.

03.20.02 - Requests and site updates.

I had the opportunity to send out the following five requests today:
 
Jim McMahon
John Havlicek
Ray Meyer
Danny Ainge
Jim Leyland
 
I'll be sending out quite a few more requests soon.
 
I've also taken the time to update the Links section so be sure to check it out.  That's it for this update.  New successes should be in soon...

03.18.02 - More spring training successes.

I got three great cards back in the mail today so it looks like my slump is finally over.  I received an autographed card from both Brad Penny and Tony Armas Jr. who are two great pitching prospects in the National League East.  I also received two signed cards from Pittsburgh Steeler wide receiver Hines Ward which I sent out back in December, so I was a little surprised to get this one back.  Hopefully, my luck will continue later in the week.

03.17.02 - First 2002 spring training success.

 I received my first spring training success of the year and it comes from one of my favorite players, Travis Lee.  I've always felt that Travis is a player that doesn't get the recognition that he deserves.  I'm a bit surprised to get him back this quickly as well.  Other people I have talked to have had to wait a while to get him back.  Maybe my luck is starting to turn around, huh?
 
I'll be shipping out more requests next week sometime so check back.  Good luck to all you collectors out there...

03.15.02 - It's not a SASE success, but...

 it's something.  I received a signed Dorsey Levens card in a trade for three of my unsigned Greats of the Game basketball cards.  I really wish I had some new through the mail successes to report to you seeing how this site is getting more popular, but things just aren't going my way.  We'll see what next week brings though.

03.11.02 - Some new requests sent today.

As I mentioned in my last update I sent out the following nine spring training requests today:
 
Vladimir Guerrero - Montreal's star outfielder.
 
Roberto Alomar - One of the big additions to the Mets.
 
Joe Mays - A great young pitcher on the Twins.
 
AJ Burnett - One of the best young pitchers in baseball
 
Mike Lowell - Former New York Yankees prospect now with Florida.
 
Jerry Hairston Jr. - Talented second basemen with the O's.
 
Denny Neagle - One of Colorado's veteran pitchers.
 
Carlos Febles - One of Kansas City's better players.
 
Kyle Farnsworth - Possible closer this year on the Cubs.
 
Hopefully, these will turn out to be some good successes.  Check basck soon to find out what's new.

03.10.02 - Finally, some action!

I finally received my first SASE success of March on Friday coming from former Washington Redskin Joe Jacoby.  This is my second success with him and this time he also included a signed business card as well as about 15 unsigned business cards.  Another great success from a simply awesome guy.  Joe Montana is finally booted out of the Latest Catch spot to make way for him.
 
I have nine more spring training requests to ship out tommorow.  To find out who they are check back tommorow.  I'll have another update, and hopefully a new success.

03.06.02 - Five new spring training requests.

How is everybody doing this evening?  I was able to ship out five new spring training requests yesterday to some talented prosects.  They were:
 
Tony Armas Jr.  - Montreal Expos
Brad Penny - Florida Marlins
Eric Munson - Detroit Tigers
Eric Gagne - Los Angeles Dodgers
Rob Bell - Texas Rangers
 
Hopefully, these gentlemen will take the time to sign during spring training.  I realize poor Joe Montana has been sitting their for a while, but some new successes should come rolling in soon.  I may be able to get a few more successes shipped by the end of the week.  Check back to see...

 

03.04.02 - New requests sent.

 
Nothing new as far as successes go, but I was able to send out the following five requests today:
 
Trajan Langdon - Fantastic guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
 
Eric Snow - Fantastic guard for the Philadelphia 76ers.
 
Travis Lee - Very talented first baseman for the Phillies.
 
Freddy Garcia - The main man in the Seattle Mariners rotation.
 
Joe Jacoby - I also requested an autographed business card.
 
I plan on sending out about five more requests by the end of the week to try and get the ball rolling.  I've also updated the Links section, so check that out as well.  That's all for now.

03.01.02 - Contest winner announced.

Well, the very first Signed Sports Cards contest is over and I am very happy with the results.  I did not get a single vote below very good.  Thank you to everyone who entered, but this month's winner of the Signed Sports Cards Contest and a set of nine 2000 Upper Deck Ionix Baseball Cards is John Clement who wrote, "I think you have one of the better sites I have visited!  I would grade you as outstanding!"  Thank you once again to everyone who entered this month.  You can check out the March contest by clicking on the link above.  Along with the new contest I've also posted some of the comments I've received.  I'm not an egomaniac or anything, but I really do appreciate what you guys have to say.  So be sure to check it out.

02.28.02 - A rather large news update today and tommorow.

Tonight officially marks the end of the first Signed Sports Cards contest.  Thanks a bunch to everyone who entered.  A winner will be chosen at random and an announcement will be made on the site tommorow.  A new contest will also be starting tomorrow, so check back to check out what that is.
 
I know I promised I would be sending out more requests, but Sports Collectors is down for the time being.  If it's not back on-line sometime over the weekend I'm just going to send out some spring training baseball requests.  Either way, I'll have something going out on Monday.
 
An awesome success came back today from former Super Bowl MVP Joe Montana.  Joe spent the majority of his Hall of Fame career in San Fransisco before going to Kansas City.  Joe kept one card and signed one care of his home address.  That's all for now.  Check back tommorow to discover the contest winner and see what new stuff is up for grabs.

02.25.02 - Only three days left to enter this month's contest.

Just as a reminder, the Signed Sports Cards contest is ending in a mere three days.  If you haven't entered and want to win some nice cards then just click the link above and sent me some feedback.
 
One new success in the mail today from former Golden State Warriors and Detroit Pistons coach Dave Cowens.  I'm a little surprised to get this card back because I thought I sent the request to the wrong address.  He signed one Fleer Greats of the Game card from his home address.
 
I said that I would be sending out some more requests soon and they should be out either tommorow or Wednesday.  Good luck everyone, until we meet again...

02.23.02 - A new trade added.

I added a trade to the site today.  I received Kevin Faulk in exchange for one of my Muhsin Muhammad's.  The SASE successes seem to be slowing down, so I'll be sending out some more requests sometime next week.  That's all for this update.  Check back soon.

02.22.02 - Brand new basketball success and other news.

I received a success today from the recently departed coach of the Phoenix Suns, Scott Skiles.  Skiles signed a single card for me in just under two months.  Scott was a great guard in his day playing for teams like the Orlando Magic and the Washington Bullets.
 
I have taken the time to update the Sports View section at the bottom of this page and I've also added home addresses of Ottis Anderson and Terry Bradshaw to the site.  Also, just as a reminder, the Signed Sports Cards contest ends in six days.  Enter soon because on March 1st the winner will receive an e-mail and an announcement will be made on this site.

02.19.02 - Three awesome football successes and a new feature.

What a day. After not getting any mail on Monday because of President's Day I received three great successes today. I received two signed cards from Kyle Brady of the Jacksonville Jaguars which I sent out way back in July during training camp. I also had a successful return from Steelers great Terry Bradshaw. I love Terry Bradshaw on FOX during the football season and it's one of my best successes. Finally, I received a success from retired New York Giants great Ottis Anderson. Three super successes to kick off the week.

I've also added a new little feature to Signed Sports Cards called Sports View which can be seen at the bottom of this page. Basically, it will just contain my opinions about what is going on at the moment in the world of sports. The first topic is the blockbuster deal made between the Indiana Pacers and the Chicago Bulls. I've also taken the time to update the Links section so head on over their if you have the opportunity.

Time is running out on this month's contest, so if you haven't entered, you better pretty soon. That's it for this update. Thanks everyone and good luck, too.

02.17.02 - New success and site updates.

I received a single success in the mail yesterday from long time Patriots quaterback Steve Grogan. Steve signed a single card for me in eight days from his home address.

The site is now pretty much up to date with only a few minor changes that need to be made. I may get the opportunity to send out a few more requests this week although I am not sure. Check back throughout the week to find out what's new.

02.15.02 - Two more successes...

Very quick update tonight. I received two new successes in the mail today. One coming from former All Pro kicker Eddie Murray and the other from basketball star Steve Alford. Both of these gentlemen had very quick turn around times. I'll be able to update this site more over the weekend and throughout this upcoming week. Check back soon.

02.14.02 - It took a while, but...

I received a success today from Tennessee Titans star Blaine Bishop. I sent this request out way back in September, so don't ever give up on a request. You never know if it may come back.

Nothing else really going on, but I thought I'd mention something about the NBA All-Star game this past weekend that I keep forgetting to put in my updates. There is no reason for Kobe Bryant, or anyone else for that matter, to be scoring 31 points in an All-Star game. If I was coaching that ball hog would've been benched and I would have put any one of the other guys I had out on the floor. This just goes to show you how big some players' ego's are and what a circus the NBA has become. I don't know about everyone else, but I am sick of seeing the Wizards on TNT and TBS every week just because of Jordan. It's a team game guys.

Anyway, just thought I'd get that off my chest. Check back soon for anymore successes.

02.12.02 - Two new successes, technically.

I received two new successes in the mail today. One from pitcher Bob Tewksbury and the other from Larry Bird. There's a lot of question as to whether or not Larry Bird uses a ghost signer or not. After receiving this success I have to think that he does although I am not entirely sure. You can all judge for yourself by looking at my scan in the Latest Catch spot or by writing to him yourself. I've added the address to the site and his response time is very good.

The entire site should now, hopefully, be totally up to date. I've been very pleased with the SSC Contest so far. Thank you to everyone who has participated. If you haven't done so already I encourage you to enter.

02.08.02 - Another great through the mail success.

If I do not hear back from a player a month from when I sent out the requests I pretty much think that getting a return from them is a lost cause so I was pleased to find an autographed card from star Cowboys wide-out Joey Galloway in my mailbox this afternoon. Besides getting Mr. Galloway I sent out the following requests:

Terry Bradshaw, Doug Collins, Pat Riley, Ottis Anderson, Eddie Murray, Andrew DeClercq, Joe Montana, and Steve Grogan.

That should keep the successes coming as well as keep all of you coming back. I've been pleased with the feedback I've been getting from the contest. If you haven't taken the time to do so yet, please head on over the the Contest section of the site and tell me what you think of Signed Sports Cards. Who knows? You might just win some cool cards.

02.07.02 - A new trade added to the site.

I successfully completed a trade today where I gave up my 2001 John Lucas signed Greats of the Game basketball card for signed cards of Eric Karros, Austin Croshere, Jaren Jackson, and J.R. Reid. All of the cards I've recieved are certified which is even better. My personal favorite is Jaren Jackson, but you can check them all out in the Latest Catch spot.

02.05.02 - Awesome success today!

I received one of my best through the mail successes ever today with Bernie Williams. I was lucky enough to catch him before he went off for spring training with the New York Yankees. Mr. Williams was nice enough to sign two cards for me in a very short amount of time. I've added his home address to the site, but I think it's probably too late to get him before he hits the road. Overall though, it's an awesome success.

02.04.02 - Lots of action and the Super Bowl upset.

I didn't get a chance to update on 02.02.02 like I had hoped to give everyone my Super Bowl prediction. Which was, by the way, 34-10 Rams. I thought like most people (admit it) that the Patriots didn't have a shot, but they proved me wrong. Super Bowl XXXVI went down as one of the best. Congrats to the Patriots and all their fans.

In the mail today I received three successes: B.J. Armstrong, a former Chicago Bulls point guard who now works as a scout. Jerry Sloan, the long time coach of the Utah Jazz. And Doug Drabek, retired pitcher who spent time in Pittsburgh and Houston.

Besides getting three successes I also shipped out three requests, Larry Bird, Cazzie Russell, and Steve Alford.

I plan on sending out a bunch more very soon so check back often. Also, if you haven't entered in the February Contest please take the time to do so. It's very easy. That's all for this rather large update. Best of luck to all of you.

02.01.02 - February and a new success have arrived.

Besides kicking off my first, brand new contest today I have also received a success from retired Dodgers great Fernando Valenzuela. Fernando, who also spent time with the Orioles and Angels, signed one card for me in only nine days from his home in Hollywood California. Fernando has a great signiture and I encourage everyone to write to this great pitcher. That's all for today. I'll have to do an update tommorow since it will be 02.02.02. In the mean time however, be sure to enter the February contest for a chance to win some great cards.

01.31.02 - A success, a failure, and a February contest!

In my mailbox today was retired Washington Redskin, Charles Mann. Charles signed one card for me in less than a month at his home address, which I've added to the site. Unforturnately, I also received a failure from Jay Bell. I've added him to my Baseball Failures section.

Now on to the bigger news. I've started a contest for the month of February in order to get some more feedback regarding the site and to give you guys the opportunity to win some pretty cool cards. If I like the way this contest pans out, I may do more of them in the future. With that said I encourage all of you to head over to the new Contest section of the site and enter. You never know if you could win.

01.30.02 - A very quick update tonight.

I've added the pack pulls to the site that I promised you yesterday. The entire site should now be totally up to date.

I'm planning to send out some new requests in the first week of February with all the new cards I've picked up recently.

Just thought I would also mention that Signed Sports Cards has had over 3,000 hits since August 27. In my opinion that's quite the accomplishment. A BIG thank you goes out to all of you who have supported this site. Thanks as bunch! That's all for right now. I told you that this was going to be a quick update.

01.29.02 - A lot of new successes and scans.

Today was a great day as far as autographs go for me. I received both Dave Butz and Mickey Morandini via their home addresses today. Mickey Morandini has a really cool looking autograph and he signed my card very quickly. I've added both guys home addresses to the site for everyone to use.

I got the opportunity to go to my local card shop today where I was able to pick up a box of 2001-2002 Fleer Greats of the Game Basketball cards. I received two autographed cards in that box as well as a Larry Johnson game used court card and a Vince Carter game used jersey card, which is quite easily the best card I've ever pulled. I also bought a box of 2001 Fleer Focus. In that box I received a Josh Heupel autographed card. All of these cards will be added to the site soon...

Well, it's been a great day and I now have plenty of cards to send out. This site is really starting to take shape and look pretty good. That's all for this update and remember February is right around the corner.

01.28.02 - Some new SASE successes today.

Sitting in my mailbox this afternoon were two successes. One from Titans cornerback Michael Booker and the other from retired Miami and Philadelphia runningback Mark Higgs. It's about time I've gotten some more returns. I've added Mark Higgs' address to the site as well for anyone who may be interested.

I'm not going to be giving anymore information about what's going to go down on February 1, for those who inquired. You'll just have to check back then to see what I have planned. It should be pretty fun.

I may be sending out some more requests soon, I'm not sure. Keep checking back however. Enjoy, guys.

01.25.02 - A small update tonight.

what I would consider a very good first two thirds of the month of January, things have slowed down. Considerably. To keep all of you at least remotely interested in the site I've added yet another pack pull of San Diego Padres outfielding prospect Vince Faison. I like this card because I think Vince has one of the best signitures I've ever seen.

I plan on taking a trip down to my local card shop this week and hopefully picking up a box of Fleer's Greats of the Game. What can I say? Everyone else is grabbing them so I might as well, too. Expect me to be sending out some unique requests if I pick up a box.

One final note, I plan on making an addition to Signed Sports Cards on February 1 that some of you might be interested in. Make sure to check back every now and then to what exactly is going on. Hopefully I've got you all at least a little curious, but if not you can check out my Links section, which I've taken the time to update. Thank you.

01.22.02 - Surprise.

Today I sent out the following seven requests:

Bernie Williams - Former World Series champion and current New York Yankees outfielder.

Bob Tewksbury - Great pitcher who came up through the Yankees system.

Fernando Valenzuela - Great retired pitcher best known for his days with th Dodgers.

Jay Bell - Great infielder who spent time in Kansas City, Pittsburgh and other cities.

Mickey Morandini - Former infielder for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Doug Drabek - Pitcher who had a great career pitching for, amoung others, the Houston Astros.

Jim Kelly - One of the greatest quarterbacks to ever grace the NFL.

Although I didn't receive any new SASE successes today, I took the time to add two Baseball Pack Pulls of prospects Javier Calzada and Louis Martinez. You can check out both of them in the Latest Catch spot. More updates tommorow, perhaps...

01.21.02 - Weekend success and site updates.

First of all, the changes I've been making to all the waiting lists are complete. I think they look a little more organized.

I received a success from Roger Craig in the mail on Saturday. Mr. Craig was a great runningback for the 49ers during his days there. I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to put him on the site until now, but I thought I'd wait and see if I would get anything back today and post them together. However, since I forgot we don't get any mail on Martin Luther King Day, I posted him now. Better late than never I suppose. I've done enough rambling for now. See ya...

01.18.02 - Requests are out and a new success is in.

Well, as I promised I sent out some more requests today. They were:

Pat Tabler - Former Indian and Cubbie. A favorite of mine from the '80's.

Jerry Sloan - Head coach of the Utah Jazz.

Scott Skiles - Retired guard who played his best days with the Orlando Magic.

Nick Anderson - First player ever drafted by the Orlando Magic, now with the Kings.

B.J. Armstrong - Former Bulls great, now a scout for the Chicago team.

I also received former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Don Beebe in the mail today. Don signed one card for me and has a very nice signiture. Take a look for yourself up in the Latest Catch spot. That's all for now. See you all soon.

01.17.02 - A big surprise in the mailbox today!

After a day without any action I received another great success in the mail today. Muhsin Muhammad of the Carolina Panthers signed two cards for me. This is my second success in two weeks that took over a year to get back. Although one of the cards came back pretty smeared, I'm still glad to get this one back. Muhsin is one of my favorite players in the NFL today and a great wide receiver.

I also added a new section to the site today called Day 2 Day which will list all of the SASE successes I receive in 2002, so if you miss a day or two you can check out the Day 2 Day section to see what you miss. It should be a pretty good addition. That's all for now. More requests being sent soon!

01.15.02 - Success streak continues.

Well, I received another new SASE success today coming from Mark Price care of the Georgia Tech Athletic Division. He signed two cards for me in 16 short days. A great success from this retired point guard. I'm a big Georgia Tech fan because their head basketball coach, Paul Hewitt, used to coach basketball at Siena, the college that I'll be going to in upstate New York. Just an interesting note. That's all for today. I still plan on sending out more requests by the end of the week, so check in again soon.

01.14.02 - New successes and updates.

Well, the successes keep coming in. Today I received both Joe Jacoby and Jim Paxson returned in a short five days. Along with signing my card, Jim also included a hand written note that says "Justin, Thank you for kind letter. Best wishes, Jim Paxson." Jim also added "Best wishes" to my card. Wow! What a great success from a great guy with a great turn around time. Scans of the card and the note can be found by clicking the link in the Latest Catch spot.

Over the weekend I also took the time to update all the team addresses on the site, so they are all accurate.

Finally, I plan on sending out some more requests by the end of the week so check back soon to see who they're going to be.

01.12.02 - Another great success for Saturday.

I have another great success to report to all of you today. This success comes from Trung Canidate of the St. Louis Rams. This success comes as kind of a surprise seeing how St. Louis is such a good team and he's a promising rookie. Trung signed the card perfectly for me. This has to be one of my favorite football successes.

I also added Frank Tanana's home address to the Baseball Home Address section for anyone who is curious.

By the way, for anyone interested, my Super Bowl prediction is Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh. The Pensylvania Bowl this year. That's it for today. Check back soon for any new stuff and enjoy the NFL playoffs.

01.11.02 - Wow! Awesome success today!

Well, today I got back what could quite possibly be my best SASE success of all time. Damon Stoudamire, the All Star point guard for the Portland Trail Blazers, signed one card for me in just about one year and three months, the longest I've ever had to wait for a return. Damon also sent along some information about his fan club as well. Simply an awesome success and well worth the wait.

I also received a success from Danny Ainge today. The former Blazer signed one card for me very quickly care of his home address.

What a week this has been, huh? Let's hope the upcoming week is just as good. Enjoy the weekend and have fun!

01.10.02 - Problems fixed.

Well, I fixed the problems with my scanner and my internet service provider a little quicker than I expected, but hey I'm not complaining.

I added the Goose Gossage scan to the site as well as his address to the Baseball Home Addresses section of the site. Also, I plan on making a few changes to the waiting lists, so look for that in the near future.

That's all for this update, but check back soon to see what's new. Good luck to all you collectors out there.

01.09.01 - Very important update.

This is a big update, so bear with me. I purchased a new Dell computer and have spent most of the week hooking it up, and I love it. The only problem is with my scanner. I can't find the software that I need to install on my new computer in order for it to work right. Therefore, until that is resolved there will not be any scans of any cards I receive until I can get my scanner working on the new computer. I don't know when I will get it going, but it will hopefully be sooner instead of later. Despite not having a scanner, I plan on updating the site as I usually do and just add the scans after I get everything together. However, if my updates are a little sporatic this week, please understand why.

Also, I've temporarily switched my internet service provider on my new computer. Therefore, I do not have access to my old mail account, so any e-mail's that I receive I would not be able to respond to in a while. If anyone needs to reach me right away, you can e-mail me at jm01985@aol.com. Again, this is temporary and I will be back using my regular e-mail address soon. Thank you so much for your understanding.

Moving on, some good news. I sent out the following six requests to players today:

Jim Paxson - Former NBA great who played his best years with Portland and Boston.

Don Beebe - Former Buffalo Bills wide receiver.

Roger Craig - Retired runningback formerly with the San Fransisco 49ers.

Dave Butz, Charles Mann, and Joe Jacoby - Great retired defensive players all of which played for the Washington Redskins.

Hopefully, I'll have some good successes from this bunch! Now that I've sent out some requests in 2002, I've taken my 2001 NFL Season Predictions down (which weren't too great) and replaced it with a 2002 Success Breakdown area.

I also have one success to report from Goose Gossage. One of the greatest relief pitchers of all time signed a card for me care of his home address. You can check it out (minus the scan, of course) in the Latest Catch spot.

That's it for this update. Let's hope I get the scanner hooked back up and am able to go back to my old e-mail address soon.

01.06.02 - The first success and failures of 2002 have arrived.

I received my first success of 2002 on Saturday and it came from retired Detroit Tigers pitcher Frank Tanana. Frank had a great career and was selected to play in the all-star game for three consecutive years, from 1976 through 1978. Frank returned the card I sent him and also included a card of his own which outlines his career and some of the choices he made in life. A great success!

Unfortuneatly, I also received two failures on Saturday as well. Antonio Freeman and Dan Plesac were both labeled with return to sender. I was surprised to see Freeman come back as a return to sender because I had a success with him earlier in the season. I don't know why he stopped signing. Anthrax perhaps, I don't know.

I also added a Baseball Home Addresses section to the site which you access through either the Baseball or Addresses section. Besides that, the site is completely up to date. That's all for now, enjoy the rest of the weekend.

01.02.02 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

I hope everyone had a great new year. This past year went by fast, if you ask me. Anyway, I updated quite a few sections of the site including the waiting lists for football and basketball. Also, you can now check out my failures by clicking on whatever sport you wish and you'll see a link to failures (except baseball because I have no baseball failures). I added two new links today as well. Be sure to check out Marsh Man's Autographs. If you haven't heard of him, he's running a very nice website, if I do say so myself. I plan on sending out some more requests sometime next week. Check back soon to see who they are. The main point of this update, however is just to wish everyone a great year. Cheers!

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