Wednesday, December 20, 2017

TTM Success!

Last March, I decided to do something different with the first pack of Topps base I opened. I didn't keep any of the cards. Instead, I sent each one off to the player with the hope to be autographed. I got one quick return that month (Brewers pitcher Junior Guerra) and a Return to Sender in April (Orioles infielder Johnny Giovotella). That was it. The season came and went, and to be honest I figured I wouldn't be getting anything else back.

Tuesday night, a white envelope with my handwriting was waiting for me. The return stamp hailed from Santa Clarita, CA - a Dodgers or Angels player perhaps? I couldn't recall what players I had sent to, or what team they played for. (I did recall about 1/4 of the cards featured players who were on new teams than what their 2017 card depicted, making this recollection exercise even more pointless.)

I opened it up, and there it was, a beautifully autographed card of one of baseball's young stars:

Yelich has been in the news lately, as one of the few notable players the Miami Jeters Marlins haven't traded (yet!). At 26 years old, with a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger already on his resume, he would be on any teams wish list.

Wherever he ends up, I wish him success!