I'm not a TTMer, by any means. But, I have to do TTM as part of this project. Once I have exhausted this route for obtaining autographs for my '63 Fleer set, I will likely stop. So, I really try not to make this a perfunctory exercise for the signer. My approach is to spend some time researching the player, find some events in their career that fascinate me, and hand write them a letter. In the letter, I explain my project and then talk a little about what I found interesting about their playing career.
I figured I might as well share with you what I wrote to them about.
Frank Bolling had a 12 year career with Detroit and the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves between 1954 and 1966, exclusively as a starting second baseman. You can find his career statistics here. So, what caught my eye about Bolling's career? Considered a defense first second baseman, he hit well off of Hall of Fame pitcher Early Wynn. In 80 career plate appearances against Wynn, he went 23 for 77 for a .299 BA, and knocking out 4 doubles and 3 home runs.
here. Again, Bob wasn't an offensive powerhouse, what with sporting a career 86 OPS+. But he did drive in go-ahead runs 86 times in his career. For example, on June 11, 1963 he hit a walk-off grand slam home run off Lindy McDaniel in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Houston a 6-2 win over the Cubs. Also, on September 25, 1971, the second to last game of his career, Aspromonte hit a 2 out pinch-hit single off of Ramon Hernandez in the bottom of the 15th inning to drive in Leroy Stanton with the game winning run.
On a last note, Bob Aspromonte didn't just sign my card. He included a second autographed card in the top loader, a 1961 Topps Rookie Star card. Since it doesn't fit into my collection, I am going to send it off to another blogger who I am indebted to.
So, what do I have coming up? Well, I still have two more TTMs out, one EBay purchase on it's way to me, and one card out for a public signing