Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Catching Up With Some Correspondance

Billy DeMars signed this 1973 Topps #486 Phillies Coaches card and graciously included the signed Diamond Signatures card. He sent them back, and a signed index card, in 9 days from his home in Florida.
Billy was also a radioman in a PBY Catalina flying boat during WWII. Fascinating.

I recently came across this Tim DeCinces card in a quarter bin recently, so I figured I'd give it shot trying to get him to sign it. Eleven days later I got it back. I mailed it to the Beach Pit BBQ Headquarters. Tim, if you haven't figured it out, is the son of Doug DeCinces.
After baseball Tim founded Beach Pit BBQ, a BBQ chain in Southern California. I hear it's really good.

John Gelnar signed his 1965 Topps #143 rookie card and a 1970 Topps #393 Seattle Pilots card in 18 days from his home in Oklahoma.
John was nice enough to answer a few simple questions for me.

I recently received this 1993 Fleer ProCards Nate Oliver card. I didn't realize Nate had been a coach in the Angels farm system, (he actually managed for 3 years) so I picked up a 1965 Topps at my LCS and sent them through the mail for an autograph. Nate used a ballpoint so they're kinda hard to see, but signatures are there and I'm happy to have them.
Nate is currently an instructor for Cal Baseball Club which is where I sent the cards.


  1. Very cool. Fascinating factoid about Al Michaels being the announcer for the Hawaii Islanders.

  2. Thanks for posting the original scans of the player's answers. It brings it alive I really like DeMars description of the aircraft noise!
    I have eaten at the Beach pit in Costa Mesa when going back to visit family, and even though I live in Texas now and am surrounded by amazing BBQ, the meat there was as good as any I've had.

  3. Great job! My favorite posts of yours revolve around players' responses to your questions.

    I'm not sure if you've visited my blog, but it's the same spirit of this post.

    Juan Rosales

  4. Dude, I love your blog, I really do. I love the fact that you take the time to type out a letter (is that a typewriter even) and ask player specific question which are damn interesting. Plus as a fellow Halo fan you've got a collection of cards that I can only dream of.

    Keep up the good work.

  5. Thank you all for your encouraging words.