it's been a while since i've sent out a autograph request through the mail - five months, to be exact - and even then it was just four requests. i am certainly not sending them out at the clip i was back in 2009 or 2010, that's for sure. of the four that i sent out this past july, i've received two back. those would be andruw jones and a guy i'll show a little further down in the post. i have, however, received in the past few months some returns for which requests were sent well before july of 2016.
here is my latest return, and i'm calling it a qualified success. that's because even though clayton kershaw did not sign the 2015 topps card that i mailed his way on february 15, 2015, earlier today i found that unsigned card and this card in my return envelope
that's not a regular ol' 2016 topps card. turn it over, and you'll see what i mean:
it's a special card topps made for kershaw to highlight his kershaw's challenge charity. go ahead and check out the website. i'll wait. i have some kershaw ttm returns already in the collection, plus a few certified autos (including the one i pulled recently, which is not as some may suspect my favorite card of the year - stay tuned for that p-town tom inspired post), so i am actually pretty happy with having received this card instead of the one i sent. the front is slightly embossed, too. it's a fantastic oddball item, even if it's the same photo as his topps flagship card.
here's the other request from july that has been fulfilled - jose cruz jr on his 2006 topps card
it made its way back to me earlier this month, which is fairly quick compared to some other returns i've got back this calendar year. for example, i received a 1978 topps card signed by steve swisher this past april. it was a card that i mailed to him in august of 2011 - 4 years and 8 months earlier! brandon league signed and returned a 2013 topps card 3 years and 7 months after i first mailed it, and grady little returned a 2006 upper deck and 2007 topps card signed in february - almost two years after they were mailed to him. bill north took 2 years and 8 months to return his 1979 topps card unsigned with a note telling me how to arrange for an autograph through a website, so it's safe to say that alfredo griffin came through with a quick turnaround on my request for him to sign his 1988 topps traded card
and then there is this pete mackanin 1978 topps card
that gives me hope for the shawn green request i sent back in 2003!