November Returns

A very slow month as I’ve sent maybe one request per month for the last couple months. Thankfully some longer returns are still coming in.

After about two weeks without any returns to close out October, I got one on the very first day of November. Of course I did. Jim Adduci and his interesting signature came back on a 1989 Topps duplicate in 52 days. Adduci falls into the “names I recognize” category but it also turns out that he was a Giants for a week in 1987 even though he never played a game for the club.

It took another couple weeks for a second return to trickle in. This time Tommy Barrett in 67 days added another family card to the collection. I got Marty’s autograph back when I was a kid. I enjoy adding signed 1989 Topps cards because it’s one of the sets from my youth and even the no-name guys are memorable in that way you never forget things form your childhood.

An 80-day return from Ron Tingley was kind of a fun one. He debuted in 1982 but was still getting Rookie/Prospect cards a decade later. This isn’t just Score being desperate to label everyone a prospect since he still officially qualified as a “Rookie” in 1991. Is actually a pretty impressive level of commitment to stick with things that long and I’m glad he stuck around in the majors for another couple of seasons after too.

A 28-day return from Armando Ríos brought my first signed 2001 Fleer. He’s a player who I watched in San José and then saw premier in the majors right about when I returned to being a baseball fan in the late 1990s. The Fleer is a card and design that signs especially well since the weird Photoshop filter they did to the action image works great as an autograph background.

And that’s it. Super low expectations for December given what’s out there. I’ll have to get back on the horse and reload the hopper for next year.

Author: Nick Vossbrink

Blogging about Photography, Museums, Printing, and Baseball Cards from both Princeton New Jersey and the San Francisco Bay Area. On Twitter as @vossbrink, WordPress at, and the web at

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