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Mike D's 90 Fleer Update TTM Auto Project

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  • #31
    Giants

    Up next, the Giants.

    59. Anderson, Dave
    60. Bass, Kevin
    61. Burkett, John
    62. Carter, Gary
    63. Parker, Rick
    64. Wilson, Trevor

    Carter now charges a fee, so I won't bother with him. The others all appear to be very hit or miss...I'll err on the side of caution and not send to any of them. That makes two teams in a row with no requests sent, but I hate wasting stamps.
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    • #32
      Orioles

      Next up, the Orioles.

      65. Hoiles, Chris
      66. Hulett, Tim
      67. Johnson, Dave
      68. Schilling, Curt
      69. Segui, David

      Hoiles, Hullet, and Schilling don't sign. Johnson has a 100% success rate on SCN, and Segui a 93%. They'll both get requests, and it's good to get back into guys who are worth sending to!
      Visit my card site at Mike D's Baseball Card Page.

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      • #33
        Red Sox

        Up next, the Red Sox.

        70. Brunansky, Tom
        71. Harris, Greg
        72. Kiecker, Dana
        73. Naehring, Tim
        74. Pena, Tony
        75. Reardon, Jeff
        76. Reed, Jerry

        I actually already sent the Brunansky card, and have recieved it back signed. Of the others, all but Pena and Reed appear to be solid signers. That's kinda surprising to me, as the Sox tend to be lousy signers.
        Last edited by Mike D.; 07-19-2010, 01:26 PM.
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        • #34
          Angels

          Up next, the Angels.

          77. Eichhorn, Mark
          78. Langston, Mark
          79. Orton, John
          80. Polonia, Luis
          81. Winfield, Dave
          82. Young, Cliff


          Eichhorn has a 98% success rate on SCN, and Orton has a 94%. Both of them will get requests. None of the other guys appear to be very good signers. In fact, both Polonia and Young have 0% success rates on SCN.
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          • #35
            White Sox

            Up next, the White Sox.

            83. Edwards, Wayne
            84. Fernandez, Alex
            85. Grebeck, Craig
            86. Radinsky, Scott
            87. Thomas, Frank

            None of these guys appear to be good signers, so we'll pass by the White Sox with no requests sent.
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            • #36
              Indians

              Up next, the Indians.

              88. Allred, Beau
              89. Alomar Jr., Sandy
              90. Baerga, Carlos
              91. Bearse, Kevin
              92. James, Chris
              93. Maldonado, Candy
              94. Manto, Jeff

              Allred, Bearse, and James seem to be the most solid signers here, and will get requests sent their way.
              Visit my card site at Mike D's Baseball Card Page.

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              • #37
                Tigers

                Up next, the Tigers, who bring us up to card #100 of the set.

                95. Fielder, Cecil
                96. Fryman, Travis
                97. Moseby, Lloyd
                98. Nunez, Edwin
                99. Phillips, Tony
                100. Sheets, Larry

                Fielder charges a fee to sign, and none of the other guys appear to be decent signers at all. So, no Tigers will get sent out.
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                • #38
                  Royals

                  Up next, the KC Royals.

                  101. Davis, Mark
                  102. Davis, Storm
                  103. Perry, Gerald
                  104. Shumpert, Terry

                  None of these guys appear to be solid signers, so no Royals requests will be sent.
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                  • #39
                    Brewers

                    Only two Brewers in the set.

                    105. Diaz, Edgar
                    106. Parker, Dave

                    Diaz has a 0% success rate on SCN. Parker charges $20 per sig. Pass!
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                    • #40
                      Twins

                      Next up, the Twins.

                      107. Drummond, Tim
                      108. Ortiz, Junior
                      109. Pittman, Park
                      110. Tapani, Kevin

                      Tapani is a great TTM signer, and Pittman looks like a solid signer, as well. Both will get requests sent their way. The other guys, not so much, so they won't.
                      Visit my card site at Mike D's Baseball Card Page.

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                      • #41
                        Yankees

                        Up next, the Yankees. 1990 was back in the days when the Yankees really DID suck.

                        111. Azocar, Oscar
                        112. Leyritz, Jim
                        113. Maas, Kevin
                        114. Mills, Alan
                        115. Nokes, Matt
                        116. Perez, Pascual

                        None of these guys appear to be good signers at all, so we'll pass by the Yankees without a single request sent out. I guess the Yankees DO suck*!

                        * - at signing 1990 Fleer Update cards.
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                        • #42
                          A's

                          Only 2 A's in the set.

                          117. Canseco, Ozzie
                          118. Sanderson, Scott

                          Neither of these guys appear to particularly reliable signers. Canseco has a 0% success rate on SCN, in fact.
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                          • #43
                            Travis Fryman is signing c/o Erie SeaWolves this season. Also, I had a success last season with Mark Davis c/o the minor league team that he was coaching with. I know Davis is coaching again this season in the Minors. Just not sure who with.

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by dmbfan View Post
                              Travis Fryman is signing c/o Erie SeaWolves this season. Also, I had a success last season with Mark Davis c/o the minor league team that he was coaching with. I know Davis is coaching again this season in the Minors. Just not sure who with.
                              Is Fryman with Erie this year? The best I can tell, he's managing the Mahoning Valley Scappers this year. That being said, Erie doesn't have a hitting coach listed on their web site. According to SCN, the last success with him was in April c/o Indians ST.

                              The best I can find for Davis is that he may have been with the Missoula Osprey earlier this year, but isn't anymore.

                              The one thing I do know is that minor league baseball team's web sites are AWFUL.
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                              • #45
                                Mariners

                                Up next, the Mariners.

                                119. Martinez, Tino
                                120. Schaefer, Jeff
                                121. Young, Matt

                                Of these three, only Young appears to be a decent signer. I'll give him a shot.
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