Kal Segrist: former Yankee, overlooked signer, gone at 84

Posted July 6th, 2015 by Tom Owens and filed in Uncategorized

In 2010, The Great Orioles Autograph Project blogger Ryan commented about Segrist's shaky signature.

In 2010, The Great Orioles Autograph Project blogger Ryan commented about Segrist’s shaky signature.

Don’t let the card companies tell you the players to write to.

Kal Segrist was another star signer in that quickly-shrinking roster of 1950s players. The only widely available card of Segrist came in 1991, the Baltimore Orioles Crown Oil retrospective set.

A former 1950s Yankee? I expected hundreds of contacts reported on www.sportscollectors.net. Nope. Just 39 attempts, with 33 successes. I blame the lack of a Topps card for why more never bothered writing him.

One of my favorite baseball writers, Nick Diunte, did an all-star job crafting a remembrance of Segrist. 

The missing chapter of Darryl Hamilton?

Posted July 2nd, 2015 by Tom Owens and filed in Baseball Player Passings, darryl hamilton, Uncategorized

(Courtesy of Rich Hanson)

(Courtesy of Rich Hanson)

Most fans know how Darryl Hamilton died.

Whether he signed an autograph for you or not, add a memory to your collection.

Remember how he lived with this moving obituary. I spotted this jewel from a fellow member of the Facebook Group Baseball Player Passings.

Lastly, don’t wait to send those letters. Tomorrow is not guaranteed for any of us.


Dear 1986 Topps Guys in my pack…

Posted June 29th, 2015 by Tom Owens and filed in 1986 Topps

1986ToppsPackBrad Balukjian may be baseball’s 2017 Rookie of the Year.

I don’t think you’ll see him in uniform. However, he’s doing something unique that will spark the imaginations of fans and collectors alike.

I found Brad on Twitter, @Waxpackbook. He’s taken a pack of 1986 Topps cards, vowing that he’ll track down everyone in his pack (all while writing about the adventure). Yes, face to face collecting!

Unlike other authors who essentially say, “Don’t bother me until the book is published,” Brad is sharing the ride. He’s in Houston, beginning his cross-country trek.

Before you snort NO WAY, let me pre-emptively say, “Yes, way.” Brad has caught the eye of the New York Times with his literary plan. 

Why does this matter to TTM collectors and those who hope to get a question answered or even a note from a past baseball favorite?

Brad has needed to stand out. According to the Times, one Hall of Famer represented in his pack was the only person to resist the pitch for his project. I’m betting that Brad had to make his case in writing to win over all the former MLBers. 

That’s right. Whether you want someone to co-star in your book, autograph your card or simply answer a question in your letter, you need to prove WHY. 

I’ll be following Brad. I hope you will, too. I think I’ll be able to clear off some space on the baseball bookshelf by 2017.