Pitcher Dick Bosman proves a point

Posted December 14th, 2015 by Tom Owens and filed in Brian Salgado, Dick Bosman, Uncategorized

20151119_134045A grateful standing O to reader Brian Salgado for sharing this recent by-mail triumph.

Besides autographing two cards, Bosman answered questions about his hot rod hobby.

Some readers might snort: hot rods have nothing to do with baseball.

I think they have everything to do with baseball.

To a fan/collector, the dream of being a major leaguer would be a lifetime passion. To the men who played, some might view the athletic employment as a short-term job.

20151119_134113Even when researching, don’t ignore a facet of a major leaguer’s life. That off-the-field passion might tell you more about baseball than you ever imagined.

 

Christmas tips for autograph collectors

Posted November 30th, 2015 by Tom Owens and filed in Uncategorized

charlie brown stampsChristmas is a time for miracles.

Do whatever you can to get those envelopes opened.

Those holiday commemorative stamps are great. After all, Charlie Brown played baseball, too!

Find address labels with holiday symbols. Choose red or green envelopes. Get noticed.

Want some more inspiration? Here’s a fun tale from the archives of Christmas giving from a well-known baseball name.

 

Pitcher Ken Johnson gone at age 82

Posted November 23rd, 2015 by Tom Owens and filed in Ken Johnson, www.Baseball-Almanac.com, www.sportscollectors.net
Besides a rare example of a non-personalized autograph, Johnson's Baseball Almanac page is filled with gems you won't find anywhere else. Bookmark the Almanac, and visit before you send your next player letter!

Besides a rare example of a non-personalized autograph, Johnson’s Baseball Almanac page is filled with gems you won’t find anywhere else. Bookmark the Almanac, and visit before you send your next player letter!

Pitcher Ken Johnson died on Nov. 21 at age 82.

I was intrigued by Johnson’s obituary. Baseball was a huge part of his life. So was his religion. I’d guess that someone who combined both passions in one letter might have hit the jackpot.

Johnson’s TTM responses listed on the amazing www.sportscollectors.net showed a spiffy 93 percent success rate. His signing stopped in 2014, when Mrs. Johnson started writing collectors that Ken’s Parkinson’s disease made writing impossible.

A few collectors grumbled through the years that Johnson’s insistence on personalizing autographs was done to make the signatures harder to sell online. 

Maybe. Or, he read every letter and wanted to thank everyone who wrote? He was answering questions for collectors. I think he cared about who wrote.