Phillies TTM: Week of 12/10/12

I had couple unique TTM returns over the past week...

Jose DeJesus

Jose DeJesus Signed Card

In August I noticed a few successes on Sports Collectors Net from former pitcher, Jose DeJesus and quickly put his 1991 Tastykake postcard in the mail.  When my envelope postmarked from Puerto Rico came back - I honestly did not know who it was from.  My guess is that Jose did not have the card in his personal collection, which would explain why he switched it out.  Wish it had at been a Phillies card...

Curt Simmons

I bought Curt Simmons' "First Win" ball during Hunt Auction's November Live Auction.  While it was not necessarily the most visually attractive ball from his collection up for bid, because it was his first win it was probably the most historically significant.  

I decided to write Mr. Simmons and ask him a few questions about his first game.  My thought was that it would be something interesting to display with the ball and maybe a picture from his early career.  I have not had a lot of luck with asking questions through TTM, but spent some time thinking of meaningful questions that would hopefully earn a response.  He did not answer any of the questions, but offered to sign a ball for me.  Guess that opens the door for another TTM post...

Frank Thomas

I exchanged a couple letters with 1964 Phillie, Frank Thomas earlier this year.  He really seemed like a very nice guy and I enjoyed reading his stories about his playing days.  Some of you may have even written him a letter after I posted his TTM information.  Anyway, in a first, I received an unsolicited piece of mail from a professional player this week when Mr. Thomas sent me a legit Christmas card!

I have to say it was pretty cool to see in the mail.  Kudos to my wife for hanging it on the pantry door beside cards from Aunt Gerry and Grandma Melvena!