My First Spring Training TTM Success
February 28th, 2010 by slangon

I’m not sure if I mentioned it before, but since this is my first Spring Training since I started collecting TTM autographs, I kind of went a little nuts with sending out requests to the Mets camp. I think 26 was the final tally, all custom cards. That meant designing 26 cards, making 52 cards (I sent 2 copies to all the players in case they wanted to keep one), writing 26 letter, addressing 26 envelopes, addressing 26 return envelopes and mailing everything out before pitchers and catchers report. It was a bit of work and I don’t mind telling you that I was pretty relieved when it was all done.

This was the first of the 26 to come back, and I was pretty surprised at who it was. I was expecting either a pitcher or a catcher, and most likely a rookie or lesser known player.

2010 SlangKo Sport Stars #5 David Wright

Now I had heard that David uses a ghost writer to sign a lot of his TTM requests, so initially I was a bit discouraged. I ended up doing a lot of research into that though and found a bunch of scans of autographs that were gotten in person. I also got a bunch of scans of Wright autographs off of the Steiner memorabilia site. After comparing the autograph that I have with these legit autos, I would say it was written by the same person. The only difference I could see was that mine was a little cramped, which I would assume is because the card is a little smaller than a standard baseball card.

The other thing that made me a little more positive about it was that in doing all that research about him using a ghost writer, in a few instances I read that he would have all the TTM requests shipped back to Virginia where whoever would sign them and mail them out. The card I got back was post marked from West Palm Beach, which is about 20 miles from Port St. Lucie, where the Mets train.

All in all, I guess the trouble with TTM in general is that you never really know whether that really is the persons signature, even when you’re pretty sure. I’m about as confident about this David Wright as I am about any of the other autographs I gotten through the mail, and that’s good enough for me.

3 Responses to “My First Spring Training TTM Success”

  1. Congratulations. I really like the card design, too.

  2. That Wright TTM looks legit, awesome custom, too.

  3. David Wright didn’t ghost sign in 2010 i think that was the only year he actually cared about fans

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