Happy Thanksgiving

This Thursday, Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving. While our popular traditions surrounding the holiday involve eating too much, getting ready to shop for bargains and watching football, the federal holiday of Thanksgiving was created during the Civil War as a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”

So at the very least, I invite you to spend a few moments this week thinking about some of the things that make you feel thankful.

I’m thankful for all of the people who chose to spend a few minutes signing autographs for me.

The number of cards arriving in the mail last week decreased as I’ve had less time to write letters, but I did get my first 2014 Topps Update cards signed.

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Until his All-Star selection this year, Pat Neshek probably had a bigger fanbase among autograph collectors than the fans of whichever team he happened to be playing for in a particular year. Neshek is among a small number of Major League Baseball players who collect cards, and the only one who will actually trade signed cards with his fans.

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Mets baseball card of the day: 2014 Topps Heritage Curtis Granderson

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2014 Topps Heritage card #497 is the first time that outfielder Curtis Granderson appeared on a baseball card as a member of the New York Mets.

If I’d gotten it in March or April, I’d have found it a little bit more exciting than I do now… but it is one less card I have to find for my 2014 Topps Heritage Mets team set. I certainly got a good deal – I won the card for 510 credits on Listia, which almost amounts to getting it for free.

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New Autograph Acquisitions: 2014 American League Champions (and others)

On Monday, I mentioned winning a World Series contest run by Zach of Autographed Cards. Here are my prizes.

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At the age of 24, Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer already has two Gold Glove awards.

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Ray Sadecki, 1940-2014

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Ray Sadecki’s 1971 Topps baseball card

Former New York Mets pitcher Ray Sadecki died Monday in Mesa, Ariz., from complications of blood cancer, according to his obituary in the Kansas City Star. He was 73.

Sadecki was part of the 1973 National League champion Mets team that lost to the Oakland Athletics in the World Series. He had a 30-25 record and a 3.36 ERA in 165 games for the Mets from 1970-74 and in 1977.

New Autograph Acquisitions: A Hall of Famer and four Brooklyn Dodgers

I added 14 new autographed baseball cards to my collection last week, the majority coming as my prize for winning a World Series contest run by Zach of Autographed Cards. And I’ll show those off on Wednesday. Today, I want to take a look at the ones I got through the mail by writing to former players.

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Former Boston Red Sox second baseman Bobby Doerr is the oldest living member of the baseball Hall of Fame. He was a 9-time All-Star during a 14-year major league career. (He missed the final month of the 1944 season and all of 1945 while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II.)

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