Wednesday, October 14, 2009

First Allen and Ginter TTM success!

I decided to jump on the TTM bandwagon and go for something from the 09 A&G set. Could it be a card from my favorite team? No, too easy. How about a perennial All-Star? Nah...they never sign. Ok, I know some of them do, but this is my blog ok!? I decided to go for one of the gold medalists from the set, Mariel Zagunis.

According to Wikipedia, "Mariel Leigh Zagunis (born March 3, 1985 in Beaverton, Oregon) is an American Olympic sabre fencer, of Lithuanian heritage. She won the gold medals in the individual sabre at the 2004 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Olympics. She is only the second American ever to have won a gold medal in Olympic fencing." If you can't trust Wikipedia, who can you trust?

I did a little research and through the miracle of the internet I was able to obtain an address. I sent her several minis and base cards and a note saying my boys and I were excited to add the first Gold Medalist auto to our collections. I sent extra cards so she could keep a few for herself. She did keep a couple of base cards and minis and this is what she sent back:

She personalized one for each of my boys as well as myself and also signed one base and one mini with just her name. Very cool and my boys will be so excited to see their names on the cards. The turnaround on the cards was about 3 weeks and fueled the TTM fire for me. I actually got back another TTM package today..but that's for a different post. Thanks to all the bloggers who have posted numerous TTM success stories...they inspired me to get involved and I love it!


  1. those are sweet. congrats! I always get the urge to jump in TTH, but it's a lot more difficult from Canada... stooopid stamps.

  2. Can you imagine a FENCER receiving cards in the mail to autograph? A FENCING card? It must be the craziest experience of her life. Well, besides winning a gold medal, maybe.

  3. Congrats my friend! Those are awesome!!!! Thank you for her address as well. By hook or by crook I am going to get 100 cards signed from this set and I don't care if that only includes 2 current baseball players!

  4. Love allen & ginter. I am in, happy blog birthday !