Swings and misses

Six cards came back with autographs but no questionnaires. Two more came back with bad addresses. Here’s a rundown of our most recent failures.

1986 Donruss

I like to send out old Diamond King cards from time to time because I think they look cool autographed. Unfortunately their return rate is pretty low. The occasions where they come back with a completed survey are even lower. Such is the case with the famous knuckleballer Charlie Hough. Hough lasted for 25 years in the majors, pitching from 1970-1994. He posted a career record of 216-216 with a 3.75 ERA and made one All-Star team.

Bob Reynolds may not have filled out the questionnaire, but he did send us two extra autographed photos. He was 14-16 in six years spent with six different teams. He was a part of the 1973-1974 Baltimore Orioles teams that won the American League East and lost to the Oakland A’s in the ALCS.

1974 Topps

Richie Scheinblum played in parts of eight seasons in the majors. He had a great year for the Kansas City Royals in 1972, hitting .300 with 66 RBIs and 60 runs scored and making the All-Star Team.

1976 Topps

Joe McIntosh pitched in 47 big league games, all for the San Diego Padres from 1974-1975. He was 8-15 for the Friars in 1975, compiling a 3.67 ERA in 183 innings of work.   As you can see from his card, McIntosh was traded to the Houston Astros following the season, but never appeared in a major league game for them.

1976 Topps

Rick Manning banged out 1349 hits during his 13-year career in the major leagues. He won the Gold Glove for the Cleveland Indians in 1976, which was his best year at the plate as well. Manning hit .292 that season with 73 runs scored and 43 RBIs.

1979 Topps

Bob Montgomery served as a backup catcher for the Boston Red Sox for 10 seasons from 1970-1979. A decent hitter, Montgomery finished with a .258 career average, although he hit over .300 three different times.

In addition to these six, letters to Craig Robinson and Manny Sanguillen were returned to sender, marked “not deliverable as addressed.

Published by Chris

Writer, historian, father, intrepid traveller, journalist, aging punk ... I am actually in a Hall of Fame.

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