Monthly Archives: July 2014

A Man Of Letters

I have to admit, I haven’t been actively pursuing any of the manu-patch sets which spell out player names or team names — you know the ones, made by Upper Deck (SP Authentic By The Letter or Icons Lettermen), or Topps (Finest) — some with autos, and some without. I only had a few in my inventory, but that changed with a small cache of former and current Twins closers letter cards picked up on eBay. It’s not often that these are priced within my low ceiling, so I ended up doubling my previous holdings.

Here are all the Twins letter sets that I know of, although I’m uncertain what each spells in some cases. Cards I have are in black:

2006 SP Authentic By The Letter #BL-FL FRANCISCO LIRIANO
2006 SP Authentic By The Letter #BL-JN JOE NATHAN
2006 SP Authentic By The Letter #BL-MO JUSTIN MORNEAU
2007 SP Authentic By The Letter Rookie Signatures #121 GLEN PERKINS?
2007 SP Authentic By The Letter Rookie Signatures #138 ALEXI CASILLA
2007 SP Authentic By The Letter Signatures #BL-13 MINNESOTA TWINS (Bonser)
2007 SP Authentic By The Letter Signatures #BL-40 ?? (Mauer)
2007 SP Authentic By The Letter Signatures #BL-50 ?? (Hunter)
2007 SP Authentic By The Letter Signatures #BL-52 ?? (Morneau)
2008 SP Authentic By The Letter #BL-JN ?? (Nathan)
2008 SP Authentic By The Letter #BL-SB SCOTT BAKER
2008 SP Authentic By The Letter #BL-SB MINNESOTA TWINS (Baker)
2009 Icons Immortal Letterman #IL-KH KENT HRBEK
2009 Icons Immortal Letterman #IL-PM ?? (Molitor)
2009 Icons Lettermen #IL-JN JOE NATHAN
2009 SP Authentic By the Letter Signatures #BTL-GP GLEN PERKINS
2009 SP Authentic By the Letter Signatures #BTL-JN JOE NATHAN
2009 SP Authentic By the Letter Signatures #BTL-NA MINNESOTA TWINS (Nathan)

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clockwise, from top left: 2009 Upper Deck SP Authentic By the Letter Signatures [“N”] #BTL-GP Glen Perkins [31/35] (manu-patch auto); 2009 Upper Deck SP Authentic By the Letter Signatures [“R”] #BTL-GP Glen Perkins [18/35] (manu-patch auto); 2009 Upper Deck Icons Lettermen #IL-JN [“O”] Joe Nathan [11/45] (manu-patch); 2009 Upper Deck SP Authentic By the Letter Signatures [“E”] #BTL-NA Joe Nathan [08/36] (manu-patch auto); 2009 Upper Deck SP Authentic By the Letter Signatures [“H”] #BTL-NA Joe Nathan [10/36] (manu-patch auto); 2009 Upper Deck SP Authentic By the Letter Signatures [“T”] #BTL-NA Joe Nathan [06/36] (manu-patch auto); 2009 Upper Deck SP Authentic By the Letter Signatures [“W”] #BTL-JN Joe Nathan [24/25] (manu-patch auto); 2009 Upper Deck SP Authentic By the Letter Signatures [“K”] #BTL-GP Glen Perkins [29/35] (manu-patch auto)

Here are a few other fairly recent acquisitions:

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clockwise, from top left: 2004 Donruss Classics Significant Signatures Green #184 Jason Kubel [012/100] (auto); 2004 Donruss Classics Significant Signatures Red #184 Jason Kubel [081/250] (auto); 2008 Upper Deck UD Premier Rookie Signatures Gold #226 Jose Morales [44/58] (auto); 2011 Bowman Chrome Prospects Refractor #BCP158 David Bromberg [018/500] (auto); 2005 Topps Crack Jack Take Me Out to the Ball Game #TO-JJ Jacque Jones (bat); 2004 Topps Cracker Jack Take Me Out to the Ball Game #TB-TKH Torii Hunter (jersey); 2011 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks & Prospects #BCAP-TH Travis Harrison (auto); 2008 Upper Deck UD Premier Rookie Signatures #226 Jose Morales [009/299] (auto)

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