Monday, October 24, 2011
TTM Success: Heath Bell (and a contest!)
A while back, I shared a story about when I met Heath Bell while he was in Double A. HERE is the post if you're interested. Toward the end of season, I sent Bell the photo and a short letter about my memories of meeting him. I included a 2011 Topps card and kindly requested an autograph. I’ve heard Bell was a great TTM signer, and when a few weeks went by I figured that I had just sent it too late in the season and I probably wasn’t getting it back.
Last week, a SASE came back and it was pretty thick. I wasn’t sure what it was, so I opened it and out fell my card signed by Heath Bell – as well as four others that I didn’t send! He also included a second 2011 Topps, 2011 Heritage and A&G, and a 2008 Topps – all hand-signed! There was no response to my note, but I’d have to imagine he threw in the extras because of the picture. He continues to be one of the most fan-friendly players in baseball.
Contest time! I’m going to keep most of the autos, but since he included a second signed 2011 Topps, I think I should share the wealth. If you’re interested in being entered, just leave a comment to this post saying that you’d like in for a chance to win a 2011 Topps card signed by Heath Bell. No pimping or following required (although please have an email attached to your profile so I can contact you if you win). I’ll leave the contest open until Noon ET on Friday, Oct 28 and draw the win shortly after that.