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.

20 comments:

  1. Of course I want in on the fun!

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  2. Guilty as charged, I mean I'm in! Excellent response from Heath as well, glad to see that.

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  3. That's a great return. Congrats! Count me in for the contest, too.

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  4. pimped...
    http://napkindoon.blogspot.com/2011/10/now-how-much-would-you-pay.html

    God help me.

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  5. I'm in too - sounds like a great guy.

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  6. Count me in. Thanks for having a giveaway.

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  7. Heath Bell is cool! I'd like in. Thanks!

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  8. Count me in! Thanks for the contest!

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  9. I think the slide in the All Star game was awesome. Count me in.

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  10. A Bell auto would be pretty dope. I'm in!

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  11. I'd be a fool to not get in on this action.

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  12. I love it when players go above and beyond! It restores my faith in the boys of summer.

    With that in mind, Heath sounds like a great ball player to have in the collection - count me in!

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