Here is the quandary, G. How to know who wants them or needs them? Then, how to transfer them to the new owner? Since the amount of cards in question are many many many more than pictured above, we would probably have to rent a semi-truck to haul them across country. In the meantime, they take up space in boxes in the garage. Thoughts?
Second, AdamE notes that there is an element of "stalking" to TTM; to the process of sending a card to someone and asking them to sign it. Ah, AdamE, you raise an excellent concern. You give voice to the exact troubling thought that was rattling around in my head like a BB in a boxcar. Once Lucy began to lose interest in the TTM process--that is, she stopped writing letters to players in her inimitable red pencil scrawl--my ability to take up the slack wasn't there. Why, I can't even approach a player for an autograph in person unless one of my kids wants to and then basically does all the work. Why is that?
Because I just can't. The only in-person encounter I ever had with a celebrity whose autograph I sorta wanted was a miserable failure because I only chatted. It was a nice chat, even a memorable one, but I never built up the courage to say, "sign this, would you?" And our one celebrity friend is often approached for autographs and always gracious, but I find it awkward to observe when seeing the request from the other side. Not that it is odd, but that I can't DO it. Maybe he or she made a popular movie or can hit a baseball, but I can do a few things very well too, and no one asks for MY autograph. You know? I don't like when the playing field is not level, so to speak. Celebrity/fame is weird. And admit it...there's something unseemly about this:
And normally I'd say, "at least it's ok when kids do it" but look at the mug on that little boy. Whew. The upshot of all this is a newfound realization that certified on-card autographs do, in fact, serve a purpose.
However! There is nothing that quite compares to the little happy kick we get when a player returns an autograph and Lucy's face never fails truly to light up. She likes to sort through her baseball player signatures--mostly TTMs, with a few acquired in person. So, that is my quandary. And those are today's deep thoughts.