Thursday, May 28, 2020

Fred Lynn TTM Success

Sent: 5/2/2020 | Received: 5/28/2020 | 26 days
1/1: 1981 Fleer Star Sticker
Address: Home (Carlsbad, CA) from SportsCollectors.Net
Not going to lie: super pumped to get this one back. For those of you card collectors that aren’t in on the whole TTM scene, Fred Lynn is notorious for sending a signed blue index card in lieu of the requested card. Look, beggars can’t be choosers. A success is a success, but getting the on-card return is a pretty big deal here. Mr. Lynn made my day.

Lynn burst onto the scene with the Red Sox in 1975, and was the first player ever to win both the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player Awards in the same year.

That year, the 23-year-old Lynn slashed .331/.401/.967. He led the league in slugging, OPS, runs (103), and doubles (47). He hit 21 home runs and drove in 105. He finished second to Rod Carew in batting average and earned his first of four Gold Glove Awards.

He was the 1979 batting champion with a .333 mark. In fact, he led the league OBP (.424) and Slugging (.637).

In seven seasons with the Red Sox, Lynn batted .308 with 124 home runs and 521 RBI.

However, Lynn's career was hampered by injuries attributed to his fearless play. He broke a rib crashing into the outfield wall (1980). He injured his knee breaking up a double play (1981). He suffered sprained ankles, a broken toe, and battled chronic back pain throughout his career. He never played more than 150 games in a season, and only topped 140 games four times.

Lynn went on to play for the Angels (1981-1984), Orioles (1985-1988), Tigers (1988-89), and Padres (1990).

Over 15 career postseason games, he batted 22-for-54 (.407) with two home runs and 13 RBIs.

Lynn was a nine-time All-Star, batting an overall 6-for-20 (.300) in All-Star Games with four home runs and ten RBIs, including the first grand slam in All-Star Game history (1983). All told, he hit four Mid-summer Classic HRs, second only to Stan Musial with six. 



  1. Wow I've not seen an on card success for lynn before! I've got one if the standard index cards from him. Maybe it's worth another shot.

    1. I'm honestly not sure what to make of it. I fired my off after I saw someone else get their card signed. Between when I sent it and when it returned, I saw nothing but the blue index card. Was fully expecting it.

      Worth a try. You never know.