Saturday, April 9, 2016

Custom TTM Failures: The Sandlot

The Sandlot premiered in theaters nationwide 23 years ago today, April 9, 1993. That's a good enough excuse to post this today!

If you've been reading the blog for a while, you may recall I've made some custom cards based on the movie. Back in January, I went on a spree of sending out Through-The-Mail autograph requests, and among my requests were 3 actors from the cast. Unfortunately I struck out. But I'm gonna show off the unsigned customs anyways, as a few of you out there might get a kick out of them.

Mike Vitar starred as Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez. For a long time, he was known as a dependable signer through his PO box. But last Halloween, he and another firefighter (yeah, he became a fireman when he grew up) beat up a guy over an argument or something, and he might be looking at prison time. He's apparently closed his PO box, as this request came back with an undeliverable/return to sender label.
Bummer! I was really happy with how these three 1972 Topps-style Dodgers cards turned out. Looks like it got damp somewhere along the line, as you can tell the black ink smeared.

Here is the bad, undeliverable address that didn't work:
Mike Vitar
PO Box 74150
Burbank, CA 91521

If you have a working address to send Mike Vitar fanmail, please let me know! I'd love to give it another shot getting these signed.

Next up is cutie Marley Shelton, who played Wendy. I made a 1997 Leaf Signature type card using a lovely relatively-recent photo, and also included one of the other Sandlot cards I made a while back. Again, my envelope came back with the dreaded yellow postal label of death.

Here is the bad, undeliverable address that didn't work:
Marley Shelton
c/o Untitled Entertainment
1801 Century Park E #700
Los Angeles, CA 90067

If you have a working address to send Marley Shelton fanmail, please let me know!

Finally, here're a couple cards for Art LaFleur. He played the Babe. Art was also in Field of Dreams, and so I made a custom for that one as well. Now, these have not been returned-to-sender.. so I suppose there's still an outside chance they'll come back signed someday, but it's been several weeks at this point, so I'm not holding my breath.

That's it for today. Thanks for checking out the cards.


  1. That's a shame about the first two rounds... Here's hoping Art comes through for you! I also did not realize that the Babe and Chick were the same actor - you learn something new everyday.

  2. Your customs are second to none. Hope The Babe pulls through for you buddy.

  3. Prisons accept mail...just think of the story you'll have if he does go there, and you send it to him wouldn't get much more unique than that!

  4. Any update on these attempts or if an addreas for Mike Vitar was obtained?

    1. Sadly, still no Mike Vitar autograph for me. And no luck TTMing Marley, but she has certified autos in 2018 Topps Archives, so that's good enough for me. As for Art LaFleur, he and his wife got in touch with me thanks to this post, and I was able to have him sign for me and give him several copies of the cards I made for him. (Link to that post.)