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Gavin Floyd provides a blast from the past

One of the nice things about collecting autographs through the mail is the chance of finding a surprise in among the junk mail & bills when you check your mailbox.

It looks like Chicago White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd has found a box of old fan mail and is trying to catch up with it this offseason.

The day before Thanksgiving, I got an envelope in the mail with a 37-cent stamp and three 3-cent stamps on it, addressed in my handwriting. Inside, a signed Gavin Floyd 2005 Topps Heritage card.

I had written to him on April 15, 2005 and 2,777 days later, I got a response. (According to the information I’ve uploaded at SportsCollectors.Net, that beats my previous documented record – 1,175 days between 2002 and 2005 for Jay Bell)

It’s pretty cool of Floyd to spend some time this fall going through old letters, I think.

When I wrote to him, Floyd was a rookie with the Philadelphia Phillies – a team that I really didn’t have much of a reason to dislike yet. The number four overall draft choice of 2001 had pitched in a grand total of seven major league games (he’d make his eighth appearance and suffer his first major league loss the day I mailed my letter.)

Floyd never really found a home with the Phillies, and they packaged him with Gio Gonzalez to acquire Freddy Garcia from Chicago in December 2006. In the American League, Floyd had a 17-8 season for the 2008 White Sox and he’s been a solid starter during his six years there.

Scary how many quality pitchers have come through Philadelphia in recent years, isn’t it?


Hufflepuff. Level 43 entertainment junkie and Mets fan. Always try to be nice, but never fail to be kind.

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