I thought I would take an opportunity to post a few scans of more baseball cards that tickle me to no end… those with photos of players in the act of signing autographs for lucky fans.
Since my first post on this topic was so well received after I led off with a Milton Bradley card, I thought it best to play it safe and do the same thing this time, but with a different card. This particular card is a 1999 Baseball America card- no. 16 in a 100 card set that was manufactured by Team Best. Bradley is sporting a dapper Cape Fear Crocs uniform.
It is worth noting that although the back doesn’t contain much in the way of stats, it does come with the warning that Milton “must control his emotions to reach his potential.” Not having spoken to Bradley in person in almost three years, I would venture to guess that he would claim he has made great strides toward doing just that. Again, I wouldn’t stand around and argue anything to the contrary.
Next up is a 1978 Topps card of Minnesota Twins pitcher Dave Goltz. (Try saying that name fast once.) A native of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, Goltz hurled a one-hit shutout against the Red Sox in August of 1977, in a season where he ended up tied for the most wins (20) in the American League with Jim Palmer and Dennis Leonard.
It is difficult to tell for certain if Goltz is actually signing an autograph for a fan in this photo, or instead scribbling down an order for pizzas for his teammates in the dugout. This is also the only card in this posting where the player is not wearing a hat. So if that is why you stopped by, you may now move on to the next entry on your RSS feeder.
Oh wait… it appears that Mike Cameron is holding Goltz’s hat and using it as some sort of excuse for not being able to sign autographs for a mob of children before a Spring Training game at the Peoria Sports Complex. If you are planning to see a Spring Training game at the Peoria Sports Complex, it is VERY important that you go to the one in Arizona, NOT the one in Illinois. Otherwise you will end up being cold, lonely and very disappointed. However, you will not be disappointed if you decide to put together a set of these 2002 Upper Deck Vintage cards. This design is absolutely wonderful. I would suggest that really the only thing Upper Deck could have done better was to slip every card into a penny sleeve prior to packaging, as they are next to impossible to keep in pristine condition.
In early May of 2002, this Midwestern boy combined with Bret Boone to put on a show that fans won’t soon forget as they pounded back-to-back homers TWICE in the same inning- against the team that drafted him out of high school. Three tears to any reader who knows without looking what team that was.
Moving right along, it makes sense to hop across town to see what sorts of events Upper Deck photographers at Wrigley Field have captured. At first glance, it seems that Cubs closer Ryan Dempster is looking to buy a t-shirt before a Santana concert. The reality of that situation is that all those people are thinking he is going to sign something for them. Madness! When crowds for autographs become that dense, you can usually find me making my way to a beer vendor.
I’m not overly impressed by the layout of the cards in Upper Deck’s 2006 set. I suppose they are trying to prevent piracy of their products, but I still believe that foil belongs on baked potatoes and can also be used to make funny hats. I just don’t like it on baseball cards. Similarly, I don’t have much to say about Dempster. However, if you happen to be a manager in one of my fantasy leagues, I recommend that you draft this fireballer as early as possible.
If you love the horizontal cards like me, are a die-hard Braves fan, or have a thing for giant balls… this card is where it is! The 235th card in the 2002 Topps set is worth several double takes. Whether he is keeping busy slugging home runs, diving to rob opposing players of well-deserved extra base hits, playing football, providing television commentary, or taking time out of his schedule to help a fan finish a crossword puzzle (pictured), one can’t help but wonder if there is anything that Brian Jordan can’t do. Ah…. But can he blog? Apparently so.
I don’t have a Brian Jordan autograph, but if I ever get a chance to meet him, this is definitely the card I would ask him to sign. Perhaps he would recall if that kid on the far left edge of the card was extremely small, or if he was holding a softball.
It was only a matter of time before I got around to bringing up Tony Phillips, right? Check out this amazing card (no. 29) from the 1986 Topps set. The lighting and exposure used in this photo are flawless. In fact, it is such a great shot that I wish someone would produce a set of cards that would give camera settings on the back instead of player stats. (Nikon, Cannon, Kodak…. Are any of you paying attention here?) At any rate, it is a fantastic photo of Tony as he pauses in the middle of his inscription that probably read something along the lines of “Tony Phillips – 2 GW RBI 1985.”
If this wonderful card has failed to capture your imagination you’ll want make sure you check into an interesting project over at Awesomely Bad Wax Packs where blogger Mike is going to attempt to collate an entire set of 1986 Topps from only two boxes of cards. He is predicting that he will accomplish his goal even without having to open approximately 14 percent of the packs. He hasn’t stated if he will be counting cards that are stained by gum or wax, but it should prove to be way more interesting than the next statement issued by Roger Clemens’ lawyers.
Finally, I realize that several readers are here to see autographs. Although I don’t have any autographed cards that fit into the overall theme of this post, I am moved to include one to make everyone happy. Inspired by the recent trend among a number of other baseball card blogs to tease a very nice trader/blogger who goes by the alias “Steve” at White Sox Cards, I thought I would join in on the fun. Unable to figure out “why” Steve had posted a particular card of Frank Thomas as part of a recent post, I decided to include a scan of the same card that I was fortunate enough to have gotten autographed in person at Phoenix Municipal Stadium a few springs ago.
I’m pretty sure that no professional photographers were shooting the Big Hurt while he was signing his rookie card for my collection; so my dream of appearing on a baseball card will have to live on to see another season.