Signed Kevin Appier Mets postcard from 2001

Signed Kevin Appier Mets postcard from 2001

It’s been 12 years since Kevin Appier pitched for the New York Mets. (And barring a bunch of minor miracles, this October will mark 13 years since the Mets’ last World Series appearance.) Where does the time go?

Appier was a relatively respectable 11-10 with a 3.57 ERA for the Mets in his only season with them, but GM Steve Phillips signed him to an ace-level contract after losing Mike Hampton to the Colorado Rockies and the Denver school system. Realizing his mistake, Phillips made it worse by trading Appier to the Anaheim Angels for aging slugger Mo Vaughn, who spent most of his Mets tenure on the disabled list.

Appier or the Mets had these postcards produced to be signed and sent out through the mail when fans sent him autograph requests. In the 1980s and early 1990s,  the Mets made similar, if simpler, postcards for everyone who went to spring training with them. This postcard of Appier is the one of the latest examples of a Mets player postcard I’ve seen.

The back of the Kevin Appier Mets postcard

The back of the Kevin Appier Mets postcard

Do you know about any more modern Mets team-issued postcards that were sent out to fulfill autograph requests?

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5 responses

  1. I’ve got a team-issued postcard set from the mid-80’s (1986?) that I really need to scan and post. I’d never seen a team postcard as recent as your Appier. More stuff to keep an eye out for!

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    • Paul says:

      I found a Cliff Floyd one that appears to be from 2004 a couple of years ago, and I have vague memories of getting one back from an early-2000s coach (but I’m not sure where I tucked it away.)

      At this stage in my collecting, this is the type of material that appeals to me more than the artificially scarce serial-numbered nonsense that Topps wants me to get excited about. :-)

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  2. I always liked Appier.

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  3. Appier was an underrated pitcher in his time with K.C. I have to admit, though, that I’d completely forgotten he’d ever been a Met.

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    • Paul says:

      I remember that he was there, and I don’t remember him frustrating me like some of his contemporaries. (I’m talking about you, Steve Trachsel). But I don’t really recall any specific Kevin Appier moments.

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