When I started collecting autographs in the late 1980s, if a baseball player was hired to sign autographs at a card show, you could frequently get a signature for $10… sometimes less. A star or Hall of Famer might cost $20 or $25. Larger shows would often have a free signer with paid admission.
I give JP’s Sports & Rock Solid Promotions credit for keeping the free signer tradition going for most of the shows that they run. At their White Plains show later this month, perfect game pitchers Tom Browning and Len Barker will sign for free on Saturday, Jan. 14th.
But some of the guests seem out of my league.
- Mets Police wants us to take a look at a video of the 1972 Opening Day ceremonies, which took place shortly after Gil Hodges died. (Hat tip: Uni Watch)
- Brian Joura looks at Terry Collins legacy as Mets manager at Mets 360.
- Bill Baer asks if the Nationals will extend Dusty Baker’s contract at Hardball Talk.
- Mets Police also wants us to remember it’s the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Mets, the worst team that money could buy.
This holiday season, I was able to add a few new baseball cards to my collection. Among them was this Gary Carter insert from 2012. Part of a 30-card set inserted one per box in retail blasters of Topps Update, it highlights the blockbuster 1984 trade that brought Hall of Famer Gary Cater to the Mets.
The gimmick is the hat logo patch that’s embedded within the baseball card. And if you’ll notice, the Mets logo in my card is upside down. I’d have to guess that its an oddity that escaped Topps quality control. The example pictured in the Cardboard Connection’s guide to the insert series has the logo patch aligned correctly. Read the rest of this entry