I added 14 new autographed baseball cards to my collection last week, the majority coming as my prize for winning a World Series contest run by Zach of Autographed Cards. And I’ll show those off on Wednesday. Today, I want to take a look at the ones I got through the mail by writing to former players.
Former Boston Red Sox second baseman Bobby Doerr is the oldest living member of the baseball Hall of Fame. He was a 9-time All-Star during a 14-year major league career. (He missed the final month of the 1944 season and all of 1945 while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II.)
Last week, I added five new signed baseball cards to my autograph collection.
First up, we have a Venezuelan baseball card of New York Mets infielder Wilfredo Tovar that I found on eBay. Aside from learning that Falcon and C27S (ColeccioneS 27) is a manufacturer of baseball and soccer cards in Venezuela, I haven’t been able to find out anything about it.
Tovar, 23, is an infielder who received late September call ups from the Mets in each of the last two seasons when injuries created late-season depth issues. He’s been in nine major league games even though he has not played above the Double-A level in the minor leagues. (In case you’re wondering, Tovar did appear on a two-player Topps Heritage rookie card this year, but the Venezuelan card may have been his first appearance on cardboard in a non-digitally altered Mets uniform.)
Gil Hodges and future Hall of Famer Duke Snider were two of the best players on the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1950s, but in 1962 they found themselves in opposite dugouts after Hodges was chosen by the New York Mets in the 1961 expansion draft.
In 1963, when this card came out, the two men were briefly reunited as teammates in New York – until the Mets sent Hodges to the Washington Senators for Jim Piersall about six weeks into the season.
Hodges left the playing field behind to begin a managerial career in Washington. He eventually returned to the Mets and led them to their first World Series title in 1969.
Snider had a solid year for the Mets in 1963, earning the privilege of representing them at the All-Star Game. However, his .243 batting average, 14 home runs and 45 RBI were far below the standards he established during his best years with the Dodgers. He played just one more season, finishing his major league career with the San Francisco Giants.
While you can find presentable copies of this baseball card for $5 or less, it is more expensive in top condition. Graded copies that earned the PSA 8 rating have recently sold between $47.50 and $68.
Over the weekend, a site visitor named Francisco contacted me and offered me a chance to buy a framed piece that would be a nice display item for a Duke Snider or Brooklyn Dodgers fan. I offered to post some pictures in case any of my readers might be interested.
“2ft X 3ft…black color frame…clear glass….appreciate your help…my brother paid for this pic $1.200 , around 10 years ago”
If you’re interested or have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please note, I don’t have any information about this piece beyond what I’ve posted here, and I’m not involved in any sale that may take place.)