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Ex-Mets’ autograph signing appearances in March 2014

calendarAfter a very quiet February, the autograph show circuit picks up a bit in March with the White Plains sports card show as the major event.

If I lived a bit closer (and had some money that I could afford to spend), I’d love to go – there are some “fresh” autograph guests that haven’t done shows in the area recently, if at all, and I’ve heard good things about the card show aspect.

If money really was no object, I’d also take advantage of Joe Torre‘s appearance at the Steiner Sports store this week to obtain his autograph for my All-Time Mets collection.

Reality says that I should be happy to be able to buy the basic 2014 Topps Heritage Mets team set once the cards come out, but here’s the information on those upcoming events in case you’ve got more money available for discretionary spending than I do.

White Plains “March Madness Show”

Autographed Ed Kranepool 1973 Topps baseball card from my collection
Autographed Ed Kranepool 1973 Topps baseball card from my collection

JP’s Sports & Rock Solid Promotions will hold its bi-monthly sports card show at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, N.Y. on March 21st-23rd. Admission is $8 per day, with kids under 12 admitted free.

Five members of the 1969 World Series Champion New York Mets team are scheduled to attend and sign autographs on Sunday, March 23rd: Ed Kranepool, Jerry Grote, Art Shamsky, Ron Taylor and Jim Gosger. Kranepool and Grote will cost $15 per signature; the others will cost $20 each.

Other notable guests for the weekend include future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera ($299), 1987 NL Rookie of the Year Benito Santiago ($25), 1978 NL Rookie of the Year Bob Horner (1 free autograph with paid admission Sunday), and 4-time AL All-Star Ruben Sierra (1 free autograph with paid admission Saturday)

For more details about the autograph guests and their fees, visit

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Mets Autograph of the Week: Herm Winningham

1991 Wiz Mets Herm Winningham

Herm Winningham was the Mets’ first-round pick (9th overall) in the January secondary phase of the 1981 amateur draft. He made his major league debut in September of 1984 and played in 14 games, but in those days that wasn’t enough to earn a baseball card for 1985.

Winningham would have to wait for the traded and update sets in 1985, when he finally earned his rookie cards by playing in 125 games during the regular season. Of course, by then he was an Expo. Herm Winningham’s biggest role in Mets history was being part of the five player trade that brought Gary Carter to New York.

In 9 major league seasons, Winningham played in over 800 games and was part of the 1990 World Series Champion Cincinnati Reds. He was a light-hitting, speedy outfielder who had a reputation as a good defensive player, though the stats at Baseball Reference suggest that his actual skills were closer to average.

Herm Winningham was never a star, but how many of us would love to be able to pull out a World Series ring and talk about 9 years in the majors? He can.

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Your chance to get autographs from Herm Winningham & other obscure former Mets

Chris Potter Sports sent out an email on Friday to promote a slate of March autograph signing opportunities.

There are several former Mets among the players listed: Joe Ginsberg, Jim Fregosi, Tom Paciorek, Herm Winningham, Bill Short, Rafael Santana and Tom Reynolds.

For the most part, these guys have been good about signing autographs through the mail for their fans. However, if you need Winningham, Santana or Paciorek to sign anything, this is a good opportunity.