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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 http://www.nyshows.org.

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Mets Autograph of the Day: Ron Taylor

1970 Topps Ron Taylor

Ron Taylor was a relief pitcher for the Mets in the late 1960s. He is one of only five Canadian-born players in Mets’ history.

The Mets purchased his contract from the Houston Astros in 1967. He appeared in 50 games, all in relief, and had a 4-6 record and a 2.34 ERA. Taylor would have been credited with with eights saves if it had been an official statistic.

In 1969, Taylor had one of the better seasons of his career as a part of the 1969 World Champion Mets team. He won 9 games and lost 4, saving 13 and finishing with a 2.72 ERA in 59 regular season relief appearances. In the playoffs, Taylor pitched 5 2/3 innings and was not charged with a run. He earned the victory in the second game of the National League Championship Series.

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