Chris Potter Sports announced a new round of private signings, including a number of former Mets. Items are due by Aug. 15 and will be shipped back by Oct. 10.
Ralph Kiner, Rusty Staub, Mike Torrez, Mickey Lolich, Dean Chance, Bret Saberhagen, Kevin Collins, Jim Gosger, Frank Tanana, John Franco, Jay Hook and Joe Christopher are among the names that might be of interest to Mets fans. Prices range from $8-$50, depending on the player and the item to be signed.
I know I need Chance for my Mets all-time roster project, but I have to figure out if I need any of the others for side projects.
The results of the Hall of Fame’s Expansion Era Committee voting will be announced later this morning. Most of the buzz has surrounded George Steinbrenner and Marvin Miller – at least to the extent that the committee’s ballot is generating buzz.
But there’s a chance that former New York Met Rusty Staub could find his way into the Hall of Fame tomorrow. Staub’s best showing on the regular Hall of Fame ballot was just 36 votes in 1994 — 7.9 percent of the total ballots returned, so it would be a surprise if he made it in now.
Staub played for 23 seasons and accumulated 2,716 hits, 292 home runs and 1,466 RBI. He was a 6-time All-Star and finished in the top 5 for the AL MVP in 1978. After his days as a regular player ended, Staub earned a reputation as one of the best pinch-hitters in the game.
My latest acquistions arrived today, a trio of signed 1984 Fleer cards. eBay seller scottdfran broke up a near-complete 1984 Fleer set last week, and these were the three I won. I bid on two other cards – Mark Bradley and Scott Holman – but was outbid by a large margin.
The Staub card is a perfect representation of the player I remember… an older hitter that could always be dangerous when called on off the bench. I’ve seen nicer autographs, but this one isn’t bad. I’ve also seen nicer autographs from Hubie Brooks, but at least this one shows up on the card (unlike the cleaner sig I have on a 1988 Donruss card.)
The Junior Ortiz card may have the nicest signature the lot, even though it was signed with a ballpoint pen that was skipping… a lot. It’s a nice clear signature on a visible area of the card.
Staub is a Mets legend, and Brooks was a good player who unfortunately got traded away before the team got good in the 80s. Ortiz was a nice defensive backup catcher, but I mainly remember him as a Pirate.