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Recent collection additions & the week ahead

I’m not quite sure when this became a “once a week” blog, but that’s kind of where we are now.

I expect to get to a couple of baseball games this week. I’m going to one of the games between the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees at the House of Evil – I’d agreed to go back before Jose Reyes got hurt and when I hoped that R.A. Dickey might pitch. Unfortunately, Dickey’s not in line to start the game I’m going to see.

I also expect to make my first trip to Trenton next weekend to see the Thunder and the Portland Sea Dogs. ¬†Hopefully I’ll manage to blog about one or both of the games, but I should at least manage to post a few pictures to my Flickr account.

I’d also like to see Matt Harvey face the Dodgers on Wednesday, but I don’t know that time and money will allow it.

I added one new card to my Mets autograph collection last week, a signed Tim Byrdak 2012 Topps Update card, his first that shows him as a Met. It came back postmarked from Florida, where Byrdak is continuing to rehab from shoulder surgery. Hopefully he will be able to return to the Mets bullpen this year.

Signed Tim Byrdak 2012 Topps Update card from my collection
Signed Tim Byrdak 2012 Topps Update card from my collection

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Autograph of the Day – Sandy Alomar Sr.

2008 Topps Mets Gift Set Sandy Alomar
2008 Topps Mets Gift Set Sandy Alomar

Sandy Alomar‘s Major League playing career spanned 15 years – from 1964-1978. He made the All-Star team in 1970 as a California Angel and he twice led the AL in plate appearances, with 735 in 1970 and 739 in 1971.

Alomar played in 15 games for the 1967 New York Mets. If I understand Baseball-Reference.com‘s transaction information correctly, the Mets and White Sox traded Alomar for himself that year.

August 15, 1967: Sent by the New York Mets to the Chicago White Sox to complete an earlier deal made on July 22, 1967. The New York Mets sent a player to be named later and Ken Boyer to the Chicago White Sox for a player to be named later and Bill Southworth. The New York Mets sent Sandy Alomar (August 15, 1967) to the Chicago White Sox to complete the trade. The Chicago White Sox sent J.C. Martin (November 27, 1967) to the New York Mets to complete the trade.

Alomar joined the Mets coaching staff in 2005 as Willie Randolph’s bench coach. In 2006 he switched to first base coaching duties and became the team’s third base coach in 2007. After Randolph was fired last year, Alomar was again named the bench coach — the position he currently holds.

I got this card signed through the mail during spring training this year. It was my third attempt to get Alomar’s autograph on a baseball card and my first success. Topps included cards of the Mets coaches in the 55-card team gift sets that were produced in 2007 and 2008. Unfortunately, the Mets won’t be getting another gift set in 2009.