Daily Archives: March 11, 2009

Larry Bowa Autograph TTM Success!!!

Larry Bowa + 9 days = Great Autographs!!!

Larry Bowa may have one of the best ‘pure script’ signatures I have ever seen.  When we were kids, we all had those posters in our classrooms around 3rd or 4th grade that taught us cursive letters.  Larry Bowa’s signature could be on those posters.  From the ‘L’ to the “r’ to the ‘B’ and the ‘W’, everything looks perfect!!!

Bowa is one of the many former Cubs I went after to get autographs of.  He will always be known as a Phillie to baseball fans outside of Illinois, but Bowa did spend 3 1/2 seasons with the Cubs.  His best season as a Cubbie came in 1983 where he hit .267 while collecting 133 hits, 43 RBI, and 7 stolen bases.

Thanks, Mr. Bowa!! 

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Juan Samuel Autograph TTM Success!!!

Juan Samuel signed these 2 cards for me in 30 days.

Samuel strung together quite a few successful seasons in the mid-80’s for the Phillies.  Juan displayed many qualities of a great offensive player.  In his best statistical season of 1987, Samuel had 178 hits, 28 of which were home runs.  He also collected 100 RBI and 35 stolen bases.

Samuel is currently a coach for the Baltimore Orioles.  I saw him last week at Spring Training and had nothing to sign.  Had I known I would have been going to the games when I sent these cards out I probably would have held onto them and try to get him to sign for me in person.  Either way, I am happy to add these to my collection.

Thanks, Mr. Samuel!!! 

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1983 Topps Super Veteran – Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage

1983 Topps Super Veteran – Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage

 ‘The Goose’ has a remarkable 22-year career and was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 2008. 

For his career, Gossage ended up with a 124-107 win-loss record.  He has 310 saves to his credit alongside 1,502 strikeouts.  Gossage finished in the Top 6 for the Cy Young Award 5 times during his career and was a 9-time All-star.

And then there is that incredibly thick and bushy mustache that he carried around during the latter years of his baseball career…

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‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #21

‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #21

Bo Jackson – 1986 Donruss ‘The Rookies’

Bo Jackson makes the list and comes very close to cracking the Top 20, but he’s not on the list for being one of the 20 best players to debut during the 80’s.  He’s there for the impact that he left on the game.  And if you compare Bo’s impact alone to his peer’s impact, and kept stats aside, he may even be in the Top 10.

Bo Jackson was dynamic on a scale that very few players reach.  Bo sold tickets.  Bo made the game fun to watch.  Bo kept fans and non-fans glued to the screen to see what he was going to do next.  Bo always entertained.

As the first ‘famous’ 2-Sport athlete to play professionally at the same time in 2 major sports, Bo stood alone.  He was an extremely gifted football player that was also trying to become a great baseball player.  His speed and power helped him, and he dazzled fans with his exciting play.  Whether he was breaking bats over his helmet or running up outfield walls, Bo Jackson always put forth an amazing effort and his popularity soared.

In just 8 seasons, 4 of which he played in less than 90 games, Bo averaged .250.  He displayed power with his 141 home runs and showed off his speed with his 82 stolen bases. 

Injuries kept Bo from becoming a full-time player, and it was a career ending injury on the football field that took him away from both sports at the young age of just 31.  But, during his mid-to-late 20’s, there was no bigger sports superstar in the world than Vincent Edward ‘Bo’ Jackson. 

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