Friday, September 30, 2016

1966 Topps, Ken Berry


#127 Ken Berry

Here is a card that I got signed by Ken Berry at Rock's Dugout's bi-monthly card show in Wichita. I got three cards signed by Ken when he was there last summer.

I love going to Rock's shows, but I have not been to one this year. I suppose the main reason I haven't gone is because there have not been any baseball players there this year to sign autographs. On top of that, I have let my SCN account expire. Because of that, I do not have access to addresses and have not had the need to for some vintage cards. That is why all these old cards I am posting that were signed TTM are from two to three years ago.

This is actually the second card of Ken that I have posted on here. The first one was a card that I won from the Topps Diamond Giveaway. I sent that card to Ken in 2011 and had it back in just three days. That card can be seen here.

Speaking of Rock's Dugout, his card show is on Sunday. Again, there will not be a ballplayer there. But, Olympic bronze medal boxer, Nico Hernandez, will be there signing items for ten dollars.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

1965 Topps, Bill Monbouquette


#142 Bill Monbouquette

Here is a card of former Red Sox pitcher, Bill Monbouquette. I sent this card to Bill in early 2014 and I had it back just seven days later.

Bill pitched in the big leagues for eleven seasons with the Sox, Yankees, Tigers, and Giants. Over that time, he was 114-112 with 3 saves and a 3.68 ERA. He won double-digit games for six straight seasons with the Red Sox, including a career best of 20 in 1963.

Bill made three All Star teams during that stretch, but only pitched in one of them. That was the 1960 Mid-Summer Classic that Bill had the privilege of starting. He pitched just two innings in that game and gave up four runs with dingers by Ernie Banks and Del Crandall .

Bill's biggest feat was throwing a no-hitter in 1962 against the White Sox. In that game, he walked just one while striking out seven White Sox batters.

Sadly, Bill passed away last year.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

1965 Topps, Wes Stock


#117 Wes Stock

This is a card that I got signed by Wes Stock through the mail in 2013. I sent this card out the very same day as I did the previous card of John O'Donoghue. Wes was not quite as prompt as John was, but I still got the card back in less than three weeks time.

Wes played in the Major Leagues for parts of nine seasons with the Orioles and the A's. He pitched almost exclusively out of the bullpen and compiled a 27-13 record with 22 saves over 321 games. His career ERA was 3.60.

His best season in the Majors was probably the 1964 season. That year was split between Baltimore and Kansas City. He was 2-0 with a 3.92 ERA with the O's before they dealt him to the A's in June. He went on to pitch in 50 games with the A's that season and went 6-3 with 5 saves and a 1.94 ERA. On top of that, he struck out 101 batters in 93 innings of work. Even counting his innings in Baltimore that year, he still finished the season with 115 Ks over 113.2 innings. That was the only season of his career that he had more than a strikeout per inning.

I love the yellow Kansas City uniform on this card!

Monday, September 26, 2016

1965 Topps, John O'Donohue


#71 John O'Donoghue

Here is the next TTM return and this one features another former Kansas City Athletic, which is always a plus. This one is from the journeyman pitcher, John O'Donoghue. I sent this card to John towards the end of 2012 and I had it back about nine days later.

John pitched in the big leagues for nine seasons with the A's, Indians, Orioles, Pilots/Brewers, and Expos. He was a starter his first few seasons in the league before moving to the bullpen for the second half of his career. Over his nine seasons, he accumulated a 39-55 record with 10 saves and a 4.07 ERA.

His best season was probably the season that he pitched for the Seattle Pilots. Pitching exclusively out of the 'pen that year, he got into 50 games and logged 70 innings. While he went just 2-2, he recorded his only sub-3 ERA for a season when he finished at 2.96. He also had a career-best 6 saves.

Surprisingly, there was one other player that pitched in the Majors named John O'Donoghue. He pitched for the Orioles in 1993.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

1965 Topps, Bobby Knoop


#26 Bobby Knoop

The first card from 1965 starts with my last card, for now, of a Los Angeles Angels player. The Angels moved to Anaheim in 1965 and rebranded themselves the California Angels. Luckily, the '65 Topps cards of the Angels still had this lovely LA hat with the halo on top. In '65, the team switched to a CA hat and kept the halo on top before dropping the C from the hat in 1971.

This card of Bobby Knoop was mailed to him in early 2014 and I had it back about two weeks later.

Bobby played in the Major Leagues for parts of nine seasons with the Angels, White Sox, and Royals. He was a second baseman with a good glove and a decent bat at times. I say at times because he was just a .236 hitter for his career. But, he had a monster season in 1966 when he had 17 home runs and 72 RBI. Though he hit just .232 that season, that was the only time that he ever reached double digit home runs and the 72 RBI were about 25 more than he would ever have in any other season. He was rewarded for his efforts that season by making his lone All Star team. He went 0-2 in the game with a strikeout to Jim Bunning.

Bobby won three consecutive Gold Gloves from 1966-68.

That autograph on this card is a little hard to make out because of where he signed. But, with the close-up face shot, there are not any good spaces for a large signature like that.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

1964 Topps, Bud Daley


#164 Bud Daley

Here is the final card from the 1964 Topps set that I have to post. This one is of the former Yankee, Bud Daley. This is the second card of Bud that I have posted on here. I posted the first one back in July and that one can be seen here. Both cards were sent to Bud in early 2014 and they both came back signed about a week later.

When I posted that first card of Bud, I had completely forgotten that I sent this card along with that one. So I said about all that I could possibly say about that TTM experience in that post. Rather than cut this post super-short, I am going to be lazy and just copy and paste the first post. Come back tomorrow and I will have a new, and original, post up.

Bud played in the Bigs for ten years, never playing for a team for more than three and a half seasons. He both started and relieved throughout his career, getting the bulk of his starts during the middle of his career with Kansas City. Over the 248 games that he pitched in, he had a 60-64 record with 10 saves and a 4.03 ERA. His best season was with the A's in 1959 when he went 16-13 with a save, a 3.16 ERA, and 125 strikeouts.

Bud made two All Star teams as an A and pitched in two World Series with the Yankees. He racked up three strikeouts in 1.2 All Star innings, ringing up the likes of Ernie Banks, Vada Pinson, and Orlando Cepeda. In the Fall Classics, he pitched eight scoreless innings and was the winning pitcher in game five of the '61 series.

Monday, September 19, 2016

1964 Topps, Orlando Pena


#124 Orlando Pena

Here is the next card from the '64 Topps set that I got signed through the mail. I sent this card to Orlando at the end of 2012 and I had it back two weeks into 2013.

Orlando played in the Major Leagues for parts of fourteen seasons with eight different teams- the Reds, A's, Tigers, Indians, Pirates, Orioles, Cardinals, and Angels. Over that time, he appeared in over 400 games, starting just 93 of them. He played his first Major League game in 1958 and his final one in 1975 and finished with a 56-77 record with 40 saves and a 3.71 ERA.

Orlando had a lot of average seasons in the Major Leagues, so it is hard to pinpoint his best season. But, if I had to pick one, I would go with the 1973 season with the Cardinals. Orlando was thirty-nine years old that season and he responded with a career-best 2.18 ERA over 62 relief innings. He finished the year 4-4 with 6 saves and 38 strikeouts.

Orlando hit two home runs in his career. His first one happened to be a grand slam off of the Senators Claude Osteen.