Saturday, May 30, 2009
1981 Donruss, Pete Rose
#131 Pete Rose
I got this card signed through the mail on Thursday. The postman actually delivered the envelope to the house two doors down. Luckily, they came knocking at the door a few hours later and gave it to me. As soon as I saw the Las Vegas postmark, I knew it was Pete. It only took two weeks to get this card back.
To be honest, I am really surprised that Pete signs throught the mail for free. It always seemed to me that he was trying to make a buck doing shows and signings. So, when I first saw Pete listed on The Bench, I was a little skeptical. Then Dan, of OMGautos, reported a success on his blog and was nice enough to provide the address he used to get. This card and another one were in the mail shortly afterwards.
This is the best TTM that I have got back in some time. You can't beat an autograph of the all-time hit king. While he was a Hall of Fame caliber player, he wasn't a Hall of Fame caliber person. It's too bad that he did what he did and then lied about it for so long.
Today, I was watching part of game three of the 1980 NLCS between the Phillies and Astros on the MLB Network. One of the first things I thought about when I saw the lineups was that I had autographs from five players that were starting. Then I started to think about it and I realized that I had '81 Donruss cards signed by all five of those guys. I thought that was kind of neat since the pictures on those cards were probably taken in 1980. Anyway, the five players were Pete Rose, Terry Puhl, Luis Pujols, and Larry Bowa and Enos Cabell (they will both be posted tomorrow).