Sunday, July 19, 2009

1994 Pinnacle, Orel Hershiser

#58 Orel Hershiser

Here is another Hershiser card that I have signed. The last one I posted on here was obtained during the College World Series. But, this one is actually a through the mail success that I obtained in the mid-90s. I'm pretty sure that I got this one signed while Orel was an Indian.

This was actually my second attempt at getting Orel's signature TTM. I was not so lucky the first time. On the first attempt, I got my card back unsigned along with some other Dodger stuff including a pocket schedule and a decal. It also came with this postcard.

Here is the letter on the back.

These were fairly common in the late 80s and early 90s. I have some of these from Don Mattingly, George Brett, Mike Paizza, David Cone, and Dave Justice, just to name a few. Sometimes, if you were lucky, you would get something like this that was actually signed, like Shane Victorino and Tim Lincecum do these days. But, that was not the case with Orel.

I think that the main reason I wrote to him a second time was to see if he had one of these cards made of him as an Indian. Luickily, he didn't, and he signed my card instead.


Brian said...

He has a great signature. Is it the scan or is the card not holding the signature well? I always thought that was a funny shot to use! Nice TTM success story.

Dave said...

My brother got a letter like that once. I didn't know it was so common!

zman40 said...

Brian, that is how the autograph looked the day I got it. It was one of the early glossy cards that didn't capture the signature very well. For some reason, this is the only card from the set that I have signed that looks that bad.

And, it is an interesting picture to use. I thought it was kind of neat that Orel looks much older in the card than on the postcard. I wonder how much of a role the glasses play in that.

'30-Year Old Cardboard said...

Nice - Hershiser has eluded me for years and is in my Top 10 list of guys I want to add to my collection.

Tom said...

I've been meaning to send to Orel TTM, also. Ya gotta love that Smokey Bear card!