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.

5 comments:

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!