Wednesday, August 26, 2009
1981 Donruss, Bert Blyleven
#135 Bert Blyleven
Before I get any further, I would like to announce that I have set a goal for myself. I am going to get 100 different cards from this set signed. If I accomplish that feat with ease, I may try for 200. But I doubt that I will aim any higher than that. There are too many deceased players in the set to bother going for the whole thing like the '83 Fleer Project. For instance, I think that it would be nearly impossible to get a card from this set that has a real autograph from Steve Macko. So, instead, I am just aiming for 100 signed cards. Usually, I try to get anything and everything signed. While I am still going to do that, if the opportunity arises to get an '81 Donruss card signed, I'm going to jump at it.
On to the Blyleven card. I got this card signed last Monday while I was at the Rangers game. The Rangers have a cool setup at the ballpark where the press box is on the same level as the club seats. I found this out when I was there last year and a fellow autograph collector gave me a card of Jose Guzman to get signed. So, I was pretty excited to go to a Rangers game while they were playing the Twins since Bert has been the color commentator for them for a few years now.
When I finally made it up to the club level, the usher stopped me in my tracks. He must have been new because he didn't like the thought of a non-ticket holder entering that section. After a little bit of pleading (and maybe a little begging), he finally let me through and told me to make it quick. When I walked through the area, I couldn't positively identify anyone that I was looking for. So I left the area and made my way down the foul line so that I could get a better look. All of those ushers stopped me too, but I made like I was taking some pictures of the field and they left me alone.
When I finally spotted the booths that had the former players in it that I needed, I went back to the area. I entered from the opposite side this time and simply told the usher that I was going to take some pictures. She let me through without any hassle and I went straight to Bert's booth. I hollared up to him and he quickly poked his head out. I asked him for an autograph and he said sure. I handed him my book and a Sharpie. The Sharpie still had the cap on it. When he realized that, he stuck it back towards me and said "pull my finger". I thought that that was a funny way to tell me to take the cap off for him.
Instead of giving him three cards to sign, I only gave him this one. I didn't want to risk him only signing one and that one not being this one. That is what I mean by focusing on this set.
When I was done getting autographs from the broadcasters, I left the way that I orignally entered. When I walked by the first usher, he told me that I owe him one. Yeah, I'll get right on that.
This is now the second Blyleven card that I have signed. The first one that I got was through the mail in the early '90s.
So, what do you all think? Is Bert Blyleven Hall of Fame material? I think that he is. What is your opinion on the subject?
'81 Donruss Tracker: 23/100