Saturday, May 15, 2010

1981 Donruss, Bob Watson

#225 Bob Watson

Here is a card that I got in the mail yesterday. I sent Bob two cards on the 28th of last month, so it took about two and a half weeks to get them back, along with a couple of extra signatures.

Prior to sending these cards to Bob, I knew nothing about his career. I didn't know that he was a two-time All Star and I didn't know that he was the first player to ever hit for the cycle in both leagues. I didn't even know that he was the first black general manager in the game. About the only thing I knew about him was that he replaced Frank Robinson as the guy that fines players (Vice President of Rules and On-Field Operations).

So, after noticing that he signs from his office in New York, I was happy to find this card in my collection. I've been getting these cards signed since May of 2008 and this is my first signed '81 Donruss card of a Yankee. If it takes me another two years to get a second Yankee card signed, I'm probably not doing too good on the '81 Donruss front.

Here is one of the extra signatures that Bob sent. It's like a business card except his name isn't printed on it. Since it is signed in black and the other three autographs are in blue, it is probably safe to say that Bob has a stack of these that are already signed. But, it is a real autograph and not something that is printed on the card. I wish Gene Garber would have signed his business card.

'81 Donruss Tracker: 63/100


Tom said...

I met Bob back sometime around 1991 or '92; at the time he was the Assistant General Manager for the Astros. I had him sign a small black and white photo. I didn't get an actual card signed until last year. He was very friendly in person.

As for the business card that's pretty cool. I collect those, too.

Ryan aka Orioles Magic said...

Great job with the 81 Donruss. Keep em coming! Dont know if you saw my comment on your comment about bobbleheads, but I definetely have some extra O's bobbleheads that I would like to trade for any Royals bobbles.

zman40 said...

That cool, Tom. For me, this is my first signed business card and my second one I have recieved. Since they are both sitting on my desk, I guess that I officially collect them too.

Thank, Ryan, and I'm sure you saw the email I sent you. I'm looking forward to seeing what you have for trade. I'm sure they are pretty good!

Dan said...

Nice work on the '81 D-russ! You are speeding towards 100. Keep it up.

zman40 said...

Thanks, Dan, and it is good to hear from you. I can't wait until you get back up because I miss ypur posts.

Tony said...

Bob Watson also scored the Millionth Run in MLB history

Anonymous said...

Neat card. I really should find a card to send to him soon.

I knew Watson worked for MLB & scored the millionth run (how exactly did they calculate that, I wonder?) But I never knew anything else about his career.

zman40 said...

According to Wikipedia, Bob is no longer credited with scoring the millionth run. They don't know who scored it.

Dan said...

@zman40 - Yeah, I've got a bunch of great stuff to post too. Might be a while... just had a baby... and I need to move the blog to a new platform. Soon, hopefully!

I love that it's raining '81 Donruss around here. ha!

anne01 said...

I am real encouraged with the mentation and don't search like adding anything in it

Credit cards