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