Wednesday, August 11, 2010

2003 Topps All Time Fan Favorites, Bobby Richardson

#58 Bobby Richardson

Here is another card that was signed through the mail from the '03 All Time Fan Favorites set. That is going to be the them here over the next couple of days. I sent this card to Bobby on the third of December in 2008 and I got it back two days before the new year. Considering that I sent it to him around Christmas, that seems like a decent turnaround.

Bobby is probably best remembered for being the only player to win the World Series MVP award while playing on the losing side. He did that with the Yankees in 1960. For that Series, he hit .367 (11-30) with five extra base hits (two doubles, two triples, and a grand slam) and 12 RBI. In the regular season that year, Bobby only had 26 RBI in 150 games. That just goes to show how impressive his 12 are in only 7 games.

Bobby's best season was probably 1962. That season, he had career highs in runs, hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, and average. Plus, he won his third and final World Series that year.

This card is a remake of the 1962 Topps set (next years Topps Heritage design). I hope that there are some photos in the 2011 Topps Heritage set that have Yankees Stadium in the background. Heritage has gotten so boring the past few years with all of their stupid Spring Training shots. I hope that improves a bit next year, though I doubt that it will.


Paul said...

I wish that Topps would hire photographers to take photos of the players when they come through New York with real film cameras for their Heritage sets.

It'll never happen, but if they want to capitalize on nostalgia why not go all the way?

Play at the Plate said...

Very nice Z! Bobby is gettin' a lot of "air" time today.

zman40 said...

Thanks Brian!

Paul- with as blurry as the background is in this card, they could (at the very least) take posed Spring Training shots of the players wearing regular season unis and compose some different digital backgrounds of each team's home park.

Unfortunately, Bobby's actual '62 looks like this. While it looks like recent Heritage, at least the photo is taken at a big league ballpark.

Ryan aka Orioles Magic said...

I'm a big fan of how Bobby signs the first R of his last name. That's something your don't see too often.