Saturday, September 4, 2010

2003 Upper Deck Vintage, Jim Bunning

#190 Jim Bunning

Here is another card that I got signed through the mail in 2008. I sent this card to Jim in mid November and I got it back on the fifth of December. Jim seems like a hit or miss signer and I may have got lucky to get this card signed. It did come back wrinkled, though, and I would suspect that Jim signed the card with the ball point pin while holding it rather than laying it flat on a table.

Jim pitched in the Majors from 1955-1971 and he played for the Tigers, Phillies, Pirates, and Dodgers. He won 20 games once and 19 games four times while making seven All Star games. In 1996, Jim was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Since 1977, Jim has been involved in politics. He started out locally before getting elected to the Kentucky State Senate, then the US House of Representatives, and is currently a US Senator. He will not be seeking re-election this year.

Tomorrow would have marked the third day in a row that I posted a Hall of Famer, but I posted my George Kell autograph on the day he passed away.


Paul said...

I remember hearing stories that he only signed for people from Kentucky.

Jim Bunning was the first person I ever got an autograph from. My family used to go to Ocean City, NJ for a few days during the summer.

They used to hold a big baseball card show on the pier, and one year it coincided with our trip. Jim Bunning was the autograph guest, and I'd just finished reading about his Father's Day perfect game, so I decided to spend the $10 or so to get his autograph rather than spend it on contemporary cards. If I only knew what I was getting myself into. :)

zman40 said...

That is funny about the signing only for the people of Kentucky. I didn't know that, but I sure did talk up Kentucky and my time spent there in basic training at Ft. Knox. Maybe that helped.

That's awsesome that he was your first 'graph! Those stories are always the best. What did you get signed?

Play at the Plate said...

You can't go wrong with an auto from a HOF'er complete with inscription.