Wednesday, June 22, 2011
1967 Topps, Byron Browne
#439 Byron Browne
After doing my "KC A's reunion TTM project" and another project (that I will get into tomorrow) this past winter, I realized that I was having a good time getting some older cards signed through the mail. So, I started going through some of the older cards that I had sitting around and I decided to send some of them out as well. This card of Byron Browne was the oldest card I had of a guy that signed TTM, so he was the first card that I sent out.
I think I only got around to sending out cards like this to two other people, so this little project lost steam quickly. But, I didn't have too many older cards that weren't already signed, so I guess the project was a little limited to begin with.
I sent this card to Byron on February 17 and I got it back March 8.
Bryon played in the Majors for parts of eight seasons as a member of the Cubs, Cardinals, Astros, and Phillies. His best season came as a Cub in 1966. That year, he hit 16 home runs and 51 RBI while leading the league in strikeouts with 143. The season was good enough to earn him a Topps All Star Rookie trophy, but it wasn't good enough to get him playing time as he only played in ten games the following season with the Cubs. The rest were played for the Dallas-Ft. Worth Spurs in the Texas League.
Byron only saw substantial Major League playing time in one other season and that was in 1970 with the Phillies. He played in 104 games that season and he had 10 dingers and 36 RBI.
Out of Byron's eight Major League seasons, he played on 100 or more games twice, 50-99 games once, 11-25 games twice, and 10 or fewer games three times.
This is the oldest Topps rookie cup/trophy card that I have signed.
Byron has an interesting way of signing his "B"s in his name. To me, they each look like an "S".