Sunday, July 3, 2011
1971 Topps, John Mayberry
#148 John Mayberry
By my best count, this is the sixth John Mayberry card that I posted on here since starting this blog in the summer of 2008. I honestly thought that I had more than that. But, by using the search on the blog, it only turns up five John Mayberry cards.
John must feel the same way as I do. When I got this card signed at Royals Fanfest (and it was the only card that John signed for me there), John looked up at me with a surprised look on his face as he asked me something to the effect of "you made it through again?", like it was my second trip through that line. When I told him that that was the first time he signed for me all day, he said "must have been in Omaha where I saw you" (referring to the Caravan visit there). I obviously wasn't in Omaha either, but I just said "must have been".
After all that was out of the way, John looked at this card and kind of chuckled. He said "I've seen a few of these today" before adding "I've even seen a couple of my rookie cards". He must get a kick out of seeing his first two baseball cards.
Speaking of his 1970 rookie card, the card features him and Bob Watson. When Bob was working for MLB, he was a great TTM signer. I haven't checked to see if he is signing from a home address now. But, if he is, I need to acquire that card to see if I could get both guys to sign it. I hardly have any '70 Topps cards signed, so it would be a cool addition to the collection.
After getting this card signed, I now have a card signed by John with each of the teams he played for in the Majors- Astros, Royals, Blue Jays, and Yankees.