Friday, June 5, 2009

1985 Topps, Vern and Vance Law

#137 Vern Law and Vance Law

This card has two autographs on it and I have two stories on how they were obtained. The first one that I got was Vance's. I got him to sign a few cards for me in Manhattan, Kansas when his BYU Cougars took on the Kansas State Wildcats. Vance is the manager of the Cougars. Luckily, there was a post on Cards in the Attic about Vance coaching at BYU. Otherwise I would not have known about him being involved in the college ranks.

After I noticed that K-State was ranked this year, I decided that I needed to go to a game since I hadn't been to one since I went to school there and actually worked for the athletic department. So, I looked over the remaining schedule and this was the one game that stood out to me, just because of Vance Law. When I started to look for some cards of Vance, I tried to find three featureing three different teams he palyed with. All I could find were Expos and Cubs cards until I finally came to this one (I also had an '81 Topps that had two other players on it, but I didn't want to use that one). After I found this card, I went to The Bench to see if Vern was a through the mail signer and it looked like he was.

So, the day after I got Vance's signature, I sent this card to Vern. There was a report on The Bench that he was signing cards TTM, but he charges $8. So, I sent this card to him along with a check and I had my card back a week later. Apperantly, he will sign one card for free (which he actually wrote on the back of the envelope). But if you want a second one signed, it will cost you $8. Rather than send my check back to me, he sent me another card that he signed for me. So, now I have a signed Vern Law card that doesn't have Vance on it. The card is from the 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites set and I think that I may have already had it.

Overall, this turned into a nice looking signed card. Both father and son appeared in one All-Star game. Vern made the team in 1960 with the Pirates and Vance made it in 1988 as a Cub. But, Vern won the 1960 NL Cy Young award when he posted a 20-9 record and led the Bucs to a seven game upset of the Yankees in the World Series. Vance, on the other hand, only played in two LCSs and he was a combined 2-14 in them.

To everyone invloved in the contest, I wnated to wish you all the best of luck and thank you for taking part. If this post seems a little off-par, it's because I have been trying to follow the game while typing and it doesn't seem like I have been doing very well at either one. Also, thanks to JRJ at Sports Locker for getting a few last-minute entries in the contest and Kris at Cards in the Attic for indirectly informing me that Vance is coaching at BYU.


AlbuqwirkE said...

zdude, that card is very nice!

Was Vance a nice man or what?


night owl said...

That's cool.

Tom said...

That's pretty cool having a father and son card signed.

Steve Gierman said...

Great card and a great story!

zman40 said...

Vance was great. I asked him one question and got way more out of him than I ever would have expected.