Friday, July 8, 2016
Taking stock of signatures
As I've mentioned a few times, I don't go out of my way to collect autographs. I do like them, and I get a thrill when I pull them. And I do have a separate binder for the Dodgers autos. But I consider that binder as that thing I have on standby for when someone who doesn't know a lot about cards wants to be impressed. Autographs are the best way to go. Sadly, your average civilian just doesn't understand how cool a 1976 Topps Mike Hegan is.
Recently, fellow supertrader Brett of Cooperstown Exit 3:16 sent me another bout of autographed Dodgers. I believe they're TTMs, but maybe he got them in person, I don't know.
The Ron Cey autograph is far and away the highlight, even though I own plenty of Cey autographed cards. In fact, this 1980 Topps item is my 15th different autographed Cey card.
And it has caused me to consider something I've considered before:
Should I try to get a signed Cey card for each of his Topps Dodgers issues? It wouldn't be difficult to do. The Penguin is a frequent and agreeable signer and I still have an address. The '75, '78 and '80 cards are out of the way now, leaving just '74, '76, '77, '79, '81, '82 and '83.
It's a thought. But probably not all that high on the priority list.
Brett sent three other autographed Dodger cards.
This is the second Brett Butler autographed card in the collection. It's a pretty great-looking signed card. The positioning of the autograph ties the head shot and action shot together. This set has always been weird for me because of the ghostly head shot floating in space. It just needed a signature!
These happen to be my first signed cards for both Dave Goltz and Juan Samuel. Each were big-name free agency signings by the Dodgers that pretty much bombed (I guess Samuel's 1991 season was all right).
With these two joining the list of Dodgers for which I have autographs, I thought I'd compile a complete list of Dodgers players for which I have an autographed card. Some were pulled. Some were purchased. But many of these were provided by generous traders, since I don't do much autograph hunting myself:
Rubby De La Rosa
Chan Ho Park
Not too bad for a guy who doesn't make autographs a priority, huh?
That's probably more of a product of having a blog for almost eight years.
At any rate, that list makes me wonder how many other Dodgers players I can add to that list. I'm sure there are plenty, many more than are even on the list.
But there's no rush.
Because I don't really collect autographs.