Baseball – Priceless Signature Set (Regular Season – Autographs)

The autograph(s) below are historic Regular Season series signed  box score game cards and represent a player(s) who played a significant role in the historic Regular Season game. The signatures range from 1932, one the most significant games in MLB history when a slew of records were set that day … to 1992 when Mark Whiten set the MLB record for most RBI’s in a game (12).
Series.  This Regular Season series includes 35 HOF’s and 45+ players that have passed away since signing a box score game card. 

Click the box score side for the signature, the back side for the article .


Regular Season #0045 – June 3, 1932

   
Autograph(s) aboveCrosetti (D)

Player’s history:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankie_Crosetti

Comment: Mr. Yankee,  this is the oldest dated box score game card signature (by date).

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8.2


Regular Season #0046 – July 10, 1932

 
Autograph(s) above:  Hudlin (D)

Player’s history:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willis_Hudlin

Comment: When considering box score game cards there is not a more significant one then this 1932 game.  In this game a number of baseball records were set … some of which still stand others that have been since broken. Finding a player whom participated  in this game is pretty cool.  And, Hudlin he was no stiff. He played 18 years winning 158 games.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 5.5


Regular Season #0047 – April 23, 1933

    
Autograph(s) above:  Werber (D

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Werber

Comment: What makes Werber’s autograph so unique on this card is the fact that not only was he a baseball player but while attending Duke University, yes Duke, he was the first Duke basketball player to earn All-American honors … almost 90 years ago.  He lived to be 100 years old.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 6


Regular Season – #0049 – July 10, 1934

    
Autograph(s) above:  Harder (D)

Player’s history: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_Harder

Comment: The all-star in this era of baseball was a major event … 10 times more than it is today. No inter-league play and most of the major cities had both an American League and National League teams with comparisons of players inevitable.  On this day despite Carl Hubbell’s historic pitching performance it was Mel Harder who pitched one-hit ball for five innings the greatest pitching performance in all-star history. Harder was no one-day wonder, he won over 220 games in his career.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 7.8


Regular Season – #0051 – May 25, 1935

  

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gus_Suhr
http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/jensewo01.shtml

Comment:
 Woody Jensen played nine years for the Pirates and had 400 hits over a two year period (1935-36). At one point he was the oldest living baseball player. As for Suhr, he was discovered by the Pirates in 1929 while playing for the San Francisco Seals, hitting .381 with 51 home runs. While with the Pirates he would set the NL record for consecutive games played (822) … later broken by Stan Musial and currently held by Steve Garvey.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 6.2


Regular Season #0052 – May 24, 1936

   
Autograph(s) above: Crosetti (D)

Player’s history https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankie_Crosetti

Comment: As stated above he was Mr. Yankee!

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 6.5


Regular Season #0053 – May 27, 1937

  
Autograph(s) above: Danning (D)

Player’s history: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Danning

Comment: Anytime you have an historic game … a MLB signature adds a certain value to the card especially a player such as Danning.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 6


Regular Season # 0054 – June 15, 1938.

  
Autograph(s) above: Pressnell (D); Coscarart (D)

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tot_Pressnell;

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Coscarart

Comment: Anytime you have an historic game … almost eighty years ago … and the signatures of two players who played in the game.  It’s a special card.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 6.5


Regular Season #0055 – April 30, 1939.

  
Autograph(s) above: Henrick (D), Crosetti (D)

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Henrich;
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankie_Crosetti

Comment: Tommy Henrick & Frank Crosstti played in many historic games throughout their careers, non more significant than this one … the day Lou nGehrig didn’t suit it up!

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 7.5


Regular Season – #0056 – April 16, 1940 

 
Autograph(s) above: Feller (HOF – D)

Player’s history: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Feller

Comment:  Feller was one of baseball’s most interesting character.  A player who never played in the minors and yet barnstormed for over 30 years after his career ended.  If he had something to say, he said it.  On this day he said something alright, he did what no one before or after him has ever done, pitched an Opening Day no-hitter.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8.5


Regular Season #0057 – July 8, 1941

      
Autograph(s) above: Williams (D – HOF);
                      Or select card #2: Feller (D – HOF), Boudreau (D – HOF)

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Williams:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou_Boudreau:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Feller

Comment:   This was an historic game … 1941 All Star game … when at the time four cities had a team from both leagues (NL & AL) and the game had really meant something.  As for Williams’ signature, but to our knowledge this was the only box score game card he ever signed.
As for the second signature card what can you say, two of the greatest players (Boudreau & Feller) ever to play the game.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): Priceless


Regular Season #0058 – July 17, 1941

 
Autograph(s) above: Rizzuto (D – HOF); Henrick (D)

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Rizzuto;
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Hendrick

Comment:   Rizzuto was not only a heck-of-a ball player who played shortstop for seven championship teams, but was an extremely popular Yankee announcer.  Henrick his nickname says it all ‘Old Reliable’!

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 7.7


Regular Season #0059 – May 13, 1942

    
Autograph(s) above: Sisti (D); Holmes (D);

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Holmes;
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sibby_Sisti

Comment:   Sisti had quite an interesting career.  He played for the Braves when they were the Bees; Boston Braves & Milwaukee Braves , Holmes was a lifetime .302 hitter.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8.0


Regular Season #0060 – June 10, 1944


Autograph(s) above: Nuxhall (D); Hopp (D)

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_  thr;

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Hopp

Comment  Not only was Nuxhall Reds a broadcaster for over 40 years but on this day in June of 1944 he became the youngest player ever to play in the majors. As for Hopp, he played for six seasons.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8.4


Regular Season #0061 – July 23, 1944

  
Autograph(s) above: Barthelson (D);

Player’s history: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Barthelson

Comment:  Barthelson had a brief MLB career but  did appear in this historic game.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 5.5


Regular Season #0062 – April 15, 1947

 
Autograph(s) above: Spahn (D – HOF), Sain; Sain;
Note:
On the opposite side (article) side Sukeforth, Spahn & Sain.
 Or select card #2: Sain.

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Spahn ; 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Sain ; 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clyde_Sukeforth

Comment: Jackie Robinson’s first game … words can not express the significance of this game.   And to have Sain, the first pitcher to face Robinson sign the game card along with Robinson’s first manager Clyde Sukeforth and HOF  Warren Spahn autographs as well. Priceless.
Spahn & Sain were such a combo that they would say ‘Spahn and Sain then pray for rain”.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8.3


Regular Season #0063 – October 2, 1949


Autograph(s) above: Garver(D); Ostrowski (D);

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ned_Garver
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Ostrowski

Comment: Anytime you have an historic game and in this case two MLB signatures of deceased players … the value is real.  Garver nearly was MVP and when he pitched usually batted 6th.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 6.2


Regular Season #0064 – June 8, 1950

 
Autograph(s) above: Doerr (HOF); Pesky (D); Dropo (D); Batts (D)

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Doerr;
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Pesky
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Dropo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Batts

Comment: Twenty-nine runs in one game, a MLB record later tied in 1955 by the White Sox  … and Walt Dropo played in both games.  Obviously Doerr’s autograph is valuable but Pesky maybe even more valuable because he was Mr. Red Sox!  They even named a foul pole (Fenway Park) after him.  As for Dropo … what a day he had.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 7.5


Regular Season #0065 – April 23, 1952

 
Autograph(s) above: Wilhelm (HOF-D) & Conley (D);
Or select card #2: Wilhelm (HOF-D)

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoyt_Wilhelm
;

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_Conley

Comment: Wilhelm was quite a guy and ball player.  Purple heart recipient; didn’t make to the majors till he was 28, won the Cycle Young award as a starter and made it to the HOF as a reliever … at the time had appeared in more games than any other pitcher in .  As for Conley, he played in the NBA & MLB at the same time.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 6.5


Regular Season #0066 – July 31, 1954


Autograph(s) above: Mathews (HOF-D)

Player’s history: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Mathews

Comment: Eddie Mathews is considered one of the greatest third baseman of all time.  However, on this last day of July in 1954, he and Hank Aaron watched as Joe Adcock did what no other MLB player has ever done … hit four home runs and a double.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 5


Regular Season #0067 – April 23, 1955

 
Autograph(s) above: Minoso (D), Kell (HOF – D), Dropo (D)

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnie_Mi%C3%B1oso

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Kelly_(baseball)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Dropo   

Comment: On this historic day the White Sox tied the modern MLB record for most runs in a game, 29.  As for the signatures? Well take Minoso, the Cuban Comet, he played in five different decades even got a hit after he turned 50, what a player.  George Kell, was a 10-time All Star, a famous announcer and made it to the Hall.  As for Dropo, not only did he appear in this game but also in the other 29-run game.    Three unique careers.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8


Regular Season #0068 – May 28, 1956


Autograph(s) above: Erskine; Labine (D) Friend;

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Erskine
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clem_Labine   
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Friend

Comment: You really have to know baseball in the 50’s to appreciate these three pitchers.  All had outstanding careers and if they pitched in this day and age … they’d all be multi millionaires. It certainly is worth using the link (s) below to get a little history on each pitcher(s).

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 6.2


Regular Season #0069 – April 22, 1959

    
Autograph(s) above: Aparico (HOF); Herzog (HOF-D);
Note:
Herog signed both sides of the card.
                      Or select card #2: Aparico.

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luis_Aparicio

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitey_Herzog

Comment: Whitey Herzog was quite a character.  Though he was an average player at best, his contributions to baseball were far greater from the managerial side which led him to say “Baseball has been good to me since I quit trying to play it.” He eventually was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame.  Note: He signed the front and back of the card.  Luis Aparico was a major force for the White Sox go-go teams of 1950’s and a key player for the Orioles teams in the mid 1960’s. He was a suburb shortstop and base steal-er.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8.2


Regular Season #0070 – May 26, 1959


Autograph(s) above: Burdette (D); Mathews (HOF-D)

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lew_Burdette;
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Mathews

Comment:
 An incredible game and though Harvey Haddix threw 12+ perfect innings it was Lou Burdette whom pitched all 13 innings for the Braves and won the game.  Certainly Burdette’s autograph is very valuable on this game card.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8.6


Regular Season #0071 – May 9, 1961

      
Autograph(s) above: B. Robinson (HOF), Killebrew (HOF-D), Gentile(D);
                      Or select card #2 & 3:Gentle (D); & Killbrew (HOF-D)


Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooks_Robinson
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmon_Killebrew
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Gentile

Comment: What a day … actually what an inning.  A lot of players have hit two grand slams in a game but in ‘one inning’! Jim Gentle hit the ‘jackpot’ twice in one inning ... two grand slams.  And, the player whom walked twice in front of Gentle, HOF Brooks Robinson. Guess Twins should have pitched to Brooks.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8.4


Regular Season #0072 – June 29, 1961

 
Autograph(s) above: Mays (HOF), McCovey (HOF), Marichal (HOF), Cepeda (HOF);
                     Or select card #2: Cepeda (HOF)

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Mays
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_McCovey
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orlando_Cepeda
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Marichal


Comment:
  Bring back the good ‘ole’ days when baseball was just a game.  Click the article link and see what we mean.  Regardless, in this game three future HOF’s (Cepeda, Mays, & McCovey collected six hits, six RBI’s, and score five times. But even better, Marichal one of baseball’s premier starting pitchers … comes on in relief and Mays wins it for him with a home run in the tenth.   Wouldn’t you have loved to have been at that game.
That’s what’s unique about box score cards … in some ways you’re there again.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): Priceless


Regular Season #0073 – October 1, 1961

   
Autograph(s) above: Stallard, Tresh, Nixon;
                      Or select card #2:Stallard

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tracy_Stallard
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Tresh
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russ_Nixon

Comment: When Roger Maris went for Babe Ruth’s record of 60 home runs, it was one of the biggest events of that era.  And when Maris finally broke the record in the 162 game … taking Tracy Stallard downtown in Yankee stadium … the baseball purest still didn’t give Maris his due.
What’s interesting though? Take away the steroid boys Sosa, Bonds, McGwire … what a jerk he is … and Maris and Ruth still hold the 154 home run record, Maris the season record.
Would have liked to have gotten Maris’ autograph but he had passed away before the set was finished.  Having Stallard is not a bad second.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 7


Regular Season #0074 – September 12, 1962

   
Autograph(s) above: Chency
                      Or select card #2: Chency (D), Osteen, Powell;

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude_Osteen
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boog_Powell
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Cheney_(baseball)

Comment: Again the good ‘ole’ days when a pitcher just kept going, and going.  But Cheny did and because of that he holds the single game pitching record for strikeouts with 21.  The last player he struck out, Dick Williams.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8


Regular Season #0075 – September 30, 1962

     
Autograph(s) above: Banks (HOF-D), Santo (HOF-D);
              Or select card #2 & 3: Buhl (D); & Buhl , Hunter, Banks (HOF-D), Kranepool, Jackson, & Hickman.

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willard_Hunter
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Buhl
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernie_Banks
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Santo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Kranepool
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Jackson 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Hickman_(baseball,_born_1937)

Comment: This is an extraordinary signed card.
The signatures: First off you have Willard Hunter who lost his first and only game of the 1962 season, the Met’s 120th,Then Bob Buhl, the Cub’s starter though the winning pitcher of this game would complete a season … 0-72 as in batting.  Icing on the cake, two HOFs Banks and Santo … who would never see the Cubs will a World Series in their lifetime.
Side note: Hunter would only have three wins in 1964, two against these Cubs … on the same day.  His career total 4 wins!

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8


Regular Season #0076 – September 15, 1963

    
Autograph(s) above: F. Alou;
                                 Or select card #2: F. Alou, Davenport(D), Pagan (D)

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felipe_Alou
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Davenport
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Pag%C3%A1n

Comment: Historical game: Alou brothers … Felipe (the oldest and consider the best), Matty and Jesus  … all played in this box score game.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 6


Regular Season #0077 -September 29, 1963

   
Autograph(s) above: Paciorek;
                      Or select card #2: Paciorek, Hickman (D), Cannizaro (D)

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Paciorek
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Hickman_(1960s_outfielder)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Cannizzaro

Comment: A unique autograph to this set in that John Paciorek only played in one MLB game, ‘one’ … with the Colt 45’s! Note: Chris Cannizaro was the first San Diego all star.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 7.1


Regular Season #0078 – April 12, 1965

 
Autograph(s) above: Morgan (HOF), Bruce (D) Wynn; Bruce (D) , Wynn

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Bruce
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Morgan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Wynn

Comment:
 Historic game beyond one’s imagination at the time … first in-door game in MLB history and Bruce threw the first pitch, Dick Allen knocked in the only runs, Joe Morgan as it would turned out was the only HOF to play in the game and Jimmy Wynn ‘The Toy Cannon’ played in the Astros first 11 years of existence.  A unique and special card.  

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8.5


Regular Season #0079 – September 9, 1965

    
Autograph(s) above: Koufax (HOF);
                      Or select card # 2 & 3: Johnson; & Banks (HOF – D), Santo (HOF – D)

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_Koufax
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou_Johnson
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernie_Banks
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Santo

Comment: If ever there was a perfect game from a pitcher’s perspective … this was it.  One hit (total both teams), one run (total both teams), and only one player (Sweet Lou Johnson) to reach base.  And, a perfect game by Sandy Koufax.  Add a couple Cub HOF (Banks & Santo) signatures to that historic box score game card  … you’ve got some special cards.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): Priceless


Regular Season #0080 – September 25, 1965

 
Autograph(s) above: Bryan (D), Mombouquotte (D)

Player’s history: 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Monbouquette
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Bryan_(baseball)

Comment:
 Not only did Satchel Paige out pitched Bill Mombouquotte at 59 but he also struck out Momboquette. What’s significant about Billy Bryan’s autograph is that he was Paige’s catcher that day.
Note: Satchel Paige debut age 42.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 6.5


Regular Season #0081 – August 12, 1966

 
Autograph(s) above: Shamsky (D)

Player’s history: 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Shamsky

Comment:
 Reds & Pirates hit eleven home runs on August 12, 1966, at the time a MLB record.  But It was Art Shamsky who stole the show with his three.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 6


Regular Season #0082 – April 15, 1968

 
Autograph(s) above: Aspromonte, Blasingame, Miller

Player’s history: 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norm_Miller_(baseball)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wade_Blasingame

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Aspromonte

Comment:
 What a game.  For twenty-three innings neither Mets nor the Astros could score.  Then in the 24th inning the Astros scored, an unearned run to win 1-0! What’s significant about these three autographs? Bob Aspromonte knocked in the only run of the game; Norm Miller scored the only run of the game: and Wade Blasingame was the winning pitcher.  Pretty cool!

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8.2


Regular Season #0083 – September 19, 1968

 
Autograph(s) above: McLain

Player’s history: 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denny_McLain

Comment:
 The last MLB pitcher to win 30 or more games.  It’s quite possible it will be years before we see another pitcher accomplish this feat.  Why you ask?  Because … the owners, players (to a certain extent), agents (Borris is #1)  … it’s all about money and the next contract.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 9


Regular Season #0084 – April 9, 1969


Autograph(s) above: Shaw, McGinn

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Shaw_(baseball)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_McGinn


Comment: 
This is a special signed card.  On this day the Montreal Expos played their first gave ‘ever’. And, two players of little significance played critical roles.  Don Shaw (pitcher) won the game  and Dan McGinn hit the Expos’ first franchise  home run. Note: This would be McGinn’s,a (Notre Dame graduate) first career and only,home run. It gets better … he was a pitcher.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 9


Regular Season #0085 – April 11, 1969


Autograph(s) above: Mincher (D)

Player’s history: 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Mincher


Comment:
 Don Mincher autograph is significant for a few reasons.  He was the Pilots first draft choice, hit their first home game home run and was their first all star.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 4.5


Regular Season #0086 – September 30, 1972

   
Autograph(s) above: Mallack, Ellis (D);
                      Or select card #2: Mallack

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Matlack
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dock_Ellis   

Comment: Obviously at the time no one knew that Matlack would be the last pitcher to face Roberto Clemente in a regular season game … with this being Clemente’s 3000 career hit.  Ellis and Clemente would go on to lead the Pirates to the division championship.   Interesting: Had Mallack won this game he would have had a career winning record.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 5.2


Regular Season #0087 – April 6, 1973

   
Autograph(s) above: Bloomberg;
 
                     Or select card #2: Bloomberg, Tiant

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Blomberg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luis_Tiant 

Comment:
 The first game ever to have a DH in MLB history.
This was an historic game in a number of ways … too many to list.  In any case, Yankee DH Ron Bloomberg can thank Luis Tiant for that distinction – MLB’s first DH.
Note: This is just one more example why box score game cards are so valuable when signed.  You look at the box score game card; Bloomberg’s autograph; and it’s like it was yesterday.  If you had your choice of Bloomberg autograph on a ball or bat verses this box score game card which would you take?

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8.5


Regular Season #0088 – April 8, 1974

 
Autograph(s) above: Aaron (HOF), Downing

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hank_Aaron
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Downing_(baseball) 

Comment:
 This was an interesting situation.  We wanted Hank Aaron to sign the box score side of the game card.  However, he liked the article side so much because of its simplicity that he asked if he could sign the article side.  Of course we granted his request.  However, we did have Al Downing, the Dodger pitcher on that famous day sign the box score side.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 9


Regular Season #0089 – June 4, 1974

 
Autograph(s) above: Jenkins (HOF)
                                  Or select card #2: Jenkins (HOF), Harrah, Grieve, Burroughs

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferguson_Jenkins
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toby_Harrah
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Grieve
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Burroughs

Comment:
 This was such an historic game that it’s included in Wikipedia  – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Cent_Beer_Night   Jenkins had a lot of firsts in his career including the first Cub to win the Cy Young.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8.2


Regular Season #0090 – September 16, 1975


Autograph(s) above: Parker (HOF)

Player’s history: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Parker

Comment:
 One of Dave Parker’s best game as a Pirate and quite an historic game for the Pirates.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 7.2


Regular Season #0091 – May 17, 1979

 
Autograph(s) above: Rose, Schmidt (HOF), Sutter (HOF); Schmidt (HOF)

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Rose 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Schmidt
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Sutter

Comment: A ton of records were set in this game but the significance of the autographs is that Pete Rose holds the MLB record for most career hits and Mike Schmidt is recognized by many as MLB’s greatest third baseman. Ad to the card Bruce Sutter’s autograph.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 9.4  


Regular Season #0092 – September 12, 1982


Autograph(s) above: Felton

Player’s historyhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Felton

Comment:
We consider this a very valuable autograph in that Felton … though he set the record in this game for establishing the worst record career record by a MLB pitcher (0-16) he was willing to sign the card. Class act.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8.2


Regular Season #0093 – October 2, 1982


Autograph(s) above: Henderson (HOF)

Player’s historyhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rickey_Henderson

Comment: Rickie Henderson’s autograph on this card symbolizes Ricky to a tee.  Not only the greatest base steal-er in MLB history but probably the greatest lead off hitter as well.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 9.3


Regular Season #0094 – May 8 / 9, 1984


Autograph(s) above: Baines

Player’s history: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Baines

Comment: Jim  Harold Baines walk-off home run in the 26th inning, longest MLB game by time.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8.5


Regular Season #0095 – September 11, 1985


Autograph(s) above: Rose

Player’s History: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Rose

Comment:
 What can be said about Pete Rose that hasn’t already been said.  A friend of mine ran into him in the airport and asked him for his autograph.  Rose replied “Got 40 bucks!”  He was a great hitter and competitor.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8.7


Regular Season #0096 – September 26, 1986

 
Autograph(s) above: Hernandez;
                                 Or select card #2: Gooden, Hernandez, Strawberry.
                                 Or select card #3: Gooden, Sandberg (HOF).

Player’s history: 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darryl_Strawberry
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Hernandez 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwight_Gooden
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryne_Sandberg

Comment: Interesting game because Keith Hernandez set the record for GWRBI’s and the next season MLB stopped keeping the stat.  Some people content that this stat was costing owner’s money during contract negotiations.  Second card you have Hernandez, Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry’s autograph … Gooden would win the Cy Young in 1985 and both were ROYs Gooden (1984) and Strawberry (1983).

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 7.7


Regular Season #0097 – April 29, 1986

 
Autograph(s) above: Clemens

Player’s History:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Clemens

Comment: This was the real Clemens, gosh he was good. What happened after he left Boston who knows.  Like Bonds he racked up a lot of stats and money but not votes for the HOF.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 9.2 


Regular Season #0098 – September 14, 1987

 
Autograph(s) above: Whitt, Mullinks, Ducey

Player’s History:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernie_Whitt 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rance_Mulliniks 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Ducey


Comment:
 Over the years not much has changed in Toronto.  On this day ten home runs in one game … at the time the MLB record.  Between Whitt, Mullinks & Ducey they had 6 of ’em.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8


Regular Season #0099 – September 29, 1987

   
Autograph(s) above: McGwire;
                                 Or select card #2: Eckersley

Player’s History:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_McGwire  
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Eckersley

Comment: Having McGwire autograph hurts  … at the time I paid a lot of money for it and thought I got a fair deal. Unfortunately the guy whom I dealt with was a bigger sleaze bag  than McGwire. But the autograph does represent an historic period in baseball history and this was his rookie season which the consensus is that he was not using a band substance.  Eck’s autograph is always a treasure piece … good guy and a throw back to the old fashion broadcaster.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 9.2


Regular Season #0100 – April 28, 1988


Autograph(s) above: Moses, Anderson

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Moses_(baseball) 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_Anderson

Comment: What autograph would represent the O’s history 21st lost than the pitcher that beat them Allan Anderson. Moses … ah he had two RBI’s.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 6.4


Regular Season #0101 – September 28, 1988

 
Autograph(s) above: Hershiser

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orel_Hershiser

Comment: What a record … and the circumstances around the record are really something from the Twilight Zone. Very few pitchers in MLB have dominated a season like Hershier did in 1988.   Certainly this is a treasured autograph.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 9.0


Regular Season #0102 – July 17, 1990

 
Autograph(s) above: Brunansky, Gagne, & Hrbek

Player’s History:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Brunansky
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_Gagne_(baseball)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kent_Hrbek

Comment: There is not much to comment here except that Gagne & Hrbek were part of this historic event. However, this card is symbolic to the set because it illustrates the allure of baseball’s … one can go from rages-to-riches in an instant.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 6.6


Regular Season #0103 – September 30, 1990

   
Autograph(s) above: Thigpen, McDowell, Thomas (HOF);
                      Or select card #2: Thipgen

Player’s History:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Thigpen
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_McDowell
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Thomas_(designated_hitter)

Comment:
 This was the last game played at Comiskey Park. Not only is Comiskey an historic figure in the growth of MLB but look at who appeared in this game in addition to the players above (The Griffeys & Sammy Sosa).  As for the players above … historic signatures. Jack McDowell, a very interesting career, threw the first pitch that day and was the winning pitcher. Thipen threw the last pitch and shattered MLB save record (later to be broken). Frank Thomas had a couple of hits and an RBI.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8.2  


Regular Season #0104 – May 1, 1991

     
Autograph(s) above: Ryan (HOF);
                      Or select card #2: Ryan (HOF), Stanley

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nolan_Ryan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Stanley

Comment: Nolan Ryan is the greatest strikeout / no-hit pitcher in MLB … it’s that simple.  His signature is on his seventh and last last no-hitter .   The other Ryan signed card includes his catcher that day Mike Stanley  … pretty historic box score game card to say the least.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 9.0


Regular Season #0105 – August 28, 1992

 
Autograph(s) above: Seitzer, Winfield (HOF)

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Winfield
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Seitzer

Comment:
 What a game, thirty-one hits by the Brewers and Kevin Seitzer led the way with five.  Getting Dave Winfield autograph on this game … not too shabby.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 7.5


Regular Season #0106 – April 9, 1993

 
Autograph(s) above: Smith

Player’s history: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryn_Smith

Comment:
 Bryn Smith recorded Colorado’s first win.  Certainly a valuable collectible autograph on a game card..

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8.5


Regular Season #0107 – July 28, 1993

 
Autograph(s) above: Young (D)

Player’s history: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Young_(baseball)

Comment: After twenty-seven consecutive loses the Mets Anthony Young finally won a game.  Quite an event in New York when he finally did win and another example of an autograph from an everyday player that is treasured.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8.5


Regular Season #0108 – September 7. 1993

     
Autograph(s) above: Whiten;”
                                  Or select card #2: Tewksbury

Player’s history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Tewksbury 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Whiten

Comment: Look at the box score game card, it says it all.   No batter before or since has statically had a better game than Mark Whiten did on 9/7/93.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8.8


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