Baseball – Priceless Signature Set (Pennant Races – Autographs)

The autograph(s) below are historic Pennant Races signed box score game cards. These autograph (s) represent a player(s) who played a significant role either in the historic pennant race game or season. The autographs range from the great Stan ‘The Man’ Musial  (1942 game card) to a relatively nobody who hit ‘the Shot  heard ’round the world‘, Bobby Thomson’s.
A few stats: This Pennant Races series includes 38 HOF’s and 40+ 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 game article.

Pennant Race Card #0011 – September 27, 1942


Autograph(s): Musial (D).

Comment: What can you say about ‘Stan the Man’ Musial that hasn’t been said … a truly great guy and one of the great players of all time.  He was such an admired ball player that in 2011 President Barack Obama presented Musial with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the highest civilian awards that can be bestowed on a person by the United States government.  His autograph is treasured.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8

Player’s history:

Pennant Race Card #0012 – October 1, 1944

Autograph(s): Gutteridge (D), Hayworth (D). 

Comment: Autographs? Gutteridge was the last living St Louis Brown player and a member of the Gashouse gang. Hayworth played in 17 major league seasons as a catcher and at one point held the MLB record for consecutive chances without an error 439, later broken by Yogi. The autographs speak for themselves … Hayworth was born in 1905..

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 7.2

Player’s history:

Pennant Race Card #0013 – September 30, 1945

Autograph(s): Newhouser (HOF -D), Trucks (D);
                         Or select card #2: Newhouser (HOF – D)

Comment: Hal Newhouser was an MVP two years in a row as a pitcher!  Add that with the events leading  up to Virgil Trucks’ … return at the end of the season to the Tigers what a game … make this a very special signed box score game card.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 9

Player’s history:

Pennant Race Card  –  # 0014 October 3, 1946

Autograph(s): Musial (HOF -D);
                         Or select card #2:Slaughter (HOF – D)

Comment: This game is historic in no short order … it was MLB’s first ever playoff series, EVER!.  Note: The NL format for a playoff when teams were tied for first … no wild card here … was a best-of-three series.  Whereas the AL was one-game winner take all. Either card represents an historic moment in what we now know as the MLB playoffs.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8.2

Player’s history:

Pennant Race Card #0015 – October 4, 1948

Autograph(s): Boudreau (HOF -D).

Comment: One game playoff.  Seems unimaginable in today’s world where two teams would have the best record in their league and have to settle the matter with a one-game playoff.  Well that’s exactly what the Red Sox and Indians did in 1948 and what a game Lou Boudreau had.
Note: What makes Boudreau signature so special on this box score game card is not only was he the MVP of the game, but of the ’48 season. And he did it all while managing the team. Pretty awesome!

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8

Player’s history:

Pennant Race Card #0016 – October 2, 1949 (AL)

Autograph(s): Rizzuto (HOF – D), Doerr (HOF), D. DiMaggio (D), Bauer (D), Coleman (D);
                       Or select card #2: Berra (HOF – D), Rizzuto.

Comment:  One heck-of-a pennant race.  Some old-timers will tell you this is when the Red Sox / Yankee rivalry was revived. Since the 1920’s the Red Sox were just another AL team the Yankees rolled over. But with Ted Williams around no one rolled over the Red Sox. However, when all was said and done who won? The Yankees!  A unique collectible (signatures)..  Note; Bobby Doerr is the last living player from this rivalry at age 99!.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8.5

Player’s history:

Pennant Race Card #0017 – October 2, 1949 (NL)

Autograph(s): Newcombe;
                       Or select card #2: Banta (D).

Comment:  This was a pennant race that in mid-September you would have thought the Cardinals had the race wrapped up. But the Dodgers never gave up and on the last day … needing a win … sent their star rookie Don Newcombe to the mound. He faltered but Jack Banta didn’t and Dodgers won the pennant.  Newcombe though not a HOF in many ways does not get his just due. For a six-year period he was the Dodger’s ace … an era that would established the Dodger legacy.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 7

Player’s history:

Pennant Race Card #0018 – October 1, 1950

Autograph(s): Roberts (HOF – D);                        

Comment: An era where you sent out your best pitcher and never looked back. Robin Roberts for the Phillies and Don Newcombe for the Dodgers, in a classic confrontation between the Wiz Kids and the Bums. And if it hadn’t been for a blunder by the Dodger’s third base coach, Newcombe would have been the man. However, Roberts was the better pitcher that day and he won.
Note: Having both Roberts & Necoombe’s autographs on this historic box score game card … a true treasure!
Think about it.  You could have Roberts & Newcombe’s autograph on a photo, a ball , a jersey or whatever, how distinct is that?

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8.5

Player’s history:

Pennant Race Card #0019 – October 3, 1951

Autograph(s): Thomson (D), Branca;  

Comment:  This is the greatest game ever played in MLB history … no ifs, ands or buts.  First off, from a national interest it rivaled Merle’s Blunder,  a re-match game between the Cubs & Giants (1908). Secondly, the teams, their players, the New York neighborhoods, you name it, … Dodgers and Giants of all strips hated each other.  I mean hated each other. And for walk-off home runs … there’s no comparison … this is the grand daddy!
Add the autographs of the two players that played the final role in this historic game … enough said.

Video Highlights:  1951 Playoff Video

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8.5

Player’s history:

Pennant Race Card #0020 – September 25,1954

Autograph(s): Doby (D), Lary (D), Stickland D), Glynn (D);

Comment:  Yes, this Cleveland Indian team won 111 games.  And yes it was a better than the current Indian team (2017).  And, it was the only team to represent the AL in the World Series from 1949-1958 besides Yankees. Yes, since this set was produced there’s been some great regular season teams such as the Yankees (1998) and the Mariners (2001). But in 1954 with only sixteen MLB  teams season and team.  Add the autograph of Larry Doby (HOF), the first Afro-American to play in the American League and you have an exceptional box score game card.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8

Player’s history:

Pennant Race Card #0021 – September 29,1959

Autograph(s): Snider (HOF – D), Sphan (HOF – D), Wills, Burdette (D), Williams, Moon, Fairly.

Comment:  Yes, the Dodgers moved to LA in 1958 and finished next to last in the NL. Yet here they were in 1959 winning a playoff series against the Braves.  It would be the pre-curser to LA Dodger mania.
The signatures are very symbolic.  First you have Duke Snider whom represents the old Dodgers (Brooklyn). Next,you have Maury Wills whom represents the new Dodger (LA). Next, you have Wally Moon ‘The Moon Shot’ whom represents their odd ball park the ‘Coliseum’.  And, Chuck Essegian whom will hit two (2) pinch hit homer runs in the ’59 World Series, first man ever to do it.  And next, you have Warren Spahn & Lou Burdette, the Braves two aces who led Milwaukee to two pennants and one world title (1957 & 1958).  And lastly, you have the winning pitcher Stan Williams whom will walk in go-ahead run in the final game of the 1962 NL playoff.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 9

Player’s history: 

Pennant Race Card #0022 – October 3, 1962

Autograph(s): Mays (HOF), McCovey (HOF), Cepeda (HOF), Perry (HOF), Marichal (HOF), Snider (HOF), Wills, T. Davis;

Comment:  Not only is this an historic game between two of baseball’s most bitter rivals but this will be the Giants’ only pennant in San Francisco for almost 50 years. With the players they had, it’s hard to believe.
As for the signed card it’s as rare as they come. You have five legit Giants HOFs including one of the great’s of all time, Willie Mays. Next, Duke Snider, a HOF connecting Brooklyn & LA.  Next, Maury Wills, whom on this day would steal his 104th base, a record few people thought would ever be broken. And for good measure Tommy Davis whom would ended up the 1962 NL’s batting & RBI champ. A very, very valuable box score game card.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): Rare

Player’s history:

Pennant Race Card #0023 – October 4, 1964

Autograph(s): Gibson (HOF), Brock (HOF – D), McCarver, Kranepool.

Comment: Four intriguing autographs. First you have Bob Gibson an ace by anyone standard. Then, you have Lou Brock whom 10 years later would smash the MLB record for most stolen bases in a season with 118.   Next, you have Tim McCarver whom would become a national icon on radio & TV.  And lastly, you have one of the most beloved original Mets Ed Kranepool. All this on a box score game card  that represented an incredible pennant race.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8.5

Player’s history:

Pennant Race Card #0024 – October 1, 1967

Autograph(s): Yaz (HOF), Petrocelli, Lonborg, Gibson (D), Tartabell, Harrelson, Andrews, Smith, Scott (D), Oliva (Twin), Carew (Twin – HOF).

Comment: This game card is a relic if you consider where the Red Sox franchise was in 1966 and where it is today.
This Impossible Dream team captivated the city of Boston only to be surpassed by 2004 Sox team.  Yaz,the ’67 triple crown winner and Jim Lonborg the Cy Young  winner were the big shots but the other guys were quite a cast of characters and certainly did their part.  It’s a cherish card with all these signatures.   Checkout the links below and you’ll see what we mean.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 9

Player’s history:

Pennant Race Card #0025 – October 6, 1969

Autograph(s): Gasper, Kranepool, C. Jones, Boswell.

Comment:  The Miracle Mets … what a team. As for the autographs on this box score game card?  Jones was their leading hitter (.340, etc.); Kranepool was ‘the’ original Met;’ Gasper (a rookie) would always be remembered when just before the World Series, Frank Robinson said, “Bring on the Mets and Ron Gaspar!”; and Boswell whom on September 10th had the game winning hit for the Mets in the 12th inning which put the Mets in first place … for the first time in their history,  And they never looked back.  A very nice box score game card.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 7

Player’s history:  

Pennant Race Card #0026 – October 1, 1973

Autograph(s): Seaver (HOF);
                       Or select card #2: Seaver (HOF), Hooton;  Card #2 – 

Comment:  Tom Seaver is Mr. Met, so his autograph is always valuable and particularly so on this box score game card when he pitched the and won the clincher for the Mets … barely a .500 team. Also included on the first card is Burt Hooton autograph, the opposing pitcher.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 7

Player’s history:

Pennant Race Card #0027 – October 9, 1974

Autograph(s): Fingers (HOF), Tenace, Blue, Rudi, Bando, Jackson (HOF), Campaneris.

Comment:  When you talk about the great teams of the 20th Century, this A’s team maybe at the bottom of the ‘great’ list but they are on the list. These are seven of the key players (autographs) from those 1972, ’73 & ’74 world championship teams. Missing is Catfish Hunter’s autograph … unfortunately he was too ill to sign the card.  Quite a box score game card.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8.3

Player’s history:

 Pennant Race Card #0028 – October 14, 1976

Autograph(s): Chambliss & Brett;
                      Or select card #1 & 2: just Chambliss to be posted. 

Comment:  This is an historic game in Yankee lore. Chris Chambliss’s home run in the bottom of the ninth is as dramatic home run as any in Yankee history … it ended a Yankee twelve year playoff drought.  Add HOF George Brett’s autograph to the box score game card, who’s 3-run homer knotted the game at 6-6.  And WOW!
Note: And for good measure let’s not forget Brett’s July 24, 1976 ‘Pine Tar Game’. 

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8.3

Player’s history:

Pennant Race Card #0029 – October 2, 1978

Autograph(s): Dent;
                       Or select card #2: Dent, Guidry, Gossage (HOF), Rice (HOF), Evans, Torrez.

Comment: An historic one game play-off between the Yankees and Sox.
Obviously Dent’s autograph is significant but Guidry with the season he had. Then add HOFs Gossage & Rice … both had great years.  And, then Dwight Evans, a beloved Sox whom had almost 2500 career hits, with Torrez.  A special box score game card..

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8.1

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Pennant Race Card #0030 – October 12, 1980

Autograph(s): Carlton (HOF), Schmidt (HOF).

Comment:  For Mike Schmidt this was his best year (1980) and Steve Carlton, his second best year behind 1972.  Both top tier HOFs.  This was Carlton’s best post season with a 3-0 mark.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card):7.5

Player’s history:  

Pennant Race Card #0031 – October 19, 1981

Autograph(s): Card #1 – Monday, Valenzula;
                         Or select card #2 & 3: Dawson (HOF), Monday, Garvey, Cey, Baker, Russell, Valenzuela

Comment:   First the MLB strike.  Then, the decision to split the season. Then, the first ever post season series outside of the USA. And then, Rick Monday’s dramatic 9th inning home run wins it for  the Dodgers.
Add Garvey, whom will be the ’81 WS MVP, Valenzuela (a future CY Young winner), Cey, Russell and Montreal’s HOF Andre Dawson. A pretty special card.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8.3

Player’s history:

Pennant Race Card #0032 – October 3, 1982

Autograph(s): Molitor (HOF), Yount (HOF), Murray (HOF), Palmer (HOF), Sutton (HOF), Ripkin (HOF).

Comment:  This one-game playoff game did not live up to the hype when considering the lineups and starting pitchers. However,  if you are a collector it’s valuable box score game card when you consider the significance of the game and HOFs who sign it.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 9.25 

 Player’s history:

Pennant Race Card #0033 – October 12, 1986

Autograph(s)Henderson (D);
                       Or select card #2:Henderson (D), Hurst, Gedman, Carew (HOF).

Comment:  Henderson’s autograph representing his dramatic 11th inning home run that capped an unbelievable 9th inning   … awesome!.  Card #2 autographs pretty cool too …Henderson’s, Gedman’s (had a heck-of-a-game),Hurst’s (starting pitcher) along with HOF Rod Carew ‘Mr. Halo’.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 8.1.

Player’s history:

Pennant Race Card #0034 – October 15, 1986

Autograph(s): Orosco.

Comment: Orosco did what no other player has done in since MLB incorporated this playoff system … win every game in the series … three in all.  He had quite a career … retiring at 46 after playing in four different decades. Special single signed box score game card.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 6.2

Player’s history:

Pennant Race Card #0035 – October 4, 1987

Autograph(s):  Herndon;
                         Or select card #2 & 3: Tanana; & Herndon,

Comment:  This was a classic pitching duel between two of the best in 1987.  Frank Tanana for the Tigers and Key for the Blue Jays. Key made one mistake, it cost him and the Blue Jays the division title – Herdon’s home run. . The autographs? Card #1 – Herndon;  Card#2 – Tanana; Card #3 – the gem – Herndon & Tanana.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 7.8

Player’s history:

Pennant Race Card #0036 – October 17, 1991

Autograph(s): Smoltz;
                         Or select card #2:Smoltz, Glavine, Maddux. 

Comment:  Card#1 – John Smoltz (autograph)at his HOF best, pitching Atlanta to its first ever senior circuit title.  Card#2 – autographs Smoltz, Tom Glavine & Greg Maddux.  Yes Maddux did not play for this ’91 Braves team but the three HOFs autograph on one card is pretty cool.

Grade Level (Box Score Game Card): 7.5


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