1. Old School Topps Designs
2. On-Card Autographs
3. An Interesting Checklist
This year inflated box prices have prevented me from pulling any of these autographs myself, but thankfully there are plenty of other people out there who are willing to sell theirs on eBay. So far, I've been able to add over thirty cards from this year's set for around four dollars each (shipping included). One one card cost more than $20 (see #3 below). And the only other card I paid $10 or more for was the Wally Moon from one of my flea market finds.
Tonight I wanted to show off my five favorite autographs from this year's set, but before I begin the countdown to #1, here are a few honorable mentions...
Honorable Mention #1: Rusty Kuntz
One of the greatest names in the history of sports. Yes. I know I have the maturity of a twelve year old boy. That's probably why I still find baseball cards entertaining.
Honorable Mention #2: Mark Mulder
I'm not sure why Topps has decided to flood our hobby with Mark Mulder autographs the past few years. Don't really care either. He's a member of The Big Three and his cards will always be treasured in my household.
Honorable Mention #3: Billy Bean
The first certified autograph of MLB's first Ambassador for Inclusion. Kudos to Topps for having an open mind.
Honorable Mention #4: Wally Moon
Another great card that proves that someone over at Topps has a great sense of humor. I'm keeping my finger's crossed for a Don Mossi signature in next year's set.
Honorable Mention #5: Bill "Spaceman" Lee
Rounding out the honorable mentions is one of the strangest baseball players I've come across. It's nice to add an autographed card of his where he isn't wearing a spacesuit.
Now let's get to my favorite five...
#5: Tim Wallach
When I think about the Montreal Expos... Gary Carter, Tim Raines, and Andre Dawson will always be the first names to pop into my mind because of their accolades. Wallach played more games with the Expos than any of them.
#4: Dave Stieb
Stieb and I attend the same high school... although he graduated over a decade before I attended. Anyways... it's been thirteen years since he had a MLB licensed autographed card. The wait is over.
#3: Tommy Lasorda
I love it when managers sign cards. Over the years, I've added guys like Sparky Anderson, Billy Martin, Dick Williams, Bobby Cox, and Earl Weaver to my collection. This year's Archives allows me to cross Lasorda off the list.
#2: Mark Langston
I've been waiting for a MLB licensed autographed card of Langston for years. It's nice to finally be able to add him to my Lefty PC.
#1: Tony Pena
Pena is one of my favorite catchers of all-time. I absolutely loved his unique catching stance. I'm not sure why it took this long for Topps to finally sign him to an autograph contract... but I'm glad they did.
Well there you have it. Ten of my favorite autographs out of this year's Archives Fan Favorites set.
What are your thoughts on this set?
Who would you like to see sign for next year's Fan Favorites set?
Personally, I'd love to see Terry Steinbach, Willie McGee, Orel Hershiser, and Tony La Russa sign again. I could also use Mike McCormick, Willie Hernandez, and Mark Davis autographs for my left-handed Cy Young Award Winner project. A collector can dream, right?
Happy Saturday and sayonara!