I honestly forgot that he was one of my favorite players, until I came across his autograph on COMC. If I remember correctly, I became a fan of his because my buddy's little league team was the Pirates. Like thousand of other little kids we pretended to be real baseball players. Chris was Kent Tekulve and I was Bill Madlock.
By now, some of you might have realized that I am a compulsive shopper and I knew right then and there, I had to have a Madlock autograph in my collection. So, while searching eBay for a Bill Madlock autograph, I came across a postcard lot that consisted of these four players.
(Hall of Fame outfielder, 5x Negro League all-star, & 1x MLB all-star)
(2x MLB all-star)
(6x MLB all-star, 1971 Cy Young award winner & AL MVP)
(3x MLB all-star & 4x NL batting champ)
I realize that there's a chance that these autographs are fake, due to the price I paid. However, the COA comes from a legit company: Green Diamond Sports, which is run by the Ted Williams Family Enterprise.
Anyways if you're an autograph expert, I'd love to hear your feedback. I compared the Irvin, Blue, and Madlock to certified autographs (Topps Retired, UD, and Fleer Greats of the Game) and they're all in the ballpark.
One of the prizes in the contest is an autographed postcard of Max Lanier (sorry, the winner doesn't receive the COA... they only sent me one). He played for 14 seasons posting a record of 108-82 and a 3.01ERA. Unfortunately Mr. Lanier passed away in 2007 at the age of 91.
So, are you ready for today's question of the day? Here it is... while growing up, did you ever role play and pretend to be your favorite sports star? If so, who and why? If not, then just tell us your favorite baseball player as a little kid.
Now for the results for yesterday's mini-contest. I asked people to guess what my favorite John Hughes movie is. Two people (SpastikMooss & Hoopography) had the correct answer and were rewarded 3 points, everyone else received 1 point.
Here's the updated point total:
82Redbirds - 13 points
Spastikmooss - 13 points
Hoopography - 12 points
G Moses - 12 points
TJ - 11 points
Tony MC - 11 points
Sal - 11 points
BA Benny - 10 points
Cam - 8 points
dkwilson - 8 points
Play at the Plate - 7 points
Steve D - 5 points
John - 5 points
night owl - 4 points
Jeremy - 3 points
Martyn - 3 points
Redsox101 - 1 point
Captain Canuck - 1 point
(...Joe) - 1 point
longlivethewho - 1 point
Thanks again for reading my blog and participating in the contest. I love reading your responses to the question of the day. Hopefully, you're finding the time to check out what some of your fellow collectors are writing.
Before I go, I apologize for the late post. I'll try to publish them a little earlier, but the blog is going to revolve around my work schedule and the first week back is usually the busiest. I'll keep this question open until at least tomorrow morning. Have a good evening.