Over the last four months I’ve made about 40 purchases on the consignment site COMC.com. I’ve said it before — and I will continue to say it going forward — if you haven’t at lease checked out the site, you’re missing out.
Anyhow, the batch of cards arrived over the weekend and as the title of this post suggests … it’s full of ink.
TEN Hall of Fame signatures, an iconic one and a slew of prospect (and failed prospect) autographs filled this batch.
OK, enough of the shenanigans, let’s get to it.
We’ll start with a solid rookie card I’ve needed for quite some time — a 1955 Bowman Elston Howard. Howard isn’t a hall of famer, but his career was significant. Howard was the first black player to ever don a Yankees uniform, he was a 12-time all star, an MVP in 1960 and a six-time World Series Champion. SOLID.
Speaking of MVP’s here’s a 2009 SP Legendary Cuts cut signature of the 1926 National League MVP Bob O’Farrell, who played for four teams during his 21-year career, including two stints with the Cubs and three stops with the Cardinals.
Here’s a 2010 Bowman Chrome autograph prospect card of a contender for the American League 2013 MVP award, Josh Donaldson. He won;t win it — because it’s hard to pick him over Miguel Cabrera, who made another run at the Triple Crown this year — but he had a legit season. At one point these Donaldson chrome signatures were over $20 each. Just after the World Series I managed to grab this one for less than $8. His signature isn’t hard to find, but this release is THE card to own — well of the non-parallel versions anyway.
Here’s a few prospect/failed prospect autos:
A few vintage rookies:
1933 Goudey Joe Sewell. Did you know that Sewell, a Hall of Famer, struck out a total of 114 times during his career? American League Home Run Champion Chris Davis struck out 199 times in just 2013.
1933 Goudey Bernie Friberg.
1934 Goudey Dolph Camilli. Camilli took home the American League Most Valuable Player award in 1941, slugging a league-best 34 homers and driving in 120 RBI’s.
Here’s a card that always intrigued me: 1994 SP Holoview Michael Jordan. Jordan didn;thave a basic SP rookie from this set; if he had one, it would be an epic card. Instead we are left with this holoview caard, which is cool, but not nearly as cool as a foil, condition-sensitive rookie card would’ve been. An if for some reason you’ve never handled one of thee Holoview cards, try to check one out … UD’s technology in the early 1990s was second to none. The hologram of Jordan incorporates several images of Jordan’s face, so when you turn the card, he’s always looking at you.
Here’s a pair of 2004 Bowman Heritage Signs of Authority autographs … I’m sort of working on this set. Who collects umpire signatures? This guy.
How about a pair of 2012 Panini Cooperstown Signatures of journalist Murray Chass and Marty Brennaman. I love these non-player signatures.
So yeah, Hall of Famer autographs … Here’s five.
1993 Nabisco Jim “Catfish” Hunter w/ COA.
1998 Donruss Signature Series Ozzie Smith /2000
2001 Fleer Greats of the Game Rollie Fingers.
2001 Fleer Greats of the Game Tom Seaver
2001 Topps Team Legends Mike Schmidt rookie reprint autograph
Last week I declared war on the 2000 Fleer Greats of the Game autograph set. Here’s a few of the ones I purchased over the last few months on the site. The highlight is the shortprinted Willie McCovey.
And perhaps the prize of the whole package … a 2013 Panini Golden Age Historic Signatures Jackie Earle Haley, who played “Kelly Leak” on the Bad News Bears.