Monday, February 25, 2008
2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia Marty Marion
Who is this? Cardinals shortstop Marty Marion.
What is this? An autograph card from 2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia, card 158. The card is serial numbered 107/150.
Where'd I get it? Champion Sports Cards.
How much did it cost? $7.50
Why is this so special? Not to be confused with Marion Motley, Marty Marion was the St. Louis Cardinals' All-Star shortstop during the 40's. Marty was a key player on three Cardinal championship teams including his MVP year of 1944. Marty was a fantastic fielder at short and although his stats don't look that good to modern fans, was a good hitter for a shortstop of his day. Marty wasn't voted into the Hall of Fame, but he got a serious look from the Veteran's committee before they decided to stop letting anyone in. Marty was also part of a double play combination with the man with my favorite name ever, Creepy Crespi. I got this card last week when I went in the the local shop looking for a couple of packs to tide me over until Heritage came out. I found out they had a sale on autographs so I scrounged through their box and found Marty. I couldn't pass it up, and I still don't understand why I got an MVP from the 40's for less than a lot of Double-A scrubs on a "rookie" card. The card looks great, especially as it's a Spectrum holographic parallel, but the signature itself is just fantastic. It's unique, you can read every single letter and it has that brilliant giant dot of the i in Marion. After looking through my collection the past couple of months and seeing a whole bunch of scribbles and hieroglyphs from whippersnappers who couldn't hit a major league curveball if all of Western Civilization depended on it, seeing such a gorgeous autograph is incredibly refreshing. This is instantly one of the prizes of my collection. Thanks Marty!