Monday, September 1, 2008

2003 Topps Legends Carl Erskine

Who is this? Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Carl Erskine.

What is this? An autograph card from Topps Legends, card TT-CE.

Where'd I get it? Out of a pack.

How much did it cost? Whatever the pack cost.

Why is this so special? I'm not even sure what pack I pulled this card out of to be honest. My best guess is Fan Favorites or Heritage. Topps Legends cards were seeded through several products that year and I managed to pull a couple of them. This is a nice autograph from Oisk, an inportant piece to the Brooklyn Dodger staffs of the 50's. Erskine had a great curve that he used to strike out batters. He set a record of 14 strikeouts against the Yankees in the 3rd game of the 1953 World Series that stood for ten years before being broken by fellow Dodger Sandy Koufax. Oisk also pitched two no hitters for the Bums against the Cubs and hated rival Giants. Carl spent his entire 12 year career with the Dodgers and was a starter for the World Series Champs in 1955. He is also a class act, who coached the college baseball team in his home town after retiring and has been very active in charities for people with Down syndrome. This is a really fantastic looking signature, I especially love the bold E at the front of Erskine. I don't understand why collectors don't like these cards of vintage stars more, you can pick up this card dirt cheap nowadays. This guy won the World Series with the Brooklyn Dodgers! Does no one have a sense of history anymore??

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