Who is this? Ron Cey, a former third baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics
What is this? An autographed card from the 1978 Topps set, #630
Where'd I get it? My father gave me a small stack of cards that he picked up at a yard sale that one of his friends was holding this summer. This was one of the cards. I mailed it to Ron Cey last month and asked him to sign it, and I got it back about a week later.
How much did it cost? I'm not sure what the cards cost, but it couldn't have been much. Postage was 88 cents.
Why is this so special? Ron Cey was a very good ballplayer for the Dodgers in the 1970s. He made the All-Star team for six straight years from 1974-1979. He was the World Series MVP in 1981. He had over 1800 hits and more than 300 home runs in his career. And he was nicknamed "The Penguin" for his running style. I love nicknames.
You have to love that card, too. Check out the goofy smile, the dinged edges (and corners) and the terrible centering. It actually looks like a 30-year-old card. Cey's loopy signature adds to the appeal. It is thoughtfully signed in blue, matching the Dodger blue of Cey's uniform.