Monday, December 14, 2009

2002 Fleer Tom Goodwin

Who is this?
Tom Goodwin, a former outfielder with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs

What is this?
An autograph card from the 2002 Fleer set

Where'd I get it? I got the card signed at a Somerset Patriots game in 2005

How much did it cost? The card came from one of many, many packs I opened in 2002 to complete the Fleer set. The autograph was free.

Why is this so special? Tom Goodwin spent 14 seasons in the big leagues, and was an every day player for seven of them. He never really hit for average or power, but Goodwin was fast. He still had the speed to steal 23 bases at age 36 when I saw him play with the Atlantic City Surf.

In the majors, Goodwin once stole 66 bases in a season for the Kansas City Royals. (He also lead the league with 22 times caught stealing that year.)

Goodwin doesn't have the best autograph but you can clearly read his initials, at least.

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