Thursday, March 25, 2010
1982 Fleer Doug DeCinces
Who is this? Doug DeCinces, a third baseman for the the Baltimore Orioles and California Angels in the 1970s and 80s
What is this? An autographed card from the 1982 Fleer set
Where'd I get it? I wrote to DeCinces and asked him to sign it. I got it back about 10 days later.
How much did it cost? Postage, basically.
Why is this so special? Doug DeCinces who had to follow Brooks Robinson as the Baltimore Orioles' third baseman. While it couldn't have been an easy task, DeCinces did it well enough to get inducted into the team's Hall of Fame in 2006.
Over his 15 year career, DeCinces accumulated over 1500 hits, 237 home runs and over 800 RBI. He was an All-Star in 1983 and he won the Silver Slugger in 1982.
There aren't many fans of the early 1980s Fleer sets. There were a ton of errors and variations, and the photo quality really isn't all that it should be in a major league set. But that's part of the charm for me.
Most of the shots in the 1982 set don't really look like the work of professional photographers. They remind me more of the photos a fan might take with consumer-level equipment. Can't you imagine some fan with a field access pass asking DeCinces to pose for a quick photo when you see the shot on this card?
DeCinces has a reasonably neat autograph, but it looks a little cramped.