Sunday, May 23, 2010

1969 Topps Andy Etchebarren

Who is this? Former Baltimore Orioles catcher Andy Etchebarren

What is this? An autographed card from the 1969 Topps set

Where'd I get it? I got it signed after a game between the York Revolution and Newark Bears earlier this month.

How much did it cost? I spent $2 for this card, which is a little much since it has several creases and a thumbtack hole that are much more noticeable in person than on a scan.

Why is this so special? Etchebarren had a 15-year major league career, mainly with the Baltimore Orioles. He was a two-time All-Star and played in four World Series, winning two rings.

According to Etchebarren's Wikipedia page, he was the last batter to face Sandy Koufax in a major league game.

More recently, Etchebarren was a coach on the Atlantic League's Southern Maryland Blue Crabs during their first two seasons. Last year, he took over as the manager of the York Revolution after Chris Hoiles stepped down mid-season.

Etchebarren's signature isn't too bad, but I've never seen anybody else write a capital "E" quite like that.


zman40 said...

Nice one. The oldest card that I have had signed at a Wingnuts game is from 1982. But, I did get a 1950 card signed at a Ft Worth Cats game.

Paul said...

I think that's the oldest card I've gotten signed at a game, too. I've gotten some older cards signed through the mail, but I'm not sure if I've gotten anything older signed in person.

zman40 said...

My 1950 Wayne Terwilliger is the oldest card that I have got signed at a game from a person that was playing or coaching. If it wasn't for that, my oldest would be a couple of '75s.