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.