Friday, June 25, 2010
2005 Topps Total Daryle Ward
Who is this? Former Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Daryle Ward
What is this? An autographed card from the 2005 Topps Total set
Where'd I get it? I got it signed before a Newark Bears game earlier this year
How much did it cost? The card came out of a pack of Topps Total, purchased in 2005. I really don't remember how much they went for.
Why is this so special? Ward spent parts of 11 seasons in the majors and currently has 90 big league home runs. He spent two seasons in Pittsburgh, 2004 and 2005. During that time, he hit for the cycle -- becoming part of the only father-son tandem to accomplish the feat.
He also was the first player to hit a home run completely out of PNC Park in Pittsburgh and into the Allegheny River, though he was not playing for the Pirates at the time.
Ward has one of the best-looking autographs I've gotten this year.
(Don't forget to enter the Auto-Matic for the People contest if you haven't already.)