Thursday, September 2, 2010
1991 ProCards Tidewater Tides Rich Sauveur
Who is this? Pawtucket Red Sox pitching coach Rich Sauveur
What is this? An autographed card from the 1991 ProCards Tidewater Tides team set
Where'd I get it? I wrote to Sauveur and asked him to sign it last Monday. I got it back today, 10 days later.
How much did it cost? The card probably cost me a buck or two, but I don't really remember.
Why is this so special? I'm having a really good week adding to my all-time Mets autograph collection. Monday, I got cards from Bob L. Gibson that I'd given up any hope of ever seeing again. Today, I got an autograph from another obscure former Mets reliever.
I bought this card two or three winters ago, with the intention of mailing it to Sauveur. I always managed to forget about actually sending it until after the season was over. SNY broadcasted a game between the Pawtucket Red Sox and Buffalo Bisons on the Mets last off-day, and that made me think about this card again. (I never really cared for the yellow notepad design when ProCards used it in 1991, but it has a certain nostalgic charm now. It's still ugly, though.)
Sauveur pitched in 34 major league games over a career that spanned 15 years. He made his major league debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986, and he made his final appearance for the Oakland As in 2000. In 1991, he pitched 3 1/3 innings for the New York Mets.
Sauveur finished his career as a knuckleball pitcher - quite possibly the only left-handed one in major league history. He is now the pitching coach for the Pawtucket Red Sox.
He has a pretty legible autograph, especially for a left-hander.