Tuesday, December 21, 2010

1977 Topps Alan Ashby

Who is this? Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster Alan Ashby
What is this? An autographed card from from the 1977 Topps set
Where'd I get it? I wrote to Ashby earlier this month and asked him to sign it; I got it back Monday.
How much did it cost? Not much; postage, basically.

Why is this so special? I mainly remember Ashby as an aging catcher who lost his playing time to a young Craig Biggio, but he had a pretty good career.

  • He caught three no-hitters, tying an NL record
  • He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame
  • He was named the catcher on the Houston Astros All-Time Team
  • He was an original Toronto Blue Jay
Ashby's autograph went downhill since he signed whatever document was used as the template for the facsimile signature on his 1977 Topps card. He didn't change too much between his 1977 card and his 1988 one.

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