Wednesday, December 1, 2010

1982 Topps Bob Tufts

Who is this? Former San Francisco Giants pitcher Bob Tufts
What is this? An autographed card from the 1982 Topps set
Where'd I get it? Nick from Baseball Happenings got it signed for me last month.

Why is this so special? Bob Tufts is the least famous of the three players pictured on the San Francisco Giants Future Stars card in the 1982 Topps set.

He appeared in 11 games out of the bullpen for the Giants in 1981, but by the time this card came out he had been traded to the Kansas City Royals in a 6-player deal. With the Royals, Tufts appeared in 10 games and earned his only two major league decisions in 1982 - both victories. He appeared in 6 more games in 1983, but never threw another major league pitch after that.

Tufts has a New Jersey connection - he is an alumni of Princeton.

While he does have a legible (if tiny) signature, Tufts chose the worst place to sign this card. I guess he didn't like the photo.

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