Who is this? former major league pitcher Bill Swift What is this? An autographed card from the 1996 Topps set Where'd I get it? I wrote to Swift and asked him to sign it; I got it back a couple of weeks later. How much did it cost? Postage, basically
Why is this so special? Bill Swift was never an All-Star, but he did have a good major league career. In 13 seasons from 1985 through 1998, he won 94 games while losing only 74 and his career ERA was 3.95. He pitched for the Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies.
In his best season, Swift won 21 games while losing 8 for the 1993 San Francisco Giants. The year before, he led the National League with a 2.08 ERA.
Swift's autograph is quick, but hie initials are easy to decipher. Here is a 1987 Topps card:
I'm only putting autograph-related links in this blogroll. However, if you have a blog or a collector site not specifically about autographs, but with an autograph page or an "autograph" label on your blog posts, I'll put that link here.