29 October 2010

glenn burke ebay auto success!

a big thanks to mrmopar  (a sometimes ebay nemesis and holder of a steve garvey collection superior to mine) for giving me a heads up on the recent auction for this autographed copy of a 1978 topps glenn burke card.
i intermittently scan the bay for burke and fellow need for my modest 1978 topps dodger autograph project ed goodson, but i had not come across the auction until curt pointed it out.  the first thing i did was compare the image to that of the only other copy i have seen (courtesy of baseball almanac).
close enough for my naive palette. i won the auction and on monday the card was delivered safe and sound.

it's timely in that 'out - the glenn burke story' is on its way to tv next month. it should be interesting as i understand that there is a lot to burke's off the field story that i haven't really seen or heard in any real depth.

on the field, burke debuted for the dodgers in 1976 and was traded to oakland early in the 1978 season for bill north. in between he played in the 1977 postseason for the dodgers, which is where i first took note of him. his lone postseason hit came in game 1 of the world series that year - it was a single with two outs in the 6th and steve garvey was thrown out at home trying to score from first. if memory serves, it was a close play with garvey protesting the call (and in fact, it was, at least according to this news account ).

this is the penultimate card i need to complete the modest 1978 topps dodger autograph project, and it is the one i figured i would never get. let's hope that ed goodson doesn't fall into that category.

here's the tally:

team card (red adams) - through the mail success!
team card (mark cresse) - through the mail success!
team card (boog powell) - through the mail success!
dusty baker - through the mail success!
glenn burke - ebay success!
ron cey - through the mail success!
vic davalillo - ebay success!
terry forster - ebay success!
mike garman - through the mail success!
steve garvey - through the mail success!
ed goodson
jerry grote - through the mail success!
burt hooton - through the mail success!
charlie hough - through the mail success!
tommy john - in person/through the mail success!
lee lacy - through the mail success!
tom lasorda - ebay success!
dave lopes - through the mail success!
ted martinez - ebay success!
rick monday - in person/through the mail success!
manny mota - through the mail success!
johnny oates - ebay success!
doug rau - through the mail success!
lance rautzhan - through the mail success!
rick rhoden - through the mail success!
bill russell - through the mail success!
reggie smith - through the mail success!
elias sosa - through the mail success!
don sutton - through the mail success!
steve yeager - ebay success!
nlcs (davey lopes) - through the mail success!

28/29 = 97%

thanks curt, and here's to you glenn burke!


Anonymous said...

I hate to be a negative guy but...isn't the autograph on your card "Glen Burk" while the other is spelled correctly?

steelehere said...

Congrats on acquiring the Burke signature.
IMO it looks legit to me (even if the "e" in his last name is missing).

MrMopar said...

Glad you landed it Jim. I have one already, otherwise I may have given you a run for your money. That is not to say I didn't try to land a dupe, but the bidding got a little higher than I wanted to go. I was out before you got your bid in though, so my bid didn't affect the final price.

I just posted a thread on Burke and I have some sample signatures. I shared these with Curtis, the seller, and we both feel the card he sold and you won was likely authentic. Can't explain the missing "e", but I don't think I would sweat it!