i am thankful for many things, and in the narrow slice of my life that is this hobby, i am thankful for through the mail successes. in particular, i am thankful for dodger and 1978 topps successes. here are a number of the latter that i have received in recent months.
we'll start with hall-of-famer phil niekro, who signed (and inscribed) his base card
here's wayne garrett, a guy that niekro struck out 9 times (and walked 10 times), although that's not a 1978 topps card
a topps card signed by garrett but found this extra opc card and figured what the heck.
back to topps, here's matt alexander
ray burris was a 17th round pick who i remember as an expo
here's chris chambliss
o-pee-chee card signed by chambliss, but not a topps card. the seattle mariners hitting coach came through for me a second time, and i appreciate it.
here's larry christenson
here are a couple of double-ds from the red sox - denny doyle
johnny grubb hit career home run number 30 off of drago
larry gura got personal with his autograph
here's another lefty, john hiller
jim kern also has a 4th place cy young finish to his credit, although it came with the rangers and not the indians
here's another phillie, randy lerch
milt may went the light ballpoint route with his signature
hey - here's a 4-in-1 card, although it's signed just by one player, nationals' pitching coach steve mccatty
here's another 4-in-1, this time signed by lance parrish
almost played for the dodgers, but i was not able to get his lone dodger release signed.
dave tomlin didn't play for the dodgers, either.
tom veryzer signed his card
a nice team and text variation.
rick wise signed his card for me in exchange for $5
it looks like johnny wockenfuss
last, but not least, here's jim wohlford
wohlford's card is classic 1978 topps with yankee stadium as a backdrop. wohlford always struck me as a guy whose head was too big for his body. that assertion was based solely on this card. i have no real idea about his cranial proportions.
thanks to all the former players who took (and take) the time to sign. it is greatly appreciated.