bill russell got a lot of grief during his playing days for his fielding. and today, he doesn't get much respect from the card companies. but, keep in mind that he was an outfielder that was converted to a shortstop (that hasn't been done very often), and with him at the 6, the dodgers won 4 pennants and a world championship. even i, a diehard fan of the infield, don't give russell his full due. that's one reason why i like his 1983 fleer card so much.
as you can imagine, i have quite a few cards of russell that he has signed for me through the mail, almost all of which came from his active playing days. i have a 1971 topps
a 1986 fleer (hello again, dodger stadium)
i'm glad that russell took the time to sign my cards over the past three years. i'm also glad that the dodgers didn't trade for ozzie smith back in the early 1980's as had been rumored, and that russell was able to finish his playing career as a dodger - the only member of the infield to do so. it's too bad that the last uniform he ever wore, however, was a tampa bay devil ray one.
thanks for signing my cards ropes!