I set a goal this year to add 6 new autographs of Hall of Fame baseball players to my collection. I have set up a few eBay searches for players like Rod Carew, Robin Yount and Eddie Murray. Other than Craig Biggio, who I picked up last year prior to his induction, I will wait a couple years on the new guys. There seems to be increased interest in the new HOFers autos each year and I like to try and get deal when I add these cards.
I was looking through auctions on Sportlots a little while back and a card of a Hall of Fame manager caught my eye. The design was solid, a must when I look for HOF autos to add as I don't just want a card but one that I enjoy looking at, so I put in a bid. A little bidding war ensued but I was lucky enough to pull it in for a reasonable price. Check out the newest edition to my HOF Autograph collection:
Some of the things that drew me to this card, I wanted a Reds card. While I better remember him as the manager of the Tiger, his time with the Reds is what makes him an immortal manager in my mind. I like the design of this card, the gears are a unique design and Sparky sitting in the middle one prominently looks very nice. His autograph is pretty clear, it looks like it is on a sticker but you get a nice view of his autograph. Ultimately it just caught my eye and I was happy to add it to my collection.
This card brings my collection to 71 different Hall of Famer Autos. If I meet my goal by year end, I should be at 76.