Just a quick post today but wanted to share a new pick up for the Hall of Famer baseball autograph collection. I set a goal to pick up 5 new players this year and in looking through the list of guys I need, there aren't a lot of low price options available. One guy on the list I decided to seek out was Al Lopez. Lopez was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1977 by the Veterans Committee and while I believe he was primarily selected for his managerial career, he was a very good player as well.
As a player he set the record for most games played as a catcher with 1918, a record that stood for quite some time. He was a two-time All-Star and played for the Brooklyn Robins/Dodgers, Boston Bees, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians between 1928 and 1947.
As a manager, he never had a losing season in either the major or minor leagues. He has a .584 winning percentage which puts him in the top 10 all time. And a crazy Yankee trivia fact, his 1954 Indians and 1959 White Sox teams were the only non-Yankee clubs to win the AL pennant between 1949 and 1964.
I had to go the route of a card like this because Lopez passed away in 2005 and to the best of my knowledge his only pack released autos are cut autos. I think a card like this displays much better than most cut autos. According to beckett.com, he has 71 different released autograph cards and based on my quick math a total print run of just under 700 cards. His auto isn't rare and this card didn't break the bank.
I am happy to have this card in my collection and I am now 20% done with a 2019 goal!