PWE Backlog #2: Autographs from CommishBob

There was a time when I posted here every single day.

Part of it is that I got more ambitious with posts as time went on – I’d have a serviceable post close to being ready, but then I’d get an idea to augment it, but augmenting it required research, scanning, finding cards to scan, etc. etc.

Admittedly, much of it is also lack of time and energy.

At any rate, because I’m generally behind on my posts, I’m waaaaay behind in my “acknowledging the generosity of my trading buddies” posts.

A while ago I got a package from CommishBob of The Five Tool Collector, and I didn’t quite get around to writing about it… Then I got another package, and I said “Well, maybe I’ll do the new one first, and then go back and do the first one”, and before I finish doing that, I received a PWE with three vintage cards in it. I’ve been able to Tweet my thanks, but I haven’t blogged about any of it.

The first autographed piece is what I imagine was a team-provided card for players to sign, and the autograph is for 1960’s Mets infielder Jerry Buchek.

Buchek was from St. Louis, signed with the hometown Cardinals, played with them for five years and got a hit for them in the 1964 World Series. He was traded to the Mets just before the 1967 season and would spend two years with the Mets. He was their primary 2nd baseman in 1967, but batted below the Mendoza line in 1968 and was used in more of a utility role.

I would have liked to have shared a Jerry Buchek card, but I don’t have any scanned, and I’m going to operate according to the teachings of that reknowned philosopher Larry The Cable Guy and just “Git ‘er done!”  As a result, you’ll just have to imagine Buchek’s head shot on a 1968 card.

More famous than Buchek is Bud Harrelson, a two-time All-Star, Gold Glove Winner and 1969 World Champion with the Miracle Mets.

Even if this were left unsigned, I’d love this piece. Mr. Met wasn’t as much of an on-field presence in the 1960’s as he is now, but as a cartoon character he was at his peak in the 1960’s and 1970’s.  I’ve been feeling the need to add more vintage Mr. Met pieces, and this is certainly an excellent way to add to that!

I also love how the boy obtaining the autograph has a similarly oversized and round head.

Unlike Jerry Buchek, I’ve got plenty of Bud images to chose from.

Wrapping up this trilogy of autographs is this very nice color 8 x 10 glossy photograph of Ed Kranepool, signed in gold Sharpie and with an inscription.

To the outside observer, Ed Kranepool was a decent player who was an All-Star in 1965 and played in two World Series (including 1969), but for many Mets fans he holds a special place in Mets history.  He started out as a 17-year-old local boy who debuted with the 1962 Mets and he played for the team his whole career, running up to 1979.  In the 1970’s he was THE MAN, the one player who had been on hand for nearly all of the team’s history, and for quite a while I was upset that the Mets hadn’t retired his #7 upon his retirement.  Kranepool once held a number of Mets career records;  most of them have since been eclipsed (generally by David Wright), but his 1,853 games played is still the Mets all-time record.

Many, many thanks go out to Bob for this oversized envelope which provided me several wide-eyed and sincere “wows” when opening it!  Bob, there’s a little bit of help for your 1971 Topps set build heading your way, but it’s just a drop in the Bucket O’ Appreciation I feel for your generosity!


2 thoughts on “PWE Backlog #2: Autographs from CommishBob

  1. The Mr. Met card with Harrelson’s signature is awesome! And I love how Kranepool signed with gold Sharpie over the blue sleeve. Commish hooked it up big time.

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