Wednesday, January 20, 2010

1967 Topps Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews Braves Astros

Today's entry into my collection of 1967 Topps Autographed Baseball cards is related to my current trip to California. Eddie's family moved to California when he was 6 years old and he lived here after his playing days were over and died in La Jolla, California, near San Diego in 2001 at age 69.

Card number 166 in the set was purchased from a reputable collector in 2009 and was the first deceased Hall 0f Famer to be added to my collection. Eddie played 17 seasons in the Major Leagues with most of his time playing for the Boston/Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, winning a World Series in 1957 versus the New York Yankees. He ended his glorious career playing for the Houston Astros and as a member of the Detroit Tigers 1968 World Series Champion team.

Mr. Mathews career statistics are amazing, 512 home runs, before the steroid era, drove in 1453 runs, made the all-star team 9 times, and had his uniform #41 retired by the Atlanta Braves. Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1978, Eddie Mathews still remain one of the greatest third baseman to have played the game. To learn more about Eddie career, go to his biography.

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